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Laptop lid closed no sleep
Has the fact that you can’t keep your laptop from sleeping when you close the lid ever bugged you?

Maybe you have your Apple TV connected to your laptop or have a large file downloading. If you close your lid while doing anything that needs your laptop to be awake, it will stop when your Mac goes to sleep. Luckily, just because Apple won’t give us the option to keep certain programs running when the lid is down, doesn’t mean that someone else won’t.

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So you have some movies and TV shows you’d like to watch on your Apple TV or sync with your iOS devices. You’ve already converted the video to an iTunes friendly format and placed it in your iTunes library. However it doesn’t have the artwork applied that is needed to make it look all pretty. Well, I’ve got a pretty nifty tip to get that artwork.

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Dropbox is a very popular cloud-based storage service, and yesterday they updated its iOS app with a “shiny new design” as well as a new Photos tab; a very well implemented and appreciated addition.

This means you can get maximum real estate when you’re flipping through puppy photos, or those pics of your bare feet.

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iMessages is an awesome free texting service from Apple that lets you send unlimited messages back and forth with anyone on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or a Mac running Mountain Lion. It even lets you send photos, videos, contacts, and locations.

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sync ipad iphone ipod with itunes over wifi

One of the worst things about syncing an iOS device was that it had to be plugged in to your computer by USB. Not anymore. Now, if your computer and iOS device are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can sync all your applications, books, movies, tv shows, music, podcast, audiobooks, ringtones and photos without plugging any wires in.

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How to use Dictation on a Mac enable dication dictation mac os x mountain lion

Dictation is a feature included in Mountain Lion which lets you talk to you Mac and have you speech transcribed into text.

Now you can have your words translated into text anywhere you can type on your Mac.

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smiley faces iphone

Ever wanted to add emoticons to your text messages or emails instead of a simple text happy face? There is a simple method for enabling this in your iOS device, and the best part is you don’t even have to download or install anything. It comes pre-installed on your iOS device, all you have to do is find the somewhat hidden option, and enable it.

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