Are We There Yet: Navigating With Siri

8:20 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2014 · · Tips

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.

iOS 7: Using Siri with Voicemail

8:15 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2014 · · Tips

With iOS 7, you can have Siri read you your voicemail messages—or even just those from a specific person or on a particular date. If you want, you can even call back the folks who left you messages after you've heard what they have to say. In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how to make Siri do your voicemail bidding.

How to Be In Control of Your Apple Earphones

10:30 AM, Jan. 18th, 2014 · · Tips

“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 · · Tips

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.

OS X: Solving Mail Searching Problems

8:35 AM, Jan. 16th, 2014 · · Tips

So you’re looking through Mail for messages from a certain person or about a subject, and you’re not finding anything, even when you’re searching for stuff you know is there. Well, that’s frustrating, isn’t it? In this tip, we’ll give you some suggestions for how to force that naughty Mail program to behave. 

Mavericks: Search by Mail Attachment Type

8:25 AM, Jan. 15th, 2014 · · Tips

Under Mavericks, we can now search by attachment type in Mail—and it's handy as all get-out. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us several different ways to use this trick to find emailed PDFs, Numbers spreadsheets, Word documents, and pretty much any other kinds of files you can think of.

iOS 7 Maps: Using the Distance Scale

12:19 PM, Jan. 11th, 2014 · · Tips

When you’re zooming around in Apple Maps, you may have noticed a small distance scale appear in the upper left. But as soon as you stop zooming, it disappears. What the heck? Well, we’re gonna tell you how to make it stay—it’s a great thing to use to be able to estimate small distances.

OS X: Web Filtering with OpenDNS

10:33 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · · Tips

Concerned parents who'd like to control what their children see online have a great option in OpenDNS. Offering both free and paid services to block potentially problematic sites, the service is reliable and incredibly easy to set up (and it works better than the Mac's built-in parental controls, too). In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how it works and how to configure it.

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

11:15 AM, Jan. 4th, 2014 · · Tips

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.