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.
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
BatteryBox is launching a new pre-order special for its updated line of external batteries for Mac laptops and mobile devices that use a USB charger, such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and various other types of devices.
Dubbed BatteryBox Slim, the new battery not only looks better with its color-matched aluminum external finish, but it comes with a slew of new features that are going to make this one of the best options on the market to date. Read More
Every time you connect an external peripheral to your Mac, such as an SD card, an external hard drive, or a USB flash drive to transfer files, you should safely eject it when you’re finished using it.
In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about why it’s important to follow this process, and we’ll also show you various ways of doing it. Read More
Those who use iTunes on a regular basis to keep their iOS devices in sync with one another are probably familiar with the problems that can arise from using the software, whether it’s on a Mac or a PC.
If you’re having problems while trying to sync or back up your iOS devices, the problem could very much be with your computer’s Lockdown folder, and resetting it could resolve the problem.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to reset your iTunes Lockdown folder. Read More
Your iOS devices have some of the best touch screens out there. As a matter of fact your iPhone screen makes for a great mouse, or trackpad.
The idea of using iOS devices as a trackpad for your computer isn’t new, but Mobile Mouse Remote is a great app that provides this kind of functionality with ease of use in mind. It even packs some useful bonus features.
If you’re interested in this kind of functionality for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, then this is something you’re going to want to check out. Read More
Apple may not be the only company about to ditch the century-old 3.5mm analog audio connector with the release of the next iPhone this fall. AnandTech reported this morning that the semiconductor giant Intel is backing the industry’s “strong desire to move from analog to digital” by proposing that the 3.5mm audio jack be replaced with USB-C on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Read More
Other World Computing unveiled their Aura Pro PCI-e drop-in SSD upgrade kits last month for 2013 and later MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air model notebooks.
OWC’s Aura Pro SSD storage upgrades start at $399.00 (introductory price) for a 480GB module and and go up in price from there.
Sure to be a popular seller for those that want to upgrade the on-board storage in their expensive Macs without buying an all-new Mac, we’ve decided to try it out and share with you exactly what we think about it.
Occasionally, you will be asked on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad whether or not you want to “Trust This Computer” when you attach it to a computer with a USB connection either to charge or sync.
If you have ever wondered why this pop up appears, and what it means, then you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, we’ll discuss the alert and why it appears so you’ll have a greater understanding of what it aims to do. Read More
Those who need a portable battery pack for the Apple Watch that aren’t so keen on just plugging the USB end into the receiver of a battery pack and letting the magnetic end dangle around everywhere are going to be hard-pressed to find a good portable battery pack made specifically for the Apple Watch’s proprietary charging platform.
Fortunately, Nomad has the Pod Pro, which can be had on Amazon for $85, and is a great solution for on-the-go Apple Watch charging, and even includes a built-in Lightning cable for charging your device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. We’ll show you what the Pod Pro is all about in this review. Read More
If you ever sync your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with iTunes, then more than likely you’ve experienced hiccups at some point in time where iTunes has been unable to find or recognize your device.
You have it plugged in, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t show up in iTunes. What gives?!
In this piece, we’ll go over what to do if iTunes doesn’t seem to recognize your iOS device when you plug it in to your computer so that if and when it happens to you, you’ll be prepared to tackle the situation. Read More
Whenever you buy a new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, it’ll come with a Lightning to USB cable that you will use to charge and sync your device. On the other hand, you have to be careful when you buy these cables separately, especially online, because you could end up with a counterfeit cable.
A counterfeit is a cable that tries to look just like Apple’s OEM Lightning to USB cable, even though it isn’t. Using these cables could have an adverse effect on your device, so we’ll show you how to spot the differences between a counterfeit and genuine Lightning to USB cable in this piece. Read More
Not only did Apple spend a ton of money and time in the research leading up to its proprietary reversible Lightning cable for charging, but they’ve also made the software that handles charging your iOS device intelligent too.
Nevertheless, charging your device can sometimes be followed by some frustrating problems, and they’re all too common. In this piece, we’ll go over some of those problems and what you can do to troubleshoot them. Read More
Restoring your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad can resolve a variety of issues, but sometimes you’ll experience issues even when you try to restore your device(s) with iTunes.
You may have received a “This device cannot be restored Error XXX” message from iTunes before, and unfortunately, you may have been forced to do some research to even begin to understand why you’re getting the error, which can cause tons of frustration.
In this piece, we’ll talk about some of the most common iTunes restore errors and how to fix them so you don’t have to spend hours researching for solutions by yourself. Read More
When you experience problems with an iOS device, you may need to restore it in iTunes, but sometimes, things can go wrong that make it harder to restore your device in a regular fashion as you’d expect.
In this tutorial, we’ll be walking you through how to put your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into Recovery Mode so that you can more easily restore it to a fresh copy of the latest iOS firmware in the unlikely chance of an iOS or iTunes malfunction.
If you’re a proud owner of Apple’s one-port MacBook, up until recently you could only connect a handful of USB-C accessories without using a USB-C-to-USB adapter. But if CES is an indication, 2016 is going to be the year of USB Type-C.
Earlier today, my colleague Jeff told you about several MacBook-friendly USB Type-C monitors and I wrote about Griffin’s USB-C power cable which brings MagSafe charging to the MacBook. Samsung, too, has jumped on the USB-C bandwagon with the Portable SSD T3, basically a next-generation, USB-C-enabled version of its external solid state drive series.
The switch to USB-C connection has made possible data transfer speeds of up to 450 megabytes per second, enough to handle 4K video editing. And with compatibility across multiple operating systems and devices, the T3 works not only with your MacBook but other USB-C-enabled notebooks and desktops. Read More
Apple’s twelve-inch MacBook is one hell of a laptop in terms of portability, build quality and features, but some people are fretting over its limited expandability. With just one USB-C port, folks who wish to connect more than one accessory to the notebook must buy pricey USB-C adapters.
Sadly, the adoption of USB-C on the one-port MacBook has also meant nixing Apple’s tremendously popular MagSafe adapter.
If you’re concerned about sending your notebook flying by accidentally tripping over its USB-C charging cable, Griffin has a solution for you in the form of a newly announced charging cable that brings MagSafe-like technology to the new MacBook. Read More
Of all the products that I’ve reviewed as of late, this is one of the ones I’ve been most excited for. Since getting the iPad Pro and trying to establish a video editing workflow with the extra large tablet, I’ve run into a few bottlenecks. The most obvious bottleneck has to do with transferring video from an SD Card to the iPad Pro’s flash storage.
All of the dongles that I had available were of the USB 2.0 variety, so transfer speeds were horrendously slow when trying to get 4K video files from my Panasonic GH4 to my iPad Pro.
Fortunately, the iPad Pro does support USB 3.0, which results in a much faster file transfer experience—it was just a matter of Apple releasing an accessory that supported the extra throughput. The first accessory to do so is Apple’s just-launched update to its Lightning to SD Card Reader. The dongle looks very much like the previous version of the reader that debuted in 2012, but the Late 2015 update has USB 3.0 support in tow.
How is the experience when transferring large files to the iPad Pro with this new reader? Should those of you invested in a video or photo workflow consider dropping the $29.00 asking price for the updated version? Read More
The just released iOS 9.2 brings with it something that iPhone users have been wanting for quite some time now: the ability to import photos directly from a USB source via Apple’s USB Camera Adapter. Data transfer is still going to operate at USB 2.0 speeds, but having the option to work on videos and photos shot on traditional cameras is a nice new perk for iPhone users. Read More
If you’re looking to quickly transfer photos and videos from your camera’s SD Card to the iPad Pro, then look no further than Apple’s own Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader ($29.00) to handle the job. Apple explicitly states on its store page that the peripheral supports USB 3.0 transfer speeds on the iPad Pro.
Interestingly, the same cannot be said for Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, as that still only supports USB 2.0 transfer speeds. The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, which just launched and is available to ship in 3-5 business days from Apple’s online store, appears to be the only accessory to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds on the iPad Pro at this time. Read More