Month: July 2013

Using an Apple TV with your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch

If you play or watch ice hockey, the Apple TV may look familiar. Its dark color, matte finish and distinctive shape make it a near dead-ringer for a hockey puck. The Apple TV is a relatively obscure device that many Mac and iOS users may not have experimented with, but it's easy to get started with one.…

How to keep track of files between your ​Apple devices – Part 2

In part one, we looked at how to move your virtual belongings around on your MacBook and iOS devices, using iCloud or other cloud services. Simple enough, right? Well, what if rather than syncing, you wanted to instead just pick up your files from one machine and drop them onto the other one – either your own or a friend's? That…

How to keep track of files between your Apple devices – Part 1

Moving your photos, videos and documents between your different Apple devices can be a tricky balancing act: How do you remember where everything is and keep it all in sync? In an era that probably seems much longer ago than it actually was, you may have relied on CDs, SD cards or other peripherals to move your stuff…

Comparing the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models

As its name suggests, the MacBook Air is a compact and light-weight machine that can sometimes seem like it's not even there. And if you were impressed by the 13-inch model's minimalism, wait until you take a closer look at the 11-inch model. While Apple's smallest laptop has many perks,  it can take some getting used to. Let's run through some…

New MacBook Air may have issues with volume, Wi-Fi speeds

The 2013 MacBook Air may look like the silvery, airbrushed epitome of perfection on the surface, but it is still experiencing some issues inside of that seemingly flawless chassis. If you have one of these new devices, then you might have noticed some previously chronicled issues with Wi-Fi connectivity and Adobe Photoshop. To add to the list…

iPhone gets innovative new automation app

Want to receive a text message reminding you that it's going to rain later? How about an email to notify you that a specific bike model you've been wanting just went on sale at Craigslist? You can get both now that the popular Web service If This Then That (IFTTT) has released its free iPhone app.…

The keys to optimal iPhone battery life

Between uploading photos, watching YouTube and even making an old-fashioned phone call, it can be tough to extend your iPhone's battery life to last through an entire day. Battery drain can happen for many reasons, but most of the time, the chief culprits are your phone's screen, the usage of different networking services and the notification…

Taking a look at iPad keyboards

The iPad's touch​ screen provides an easy way to tap-out short text messages, compose quick emails or strew a flurry of run-on hashtags across your social media posts. But what if you want to be a real whiz and put your classic keyboarding training to use while on your iPad? You can use an aftermarket keyboard accessory to…

Creating and managing playlists on the iPod classic

When you're on the go, you might sometimes have a burst of inspiration that makes you want to write something down or create a playlist that captures the mood of the moment. If you're using an iPhone or iPod touch, creating a new playlist is easy, as is the writing part. With the iPod classic, although you might…

Getting the most out of your MacBook battery

MacBooks are great for working at home or browsing the Web at a coffee shop. And as their design and power evolve, their battery life keeps improving, meaning that you don't have to worry as much about bringing your charger everywhere or being forced to stop in the middle of a YouTube video. Buy even…