Apple made several interface changes in iOS 7 that left us scratching our collective heads, and one that really stood out was the caps lock button on the on-screen keyboard. The company addressed that with iOS 7.1, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to figure out. Since we can't get inside your iPhone or iPad to do something better, we've made a handy graphic showing what each button state really means.
One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.
iOS 7 took away visual cues like borders and shapes to easily identify buttons in apps, but that feature is back with the release of iOS 7.1. No more random tapping on words to see if they're buttons, and adding shapes to in-app buttons is easy to do.
Using Spotlight, OS X's built-in search application, you can do all sorts of cool things, from calculations to launching programs. Melissa Holt's favorite feature, though, is the ability to find people and launch the Contacts app, all with just a few keystrokes. Come on in and see why she uses Spotlight dozens of times a day—and why you should, too!
If you’ve got a slow Mac, a good troubleshooting step to take is to close some programs to see if things speed up. To that end, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through creating an Automator application that’ll quit all open programs, saving us the trouble of logging out or rebooting if we’ve got a bunch of running apps. Saved time rocks, and so does getting to use awesome Automator.
Apple's Airport Utility 6 can appear deceptively simple and simple-minded. However, with a few hidden mouse operations, a lot of network information can be revealed quickly and easily. John Martellaro shows you how.
The "Today" view in iOS 7's Notification Center can be pretty useful. It tells you the current date, weather conditions, upcoming appointments, and even how your stocks are doing. But what if you don't want one or more of these things in your "Today" list? Fortunately there's a way to customize it and it's pretty easy.
If you’re anything like Melissa Holt, teeny minimized windows lined up next to the Trash icon in your Dock are messy enough to keep you up at night. Luckily, there’s a preference in OS X that’ll let you change that behavior. Maybe you’ll sleep better after you read about it! Maybe Melissa shouldn't be so troubled over such minor details! Maybe with a few more exclamation points, we'll remember what we were talking about! Wait, what?
With the release of OS X 10.9.2 Apple added the ability to block message senders in the Messages app just like you could already do on the iPhone and iPad. The feature is tucked away in the Messages preferences, and easy to use once you know where to look.
With Mavericks, you can now use Do Not Disturb for keeping things quiet when you need to sleep or get work done, and it’s just as handy on your Mac as it is on your iOS 7 devices. In this tip, we’ll cover how to use it and change its settings, and we’ll even go over how to set up a keyboard shortcut for it. Uninterrupted work time, here we come!
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