How to Obtain and Use Enhanced-Quality System Voices in OS X

10:30 AM, Jun. 21st, 2014 · · How-To

The HAL9000 computer from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey

In 1984, the first Macintosh had text-to-speech capabilities. Sandro Cuccia shows you how crude, robotic speech synthesis has evolved to the enhanced-quality, human-like System Voice in OS X and how you can take advantage of this technology on your Mac.

OS X Mavericks: How to Easily Reset the Administrator Password

3:00 PM, Jun. 17th, 2014 · · How-To

OS X:reset the admin password

In the early years of OS X, the Mac operating system was sold on a DVD. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way (of several) would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Nowadays, there is no install disc provided with OS X, and so an alternative method is necessary.

How to Check Your Actual Netflix Streaming Speed

3:05 PM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · How-To

Typical speed tests on a Mac or iOS device calculate a point to point speed from a distant server.  The resulting number in Mbps, while useful for analysis of overall service, doesn't reflect what you'll actually get from Netflix.  John Martellaro shows you how to see your actual Netflix delivery data rate.

How to Work With Location Services in iOS 7

10:30 AM, Jun. 14th, 2014 · · How-To

An image of a large red pin pushed into a map displayed on an iPhone screen

One of the biggest advantages to toting around an iOS device is the utility and pleasure derived from using location-aware apps and functionality. Sandro Cuccia shows you how you can mitigate any privacy concerns by applying fine controls to how Location Services are used on your device.

How to Become a Better Photographer

10:30 AM, May. 24th, 2014 · · How-To

MOAR CAMERA!

Buying a new or “better” camera is not how you become a better photographer. There is much more to it than that. Sandro Cuccia explores a few ways that you can learn how to improve your photography, no matter which kind of camera you use.

Directly Rip and Convert Blu-ray Disks With Handbrake

7:53 AM, May. 15th, 2014 · · How-To

Handbrake is an excellent tool that allows you to take a movie and convert/compress it into a Mac-and-iOS-playable movie file. It's free, and it works. If you also have VLC installed Handbrake will read DVDs and convert them directly. What many users don't realize, though, is that MakeMKV can be invoked on-the-fly to allow Handbrake to rip and convert/compress Blu-ray disks directly, too.