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How to set up your new Mac like a pro

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and one of the hottest gifts around is a new MacBook or iMac. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get one this year, you’ll want to rip open that box, tear off that plastic sheeting, and get to the good stuff.<p>Once you’ve plugged in your new Mac, you’re in for a …

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New features let you cheat your way through 'Final Fantasy VII' on iOS

Video games are hard — unless they're Square Enix mobile releases with built-in cheats that let you focus on the story.<p>Such is the case with <i>Final</i> …

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How to use Screen Sharing in Mac OS X

Getting started<p>Recent versions of OS X - Mavericks and Yosemite - have a really useful function called Screen Sharing. With it, you view the screen …

8 Essential Tips To Keep Your Phone's Battery Healthy

What that battery is made of, how it works, and how to keep it working well<p>That phone in your pocket is a modern miracle. Ditto the laptop on your desk, the tablet in your backpack, maybe even the watch on your wrist. And regardless of what each is capable of, they all have one cornerstone …

The app you’ve been waiting for: Live-stream your iPhone’s screen for free

Have you ever tried repeatedly to explain something to a friend or family member in an effort to help them solve a problem on their iPhone or iPad? …

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Keep your Mac desktop orderly with Magnet

With Mac app Magnet, you can quickly resize windows to occupy a half or a quarter of your desktop.<p>Whether you want neatly tiled windows on a luxuriously large display or help juggling windows on a cramped MacBook display, Mac app Magnet can help multitaskers maintain order. Magnet is currently …

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10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free was one of our best of the week, but we’re going to outdo ourselves with …

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Tip of the Day: How to Use Private Tabs in Safari

Apple knows you may have good reason not to want your iPhone or iPad to track what you're doing when you're browsing the web in Safari, and for some time iOS has had Private Browsing Mode, in which no record is kept of which websites you've visited, your search history, or your AutoFill …

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Popular Android Camera App Camera51 Hits iOS to Help You Frame Pleasing Shots

The camera app Camera51 has become quite popular among Android users since launching in October of last year, scoring more than one million downloads …

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24 Multi-Touch Gestures for Mac OS X

Most Macs have multi-touch capabilities these days, allowing for gestures to perform common tasks that would otherwise require keyboard shortcuts or …

MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You?

With the recent introduction of the 12-inch MacBook, Apple's added a whole new product to the existing MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, making it more difficult than ever to decide which MacBook is right for you.<p>If you're planning a purchase and you just aren't sure which Apple notebook suits …

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Flashlight and other awesome Mac and iOS app updates you might have missed last week

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

How to Set Up and Use Apple's New Photos App in OS X Yosemite

Last week, Apple released an update to Yosemite that includes a new Photos app . This app is a working replacement for iPhoto, and does much better …

1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated]

AgileBits this morning announced that an incoming update to its popular password-managing app <i>1Password</i> will include an Apple Watch version of the service, providing users an even easier way to manage and easily remember their most important passwords.<p>Like most upcoming Apple Watch apps, <i>1Password</i>'s …

How to update Flash on your Mac (if it's already installed)

We all love to hate Flash — it sucks down battery life on Mac laptops like nothing else, and is used by annoying ads and seems increasingly …

Switch to iPhone: For a more private Google experience

The apps that Google has released for the iPhone include YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Google+, Google Authenticator, Chrome, Google Search, …

How to Turn Your Mac Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Your Mac can function as a wireless hotspot, allowing you to connect your other devices to it and share its Internet connection. It’s just like …

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Review: CleanMyMac3

CleanMyMac3 may not be the only Mac maintenance utility in town, but the latest release may make it the only Mac utility you will ever need. …

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Everything you need to know about backing up to iCloud

Apple's built-in iCloud service is available for everyone and comes with 5GB of storage for free. With it, you can safely back up your iPhone, iPad, …

iCloud Photo Library: The ultimate guide

To accomplish this, iCloud Photo Library works with Photos for iOS and Photos for Mac, as well as iCloud.com, as the glue that holds everything …

How-To: Upload your photos into iCloud Photo Library from your iOS device and iCloud.com

Apple announced Photos last year during the WWDC. The Photos app along with iCloud Photo Library will allow you to store all of your photos in the cloud with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, provided you upgrade your iCloud storage space to accommodate your iCloud Photo Library. Photos will end up …

How to use Family Sharing with Photos for Mac

While iCloud Photo Library supports syncing your photos, videos, and albums across your own personal devices, it doesn't offer an option to sync …

Popcorn Time's Launched on iOS

Torrent-streaming platform Popcorn Time has been causing headaches for the movie and TV industries ever since it emerged early last year.<p>While the project’s original developers stopped working on it after legal pressure, it was swiftly forked by a number of new teams that have kept it up and …

Even more essential Mac keyboard shortcuts

There are a ton of Mac keyboard shortcuts to make your digital life easier and more productive. Last week, we showed you 10 of the best shortcuts to keep in mind when using your Mac, and you responded with even more.<p>Here are Cult of Mac readers’ suggestions for even more fantastic Mac keyboard …

Things to know about Apple's new photo-storage service

NEW YORK (AP) — On Wednesday, Apple is expected to release a free update to its Mac operating system. The update will bring a new Photos app for Mac computers and launch an online photo-storage service called iCloud Photo Library. The service lets you sync photos among various personal computers …

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Everything you need to know about Apple’s new Photos app for Mac

One of the biggest problems right now is what to do with all our photos. Taking them is easier than ever. So is sharing them. But storing and organizing them all in different places still manages to be an experience filled with gotchas, and one that varies wildly depending on what companies you’ve …

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Piracy app Popcorn Time sneaks onto iPhones and iPads

No jailbreak required<p>Popcorn Time is probably the closest thing you can find to a "Netflix for pirates," and today it's becoming even more accessible by launching an app for the iPhone and iPad. Apple hasn't approved the app through the App Store, but Popcorn Time has found a way to sneak onto the …

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