OS X Mavericks: How to Easily Reset the Administrator Password

3:00 PM, Jun. 17th, 2014 · · Tips

OS X: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.

How to Check Your Actual Netflix Streaming Speed

3:05 PM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · Tips

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 · · Tips

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.

iOS 7: The “Summarize Photos” Feature

8:50 AM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · Tips

The Years, Collections, and Moments views in iOS 7’s Photos app can be a bit overwhelming to scroll through. Luckily, there’s a “Summarize Photos” setting you can use to cut down on the number of images you’ll see within Years and Collections, so you can more quickly find exactly the time period you want. In this article, we’ll figure out how to use it (and how to turn it off if you don’t like it)!

Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

8:45 AM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · · Tips

One of the nifty things you can do with Automator is create small applications to handle all sorts of tasks. For today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna learn how to make one that’ll extract the text from PDFs for us, no copying or pasting required. Come on in and find out how!

OS X: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail

8:25 AM, Jun. 6th, 2014 · · Tips

If you’re the kind of person who’s got 47,000 messages in his inbox, then you might also be the kind of person who’d like to learn how to archive some of those emails out of the Mail program. This simple process can clean up your inbox and any other mailboxes you have while still letting you access your old messages if you need to in the future. Come on in to find out how!

iOS 7: Organizing Books into Collections

8:40 AM, Jun. 4th, 2014 · · Tips

Do you read a lot on your iOS devices? Then this tip’ll help you stay more organized. Whether you want to put your books into Collections sorted by author, by genre, or by whether or not you’ve read them, we’ll give you the lowdown.

How to Join Apple’s OS X Yosemite Beta Program

8:54 AM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · Tips

Apple announced OS X Yosemite during a keynote presentation on Monday at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The major update won't be ready until this fall, but Apple is offering a public beta some time this summer. You'll need to sign up to get your hands on the public beta, and it's easy to do.