How-to

MOBILE

Ask the iTunes Guy: Missing ringtones and explicit radio

Another iOS update, another round of bugs. This time, a recent update to iOS 8 deleted ringtones and alert tones. I explain how to get them back. I also look at using multiple Apple IDs in the iTunes Store and App Store, discuss not being able to block iTunes Radio, and look at a question about moving an iTunes library to a new Mac while retaining metadata.

SOFTWARE

Send last-minute holiday photo cards right from your iPhone or iPad

Oh crap--it's less than a week until Christmas. Seriously, when did that happen? I barely registered it was getting so late in December until the holiday cards started showing up in my mailbox. I love getting cards (especially photo cards), but the thought of sitting down and doing a mass mailing so the cards arrive before December 25 stresses me right out.

SECURITY

Travel safely with your tech: How to prevent theft, loss and snooping on the road

All your pricey electronics are juicy targets for hackers and sticky-fingered thieves. Here's how to reduce your risks while traveling.

SOFTWARE

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Creaticity: The trick to adding text to a print layout in Lightroom

Lightroom's Print module makes it easy to design gorgeous print templates, but adding custom text to a print layout is tricky. Oddly enough, Lightroom's Identity Plate feature is the easiest way to get it done, though formatting text can be challenging. In this column you'll learn how to create a new identity plate for use in a print layout, how to create a multi-line identity plate, and how to design your own plate in image editing software.

SOFTWARE

How to create an iPhoto holiday slideshow

It's that time of year again--a time to let your loved ones know that you care. While this can be done with a tasteful gift or card, why not engage some of your Mac's power to make something really special. And by that I mean a holiday slideshow. Let's give it a go.

GAMES

How to use your Xbox One to manage your TV and set-top box/DVR

Your Xbox One can be the brains of your TV for everything from satellite TV to gaming.

SOFTWARE

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This is not spam: How to create bulk emails in Microsoft Outlook 2013

You're not a spammer. You're someone who needs to communicate with a large list of clients or subscribers. Plenty of services promise to simplify bulk emails for your email marketing campaign, but the best solution might be a tool you're already using every day.

SOFTWARE

How to start chatting with webRTC, the no-hassle, in-browser voice and video tech

Want to try a new way of video chat without the pain of downloading an app or signing up for an account? Try webRTC.

MOBILE

Stop that ringing! How to prevent the iPhone from forwarding calls

Reader Graham Lee's iPhone is making its presence a little too well known. He writes:

STORAGE

A few good reasons to partition your SSD or hard drive

It's not something you'd do every day, like making and deleting file folders, but it can be helpful. Here's why.

Expert Opinion

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Don't worry, be snappy: Stop complaining about your digital camera

When one has done something long enough (and, for the sake of this particular argument, let's say living can be reasonably counted among them) there's a tendency to take the long view--we have some notion of where we've been as well as how things are now. Recent complaints about the state of Apple and photography have compelled me to take a journey down the historical highway in the hope of gaining some perspective on just where we stand in regard to taking and making images with our cameras.

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Why you should care about CloudKit

If you've lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you've probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple's cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it's great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages.

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With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever

Just a few years after a big leadership transition, Apple announced not only a brand new operating system but said they would be offering a public beta to interested customers. Sound familiar? The year was 2000 and the OS in question was the very first version of OS X. Now, 14 years later, Apple's once again inviting users to come and check out the Mac's latest and greatest operating system before its impending release.

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Apple's HomeKit hub may already be in your house

At Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced--among a great many other things--HomeKit, a suite of tools for controlling such devices in your home as thermostats, furnaces and air conditioners, smart appliances, lights, cameras, garage-door openers, and security systems. Apple will provide a platform that these devices will be asked to conform to. Do so, and you can control them all from your iOS device.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Wasteland 2 preview: When deeply branching gameplay meets pistol-packing post-apocalyptic priests

After a successful Kickstarter run, Wasteland 2 is almost ready for release

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Network Radar: Mac app checks your network health

Apple's own Network Utility is pretty handy for basic network troubleshooting, but if you need to go above and beyond what it offers, Daniel Diener's $20 Network Radar (Mac App Store link) is a powerful step up.

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Asana: a full-featured task manager for iOS devices

The new mobile app for Asana's popular task management service lets iPhone and iPad users run their collaborative undertakings on the go.

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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014): Minor update offers slightly better CPU performance

Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13- and 15-inch predecessors, released late last year, the "Mid 2014" models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As modest as these internal improvements are, they do provide more performance bang for the buck.

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Contexts: Make your OS X windows more manageable

Contexts 1.4 supplements--and can even replace--OS X's window management tools, and it does so in a way that is legitimately useful, especially if you rely on keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac.

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Keep it Reel: Record, mix, and release a professional recording on your iPad

The iPad has become an incredible tool for musicians who wish to quickly and confidently record and produce live music on their tablet. Recently, I had the opportunity to produce and record a session for Ella Joy Meir, using just my iPad, software, and recording accessories. Last week, I covered when you might want to use an iPad and what you need to get started; now, let's talk about the actual recording and post-production process.