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.

Podcasting How-To Video: Creating a Noise Gate on Your Mac

8:38 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · How-To

One of the most annoying things for podcasters and their listeners is when one participant's background noise is noticeable even when that person isn't talking. A noise gate can easily solve this problem by only allowing sound through when the input volume reaches a certain level. Follow the simple steps in this video and the next time you're on an interview podcast (or recording one), you'll sound fantastic!

Twitter Officially Rolls Out Mute Features, How to Use It

5:18 PM, May. 12th, 2014 · · How-To

Shhh...

Twitter has officially implement a mute feature for users that will roll out systemwide in the coming weeks.

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Seriously? It took you this long to implement something Twitter clients got right in 2008, and then extended? Explain to me again why it is you keep creating hurdles for those developers.