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How to Secure Erase Free Space on Mac Drives with OS X El Capitan

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 19:02
Many Mac users running a modern version of OS X El Capitan have noticed the Secure Erase Free Space feature has gone missing from Disk Utility. What the “Erase Free Space” feature did (and still does in prior versions of Mac OS X) was overwrite the free space on a drive to prevent file recovery, ... Read More

How to Hide Glances on Apple Watch

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:55
Apple Watch includes a variety of default glances, including a battery monitor, heart rate monitor, a calendar, a media playback adjuster, stocks, maps, a world map, amongst others. Additionally, many of the apps installed onto Apple Watch include a Glance feature with them, which allows users to quickly see a glimpse of what that app ... Read More

Schedule Night Shift to Automatically Adjust Colors on iPhone

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:09
The Night Shift feature of iOS shifts the display color profile to be warmer, which reduces blue light output, and makes using an iPhone or iPad display much more pleasant in the later hours of the evening (or early morning). While you can toggle Night Shift mode on and off through Control Center anytime in ... Read More

OS X 10.11.5 Beta 3, tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3, Released for Testing

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 18:49
Apple has released OS X 10.11.5 beta 3, tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3, watchOS 2.2.1 beta 3, along with a new Safari Technology Preview build for Mac users. Additionally, Apple has released the public beta builds of iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 which was initially released yesterday for developers only. No new features are expected in the ... Read More

How to Add & Switch Languages in Mac OS X

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:46
Nearly all Mac users run OS X in their primary language and mother tongue, but for polyglots and those aiming to be bilingual or trilingual, adding multiple new languages to Mac OS X can have obvious benefits. We’ll show you how to add a new language and how to change to that new language, which ... Read More

iOS 9.3.2 Beta 3 Released for Testing

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:43
Apple has released iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 to users participating in the beta testing program. The new build arrives versioned as 13F65 and presumably focuses on bug fixes and improvements to the mobile operating system. There are no obvious new features included in the minor point release thus far, which is fairly typical of a ... Read More

Apple Runs 2 New iPhone 6S Commercials: “Onions” & “Fingerprint”

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 01:34
Apple has issued a set of new iPhone commercials, one focusing on the devices high resolution camera, and the other emphasizing the Touch ID fingerprint reader. Both ads are airing now and are a bit lighthearted, if you watch primetime TV you’ll likely see them shortly, otherwise they have been embedded below for easy viewing. ... Read More

Open Winmail.dat Attachments Files on iPhone & iPad with TNEF Enough

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 18:18
iPhone and iPad owners who regularly receive emails from Windows-based users may find ‘winmail.dat’ files attached to the email messages, a file type which Mail.app can struggle to identify or open. Since winmail.dat files can be anything from a simple styled rich text email, to a calendar invite, vcf contact card, or even a legitimate ... Read More

How to AirPlay YouTube from Mac to Apple TV

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 19:18
Have you ever been watching a YouTube video on a Mac and wished you could send it to your Apple TV to view on a bigger screen? You can do exactly that with the help of AirPlay and the latest versions of Mac OS X, which make sending a YouTube video from the Mac to ... Read More

Use the Free VPN in Opera Browser for Improved Privacy & to Access Regional Content

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 18:50
Opera, the alternative web browser, now includes a free VPN service, which is built directly into the web browser itself. The free VPN allows you to hide your IP address, access region restricted content or blocked content by bypassing a firewall or regional restraints, hide browsing activity from other users on the same local network, ... Read More

How to Use Find My Friends on a Mac

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 19:13
Find My Friends is available as a widget on the Mac within Notification Center, allowing users to see a list and location of their friends and family who have chosen to share their location with them. This has many practical applications, but parents, close friends, and partners will likely find it to be most useful. ... Read More

Two Apple Earth Day Ads Highlight Renewable Energy & Liam the Robot

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 18:10
Apple has released two new commercials for Earth Day. The first advertisement emphasizes the companies renewable energy efforts to power servers, and the other second ad focuses on recycling iPhones with the help of a robot. The commercials are embedded below for easy viewing. iMessage – Renewable Energy The iMessage commercial focuses on the fact ... Read More

How to Set Any Picture as Background Wallpaper on iPhone & iPad

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:32
“How do you change the picture on the background?” is one of the more common questions heard from newcomers to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This is all the more true when you took a great picture with the devices camera and you want to set that picture as the wallpaper on the iOS ... Read More

Enable a Confirmation When Deleting Files & Folders with rm Command

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:53
Most command line users know that the “rm” command for removing and deleting files is quite powerful, able to delete just about any file imaginable within the file system – whether it should be removed or not. Once you add in wildcards and sudo, rm and srm because exponentially more potent and potentially dangerous, so ... Read More

12 Beautiful Hidden Nature Wallpapers from Apple for Earth Day

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 19:10
Apple has been running an Earth Day Lessons campaign aimed at students to raise awareness of various environmental issues surrounding conservation, ecosystems, and ecology. Like many other microsites on Apple.com, these web pages are filled with beautiful high resolution images, this time themed around Earth, featuring subjects from zebras, shorelines, kelp forests, to tree farms ... Read More

Beta 2 of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 , WatchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1 Available

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 18:35
Apple has released the second beta versions of OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, WatchOS 2.2.1, and tvOS 9.2.1. The updated beta releases are available now to individuals running the prior beta builds. The beta point releases are generally aimed at resolving bugs and improving performance with each respective build of system software, and it’s unlikely ... Read More

How to Open Winmail.dat Attachment Files on Mac OS X

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 20:23
Many Mac Mail users who send and receive emails with their Windows counterparts using a mail client like Outlook or Microsoft Exchange will discover a “winmail.dat” file attached to those emails. If you try to open a winmail.dat file on Mac OS X, you’ll usually find there is nothing available to open the attachment, or ... Read More

Apple Releases Updated MacBook 12″ for Early 2016

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 17:36
Apple has quietly released an update to their 12″ MacBook lineup, with newer processors, improved graphics, faster memory, faster PCIe flash storage, longer battery life, and the addition of an all new Rose Gold model. All models continue to offer a Retina 12″ display in the same ultra-thin and lightweight enclosure, available in the four ... Read More

The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam, Should You?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 22:08
If you have ever been to an IT event or security conference you have undoubtedly seen many laptops with tape covering over their built-in cameras. The practice is becoming so common within some groups of people that you’ll occasionally even see the taped webcams in coffee shops and the workplace too. Interestingly enough, it’s not ... Read More

How to Convert a Live Photo to Still Photo on iPhone

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 21:17
The Live Photos feature on new iPhone cameras is fun and interesting as it turns a still photo into a short live action clip automatically. While you can turn the Live Photos feature off and on easily with a quick toggle, another approach is to not think about it by leaving the feature on, then ... Read More

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