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How to Start the Mac Screen Saver with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Jul 10, 2014 - 10 Comments
Keystroke to start a screen saver on the Mac

Have you ever wanted to initiate the screen saver of your Mac by hitting a keystroke combination? You’re not alone, and that’s what we’re going to show you how to do here. While OS X does not include this feature by default, we’ll demonstrate how to create an Automator system service that will accomplish the … Read More

See & Listen to iTunes Radio History in the iOS Music App

Jul 9, 2014 - 4 Comments
Check iTunes Radio Listening History

If you listen to iTunes Radio throughout the day on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, sooner or later one of those songs you heard is going to get stuck in your head. When that happens, or when you’re just simply curious about the music you’ve been listening to and want to hear a particular … Read More

Quickly Make a Stickies Note from a Selection in Mac OS X

Jul 9, 2014 - 21 Comments
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Stickies is an app that creates floating notes that can sit on your Mac desktop, it’s been around on the Mac for ages and tends to sit quietly forgotten in the Applications folder of OS X. Often the lack of Stickies usage is either due to not knowing the app exists, or just not knowing … Read More

Get Stock Market Details from Siri on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Jul 8, 2014 - Leave a Comment
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You may already know that you can add stock ticker symbols to the Notification Center on the iPhone, but if you don’t feel like tapping around, another option is to retrieve information on markets and equities through Siri. That also means you can get detailed stock market data on prices, highs and lows, dividends, and … Read More

Enable a Recall Email Feature in Gmail to Undo Sending Erroneous Messages

Jul 6, 2014 - 7 Comments
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If you’ve ever sent an email that you immediately realized wasn’t complete, contained errors, or, even worse, was to the wrong person, you know that feeling of dread. For Gmail users, an optional setting offers a layer of forgiveness to those situations, providing for the ability to recall a sent email if acted upon quickly. … Read More

Type Line Breaks & Enter a New Line in Messages for iOS

Jul 5, 2014 - 7 Comments
Type a line break in Messages app for iOS

Most iPhone users spend a lot of time typing in Messages, the text messaging app native to iOS that sends iMessages between yourself and others. While the basic functionality is pretty straightforward, what’s perhaps a little less obvious is how to enter onto a new line when typing an iMessage without actually sending the message, … Read More

5 Tips for Taking Better Fireworks Photos with iPhone

Jul 4, 2014 - 7 Comments
Use iPhone Camera to Take Pictures of Fireworks

Heading out to watch a fireworks show (it is the 4th of July you know) and plan to use your iPhone as your primary camera? Be sure to use these five tricks for taking the best possible fireworks pictures with your iPhone… it’s not quite a DSLR, but with some proper technique you can still … Read More

Force iOS to Recalculate Device Usage Statistics with a Reboot

Jul 3, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Settings

The device Usage statistics shown in iOS Settings > General > Usage offer a quick look at how much capacity is available, actively being used by apps, and their respective data and caches. Similarly, usage data is also available to track app cellular data usage. Sometimes these usage statistics will appear blank though, showing a … Read More

Close All Windows in a Mac App with a Keystroke

Jul 2, 2014 - 8 Comments
Close All Windows in Mac OS X with a Keystroke

Most Mac users know that hitting the Command+W keyboard shortcut will close the currently active window, but with a slight modification and by adding an additional key press, you can close all windows in just about any OS X app or the Mac Finder. What’s this super excellent keyboard shortcut for closing everything? It’s easy … Read More

Fix an “Activation Error” After an iPhone Reset / Restore

Jul 2, 2014 - 1 Comment
Bypassing Activation Error on iPhone with the menu options

If you’ve ever reset an iPhone to factory default settings or restored a device to set it up as new, you may have run into this “Activation Error” message when going to set up the iPhone again. The accompanying message is somewhat vague and not particularly helpful, saying “Activation request could not be completed. If … Read More

Zoom Into Instagram Photos with This Neat iPhone Trick

Jul 1, 2014 - 4 Comments
Zooming into Instagram photos with an iPhone trick

The photo-centric social network of Instagram has no shortage of amazing and inspiring pictures, but something that has probably bugged more people than just me is the inability to zoom in on images posted to the service. Many first-time instagram users try to ‘double-tap’ to zoom, which of course just “hearts’” the picture rather than … Read More

Show a Scale Indicator in Maps for Mac OS X

Jul 1, 2014 - 1 Comment
Show Scale in Maps for Mac

The Maps app in Mac OS X is a useful tool to pre-plan routes, generate map files for offline usage, send directions to an iPhone, and much more, but one critical cartographic component that’s missing by default from all Maps views is any sort of scale indicator, making it difficult to get an idea of … Read More

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