10 tips for Apple Music

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015

Apple Music is here, and after using it for several hours today, I can attest that it’s pretty great. Not only does it live up to the hype, but it’s been relatively stable as well.

I think the future for artists on Apple Music is relatively bright. Here is a paid streaming service that I think many will be more than willing to get behind.

To celebrate the launch, here are 10 tips for getting more out of Apple Music. Read More

 

How to force quit a Mac app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2015

If you run OS X Yosemite, you’re going to run into issues when a misbehaving app like Safari eats up system resources while refusing to quit the normal way. On iOS, it’s easy to force-quit any app iPhone or iPad app, and watchOS also provides a similar shortcut for purging an unresponsive task from its memory.

As it turns out, you can also force-quit any OS X app just as easily. Please take a minute to check out Apple’s easy to remember shortcuts for force-quitting apps. They’ll come in handy when an app starts to slow your system to a crawl or gets wacky to the point when force-quitting is the only remaining option left.

In this post, I’m going to teach you two methods of force-quitting a Mac app. Read More

 

How to halve your data usage on Chrome for Mac, iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2015

Google’s Chrome browser includes a handy feature designed to decrease bandwidth usage by up to fifty percent for mobile users on very slow networks. Called Data Saver, it works by passing webpages you visit to Google servers that compress graphics and other web content.

You can even tell Data Saver to replace the originally requested image with a small placeholder graphic, if the original image is likely not a crucial element of the page.

Here’s how you can reduce the amount of data that Chrome uses on your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by enabling Data Saver mode to cut your bandwidth usage up to fifty percent, and even more. Read More

 

The top 10 must-know Cydia tips [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

Since I imagine that there are probably tons of new jailbreakers since the iOS 8.3 jailbreak touched down, now is a great time to review some of my favorite Cydia tips. But even if you’re a seasoned Cydia veteran, you may find a tip or two in this list that you’ll find handy. How many of these tips do you use on a regular basis? Watch our video and find out. Read More

 

How to encrypt Time Machine backups

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

In our second Time Machine tutorial, we’ll going to show you how to encrypt a Time Machine backup. Encrypting your backups is extremely easy and straightforward. All you need to do is select a single check box in order to enable encryption and enter a password. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do it, and why you should consider encrypting your backups.

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How to buy Apple Watch with in-store delivery

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

Earlier today, the Apple Watch hit an additional seven countries around the world, thus bringing the number of countries where the wearable gizmo officially sells to sixteen, with more markets joining Apple’s party it in the coming weeks and months.

The Cupertino firm has pledged to sell “some models” in its retail stores to walk-in customers. But, you still cannot just waltz inside an Apple Store, pick up an Apple Watch and walk away—without making an online reservation first.

That’s where the Apple Online Store’s handy online reservation system comes into play. Called Reserve & Pickup, it lets prospective customers reserve their Apple Watch with in-store delivery for pickup in person. In this tutorial, I’m going to guide you step by step through using the Reserve & Pickup system to find an Apple Watch you’d like to buy and have it shipped to your nearest Apple Store. Read More

 

How to tell if your Mac supports AirDrop, a device-to-device wireless file transfer feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015

AirDrop, one of the most overlooked features of both OS X and iOS, was designed to simplify wireless file sharing between Macs and iOS devices, without having to connect to an existing network or going through the hassle of having to type a password.

AirDrop debuted on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 7, but the two were not interoperable due to incompatible protocols. Starting with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, AirDrop works between OS X and iOS more or less like a breeze.

However, AirDrop on Macs requires a modern Wi-Fi chipset, meaning older desktops and notebooks may be unsupported. Here’s how to tell if your Mac meets minimum system requirements for AirDrop. Read More

 

How to auto-hide the menu bar in OS X El Capitan

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015

One of the more under the radar features of OS X El Capitan is the ability to auto-hide the menu bar. Just like the Dock, which has long had the ability to auto-hide in OS X, the menu bar can be hidden until needed.

Auto-hiding the menu bar brings the obvious benefit of having more on screen real estate and less distraction. With both the Dock and menu bar set to auto-hide, you can experience a shockingly clean interface as you go about your work. Read More

 

How to delete a partition on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2015

In an earlier tutorial, we showed you how to create a new partition on Mac in order to install the OS X El Capitan beta. But what if, after testing, you wish to delete the partition and relinquish its space?

In this video tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to dissolve a partition using OS X’s built-in Disk Utility. Read More

 

How to choose your startup disk on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2015

If you have multiple bootable partitions on your Mac, such as the case when you create a separate partition for testing a new OS like OS X El Capitan, you’ll need to know how to manage your Mac’s startup disk.

The startup disk is the disk that the Mac boots from when restarting your computer. You can change this disk permanently, or change it on a temporary case-by-case basis.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to establish a set startup disk, and how to change the startup disk on the fly as you reboot your Mac. Read More

 

How to set up Time Machine on OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2015

Time Machine is a Mac utility that allows you to automate hourly, daily, and weekly backups on an external drive that’s connected directly to your Mac or via a local network. It’s seen as the first line of defense against data loss, and features simple setup.

Setting up Time Machine, in its most basic configuration, is extremely easy. All you need to do is launch the Time Machine preferences, turn on Time Machine, select a Backup Disk, and you’re pretty much set.

Of course, there’s much more to Time Machine than just the initial setup, but in this first post in our Time Machine tutorial series for OS X, we’ll cover some of the basic set up options. Read More

 

How to create a bootable OS X El Capitan USB flash drive

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 20, 2015

If you have a spare USB flash drive laying around, you should consider putting it to good use by creating a bootable installation drive for the OS X El Capitan Beta.

Creating a bootable drive has many benefits and uses. For starters, it makes it easy to install a fresh copy of whatever operating system you have configured on the drive. Secondly, it makes it easy to install an operating system on a separate partition, or on a virtual machine. Lastly, it’s just smart business to always have a quickly accessible and portable installation media laying around.

In this tutorial and video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to create a bootable USB drive for OS X El Capitan in just a few easy steps Read More

 

How to set up and use Apple Pay with Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

The Apple Watch has built-in NFC, which stands for Near-Field Communication, for making wireless payments on the go. And in a typical Apple fashion, the watch doesn’t even have to be in the range of its paired iPhone, nor does it have to establish a network connection, to make the payment.

Before you can start making payments with a flick of your wrist, you’re going to need to set up Apple Pay on your Apple Watch. In this tutorial, I’m going to lay it all out for your and explain how to set up, manage and use Apple Pay with your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to enable Google Chrome’s new MacBook battery-saving feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

There’s no denying Google Chrome is brutal on notebook battery life. Don’t get me wrong, Chrome is a great browser and used to be my daily driver.

That was before OS X Yosemite came along with Safari Power Saver, a tremendously useful feature that stops power-hungry plug-ins like Adobe Flash from rendering animations and interactive elements on webpages. In case you didn’t know, Chrome has a built-in Flash Player which takes a toll on battery life and sends your notebooks’s fan into overdrive.

But worry not, Google has enabled a power-saver feature of its own in a recent Chrome update. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can enable it in order to instantly improve your MacBook’s battery performance. Read More

 

How to change your email sender name

By Sébastien Page on Jun 2, 2015

Maybe you made a mistake when initially setting up your email account, or maybe you want to play some sort of prank on someone. Whatever your reason might be for doing so, you sometimes may want to change the name that is displayed as the sender when sending emails. In this post, I will show you how to change your email display name on iPhone, Mac, and iCloud. Read More

 

How to get around strange Messages bug that crashes your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

An odd bug that lets ill-minded folk send you a message which causes your iPhone to respring has been making rounds.

In case you missed it, a very specific string of symbols and Arabic characters sent through iMessage or SMS sends an iPhone in an immediate respring, causing the device to crash and quickly reboot, as first noticed on Reddit.

It’s a serious issue which in some instances can break the Messages app on your iPhone so here are a few possible workaround solutions until Apple delivers a proper fix. Read More

 

How to get notifications on Apple Watch when specific accounts post pictures to Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2015

Instagram’s Apple Watch app is pretty nicely done. From your wrist, you can quickly glance at the latest snaps from the accounts you follow, check out recent comments, see likes, view profiles, like photos, send quick emoji replies and more.

Instagram for Apple Watch also lets you receive rich notifications when your favorite accounts post to the service. This useful feature ensures you won’t miss a thing when, say, iDownloadBlog posts new photos to Instagram.

Here’s how to set up Instagram for Apple Watch to receive these rich notifications on your wrist about specific Instagrammers you follow. Read More

 

How to AirPlay music from your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2015

We recently discussed transferring songs from an iPhone to your Apple Watch to enjoy music from your wrist when your phone is out of Bluetooth range or unavailable.

When you actually stored the music on your Apple Watch, you’ll need Bluetooth headphones because the wearable gizmo doesn’t support playing songs through its built-in speaker.

Thankfully, Apple has implemented AirPlay in Watch OS so you can easily send audio to another device. Read More

 

How to fix a “referencing media on the camera” error in Final Cut Pro X

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Every now and then, you may run into an issue with Final Cut Pro X where a file doesn’t successfully import. Due to this, the media that you’re working with in your project is still referencing the location where the file originally was (i.e. SD Card, Camera HDD, etc.).

When this happens, and you try to share/export a project, you’ll receive an error message that says “This item cannot be shared while it is still referencing media on the camera.”

To fix this problem, you’ll need to reimport your footage from the original source using the File menu. It’s fairly straightforward, but it’s not exactly obvious as to what you should do when you first encounter this issue. Inside, we’ll show you the error message and the quick fix in our brief video tutorial. Read More

 

How to select between miles and kilometers in Workout app on Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

Regardless of whether you’re a modestly active type or a true fitness buff like Tim Cook, chances are you spend some time in the Activity app on your Apple Watch.

If so, you must have noticed that Workout displays the distance when walking, running or cycling in miles or kilometers, your default unit being dependent on the country where you bought your device.

Not everyone thinks in kilometers, or miles for that matter, the latter even more so if you live outside the United States.

Thankfully, it’s possible to change units in the Workout app though not many people take advantage of this setting because it’s somewhat hidden in the Workout interface. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can easily switch from miles to kilometers, and vice versa, when working out with your Apple Watch. Read More

 
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