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How to Get a Hardware Escape Key on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:24
The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar model includes a Touch Bar screen in lieu of the standard hardware function keys and escape key. Removing the Escape key may not be a big deal to some Mac users, but for many pro users having no hardware escape key could be considered a major frustration or ... Read More

Beta 3 of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2 Released by Apple

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:42
Apple has released the third beta versions of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2. It’s likely that macOS 10.12.4 beta 3 will soon follow, as Apple typically releases beta updates of system software in groups. iOS 10.3 beta currently is working on a “Find My AirPods” feature, and MacOS 10.12.4 beta currently includes a ... Read More

How to Save Instagram Photos on iPhone with a Snap & Crop Trick

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 20:06
Have you found an Instagram picture you want to save to your iPhone? You have probably noticed that Instagram doesn’t offer a direct way to download photos, but if you want to save a picture for sharing, backing up, or setting as a wallpaper, there are a few ways to accomplish this in iOS. By ... Read More

How to Stop Auto-Play Sound on Facebook Videos on iPhone

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 22:31
Facebook has decided that Facebook users would enjoy having auto-play videos automatically play sound as they scroll through their feed. Of course not everyone likes to be auto-blasted with audio and sound from auto-play videos, so some Facebook users may wish to stop auto-playing sound with videos shown in their feed. Fortunately, in the mystery ... Read More

New iPad Pro Commercials Pitch Device as Computer Replacement

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 20:53
Apple has a new iPad Pro television advertising campaign that markets the iPad Pro as a computer replacement. In the commercials, the iPad Pro is pitched as being “better than a computer” or suggested that it’s more capable than a computer in various ways, including the ability to use Microsoft Word, use LTE to get ... Read More

How to Mute Sound in Embedded Videos in Messages

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:26
Want to mute a video that is blasting noise within an embedded Message? You can do that with a nice subtle trick. This works to silence embedded video sound in both the iOS and Mac Messages apps, both of which allow you to play embedded videos in Messages conversations without launching into a web browser. ... Read More

How to Close Other Tabs in Safari on Mac

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 21:26
If you’re a browser tab hoarder in Safari, you may find it helpful to close out of all other tabs while maintaining a specifically chosen active tab to be open. This offers a fast way for Mac Safari users to close out of tabs that are no longer needed, but without closing all other opened ... Read More

How to Recover a Lost QuickTime Recording on Mac

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 20:33
Have you ever been recording a video or audio with QuickTime Player on the Mac only to have the application crash before you were able to save or edit the movie file? If so, you likely assume the video or audio file that was being recorded or was saved is now missing, but that is ... Read More

The Best Video Players for Mac

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00
Ever wondered what the best video player for Mac is? While there are droves of app options available to watch movies and video on Mac, rather than going on a wild video player fishing expedition we’ve helped to narrow down some of the best free video player choices for you. The best video player apps ... Read More

Fix Camera Freezing on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:02
Some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users have discovered their wonderful camera freezes on open and randomly does not work. When this happens it’s quite obvious; the user attempts to open the Camera either from the lock screen or the Camera app directly, and instead of having access to the camera, either a stuck ... Read More

Portrait Mode Emphasized in New iPhone 7 Plus Ads

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 03:32
Apple is airing new iPhone 7 Plus commercials showing off the devices Portrait mode camera capabilities. Both commercials are running now and have been embedded below for easy viewing. Dog / Soul Mate – iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode The first commercial is called “Soul Mate” and shows off portrait mode with a dog. The ... Read More

How to Markup, Write, & Draw on Photos with iPhone or iPad

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 18:30
The excellent Markup ability in iOS allows iPhone and iPad users to write, draw, and markup on any photo or picture stored on their device. This offers a nice way to highlight or emphasize something on an image, and while it can be used for fun it’s equally as useful for professional users as well ... Read More

Enjoy This Lovely Wallpaper of Jupiter from Below

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 18:04
Space wallpapers are often some of the best, and a recent picture of planet Jupiter courtesy of NASA is no exception. The image of Jupiter was taken from below the planet, a different angle than what you’d typically see of the gas giant, and the resulting image is stunning and makes for an exceptional desktop ... Read More

How to Automatically Empty Trash in Mac OS After 30 Days

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 20:11
For those Mac users who often dump items into the Trash but forget to empty it on a regular basis, you can enable a new feature in MacOS which allows the Trash to automatically empty itself after 30 days. This can be a particularly nice feature if your Trash can is constantly bloated and taking ... Read More

How to Type Trademark, Copyright, Symbols on iPhone and iPad

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 19:34
If you find yourself needing to type a trademark symbol, copyright symbol, or registered symbol on the iPhone or iPad, you can do so easily using either of the two methods below. The first trick to typing the trademark symbol “™”, the registered symbol, “®”, or the copyright symbol “©” will utilize the QuickType suggestion ... Read More

How to Activate Windows 10 After Installing

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 18:29
We recently showed users how to download Windows 10 ISO for free from Microsoft, which can then be installed and run on a PC, in a virtual machine, or with Boot Camp on a Mac without activating. If you decide you want to keep Windows 10 and continue to use it with a full feature ... Read More

How to View FileVault Progress When Encrypting a Mac Disk

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 20:36
Using Filevault on a Mac encrypts the entire hard drive and helps protect personal data from theft or unauthorized snooping. It’s a great security feature that many users enable when they’re first setting up their Mac, but some users may enable it or disable it later as well. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but ... Read More

How to Use iPhone Magnifier Camera

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:57
The latest versions of iOS for iPhone include an excellent Magnifier feature which can turn the iPhone camera and screen into a magnifying glass. This has many potential uses, but perhaps the most useful in day-to-day life is as a reading aid to read tiny text without squinting and straining your eyes. Instead, you can ... Read More

New ‘Shot On iPhone 7’ Commercial: One Night

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:54
Apple is running an all new iPhone commercial focusing on the devices camera. The commercial spot is called “One Night” and apparently includes a collection of photos and videos captured with iPhone 7 on a single night around the world, backed by a jazz soundtrack. According to the brief notes on the Apple YouTube page, ... Read More

How to List Every Terminal Command on Mac OS

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 20:03
Have you ever wanted to know what every single possible terminal command was on a Mac? You can list every terminal command available by turning to the command line. What you’ll see is a significant list of terminal commands with over 1400 possible commands to investigate and use, many of which are either helpful or ... Read More

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