How to edit your Mac’s Hosts file, and why you would want to

November 16, 2016
If you’re setting up a new web server or another device that’s going to be connected to the Internet and you want to put it through its paces before it’s live, or if you’re having trouble with spyware and adware networks, there’s an invisible file on your Mac that can help. It’s called the Hosts file, and this is how to use it.

The Domain Name System

When you type in the domain name of a web site you want to visit there’s a lot happening behind the scenes. Every web site, every service, almost every device connected to the Internet has a unique numeric address that tells all the other devices where it is — its TCP/IP address. The Domain Name System (DNS) translates those numeric addresses into something a bit more recognizable and memorable to humans, like, “www.imore.com” for example.

The first time you type in a web address, your Mac pings a DNS server — typically one automatically configured for you by your Internet Service Provider — to find out the TCP/IP address of t…

Rolling Rapids [Android Game]

November 16, 2016

App Name: Rolling Rapids [Android Game] Cost: Free Developer: AppVant Garde Studios App Market: Download Page Description: Gameplay consists of a blocky kayaker going down the rapids while jumping over and rolling under some really cool and challenging obstacles, like a crocodile, polar bear, piranha snakes, jagged rocks & fishermen. There are 2 touch controls: tap left to roll under & tap right to jump over (double tap for double jump). Key is to know which obstacles to roll under, and which to jump over. It’s simplistic, yet very challenging and addicting. The game has polished graphics too. There are also several awesome characters available to unlock- like the Dragon, Swimmer, Surfer, Blue Whale, Pink Dolphin, Pirate Ship, Blue Whale, Submarine & many more.

This is an original post from Rolling Rapids [Android Game] at App Review Central by Larry Sullivan

Awesome keyboard shortcuts every Mac owner should know!

November 16, 2016
Keyboard shortcuts speed up your productivity because you don’t have to point-and-click all of the time. Here are the best keyboard shortcuts for Mac!

Power users know that having to reach over to the mouse or down to the trackpad to click through tools and features can use up precious seconds of time. One of the best ways to get around the click-through slowdown is to learn keyboard shortcuts. When you can memorize the best ones, you’ll zip through processes much faster. Bookmark this page and return to it often to help you remember how to use keyboard shortcuts to your most-used actions.

How to take a full-screen screenshot

If you want to share what your entire desktop looks like, open apps and desktop files, and all, press command + shift + 3.

How to take a screenshot of a selected window

If you want to take a screenshot of a specific window that you have open on your desktop, select the window, then press command + shift + 4, and then press the space bar. When the window i…

Hack your way to a better GPU, with the GTX 1070, 1080 ‘Watch Dogs 2’ bundles

November 16, 2016

Nvidia graphics cards, and systems with those graphics cards in them, could soon come with a free code for Ubisoft’s recent hacking hit, ‘Watch Dogs 2.’ It’s likely set to launch at the end of the month, when the game debuts on PCs worldwide.

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Best Touch Bar apps for MacBook Pro

November 16, 2016
What are the best Touch Bar apps for the new MacBook Pro?

The new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is a fascinating and game-changing new feature that allows you to interact with your MacBook like never before. You’ll be able to use it for all manner of built-in apps, but there will be a ton of third-party apps with Touch Bar support as well!

Here are the best apps with Touch Bar support so far!

Adobe Photoshop
djay Pro
Final Cut Pro X
Microsoft Office
1Password
Sketch
Mail Designer Pro 3

Adobe Photoshop

The biggest name in image alteration, Photoshop’s Touch Bar integration was announced and demonstrated at Apple’s October 2016 event.

With Touch Bar, you’ll be able to alter images in ways that would normally require a bunch of mouse clicks, like changing the color balance or brightness of an image. Instead, you’ll be able to slide along the Touch Bar and watch things change in real time.

$19.99/month and up – Download now

djay Pro

Also demonstrated at the Mac event was Djay Pr…

Apple comments on iCloud call history sync: What you need to know!

November 16, 2016
Everything you need to know about call history and the latest sensationalized Apple ‘security’ non-scandal.

Rene Ritchie has been covering Apple and the personal technology industry for almost a decade. Editorial director for Mobile Nations, analyst for iMore, video and podcast host, you can follow him on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter @reneritchie.

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Apple has been accused of secretly, surreptitiously backing up and syncing your iPhone call history, in a hidden, and implicitly nefarious way. Sadly, the only thing nefarious here are the motivations of the publications that chose to invent the story. When I asked Apple about the accusation, here’s the statement they gave me.

“We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices,” an Apple spokesperson told iMore. “Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ data. That’s why we give our customers the ability to keep th…

Mozilla launches Firefox Focus, a private web browser for iPhone

November 16, 2016
firefox-focus-ios The makers of Firefox are today introducing a new mobile web browser for iOS users that puts private browsing at the forefront of the user experience. Called Firefox Focus, the mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies. The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims,… Read More

Best Wireless Speaker System

November 16, 2016
Sonos makes the best wireless speaker system currently available. It’s simple to set up and use, easy to expand into multiple rooms, plays smoothly, and sounds great.

Rene Ritchie has been covering Apple and the personal technology industry for almost a decade. Editorial director for Mobile Nations, analyst for iMore, video and podcast host, you can follow him on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter @reneritchie.

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Sonos Play:1

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Sonos are like magic. Buy a speaker, plug it into power, download and launch the app, and you’re up and streaming great sounding music from almost every popular internet service on the planet. That includes Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, SiriusXM, and much, much more. Want to go stereo? Buy a second speaker, plug it in, launch the app again, tap a few virtual buttons, and boom. Stereo.

From there you can add more speakers, take it multi-room, and otherwise set up and manage all your home…