How to troubleshoot Cydia refresh issues

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

From time to time, you may encounter a situation where Cydia will not stop “Reloading Data”. This usually has something to do with a bad repo, or a repo that may be unresponsive, offline, etc. If you have a lot of third-party repos added to Cydia, then the chances of you encountering this error increase. In this post, I’ll show you how to successfully troubleshoot this issue, and make it so that Cydia can successfully refresh. Read More

 

How to configure apps to launch at system startup on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Do you have certain apps that you always open as soon as you restart or log in to your Mac? If so, it might be a good idea to make those apps auto-start upon logging in to OS X. Thankfully, it’s very easy to add and remove auto-start items using OS X’s System Preferences. Read More

 

TinyUmbrella can now save local SHSH blobs from device, and that includes iOS 8.1.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Semaphore has been on a roll lately, as shown by the release of yet another TinyUmbrella beta build, and this version contains a significant new feature. You now have the ability to save SHSH blobs directly from a local device. This means that if you’re on a jailbreakable firmware like iOS 8.1.2, you can save the 8.1.2 blobs even though Apple is no longer signing that firmware version. Read More

 

How to enable WhatsApp Web via iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Android users have been able to enjoy WhatsApp’s Web interface for a while now, while iOS users have been left longing for the feature. The WhatsApp Web interface allows you to carry on and continue conversations from a web browser on your desktop, which is great for those times when you’re seated and working.

Thankfully, there is a way to enable the WhatsApp Web feature directly from your iPhone, but you’ll need to be jailbroken to do so. It’s called WhatsApp Web Enabler, and we’ll show you how to use it in this step-by-step video tutorial. Read More

 

How to get a 3D dock on OS X Yosemite

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 22, 2015

Do you miss OS X’s 3D dock? OS X Yosemite finally did away with the 3D dock that’s been present since the release of OS X Leopard, but you can get it back by using a simple application called cDock.

cDock includes, among a host of other features, the ability to theme the dock with over a dozen built-in themes. There are night themes, fullscreen themes, pink themes, and, of course, 3D themes. If you’ve been reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”, then you can easily relive the past with this handy little application. Read More

 

How to unlock the Apple Watch Activity app on iOS 8.2, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.

In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More

 

How to use aliases to create shortcuts on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 17, 2015

On Windows, you create shortcuts. On Mac? There’s this little thing called aliases. Aliases are shortcuts that make it easier to find a file, folder, disk, or application. You can place aliases on your desktop, in the dock, or anywhere else that’s easy to find. In this tutorial, I’ll show you two easy ways to create aliases on your Mac. Read More

 

How to extract images from apps with the Preview app on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 16, 2015

Applications on the Mac are really just directory structures containing files, images, assets, executables, and the like. If you’ve ever right-clicked on an application and selected Show Package Contents, then you know exactly what I mean.

While right-clicking is a reasonable solution for extracting image, font, and other visible assets from an application, the Preview app makes doing so even easier. By simply dragging and dropping an app on the Preview app icon in the dock, you’re presented with a easy navigable thumbnail view of all of the app’s various assets. Read More

 

How to tab between dialogue box buttons on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 15, 2015

The tabbing experience on OS X might feel a little gimped if you’re coming from a Windows machine. That’s because, by default, OS X makes it so that the option to move keyboard focus between all controls with the Tab key is disabled.

Instead, tabbing is only possible between text boxes and lists using the default setting. In this tutorial, I’ll show you two quick and easy ways to change this setting and enable a much-improved tabbing experience on your Mac. Read More

 

How to show and hide filename extensions on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 14, 2015

It’s easy to show and hide file extensions on the Mac. In fact, you can reveal file extensions for individual files, and show or hide file extensions globally.

By default, OS X ships with file extensions for popular filetypes hidden. So image files with the .png extension will omit the .png at the end of the filename, and apps will likewise discard the .app extension.

There are several ways to manage filename extensions in OS X. In this video, I’ll show you a couple of effective ways to get you started. Read More

 

How to take screenshots that include the mouse cursor on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2015

As you might imagine, I take an absolute ton of screenshots on a regular basis. These screenshots aren’t just limited to iOS either, as I take many on the Mac as well.

Occasionally, I like to include the mouse cursor on my Mac screenshots. By default, the cursor is generally omitted with the popular screenshot keyboard shortcuts, but there is an easy way to make sure that the cursor is included when needed. Read More

 

How to show the ~/Library folder on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 12, 2015

By default, the ~/Library folder is hidden on Mac. This is a folder that Apple feels you shouldn’t need access to most of the the time, but occasionally, you may need it for specific things. I use it often to view the preferences for the apps I have installed on my Mac. I also use it to access the Application Support folder, which as its name alludes to, features supporting files for apps.

If you use a Mac for a long enough time, you’ll eventually run into a situation where you’ll need to access the ~/Library folder. This video tutorial will show you several ways to do just that. Read More

 

How to quickly close all Finder windows with a keyboard shortcut on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 9, 2015

Have you ever had a ton of Finder windows open and took the time to close each window one-by-one? I think some people get into the habit of doing this simply because Command (⌘)+Q doesn’t work with Finder. You can’t “quit” the Finder app, so that popular shortcut for closing apps won’t work.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be relegated to the tedious effort required to manually close a bunch of Finder windows. Instead of individually closing out of each window that you have open, there’s a simple way to quickly close all open Finder windows. Read More

 

How to change the Notification Center icon in the menu bar on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 8, 2015

Have you ever wanted to change the menu bar icon for Notification Center on your Mac? As you can see from the screenshot above, I changed my icon to a moon icon. In this step-by-step video tutorial, I’ll show you what it takes for you to do the same. Read More

 

How to improve the Mac’s Notification Center experience by sorting items by arrival

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 7, 2015

I have to admit that I’m not a huge user of Notification Center, and this applies to both iOS and the Mac. One of the reasons that I’m turned off by Notification Center is the disarray that I see when viewing it.

By default, Notification Center is set to sort manually, which means that you can go into the its preferences, and sort each app by hand. That’s fine and all, but it makes for a less than ideal experience when trying to find the most relevant notifications based on time of arrival.

For me, this results in a less than ideal experience when opening Notification Center. If you have a lot of apps enabled for Notifications, it can be overwhelming, because there’s no real logical order to the way they’re sorted. To remedy this issue, try this simple to implement tip, and sort your notifications by time of arrival instead… Read More

 

How to invoke a specific Notification Center View using keyboard shortcuts on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 6, 2015

Earlier this week, I showed you how to mate Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could designate which View you’d like to see when invoking Notification Center from a keyboard shortcut? In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to open directly to the Today View or the Notifications View using keyboard shortcuts. Read More

 

How to assign a keyboard shortcut to Notification Center on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2015

It might seem fairly obvious, but it might be a good idea to assign a keyboard shortcut to Notification Center on the Mac. Perhaps you already have, or maybe you still haven’t. I hadn’t, at least not up until a few days ago when a reader suggested that I do so, and I honestly can’t come up with a reason as to why I waited so long. I think it’s because I just never thought about doing it.

Assigning Notification Center to a keyboard shortcut just makes sense. It especially makes sense if you use a keyboard and mouse combination on your Mac, instead of a trackpad. Granted, MacBook users might not be so easily convinced, because invoking Notification Center can be accomplished via an effortless two-finger swipe on the trackpad.

But if you’re working on an iMac, or if you’re using a traditional mouse and keyboard combination with your MacBook, as I am, then I definitely recommend that you follow this uber-simple tip. Read More

 

How to quickly enable Notification Center’s Do Not Disturb mode on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 2, 2015

Like its iOS counterpart, Notification Center on the Mac features a Do Not Disturb mode for suppressing notifications at inopportune times. The great thing about Notification Center on iOS is that it can be quickly enabled via a handy Control Center toggle. But did you know that there’s a quick and easy way to enable Do Not Disturb mode on your Mac, as well? Read More

 

How to quickly find your Mac’s Wi-Fi IP address from the menu bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2015

By now, perhaps you’ve caught on to the trend that the Alt/Option key (⌥) allows you to do some really nifty things with regard to the menu bar on your Mac. For example, clicking the volume button on the menu bar while holding the ⌥ key lets you switch audio outputs and inputs with ease.

As you might have already gathered, the same principal applies to the Wi-Fi button on the menu bar. By holding the ⌥ key while clicking the Wi-Fi button, you gain access to a plethora of technical details related to your Mac’s Wi-Fi connection. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part V: mixing, editing and finalizing

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2015

Welcome to the final entry in our podcasting basics series of posts. In the previous tutorial, you learned how to record a high quality sounding podcast. In this series finale, I’ll show you how to put all of the pieces together to finalize your podcast masterpiece. Read More

 
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