Shoot Vertical Panorama Photos on iPhone

Nov 8, 2012 - 1 Comment

Vertical panorama on iPhone

The iPhone’s excellent panorama mode allows for easy vertical panoramic shots as well, perfect for taking pictures of tall trees, waterfalls, buildings, or anything else that is taller than the standard range provides.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Turn Any Website Into a Self-Contained Mac App with Fluid

Nov 7, 2012 - 16 Comments

A  website turned app by Fluid in Mac OS X

Fluid is a great Mac app that converts any specified web site into it’s own self-contained application, allowing you to do things like turn Gmail, Facebook, Wikipedia, Soundcloud, and Pandora, into their own dedicated app.

Other than being useful for creating apps exclusively for particular websites, Fluid is also great for those of us who are easily distracted by other things on the web, forcing the usage of only the given site.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

Share Pictures Easily with Photo Streams in iOS

Nov 7, 2012 - 7 Comments

Using Photo Streams in iOS & OS X

Photo Streams are a great addition to iOS, but thus far seem to be an underused feature. With Photo Stream, you can easily share a collection of images with a select group of people, without having to go through the usual avenues of social networks. Instead, you create an instant gallery right out of the Photos app, select people to share it with, and that’s about it. If you feel like sharing it with a broader audience, you can even get a URL which allows anyone to view the images through the web.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

6 Great Retina Wallpapers for iPad, iPhone, and Mac

Nov 6, 2012 - 1 Comment

6 high res wallpapers for iPad, iPhone, Mac

Everyone loves a good wallpaper, so we’re bringing you another little collection of great images to use as the desktop background on your iPad, Mac, iPhone, or whatever else you’re decorating. Each image is sized at 2048×2048 to accomodate the retina iPad display, but they’ll scale down to just file on virtually any other iOS or OS X device you have, and even slightly stretched on the retina MacBook Pro’s they still look great.

Each of these pictures comes to us from @RetinaiPadWalls on Twitter, give them a follow for a stream of wallpapers, and follow OSXDaily on Twitter too while you’re at it too.

Check out the wallpaper collection below:

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 1 Comment

OS X 10.9 Longcat [Humor]

Nov 6, 2012 - 32 Comments

OS X 10.9 Longcat

Now that OS X 10.9 is regularly appearing in usage logs, we thought we’d take a stab at the naming convention. How about OS X Longcat?

Yup, we’re bored today and diving straight into the pool of Longcat memes, and there’s nothing better than boredom and some Pixelmator fun to create something totally stupid. Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our normal useful selves soon here.

On a more serious note, what do you think the next version of OS X will be called? There have been some pretty hilarious suggestions on our Facebook page

By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Mac OS X - 32 Comments

Mac OS X 10.9 Development Under Way, Regularly Appearing in Analytics Logs

Nov 6, 2012 - 14 Comments

Mac OS X 10.9 appearing in 9to5mac  web logs

Development of the next major release of Mac OS X is well under way, with version OS X 10.9 regularly appearing in web analytics logs of OSXDaily, 9to5mac, AppleInsider, CultofMac, and several other Apple-related websites. This was first brought to light today by 9to5mac, whose graph above shows a handful of visitors from Cupertino California running a new, unreleased version of Mac OS, labeled as “Intel 10.9”. Cupertino is the location of Apple’s corporate campus.

For OSXDaily, the first appearance of OS X 10.9 came in logs from July 2012, around the launch of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. As the graph below demonstrates, there has been a consistent upward trend appearing in our logs as more and more (presumed) Apple engineers use and work on the internal build of OS X.

Monthly ramp up of OS X 10.9 usage on the web

There is open speculation as to what the next version of OS X will be called, and whether or not Apple will stick with the cat named theme. The number of familiar feline names is running thin, and though it’s unlikely Apple would choose an unfamiliar cat name for 10.9, a name like OS X Andean Mountain Cat or OS X Iberian Lynx could certainly surprise us all.

By Matt Chan - Mac OS X, News, Rumor - 14 Comments

Start a Time Machine Backup on a Remote Mac with SSH

Nov 5, 2012 - 3 Comments

Start a remote Time Machine backup with SSH

Time Machine backups can be triggered remotely thanks to SSH (Remote Login) and the command line. This is an excellent solution to use if you left the home or office without making an important backup, though the SSH requirement does add a potential layer of complexity that may make it more appropriate for advanced users. Those who prefer the GUI might be better served starting a Time Machine backup remotely by using Remote Access from an iPhone or iPad.

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Go on a Diet & Eat Healthy with Siri

Nov 5, 2012 - 2 Comments


The next time you’re wondering how many grams of sugar are in that donut and if it’s going to cut into your allotted daily calorie intake of junk food, just pull out your iPhone or iPad and ask Siri. Thanks to Siri’s ability to tap into the wealth of knowledge at Wolfram Alpha, you can use Siri to retrieve detailed dietary information.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Disable the Mac Boot Chime Completely

Nov 4, 2012 - 64 Comments

Disable the Mac boot chime

If you’re a Mac owner you know that every time the Mac reboots or starts up it makes a startup chime sound. Though you can temporarily mute the chime by holding down the Mute key on any Mac keyboard, you can also choose to disable it completely by turning to the command line.

To be clear, this will turn off the boot chime sound entirely, at least until it has been reversed with another terminal command string on the same Mac. This works in all modern versions of OS X on any modern Mac.

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iPad Mini “Heart & Soul” Commercial is Now Airing

Nov 4, 2012 - 1 Comment

iPad Mini playing heart and soul

Apple has started to run a new iPad Mini Piano commercial. Originally debuting during the iPad Mini keynote, the TV advertisement features an iPad 10″ and a new iPad Mini playing the popular piano song “Heart and Soul” together using the app Garageband. Despite appearing at the iPad Mini event weeks ago, it didn’t hit the airwaves until this weekend. If you watch Sunday night primetime television, you’ll probably see the commercial running, as Apple often starts airing new commercials during CBS’s 60 Minutes and NFL Sunday Night Football.

The video is embedded below.

This is also the same ad that Conan O’Brien recently spoofed, adding the lyrics “spend your money” to the beat of “heart and soul”

By Paul Horowitz - iPad, News - 1 Comment

Mac Setups: Photographer’s Home Office

Nov 4, 2012 - 12 Comments

Mac photographers home office

This weeks featured Mac setup is the home office of Ronny M., a professional photographer and videographer. Hardware shown includes:

  • MacBook Air 13″ – 4GB, 128GB SSD
  • iMac 27″ – 2.7Ghz Core i5, 16GB RAM, 1 TB HDD and 128 SSD, connected to two external displays
  • Benq 17″ display on the left
  • Samsung 19″ display on the right
  • iPad 2 16GB
  • iPhone 4 16GB
  • Seagate External HDD 1TB
  • Two enormous speakers to rock out with
  • Canon MX350 Wireless Printer

The MacBook Air goes on the road for field work, the iMac stays put for Aperture and Photoshop work, and the iPad is used to show photos to his clients.

If you have an interesting Mac setup you want featured here, send us a good picture or two, a list of hardware shown, and a brief description of what the gear is used for to

By William Pearson - Mac Setups - 12 Comments

Open the Twitter App Directly from Safari in iOS 6

Nov 2, 2012 - 1 Comment

Open Twitter app directly from Safari in iOS

The next time you’re browsing the web and come across a link that points to Twitter, you can immediately jump to the Twitter app if you want to. This is a new ability included in iOS 6 onward.

To access the feature, pull down from the top of Safari when a Twitter link is opened, and you’ll see a menu item that shows if Twitter is available or not, an option to install the app if it’s not, and the “Open” button shown in the screenshot. Tapping that Open button is what immediately launches Twitter, passing the current link to the Twitter app. This is great if you’ve come across a link to a tweet and decided you want to follow the user, or just explore their timeline more through the official Twitter app.

That type of behavior works with some other apps and content as well in the newest versions of mobile Safari, including PDF’s, ebooks, and epubs.

By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

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