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How to Join Apple’s iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Beta Program

10:50 AM, Jun. 14th, 2016 · · How-To

Signing up for Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas is easy

If you love rushing in where angels fear to tread, or just want to start playing with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra before they're officially available this fall, it's time to sign up for Apple's public beta program. You'll get access to pre-release versions come July, but keep in mind "beta" means "not ready for daily use on mission-critical devices."

Security Basics: If a Service Offers Two-Factor Authentication, Use It

9:53 PM, Jun. 10th, 2016 · · How-To

Apple Two-Factor Authentication

Twitter announced this week that it was aware some Twitter login credentials are circulating on the Dark Web, and Mark Zuckerberg infamously had some of his (mostly unused) social media accounts hacked. That makes for a perfect segue for some basic security advice: if a website, service, or app offers two-factor authentication, use it.

How to Save Money on Subscriptions to Netflix, Pandora, and Other Services

5:50 PM, May. 5th, 2016 · · How-To

Squeezing Netflix

Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

TMO’s Guide to Buying Discounted iTunes Cards

6:42 PM, May. 2nd, 2016 · · How-To

iTunes Gift Cards

Did you know you can buy discounted iTunes Gift Cards? They allow you to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books at a discount. I've seen discounts between 5 and 25 percent, which means you get that same discount on the stuff you buy from the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the Mac App Store. We even found a place to buy discounted iTunes cards with Bitcoin.

Test Your Router’s Ability to Handle Full Speeds and Avoid Buffer Bloat

11:30 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · · How-To

Recently on Mac Geek Gab we were discussing your router's Quality of Service (QoS) settings and avoiding a scenario where everything else on your network slows down when one device is using up all of your bandwidth, a condition known as Buffer Bloat. One way to test that is to do a speed test while simultaneously watching a series of pings from the Terminal. Another is to simply use DSLReports' speed test which does all of this for you! Check it out.

How to Reveal a Link’s Actual URL in Both OS X and iOS

5:45 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · How-To

How to see actual URLs in a link

The very design of HTML uses both a hyperlink and link text.
All you're supposed to see is the link text, but that has led to various and sundry deceptive practices. Here's how to see the actual URL in both OS X and iOS, in both mail and Safari.

How to Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

7:00 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · How-To

Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

It can happen. Your Siri Remote isn't working. You're sure it has a good battery charge. As (bad) luck would have it, it may have become unpaired with the 4G Apple TV.  Here's how to get the two all paired up again.