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How to download Photo Stream images on your Mac without iPhoto

Until iCloud Photo Library makes its official debut on the Mac with the all-new Photos app next spring, the only way to access those images on OS X is via the iCloud.com Web app. Of course, if it's just the most recent images you want to see on your Mac, you can always view your Photo Stream on iPhoto; it downloads the last 1000 images you've taken or uploaded on any iCloud-connected device.

But if you'd prefer not to open iPhoto every time you want to view, download, or share the latest picture from your iOS device, there's an easier way: Myphotostream.

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How to quickly translate web pages in Safari for iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can easily translate web pages in the Safari browser thanks to the Bing app and its action extension. Instead of cutting and pasting links or text, or switching apps, you can simply go to the page you want to translate, tap a couple of buttons, and watch as the the language changes right before your eyes.

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How to fix a broken Lightning dock in an iPhone 5s

If you have an iPhone 5s that's out of warranty and won't charge, it's possible the dock assembly itself needs to be replaced. Symptoms of a bad dock can include a faulty headphone jack, inability to charge, Siri being activated randomly while plugged in, or iTunes not recognizing your iPhone 5s. If you have any of these symptoms, we can walk you through replacing the dock assembly for a fraction of the cost of a new iPhone.

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Problems streaming iTunes purchases to Apple TV? Try these fixes!

There's nothing worse than sitting down to watch a movie on the Apple TV and having streaming issues. Lately a lot of users, including myself, have been having issues in particular with iTunes purchases. From playback errors to excruciatingly long wait times for streaming to start, there are a few things you can try in order to get streaming straightened out and back to full speed again!

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How to record phone calls on your Mac

If you're in a business — as I am — where you occasionally conduct interviews over the phone, or want to remember brainstorming sessions with a friend, you may wish to record your calls. In the past, this was a bit of a pain with iPhone calls, since iOS apps can't hijack your audio signal. You usually had to record using an external device, either by putting your iPhone on speaker or wiring it up in some way.

No longer.

Thanks to the folks at Ecamm, you can use any Continuity-enabled Mac running OS X Yosemite to record your iPhone calls with Call Recorder for FaceTime ($30, free trial available).

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How to use Passbook: The ultimate guide

Passbook is Apple's digital wallet. It collects all your tickets, boarding passes, and coupons, all in one place. With Apple Pay in the U.S., Passbook will even store your credit and debit cards. Location aware, Passbook can conveniently present appropriate cards for you right on the lock screen whenever you get close to your coffee shop or airport. Always connected, Passbook can even update your balance or gate number in real time so you always know how much you have or where you need to be. Best of all, Passbook is really easy to use!

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How to enable or disable automatic updates for Passbook cards

Many different Passbook cards auto-update on their own without requiring you to do anything: Your balance will refresh on your Starbucks card, and if your gate changes at the airport, Passbook will alert you appropriately. If a pass isn't automatically updating, however, or you'd rather manually manage updating your cards, you can easily turn the automatic update feature on and off on a card-by-card basis.

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How to hide (and rearrange) Instagram filters

Instagram's new 6.4 update not only brought new filters (gasp) for the first time in years, it also brought the ability to rearrange your favorite filters and even hide those you don't like. (Sorry, Kelvin.) Setting up your perfect list of filters to choose from is easy — just follow these simple steps.

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How to disable location services for Passbook on your iPhone

Passbook for iPhone may be a great tool for managing boarding passes, reward cards, and more, but some people just aren't comfortable with it being able to see their location. You can manage location notifications for specific Passbook passes but if you really don't want Passbook itself using your location for any reason, you'll need to disable the option altogether.

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How to install Windows 10 on the Mac without spending a dime

In the summer of 2014, Apple offered enrollees in its AppleSeed program a chance to try out the public beta of OS X Yosemite long before its actual release. Now, you can do the same thing for Microsoft's forthcoming release of Windows 10. What's more, it's almost trivial to install on the Mac, and you don't need to spend a dime doing it.

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