iOS 7 Maps: Using the Distance Scale

12:19 PM, Jan. 11th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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.

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

10:21 AM, Jan. 3rd, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip


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.

5 Must Have iPhone Image Effect Apps

2:49 PM, Dec. 30th, 2013 · · TMO Quick Tip

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.

OS X: Switching Quickly Between Open Windows

8:36 AM, Dec. 27th, 2013 · · TMO Quick Tip

If you're working with multiple windows in an application, switching back and forth between them can be kind of a pain, especially if they're hiding behind each other. In this tip, we'll talk about how to use a keyboard shortcut to go to the window you need, which we find is much quicker than Exposé. And no more moving windows around to get to the ones underneath them! Whew. 

4K Displays and the New Mac Pro: It’s More Complicated than You Think

9:12 AM, Dec. 24th, 2013 · · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's redesigned Mac Pro supports using up to three 4K displays, but it isn't quite as simple as just plugging them in and seeing the high resolution glory. There are six Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI port divided between three Thunderbolt busses, and the layout isn't the most logical.

iCloud Keychain: Removing Your Data from Apple’s Servers

8:36 AM, Dec. 24th, 2013 · · TMO Quick Tip

If you're using iCloud Keychain, you may now be realizing that Apple owns all of your passwords. That's right, they do! They know your Wi-Fi password, your computer password (which is of course your dog's name), and so on. No, of course we're kidding—there's an easy but rather convoluted way to remove your Keychain data from Apple's servers, and Melissa Holt will reveal the secret in this Quick Tip

OS X: Dock Functions for Finder and Trash

8:35 AM, Dec. 20th, 2013 · · TMO Quick Tip

There are quite a few useful things you can do with the Dock icons for the Finder and Trash. With the right combinations of modifier keys, you can relaunch a misbehaving Finder, empty the Trash, and even securely empty the Trash. It's all here in this Quick Tip.