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Use the Camera Self Timer on iPhone & iPad for Better Group Photos or Selfies

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 20:25
The iPhone Camera app includes a self timer function, a great feature for any camera that allows you to set a countdown timer before a picture is snapped. There’s many uses for the timer function, but it often allows for the photographer or camera owner to be in the picture frame as well, rather than ... Read More

Lose the Yellow People Emoji! How to Access Diverse Emoji Icons in iOS

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:20
Apple has changed the Emoji characters in iOS and OS X to include many new diverse emoji variations. In the process of diversifying our Emoji keyboards, Apple also turned most of the default people emoji icons into curious looking yellow characters, which look a bit like LEGO characters meet The Simpsons. But once you understand ... Read More

Resolving Finder Problems in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 19:17
Some users who have updated to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 have discovered that Finder will misbehave wildly, sometimes becoming wildly slow and unresponsive, crashing, or using inordinately high CPU. Given that Finder is a critical component of the Mac and nearly all OS X users rely on it for file system navigation, Finder trouble can ... Read More

Security Update 2015-004 Available for OS X Mavericks & Mountain Lion

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 00:54
Mac users who are running OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion will find an important security update available to them. Labeled as Security Update 2015-004 1.0, the software update includes many fixes to a wide variety of potential security issues for OS X, and is therefore recommended for all Mac users running OS ... Read More

iTunes 12.1.2 Released for Mac OS X & Windows with Improvements

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 18:47
Apple has released an update for iTunes, versioned as iTunes 12.1.2. The small update is available now for Mac OS X and Windows, includes various improvements to the media management application that is basically essential for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. This update is particularly important for Mac, as it enables syncing photos between ... Read More

iOS 8.3 Update Released with Many Fixes [IPSW Download Links]

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 18:15
Apple has released iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software update includes 300 new Emoji icons, a variety of small new features, some minor user interface changes to keyboards, a variety of new languages for Siri, and a handful of performance fixes and optimizations, including resolutions to various wi-fi issues and Bluetooth ... Read More

OS X 10.10.3 Update Available for Yosemite with Photos App, Wi-Fi Fixes, New Emoji

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:26
Apple has released the final version of OS X 10.10.3 to all Mac users running Yosemite. The public version of OS X 10.10.3 includes the Photos app to replace iPhoto, and contains a handful of bug and performance fixes as well, including improvements to Wi-Fi stability and performance, over 300 newly designed Emoji icons, Spotlight ... Read More

Open Containing Folder of a Recent Document or Application in Mac OS X

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 22:49
Can’t remember where a file you recently opened was stored on the Mac, or where an OS X app you recently used was kept or originated from? Maybe you don’t know where something you recently used went to? No big deal, a simple keystroke modifier trick allows you to jump directly to the containing location ... Read More

How to Resize a VirtualBox VDI or VHD File on Mac OS X

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:04
If you use VirtualBox to run guest operating systems within a virtual machine on the Mac, like Windows 10 or Ubuntu Linux, you may find yourself needing to resize the virtual disk size where the OS resides. This is often the case when you inadequately estimate how much space is required for properly installing in ... Read More

Tame High WindowServer CPU Use on a Mac with OS X Yosemite

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 21:22
The Mac received a many changes with OS X Yosemite along with a notable visual redesign, but some of those changes and various transparent effects may be taking a toll on some users Mac performance with errant WindowServer behavior. This is typically demonstrated with the WindowServer process spiking into heavy CPU use for seemingly no ... Read More

How Change Stack View Styles in Dock for Mac OS X

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 03:12
Stacks offer a method of displaying folders or collections of multiple items in the Dock of the Mac. When clicked, the “Stack” will pop open and show the contents sprawling out of the Dock. Dock Stacks always display on the right-side of the OS X Dock and they default to contain things like the Applications ... Read More

How to Enable (or Disable) Motion & Fitness Tracking with iPhone

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 22:33
Newer iPhones have the ability to track fitness activity and motion and displaying that data in Health app and other applications. Fitness tracking is done by using a low-power motion coprocessor that determines steps, altitude gain and lost, and distance traveled, and many users like this feature as it represents an easy way to keep ... Read More

4 Stunning Wallpapers Hidden in Plain View on the Apple & Wired Websites

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 19:02
There’s something about good wallpaper that makes using a Mac, iPhone, iPad, ok, even a Windows PC or Android device, just even better. We’re bringing you four gorgeous high resolution wallpapers that are basically hidden in plain sight from two sources, a recent Wired article about Apple Watch, and Apple.com product pages. All it took ... Read More

Apple Watch Pre-Orders Begin at Midnight on April 10

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:10
Those interested in purchasing an Apple Watch early will be able to pre-order the device just after midnight at 12:01 AM PST (3:01 AM EST) on April 10, according to the Apple website. The pre-ordered devices will be shipped to an address or available for pickup at an Apple Store on April 24. Like most ... Read More

How to Monitor FPS (Frames Per Second) Live in Mac OS X with Quartz Debug

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:09
Whether testing performance of an application, OS X animations, or just out of general curiosity, you can measure the refresh rate in Frames Per Second of onscreen actions and animations on the Mac by using a free developer tool from Apple called Quartz Debug. Part of the Graphics Tools package of Xcode, Quartz Debug can ... Read More

OS X 10.10.3 Beta 7 Released for Developer Testing

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 19:34
Apple has released a seventh beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, just a few days after releasing the sixth beta. The rapid beta testing release schedule either suggests the final public version of OS X 10.10.3 is approaching quickly, or perhaps that an important fix is included in the seventh beta version, though the ... Read More

Two Stupid April Fools Jokes for iPhone

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 20:48
It’s April Fools, so why not have a little fun and play a prank or two on some iPhone (or iPad) users? We’ve got two super simple tricks that are completely harmless yet amusing enough to be worth while. Have fun out there. 1: Set a Screen Shot as the Lock Screen This is easy ... Read More

How to Clear & Flush DNS Cache on iPhone & iPad

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:21
If you ever need to set custom DNS or change the DNS settings on iOS devices for using an alternate domain name server or a faster one, you’ll probably want the DNS changes to take effect immediately, which requires the flushing of DNS caches on the iPhone or iPad. There are actually several ways to ... Read More

How to Stop Messages Sound Effects Playing in Mac OS X

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:17
With Messages app on the Mac now able to send and receive SMS texts messages alongside iMessages from the iPhone, amongst other configured chat protocols, it’s easy to stay in touch, but it’s also easy get overwhelmed or annoyed by the sound of incoming messages while you’re trying to do other work on the computer. ... Read More

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta 6 Available Now for Testing

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:28
Apple has released the sixth beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. The new build arrives as 14D127a and is available for those participating in the Public Beta test program and users who are registered as a Mac Developer. Users who are eligible to receive the OS X Update Seed will find the download available ... Read More