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Keyboard Shortcuts 101

Mac has many keyboard shortcuts that help users save their time to complete various tasks. For example, command+c (Copy) and command+v (Paste), one of the most commonly used pair of shortcuts. However there are many other Shortcuts most users are not aware of. Here’s a few:

Command + Control + Option + 8 (For Pranksters) 

If you’re already aware of this shortcut, you’ve probably used this to prank your Mac user friends. Through this shortcut, you can invert the colors on your Mac screen. This shortcut was created to help those with visual impairments but it also provides a cool effect. Please note that in order for the shortcut to work, you need to have [Invert Colors] option ticked in your System Preferences.

Command + Control + D (For Students) 

There are often times when you feel lazy to look up a word when you are working on a document. By using this shortcut, you can look up a word while you type without searching for the meaning online. Please note that the dictionary provided through this shortcut is from the Mac OS dictionary and may not contain all the words you’re looking for.

Command + Option + Control + Eject (For Busy Workers) 

By using this shortcut, you can save time shutting down your Mac. Please note that as this shortcut instantly shuts down your Mac, make sure you’ve saved all your files. To put your Mac to sleep, press Command + Option + Eject.

Command + Option + M (For Businessmen or Online Shopaholics) 

Often at times, you lose track of the number of Windows you’ve opened due to many reasons. Through this shortcut you will minimize all opened windows in your dock and clean your window.

Command + Shift + 8 (For Mathematicians) 

On a document, if you type out a math operation such as 454+343 and you enter this shortcut, the answer will appear in no time. This shortcut helps you save time from using a calculator to solve your math problems. 

Command + Opt-a (For Youtubers) 

This wonderful shortcut helps you save Youtube videos on your Mac as an .flv file. Please note that this shortcut only works on Safari and the definition of the video may not be HD quality.



YouTube Going Beyond 1080p


For any avid YouTube watchers, 1080p was what made the difference between a good video and a great one. But now YouTube has integrated video quality beyond measure. After 1080p comes 1440p and finally 2160p, also know as 4k, Ultra HD, and UHD.
The upgrade to 4k seems great, but is it really? Although, the jump from 1080p to 2160p is noticeable, most people will not be able to experience the true clarity of 4k videos unless you have a retina display monitors or a 4k Display Monitors. Mixed in with the slower downloading speeds and older graphics cards not being able to support it. This brings up the question of “what is so great about 4k?” Since the majority of people do not have displays that can take advantage of 4k.

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How to: Download Free YouTube Videos in Safari

Don’t you want to watch your favorite YouTube videos on the go without having to wait for it to load the whole way? With a couple of easy steps and a few minutes you’ll have them on your iPhone in no time. The first step to this is launching Safari and opening up the YoutTube video that you want to download. Then (even if it is still loading) you go up to “Window” and scroll down to “Activity” and click on it. You will see a list of stuff that is helping to load the video, but the only one that you will need to click on is the largest file that should probably be in megabits you can select the file even if it is still loading, and to select the file press “alt” and left click. The video then will download into your “Downloads” and the last step is to drag bring it into iTunes. To do this you will need to download an application to convert the file to allow it to play on your iPhone or iPod. The application you will download is HandBrake. After you finish downloading HandBrake open it and select the “videoplayback” and click start. When the video is done converting name it and drag it into iTunes. The video should then be under “Movies” in iTunes and then after that just sync it up with your iPhone of iPod.


Netflix for iPad: A Pleasant Surprise, Hope for Flash

Netflix comes to the iPad

San Jose, CA  —  Last Saturday, when the iPad made its premiere, fellow Genius, Zander and I drew a small crowd in the crowded Apple Store at the Oakridge Mall on Blossom Hill as we expounded the virtues and vices (though few) of the new iPad. Perhaps it was because from the moment we got our hands on it, we couldn’t stop talking about it! “Strange! It’s smaller and heavier than I imagined,” I started. And while I began to complain about the dull pain in my left arm as I typed, Zander pointed out that, despite the weight, its size would be its most endearing quality for many.

Our comments, audible to many in the crammed store, made people recognized us as “geniuses” and we began fielding questions ranging from the iPad’s lack of multi-tasking and Flash to whether it would support expandable memory.

And though it was the first time I had held that particular iPad, nothing seemed to catch me by surprise — nothing, that was, until I noticed the Netflix app.

As I hadn’t yet heard of the Netflix app, it seemed out of place as I selected it from the iPad home screen. But what surprised me most was its performance! As a subscriber, it took only seconds to enter my user information, select a movie from the home screen and begin watching. In fact, it seemed to perform even BETTER than the “watch instantly” function that I frequent on my computer (which is free as part of my Netflix subscription).

Reflecting upon the iPad as Zander and I walked out of the store, I kept returning, in my mind, to the Netflix app. Initially intrigued though I was, it didn’t take long to realize the company’s motivation in creating the app. As a Flash dependent site, Netflix could either make this step to bring their business to the iPad or die at the hands of their newly disinterested and frustrated constituency.

This, I believe, is the nature of the predicament that many Flash dependent companies face today. They can make the laborious shift to HTML5, which is Apple’s suggested approach as they now do battle with Adobe, or they can design apps which natively integrate their content with the iPad. While Netflix may ultimately convert their site to run on HTML5, they have made an ingenious decision to now bring this new app into the fray to help close the time gap caused by the move to HTML5.

This decision is not unexpected, however. It was the move which Youtube made, making their app standard on all Apple mobile devices, and now it is Netflix’s move. This choice, I believe, might even be part of the reason why, on Monday (4/5), Netflix stock (NASDAQ : NFLX) leaped 6.65% to $79.99 a share — an increase approximately equal to the entire growth seen this past March.

MOST INTERESTING, however, is what this may ultimately mean for Netflix and other sites alike: FLASH DEPENDENT SITES MAY NOT NEED TO CHANGE TO HTML5 AS APPLE WOULD LIKE. Though Apple’s product popularity gives them powerful influence on internet consumption, I believe this is not the “death knell” of Flash. A game changer though it may be, Apple’s refusal to support it, while also allowing sites to make apps which run their content, does not represent the complete abolition of Flash as has been previously anticipated.

If Flash fails on the internet level, not necessarily the video delivery level, it will be due to its drawbacks as a code, NOT because the “Church of Apple” decrees it to be so.

Want to find out more?!

Visit the websites of the companies discussed in this article: Netflix, Apple, Adobe.

Download / Check out the Netflix app from the iTunes Store!

JOIN THE DEBATE! Let us know what you think! Have you gotten your hands on the new iPad? What are your thoughts on the Netflix move to app based content?