How to Install ddrescue and Recover Files for Free

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Recovering files from a failing hard drive is stressful and it can be pretty expensive, too. Reliable backups can help with the stress part, and ddrescue can help with the rest because it’s good at recovering files, and it’s free. The catch is that it requires a little command line mojo, but we’ve got you covered. Follow along to learn how to install and use ddrescue, plus we’ll show you how to give it a graphic interface, too.

Report Problem iTunes Purchases through Apple's Website

· Andrew Orr · How-To

apple report purchases

Our own Adam Christianson said that one of his MacCast listeners was able to get a refund for a mistaken purchase using a website where customers can easily report a problem with iTunes purchases. If you or a family member accidentally bought something within the past 90 days, you may be eligible for a refund.

How To Watch The Inauguration on Apple TV and Online

· Andrew Orr · Tips

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The Presidential inauguration kicks off on Friday, January 20. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Many websites and news outlets will be live streaming it, and you won’t need a cable subscription to watch it. You can view it on virtually any device—Android, Web, iOS and Windows will all be supported.

iOS Tip: Create Your Own Live Wallpaper with LivePapers

· Andrew Orr · Tips

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When Apple announced the iPhone 6s, they debuted a new way to interact with your iPhone, called 3D Touch. 3D Touch lets you “peek” and “pop” your way around apps. The company also introduced Live Photos—animated pictures that you capture and bring to life by 3D touching the photo. Apple provided a handful of Live wallpapers to use, but many people wondered if it was possible to make your own. That is what we’ll explore in this tip.

How to Connect Your 2016 MacBook Pro to a mini DisplayPort Monitor

· Jim Tanous · How-To

2016 macbook pro minidisplayport

Want to connect your old Apple Cinema Display or another mini DisplayPort monitor to your new 2016 MacBook Pro? It’s possible, but not via the method you might think. Before you rush to pick up an adapter, be sure to check out these compatibility restrictions.

How to Transfer Files Between Mac and iPhone With iTunes

· Andrew Orr · Tips

imovie transfer in itunes

There are multiple ways to share files between Apple devices. You can use AirDrop, iMessage or even email. But an oft-overlooked feature is iTunes File Transfer. Andrew Orr explains how to use this feature to transfer files between your iPhone and Mac.

How To Use Email Aliases In Apple Mail [Update]

· Andrew Orr · Tips

apple mail preferences

At some point in your life, you might find yourself juggling multiple email addresses. Maybe you have several personal addresses, or a personal address and a work address. In any case, it can be a bit of a hassle to manage all of them. A way to solve this is to use an email alias. [Updated for clarity when setting up aliases in the web version of Mail on iCloud.com]

For Geeks Only: Hey Alexa, Tell Sonos to Play Stevie Wonder in the Kitchen

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

pile of sonos speakers with Amazon Alexa Dot front and center

Sonos and Amazon jointly announced their Alexa integration earlier this year and the world rejoiced. Voice control of your Sonos system is one of those holy grails. The integration is expected to be available at some point in 2017. But I’m an impatient geek so, while I’m waiting for official support to be available, I spent an hour yesterday getting this working using freely-available open-source tools. You can do this, too, and I’ll walk you through what you’re doing and how to get started.

Podcasters: How to Log Chapter Timestamps with Keyboard Maestro

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

Many podcasters – and especially podcast listeners – have come to appreciate having chapters in podcast episodes. Putting chapters into a show can be a real chore for podcasters, though, especially for a show that’s recorded live. For all the podcasts I host, I employ a few Keyboard Maestro macros that, used together, allow me to have an internal clock running that simply pastes the existing timestamp wherever my cursor is. Here’s how I do it… and a download link to the macros I’ve already created for you!

macOS Sierra: Enabling Your Mac's Firewall and Stealth Mode

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

macOS Sierra firewall and Stealth mode protect your Mac from local network hackers

Your Mac is pretty safe on your private home network, but what about when you’re surfing the Web in coffee shops? Anyone with a computer and rudimentary hacking skills could target you, which is why it’s important to make sure your Mac’s built-in firewall is enabled—and that Stealth Mode is turned on, too. Read on to learn how.

Mute/Unmute Apple Watch Activity Reminders in watchOS 3

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Apple Watch Activity Reminders are great, but sometimes you just need to mute them—or to unmute them. That setting is hidden in the Watch app in iOS 10, and Bryan Chaffin shows you how to use it.

macOS Sierra: Use Command-Drag to Position Picture-in-Picture Videos

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Use Command-Drag to Position macOS Sierra Picture-in-Picture Videos

If you’re watching a video in picture-in-picture mode in macOS Sierra, it snaps to the nearest corner. Even when you drag it out of that corner, it will again snap to the corner nearest to where you let it go. You can use command-drag to put the video where you want it. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

macOS Sierra: Method 2 For Watching Videos Picture-in-Picture

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Sierra Contextual Menu on YouTube Video

macOS Sierra supports picture-in-picture (PiP). Melissa Holt showed us how to access PiP using on-screen controls, but she’s some kind of wizard and the rest of TMO’s staff don’t have those controls. Fortunately, Dave Hamilton found a second method for watching in PiP mode. It’s a touch—curious?—on how to get there, but Bryan Chaffin will walk you through it.

Lyrics App for iMessages Makes it Easy to Find and Share Lyrics

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

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I’ve been having a lot of fun with the new features in Messages in iOS 10. Apps and stickers increase enjoyment and utility, both, and I have a great example of that for you with an iMessage app called Lyrics. It makes it easy to find, quote from, and share song lyrics. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to work it.

How to Share an iTunes Playlist with Apple Music

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Shared iTunes Playlist

Most of us have made our fair share of playlists in iTunes. With Apple Music, you can share those playlists for your friends or the world to enjoy with you. In that playlists are the mix tapes of today, Bryan Chaffin shows you how to share an iTune playlist using iTunes 12.5.x.

How to Control Which Messages Photos Save to Camera Roll

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

iOS 10 Messages save images to Camera Roll option

Messages in iOS 10 changes a fundamental way your iPhone (or iPad) camera works: if you take a photo from the preview camera, it doesn’t save to your camera roll. But if you use the full camera app, it does. Here’s how to understand, manage, and control what gets saved where and what doesn’t get saved.

iOS 10: How to Secure Your Lock Screen

· David Chartier · How-To

iOS 10 Lock Screen

The lock screen is more powerful and convenient than ever in iOS 10. But this also means it might make more information and sensitive options available at a swipe, before your device even unlocks. Here are a few ways to lock down your lock screen to show only what it should.

iOS 10: Print to PDF With and Without 3D Touch

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

iOS Screenshot showing save to PDF

One of the new features in iOS is the ability to natively print to PDF, similar to what you can do with macOS. It’s relatively simple, but not necessarily obvious. It involves getting the print preview up on the screen, and then switching to share mode in order to generate a PDF. We’ll show you the steps!

How to Set Up Universal Clipboard for Your Mac and iOS Devices

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Universal Clipboard sharing text from iOS 10 to macOS Sierra

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra support a new feature called Universal Clipboard that lets you copy text or graphics on one device and paste them into documents on another. It really is as simple as copy-and-paste—assuming everything is configured correctly. Read on to learn how to make sure you’re set up to use Universal Clipboard.