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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

How to Show Holidays in the Calendar App for OS X

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 17:42
With so many holidays scattered throughout the year, it’s easy to lose track of when is what, and on which day the next falls. Fortunately, the Mac Calendar app makes it simple to toggle the display of all holidays directly in the Calendar app, so you’ll never lose track over what date Palm Sunday, Earth ... Read More

How to Turn Off the New Mail Alert Sound in iOS

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 21:15
All iOS users know the familiar “ding” alert sound of a new email landing in the inbox of your iPhone or iPad. For those of us who live attached to technology, these alert sounds have basically trained our brain to stop what we’re doing and check our inbox, often relying only on the mute button ... Read More

Ask Siri to Find You a 7-Eleven, The Response Is Unexpected

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:47
If you’re a regular reader here, you already know that Siri can be used for directions, and you know there’s plenty of funny commands to ask, but this one is an unexpected combination of both… Grab your iPhone (or iPad) and ask Siri to find you a 7-Eleven (yes the global 24 hour convenience store), ... Read More

How to Change a Game Center Nickname from the iPhone & iPad

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 20:55
Game Center is the online gaming basis for many games in iOS and OS X, letting users play online, track scores, play against friends, it’s also generally required to use for almost every game played on an iPhone or iPad. When signing up for Game Center for the first time, plenty of us chose a ... Read More

How to Fix an “Unable to Join the Network” Error in iOS

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 01:17
Considering that so much of the functionality of iOS is dependent on the internet, it’s pretty frustrating if you can’t join a wireless network because of a mystery “Unable to join the network [name]” error popping up on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. You may encounter this alert trying to join a wifi network ... Read More

2 Critically Important Things Every Apple User Must Do This Weekend

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 19:12
Two hugely important software security updates have been released for many Apple devices recently, and if you haven’t updated your software to the latest versions yet, you really should do it while you have some free time this weekend. Do this for all of your own Apple hardware, do this for your parents Macs, grandparents ... Read More

Reduce Data Usage When Web Browsing on iPhone with Chrome

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:21
The latest versions of Chrome for iOS offer an optional data compression feature that uses Google servers to further compress web pages visited before accessing them from your iPhone or iPad. Put simply, toggling this setting can help to reduce your cellular data consumption when browsing the web within the Chrome app for iOS, and ... Read More

Remove Provisioning Profiles from an iPhone to Stop the Expiration Alert

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 01:03
Provisioning profiles are typically installed onto iPhones and iPads for development and testing purposes, but non developers may wind up with them on their iOS devices too, whether from testing an app or installing something like GBA4iOS from the web. For non-developers, this usually goes unnoticed until they get one of the “Provisioning Profile Expiration” ... Read More

Resolving systemstats CPU Usage Issues Causing Sluggishness in OS X

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 18:54
The systemstats process is used to retrieve information about system statistics and power usage, and though it usually runs unnoticed in the background, the systemstatsd and systemstats processes have been known to randomly go haywire in OS X, eating up 100%-300% or more CPU while slowing down a Mac. Generally, there’s nothing to concern yourself ... Read More

How to Block iMessage Senders in Messages for Mac

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 21:44
The Messages app is the native instant messaging client for OS X which supports everything from iMessage, Facebook chat, to AIM. Though users have long been able to block senders from AIM and Facebook, the iMessage protocol was notably void of a block feature on the Mac until the OS X 10.9.2 update. Now changed, ... Read More

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