OS X Yosemite: Using Dictation Commands

8:49 AM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · · Tips

Have you ever wanted to talk to your Mac and have it not just transcribe what you say but follow commands, too? There's a neat new way to do that under Yosemite, and with this feature, you can hide and quit programs, select and interact with text, and even transform what you've typed into uppercase or lowercase. It's pretty useful, especially if you work in a place where you won't feel too odd speaking commands out loud! We've got it all here in this Quick Tip.

How to get Upgrade Pricing for Smile’s PDFpen 2 for iPhone and iPad

11:45 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Tips

PDFpen 2 for the iPhone and iPad is out, and the new version adds support for storing documents on iCloud Drive, adds an iOS 8 interface, and is now a Universal app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. PDFpen 2 is a PDF editor you can use when you're away from your computer, and the clever people at Smile figured out how to give its customers an upgrade price option even though that isn't something Apple supports through the App Store.

OS X: Removing Adware with AdwareMedic

8:43 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Tips

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to find and remove adware on your Mac using a great little utility called AdwareMedic. So if you're constantly seeing bizarre pop-up ads or if your home page is now some Russian promo site for Viagra, this should help!

How to Have Santa Siri Turn On Your Christmas Lights

7:25 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · Tips

Santa Siri Lights

It's good to have Christmas lights you can control with your phone. It's better to have Santa do it for you. Kelly breaks down how to set up this bit of Christmas magic and wow the family by having Santa at your beck and call.

iPhoto: Comparing Photo Edits with the Shift Key

8:00 AM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · Tips

Today Melissa Holt's got a doozy of a Quick Tip for us. She's going to talk about how to use the lowly Shift key to compare edited versions of images in iPhoto with their originals, which makes it really easy to tell if the enhancements you've made are worth keeping. This is great for those of us with less-than-stellar photo-editing skills!

iOS 8: Control Which Apps Can Access Your Private Data

3:10 PM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · Tips

By design, some iOS apps need to access your personal data.
A special camera app may want to access your camera roll. Skype may want to access all your contacts. John Martellaro shows you how to control which apps can access things like photos, contacts, calendars and health data.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations in Messages

8:50 AM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · Tips

Did you know that the newest versions of iOS and OS X will let you name your Messages conversations? This makes it easy to identify which pals are chatting with you, as the title shows up in your notifications, too. However, there are some very important caveats for this feature, which we're going to talk about in today's Quick Tip (hint: don't name the conversation with your boss!).

OS X Yosemite: How to Reset Your Administrator Password

3:45 PM, Nov. 25th, 2014 · · Tips

Yosemite; 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. John Martellaro explores just a few.

BBEdit on Your Mac: Trick Text Files into HTML Syntax Coloring

3:15 PM, Nov. 24th, 2014 · · Tips

HTML syntax color BBEdit text files

BBEdit, by Bare Bones Software, is an excellent text editor.
Anyone who uses it knows that pure text files do not normally have syntax coloring. But for those users who want to use BBEdit to edit HTML files, here's how to trick a .txt file into displaying HTML syntax coloring.