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How to make text in iOS 7 more legible

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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There’s no question but that some people find iOS 7 a challenging transition. In this week’s video I try to ease your way by offering a few tips for making text easier to read, create a more private browsing experience, and remind you of a technique or two that hasn’t changed a lick from iOS 6.

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iOS 7 is a radical departure from previous versions of the iOS and because it is, some people aren’t entirely comfortable with it. (And, okay, some of you just hate it for good reasons and bad.)

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Teach Siri nicknames

Scholle Sawyer McFarland Senior Editor, Macworld

Looking for a simpler way to tell Siri which of the many Dans, Jennifers, or Jasons in your contacts list you want to call? In this week's video tip, Scholle Sawyer McFarland shares a few ways to get the job done.

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Siri makes it easy to call or text friends and colleagues when you’re on the go. But what happens if your friends all have the same name? For instance, in the Macworld office there are three Dans, two of which have last names that start with “M.”

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How to tweak settings on your webcam

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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Here’s the setup: You’ve purchased an HD webcam, either because your Mac doesn’t have a camera or you’re not satisfied with the camera built into your computer. You jack the thing into your Mac and, sure enough, images from your camera appear in the appropriate applications.

But you want more from that camera. You’d like to zoom in; change the camera’s exposure, contrast, and brightness; maybe add an effect. If you were hoping to find Mac-compatible software in the box that lets you do these things, you’re going to be disappointed. Though webcam manufacturers are happy to support their Windows customers with such utilities, Mac users are on their own.

Fortunately, a couple of savvy developers have come to your rescue. In this video I show you how to manipulate your webcam with two utilities—Liang-Hsin Chen’s $8 Webcam Settings (Mac App Store link) and Ecamm Network’s $20 iGlasses 3.

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Switch to Mac: How to find your favorite Windows features in OS X

Alex Wawro Associate Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Alex writes reviews, How-To Guides and features to help you work smarter and game harder.
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I made the jump from Windows 8 to Mac OS X a few months back, when I started carrying a Macbook Pro for work. Let me tell you, the scariest part of moving from a Windows PC to a Mac is the prospect of losing access to the tools and utilities you use on a daily basis. What I realized, though, is that many of the features and tools I relied on in Windows are also available in OS X. You just have to know where to look.

As I discovered, software is rarely an issue: The lion’s share of your favorite programs have Mac analogues, and the growing popularity of subscription services like Office 365 and Adobe’s Creative Cloud make it easy to seamlessly transition your software licenses from a Windows PC to a Mac. You can also bring most of your Windows peripherals with you, though you might have more fun exploring the wonderful world of Apple accessories.

For me, the real struggle was trying to translate all the everyday tasks I found so simple in Windows but so confusing in OS X. When you don’t know where to go to adjust volume levels or capture screenshots, every day can be an exercise in frustration. (Unconsciously reaching for the Start menu every five minutes certainly made me feel like a huge rube.) So I did what any good tech geek would do: I ventured out into the unknown and made myself a translation guide for all my basic tools, shortcuts, and gestures. And now I want to share them with you.

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Two free and easy ways to share big files

Scholle Sawyer McFarland Senior Editor, Macworld

Sending big files can be a big pain, but in this week’s video tip you’ll learn two simple ways to do the job at no cost.

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Most of us are used to emailing files back and forth with friends and colleagues. But when it comes to big files, you might end up feeling like you’re trying to stuff a package through a mail slot. If your attachment is too big—Gmail’s limit, for example, is 25MB—you’ll receive errors and alerts, saying that your message exceeds the mail server’s limits. So what then?

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Be More Productive with LaunchBar: Snippets

Dan Frakes Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan writes about OS X, iOS, utilities, cool apps, and troubleshooting. He also covers hardware; mobile, audio, 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 worked as a policy analyst.
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In this video, our third on getting more out of Objective Development’s excellent LaunchBar utility, we show you how to take advantage of LaunchBar’s new snippets feature to paste frequently used bits of text.

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Here at Macworld, we’re big fans of LaunchBar, a utility that works a lot like OS X’s Spotlight, but does much, much more. I recently reviewed the latest version, LaunchBar 5.5, and in this video, my third on getting more out of LaunchBar (see Be More Productive With LaunchBar Part 1 and Part 2), I’m going to show you how to take advantage of one of my favorite new features, text snippets.

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Enable parental restrictions on your iOS device

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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For parents and others handing iOS devices over to kids, it might be wisest to lock down certain features so that children don’t stumble across things they shouldn’t, or accidentally wreak havoc upon your own device. Here’s how.

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This is Dan Moren and I’m here with this week’s video tip.

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