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How to Remove a Symbolic Link (Symlink)

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:42
Removing a symbolic link is achieved through the command line, and as we’ll show you, there actually two different ways to undo a soft link. This is aimed at users who spend a lot of time at the command line, but for the less familiar, symbolic links are used in Linux, Mac OS X, and ... Read More

How to Create an @iCloud.com Email Address

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 01:32
If you created an Apple ID based on your own unique email address and use that for logging in to iCloud and other Apple services, you may have missed the part where you can create a new separate @icloud.com email address. Not to worry though, if you decide you want to create a new and ... Read More

See Flight Info on iPhone with a Quick Tap Trick

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 20:52
iOS has an excellent flight-lookup feature which allows users to instantly get flight information about planes that are coming and going. All you need to use this great ability is a flight number embedded somewhere, like a text message, email, note, or webpage, and the rest is just a matter of knowing how to retrieve ... Read More

How to Increase All System Font Size in Mac OS X

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:12
Mac OS X defaults to a predefined set system font size for all onscreen text and user interface elements, and while many users will find the default text size to be sufficient, some users may wish the system font size was larger, and some may wish the Mac system text size was smaller. It turns ... Read More

First Beta Builds of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2 Arrive

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 18:32
Apple has released the first beta testing versions of multiple system software updates, including OS X 10.11.6 beta 1, iOS 9.3.3 beta 1, tvOS 9.2.2 beta 1. Presumably the beta releases will focus primarily on bug fixes and feature enhancements, which is typical for point releases of system software. The initial builds are available to ... Read More

iPhone Screen Turned Black and White Suddenly?! Here’s the Fix

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 22:19
Have you ever discovered your iPhone to suddenly be black and white display? If this has happened to you, then seemingly out of the blue, the iPhone screen is no longer showing color, and instead everything is stuck in black and white mode. This is fairly unusual circumstance, but it can happen, and I recently ... Read More

Use an Animated GIF as Wallpaper in Mac OS X with GIFPaper

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 20:13
Have you ever wished the wallpaper on your Mac was animated? One common trick to achieve that effect is to set a screen saver as the desktop wallpaper in Mac OS X, which looks great but can wind up using a fair amount of processor to display the animations, but now another option is available; ... Read More

How to Delete iPhoto Library, but Why You Probably Don’t Need to

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 23:36
Now that most Mac users have migrated their pictures from iPhoto to Photos app in Mac OS X, when you’re absolutely certain that all the pictures have come through successfully you may decide to delete the old iPhoto Library file on the Mac. This is usually not necessary due to how Photos importation works with ... Read More

How to Get Transit Directions in Maps on iPhone

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 20:21
While iPhone users of Google Maps have been able to get directions around cities with transit options for quite some time, the feature has recently come to the bundled Apple Maps app as well. This means if you’re in a global city or metro area with a mass transit system, whether trains, subways, street cars, ... Read More

Access Alternate Contact Methods from Messages with 3D Touch on iPhone

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 21:46
Most iPhone users who are communicating in the Messages app will leave the application and then launch Mail or the Phone app if they wish to continue a conversation through a phone call, FaceTime, or email. For modern iPhones with 3D Touch screens, there’s another option that’s even quicker to jump to a different communication ... Read More

Workaround for Freezing Macs with OS X 10.11.5 and OS X 10.11.4?

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:24
As we mentioned months ago, some unlikely Mac users have been experiencing random frequent system freezes since updating to OS X 10.11.4 and/or OS X 10.11.5. The problem is not a subtle one and you’re already well aware if it impacts you; at random, the entire Mac freezes up and becomes unresponsive requiring a forced ... Read More

How to Show Password Hints at Login in Mac OS X

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 22:29
Assuming you use FileVault or don’t have automatic login enabled on a Mac, anytime the computer is rebooted you will be presented with a login and password screen. For users who change their passwords often, or who are just on the forgetful side of things, a helpful trick can be to display password hints at ... Read More

How to Disable “Connect” Tabs and Apple Music in iTunes

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:37
If you don’t use the Apple Music subscription service and you don’t have a need for the “Connect” tab in iTunes, you’ll probably find it helpful to know that you can clean up the interface a bit by disabling Apple Music and completely hiding the associated Connect tab and Radio tab in the new versions ... Read More

How to Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 21:21
Most users are best served by sticking with the recently released iOS 9.3.2 update, which offers a variety of improvements, bug fixes, and feature enhancements. Nonetheless, a select group of users have had specific problems with iOS 9.3.2, like some iPad Pro owners who are experiencing crashes and other frustrating behavior, and thus impacted users ... Read More

How to Select an iPhone or iPad in iTunes 12.4

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 18:01
The latest version of iTunes has re-added the sidebar and made some other user interface changes designed to make using the app a bit easier to navigate. Most of the changes are welcome to iTunes, but one of the more unnecessarily difficult tasks remains selecting an iOS device in the iTunes app itself. Simply selecting ... Read More

OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Update Available for Mac

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:30
Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 for Mac users, the update includes bug fixes and improvements to the Mac operating system and is recommended for all users running a prior version of El Capitan. The short notes attached to the 10.11.5 download suggest the update improves security, performance, and stability of the Mac ... Read More

iOS 9.3.2 Update Available Now [IPSW Download Links]

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:11
Apple has released the final version of iOS 9.3.2 to users with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The point release includes bug fixes and minor feature enhancements, and is recommended to install for users running a prior 9.0 release of iOS system software. Perhaps the most obvious user facing change to iOS 9.3.2 ... Read More

WatchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1, & iTunes 12.4 Updates Available

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:01
Apple has released tvOS 9.2.1 for the Apple TV 4th generation, and WatchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch. Both releases include bug fixes and minor feature enhancements and are recommended for the respective devices. Additionally, Apple has released iTunes 12.4, which includes minor interface changes including a sidebar, and some other bug fixes to the media ... Read More

Get Active Flight Information on Mac OS X from Nearly Anywhere, Instantly

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 19:31
One of the most useful features of Mac OS X is the feature called data detectors, which allow users to highlight text and words to then get instant dictionary definitions, details about movies and other media, and, as we’ll show you here, you can even get data about airplane flights that are coming and going. ... Read More

Fixing Wi-Fi “Connection Timeout Occurred” Errors on Mac OS X

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 19:38
Connecting to wireless networks is pretty much mandatory these days, particularly now that most Macs only have wi-fi cards and no built-in ethernet, and so it can be incredibly frustrating to be unable to join a wi-fi network. Typically when you can’t connect to a particular wi-fi router on a Mac, you’ll see the error ... Read More

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