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macOS Sierra Dev Beta 8 & Public Beta 7 Released for Testing

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 23:01
Apple has released a new beta version of macOS Sierra for public beta and developer beta testers, versioned as Mac OS 10.12 developer beta 8 and Mac OS 10.12 public beta 7. Mac users who are participating in the beta testing programs for Mac OS system software can find the latest macOS Sierra update in ... Read More

Apple Event Set for September 7, iPhone 7 Likely to Debut

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 18:17
Apple will be hosting a media event on September 7, according to invitations sent to select members of the press and a notification posted to apple.com. The event will be held at 10:00 am PST in San Francisco, California, and the event keynote will live streamed through the web. It is widely assumed the upcoming ... Read More

How to Save or Convert Word Doc to PDF on Mac

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 19:15
There may come a time when you need to save or convert a Microsoft Word Doc or DOCX file to PDF format from a Mac. The advantages to saving a Word DOC as PDF are notable in that the PDF file becomes universally readable by any operating system with a PDF reader, even without the ... Read More

Mac Setups: Audio Engineer Mac Pro Workstation

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 22:56
Back by popular demand, Mac setups are here again! Here we are featuring the stellar workstation of a pro audio engineer… let’s dive in and check out the setup. What do you do and use your Apple gear for? I’m a freelance engineer and mixer working in Music, Film/TV post production and radio, so I ... Read More

How to Search Man Pages at the Command Line

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 19:22
Command line users are undoubtedly familiar with man pages, or manual pages, that contain details, help, and documentation to specified commands and functions. Referencing a man page can be essential when trying to learn proper syntax or how a command works, but with how large some manual pages are it can be a real drag ... Read More

How to Trim Movies in Photos for Mac

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 18:53
Photos app for Mac can not only manage your photos, but also any of videos that have been copied into Photos app from an iPhone or camera as well. If you have a movie file in Photos on the Mac that you like but it’s just a bit too long, or perhaps the action scene ... Read More

iOS 10 Beta 8 Released for Testing

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 18:15
Apple has released new beta builds of iOS 10 to users enrolled in the developer beta and public beta testing programs. The latest developer beta of iOS 10 is beta 8, with a simultaneous iOS 10 public beta 7 release also available. The new 8th beta release is quite small as an over-the-air update, suggesting ... Read More

iOS 9.3.5 Security Update Released for iPhone, iPad [IPSW Downloads]

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 18:12
Apple has released iOS 9.3.5 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The small update appears to include important security fixes and is therefore recommended for all users to install. Updating to iOS 9.3.5 is easy as we’ll walk through below, and advanced users can also choose to use the IPSW firmware files ... Read More

How to Summarize Lengthy Documents & Pages in Mac OS

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 19:13
If you’ve ever encountered a lengthy document or webpage that you want the gist of, but don’t have the time to read or scan through, you can use the excellent Summarize Service in Mac OS X to summarize the text for you. Summarize is adjustable as well, meaning you can choose how dense or light ... Read More

2 Ways to Close Tabs in Safari on iPhone

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 23:28
Safari Tabs let you maintain many different webpages and web sites on the iPhone, switching through them as necessary to review different sites and content. For those of us who open a ton of tabs in iOS Safari, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by huge numbers of tabs as you browse more sites and pages ... Read More

Logging In to Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication on Old iPhone & iOS Versions

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:21
As many users know, using Two-Factor authentication for an Apple ID provides an additional layer of security for your Apple and iCloud login by requiring a pin code to be entered from an approved device before the Apple ID can be accessed. But the two factor auth feature is really built for modern iOS versions, ... Read More

Manually Check for New eMail in Mail for Mac with a Keyboard Shortcut

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 22:26
The Mail app for Mac will automatically check email accounts for new mail, and with a little customization you can even adjust how often it refreshes and checks for new emails as well. Those settings work fine for many users, but another option is to manually refresh and force a check for new email by ... Read More

macOS Sierra 10.12 Beta 7 Available for Testing

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 21:20
Apple has released the seventh beta version of macOS Sierra to users participating in the Mac developer beta testing program. The same build is also available to public beta release testers versioned as macOS Sierra public beta 6. Mac users running a prior version of macOS Sierra 10.12 can find the latest version available now ... Read More

How to Crop Video on Mac with iMovie

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 19:19
If you have ever recorded a video or movie and found that some of the surrounding frame is unnecessary or irrelevant, you can use an editing function to crop down the video to focus on what should be the focus of the movie. This tutorial will show you how to quickly crop a video on ... Read More

How to Clean a MacBook Pro Keyboard the Easy Way with Keyboard Cleaner

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 19:15
Cleaning the keyboard on a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air is a necessary chore from time to time, but it can also be more challenging than expected as anyone who has done so can attest. The moment you start wiping down the Mac keyboard, it’s inevitable for keys to be pressed, and as a ... Read More

iOS 10 Beta 7 Released for Testing

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 18:23
Apple has released yet another beta release of iOS 10. The new build arrives as Developer Beta 7 and iOS 10 Public Beta 6, and as usual is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices which support the iOS 10 release. Users running an existing beta version of iOS can update to the ... Read More

Run AppleScript from the Command Line in Mac OS X with osascript

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 17:17
Mac users can run AppleScript from the command line if desired, either by running a script file directly or by giving the osascript command direct plain text script statements. This can be useful for many purposes, but should be particularly nice for users who spend a lot of time in the command line or who ... Read More

How to Upgrade & Replace an SSD in MacBook Air

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 21:26
The MacBook Air is not really thought of as being expandable or upgradeable, but it turns out that with a little effort and patience, you can replace the SSD on the MacBook Air yourself. Changing the SSD on a MacBook Air can allow you to dramatically increase the storage size of the Mac and can ... Read More

See Currency Exchange Rates in Stocks App on iPhone

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 19:06
The iPhone Stocks app and Stocks Notification Center widget typically is used to follow markets, ETFs, mutual funds, or individual equities, but with the proper syntax you can add just about any globally traded currency to watch as well. Adding currency to the Stocks app should be particularly nice for users who travel often, or ... Read More

How to Disable the Focus Ring Animation in Mac OS X

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 22:32
One of the most subtle animations found in Mac OS X and macOS is known as the “focus ring animation”, which is a sort of zooming highlight around where ever the cursor focus goes in a text book. Many users likely haven’t even noticed it, it’s that subtle. If you have no idea what the ... Read More