How to download Instagram photos or videos to iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Apr 17, 2015

Instagram has a fantastic community of photographers, with some of them more gifted than others. Every once in a while, I’ll see a photo or video on Instagram that I want to save to my iPhone for later viewing, or simply because I find it interesting.

The problem is Instagram doesn’t let you save photos or videos from within the app. I’m not completely sure why this isn’t an option, but I’d argue that copyright laws may have something to do with that, along with the fact that Instagram wants you to use the app rather than download photos directly to your iPhone.

With that said, there are of course ways you can download Instagram videos or photos to your iPhone. While using jailbreak tweaks is an option, we’ll focus on App Store apps that allow you to save content from Instagram to your iPhone. Read More

 

How to change the default name of screenshots on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Apr 16, 2015

When you take a screenshot on your Mac, OS X will by default name the file “Screen Shot Date Time” where “Date” and “Time” are the actual date and time when the screenshot was taken. This makes for long file names that aren’t necessarily helpful. If like me you want to have more control over that file name, then read on as I show you how to change the default name of screenshots on Mac. Read More

 

How to remove date and time from screenshot names on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Apr 15, 2015

By default, every time you take a screenshot on Mac OS X, the file generated will be named “Screen Shot date time” where “date” and “time” are replaced with the actual date and time the screenshot was taken. For most people, this is a useful feature as it allows to quickly sort screenshots depending on when they were taken. But for other people, it might be an annoyance.

In this post, we will show you how to remove the date and time from screenshots that were taken on Mac OS X. Read More

 

How to migrate your iPhoto Library to the new Photos app

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 9, 2015

Now that OS X Yosemite has been officially released, it’s time to think about migrating your old iPhoto library to the new Photos app. Migrating over is extremely easy, as there are multiple ways to do so. In this post, we highlight one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to migrate an iPhoto Library over to a new Photos app install. Read More

 

How to be prepared for Apple Watch pre-orders

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015

After nearly 6 months of waiting, you will finally get the chance to check out the Apple Watch in person tomorrow. All official Apple Stores should have them on display, with representatives eager to answer your questions about the device and help you try one on.

Pre-orders for the Watch also open to the public tomorrow, starting at 12:01am Pacific time. So with that in mind, we thought it’d be a good idea to put together a quick roundup of everything you need to know before you decide to stay up all night to get your order in. Read More

 

How to run Android apps like WhatsApp and Instagram on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 5, 2015

ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, is a tool that allows you to run many Android apps right on a desktop machine. For the most part, the apps look and function like they do on an Android phone or tablet.

Why is this so cool? Well, it means that you can now have access to whole variety of new apps. Some apps, like WhatsApp, have no native desktop counterpart, so it’s especially nice for apps like these.

While it isn’t a perfect 1:1 solution, and some apps outright don’t work, it’s worth trying if there’s an app that you want that isn’t otherwise available on the desktop. In this post and video, we’ll walk you through the steps of configuring Google’s ARC Welder tool, and show you how to run multiple applications as well.

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Apple takes you on ‘Guided Tours’ to teach you all about Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Apr 3, 2015

Apple on Friday added a new ‘Guided Tours’ section to its Apple Watch website, offering an in-depth look at the device’s headlining features ahead of its April 24 launch. The page plays host to walk-through videos, which teach prospective customers how to take advantage of the Watch’s new interactions and technologies. Read More

 

TinyUmbrella can now save local SHSH blobs from device, and that includes iOS 8.1.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Semaphore has been on a roll lately, as shown by the release of yet another TinyUmbrella beta build, and this version contains a significant new feature. You now have the ability to save SHSH blobs directly from a local device. This means that if you’re on a jailbreakable firmware like iOS 8.1.2, you can save the 8.1.2 blobs even though Apple is no longer signing that firmware version. Read More

 

How to enable WhatsApp Web via iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 24, 2015

Android users have been able to enjoy WhatsApp’s Web interface for a while now, while iOS users have been left longing for the feature. The WhatsApp Web interface allows you to carry on and continue conversations from a web browser on your desktop, which is great for those times when you’re seated and working.

Thankfully, there is a way to enable the WhatsApp Web feature directly from your iPhone, but you’ll need to be jailbroken to do so. It’s called WhatsApp Web Enabler, and we’ll show you how to use it in this step-by-step video tutorial. Read More

 

How to unlock the Apple Watch Activity app on iOS 8.2, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.

In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part V: mixing, editing and finalizing

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 28, 2015

Welcome to the final entry in our podcasting basics series of posts. In the previous tutorial, you learned how to record a high quality sounding podcast. In this series finale, I’ll show you how to put all of the pieces together to finalize your podcast masterpiece. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 with TaiG for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

A few days ago, we posted our Mac jailbreak tutorial for iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. That tutorial used the PP Jailbreak tool for the Mac. For Windows users, things are slightly different. Windows users get to use the TaiG tool. At the end of the day, both tools are geared towards the same goal—allowing you to easily jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 and 2. Read More

 

How to fix the “Can’t find Apple driver” issue with TaiG for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

If you’ve been trying to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 1 or 2 with TaiG 1.3.0 over the last couple of days, you may have encountered an issue. An error that says: “Can’t find Apple driver, please download and install iTunes” has been causing all sorts of problems for would be jailbreakers.

iTunes may indeed already be installed, but it’s the latest version of iTunes for 64-bit Windows machines that’s causing the error to begin with. Perhaps you’ve tried to downgrade your copy of iTunes unsuccessfully. Or maybe you’ve just given up on trying to jailbreak your iPhone on a Windows machine. Well, don’t give up just yet, because we have a solution inside. Read More

 

Workflow is an amazing app, and this WordPress image uploading workflow shows why

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

Although I’ve long admired the iPad-centric work ethic of individuals like MacStories’ Federico Viticci, I could never fully commit to working from my iPad due to the perceived amount of steps needed to get things done. Yes, it’s possible, but I’ve always thought it was easier to work from my MacBook Pro.

With that said, I certainly admire anyone who can successfully pull it off, as Viticci has obviously done. There’s even a slight bit of jealousy there because he’s figured out well in advance how not to be ball-and-chained to a traditional desktop.

With iOS 8, a lot of that has changed. iOS is now more open than ever and users can do some powerful things with said openness. Case and point: Workflow—the automation app that opens up the door to automation newbs like myself. Yes, much automation could be done prior to Workflow—apps like Pythonista and Editorial proved as much—but Workflow is venturing into brand new territory. Not only is it arguably the most powerful automation tool available for iOS, it makes implementing automation accessible to mere mortals.

In this post, I’d like to show off one of the workflows that I’m extremely proud of. To be honest, this post is sort of a stealth-brag, but that’s okay. When you see this workflow in action, you’ll understand why. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part IV: recording, exporting and uploading

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 21, 2015

This is the second to last entry into my podcasting basics series. In part I, I talked about some of the preliminary steps needed before starting a podcast. In part II, I discussed the hardware that we use to record shows like Let’s Talk iOS and Let’s Talk Jailbreak. In part III, I broke down the software used. Now that you have a good idea of what hardware and software that we use, along with the basic overall methodology, let’s talk about starting the actual recording.

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How to rotate photos on iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2015

We’ve all been there: you want to take a photo in landscape mode, but before your iPhone accelerometer has registered it should rotate from portrait to landscape, you’ve already taken the shot. The result is a nice photo, but one that looks funny on your screen. Try to rotate the screen, and the photo rotates with it. It’s annoying, but of course, as you may already know, there is an easy way to rotate that photo so it looks good on your screen. Read More

 

Podcasting basics part III: software

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 14, 2015

This is the third entry into my podcasting basics series. In part I, I discussed some of the preliminary steps needed before starting a podcast. In part II, I talked about the hardware that I personally use to record shows like Let’s Talk iOS and Let’s Talk Jailbreak.

After going through the preliminary conceptualizing and picking out the hardware that works for your particular scenario, it’s time to mate the hardware with the right software. Software choices for producing podcasts can vary significantly, but I’ve come up with a formula that works for me.

Of course, your decision to use a piece of software may boil down to your particular needs. For example, if you’re not a Mac user, then many, if not all of your software will differ. That being said, the basic recording techniques that I employ will more or less be the same, and can be used regardless of the software you decide on using. In this post, I break down the software that I use for recording and producing our podcasts. Read More

 

How to auto hide the dock and remove its delay on the Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 14, 2015

The idea of auto hiding the dock has always seemed appealing, because it give back the real estate normally lost by an always-present dock. The downside to auto hide, however, is the slight delay that occurs whenever the dock shows and hides. For me, the delay totally kills the idea of using auto hide. But what if you could remove the delay?

In this tutorial, I will show you how to have the best of both worlds: a dock that is hidden, yet at the same time immediately accessible due to the omission of the annoying delay. Read More

 

How to add space separators to the dock on your Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 13, 2015

Looking to better organize the dock in OS X? Perhaps adding a few spacers would do the trick. Adding spacers to your Mac’s dock is super simple and easy with just a couple of Terminal commands. It’s a great way to organize your dock’s applications and provides it with a custom look and feel. Read More

 

Hot Corners in OS X: how and why you should be using them

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 12, 2015

After Mission Control debuted on the Mac, it seems like Hot Corners became more obscure. Perhaps that’s all in my mind, but I never seem to find anyone who actually uses these things anymore. That’s a shame, because the Hot Corner, in my opinion, is one of the most useful tools for using a Mac more efficiently. It speeds up my workflow significantly, and I could never imagine using OS X without them.

To me, Hot Corners are like the oil to my workflow. Yes you can get things done without them, but there’s a lot more friction when you don’t. Here’s how to use them, and here’s why you should be using them, too. Read More

 
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