How to use Notification Centre widgets in OS X Yosemite

With OS X Yosemite, released just a few months ago, Apple has unified some of the features with their iOS counterparts. In particular, the ability to add widgets to your Mac’s Notification Centre is a very welcome addition, which makes the feature that much more useful. There is a fair selection of widgets already available in […]

Mastering Messages in OS X Yosemite

In OS X Yosemite, Apple has improved the Messages app by adding features that make it more similar to Messages on iOS devices. The basic functionality is still essentially the same, but you can now do things like start a screen sharing session and send a voice clip. Messages has blossomed into a very usable messaging […]

How to setup and use Family Sharing

Family Sharing is a great new iOS 8 feature which lets you share your iTunes and App store purchases with your entire family, even without sharing the same Apple ID. Also, young children must ask for permission before they are allowed to buy anything, and you’ll receive the request and have to accept or deny from […]

Screen sharing using Messages on OS X Yosemite

Older versions of OS X provided screen sharing capability that was built into the iChat application, and worked with AIM and Jabber accounts. When iChat was replaced by Messages in OS X Mountain Lion, the feature was still available but in Yosemite, Apple makes it even easier to share your computer’s screen with another Mac user, right from the Messages application. Before you begin screen sharing […]

AirDrop – how to share files between a Mac and iOS

What is AirDrop? AirDrop was first introduced to the Mac in OS X Lion, as an easy way to share files between computers without having to use email or even an USB drive. It makes sending files between devices extremely quick and simple. AirDrop was also available on iOS from iOS 7 but unfortunately wasn’t compatible with OS X. Thankfully, with […]

How to use the new features in iTunes 12

When iTunes 12 was released recently (for OS X Yosemite users and as an update for current iTunes users), Apple added a few improvements and some subtle changes that were definitely an improvement over iTunes 11. iTunes was last updated in 2012, which saw a major overhaul compared with iTunes 10, but despite the updates, not everything […]

How to create an Instant Hotspot in iOS 8

What is an Instant Hotspot Sometimes, especially when travelling and you don’t have access to reliable Wi-Fi, the only way to get online with your Mac is to connect to the Internet through your iPhone’s cellular data connection. The iPhone already has a built in Personal Hotspot feature, which basically turns your iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot that can […]

No personal hotspot option, fix

The Personal Hotspot feature lets you use your iPhone’s or iPad’s cellular data connection to connect your computers or other devices to the Internet. Some users reported that after updating to iOS 8 (and 8.1), their Personal Hotspot settings disappeared. In this article, I will explain all possible reasons why you may not see the option for […]