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How to Repair Photos Library to Fix Common Issues with Photos App on Mac OS X

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 18:59
The Mac Photos app works well for most users, but occasionally a variety of hiccups can be encountered when interacting with photo libraries, ranging from crashes, to hanging on Photos app launch, a failed import, thumbnails missing from an image library, pictures missing from a library that was imported, or even a completely empty Photos ... Read More

Why Wait for OS X 10.11? How to Use the San Francisco System Font on OS X Yosemite Now

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:16
Apple is apparently planning on replacing Helvetica Neue, the current default system font in iOS and OS X, with the ‘San Francisco’ font used on Apple Watch, according to a new report from the well sourced 9to5mac. The font change to “San Francisco” will apparently arrive to OS X 10.11 and iOS 9, but if ... Read More

Resolving the “Unable to Download Item. Please Try Again Later” Error Message on iPhone

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 18:23
A somewhat strange error message can occur at random on iOS, typically for iPhone users, that states “Unable to Download Item. Please try again later” with a “Done” and “Retry” button options. The thing that makes this error message strange is that it appears at random and not after the user has attempted to download ... Read More

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Update Released

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:20
Apple has released the first update to Apple Watch software, versioned as Watch OS 1.0.1. The update is a fairly small download weighing about 51MB, and includes performance improvements and bug fixes for the device, making it recommended for all Apple Watch users to install. Release notes accompanying Watch OS 1.0.1 are included below. How ... Read More

Apple Releases Spec-Bumped Retina MacBook Pro 15″ and Retina iMac 27″

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:54
Apple has released updated versions of the Retina iMac 27″ and Retina MacBook Pro 15″. Both models received fairly minor updates to specifications, but offer some notable improvements which make them worthwhile for users considering new Mac hardware. Separately, Apple also released a Lightning Dock charger for iPhone. The revised 15″ MacBook Pro receives a ... Read More

How to Cancel Printing & Print Jobs in Mac OS X

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 20:55
If you’ve ever printed anything from a computer, you’ve inevitably wound up trying to print something that you soon discovered wasn’t needed. Regardless, rather than letting the print job continue and waste ink and paper, the best thing to do is cancel the printers print job or jobs. There are a few ways to cancel ... Read More

How to Record Video at 60 FPS on iPhone

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 20:38
By default, the iPhone records video at 30 FPS, but newer model iPhones support video recording at a silky smooth 60 FPS (frames per second) at a full 1080p resolution. This optional high frame rate video capture mode must be enabled in the iPhone Camera settings before you’ll find it available when recording video with ... Read More

How to Use iPhoto Instead of Mac Photos App in OS X

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 19:26
Some users who have updated to new versions of OS X with Photos app have discovered that Photos app does not meet their needs, and thus would like to continue using iPhoto on the Mac. This is possible, at least for the time being, but there can be some hiccups in getting iPhoto running again ... Read More

How to Recover Deleted Images in Photos App for Mac OS X

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:57
Users managing a Photos app library on the Mac have almost certainly deleted a picture, video, if not dozens of them. Sometimes this is intentional, sometimes it’s accidental, and sometimes it’s regretful, and perhaps later, a user wishes they could recover those deleted pictures. If you find yourself in that situation, then you may be ... Read More

How to Turn Off Spell Check in Mail for Mac OS X

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 19:41
Mac Mail users may find that even if they have disabled auto-correct in OS X, an automatic Spell Check function continues to persist in the Mail app of OS X. For users who are confident in their spelling abilities, bothered by the spell-check function, or who are just tired of correcting the auto-corrections in their ... Read More

Get Details of Movie Showtimes from Siri and iPhone

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 21:54
Wondering what time a movie starts? Or maybe you want to see a movie tonight and you aren’t sure which one? Maybe you just want to see any movie at a specific time? As long as you have your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch handy, you can get all sorts of movie showtime details by ... Read More

How to Reset the OS X Dock to Default Icon Set

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 23:02
The first time you login to a new user account, boot a fresh Mac, or a clean OS X install, you’ll be presented with a default Dock selection without any customizations, which includes a variety of apps depending on the Mac hardware and what software is installed. A common default OS X Dock icon set ... Read More

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta 3 Released for Developers & Public Beta Users

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:41
Apple has released the third beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 for Mac users who are part of the Mac developer program or participating in the OS X Public Beta. The new build arrives as 14E17e and is compatible with all Macs that can run OS X Yosemite. The release notes accompanying the beta ... Read More

iOS 8.4 Beta 3 Released for Developer & Public Beta Testing

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 18:17
Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 8.4 for testing, arriving as build 12H4098c. The new release is available for both public beta testers and registered iOS developers, and runs on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models which support iOS 8. The simplest way to download iOS 8.4 beta 3 is through ... Read More

How to Cancel Sending a Message or SMS from iPhone

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 19:05
If you’ve ever hit “Send” on an iMessage or text message that you wish you could take back, or perhaps you’d just like to cancel a sent picture because it’s stuck on ‘Sending’ and taking forever to send the message due to a congested network connection, then you may find this iPhone “cancel send” trick ... Read More

How to Disable Swipe Navigation Gestures in Google Chrome for Mac

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 16:55
Many Mac apps support a two-finger swipe to go back / forward gesture, but not all users wish to use the scrolling gesture. For those who use Google Chrome, you may find that if you have disabled the system-wide “Swipe between pages” feature, you’ll still have the swipe navigation available in the Chrome app. This ... Read More

How to See the Exact Location Where a Photo was Taken with a Mac

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 17:46
The digital cameras included with iPhone, Android, and many others, have an option to geotag pictures using the devices GPS hardware, effectively pinpointing the exact location a photo was taken and bundling that geographic location data into the metadata of a picture. While you can turn off photo geotagging on iPhone and iPad, many users ... Read More

How to Filter & Mute Unknown Senders Messages from Known Contacts in iOS

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 20:11
iPhone and iPad users can opt to use a new “Filter Unknown Senders” feature in the iOS messaging app which will automatically hush and separate inbound messages that are coming from unrecognized contacts. This is extremely useful if your phone number is publicly listed on a web site like Craigslist, or if you just happen ... Read More

Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, & Safari 6.2.6 Released for Mac Users

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 23:24
Apple has released a series of security updates for the Safari web browser, versioned as 8.0.6 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.16 for OS X Mavericks, and Safari 6.2.6 for OS X Mountain Lion. Release notes accompanying the small update mention that it “contains improvements to security”, making it recommended for all Mac Safari users ... Read More

How to Adjust Mail Drop Minimum File Size Threshold for Mac Mail

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 19:27
Using Mail Drop allows you to send larger files over email than typically allowed by uploading the sent file to iCloud from Mail app in OS X, and then passing the link to download that file onto the recipient. The default MailDrop threshold for mail attachments is 20MB before kicking in and offering the service, ... Read More