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How, why and when to boot your Mac in Safe Mode

Most of the time, your Mac “just works.”<p>But there will be times when a rogue app, a misbehaving service, outdated caches and other issue will cause …

Operating Systems

5 more Mac keyboard shortcuts that make computing even easier

After we posted our handy Mac keyboard shortcuts video, we got a ton of comments — and more great suggestions about ways to streamline working with your Apple computer.<p>In today’s video, we take a look at another handful of great Mac keyboard shortcuts, and show you how you can make your …

How to manage your iTunes account on your iPhone and iPad

All of your iTunes purchases are available on all of your supported devices, as long as you are signed into them with the same Apple ID. You can also …

How To Find Out How Much Cellular Data Your Apps Are Using

Are you on a measured data plan, and wonder what uses up your monthly allotment of that precious 4G LTE data you pay so dearly for? Here’s a simple …

Receive Google Voice calls on your iPhone via Google Hangouts after 3rd Party app support ends

If you are using a third party app such as Talkatone to receive Google Voice calls on your iOS devices, you might have noticed that its support ended …

Secure Your Mac By Setting A Firmware Password [Quicktip]

You may be using <b>a password to secure your data</b> on your Mac – and you should, but unless your Mac is encrypted, a tech-savvy thief can still access …

How to block Facebook game requests on iPhone and iPad

If you don't play Candy Crush Saga, or any other Facebook game for that matter, but you keep getting requests for lives and items from your Facebook …

Use your iPhone’s hidden sleep timer to fall asleep to music

Sometimes it’s difficult to fall asleep, even after a long day. While listening to music can help some, they wake only to find their device’s battery dead from playing all night. In this episode of Cult of Mac’s how-to, find out how to use your iPhone’s hidden sleep timer, thanks to our quick and …

What Does HDR Mean? Take Gorgeous Photos with HDR on iPhone

What is HDR photography on iPhone and why would I want to use it? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It works to balance the shadows and highlights of a photo so that neither are being favored or ignored. Basically, HDR on iPhone is done by combining three different exposures into a single shot. …

Mobile Photography

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 …

Tip of the Day: How to Focus iPhone Photos without Tapping the Screen

Tapping your iPhone's screen to take pictures can be awkward and cause you to take shaky photos if you tap too enthusiastically. That's why it's so handy to take photos by pushing your iPhone's volume button. But what if you want to focus the photo before snapping the picture?<p>To focus a picture …

Mobile Photography

Memory Diag Shows You Which Apps Are Eating Up Your RAM

OS X: There are a lot of methods for keeping an eye on your memory, but Memory Diag aggregates all the information you want to know that lives in …

Apps

Touch ID not working for you? Here's how to fix it!

On an iOS device, there's a capacitive ring around the Touch ID sensor; on the new MacBook Pro, the entire Touch ID sensor is capacitive. When the …

Get A Quick List Of All Media Sent Across iMessage Conversations

Ad By Carbon Ads<p>Joshua Schnell | Tuesday, January 21st, 2014<p>I have a few iMessage chats on the go with friends where we basically share photos and …

How To Set Up FileVault Protection On Your Mac [OS X Tips]

If you want to be sure your data is secure on your Mac, Apple has provided an easy way to do so. They’ve created File Vault, accessed via the System Preferences, to encrypt your startup drive with some heavy duty file security.<p>You’ll need OS X Lion or later, and you’ll have to have an OS X Recovery …

How to enable the Guest User account on your Mac

Click on the <b> logo</b> in the top left corner of your screen.<p>Click on <b>System Preferences</b>.<p>Click <b>Users & Groups</b>.<p>Click on the <b>Lock</b> on the bottom left corner of …

GadgetellSolutions Media

24Jan/18<p>To see the full list of this year’s Top Women in Retail honorees, click here. What do you enjoy most about working in the retail industry? …

Automatically Upload All Your Mac’s Photos & Video To Google+ Thanks To Auto Backup

Google+ was not the immediate Facebook-killer that Google wanted it to be, perhaps, but slowly and surely the search giant has been making its social networking service more and more useful to average folk.<p>That trend continues with the release of Google+ Auto Backup, a new app that will …

1Keyboard App: Use Your Mac’s Keyboard To Type On Your iPad, iPhone, Other Mac

1Keyboard looks like a great way to avoid having to spend $100 on Logitech’s K811 Easy Switch keyboard. It’s an app that takes the input from your Mac’s keyboard and sends it to the iDevice of you choice, and it costs exactly $0.<p>Install 1Keyboard and you get yet another icon up in your Macs …

How To Use Preview To Make Your PDF Documents Smaller [OS X Tips]

Ever wonder why that PDF with just text in it is somehow bloated to a massive file size? Why should something that would be under 500 kilobytes if it were a Text Edit file be two or three megabytes when put into PDF form?<p>Well, the answer can vary, but if you ever get a PDF from someone that’s too …

How To Use The iOS 7 Photos App To Edit Right On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Sure, you can use something like iPhoto to really dig in and edit your iPhone photos, but if you just want a simple, no frills simple edit or two–plus some nifty filters if you have an iPhone 5 and up–the built-in Photos app in iOS 7 is a pretty great choice. It’s easy to use, and you already own …

How to have Siri check for and read email messages

Hey, Siri! Can you help me get to inbox zero?<p>Siri can check for and let you know when new emails come in. If there is one that you want to hear …

Enable Flash For Specific Websites With Safari [OS X Tips]

Ugh, Flash content, right? It slows everything down, and buries content within inaccessible Flash movies, and forces you to install and keep updating the plugin, even if you don’t need it.<p>Honestly, I hope Flash goes the way of the dodo, and HTML5 takes over. If I had my druthers, I’d disable Flash …

How to teach Siri to pronounce a name correctly

Press and hold the <b>Home button</b> on your iPhone or iPad, or say "Hey, Siri" to activate Siri.<p>Say the <b>name</b> of a person that you think Siri will …

How to disable auto-play for videos in Facebook for iOS, at least when you aren't on WiFi

Some people don't like when videos auto-play as they scroll past them. Back when Instagram started doing this, I had a feeling Facebook and other …

Show A Single App And Hide All The Rest With One Click In The Dock [OS X Tips]

With all the RAM we have these days, it’s easy to get some serious screen clutter going on when you have a ton of apps open.<p>You can hide the current app with Command-H, and you can hide all the other apps except the current app with Command-Option-H.<p>But did you know you could go to any app that’s …

Security App Streams Live Video To Contact Or Cloud When Danger Is Near

Most of us are aware that the iPhone can be an effective security tool; there are countless clips on YouTube proving its worth as a recording device, and FaceTime, Skype and the like allow someone on the other end to watch, and if needed send help, when things get sketchy.<p>A recording of a mugging, …

New App Claims to Improve Your Vision, And It’s Backed by Science

A new app claims it can reduce the need for reading glasses. While it may be hard to take an app such as GlassesOff seriously, it apparently has some …

Here’s A Much Better Way To Store And Transport Your Macbook Power Cord [OS X Tips]

Ok, sure, this is more of a tip for those with a Macbook Pro or Air, or any other Apple laptop in the last few years with the fantastic tiny power brick design to it.<p>I know that I’ve struggled for years on the best way to tuck the two pieces of the power cable away. I’ve generally settled on …

Google Chrome app launcher and desktop apps now available to Mac users

The Chrome Web Store now shows a new app category titled "For Your Desktop" and highlights those which will function outside of the main Chrome …