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How to Delete a Third Party Keyboard in iOS

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:21
Many of us explored the array of new keyboard options available now that iOS supports third party keyboards, but if you’re anything like me you probably settled on one that worked for your typing needs (if not the iOS default and QuickType) and now your iPhone or iPad has multiple unused keyboards laying about. While ... Read More

New iPhone 6 Commercial “Voice Text” Now Running

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:28
Apple has started to run another new iPhone 6 ad, titled “Voice Text”. The commercial features Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake discussing the ability to send voice clips through the messages app of iPhones. The ad is running on network and cable television, and is embedded below for easy viewing: This commercial follows the same ... Read More

Cooking with Your iPad or iPhone? Follow These 3 Simple Kitchen Tips

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 21:46
Many of us use our iPhones and iPads in the kitchen to assist with recipes or even entertainment while cooking, and they work wonderfully for this purpose. But electronics and turkey gravy don’t mix well, and to have a hassle free experience you’ll want to follow a few simple tips to help prevent frustrations, a ... Read More

How to Start & Stop MySQL Manually in OS X Yosemite

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 19:43
Many developers require MySQL on their Macs, but if you’ve tried to install MySQL in OS X Yosemite, you likely noticed that you’ll get an “installation failed” error during the process. That error sounds worse than it is, because you can avoid it entirely by choosing not to install the startup item included in the ... Read More

Start or Request Screen Sharing from Messages in Mac OS X

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 19:44
Messages app is generally associated with conversations, but new to OS X Yosemite is a feature which allows Mac users to initiate screen sharing with another Mac user directly from an active iMessage window. This is great for remote collaboration, showing off something on your computer, a file transfer between remote Macs, or even for ... Read More

How to View a Full Desktop Website in Safari for iPhone

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:15
Most iPhone users like to read and use websites specifically designed for mobile usage, which tend to simplify the user experience and focus attention a bit more. Since many websites detect you’re using an iPhone and automatically serve a mobile site (ours included) over the standard desktop site, there isn’t much involvement required from the ... Read More

Two New iPhone 6 Commercials “Reservations” & “Gamers” Airing

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:02
Apple is running a set of new iPhone 6 ads, titled “Reservations” and “Gamers”. The two spots are similar to earlier commercials for iPhone 6, being narrated by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, as specific features are emphasized in a playful banter. Both of the new commercials are airing on network television now, and are ... Read More

How to Use Instant Wi-Fi Hotspot in OS X Yosemite with an iPhone

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:43
The iPhone has long had the excellent Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot feature, which effectively turns an iPhone or cellular iPad into a wireless router that Macs and other devices can connect to. That iPhone Hotspot feature gets even better for Mac users running OS X Yosemite, because you can now enable the iPhones personal Hotspot feature ... Read More

Don’t Want to Update your Mac to OS X Yosemite? Hide the Update from the App Store

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 19:43
While many Mac users have updated to OS X Yosemite, a notable amount have chosen to stay on OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion for a variety of reasons, and some have even had to downgrade due to frustrations or incompatibilities that were experienced with the new version of OS X. Whatever the reason, if ... Read More

A Solution for MacBook Pro Booting to a Black Screen

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 02:21
Rarely, a Mac may encounter some peculiar issue during system boot that can cause quite a bit of panic, like booting to a completely black screen. It would be easy to interpret that as a potential hardware problem, and in some particularly rare situations that may be the case, but it’s more often a software ... Read More

Access the Two Different Mini-Players in iTunes 12

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:56
If you’d rather your iTunes player take up less screen real estate, iTunes has two alternative player appearance options available, the album cover player, and the popular mini player. These are not new features to iTunes 12, but like many other things which have been switched up in the latest version, accessing them has changed ... Read More

Delete Specific Pages from Safari History in iOS

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:03
Safari in iOS has always had the ability to clear all browser history on the iPhone and iPad, but up until the latest versions of iOS, it was either delete all history or nothing. That has changed however, and if you would rather selectively delete individual pages from history instead of clearing out all browser ... Read More

OS X 10.10.2 Beta 1 Available to Developers

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:35
Apple has released the first developer beta of OS X 10.10.2, arriving as build version 14C68K. The notes attached to the OS X Update Seed 10.10.2 download don’t specify any particular focus areas, but presumably the update aims to address bugs and issues that have gone unresolved after the recent OS X 10.10.1 update. Developers ... Read More

How to Flush DNS Cache in OS X Yosemite with discoveryutil

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:22
Some Mac users may encounter situations where they need to flush DNS cache in OS X for a name server to resolve properly, or for some DNS address change to become noticed by their individual computer. This is particularly relevant for system administrators, network admins, and web developers, but there are certainly situations where other ... Read More

How to Format Text & Insert Pictures Into Notes in iOS

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 19:44
The Notes app in modern versions of iOS includes support for text formatting and media insertion. This is a welcome change for many reasons, as it not only improves the functionality of Notes app to serve as a scratchpad, but it also makes the Notes app and it’s iCloud syncing abilities between iOS devices and ... Read More

Troubleshooting OS X 10.10.1 Wi-Fi Connection Issues

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:30
A number of Mac users who were experiencing wi-fi connection difficulties with OS X Yosemite have found the problems continue to persist after updating to OS X 10.10.1. The reasons for this are not entirely clear given that OS X 10.10.1 has aimed specifically at improving wi-fi reliability, but some of the traditional troubleshooting steps ... Read More

How to Disable Reachability on iPhone If You Accidentally Open It

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 23:15
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gained a feature called Reachability which, when activated, brings all onscreen icons and elements closer to the bottom of the display and Home button, thus making it easier for your thumb or finger to reach the desired touch points. While Reachability is proving to be a popular tool ... Read More

iOS 8.2 Beta 1 & Apple Watch Developer Kit Released

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:37
Apple has released iOS 8.2 beta 1 and an Apple Watch developer toolkit to those registered with the iOS developer program. The first iOS 8.2 beta build is 12D436 and arrives alongside a new beta version of Xcode 6.2, which includes the WatchKit developer package. Though iOS 8.2 will undoubtedly include bug fixes and feature ... Read More

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Update Available for Mac

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:05
Apple has released the first major update to Macs running OS X Yosemite, versioned as OS X 10.10.1. OS X 10.10.1 includes several prominent bug fixes, including resolutions to issues with Wi-Fi reliability, Mail app problems, and a Time Machine backup bug. Other stability enhancements, security updates, and bug fixes are also included in the ... Read More

iOS 8.1.1 Update Available with Bug Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 18:43
Apple has released the final version of iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The iOS update is focused primarily on bug fixes and stability enhancements, though some performance improvements are also said to be included for some older hardware. The brief download notes mention performance improvements aimed specifically at iPad 2 and ... Read More