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iOS 7 comes with a bunch of fancy animations and effects that add some depth and overall make the OS feel alive and cool. While they may look cool, those effects can slow down your iPhone's performance. You can get that speed boost back by changing one simple setting. Michael Johnston shows you how.
In iOS 7's Control Center, Apple essentially took the old pop-up music controls and added heaps of extra functionality, and it’s a very welcome change. One great feature of the old-style pop-up music controls was the button that would take you to whichever app was playing audio. However, in Control Center no such button appears even though the funtionality is still there. Michael Johnston shows us exactly where it's hidden away.
One of the many perks of upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks is that it’s now much easier to make your user Library folder visible. Since Lion, Apple began hiding users’ Library folders, vut it seems as though Apple’s had a change of heart and now provides a much easier way to show that all too useful folder. Read on to learn how.
One of the most radically changed apps in iOS 7 is Safari. Obviously it looks quite a bit different from its predecessor, and much of the functionality found in the previous version has been re-worked for the new look. Michael Johnston rounded up some of the important changes and shows you how to make them work for you.
Mavericks may not have gone through a drastic UI transformation, but as things typically go with a new version of OS X, it does bring quite a few functional changes. One of those changes is that pressing the power button on your Mac now puts it to sleep instead of showing the Restart/Sleep/Shutdown dialog. You can, however, still get to that familiar screen, and Michael Johnston shows you how.
Along with the extremely noticeable UI changes in iOS 7 came a zillion (yes, a zillion) little changes that have been mostly well received. One change that didn't sit well with Michael Johnston, however, was showing nicknames in the Messages app. You can change that, and Michael is glad to show you how.
New versions of iLife and iWork were announced at Apple's media event earlier this week, and in typical Apple style, updates to additional apps were quietly pushed as well. Turns out Aperture is showing up as a free upgrade instead of US$79.99 for some Mavericks users, too. Michael Johnston explains. [Update: New reports claim this is a feature, not a bug.]
Turn-by-turn navigation in Apple's Maps app on the iPhone is a great feature, but changing the volume so you can better hear those directions hasn't been exactly an easy process -- at least it wasn't until iOS 7. Now changing the voice volume for Maps navigation is fairly simple. Read on and Michael Johnston will show you how.
Your mouse and trackpad aren't the only ways to navigate your Mac. Turns out your keyboard handles the task nicely, too, and with the help of a couple handy modifier keys it's a powerful and efficient to move through windows and documents. Micheal Johnston has the low down.
Some people consider the passcode lock on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be more hassle than it's worth, and that includes Michael Johnston. Turns out he found a simple way to secure his iPhone with a code, and he's ready to share the tip with you.