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[12 Apr 2013 | 4 Comments | 3,745 views]

While the wife’s away, the husband will play. In this case, he has played to great practical effect and at very low cost. It’s an all-natural a combination, Roku LT + Plex Media Server, that delivers all of our iTunes …

iPad, iPhone, Mac, Reviews, how to »

[8 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 1,867 views]

Dead pixels? Janky keyboard? Balky home button? Before you take iThing to your local Apple Store for service, it can’t hurt to first find out your iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac warranty status — it’s fast, free and pretty darned …

iOS, Mac, Reviews, how to, Security »

[22 Mar 2013 | One Comment | 1,675 views]

Live a bad neighborhood? Trying to cut ties (i.e. it’s complicated) with someone? Untrustworthy roommates? Whether you have real reasons to fear or just suffer from simple paranoia, it’s easy to setup Apple Two-Factor ID to protect your iTunes, iCloud, …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[18 Mar 2013 | 4 Comments | 1,681 views]

When hackers strike at the Mac, a familiar chain of events plays out — there is a warning, fixes are promised and Apple blocks the attack vector by silently pushing an XProtect update, OS X’s integrated malware blocker — a simple …

iPad, Reviews, how to »

[11 Mar 2013 | 3 Comments | 1,931 views]

People gripe about iPad multitasking. Actually, they carp about the lack thereof. Here is a simple iPad trick that lets you background listen to video podcasts — keep working while you listen. Cool stuff.
This tip works with Apple’s oft maligned …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[11 Mar 2013 | 5 Comments | 1,907 views]

Planning to upgrade from Leopard or Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion? First and foremost, be sure you have enough RAM, at least 4GB. My second Mac tip comes from recent experience — reset your Mac’s SMC (system management controller), a …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[6 Mar 2013 | 5 Comments | 1,505 views]

When you take a screen cap, by default, OS X outputs that to your desktop or the clipboard in PNG format, which is cool with me. However, if you would prefer you to work with JPG, BMP, TIF or PDF, …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[4 Mar 2013 | 5 Comments | 2,588 views]

When your relatives have Mac problems, who do they call? The optical drive in my sister’s 2008 iMac died some time ago and she wanted to replace it. Rather, I convinced her that as her next iMac won’t have an …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[4 Mar 2013 | 4 Comments | 4,283 views]

Here is a very simple little Mac tip that can preview any image, video or just plain file in fullscreen. Select a bunch of images and that fullscreen preview becomes a slideshow. A brilliant little touch baked into Apple’s OS …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[25 Feb 2013 | 4 Comments | 1,649 views]

Which 2013 Retina MacBook Pro is right for you? It all depends on your use case and what characteristics are most important to you. An interesting, if inexact, measure of value is bang for the buck or raw processor performance …

iPhone, Reviews, how to »

[14 Feb 2013 | 6 Comments | 1,369 views]

After reading how this hack works, you will wonder (WTF!) how anyone managed to figure it out and, ultimately, why go to the bother. Here we have a lockscreen hack that requires the user have physical access to the iPhone …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[5 Feb 2013 | 4 Comments | 2,558 views]

You can teach an old dog new tricks. Or, to borrow and twist a turn of phrase from Harry Truman, ‘The only thing new with the Mac are the Mac tips you don’t know.’ For example, here is keyboard shortcut …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[4 Feb 2013 | 3 Comments | 28,505 views]

The easiest and fastest way to add specific functionality to your Mac is via the humble and oft forgot OS X Dashboard Widget. From international headline cable news and converting color codes to weather and sport, have a good look …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,825 views]

You might not have noticed, but there is slick feature in OS X Mountain Lion hiding in plain sight. With this Mac tip, you will know where to look for the feature in Apple’s latest desktop operating system that allows …

Mac, Reviews, how to »

[22 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 2,332 views]

Say you have a pile of individual PDFs and it would be convenient if they were all one file. Here are two methods to combine PDFs using just the software Apple included in your Mac’s default installation. Choice, free tools …