Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Here's a cool little trick that lets you place your OS X Screen Saver as a background image on your Desktop, creating nice photo slideshows or animated backgrounds that you wouldn't ordinarily be able to accomplish without additional software. Continue reading and we'll show you how it's done, and how you can get back to your original Desktop when you get tired of it.
A better you. We all dream of it, but it’s hard. Maybe that’s why it stays just a dream for some of us. Well, now you have a friend on your side to coach you along, to help you get more organized, smarter, more productive, fitter, and just better all around. That friend is your iPhone, and there are apps for that.
Whether you’ve preordered a 5C or just plan on updating a scratched and dented 4S, iOS 7 will make your iPhone feel like a million bucks. Due to various UI tweaks, you'll likely find yourself swapping out your wallpaper a lot more often than you did in iOS 6. This is why we love Blur, which lets you create subtle backgrounds with incredible ease that fit spectacularly well with the iOS 7 aesthetic.
Everyone’s a nerd about something, and maps are one of my favorite things to be nerdy about. As a kid I drew maps of my neighborhood on graph paper, and on road trips I used to pore over the AAA atlas long past the point of carsickness. So when I heard about Satellite Eyes, I installed it on all my Macs in about five minutes.
I’m currently on a wallpaper binge. I gathered dozens of Google images with a resolution of 1290x1080 or higher. Using the drag-and-drop method, I placed the images in a Wallpaper folder I created on my Desktop. When I go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver to select and view them, they’re out of focus and pixelated. Is there another way to select the images without losing resolution?
In the past couple weeks we've covered desktop customization, iPad customization, and even put together an icon gallery. This week we've got some eye candy for the one device that's always with you--your iPhone. These beautiful iPhone wallpapers represent some of the best out there and are fully optimized for the iPhone 4, retina resolution and all.
Last week we brought you a gallery of 20 beautiful Mac OS desktops, but the customization doesn't stop there. This week we bring you 20 beautifully customized iPad homescreens. iOS customization is a little more challenging than OS X customization, particularly on the iPad, but with a little time and perseverence, these themers achieve beautiful results. Hopefully their work will inspire you to give iPad theming a try, too.
This week's tips will show you how to access and remove your most recently used apps in the iOS task manager, use your own wallpapers, and elminate typos.
You'll end up with greater knowledge of how you can effectively use the iOS task manager, personalize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with your favorite images, and amaze your friends with your perfect typing skills.