Top Ten Films of 2015

10. Phoenix Phoenix (2014) Directed by Christian Petzold. With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter. A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust. 9. Carol Carol (2015) Directed by Todd Haynes. With Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler. An aspiring photographer develops an […]

Repost-Toggle for Soundcloud – Hide Reposts with Google Chrome Extension

If you’re a Soundcloud user, your feed may get flooded with reposts from other users. Luckily, Google Chrome now has a free extension that will toggle reposts on and off. Repost-Toggle for Soundcloud Add the extension to Chrome, and you’re all set. Just click on the “repost toggle” button in the following screenshot, to turn […]

Find the True Bit Rate of MP3, Audio Files

Many software programs provide the incorrect bit rate of audio files. For example, iTunes will display the current bit rate of a file, but the file may have been previously compressed down to a much lower value. This misleading process is known as upscaling. Enter Spek Spek helps analyze your audio files by showing their […]

10 Best Films of 2014

Yes, this is an Apple-based blog. But, I’m a huge movie fan. So, here’s my top-ten list for 2014 (in no particular order). Nightcrawler Nightcrawler (2014) Cold in July Cold in July (2014) Foxcatcher Foxcatcher (2014) Interstellar Interstellar (2014) The Imitation Game The Imitation Game (2014) Whiplash Whiplash (2014) The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand […]

Apple (alt)ernatives – Western Digital TV Over Apple TV

Thinking about purchasing Apple TV? Think again. While it’s nice to have Apple TV (somewhat) integrate with your Apple products, you’re still locked in the “Apple” world. Here are just some of the limitations: Incompatible movie formats Low-functionality interface Movies rented on Apple TV must be watched on Apple TV Search box only searches the […]

Ableton Live Drum Template

Here’s a little drum template I made, for all you Ableton users. It routes one MIDI track to separate output tracks (kick, snare, etc.), via velocity restrictions. Each output track has a drum rack, so you can load a bunch of kicks, snares, etc. The cool part is the Scale plugin on the primary MIDI […]

Remove Duplicate Songs with iTunes

Duplicated music files can cause problems, and take up disk space. Luckily, iTunes has an easy way to remove duplicates. All you have to do is choose View > Show Duplicate Items in the menu. Matches are based on the song name and artist. If you have alternate versions of the same song (live, demo versions) hold […]

Apple (alt)ernatives – VLC over QuickTime (and iTunes)

I’m starting a new blog series called Apple (alt)ernatives, where I’ll feature better options to Apple products and software. This week, let’s take a look at media players. Instead of QuickTime and iTunes, use VLC Media Player. It supports countless file types, offers many more options, has built-in conversion software, and … it’s free! So, […]

Control YouTube With Your Smartphone

You can use your smartphone to control YouTube on different devices, like your laptop. On your laptop (or other device), go to Press the “S” key, or scroll up/down to reach the Search menu. The Search menu will give you the pairing code for your smartphone. On your smartphone, go to Enter the code from […]

Turn a YouTube Video into a GIF by Adding “GIF” to the URL

TechCrunch has a great tip on how to quickly turn a YouTube video into GIF. Just add “gif” to the beginning of the URL, after “www.” and before “youtube.” Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL Example: