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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
If you’re looking for the next cool app to install on your Apple Watch, look no further than MiniStats, a useful utility and statistics app for the iOS platform that’s usually $0.99, but is currently free in the App Store.
This app lets you see various statistics about your iPhone usage on your handset itself, and even right from your wrist on your Apple Watch. Read More
For most users, the ‘Other’ iOS storage category—reported after connecting an iOS device to desktop iTunes—is something of a mystery. ‘Other’ storage starts at one to five percent of total device capacity but can quickly creep in to a few gigabytes.
This post will unravel the mysteries behind ‘Other’ iOS storage, explain what it’s used for, how iOS manages it and what you can do to decrease it. Read More
Google is celebrating the Safer Internet Day with various promotions and related announcements. The Gmail team, for instance, launched a feature that’ll warn users before sending and receiving emails from insecure addresses.
The company’s Drive team has made an announcement of its own, offering two gigabytes of free additional cloud storage to those who complete a two-minute security checkup for their Google Account. Read More
When deciding what iPhone to buy so you end up with the right amount of storage capacity, you can get the bare-bones $16GB model, or you can end up with an upgraded 64GB, or 128GB model, which are probably your best bets with the new video cameras capable of recording at 4K quality.
That’s not to say you won’t pay a pretty penny though; moving up to 64GB from 16GB is $100 more, and moving up to 128GB from 16GB is a staggering $200 more. But if paying that much more for a storage upgrade is going to be too much for you, then you’ll be happy to know there are cheaper alternatives, so long as visiting Shenzhen, China is on your bucket list for the near future. Read More