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Fixing iCloud “Unknown error occurred” & “Mac can’t connect to iCloud because of a problem” Errors

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 19:12
Some Mac users may encounter an error message stating “This Mac can’t connect to iCloud because of a problem with email@address.com”, which then directs the user to open the iCloud preferences. Once inside Mac iCloud preference panel, some users may be able to successfully login to iCloud, but often another error is encountered here which ... Read More

How to Disable “Reply to Message” from Lock Screen in iOS 10

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 19:16
The latest versions of iOS allow users to read and reply to Messages directly from the lock screen, without having to authenticate with a passcode or Touch ID on the device. This allows for iPhone and iPad users to quickly reply to inbound messages, but it can also lead to some potential privacy issues that ... Read More

How to Change Siri Keyboard Shortcut for Mac

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 18:23
As you likely know by now, there are multiple ways to summon Siri on macOS; you can open Siri with a keyboard shortcut, you can access Siri from the menu bar icon, and you can open Siri from the Dock icon too. If you want to customize how you access Siri, you can change the ... Read More

How to Delete Default Apps on iPhone, iPad with iOS 10

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 20:46
You can now delete defaults apps from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 10. Yes this means you can delete Mail, delete Music, Stocks, Maps, Calendar, Watch, iTunes Store, Compass, Reminders, Videos, iBooks, Podcasts, Find Friends, Watch, Tips, Voice Memos, News, Activity, and any other of the pre bundled default iOS apps that ... Read More

“Hello Again” Apple Event Set for October 27, New Macs Expected

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 20:41
Apple has scheduled a press event for October 27. The event is titled “hello again” and presumed focus will be on the introduction of new Macs. Anyone will be able to watch the “hello again” event live on Thursday, October 27 at 10 AM PST at Apple’s Special Events website here. Viewing the keynote lifestream ... Read More

Check iOS Settings Status with Siri

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:21
Ever wondered if an iOS Setting was turned off or on? Don’t want to go fishing around in Settings of iOS to see if something is enabled or disabled? Maybe you’re away from your device and want to know a settings status using Hey Siri? You don’t always need to dig around in the Settings ... Read More

iOS 10.1 Beta 5, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 Released

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:21
Apple has released the fifth beta versions of iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1. The new versions continue to refine the system software and patch various bugs, marching the releases along to their inevitable public release date. Users who are actively participating in the beta testing programs can find iOS 10.1 beta 5 available now ... Read More

Move & Relocate the Spotlight Search Window in Mac OS

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 20:10
The Spotlight search window can be moved around screen in modern versions of Mac OS X, which is great if you want to move the Spotlight window away from something that it’s obstructing, or perhaps because you’d rather it be in the corner of the display then in the middle of the Mac screen. Moving ... Read More

How to Search and Send GIFs with Messages in iOS 10

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 20:16
The new Messages app in iOS 10 includes an animated GIF search feature which allows you to search for and send GIFs to any recipient, whether they have an iPhone with iMessage or not. Embedded GIF search is just one of the many new fun and quirky Message features included in the latest versions of ... Read More

iOS 10.0.3 Update for iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Available

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 18:49
Apple has released iOS 10.0.3 for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. The small update, which arrives as build 14A551, includes a bug fix to resolve potential cellular connectivity issues. The brief release notes included with the iOS 10.0.3 update states the release “fixes bugs including an issue where some users could temporarily lose ... Read More

Use the iPhone Flashlight & Adjust Flashlight Brightness in iOS 10

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 20:20
With the latest versions of iOS, your wonderfully useful iPhone flashlight can adjust the strength of its flashlight brightness, with three options of LED brightness intensity. This is really great to have the iPhone, as many dedicated LED flashlights have a similar ability to adjust the strength of the light, with a little switch to ... Read More

How to Check IPSW Signing Status

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 21:48
Whether or not an IPSW firmware file is signed determines whether or not you can use that IPSW to update iOS or whether or not you can downgrade iOS to a prior version. Put simply, if an IPSW firmware file is not being signed by Apple through their servers, it can not be used to ... Read More

How to Use Picture in Picture Video Player on Mac

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 19:09
Picture in Picture mode is one of the more useful features available in the latest version of MacOS, essentially it allows you to pop open a little hovering video player that is unobtrusive as it floats over the screen. This is great whether you’re watching a game, tutorial, TV show, or a movie while working ... Read More

How to Post Live Photos to Instagram & Facebook

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 22:17
Capturing Live Photos with the iPhone camera is a lot of fun, but when you share those moments with friends through Instagram or Facebook the “Live” aspect of the photo disappears and only the still picture posts to the service instead. Of course, we want to post the Live Photo the Instagram or Facebook, rather ... Read More

Battery Life Tips for iPhone 7

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 18:19
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are great phones that are said to get even better battery life than predecessors. But not everyone notices that increase in battery life, and some users may feel like their iPhone 7 battery is draining a little faster than it should. Additionally, many iPhone owners may already be ... Read More

How to Delete a Snapchat Account

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 01:43
Want to delete your Snapchat account? Welcome to the club! OK but really, if you want to permanently delete your Snapchat account you’ve likely looked around in the Snapchat app and gone nowhere, that’s because you have to go through a series of steps to deactivate and then delete an account on every teenagers and ... Read More

How to Reinstall macOS Sierra

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 20:04
Some Mac users may need to reinstall macOS Sierra system software; typically this is necessary only as a troubleshooting technique, though there may be other reasons to reinstall Sierra as well. The method we are going to outline here will reinstall macOS Sierra without formatting or erasing the Mac, instead only macOS Sierra 10.12 system ... Read More

How to Use Universal Clipboard on Mac, iPhone, iPad

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 19:14
Universal Clipboard is one of the greatest features available with the latest versions of macOS and iOS which allow you to copy and paste between devices across platform or devices. For example, you can copy a link on a Mac and then paste it into an email on the iPhone, or copy a picture on ... Read More

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta 4 Released

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 19:10
Apple has released the fourth beta version of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 to users enrolled in the beta testing programs. No major new features are expected to be included in Mac OS 10.12.1, as the release is likely to focus on patching bugs and system refinement, hopefully resolving some of the known albeit rare problems with ... Read More

How to Handwrite Messages with iPhone and iOS 10

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 19:35
Did you know you can handwrite messages and notes in Messages for iOS 10 on your iPhone? With this feature you can scribble out a little note or sketch a simple drawing and send it along to any recipient. Unlike some of the more obvious new Messages features in the latest versions of iOS that ... Read More