Connor Turnbull
Connor Turnbull is a part-time writer covering the technology industry and part-time web designer from the United Kingdom. Connor previously wrote for AppStorm where he covered Android and Google news.
  • Computer Skills
    How to Keep iTunes in Sync Between Two MachinesItuneslogo400
    Shipping preinstalled as part of OS X, iTunes is, for me, the hub of all my music, video and other media content. iTunes not only handles the organisation and playback of my media, but also keeps track of metadata like play counts, ratings and smart playlist qualifiers such as last played date or whether a track's in my most played. This information, unfortunately, is tied to a specific iTunes library meaning multiple installations don't share and sync with each other by default. If you use Boot Camp on your Mac, swapping between the two operating systems with a desire to iTunes can create problems if you're keen on keeping an accurate and up-to-date library. In this tutorial, I will show you two ways of keeping your iTunes library independent of commitment to just one operating system and ensure it constantly stays up-to-date.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Best Practices for Designing Effective Banner AdsAd effective retina
    If you’ve ever been online — which, if you’re reading this, I assume you have — you’ve probably encountered a banner advertisement or two. These typically come in the form of a prominent image on the page, although the exact size, positioning and content can differ drastically.Read More…
  • Web Design
    A Beginner's Guide to Designing Ad-Friendly WebsitesAd guide retina
    Advertising has always been big business and, these days, the Internet plays a massively important role. By 2011, advertising revenue on the Internet surpassed that of cable television in the United States and, the following year, estimates put US Internet advertising revenues at $36.57 billion.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Improve Your File Organisation With Finder in MavericksFinder tabs and tags retina
    Finder first saw the light of day alongside the original Macintosh File System, as part of Mac OS System 1, in January 1984. Nearly 30 years later, Finder has changed radically to its current iteration as part of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. With the release of Mavericks Apple introduced several big new features to Finder, including tabs in Finder windows and a universal system for tagging files. In this tutorial, I'll will look at Finder, in Mavericks, and show you how to improve the way you organise your files.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    A Guide to Special Characters on Your MacSpecial characters thumb retina
    Your Mac's keyboard likely comes equipped with keys for all your most commonly-typed characters, such as your local alphabet, numbers and a range of common punctuation and basic symbols. OS X has, however, the power to input well in excess of the characters residing on those eighty, or so, individual keys through a handy system of virtual input and substitution. In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how easy it is to access special characters in OS X.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Getting Started with Google Cloud PrintCloudprint thumbnail retina
    You've successfully moved into the twenty-first century and foregone printing for the majority of your day-to-day tasks. However, like us all, you're left with one or two reasons that fervently determine you must keep that ink-guzzling machine going. Once upon a time, you needed to actually needed to plug in a cable to print but the advent of WiFi printing and services like Google Cloud Print, that's no longer the case. In this tutorial, I will explain Google Cloud Print and how to get it up and running with your printer before checking out how to actually use it to print wirelessly and remotely.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Replace Your Gaming Console With Your MacSteam retina icon1
    With the upcoming launches of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, the time has once again come to choose which platform you're going to be taking into the next generation of gaming. The choice may seem clear -- stick with your console platform or swap to another -- but the Mac at your desk might just be your classic underdog competitor. In this tutorial, I'll be taking a look at how you can use your Mac as a viable candidate for replacing your current-generation gaming console using the power of Steam's Big Picture mode and an Xbox 360 Controller.Read More…
  • Web Design
    Flat Design, iOS 7, Skeuomorphism and All ThatFlat retina
    The notion of flat, "digitally authentic" design has been a popular topic of conversation and controversy recently, especially with the software design efforts of Apple, Microsoft, Google and their respective flagship operating systems. Subtle colours, light typography and the other commonalities of modern flat design have all found a working role in the construction of the neoteric design trends we're all coming to love (or hate). We're going to take a look at these trends in this article to see what all the fuss is about.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Contacts 101: A Beginner's Guide to Contacts on OS XContactsthumb retina
    Contacts is a staple part of most Mac users' docks, and its premise is simple: the virtual address book holds together all your contact information for you to review and add to at any time, including in other apps when needed. There's a lot more, however, to this simple app than just that and in this tutorial I'll show you why Contacts is a powerful contacts management app.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Protecting Your Apple ID With Two-Step VerificationMac padlock 400
    Security is an ever-evolving and increasingly important issue to which Apple is no exception. According to a report from Strategy Analytics, iCloud is the most popular cloud service in the United States -- so protecting your information with Apple is far from something that can be overlooked. In this tutorial we're going to take a look at how to setup Apple's new two-step verification system and how to recover your account if the worst happens.Read More…
  • Computer Skills
    Kindle for Mac: Everything You Need to Know to Read in SyncKindle
    In this article, we're going to take a look at the relationship between your Kindle and your Mac and how to keep your library in sync wherever you're reading (whether it be on Kindle hardware or not).Read More…
  • Web Design
    15 Great Last-Minute Gifts for Web DesignersItunes
    The holiday season has already caught up with us and, for those celebrating Christmas, the big day is fast approaching. But wait! You've just remembered about that budding or seasoned web designer in the family whom you're yet to buy for? No need to worry as Tuts+ is here to save your holidays! In this festive roundup, we're going to take a look at some great last-minute gifts — most of which you can overnight from Amazon to have in time for your respective big day!Read More…