Apple’s new USB 3 Lightning SD Card reader brings photo imports to the iPhone

Apple’s recently updated Lightning to SD Card adapter is the easiest and most reliable way to import photos from your digital camera to the iPhone. While this has been possible before with WiFi SD cards, and newer cameras with built-in WiFi, the new SD card adapter is fast, easy to use, and allows you to shoot with any camera and share. Continue reading Apple’s new USB 3 Lightning SD Card reader brings photo imports to the iPhone

Forward SMS text messages from the iPhone to your mac

Thanks to the new Continuity feature introduced in OS X 10.10 Mavericks, it is possible to receive and respond to SMS text messages right from the Messages app on your mac. This makes messaging quicker and easier as you can reply from the device that is closest to you. Take advantage of the full size mac keyboard for quickly writing longer texts.

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Does the iPhone charge faster in Airplane mode?

I hear this a lot. Charge the iPhone in Airplane mode to top it off as fast as possible. Does this actually work out? Is the inconvenience of being disconnected worth the time savings? I was skeptical of these claims, so I decided to find out.

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How to bring back the uppercase keyboard in iOS9

You’ve undoubtably noticed that one of the subtle changes in iOS 9 is the new lowercase keyboard. When you’re typing in lowercase (i.e., most of the time), the lowercase keyboard is displayed. However, I’m not a big fan of this update; the keys don’t look exactly vertically centred to the eye, and I’ve grown used to the familiarity of the uppercase keys not only on iOS but pretty much every hardware keyboard ever.

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How to check ethernet connection speed on the mac

The convenience of wireless networking is fantastic, but it doesn’t compare to the solidity and dependability of a wired network connection.

Where can you find out if your Ethernet connection is running at 10, 100, or 1000 Mbit/s? It is not in the most obvious place, as it turns out.

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How to prevent Mac from going to sleep

Want to leave your Mac on for a while for some process to finish? The default behavior in OS X is to put the computer into a low power sleep mode after a couple of minutes of inactivity. While this is great for saving energy, you may find it interfering with your computer usage.

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When is the best time to buy a new Mac

Generally, most people prefer to buy gadgets early in the product’s life cycle, so it remains “new” for longer. Others prefer to buy a bit later, waiting for any early issues to be worked out. And everyone will agree, that buying right before a major improvement will make you feel at least slightly bitter, because Apple is not known for signalling a product update with a sale. Regardless of your preference, as an informed consumer you can make better purchase decisions.

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How to record the screen on a Mac for free

Do you want to show what you’re doing on your Mac to someone? Or many people? Sometimes video is the best medium to explain what you are doing. You can record your instructions once, and share it on YouTube or social networks. Here is a tip on how to do it for free with Quicktime Player 10, it’s built-in to Macs beginning with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later.

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Paintbrush, the MS Paint alternative for Mac

Paintbrush is an awesome simple image editor for Mac that mimics the functionality of Paint on Windows. It’s a quick and dirty bitmap based image editor that’s fast and easy to use. There are numerous powerful image editors available for professional level work, but there is something beautifully simple and nostalgic about Paintbrush that makes it fun.
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USB Tethering a Mac to an Android phone

Most new Android phones support Wi-Fi tethering, creating a wireless hotspot for sharing the phone’s Internet connection with other devices. Android phones also support USB tethering (unless removed by carrier/manufacturer), which is a nice feature to have when wireless tethering isn’t ideal. In the past the problem has been the lack of USB drivers to connect the phone’s connection to Macs.

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