Matt Klein

Born and brainwashed an Ohio State Buckeye, Matt now lives a warm, snow-free life just north of the Texas/Mexico border. He fancies himself a modern-day jack-of-all-trades; favorite conversation starters include operating systems, Android, BBQ, quantum physics, and roller skating.

If you’ve ever been showing a presentation or a video, you know how embarrassing it can be when system sounds such as alerts, errors, and notifications interrupt your audio, especially when you’re projecting to a PA system or loudspeakers.

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Have you ever used OS X and wondered, what’s the deal with Smart Folders? After all, they’re all over the Finder. So how do they work and, more importantly, how can you make them work for you?

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Windows users are likely quite familiar with Windows Update as the primary way of updating their Windows installations. OS X updates occur through the App Store, which itself can be configured in the System Preferences.

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Apple’s operating system’s menu bar is truly old school; it’s been around for as long as there have been Macintoshes. The menu bar is extensible, though some users may not realize just how much, so we’ll show you the many ways you can add functionality to it.

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If you have a Wi-Fi access point you want to always connect to, or you want your primary connection to be your wired one. You can easily configure OS X’s network settings so you automatically connect to your preferred network resources every time.

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We all understand the concept of extensions by now: by adding features to your OS, phone, or browser, its functionality is extended. OS X too has extensions, here’s what you need to know to make them work better for you.

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If you’ve ever created a Facebook event, then you know it can be hard to invite more than a few friends at a time. Thankfully there’s a new way to easily invite almost all your friends in two clicks. Don’t want to receive event invites? You can also block them.

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When Google announced that you can download an archive of all your search data, the pervading attitude was “cool, finally!” What you may not know is, you can already download other valuable data with a little-known service called Google Takeout.

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If you have an Apple TV, then you probably know by now that while setting it up is pretty easy, but using the supplied remote with it, is not. Why not set up your Apple TV then using your iPad, iPhone, or a Bluetooth keyboard?

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One of the annoying things about calendar software is that adding events usually requires tabbing or tapping from text box to text box. Apple Calendar, however, let’s you type simple sentences in plain language and the application figures out the boxes for you.

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We have been talking about Apple’s new Photos application since it was recently released as part of a larger OS X system update. Today we want to cover how to create slideshows and other projects like calendars, cards, and books.

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A while ago we had the realization that we don’t use our tablets as much as we used to; that led us to ask how we could extend battery life on our Android tablets when we weren’t using them. Today, we pose that same question to our iPads.

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Google recently unveiled the ability to download – as in save to your device – your entire search history. Now, in addition to being able to pause or purge it completely, you can have a physical copy of everything you’ve searched for over the years.

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Photos was released as part of a larger OS X system update (10.10.3). The app is meant to supplant iPhoto as most Mac user’s go-to photo application. As such, it’s got quite a few basic but necessary photo-editing tools in it.

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Apple’s new Photos app bridges the gap between Macs and iOS devices with photo syncing to iCloud. It’s a great little feature, but it’s safe to say some people may not want it.

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Sharing your screen remotely is a convenient way to access another computer as if you’re sitting in front of it. OS X and Windows have this ability built right into them, meaning you can easily share your Mac’s screen with Windows PCs, and vice versa.

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Google recently released an ARC Welder Chrome app, which allows you to run Android apps if you’re on Chrome OS, or using the Chrome web browser.

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Apple’s new Photos application was released as part of a recent system update. By default, Photos creates its library in your Pictures folder, but it can be easily moved or newly created.

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OS X’s Safari has quite a few advantages over Chrome, but we miss Chrome’s ability to switch tabs using “Command + #”. Thankfully, we’ve found a solution, which will enable Chrome-like tab keyboard shortcuts in Safari.

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There may come a time when you want to sell your Apple TV or give it to someone else. Or, maybe you bricked it with a bad jailbreak or failed system update (it happens). In any event, it’s good to know how to factory reset your Apple TV.

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Apple has finally taken the wraps off its iPhoto successor: Photos. It’s great so far, but we’re not sure everyone is going to be thrilled about its iCloud integration. Here is how to make adjustments to Photos’ iCloud features, or turn them off completely.

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The Apple remote control is well made from a materials standpoint, but its diminutive size means it gets lost easily in the couch cushions. With Apple’s Remote app, however, you can use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to control your Apple TV.

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Taking photos with your phone is just how people do it nowadays. While this makes it really easy to instantly share them, before you do, you can crop and apply a number of edits to make your photos look their best.

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Being able to record your computer screen can be highly useful, like if need to show someone how to do something, or not to do something. If you use a Mac, you can record your screen without the need of any additional software.

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By default, Siri only responds when you press and hold the home button on your iPad or iPhone. You can, however, configure Siri to respond when you say “Hey Siri.”

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