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'It Had Never Been Done on Television Before': The Oral History of Breaking Bad

Creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and others reflect on how an offbeat show about a drug-dealing schoolteacher revolutionized television forever.<p>Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: <i>Breaking Bad</i>, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school …

TV

The Beginner's Guide to 1Password

Using a password manager is basically internet security 101 these days, but that doesn’t make them any less intimidating. If you’ve never used a …

Information Systems

8 Important iOS Security Settings Every iPhone Owner Should Know

Apple’s mobile devices are among the most secure that money can buy. Indeed, the company behind the iPhone places a great importance on the concept …

11 tips and tricks for your new Apple AirPods

There's more to the tiny wireless earbuds than meets the eye. Here's how to get the most out of your AirPods, and a few things you may not know.<p>Apple's AirPods are convenient and wireless. But if you bought a pair or were lucky enough to get some over the holidays, you may still be wondering how to …

Tech Trends

7 ways to seriously cut back on iPhone data usage

Take control of how your iPhone uses its cellular data connection.<p>Stopping seven data-hungry apps from killing your data plan isn't the only way for iPhone owners to reduce their data usage. Here are seven phone-wide settings that can help keep you under your monthly data allotment.<p>1. Restrict …

Apps

With WatchOS 4, The Apple Watch Might Finally Free Us From Our Phones

Apple’s upcoming smartwatch software will allow for faster, smarter, and less iPhone-dependent apps.<p>The Apple Watch was supposed to be more than just a fancy fitness tracker with fashionable wrist straps when it launched in 2015. As Apple executives explained at the time, this device was supposed …

The complete list of Siri commands

(Almost) everything you can say to Apple's virtual assistant.<p>There's a lot you can do with Apple's virtual assistant -- and some things you can't do. For example, while Siri can send texts, search Twitter, and open up your front-facing camera, she can't adjust your device's ring volume (something …

Tech Trends

How to clean up your Mac

Upgrade your operating system<p>These instructions assume you have the latest Mac operating system, macOS Sierra. If you don't, we recommend upgrading. …

Operating Systems

12 Photo Projects You Can Do From Home

Part of becoming an improved photographer is understanding how to challenge yourself to put the skills you already have to the test and acquire new …

Landscape Photography

Pointers: fix the click on Magic Trackpad 2

File this under "we spent an hour on it, so you don't have to." This Pointers is for when your Apple Magic Trackpad 2 appears fine, but won't click. …

Apple Store

5 Tips To Turn Evernote Into The Perfect Recipe Book

Evernote is one of my favorite note-taking tools. It’s platform-agnostic and has plug-ins for nearly every major browser. I use it to jot down story ideas, snap pictures of important receipts, and curate the best on-the-fly recipe book ever.<p>Evernote did have a standalone recipe book a while back …

Productivity

Kirkville - iTunes 12.4 Applies Song Ratings to Albums and Destroys Smart Playlists

In iTunes, you can rate songs and albums separately. For example, you can rate a song five stars, and an album four stars. If you do this, iTunes …

10 tips to make your Mac feel like new

Operating Systems

Useful Apple Mac keyboard shortcuts

Master your MacBook.Apple<p>OS X might seem simple — but it's an absolute powerhouse if you know how to use it.<p>Some of the easiest ways to get the most of out of Apple's desktop operating system are hidden in plain sight: Keyboard shortcuts.<p>Flick between applications and tabs. Take screenshots. Fine …

Apps

Microsoft's retail store chain flounders in stark contrast to busy Apple Stores

Nearly six years have passed since Microsoft began opening retail outlets patterned after Apple's blockbuster retail locations. However, the now 116 …

iPhone 6s Plus: Living with Live Photos

Live Photos aren’t perfect. The video shot in a Live Photo is a mediocre 12 frames per second, compared to the 30fps iPhones generally capture. Low-light photos are noticeably less vibrant when Live Photos are enabled. Shoot a Live Photo in the wrong orientation then rotate it, and you’ll revert …

Mobile Photography

How to delete Time Machine backups on Mac

Do you have a single Time Machine drive that you use to back up multiple Macs? Or a Time Machine drive you were using before upgrading computers? If …

How to take tilt-shift photos with a smartphone

Learn how to make cool miniature effect photos using nothing more than your smartphone.<p>Tilt-shift photos make the world look miniature, almost as if you are looking at a diorama.<p>Traditionally, to achieve these photos you need to manipulate perspective and depth of field with a dedicated tilt-shift …

Mobile Photography

How to AirDrop photos and videos between Macs and iOS devices

Nothing feels more futuristic and <i>Star Trek</i> than using AirDrop to instantly beam pictures and videos to others while you’re out and about. There’s no …

Star Trek

How To: Use AirDrop With Your Mac or iOS Device

Getting your iOS device or Mac prepared to allow AirDrop basically involves turning on Bluetooth on your device or Mac made in 2012 or after. (Sorry, …

How to use Split View in OS X El Capitan

Split View is one of the most awaited features of Mac, and finally it is here with the OS X El Capitan. In case you are unfamiliar with this new …

25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography - 100 Tip Series

Sandro Cuccia wraps up his series on 100 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography with this last set of 25 - arguably, the best of the lot!

How to set any song as iPhone ringtone

There was a time where ringtones were the coolest thing to have on your phone. I had Terror Squad’s Lean Back for all my incoming calls. Needless to …

WD upgrades its popular My Passport Ultra portable HD, last gen 2TB on sale for $80

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Western Digital has announced that it has redesigned its wildly popular My Passport Ultra portable and My Passport for Mac hard …

Portable

8 great OS X Yosemite tips and tricks you really need to know

Apple with OS X Yosemite introduced a number of cool features designed to make one’s computing experience easier and more efficient. While some may …

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect …

Two More Cool-But-Semi-Hidden Yosemite Features

Continuing the theme I began here last week, allow me to introduce you to another pair of useful but semi-hidden OS X Yosemite features. Feature #1 …

iOS 8 How-to: Remotely remove your credit cards from Apple Pay

People have been enjoying using Apple Pay. Apple Pay is Apple’s mobile payment system that allows you to pay for things in stores and through apps with different banks and credit cards. Using Apple Pay is more secure than swiping your credit or debit card because your card number, identity and CVV …

How to safely move your Mac's iPhoto library onto an external drive

Tips<p>Today's digital cameras and advanced smartphones like the iPhone 6 take stunningly detailed photos, but all that extra resolution comes at the …