How to keep apps, games and websites from spamming your Facebook Timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2016

One of the biggest challenges Facebook users face in their daily usage of the service involves keeping apps, games and websites that connect to Facebook as a sign-in mechanism from posting random updates, unwanted stores, ad links and other garbage on their Timeline.

For most people, this constitutes spamming because not only do these posts appear on your own Timeline, but also in your friends’ News Feed and ticker.

Unfortunately, too few people are aware that they can easily squelch this spammy behavior with just a few clicks. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you the tools Facebook put at your disposal which were designed to stop apps from posting updates on your behalf. Read More

 

Using Gatekeeper to help secure your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 12, 2016

OS X comes with a security feature known as Gatekeeper, which can help prevent unwanted apps from launching on your Mac without your permission. It can also prevent potentially malicious apps from launching because it can be used to limit the kinds of apps that are allowed to open on your Mac.

In lieu of the recent Sparkle updater framework vulnerability having been uncovered in a variety of popular OS X apps, now is a great time to set up your Gatekeeper settings to prevent potential issues with malware on your Mac in the future. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how Gatekeeper works and how you can configure it to keep your Mac just as secure as you want it to be. Read More

 

How to view, search and edit Safari passwords

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2016

If you’re tired of always having to log in, Safari will happily save web passwords in your keychain. Even better, the browser can automatically fill in your user names and passwords the next time you visit your favorite websites.

And with the iCloud Keychain feature, your saved passwords can be synchronized across devices in a safe, secure manner. In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to search saved Safari passwords without needing to visit their websites, view your saved logins, as well as add, delete and manage saved passwords.  Read More

 

Screen sharing from the Messages app: a handy yet under-used feature

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 11, 2016

The Messages app has included a way to initiate screen sharing with an individual that you’re talking to, starting with the release of OS X Yosemite, but it is a severely under-used feature. Screen sharing from the Messages app includes a lot of useful features that could displace all those expensive VNC apps you might be buying from the App Store or Mac App Store.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to start a screen sharing session with an individual you’re messaging via the Messages app on your Mac. Read More

 

How to hide Favorites in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2016

Safari for iOS and OS X lets you mark websites you fancy as your Favorites, so they’re easy to access when you select Safari’s Smart Search field at the top. Your Favorites also appear on new tabs and windows, are listed in your bookmarks, appear on a dedicated Favorites page and can be added as a bar below Safari’s toolbar.

It’s a convenient feature which enables a more productive browsing for those who remember to file websites they frequent as their Favorites.

On the downside, people starring at your iPhone, iPad and Mac will get to see your Favorites every time you open a new tab, type a URL or search. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you step-by-step through the process of removing your Favorites from various Safari views on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. Read More

 

Why and how to use a VPN on your iOS device or Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 10, 2016

A virtual private network, commonly referred to as a VPN, is a type of connection you can use over the internet that helps to secure your identity as you surf the web.

Often times, they’re used to improve your security and privacy on public Wi-Fi networks, but they’re also used for a wide variety of other reasons. If you’ve been considering using a VPN on your iOS device(s) or Mac(s), then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to tell you all about why you should consider using a VPN and how to use them to your advantage. Read More

 

Managing multiple accounts in Instagram

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2016

Instagram officially announced support for logging into more than one Instagram account at a time in its free iOS and Android apps on Monday, and many of you that use Instagram on a daily basis are probably wondering how you can get your hands dirty with the feature.

Although signing in with multiple Instagram accounts is a feature that is still currently rolling out to all users, it’s possible to force your app to allow you to sign in with multiple accounts right now.

Once you get your Instagram app updated to the latest version and are ready to get started with using multiple user accounts in the app, you can follow this tutorial on how to manage all your Instagram accounts from the app. Read More

 

iMessage read receipts: privacy vs courtesy

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2016

One of the features you can take advantage of in iMessage, as well as many other internet chat services, is sending and receiving read receipts, which are a type of confirmation that tell you when the recipient has read the message you’ve sent to them.

It’s useful for when you want to ensure they’ve received your message, and although not everyone likes to have people knowing when they read people’s messages, some like to let others know when their message was received loud and clear, whether they’re able to respond right away or not.

In this post, we will talk about the implications of using read receipts or not. We’ll also show you how to turn read receipts on or off for iMessage on your iOS devices, as well as on your Mac. Read More

 

Using QuickTime to rotate a video on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2016

Every so often, you may come across the need to rotate a video after you’ve recorded it with your camera or iOS device because it didn’t quite come out how you expected it to.

Fortunately, Apple’s QuickTime app, which is built into the OS X operating system on your Mac, is powerful enough to do just that; and it’s very easy to do.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to rotate a video in any direction on your Mac using the QuickTime app. Read More

 

Instagram officially announces support for account switching

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

Instagram has announced on Monday that its users can start logging in to its free mobile app with multiple user accounts, a feature that will be particularly useful for any companies who manage more than one account for social media purposes, or for individuals who have multiple accounts for various interests. Read More

 

Link your Spotify account with Shazam to enable full song previews & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

The Shazam app for iOS comes with the ability to link your Spotify account so you can stream the music you tag via Spotify directly from the Shazam app itself. A recent update to the app included a complete rewrite for this feature, so it’s now more stable than ever before.

All you have to do is connect your Spotify account to the Shazam app, and the app will take care of the rest for you, allowing you to listen to full tracks in Shazam instead of just 30-second song previews.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to link your Spotify account to the Shazam app in iOS. Read More

 

Viewing your download history in the Mac App Store is as easy as that

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 8, 2016

Heavy Mac App Store users will download, install, and delete apps from their Mac all the time. It may be because you’re interested in experimenting with new utility releases, downloading games to get a thrill, or checking out the productivity apps that developers claim to be the “best” out there.

Through all this downloading, installing, and deleting, you may want to check out one of the apps you remember using from a long time ago to see if it got any cool new updates, and sometimes you don’t particularly remember what the name of said app might be.

Fortunately, the Mac App Store comes with a way to see your purchase history, allowing you to see all of the apps you’ve ever downloaded from the Mac App Store whether they were free or paid ones. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to see your Mac App Store’s download history. Read More

 

Get where you’re going with fewer steps using these 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2016

Getting where you’re going with fewer steps is a lot easier with time-saving 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps. For example, pressing the Maps icon on the Home screen lets you instantly get directions home, send your location to a friend, search what’s nearby or drop a pin on your current location so you can remember where you parked your car.

And within the Maps app, 3D-touching a point of interest lets you preview it quickly, navigate there, call the place and more.

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn about all the ways you can take advantage of 3D Touch shortcuts that are currently supported in Apple Maps. Read More

 

How to stop ‘Up Next’ videos from autoplaying on YouTube

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 6, 2016

One of my pet peeves with YouTube is how after completing a video, the service shoves a new video down your throat with a feature called “Up Next,” which gives you a 15-second time frame to click the “X” button at the top right of the video before the next video starts to play.

Sound familiar? If you feel the same way, then you’ve stumbled upon the right tutorial, because we’re going to be showing you how you can disable this feature right from the YouTube website without installing any plug-ins, hacks, or other crazy stuff. Read More

 

How to use bookmark folders in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

In Safari, you can save websites you visit frequently so you can quickly revisit them later without having to remember their URLs. Saved webpages are accessible in Safari’s Bookmarks menu on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac.

If you save a lot of bookmarks, they will clutter the Bookmarks menu over time so locating that favorite website of yours will begin to feel like finding a needle in the haystack. You can avoid this by creating themed folders for organizing your bookmarks.

This tutorial provides step by step instructions for creating new bookmark folders in Safari for iOS and OS X. You will also learn how to rename, reposition and delete these folders and file websites into them, all of which will help you organize your favorite websites to your liking. Read More

 

How to reset your Mac’s NVRAM to solve common issues

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2016

Macs are nice computers, but they’re not without their issues that can spur up at random times. Fortunately, troubleshooting problems on a Mac isn’t incredibly difficult and there are tons of simple steps you can take as a Mac user before calling AppleCare for support.

One of the easiest troubleshooting steps is resetting your Mac’s NVRAM, a step which can solve an array of problems. In this tutorial, we’ll explain what the NVRAM is responsible for and how to reset it to fix common problems. Read More

 

About your Mac’s SMC and how to reset it

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Intel-powered Macs include a system management controller, commonly referred to as SMC for short. This system controls a wide variety of low-level processes on your Mac that control various kinds of built-in hardware on your machine.

At times, your machine may start acting sporadically, and in these circumstances, a reset of your SMC is required. In this tutorial, we’ll not only explain the SMC to you, but we’ll walk you through the process of resetting your Mac’s SMC when you’ve tried every other troubleshooting step imaginable. Read More

 

How to turn any photo scene into a snowy one with Snow Daze

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Winter may be coming to an end next month, making room for the Spring season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying the snow!

Snow Daze is a wonderful app that can be had from the App Store for $1.99. The app can turn any photograph scene into a snowy wonderland. With all of the different filters, configurable snow settings, and color options, you can make even the least suspecting photograph look like it was taken in the middle of a blizzard storm.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how the app works. Read More

 

How to view time stamps in the Messages app on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

An important part of the OS X experience is the Messages app, which allows you to iMessage your friends, family, and co-workers, and even use SMS if you have configured an iPhone to forward SMS messages over to your Mac.

Sometimes, you may have a reason to look into when you received or sent a certain message, and fortunately for you, OS X comes with a way to view a time stamp of when the message was sent, whether it’s an iMessage or SMS.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through how to view time stamps in the Messages app in OS X. Read More

 

How to annotate email attachments in iOS with Markup

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

One of the major features that shipped with iOS 9 was Markup, better known for the ability to draw on and annotate attachments of various file types that you receive in the Mail app and then send them back to the original sender, or someone else for that matter.

Despite how useful this feature is, few people actually use it, either because they don’t know it exists or they don’t know how to access it. In this tutorial, we’ll take you through how to access it and cover some of the features it provides. Read More

 
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