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Getting Podcasts on my iPhone 6 (iTunes 12). Frustrated.

Can't seem to get the podcasts that I want onto my new iPhone. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 17, 2014 - 11 answers

HDMI Mac Mini sound problems

Why would a Mac Mini hooked up to a TV suddenly stop working? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans on Nov 16, 2014 - 5 answers

What's eating my iPad storage?

My iPad insists that I'm using almost all of my available hard drive space. But I have no idea how, and the app-by-app breakdown purporting to show what's eating the storage doesn't add up to anything close to the 22+ GB it claims I'm using. Here's a screenshot. (Scrolling down shows only a couple more apps using very small amounts of storage.) What could be going on here? How can I figure out what's eating my hard drive space? I have no music or video on the device as far as I can tell.
posted by eugenen on Nov 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Wi-fi connection drop on iPad 3 running iOS 8.1

My iPad 3 (the first retina) running iOS 8.1 will drop the wi-fi connection fairly regularly. This often happens when streaming video via BBC iPlayer or YouTube apps. Any suggestions on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Stark on Nov 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Helping Airport Extreme beat my personal faraday cage with extender?

My Airport Extreme (A1143 model) is having issues in our new house. It was built in the 50's so the floor has lots of metal in it due to the plastering of the ceiling below. We get wifi in part of the finished basement but no the whole thing, and even the "good" part drop pretty frequently. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Nov 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Not my email.

Recently got a new iPhone 6 from Sprint. Today I went to the Find My iPhone app for the first time and someone else's email address is in the email field although it is not logged in. Why is that? No one has had access to my phone. The email address in question is timberlakejs@gmail.com if it matters. Maybe I'm dumb and this is standard, but I couldn't find any answers on Google.
posted by MaryDellamorte on Oct 31, 2014 - 19 answers

Buying a low-end Macbook?

I'm looking at buying a low-end Macbook for web browsing and MS Office (primarily Powerpoint). Basically, it's coming down to a 2009 or 2010 Macbook, as I'd prefer to run Yosemite, but I want to keep my budget below $500. I have used a friend's 2009 Macbook fairly regularly and I'm happy with its general performance, but I have a few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Oct 31, 2014 - 12 answers

How to clean out the "Other" storage in my iPhone 5S?

My iPhone 5S has a ton of stuff in "Other" storage (iTunes screenshot); I don't even have disk space to do the latest iOS update. I see this is a common problem, surely some of you have a solution? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Oct 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Is my iPhone possessed?

I typically carry my iPhone in my pants pocket and not infrequently take it out to find that it has successfully bypassed the four digit lock code needed to wake it up, activated an app, and successfully given itself several meaningless - but potentially consequential - commands. I can think of at least two reasons why this should not be possible, but it happens on average a couple times a week. What the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Oct 20, 2014 - 15 answers

2006 Mac Pro - what should I do with it?

I have a 2006 Mac Pro 1.1 (specs below the fold) which I understand can't be upgraded to current OS versions without a CPU replacement. I'm not sure if I can replace the CPU, or if that would even be sufficient to upgrade to a current Mac OS. How hard would it be to change the CPU, and what is my best option if I can't / won't change it? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Oct 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Apple's Yosemite Ate my 2011 Mac Mini - What to do?

First, this is not a gigantic deal. I have all my data backed up via CrashPlan, I do most of my computing on a MBP Retina that's about 6 months old, and I've hardly used the Mini at all in that time. My question is what I can best do with the doorstop my Mac Mini now is. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Oct 17, 2014 - 21 answers

Mavericks broke my second monitor

I recently upgraded my iMac to OSX 10.9.5. Since the upgrade, my second monitor (ViewSonic VG2230wm attached through a DVI-Firewaire adapter) flashes to a black screen intermittently. I am unusually dependent on that second monitor and this problem seems perfectly designed to drive me insane. Please help me preserve what is left of my sanity. [more inside]
posted by googly on Oct 16, 2014 - 7 answers

iPhoto library backup

i'm having trouble opening an iPhoto library without restoring my photos. i don't want to overwrite anything in my library, but want to be able to view something in a different library on my external HD. [more inside]
posted by sabh on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Capacitative or edge to edge glass touch screen monitor for Mac?

I'm looking for a standard size (22" or so) capacitive or edge-to-edge glass (LED) touch screen monitor for use with a Macbook. This is hard to find, apparently. More details on why inside. [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Oct 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Setting up a Mac Pro for Video Editing

I recently bought a preowned Mac Pro that is wiped clean except for the OS. I need some guidance on how to configure it to optimize its awesomeness for video editing. The OS is installed on a 128GB SSD. It has three other drives (2x640GB, 1x500GB). How should I use the other drives? Where should the applications live? Backup space? Scratch disk? In case it's relevant, here are some other specs: 22GB RAM, 2x2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon. Thanks!
posted by timnyc on Oct 5, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I find a forensic network guru with Apple experience?

I need a network forensic specialist with Apple experience in South Florida. What qualifications am I looking for? Everybody I can find only knows Windows environment. I'm a non-tech person and don't even know what questions to ask or where to start looking. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Can sideswipe be turned off in iOS8?

Updated my iPhone software the other day (iPhone 5) and now the sideswipe gesture seems to be on a hair trigger. There's a couple frequently-used apps I have where swiping in from the right with one finger allows you to delete a line; now instead it swipes the whole screen forward (into the next day on the calender, for example). Ditto in zoom --- if I'm zoomed in on a page with small print in Safari, I can't seem to move the page over to see the right hand side without Safari taking this as a "next" gesture and loading up a whole new page. Is there anyway I can disable a particular gesture in iOS8? Or has Apple changed something so that I'm supposed to be using two fingers or double tapping or some such in order to get back my "delete a single line" functionality? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Sep 25, 2014 - 3 answers

PLEASE help me switch iPhones & providers, & give old iPhone to friend

Normally I’d solve this by myself, but a severe bout of depression is making it impossible for me to think clearly. I’m so overwhelmed I’m barely keeping myself from bursting into tears at work. I’m basically asking AskMe to proofread my plan, point out vital information I’m missing, and let me know if there’s anything else I haven’t considered. Please keep your responses simple--providing links to websites with directions is fine, so long as you're sure that those instructions are RIGHT. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Sep 24, 2014 - 11 answers

iOS and apple newbie seeks remote desktop help

I'm trying to start learning iOS having a CS background but minimal exposure to iOS environments and apple products in general. I'm debating about whether to purchase an imac or macbook pro. [more inside]
posted by seesom on Sep 23, 2014 - 5 answers

My Computer Cannot Even

Need to replace my laptop at short notice. Should I blow my bank account and get a MacBook Air, or pick up a Chromebook (or the like) as a stopgap measure while continuing to save up for the Pro I really want? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 20, 2014 - 25 answers

IOS 8 installed, not functioning

I recently installed IOS 8 on my iPhone. Unlike some, I had no trouble with the download per se. However, none of the new features seem to be present; and while it says on the software update page that it has been downloaded, the little 'number 1' is still showing up on the settings page. FWIW, the iCloud backup button (with the option to turn it on or off) seems 'frozen' as well. Might anyone have any ideas?
posted by dearleader on Sep 19, 2014 - 11 answers

iPad best practices

My laptop died. Boo. I got a new iPad Air. Yay, I guess. How should I set up my privacy, security, and general user preferences? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 17, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I best fast-forward podcasts in my car?

My Honda Civic is quirky when it comes to playing and controlling an iPod for music or podcasts. I need a method to play lengthy podcasts over my stereo AND to retain the ability to fast-forward and rewind within those podcasts. I have many ways to stream or connect to play audio, but the only way I've found that allows me to fast-forward or rewind is also the one that apparently falls prey to a "known issue", causing me to get a random stereo "crash". [more inside]
posted by newfers on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

What music is used in the reveal video for the new Apple Watch?

Here's the YouTube version of the video. I tried Google, Shazam, and Audentifi without any results. Does anyone know what the song or artist is? I understand it may be from an audio library or custom made for this video, but I thought I'd see if anyone can identify it.
posted by joshrholloway on Sep 10, 2014 - 6 answers

iMac: buy now or wait?

My trusty macbook is beginning to show its age and so I am considering upgrading to an iMac. Should I just go out and get one now, or should I wait for the next upgrade? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on Sep 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Am I going to regret buying a used iPhone 4?

My current Android phone is dying, and I've had bad luck with other Android phones. Money is real tight right now, but I'm thinking about buying this used Apple iPhone 4 for $95. Will I regret the purchase? [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Sep 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Clean personal info off work computer while leaving apps behind?

I got a new job (cool!) but have to turn in my MacBook Air from old job (oh well). Since I also used as my primary laptop for personal stuff, like banking and Facebook, it also has a ton of personal data on it. (I plan to buy my own laptop for next job. And no, I did not look at naughty stuff on it -- I do have a tablet.) The company wants the programs already installed left on the computer, which is reasonable -- so leave Photoshop and Word installed -- but I want to clear off any personal data. Is there a good way to scrub an Apple computer while leaving programs behind? Right now you could go to Twitter on my browser and log into my personal account without a problem. (I realize I can just Clear History on browsers, but also looking for deeper scrub, such as WiFi passwords and stuff on keychains).
posted by Peemster on Aug 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Cannot Boot into OS X or Safe Mode

I am running OS X 10.8 on a mid 2007 MBP. Yesterday I noticed my laptop was running very hot, the screen was off and it wasn't responsive to the mouse/keyboard. I manually rebooted, and now I am unable to boot into OS X. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Aug 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking For Best Entertainment Solution

With all of the technology and information at our fingertips, I am having finding the best way to watch movies. There are no longer any video stores near me. I have amazon prime, HBOgo and Netflix & my cable company on demand. It seems like every time that I want to see a movie it is not on Netflix or HBOgo, but is on Prime. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Aug 21, 2014 - 5 answers

iPad mini: worth it for translators/interpreters?

I'm a grad student/translator who's debating picking up an iPad mini. Help me decide if it's worth it when I already have a bunch of other tech. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Aug 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Best time to buy an expiring-generation iPad?

I'd like an iPad. What's the optimal time to try to get one of last generation's iPads, new or refurbished? How long will retailers carry them after the product line is refreshed? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Aug 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me outfit my iPad Mini for the boardroom

Looking for a classy leather case for my new iPad mini with Retina display. Apple's Smart Cover is proving to be fairly flimsy and cheap. I'm looking at the StilGut Couverture leather case and Apple's own Smart Case - any other cases I should be thinking about?
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Transferring files from PC to new iMac

I bought my very first mac yesterday - an iMac. Very excited!!!! I went through the start up screens where it offered to automagically transfer my files from my 5 year old sony vaio laptop, sitting in the same room. I am normally skeptical but decided to exercise blind faith and let it do it's thing. When it starting the transferring/migrating sequence, it said 40 hours left. Should I have done something different/better and why didn't it warn me? [more inside]
posted by happytaco on Aug 13, 2014 - 9 answers

iMac Accessories

Purchasing a new iMac, looking for accessories recommendations. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Which iMac Should I Purchase?

Help me figure out which iMac I should buy. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Extending an Aiport Express wireless network

So I have two Apple Express routers, one 1st generation, the other a 2nd generation. The new one is hooked up directly to the cable modem downstairs. I'd like to use the older one to extend the network to the upstairs and back of the house, where coverage seems spotty. But the older 1st generation router doesn't seem to extend the network. It can only join thr original network. When I try to use it to extend the network, the router light goes from green to yellow or flashing yellow. Repeated restarts of this 1st gen router, forgetting the device, resetting default settings and re-configuring don't change the inability to extend the network. Any suggestions on how to get a 1st gen Apple Express router to extend the network generated by a 2nd Gen Apple Express router?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me make a beet slaw I can refrigerate for weeks.

I want to make a beet slaw for adding to lettuce-based salad. The thing is, I'm unlikely to eat it all immediately, so I want to make a bunch, put it in a jar in the fridge and consume it over a period of weeks. I want to do this without dying of food poisoning, mold eating, or fermented beet alcohol poisoning. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Jul 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Apps That Help Combine Photos to Fix When People Don't Smile or Blinking

I used to use and love an iOS app called GroupShot that helped you magically combine the good parts of multiple photos into one to help fix issues like when people don't smile or accidentally blink or when they aren't all looking at the camera at the same time. The app no longer works right and I can't find any others like it! Anyone know of any other apps out there that do that? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

I've Never Wanted To Be At The Front Of The Line Until Now

I hate my awful, auto-dialing, MotoX android with a passion and am counting the days until the introduction and release of iPhone6 in September. Help me come up with a strategy to get one of the early models and not have to wait months until there is a significant amount of product for general distribution. In other words I want to actually have an iPhone 6 in my hands in September. How do I do it?
posted by Xurando on Jul 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Unbelievable Double Mac OS disaster(TM)

Not one but two Macs refuse to boot, getting stuck on the grey Apple logo screen. What can I do and what could have possibly caused this?? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 9, 2014 - 7 answers

How do you fight for your consumer rights when you are socially anxious?

My Mac Air manifested damage within 6 weeks of purchase, but Apple refuses to take any responsibility (damage isn’t covered under warranty), insisting I caused it. My credit card doesn’t offer insurance. The only option they’ve given me is to pay $500+ to have it fixed. If you were me, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jul 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Apple Products and Virus Protection

Just wondering if I should be doing more to protect my Apple Products for viruses and malware, etc. Should I be more proactive? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jul 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Really? The computer that used to come in "Blueberry"?

I'm fed up with Windows and want my next computer to be a Mac—but the product landscape has changed a lot since the last time I seriously considered it. Is an iMac really a competitive machine for someone doing heavy graphics and video work? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jun 26, 2014 - 25 answers

Can I use Dragon Dictate for Mac to transcribe MP3's of my dictation?

So I'm trying to decide whether I'd prefer to send MP3s I dictate into a digital voice recorder to an overseas personal assistant to be transcribed or if there's some way to do so with technology. Even if it wasn't 100% exact I could still clean up the files later. So the question is: is there a way to do this? I have the latest version of Dragon Dictate for Mac and the files are digital. Is this possible?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jun 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Loaner iPhone for All Repairs?

My wife's iPhone 5 seems to have a hardware failure. I'm going to try taking it to the Apple Store tonight, anticipating they'll have to send it in for repairs. It's out-of-warranty, so we'll likely have to pay for the repair. The question I have: is there a loaner program? She needs something while it's out. I know they had one for a defect--is it available for all repairs?
posted by MrGuilt on Jun 24, 2014 - 8 answers

To update or not update my OS: Verizon iPhone4

I've got an old Verizon iPhone I would dearly love to keep as long as possible, because once I give it up for a newer one I lose my unlimited data plan. (Grumble! Rant!). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Can I really not buy an iTunes giftcard for someone in another country?

I'd really like to give someone an iTunes gift voucher. Problem: I'm in the UK and they're in the US, and my googling so far says it can't be done cross-border. Is there a workaround I'm missing?
posted by meronym on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Old(ish) and established, or hot new startup?

I'm in a good position; I'm being pursued by two big tech companies for a public policy/government relations/privacy role, at a regional (ie multi-country) manager level. One is an established giant, the other is a hot, extremely well-funded and rapidly expanding startup. But which to choose? Hope me, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Peculiar password problem

The OS X GUI—but only the GUI—has stopped accepting my password. Any password. [more inside]
posted by Zozo on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Easy way to manage iPhone photos and iCloud photo backups?

I'm getting frequent alerts on my iPhone that my free 5gb of iCloud storage is full. Most of this is from years of photos on my phone--in fact, that's pretty much the only thing on my phone I would care about having backed up. I also think most/all of the images on my phone are already backed up to my computer in Lightroom. Is there a convenient/automatic way to handle what photos stay on my phone and what photos are backed up to iCloud? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

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