How to save Vine videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 25, 2015

Who knew 6-second-long looping video clips would turn out to be so much fun? If you’re into short-form entertainment, there’s probably no better place to get your daily fix of user-posted clips, some of which are quite interesting—I’ve seen whole how-tos compressed into six seconds—than Vine.

The problem is, both Vine the website and mobile app prohibit you from saving your favorite clips to your computer or mobile device. Thankfully, there are apps for that, too.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to save Vine videos to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac using a nifty little utility and a free of charge web app. Read More


Tip: take this extra step after deleting items in Photos for iOS and OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

A lot of people make a common mistake, believing they have freed up storage space on their device after deleting a bunch of photos and videos in the Photos app.

In reality, deleting a photo or video doesn’t immediately free up storage space. That’s because Photos on iOS and OS X tucks all deleted items under a special album for 30 days.

This is for your convenience, so you can undelete items if you change your mind later on. In short, items aren’t immediately removed from your device upon choosing Delete in Photos.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to lay out a few extra steps you should take in order to get rid of deleted items in Photos forever and really gain some additional storage lost to unwanted photos and videos. Read More


How to bring back old password-entry grid on fourth-generation Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

To me, the new software keyboard in tvOS is absolutely the biggest pain point and a major step back from the old password-entry grid on previous Apple TV models.

As ridiculous as it sounds, Apple has opted to put all the characters in a single line, two-row layout. This isn’t just odd from a user experience standpoint, the new keyboard design in tvOS is a lot slower and clunkier to maneuver than the previous grid-style one.

And with the amount of passwords needing entering in third-party video apps, it’s especially annoying and cumbersome. But as it turns out, there’s a way to bring back the old password-entry grid to speed up typing those passwords. Read More


How to copy file or folder’s complete path on your Mac directly from Finder

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2015

The Mac’s Finder isn’t as versatile a file manager when it comes to copying a file or folder’s full path as the Windows Explorer app is.

To be sure, OS X has long allowed you to enable an interactive file path at the bottom of Finder windows, and even show the complete path in a window’s titlebar, but these methods won’t let you copy an item’s full path to the system clipboard easily.

With OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has introduced a new Copy Pathname option that makes it very easy to do just that. And in this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to copy a file or folder’s complete path on El Capitan-enabled Macs, directly from the Finder. Read More


How to permanently delete your Viber account

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2015

Our previous tutorials have taught you how to delete a WhatsApp account, as well as your Facebook and Instagram account, along with any underlying user data. But we understand that not everyone is a fan of Facebook-owned services.

For instance, some people prefer Viber for their instant messaging needs. Those pondering leaving Viber might be wondering if they can deactivate their account and delete their data.

In a word, yes. In this tutorial, we’ll tell you everything there’s to know pertaining to deleting a Viber account, guide you through the account deactivation process and inform you what happens to your data after the account is killed. Read More


Fix “Fetching” delay when selecting “Open With” on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Nov 20, 2015

In my mind, computers are always supposed to work the way they should. And because they are computers, I shouldn’t have to wait for them to process basic tasks. That’s all in my mind of course, because in reality, things don’t always go the way they should.

A perfect example of that is the Open With menu you get when right clicking on a file. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, my iMac will spend several seconds “fetching” the applications that can be used to open that specific file type.

Like with most things computer-related, the fix is pretty simple. Read More


How to quickly go back where you were after accidentally scrubbing on Apple TV remote

By Sébastien Page on Nov 19, 2015

You’re sitting on your couch watching a movie. You reach for the Siri remote to adjust the volume, and once again, you accidentally scrub forward or backward when your finger touches the Touch surface. Now you’re struggling to scrub back where you were until you find the right spot.

If you own the new Apple TV, you have most likely faced this annoying situation several times. Thankfully, a quick press of a button can fix this problem and take you right back where you were before you accidentally scrubbed. Read More


How to delete documents and data stored in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 19, 2015

Apps’ documents and data stored in iCloud can quickly add up, and depending on the size of your storage plan, you might need to do some cleaning in there from time to time to ensure that you don’t waste any of that precious space. In this post, we’ll show you how to delete documents and data in iCloud. Read More


How to check Apple Pencil battery level

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Unlike Microsoft’s Surface Pen that depends on a user-replaceable AAAA battery, Apple’s Pencil has a non-replaceable, rechargeable 0.329 Wh li-ion one.

Though it holds just five precent of the charge of an iPhone 6s battery, it can gain 30 minutes’ worth of runtime with a quick 15-second charge via the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

However, the accessory itself lacks a battery status indicator that would give an at-a-glance overview of how much juice it has left. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily check the battery status of your Apple Pencil, right on your iPad Pro. Read More


How to enable high-contrast cursor on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

Navigating the tvOS interface on the fourth-generation Apple TV using the Siri Remote couldn’t be easier—that is, unless your vision is impaired or you simply have difficulty discerning if an on-screen item is selected or not.

Apple’s robust set of Accessibility controls come to the rescue via a dedicated switch in Settings that enables a nice glow effect around the selection rectangle to highlight selected items further.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to turn on a high-contrast cursor on your fourth-generation Apple TV with just a few taps to better delineate focused content. Read More


7 tips to get rid of junk files and recover storage space on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

There’s nothing worse than pulling an iPhone out of your pocket to capture that brief moment in life that will never repeat itself only to be met with a “storage almost full” message.

It’s a sinking feeling so no wonder that most folks tend to immediately remove older photos.

But there are better ways to free up storage space on your device that don’t necessarily involve deleting your precious memories. Faced with a low-storage prompt, your first order of business should be checking if apps you frequently use are gobbling up your storage by caching large amounts of data.

That’s just the starters, as there’re plenty of other space-saving techniques you should be employing on a regular basis. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to manually flush app caches, disable certain iOS features and flip the switches you never knew existed in order to remove as much of the cruft clogging up your iOS device as possible. Read More


Tip: manually select what apps can be backed up in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 17, 2015

If you selected to use iCloud for backing up your iOS device during its initial set up, then most apps you install will have their settings automatically backed up in iCloud on a regular basis. This can be pretty handy in case you restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup because you won’t have to set up all your apps preferences again.

But what if you don’t want certain apps to automatically be backed up in iCloud? As it turns out, it’s pretty simple to handpick what apps can or cannot be backed up in iCloud. We show you how. Read More


How to disable suggested events in Calendar on iOS and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

In addition to suggesting contacts from Mail data, the new Proactive assistant in iOS 9 and El Capitan can make smart event proposals based on information found in Mail.

For example, when you get an email with a date and time in the message body, Mail will offer to add a proposed event to the stock Calendar app. Emails from known providers (i.e. restaurant confirmations) end up in a special “Events Found in Mail” section in Calendar, awaiting your final confirmation.

Should you find this behavior distracting, annoying or downright creepy, don’t worry because Apple has kindly provided controls to disable the feature. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to prevent your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac from rummaging through your email looking for calendar events. Read More


Fix: stuck progress bar below LaunchPad icon

By Sébastien Page on Nov 16, 2015

I had this issue for a while on my MacBook Air where there would constantly be a progress bar below the LaunchPad icon. Typically, this progress bar means something is downloading, but after checking, I couldn’t find anything being installed on my Mac, so I figured the problem had to be deeper than that. In this post, I will share with you a few things you can try if you are facing the same issue. Read More


How to permanently delete your WhatsApp account

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2015

Are you suffering from information overload? Is using multiple chat services to stay in touch with friends and family starting to feel like a burden?

People who rarely use Facebook-owned WhatsApp and don’t envision using the service much going forward might be wondering whether they can nuke their account and all of the underlying data out of orbit. The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you step-by-step through WhatsApp’s account deletion process, inform you what happens to your data after the fact and teach you how to reactivate your account and restore your chats and media. Read More


How to turn webpages into PDF documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

You no longer need a dedicated app to turn webpages or your photos into PDF documents on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. That’s because iOS 9 has conveniently added a new item to the system-wide Share menu which permits you to do just that, right out of the box and in seamless fashion.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn any webpage in Safari, or one or more photos in your Camera roll, into a PDF document and send it to iBooks. Read More


How to silence Apple Watch with a simple gesture

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

When you’re in a meeting or at the movies and a phone call comes in or a loud alert starts dinging, nothing compares to the social awkwardness after realizing you’ve forgotten to silence your watch. Surely you don’t wanna being labeled as that guy, no?

While you can mute the alerts on the watch with a couple taps, by the time you fumble through the menus you’ll have already embarrassed yourself.

Thankfully, there’s a better way: the Apple Watch includes a nifty little feature for silencing incoming phone calls and other audible alerts with a super quick gesture. Read More


How to preview flight information and track flights on iPhone, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Aside from several headline feature additions, Apple’s iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan software updates contain a bunch of little gems, among them data detectors for flight information.

This permits iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac owners to quickly look up flight status information found in notes, messages and emails using a rich interface with flight trajectory, flight status, arrival times and other information.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to quickly preview the current status and other information pertaining to an airline and flight number, with or without leaving the context of what you’re currently doing. Read More


How to watch BBC iPlayer on Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 7, 2015

Last month, an open source app called Auntie Player was released to access on demand programs from the BBC. This app can be sideloaded on an Apple TV and used to watch BBC on demand content and even live content.

I tested out Auntie Player today, and it worked as expected. Keep in mind, however, that you’re supposed to be in the UK in order to properly access its content. There are ways to access BBC iPlayer outside of the UK, but we cannot endorse those methods.

Still, we understand that many of our UK-based readers would be interested in accessing BBC iPlayer on the Apple TV, so in this post we’re going to show you how. Read More


How to redeem an Apple TV app promo code

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 6, 2015

While it’s possible to receive promo codes for Apple TV apps, it’s not possible to redeem such codes directly from the Apple TV interface itself. Even though the newly released Apple TV is the first iteration of the device capable of running native apps, Apple is keeping the process of promo code redemption limited to iOS or the Mac.

Have you received a promo code for an Apple TV app or game? In this post, we’ll show you how to redeem it. Read More

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