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Mac 101: Use Quick Look to create an instant slideshow from your photos

Did you know that OS X has a handy feature for easily previewing a bunch photos in a slideshow format? It's a basic slideshow with no option to add music, but it is perfect if you want to quickly show a handful of your photos to your friends or...

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A roundup of last week's popular and featured articles on TUAW

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: Apple's failed attempts at taking...

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iPhone 101: How to use Reader mode in Safari to simplify web pages for reading

It doesn't take long to get annoyed by ads and images that clutter your reading space in Safari when you are trying to digest a long-form article on your iPhone or iPad. To clear your browser window and bring focus to the words on the page, you can...

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The ultimate Mac user's guide to Minecraft on OS X - mods, skins, and more

Minecraft is an amazing game thanks largely to a massive community of creative individuals who spend their free time tweaking, modifying, and overhauling just about every aspect of the experience. The game can be played in its "vanilla" version...

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Mac 101: How to enable or disable automatic app downloads

Just like iOS, OS X now has an automatic update feature that allows you to install updates from the Mac App Store without lifting a finger to click. This feature was added in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and remains the latest version, OS X 10.9...

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iPhone 101: Use Safari AutoFill to enter information into web forms on your iOS device

Typing on a mobile keyboard can be a pain, especially when you are entering information into a long web form. To make it easier, you can enable the useful AutoFill feature in Safari, which will automatically enter contact and credit card information...

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How to identify battery-draining apps in OS X

Notice that your MacBook battery level is falling at an alarming rate? Want to find out which apps are causing the power to drain? There are two easy ways to identify apps that are consuming the battery in your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. First,...

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How to autoimport your iPhone photos using OS X's Image Capture

Image Capture for OS X has been around for a long time, but many new Mac users are not aware of the photo importing tool. The handy utility sits in the "Other" folder in Launch Pad or in the Applications folder and can be used to import your iPhone...

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How to permanently remove Notification Center from OS X

Some OS X users have a love-hate relationship with Notification Center. They appreciate the occasional alert, but don't enjoy the continuous stream when they are busy and don't want to be disturbed. These OSX users can easily disable Notifications...

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How to create an animated GIF from your existing burst mode photos

Burst mode shooting in iOS 7 captures a series of quick-fire photos, allowing you to grab that perfect shot that you likely would have missed if you were taking photos one at a time. When you are done shooting, you are left with a single entry in...

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How to use the iOS Compass for basic land navigation

iOS ships with a basic compass that you can use to find your basic heading when driving or hiking. It's not as robust as some third-party orienteering apps, but it will work in a pinch when these other apps are not available. When you launch the...

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Mac 101: Using the keyboard viewer in OS X Mavericks

The keyboard viewer in OS X has been serving as a useful tool for a long time, allowing users to view keyboard characters with a few clicks of their mouse. Though Apple continues to include the utility in OS X, it has changed its location in the...

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iPhone 101: How to enable automatic app, music and iBook downloads

Automatic downloads in iOS is an iCloud feature that provides owners with the option to download new Apps, music or books automatically when they purchase the content from the App Store, iTunes or the iBookstore. In iOS 7, it'll also automatically...

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How to find an app that's missing on your iOS device

I'm an app-aholic. I have far too many apps on my iOS device, and I add more almost every day. I don't always take the time to organize them, so my homescreen panels sometimes become a jumbled mess of random apps.The chaos is occasionally fun, but...

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Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 5:00:00 PM ET. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+. To watch the live feed and...

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iOS 7 video tip: Tweaking the Calendar time picker

TUAW reader Rob Kellogg sent us this nifty tip we hadn't seen before. When you're entering event start and end times in the iOS 7 Calendar app, the minutes in the time picker usually flow by one by one, which can make time entry relatively slow....

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