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Updated: 2017-01-06T16:31:51+00:00


Google Maps for iOS Download



The new version of Google Maps for iOS is here! You can head over to the App Store and get it right now!

The interface has a very Google+ like experience and the actual navigation system emulates the simplified interface trend that Apple Maps has continued. The result is a simplified experience with directions that actually get you to where you want to go. And...the best part is public transportation which is back on iOS devices in a mobile app!


If you are having issues downloading the app, I would suggest first visiting this link on your computer to download the app. Then on your iOS device, I would search for a Google product, scroll down to the bottom where it says "Developer Info" and then scroll down to the bottom of that to download "Google Maps".

Hope you are able to download the app and enjoy the newly added Google Maps app. I know I will be using this a lot in the upcoming holiday season!


iPhone Rattle Near Camera


Have you noticed that your iPhone rattles when you tap the camera area on the back? Turns out that this is completely normal and is a result of the gyroscope inside your phone. It is definitely very annoying, but at least we know that it is not a hardware issue with your phone. You can test out the noise to make sure it is not that loud by tapping very lightly on the back of your iPhone and listening to the rattle near the camera. Of course, if it sounds like something is truly messed up (if the rattle noise is unusually loud) then you should take it the Apple Store and have a genius look at it.

Hope that alleviates any concerns you were having over your iPhone. Let us know in the comments if you know of any other weird issues on your phones.


New iMac Comes in Trapezoid Box


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The new iMacs have finally started shipping meaning they should also be in the Apple Stores now for you to visit. One thing to note about the new iMacs is that the box has changed from the perennial rectangular suitcase-like box. The box is now horizontal. Anyways, enough about the box, here is a rundown of the new iMac.

The all new 21.5 inch iMac comes in two different base models. The $1299 model sports a 2.7 Ghz quad-core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM by default. The $1499 version comes with the same plus a 2.9 Ghz processor instead. Both come with a 1 TB hard drive with the latter being offered as a hybrid drive. The lower model comes with Nvidia GeForce 640M while the second comes with the 650M, a slight difference. All this packaged into the slimmest iMac yet!

The 27 inch models have not yet started shipping. Are you going to purchase one of these shiny new ones or wait for the 27 inches to come out? Let us know in the comments below!


Slide to Unlock Frozen on iPad 3



A lot of reports have surfaced on the internet concerning issues with the "Slide to Unlock" part of the home screen on iPad 3s being frozen. It mainly happens when you restart your iPad, you go to unlock it and you can't do anything on the screen. Normally, people would suggest just to restart your iPad, but then the same issue happens again and again because the restart is what triggers the error.

Fortunately for us, there are several "workarounds" that people have come up with. However, the simplest thing you should test first is upgrading from iOS 6.0 to iOS 6.0.1. The update for iOS seems to fix this major issue.

If you are already on iOS 6.0.1, there isn't an official fix. However, you can always set the timeout for the lock screen to a very short time so that the screen automatically sleeps. Then you can simply press the home button and the "Slide to Unlock" works as normal. Annoying, but hey, what else can you don until Apple releases an update?

If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!


iOS 6.1 Now Available for Developers


Even though Apple just release iOS 6.0.1 to the general public, they have also just pushed out the iOS 6.1 beta to the developers. So far, the most notable change has been the inclusion of a button labeled "Report a problem" in the Apple Maps app. This is a welcome feature and a step towards recreating a whole new maps infrastructure. There are a bunch more minor changes as well as fixing issues with Passbook and the Lockscreen. If you have any questions, feel free to post below!


How to Backup your iPhone to iCloud


Backing up your iPhone to iCloud is most likely a lot easier than you think. You basically only have to have an Apple ID, set up iCloud, and then flip a switch in settings to enable automatic backups. To do this, sign in to iCloud through Settings > iCloud. Then, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > iCloud Backup = On. This will turn on the magical switch that will back up your iPhone to iCloud.

If you have any questions about this method, please post below!


iOS 6 Do Not Disturb Mode


iOS 6 included a cool new feature called "Do Not Disturb" mode which basically does as the name implies. It places your phone in a silent, no vibrate state where it can still send and receive messages but it won't alert you of anything. This is especially useful if you are in a meeting or if you have class and you don't want to be disturbed. Personally, I use this mode at night when I want to keep my phone in a sort of "alarm only" mode.


iOS 6 Keyboard Shortcuts


If you have restored your device from backup, you have probably had issues with the keyboard shortcuts that you have previous defined on your iPhone. There is a simple fix that works for 99% of people. Simply navigate to: Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut... and then add a new shortcut. It doesn't matter what you add because you will be able to remove it immediately after. This is just to refresh the database so that the keyboard shortcuts that you defined before still work.

If you have any questions, feel free to post below!


iOS 6 Battery Issues


Here are some general tips for those of you who are experiencing severe battery drain on iOS 6:

Many people are experiencing a substantial drop in battery performance on their iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s. There are many culprits to this issue that may or may not be able to be identified and/or solved. Here are a list of suggestions that I have gathered to try and solve this very annoying problem Apple has created for us.

(Note: These are all software fixes that are presented below. Your issue may very well be a hardware issue that must be dealt with by taking your device directly to Apple to see if they can do anything about it.)

Step 1) Try resetting your Network connectivity. To do this go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will reconnect with your carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) and hopefully alleviate any connection issues.

Step 2) Disable Bluetooth: Settings > General > Bluetooth > “OFF." Bluetooth can sometimes try and connect to various hardware that will cause a substantial decrease in battery life.

Step 3) Disable unwanted notifications & apps: Settings > Notifications > Turn OFF for anything you don’t need or use anymore. A rogue app may be constantly trying to connect to a website or server.

Step 4) Disable Location Service: Settings > Location Services > Disable selectively for services you don’t use or need.

Step 5) Disable Timezone Adjustment: Tap on Settings > Location Services > System Services > Setting Time Zone to "OFF."

Step 6) Disable Ping: Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > Ping > OFF. Who uses Ping anyway?

Step 7) Disable Diagnostic & Usage Reports: Tap on “Settings” > General > About > Diagnostic & Usage > Don’t Send. Apple set this up to collect "Anonymous" information. Turn this off to improve battery life because your iDevice won't be connecting to Apple's servers every five minutes.

Step 8) Disable Email accounts by heading to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Account Name > Delete Account. Once done, reset network settings (Step 1), then reboot your device and re-add your accounts back from Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account.

Step 9) Make sure you are running the latest version of iOS. As of the time of this writing, the latest version is 6.0.1.

Step 10) Backup your iPhone and do a complete restore (guide here). You can either set up your iPhone as a new device for complete freedom from previous bugs, or you can risk the battery issue again by restoring from a backup. Your choice.

Step 11) Setting your mail accounts to Fetch. Go to Settings > Mail, Calendar, Contacts > Fetch new data > Turn off Push and set fetch to manually. Then click on Advanced and set all accounts to Fetch.

Step 12) Calibrate the battery by letting it run down completely to zero, then charging it all the way up to 100%.

Step 13) Set your brightness down to 50%. Also, turn Auto Brightness to OFF, keep the brightness to one level, the auto up and down is draining additional power.

Step 14) If you are running on a 4s and seldom use Siri, or just want to use her less often, Settings > General > Siri = Turn off Raise to Speak.

Please post any other solutions you have found in the comments below. Also, feel free to rant about battery performance because the more we lash out at Apple by creating these support forums, the more press they will receive about the issue.


Reduce CPU Usage by Removing Files From Your Desktop


If you have noticed that your CPU usage has been unusually high or that your fans have been constantly on, you may want to check your desktop. In previous years, it has been found that keeping large amounts, or even just a few large in size files on your desktop causes your computer to slow down. The main reason for this currently is because of Quick Look and the fact that it starts to load files in the current directory so that it can work even faster.

So, if your computer is running a little slower these days, check your desktop to see if you can remove all or most of those files.


Change Panorama Direction iPhone


This is a small feature that many people probably do not know about. On the iPhone or any iOS device with Panorama mode, you can simply tap on the white arrow in the middle of the screen to change the direction that you sweep when in this mode. Now, you can take panoramas going from right to left in addition to the ones you can take going from left to right. Handy!


Share Reminders via iCloud


The Reminders section of the online interface for iCloud allows you to share a reminders list with someone else. To do this, simply open up the online interface of reminders. Hover over the list you want to share on the left hand side of the screen, and click on the wifi-look-a-like symbol. Then you can enter in a friend's email address and send them your reminders list!


iPad Mini Launch Day



The new iPad Mini launched this Friday at local Apple Stores. Although the brick-and-mortar stores were not met with large lines of anticipation for the new product, the iPad Mini sold out very quickly online, namely, the white iPad sold out within 20 minutes!

The new iPad Mini has a 7.9" screen with a starting price of $329. With a bezel that is a mere 7.2mm thick, this is the thinnest iPad yet. For now, the iPad Mini will not feature the retina display; however, it does feature the dual-core A5 chip that the iPad retina also has.

Are you picking up an iPad Mini? Let us know in the comments!


iPhone 5 Specific Update


Apple released a small app that you can download wirelessly on your iPhone 5 so that you can update your iPhone. Wait, hasn't over-the-air updates been a feature for several releases now? The answer to that question is yes. However, Apple seems to have forgotten to include this feature in the iPhone 5 and that is what this minor update is for. You can download it via Settings > Software Update and clicking on "Read More" or you can just plug into iTunes. Then you can download the new iOS 6.0.1 right after and have your iPhone be completely updated.

If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments below!


iOS 6 Exchange Mail Fix


Some people have reported issues using Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 on iOS 6. A temporary fix has been discovered and here are the steps to follow to start receiving your Exchange email again:

Step 1) Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data and make sure it is set to Push.

Step 2) Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > click on your Exchange account > click on Days to Sync > change it to a different setting (something different from what you have now, you can change it back later).

Step 3) Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > click Show > change to a different value (again, something other than what you have now).

Step 4) Reboot your iOS 6 device.

Step 5) Test out Exchange by sending yourself an email. Push should be working and you should be able to send and receive emails from your account now!

Let me know if this helped you and also let me know if it did not help you! Comments and questions are always welcome so feel free to leave them below!


iPhone 5 Battery Problems


Have you been noticing issues with the battery life of your iPhone 5 or any other device running iOS 6 in general? Many users are reporting a substantial difference in battery life on both their iPhone 4 and 4s phones since the upgrade to iOS 6. More so, people on the iPhone 5 have had many issues with battery life, most likely caused by LTE and the massive power drain that it causes. Here is a link to our old article written to help increase the battery life of your device. The same tips still apply for the new iPhone as well as the iPhone 4 and 4s. Let us know in the comments what worked and what didn't work for you!

iPhone Battery Problems


Time Machine Issues on Mountain Lion


Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, a lot of people have been having issues with their Time Machine backups that worked perfectly fine on Lion. Here are a few tips to try and solve the problem:

Step 1) Shutdown your computer and restart, sometimes the Time Machine drive can have an issue and it won't be able to fix itself until after a reboot. Try this first.

Step 2) Remove the drive through System Preferences > Time Machine and then readd the device. As long as you don't wipe the device of all its data, your save points will still be there.

Step 3) Run Repair Permissions through Disk Utility on the Time Machine device. You can also try running Disk Repair, also under Disk Utility.

Step 4) Under System Preferences > Energy Saver > disable the "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" box. This option has fixed the issue for most people.

Step 5) If none of these steps worked for you, the only thing left I can recommend is a reformat and set the disk up as new again.

Let me know if there are any other things you have tried to do to get your Time Machine working again. These issues shouldn't be happening, but the fact of the matter is that they are. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below in the comments box!


iPhone 5 Bluetooth Not Working


A lot of users are reporting that their bluetooth devices are having issues working properly with the iPhone 5 (which has bluetooth 4.0 as opposed to bluetooth 2.1 which was what the iPhone 4 and 4s had). Here are some steps to try and fix these issues that are plaguing iOS 6 users.

Step 1) Under Settings > Bluetooth, first try toggling the On/Off switch (yes, this is trivial, but this has fixed a few problems)

Step 2) Again, under Settings > Bluetooth, remove the device that is having issues and then re-add it. Sometimes this can be an issue because you restored your iPhone from iOS 5 and the bluetooth settings didn't translate through the upgrade.

Step 3) Make your other device (not running iOS 6) attempt to pair first, and keep your iPhone's bluetooth off. Then, once the other device has sent out it's request signal, turn on your iPhone's bluetooth. Sometimes it runs into problems where it is unable to search around for a new bluetooth device and this step attempts to fix that issue.

Step 4) Lastly, make sure the device you are trying to connect to is compatible with bluetooth 4.0. Like I said before, Apple introduced using the newer standard in the iPhone 5 and caused many devices that only worked with bluetooth 2.1, to not function correctly with the iPhone 5. If this is the case, sorry, you need to buy a new device (or if it's a car, look into buying a new receiver).

Let me know if these steps helped you in the comments below!


Add Your Phone Number to OS X Messages


With the new iOS 6 and Mac OS X 10.8.2, you can now send and receive iMessages from your phone number to and from your computer! This is a very desirable feature because it makes iMessage more like Google Voice. Now, you don't have to look around and find your phone; it's the perfect solution for lazy people!

If you've been having problems with getting this new feature to work, follow the steps below to troubleshoot your problem.

Step 1) Log out and log back into iMessage on your iPhone. You can do this through Settings > Messages > iMessage, slide it to off. Wait a few seconds, then slide back to on. Then tap on Send & Receive click on your Apple ID at the top, then click Sign out. Again, wait a few seconds, and then sign in again.

Step 2) If that doesn't work, a simple restart of your computer may also do the trick! Your Apple ID settings on your phone and your computer need to sync up, so restarting your computer will do this for you.

If either of these methods above worked for you, I'd like to hear all about it in the comments below! If they didn't, what ended up working for you? Let us know in the comments!


How to Listen to Podcasts through the Music App on iOS 6


If you're on iOS 6, you may have wondered where the podcasts section of the Music app went. Well, it seems that if you have the Podcasts app made by Apple installed on your device, then the podcasts section of the Music app disappears. If you don't like the Podcasts app, or find that you seldom use it because of the interface, you can remove the app and the podcasts section of the Music app will reappear, almost if by magic. Now, you can again enjoy listening to your podcasts through the Music app in a playlist or intermixed with other audio clips if you so desire.

If you have any questions about the Podcasts or Music apps, please leave a comment below!


iPhone 5 Jailbroken



Well known iOS jailbreaker, chpwn, posted an image about a week ago of the iPhone 5 running iOS 6 with Cydia on the home screen. We all know what that means, yep, the iPhone 5 running iOS 6 was jailbroken! However, don't get your hopes up just yet. This is just proof of concept, the actual jailbreak hasn't been released to the public and probably won't be until the release of iOS 6.0.1 because they usually wait for Apple to make bug fixes before proceeding with the jailbreak. So sit back and watch the show, soon you'll be able to have your iPhone 5 running a jailbroken version of iOS 6!

If you have any questions or speculations about when the iOS 6 jailbreak is coming out, leave a comment below!


New Sharing Features of iOS 6



One of the new features of iOS 6 is the new sharing feature which quickly allows you to share any content you desire with anyone, at the push of a button. Apple has designed the new interface to make sharing easier than ever and has also given us the methods (Facebook and Twitter) to do so easily. You can now select from the following: Mail, Message, Twitter, Facebook, copy, Add yo Favorites. All of these options used to be in a list like dialog that would pop up and it would be very inconvenient to do so. Now with the modal that pops up over the content that you are viewing, you can easily select from one of the 6 choices and share your content with everyone!

Has the new sharing feature made sharing easier for you on your iOS 6 device? If so, leave a comment below! If not, let us know why in the comments below!


Gmail for iOS Updated for iPhone 5



Google has updated their iOS version of their popular Gmail app. The app now fills up the entire screen on iPhone 5s and still provides the same great interface to interact with your email accounts. Consequently, you can now view more content on your device and the awkward black bars that plagued the top and bottom of this app are now gone.

If you have any questions or concerns about the update, feel free to leave a comment below!


Do Not Disturb Mode is Apple's Alarm Only Mode



In what seems to be a new feature of iOS 6, Apple now provides a "Do Not Disturb" mode for iOS devices which allows you to not be alerted visually or by vibration of any email, phone call, or text message that you might receive. However, it does still act as an alarm. This feature may be welcome for people who would like to go to sleep without being distracted every five minutes with notifications, but it is also unwelcome for many people in business because they expect their phones to remain silent for the duration of a meeting. Regardless, this new feature is a welcome one, especially personally for me because me old "dumb phone" had this feature and I was worried my new iPhone 5 would be lacking.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!


CardDAV A New Way to Sync Google Contacts with iOS 6


Today, Google introduced a new way to sync Google Contacts with your iOS device running iOS 5.0 or later. Google Contacts now supports CalDAV, an open source card format for sharing address books and contacts. Here's how you can set up the sync between your iOS device and Google.

Step 1) On your iOS device, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account... > Other > Add CardDAV Account

Step 2) Enter in your information for your account. The server you should use is "", your username is your entire email address including the part. Your password fills the password field, unless you use 2-step verification, in which case you must use an application specific password.

Step 3) Click Next and it should verify your information and set up CardDAV for you. There may not be a noticeable difference now, but there are many possibilities with using an open source protocol such as CardDAV.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!


How to Make Your Own Passbook Cards in iOS 6



If you have used the new feature called Passbook on iOS 6, you may have noticed that there are not many cards that can have in Passbook. This makes the app really limited and you cannot use it to its full potential. That's where comes and saves the day! Pass Source allows you to create cards that integrate perfectly with iOS6's Passbook. Now you can use it to store things like your Starbucks Cards, American Express, coupons, and more! Check it out!

If you have any questions about Passbook or Pass Source, feel free to leave a comment below!


Missing Google Maps on iOS 6? Check out these alternatives in the App Store


As you all know, Apple has removed Google Maps from iOS 6 in favor of their own maps software. You all also know that the new app has failed and with its continued bad press, Apple has openly come up with alternatives for users of iOS 6. Check out the Map Apps featured section of the iOS App Store. Apple has added this section for you to use an alternative app such as Waze or even MapQuest until they can fix their broken Maps app.


What do you guys think of this move by Apple? Will this suffice until they can fix their Maps app in a later release? Let us know in the comments below!


How to Approach Hard Drive Cloning in Mac OS X Using Apple's Disk Utility


Due to increasing size of data repositories, organization of data seems to be the largest issue of all time. Additionally, increased business mobility has made it difficult to deal with the evolving risks of data loss in today's work environment. Backups offer a reliable solution for data protection and recovery in these crises. Mac users often create drive clones or bootable backups to make a mirror image of their systems. These backups or clones comprise all important data (including files, folders, and applications) and the necessary system files required to boot a Mac, eliminating the need to start from another disk while performing the restore operation.

Apple provides an indispensable tool, Disk Utility, to allow users to easily clone their Mac hard drives or volumes. Disk Utility uses a simple, three-step process to create a hard drive clone:

  • Boot your Mac using the OS X Installation disc. Keep pressing the 'C' key to get to the welcome screen and then select 'Disk Utility' from the 'Utilities' menu.
  • In the Disk Utility interface, select the 'Restore' tab and provide the source and destination drives. Uncheck the 'Erase Destination' check box at the bottom.
  • Click 'Restore' to clone the source drive onto the destination drive. Now, restart the computer and boot from the newly cloned drive. If the boot process completes without any problems, then the cloning was successful.

Disk Utility is a safe bet to clone one’s critical Mac OS X volumes. However, this tool has many downsides. It cannot be used to schedule cloning tasks in case one forgets to perform backups on a regular basis. Moreover, it does not allow users to resize volumes on the destination drive for full utilization of available disk space.

There is a range of commercial third-party Mac hard disk cloning tools available in the market. These utilities do a better job of cloning Mac hard disks and provide a plethora of advanced options. They can help users resize volumes on the destination drive according to their storage needs. With the help of these tools, users can automate the cloning process and schedule it to run on specified days and times. In addition, users can take snapshots of their hard drives or any specific region of the drives. These programs are compatible with the latest Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and all lower versions.

About the Author: Stuart Bell is a Mac user who believes in making life better with latest and most useful Mac technology, and wishes to share ideas and research on Mac utilities that clone and optimize Mac drives.


iOS 6 upgrade problem: wifi redirects to


I have just update to iOS 6 and experienced a problem with wifi connectivity. Everytime I wanted to connect to my home wifi it ended up opening "Log In" screen with broken page at saying "hmm, the page you're looking for can't be found.".

I googled for solutions and found several threads:

There are some suggestions which worked to some users but no widely confirmed solution.

My router is a TimeMachine box (Airport Extreme). Here are the steps which worked for me:

  1. Used AirPort Utily on my Mac to restart the router
  2. in iOS 6: Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings
  3. in iOS 6: Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings

Then wifi started to operate properly.

Also I noticed I lost an option for personal hotspot in my Settings menu, but that may be only effect of losing my settings. It can be probably re-enabled somewhere deeper in the Networking Settings.


How To Disable Java on Chrome


With the recent "zero-day exploit" found for Oracle's Java, a few of you out there might want to disable Java in your browser because of the possibility of being hacked. Here are the steps to block Java from loading in your Google Chrome web browser.


Step 1) Open up Google Chrome and go to Preferences. Click on Advanced Preferences as shown in the picture above.


Step 2) Scroll down to the Privacy heading and click on Content Settings as shown above.


Step 3) Under Plug-ins, click on Disable Individual Plug-ins.


Step 4) Lastly, find the Java plugin and click on the Disable link, as shown above.

You have just disabled Java. You may need Java to run some web applets or applications but for now, it is best to leave it blocked. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below!


Air Display by Avatron Review


Here is my review of Air Display by Avatron, an app that allows you to utilize another computer (Mac or PC) or even a tablet (iPad) as another screen for your main computer. From a Computer Scientist's perspective, this is an awesome feature because the more screen real estate, the better. What they did right: I'm going to start off the review with the features that made this experience enjoyable and the reasons why I would use it again. Installation Installation was fairly straightforward. I found the app on the Mac App Store, downloaded it and let the app store take care of the installation. Here's a screenshot of the window that appears when you launch the app: This part of the application runs on the computer with the screen that you would like to add to your main display. For me, this ran on my laptop. On my desktop, the following screenshot is the app that I had to install. Installation was again, easy. However, it was a little confusing to figure out which app ran on which computer (client/server). This may have been because I did not fully read the documentation, but usually software is intuitive enough to figure out without reading. Usability Once installed, the app ran with ease. I has able to hook up my MacBook Pro wirelessly to my Mac Mini and use its display in addition to the two that I already have on my mini. Here is a screenshot of my Display Preferences once the app had added the wireless display. I simply moved the window around to wherever my display was positioned and it acted as if my monitor was wired in. I am very pleased because there is almost no lag at all. One request for a future update: I love everything that I was able to do with Air Display. However, there is one feature that I tested out and did not turn out the way I expected. I tried plugging in a second monitor to my MacBook Pro, this is where things got interesting. To reiterate, my current setup because two monitors on my Mac Mini and two on my MacBook Pro (including its built-in display). I thought I would be able to use both of the additional displays with Air Display; however, I was not able to. In addition, the second display (which is larger than my MacBook Pro's screen) was only able to run a window of the Air Display app. In other words, I was not able to utilize the entire display anymore, I was limited to the resolution of my native laptop's display. I tried many ways to get around this problem, closing my laptop display, entering full screen mode, etc. and nothing was able to make it work. Regardless, I am still pleased with the product and I will use it occasionally if I am in need for some extra desktop space. Overall, I would give it a 4 out of 5 review. If you use Air Display, what do you think of it? Keep in mind that my review is solely based off of the computer to computer version of Air Display. I have heard additional stories of success with the Computer to iPad version of the app. Let us know in the comments below what you feel about the app! [...]

Recover lost Recovery HD for FileVault - the easy way


Today I wanted to install FileVault2 on my secondary MacBook. Unfortunately FileVault reported: FileVault can’t be turned on for the disk ... I did a quick googling and realized that the problem is missing "Recovery HD" partition on my disk. Since Lion, OS X installers create Recovery HD partition immediatelly after the main system partition. It is a small (650MB) bootable partition that can be used for various system troubleshooting scenarios (for example when you encript your disk with FileVault and forget the login password). How to recreate lost recovery partition easily? I found several articles about the topic, but all methods seemed to be pretty complex and/or time consuming. There must be an easier way! What about fooling OS X installer into creating Recovery HD partition for us? Here is an easy solution which took me less than 10 minutes. Let's say you want to restore Recovery HD partition for your system partition called "OSX" running Lion. Prerequisities: installation disk for Lion (or "Install Mac OS X Lion" app, downloaded from the App Store) at least 8 GB of free space on your "OSX" partition (needed for a clean OS X installation) your "OSX" partition is formatted with resizeable filesystem (Journaled HFS+ is fine) Steps: use Disk to: shrink OSX partion by 8 GB (or more) insert new OSX 2 partition immediately after OSX (I used the small "+" button under Partition Layout) make sure both partitions have format: Journaled HFS+ (JHFS+) start installing Lion on newly created OSX 2 partition let computer reboot first time to finish copying during second reboot hold Option key and boot into old OSX (we don't need to finish OSX 2 installation) merge OSX 2 into OSX via command-line: ~ ➔ diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *251.0 GB disk0 1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS OSX 175.0 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_HFS OSX 2 75.0 GB disk0s3 4: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s4 ~ ➔ diskutil mergePartitions JHFS+ not disk0s2 disk0s3 Merging partitions into a new partition Start partition: disk0s2 OSX Finish partition: disk0s3 OSX 2 Started partitioning on disk0 Merging partitions Waiting for the disks to reappear Growing disk Finished partitioning on disk0 /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *251.0 GB disk0 1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS OSX 250.1 GB disk0s2 3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s4 In step 3 you have to use diskutil list to read identifiers of OSX and OSX 2 partitions. If you did all right, you must see OSX, OSX 2 and Recovery HD in this exact order somewhere in the list. By executingdiskutil mergePartitions you merge OSX 2 into OSX (and lose content of the newly created partition OSX 2). You h[...]

iStat Pro for Mountain Lion


iStat Pro, the popular widget to monitor your computer by iSlayer has been deprecated by the company. They stated in a tweet that they will not be continuing development and support for Mountain Lion. Lucky for us, there is a simple fix that you can execute yourself on Mountain Lion to make the great extension work again! All you have to do is add a space to two different lines in some code. Ready to dive in? Step 1) Right off the bat, we can download the widget from here. Step 2) Extract the widget and then double click on it to install. It will show up on your dashboard and you can view it as normal. However, take a close look at the process tab. You may need to enable it by clicking on the "i" and then going to the "Sections" tab and turning on "Processes." You will notice that the processes tab is broken. Want to fix it? Keep reading on! Step 3) In order to fix this small bug, we're going to have to open up some code. Grab your favorite text editor (I personally use TextMate) and navigate to the ~/Library/Widgets folder where you will find the iStat widget. Step 4) Right click on the widget and press "Show Package Contents" Step 5) Find the two files, Tall and Wide. In Tall, we will navigate to lines 548 and 550. Find the section that looks exactly like what is shown below: if(p.v("processes_sort_mode") == 'cpu') widget.system('ps -arcwwwxo "pid %cpu command" | egrep "PID|$1" | grep -v grep | ' + exclude + ' head -7 | tail -6 | awk \'{print ""$1""$2""$3,$4,$5""}\'', function(data){ self.updateProcessesOut(data);}); else widget.system('ps -amcwwwxo "pid rss command" | egrep "PID|$1" | grep -v grep | ' + exclude + ' head -7 | tail -6 | awk \'{print ""$1""$2""$3,$4,$5""}\'', function(data){ self.updateProcessesOut(data);}); } Notice the two parts that read: egrep "PID|$1" Simply add a space between the pipe and the dollar sign as follows: egrep "PID| $1" That's it! Make those two changes and then save the file. For the Wide, the same two lines can be found at 609 and 611 (make the same changes). Step 6) After you have successfully made the changes to the code, open up a Terminal window (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) and type in: killall Dock Now you should have a functioning iStat Pro installation that works on Mountain Lion! Great! If you have any questions about the process or you are stuck on a particular step, leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can! [...]

Transfer Photos From Photo Stream to Camera Roll on iOS


Photo Stream is a welcome feature to iOS 5 that many people use to sync pictures between their devices. However, one caveat is that the pictures are only stored in Photo Stream for 30 days. This can cause a problem when you want to save a picture to your camera roll for later viewing past the initial 30 days. This can be overcome by following the guide below:

Step 1) Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2) Select the Photo Stream tab. In the upper right hand corner, click on the arrow button.

Step 3) Begin selecting pictures from your Photo Stream that you would like to save. A blue check mark will appear in the bottom right of each picture that is selected.

Step 4) Click on "Save" in the top right corner when you have finished selecting all of your pictures. This will save the selected photos to your Camera Roll which is local on your device.

Now you can save and view these photos later on your iOS device! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!


How to Remove System Preferences on Mac


If your System Preferences panes are looking cluttered, then follow the steps below to remove specific preference panes that you never use. If you install a lot of extensions then this tip is for you.

Step 1) Open up System Preferences in one of three ways either through the Apple Menu > System Preferences, using Spotlight and searching for it, or by clicking on it in your Dock.

Step 2) Under View, click Customize. This will make a bunch of checkmarks appear next to each of the preference panes.


Step 3) Uncheck the ones that you don't want to show up anymore. Don't worry, you aren't removing them, just hiding them. You can still access them by searching in the top right hand corner of the System Preferences window.


Step 4) If you ever want to add those panes back, simply recheck them under View > Customize and your preferences will return.

I hope this tip helped you out! Please leave a comment below with suggestions for future articles or a comment about this one if you found it confusing or not helpful.


Set Default Tab Size and Turn on Soft Tabs on TextMate 2



Tired of annoying hard tabs instead of soft tabs in TextMate 2? Here is a simple tutorial on how to fix that and we will also teach you how to set the default tab size.

Open TextMate 2 and go to Preferences. Click on the Variables tab and all you have to do is add a few new variables. To set the default tab size, make a new variable called "tabSize" and set it to whatever you want (I always do 2). Then, make a second variable called "softTabs" and set that to "true" (if and only if you want soft tabs of course).

That's it! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!


How To Flush DNS Cache on Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8


If you are having problems connecting to the internet on your Mac, you may need to flush your DNS cache. On Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8, you can simply open Terminal by using Spotlight (CMD+Space) or by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal. Copy and paste the command below to flush your DNS Cache:

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder 

Type in your Administrative password and the command should fix your internet problems! Hopefully your internet connection problems are gone now and you can enjoy the internet! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!


How To Enable Power Nap on MacBook Air 2010



Apple has not publicly released the installation files necessary to enable Power Nap on the MacBook Air (late 2010) however, they do have the files freely available online! Downloading one of the following packages will allow you to enable the power nap setting under Energy Saver in System Preferences. Simply downlod the file and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Install these at your own risk, there might be a reason why Apple has not publicly pushed out these updates to all MacBook Air users. This works on the MacBook Air Late 2010 only.

Late 2010, 11" MacBook Air
Late 2010, 13" MacBook Air

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!


How to Download YouTube Videos on Mountain Lion Safari 6



Here is a quick guide on how to download YouTube videos on Mountain Lion using Safari 6! Many of you have been requesting this article, so here it is! Sorry for the delay!

Step 1) Go to and click on the "Install" button at the bottom. For this step, make sure you are in Safari or else it will download for your other browser.

Step 2) After the Safari Extension is installed, you can simply go to any YouTube video as you normally would.

Step 3) Right below the video, on the right side of the "Share" button, there will now be a "Download" button that will allow you to select which format you would like to download the video in. It could not get any simpler than this! If you need help with this step, take a look at the screenshot above, it should be able to help you!

If you have any questions about the process described above, please leave a question in the comments below and I will be sure to answer them!


Enable AirPrint on Windows with iOS 5


Here is a quick guide on how to enable AirPrint on your Windows machine assuming you have iOS 5 or greater.

1) Go here to download the latest files that you need in order to enable AirPrint.

2) Double click on the "AirPrint_Installer.exe" application and then click on "Install AirPrint Service".

3) Run the "AirPrint iOS 5 FIX - 32Bit.reg" or "AirPrint iOS 5 FIX - 64Bit.reg" (depending on what type of os you have installed) to install the current version for iOS 5.

4) Again, open "AirPrint_Installer.exe" and double check that "Service Startup" is set to "Auto" and click "Start".

5) Restart your computer, you are almost done.

NOTE: You may need to enable the guest account on your computer by going to Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage Another Account > Turn the Guest Account on. In the AirPrint_Installer.exe, you may need to choose the guest account that you just enabled. Click "Enable Guest Account" and then click "Update." Again, you have to restart.

If you have any questions about this process, please post in the comments below!


Change Mountain Lion Calendar and Contacts App to Aluminum Skin



The above screenshot is of the leather skin in the Calendar and Contacts apps that Apple introduced in Mac OS X 10.7, Lion. Since then, many people have disputed over the look and feel of those two apps. Some people like the idea that the Calendar and Contacts app (or previously known as the iCal and Address Book apps) have changed appearance to emulate the appearance of real-world planners or day trackers. On the other hand, there are others who believe that because it is a digital product, the nuances of having a leather bound book to keep track of events should not be emulated in the digital world. Regardless of where you stand, if you would like to get rid of the brown leather skin and change it back to the old aluminum skin for the Calendar or Contacts app, then follow the steps below.

1) First, download one of these .dmgs for the app that you want to re-skin.
Calendar Skin
Contacts Skin

2) Make a copy of the Calendar and Contacts app on your computer. Copy and paste these files to another directory to keep safe in case you want to revert back to the leather version.

3) Install the .dmgs and they will replace the images over the apps. Note: this does not remove/change the brown font. The brown font is now on top of the aluminum skin which some people may find weird.

4) If you would like to restore the original leather theme, simply delete the edited versions of the apps and copy the original versions that you had backed up earlier, back into the ~/Applications directory.

If you have any questions about the process or how it works, please leave a comment below!


Notice: Facebook Mountain Lion Integration Coming Out Later


Wondering where that long rumored Facebook integration into Mountain Lion is? It certainly has been mentioned by Apple several times in their list of updates included in their newly launched Mountain Lion. As it turns out, the new Facebook integration won't be coming out until the Fall, most likely October. This may be sad news for some, but don't worry, you'll be posting status updates from your Mac Notification Bar in no time at all. Stay tuned!

Questions, comments? Post them in the section below!


Mountain Tweaks Coming Out Soon


The developer of Lion Tweaks has a new app coming out soon called "Mountain Tweaks." This update will be for Mountain Lion compatibility only and will enable all of the broken features on the Lion version to work with Mountain Lion.

You can check out the official website for Mountain Tweaks here.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below!


How To Make a Mountain Lion USB Installer Key



I have had a few requests both in the comments of the "Get Your Mac Ready for Mountain Lion" and via email. Here is a tutorial on how to create a USB Mountain Lion Installer key so that you can install it a lot faster on the other Macs that are associated with your Apple ID.


1) Go to the Mac App Store and download Mountain Lion for $19.99. After it has finished downloading, DO NOT continue following the dialogs to install Mountain Lion.

2) Open up Finder and navigate to your Applications and find the Install OS X Mountain Right click on it and select "Show Package Contents" Here is a screenshot:


3) After that, navigate to Contents > SharedSupport and find the InstallESD.dmg. That is the file that you are looking for. Copy this to a new location such as your Desktop so we can easily copy this onto a USB key.

4) Now for the disk imaging part. Open up Disk Utility and drag the InstallESD.dmg from your Desktop to Disk Utility in the left hand side bar. Here's a screenshot:


5) After that, click on the InstallESD.dmg in the left sidebar, click the Restore tab and then follow the diagram above to drag the correct items into the correct fields. For me, the NO NAME USB key is the one that I am using for my install. (However, that was just for an example, you need at least an 8GB USB key).

6) Now, click Restore in the bottom right corner and there you go! You now have a USB Mountain Lion installer key.

If you have any questions, please post in the comments below. I will be sure to help you out as soon as possible!


Mountain Lion Released Today



Early this morning, Apple released the newest version of OS X, Mountain Lion. This update rings in at $19.99 and is available now from the Mac App Store for an easy-to-install download. Mountain Lion features over 200+ updates including new apps such as Notes, Reminders, and a new feature called Notifications. Here are some other articles we have written about Mountain Lion:

Get Your Mac Ready For Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion Release Date

If you have already downloaded Mountain Lion, what is your favorite feature so far?


Simple Shortcut to Lock Your Mac's Screen


Ever needed to step away from your computer for a brief moment but didn't want to log out? You could always use fast user switching but then everyone around you knows that your computer isn't really off because they can see your login screen. Well, a simple keyboard shortcut that I use every day is the key combination: control + shift + eject. What this keyboard combination does is lock your Mac's screen (given that you check the box under System Preferences > Security and Privacy > General > Require password immediately curtesy of our reader, Lri) and it turns your screen black giving the illusion that your Mac is turned off because it puts your screen to sleep. This also helps prolong the life of your display because it won't be stuck on one screen for very long (which isn't so much a problem nowadays, however, it used to lead to stuck pixels on CRT displays). So, the next time you are away from your computer, be sure to press control + shift + eject on your Mac keyboard to put your display to sleep.

If you have any questions about the post above, please leave a comment!


Back Up iPhone Passwords Using iTunes



Have you ever restored your iOS device from iTunes and then realized that you had to sign in to every single app, the app store itself, all your email accounts, and even iCloud? Well, a new hint has been submitted by reader Michael Ball that allows you to work around this issue. In iTunes, select your device and then select the "Encrypt Local Backup" option from the main sync screen. All you have to do is set your password and now if you restore from this backup, your passwords for everything will come along with it! Great isn't it? Here's a screenshot for those of you having trouble finding the right checkbox.


If you have any questions about this method, please leave a comment below!


iOS 6 Beta 3 Update Released, Download Here


Today, Apple released the third beta of iOS 6 to its developers who have long been awaiting an update. What did the update have in store? Read on to find out more about the update and even a download link!


In this iteration, Apple has included updates to several aspects that define the user experience.

  • First, the Maps app has been updated to include roadwork, accidents, etc. built right into the Maps app.
  • The first hints of public transportation (a much missed feature) are now included in the Maps app. So far, they have added the MTA Subway in New York City and the CTA and Metra in Chicago. Hopefully, they can continue moving west with this before the actual update rolls out.
  • The Maps app has also seen the inclusion of turn-by-turn directions as well as traffic information for select users. In addition, satellite imagery has also been spotted to show up on some devices.
  • The auto-brightness feature has been updated to increment gradually instead of all at once.
  • The reading list in Safari now shows when it is syncing between devices.
  • Safari now includes images for the bookmarks, history, and reading list icons instead of just text labels.
  • iMessage on the iPad now allows you to add phone numbers for more synchronized messaging across multiple devices.
  • 3D maps and models are starting to appear in select cities.
  • New settings for the Maps app as well as some new icons have appeared throughout the OS.
  • YouTube audio issues have been resolved.
  • Apps seem to crash less, Safari seems snappier (these things usually happen with updates)

So, there you have it. We are one step closed to the actual release of iOS 6. If you can't wait until the actual release of these features, you can buy a developer account for $99/year and get access to all the betas including the GM version of Mountain Lion. However, if you still can't wait, you can download the new iOS 6 Beta 3 from imzdl's website here.

Hope you guys enjoy the new features of iOS 6! If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below! Also, let's discuss your favorite features of iOS 6 so far!


Mountain Lion Release Date



Again at the Apple rumor mill, recent posts have suggested that the Mac App Store will be updated on the night of the 25th of July. What does this mean? It means Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion will be coming to the App Store and recent rumors point to the 25th as the official release date for the new 10.8 software. Mountain Lion will be a downloadable update from the App Store weighing in around 4GB. You need to have Lion in order to update so Snow Leopard users will have to upgrade twice, once to Lion and another time to Mountain Lion. Luckily, the process is relatively simple and won't require much work on the user's side.

The price is set for Mountain Lion to be released as a $19.99 update. Will you purchase? Let's talk about it in the comments below!


[Poll] Will Apple Release a Smaller iPad?


There have been a few articles recently that speculate that Apple may be developing a new iPad. The new iPad would be around 7-8 inches in diagonal screen size which would place it right inbetween the iPhone and the current iPad. If you want to read more about the rumors, here are a few articles: Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Both are credible sources, but do you believe them?

Let's start a discussion in the comments below! I, for one, believe that Apple will indeed come out with this speculated iPad becuase there is a large enough market for such a device. What do you think?


Safari 6 Developer Preview Download



The new Safari 6 Developer Preview that was available for developers shortly after the WWDC conference includes many new features from Safari 5.1 and 5.2. The move to Mountain Lion also means that Safari 6 is closer to the iOS version of Mobile Safari than ever before. Features such as iPad style tabs, iOS style expose tab navigation, and tabs that sync between iOS and Safari 6 are all welcome features being added to this version. Be aware that this is a developer preview so crashing will occur often and it is best to stay on Safari 5.2 which can be found here.

Anyways, if you want to give the new Safari 6 Developer Preview a try, you can download it from here. No guarantees of how well it will run on your system.

If you have any questions about the upcoming features of Mountain Lion, iOS 6, or Safari 6, please leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer your questions!


Lion Tweaks 2.0.1 updated for Mountain Lion



Lion Tweaks has been updated to version 2.0.1 to support Mountain Lion! Lion Tweaks is the popular software developed by Frederik Wiker and is available for download here. It allows you to tweak settings in Lion and Mountain Lion that were removed from Snow Leopard. Features such as: changing the iCal leather to aluminum, coloring the finder sidebar, and enabling airdrop on older hardware are all available using this product. You can also do things such as: show the user library folder, enable the 2D dock, and enable TRIM support on Lion.

EDIT: It seems that Lion Tweaks is not changing the skins on iCal/Calendar or Contacts/Address Book. Here is a quick fix for that.

If you have any questions about the tweaks listed in Lion Tweaks 2.0.1, please leave a comment below! Happy tweaking!


Get Your Mac Ready to Install Mountain Lion


I hope you are excited for the upcoming release for Mountain Lion! Apple just released the GM version to developers just two days ago. That means we can anticipate the official version coming out within the month! This is all very exciting! I've decided to compile a list of things that I usually do before the release of a major update for my operating system. Here it goes. First, some things we have to consider. We can take one of two routes, either we can install the Mountain Lion update over out existing Lion install which is quick and easy and the Mac App Store makes this fairly easy. Option two involves completely wiping out hard drives, reformatting, and then installing the operating system from scratch. Why do this, you ask? The second option de-clutters your computer entirely so you are sure that it is as fast as it can possibly be within the limitations of your hardware. However, the downside is that it takes longer, requires more technical know-how, and can be frustrating depending on what you want to do. We'll start with the easier, but less rewarding method first. Option 1) Installing Mountain Lion over Lion using the Mac App Store. Step 1) Over time, we accumulate a lot of random software, files, and downloads that are no longer necessary. The first thing I like to do when updating my system is clearing out my downloads folder of everything that I don't need and only keeping the essentials. Then I like to clean up my Dropbox which houses all of my current projects and important documents. Over time, those files get messy so I like to reorganize my folder structure into something neater (which I may post later). Lastly, I like to uninstall apps that are unnecessarily cluttering my system. You can either do this by using the built-in uninstaller if the application has one, sometimes you can just remove the app from the Applications folder, or sometimes you have to get inventive and use a tool such as one of the ones listed here curtesy of Lifehacker. Step 2) Now that all of my important files are sorted, all the clutter is gone, and the pointless apps that I have downloaded have disappeared, it is time to backup. Backing up is extremely important when installing the operating system as an update because you never know when something might break. Always take precaution and make two backups if you really don't trust hardware. I just use Time Machine for my backups because it is built in and gets the job done (wirelessly, which I might also write about later). Step 3) Finally, your Mac is ready to be promoted from just regular Lion to Mountain Lion. First, head on over to the Mac App Store and search for 'Mountain[...]

Mountain Lion Gold Master is Available for Download



Apple has recently pushed out the Gold Master developer version of OS X Mountain Lion to developers. That means we can be expecting the Mountain Lion official release shortly hereafter. When the new Mountain Lion comes out, it will cost only $20 and will be available via the Mac App Store.

If you can't wait, you can download the GM version from here.

What feature are you looking forward to most in OS X Mountain Lion? Leave a comment below and let's discuss!


How To Clear Out Launchpad and Add the Apps How You Want


Launchpad is a feature added to Mac OS X that emulates the home screens on iOS. The basic idea behind it is that you have one central location to find all of your apps. However, as most users have noticed, this feature, loved on iOS, is not as useful on OS X. The simple reason is that not every user wants every app on their computer showing up in Launchpad. Luckily for us, there is a simple trick that will allow us to organize and store what WE want in Launchpad. This is more desirable; follow the steps below in order to accomplish just this:

Step 1) Open up Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2) Type in the following command: sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db "DELETE from apps; DELETE from groups WHERE title<>''; DELETE from items WHERE rowid>2;"; Killall Dock

This command essentially erases the entire database for Launchpad. Yay, now Launchpad is...empty? That's not useful. Read on!

Step 3) To add apps back to Launchpad, all you need to do is drag apps onto the Launchpad dock icon. Yep, it's that simple!

Step 4) If for some reason you would like to go back to the old Launchpad with an icon for every single app on your Mac, then enter the command below which will rebuild the database: rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db; killall Dock

If you have any questions about the code listed above, please leave a comment below!


Stop GIFs From Animating in Your Web Browser


In Firefox and Safari, there is a simple way to pause and even stop animated GIFs from moving. In Firefox, simply press Escape once and the GIFs will stop moving. On Safari, you must hold down the Escape key for as long as you want them to stop being animated.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below!


Change Your Volume on Your Mac Without Making a Sound


You may find yourself in a quiet place such as a library, or an airplane and you want to change the volume on your Mac. Usually, you would just press the F11 or F12 keys to change your volume, but then you hear that annoying popping sound for each level.


Here is a simple keystroke that would allow you to change the volume without making a sound. Simply hold down the Shift key when you are adjusting your volume with the F11 and F12 keys and you can change the volume all you want without making a sound.

Check out this other article that I wrote about volume control on your Mac here.

Hope this tips saves you some embarrassment in a quiet place. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!


Finer Control Over Brightness and Volume on Mac OS X


Sometimes you might feel restricted by the amount of control you have over the brightness and volume on your Mac. When you press the default volume and brightness controls on your Mac, usually F1, F2, and F10-12, there are 16 distinct levels for both brightness and volume. You can, however, fine tune these so that you can have up to 64 different levels.

Try holding down both the Option and the Shift keys along with either F1, F2, F11, or F12. You will notice that the white bar that normally increases by one will actually only increase by a quarter of a square now. This is because you have just unlocked finer control over your Mac's brightness and volume settings!

This has been tested on Mac OS X Lion and has previously worked on other versions of Mac OS X. If I remember correctly, the increments used to be in halves but are now in quarters. I guess Apple has granted us more control over the settings of our system.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.


Add Contact Information to your Lock Screen of your Mac


Here is a helpful hint on how to add text (or more specifically contact information) to your lock screen on your Mac. You may be asking why this is useful. I believe that in the event that a warm hearted individual falls into possession of your laptop, they may be searching for a way to contact you but they are stuck at the login screen. This allows you to leave a short message saying: "If found, please contact me at ..." Here are the steps to add this:

Step 1) Open up System Preferences and go to Security & Privacy in the top row.

Step 2) Click on General and also the Lock in the bottom left of the screen.

Step 3) Enter in your administrator password so that you can edit the settings in this pane.

Step 4) Check the box next to "Show a message when the screen is locked" and then type your message into the box below it.

Step 5) Click the lock again in the bottom left corner so that no one else can edit it.

That's it! Now you can test this by locking your computer (press Control + Shift + Eject if you are using an Apple keyboard) and you should see your message written on the screen. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Your feedback is very helpful!


iPad Keyboard Hacks



Did you know that the option above existed on iOS (specifically the iPad)?

Well to enable this option, first, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and turn on Split Keyboard. Then you simply open any application that makes use of the iPad keyboard. Touch and hold on the bottom right icon (the picture of the keyboard) until two options appear. They are: Undock or Split. Split does what it says, it splits the keyboard making it easier to type with your thumbs similar to how you use the iPhone. You can also access this mode by pressing and holding on the "G" and "H" keys in the center of the keyboard and then making a "pulling apart" motion which gives the illusion that you are actually "splitting" the keyboard.

The other option, Undock, moves the iPad keyboard to the center of the screen. If there was something showing where the keyboard normally is, you normally wouldn't be able to see it. However, with the Undock option, you can now see what's below the keyboard and type at the same time! Pretty useful if you ask me.

If you have any comments or questions about this tip, please leave them in the comments and I will be sure to answer them as swiftly and promptly as possible!


iOS 6 Anticipated Features


With WWDC just on the other side of the weekend, it is time for all the news and blogs to generate speculation about what will be revealed at WWDC 2012. First and foremost, we know that there will most likely be hardware updates for some, if not all, of the Mac lineup. Some of the rumors include Ivy Bridge, Retina Displays, High Definition Displays, USB 3.0, more Thunderbolt, etc. However, one thing is for sure, iOS 6 will be announced and new features including Apple's own mapping software will surface allowing developers to begin utilizing these new tools.

Some other additions that have speculation surrounding the release of iOS 6 besides the Maps application include: Siri for the iPad, further iCloud integration, Facebook integration similar to Twitter's current integration, Airplay mirroring similar to what we've seen in the Mountain Lion developer previews, and automatic updates to iOS apps from the App Store.

Other hardware rumors include:

  • An update to the Mac Pro for the first time in years. New hardware means better Hackintosh in the following months.
  • The Macbook Pro may receive an upgrade to its display, upping the resolution to Retina standards.
  • The Macbook Pro may also receive USB 3.0 as a nice addition to the growing Thunderbolt ports.
  • Ivy Bridge for both the Macbook Pro and the iMac are also plausible as well as quad-core processing by default.

There are also continual rumors of the new iPhone with a larger (taller) screen, a 7-inch iPad dubbed by many the "iPad Mini", as well as the oft rumored iTV. All of these products are expected to launch this year, however, it is unknown how many will be revealed at WWDC starting on Monday. We can only hope and wait.

Let's discuss the most wanted and least wanted features and hardware in the comments below. I will actively respond with my opinion to anyone who comments!


How to Install Python 3.2.3 on Mac OS X


By default, your Mac comes installed with Python 2.7, no installation necessary! However, if you want some of the new features of Python such as "print" being a function now instead of a standalone command, then you are going to want to install Python 3.2.3. Follow the steps below to get started:

Step 1) Go here to learn all about the new release of Python. Then, find the downloads section to download the latest release for Mac. (Or just click here.)

Step 2) Double click on the installer and follow the instructions for installing Python 3.2.3 on your Mac.

Step 3) Now, when you open up terminal and type in "python", version 2.7 still appears. To open the version you just installed, type "python3" and this will open the latest version of Python 3.x.x.

Step 4) To streamline this process even further, you can add an alias for "python3" and call it "python" so that no matter what, Python 3.x.x will always open whether you type "python" or "python3." To do this, open up Terminal.

Step 5) At the command prompt, if you are comfortable with VIM, type: vim ~/.bash_profile If not, type: open ~/.bash_profile And this will open up the file in your default text editor. Add the following line to the file and save: alias python="python3"

Step 6) That's it! Now when you type "python" into Terminal, Python 3.x.x will open by default!

Happy programming!


iOS 5.1.1 Jailbreak Released, Download Here!


Great news for all you jailbreakers, Absinthe 2.0 has been released by the Chronic Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams. This software will allow you to jailbreak your iOS device with the firmware version 5.1.1! Absinthe 2.0 officially supports the following on iOS 5.1.1: iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3! Follow the steps below to get started!

Step 1) Make a backup of your iOS device using iTunes by plugging it in, selecting it under devices and pressing "Back up."

Step 2) Now, on your iOS device, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings (Don't worry, you'll get all your data back as soon as the jailbreak is done. This step is to make the jailbreak go faster!)

Step 3) Download Absinthe from one of the following locations:

Step 4) Open Absinthe with your iOS device still plugged in via USB.

Step 5) Click the "Jailbreak" button. (Folks, it can not get easier than this.)

Step 6) Once the jailbreak has finished completely, go back to iTunes and restore your device from the backup that you made earlier. To do this, right click on your device in iTunes and click "Restore from backup" (See how much faster this was? Trust me on this one.)

You are now jailbroken on iOS 5.1.1! Congratulations! If you have any questions about the process, please ask them in the comments below.


How to Fix: iPhone Sync Error 13019


The iPhone sometimes has an eror during syncing called iTunes Error 13019. The fix to this error is very different from what you would think. Follow the steps below to get started:

Step 1) Plug in your device into your computer and open iTunes.

Step 2) Select your device under Devices in the sidebar on the left.

Step 3a) Navigate to the Music tab and deselect the Voice Memos Playlist.

Step 3b) Alternatively, you can simply delete this playlist from iTunes on the left sidebar, however, the playlist might come back in the future and cause this problem again.

Step 4) Press the Sync button in the bottom right and your iPhone should now sync without a problem!

If you have any questions about the process or any comments to make, please post them in the comments below!


How To Shut Off the Camera Shutter Noise on your iPhone


Due to privacy conditions in certain regions of the world, it is relatively difficult to turn off the shutter noise on the iPhone. In fact, there is only one way to do this and it is the trivial way. Simply flip the mute switch on and your camera shutter sound will go away! There is no other way to do this as Apple is following regional privacy conditions from around the world.

If you manage to find another way of doing this, please post in the comments below!


Automatic App Downloads on Mac OS X Mountain Lion



The latest update to the Developer Preview version of Mountain Lion enables Automatic App downloads similar to iOS. All you have to do is buy and download an app on any of your Macs and it will download to any other Mac that is logged in to the same Apple ID.

This may be a welcome feature for some users who have multiple Macs, however, the question arises, will Apple force you to download updates without your consent? Hopefully this will be an option. Post your thoughts in the comments below.


Hide Dock Indicator Lights


In Mac OS X Lion, there is a new option under Dock Preferences that allows you to turn off the dock indicator lights for open applications. This is a relatively simple trick and can be found by right clicking on your dock and selecting preferences. Attached is a quick screenshot:


This hack will allow your dock to be clean and organized. You can always use CMD + Tab to view open applications.

If you have any questions about this hack, please post in the comments below!


Poll: What is your Favorite Browser and Why?


Here is the first poll ever on Mac Hints from BinaryAge. So, here it goes:

What is your favorite web browser and why? Please post in the comment below and let's have a discussion!


Apple TV 5.0.1 Update



Today, Apple released a new update for the Apple TV, 5.0.1. This update included a few bug fixes and also enables HD iTunes previews among other things. Both second and third generations can update to this new version, however, stay away if you are waiting for the jailbreak. Updating may break the possibility of jailbreaking.


To update, simply power up your Apple TV and the screen above should pop up for you to download immediately. If it doesn't then go under Settings to install the update.

If you have any questions, please post in the comments below!


Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update


Today, Apple has released another update to the Mac OS X Lion operating system. The update, dubbed 10.7.4, fixes various bugs that have been plaguing the operating system. It is recommended that you create a backup before installing this update. You can use Time Machine for this.


To update, simply click on the Apple Menu in the top left of your screen and select Software Update. The window will look something like this:


Proceed to install the update. This update includes the following (taken from the Apple website here.) and weighs in at 729.6 MB:

  • Resolve an issue in which the "Reopen windows when logging back in" setting is always enabled.
  • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards.
  • Addresses permission issues that may be caused if you use the Get Info inspector function "Apply to enclosed items…" on your home directory. For more information, see this article.
  • Improve Internet sharing of PPPoE connections.
  • Improve using a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file.
  • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server.
  • Improve printing to an SMB print queue.
  • Improve performance when connecting to a WebDAV server.
  • Enable automatic login for NIS accounts.
  • Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
  • Improve the reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts.
  • The OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update includes Safari 5.1.6, which contains stability improvements.

As always, update with caution. Although unlikely, some apps might not work with the new update. If you have any questions, please post in the comments below!


iOS 5.1.1 Software Update


Apple has released a new update for iOS. This update, 5.1.1, contains a few bug fixes, but nothing major.

Included in this update are improved HDR options for photos taken using the Lock Screen. Also, AirPlay reliability has been improved. The oft talked about issue "Unable to purchase" alert has now been solved. Lastly, Apple has improved syncing between Safari Bookmarks and Reading List between Mac OS X Lion and iOS.

Small update, can be downloaded directly from Apple by plugging your device into your computer and selecting Update or you can simply go to Settings > Software Update on your device.


How to Force Quit an Application


Sometimes an application on your computer becomes unresponsive. In order to force quit an application, simply select Force Quit under the Apple menu. Here is a screenshot:


Alternatively, you can simply press the key combination CMD-Option-Escape to pull up this menu. Once you have the menu open, simple select the application and click Force Quit.


That's it! If you have any questions, just post them in the comments below!


How to Reset your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM


If you are having problems with your Mac's hardware and nothing you can do on the software side can fix it, then follow these steps to reset your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM.

Step 1) Shutdown the computer and unplug its power cord.

Step 2) Hold down the CMD-Option-P-R set of keys all at once and turn on your computer.

Step 3) Wait until the computer restarts and you hear the startup noise a second time (usually at full volume).

Step 4) Let go of the keys that you were holding, you have now successfully reset your PRAM and NVRAM!

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to leave a comment!


How to Record Your Screen on Mac OS X


Here is a quick tutorial about recording your screen on your Mac. There are various uses for recording your screen such as for a video tutorial yourself, a project, etc. Follow the steps below to get started:

Step 1) Open QuickTime Player on your Mac (Applications > QuickTime Player).

Step 2) Click on File > New Screen Recording (or alternatively press CMD-Control-N).


Step 3) Press the gray button (with the red in the middle) to begin recording your screen. You can select many options by pressing the gray triangle on the right side of the screen.

Step 4) To stop the recording, simply press on the grey button (now with a black square in the middle) and your recording will instantly open for your viewing. The capture that you just recorded will be placed in your Movies folder at ~/Movies

Step 5) You can edit the video using Mac OS X's built in iMovie or other movie editing software that you choose!

If you have any questions about this process, please post in the comments below!


Write a Guest Post for Mac Hints from BinaryAge


Do you have a tip that you would like to share? Do you like writing technical guides for nontechnical people? If so, then help contribute to Mac Hints from BinaryAge! We are now accepting blogposts that will be featured here on this site. You may choose to have your name and email published with your post and you will also be able to post one link to your own personal site!

Mac Hints from BinaryAge receives a substantial amount of traffic from the sum total of all the posts. Your website can benefit from such exposure. This is a great way to start an on-the-side career in blog writing.

The requirements for your post are:

  1. The post must contain a title.
  2. The post must be a tip, hint, tutorial, guide, or news post about an Apple, or Apple related product. This includes all Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, iOS as well as all the hardware the Apple manufactures.
  3. At least one solid long paragraph, or two shorter paragraphs. Longer posts (as long as they are relevant) are recommended but not required. Check out some of our previous tips for ideas.
  4. Not a requirement, but media (pictures, video) would be a plus!

To be considered, send your posts to negativetwelve[at]gmail[dot]com and if the post meets our requirements then we will post it right away! Have fun and happy blog posting!


How to Remove .DS_Store File from a Git Repo on Mac OS X


Whether you are a new or experienced git user, at one point in your git career using a Mac, you stumbled upon the fabled .DS_Store file. This little file is a "Desktop Services Store" that contains attributes of a folder and is created every single time a folder is navigated to. Man, that's a lot of .DS_Store files. For the average Mac user, these files are never seen because they are hidden. However, any git user will know that annoying feeling when they notice that a pesky .DS_Store file has crept its way into their repo. Here is a tutorial on how to solve this problem, once and for all. A sample .DS_Store file for those who may not know what they look like: Step 1) If you would like to see .DS_Store files, download and use TotalFinder which has a very easy method for viewing hidden files. There are other methods involving Terminal, but TotalFinder makes it easy (it's a preference and even has a keyboard shortcut!). Step 2) Navigate to your repo using Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal). This first command will remove any and all .DS_Store files from your repo. Simply enter: find . -name .DS_Store -print0 | xargs -0 git rm --ignore-unmatch Step 3) Now we will create a global exclusion list (you can skip this step if you already have one set up). To do this, enter the command: git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore Step 4) Now, we must add the pesky .DS_Store file to our newly created global exclusion list, named .gitignore (assuming you don't want any .DS_Store files in any repos that you may own). To do this, simply use this command: echo .DS_Store >> ~/.gitignore This will add an entry to your .gitignore file that tells your git repo to ignore any file called .DS_Store. This is exactly what we want. Commit these changes and push to your repo. To our surprise, all .DS_Store files have been removed! Congratulations! Now our repos are clean, free from clutter, and more professional. Also, if you often navigate through Finder with hidden files on, I would recommend the [...]

Change the File Type of Screenshots on OS X


Yesterday, I posted a tutorial on how to change the location of screenshots taken on Mac OS X, posted here. Today, I am going to go over how to change the file type of these screenshots. Why would you want to do this, you ask? There are several reason why this tutorial is useful. One, you may need a specific image format for a project you are working on. Second, you may also want to take higher quality, lossless screenshots (the TIFF format), or lower quality, compressed files (JPEG). Regardless, follow these steps below:

All you have to do is open up Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal. At the prompt, type in the following command:

defaults write type jpg

and then run:

killall SystemUIServer

This will change the format of your screenshots from the default "png" to "jpg"; the last parameter can be changed. Your options include jpg, png, tiff, or even pict.

To change back to default, simply type:

defaults write type png

Hope this helps! Post any questions in the comments below and I will be sure to answer them.


Change the File Location of Screenshots on Mac OS X


On Mac OS X, you can easily take screenshots of your desktop by pressing shortcut keys on your keyboard. (More on that here.) However, all of your screenshots will go to your desktop by default. To change this, open up Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal, or by simply using Spotlight to search for Terminal, and copy and paste the following commands:

defaults write location /path/to/screenshots

A common place to switch the screenshot location to might look something like this:

defaults write location ~/Pictures/Screenshots

This will place the screenshots into a folder called Screenshots in your Pictures folder in your Home folder. Be sure to create the folder structure before you actually try and take a screenshot.

To apply these changes, again in Terminal, type:

killall SystemUIServer

And, to change it back to the default desktop location, simply type in:

defaults write location ~/Desktop/

UPDATE: New post on how to change the file type of your screenshots here!

That's it! Hope this hint has helpful, post any questions or concerns in the comments below.


Open Recently Closed Safari Tabs in iOS 5.1


In iOS 5.1, Apple added a new feature to Mobile Safari. You can simply tap and hold on the New Page icon for a list of your recently closed tabs. This feature is similar to Chrome's CMD-Shift-T feature and desktop Safari's CMD-Z feature to open up tabs you may have accidentally closed. This feature is very helpful and it is now on iOS 5.1!


Hope this tip helped you! Please leave any questions, comments, or concerns in the comments below!


Scroll to the Top of iOS Apps with One Touch


Here is a quick tip to improve your speed with using iOS apps. In most native apps that have a scrollview, you can simply tap the top of the screen around where the clock is to instantly scroll to the top of the page. This allows you to quickly get back up to the top to use the address bar and the search bar. Outlined below, you can actually touch anywhere on the red line for this to work.


This was a quick tip! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!


Swipe to View Photos in Camera App on iOS


On iOS 5, Apple has added a new feature that allows you to easily view your photos that you just took from the Camera app. Most people know about the icon in the bottom left corner of the Camera app that allows you to view your photos, however, there is an even faster method. You can simply swipe to the left in the Camera app and you will instantly view your recent photos! Here is a picture:


Good tip to know! If you have any questions please post in the comments below.


New Safari 5.2 Beta Update 3 Download


Apple has just released a new update to the Safari 5.2 Beta. This update, dubbed update 3, includes new features such as CSS filters for images and a redesigned Web Inspector.

Download here.


How To Clear iMessage History on Mac OS X


This is a follow-up to my post about installing iMessage Beta.

If for some reason iMessage is acting strangely, one of the things you can try to do to alleviate this problem is to clear out your chat history. Large logs can cause iMessage to slow to a crawl. Here are the steps to fix this problem:

Step 1) Quit iMessage on your Mac.

Step 2) Open Finder and press CMD+Shift+G or by navigating to Go > Go To Folder...

Step 3) In the dialog, type in ~/Library/Messages/

Step 4) There should be at least three files as shown in the screenshot below. We are going to delete the files chat.db chat.db-shm and chat.db-wal


Step 5) After you have successfully deleted those three files, you can now open iMessage again and it will be similar to a brand new installation! Now you do not have to worry about long conversations slowing iMessage down.

There is also an alternative way to accomplish this by using Terminal under Applications > Utilities > Terminal. Type in the command: rm -r ~/Library/Messages/chat.* This will effectively do the same thing.

If you have any questions about the process, please post in the comments below!


Download iMessage Beta for Mac OS X Lion


Been itching to try out the newest Apple software, iMessage? Well here is your chance! Although this is a feature of the upcoming Mountain Lion, Apple has also released a beta version of iMessage for Lion users! Be warned though, this software is full of bugs, however, it is mostly usable.

To download the free beta, simply go here. Installation is pretty standard so no problems there.

Here is the startup screen when you first open the app: (image)

After you enter in your credentials for iMessage and any other chat clients, you may now begin to use the application!


This is a screenshot of the main window. This is where the messages show up (one unified window) with the newest conversation on top. Messages received on an iDevice including the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch while you are away will be updated when you return on your Mac so you can always stay up-to-date with the latest in your conversations. This provides a convenient way to respond to messages normally sent to your phone.

If you have any questions about new features with iMessage or as Apple calls it, Messages Beta, please leave a comment below and I will respond promptly!

Follow-up discussion involving iMessage and clearing chat history.


No Audio on Macbook Pro


If your Macbook Pro is not playing audio even though an application such as iTunes or a website such as YouTube is playing audio, then follow these steps below to fix your problem!

1) Check your sound settings by going to System Preferences > Sound.


2) After that, select Output at the top and you will most likely see that your output device is "Digital Output" even though you do not even have a digital output device plugged in.

3) To fix this problem, simply grab a pair of headphones or anything with an audio jack. Insert it into the headphones jack on your Macbook Pro and then slowly remove it.

4) Keep the Sound Preferences open to check to see if the "Digital Output" has switched back to the normal "Internal Speakers."

5) Keep plugging and unplugging your headphones into the audio jack until the preference changes back.

Note: Some people have a visible red light coming out of the audio port signaling that the digital output is selected. This is also an indicator that you need to fix your sound settings. Another note, some people have also had success with a USB headset, however, I personally have not tried this method.

If you have any questions about the process, feel free to comment below!


How to Measure Screen Elements in Pixels


If you ever find yourself needing to measure your screen, not in inches, centimeters, or other conventional measurements, but rather, in pixels, then follow this guide for a short interlude on a built-in OS X function that can aid you tremendously.

There is a built in screenshot keyboard shortcut, CMD-Shift-3, that can take full screen shots, but there is also a CMD-Shift-4 that allows you to define the size of the shot. This is the tool we are looking for. With it, you can drag a box around the object you are measuring. However, when you get to the end of the box, do not let go to take the shot, but rather hold it so that you can view the pixel sizes.

There are also a few other apps that can help you in the process, however, for something that is quick and easy, the built in screenshot command is just what we need.

If you have any questions or concerns, post them in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible!


Refresh Dashboard Widgets


Here is another short tip on something you may or may not have used before on Mac OS X. Ever had a stuck or frozen Dashboard widget? Well this tip can fix that. Simply place your mouse over the widget and press CMD-R, the frequent Refresh keyboard shortcut. A short animation will play signifying the restarted widget and the data should be reloaded.

Hope this helps!


How to Securely Empty your Trash


If you have sensitive data on your hard drive and you are worried about it being recovered, here is a simple way to securely dispose of your files. On Mac OS X, the secure trash option will delete your data 8 times for added security. To enable this option by default, simply open Finder Preferences by going to Finder > Preferences. Select this checkbox below:


If you only want to securely delete once, you have two other options. You can pull up Finder and click on Secure Empty Trash. Alternatively, you can hold down CMD and right-click on your trash bin to select the option to securely delete. The reason why you might want to do this is because secure empty trash is a slow operation that must write and rewrite data 8 times. This process can be quite slow and most of the time you will not need this much security. Therefore, you should select one of the options listed above to complete this operation on a one time basis.


Spread your Dropbox Referral Link!



If you use the popular sync application Dropbox, you probably are dying for some free extra storage! If you haven't heard of this amazing service, sign up here! Luckily for you, Dropbox offers the referral program which can earn you 250 MB of free space if you have a regular account and 500 MB if you have a .edu address associated with your account. Learn more here.

In this thread, you can submit your Dropbox referral link in the comments below. This way, all of us can benefit and receive free storage!


Quickly View Mission Control or Dashboard by Holding Down Hotkeys


On Mac OS X, there are several hotkeys for the function buttons (Fn) that bring up a quick application such as Dashboard or Mission Control. To activate them, you simply press the corresponding Fn key, either F4 or F3 respectively. This is a very nice, sleek feature that Apple has provided, however, if you simply wanted to view a Dashboard widget for a brief moment, you still have to press the Fn key twice. To speed this process up, you can simply hold down the key to invoke the application and when you lift up, the application goes away back to the current application that you were previously in. This is a quick hints that may/may not speed up your average workday.

Hope you found this interesting and helpful! Post in the comments below if you have something to say!


How to Restart Mac OS X Mission Control and Dock


Here is a quick tip that not all users may know. If you are having problems on your Mac with the Dock or the Mission Control feature, you can simply restart both by using Terminal. To open Terminal, simply go to Applications > Utilities and select Terminal. At the prompt, type killall Dock just as you have in previous versions of OS X.

Hope this helps! Post a question or comment down below!


Delete Multiple Photos from iPhone's Camera Roll


As of iOS 5.1, there is no easy way to delete multiple photos from the Camera Roll on the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. However, if you have a Mac nearby, you can simply use Image Capture to select multiple photos on your device and delete them instantly! Using your Apple USB sync cable, connect your device through the USB port on your Mac. Then open Image Capture and your device should show up. Then, use Image Capture with your iDevice in the same way that you would use it with your digital camera or other media device!

Hope this helps, if you have any questions, please leave a comment!


Hourly Forecasts in iOS 5 Weather App


Here is a quick tutorial on something most people may or may not have noticed. In iOS 5, Apple included a new feature that allows you to view hourly forecasts for the next 12 hours. In the Weather App on iOS 5, simply tap either the word "hourly" right below the city name, or tap on any of the days of the week. This tweak will allow you to view hourly forecasts but only for the current timeframe. You cannot view prior forecasts or future forecasts past 12 hours. Hope you found this tweak amusing and useful!


Change Dashboard Background in Lion


In Mac OS X Lion, Dashboard has become its own space as part of the new feature, Mission Control. However, the method to change the background is missing for Dashboard, so here is a tutorial on how to accomplish this task.

Step 1) Open Applescript Editor under Applications > Utilities.

Step 2) Copy and paste this code into the app:

delay 5
tell application "Finder"
  set desktop picture to POSIX file "/Users/YourUsernameHere/PathToFile.png"
end tell

Step 3) The reason that there is a "delay 5" at the beginning of the file is so that you can quickly switch to the Dashboard space.

Step 4) After you have edited your Applescript in the editor, press the run button or press "CMD + R" to run the applescript. Quickly switch from your current space to the Dashboard space within the time limit you have set.

Step 5) If all goes well, there should be zero errors when executing the applescript and your background for the Dashboard space should now be changed!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or leave your question in the comments box below. Cheers!


How to Sync Google Calendar with iCal on Lion


If you want to sync your Google Calendar with the iCal application on Mac OS X Lion, then follow the guide below outlining how to do this. You will need your Google Account information including a two-step verification password for iCal if you have that set up. This information can be found here.

Step 1) Open iCal located in the Applications folder.

Step 2) Go to iCal Preferences by pressing "CMD + ," or by clicking iCal > Preferences.

Step 3) Select Accounts and press the plus symbol in the bottom left corner.

Step 4) Under Account Type, select Google.


Step 5) Enter in your Google credentials. If you have two-step verification set up on your account, follow the link above in order to get an application specific password for iCal.

Step 6) Press Create and your Google Calendar should start syncing. You can select the interval at which you wish the account to sync on the Accounts section of iCal Preferences.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below! I will be happy to answer them.


Quickly Switch Between Spaces with a Faster Keyboard Shortcut in Lion


If you find yourself switching between multiple Spaces on Mac OS X's Mission Control, follow this tutorial below for even faster switching by changing the keyboard shortcut. By default, the keyboard shortcuts for switching to the left and right spaces are "CTRL <--" and "CTRL -->" respectively. For this, you must use two hands on a Macbook Pro or Air because there is only one Control key and it is on the opposite side of the arrow keys on the keyboard. My solution for this is to switch the keyboard shortcuts to "ALT <--" and "ALT -->" because then you can switch spaces with only one hand.

Here is a screenshot, to get to this menu, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > on the left hand sidebar, select Mission Control. To change the shortcuts, simply double click on them and they will become highlighted. Then tap on the keys you would like to switch them to.


If you have any questions or difficulties, please post in the comments below!


Change the Font Size in List View of Stacks in your Dock


On Mac OS X, you can easily drag folders into your dock for easy access. There are 4 default views, Fan, List, Grid, and Automatic. However, there is also a hidden 5th view that Apple has not revealed to the public, but has been found as a plist hack for Finder. Here is the code to enter into Terminal: defaults write use-new-list-stack -bool YES && killall Dock This enables a "new list view" for folders in the dock. The cool thing about this feature is that it is customizable. You can manipulate the icons as well as use Quick Look from inside the list view by pressing the spacebar key while holding your mouse over the icon. Here are some screenshots of the hidden view: After pressing CMD + to make the text bigger: And after pressing CMD + several times in order to max out the font size: To undo this feature and restore the normal list view, simply enter this command into Terminal. defaults write use-new-list-stack -bool NO && killall Dock If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below! [...]

Download Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta for Free


Adobe has released an all new beta version of Photoshop CS6 available now for free from Adobe Labs. The release is available in English and Japanese and the full version of the product is expected to be released within the next year. Adobe hopes that the beta program will allow them to iron out potential bugs in their final product before the actual release.

There are several new features in the CS6 version of Photoshop including a new interface, Camera Raw 7 plugin, and a noticeable performance increase because Photoshop CS6 will use Adobe's new Mercury Graphics Engine with uses the GPU instead of relying primarily on the CPU.

To download the beta and start using Photoshop CS6 today, either select your version below, or follow the link here for more information.


How to Burn an ISO Image on Mac OS X


Here is a relatively short tutorial on how to burn ISO images in Mac OS X using the built in Disk Utility app. For some, this might be trivial, however for most people, this can be a daunting task. Don't worry, we're here to help.

Step 1) Insert a blank disc into your computer's optical drive located on the side of your computer.

Step 2) Open Disk Utility located in Applications > Utilities or found by using Spotlight by pressing CMD-Spacebar.

Step 3) Select File > Open Disk Image and navigate to the ISO that you want to burn. On the left side of Disk Utility, you should now see the ISO that you want to burn. Select it and click the Burn button at the top of Disk Utility in the toolbar. Follow the instructions to burn the disk!

If you have any questions or would like screenshots, please post in the comments below!


Safari Crashes Often on iOS 5


After updating to iOS 5 on numerous devices, many people have been reporting that Safari crashes frequently. In fact, many of the default apps including YouTube, Mail, and the Music app are also having frequent crashes. Most of these problems can be solved by restarting your device by holding down the home button and the sleep/wake button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. However, for Mobile Safari specifically, here are some tips that might stop Safari from crashing on iOS 5. Step 1) iCloud bookmark syncing initially uses a lot of resources when trying to accomplish the first sync. To fix this issue, simply go to Settings > iCloud and toggling Bookmarks from "On" to "Off." After a few minutes, go back in Settings and switch the toggle back to "On." Your bookmarks should still be synced and Safari should stop crashing as frequently. Step 2) Sometimes the app needs to be completely terminated, you can accomplish this by closing Safari, double tapping the home button and tapping and holding on Safari. Click the icon in the top left corner to officially terminate Safari and all of its active processes. Step 3) For a few users, upgrading to the newest iOS version can also solve your problem. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to initiate the upgrade. Step 4) Turn off all iCloud syncing by going to Settings > iCloud and tapping "Delete Account" at the [...]