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Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 36: Diving Into Google App Engine for iOS Apps

<i>Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure and you will</i> …

Apps

This amazing short film of the Apollo Moon landing was made entirely with NASA photographs

When man landed on the moon in 1969, it was a milestone in the history of humankind. Around 530 million people watched the Apollo 11 moon landing …

Moon Landing

How to protect your Apple iCloud account

Worried about hackers destroying your iCloud music, pictures, and documents? Here are three things you should do right now.<p>Maybe the London-based …

Information Systems

Opinion: macOS Sierra’s new storage-management tools are a bit of a mess

One of the new features of macOS Sierra is that it can automatically ‘manage storage’ on your Mac. What this means is, if you’re getting low on SSD space, macOS can automatically upload older and larger files to iCloud and then delete them from your Mac. When macOS deletes a file, it leaves an …

How to Let Emergency Contacts Reach You When Do Not Disturb Is Turned On

Open Contacts or Phone. If you open the Phone app, navigate to Contacts.<p>Find the contact you want to designate as an emergency contact who can reach you even when Do Not Disturb is turned on.<p>Tap Edit in the top right corner.<p>Scroll down and tap Ringtone.

Technology

Plex apps add DVR feature for capturing free over-the-air TV shows

Popular media server Plex is today announcing a new a DVR feature that enables recording of free over-the-air content using a digital antenna and digital tuner.<p>You can bring your own digital antenna but will have to use an HDHomeRun digital tuner (around $90 and up) from the company Plex is teaming …

How-To: Create a free Apple developer account for sideloading apps

Starting with Xcode 7, Apple made it possible to sideload apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV using a free Apple ID. Although a paid developer account is still required to deploy apps to the App Store, users wishing to sideload open source apps on a personal device can do so with relative ease. …

How To Use Google Docs Even Without An Internet Connection

Services like Google Drive can be a life-saver if you typically use more than one device for work. Creating a file in Google Docs means it’s …

Software

How-To: Safely backup and update iOS on your iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

With Apple’s Special Event being live tomorrow, and with iOS 9.3 most likely being released shortly after, it’s worth taking a look at how you should prepare your device for the feature-packed update. Before installing the update, it is recommended that you have a backup of your data. This tutorial …

Apple Recalls Power Adapters Due to 'Risk of Electrical Shock'

The affected adapters were sold along with Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods since 2003 in continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil.<p>Apple announced a recall today of power adapters sold between 2003 and 2015 that can break and shock their owners when touched. The …

GoPro integrates with Periscope, you can now live stream anything

Periscope will now let you live stream from certain GoPro cameras, that is, if you’re an iOS user. Sorry Android owners. Your moment will come …

Periscope

You Can Now Periscope With a GoPro. Here's the Gear You Need to Do It Right

Starting today, you can enable your GoPro HERO 4 to directly livestream to Periscope. The idea is that daring Periscopers can keep their phones …

Livestream to Twitter with a GoPro and Periscope

Even though pundits are predicting some dark times for Twitter ahead – what with a bunch of executives about to bail out an all — there’s news today …

Safari (Browser)

Go live: You can now broadcast on Periscope using your GoPro

Twitter and GoPro have just gone live with their collaboration allowing users of the former’s popular Periscope app to broadcast live video using the …

Periscope

9to5Mac’s HomeKit Holiday Gift Guide: Lights, switches, sensors and more for the Siri + smart home lifestyle

The idea of a smart home is a long running meme in technological circles. Apple has made the biggest stride recently with HomeKit and there is now a significant ecosystem of lights, switches, and other accessories to buy for your home. That being said, smart home accessories are still novelties and …

16GB iPhone users rejoice: New Google Photos feature lets you easily free up storage on iOS

Google is adding some new space-saving features to its Photos app on both the web and iOS. A new feature rolling out to the web client starting Wednesday will give the option to downgrade photos previous backed up in full resolution to the compressed mode in order to save space. And on iOS, there’s …

PSA: Beware 1Password web features can leak your browsing history, may show up in Google search

AgileBits has promised to beef up the security of 1Password after a Microsoft software engineer discovered that details of which websites you visit are unencrypted and indexed by Google if you use the 1PasswordAnywhere feature. Dale Myers said that he discovered this by chance after a sync problem …

Why Aperture Priority is the Most Preferred Shooting Mode by Photographers

Photographers have their own shooting preferences. Some like using flash, some don’t. Some love to play around with depth of field, while others want …

2 Huge Benefits of Photographing in RAW

In the days of film, negatives were converted to photographs by 1) using chemical baths for dipping in the dark room or 2) sending to a photo …

How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac’s pictures (Part 2)

Your digital photos were never intended to remain trapped on your computer’s hard drive. Apple’s original 2002 version of iPhoto proudly included physical book and photo printing services, adding new books and various types of cards every 2-3 years. Since early digital cameras took low-resolution …

How to cancel your Apple Music subscription before your free trial is up

The new Apple Music streaming service comes with a three-month free trial as a way to entice users. Get them hooked early on and they'll be more …

How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac’s pictures (Part 1)

Apple knew it had something special to share with the world when it released iPhoto in 2002: in addition to printing 20″ by 30″ poster-sized photos, the original iPhoto’s “most stunning feature” (according to Apple) was a page layout tool that quickly turned digital photo collections into printed …

What's the difference between iCloud Backup and iCloud Drive?

If you're confused by the distinction between these two Apple services, well, you're not alone.<p>For many an iPhone or iPad user accustomed to syncing their devices to their desktops or laptops, the 2011 arrival of Apple's iCloud service created no small amount of head-scratching. No more syncing? …

iCloud

Hands-On: Affinity Photo is the Photoshop Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

The most affordable package option for the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop costs $110 a year. If you are a photographer, you know …

How-To: Build a $150-$300 iTunes video + music server for your home

In May 2005, iTunes evolved from a music player into a video library manager, paving the way for video iPods (October 2005), Apple TV (March 2007), and AirPlay video streaming (September 2010). Since then, iTunes libraries have become bigger and more central in homes, as users now stream content …

How To Change Mac OS X Screenshot Location

If you take a lot of screenshots on your Mac, chances are that your desktop gets cluttered with all those files since that’s where OS X saves them by …

A First Look at Affinity Photo Beta

Let’s be honest, Mac users are getting a little spoilt when it comes to image editing. Of course there is the seminal Photoshop available to both …

Tutorials

Where to find and how to recover deleted photos in Photos for Mac

The familiar Trash folder from iPhoto is no longer. Learn where to find your deleted photos in the Photos app, and how to recover them.<p>The first time you go to retrieve a photo you previously deleted in the Photos app for OS X, you might rightly wonder where the Trash folder went. In iPhoto, …

OS X

How-To: Safely shrink your Mac’s giant photo library, deleting duplicate images to save space

I’ve focused a lot over the last few months on helping readers to speed up and optimize Apple’s Macs — everything from adding RAM to recovering hard drive space and upgrading old hard drives to faster SSDs. Today’s How-To is focused on something very specific but with a lot of optimization …

Glide into one of the best iPad publishing tools around

Glide helped Jim Dalrymple reboot <i>The Loop</i> into a gorgeous digital magazine way back in October 2013; we’re excited to see how much progress the Glide publishing app, invented by Chris Harris, has made during the time between then and now.<p>We’re not the only ones, either: With 15 days left to go on …