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How To Change Notification Center in OS X Content & Order

Notification Center in OS X, like its counterpart in iOS, is a powerful tool for keeping you up-to-date with the headlines of your day. Whether it be your next calendar appointment or the latest update from a friend on Facebook, you can find it all in one place with a two-finger swipe of your Touchpad on your Mac.  And, just like in iOS, Notification Center in OS X can be configured to give you the information you want most at the top rather than having to scroll up and down to get it.  It’s quick and easy to do and I’ll show you how to configure Notification Center to your liking.

Dear Foursquare, I hate Foursquare Swarm

Dear Foursquare,

I have had the pleasure of writing reviews and opinions on all things mobile for over 10 years now.  I’ve enjoyed it and for the most part, it has been a positive experience.  Apps have come a long way in that time and when I started, social networking didn’t even exist.

When you came out with your service in 2009 it took me a while to jump on admittedly but once I did, it became my addiction.  I checked in everywhere and the fun of earning that mayorship or getting a new badge made it all the better.  Then earlier this year you decided to launch Foursquare Swarm.  And in one shot you made Foursquare less fun.  And after several months of using Swarm, I’m here to tell you that I positively hate it.  With vigour and passion.  I. Hate. It.

How To Close Multiple Apps on iOS 7

One of the great features of iOS is the ability to quickly and easily close apps to save battery power and processing power.  Although the platform is good at multitasking, closing down apps does have its benefits.  It was introduced in iOS 6 and in iOS 7 it was improved with a more gestures-based way of closing apps simply by swiping up on your screen after you double-tap the Home button.  But did you know you can close multiple apps on iOS 7 at once?

Neither did I until I stumbled upon it last week.  It was, as they say, one of those “Where have you been all my life” moments!

How To Enable Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite Beta

There has been a lot of talk since WWDC 2014 about Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite.  Dark Mode, for those who are not sure, allows you to turn the translucent menus, toolbars and window headers dark instead of the standard translucent look that is dominating the new look of OS X Yosemite.  Why would you want to do this?  If you are doing photo or video editing, the translucent mode could be a distraction.  Think of it as turning a bit of the eye candy off in OS X Yosemite.

The mode was not available until Preview 3 which was only open to developers.  Now that Preview 4 is out and it is the public beta build of OS X Yosemite, you can now enable this feature to try it out for yourself.

Take Our Poll – Have You Installed OS X Yosemite Beta Yet?

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Last Friday Apple released the public beta of OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of their desktop Operating System which is due for general availability in September of this year.  The Yosemite beta, the first such public beta since OS X 10.0 (yes, 10 releases ago) so its kinda big news in the Apple world.  Our question is did you install it?

According to our site analytics, many of you have installed it.  Since last Friday, OS X 10.10 has accounted for 17.38% of the traffic here to the site.  Not bad at all given that OS X 10.6 still accounts for 6.38% after all these years.  I suspect that it will continue to grow.

So tell us, did you install the OS X Yosemite Beta?

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If you have any comments we would love to hear those too especially if you have run into any issues (it is beta after all) or if you are regretting your decision to upgrade.

By-the-way, Apple still have OS X Yosemite beta downloads available on the AppleSeed site.

 

How To Add An iTunes Gift Card to Passbook

This week Apple in Australia, Japan and The United States gave iTunes account holders the ability to add iTunes Gift Cards to their Passbook on their iPhone.  It saves you from having to go to a store and purchase them and scan them in to iTunes in order to use them for app, books, movies and music purchases.  Even better, you can go to your local Apple store and add money to your iTunes card in Passbook at any time.  Adding an iTunes Gift Card to Passbook is not entirely intuitive so here is a step-by-step how to guide on how to get it added on your iPhone.

The Apple Enterprise Play Taking Shape With IBM Deal

One of the killer features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that will be coming this fall is the ability to answer a call coming in on your iPhone on your Mac.  I highlighted this in an article I wrote back in June on how Apple may very well move the enterprise telephony goalposts with this feature.  This week Apple and IBM announced an agreement where the two giants will be working together to develop enterprise applications and solutions to get iPads and iPhones more into the enterprise.  Putting the tumultuous history these companies have had in the past aside, it is becoming ever more clear that Apple has their eyes set on the enterprise with this combination of features and this agreement.  We are now starting to see how the Apple enterprise play is starting to take shape.

Siri, Pay Attention. Google is Kicking Your Ass

Over the past few weeks I’ve been conducting a little experiment.  I’ve always been a big fan of Siri and use it regularly, particularly to get information on where I am or where I am going.  But lately I’ve been using Google Search and their new Voice Search functionality to get the same information.  And while the content is reasonably similar between the two services, there is one area that Google is kicking your ass Siri.

Speech Recognition.