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'Continuity Activation Tool' Enables Handoff on Older Macs

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced "Continuity," a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs unable to access the new …

15 great tricks to master Apple’s iOS 8

So, you just downloaded iOS 8. Looks pretty familiar, right? Certainly, last year's switch from iOS 6 to iOS 7 -- which saw Apple ditch the iPhone's …

I finally got my iPad to take calls like an iPhone (but it wasn't easy)

Two of the neatest features I expected from Apple's new iOS 8 operating system for its mobile devices involve that old disrespected function, voice calling on the phone.<p>One enables Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone -- the device can connect for voice calls, not only data services, when its Wi-Fi …

Mobile Devices

How to enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone

Apple has long supported FaceTime Audio for the iPhone, which lets you chat with other iCloud users via Wi-Fi and (if your carrier allowed it) …

iOS 8 How-to: Take a time-lapse video

New in iOS 8 you have the ability to record time-lapse photography right from the Camera app. Time-lapse photography is a type of photography that happens when the frame rate is lower than what is used to view the sequence. When the photo is played at normal speed, time looks to be faster. However, …

iOS 8 Family Sharing Explained: Share Purchases Between Family Members & Much More – MacStories

Over the past few years it has been possible, but never easy, to have a family with iOS devices where everyone could share purchases but keep their own accounts for other purposes. Thankfully, Apple has recognised this pain point and introduced Family Sharing in iOS 8 which not only streamlines the …

iOS 8: Tips, Tricks, and Details – MacStories

iOS 8 is, by any measure, a big update. A lot of it is refinement to last year's drastic design overhaul, but there are also a lot of notable new features. Sitting amongst those refinements and big new features are little nuggets of delight in which Apple has designed or implemented something …

iOS 8 Messages: Our Review – MacStories

Messages for iOS 8 is a feature packed update to what Apple claims is “the most-used app on iOS”. More than simple features, however, Messages for iOS 8 represents a fundamental change in the way Apple wants us to view interacting with friends through our devices. From voice messages to quick …

Apps

iOS 8 Changed How I Work on My iPhone and iPad – MacStories

When I reviewed iOS 7 last year, I took a different approach and tried to consider Apple's redesigned OS from the perspective of someone who uses iPhones and iPads for work and personal tasks on a daily basis. I noted that a new structure enabled developers to make more powerful apps, and I …

Apps

Twitter for iPhone Gets Redesigned Profiles, Interactive Notifications on iOS 8 – MacStories

In an update released today, Twitter has introduced redesigned profiles in its iPhone app as well as interactive notifications for users on iOS 8.<p>Profiles have been refreshed with a focus on bio and on making it easier to switch between tweets, photos, and favorites. The change is interesting, as …

iOS 8 Extensions and Widgets I’m Trying This Weekend – MacStories

A lot of new and updated apps have landed on the App Store since the launch of iOS 8 earlier this week. While we tried to be as prepared as possible by covering notable releases here at MacStories, we couldn’t possibly hope to always have articles for every single new app we like. Therefore, I’ve …

Apps

How to reset iCloud Music Library for Apple Music and iTunes Match

iCloud Music Library lets Apple Music and iTunes Match subscribers store all their music online for easy access on all their devices. But, like all …

Avoid your iPhone being held Ransom!

Review Roundup: Extreme WiFi For The Home, Office & Road Warrior

- May 25, 2014<p>WiFi is built into nearly every tech device in the home and those that we carry with us each day. Smartphones, tablets, cameras, 3D …

Give your Mac a speed boost with this quick tip

It’s totally irritating when you’re using your Mac and it slows down all of a sudden. While your computer is obviously doing what you’re focusing on, it can also be working hard on pointless tasks running in the background. In today’s how-to video, find out how to stop this and speed up your Mac in …

Technology

How To Add To, Hide And Reorder Those Pesky Sidebar Items [OS X Tips]

The OS X sidebar, introduced in Mac OS X Panther (10.3), has gotten an increased set of features over the years, including the most recent changes in Mountain Lion, which let you Hide and change the order of your Sidebar items.<p>These changes carried over to Mavericks, and it’s possible some of us …

PhotoSweeper for Mac whisks away duplicate images

When your computer slows down to a crawl and you figure out that it’s because your hard drive is stuffed to the gills, you need to do some house cleaning. Your photo collection is likely a good place to start, and Overmacs’ newly updated PhotoSweeper can swiftly scrub out space-wasting photo …

Better Security On That Macbook: Turn Off File Sharing, Enable AirDrop [OS X Tips]

When you travel with a Mac laptop, whether a Macbook Pro or Air, you may be leaving it open to malicious users to get into your machine.<p>One of the things you can do to keep them out of your precious files is to turn off File Sharing completely. Then, if you still want to share files with other Mac …

Your Guide To Unlocking The Power Of Spotlight Search In OS X

Any OS worth its salt will feature a search bar, because in this day and age, it is impractical to try and recall file locations through terabytes of …

Speed up your startup: Remove Login Items [OS X Tips]

When you start your Mac up, you may notice the process taking longer and longer over time. One of the reasons may be the sheer number of little menu bar and helper apps that you’ve allowed to creep into your system.<p>One way to decrease this start up time is to take these items out of the Login Items …

iPad Tips: Using Smart Mailboxes on iOS 7

One of the killer additions to the Mail app in iOS 7 are Smart Mailboxes, which help organize all sent messages, messages with attachments, and more. The VIP mailbox is displayed by default, but you’ll want to tap on the Edit button on the top-right corner of the Mail app to reveal the other Smart …

How to Create Customized Vibration Patterns

If you find yourself checking your phone every time any phone in your vicinity vibrates, it may be time to create a custom vibration pattern to set your iPhone's ringtone apart from the pack. It’s super easy to do and you can tap along to a favorite song of yours for a fun, unique vibration rhythm. …

iPhone

How to teach Siri some manners

Siri tries its best to be helpful but sometimes doesn't seem to know how to respond or carry on a conversation. How can you improve the sometimes rocky relationship with Apple's voice assistant?<p>Let's start with one of Siri's worst faux pas -- interrupting you. By default, Siri doesn't know when …

Siri

New Apple developer pages aim to help software designers build for iOS 7 and OS X

Apple published a new page on its iOS developer center Thursday night that lists a variety of resources for app designers looking to get the most out of iOS 7’s new look and feel. Most of the information consists of videos and documents that are already available to developers, but these were …

You Decide How Many Days In A Week Using Calendar In Mavericks [OS X Tips]

Except eight. You can’t do eight days a week, which is really a lost opportunity as far as I’m concerned.<p>If, however, you’d like a quick an easy way to get two, three, four, five, or six days in your Calendar “week” view, read on.<p>You’ll need to launch Calendar, and then hit Command-1 on your …

How To Take Screenshots On Your Mac The Right Way [OS X Tips]

Here at Cult of Mac, we take quite a few screenshots. Our current favorite for taking and annotating them is Share Bucket, and of course you can always use Preview or Grab to take your screenshots, but what about the basics? Not everyone needs fancy screenshot capabilities. Aren’t the built-in …

How to delete app backups in iTunes to reclaim gigabytes of hard drive space

If you routinely download apps through iTunes, think twice about what you're doing. You probably have wasted a lot more space than you need to. …

Undo That Hastily Sent Email When Using Gmail [OS X Tips]

We’ve all done it, sent that nasty email to a boss, co-worker, spouse. That email that we really wish we hadn’t sent? You know the one.<p>If only we could go back in time, we could un-send that email and save the hard apology we’ll have to go through.<p>While Google doesn’t provide a time machine, it …

How to use widgets on iPhone and iPad

Widgets let you take a quick glance at information and even perform small actions without even having to open an app. You can access widgets from the …

Teach Siri How To Pronounce Tricky Names [iOS Tips]

I’ve grown up with this last name, so I’m fairly used to people butchering it. I’m surprised at the amazing number of pronunciations given to my last name over the past several decades, with people adding all sorts of weird consonants that just aren’t there.<p>Siri isn’t much different, though she …

Language Learning