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Learn these four oft-overlooked iOS 7 tips

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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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

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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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

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. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.
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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.

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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

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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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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Use Printopia to send docs and photos to your Mac

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. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.
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Ecamm’s Printopia lets you print from your iOS devices to any printer connected to your Mac. But in this video, I show you how to configure virtual printers for saving documents and images from your iOS devices—or even from other Macs—to your Mac.

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Way back in iOS 4.2, AirPrint promised to let you print, wirelessly, from your iOS device to any printer shared by your Mac. But AirPrint ended up working with only a few specific, AirPrint-enabled printers.

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How to rip a Blu-ray disc

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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[Editor’s note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can’t legally copy or convert commercial DVDs or Blu-ray discs for any reason. We (and others) think that, if you own one of these discs, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn’t entirely clear one way or the other. So our advice is: If you don’t own it, don’t do it. If you do own it, think before you rip.]

Over the years we’ve talked about creating backups and portable copies of the DVD media you own. But the world of disc-based media has shifted largely to Blu-ray. Once upon a time ripping Blu-ray discs wasn’t all that necessary because these discs came with digital copies available from the iTunes Store. Regrettably, the movie industry has moved to the Ultraviolet digital copy scheme which is neither convenient nor reliable, so it’s back to ripping we go.

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Use the Finder's tags feature from the keyboard

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. You can find him on the web at danfrakes.com.
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The Finder’s tags feature, which debuted in Mavericks (OS X 10.9), can be quite useful. But if you prefer to use the keyboard instead of a mouse or trackpad, you may find it limiting. This video shows you how to take full advantage of tags without lifting your fingers from the keyboard.

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One of the big new features in the Finder in Mavericks is tags. Much like labels in older versions of OS X, tags let you assign categories to files and folders, though in Mavericks, you can assign multiple tags to the same item. Once you tag items, you can sort files by tag, or even use tags as criteria for smart folders. For example, I’ve got a smart folder that displays all items in my Work directory with an orange or red tag – I call it my High Priority folder.

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