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How to Photograph Glassware on a Pure White Background

Glassware makes for beautifully contrasting shapes on a white background. Taken under studio lighting, this high-key style of photography looks …

A $50 Lighting Setup for Product Photography

Looking to do product photography on a budget? The lighting setup found in the 6-minute video above by DSLR Video Shooter will cost you only $50 and …

Videography

Apple quietly added an exciting new feature to iOS 11

Apple earlier this week released iOS 11 beta 3, which brings over a variety of fixes and improvements as well as some new features. Included in the …

There’s now a great reason to use Apple’s Safari web browser

Amid a string of high-profile announcements at the keynote address of Apple’s annual developer conference, where the company introduced a slew of new laptops, computers, and a new smart speaker, there was one small announcement that could have a profound affect on how most people surf the web.<p>As …

Apple

The iPad takes a big step toward being the computer for everyone

As the MacBook Pro loses features and ports, the iPad Pro gains versatility and power<p>The iPad has never been a full-fledged <i>computer</i>. At its launch back in 2010, it was mocked for having a large screen without a typical large-screen operating system like macOS or Windows, and it was dismissed as …

Apple halves cost of 2TB iCloud plan to $9.99 a month

Replacing the 1TB option<p>Among the many announcements at WWDC yesterday, Apple cut the cost of its 2TB iCloud storage plan in half — from $19.99 a month to $9.99. This replaces the now-defunct 1TB plan that was previously offered at that price point.<p>That leaves three options for iCloud pricing now: …

Easily share your WiFi with friends on iOS 11, automatically sends passwords to nearby devices

iOS 11 includes many automatic features regarding first-time setup and account login. This extends to WiFi networks too. If a friend comes over with an iPhone running iOS 11, you can automatically log them in to your WiFi in one tap.<p>The UI looks like the AirPods pairing process. When the WiFi …

Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.5 With Headphones Audio Fix and Enhanced Mac App Store Compatibility

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.5, the fifth update to the macOS Sierra operating system that first launched in September of 2016. macOS Sierra 10.12.5 comes more than one month after the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.4, an update that introduced Night Shift for Mac. Five betas of macOS …

How to save your data manually with iPhone, iPad, and Mac

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and checking out the series overview.<p>Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those …

How to access Mac’s hidden photo-editing app

Whether you know it or not, if you own a Mac, you also own a surprisingly powerful editing tool—and it’s hiding in plain site.<p>Not everyone needs …

Tutorials

25 hidden iPhone features that are really, truly hidden

How many times have you seen posts on tech sites about “hidden iPhone features” and thought to yourself, <i>these tricks aren’t really hidden at all</i>. …

Apple Updates iPhoto to Prep for Move to Photos for OS X App

- Mar 19, 2015<p>Apple has updated the iPhoto app for Mac to version 9.6.1 in order to prepare for the upcoming move to the new Photos for OS X</b> …

OS X

Keep your MacBook powered for days with this smart backpack

LAS VEGAS — Companies are throwing sensors into everything this year. Toothbrushes, cookie jars, mouth guards … you name it, and someone is trying to cram some sort of sensor into it. Next up is your backpack.<p>AMPL Labs’ upcoming SmartBackpack promises to keep your tech items safe and charged for …

Apple Releases Safari 8.0.2 for OS X Yosemite

- Dec 11, 2014<p>Apple has released Safari 8.0.2 for OS X Yosemite. Apple released Safari 8.0.1 right days ago, and then quickly pulling it back due to …

DiskWarrior 5 brings faster speeds to disk repair

64-Bit: Today's large disks can have large directories. Using the latest 64-bit technology allows DiskWarrior 5 to handle even the largest …

Linux

iCloud Photo Sharing: The ultimate guide

Apple's iCloud service includes iCloud Photo Sharing, which lets you share images and video with friends, family, and colleagues on an iPhone, iPad, …

Photo Sharing

Continuity: Where it is now, and our hopes and dreams for the future

Are you using Continuity?<p><b>Peter:</b> I do, but I don't use it as much as I like, because the support just isn't there for it yet from third parties. But …

IPad Air

How to download Apple’s iWork apps on older Macs for free

If you bought a Mac from 2013 on, you can download the iWork suite of apps — Pages, Keynote and Numbers — from the Mac App Store absolutely free. But what if you bought an older Mac? You have to pay, and they’re expensive, running $19.99 each.<p>Thankfully, there’s a trick you can use to download …

Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by …

Why Your iPhone Uses PNG for Screen Shots and JPG for Photos

It's no accident that Apple has chosen two different file formats for iOS device screen shots (PNG) and still photos from the camera (JPG). Here's …

Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column

Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves<br>Episode #94<p>This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS …

4 Wi-Fi Tips from Former Apple Wi-Fi Engineer

Alf Watt, former Apple Wi-Fi engineer and creator of iStumbler, joined us on this week's Mac Geek Gab 509 to talk all things Wi-Fi. The episode …

Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch Notebook Reportedly Entering Production in Small Quantities

Quanta Computer has begun production on Apple's ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook and will look to ramp up its efforts beginning November, reports <i>Digitimes</i>. Despite these newest efforts however, the report also states that the notebook will not be ready in time for this holiday season.<p>Since initial …

Email App 'Mailbox' for Mac Enters Open Beta, Available to All Users

Development on email management app <i>Mailbox</i> for Mac began earlier this year, with the app entering a limited public beta test back in August. As of today, the app has entered an open beta testing phase, making it available to all users.<p><i>Mailbox for Mac</i> is similar in design to <i>Mailbox for iOS</i>, offering …

HBO to Introduce Standalone Web-Only Subscriptions in 2015

Popular premium cable channel HBO has announced plans to introduce a web-only subscription service designed for cable cutters in the coming months. According to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who spoke at an investor presentation (via <i>Re/code</i>), the company will begin offering standalone HBO service that …

Apple Temporarily Removing Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App After Reported Issues

Apple will remove the ability to enter and monitor blood glucose data in its Health app because of reported issues with measurement from users in the UK and Australia, reports <i>CNET</i>.<p>Currently, the app allows users to manually enter view blood glucose values in mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) or …

Pixelmator Launching Full-Fledged Image Editing App for iPad Later This Year

Pixelmator today announced that it will be bringing a full-fledged version of its popular image editing app to the iPad, first showing it off at Apple's special media event earlier today and giving more details on its blog.<p>Like the Mac version, Pixelmator for iPad is a layer-based image editor that …

Apple Stops Selling Mac Mini With OS X Server, No Longer Offers 2TB Storage Option

Apple today updated the Mac mini, introducing significant upgrades including Haswell processors, Intel HD 5000/Iris graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and PCIe-based flash storage options for the higher-end models.<p>Though Apple continues to offer three separate Mac mini options priced at $499, $699, and …

Adobe Releases Plugin to Help Aperture Users Transition to Lightroom

Earlier this year, Apple announced that it was ending development on Aperture in order to work on an upcoming Photos app for OS X that will replace both Aperture and iPhoto.<p>At the time, Adobe, the company behind popular photo editing software Lightroom, promised to make a tool to allow Aperture …

OS X Yosemite Launch Brings Fully Functional iCloud Drive to Mac and iOS

With yesterday's launch of OS X Yosemite, Apple's iCloud Drive file storage system is now functional across the company's products. Many users were frustrated following the launch of iOS 8 last month by the incompatibility between the new iCloud Drive system used with that operating system and the …