Bummed by iOS’s erratic text selection in Safari? Try this simple trick

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2016

Sometimes it feels like I’m wrestling with iOS’s text-selection feature in Safari instead of it making my life easier. Increasingly, certain webpages either wouldn’t let me copy body text at all or would leave me struggling trying to make a precise selection.

More often than not, zooming doesn’t prove much of a help. This issue is particularly infuriating when trying to highlight a URL. But don’t worry, this is where iDownloadBlog’s how-to series comes to the rescue!

Here’s a simple trick which helps override this behavior, letting you highlight and copy text on webpages that don’t necessarily play nicely with iOS’s text-selection feature. Read More

 

Customizing the toolbar in your Mac Finder window

By Anthony Bouchard on May 27, 2016

If you own a Mac, you most likely use the Finder window on a daily basis; probably more than you even realize. But one thing you may not have known throughout the eons of using the Finder interface as Apple has created it to be used, is that you can actually customize the Finder toolbar to your liking.

By doing so, you can supercharge your Finder window’s functionality with additional easy-to-reach features, and we’ll show you how to customize your Finder toolbar in this simple tutorial. Read More

 

Notifications not forwarding to Apple Watch? Check these likely causes

By Anthony Bouchard on May 27, 2016

It’s a nice feeling when software works as it should, but that’s not always the case. In the case of the Apple Watch, notifications that are supposed to be tapping on your wrist may not work when you expect them to.

If you’re having problems with your Apple Watch not receiving the notifications your iPhone is putting out, then you’ll want to follow the steps in this piece to troubleshoot what’s going on and fix the problem. Read More

 

Tip: create empty spaces between apps on the Home screen, no jailbreak needed

By Anthony Bouchard on May 26, 2016

One of the top things that those without jailbreaks wish they could do is put blank spaces between app icons on the Home screen.

Whether it’s to help with your creative organization technique, or to simply add a personal touch or pattern to your Home screen, you may be excited to hear that it’s possible to create blank spaces between your app icons on a completely stock, non-jailbroken iOS device.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how you can generate blank spaces between your app icons on the Home screen, as shown above, without having a jailbreak.
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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

 

Mac tip: preventing Login Items and Finder windows from opening when you log in

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2016

Like Windows, OS X makes having apps, documents, folders or server connections launch automatically whenever you log in to your Mac as easy as dragging them to the System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items section.

Sometimes, one or more Login Items may cause software problems or prevent your computer from starting up properly.

Rather than remove all of your Login Items permanently, here’s how you can temporarily prevent them from opening automatically when you log in, without needing to adjust your settings. Read More

 

Facebook not loading on your iPhone? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on May 25, 2016

I am a Facebook user, as I am sure many of you are too. With that being said, you may or may not be familiar with loading problems that can occur while using the social network via the free iOS app. In this troubleshooting tutorial, we’ll talk about some ways you can try to fix problems where the Facebook or Facebook Messenger app refuse to load. Read More

 

Tip: using emojis in iOS Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can use emoji as search terms in Spotlight Search to some rather interesting effects. It’s unclear when this feature was added or activated.

That being said, bringing up iOS’s built-in Emoji keyboard to type an emoji in Spotlight’s search field will produce matching results related to the character’s meaning, as highlighted by Cult of Mac. Read More

 

Removing password protection from a PDF file on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016

The ability to password protect PDF files is a great way to keep personal information safe from prying eyes, especially when you want to control who is and who isn’t allowed to see the contents of a file.

But on the contrary, what do you do if you want to remove password protection from a PDF file on your Mac?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert a password-protected PDF file to a basic PDF file that can be opened by anyone. Read More

 

Can’t remove your payment info from your Apple ID? Here’s why

By Anthony Bouchard on May 24, 2016

Not everyone wants to have their credit card or debit card linked to their Apple ID. Some people are afraid of having their financial information tied to online merchants and digital content stores because of the unfortunate reality of identity theft and unauthorized purchases.

With that in mind, what should you do if you don’t want a credit card that you’ve already linked to your Apple ID to be there, but the ‘None’ payment method option isn’t showing for you?

We’ll talk about that in this post and explain why the option isn’t available to you. Read More

 

19 useful Mac startup key combinations you should familiarize yourself with

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Most of the time, your Mac just works—until it refuses to start up properly due to an unforeseen system error, a misbehaving app, a broken system component and what not. Beyond system errors, different people have different needs when it comes to starting up their computer.

For example, you could be a pro user who dual boots between OS X and Windows on a daily basis. Others might be wondering about booting a Mac from a disk other than their designated startup disk. Or perhaps you’re looking to isolate the cause of a software issue in OS X’s Safe Mode or boot straight into Recovery OS as the last option?

For those of you who have wondered about the many ways you can start up your Mac, here’s a quick list of the keyboard shortcuts you can invoke to access handy OS X features which are only available at boot time. Read More

 

Finding the RGB or Hexadecimal value of any pixel on your Mac screen

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

RGB, otherwise known as red/green/blue, is a color identification method used by digital computer monitors. Every color gets its own RGB value, and this is because a mixture of those three colors makes up the color you’re looking at.

RGB values may be used for a variety of reasons, but mostly for those that do a lot of photo editing, or who may be tinkering with graphics or web design.

A little known feature of your Mac is that its operating system comes with a meter that can identify the RGB color of any single pixel on your screen, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you just how that’s done. Read More

 

How to create a guest account on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 23, 2016

In OS X, just like most desktop operating systems, you can have more than one computer user. For instances where you may need to share your computer with someone else, it can be convenient for you to create a guest user rather than risk your security from your own administrator account.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can enable the guest user account on your Mac. Read More

 

How to use your iPhone as a keyboard for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 21, 2016

Mobile Mouse Remote is a great app that turns your iOS device into a powerful utilitarian accessory for your Mac or PC.

So far, we’ve shown you how the app can be used as a mouse or trackpad for your computer and how you can use the app as a remote control for your computer, but it also has a lot of keyboard functionality built into it to make your device into a software-based keyboard for your computer.

In this piece, we’ll show you how you can use Mobile Mouse Remote to type or perform keyboard commands on your Mac or PC directly from your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Give your photos a vintage look with Tonality

By Jim Nix on May 21, 2016

We are back with more photo tips today, so if you missed our first two articles, be sure to go back and read them. We covered creating a stunning HDR in under 3 minutes as well as 3 tips for creating eye-popping photos.

If you are like me, you like to experiment with different looks in your photos. That’s part of the beauty of digital photography – you can quickly and easily try out new ideas and processing styles, without permanently altering your original image. While you probably have a “go-to” style, it’s always rewarding when you step outside the lines a little bit and try something new.

I tend to be drawn to bold and expressive colors, so for me, experimenting with muted colors and vintage effects is kind of like a science experiment – it’s not my natural state, but it’s sure fun to mix things up in the digital lab and see what I come up with. I’m often surprised at the results, and I always learn something new.

Today, we will explore using Tonality from Macphun to quickly and easily add a vintage effect to your photos. You can download a free trial of Tonality and follow along with us. Like all Macphun products, the interface is simple and easy to use, yet there is a lot of power underneath the hood. This means you can go as deep as you like and make some significant changes to your photo, or you can do something a little less involved and create a masterpiece in just a few clicks. It’s really up to you.

That’s what we are doing today. We will walk you through some basic edits in Tonality, but just keep in mind that the end result is always wide open, limited only by your interest in experimenting and your own creativity. You can use Tonality as a one-click solution, or you can delve a little bit deeper and customize the look of your photos.

We will start with a one-click solution, and then make a few minor changes to demonstrate how powerful this product really is. Let’s get started! Read More

 

Making your iPhone and iPad charge faster

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

It’s somewhat depressing that Android manufacturers increasingly outfit their flagship smartphones with fast-charging capability while iPhones, and especially iPads, still take forever to charge from zero to hundred percent. And if you happen to actually use your iOS device while it’s connected to power, you’ll experience even slower-than-usual charging times.

But as it turns out, there’s one simple trick everyone should employ every time they plug their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a power brick in order to make it charge faster. Read More

 

Clearing your Apple Music search history from iTunes on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 19, 2016

Not long ago, we showed you how you can delete your Apple Music search history on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad to protect your song-searching privacy, but this capability can also be achieved on your Mac.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can clear your search history from Apple Music on your Mac directly from the iTunes app itself. Read More

 

iTunes tip: see Apple Music songs in your library that are no longer available for streaming

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2016

The biggest problem with subscription services like Apple Music, Spotify and others is the unnerving fact that labels make songs available for streaming on a time-limited basis. As a result, some of the tracks you add to Apple Music playlists may no longer be available for streaming, leaving you with no other choice but to purchase them on the iTunes Store.

Starting with iTunes 12.4, there’s a new iCloud status of ‘No Longer Available’ which you can use to create a dynamically updated playlist containing the songs that you added to your Apple Music library that are no longer available for streaming, here’s how. Read More

 

How to stop your iPhone from counting your steps and tracking fitness activity

By Sébastien Page on May 18, 2016

Newer iPhones come with a chip called a motion coprocessor which gathers data from the accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses of the device to precisely measure motion and fitness data such as body motion, step count, stairs climbed, and more. Most people, including yours truly, do appreciate the data collected as it’s particularly helpful if you want to use your iPhone as a step counter and pedometer, for instance. Others are creeped out by this feature.

If you belong to the latter group of people, then I will show you a quick and easy way to stop your iPhone from tracking your steps and other fitness activity. Read More

 

Manually checking for Java updates for your Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on May 18, 2016

Java, just like Adobe Flash, is often a major security flaw waiting to happen for both Mac and PC owners.

Although Apple takes security very seriously and just about forces Mac users with Java to check for Java updates automatically, it’s still never a bad idea to check on your own from time to time.

Since we recently showed you how to check for Flash updates manually, it only made sense to follow up with a similar guide for Java, which is also a commonly-used web plugin.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see if you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer or not. Read More

 
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