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


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


Here’s how to add location to photos and videos in Photos for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

With Photos for Mac, Apple pulled an iWork: that is, the re-imagining of how you should organize and manage your photos across devices originally wasn’t as feature-complete as the now phased-out iPhoto used to be.

That’s especially the case if you consider the need to edit location for some photos in your library: it wasn’t before the OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan software update that Photos for Mac got this ability.

Be that as it may, that’s a God-sent feature—in certain cases, Photos would place my pictures at the wrong geographic location, or location information wasn’t available at all when I snapped them. As I mentioned, these incorrectly located pictures can be fixed as of Photos 1.4 for Mac or later.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a smart album to automatically identify the photos without location data embedded in them and then use new features in the Photos app to add, remove or change location data for your photos and videos. Read More


Mobile forensics firm that unlocked terrorist’s iPhone 5c thinks it can hack iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

Mobile forensics firm Cellebrite that helped the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation bypass the passcode protection on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c is adamant that it can also work around Apple’s security protections and hack into an iPhone 6, CNN reports.

Italian father Leonardo Fabbretti, who wanted to see the photos stored on his dead son Dama’s iPhone but was told by Apple that it was impossible to get into the device without a passcode, has now met with Cellebrite executives who have been working on accessing the files. Read More


How to recover deleted photos on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

Deleting photos and videos you no longer need is one of the most effective techniques for freeing up storage space on mobile devices. Apple, in its wisdom, gives you the tools to recover your deleted photographs and video content from the stock Photos app.

The process is easier than you might think and our quick step-by-step tutorial will teach you to recover your recently deleted photos and videos like a pro. Read More


How to convert images to different file types on iPhone or iPad with The Image Converter

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 7, 2016

It comes up every so often where you may want to convert the file type of an image file stored on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

For example, screenshots are saved as .png files, while photographs taken with the camera are saved as .jpg files. Because .jpg files are typically smaller in size due to the lesser-quality detail, you could save some storage space by converting screenshots to .jpg rather than storing .png alternatives.

In this review, we’ll walk you through how to convert the file type of an image file on your iPhone with The Image Converter, a useful conversion all for iOS that can be had from the App Store for just $2.99. Read More


Server-side patch fixes vulnerability that allowed access to Contacts and Photos on iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

An iOS vulnerability that permitted nefarious people to gain access to Contacts and Photos data has been fixed swiftly without the need for a software update. A server-side fix has patched a security hole in Siri which allowed the personal digital assistant to use email links in tweets to gain access to contacts and photos on a locked iPhone 6s running iOS 9.3.1. Apple has confirmed to The Washington Post that it’s fixed the flaw on its servers. Read More


Easy to fix iOS bug bypasses Lock screen on iPhone 6s, giving access to Contacts and Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

First spotted by Jose Rodriguez, who last September found a similar flaw in iOS, and highlighted by The Daily Dot, Apple’s mobile operating system contains a vulnerability that lets others access your Contacts and Photos using Siri on the Lock screen of your iPhone 6s, bypassing your passcode.

Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this which involves revoking Siri access to Twitter and Photos and disabling Lock screen access to the personal digital assistant. Apple has not commented on the bug, which will likely be squashed in an upcoming software update. Read More


How to prevent kids from sharing photos and videos to specific apps on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2016

Are you’re a parent to a kid who just can’t get enough of that iPhone of yours? If so, you’re probably concerned that the junior might post candid shots from your photo library to social media, be it by accident or intentionally.

Your photos are your business and iOS lets you determine which apps are allowed to access your Photos library. As you know, this can be set on a per-app basis in Settings → Privacy → Photos.

This tutorial goes one step further, leveraging parental controls to lock down Photos privacy settings for apps. This should be enough to prevent your kids from re-enabling apps to access media in Photos without your restrictions passcode. Read More


Google Photos rolls out smarter albums with text, maps and locations

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2016

Google has been rolling out new features to its Photos mobile and web app at a rapid clip. And now, the Internet giant has introduced smarter albums in Google Photos that can be customized with text, maps and locations. “After an event or trip, Google Photos will now suggest a new album curated with your best shots and the locations of where you’ve been,” said the search giant on Tuesday. Read More


OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 is out with full Live Photos sharing, password-protected Notes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

After spending more than two months in beta, OS X 10.11.4, a fourth major update to OS X El Capitan, today released for public consumption. The software update is now available and recommended for all OS X El Capitan users.

Even though it comes with a few noticeable outward-facing changes, OS X 10.11.4 does pack in some newsworthy improvements—namely in stock Messages, Notes and Photos apps. Full sharing of Live Photos via iMessages has been implemented throughout the system, too. Like other major OS X releases, 10.11.4 includes a handful of under-the-hood changes and tons of bug fixes and performance optimizations. Read More


iOS 9.3 patches a bug that would let attackers decrypt photos and videos sent via iMessage

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

A group of Johns Hopkins University researchers led by computer science professor Matthew D. Green has discovered a critical bug in Apple’s stock Messages app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The vulnerability would allow nefarious users to decrypt photos and videos sent over iMessage, but there’s nothing to worry about—iOS 9.3, which we expect to release after today’s Apple event wraps up, contains a patch for this oversight on Apple’s part. Read More


Common camera problems on iPhone and how to fix them

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 12, 2016

The iPhone’s camera may have gotten a lot of upgrades over the years, and it may be one of the most popular point-and-shoot cameras in the world, but that’s not to say it’s perfect. Just like any other camera, it can be subject to hardware issues and software bugs.

In this piece, we’ll go over some of the most common issues related to problems with the camera on your iOS device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and we’ll explain some ways to troubleshoot those problems. Read More


Google’s Photos app gains support for Live Photos and other new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 8, 2016

Following its announcement that it will be shutting down the Picasa desktop app and the Picasa Web Albums online photo-sharing service, Google is doubling down on its mobile Photos app for iOS and Android.

Last night, the Google Photos app was updated in the App Store to support Apple’s Live Photos format. In Google Photos 1.8 for iOS, you can now back up your Live Photos to the Google cloud, as well as view them within the app. Read More


How to set Mac’s Photos library as a screen saver

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2016

Not only does OS X let you set any picture in your Photos library as a desktop wallpaper, you also can use your Moments, Collections, Years, Places, Faces, Albums and Shared iCloud Albums as your desktop wallpaper, as we recently explained.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could select a set of photos to use as your screen saver, too? In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to set the Photos library as a screen saver on your Mac with just a few clicks. Read More


How to use photo albums as desktop wallpapers

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

One of the best things about Photos for Mac is that all the photos and albums which you added to your Photos library are readily available in any third-party app which support OS X’s built-in media browser.

For instance, using a photo of your significant other as a backdrop for an anniversary card template in Pages is as easy as dragging it out of the media browser window and dropping it onto the document.

In Photos, you can also set any picture as your wallpaper via the Share menu.

Additionally, your Mac lets you easily set any batch of photos found in Photos’ Moments, Collections, Years, Places, Faces, Albums and Shared as your wallpaper, and have them rotate in sequential or random order every few seconds, minutes or longer. Read More


How to see how many people viewed your video post on Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

Instagram has long relied on ‘Likes’ to quantify how popular your posts are, making it easy to see if that photo or video you posted is gaining any traction at all. While likes are great, they don’t quite tell the whole story when it comes to video posts.

Liking a video clip doesn’t necessarily mean a person has watched it so this is not the best stat to measure the level of your followers’ engagement with your Instagram videos.

As of today, these worries are a thing of the past as Instagram’s newly updated iPhone app now makes it easy to see how many people viewed your videos on the service. Read More


WhatsApp now lets you share media from other apps like Dropbox and Google Drive

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 29, 2016

The popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp today received a pretty cool update in the App Store which adds the ability to share photos or videos from other apps installed on your iPhone via a new option exposed after tapping the Photo/Video Library button.

In addition, WhatsApp has gained a pair of new shortcuts in the 3D Touch menu on the Home screen and now supports solid colors as chat backgrounds.

Oh, and you can now zoom in on videos while they’re playing. Read More


Rumor: Photos app in iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 should be on par in terms of features with iPhoto

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2016

A report yesterday by the fairly accurate Japanese blog Mac Otakara claims insider knowledge of an improved Photos app in Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 operating system refreshes that, as per sources, should gain new features putting it on par with the discontinued iPhoto app.

Apple was somewhat criticized for its decision to discontinue Aperture and iPhoto in favor of the new Photos app, which took almost a year to gain support for third-party image editing filter and effects on the Mac. Read More


This app lets you crop, zoom and trim Live Photos without destroying the live part

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2016

The Photos app on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac lets you use the Auto Enhance and Remove Red-Eye tools with Live Photos in a non-destructive manner, which is nice.

But use filters, or perform a crop or trim on your Live Photo and it’ll get turned into a still image because Apple’s Photos solution isn’t advanced enough (yet) to support these editing operations in conjunction with Live Photos.

This can be quite cumbersome for two reasons. A) You must manually restore your Live Photo by tapping Edit → Revert; and B) these stills only include the motionless part of your Live Photos.

With Live Crop, a nifty little app by developer MobiLab, not only can you trim and crop out parts of your Live Photo without destroying its live component, but also crop, zoom, trim and resize Live Photos, your videos as well as animated GIFs. Read More

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