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How to Hide & Show the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:55
New versions of OS X allow Mac users to hide and show the menu bar at the top of the screen automatically, much like the Dock can be hidden and shown with a mouse over. Auto-hiding the menu bar is a nice feature for Mac users who are fans of minimalist desktop appearances, as it ... Read More

Check Store & Restaurant Business Hours with Siri

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 22:17
If you’ve ever needed to know how late a particular store or restaurant is open, just pull out your iPhone and ask Siri. This should in handy when you’re out and about running errands or need to make a last minute shopping stop, but it’s clearly useful for many purposes. And if you have a ... Read More

How to Enable Dark Mode on Mac OS X

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 18:28
Enabling Dark Mode on the Mac is a subtle user interface change to make which allows both the menu bar and the OS X Dock to appear as black backgrounds with white text or icons overlaid on top. The result is a higher contrast menu bar and Dock, which is also a little less intrusive ... Read More

Tell Siri to Remind You About What You’re Looking At in iOS

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 20:16
Whether you’re looking at an important email, reading a web page, or doing just about anything else on your iPhone or iPad, perhaps you’d like to be reminded about it again at a later time or date. While Siri has long been able to create reminders for events and based on locations, a new feature ... Read More

Apple’s Holiday 2015 Ad: “Someday At Christmas” with Stevie Wonder and Andra Day

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 19:55
Apple has started to air their annual holiday TV commercial for the 2015 season. This year the advertisement features musical legend Stevie Wonder singing a duet of “Someday At Christmas” with singer Andra Day and a family with their friendly dog, along with subtle but clever displays of various Apple products being put to use. ... Read More

How to View & Watch the Firewall Log in Mac OS X

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 20:26
Users who have enabled the firewall in Mac OS X may find it useful to be view, read, and monitor the associated logs with the system firewall. As you’d expect, the app firewall logs show you what applications and processes have attempted to connect to the Mac, including accepted and refused connections. There are several ... Read More

Use “Delete Immediately” on Files to Bypass Trash in Mac OS X

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:01
The latest versions of OS X include a new ability to immediately delete a file or folder from the Mac, bypassing the Trash can. Essentially how the “Delete Immediately” feature works is by circumventing the Trash and rather than waiting for user action to remove the files, it just deletes the file(s) instantaneously from the ... Read More

How to Burn Disc Images in OS X El Capitan Without Disk Utility

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 21:25
Apple removed the ability to burn disc images from Disk Utility in OS X 10.11 and newer, and while that makes sense for many Macs that no longer have SuperDrives, CDRW, and DVD burners, for those who use an external burner, use disc drive sharing, or who do have hardware with a built-in SuperDrive, may ... Read More

Mac Setup: 4K Mac Pro Workstation of a Director

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 19:23
This time around we’re featuring the excellent Mac Pro workstation of director and video editor Joe S., let’s learn more about the hardware and software put to use in this Mac setup! Tell us a bit about what you do with your Mac setup? I am a director and I like doing my own editing. ... Read More

How to Add Vignette to Pictures in Photos for Mac OS X

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 20:00
You can add a nice vignette effect to any picture, image, or photo kept in the Photos app on the Mac. The vignette tool allows for adjustments and customizations for the strength of the pictures vignetting effect, which is basically a dark soft border along the edges of a picture intended to draw the viewers ... Read More

How to Silence Siri with the Mute Switch on iPhone & iPad

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:23
The ever helpful and sometimes comical Siri is a rather vocal virtual assistant, defaulting to speaking back a response to directions and commands. But if you want to hush that Siri voice feedback response while still using the feature for commands and queries, you can enable an optional setting that causes Siri to obey the ... Read More

Knock to Show the Clock on Apple Watch When in Nightstand Mode

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 19:29
As you may know, the Apple Watch can transform into a nightstand clock rather simply, but rather than fumbling around with the buttons or tapping the screen to see the date and time displayed on the screen, you can use a much easier but little known trick to show the time; simply knock on the ... Read More

How to Enable Stealth Mode in Mac OS X Firewall for Added Security

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 20:12
Mac users who want a bit more network security can turn on an optional firewall feature in OS X called Stealth Mode. With Stealth Mode enabled, the Mac will not acknowledge or respond to typical network discovery attempts with ICMP ping requests, and will not answer connections attempts made from closed TCP and UDP networks. ... Read More

iOS 9.2 Beta 4 & tvOS 9.1 beta 3 Released for Testing

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:55
Apple has released the fourth beta of iOS 9.2 to users participating in the public beta testing and registered developer programs. The new iOS 9.2 beta build arrives as 13C5075 and is compatible with all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch hardware that can run other version of iOS 9. Additionally, Apple has released the third ... Read More

5 New Apple TV Commercials Focus on Games & Video Services

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:51
Apple is running several commercials for the new fourth generation Apple TV, demonstrating various games and video streaming services on the television device. Each commercial starts off with the  Apple TV logo laid over the classic six color spectrum of Apple of yesteryear, followed by a demonstration of a streaming app or game on ... Read More

How to Use Pinned Tabs in Safari for OS X El Capitan

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 21:17
The latest versions of Safari in OS X El 10.11 and later include a pinned tab feature, which allow you to maintain a particular web sites browser tab consistently across Safari relaunching and rebooting of the Mac. Pinned Tabs kind of work like bookmarks in this sense, except that rather than having to show a ... Read More

OS X 10.11.2 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 18:35
Apple has released the fourth beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 for users participating in the beta testing programs. The new version build arrives as 15C47a and is available now both as a public beta and as a developer beta build. OS X 10.11.2 appears to focus primarily on under the hood improvements ... Read More

How to Save eMail Attachments on iPhone & iPad Mail to iCloud Drive

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 20:14
The iOS Mail app allows users to save various types of attachments directly to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This is a great feature that is available in the latest versions of iOS, and for most file attachment, you’ll be able to save whatever the file is directly to iCloud Drive in iOS. Be ... Read More

How to Flush DNS Cache in OS X El Capitan

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 18:42
If you adjust DNS settings on a Mac and the changes seemingly haven’t taken effect, or perhaps you discover that a given name server address is not resolving as intended, flushing the DNS cache is often a quick resolution. Flushing DNS cache in OS X El Capitan (10.11 or later) is easily possible with a ... Read More

Mac Setup: The Adjustable Desk of a CEO

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 21:21
This featured Mac setup is the workstation of Peter L., the Chief Executive of a web design and software development firm. Read on to learn a bit more about the awesome adjustable desk, and the hardware and software that is put to use! What hardware comprises your Mac setup? MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display ... Read More