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5 super-quick iPhoto tips to make your photos even better

Don't overlook this great bit of free software for your photos. Photo: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

Don’t overlook this great bit of free software for your photos. Photo: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

iPhoto is a free download for everyone these days, making it a basic bit of kit for anyone dealing with the deluge of photographic data we seem to collect. Still, it’s often overlooked by the best of us because of its limitations.

That’s unfortunate, because the simple program offers some pretty useful features that can quickly let you get on with enjoying your photos rather than tweaking them.

Here are five simple tips for using Apple’s built-in photo “shoebox,” letting you make your photos better and more organized even more quickly.

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China will screen all Apple products for NSA backdoor

Apple is ready to explode in China. Photo: Apple

Apple is ready to explode in China. Photo: Apple

Apple has agreed to accept the Chinese government’s demands to run network safety evaluations on all Apple products before they can be imported into the country.

Tim Cook met with the country’s Internet and Information office last December to discuss Apple’s plans in China, and has since consented to the government’s demands that they be allowed screen products for the fabled NSA backdoor. According to a spokesperson who was also present at the meeting, Cook has assured Chinese officials that Apple will fully cooperate with the governments wishes to have products inspected for security concerns.

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You can now use WhatsApp on your Mac, but there’s a catch

You can now use WhatsApp on your Mac, but there's a catch. Photo: Cult of Mac

You can now use WhatsApp on your Mac, but there’s a catch. Photo: Cult of Mac

WhatsApp is a great alternative to iMessage, except in one regard: iMessage lets you send messages from your Mac. That means if you hate tapping in text messages on a touchscreen, you can use your keyboard instead.

But that’s changed. The long-awaited ability to use WhatsApp on your Mac has finally arrived. But there’s a caveat: It only works if you don’t have an iPhone.

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Realmac tells us how it built the best Markdown editor for Mac

If you write, you need Typed. Photo: Realmac Software

If you write, you need Typed. Photo: Realmac Software

Realmac Software has been schooling developers on how to make great apps since 2002. So when they brought Typed to OS X back in December, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Two months on, I’m convinced it’s the best Markdown editor you can get on the Mac, so I spoke with Realmac founder Dan Counsell to find out how he and his team built it.

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If you love Dropbox, it’s time to upgrade your Mac

If you love Dropbox, you'd better upgrade your Mac. Photo: Dropbox

If you love Dropbox, you’d better upgrade your Mac. Photo: Dropbox

If you’re a Dropbox user (and you should be!) you might want to take a look at your ‘About this Mac’ info box: the popular cloud syncing app will drop support for OS X Leopard and earlier on May 15th.

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Google Chrome for iOS gets a Material Design makeover with Handoff support

Chrome's fancy new look on iOS. Screenshots: Google

Chrome’s fancy new look on iOS. Screenshots: Google

Google’s Material Design makeover isn’t just for those running the latest version of Android; the search giant is also bringing it to its slew of popular iOS apps as well. Chrome is the latest to get the fancy redesign, and it comes with Handoff support and further improvements for iOS 8.

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This sneaky Mac app auto-snaps your selfie every day

This sneaky Mac app auto-snaps your selfie every day

We’ve all seen YouTube videos like the above, showing a time-lapse of a person’s changing face over time. If you’re anything like me, you’ve momentarily thought about how interesting it would be to create a similar video for yourself, just to see how much your features alter from month-to-month, or year-to-year — only to drop the idea because you realize you’ll never remember to take selfies every single day.

Well, Grzegorz Aksamit’s suitably-titled Selfie App can help you, since it will automatically trigger your MacBook’s built-in iSight camera every time you lift the notebook’s lid, or wake your iMac up from its slumber. Useful, huh?

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How to rid your Mac of adware in a flash

How to rid your Mac of adware in a flash

As OS X becomes increasingly popular, it’s only natural that it becomes a bigger target for hackers, scammers and advertisers. We’re seeing a rise in complaints about adware programs built for OS X, which can take over your computer and prevent you from doing things like open up your browser. But don’t worry — it can be really easy to get rid of.

In today’s video, I’ll show you how to remove all traces of adware from your Mac in less than two minutes using an excellent tool called AdwareMedic.

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Google Chrome can now remotely control your Mac from your iPhone

Chrome can now control your Mac from your iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac

Chrome can now control your Mac from your iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac

If you’ve always wanted a way to control your desktop from your iPhone or iPad, but didn’t want to lay out, good news: Google’s now got you covered for free.

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Apple increases Dev Program membership prices in Europe

You now have to pay more to become an App Store developer. Photo: Apple

You now have to pay more to become an App Store developer. Photo: Apple

Apple has today increased the annual subscription cost of its Mac and iOS Developer Programs in several countries across Europe. While the prices remain the same at $99 in the U.S., Europeans can now expect to pay anything from $96 to $121, depending on where they live.

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