Archive for May, 2012


Pre-Paid iPhone Gets Official at Cricket: $55 Per Month Unlimited Pay-Go Plan

May 31, 2012 - 9 Comments
Pre-Paid iPhone from Cricket

Cricket Wireless will become the first carrier in the USA to officially bring the iPhone to the pre-paid plan market. Anyone can already unofficially use an iPhone on a pay-go plan through AT&T, but the Cricket plan is likely a better deal. Customers will have the choice of the following two iPhone options without a … Read More

Does an iPad Need Scratch Protection?

May 31, 2012 - 18 Comments
iPad scratch on back

I recently gave my iPad a pretty serious scratch doing something that I’ve done hundreds of times – sliding the device across a wooden coffee table. I’m not sure exactly what caused it, but the surface of the table probably had a tiny flick of sand or dirt on it, and the sliding motion allowed … Read More

Watch All 6 Years of Steve Jobs Interview Videos from AllThingsDigital Conferences

May 31, 2012 - 4 Comments
All Steve Jobs interviews at AllThingsD conferences

If you’ve been following Apple long enough you’re undoubtedly familiar with the late Steve Jobs regular appearances at the annual All Things Digital conferences. Those interviews with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher have all been extremely interesting, and a few even spawned some funny memes. Now AllThingsD has placed all 6 years of those video … Read More

How to Enable and Use Text to Speech on iPhone & iPad

May 30, 2012 - 31 Comments
Text to Speech in iOS

The newer versions of iOS include a fantastic text to speech engine that lets you select any text and have it spoken to you. This basically means you can have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch read you the content of any web page, notes, text files, or even eBooks and iBooks. Before you can … Read More

How to Completely Disable Audio & Sound in Mac OS X

May 30, 2012 - 11 Comments
Mute audio in Mac OS X

Whether you just like peace and quiet or you work in an environment that requires audio input and output to be disabled on a computer for security purposes, it’s fairly easy to accomplish in Mac OS X. We’ll cover how to handle turning off audio for both situations, the first uses mute for basic audio … Read More

Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook Highlights from the AllThingsD D10 Conference [Video]

May 30, 2012 - 1 Comment
Tim Cook at AllThingsD D10 Conference

Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in a lengthy stage discussion with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for this years AllThingsD D10 conference. The highlight clip embedded below is about 17 minutes long and touches on a wide range of issues, including the state of Apple, thoughts on iPad and the tablet market, convergence, lessons of … Read More

Create & Extract bz2 Archives in Mac OS X

May 29, 2012 - 10 Comments
bzip2 archive in Mac OS X

The Bzip archive format is generally more effective at compressing than zip and gzip, and while the default Archive Utility or the excellent all-purpose Unarchiver tool will handle unarchiving bzip2 files with ease, you will have to venture to the command line if you want to create a bzip archive in Mac OS X. Creating … Read More

How to Set Custom Background Wallpaper in iOS

May 29, 2012 - 4 Comments
Use as Wallpaper in iOS for iPad

So you just grabbed some great looking wallpapers for iOS, but how do you set those images as the background on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch? It’s a very quick and simple process on any iOS device once you learn how. Assuming you have already saved an image from the web or email, which … Read More

How to Transfer Outlook Contacts to iPhone Without Syncing or Using iTunes

May 29, 2012 - 34 Comments
Adding contacts to an iPhone from Outlook, without using iTunes or syncing

Have you ever needed to move an entire Outlook contact list to an iPhone without using iTunes to sync the device to a computer, and without deleting the contacts already stored on the iPhone? No problem, here’s a simple two stage process on how to migrate all contacts from a Windows PC with just about … Read More

Are These Pictures of the Next iPhone?

May 29, 2012 - 18 Comments
possible iPhone 5 pictures

A series of pictures have surfaced that claim to show parts of the next iPhone in both black and white colors (iPhone 5, iPhone 6, call it what you want). The most notable images are of the rear shell of the alleged next-gen iPhone, where the Apple  logo and “iPhone” tag are printed, and … Read More

How to Back Up an iOS Device to Computer When iCloud Space Runs Out or is Unavailable

May 28, 2012 - 7 Comments
Back up to computer - iOS device setting

You can continue to create local backups of iOS devices even if you rely primarily on iCloud backing up iPhone and iPad and for storing those iOS backups. This is a really useful technique if an iPhone, iPad, or iPod ran out of iCloud storage space and you don’t want to deal with managing it … Read More

Save High Resolution Images from Safari on iPad 3 Despite Downsampling

May 28, 2012 - Leave a Comment
iPad 3 Safari downsamples high resolution images but you can save high quality pictures anyway

Have you ever noticed that some very high resolution images are downsampled when viewed on the iPad 3 in Safari? With certain image file types, high resolution pictures that are larger than 1700×1400 or so will be shrunk down and not display at any greater resolution within Safari, not even sizing up to the native … Read More

9 Beautiful High Resolution Wallpapers for OS X & iOS

May 27, 2012 - 13 Comments
9 Beautiful High Res Wallpapers

We’re big fans of attractive wallpapers around here, and this time around we have 9 6 more gorgeous high resolution images to beautify your desktop background. All images are very high res, ranging from 2500×1400 up to 5000×4000 pixels, so regardless of the screen resolution of your Mac, iPhone, iPad, you will find each of … Read More

Move Windows Between Desktops in Mac OS X With a Click & Keyboard Shortcut

May 27, 2012 - 8 Comments
Enable fast Desktop Switching keyboard shortcuts

With Desktop switching keyboard shortcuts set, you can instantly move windows between different desktops without going through Mission Control of Mac OS X at all. The only requirement is to configure the control keys for switching desktops on the Mac, and you must have multiple desktops or else you won’t have anything to switch the … Read More

Extract & Uncompress Any Archive File with Unarchiver for Mac OS X

May 26, 2012 - 9 Comments
Extract files in Mac OS X with Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is a one stop shop for extracting and uncompressing virtually any archive file that you’ll come across on a Mac. Easily managing the usual archive formats of zip, sit, gzip, bin, tar, hqx, it’ll also easily tear through less common archive types including rar files, 7z, bzip2, cab, sea, exe, rpm, cpgz, and … Read More

Stupid But Useful Mac Trick: Turn Off Internal MacBook Pro Screen With a Magnet

May 26, 2012 - 33 Comments
Using a magnet to turn off the internal MacBook Pro screen

We’ve shown you how to disable the internal display of a Mac laptop running OS X Lion or later with sleep or with the help of a command line trick, those are the recommended approaches but not everyone has gotten them to work on their Macs. An alternate and peculiar option left in our comments … Read More

Mac Setup: MacBook Air 11″ & iPad 2 with AirDisplay

May 26, 2012 - 4 Comments
MacBook Air and iPad with AirDisplay

Despite it’s tiny size, the MacBook Air 11″ is more than capable of serving as a primary workstation, and this weeks Mac setup continues to prove that point. Hardware shown includes: Macbook Air 11″ (2011), 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD iPad 2 Wi-Fi 64GB iPhone 4S Blue Snowball USB Microphone Mophie Powerstand iPad stand The iPad … Read More

How to Set Up a Password-less SSH Login

May 25, 2012 - 29 Comments
Set up password-less SSH logins

Setting up passwordless SSH logins is a great way to speed up connections to regularly accessed remote Macs and unix boxes. Because not all versions of Mac OS X include the ssh-copy-id command, you may have to use cat or scp to copy over your ssh key. This is how to set everything up, it … Read More

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