How to enable and use two-step verification on WhatsApp

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2017

Like many online services out there, WhatsApp provides two-step verification as an additional layer of security for your account.

An optional measure designed to help strengthen the security of your account, two-step verification requires that you verify your mobile phone number after installing WhatsApp’s mobile app on a new device with a six-digit code that you created using this feature.

Here’s how to enable two-step verification for your WhatsApp account. Read More

 

How to skip forward and back 10 seconds in YouTube for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

Google’s YouTube app has a handy scrubber for navigating a playing video clip. However, it makes it hard to fast forward or backward a longer video unless you sand down your finger first because the tiny control wasn’t designed for a very short jump.

Here’s a quick shortcut to help you skip forward or backward ten seconds in YouTube for iOS to catch something you missed, no need to interact with the scrubber at all. Read More

 

How to find out when macOS was last reinstalled on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2017

Figuring out how much a Mac has been used is essential when buying a pre-owned computer, especially if the seller no longer possesses the original invoice. While macOS’s System Information application provides some insight into the state of the Mac’s battery, that’s not enough.

Thankfully, you can find out when exactly the owner has first completed the initial macOS setup and that can be quite useful in making an informed purchasing decision. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to find out when macOS was last reinstalled on any Mac using a quick Terminal command. Read More

 

How to check for software updates for your Beats audio accessories

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2017

If you have Beats-branded audio devices, then they might have a firmware installed on it that sometimes need to be updated.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to check for updates for any of your supported Beats devices. Keep in mind that some Beats audio devices do not need to be updated. Read More

 

How to install software update for your AirPods

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2017

Not unlike other accessories, Apple’s wireless earphones need a piece of software, called firmware, to function properly. A new AirPods firmware should install silently in the background without the user ever realizing it. Should the process fail, an update can be manually deployed on your AirPods as soon as Apple releases a new version.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to deploy a new firmware for your AirPods manually, as well as check the version number of the firmware that’s currently running on your AirPods. Read More

 

How to manage app windows on your Mac like a pro

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

Along with a flatter look, macOS Yosemite brought simplified functionality for the close, minimize and maximize buttons which in the case of Mac are traditionally found in the top left corner of windows. Clicking the maximize button of an app that does not support macOS’s native fullscreen mode simply enlarges the window to its maximum size.

For apps that do support fullscreen mode natively, the maximize button acts as a shortcut for taking the window fullscreen.

But did you know that you can override this behavior and maximize a window without going fullscreen? Or quickly expand only one side of a window to its screen edge? Or see a window’s maximizing and minimizing animations in slow motion?

This tutorial provides some useful tips for getting the most out of macOS’s built-in controls for resizing, minimizing and maximizing windows, and moving them around. Read More

 

How to master the Scribble feature on Apple Watch

By Steffen Reich on Jan 30, 2017

Scribble can be awesome. It allows Apple Watch users to discreetly scrawl text replies on their wrists, no iPhone keyboard necessary. For all its glory, in the wrong environment it can appear outright fiddly, especially on the smaller screen model and even more especially if uninitiated to the software. Oddly, there is not that much information out there on the sweet feature, which is inconsequential and not conducive to Scribble’s future place in watchOS.

Behind the curtain, Scribble has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that will appreciably lift your game at writing on the watch, both in terms of speed and technique. So no matter if you are a regular user of the feature or have abandoned it a while ago, let’s shine a light on a couple of knacks and see if it is going to better your relationship with Scribble. Read More

 

How to take a screenshot without the shadow effect on Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017

By default, screenshotting a Mac window takes into account macOS’s nice drop shadow. But more often than not, the effect makes the screenshotted images more difficult to align properly in documents and webpages due to the surrounding shadow.

While you can always disable the shadow effect with a simple Terminal command, doing so removes the shadow for all screenshots.

What if you wanted to remove the shadow for the current screenshot only?

That’s what this tutorial is all about: we’ll tell you about a modifier key that you can press while screenshotting a window to override default system behavior and remove the shadow effect from that particular screenshot only.
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