How to use parental controls on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 28, 2016

Parental controls allow you to have more control over your child’s access to your Mac, and they’re an invaluable tool to make sure that they’re only doing what they’re supposed to be doing instead of everything they shouldn’t.

Because many parents allow their children to use their Macs, it’s a good idea to set parental control restrictions on their user account. We’ll show you how this is done in this tutorial. Read More

 

Never use Dashboard on your Mac? Here’s how to disable it

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 28, 2016

There are tons of features on the Mac that I love to use, but there are some that get so dusty because I never even bother to use them.

Dashboard is one of those features, and I’ve always thought it was a pretty good idea to go about disabling the feature outright on every Mac I’ve owned.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process to disable Dashboard system-wide on your Mac. Read More

 

Pro tip: make an applet that quits all opened Mac apps instantly

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 27, 2016

Those of you with Macs know that you can’t just click on the Close button to exit out of most apps. Instead, you have to physically quit those apps after you’re done using them.

On the other hand, if you just can’t be asked to take the time to do that, we’re going to show you a really easy way to make an applet that can be used to quit all of your Mac’s running apps at once. Read More

 

Enjoy the new Unicode 9.0 emojis on iOS right now with a simple workaround

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 25, 2016

Many of you probably already heard the news that Unicode 9.0 became official this week and that there were going to be 72 new emojis coming soon.

Although Apple is likely to add support for these new emojis in iOS 10 in a future beta or release update, they’re not yet available in iOS whatsoever, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can still use them without a jailbreak on a completely stock device. Read More

 

Launching apps in low resolution mode on Retina display Macs

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 24, 2016

When it comes to most modern Macs, they come equipped with ultra high-resolution displays known as Retina displays.

These displays are the same size as standard displays, but come with much denser pixel-per-inch (PPI) specifications than your average display.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can launch apps on your Retina display Mac in normal resolution, rather than in its higher Retina display resolution form. Read More

 

Tip: customizing the toolbar of your Mac’s Mail app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 23, 2016

Your Mac’s Mail app is a powerful email client, and for many, the default app configuration in plenty for getting day-to-day email tasks done.

But for those who demand more power and functionality, it’s a great idea to customize the toolbar at the top of the Mail app so you have quick and easy access to the functions you use the most.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to customize the toolbar at the top of your Mac’s Mail app so you can get more out of it. Read More

 

How to forward delete text on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 21, 2016

I constantly use my Mac for typing documents and sometimes I make mistakes; I’m only human. To fix them, I use the delete key on my keyboard to go back and re-type what I had messed up on, and the cursor slowly works its way backwards in the text so I can start over.

But, what if you wanted to forward-delete rather then delete text backwards? Is it possible? You’d better believe so. And you can do it with just a simple keyboard shortcut! Read More

 

How to customize system app icons in Mac OS X

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 20, 2016

My colleague Timothy Reavis shared just a couple of years ago how you can customize the icons of apps on your Mac. On the other hand, it would seem the process to do this has changed slightly in OS X El Capitan.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you a method that works on Apple’s latest operating system release for Mac. Read More

 

iPhone 101: enabling the character counter for SMS messages on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 20, 2016

Unlike iMessage, the SMS messages you send on your iPhone are regulated by your carrier and have a character limit of 160 characters.

We’ll be showing you in this tutorial how you can turn on a character counter in your iPhone’s Messages app so you can have a better idea of the length of the SMS messages you’re sending. Read More

 

How to use your iPhone as a remote for the Keynote app on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 17, 2016

One of the nice luxury features that Apple includes with its premium Keynote presentation software is the ability to use the mobile app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a remote for giving presentations from Keynote on your Mac.

It’s a great tool for educators and students to use in the classroom, but such abilities also work great in various work environments unrelated to educational institutions, such as business meetings at work.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use Apple’s mobile Keynote app as a remote for controlling a presentation from Keynote on your Mac. Read More

 

CloudClip: Universal Clipboard for your Mac right now

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 16, 2016

Apple’s newly-announced macOS Sierra is set to release to the public this Fall as the company revealed at WWDC 2016 this week, and it includes a variety of improvements that will make using your Mac even better than ever.

One of those improvements is Universal Clipboard, which is a Continuity feature that lets you share your clipboard between your iOS device(s) and your Mac.

But what if we told you that you didn’t have to wait until the public release of macOS Sierra to enjoy a similar feature on your Mac? Read More

 

How to remove sound from a video file with iMovie on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 16, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to remove all sound from a video file, you will be happy to hear that Apple’s iMovie app for the Mac is 100% capable of doing just that, and it’s done in just a few simple steps.

That’s right; paying 300 bucks for Final Cut Pro X isn’t a necessary step to do this, and in this tutorial, we’re going to show you how it’s done. Read More

 

How to add a new printer to your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 15, 2016

When it comes to using your Mac for day-to-day activities, you may want to set up a printer with it so you can print documents, shipping labels, photos, and other important pieces of information.

In OS X, Apple has made it really easy to add a new printer to your Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can add a new printer to your Mac whether it’s wired or wireless. Read More

 

Apps stuck on “Installing…” on your Home screen? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 15, 2016

It seems like at the worst times, iOS apps can sometimes glitch out in the middle of installation. When this happens, you might see the “Installing…” indicator on the app icon on your Home screen for ages, when the app’s installation should have already been completed.

Most of the time the fix is easy, but sometimes, things get a little more complicated. In this piece, we’ll talk about what you can do to rectify the situation of apps getting stuck in the infinite “Installing…” limbo. Read More

 

Stop Image Capture from launching when you connect your iPhone to your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 15, 2016

Depending on your default application settings on your Mac, certain apps may open when you connect certain external devices to your computer. Among those could be Apple’s Image Capture app, which is a media-importing app that comes with your stock installation of OS X.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable Image Capture from launching every time you connect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your Mac. Read More

 

How to live stream WWDC 2016 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, Windows, and Android

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 13, 2016

Apple is going to be streaming their WWDC 2016 event live on their website today, and die-hard Apple fans will be tuning into the event from their devices to see what’s new.

Whether you’ve got a Mac or a PC, or are using your mobile device to stream the media, you can watch it live whether you’re at home or on the go. There are, however, some requirements you will have to meet to be able to do so.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to stream the WWDC 2016 event live on your devices today. Read More

 

How to have iCloud sync your calendar subscriptions across Mac, iPhone, and iPad

By Sébastien Page on Jun 10, 2016

I recently wrote a post describing how to add the schedule of the Euro 2016 to your iPhone, Mac, or iPad calendar app in order to keep up with the competition. As described in my post, subscribing to this calendar (or any other calendar) directly from your iPhone or iPad, will only add the calendar locally on the device, but it won’t sync across all your other devices like an iCloud calendar would.

iDB reader Kyler emailed us earlier today asking how he can subscribe to a calendar while adding it to his iCloud account to make sure the calendar events sync to his iPhone, iPad, and Mac, without having to manually subscribe to the calendar on each device. This is what we’re going to do look at in this post. Read More

 

Creating another admin user on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 10, 2016

Apple’s OS X operating system makes it easy to create new user accounts on your Mac, but sometimes you want to have multiple administrators on your Mac so you’re not the only one managing who can do what on the computer.

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create an additional administrator account on your Mac besides yourself. Read More

 

How to fix boot loop on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad with ‘No Substrate Mode’

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 9, 2016

What happens when a jailbreak tweak bugs out on your device and ends up in a boot loop? Do you try to reboot the device to no avail? Do you take to the internet to ask how to fix it?

How about this: try booting into a form of booting up that Saurik calls ‘No Substrate Mode,’ then uninstall the faulty tweak.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how you can use No Substrate Mode, an under-used feature of jailbroken iPhone or iPad that can truly save you from losing your precious jailbreak when you’re unable to turn on your device. Read More

 
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