Mary’s X Files, February 2015

How to recover deleted photos on your iPhone or iPad
~iMore
If you’re running iOS 8, and it’s been under 30 days since you deleted the photo, you can easily get it back. Here’s how!

  • Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later.
  • Tap on the Albums tab in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on the album titled Recently Deleted.
  • Tap on the photo you’d like to recover and tap on Recover in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on Recover Photo in the popup menu.

How to recover multiple deleted photos on your iPhone or iPad
~iMore

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later.
  2. Tap on the Albums tab in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on the album titled Recently Deleted.
  4. Tap on Select in the top navigation.
  5. Tap on all the photos you’d like to recover — or tap on Recover All at the bottom to recover all deleted photos.
  6. Tap on Recover in the bottom right hand navigation.
  7. Tap on Recover Photos in the popup menu.

How to turn on and edit the Bookmarks bar in Safari
~iMore
A few weeks ago, I received a panicked call from my sister. “My Favorites are gone! I don’t know where they went and I don’t know how to get them back.” The favorites in question weren’t Instagram likes or Twitter stars — no, her new work Mac had come with its Bookmarks favorites bar disabled.

It’s not uncommon to see this in new OS X Yosemite Macs; Safari’s default view sports as few buttons and switches as possible, so as to immerse yourself in the Web browsing experience. But it’s an easy fix to reenable the Favorites bar and even edit it.

Turning the Bookmarks or Favorites bar on is a relatively simple process.

  • Open Safari.
  • Select the View menu
  • Find Show Favorites Bar
  • Enable it.
  • (If you like keyboard shortcuts, you can also use Command-Shift-B to show or hide the bar.)

Something You Can Do in Yosemite that You Couldn’t Do in Mavericks
~Gizmodo
Another new feature previously seen on iOS 8, OS X Yosemite brings the Today view to the Notification Center and opens the floor to any third-party app extensions that want a piece of the action too. Wunderlist, 1Password, Pocket and Monity are some of the non-Apple apps that have already added support.

The many superpowers of Apple’s Preview app
~Macworld

Sign documents
Adding your signature to documents is easy. Open the Markup toolbar by clicking the toolbox icon at the upper right, and then click the Signature tool (it looks like a tiny signature). Either draw your signature using your trackpad or mouse or use your Mac’s iSight camera to photograph a signature you’ve scribed onto white paper. Either way, Preview captures your signature with transparency, so you can gracefully plop it atop any document or image (say, for a quick watermark).

You can capture a signature with your trackpad or iSight camera (top). Once your signature is captured, it appears as a menu item of the Sign tool for easy access (bottom).

Reduce PDF file size
To slim the file size of any PDF (by reducing image quality), choose File > Export. In the resulting dialog box, choose PDF from the Format menu and then choose Reduce File Size from the Quartz Filter menu. Click Save and call it done.

Merge multiple files into one PDF

Preview can easily merge multiple files into a single PDF (say, to combine scanned documents or to combine a PDF with an image). To do it, open the first PDF or image, choose View > Thumbnails, and then drag other files—single or multiple pages of any dimensions—from the desktop onto the thumbnail sidebar. Drag thumbnails to reorder pages within your newly combined PDF and then save the file.

Rotate pages in a PDF

To rotate a single page within a multi-page PDF (handy for scanned receipts), choose View > Thumbnails and then select the thumbnails of the pages you want to rotate. Next, click the Rotate button in the toolbar or choose Tools > Rotate Left or Tools > Rotate Right.

 

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2015

http://www.imore.com/secret-siri-commands-ten-ways-amp-your-digital-assistant
Get to know Siri (she’s improving). Here are 12 secret commands you may not know about. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/siri-ultimate-guide
Here’s a Siri guide for you to review.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2874170/how-to-cull-your-iphoto-library.html#tk.rss_all
Here’s a good wintertime activity. Learn how to eliminate duplicate and poor photos from your iPhoto library and then do it. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/avoid-mackeeper
MacKeeper – read about it here and AVOID it! Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/how-set-your-new-mac
Is a new Mac in your future? This site provides the step-by-step process you need to follow to set up your new Mac. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/m968edu
This is Part 2 of the article used in Bookmarks last month. You’ll learn more of the power of Apple’s free Preview app. If you missed Part 1 – here’s the link. http://tinyurl.com/l2erfnx
Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/nk8es5k
Here’s an update on Apple Pay. Try it – you’ll like it!

http://tinyurl.com/lougcb4
It won’t be long before the launch of OS X 10.10.3 and Photos for OS X. Read about Photos here and be ready for the transition.

http://www.imore.com/what-you-need-know-about-photos-os-x
More information on Photos for OS X, as well as a launch date projection of April 2015. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152
One more thing! How about setting up two-step verification for your Apple ID. Your Apple ID is key to many things you do with Apple. Only you should have access to your account details, be able to update your password, access the data you store with iCloud, make purchases in iTunes and the App Store. Add another layer of security with two-step verification.

Mary’s X Files, January 2015

iOS 8 – Hey Siri
~DanFrakes.com
Finally, a feature I didn’t think I’d use much, but I’ve come to like, is the new “Hey Siri” option. Hidden inside Settings > General > Siri, enabling this option lets you activate Siri by saying—wait for it—”Hey Siri” instead of holding down the Home button. The catch is that this works only when the device is connected to a power source (i.e., charging). I initially assumed that this restriction would reduce the usefulness of Hey Siri, but then I realized that the place I’m most likely to use Hey Siri is also the one place my phone is always charging during use: in the car.

iOS 8 – Live dictation
~DanFrakes.com
Perhaps my favorite new Siri trick is live dictation. Siri used to work by listening to you talk, then sending a recording of your dictation to the cloud, then (a few seconds later) returning results. Under iOS 8, Siri shows you its interpretation of your speech on the fly—there’s just an ever-so-short delay for each word.

Not only does this improvement make Siri faster and more responsive, but it means you see immediately if Siri has made a mistake in transcription. Instead of speaking a long text message, for example, and waiting to see if the results are what you intended, you see, as you’re talking, if the message is correct.

Yosemite -Make phone calls
~Gizmodo.com
You can send texts and make calls from your Mac through your iPhone, as long as they’re using the same iCloud account. From the Messages app on your Mac, open Preferences then the Accounts tab—make sure your phone number is ticked and selected in the Start new conversations from drop-down list.

Yosemite – Handoff to other devices
~Gizmodo.com
Another major new feature is Handoff, the ability to start tasks on a computer then send them to a mobile device (or vice versa). You’ll need to activate it on both your Mac and your iPhone/iPad, then a prompt appears whenever you’re using a compatible app (like Mail or Safari).

Easy Flashlight Off in iOS8
~iOS8 ATC Crash Course (Take Control Book)
To turn off the flashlight without returning to Control Center, swipe the Camera icon up on the iPhone’s lock screen.”

Re-enable the Library Folder (Mavericks & Yosemite)
~Macworld
With OS X Lion, Apple discontinued the ability for users to show the Library folder inside of their Home folder. Professional Mac users (especially developers) were disappointed by this move. Fortunately, Apple has now added the ability to un-hide this folder. To do so, navigate to your Home folder, then press Command + J (to show Finder’s View Options). Here, a checkbox labeled “Show Library Folder” will do just that.

Sliding to Unlock in iOS Devices
~iOS8 ATC Crash Course (Take Control Book)
To unlock your device, place your finger on the screen anywhere outside of a notification and slide from left to right. If you’ve set a passcode, you are prompted for it. (If you’ve set up Touch ID on a compatible device, you can touch your finger to the Home button briefly instead of sliding to unlock.)

Tip: You don’t have to slide the “slide to unlock” text (E) to unlock the screen. Sliding anywhere on the screen works.

Quickly Find .plist Files
~MacOSXHints
Finding the .plist preference file for given app isn’t always easy, because the name of the .plist file may not be remotely similar to the app’s name. But there’s an easy way to make such files reveal themselves.

First, open the app, itself, and make a change to its preferences. (You can undo that alteration later.)

Next, open your user account’s /Library/Preferences folder in the Finder. (In Lion or later, if you haven’t set that folder to be permanently visible, hold down the <Option> key, and select Go – Library.)

Set the Finder window to “List” view, and click the top of the “date Modified” column so the most recently modified files appear highest in the list.

The .plist file for the app whose preferences you just adjusted should appear at the top of that column. Note that this may not work with sandboxed applications. For them, you should also search your library’s/Containers folder.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2015

http://tinyurl.com/ndamxhh
Take a look at this site for FREE Photography classes taught by university professor and professionals. Explore the site and find even more.

http://tinyurl.com/l2erfnx
This is Part 1 of a terrific article written by Lesa Snider. Read about her fame at the end of article. You’ll learn about the superpowers of Apple’s Preview. Preview comes with your Mac and is the most useful app you don’t know about. Bookmark this site and come back for Part 2. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203106
http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/29/how-to-share-files-mac-ios-airdrop/
Here are two sites to help you learn to use Airdrop. Very cool!

http://tinyurl.com/nymexeg
If you’re still haven’t installed Yosemite – learn 17 things you can do in Yosemite that you couldn’t do in Mavericks. Now install!

http://tinyurl.com/p99takx
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-pay-vs-google-wallet/
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-pay-and-mobile-payments/
You’re about to lose your wallet to Apple Pay. That may sound scary. Read and learn about Apple Pay and you’ll gain confidence.

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201060
http://tinyurl.com/pzogdbf
I did it – what was I waiting for! Family Sharing is great – try it. Also good for young families – gives parents necessary controls. Download the Family Sharing Reference Guide on the second site.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2014

http://tinyurl.com/navpct4
Check this site out if you’re having trouble with transparency feature in Yosemite. You’ll learn how to save your eyes and adjust it.

http://tinyurl.com/phc7ucv
Tips for making Siri work for you. You have her – better use her!

http://tinyurl.com/kgxp7oa
Read this! Don’t bite on a phishing scam that can turn around and bite you.

https://howsecureismypassword.net
Another attempt to get club members to strengthen their passwords. Check passwords here. The site advertises RoboForm (yearly charge). Make sure you check 1Password or others first.

http://tinyurl.com/lv9h25h
Yosemite users: Here’s the process for changing your administrative password on your Mac.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ6AZMk2cy0
Here’s how you change your administrative password if you’ve forgotten it. Heaven forbid!!!

http://www.maclife.com/article/features/50-ios-8-tips-and-tricks
This is homework for you on iOS 8 tips.

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/50-os-x-yosemite-tips-tricks
This is also homework for you on Yosemite tips.

http://tinyurl.com/pj86kae
Facebook users – this is a must read!

http://www.tuaw.com/category/Slices-of-Apple/
This documentary series was mentioned months ago. Now it has 12 installments. This is a reminder so you can catch up.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/three-holiday-gift-ideas-for-older-techies
We can all use a little help. Check out these gift ideas and get them on your list. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Mary’s X Files, December 2014

Easily Turn Off Flashlight in iOS
~Take Control via Twitter
To turn off the flashlight without returning to Control Center, swipe the Camera icon up on the iPhone’s lock screen.

Dock Icons Contextual Menus on the Mac
~Take Control via Twitter
Dock icons have contextual menus. To open one, click and hold briefly on the icon, without the Control key.

Check Settings after Upgrading to Yosemite
~Take Control via Twitter
Tip! Check settings—particularly Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—after installing iOS 8. The upgrade sometimes changes things.

Easily Open Finder Window
~Take Control via Twitter
If you don’t have any Finder windows open on your Mac, you can open one by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock.

Minimize in-progress email
~DanFrakes.com
Here is one of my favorite iOS 8 features. How many times have you been composing an email message on your iPhone or iPad and wished you could browse another message for some info? It happens to me all the time.

There’s now a way to do so: Just swipe the in-progress message’s title bar down to the bottom of the screen, and there it stays until you tap it again. While the message is minimized, you can browse messages, mailboxes, and accounts; and you can compose new messages and replies—you can even minimize multiple messages and get back to each later. (When multiple messages are minimized, tapping the bottom of the screen lets you choose which minimized message to edit, as shown in the image here.)

More swipe actions
~DanFrakes.com
Here is another one of my favorite iOS 8 features. When viewing a mailbox’s message list, you can now perform many more actions on a message without having to view it first.

Swipe a message preview to the right, and you get the option to mark the message as read/unread. Swipe slightly to the left, and you get buttons to trash the message, flag/unflag it, or More; tapping More displays a list of additional options, including Reply/Reply All, Forward, Flag/Unflag, Mark as Read/Unread, Move to Junk, Move Message, and Notify Me (for enabling the aforementioned per-thread notifications).

One complaint I have here is that if you swipe too far to the left, you immediately delete the message—I do this accidentally All. The. Time. (I’ve never been so happy to have the shake-to-undo feature.) In Settings > Mail > Swipe Options, you can choose which swipe direction provides which options.

How to set a default To address in Mavericks’ Mail
~DanFrakes.com
A reader, Fran Drakes, has an issue with autofill and Mavericks’ Mail app. She writes: My husband has three email addresses. I almost always want to send to his Mac.com address, and for years, that’s what Mail automatically used when I typed his name. But when I upgraded to Mavericks (at least that’s what appears to have been the trigger), Mail decided that I really wanted to send to his Yahoo address. So every time I add him to an email, I have to manually change the auto-filled address to his Mac.com address. Is there a way to force Mail to always use the same address?

I sympathise. With Mavericks’ Mail, auto-fill will choose the first alphabetical address, regardless of the order it appears in a contact’s card. For example, in the case of bubba1@example.com, bubba2@example.com, and bubba3@example.com, bubba1 will be auto-fill’s choice. So let’s take it out of auto-fill’s hands and tell Contacts and Mail exactly what we’d like to have happen.

Launch the Contacts app, select your husband’s name in your list of contacts, and choose File > New Group From Selection. This will create a new untitled group with a highlighted name. Rename that group something like “hubby.”

Now choose Edit > Edit Distribution List and in the sheet that appears select your “hubby” group. You’ll see your husband’s name along with the email addresses that appear on his contact card. Select his Mac.com address so that it turns black and click OK. What you’ve essentially told Contacts is that within this group (of one) the Mac.com address is the default.

Choose the preferred email address in the distribution list sheet. Return to Mail, create a new message, and in the To field enter “hubby.” When you press the Return key, that address should change to his name and use his Mac.com address. At a later time, should you wish to send to a different email address, enter his name rather than “hubby” and then choose the address you wish to send to from the auto-fill list that appears.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2014

http://tinyurl.com/qdhtddb
Looking for more information on Apple Pay? This is for you.

http://tinyurl.com/pb74632
More Apple Pay information from Macworld.

http://tinyurl.com/mtnhhrj
Here’s a how-to on 2-step verification for iCloud.

http://tinyurl.com/qcb67vt
Print to PDF – here’s a tutorial video to learn how.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/10/os-x-10-10/25/
Spend some time with the Ars Technica Review of Yosemite. It’s long but it’s worth it. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/lnta26f
http://tinyurl.com/lsf8nm5
iOS 8 – what’s changing for your photos? And some camera tricks. Two great reads.

http://tinyurl.com/nrfvrwv
If you’re running Yosemite – are these quirks annoying you? If they are then learn how to fix them so you’re happy again.

Mary’s X Files, November 2014

Easy capitalization using iOS 8’s predictive typing
~TUAW
One of the features of iOS 8 that we weren’t expecting to use on a day-to-day basis was predictive texting. Normally it’s faster to just type out the words, but using predictive text — especially with longer words — is a simple joy we didn’t know we needed until it was here. We’ve discovered a new little feature in the predictive texting function that some of you may find interesting: smart capitalization. Let’s say that I forgot to capitalize the word “church” in the text below, and want to do that after the fact.

To do this, I simply select the word in question by tapping it twice, tap the shift key, and select the proper spelling from the predictive typing menu. This replaces the normal cumbersome method to capitalize a word where you would need to hold down the cursor, move it until you can delete the first letter of the word, and then replace the letter with a capital letter you were looking for.

Now say you want to make a word all upper case letters. The process of making a word all caps is just as simple as capitalizing only the first letter like I did earlier. Here, you simply tap shift twice once you’ve highlighted the word — effectively activating the caps lock — and predictive text offers up a number of fully-capitalized suggestions as a replacement. If you proofread and edit your texts after they’re written, this trick could help you save some time in the long run. Enjoy.

How to tell if the shift key is lower case, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK in iOS 7.1
~iMore
One of the more subtle yet potentially frustrating changes in iOS 7.1 is how the state of the shift key is displayed. Not only isn’t it intuitively obvious which state the shift key is in — lowercase, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK — but it can be downright counter-intuitive to the point that you find yourself uncertain and guessing wrong more often than not. Granted, it could be a lot worse but it could also be a lot better. If you’ve installed iOS 7.1 and you’re having trouble figuring out the shift key on your iPhone or iPad, here’s a quick reference. (Share it with your friends. All your friends.)

How to tell lower case, Upper Case, and CAPS LOCK mode on iOS 7.1

If the background is dark gray and the arrow is white, you’re in lower case mode.
If the background is white and the arrow is black, you’re in Upper case mode.
If the background is white and the arrow is dark, and there’s a horizontal line beneath the arrow, you’re in ALL CAPS mode.

Apply Restrictions
~MacWorld
In iOS, you can apply restrictions. In the “Settings” app, go to “General” and the “Restrictions”. You’ll see a prompt to enter a passcode. Do so, and you can then select features that you’d like to lock down on your iOS device. If you’re planning to hand the iPhone off to Junior, who has a habit of deleting your apps, you can specifically disable that capability. You can also prevent access to the iTunes Store, Safari and more.

How to resize photos on your iPhone, no computer needed!
~iMore
If you use your iPhone as your go-to camera, you’ve undoubtedly come across photos that you want to print out and frame. The number one question I get from family and friends is how to make sure it’ll fit into a given frame, whether it be 4×6, square, and so on. As it happens, you can size photos accordingly right inside the Photos app so they’re frame ready, no computer needed. Here’s how:

How to resize your iPhone photos to frame ready sizes in just seconds

1. Launch the Photos app and find the photo you’d like to size. Tap on it.
2. Tap on Edit in the upper right hand corner.
3. A menu will appear along the bottom. Tap on the Crop icon which is all the way to the right.
4. Now tap on the Aspect button (lower, right corner).
5. Here you can choose what constraints you need for a given frame. Just tap on the one you want.
6. Now drag the box around in order to center the photo the way you’d like. Just take care not to pull one of the corners out since that’ll change the aspect ratio. If you do it on accident, that’s okay. Just hit Aspect at the bottom again and re-select the size you want.
7. Once you’ve got the image centered the way you’d like inside the box, tap on Crop in the upper right hand corner.
8. You are then shown a preview of the crop. If you like it, tap Save in the upper right hand corner.

That’s all there is to it. Just keep in mind that the crop will save over the original version of the photo. If you want the original image back again, just change the crop ratio back again to original.

Once you’re done you can wirelessly print it or send it off however you need to. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you! Do you have framed photos in your home that came straight from your iPhone? How do they compare to the rest?

Mary’s X Files, October 2014

How to set messages to automatically delete themselves in iOS 8
~iMore
One of the largest culprits when it comes to chewing through the storage on your iPhone or iPad is the Messages app. From regular text messages to iMessages to photos, videos, and audio notes, they all take up space. In some cases, several gigabytes. However, iOS 8 brings with it an awesome feature that lets you set messages to delete automatically after a set amount of time. That means more storage space freed up regularly without you actually having to think about it!

How to set messages to delete after a period of time on iPhone and iPad

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or higher.
2. Tap on Messages.
3. Tap on Keep Messages under the Message History section.
4. Tap on either 1 year or 30 days, whichever you’d like.
5. Tap Delete in the popup menu to confirm you’d like iOS to delete any messages older than the specified time period. You can not undo this action.

That’s it! iOS will now automatically delete all messages that are older than the specified time. For anyone who has a 16GB device, give this a try and see if it helps you keep your storage more under control when it comes to Messages.

Get to know iOS 8:  a convenient new trick in Safari
~Macworld
Get a website’s desktop version
Sometimes you don’t want the stripped-down mobile version of a website. Google’s Chrome has long had a “request desktop version” option, and now Safari does also.

This is especially helpful for sites that insist on serving the mobile version to your iPhone 6 Plus or iPad.

To access this, give a gentle pull down on the menubar to see two new choices: Add to Favorites and Request Desktop Site. Tap the latter and the page will reformat, usually presenting itself in desktop glory.

How to find your iTunes purchase history on your Mac or PC
~iMore
Can’t remember what apps, movies, TV shows, or music you bought on iTunes, when you bought it, or how much you paid? Maybe you need to reconcile your bills, keep track of the kids, or even get a refund for something that went wrong? The advantage to buying online is that it’s easy to find a list of what you bought. Unlike most online stores, however, Apple doesn’t make your purchase history available on the web. To find it, you have to go to iTunes on Mac or Windows!

How to access your purchase history on iTunes for Mac or Windows

1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
2. Click on the Store tab in the top menu and select View Account.
3. Sign in with your Apple ID if you are prompted to do so.
4. Under the Purchase History section, click on See All.
5. On the next screen, just click on any order to expand it and view its contents

How to find out what apps are eating the battery life on your Mac running OS X Mavericks
~iMore
If you’ve got a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or other kind of portable Mac that contains a battery, OS X Mavericks has made it easier than ever to figure out and keep track of exactly what’s using your battery life. So if you find your battery draining quickly, one click can help you determine what the cause is. Here’s how:

1. In the upper system tray in your Mac, there is a battery icon that shows how much battery you have remaining. Click on it.
2. There’s a new section labeled Apps Using Significant Energy. If there are any apps listed here, these are the ones that could potentially be draining your battery faster.
3. Close down any apps that are in this list in order to save battery life.

Re-enable the Library Folder (Mavericks)
~iMore
With OS X Lion, Apple discontinued the ability for users to show the Library folder inside of their Home folder. Professional Mac users (especially developers) were disappointed by this move. Fortunately, Apple has now added the ability to un-hide this folder. To do so, navigate to your Home folder, then press Command + J (to show Finder’s View Options). Here, a checkbox labeled “Show Library Folder” will do just that.

Mary’s X Files, September 2014

Do Not Disturb
~MacWorld
This next one’s for people who like to read in bed. In this scenario your bed-mate has turned off the lights and is ready for sleep but your glaring iPad is keeping them awake. No problem. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and tap Accessibility Shortcut. Tap where it says Invert Colors. Now return to your book and when the lights go out, triple-click the Home button. The screen turns black and the text, white; producing far less glare.

Image Previews on iPad
~MacWorld
Let’s take a look at the Photos app. Here, within albums, you can see thumbnails of your images. But sometimes these thumbnails may not provide enough detail. There’s a quick way to preview them. Just tap on an image with two fingers and stretch. The image will grow larger. You can twist and turn it if you like. To return to the album, just pinch until the other thumbnails appear and take your fingers off the screen.

Facebook’s auto-play videos eating up all your data? Here’s the fix!
~iMore
The Facebook app for iPhone and iPad features an auto-play feature for videos that seems to be causing a lot of users some data usage grief. It seems to be mysteriously eating through loads of data for some folks. Luckily, there’s an easy way to turn off auto-play with just a few taps. It’s something we’d highly recommend doing if you don’t have an unlimited data plan or live with restricted Wi-Fi. And as an added bonus, it may save you a bit of battery life too!

How to stop Facebook from automatically playing videos and eating your data:

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap on Facebook.
3. Tap on Settings at the top.
4. Tap on Auto-play under the Video section.
5. Tap on Off.

That’s all there is to it! Facebook will no longer automatically start playing videos. Instead you’ll have to tap on them in order for them to start playing, just like you used to have to! Give it a try and let us know if this helps decrease the amount of data Facebook consumes!

Reveal files with Spotlight
~MacWorld
While Spotlight is the primary search option for OS X, you might find yourself using it only to find and open files directly in their default applications; many users forget that they can also use it to reveal files in the Finder. To do so, run your search, then use the arrow keys to highlight your desired file. Next, instead of pressing Return key alone, hold down Command key as you press Return. This will open a Finder window containing the file, and allow you to delete it, move it, open it in a non-default application, or otherwise manage the file directly.

The copy of the U.S. Constitution that’s installed on every Mac
~TUAW
Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we might begin to see them paying more attention to this document that outlines the supreme law of the land. Why? Well, there’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app.

To see this information from The New Oxford American Dictionary, just launch the Dictionary app from your Applications folder. Once it’s up and running, go up to the menu bar and select Go > Front/Back Matter. There you’ll not only find such exciting information as who was on the editorial staff and advisory board for the Dictionary, but also a bunch of useful references.

In addition to the aforementioned Constitution of the United States of America, there’s also a complete Language Guide, a history of the English language, a list of the fifty states and each state capital, a list of every President of the U.S. from George Washington to George W. Bush (not sure what happened to the current incumbent…), the Declaration of Independence, a list of countries of the world, a list of chemical elements from hydrogen to meitnerium, a cross-reference of standard to metric measure conversions, and the Arabic, Hebrew, Greek and Russian alphabets.

Sure, it’s not exactly Wikipedia, but it’s sure nice to know that if you’re offline and just happen to need to know what the 21st Amendment to the Constitution did (it repealed Prohibition), you’ve got it at your fingertips.