Netflix now gives you control over video quality on iOS

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Want HD over data? Now you can!
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After throttling our video quality automatically to ensure we didn’t burn through our data in two episodes of Breaking Bad, Netflix is finally giving users control over the video quality they get when using a data connection.

The latest version of its iOS app adds four playback options — plus handy 3D Touch shortcuts that make it faster to access content from the home screen.

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5 Netflix keyboard shortcuts that put you in charge

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Master Netflix with these hidden keyboard shortcuts.
Master Netflix with these hidden keyboard shortcuts.
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When you’re binge-watching a show like Walking Dead or Person of Interest on Netflix, you may at times need to get up for a snack or bathroom break (or both).

Fumbling around for the mouse to bring up the playback overlay is fine, but using the keyboard to pause your streaming media is much faster. Here are five hidden keyboard shortcuts that will put you in charge of your Netflix experience.

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Pro Tip: iPad Pro uses same keyboard shortcuts as your Mac

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Use your new iPad Pro with these familiar keyboard shortcuts.
Use your new iPad Pro with these familiar keyboard shortcuts.
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Pro Tip Cult of Mac bugIf you’re one of the lucky ones to get your hands on a big, beautiful iPad Pro, you might be surprised that many of the same OS X keyboard shortcuts, like the ones for cut, paste, find, etc., are available right on your new giant laptop replacement.

The iPad Pro keyboard has a Command key on it, as do several third-party keyboards.

If you’re already a Mac user (and you should be), you’ll feel right at home when you need to create a new document in Pages, make your text bold or italic, or even show the word count in a document. Here are several key combinations you can use right out of the box.

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Two Keyboard Shortcuts For Faster Searching On Your Mac [OS X Tips]

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Search Shortcuts

Searching for stuff is a big part of what we do on our computers, right? I know that I use Google daily for searching, both for topical information as well as just plain old “where is that website” search. Both Safari and Chrome search right from the address bar, and Spotlight has been in the upper right corner of Mac OS X for several iterations now.

There’s a faster way to access your preferred search engine and Spotlight, however, using only your keyboard.

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How To Replace Text Emoticons With Emoji [iOS Tips]

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Sure, you use the Messages app to send along SMS and iMessages all day long. You know how to use Emoji’s, too, with a tap on the international keyboard button on your iPhone.

I bet you even use regular text emoticons, like semi-colon and parenthesis to create a wink, or colon and parenthesis to create a smile.

But have you ever tried to have your iPhone turn your text-based emoticon into an Emoji? I bet you haven’t.

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Sync Your Keyboard Shortcuts Via iCloud In Mavericks [OS X Tips]

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Text Shortcuts

So, one of the great things that iOS introduced back in iOS 6 was the ability to synchronize your text shortcuts across devices.

So, for example, if you set up “@@” on your iPhone to expand to your email address, that same shortcut would show up on your iPad.

With OS X Mavericks, this ability comes full circle to your Mac, letting all iCloud-synced devices have the same text shortcuts on them.

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Pocket’s Native Mac App Gets Twitter & Facebook Support, New Keyboard Shortcuts, More

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Pocket now supports multiple Twitter accounts — if you're running Mountain Lion.
Pocket now supports multiple Twitter accounts — if you're running Mountain Lion.

Pocket brought us a terrific Mac app back in October, and just over a month on, it’s already back with a new update. This one introduces a nice stack of new features, including native Twitter and Facebook support for those running OS X Mountain Lion, new keyboard shortcuts, better Evernote sharing, and more.

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Use Keyboard Shortcuts To Navigate Spotlight [OS X Tips]

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Spotlight Shortcuts

Power users know that the more you can keep your hands on the keyboard, the faster you can get things done on your Mac. That’s the reason keyboard shortcuts exist, like Command-C to copy text, or Shift-Command-3 to take a screenshot. It’s perfectly acceptable to move your mouse to select the command from a menu, of course, but the keyboard shortcuts are just faster.

Spotlight, like most other OS X apps, has several shortcuts that can help you get around much more quickly.

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Keyboard Shortcuts Will Finally Sync Across All Your iOS Devices In iOS 6

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Shortcuts were a nightmare to manage across iOS devices... until now.
Shortcuts were a nightmare to manage across iOS devices... until now.

After being introduced in iOS 5, keyboard shortcuts is a feature I could no longer live without on my iOS device. I use it for all kinds of things, including email addresses and usernames, so that I never have to type out the full thing 30 times a day. There is one thing the feature has been lacking, though, and that’s the ability to sync your keyboard shortcuts across all your iOS devices.

That is until now; the feature was finally added to iOS 6, which was released to the public yesterday.

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Instantly Type Handy Phrases In Mountain Lion WIth Text Expansion [OS X Tips]

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One of the 200 new features touted by Apple for OS X Mountain Lion is a boon to those of us who have to type the same text string or phrase over and over, including email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, and the like. It’s also a great way for people with motor disabilities to be able to type at a much faster rate than otherwise. Here’s how to set it up.

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