Tag Archive: Automatically

Stop OS X Mountain Lion from Automatically Downloading App and OS X Updates

Stop automatic app downloads and updates in OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion has a handful of features that are dependent on a constant internet connection, and one of those is the new automatic update feature. Undeniably convenient, OS X and all apps installed from the Mac App Store will automatically download and update themselves, but if you have metered internet or are using Personal Hotspot you’ll probably want to save  [Read More…]

Stop iPad Screen from Dimming or Locking Automatically

Stop iPad screen from dimming and locking itself

The iPad screen defaults to automatically dim itself and then turn itself off after a fairly short amount of time of inactivity. That’s great for preserving battery life of iOS devices, but if you’re like me you keep an iPad or iPhone alongside you full time while working as a control panel for Pandora, podcasts, and email, and having the screen lock after a few  [Read More…]

Stop the Period Automatically Typing in iOS

Double tapping the spacebar in iOS inserts a period at the end of a sentence and starts another, a feature that can really improve typing on the virtual keyboards of iOS, but not everyone likes the behavior. If you don�t want the iPhone or iPad to automatically type periods at the end of a word, here�s all you have to do:

Open Settings and tap �General� Tap �Keyboard� and look for  [Read More…]

Automatically Add Songs & Movies to iTunes

Automatically Add Music and Movies to iTunes

Using a little known folder buried within the iTunes directory, you can automatically add any compatible media to iTunes, be it songs, music, movies, just by placing files into the directory. This gets even better when you point downloads to that directory, because all downloaded media is then immediately synced to iTunes with no user interaction. It�s extremely easy to set up, here is how  [Read More…]

Automatically Name Your Screenshots Something More Useful [OS X Tips]

I have to admit it. I take a lot of screenshots here when trying to illustrate these daily tips. Wouldn�t it be great if there was a way to name them something more useful, say, like �Cult Of Mac Tips?� Well, it turns out there is a way to do that, requiring only a dip into the Terminal app and some copy and pasting. Ready? First, launch Terminal and paste in the  [Read More…]

Convert Text to Emoji Automatically in Mac OS X

Emoji in Mac OS X

Now that the Mac has native Emoji support, you can set up text substitutions to automatically convert specific text to emoji when typing shorthand, abbreviations, or emoticons. Here�s how to configure the text-to-emoji conversions:

Open System Preferences from the ? Apple menu Choose the �Language & Text� preference pane and click the �Text� tab Click the + plus button in the lower left corner to add a  [Read More…]

Lyricalizer Automatically Fetches Song Lyrics In The iOS 5 Music App [Jailbreak]

It’s a beautiful day.

Have you ever wanted to have access to the lyrics of your favorite tunes in the iOS Music app? Do you not want to take the time to manually add lyrics for every song in iTunes? A jailbreak tweak called Lyricalizer automatically fetches the lyrics for songs as their playing on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and lets you view them right in the default Music  [Read More…]

Change the Desktop Wallpaper Automatically in Mac OS X

Change desktop picture wallpaper randomly in Mac OS X

Can�t decide which wallpaper to use as your desktop background? Me neither. Fortunately there�s a setting in Mac OS X that causes the desktop picture to change itself automatically at a user selected time interval, ranging from every 5 seconds to once a day or upon system wake.

Open �System Preferences� from the ? Apple menu and click on �Desktop & Screen Saver�  [Read More…]

Yes, iPhone Changes Automatically for Daylight Savings Time

iPhone Clock We�ve received quite a few questions about the iPhone�s clock and if it will update automatically for Daylight Savings Time, the answer is: Yes, the iPhone automatically changes time to be correct with your time zone. So does the iPad, iPod touch, and Mac OS X. You do not need to change the time manually, it will �fall back� on it�s own.

Most of the questions about daylight savings relate  [Read More…]

Clean the Mac OS X Desktop Automatically

Clean a Mac OS X Desktop, Automatically

If your Mac OS X desktop quickly turns into a cluttered mess of files and folders while you work, you�re not alone. The busier (or less organized) you are, the quicker this accumulates, until finally the Finder is so covered in files that you can barely see the wallpaper. Sometimes mine gets so full that I just hide the desktop icons so I can deal  [Read More…]