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iOS 8: Changing the Contacts in the App Switcher

8:45 AM, Jan. 9th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today, Melissa Holt is going to tell us how to change up which contacts appear when we double-click the Home button on an iPhone running iOS 8. Wanna see folks you've recently contacted? Would you prefer your favorite people to show up there? Come read this Quick Tip, and you'll be getting in touch with your friends and family even more efficiently.

iOS 8: View Siri’s Identified Songs History

2:30 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we're going to cover how to ask Siri what music is playing, and then we'll show you where to find the history of what you've previously identified. No more will you have to try to remember that funky-cool song from three days ago, because your iPhone can tell you what it was! Melissa Holt is going to go over it all in this Quick Tip.

iPhoto: Ordering Prints

9:00 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

The Quick Tip Melissa Holt's got for us today is all about ordering prints from iPhoto. After you learn about this, no longer will you need to upload your images to a third-party service or schlep down to a photo-processing store. It's almost immoral how easy it is, folks.

The August Smart Lock for Doors: Convenient and Cool

4:30 PM, Dec. 31st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · Quick Look Review

If you haven't heard of the August Smart Lock, here's the scoop—it's a Bluetooth device that unlocks your door when you approach with your iPhone and relocks it a set number of minutes after you come home. It also lets you issue temporary electronic keys, so you can allow the cleaning lady in for a couple of hours and receive a notification when she leaves. Come on in for the whole review of this spiffy little gadget!

OS X: Adding a Folder to the PDF Services Menu

8:50 AM, Dec. 24th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Ever played around with PDF Services? Well, even if you have, you may not be aware that you can specify folders that appear in the menu. This'll let you save whatever you're looking at as a PDF right to a particular folder in just a couple of steps. We'll introduce PDF Services and teach you how to select which folders to save to, all in today's Quick Tip.

OS X Yosemite: Changing Your Mac’s Ringtone

7:05 AM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's Quick Tip, let's talk about how to change the default ringtone in Yosemite! We here at TMO really dig the idea of being able to answer calls on our computers, but we're not completely in love with the sound Apple picked as the default ringtone. So here's how you can switch it up if you want something different, too.

Pages: Adding and Formatting Links within Text

8:50 AM, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you need to put a link to a webpage or an email address into a document in Pages, there's an easy way to format it so that it looks far more professional than it would if you just pasted the text in. For this Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to do that and also what effect that'll have on exporting the file to other formats.

OS X: Checking Your Mac’s Remaining Battery Life

8:50 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Let's talk about batteries! Today Melissa Holt is going to walk us through checking the cycle count of laptop batteries and comparing that number to what Apple says is the maximum we can expect from each model. From that info, you'll know whether your battery is a happy camper or is close to needing replacement. Uncovering future problems before they become emergencies is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

8:45 AM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to find and use high-quality icons for items that appear in System Preferences. So for example, if you need to send someone instructions or want to refer to a particular preference pane in any documentation, you'll be able to access large (up to 1024x1024!) and attractive versions of those icons. Neat, huh? We think so.