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12/14/18

Apple Music Connect was a service that allowed artists to post text, images and media to iTunes, and fans could follow artists and get content they may not see anywhere else. It launched in 2015, but failed to catch on and showed signs of closing as early as 2016. (more...)

Technical Terms: GPU
12/14/18
The GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, is one of the most important components of any computer or device. Macs come with a variety of different GPUs. For many users, the GPU power doesn't matter much, but for anyone working with graphics, video or playing games, the GPU is very important. Some MacBook Pros come with two GPUs and will switch between them to save battery life.
Linking Cells Across Numbers Tables and Sheets
12/13/18
If you need to carry over the value of a cell from on table to another in Numbers, you can do that simply by including a formula that just references that other cell. There is no need to figure out the exact way to reference the original cell, as you can just click to grab the cell reference. The same technique can be used to reference a cell from a different sheet.
12/12/18

A new update for Microsoft Office gives the suite of apps support for macOS Mojave Dark Mode, Continuity Camera in Powerpoint and more. There is also support for embedded fonts in Word. The update is available for Microsoft Office 365 subscribers and for those that purchased Microsoft Office 2019. (more...)

Why Is My Mac System Storage So Big?
12/12/18
Mac users often freak out when they look at the Storage settings in About This Mac and find that System storage takes up way more space than they think it should. However, if they wait a bit the storage meter will continue to calculate what takes up space and allocate it to iCloud Drive and other things. Even once this is done, a fairly large System storage amount can be accounted for by looking at your System folder, system Library folder, and user Library folders.
12/11/18

Infinity Blade by Epic Games was often held up by Apple in keynote presentations and advertisements as an example of amazing console-like graphics on the iPad and iPhone. But now Epic has pulled all three games from the iOS App Store, saying it is too difficult to continue support. (more...)

Watermarking Photos With Automator and Pixelmator
12/11/18
If you want to watermark your photos before sharing them using a logo or other graphic, you can build a semi-transparent image in Pixelmator and then use an Automator Quick Action to easily apply that watermark to any image file. A special Pixelmator watermarking action helps to make it a one-step Automator workflow.
Hiding Columns In Numbers To Perform Complex Calculations
12/10/18
Formulas can get very large and complex. One way to simplify them is to use columns to perform parts of the calculation, and then hide those columns when you have your system working. In this example, we'll use columns to extract the year and month from a date, and then use that in a SUMIF formula that would be very complex otherwise.
Adding a Watermark To Pages Documents
12/7/18
If you wish to put a watermark, like a "Draft Copy" or "Classified" label on your Pages document before printing or distributing a PDF, you can do it easily using Section Masters. You can place anything back there, such as text, shapes, or images. In this example, we'll place some diagonal text across the background and it will appear on all pages.
12/6/18

Owners of the Apple Watch Series 4 will get a watchOS update to 5.1.2 today, featuring the new ECG app. This app allows the wearer to take an electrocardiogram which can predict possible heart issues. (more...)

Multiple Screen Display Arrangement
12/6/18
If you are using more than one screen with your Mac, you can set where each screen is located relative to the others in your desktop's virtual space. You can choose which screen is the main one by dragging the menu bar representation to that screen. You can also adjust the rotation of your screens to use them vertically.
12/5/18

Unlike most minor updates, this one includes quite a few new features. You can get iOS 12.1.1 by going to Settings, General, Software Update on your iPhone or iPad that is already using iOS 12. It will roll out gradually throughout the day, so you may have to wait until you see it. (more...)

How To Post Photos to Facebook From Your Mac
12/5/18
Apple has removed the direct link between the Photos app and Facebook in macOS Mojave. But it is still easy to upload Photos to Facebook using the Facebook website. You can use the Media option in the file open dialog, drag and drop into the file open dialog, drag directly onto the Facebook page, and a variety of other options. If you have trouble picking out a photo this way, you can always enlarge the photos you are viewing, or drag and drop direct from the Photos app or the Finder.
Siri Shortcuts: Applying a Photo Watermark
12/4/18
You can use the Shortcuts app to apply a watermark to a photo before sharing it on your iPhone or iPad. In this example, we'll take a transparent image file and have a Shortcut place it at the bottom right corner of the photo right from the Photos app. We can then share the photo. The watermark can be any image file. You can also manually size and place the watermark.
Building Non-Linear Presentations With Keynote
12/3/18
Keynote allows you to add links to text or elements to link to other slides. You can use this to build a presentation that allows you to jump to different slides while presenting, or use as a simple app that can be controlled by others. You can use some settings in Keynote to allow others to look through a presentation on their own.