Why and how to safely eject media drives from your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 26, 2016

Every time you connect an external peripheral to your Mac, such as an SD card, an external hard drive, or a USB flash drive to transfer files, you should safely eject it when you’re finished using it.

In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about why it’s important to follow this process, and we’ll also show you various ways of doing it. Read More


Alleged iPhone 7 Plus parts reaffirm dual cameras, suggest 16/64/256GB models

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

French leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer yesterday republished an image of some claimed iPhone 7 Plus components, found on Weibo.

The photo appears to show an alleged dual-camera module said to be destined for the handset’s refresh, along with NAND flash chips which suggest that the iPhone 7 could include a new 256-gigabyte model.

The presence of both 16GB and 64GB memory modules on the photo might indicate that, disappointingly, the iPhone’s highly criticized low-storage 16GB model won’t be going away with the forthcoming hardware refresh. Read More


OWC’s new driver adds Boot Camp support to all of its aftermarket SSD upgrades

By Anthony Bouchard on May 19, 2016

In March, Other World Computing (OWC) launched the world’s first SSD upgrade for 2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display computers. The storage upgrades came in 480GB and 1TB flavors, and we recently showed you the install process of the 1TB OWC Aura SSD upgrade.

There was unfortunately a caveat that disallowed you to use Apple’s Boot Camp feature with the drives, which meant you were limited to installing one operating system on it at a time, or using a virtual machine instead of partitioning the drive and dual-booting your Mac.

As of today, OWC has fixed this problem with a new universal driver that enables Boot Camp on all of OWC’s SSD upgrades to date. Read More


Review: freeing up your Mac’s storage with Gemini 2, a smart duplicate file finder

By Christian Zibreg on May 10, 2016

Ukrainian developer MacPaw, the makers of the versatile and powerful CleanMyMac and CleanMyDrive apps, today pushed a major new update for Gemini as a brand new app. For those unfamiliar with it, Gemini is an intelligent duplicate file finder that can help recover tons of storage space on your Mac wasted to duplicate files.

Aside from identifying identical duplicates, Gemini 2 uses a proprietary algorithm to spot similar files that are not 100 percent identical, but can be considered redundant due to little difference between them.

It scans your iTunes and Photos libraries in search of retakes of the same picture or different formats of the same song, and becomes smarter and more precise in automatic selection of duplicates the more you use it. Read More


OneDrive implements 3D Touch previews for files and folders

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2016

Microsoft issued an update to OneDrive, its free of charge mobile cloud-storage client, adding some new features.

In addition to a fresh coat of paint and a revamped app icon, OneDrive for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was bumped in the App Store yesterday to version 7.1 with support for Peek and Pop in-app gestures for previewing content with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

In the refreshed app, you can now peek at any folder or file by pressing it lightly, or pop right into it by pressing a little deeper. Read More


Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch review

By Andrew O'Hara on May 3, 2016

I travel quite often and have spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for the perfect travel charger for my Apple Watch. I want to pack a few extra bands, the charging puck, and the wall adapter. Yet nothing I’ve run across can handle all that, let alone while looking good. That was at least the case before I ran across the TimePorter from Twelve South. 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


KUKE: an affordable iPhone battery case with built-in storage expansion

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Because your battery is such a precious asset to your iPhone, you can never go wrong with trying to expand its life. This is especially the scenario for people who put a lot of miles on their device each day, sending hundreds of text messages back and forth with friends and checking social media on a regular basis.

The KUKE, made by Kuner Tech, is a battery case for the iPhone, fresh out of an Indiegogo campaign, that does away with the clunkiness of many third-party options, and blows Apple’s Smart Battery Case out of the water in performance and usability. Not only will it give you a truckload more battery life for your iPhone, but it also provides additional storage space for your documents, media, and more.

In this review, we’ll show you what the KUKE case is all about! Read More


Store your Apple Watch bands in style with the Tech Swiss Leather Portfolio Band Case

By Sébastien Page on Apr 23, 2016

I’ve been collecting a handful of bands since purchasing my Apple Watch about a year ago, and during that time, I’ve stored these bands on my desk, easily accessible and ready to be swapped at any time.

But as I accumulate more bands, my desk, which was never intended to store bands, is becoming kind of a mess, which is why I’ve been looking for a storage solution.

As it turns out, there isn’t many options out there, but I recently came across the Tech Swiss Leather Portfolio Apple Watch Band Case. Read More


Upgrading your MacBook Air/Pro storage capacity with the OWC Aura Pro SSD

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 22, 2016

Other World Computing unveiled their Aura Pro PCI-e drop-in SSD upgrade kits last month for 2013 and later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air model notebooks.

OWC’s Aura Pro SSD storage upgrades start at $399.00 (introductory price) for a 480GB module and and go up in price from there.

Sure to be a popular seller for those that want to upgrade the on-board storage in their expensive Macs without buying an all-new Mac, we’ve decided to try it out and share with you exactly what we think about it.

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How to delete all music on your iPhone at once

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 24, 2016

With Apple Music being one of the main ways to enjoy musical content on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad at this day and age, the days of storing your own music locally on your devices are slowly coming to a halt.

If you’re finding yourself using Apple Music to stream songs more often than you ever thought you would, and you’d like to remove all the local songs stored on your device in one fell swoop, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to remove all of your locally-stored music with juts a few taps, rather than having to use iTunes or remove the songs one-by-one via the Music app. Read More


How to see how much storage space is available on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Since your Mac’s storage can be quite limited and expensive to upgrade, it’s important for you to be able to check and see just how much available storage space your Mac’s solid state drive or hard drive has left before it fills up.

There is more than one way to check, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to check the amount of available storage space that you have left on your Mac, whether it’s a desktop or notebook computer. Read More


New iPad model rumored to start at $599, same 32/128GB tiers as iPad Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2016

According to a fresh new rumor based on sources familiar with the matter, Apple’s upcoming iPad model, describes as either a third-generation iPad Air with the A9X chip, Smart Connector and Apple Pencil support or a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, is expected to start at $599 for a baseline Wi-Fi-only model with thirty-two gigabytes of storage. In addition, as reported by 9to5Mac, the device should be offered in the same 32/128GB configurations as the iPad Pro. Read More


Will iPhone 7 bring a new 256GB model to the mix?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2016

MyDrivers, a Chinese-language outlet, recently posted a sketchy rumor claiming that Apple’s next smartphone refresh includes an all-new 256GB model as an iPhone 7 Plus exclusive.

Today, Italian-language HDblog posted a picture of a 256GB NAND flash memory produced by US-based SanDisk Corporation which could give Apple the option of introducing a 256GB iPhone model. Read More


Understanding how iOS and OS X calculate storage capacity

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 14, 2016

One of the questions I hear a lot about storage space on Macs and iOS devices is why when you purchase a 256GB Mac you only get about 230GB of space to play with, or why when you get a 16GB iPhone, you only get about 12.6GB to use for yourself.

The fact of the matter is, your storage space is used by more than just what you put on your own computer or device, and in this piece, we’ll explain how Apple calculates all that storage space that you can never seem to claim on your devices. Read More


‘Other’ storage on your Mac explained

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

We recently detailed ‘Other’ iOS storage, an iTunes-reported section that includes various caches and temporary system files on you iPhone, iPod touch and iPad along with device settings, high-quality Siri and Voice Over voices and other system data.

Not many people know that OS X reports ‘Other’ storage on Macs, too. Unlike its iOS counterpart, the ‘Other’ Mac storage basically counts non-media files that don’t fit any other category.

In addition, files not recognized by Spotlight are classed as ‘Other’ storage, among other items. Here’s precisely what files are included in the ‘Other’ storage section, how to see its size, why your disk’s used space appears as ‘Other’ storage when you startup up your Mac in Safe Mode and more. Read More


OWC launches SSD Upgrades for Mid-2013 and later Mac Notebooks

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 8, 2016

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced on Tuesday a major new step forward in upgrading the flash storage of your 2013 or later MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Now available are the OWC Aura solid state drives (SSD), which come in flavors of 480GB and 1TB. These storage drive upgrades are direct PCI-e drop-ins for any of the supported computers. Read More


Using Disk Utility to format drives on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 2, 2016

At times, you may have the need to erase and re-use a hard drive, solid state drive, or even a USB flash drive so it can be used for alternative purposes. Fortunately, your Mac comes with all the tools you’ll need to do this, making it super simple for you to erase and format that drive for your needs.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can format a USB flash drive using the Disk Utility built into your OS X operating system. This process also works with external hard drives, internal solid state drives, and any other drive that doesn’t contain your operating system on it. Read More


How to identify the biggest space wasters on your Mac with DaisyDisk

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

You can free up a significant amount of storage space on your Mac if you clean up your Downloads folder on a regular basis, remove your old iPhoto library, erase Safari’s browsing data and move both your iTunes library and the Photos library to an external hard drive, among other things.

But what about other files on your computer? With Daisy Disk by Software Ambience, one of Apple’s Best of 2015 Mac apps, it’s easy to identify the biggest storage hogs on your Mac.

The app makes the mundane takes of cleaning up the Mac’s storage easy and fun by giving your a nice visual breakdown on your disk space in the form of an interactive heat map. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to reveal the biggest space wasters with DaisyDisk so you can remove them and free up some additional storage on your Mac. Read More


How to decrease ‘Other’ storage on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2016

The infamous ‘Other’ storage section displayed in iTunes after connecting an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to a computer is definitely one of the pain points for users mainly because it keeps increasing on its own.

‘Other’ storage is a combination of system settings, caches and various files that iOS stores temporarily to speed up system performance and minimize your dependency on network connectivity.

This all happens automatically and without any intervention on part of the user. That said, software can (and will) break and so these files may not get cleaned out properly. And when that happens, a large amount of storage will be lumped into the ‘Other’ category. The good news is, your proactiveness in dealing with this issue should pay off.

It’s actually fairly easy to recover your usable storage lost to ‘Other’ space hogs by specifically targeting certain items. In this post, we’ll lay out a few different techniques to help keep ‘Other’ iOS storage from ballooning out of control. Read More

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