Learn these four oft-overlooked iOS 7 tips


iOS 8 is going to be coming out in a few weeks and with it will come some cool new features. But before we get there it’s worth your while to take a look at some existing iOS 7 features that you may not be using, but should.

Do the splits. The first is the split keyboard on an iPad. If you’re a thumb-typer from back in the day, this one is for you. Just pull up the iPad’s keyboard, place two fingers in the middle, and stretch them out to the left and right. You can now thumb type while holding the iPad. With the keyboard in its normal position, typing while holding an iPad is more difficult.

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Macworld Video: Master the Weather app

Whether the weather be hot, whether the weather be cold, Apple’s weather app is here for you, whether you’re young or old. Yes, for today’s Macworld video, we’re going to talk a little bit about an old default: The weather app.

Apple’s Weather app is fairly easy to navigate and use; opening it presents you with a list of your favorite locations, along with quick glances at their time zone and current weather. Tap a location to view it in more detail.

Inside this expanded screen, you can get more information on your 24 hour and seven-day forecast. You can also see the current humidity, wind speed and direction, chance of rain, and feels like temperature by tapping the current temperature.

You can swipe left or right to see other locations, or pinch the screen to return to your weather overview.

If you prefer Celsius to Fahrenheit, scroll to the bottom of the screen; there you can swap temperature readings. You can also add new locations to the weather screen from here.

Of course, you don’t even need to be in the Weather app to take advantage of its data: You can just chat with Siri. Hey, Siri, do I need a coat tonight?

Thanks! You can also ask Siri about the weather for any day in the seven day forecast, or add the name of a city to get weather details for other places in the world.

For Macworld, I’m Serenity Caldwell, and thanks for watching.

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Master your windows with Moom and Zooom

If you’re still fiddling with title bars and thin window edges to move and resize windows, Moom and Zooom can make window management easier and more convenient. In this week’s video, I show you how each of these utilities can improve your windowing workflows.


OS X has changed dramatically over the years, but working with windows in OS X hasn’t. You still move windows around by their title bar, and you resize windows by dragging a tiny area along the edge.

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How to blur moving objects with Motion 5


This week’s video is a bit inside-baseball to the extent that one of my colleagues was interested in learning how to blur moving objects in a movie he was making for this series. Regrettably, it’s nearly impossible in iMovie and quite difficult in my usual screencast tool, Screenflow. Fortunately, it’s easily done in Apple’s $50 Motion 5. Here’s how it’s done.

I’ve opened Motion and I’ll drag in a clip. When I play the clip you see that the personal information about this completely fictitious person can be seen. Plus, the contact card moves. So, I want to both blur this information as well as make sure that the blur moves along with it.

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