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By Scott Fegette | Thursday, May 28, 2015

You Don't Need to Play an Instrument to Rock GarageBand


We all hear an original melody in our heads from time to time. And it’s easy to let those fleeting moments of musical inspiration slip by if you don’t play an instrument.

But if you’ve got GarageBand installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can use its Smart Instruments to quickly sketch out songs even if you’ve never tickled an ivory, beat a snare, or fingered a single fret.

Let’s take a quick peek at the Smart Instruments one-by-one, and how you can use them to make a great song out of that tune in your head.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Use Your Apple Devices Together with Handoff

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When the apps we use day-to-day are scattered across phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers—things can get confusing.

You might start an email on your iPhone, but after a page of painful texting, realize it would be easier to finish it on your laptop. Or you might have left a document open on your office computer upstairs, but you need to access it from your tablet while taking a phone call downstairs. If you’ve got more than one device, you can probably relate.

Apple’s recent releases of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 tackle this digital dilemma with a new feature called Handoff, which allows you to easily, well, “hand off” certain tasks between devices.

For example, open your MacBook Pro’s current browser tab on your iPhone. Pass that spreadsheet on your iPhone to your iPad Air for a bit more breathing room. Respond to that desktop IM message on your iPhone.

It’s a pretty compelling promise—but does Handoff walk the walk? Let’s set it up, and take a look.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5 Reasons to Love GarageBand — from a Skeptic

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I used to think GarageBand was an odd toy: too complex for a novice songwriter to use, and too underpowered for a serious musician. But after giving it a fair shake, turns out I was completely wrong.

There’s a lot to like about GarageBand whether you’re a seasoned pro or an eager beginner—especially if you have more than one Apple device.

Here are five reasons why a skeptic like me ended up falling in love with GarageBand.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, April 17, 2015

A Peek Into the Life of Game Developers at an Indie Studio

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What does it take to be a successful independent game developer in today’s competitive, multi-platform market?

We asked Christine Clark and Matt Marshall of indie game studio Wayward for a peek into the life of a game developer.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Turbocharge Your Typing on iPads and iPhones


Typing on iPads or iPhones will always feel like a second-class experience compared to the raw efficiency of a physical keyboard.

Fortunately, there are lots of shortcuts and tricks to help—and with iOS 8, Apple added the ability to install third-party keyboard extensions to make text entry and typing on iOS devices even easier.

Here are your options.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Use These Siri Commands to Manage Texts, Emails, and More

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With today’s hectic pace of life, it’s hard to stay on top of correspondence. And maintaining an empty email inbox can seem an unattainable goal for everyone but the obsessively efficient.

Fortunately, if you’ve got an iPhone or iPad with Siri, you’ve got a built-in social assistant at your beck and call.

Not only is Siri handy for managing your day-to-day logistics, but with a few Siri commands, you can have her manage your social interactions, as well. Here’s what Siri can do for you:

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Inside the Logic Pro X 10.1 Update


Logic Pro X 10.1 may be just an incremental upgrade for Apple’s flagship digital audio workstation, but underneath the hood it feels like a full release in itself.

Apple claims the Logic Pro X 10.1 update is focused on EDM (electronic dance music) and hip-hop productions, but the new beat-generation tools, updated sounds and instruments, and streamlined editing features have something to offer no matter what type of music you’re making.

Let’s take a look at the great new features in Logic Pro X.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, February 02, 2015

Text-Editing Tips: How to Copy and Paste on iPad and iPhone


Despite the power of today’s iPhones and iPads, the basic task of editing text on them can still feel clunky compared to the ease of doing so on a desktop or laptop computer.

Simple text-editing tasks like cutting and pasting can feel foreign at best.

Let me show you how to copy and paste on iPads and iPhones—plus how to use other handy text-editing features.

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