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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

Speed Up Time Machine by Removing Low Process Priority Throttling

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 21:16
It’s well known that all Mac users should set up Time Machine to automate backups of their computer, and while most Mac users let OS X go about backing up to Time Machine at it’s own pace, which sometimes borderlines on glacial, some users may wish to speed the backup process up a bit. With ... Read More

Boost Game Performance on Retina Macs with a Simple Trick

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 19:27
Mac users with Retina displays may have noticed that gaming performance is sometimes reduced on these machines. The reason is quite simple; if you’re running the game at native resolution, then the Mac has to drive the game at full resolution of the display at 2880 x 1440 or greater. A common solution to this ... Read More

Opening DOCX Files on a Mac, Without Microsoft Office

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:12
Mac users may encounter DOCX files from time to time, often sent from a Windows user as an email attachment or otherwise, as the .docx file types are standard document files created in newer versions of Microsoft Office. But what if you don’t have Office on the Mac? That’s ok too, even if you don’t ... Read More

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:08
Most major cellular carrier networks support a feature known as Wi-Fi Calling, and now you can enable wi-fi calling on the iPhone as well. For the unfamiliar, Wi-Fi calling essentially uses an available wireless network for phone calls to improve the connection quality, rather than relying entirely on the cellular network. The result is generally ... Read More

8 New Apple Watch Commercials and 2 Apple TV Ads Now Airing

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 04:28
Apple has released a hoard of new Apple Watch commercials, with eight different ads running to demonstrate various features of the device. Additionally, Apple has released a couple of new Apple TV ads as well. The Apple Watch advertisements feature a variety of actors and celebrities using the watch in different situations, many with a ... Read More

How to Remove a Disk from Time Machine on Mac

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 19:27
All Mac users should have regular automatic backups setup with Time Machine, it’s easy to use and ensures that your personal data and entire Mac is recoverable in the event something goes wrong with the computer. Some people go even further and setup redundant Time Machine backups with multiple disks for added data protection. But ... Read More

Check Packages for Expired Certificates in Mac OS X

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 20:47
Many Mac users will download package files of combo updates or other software in order to install them on multiple computers, thereby avoiding updating with the Mac App Store. This is particularly common with Mac systems administrators, where it makes more sense to download a single package update or installer once and distribute it over ... Read More

How to Use “Hey Siri” on Apple Watch

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 20:40
The Apple Watch has the same “Hey Siri” voice based activation feature available to it that iOS does, but it works a bit different and doesn’t activate exactly the same. In fact, there are two ways to activate Hey Siri on the Apple Watch, neither of which is quite like the iPhone based summoning method. ... Read More

How to View “Unread” Email Only in Mail on iPhone & iPad

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 20:31
It’s easy to fall behind on email and let unread messages build up over time, but the iOS Mail app offers an excellent solution to this problem by allowing users to enable a hidden optional “Unread” only email message inbox on their device. Just as it sounds, the Unread message mailbox will display only the ... Read More

How to Add Email Attachments in Mail for iPhone & iPad

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 22:08
Mail app in iOS allows users to easily add any type of file attachment to an email, as long as the attachment in question is coming from an associated iCloud Drive. This means you can add files from Pages, Microsoft Office documents, PDF, PSD, text and rtf files, or just about anything else, directly to ... Read More