How to Locate Hidden Features in OS X: The Disclosure Triangle

10:30 AM, Feb. 8th, 2014 · · How-To

The Triangle

In OS X and in Mac applications, developers frequently include small graphical elements that, by clicking or tapping on them, will provide additional commands, features, and other information. The Disclosure Triangle is such a feature that is often difficult to see, yet it provides such a valuable service. Sandro Cuccia explains.

How to Use DHCP Reservations for Greater Control of Your AirPort Network

4:51 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2014 · · How-To

Control Your IP

If you use Apple's AirPort or Time Capsule for your home router, you're probably pretty happy with how easy it is to set up. Sometimes you need to exert a little more control over your network, however, and AirPort Utility makes that possible, too. This article will show you how to assign static IP addresses to your Mac using DHCP Reservations and DHCP Client IDs, and how to manage your network's DHCP range.

How to Compose and Shoot Great Photos With Your iPhone

10:30 AM, Feb. 1st, 2014 · · How-To

iPhone Composition

It’s not too difficult to shoot prize-winning photos with your iPhone. However, to maximize your chances of dazzling your viewers with compelling imagery, you need to understand the basics of photographic composition. Sandro Cuccia offers a handful of guidelines to help you out.

iOS Developers: How To Preserve User Purchases When Releasing a New App

10:45 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · How-To

A common issue plaguing long-time iOS developers is the desire to merge the free and pro versions of an app, instead utilizing in-app purchases, while still preserving existing users' paid-for features. Apple doesn't make it obvious how to accomplish this, but our friends at DigiDNA have found a creative solution using free in-app purchases.

Are We There Yet: Navigating With Siri

8:20 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2014 · · How-To

There are many great turn-by-turn apps out there, but the one provided by Apple's Maps is the one Michael Johnston uses most often because it's integrated into iOS so tightly -- even with Siri. Read on to see how he uses Siri to get him whereever he wants to go.

How to Be In Control of Your Apple Earphones

10:30 AM, Jan. 18th, 2014 · · How-To

“I’m in control of my ‘buds!”

Sandro Cuccia uses the remote on his iDevice earphones to issue phone commands, talk to Siri, to control music, podcast, and audiobook playback, to manage playlist selections, as well as to shoot iPhone pictures. Yes, all this  – and more  – can be done with your earphones. This article shows you how.

Bring Back Older “Filter-Style” Search in iTunes 11

8:39 AM, Jan. 17th, 2014 · · How-To

One of the more significant changes to iTunes 11 is how one searches an iTunes library. In the latest version, typing a search query reveals a truncated list of results below the search field from which to choose. However, many preferred the way it worked previously, filtering all items in the selected media category. Thankfully there's still a way to do this, and Michael Johnston shows you how.

How to Monitor Which Apps are Energy Hogs in OS X Mavericks

11:15 AM, Jan. 4th, 2014 · · How-To

Sign that reads “Don’t Be an Energy Hog”

OS X 10.9 Mavericks introduces technology that watches over and manages the energy consumption of all running applications and background processes. Along the way, Apple gives notebook Mac users the tools to monitor the efficiency of apps and, ultimately, how battery drain can be mitigated. Sandro Cuccia shows you how to use two pre-installed tools to better understand your Mac’s energy profile.