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Build a custom lock screen to save your iPhone, your iPad, or even your life

Dan Frakes Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan writes about OS X, iOS, troubleshooting, utilities, and cool apps; and he covers hardware, mobile and AV gear, input devices, and accessories. He's been writing about tech since 1994, and he's also published software, worked in IT, and been a policy analyst.
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If someone finds your lost iPhone or iPad, the first thing they’ll do is turn it on. If you’re in an accident, or you have a medical emergency, first responders often look for your phone or tablet to identify you and learn important information such as allergies and blood type. In this video tip, we show you how to easily create a custom lock-screen image that can save your device—or you.

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I’m Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes.

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Bring a smile to your Macs and iOS devices by enabling emoji

Dan Moren Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. Since then he's covered most of the company's major product releases and reviewed every major revision of iOS. In his "copious" free time, he's usually grinding away on a novel or two.
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You could just write all your emails, Twitter posts, and Facebook missives in plain old text, but where's the fun in that? Monkeys, planes, and cups of coffee are where it's at these days, and they’re all just a click away, thanks to emoji. If you’re a Mac or iOS user, setting up these icons (which originally hail from Japan) is dead simple.

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Hi, this is senior editor Dan Moren. While the old colon-dash-close-parentheses smiley face may be universal, emoticons are so 20th century. You’ve probably run across emoji, the small icons that now pop up on the Web, in emails, and of course, on Twitter. Maybe you’ve even wondered how you can populate your own social networking posts with an adorable Home Alone kitten face.

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How to create networked backups with OS X Server

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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In this short video I show you how to create a backup server capable of handling all the Macs on your local network. Cost? Just 20 bucks.

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We’ve pretty well established that everyone should back up their data, right? Good. Now let’s talk about easily backing up the data not only on your main computer, but those computers connected to your local network. There are a variety of remedies for doing this, but I want to show you one that uses Apple’s Time Machine technology and costs just $20.

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How to set up keyboard shortcuts in OS X

Dan Miller Editor, Macworld

Dan is Macworld's Executive Editor and, thus, the senior Dan on staff.
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Today I wanted to show you how to create keyboard shortcuts in OS X.

First, the why: Why would you want to create keyboard shortcuts? The first and most obvious reason is that you simply want to be able to invoke a command quickly and easily without mousing through a bunch of menus. One other reason: Poorly designed apps might use one of OS X’s global shortcuts for their own purposes, and you need to resolve such conflicts. Whatever the reason, creating your own keyboard shortcuts for a given app is really simple.

The first step is note the exact spelling and phrasing of the command you want to create a shortcut for. To do so, just open the app, find the menu command, and note the phrasing and spelling. That includes any ellipses (those three little “periods” at the end of the command).

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Working with Do Not Disturb in OS X Mavericks

Dan Moren Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. Since then he's covered most of the company's major product releases and reviewed every major revision of iOS. In his "copious" free time, he's usually grinding away on a novel or two.
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Though Notification Center’s Do Not Disturb feature first made an appearance in Mountain Lion, it wasn’t until Mavericks that the feature really got its due. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of it.

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This is senior editor Dan Moren. You’re probably familiar with Notification Center, the OS X feature that collects alerts and messages from a variety of apps and even Internet services. But Mavericks upgraded the capabilities of one feature: Do Not Disturb. Here are a couple of quick tips about getting the most out of it.

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How to selectively block Internet access

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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You, as generous parent, have given your child an iPod touch. Problem is, they spend all their time on the thing texting their friends when they could so more important things like their homework. You could, of course, just pull the thing out of their hands, but if you connect to the Internet via an AirPort Base Station try this instead.

First, grab hold of their device and go to Settings > General > About. Scroll down and look for the Wi-Fi Address entry. This is the hardware address (or MAC address) that’s unique to that device. Write it down.

Now launch AirPort Utility, select the AirPort Base Station that's connected to your broadband modem (in the video I misspoke and said "router," but that's incorrect as the Base Station is the router in this case). Click Edit. Click on the Network tab and then enable the Enable Access Control option. Now click the Timed Access Control button. In the sheet that appears click on the Plus button to add a wireless client. Give your kid’s iPod a name and then enter its MAC address in this field. Now configure the pop-up menus for those days and times wireless access is allowed—so maybe for an hour or two after they come home from school during the week and a few hours on the weekend.

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Macworld Video: Organize your iPhone photos with Image Capture

Serenity Caldwell Associate Editor, Macworld

Serenity has been writing and talking and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, writes, acts, sings, and wears an assortment of hats.
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It’s easy to take silly photos or screenshots on your iPhone, but what happens if you want to get rid of them without having to manually select each one? I take a lot of screenshots on my iPhone for reviews and news articles, and using my Mac and the Image Capture app, it’s easy to delete the images I no longer want and instantly download the ones I do.

Plug in your iPhone and open Image Capture. The Image Capture app isn’t very flashy, but it loads your phone and its photos quickly, saving you from having to launch a slower program like iPhoto. First and foremost, the program lets you download recently-taken images: Just sort by Date taken and select the pictures you want; then click the Import button to download them to your computer. From there, you can upload them to Facebook, Twitter, email, your blog, or your favorite social media platform.

To delete images, select the photos you want, then press the red delete button. Just like that, they’ll vanish from your phone. You can also rotate your images by using the arrow button next to the delete button.

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