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How To: Change Your IP Address on the iPhone

Ever run into Wi-Fi issues on your iPhone? Changing the IP Address on an iPhone is often a way to fix your Wi-Fi.

Note: this will only work depending on the configuration of DHCP setup of the wireless router

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How To: Take a Screen Recording

Taking a screen recording on Mac can be used for many purposes. Whether you are a gamer and want to film yourself destroying trees with your hands in Minecraft or you just need to show your grandmother how to send an email, screen recordings are a critical tool. But, most people have no idea how to do it.

Lucky for you, it is a very simple process, and it is built right into your Mac.

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Virtual Reality: The Future of Stimulation

We hear the words “virtual reality” thrown around alot these days. From commercials about ostridges to your elderly neighbors saying that kids these days are socially introverted, untalented disgraces to the human race, virtual reality is a vibrant topic of discussion.

So what really is virtual reality?

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Keyboard shortcuts for the Mac Genius!

Most of us know about shortcuts. If you have ever copied something by clicking the Command button and the C button, you know that shortcuts can be a very quick and efficient way of working. You should take advantage of the different shortcuts incorporated into OS X to make things a lot easier for yourself. Some shortcuts seem to be more important than others. There are some shortcuts that are more commonly used, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the most important. I will talk about my top 3 shortcuts.

One shortcut that is very convenient is the Command-Delete shortcut. This shortcut allows you to automatically send whatever items you have selected to the Trash. This is helpful especially when you are prone to accidentally dropping whatever you have selected elsewhere instead of the Trash. That is actually something I do quite frequently, so the Command-Delete shortcut is really useful.

My second top shortcut is the Option-Command-Esc shortcut. If you’re familiar with Windows, you will recognize that this shortcut will bring up the force-quit window, which is very similar to the Task Manager. On Windows, you would click Control-Alt-Delete whenever you needed to end a program. As I am very accustomed to Windows, this shortcut is easy for me to get used to and depend on.

My third top shortcut is Control-Option-Command-Eject. This shortcut results in shutting down your computer. Most people shut off their computers off when they are done using it for awhile, so this shortcut can be used frequently.

Those are my top three shortcuts. That doesn’t mean I don’t use other shortcuts. There are many other shortcuts that are very helpful. They can range from being as simple as two buttons, or it could be much more. Whatever the shortcut, it is meant for your convenience, so take advantage of it. If you have any questions or comments, leave it below and we’ll get back to it as soon as possible. What are your top keyboard shortcuts for OS X?

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How To: Take Audio Tracks Out of Videos with GarageBand

Taking the audio out of a video is very easy when using GarageBand. You can even add the audio clip to iTunes and listen to it on your iPhone.

The first step is selecting your .m4v file and dragging it into GarageBand. Then GarageBand will create a Movie Track Thumbnail and an Audio Track. You will need to select the Movie Track and delete it by pressing Command + Delete.

After, crop the section of audio you want by dividing the track using Command + T (make sure the track is selected) and then select the part you would like to get rid of and select Delete.

Finally, when you are done go up to the menu bar and select Share and scroll to Send Song to iTunes. Fill out the Song Name, Artist Name, and other information. Press the Share button on the bottom and it will load into iTunes.