Apple's "remote disc" feature is implemented in the OS so computers that do not have optical drives (specifically, the MacBook Air) can access drives from Macs or PCs on the local network to install software. This is a convenient feature, but while sharing can be enabled on any Mac by clicking the box next to "DVD or CD Sharing" in the "Sharing" system preferences, Apple has limited its use to MacBook Air systems only. Despite this, you can easily get around this restriction and allow any Mac to view shared DVDs or CDs.… Read more
Apple's new Magic Mouse is an innovative input device, but a few people are having troubles understanding how it behaves and are frustrated by it not automatically connecting.… Read more
Here's a short, handy tip for sorting your iPhone or iPod Touch app icons in alphabetical order for people who find comfort in an alphabetized world.
1. Launch the Settings app 2. Tap General 3. Scroll down and tap Reset 4. Tap Reset Home Screen Layout
Your app icons will be sorted as follows:All standard Apple apps will be placed in their factory default locations. All remaining apps will be sorted alphabetically.
On an iPhone or iPhone Touch with more than 180 apps, the 11th Home screen will display the last app that is visible. In my case … Read more
The release of Windows 7 has had a number of Boot Camp users wondering about official support from Apple. Installing Windows 7 over Vista will give numerous advantages, even if for nothing more than to increase the stability of the operating system; however, because Apple has not officially supported Windows, our recommendation so far has been to hold off on using it under Boot Camp, and run it in a virtual machine instead.… Read more
Spotlight, an advanced utility for searching, migrated from the Mac to the iPhone and iPod Touch, and we should all be grateful for that since it is quite useful. Spotlight also happens to be one of my favorite iPhone features, and this week I'd like to share some of my favorite tips about it.
You access Spotlight from the iPhone Home screen by pressing the Home button once when you are on the first Home screen, or by simply swiping left while that screen is displayed.
If you are on a different screen, press the Home key … Read more
The Terminal is a widely used application for getting to the OS X underpinnings, and we frequently recommend using it to tackle small problems in OS X. If you are a regular Terminal user, because it is basically a window under the hood of OS X you may find yourself focused on the active shell and overlooking a number of features the Terminal application itself has to offer.… Read more
OS X has a fairly simple and straightforward printing interface with the "Print & Fax" system preferences where you can easily add and remove printers, and reset the whole system to set it up from scratch if there are too many problems. While this is convenient, there may be times when a problem with the configuration files either prevents access to the Print & Fax preference pane or prevents settings from being stored. Here are some alternate ways of resetting and managing the OS X print system.… Read more
We've covered a number of problems that people have had with the trash in OS X, and a few months ago I wrote a tutorial on how to remove and reset the trash in OS X, which can be used to clear a few common trash misbehaviors. While various problems such as those we've previously covered can happen to the OS X trash, there are some built-in behaviors that may appear as a problem if they are activated when people do not know it.… Read more
Increasingly, iPhone users have replaced their point-and-shoot cameras with the iPhones' built-in shooter. If you find yourself frequently reaching for your iPhone to capture a fleeting moment, you may want to reassign your buttons to make launching the camera faster. Here's how:
1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone by tapping its icon. 2. Tap General. 3. Tap Home. 4. Tap Camera. 5. Turn Off iPod Controls.
Note: Step 5 prevents the display of iPod controls while music plays when you double-tap the home button.
Now, when you double-tap the Home button, you will go straight to the … Read more
Here's an iPhone tip for anyone who can't read the device's screen without the aid of reading glasses or other vision correction: turn on a feature Apple calls Zoom. (The iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod Touch 32GB and 64GB models all support this feature.)
Once activated, Zoom lets you "zoom" in and out on parts of the screen using a combination of three fingers and a double-tap. Here's how to access the feature:
Activate Zoom on your Apple mobile device
1. Tap Settings app 2. Tap General 3. Tap Accessibility 4. Tap Zoom 5. … Read more