How To Create New Files From The macOS Right-Click Context Menu

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Apps in Windows can add an option to the right-click context menu that lets you create a new file. You can create a new text file, a new MS Word file, or a new Photoshop file on the fly. The same option doesn't exist in macOS but if you're looking for a way to add it, New File Menu is an app you should check out. It's a macOS app that costs $1.99 in the Mac App Store and it perfectly mimics the new file from context menu feature in Windows on macOS. The app works as a Finder extension and lets you choose which apps should appear in the right-click context menu. Read More

How To Import Notes From Evernote To The Notes App In macOS

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Evernote has made changes to it free, plus, and premium plans. The price of the paid plans has gone up and the features offered on the free plan have been cut back so that you can only have two devices connected to your account. Needless to say that the price hike is likely going to send people looking for an alternative and they will be spoiled for choice. There are a lot of note taking apps available and macOS comes with its own default note taking app as well which, given recent updates, is fairly good. If you're looking to ditch Evernote in favor of the Notes app in macOS, you will want to take your notes with you. Here's how you can move your notes from Evernote to the Notes app in macOS. Read More

How To Stream Audio From Your PC Or Mac To Chromecast

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Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are two different devices. The Chromecast is meant for video and audio streaming and aims to give users a 'smart' TV for the very cheap price of $30. The Chromecast Audio is meant to stream audio to speakers and give you 'smart' speakers without breaking the bank. Even though both devices are cheap, you might not want to buy them both and perhaps would like some way to use the Chromecast as just an audio streaming device. This is possible provided you aren't trying to hook the Chromecast up to a pair of speakers. What you can do, with the right third-party apps, is stream audio from your PC or Mac to the Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Publish Photos Directly From Adobe Lightroom To Instagram

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Instagram is more than just a place to show off clothes, food, jewelry, and selfies. The social network is an excellent place to showcase artwork. It's where you can find artists who work wth all sorts of mediums showing off their work and their works-in-progress. For photographers, Instagram is no different and in addition to using the platform to showcase their work, photographers make use of other photo editing tools as well such as Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a feature rich photo editing app that works great with other Adobe products and has a huge offering of Plugins to make it all the more useful. LR/Instagram is one such free Plug-in that might interest you if you're looking for an easy way to publish photos from Adobe Lightroom directly to Instagram. Read More

How To Run An Unidentified App Without Changing Gatekeeper’s Settings

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Gatekeeper is a security feature introduced in macOS in Mountain Lion that let users choose which apps can and can not run on their Macs. The feature has three options for allowing/disallowing apps; run apps from the Mac App Store only, run apps from the Mac App Store and from identified developers, and run apps from anywhere i.e. from any origin and developed by anyone. To run apps from unverified developers, you have to change Gatekeeper's settings and allow apps to run from anywhere and then you have to remember to change the setting back if you want to keep your system safe. Alternatively, macOS does let you run just the one app as an exception and keep the Gatekeeper settings unaltered. Here's how. Read More

Toggle System Settings And Launch Apps Via Text Commands On OS X

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Spotlight is quite a popular feature on OS X and people who have used both OS X and Windows often cite it as the better of the two. Spotlight is great for launching apps or looking up the definition of a word but it is still a basic search tool. Lacona is free OS X app that's built to work like Spotlight but is exponentially better. The app will let you launch other apps, open URLs in any app of your choice, toggle the WiFi switch, empty the trash, and much more all by typing it into the Spotlight like command bar. Where Spotlight can search apps, Lacona can perform actions. Read More

How To Import A Photo Edited On Your iPhone To Your Computer

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iOS 8 introduced quite a few editing options in the default Photos app that allowed you to straighten and crop a photo among other things. If at any time you ever feel you've made a mistake editing the photo you can always reset it. It's pretty awesome and it lets you edit away without having to worry about losing a good photo. This all great up until you try and import the photo like you do all others to your Mac or PC. You will find the photo can only be imported in its unedited original form. You might also notice that for every photo you edited using the Photos app, there is a corresponding AAE format file for it. If you're wondering where those files came from and how you can import your edited photo to your Mac or PC without too much trouble, we have the answers. Read More

How To Log Off Your Mac After A Set Period Of Inactivity

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All operating systems have a setting that will automatically lock the current user's session if the user has been inactive for too long. User have the option to set how long this period of inactivity should be. Locking your screen is of course different from logging out of your system. A locked screen prevents others from accessing your desktop but logging out of a system will close the session you have open; your browser will be closed, Skype will exit, and so will any and all other apps you might have open. If you're looking to automatically log out your Mac after a set period of inactivity as opposed to it just locking, OS X has a built-in function that lets you do just that. Here's where it is. Read More

Search Slack For Files By Type And Delete Them All

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Slack is possibly the most popular messenger app used today by teams small and medium sized. It's possible even larger teams use Slack given how well it understands messaging needs in the work place. One of the things I love about Slack is how easy it is to find files in a conversation and that's one of the areas I think it really beats out every other messaging service. Slack Deletron is a free web app built to make deleting files from Slack easier. It allows you to search files by type that you've shared or that are private, and delete them one-by-one, or all in one go. You can search files by type and at present Slack Deletron supports filters for images, PDFs, Google Docs, snippets, and zipped files. Read More

How To Record Your iPhone Screen On OS X

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Recording your iPhone screen isn't easy unless you have a jailbroken device. Even then you might not get a great recording experience or you might have to buy an app that can record the screen well enough to meet your needs. If you own a Mac though life is simple and you can share your iPhone's or iPad's screen or record it with the tools already available on an out-of-the-box Mac. All you really need is the QuickTime Player, a lightning cable, and an iOS device running iOS 8 or above. Read More

Automatically Quit Or Hide An App If It’s Been Inactive Too Long [OS X]

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We use multiple apps a day at any given time on our desktops. Most people have a set number of routine apps that they will open as soon as they boot into their desktops. Other apps that aren't routinely used but are still needed on occasion are launched when they're needed and some apps like iTunes will open when you connect your iPhone to your Mac. If you often forget to close apps you no longer need to use then Quitter is a free OS X app that you might find useful. It automatically quits or hides an app if it's been inactive too long. The user decides how long is too long by setting the inactivity period in minutes using Quitter. Read More

How To Search For Music By Genre Or Label On Spotify

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Spotify lets you search for a track of your choice, or it lets you search tracks by album, artist, or perhaps a radio station. What it doesn't let you do is search for songs by genre. It isn't that Spotify hasn't sorted its library into genres. That's unimaginable for a music service and Spotify is no different. The genre's are definitely there and you can even search a particular genre of your choice if you know how to do it. Read More

New Features In Firefox 44 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 44 is out for both desktop and Android with few noteworthy features for end users. Developers are likely to appreciate the slew of new animations tools added in the web console on the desktop version. For Android users, there's the ability to set a custom home page and hide the speed dial i.e. Top Sites panel. Firefox for iOS did not receive a simultaneous update however, it has been updated twice this month, once with bug and security fixes, and once with two major feature additions to the app. You can now request the desktop version of a website and use third-party password managers on iOS. Here's a detailed look at the major new additions in Firefox 44. Read More

Check If Your Computer Is Compatible With The Oculus Rift

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The Oculus Rift is one of the most promising VR headsets to enter the market. Though the device has been out for a few years, it is now finally available for purchase to the general masses for a pretty high price. Before you buy it though, there is something to stop and consider and that is if your current computer setup can run the device or not. To run the Oculus Rift you are going to need a very powerful computer. Even something you might have bought a few months ago might not do the trick. Fortunately, Oculus Rift has released an app to test your system's compatibility for the device. Read More

How To Set Up Plex To Cast Movies & TV Shows Over Chromecast [Guide]

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Plex is an app that is exceptionally popular for streaming movies and TV shows. It's become a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast. The app plays media in exceptional quality and you can add your media library to it making it super easy to access and play. It supports a large number of media formats and is built to recognize episode and seasons of TV shows. The only tricky part is setting it up. If you've been wanting to try Plex out on your computer but aren't quite clear on how to get it to read your library, here's a quick guide to help you do just that and start casting to your TV. Read More

How To Cast Your Desktop Audio To Chromecast

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Windows 10 has native support for the Chromecast and it's terrible. More often than not, the OS simply fails to find the Chromecast device even though apps and browser extensions installed on the system can find it just fine. If you're using any version of Windows that isn't Windows 10, you have to rely on your audio or video app of choice to support Chromecast. Audio Caster is a free app available for both Windows and OS X that lets you cast all audio from your computer to your Chromecast. You need only launch the app and select your device to begin casting the audio. Read More

How To Load External Subtitles When Playing A Movie On Chromecast

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VLC player has yet to add support for Chromecast. VLC player can play just about any sort of file and it has some great features that are otherwise lacking in the default media players that come with our operating systems. People use it over their default players simply because it is so amazing and the lack of support for the Chromecast is a problem. One awesome VLC feature is the ability to load external subtitles. Windows Media Player simply won't let you do this and with VLC not yet supporting Chromecast, we don't have that many options in terms of media players that will do this for us. That doesn't mean we have no options though. Here are two ways to stream a video/movie to the Chromecast and load external subtitles from your Mac or PC. Read More

How To Format A USB Or External HDD So It Works On Both Windows & OS X

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Windows and OS X are two very different operating systems. Each has its own set of features that make it unique and when a user of either one switches to the other platform, there are many a growing pains to be felt followed by attempts to mould one OS to function as much like the other one as possible. If you use both a Mac and a Windows PC though you're mostly trying to set things up so that the two very different operating systems play nice with each. One of the first things to tackle if you use both these operating systems is an easy way to transfer files and share storage devices and that's where the difference between the two is underlined. Windows reads drives on the NTFS file system whereas OS X does so with the HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) file system. These two do not play nice with each other but here's how you can get a USB, external HDD, or other storage device, to be readable and writeable on both operating systems. Read More

Enable Compression Tool In VLC Player To Fix Movies With Loud Action And Quiet Dialogue Sounds

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Interstellar is an excellent movie that I got to see in a theater with surround sound. I'd recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat even though I still have my doubts about what Matthew Mcconaughey was saying at times and I'm partially deaf from the loud sound track. This is, unfortunately, a thing with some movies. Literally every sound from a car stopping suddenly to the phone ringing, is super loud but when the actors talk, it sounds as though the movie were filmed in a library during working hours. It's annoying and most people who watch movies on their computers will resort to increasing and decreasing the volume to spare their ears. If you use VLC player though, it has a compression tool that you can enable and it will fix the problem altogether. Here's how it works. Read More

Apple September 2015 Event All Device Specs & Pricing

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The Apple Event has just ended (just the music part left now) and that pencil got me drooling. A larger iPad has indeed been announced and it comes with lots of improvements. There's Apple TV with Siri now integrated in it. The App Store can now be accessed from Apple TV and then there's a Smart Keyboard that you can hook up to the new iPad Pro. Here's a brief look at the devices announced today complete with price and specs. Read More