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How to create a new user account on your Mac

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How to create a new user account on your Mac

How to create a new user account on your Mac

Need to create a new user account on your Mac? It's easy. Just follow these steps.

If a new family member or even a new office co-worker is going to use your Macintosh, you can create a new user account for them in OS X Yosemite. Having separate user accounts means each person who uses the Mac can each have their own settings, like iCloud account information, application preferences, and desktop wallpaper. They can each have their own repository of files and folders. It's the safest way to make sure you're not overwriting or otherwise disturbing each other's files. Here's how to do it.

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30 min ago

Best weather apps for iPhone

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Best weather apps for iPhone

Best weather apps for iPhone

Debating over which weather app you should use on your iPhone?

What exactly is the best iPhone app for weather watchers? That's a tough question to answer. Apple has their own, built-in Weather app, with edge-to-edge graphics and subtle, elegant animations. However, it's still decidedly on the simple side. Since weather apps have become something of a playground for great designers and developers these days, there are many excellent, yet very different alternatives to be found in the App Store. The toughest part is choosing between them. If you need help deciding, these are currently our absolute favorites!

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54 min ago

Instacast update bring podcast control to your Apple Watch

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Instacast update bring podcast control to your Apple Watch

Popular podcasting app, Instacast, has been updated today with support for managing playback and browsing unplayed podcasts from your Apple Watch.

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1 hour ago

This flexible, rugged skin for iPhone 6 Plus is only $13.95 today

This flexible, rugged skin for iPhone 6 Plus is only $13.95 today

The Rise Case accentuates your stylish personality with a truly unique horizontal raised pattern that provides an incredible 3 dimensional look. A refined brushed metal gloss finish compliments the aesthetic features of the case, but also enhances the grip to help bolster your defenses.

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2 hours ago

Currencies 2.0 arrives with a new look, faster conversions, and Apple Watch support

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Currencies 2.0 arrives with a new look, faster conversions, and Apple Watch support

Edovia has released the latest version of Currencies, their app for quick and easy currency conversion. Version 2.0 brings a new interface, speed, and support for the Apple Watch.

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2 hours ago

Waiting for Godot, HomeKit edition

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Waiting for Godot, HomeKit edition

If Apple announces a new change-the-world technology and 11 months later nobody's using it, did the announcement actually happen?

About a year ago, Apple unveiled HomeKit, its take on home automation, and announced that the framework would ship in the fall with iOS 8. Which it apparently did. And then... nothing happened.

Truthfully, we heard hardly anything about HomeKit until this past January at CES, where a bunch of companies showed off HomeKit-enabled devices, coming "this spring" or "soon." It's been four months since, and spring is almost over.

But the fever is, fortunately, about to break: HomeKit has pulled off its blankets and is about to rise from its nap. Last week, Apple told the Wall Street journal that the first HomeKit devices will appear in June, a year after the original announcement.

So what took this so long?

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2 hours ago

Apple said to want local programming for rumored TV service

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Apple said to want local programming for rumored TV service

Apple is reportedly hoping to offer local programming as part of their rumored TV service. However, it could take some time for the deals to be made, as Apple would need to negotiate directly with local stations.

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3 hours ago

Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

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Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Even though Photos for iOS doesn't offer a Faces album, you can still find tagged friends using the search field.

I recently wrote a post on getting Faces to sync between multiple computers when you're using iCloud Photo Library, and mentioned — sadly — that there was no efficient way to sync the work-around to iOS. And this remains true... technically.

It turns out that even though Apple doesn't officially sync the Faces album from Photos for OS X using iCloud Photo Library, you can still find any tagged photos of a person — no matter what computer you tagged them on — by searching their name.

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4 hours ago

Saying no to 1,000 things

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Saying no to 1,000 things

Can we please focus on Apple's actual strengths and weaknesses, instead of what the company might theoretically, possibly, one day do?

The big news earlier this week was that Apple had reportedly punted its plans to make a television set. The report suggested that the company had worked on it for over a decade: Comments Steve Jobs made to biographer Walter Isaacson have helped stir that pot for years, but the bottom line is that it isn't happening. Between this and the mythical Apple car, we spend an almost idiotic amount of time speculating on what Apple might do, instead of what they're already doing that could be improved.

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4 hours ago

Get $160 worth of adventure games for Mac and PC, but name your own price

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Get $160 worth of adventure games for Mac and PC, but name your own price

This week's Humble Weekly Bundle features adventure games, most of which run on Mac and Windows, some Linux too.

If adventure games are your bag and you're looking for a great deal, get on over to the Humble Weekly Bundle. It's a name-your-own price deal on four adventure games including Syberia, Stacking, The Novelist and Secret Files: Tunguska. All of them except for the last one are available for Mac, too. What's more, if you pay more than the average cheapskate, you'll get three additional games, and if you pay $8 or more, you'll get two more!

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11 hours ago

First batch of Pebble Time shipments rolling out May 27

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First batch of Pebble Time shipments rolling out May 27

Pebble has announced that Pebble Time smartwatches will be rolled out to backers starting May 27. The company will send out e-mails to customers to finalize their designs by the end of the month, with all backsers getting tracking numbers for their Pebble Time by mid-June.

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14 hours ago

Space Black Apple Watch (steel) in pictures

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Space Black Apple Watch (steel) in pictures

The Space Black Apple Watch looks and feels like dragon scales, or the Batmobile, or something from Krypton.

Technically Space Black is a diamond-like coating (DLC) on the stainless steel of the Apple Watch, but those are just words and they don't really do justice to how this model turned out. It's darker than it was back in September when Apple showed it off for the first time, and the new tone really does seem like something made of shadow and light. It took a while to ship — even the very first orders didn't arrive for several weeks. But holding it now, I can't help but think it was worth it.

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15 hours ago

Global Accessibility Awareness Day and what you should know!

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day and what you should know!

It's Global Awareness Accessibility Day — #GAAD — and that matters to everyone.

Accessibility and inclusivity are often thought of as helping people with visual, auditory, or physical challenges, learning challenges, are on the Autistic spectrum, or otherwise need assistance beyond what technology normally supplies. The truth is, making products accessible and inclusive, the way Apple does, makes them easier to use and better for everyone. It lets people young and old, novice and expert, use an iPhone or iPad or Apple Watch, and use it well. For those with challenges, however, it's not just about access, it's about empowerment. It can improve their lives and let them travel, communicate, and interact in ways never before possible. #GAAD is about getting the word out, so everyone can help, and everyone can benefit.

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16 hours ago

How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

How to set up and use Accessibility on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch, like all of Apple's products, has accessibility built right in.

Devices like the Apple Watch can be convenient, even empowering for many people. For those with accessibility needs, however, they can be life changing. They can let people go where they could never go before, speak with people they could never reach before, and see the world in ways that were once impossible. What's more, by making the Apple Watch accessible and inclusive to people who are blind or have visual impairments, deaf or have auditory impairments, or who have motor skill or learning or other challenges, Apple makes it more accessible and inclusive to everyone.

The Apple Watch is in its first generation, but here's all the accessibility features it already enjoys, along with how to set them up and use them.

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17 hours ago

Apple Store app snags support for Touch ID and two-step verification

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Apple Store app snags support for Touch ID and two-step verification

The Apple Store app has finally been updated today with support for Touch ID and two-step verification.

The Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad got a pretty significant update today, finally adding support for Touch ID for making reservations at Apple Stores and checking receipts, along with two-step verification.

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