How to Save Money on Subscriptions to Netflix, Pandora, and Other Services

5:50 PM, May. 5th, 2016 · · How-To

Squeezing Netflix

Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

TMO’s Guide to Buying Discounted iTunes Cards

6:42 PM, May. 2nd, 2016 · · How-To

iTunes Gift Cards

Did you know you can buy discounted iTunes Gift Cards? They allow you to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books at a discount. I've seen discounts between 5 and 25 percent, which means you get that same discount on the stuff you buy from the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the Mac App Store. We even found a place to buy discounted iTunes cards with Bitcoin.

Test Your Router’s Ability to Handle Full Speeds and Avoid Buffer Bloat

11:30 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · · How-To

Recently on Mac Geek Gab we were discussing your router's Quality of Service (QoS) settings and avoiding a scenario where everything else on your network slows down when one device is using up all of your bandwidth, a condition known as Buffer Bloat. One way to test that is to do a speed test while simultaneously watching a series of pings from the Terminal. Another is to simply use DSLReports' speed test which does all of this for you! Check it out.

How to Reveal a Link’s Actual URL in Both OS X and iOS

5:45 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · How-To

How to see actual URLs in a link

The very design of HTML uses both a hyperlink and link text.
All you're supposed to see is the link text, but that has led to various and sundry deceptive practices. Here's how to see the actual URL in both OS X and iOS, in both mail and Safari.

How to Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

7:00 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · How-To

Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

It can happen. Your Siri Remote isn't working. You're sure it has a good battery charge. As (bad) luck would have it, it may have become unpaired with the 4G Apple TV.  Here's how to get the two all paired up again.

How to Strongly Encrypt a File (for free) in OS X

4:30 PM, Mar. 29th, 2016 · · How-To

OS X: Encrypt a file with native tools

There are many tools for encrypting files in OS X. GUI apps to do that have varying prices. Unfortunately, OS X itself doesn't have many built-in ways to encrypt a file. John Martellaro shows you the two native methods available in OS X.

5 Ways to Keep Your Mac’s Data Safe and Secure

8:44 PM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · How-To

Five ways to help secure your Mac's data

The hearing on whether or not Apple should be forced to make a special version of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone may be on hold, but that doesn't mean the personal data we want to keep private is safe. The fight to punch holes through our privacy is still gaining steam, and it reaches beyond the encrypted data on our iPhones out to our computers, too. There are ways to help protect your personal data on your Mac so the government, criminals, or even just nosey friends can't see what isn't any of their business. Check out The Mac Observer's list of tips on making your Mac—and your personal data—more secure.