Apple’s vision of a streamlined clarification process for when Auto-Correction makes mistakes

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2016

There probably isn’t a single iPhone user on this planet that hasn’t experienced the “joys” of the Auto-Correction feature interfering with their messaging. Auto-Correction mistakes often produce hilarious miscommunications (there’s a website for that).

Whether or not you’re a heavy typist, you’ll appreciate that Apple’s been researching ways to improve Auto-Correction, according to a patent application that surfaced yesterday in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) database.

Cryptically titled “Device, method and graphical user interface for visible and interactive corrected content,” it envisions highlighting auto-corrected words in an iMessage for the recipient and a built-in Messages feature for streamlining the process of clarifying what the sender meant. Read More

 

Spotlight Suggestions hit Denmark, Norway and Sweden, new Flyover and Transit data on Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2016

Another day, another content expansion for Apple Maps. Less than 24 hours after bringing TrainLink and bus routes to commuters in New South Wales, Australia, Apple’s mapping service has expanded its footprint with new three-dimensional Flyover content for Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Apple’s also brought Spotlight Suggestions to the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac customers in Europe’s Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Last but not least, traffic information on Maps has gone live in Thailand, bringing the total number of markets where this feature is available to 34 countries, as per Apple’s iOS 9 Feature Availability webpage. Read More

 

Apple updates iMovie for Mac with various visual and speed improvements

By Cody Lee on Apr 28, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out a solid update for iMovie for Mac, bringing the popular video-editing software to version 10.1.2. The release brings about several improvements, including faster project creation, easier clip selection and more.

The focus of the update seems to be visual cues and speed. Apple added a New Project button in the Projects Browser and Larger project thumbnails on the visual side, and the ability to begin editing a project with a single click on the speed side. Read More

 

iOS tip: changing the email address your iMessages are sent from

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 28, 2016

iMessage lets you keep in touch with other iOS and OS X users, and it ties together your Apple ID with your preferred email address and your iPhone phone number.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can control what phone number or email address the other person you’re texting can see, then you may be interested in learning how to set the default email address your iMessages get sent from on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

In this tutorial, we’ll cover just that, and we’ll also talk about some scenarios where doing this is very important. Read More

 

Add artistic flair to your photos with Filters, a free Mac app with 30 effects

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the Mac supports third-party extensions inside Apple’s stock Photos app.

This potentially powerful capability makes it simple for Mac owners to touch up their photographs using compatible third-party filters without leaving Photos.

Filters, a new app from California-based MacPhun, boosts your photography with as many as thirty artistic and creative filters.

You can use Filters either as a Photos extension or run the software standalone in case you prefer to edit your images outside of Photos. Read More

 

Safari Technology Preview Release 3 is out with a long list of fixes

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Apple today launched a third update for Safari Technology Preview, an experimental version of the desktop Safari browser for developers to try and test out upcoming web technologies. Safari Technology Preview Release 3 includes a long list of bug fixes and tweaks for various web technologies, including JavaScript, CSS, Web APIs, Web Inspector, Accessibility, Rendering, Media and Networking. Read More

 

How to remove Adobe Flash from your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

The succession of vulnerabilities found in Adobe’s Flash Player shows no signs of dying down: not a month goes by without Adobe releasing another yet emergency update for Flash to patch a bunch of newly discovered vulnerabilities (measuring in the dozens).

Some of them can be pretty nasty as they introduce new attack vectors for spyware, ransomware, trojans and other malicious applications that you don’t want anywhere near your computer.

A few years ago, Flash Player was impossible to avoid because a bulk of web video was encoded in Adobe’s proprietary Flash format, but not anymore: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other popular web services now use HTML5-based video players that work in any modern browser.

While Apple does block older, vulnerable versions of Flash in the Safari browser on OS X, you should do yourself a favor and remove Flash Player from your Mac using step-by-step instructions provided in this tutorial. Read More

 

Upcoming Dropbox feature won’t take up storage space on a Mac until files are actually needed

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Popular cloud-storage startup Dropbox said today at the Dropbox Open London conference that it’s working to let you access your files through the Finder as you normally would, but without taking up storage space on a Mac until they’re actually needed—no matter how small your hard disk, no matter how much stuff’s in your Dropbox.

Code-named Project Infinite, the initiative will let you decide which files in your Dropbox will be instantly downloaded and which ones will be referenced. Read More

 

How to configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 26, 2016

Mac users can take advantage of Automatic Downloads, which allows your Mac to automatically download apps, movies, music and other media that were downloaded on other Apple devices you own.

Unfortunately, some users may not want this. Some apps and media take up a lot of storage space, and there’s no reason to sop up all of your individual devices’ storage space to keep home to one specific app.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can configure Automatic Downloads on your Mac so you have better control over the content that is downloaded to your machine. Read More

 

Finding what version and build number of OS X you have on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

There come times when you need to know not only what version of OS X that you’re running, but also where you may want to know the actual build number.

This information usually comes mostly in handy when you’re running betas, but sometimes when filing bug reports with Apple, they might ask you to provide them with what version of OS X you are running on your Mac and the build number it shows.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you not only how to find out what version of OS X you’re running, but also where to find the build number of the version of OS X you have installed. Read More

 

How to disable iCloud Photo Library everywhere and recover your iCloud storage

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Here’s someone who’s been using iCloud Photo Library to keep his photos and videos synced across all devices from day one. You could say I’m a big believer in this feature: it’s never failed me once and makes good use of my paid 50-gigabyte iCloud storage tier.

Anyone can take advantage of iCloud Photo Library without upgrading to one of paid iCloud tiers, with a major caveat—five gigs Apple “generously” provides will only get you so far.

Though not as pricey as they used to be, iCloud upgrades are not very competitive so some folks have made a switch to Google Photos. Other people may prefer a third-party photo syncing solution. Or maybe you’ve signed up for one of those cloud services that let you store huge photo libraries at no charge whatsoever or for a much lower monthly fee vs. iCloud storage buckets.

This tutorial lays out the steps you must take to properly stop using iCloud Photo Library. By “properly” we don’t just mean disabling iCloud Photo Library: we’ll ensure that the iCloud storage that’s been taken up by your synced media gets freed up, too. Read More

 

Put Product Hunt right in your Mac’s menu bar

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Product Hunt, the popular Y Combinator-backed service that lets users share and discover new products, earlier this month unveiled a thoroughly revamped iPhone and iPad application that puts fun back into product discovery.

It’s a gorgeously done app that I use every day and it’s made me want that experience on my Mac. Lo and behold, Product Hunt for Mac. A tiny, official client for OS X, this app puts Product Hunt’s familiar round “P” icon right into your Mac’s menu bar, where it sits and dutifully awaits a click of the mouse to present you with the latest popular products, games, books and podcasts on Product Hunt. Read More

 

Here’s how to add a WWDC 2016 countdown widget to your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 21, 2016

If you’re waiting patiently for WWDC 2016 to see what Apple has in store for iOS and OS X this year, then you’ve probably marked your calendars, or you may even be attending the event in person.

Those of you looking forward to the event can now add a countdown widget to your Mac’s Dashboard that counts down to the day of WWDC 2016.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to get the widget and how to install it. Read More

 

Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More

 

New watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 betas have dropped, too

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

After seeding iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 to its registered developers this morning, Apple has also released new betas for its other forthcoming operating system updates: watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan. You can download watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (build 13V420) and OS X 10.11.5 beta 2 (build 15F24b) through Apple’s Developer Center, which requires a paid account for full access, or apply them on the devices themselves through the Software Update mechanism on devices running a beta OS. Read More

 

New MacBooks offer 90 percent faster SSD write speeds, Skylake CPU up to 20 percent faster

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Apple today announced a second-generation twelve-inch MacBook which brings speed increases across the board thanks to the use of Intel’s latest Skylake chip platform, PCIe-based flash storage and a speedier 1,866MHz RAM.

The Verge took the new machines briefly for a spin. Having put the new MacBook through its paces in Primate Labs’ $0.99 Geekbench 3 benchmarking app to measure the performance of the new Intel CPU and using the free Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app for benchmarking disk I/O operations, the publication was able to determine just how performant the updated flash storage and Intel’s new Skylake CPU are. Read More

 

Two hours after the announcement, refreshed 12″ MacBook gets its first software update

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

A mere two hours have passed since Apple launched a second-generation twelve-inch MacBook and already the new machines have received their very first software update—and this despite the fact that the new lineup won’t be available before tomorrow.

The “Bluetooth Update for MacBook” is now available for the new 12″ MacBook models. Read More

 

With new 12″ MacBooks in the mix, Apple discounts refurbished models

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

With this morning’s refresh of the twelve-inch MacBook lineup around Intel’s latest processors, Apple’s now discounted refurbished twelve-inch MacBooks, bringing their already reduced price down by up to an additional fifteen percent for most models.

If you’ve been eyeing Apple’s ultra-thin notebook but have refrained from taking the plunge due to their a bit steep price point—and you don’t mind buying a slightly used, good-as-new products—you can now get an entry-level model of the original twelve-inch MacBook for as low as $929, netting a savings of a cool $370 versus its standard $1,2999 asking price. Read More

 

Apple’s generously made 8GB of RAM standard across all 13″ MacBook Air configurations

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

In addition to updating its twelve-inch MacBook lineup around Intel’s latest SkyLake chips, a new Rose Gold finish and other perks, Apple also announced that all configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Air now ship with eight gigabytes of RAM.

“Apple also today made 8GB of memory standard across all configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Air,” reads a line in Apple’s press release announcing its notebook refresh.

Apple’s two 13-inch MacBook Air models still start at $999 (128GB model) and $1,099 (256GB model) like before so customers now get twice the memory for the same price. The 11-inch Air models continue to ship with 4GB of RAM as a standard option. Read More

 

Apple updates 12″ MacBook with faster CPU/GPU, Rose Gold model, longer battery life & more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2016

Apple on Tuesday via a press release and a website update announced a second-generation twelve-inch MacBook with Intel’s latest Skylake chips with faster graphics, a longer battery life, faster flash storage, a brand new Rose Gold color option and more.

The twelve-inch notebook is now available in four aluminum finishes: Gold, Silver, Space Gray and Rose Gold. In addition, the Cupertino firm has made 8GB of memory standard across all configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Air.

The refreshed twelve-inch notebook starts at the same $1,299 like before and will be available starting tomorrow. Read More

 
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