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How to Disable Automatic GPU Switching on MacBook Pro

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 20:48
For those MacBook Pro owners with higher end models that include dual video cards (integrated and discrete GPU), you’re likely aware that Mac OS and certain apps will switch between the two graphics cards as is determined necessary. The idea behind this is for apps to use the integrated GPU when attempting to conserve power ... Read More

New Apple Commercial Shows Off Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 01:53
Apple is running a new iPhone 7 Plus commercial called “Take Mine”, the advertisement emphasizes the devices Portrait Mode camera feature. In the commercial, a girl is visiting a coastal Mediterranean town, and after taking a picture with Portrait mode on her iPhone she soon becomes the impromptu town photographer, snapping portrait mode pictures of ... Read More

Set Up Medical ID for Emergency on Your iPhone

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 20:36
The Health app on iPhone is primarily used to track fitness and activity, and likely much more once the Apple Watch and other sensors connect to the device, but another handy and lesser known feature is called Medical ID. Medical ID can be filled out on your iPhone to show important information about the iPhones ... Read More

How to Convert Text to Emoji in Messages on iPhone

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 19:57
Emojifying words and messages is one of the many new fun features of Messages in iOS. With a simple trick, you can choose words to replace them with Emoji icons, converting a generic text message into a colorful message intermixed with Emojis. The Emoji text replacement tool works on iPhone and iPad as long as ... Read More

Ignoring Built-in Trackpad Input When Using External Mouse with MacBook

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 20:10
The built-in trackpad on MacBook Pro and MacBook functions as the primary input method of the Apple laptops, but if you primarily use an external mouse or external trackpad you may occasionally find the built-in trackpad receives input you’d rather the Mac ignore. With a simple settings adjustment you can do exactly that, ignoring any ... Read More

How to Download All Vine Videos from Your Archives on Vine

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:15
Did you use Vine? If so you’ll likely want to download all of your Vine videos before they disappear for good. We’ll show you how to download any and all video archive from the Vine service, it’s pretty simple and can be done with any web browser, there’s no need to break out curl or ... Read More

How to Delete Large Apps from Mac to Free Up Storage

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 19:32
Many Mac users have apps installed on their Mac which take up considerable storage space but generally go unused. Accordingly, Mac users can free up storage space on their computer by tracking down large Mac apps and deleting them. The latest versions of MacOS offer a very easy way to track down large applications, see ... Read More

How to Put iPhone 7 Into DFU Mode

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 03:27
Need to place an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus into DFU mode? Now that the iPhone no longer includes a clickable Home button, you might be wondering how to place the iPhone 7 models into DFU mode, and that’s exactly what we’ll show you how to do. For some quick background, DFU Mode is ... Read More

How to Mute Tabs in Chrome Playing Audio / Video

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 19:41
Want to mute audio blasting from a browser tab in Google Chrome? Of course you do! Few things are more annoying when browsing the web than autoplaying video and autoplaying audio that starts when you load a web page. Rather than frantically trying to locate the offending media source of blasting, a better approach is ... Read More

How to Forward a Photo Message from iPhone to Someone Else

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 20:17
Have you ever received a picture message on your iPhone and you wanted to share that photo with someone else? There are a few different ways to forward photo messages from an iPhone, we’ll show you the easiest and quickest method to pass along a picture message from your iPhone Messages app to send along ... Read More

How to Reply to Messages on Mac from Notifications

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 20:55
Mac users can respond to Messages faster than ever by replying directly from a message notification, without ever having to open the Messages app. This effectively means that you can have an entire conversation through the message pop-ups in Mac OS without using the Messages app, though keep in mind the experience will be limited ... Read More

How to Use Tabs in Pages for Mac

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 18:40
Pages for Mac has gained the ability to use Tabs, allowing for tidy document management within the Pages app when having multiple documents open simultaneously. To use Tabs in Pages, you’ll need to enable the Tab bar in the Pages app, which is not visible by default whether the Pages for Mac app is in ... Read More

How to Hide Pictures in Photos for Mac with Hidden Album

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 17:12
If you have some picture(s) you’d rather not shown alongside your regular photo album in Photos for Mac, you can hide those photos and then use a special Hidden Photos album to contain the hidden images and browse them separately. These hidden pictures will be self contained and separate from the regular album views, though ... Read More

How to Reset Forgotten Restrictions Password on iPhone, iPad

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 19:48
Restrictions on iPhone or iPad prevent a user from making many changes to the devices settings and allow the disabling of various iOS features, including some apps, functionalities, to disallow certain content types, and the ability to prevent making in-app purchases or buying from the App Store. Restrictions are very commonly used by parents to ... Read More

How to Use 2x Optical Zoom on iPhone 7 Plus Camera

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 20:08
The iPhone 7 Plus includes dual camera lenses, with the secondary lens allowing for 2x optical zoom with a 10x digital zoom modifier. Using the 2x optical zoom feature on iPhone Plus is excellent and easy, but it works slightly different from zooming on a regular iPhone camera, which is accomplished with a pinch gesture. ... Read More

How to Fix iTunes Error 9006

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 22:02
iTunes error 9006 may appear when attempting to download, restore, or update an iPhone or iPad. Typically you’ll see an iTunes error message that states something like “There was a problem downloading software for the iPhone. An unknown error occurred (9006).” or you’ll notice an “err = 9006” message alongside a stopped or failed download ... Read More

Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Everyone to Save Christmas

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 18:53
It’s officially the last minute, and you still need to get a gift for someone. Welcome to the present shopping procrastinators club! But seriously, this happens, maybe someone makes an unexpected appearance at a holiday gathering or maybe you just forgot that cousin Billy exists, or maybe you quite literally waited until the last minute ... Read More

How to Disable System Haptics on iPhone

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 21:22
The new iPhone models offer subtle system haptic feedback when performing various actions in iOS. This physical haptic feedback is performed through the Taptic Engine built into iPhone, and you’ll notice it throughout iOS when activating different features, toggles, buttons, and functions. You’ll find system haptic feedback when opening Notification Center, Contrl Center, toggling UI ... Read More

How to Enable Message Effects in iOS with Reduce Motion On

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 20:27
The modern releases of iOS allow you to see and send fun iMessage effects while retaining the Reduce Motion setting to remove the sometimes nauseating zoom effects found elsewhere throughout the iPhone and iPad user interface. Previously if you enabled Reduce Motion you would also cause iMessage effects to not work, but now you can ... Read More

How to Add Fingerprints to Touch ID on Mac

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 19:35
You can add additional fingerprints to Touch ID equipped Macs, providing the option for more than one fingerprint to unlock the Mac, be used for Apple Pay, and to make purchases from the iTunes and App Store. Obviously the ability to add a new fingerprint to Touch ID on the Mac requires a Mac with ... Read More