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How to Use Tapback in Messages on iPhone & iPad

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 19:43
Modern versions of iOS have all sorts of fun new Messages app features, including the “Tapback” function which allows you to insert an inline response as a visual icon to any message with a quick action. Much like using iMessage Stickers, the Tapback message icons are applied atop a message, appearing inline within the conversation. ... Read More

6 of the Silliest Uses of Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 18:15
The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro is being advertised as a brilliant tool that will contribute to the next leap forward in human innovation, but that doesn’t mean users can’t have a little lighter hearted fun with the new Touch Bar too! Here are some of the absolute silliest uses of Touch Bar ... Read More

MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta 6 Released for Testing

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 01:26
Apple has released the sixth beta build of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 to users participating in the beta testing programs. Anyone running a prior beta build of MacOS 10.12.2 can find the latest beta available now from the Software Update mechanism of the App Store. MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 is expected to include new Emoji icons, a ... Read More

How to Delete Saved Handwritten Messages from iOS Messages

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 21:23
The Handwritten Messages feature in iOS is fun and can be used to scribble a note or draw a quick little sketch, but after you have sent a handwritten messages from an iPhone or iPad you’ll find the sketch is saved within a little panel at the bottom of the handwritten messages screen. If you’d ... Read More

How to View Song Lyrics in iTunes

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 19:06
If you have ever wanted to view song lyrics in iTunes, you’ll be pleased to know there are new means of achieving that feat in the latest versions of the iTunes app for Mac OS and Windows. So, fire up iTunes, start playing your favorite song, and see the lyrics alongside! This works to see ... Read More

How to Use Safari Split View on iPad for Side-by-Side Web Browsing

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:46
You can view Safari tabs side-by-side on the iPad, allowing you to view two webpages at the same time on the same screen. This is a great power user feature and is similar to the general Split View ability for iPad which allows you to view two apps alongside one another, except it’s specific to ... Read More

iOS 10.2 Beta 7 Released for Testing

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 18:18
Apple has released iOS 10.2 beta 7 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Users who are participating in the beta testing programs for iOS can find the download of iOS 10.2 beta 7 available now from the Software Update mechanism within Settings. iOS 10.2 includes new emoji icons, new wallpapers, and some minor feature adjustments, ... Read More

Window Snapping on Mac: How to Use It

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 19:42
Mac users now have a window snapping feature built directly into Mac OS, which allows users to easily snap windows to aspects of the screen or against one another. This offers a nice way to quickly and precisely align windows, and it’s more or less the Mac equivalent feature of window snapping from the Microsoft ... Read More

Apple Runs iPhone 7 Romeo & Juliet Commercial

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 19:28
Apple has started running a new iPhone 7 commercial featuring two children acting out the Shakespeare drama Romeo and Juliet. The advertisement is intended to emphasize the iPhone 7 camera, which is shown recording the play and using the devices digital zoom feature to zoom into a scene. Text overlaying the commercial states: Your movies ... Read More

How to Show Most Recent Message on Top of Mail Threads in iOS Mail

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 20:31
The Mail app in modern versions of iOS adjusted mail threading behavior, so that the oldest message in an email thread appears at the very top of an email message. This chronological ordering means you have to scroll down within the email thread to see the most recent email messages received on an iPhone or ... Read More

Beta 5 of macOS 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1, Beta 6 of iOS 10.2, Released

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 18:41
Apple has released new beta versions of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 5, iOS 10.2 beta 6, and watchOS 3.1.1 beta 5. If this sounds like deja vu, iOS 10.2 beta 6 is indeed different from iOS 10.2 beta 5 that was released just a few short days ago. Alongside bug fixes in each of the ... Read More

Fixing “The application ‘Application.app’ is not open anymore” Mac Error

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 03:13
One of the more brilliantly worded Mac errors you may encounter is the curious “The application ‘Application.app’ is not open anymore.” message. This error is often seen when trying to interact with Preview, Finder, Steam, or many other apps either through one of the apps related files or through the app itself. Once you see ... Read More

How to Record Video on Mac with Webcam & QuickTime

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 19:40
Ever wanted to record a video on a Mac using the computers built-in camera? Maybe you want to capture a special moment as a movie, record a quick video note, record a movie for social media, or for any other purpose. Whatever the reason, you can easily record video on Mac using the front facing ... Read More

iPhone 6s Unexpectedly Shuts Down? Apple Might Have a Fix!

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 19:13
Has your iPhone 6s randomly shut itself off for no obvious reason? Typically this happens when the iPhone 6s still has battery power available, but the device dies and powers down anyway. If this has happened to your iPhone 6s, it may be due to a battery failure and Apple might replace it for free. ... Read More

How to Change a User Home Folder Name in Mac OS

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:10
Some advanced Mac users may wish to change a users Home directory folder name. This is a fairly unusual scenario that is typically only necessary for very specific reasons, whether a new user account has been added to a Mac, accounts are being merged, a user is changing their name and adding a new user ... Read More

iOS 10.2 Beta 5 Released for Testing

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:05
Apple has released iOS 10.2 beta 5, just a few days after releasing beta 4 of 10.2. It’s unclear why there was such a rapid release of iOS 10.2 beta 5 so close to the release of the fourth beta, but some speculation suggests the new build could be aimed at addressing the ubiquitous iCloud ... Read More

How to Use Voicemail Transcripts on iPhone

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:42
The iPhone now has an excellent ability to transcribe voicemails, offering users a transcription of whatever voicemail has been left on the device. The voicemail transcriptions feature happens automatically, listening to your voicemails and transcribing them into text automatically for you to read. The voicemail transcripts feature is fantastic and makes for an fast and ... Read More

Battery Life Draining with MacOS Sierra? Some Tips to Help

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 19:16
Some Mac users may have discovered after updating to MacOS Sierra their Mac seems to have reduced battery life. While faster battery drain on a MacBook Air, MacBook, or MacBook Pro can be alarming, it’s not always a sign of any particular issue, and there’s often a reason why battery life seems to be draining ... Read More

Use Low Quality Image Mode to Send Messages from iPhone with Less Data

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 21:12
If you send and receive a lot of picture messages from an iPhone or iPad but you don’t have the most generous data plan in the world, you might want to consider enabling an optional setting which reduces the image quality of pictures sent from iOS Messages. The end result of enabling Low Quality Image ... Read More

6 New Wallpapers from MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 and iOS 10.2

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 18:39
The latest (beta) versions of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and iOS 10.2 include new wallpapers, but if you aren’t running beta versions or are generally avoiding the Sierra update or not yet on iOS 10 for whatever reason, you still might appreciate using the pleasant images as your desktop background or iOS home screen wallpapers. The ... Read More

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