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.

Snapchat Hack Compromised 4.6M User Accounts. Are You on the List?

10:21 AM, Jan. 3rd, 2014 · · Tips

Thanks to a group of hackers, some 4.6 million Snapchat user names and phone numbers have been released into the wild. That means if you're a Snapchat user there's a reasonable chance you're on that list. Luckily, the team that warned the image sharing service last August of the security threat has put together a website that lets you know whether or not your user name and phone number were leaked.

Pages: Creating Object Styles

8:40 AM, Jan. 3rd, 2014 · · Tips

If you're disappointed with the most recent version of Pages, this'll perk you up. There's a way you can now create object styles, so you can format one image or shape and then apply that formatting to all of the other objects you've got, quick as a wink. Melissa Holt promises minimal complaining about the new Pages version in this tip. She does not, however, promise no complaining about it.

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Mac in 2014

8:35 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2014 · · Tips


It's 2014, and guess what? You should add a few things to your list of resolutions. From keeping your data secure online to basic Mac maintenance and backups, this article's got you covered on what to improve for the new year. We guess it's the tech version of going to the gym and eating salad, only for gosh sakes, we hope it's more fun than that.

Get Free Bitcoins with 24 Website Faucets that Really Pay

7:03 PM, Dec. 31st, 2013 · · Tips

Bitcoin Faucet

Bitcoins are all over the headlines, but did you know there are websites that pay out "free" Bitcoins for visiting them or doing tasks? They're called Bitcoin faucets, and they're a great way for you to get into Bitcoins without mining, wiring money to a Bitcoin exchange, or buying through LocalBitcoins.    

5 Must Have iPhone Image Effect Apps

2:49 PM, Dec. 30th, 2013 · · Tips

Your iPhone may take great photos, but what if you want to take the images you capture and add an extra artistic touch? As they say, there's an app for that, and we rounded up some of our favorite image effects choices for the iPhone and iPad. Read on to see which image effects apps we use with our iPhones and iPads.

How to See Important Messages in iOS 7 Mail

10:30 AM, Dec. 28th, 2013 · · Tips

An orange star with an icon representing mail

Sandro Cuccia likes to organize his iOS 7 email messages according to whom he considers to be "Very Important People" (VIPs). In this article, he shows you how to do this and optimize your email workflow.