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By Scott Fegette | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Turbocharge Your Typing on iPads and iPhones

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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

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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

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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.

By Scott Fegette | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Using Siri: How to Get the Most out of Your iPhone Assistant

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When Siri first debuted on the iPhone 4, I upgraded immediately. The thought of voice-activating my life drew me in like a magnet.

But after my first few tries, the reality of using Siri day-to-day fell far short of what I’d expected.

I didn’t give up, though. And despite periods of frustration, I finally learned how to get the most out of Siri. Now I use her many times a day, with great success. Here’s how:

By Scott Fegette | Friday, January 09, 2015

Use the Popular MEAN Stack to Build Web Apps

What's the MEAN Stack?

Web technology evolves at Internet speeds, so finding the right combination of solutions for your web apps can be tricky for a web developer. From front-end frameworks to back-end server and database environments, arriving at the right blend of technologies for your projects takes experimentation, trial, and error.

If you’re looking to streamline your existing web app development workflow, the increasingly popular MEAN stack (a handy acronym referring to the combination of MongoDB, Express.JS, Angular.JS, and Node.JS) is a great choice. Here’s what it is, and how to get started with it.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver — Start to Finish

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Having a website is now table stakes for today’s working professionals (and darn near a requirement for anyone doing business in this day and age), and Dreamweaver’s always been a great choice for building and maintaining websites.

However, Dreamweaver is also a professional application with tons of functionality packed inside, and can prove difficult to learn. Here’s a roadmap showing you how to build a website with Dreamweaver — as well as a strong foundational skill set for building websites in general.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

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It’s said that a picture’s worth a thousand words, and when you need to communicate what’s happening on your Mac screen, getting a clear screenshot of what you’re talking about can make all the difference.

Taking a screenshot in OS X isn’t difficult if you know the “secret key combinations”, but they’re not as obvious as the Print Screen key on Windows systems. For the Mac power user, there are also several handy utilities that can supercharge your screenshots with annotations, graphics, and various ways of sharing. Here are some great options for taking a screenshot on a Mac.

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