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 send large file attachments with Mail Drop on iCloud.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

Mail Drop, a feature for sending encrypted attachments up to 5GB in size, was introduced in Mail for Mac with 2014’s release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

And with iOS 9.2, Apple has brought Mail Drop to its stock mobile Mail app on iOS devices.

You can also send Mail Drop attachments from the Mail web app, which is available in a browser at iCloud.com on your Mac or Windows PC.

We already covered sending large files with Mail Drop on the Mac and using Mail Drop on your iPhone and iPad, so step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will focus on attaching large files to emails using Mail Drop on iCloud Mail. Read More

 

How to disable video auto-play in Facebook’s desktop interface

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

Are you annoyed by the fact that videos in Facebook’s desktop interface play automatically when you scroll through your News Feed? Auto-play videos are nice until they are not: they consume system resources, use a large amount of bandwidth and can be quite distracting.

And to some people like this author, auto-playing content constitutes a bad user experience. Facebook defaults to having videos play automatically in the News Feed because of advertisers: a video counts as a view if it plays in your News Feed for more than three seconds.

But what’s good for advertisers usually is not for end users. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to switch a toggle that will prevent videos from playing automatically as you scroll through your News Feed. Read More

 

With this time-saving shortcut, you can quickly set some Mac display options

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

In addition to adjusting the screen resolution and choosing between the available display modes on your Mac, OS X’s System Preferences application gives you additional display options to play with.

If you use display zoom, a great feature for people with less than perfect eyesight who find themselves squinting at the screen all the time, or you want to quickly access common features related to making items on the screen easier to see and the display easier to read, use the following time-saving shortcut to quickly adjust these options. Read More

 

How to move iTunes library to an external drive

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

You’d be amazed how much of your Mac’s storage is wasted on the iTunes library. All those apps and media you have purchased and downloaded over the years pile and clog up your Mac’s precious storage.

But with one-terabyte external hard drives retailing for less than $100 on Amazon, there are no excuses not to spring for external storage to move that humongous iTunes library of yours on.

This post takes you step-by-step through the process of consolidating your iTunes library and moving it to an external drive in a way that will preserve your playlists, ratings and other interactions, so you won’t miss a beat. 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

 

GarageBand: a beginner’s guide to Live Loops [video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 3, 2016

In addition to the iPad Pro support brought forth in the GarageBand 2.1 update, the app comes with a new killer feature called Live Loops. Live Loops makes music creation accessible to anyone. Creating songs using Live Loops features a low barrier to entry, but a high ceiling and virtually endless possibilities.

In this video walkthrough, I’m going to share with you 20 basic GarageBand Live Loops tips for getting started with this awesome new feature. I’ll even make a song, and rap to it on the fly! If GarageBand has always seemed intimidating to you, then I guarantee that after watching this video, you’ll be ready to roll your sleeves up and start creating your own musical masterpieces. Read More

 

How to measure Mac frame rates and enable HiDPI display modes on older models with Quartz Debug

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

Have you ever wanted to benchmark the graphics performance of your favorite Mac apps and games, or measure the refresh rates of OS X’s user interface?

If so, you’ll be delighted to learn that Apple provides a free application, called Quartz Debug, which has a built-in live frame rate monitoring tool that can measure the refresh rate of the graphics subsystem in frames per second (FPS).

Here’s how you can download Quartz Debug to your Mac and use it to display the number of screen updates per second, see the FPS and CPU gauges changing as you perform different actions on your Mac, enable HiDPI display modes on non-Retina Macs and adjust other settings related to the computer’s GPU. Read More

 

How to watch Super Bowl 50 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and other devices

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2016

On Sunday evening, millions of people will gather around their TV sets to watch Super Bowl 50. The game features the Denver Broncos taking on the Carolina Panthers, and kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 (ET).

For those of you who aren’t going to be around a television Sunday night, but still want to follow along with the action, we’ve put together a list of ways you’ll be able to do so using an iPhone, iPad, Mac and other devices. Read More

 

How to disable transparency effects on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

Public release of OS X Yosemite in 2014 has given the Mac’s user interface a fresh coat of paint in part through adopting much of the transparency effects that Apple added to iOS 7 in prior year.

Transparency is used throughout OS X Yosemite and El Capitan and can be observed on the desktop and seen in drop-down menus, title bars, sidebars and toolbars.

This post will teach you how to disable transparency for all user interface elements that have a translucent appearance in OS X. 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 choose which contacts appear in Phone app’s 3D Touch shortcut menu

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2016

Are the contacts in the 3D Touch shortcut menu of the Phone app confusing you? Upon pressing Phone’s icon lightly, a menu pops up with three seemingly random contacts, making it easy to call them quickly from the Home screen. Believe it or not, there’s actually some logic behind listing these quick contacts. Even better, you can change their order as well as set other people to be listed in Phone’s shortcut menu. 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

 

How to hide device icons on your Mac desktop

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

If you’re a minimalist type of person, then you might prefer to keep your Mac’s desktop free of any icons.

Yes, you can easily drag documents and other files that have been cluttering your desktop and put them in a folder on your Mac. However, that doesn’t change the fact that icons for external hard drives, USB thumb drives and other hardware devices will still pop up on the desktop as soon as they’re connected to your Mac.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do something about that? Thankfully, Apple’s engineers though of that, too, because OS X makes it easy to optionally remove desktop icons for different types of devices with just a few clicks. Read More

 
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