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How to save all your embarrassing tweets in 1 fell swoop

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You know, it sure would be nice if you could retain ownership of all that pithy writing you’ve done over the years on Twitter, right?

I mean, chances are you’ve crafted some fairly amazing 140-character diatribes along the way, and it might be fun to go back and see just how awesome you are.

Of course, the truth may be that you need to delete that Twitter account and just archive all of them for some embarrassing reason, but we’re not judging. Whatever the reason, it’s super-simple to download all your Twitter writing to your Mac. Here’s how.

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Get Siri To Search Something Other Than Bing [iOS Tips]

bing wikipedia

Apple took a step away from Google when it launched iOS 7, choosing instead to have Siri search results come from Bing, the Microsoft search service.

When you ask Siri to search for a topic, she’ll just use Bing, and place the results on the Siri screen. This is fine, if you like Bing.

If you want to search, say, Google or Wikipedia, you’ll need to specify.

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Get The Location Of Your Mac Using TextExpander

Core Location to AppleScript

We know how to grab our location in plain text on the iPad, using Editorial and some Python voodoo (Python Voodoo could be a great name for a band). But what about the Mac? Easy. Using TexExpander and some AppleScript, you can easily turn a few keystrokes into longitude and latitude, without too much attitude (Python Voodoo will be a and 8-bit rap band).

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Long-Click On Mavericks Notifications To Choose Length Of Snooze

Introducing the Long Click

Introducing the Long Click

Here’s a neat tip for OS X Mavericks users. It lets you choose how long a Notification Center alert goes away for when you snooze it.

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Lazy Reference Links Make Markdown Even Easier


Don’t worry — you don’t need to touch this.

This one’s pretty nerdy, but if you use Markdown to write anything with links in it (web articles, e-mails and so on) then you’re going to love it. It lets you use “lazy” reference links in Markdown to keep your text nice and tidy, but it does it without the references. Reference links without references? What? Wait…

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How To Force The iPhone 5S To Export Your Slow-Motion Videos In Slo-Mo


Just like the filters in the iOS 7 camera app, the super slo-mo mode in the iPhone 5S is somewhat confusing when it comes to exporting your work. In fact, it’s almost impossible to get your slowed down masterpieces out of the iPhone and onto sharing services without some rather janky workarounds. But thanks to Macworld’s Serenity Caldwell, we now at least know about these tricks.

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Ask Siri To Show Brightness Slider, Bluetooth Toggle Right On The Lock Screen [iOS7]

Siri got way more helpful with the iOS7 update.

Siri got way more helpful with the iOS7 update.

Grab your iOS7-running iPhone and activate Siri. Now say one of the following…

Change the brightness
Adjust Bluetooth

… and various combinations thereof. You’ll be rewarded with switches and sliders to adjust these settings right there on the Siri screen. Pretty good huh?

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Use Drafts To Share Text Via AirDrop [iOS7]

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Is there any end to the awesomeness of Drafts? The write-once-send-anywhere app for iOS has added a great new sharing feature for those using iOS 7, without developer Greg Pierce having to do anything. If you use AirDrop, you can send a chunk of text to anyone else with an AirDrop-capable device, even if they don’t have Drafts.

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Earn 1GB Of Free Dropbox Storage Just By Linking It To Mailbox [How-To]

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One of the brilliant ways in which Dropbox sort of ingratiates itself to users is the way it hands out extra storage for various tasks. For example, you might get extra Dropbox storage by allowing Dropbox to automatically upload your iPhone photo roll to their servers, or by recommending a new user.

Technically, Dropbox could pretty easily just give everyone a massive amount of storage — say, 100GB — and not impact their business model much (this is the strategy Flickr uses), the gaming aspect of Dropbox is part of its charm. It’s more fun to earn more storage than to simply have storage.

So here’s a nice trick on earning your next Dropbox level up. You can easily add 1GB to your Dropbox account just by linking it to the popular email app, Mailbox.

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Our Fave Mac And iOS Computing Tips Plus Logic Gets Pro’er On The CultCast

Cultcast iPad Mini forstall

This week on The CultCast: Logic Pro gets Pro’er with new features and iPad controls; Google Maps finally comes to iPad; Apple hunts for iWatch engineers; more iPad Mini retina rumors; Apple slangin’ TV deals with studios to kill commercials; we dish great computing tips on Tips Ahoooy!

Have a few laughs and get caught up on this week’s best Apple stories. Stream or download new and past episodes of The CultCast now on your Mac or iDevice by subscribing on iTunes, or hit play below and let the audio adventure begin.

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