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Design

All your OS X 10.10 Yosemite how-to needs met, right here

Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite brings its desktop and laptop OS closer to the look and feel of iOS 8. It also includes a bevy of new exclusive features you won't find on any other OS. At least for now.<p>Here you'll find every Yosemite tip, trick, how to, explainer and DIY -- don't expect many of those …

Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use SMS Relay

Now that iOS 8.1 is out, with iOS 8.1 running on your iPhone, you can set up SMS Relay. This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices, running Yosemite and iOS 8.1. Continuity also includes Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, Instant Hotspot, …

Keep OS X Yosemite from sending Spotlight data to Apple

OS X Yosemite has changed the way your Mac deals with your privacy. On the one hand, Apple has decided to enable hard drive encryption by default, despite the FBI requests not to.<p>On the other hand, every time you type in Spotlight, your location and local search terms are sent to Apple, and, …

Operating Systems

iOS 8 How-to: Use Camera to enter in credit card info

With iOS 7, Apple added a new feature in iBooks, iTunes and the App Store that allowed users to scan iTunes gift cards with the device’s camera rather than manually entering the string of characters on the back of the card. Now in iOS 8, you can use the device’s camera to scan and enter credit card …

Steve Jobs’ inspirational commencement speech is hidden in Pages for Mac

One of the most famous speeches by Steve Jobs is the commencement address he gave at Stanford University in 2005. The 22-minute speech is definitely worth watching if you’re an Apple fan.<p>Apple has made small and subtle references to Jobs in its software before, and now another easter egg has been …

Public Speaking

20 Architectural Details of a Stand-Out Ceiling

Many of us think of two adjectives when we hear the word “ceiling”: flat and white. But this doesn’t have to be the case! There are so many …

10 Things You Probably Do That Block Your Creativity

You know what makes highly successful people less stressed, happier and more productive? They know that their personal priorities are worth more than …

Stop Comparing: No One Can Do a Better Job of Being You

<b>“Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.” ~Unknown</b><p>For fifteen years I gave up on …

Creativity

Password Protect Your Devices

Choosing not to password protect your devices is the digital equivalent of leaving your home or car unlocked. If you're lucky, no one will take advantage of the access. Or maybe the contents will be ravaged and your favorite speakers and/or secrets stolen.