iOS 7: Search by Email Attributes

8:38 AM, May. 23rd, 2014 · · Tips

Within iOS 7, you can find emails that match certain criteria—such as, say, unread messages or those with attachments—very quickly and easily. Within this Quick Tip, we’ll reveal the secrets for doing so, with a bunch of examples of the types of things you can find in your email. 

OS X Contacts: Printing Out Your Data

8:30 AM, May. 21st, 2014 · · Tips

Do you have iPhone Brain Syndrome? Symptoms include distraction, checking Facebook approximately every three minutes, and the inability to memorize phone numbers. We can’t help with the first two symptoms, but for the last problem, you may want to print out a list of your most important contacts and keep it in your car. This public service announcement has been brought to you by today’s Quick Tip.

Unhiding Your Mac’s Users Directory

9:35 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Tips

Apple's iTunes 11.2 update brought us an odd side-effect: the Users directory where your Home folder lives will disappear upon reboot if Find My Mac is enabled. Your files are still safe and sound, but a little harder to get at. Luckily, it isn't too difficult to make your Users directory appear again.

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Tips

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!

Directly Rip and Convert Blu-ray Disks With Handbrake

7:53 AM, May. 15th, 2014 · · Tips

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.

OS X: Working with Pictures in Your Web Browser

8:40 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · · Tips

No matter what browser you use, there are some neat built-in options that you’ve got for saving and working with the images you run across. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover what you can do and how, and Melissa Holt has promised us a little bonus tip for saving pictures, as well. 

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

8:38 AM, May. 13th, 2014 · · Tips

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!