By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 6, 2013
As someone who records podcasts and records videos, I constantly find myself switching between the various audio input and output devices on my Mac. You can do this by venturing into the System Preferences and clicking on the Sound option, but that can really slow down your workflow when you need to switch between audio devices many times each day.
I’ve found a tool that runs in the menu bar that makes switching between the different audio devices on the Mac a cinch; in fact, doing so is just a mere two clicks away. The utility is called Audio Switcher—a free tool available for anyone who wishes to switch between audio devices more efficiently. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 6, 2013
Lots of people have asked me how I go about recording footage directly from the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The process is one that is simple and straightforward with the help of a couple of hardware and software tools.
From time to time I will record footage directly from an iOS device, while at other times, I like to record the screen using an external camera so that you can see my hands as I work with the device. Depending on the circumstances, I’ve been known to switch up my methods for doing so.
The bottom line is that there are times in which you should definitely go the direct feed route as opposed to recording the screen externally. As the saying goes, there are many ways to skin a cat, but the method that I’ve been using has been working quite well for me. Have a look inside as I spill the details on what makes a successful iOS device recording setup. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 5, 2013
iCloud Keychain is a nice new addition to iOS 7, because it allows you to save username and password combinations to the cloud. This means that it’s possible to save login information for sites you frequent and auto login to those sites using the saved username and password info.
iCloud Keychain has been criticized by the tech press for being half baked. While that is certainly true—it has many opportunities for improvement and refinement—it’s better than nothing if you ask me.
Some have lamented about the fact that certain sites force passwords to go unsaved. Web sites have the option of requesting passwords not to be saved, and many sites—especially financial services like banks—have opted in to this. This feature, among other issues, is a thorn in the side of many iCloud Keychain users. Fortunately, it’s an issue that can solved with relative ease. Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 4, 2013
My sister-in-law has finally come over to the Dark Side. That is, from my brother’s point of view, who is a diehard Android user. She recently invested in the new iPhone 5s. Now, she has a shiney new phone, but doesn’t know a thing about what apps to get.
So, being the app expert that I am, it is my job to help her find the perfect games, photo editors, and social networking enhancements to make her iOS experience the best it can be. This year, she’ll be getting apps for Christmas.
If you are new to iOS, or have never thought about giving an app as a gift, you may not know how to do so. We have a quick tutorial to explain how to send an app to your friends and family through iTunes on your computer or through the App Store on your iOS device… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 16, 2013
A few weeks ago, we explained how to set up iCloud Keychain so that your username and password information can be stored and synced across all of your compatible devices, including Mac desktops and laptops running OS X Mavericks.
If you’ve started using iCloud Keychain, you may have noticed that you will be prompted to use the service for certain additional features, like creating new passwords and automatically storing credit card information through Safari’s AutoFill feature.
We have a quick tutorial to show you how to turn on the AutoFill feature on your iPhone, and how to manually add credit cards so that you can use it to fill in online purchase forms faster… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 11, 2013
Have you ever used a specific menu command in an app and wondered to yourself, “Why is there no keyboard shortcut assigned to this command?” I think we’ve all been there before. Fortunately, fixing the issue requires little more than a few minutes of your time. Inside, we’ll show you how easy it is to quickly create a keyboard shortcut for your favorite apps. Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 9, 2013
Even people who love reading books all of the time will sometimes get too busy to sit down on the couch and spend a few hours with their nose in their favorite novel. Sometimes, running around, baking cookies, knitting sweaters, and exercising gets in the way of quality reading time.
You could invest money and digital storage space into downloading audio books from iTunes or a third-party digital audio book supplier. Or, you could just get your device to read to you using the iOS accessibility feature, VoiceOver… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 3, 2013
There may be a number of great alarm clock apps in the App Store, but thanks to Apple’s recent iOS 7 update, the native clock app looks good and works great. So, if you want to give the native alarm option a try, you may find that it is the only app you need to wake you up in the morning.
Apple also added a plethora of new chimes and tones to keep your ears interested. But if you are tired of “Night Owl” and “By the Seaside” you will be happy to know that you can add your own music as the alarm sound… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Nov 2, 2013
Sometimes there are some features you take for granted. Take the list view in the Calendar app for example. In iOS 6, it was pretty straightforward. You had three tabs at the bottom of the app for List, Day, and Month views. So simple, my mom could figure it out.
With the iOS 7 redesign though, some things got more complicated, or at the very least less obvious. The same list view feature that was so obvious in iOS 6 suddenly became a little more subtle. In fact, it became so subtle that some people are confused as to where it went, my mom included… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 1, 2013
With the recent update to Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7.0.3 brought with it iCloud Keychain, which keeps track of your various account usernames and passwords for you so that you only have to remember one password, instead of dozens.
After you downloaded and installed the 7.0.3 update, you were probably prompted to set up iCloud Keychain. Perhaps you choose to wait until later. Perhaps you did activate it on your iPhone, but not on any other compatible device. What next?
We have a short how-to guide to help you set up iCloud Keychain on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac for the first time, as well as how to connect the password keeper across all devices, including Macs running OS X Mavericks… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 26, 2013
Some of you might already be offended just by reading the title of this post. How dare we share tips on how to remove the blur effects in iOS 7? How can we, in just one post, put an end to something that some might consider the essence of iOS 7? Something that the design team at Apple spent months and months working on. Well, we like options and we also like for you to know that you have options.
Just like I recently shared a simple tip on how to speed up animations in iOS 7, I want to show you how you can get rid of the blur effects in iOS 7… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 25, 2013
Apparently, iOS parallax effect and animations can literally make people sick. If that doesn’t happen to you, don’t discount this as just a phony report. This is real for some people, although I have yet to meet any of them. Apple listened to the complaints from users who were experiencing various degrees of motion sickness while using iOS 7 and drastically increased the motion reduction feature that was already present before iOS 7.0.3.
As it turns out, not only this feature will reduce the motion of the user interface, but it will also make your iOS device feel like it’s blazing fast… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 20, 2013
A few days ago, I posted a screenshot of my Notification Center showing travel time to my Next Destination, something iOS 7 had learned about me without any sort of data input of my part.
A few people asked me how I managed to get this information in my Notification Center. I believed it was a commonly used feature of iOS 7, but apparently I was wrong.
In this simple tutorial, I will show you how to use the Frequent Locations in iOS 7 in order to find out information about your Next Destination. Privacy activists may want to skip this one… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 19, 2013
As a blogger, I manipulate a lot of photos and images. One of my daily routine consists in resizing some images we use on iDB to either reduce their size or simply make sure they fit right on the site.
There are many different ways you can quickly resize several images at once on your Mac. You can use an Automator workflow or download one of the many apps available to do that job. Or, if you want to quickly resize images on the fly without too much trouble, you can simply do the following… Read More
By Emil Pakarklis on Oct 13, 2013
Let’s face it. Instagram is only fun if other people are following you. However, when most of us first sign up for Instagram, hardly anyone is following us. In this article you’re going to learn some simple and ethical techniques to build a following on Instagram.
There’s a lot of demand for Instagram followers, and different scams and spammy techniques have been created as a consequence. Needless to say, these techniques don’t work (and Instagram will likely delete your account if you use them), so this article only focuses on legitimate ways to get more Instagram followers… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 10, 2013
Do you remember that time you went out with your friends and you gave that guy/girl your phone number, but when you woke up the next day you realized that you weren’t as into that person as you were when you were looking at them through your beer goggles?
I’ll bet you wish you could block that person from calling or texting you. Especially if that person is kind of nuts and won’t leave you alone. Apple has finally given us a way to stop unwanted calls by making it possible to block callers in iOS 7 and we are going to show you how to enable it… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 10, 2013
Apple offered up a few new Mail app features in iOS 6, but it surely wasn’t much. One addition was the VIP inbox, another was the ability to attach pictures and videos to messages from within the app. That was about the extent of the new features in iOS 6.
In iOS 7, however, Apple added some fancy new features to the Mail app that make it possible for you to get more out of your daily email connections. One of those new features is the ability to edit, reorganize, and hide your mailboxes. If you don’t know how to do this, we’ve got a short tutorial to explain it to you… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 6, 2013
This is a typical illustration of why only developers should install a beta version of a software. In this case, I’m specifically talking about iOS 7 beta, which has been wildly popular among non developers since Apple first made it available in June.
Of course, we’ve tried to warn everyone that unless you’re a developer, you shouldn’t really mess with iOS 7 beta. Since yesterday, those that didn’t take this warning seriously might have gotten themselves into trouble.
iOS 7 beta 6 was set to expire on October 6, and people who haven’t updated to the GM or public release by then found out the hard way that a developer release should really be only for developers.
Many people were greeted today with a message on their iOS device saying “Activation Error – This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program,” rendering the device unusable. Activation Required… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 3, 2013
When new operating systems and devices come out, it starts to get our brains-a-whirling about warranties, tech support, and consumer protections against faulty equipment.
If you can’t remember the exact date that you purchased your iPhone, or don’t recall whether you added AppleCare for the extended warranty on your iPad, there is an easy way to find out the status of your device without having to dig through that shoebox of old receipts… Read More