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How to Move a File on the Mac by Using the Window Title Bar in OS X

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:21
Longtime Mac users are accustomed to moving files around in OS X by dragging and dropping them between folders and directories, or perhaps using the more Windows-like file cut and paste ability. Both of those methods work just fine to relocate files and move things about, but another lesser known option to move a file ... Read More

Use Darken Colors to Increase Text Color Contrast in iOS

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:47
One of the bigger complaints stemming from the iOS redesign is that the stark white interface with thin fonts can be difficult to read. Setting text to Bold makes an enormous difference, but some of the color choices in iOS still lack enough contrast to make things easy on the eyes, particularly for those with ... Read More

How to Target Specific Battery Hogging Apps & Processes in Mac OS X

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 20:18
OS X provides a great way to quickly find what app is using battery power from a drop-down menu on portable Macs, but you’re usually left with a single option to address the battery hog, and that is quitting the app. But it’s not always necessary to quit out of the entire app in question, ... Read More

Mac Setups: Vloggers Minimalist iMac Desk with Multicolor LED Backlighting

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 20:26
This weeks featured setup is the minimalist desk configuration of photographer and vlogger Arttu K., who uses LED backlighting to achieve a really nice mood effect behind the iMac setup. Let’s learn a bit more! Tell us a bit about your Mac setup and why you chose it? I wanted a setup that would last ... Read More

Mark Voicemail As Read / Listened on the iPhone Without Listening to Them

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:26
Voicemail messages have been modernized quite a bit by the iPhone’s visual voicemail service, but it’s still fairly common to wind up with many stale voicemails that aren’t listened to. You don’t have to delete the messages, or even listen to them to mark them as read (listened? heard?) though, thanks to a simple yet ... Read More

Simple Tips to Make the “All My Files” Finder View More Useful on the Mac

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 23:38
A fair amount of Mac users have ditched the “All My Files” default Finder window option by setting new windows to open to the ~/ Home directory again, which was long the default in OS X anyway. This is usually because All My Files is viewed as an overwhelming amalgamation of every single thing on ... Read More

Adjust Moving Wallpapers in iOS 7.1 with Perspective Zoom

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 21:53
iPhone and iPad users can now directly control whether their iOS wallpaper moves around dramatically, thanks to a setting called “Perspective Zoom” that was added in iOS 7.1. The toggle is separate from the general reduce motion setting, and is selected when choosing a wallpaper, offering a separate control for some of the more exaggerated ... Read More

Send an SMS Text Message from the Command Line

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 18:27
When you think of sending out text messages you probably think of the iPhone or an Android, and the command line doesn’t cross your mind, but thanks to the ever-useful curl command, you can send out a SMS text message to any phone number right from the Terminal. Yes, curl, the same command line tool ... Read More

How to Make FaceTime Audio Calls from the Mac to OS X or iOS

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:30
The Mac can now make outbound voice calls to other Apple users that have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or another Mac, using nothing but the native FaceTime Audio service. Built into OS X, FaceTime Audio can be used to call any other FaceTime user, free, anywhere in the world, and it provides excellent audio ... Read More

Clean Installing iOS 7.1 May Fix iPad Air Low Memory Crashes

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:48
Some iPad Air owners have been impacted by a persistent crashing issue, where either the entire device crashes and reboots, or, more commonly, where the Safari browser crashes and randomly quits. The Safari crashing issue is often repeatable by pointing Safari at several Javascript heavy web pages with numerous tabs open, or by opening a ... Read More

Tag Files in OS X with a Keyboard Shortcut

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:47
Tagging files and folders in OS X can be a handy way to help manage and organize the contents of the Finder, even if only used on a limited basis for specific projects. To get the most out of file tags though, you’ll want to get quick access to the feature. One way to do ... Read More

iOS 7.1 Update Released with Speed Improvements, Bug Fixes, New Features [IPSW Download Links]

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:51
Apple has released iOS 7.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, the first major system software update to iOS 7 since the launch last year. The update includes many bug fixes, feature enhancements, speed improvements, as well as a variety of updated user interface elements. Updating to iOS 7.1 is recommended for ... Read More

How to Forget a Wi-Fi Network in Mac OS X

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:43
Once a wi-fi network has been joined in OS X, the Mac will default to joining that network if it’s within range and available again. This is undeniably convenient for joining our home, work, and regular wireless networks, but it can be a nuisance when the Mac rejoins a network that you no longer want ... Read More

Mac Setups: The Quad Display MacBook Pro Setup of a Programmer

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 20:34
This weeks featured Mac setup is the desk of Stephen G., a web programmer with a genuinely awesome quad display configuration. If you’re wondering how this great setup gets used, or if you’re just curious how on earth to drive three additional screens off of a MacBook Pro in a similarly sweet four-panel layout like ... Read More

How to Set a Screen Saver to Run at the Login Window of Mac OS X

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 19:02
The Macs default boot login screen is fairly boring by default, and though it can be spruced up with custom wallpaper, another option is to set a screen saver to run at the login window of OS X. This requires using a defaults command string entered at the command line, which then makes the screen ... Read More

Get Confused with Android Kit Kat & Galaxy S5 Wallpapers for the iPhone

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 18:23
Most smartphone owners are pretty set on their preference towards the iPhone or Android, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cross-pollinate a bit… at least with your device wallpaper. With the general bright-color trend, many of the Android wallpapers look absolutely fantastic on the iPhone and iPad too, and some of the KitKat wallpapers are ... Read More

How to View and Re-Send an “Unsent Message” in Mail for iOS

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 00:35
Ever launched the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad to discover an “Unsent Message” indicator at the bottom of the screen? An email usually goes unsent if you lose internet access while trying to send the message, a fairly common occurrence for those who live in areas with poor cellular reception or that have ... Read More

Place the Cursor at the Mouse Position in Terminal with an Option+Click

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 22:07
Most command line users rely heavily on Terminal keyboard navigation to move about within text files and get around within the Terminal, but OS X has a super simple trick up its sleeve that lets you instantly position the mouse cursor anywhere in the Terminal. Yup, no more tabbing around or repeatedly tapping on the ... Read More

How to Play YouTube Audio / Video in the Background of iOS 7

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:01
Playing YouTube videos and audio in the background of iOS is an easy way to listen to a song or show that you want to stream to your iPhone, but the ability to play that stream in the background has changed a bit with the newest versions of iOS. As many recall, users on the ... Read More

Watch File Download Progress Easily in OS X from Dock or Finder Windows

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:23
OS X includes many smaller details that can make digital life much easier, but because they’re fairly minor features, they can often go overlooked by Mac users. An excellent example of such a feature are the transfer progress indicators that are native throughout OS X, these make it extremely easy to keep an eye on ... Read More