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Xbox Originals ups Microsoft's TV game. Will viewers play along?

"And we don't know. Knowing our audience, we'll know pretty soon once we put it up if they'll respond positively."<p>Nancy Tellem, Xbox Entertainment Studios chief<p>"They're offering linear content. We have the interactivity."<p>Nancy Tellem, Xbox Entertainment Studios chief

Get Siri To Read Your Emails And iMessages In iOS 7 [iOS Tips]

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do in my car (as I drive to and fro taking my kids to and from school, music lessons, and soccer practice) is to read my emails and text messages. But taking your eyes off the road is bad, mmmkay?<p>You can always turn on VoiceOver before you get in the car to …

iOS

How To Use Control Center In iOS 7 To Save Battery Life [iOS Tips]

There are tons of opinions and facts out there about conserving your iPhone’s battery life, some of them contradictory. The fact remains, however, that you can save your precious battery with a few toggles to your settings, and now with iOS 7 you can do so quite easily.<p>Control Center makes it much …

Batteries

How To Find And Use The Hidden Screensaver Images In Mavericks [OS X Tips]

When OS X Mountain Lion came out, we found out that there were 43 hidden high-resolution images included as part of the screen saver system: nature images from National Geographic, aerial images, images of the cosmos, and patterns in nature, to name a few.<p>It turns out that the same images are …

Compose Better Photos With iOS 7 Camera – Use Grid Lines [iOS Tips]

One of the better ways to compose better pictures when taking them with your iPhone is to turn on the grid lines built into the iOS camera.<p>Back in iOS 6, you could tap on the options button at the top, and toggle the grid lines on or off. Simple, right? That ease of use is no longer in iOS 7.<p>Where …

iOS

OS X Mavericks review

Over the course of the past decade, we've seen many changes to OS X - some iterative, some significant. OS X's newest incarnation, "Mavericks" or …

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How to use iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

These days, it seems like you need some kind of password or login information to visit practically every website. It is hard to keep track of all of …

How to Send Driving Directions from the Mavericks Maps App to Your iOS Device

- Oct 25, 2013<p>One of my favorite features in OS X Mavericks so far is the addition of the Apple Maps app. Did you know, you can get driving …

Keep Your Private Notifications Off Your Lock Screen In Mavericks [OS X Tips]

You may know that your Mac can send you notifications via the native Notifications Center, introduced in OS X Mountain Lion. You can get notified via a pop up badge or alert window for various activities, like iMessages, Calendar events, FaceTime calls, or Game Center achievements, just to name a …

Apps

Activate Emoji And Other Special Characters In Mavericks [OS X Tips]

In case you missed it, OS X Mavericks came out yesterday and it’s free. If you’ve downloaded the latest operating system from our fine friends in Cupertino, then you’ll be able to check out this neat little tip.<p>We all love emoji, right? Those cute little emoticons came into vogue for iOS a while …

Operating Systems

How To Fix Problems Sending Directions From Mavericks To iPhone [OS X Tips]

I rely on the iPhone to get me around most places, even in my current hometown. I just really have a bad sense of direction. But ever since the advent of online maps and the GPS function of my iPhone, I’ve longed for the ability to quickly look up an address on my Mac, hit a button, and have the …

Operating Systems

Tag Files In Mavericks Finder Using The Keyboard

Mavericks’ new in-Finder tagging is great, letting you treat your files like you treat your Gmails and effectively keeping the same file in multiple “folders” at once. But actually tagging the files is still kind of a pain. Happily, Brett Terpstra is here to help with a rather simple tip.<p>The …

Operating Systems

Mavericks Makes It Way Easier To Access Your Library Folder [OS X Tips]

Back in OS X Lion<p>and then again in OS X Mountain Lion, Apple hid access to the user Library folder to prevent neophyte OS X users from messing around in the areas of the file system that could cause some damage to their Macs.<p>That’s fine, of course, but it took a lot of messing around in the …

Operating Systems

Go Under The Radar – Fix The iOS 7 Read Receipts Bug [iOS Tips]

One of the great things about Messages, for me, is the “read receipt.” I know if my child has seen my messages to them, of if they’ve just been “delivered” but not read. I like it.<p>Some folks, though, might want to turn off this feature so they don’t give off the signal that they’ve actually seen a …

iTunes Radio Not Winning Over The Hearts And Minds Of Pandora Users

Before iTunes Radio came along, everyone thought it would be the death knell of good old Pandora. But it doesn’t look like Pandora is going anywhere: even those Pandora users who have access to iTunes Radio either don’t use it, or listen to Pandora alongside iTunes Radio.<p>According to a recent …

Pandora

Quickly Find And Open Photos In iOS 7’s New Year View [iOS Tips]

One of the much touted features of iOS 7 is the new organization feature of the Photos app. When I opened it for the first time, back in the beta, I was dismayed to see the Year view.<p>The photos? They’re tiny! How the heck am I supposed to find the photo I want? I’m old and need glasses. Sheesh.<p>Ahem.<p>…

iOS

Fantastical 2 For iPhone Includes New iOS 7 Design, Reminders, And Price

I started using Fantastical on my iPhone the day it was released back in November of last year. Like other users of the fantastic (bad pun intended) Mac app, I couldn’t wait to have its natural language parsing on my iPhone. With Fantastical, you can just type “get lunch with Buster at 3 tomorrow” …

Clear Those Annoying Notifications Without Leaving The Lock Screen In iOS 7 [iOS Tips]

I like some notifications. I try to keep it down to a dull roar, of course, but I enjoy knowing when I get a phone call, text message, and email from specific clients or friends.<p>It’s just that when I see all these notifications in my lockscreen, I mentally dismiss them, only to have them appear …

Keep Track Of Your Kids On Halloween With Two Amazing New Apps [Daily Freebie]

Keeping tabs on your brood this Halloween? Sure, you could use Apple’s Find My Friends. But it doesn’t have as many cool features as these two new apps, and it also can’t track Android phones — while these two apps can.<p>The first is Verizon Messages, which incorporates location sharing features from …

Apps

Apple Pairs Every Touch ID Sensor To Its A7 Chip To Make Them Super Secure

If you picked up a new iPhone 5s this year, you’d better take good care of its home button, because you can no longer pick up a cheap replacement on eBay and fit it yourself. The repair experts at mendmyi have discovered that Apple pairs every Touch ID sensor with an A7 chip, and if you install a …

Mobile Technology

Access And Add New Bookmarks In Mavericks Preview [OS X Tips]

Cult of Mac reader Alvaro P writes, “After upgrading to mavericks, the Preview app doesn’t show the Bookmarks tab anymore. That’s no good, because I need them to quickly access pdf stuff during meetings.”<p>Having just upgraded my Macbook Air to Mavericks, I figured I’d give it a look. Here’s what I …

MacBook Air

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Digitally Digested Review

Microsoft Surface 2 Digitally Digested Review