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How to rotate, crop, and straighten pictures in Photos for OS X

When you don't have time to carefully line up and perfectly frame every photo, you just need to shoot first and fix it in post later.

That's where straightening and cropping come in. Whether the horizon or a building looks oddly angled, or extra people or space are stealing focus from your subjects, Photos for OS X has just exactly those tools to help you line up what you want and cut out what you don't, so that even if you didn't frame the perfect photo, you can still end up with it. Also, if you need to rotate or flip a picture, you can do that too!

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How to apply filters to images in Photos for OS X

Filters became popular, back in the olden days of camera phones, as a way to make bad photos look less bad.

Photos for OS X brings the same kind of damage control to the Mac. Whether it's by adding a color overlay, boosting or flattening contrast, it lets you take pictures that look wrong and make them look artistic instead. They're the same subtle filters Apple introduced for the iPhone and iPad in iOS 7 so, while they may not have the same punch as some others, they're consistent and even more importantly — they're non-destructive. That means you can change your mind and even revert to normal at any time.

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How to access histogram and other advanced adjustments in Photos for OS X

Histogram, sharpen, definition, noise reduction, vignette, white balance, and levels can all be added to your photo adjustment options.

That elevates Photos for OS X from a basic photo editing tool to something more advanced. The histogram, for example, lets you see the distribution of light and dark, red, blue, and green pixels within your image. Sharpen and definition can help make the blurry more clear. Vignette darkens images around the edges, and white balance and levels let you change casts, crush blacks, and more. All you have to do is turn them on!

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How to adjust light, color, and more in Photos for OS X

From magic wand, to basic color, light, and black & white tweaks, or full, granular control over exposure, saturation, intensity, and more.

Photos for OS X has everything you need to make your pictures look exactly how you want. What's more, all the edits are non-destructive, so if you don't get something perfect the first time, you can change it again whenever you like, or even go right back to the original. Combine that with the large screen, and editing photos on the Mac isn't just easy, it's accessible to everyone.

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How to better track and manage your cellular data usage

If you've ever gone over the data allowance on your iPhone, you aren't alone.

It's a problem a lot of smartphone owners run into. From streaming music to watching YouTube videos, we all love to consume data. Unfortunately with capped data plans being the norm nowadays, it's easy to get hit with overage charges. That's exactly the problem an iMore reader is having:

Every once in a while I find myself going over what I'm allowed on my iPhone data plan. Is there an easier way to stay on top of this other than checking my carrier's app or getting text updates?

Short answer: Yes, absolutely!

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How to delete, recover, and eradicate pictures and videos in Photos for OS X

Photos for OS X lets you quickly and easily delete pictures and videos from both your Mac and the cloud.

Whether you're trying to free up storage, battling duplicates, eliminating personal photos no one else ever needs to see, or just cutting out the bad shots, Photos for OS X makes it easy to delete single or multiple pictures or videos. If you're using iCloud Photo Library, anything you delete on your Mac will also be deleted on all your other iCloud Photo Library-enabled devices, including your iPhone and/or iPad. Deleted pictures and videos can be recovered for up to 30 days, however, or can be deleted immediately and forever. Here's how!

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How to use albums and folders in Photos for OS X

If you have a lot of photos on your Mac, you'll want to organize them into albums and folders

That way, whether it's an album of vacation pictures and videos, or a folder for a special project, you'll always no just where exactly in Photos for OS X you'll need to go to find them.. Better yet, if you're using iCloud Photo Library, those newly organized albums and folders will also show up on your iPhone and iPad!

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Some awesome tips on being more productive with Slack

Use Slack for group chat and want to know how to get even more out of it?

For those not already familiar, Slack is a group chat tool of sorts. You can join as many teams as you'd like, which makes it a great resource for smaller businesses and even developers. Organizations can even set up different channels and chat groups to fit their specific needs. It's actually what we use here on Mobile Nations to communicate with each other throughout the day. If your organization uses Slack, Dave Chartier over on Finer Tech posted a great list of super useful Slack shortcuts.

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iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream: What's the difference?

What's the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream?

With iCloud Photo Library, you can store all your photos in iCloud with no limits, unlike the traditional Photo Stream we've been accustomed to for the past few years. As long as you have enough iCloud storage, iCloud Photo Library will save all your photos. But what happens to your regular Photo Stream when you enable iCloud Photo Library? And more importantly, where did all your synced albums go? We've got the answers to these questions and more!

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Garmin vivoactive fitness tracker review

Garmin's vivoactive offers built-in GPS, up to three weeks battery life, and custom apps for the sports you enjoy most.

You can take the vivoactive wherever you go, including swimming and in the shower. Wear it to bed and the vivoactive will also monitor and track your sleep quality. With custom apps, great battery life, lots of color options, and much more, there's a lot to like about the Garmin vivoactive. I've been using the vivoactive for a few weeks now and while I'm mostly impressed, with a price tag of $250, it's definitely not the fitness tracker for everyone.

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How to access iCloud Photo Library on the web

iCloud Photo Library lets you easily access all your pictures and videos from anywhere, including the web.

Sure, the Photos apps for iOS and OS X are fast, convenient, and pack a lot of features, but there might come a time when you don't have either available to you. That's when iCloud Photo Library being part of iCloud really comes in handy — because you can access everything you have online straight from any web browser you have available to you. All you need is a connection, your Apple ID, and iCloud.com.

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Which iCloud Photo Library storage plan should you choose?

iCloud Photo Library stores all your pictures and videos on Apple's servers so they're available to you all the time on all your devices.

If you optimize storage, they can save you a lot of space on your iPhone, iPad, or even your Mac. It will, however, take up storage on your iCloud account. Apple gives 5 GB to everyone for free, but if you've got a Photos library of any size, you'll almost certainly need more. Especially since iCloud Drive, iCloud email, and iCloud backup all pull from the same storage pool. Apple offers additional storage, from 20 GB to 1 TB, on a monthly subscription basis. How much you need will depend on how much you can afford — as online options go, it isn't cheap — and how much you need. Here are your options!

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How to like or comment on shared images and videos in Photos for OS X

If you use iCloud Photo Sharing, not only can you view photos from others, you can comment and like them too!

Shared Photo Streams are pretty much a private version of an a photo album you'd post on a regular social media site. Only the people invited can view and add photos. But like social networks, you can also comment and like photos and other people in the group will get a notification. You've always been able to do this in the Photos app for iPhone and iPad, and now you can do it right on your Mac with Photos for OS X.

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How to access iCloud Photo Sharing in Photos for OS X

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you quickly and easily share pictures and videos.

Once you've shared to iCloud Photo Sharing, or someone has shared with you, it's just as quick and easy to find those pictures and videos in Photos for OS X. You can even like or comment right from your Mac. All you need to know is where to look!

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How to disable quick reply messaging on the Lock screen of your iPhone or iPad

Quick reply messaging from your Lock screen may be convenient, but it isn't secure.

With interactive notifications you can swipe left across any iMessage on the Lock screen and quickly send off a reply, no passcode, password, or Touch ID required. That's great if you're always in a rush and just need to answer everything and anything as fast as possible. It's not so great if you often leave your iPhone or iPad unattended, where other people can potentially reply to your messages either as a prank or maliciously. Interactive notifications are enabled by default, but if you'd rather have security than convenience, you can easily turn them off.

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Our favorite clear cases for iPhone 6 Plus

Have an iPhone 6 Plus you want to protect but not cover up? There's a great clear case for that!

While some people like bright and bold colors, some people prefer the original look of the iPhone, as Apple intended it. However, carrying a naked iPhone around makes a lot of people nervous for obvious reasons. So if you're someone that prefers the naked look but still would like some kind of protection, these are currently our favorite transparent cases for the iPhone 6 Plus !

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Best streaming music apps for iPhone

Picking a music streaming app on your iPhone isn't an easy job, and there isn't a one size fits all option.

Since most music streaming apps all require a paid subscription, it makes the choice even more stressful. What music streaming service you ultimately choose depends on what your musical tastes are, whether you prefer radio style streaming or on-demand, and lots of other factors. While we can't tell you what service is best for you, we can help you narrow down your choices. These are currently the music streaming services that we think offer a superior listening experience on the iPhone!

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How to stop Facebook from making your iPhone run like crap

If I had to name one App Store app that can negatively affect the performance of your iPhone, it's Facebook.

Not only can it eat tremendous amounts of storage, some of the things it does in the background also seem to chew through battery, and make your iPhone run like crap in general. It's an issue countless friends and family members run into over and over again. From freezing issues to out of storage messages to constant battery drain, Facebook almost always seems to be the culprit.

So in this very special edition of iOS Help, we're going to take a look at why Facebook makes your iPhone do strange things as well as what you can do to keep it in check.

This how-to is part of our iOS Help feature, where every week I try and help you fix the problems you're having with your iPhones and iPads. If you have a question or need help with something iOS related that you just can't figure out, I encourage you to drop a question in our iMore forums, no registration required, or send me an email at [email protected]

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Garmin vivofit 2 fitness tracker review

The Garmin vivofit 2 lets you track steps, calories, distance, and more right on your wrist without having to charge it for an entire year.

The vivofit 2 is a refinement of last year's original vivofit and brings with it an improved screen with a backlit display, activity timing, and auto sync. The move bar has also added audible notifications so you don't have to look at your wrist to know you need to get moving. While the vivofit series may not have all the bells and whistles of other fitness trackers, it's a tradeoff some folks may want to consider in exchange for what is pretty much endless battery life.

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How to view local movie showtimes on your Apple TV

The Apple TV makes for a great way to not only watch movie trailers on the big screen but to find local showtimes too.

When you find a movie that you're interested in, given it's a movie that's already available in theaters, your Apple TV can instantly pull in locations near you and let you know what showtimes are available. No need to use any other app or device. Here's how!

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