How to Stream Video to Xbox One from Mac OS X or Windows

Jun 21, 2015 - 11 Comments

Stream Video to Xbox One from a Mac or PC

If you have an Xbox One gaming console in the household, you may be pleased to discover that it’s really quite easy to stream video and audio from a local Mac or Windows PC to play directly on the Xbox One. This offers a nice wireless method to play movies from any Mac or PC onto a TV without having to use an HDMI connection, and the Xbox One Media Player app supports a huge range of popular file types, so you’ll be able to play just about any mp4, mov, avi, divx, mkv, wmv, mp4, m4a, or nearly any other popular movie or audio file. Yes, you can stream your iTunes Library to the Xbox this way. Setup is easy and there’s very little configuration required, we’ll run through the whole process from start to finish and you’ll be ready to go in just a few minutes.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

Mac Setup: Arm Mounted 27″ iMac with a Beautifully Tidy Desk

Jun 20, 2015 - 38 Comments

Arm mounted iMac desk setup

This weeks featured Mac workstation is the snazzy custom setup of Axel D., who has a swivel-arm mounted iMac and some great audio gear to round out a beautiful and clean desk. Let’s jump right in to learn more:

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2 Ways to Copy Files to iCloud Drive from Mac OS X Finder

Jun 19, 2015 - 15 Comments

Copy files to iCloud Drive from Mac OS X

iCloud Drive supports direct file transfers from the Mac, meaning you can take just about any file, folder, document, or item stored in OS X, and copy it over to iCloud Drive, where it will be stored and accessible by your other Macs and iOS devices using the same Apple ID. Using iCloud Drive this way is kind of similar to how many users store files on other services like DropBox, OneDrive, and Google Drive, except it has the distinct advantage of being built directly into modern versions of OS X and not requiring any third party downloads or logins.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

How to Change the Language on iPhone & iPad

Jun 18, 2015 - 2 Comments

Change language on iPhone

The iPhone language is set during the initial setup of the device, defaulting to wherever region it was sold. But if you would like to change the language used on iPhone, you can do so at any time without resetting the device back to factory defaults, instead you’ll just need to turn to the settings in iOS.

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

How to Screen Shot the Apple Watch

Jun 18, 2015 - 8 Comments

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch allows users to take a screen shot of what they see on the face of the device by using a similar mechanism to capture screen shots on an iPhone or iPad; you press two buttons at the same time.

For the Apple Watch, the buttons to press to take a screenshot are the two side buttons, the rotating digital crown, and the power button underneath it.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

How to View EXIF Data of Any Picture in Photos for Mac

Jun 17, 2015 - 9 Comments

Viewing EXIF data of a picture in Photos on Mac OS X

The Photos app for Mac allows users to quickly see EXIF metadata of any image contained within the applications library. For those who aren’t familiar, EXIF data is raw information about the picture file, containing details about the camera and settings used to take the picture, the aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and you’ll also find the date and time the picture was taken, as well as being able to see the file name, file type, file size, and resolution of a chosen image. For pictures taken with iPhone, you’ll even be able to tell if the image was taken with the iPhones front or back camera. And with pictures that have GPS location access from an iPhone or Android, you may even find the location a photo was taken as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

The “Home” & “End” Button Equivalents on Mac Keyboards

Jun 17, 2015 - 19 Comments

The Home and End button equivalents on a Mac keyboard

Most new Mac keyboards are fairly simplified when compared to their PC counterparts, and you’ll find that some of the extraneous keys like “Home” and “End” are nowhere to be found on the Mac wireless keyboard or any keyboard included with a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Longtime Mac users appreciate this simplicity, but newcomers to the Mac platform can be a bit confused or frustrated as they’ve come to rely on the instant-action buttons on PC keyboards, sometimes making the incorrect assumption that similar actions are impossible in OS X.

But even without the dedicated buttons on a Mac keyboard, this does not mean you can’t perform the exact same function in OS X as what the Home and End buttons offer in Windows and Linux. Instead of pressing a single key though, on the Mac keyboard you press keyboard shortcut to achieve the same desired effect.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

How to Browse & Revert to Prior Versions of a File in Mac OS X

Jun 16, 2015 - 5 Comments

How to revert to prior saved versions of documents in Mac OS X

All modern releases of Mac OS X include a powerful built-in version control system that allows a user to revert to any previously saved version of a file or document, assuming the app supports the version revision feature. This ability is often overlooked by Mac users, but it can be a real lifesaver when you’ve caught yourself having modified a file inadvertently, or discovered that recent changes to a document should be undone. In some sense, you can think of this feature like a file-level “Undo” feature included in OS X, and it works fairly similar to the Time Machine backup browser on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Four New “Shot on iPhone 6″ Videos Demonstrate Impressive Camera Features

Jun 15, 2015 - 11 Comments

Apple

Following up the original seven movies, Apple has picked four new gorgeous videos for their “Shot on iPhone” video campaign, each of which shows off the cameras rather impressive video capture abilities.

A global batch, the videos are shot in Norway, Australia, Netherlands, and the USA, and demonstrate to great effect the fancier effects possible on iPhone camera, ranging from slow-motion to time-lapse, while some are just simply shot in the standard video capture mode. Each is beautiful as usual, with a few being particularly artsy, all dedicating half the screen time to the impressive video and ending with the “Shot on iPhone 6″ text and an  Apple logo.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 11 Comments

OS X 10.10.4 Beta 6 Released for Testing

Jun 15, 2015 - 19 Comments

OS X Yosemite

Apple has released the sixth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to Mac users who are participating in the developer and public beta programs.

The new build arrives versioned as 14E36b and is downloadable from the Mac App Store Updates function as usual, assuming the user is opted-in to receive beta software, or is currently running a prior beta version. Developers can also access the download through the Apple Developer Center.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 19 Comments

How to Install OS X El Capitan Safely to New Partition & Dual Boot Yosemite

Jun 15, 2015 - 19 Comments

Dual boot OS X El Capitan on a Mac

Mac users who choose to dabble in early releases of OS X El Capitan will find that dual booting the release alongside OS X Yosemite or OS X Mavericks is a better solution than simply updating their primary OS X installation. One easy way to do this is to partition the Macs hard drive and install OS X El Capitan onto that new separate partition, this will insure that OS X El Capitan 10.11 remains away from the stable build of OS X 10.10 or 10.9, and allows the user to boot between the Mac OS releases as they see fit.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

Access the Scientific Calculator & Programmer Calculator in Mac OS X

Jun 14, 2015 - 16 Comments

Programmer Calculator and Scientific Calculator in Mac OS X The Mac Calculator app may appear somewhat limited at first glance, but there are actually two other calculator modes contained within the app; a full featured scientific calculator, and a programmer calculator too.

Accessing the alternate calculators in OS X is really easy, but like many of the other interesting Calculator app features, it’s pretty easy to overlook or just not imagine to be there.

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

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