iOS 7.1 gives us a new way to tell Siri that we’re finished with a command, which’ll be incredibly helpful at preventing frustration (especially for those who are new to using the voice assistant!). Melissa Holt will tell you about Siri’s new feature in this Quick Tip, and if you haven’t already updated, this just might make you rush to do so.
Some users have been reporting slow keyboard response after upgrading to iOS 7.1. If you're one of them, we have a quick fix—resetting your keyboard dictionary—for you that should get you back up and running in real time in no time.
iOS 7 introduces a new and very welcome method of displaying events below a static display of the month. It eliminates the jarring visual transition from monthly calendar view to the hour-by-hour view. Here's how to toggle that option.
Apple made several interface changes in iOS 7 that left us scratching our collective heads, and one that really stood out was the caps lock button on the on-screen keyboard. The company addressed that with iOS 7.1, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to figure out. Since we can't get inside your iPhone or iPad to do something better, we've made a handy graphic showing what each button state really means.
One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.
iOS 7 took away visual cues like borders and shapes to easily identify buttons in apps, but that feature is back with the release of iOS 7.1. No more random tapping on words to see if they're buttons, and adding shapes to in-app buttons is easy to do.
Your Mac's Sound Preference Pane is the go-to place for choosing audio inputs and outputs, but it isn't the only place you can go in OS X to manage your Mac's sounds. Even though Audio MIDI Setup may sound intimidating, it's loaded with controls that go far beyond what its name implies and can help you fine tune the audio quality your Mac pumps out.
Using Spotlight, OS X's built-in search application, you can do all sorts of cool things, from calculations to launching programs. Melissa Holt's favorite feature, though, is the ability to find people and launch the Contacts app, all with just a few keystrokes. Come on in and see why she uses Spotlight dozens of times a day—and why you should, too!
If you’ve got a slow Mac, a good troubleshooting step to take is to close some programs to see if things speed up. To that end, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through creating an Automator application that’ll quit all open programs, saving us the trouble of logging out or rebooting if we’ve got a bunch of running apps. Saved time rocks, and so does getting to use awesome Automator.
Apple's Airport Utility 6 can appear deceptively simple and simple-minded. However, with a few hidden mouse operations, a lot of network information can be revealed quickly and easily. John Martellaro shows you how.
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