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How to Make a Bootable OS X Yosemite Beta USB Install Drive

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:39
Now that the OS X Yosemite Beta is available to the public (you can still sign up and download it if you’re interested in running the beta release on your Mac), you might be wanting to make a bootable installer drive out of an external USB flash disk to make installation easier. Sure, you can ... Read More

Troubleshooting OS X Yosemite Beta 1 Download Errors & Problems

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:18
With the OS X Yosemite public beta now available to download, some users are experiencing a handful of issues when trying to actually download and install the release. First I’ll state the obvious: this is a beta with tremendous interest, so many of these errors are caused simply by the huge number of download attempts. ... Read More

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Now Available to Download

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:12
As expected, Apple has released the first version of OS X Yosemite Public Beta. Individuals who signed up to be a part of the public beta program for OS X 10.10 are now able to download the first Public Beta build, which is essentially the same version as the recently seeded OS X Yosemite Developer ... Read More

Unlock the iPhone 5S with a Fingerprint & Touch ID, Reliably

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 23:54
Touch ID and the iPhone fingerprint reader has been around for a while now, but a great feature that seems to not get much use is the ability to unlock an iPhone with a touch and a fingerprint – that means not having to enter the passcode when you want to unlock the iPhone. Instead, ... Read More

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Release is Tomorrow, Here’s How to Prepare

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:18
Tomorrow, Apple will release the first Public Beta version of OS X Yosemite to Mac users who have registered with the open beta program. The first public beta build of OS X 10.10 will apparently be the same as Yosemite Developer Preview 4, and is aimed at soliciting feedback from non-developer Mac users, according to ... Read More

3 Tips to Prevent iPhone Overheating & Temperature Warnings

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 23:18
Have you ever seen the Temperature Warning on the iPhone before, saying “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”, appearing seemingly out of nowhere? If you’ve ever left your iPhone outdoors on a hot sunny day for too long, you probably have. And if you haven’t seen that warning, let’s try to ... Read More

iPhone 6 Sales Expected to be Huge, According to WSJ Report

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:07
Apple is expecting the upcoming larger screened iPhone 6 models to be huge sellers, judging by manufacturing orders issued to suppliers and reported by Wall Street Journal. Specifically, WSJ reports that Apple has requested a combined total of 70 million to 80 million iPhone units from manufacturers for initial orders. The enormous number is said ... Read More

Apple “Stickers” Ad for MacBook Air is “The notebook people love” [Video]

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:13
Apple has started to run a new commercial for the MacBook Air, titled “Stickers”. The ad features a look at the customizations which people make to the back enclosure of their MacBooks with a huge variety of stickers, ranging from various abstract designs, to a Snow White decal, a huge assortment of brand stickers, Space ... Read More

How to Remotely Disable iCloud Activation Lock from an iPhone

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 23:51
iCloud Activation Lock is a feature that allows users to lock down an iPhone (or iPad) and require the entry of an Apple ID before the device becomes usable again. It’s part of the excellent Find My iPhone service and is extremely useful for many reasons, but it can also be a real pain if ... Read More

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4 & iTunes 12 Beta Released for Dev Download

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:38
Mac developers running OS X Yosemite will find Developer Preview 4 1.0 is now available to download from the Mac App Store. Additionally, the first beta release of iTunes 12.0 has been made available for developers, and an update to OS X Yosemite Recovery should also be installed. Each of these beta releases are intended ... Read More

iOS 8 Beta 4 Download Released for Developers, Use OTA to Get It Now

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:17
Apple has released the 4th beta version of iOS 8, containing bug fixes and improvements, to those registered with the iOS Developer Program. The new build is versioned as 12A4331d and runs on all iOS 8 compatible models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch hardware. The easiest way to download and install iOS 8 beta ... Read More

Run QuickTime Player 7 in OS X Yosemite & Mavericks

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:51
QuickTime Player, the video player and editing tool bundled with the Mac for ages, received a fairly major overhaul when it turned into QuickTime Player X. While it became free and lost the need to upgrade to a Pro version, it also lost out on a lot of really nice professional features that QuickTime Player ... Read More

How to Quit Multiple iPhone Apps Simultaneously in iOS with Multitouch

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 20:04
If you ever need to quit out of more than one app on the iPhone, or quit a bunch of apps quickly in iOS, using a handy multitouch swipe gesture at the iOS multitasking screen is enough to quit apps simultaneously. This works really well to quickly clear out the multitask bar of all running ... Read More

Quickly Turn Off the iPhone Alarm Clock with a Swipe

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:25
The iPhone Clock app has replaced many bedside alarm clocks out there, fitting since many of us sleep with an iPhone on a bed stand anyway. While most users know that you can snooze / sleep the iPhone alarm by just tapping on the screen or pressing one of physical buttons on the phone (volume ... Read More

Mac Setups: Desk of a Rehab Director & Assistant Professor

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:45
This week’s featured Mac setup comes to us from John D., the director of a hospital inpatient physical rehabilitation unit and an adjunct assistant professor. Let’s get right to it and learn a bit more about this workstation and how this Apple gear is put to use: What hardware does your Mac setup consist of? ... Read More

Prevent Volume Buttons from Changing the Ringer & Alert Levels on iPhone

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:09
If you’ve ever let a child play with your iPhone, you know that every physical button probably gets pressed a few million times, often repeatedly. There’s obviously little harm in that by itself, but a fairly common scenario is that a parent hands their iPhone to their kid to play a game or watch a ... Read More

How to Bulk Remove Many Photos on iPhone Quickly with a Date Trick

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 01:41
If you need to remove a bunch of pictures from your iPhone, the iOS Photos app now includes a handy group selection tool that allows for bulk modification of many images without having to resort to tapping and marking a ton of pics or any of the other deletion tricks. Instead, mass deleting many multiples ... Read More

Remove User Names from Login Window for Added Security in OS X

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 19:47
The login screen of OS X defaults to showing the account pictures and user names of all accounts on the given Mac. This is undoubtedly convenient for most users as it makes logging into accounts much faster, but for situations where a Mac requires higher security, users may wish to hide user account names from ... Read More

How to Open a .Pages Format File in Windows & Microsoft Word

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:54
The Pages app is the Mac word processor similar to Microsoft Word on the Windows side of things, and by default any Pages document is saved as a Pages format file with with a “.pages” file extension. Typically that’s invisible to Mac users, but if you send a Pages file to someone on a Windows ... Read More

Fix a “iTunes Could Not Backup iPhone” Error Message

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:46
If you regularly make backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer with iTunes, you may rarely run into an error when iTunes reports it’s unable to backup the iOS device. This is usually accompanied by a very vague error message like “iTunes could not back up the iPhone “(name)” because the ... Read More