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  • Tuesday Tips: 5 Yosemite Finder And Spotlight Tricks For Better File Management

    45m By Nick Mediati
    Yosemite comes with a greatly overhauled Spotlight search feature…and a slightly improved Finder. And with each come some new features for getting things done. Get A File Preview In Every Finder Window How can you learn more about a file in the Finder? You…
  • iOS 8.1 Is Out, And The Camera Roll Is Back

    Mon 2:00pm By Nick Mediati
    It’s time to fire up Software Update—again—and get the iOS 8.1 update. This update fixes various bugs and adds in features missing from iOS 8.0. Most notably, iOS 8.1 enables the SMS/MMS-to-Mac portion of Continuity, brings Apple Pay to the masses, and…
  • Yosemite Tip: Mute Conversations In Messages And Cut The Chat!

    Sat 9:30am By Nick Mediati
    I swear; some people are just too chatty. And thanks to Yosemite’s Continuity features, I can get all sorts of SMS messages forwarded to my Mac, which means I’ll be inundated with new-message alerts. Or not. I’m not that popular. But if you are, the…
  • Worth Reading: The Verge Reviews OS X Yosemite

    Sat 4:13am By Nick Mediati
    David Pierce (who briefly blogged for me while I worked at PCWorld) gives his evaluation of OS X Yosemite: “It’s a cleaner, calmer, more balanced look that I like a lot, even if I did change my background immediately. But there’s still a dock at the…
  • Yosemite Tip: Master These Safari Settings For Better Browsing

    Fri 8:01pm By Nick Mediati
    Safari received quite an overhaul in OS X Yosemite—and we’re not just talking about looks. Apple changed many aspects of how the browser behaves, and added a number of new features. Here are a few settings to tweak to get more out of Safari in Yosemite.…
  • Yosemite Tip: How To Get The Old ‘Zoom’ Button Back

    Thu 4:31pm By Nick Mediati
    Prior to OS X Yosemite, the green zoom/maximize button would expand windows to a larger size in order to accommodate all of its contents. In Yosemite, however, it triggers full-screen mode by default in apps that support it. The change makes sense—if…
  • Yosemite Tip: Turn Off Transparency Effects

    Thu 3:55pm By Nick Mediati
    Back in 2007, Apple released Mac OS X Leopard, and with it, introduced a new, transparent look to the menubar. It looked great in demos, but in some circumstances, it rendered the menubar text hard to read. Shortly after, Apple added a checkbox in Desktop and…
  • Yosemite Tip: Put A Calculator In Your Notification Center

    Thu 3:08pm By Nick Mediati
    Notification Center in Yosemite  has learned a few tricks from iOS, such as the customizable Today view. To change which widgets—which ranging from weather forecasts to a calculator—appear in your Today view panel, open notification Center, then press the…
  • Macworld Expo Ends Its Run (For Now), Goes ‘On Hiatus’

    Oct 14, 2014, 2:37 pm By Nick Mediati
    It looks like it’s the end of the road for the annual Macworld/iWorld show—at least for now. IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that it was putting the tradeshow formerly known as Macworld Expo “on hiatus,” and that the show would not take place in…
  • Worth Reading: ‘Why I Swapped The HTC One M8 For The iPhone 6′

    Oct 10, 2014, 6:23 pm By Nick Mediati
    TechRadar’s Kevin Lee looks back on his switch from iPhone to Android—and back: “‘Don’t like what comes stock with Android? Just replace it,’ a fellow Android-using friend once told me; this seems to be the mindset behind Android, which makes it…
  • Musician Turns The iPhone’s Marimba Ringtone Into a Song You’d Actually Want To Hear

    Oct 9, 2014, 4:33 pm By Nick Mediati
    The iPhone’s Marimba ringtone has become just about as clichéd as the old Nokia and Motorola RAZR ringtones of the early-to-mid 2000s. But musician Alexis Hadefi turned this iconic-if-played-out ringtone into a legitimate piece of music by strumming and…
  • Apple Has More Stuff To Show Off, Will Hold A Media Event On October 16

    Oct 8, 2014, 6:43 pm By Nick Mediati
    In just over a week, Apple will convene the press again and show off some more of its wares, as The Verge notes. The upcoming event takes place October 16, and it looks to be a bit more low-key, taking place at Apple’s on-campus Town Hall instead of larger…
  • iPhone 6 Prototype Emerges On eBay… For Now

    Oct 5, 2014, 8:48 am By Joshua Schnell
    A wild iPhone 6 prototype emerged from the depths of Apple’s supply chain last night. Apparently the phone, a fully functioning prototype, was sent out to an unsuspecting Verizon customer. And, like any good Verizon customer would, the phone was placed on…
  • Worth Reading: ‘We Need To Talk About iOS 8′

    Oct 3, 2014, 4:39 pm By Nick Mediati
    Fraser Speirs is not particularly happy with the state of iOS 8: “For sure, iOS 8 is highly ambitious. I have long been an advocate for many of the features that iOS 8 brought: extensions, interoperability and so on. Sadly, complexity has brought with it…
  • Tuesday Tips: Hide The QuickType Bar In iOS 8

    Sep 30, 2014, 4:41 pm By Nick Mediati
    New in iOS 8, the QuickType bar provides word suggestions based on what you’re typing. It’s a handy feature, even though it sometimes comes up with some bizarre things. If you’re on an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c, however, the QuickType bar can make things a…
  • Epic Zen Garden, What Should I Tip, NYT Cooking, Storehouse, And Swype Are Our Apps Of The Week

    Sep 30, 2014, 2:24 pm By Michael McConnell
    It has been a rough week to be an iOS user: After all, iOS 8 has not exactly been the smoothest release in Apple history. However, if you have jumped onto the iOS 8 bandwagon, or have a brand new iPhone, we’ve got some apps to dull the pain of failed…
  • Worth Checking Out: Movie Quotes Mangled By iOS 8

    Sep 29, 2014, 7:05 pm By Nick Mediati
    What would happen if you let iOS 8’s QuickType feature complete famous movie lines? Randall Monroe imagines the possibilities in his latest XKCD comic. I mean…
  • Apple Patches Bash To Guard Against Shellshock Exploits

    Sep 29, 2014, 6:38 pm By Nick Mediati
    It’s time for another round of software updates: Apple has released a collection of patches for the bash Terminal shell to correct the recently discoveed “Shellshock” security bug. Apple had previously stated that most Mac users don’t need to worry…
  • Worth Reading: The Story Behind The 5th Avenue Apple Store’s Cube

    Sep 29, 2014, 6:01 pm By Nick Mediati
    Vicky Ward at New York Magazine has a fascinating look at how the Fifth Avenue and its iconic glass cube entrance came about: “Though it has been open for less than a decade, the Apple store under the glass cube at the base GM building is already one of the…
  • HabitRPG, Adventure Time: Treasure Fetch, Planetary Annihilation, Goat Simulator, And Counterspy Are…

    Sep 28, 2014, 8:30 am By Michael McConnell
    Okay, so iOS 8.0 8.0.1 8.0.2 is out, and we don’t have much to show for it on the game side yet (But come back Monday for our weekly app roundup for a really cool tech demo released by Unreal). What we do have, though, are some really interesting games. I…
  • ‘No Likes Yet’ Lets You Give Love To Unliked Instagram Photos

    Sep 26, 2014, 3:50 pm By Nick Mediati
    Lots of photos on Instagram go unloved, just waiting for someone—anyone—to click the heart button. Won’t somebody think of the photos?? No Likes Yet is a site that gives these unlikes photos a second chance at love. Log in with your Instagram account,…
  • Worth Reading: What Is The Shellshock Bash Bug And Why Does It Matter?

    Sep 26, 2014, 2:38 am By Nick Mediati
    Shellshock is a nasty, recently discovered security bug that affects the Bash terminal shell for Unix-based operating systems, including Linux and OS X. Engadget has a great overview that describes what Shellshock is, what an attacker can do while exploiting…
  • iOS 8.0.2 Is Out, And It Fixes The Last iOS Fix

    Sep 25, 2014, 9:14 pm By Nick Mediati
    Let’s try this again. iOS 8.0.2 is now available for download, and it addresses all the issues that iOS 8.0.1 fixed, as well as the Touch ID and cell service issues that iOS 8.0.1 caused for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners. Early reports  indicate that…
  • Worth Reading: The Hauntingly Weird Poetry Of iOS 8 Predictive Text

    Sep 25, 2014, 5:41 pm By Nick Mediati
    iOS 8’s new QuickType feature says the darnedest things. BuzzFeed’s staff rounded up some of their favorite examples of the predictive text feature’s well-meaning gibberish. Enjoy.
  • Fix For iOS 8.0.1 Bugs Coming ‘In The Next Few Days’

    Sep 25, 2014, 2:36 pm By Nick Mediati
    You won’t have to wait too long for an update that won’t break cell service and TouchID. In a support document published late Wednesday, Apple stated that it would have a new update for iOS that, you know,  actually works, sometime “in the next few…
  • Worth Reading: In-App Browsers Considered Harmful

    Sep 24, 2014, 9:05 pm By Nick Mediati
    Craig Hockenberry of Iconfactory fame explains how those in-app browsers in iOS Twitter clients (among other apps) can eavesdrop on everything you type into text fields—including login screens. Simply put: Don’t trust in-app browsers with any personal…
  • iOS 8.0.1 Is Out, But Don’t Update Just Yet [Update: Pulled]

    Sep 24, 2014, 1:33 pm By Nick Mediati
    [Update, 11:26AM PDT: Apple has pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update, according to John Paczkowski of Re/code. iMore has a guide to downgrading to iOS 8.0 via iTunes' Restore feature if you're among of the unlucky ones who, um, "upgraded." Our original story continues…
  • Tuesday Tips: Enable Third-Party Sharing Options in iOS 8

    Sep 23, 2014, 2:58 pm By Michael McConnell
    iOS 8 brings with it new custom share sheets: In previous versions of iOS, you would have to rely on bookmarklets to add on to the built-in sharing options and hope that the JavaScript code would play nice on mobile. Now you can just use the native share…
  • Tuesday Tips: Enable Safari Extensions On iOS 8

    Sep 23, 2014, 11:30 am By Michael McConnell
    iOS 8 includes support for extensions in Safari, which allows developers to add useful features to the browser. And like some of the other more advanced features in iOS 8, it’s tucked away in a corner. With that in mind, here’s how to turn on extensions…
  • Tuesday Tips: Use Third-Party Keyboards With iOS 8

    Sep 23, 2014, 8:45 am By Michael McConnell
    Thanks to iOS 8, you can finally download and install a third-party keyboard on your iPhone or iPad—something Android users have bragged about for years. Unfortunately, how to use this new capability is not particularly obvious, and it isn’t as simple as…
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