Sunday, December 21, 2014

Delete iCloud Tabs

In iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, you can now delete iCloud tabs from any device connected to your iCloud. Just go to iCloud tabs, and delete them by clicking on the "x" on a Mac, or swipe to the left on an iCloud tab on an iOS device. It's that simple! I hope this helps!

Click the "x" on an iCloud tab for OS X

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Quickly Find Attachments In Messages

Did you know that you can quickly access all of the attachments that you've sent in a conversation? Just go to a conversation and tap "Details" in the top-right corner. Scroll down to find all of the attachments in the chat. I hope this helps!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Remove iOS 8 Spotlight Suggestions

Let's be honest... Spotlight Suggestions in iOS 8 never really help us. I mean, it shows websites and App Store suggestions. If I need those, I'll go to their respective apps. So, how can I get rid of these annoying suggestions? Simple! Just go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search > and turn off Spotlight Suggestions. Now you can search without random suggestions and advertisements.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hanukkah Easter Egg in Google Search

As you may know, it's currently Hanukkah. If you search 'Hanukkah' (or a similar spelling) in Google, you'll be greeted with a Hanukkah themed Google page. There is a dreidel and a menorah. It's a nice little Easter Egg that not everyone will see. Be sure to check it out while it's there. I'm not sure how long it will it stay up, so enjoy it while it's still Hanukkah (December 16th - December 23rd for this year).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Apple Posts The Story Behind Holiday Ad 'The Song'

Today, Apple posted a behind the scenes look of this year's holiday ad, 'The Song'. It talks about he voice-o-graph and how Dana Williams, the granddaughter in the film, used musical talent and GarageBand to create her song. Check out the embeds below.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

iPhone 6 Is The Most Searched Consumer Electronic On Google

Every year, Google will post a year in review page with a statistic on what were the most Googled searches in that year. This year, the search term "iPhone 6" outnumbered all the other consumer electronics. The runner-up is "Samsung Galaxy S5". What's interesting about this is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been available for about five more months than the iPhone 6. Last year, "iPhone 5s" took third place. Be sure to check out Google's year in review page, as it's very comprehensive and interesting.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Monday, December 15, 2014

Apple Employees Receive Apple-Branded Incase Backpacks As Holiday Gift

Every year, Apple employees receive some gift from Apple for their hard work. This year, employees received an Incase backpack with Apple's logo on it. On eBay, employees are selling the backpacks for about $99, as opposed to the $59 retail price without the custom branding. 

In addition to the backpack, a poem was delivered to the employees.
This is our gift to you. 
But it can never compare to what you've given. 
What does it take to give a gift? It takes thoughtfulness. Compassion. And sometimes, sacrifice of your time, your talent, and your heart, 
These are the gifts you give: kindness, knowledge, humor, and patience. You give them when you cover for a teammate, so they can go on a much-deserved break. When you send an email recognizing a job well done. Or when you grab an extra coffee for a friend before you clock in. 
You give these gifts whether it's the beginning of the season, or the end of a very long day. You do it over, and over, and over again. 
Amazing products are designed in Cupertino. Amazing moments are made by you. These moments are your gift this holiday season -- to your customers, to your team, and to the world. 
Thank you.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Apple Releases New 'The Song' Ad For The Holidays

As is tradition for them, Apple has released a heartwarming holiday advertisement. This year, it's called "The Song". It depicts a girl finding a present her grandmother sent to what seems to be her grandfather. The present included a note to the grandfather noting how they couldn't be together for the holidays and a record with the grandmother singing "Love Is Here To Stay". The girl secretly learns the song on multiple instruments and learns the lyrics. She then combines her song with that of her grandmother's. She leaves the audio file on an iPad mini with a note that says, "A Duet, Press Play". The grandmother listens to the song and looks at the pictures that were left with the iPad mini and the note. The memories bring the grandmother to tears of joy as the granddaughter watches from above.

Although last year's holiday advertisement, called "Misunderstood", has been taken down by Apple, you can watch a re-uploaded version in the embed below. Credit to Matthew Miller.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Quickly Reply to Text Messages With iOS 8

Let's say you're watching a video and don't want to switch between apps to reply to a friend who's texting you. There's something for that in iOS 8. If you don't want to have to open the Messages app to reply to a message, just use this trick. When you receive a banner notification from a text message (shown below on left image), just pull down on it to get a reply sheet. From there, you can send a message without leaving the app. I hope this helps!

Friday, December 12, 2014

QuickTime Player Has Hidden Credits

The other day, I decided to randomly look at the "About QuickTime" window for no reason and stared at it for about 10 seconds. If you wait about that long, you will find the low resolution logos of companies who helped make QuickTime possible. It's a neat little Easter Egg. I think it's funny that Apple tried to hide it like that. Maybe it was because of the low resolution on the logos or that Apple plain-out didn't want to mention their existence. I mean, people barely look at the "About [Application]" section anyways. Why would they stare at it for 10 seconds anyways? Here's a GIF I made to stare at.