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How to use Control Center to AirPlay videos to your Apple TV

Ever wish you could take a video from your iPhone or iPad and watch it on your big screen TV? Well, with AirPlay and an Apple TV you can! Many apps have built-in AirPlay buttons but, sadly, they're often in different shapes, sizes, and places. Luckily, Control Center has an AirPlay button as well. That makes it easy to find and easy to use!

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Apple TV remote: 7 amazing shortcuts you need to know!

Ever been stuck deep down inside Netflix on the Apple TV and wished there was a way to instantly jump all the way back to the main Home screen? Ever been frustrated by fast forward going too slow or too fast and wished you could simply skip chapter by chapter instead? Ever had Home screen icons disappear or services say they're not available and wished you could reboot with only a couple of clicks? Well, you can! The little aluminum remote that comes with the Apple TV might not seem like much but there are a lot of options hidden behind those buttons. Here are some of the best!

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How to make a Genius Bar appointment on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

If you're experiencing problems with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and you live close by to an Apple Store, by far the easiest and quickest way to get it taken care of is to visit your local Genius Bar. To avoid arriving only to find them booked solid all day, you should always schedule an appointment ahead of time. Not only does it guarantee you a spot, it also significantly cuts your wait time down. Not sure how to schedule one? Follow along and we'll walk you through the process!

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How to restore archived contacts on a Mac

While we never plan on losing our contacts and information, disaster always seems to strike at the most inopportune moments. We've already shown you how to back up the Contacts app on a Mac which is the first step to assuring your contacts are safe. Hopefully you never have to use that backup but if you do, follow along and we'll show you how to get the contacts you've previous archived back on your Mac, safe and sound.

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How to quickly search Yelp with the help of Launch Center Pro

Want a faster way to find coffee shops, italian restaurants, or whatever food and drink you love best? Then Launch Center Pro and Yelp are for you. Combine Yelp's knowledge base with Launch Center Pro's fast actions and it's a match made in traveler and road-worrior heaven!

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How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide!

iMessage is Apple's proprietary service that allows you to send and receive free, SMS- and MMS-like messages on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from any other iMessage user. Not only can you send regular text, photo, and video messages with iMessage, but contacts, voice memos, and locations as well. iMessage works on any device running iOS 5 or higher, and any Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or higher. Whether you need help setting up or using any or all of the features, you've come to the right place!

Note: Updated for iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. We'll be updating this guide regularly as Apple introduces more iMessage features, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back frequently!

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How to block FaceTime calls and iMessages on the Mac

If you're being stalked, spammed, pranked, or otherwise abused over iMessage or FaceTime, you can block that contact and prevent them from bothering you ever again, even on your Mac. It's simple, it's easy, and it's oh-so-gratifying. If there's an especially annoying someone you've been waiting to ignore, here's how to do it!

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How to install a fresh copy of OS X on your Mac

Most of the time you'll never have to worry about having to install a new operating system on your Mac - the one that's on there should work fine through thick and thin. But every once in a while you might want or need to - here are step by step instructions for making it happen.

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How to opt-out of Dropbox's new 'arbitration' clause and keep your right to sue!

Dropbox, the popular online storage service, has begun circulating a new terms of service (ToS) agreement that wants to remove our ability to sue or join in class-action lawsuits against them and instead agree to arbitration using an arbiter of their choosing.

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How to turn your Mac's internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot with Internet Sharing

Wi-Fi is almost ubiquitous now but that doesn't mean it always comes cheap. Hotels especially love to nickel and dime people for Wi-Fi, sometimes offering different prices for slightly different speeds and often restricting or charging extra for multiple devices. If you're traveling internationally and want to avoid roaming costs on your mobile devices it can be especially aggravating. Luckily Apple makes it simple to share the Wi-Fi connection on your Mac with your iPhone, iPad, or even other Macs.

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