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iOS 8: How to Change Safari’s Default Search Provider to DuckDuckGo

6:40 AM, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

As much as I love Google's ability to find exactly what I want, I've grown concerned about the amount of data they collect from my searches. You've probably experienced that lovely phenomenon of casually searching for a product and then seeing ads for that same product all over the 'net. Luckily for those concerned about such things, there's DuckDuckGo, a search engine that makes privacy its number one concern. Even more luckily, Apple's added it to iOS 8's list of search providers.

iOS 8: Taking Full Advantage of Interactive Notifications

10:04 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

One of iOS 8's most talked about features is Interactive Notifications. Now when a notification banner or alert appears, a response can be sent off without leaving the current app or unlocking the device. This works right out of the box with Messages and soon with many other apps as developers push updates for iOS 8. How to take advantage of this new feature is fairly intuitive, however it took a bit of experimentation to fully understand how they work.

Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air: Quality Build Plus Great Key Feel

1:10 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Michael Johnston · Reviews

If you've ever looked into keyboards for the iPad, you may have come across Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and thought it looked like a great option. Its compact size and integration with the iPad as a cover that goes everywhere your iPad does is a great concept that doesn't disappoint. Of course as with all keyboards of a portable nature, there are trade-offs. However, the Ultrathin has some compelling features that may well make up for those trade-offs and then some.

Are We There Yet: Navigating With Siri

8:20 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2014 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

There are many great turn-by-turn apps out there, but the one provided by Apple's Maps is the one Michael Johnston uses most often because it's integrated into iOS so tightly -- even with Siri. Read on to see how he uses Siri to get him whereever he wants to go.

Bring Back Older “Filter-Style” Search in iTunes 11

8:39 AM, Jan. 17th, 2014 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

One of the more significant changes to iTunes 11 is how one searches an iTunes library. In the latest version, typing a search query reveals a truncated list of results below the search field from which to choose. However, many preferred the way it worked previously, filtering all items in the selected media category. Thankfully there's still a way to do this, and Michael Johnston shows you how.

Jailbreak for iOS 7 Released by Evasi0n Team

12:23 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2013 · Michael Johnston · News

The team behind the iOS 6 jailbreak released its latest jailbreak utility on Sunday, and now it's compatible with iOS 7. The Mac and Windows utilities were released today at evasi0n.com by the team of iOS hackers known as the Evad3rs. The jailbreak is compatible with iOS 7 devices from version 7.0 through 7.0.4, and even the unreleased iOS 7.1 beta.

OS X: Downloading URLs in Safari

6:40 AM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

Usually downloading files in Safari is a pretty simple task, but what if all you have is the URL of the thing you want, such as some audio or video played that plays via Safari's QuickTime plugin or something else that you just want a local copy of? Thankfully, there's a tried and tested way of downloading such URLs, though it's just not totally obvious. Michael Johnston shows you how.