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Welcome to another installment of Tips and Tricks, the series that aims to teach you something new about your Apple stuff. This time, we’ll be taking a look at Siri and how changing one or two words in your query can produce completely different results. Read more »

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iMessage, the new free messaging service introduced in iOS 5, is easy to set up, but group messaging can be a bit harder to work out straight away. There are a couple of limitations to know about, but generally, group messages work really well with iMessage. Read more »


Normally, if you ask Siri to tweet for you, it’ll say it can’t help with Twitter. If you ask about Facebook, you’ll get even less of a response. However, using both these social networks’ SMS features, you can get Siri to update Twitter and Facebook indirectly. Read more »


iOS 5 is the biggest update yet to Apple’s mobile operating system. Along with over 100 other features, it brings Notification Center, an improved way to manage push notifications on your iPhone or iPad. Read on to learn how to get started using Notification Center. Read more »


As soon as Apple announced the new Siri feature in the iPhone 4S, Twitter went crazy with people making jokes about the new personal assistant feature. A simple search for Siri on Twitter will show up an almost endless list of tweets. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite gags below. Read more »

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In this instalment of tips and tricks, we’ll be focusing on Mail 5, the new version that ships with Lion. There are a number of changes to the app that you might not be aware of, and some handy trips from past versions that still apply. Read more »


The menu bar in OS X doesn’t just contain the menus for the application you’re currently using; it can also hold all sorts of helpful extras that can be accessed from any application with just one click, and make using OS X a little easier. Read more »


Apple now has a free tool available for Lion that, once downloaded, will allow you to create another recovery drive using a USB drive instead. It’s now very easy to create your own Apple-sanction Lion install and recovery drive. Just follow these steps. Read more »

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Google released a relatively small update to its Google+ app for iOS on Monday. It doesn’t introduce any extraordinary new features, but does add compatibility with the iPad and iPod touch, and fixes bugs in iOS 5. There are also some additions to the Huddle feature. Read more »


When Snow Leopard arrived, it came with an updated version of QuickTime, called QuickTime Player X. It lost a lot of features from the previous release, QuickTime 7. With Lion, a new version of QuickTime Player drops the “X” and gains a few more advanced features. Read more »

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We’re launching a new feature here at TAB. Every month, we’ll ask you, our readers, what we can help you with. We’ll take a few of the hottest topics, assign articles and post them to the site. Have questions? Ask TAB in the comments. Read more »


Often, you’ll want to transfer some piece of data — a link, contact information or a photo, for example — from one of your iOS devices to another. Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn’t natively support Bluetooth file transfer like most phones. Luckily, there are other workarounds. Read more »


If you’re going paperless by transferring all your printed documents to digital text or PDF files, using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) makes the job much easier by eliminating manual input. Luckily, you can use your iPhone to do OCR, eliminating the need for any additional equipment. Read more »


At the WWDC Keynote on Monday, Phil Schiller went through a few facts about the success of the App Store. In the six months it has been open, the Mac App Store has become the No. 1 channel for purchasing Mac software, surpassing big retail stores. Read more »


Welcome to another instalment of Tips and Tricks, the series of articles aiming to teach you something you didn’t know about your Apple products. Let’s continue by looking at iPhoto, and some ways of speeding up your workflow and making it easier to manipulate your collection. Read more »


It’s possible to encrypt an iOS backup using iTunes. However, a piece of software has just been released which allows the encryption to be cracked, therefore giving someone full access to the data stored in your backup, so reconsider what you store on your device. Read more »

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Chances are, there’s a lot of personal information and data stored on your iPhone or iPad. The last thing you want is someone finding your data and using it maliciously. You can encrypt your backup, but what about if someone gets hold of your actual device? Read more »


There are some Unicode characters which are useful (and fun) to be able to type. However, while some of them are readily accessible using the keyboard, most are hidden away in the Character Viewer. Here’s how to use actual Unicode codes to type these special symbols. Read more »


iChat is a great little chat client, especially considering it’s included in OS X. However, a common complaint is that it doesn’t support IM networks such as MSN or Facebook chat. Here’s a way to chat to friends on networks which aren’t technically supported by iChat. Read more »


The notification system in iOS is useful, but it can get a little overwhelming sometimes. Luckily, there is a way to disable notifications on a per-app basis, so that you can retain notifications for useful things like to-do reminders while cutting down on less-useful ones. Read more »


All sales of any of Panic software between 10:00 a.m., March 17 and 10:00 a.m., March 18 (PDT) will be split between the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Mercy Corps based in Portland, Ore. for use in relief efforts in Japan, the company announced today. Read more »


At the Apple event today, we heard details about the latest installment of iOS, version 4.3. The developer beta has been available for a while now, but the public release has now been announced, and Apple revealed acouple tricks that even the beta hadn’t yet introduced. Read more »


With the nearly guaranteed iPad 2 announcement drawing near, there are going to be a lot of used first generation iPads soon going up for sale. Here’s how to best prepare your used iPad for sale, for both yourself and its new owner. Read more »


Over the weekend, I bought myself a brand new 15-inch MacBook Pro. Having previously owned a 2008 model, non-Pro MacBook, I knew it was going to be faster, but I didn’t realize just how much of an improvement it would really be. Read more »


If you’re planning on buying a new machine, it’s a great idea to sell your old Mac to cover some of the new computer’s cost. If you choose to go this route, make sure to follow these steps to prepare your used machine for new ownership. Read more »

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