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Train iOS Autocorrect to Stop Correcting Specific Words

Nov 30, 2013 - 6 Comments
Train autocorrect words in iOS

The iOS Autocorrect feature is notorious for being very aggressive in correcting certain words, particularly those words with colorful, offensive, or controversial meanings – basically any curse word. If you get fed up with autocorrects persistent mouth (finger?) soap, you can either use shortcuts to automatically replace the words that autocorrect struggles with, try to … Read More

Mac Setups: Desk of a Web Developer & Graphic Designer

Nov 30, 2013 - 6 Comments
MacBook Pro with Cinema Display

This weeks featured Mac setup comes to us from Skyler N., a web developer and graphic designer who has a great desk full of Apple gear. Let’s get right to it…

Stop iOS Wallpaper from Resizing & Stretching Background Images

Nov 29, 2013 - 7 Comments
Stop the resizing of wallpapers in iOS 7

Many iOS users have noticed that wallpapers behave a bit differently from how they did in the past on iPhone and iPads. No, we’re not talking about how they impact the overall appearance and usability of the devices, we’re focusing on the automatic resizing of images used as wallpapers, which can lead to zoomed in, … Read More

Correct How Siri Pronounces Names on iPhone & iPad

Nov 29, 2013 - 5 Comments
Siri logo after iOS 7

While Siri is great at pronouncing some common names, Siri can also completely blunder on others, turning a first or last name into an almost unrecognizable mess of noises that barely resembles the way the name actually sounds. Fortunately, iOS now makes it very easy to correct Siri directly and verbally, so the next time … Read More

Move Dashboard To Another Space Location in Mission Control for OS X

Nov 27, 2013 - 1 Comment
Move Dashboard within Spaces in OS X

Dashboard is the largely under loved and unappreciated feature of Mac OS X that gives you quick access to a variety of widgets, providing things like weather info, quick unit conversion, a dictionary, world clocks, and whatever else you have setup in there. The newer versions of OS X have turned Dashboard into a dedicated … Read More

Use a Swipe Gesture to Go Back in Many iOS Apps

Nov 27, 2013 - 2 Comments
Go back with a right swipe gesture

Modern versions of iOS introduced a new gesture-based method of navigating back to prior pages, screens, and panels throughout many apps on the iPhone. Essentially, this gesture can be used to replace the “Back” button, and though not all apps support the swipe-to-go-back gesture yet, plenty of Apple defaults do. For now, you can definitely … Read More

How to See & Control What Apps Have Microphone Access on iPhone & iPad

Nov 26, 2013 - 4 Comments
List of apps with microphone access in iOS

Wondering what apps have access to your iPhone or iPad microphone? Want to control and manage which apps can use the microphone on your device? Apple has added an additional security feature to iOS that allows users to control exactly which apps can have access to the microphone. Yes, the microphone that you speak into … Read More

Show Traffic & Road Incidents in Maps App for OS X Mavericks

Nov 26, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Incident report in Maps app for OS X

If you’re planning a drive or some sort of vehicular journey while on your Mac, you can use the Maps app bundled with OS X Mavericks to help avoid annoying traffic, slow downs, road closures, construction work, and accidents by enabling the built-in incident reporter feature. It’s just a click away, but the icon isn’t … Read More

Navigate Through the Home Screens of iOS with a Quick Tap

Nov 25, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Navigate home screens in iOS with a tap

Just about every iPhone and iPad owner knows that you can navigate between pages of icons on the iOS Home Screen by using a left or right swipe gesture (if you don’t know this, well, now you do). But if gestures aren’t your thing, there is another lesser known option to flip home screens, and … Read More

How to Determine if a Mac Is Using FileVault from the Command Line

Nov 25, 2013 - 3 Comments
FileVault

FileVault is a security feature that offers full disk encryption for Macs. Identifying Macs that are using FileVault is fairly easy in person for machines that have a logged in user account, all you have to do is check System Preferences to see if has been enabled or not. But what if you the Mac … Read More

Workaround for the Slow Open / Save Dialog Box Problem in OS X Mavericks

Nov 24, 2013 - 43 Comments
Slow Open and Save dialog box in Mac OS X

A fair amount of Mac users running OS X Mavericks have discovered a peculiar slow speed issue when attempting to use various actions found in the File menu, including the Open, Save, and Export dialog boxes. The problem manifests as an intensely slow lag when trying to use the Open or Save dialog windows, where … Read More

Mac Setups: The Desk of a Cyber Security Professional

Nov 24, 2013 - 31 Comments
Full Mac and PC desk setup of a cybersecurity professional

This weeks featured Mac setup is the amazing office configuration of a cybersecurity professional. As you’ll see it’s an absolute whopper full of awesome hardware, with plenty of Macs, iOS devices, and PC’s too. Due to the sensitive nature of their work they have requested their name be withheld, so instead we’ll refer to the … Read More

Show the URL of ‘Safari Web Content’ Process ID in Activity Monitor for OS X

Nov 23, 2013 - 2 Comments
Show the URL of Safari Web Content processes in Activity Monitor

Regular users of the Safari web browser will be pleased to discover a great little trick that has been added to the Activity Monitor app in OS X Mavericks; the ability to see what URL is associated with each “Safari Web Content” process ID, thereby providing the ability to quickly find exactly which web pages … Read More

Create a Password Protected Text File with vi and the Command Line

Nov 22, 2013 - 5 Comments
Terminal in Mac OS X

It’s easy to create a password protected text file by using the command line text editor ‘vi’. This is infinitely useful for privacy purposes, whether the protected file is for containing login details, various passwords, personal information, a private journal, or just about anything else that you want stored securely in a single password protected … Read More

Keyboard Backlight Not Working on a MacBook Pro / Air? Try 3 Simple Fixes

Nov 22, 2013 - 32 Comments
Backlit keyboard not working solutions

All portable Macs in the MacBook Pro and Air lineup have backlit keyboards these days, which not only makes it easier to type in dim lighting, but let’s face it, it also looks really fancy too. Because the backlighting uses very low power LED to illuminate, there isn’t much of any hit to battery life … Read More

View All Photos & Movies within a Messages App Conversation in iOS

Nov 21, 2013 - 12 Comments
See all pictures and movies in an iMessage conversation with Messages app for iOS

Looking for a picture exchanged between friends through Messages app on your iPhone / iPad, but scrolling through a gigantic conversation thread to find it doesn’t sound too appealing? There’s an easier way to see your sent and received imagery, and from iOS 7 onward you can quickly view every piece of multimedia sent between … Read More

Hide Notifications from the Lock Screen of Mac OS X

Nov 21, 2013 - 3 Comments
Disable Notifications from showing on the lock screen of Mac OS X

Don’t want to see Notifications and alerts on the login screens and locked screens of Mac OS X? Me neither, and because Notifications can be fairly personal items from calendars, reminders, messages, or apps, they aren’t necessarily something you want on the lock screen of a Mac that is visible in public, like at an … Read More

Use the Album Cover Art View by Rotating the Music App in iOS 7

Nov 20, 2013 - 62 Comments
Access the album art music player in iOS

iOS 7 brought with it a new way to interact with the music app and your music collection, with a gorgeous gesture-based interactive album art cover view. This replaces the old Cover Flow view that used to existed in prior versions of Music app on the iPhone and iPod touch, but accessing it remains the … Read More

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