How to add Continuity features to older Macs

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 22, 2017

Most of our readers will be familiar by now with Apple’s Continuity suite, a slew of features which were introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. These features include Instant Hotspot, a new AirDrop, SMS/Phone calls from Mac, and Handoff. With macOS Sierra and iOS 10, they added Auto Unlock and Universal Clipboard to the group.

The catch is of course that making use of these features requires certain hardware. Therefore, Macs from before about 2010/11 appear not to support some or all of the new functionality. However, it turns out there is a way to enable Continuity on your older hardware. In this guide we’ll go through how to do it. Read More

 

How to show basic system information on your Mac login screen

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 21, 2017

If you’re one of those who love to tweak every little facet of their Mac experience, then this guide is for you. It brings several system information items such as computer name, your current IP address, and your macOS version right to your login screen where they can be easily referenced.

For this modification, all we will need is the Terminal application and a few minutes, so let’s get started! Read More

 

Tip: save some space on your iPhone by flushing Dropbox caches

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2017

Low on storage, you say? If you’re a heavy Dropbox user who’s running out of storage space on their device, clearing the app’s cache should be first order of business. The mobile app keeps a cache of files for efficiency and emergency purposes, aside from doubling as a staging area for downloading and uploading.

Flushing the cache should help free up some storage space on your iOS device.

Doing so is likely to cause files to load longer, but none of the offline items will be affected. If you’d like to free up some storage space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, follow the steps outlined in this tutorial to clear the Dropbox cache with just a few taps. Read More

 

How to save your live Instagram video to iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2017

Photography service Instagram recently pushed an update to its mobile application, allowing you to save your live broadcast to the Camera roll right after you’ve ended it. This feature requires Instagram 10.2 for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, which can be downloaded free from App Store.

In this brief step-by-step tutorial, we’re going to teach you how you can save live Instagram videos to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

This will save you a lot of headache if you want to keep your live Instagram videos forever, re-use and edit your broadcasts in other apps, relive them at any time, even when your device is without network connectivity, and more. Read More

 

How to show the expanded Save dialog by default on Mac

By Joaquim Barbosa on Mar 18, 2017

By default, the behaviour of macOS upon saving a file is to open a simple dialog window, with only a single drop-down menu showing possible save locations. These locations can vary based on the program settings, your most-used save location, or your last-used save location.

Although this is fine for quickly saving documents to common folders such as Documents or Downloads, it is cumbersome to use the drop-down menu when saving regularly to multiple hard drives and previously unused nested folders. Luckily, there is a way to always show a full file browser in the save dialog for more granular control. Read More

 

How to select different still frames of Live Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2017

Live Photos is among the features Apple was selling prominently during the iPhone 6s ad campaign. Live Photos is still around, thanks for asking. As you’ll recall, Live Photos lets you record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you snap a photograph.

These images come alive when you touch them in the Photos app and can be set as your Lock screen wallpaper or shared via services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. When you take a Live Photo, the Camera app uses AI to select the best still image.

It’s this still portion of a Live Photo that’s displayed in the Photos app, sent when you share it and more. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to select a different moment in your Live Photo as the still frame. Read More

 

How to disable vocal alerts for turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2017

If you use Google Maps to go places you’re not accustomed to, then you’re likely familiar with navigation and the turn-by-turn vocal alerts you hear while you go. These prompts say things like “turn left” or “stay right” as you’re driving, working as an audible guide to get you to your destination.

Vocal alerts are enabled in the app by default, and while they are usually useful, not everyone likes them. You can turn down your device’s volume to combat them, but doing this will also impact any music you might have playing and doesn’t yield satisfactory results.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can properly mute vocal alerts in the Google Maps app. Read More

 

How to change your Twitter username

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 15, 2017

Your Twitter username, or Twitter handle, is basically your identity on the social network. This is how people can find you and send you messages, either with a public mention or via DM. As you grow with the times, you may come to a point where you want to change your existing username to something new.

Fortunately, Twitter makes it very easy for you to change your Twitter handle, and in this tutorial we’ll show you how to change it. Read More

 

How to disable Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2017

Apple’s 13 and 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pros come outfitted with Touch Bar, which is an OLED display strip in place of the physical function keys at the top of your keyboard. Touch Bar updates its graphics dynamically based on what you’re doing and apps that you’re using, giving you one-tap access to common features and shortcuts on your Mac.

In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing turning off app shortcuts displayed in your Touch Bar altogether so that its layout mimics that of your Mac’s keyboard. This will let you tap a button to access standard macOS features like brightness, volume and media controls, Mission Control, Launchpad, Siri or—yes—even those Fn keys. Read More

 

Apple wants to zero in on ‘Pro’ segment, but what about the large majority?

By Steffen Reich on Mar 14, 2017

In a statement warmly welcomed by us internet folk, Tim Cook recently proclaimed “you will see us do more in the pro area.” In our circles, this is unquestionably good news, as we all foster an insatiable appetite for new innovations, be that on a hardware or software level. More pro is great, however I invariably had to spare a thought for the average, not-so techy Apple customer.

I’m talking about the type of customer that after owning their iPhone 6S for more than a year, still has little concept of what 3D Touch does. Or how about the one that loves their new MacBook, but will gaze at you with a stunned expression when you introduce them to Force Touch on their trackpad. This is by no means meant to sound snarky or patronizing, because as a matter of fact, I don’t blame them for not knowing – I blame Apple for failing to take everyone along for the ride due to poor communication.

Shifting up the ‘Pro’ a notch in the future sounds great, that said how do you straddle the line between pleasing us tech-warriors and not entirely overwhelming a large majority of users, a majority already only privity to roughly half of the juicy features on their devices? Apple needs to find some cogent answers to this issue, and rather than creating a two-tier system in their hardware sold (labelling only some products ‘Pro’), I contend that software could be the key.

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