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How to Forcibly Sync Safari iCloud History from Mac OS X

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:07
iCloud will automatically sync Safari history between all Mac and iOS devices that are using the same Apple ID and that have the feature enabled. While this happens automatically and behind the scenes on a regular occurrence, you may encounter a situation where a particular Mac or iPhone was offline for a period of time, ... Read More

How to Restart the Apple TV

Sun, 12/27/2015 - 19:59
The new Apple TV is generally really quite stable and should rarely need to restart, but in the rare occasion you find something not working properly, you can reboot Apple TV through the system settings on the device itself. Rebooting Apple TV is fast and should only take a moment to complete, so if you ... Read More

How to Keep the Apple Watch Display On Longer

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 20:12
The Apple Watch display defaults to staying on and active for 15 seconds when the screen is tapped or activated, but with new versions of WatchOS you can choose to keep the Apple Watch screen on for considerably longer before it dims itself again. This is helpful for many situations, whether you just want to ... Read More

How to Migrate Android to iPhone the Easy Way

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 15:30
Changing phone platforms is easier than ever before, and if you’re moving from an Android phone to an iPhone, you’ll find that Apple has made this process incredibly simple with the help of a free migration tool. Appropriately called “Move to iOS”, the utility is easy to use and migrates all contacts, photos, calendars, notes, ... Read More

The Ultimate Slacker Last Minute Gift Guide

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 20:31
OK you waited until the very last minute, and now you need to get gifts or presents for someone. Or maybe someone unexpected is showing up for the holidays. Whatever the reason, this is the very last minute, and you’re tight on time. Running around the stores is basically out of the question, and this ... Read More

Stop Zoomed Wallpaper Resizing on iPhone & iPad with a Workaround

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 20:39
The new versions of iOS zoom into a wallpaper image when it is set as the wallpaper on both the lock screen and home screen of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, effectively resizing the image. While this can make efficient use of some sized images and look great with certain types of pictures, the ... Read More

How to Find Text on Web Page in Safari for iOS 9 on iPhone & iPad

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 20:20
If you have ever been reading a web page or website in Safari for iOS and wanted to quickly locate a particular text phrase or word within that active webpage, you’ll be happy to know that searching for matched text in Safari has gotten much easier on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the ... Read More

How to Copy Pictures from iPhone, Camera, or Memory Card to Photos App on Mac

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 19:12
Many Mac users rely on their iPhone as their primary digital camera, but even if you have a separate camera, or use a variety of memory cards stuffed with images, you may wish to copy pictures from any of those devices directly into the Photos app of OS X. Importing images from any camera, iPhone, ... Read More

How to Use the Pedometer on Apple Watch to Count Steps & Distance

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 19:42
The Apple Watch has numerous health and fitness related features including a heart rate monitor and built-in step counter, also known as a pedometer. While many users assume the pedometer feature must be accessed from the accompanying iPhone, which can also track steps and mileage on it’s own, there’s actually a separate pedometer feature bundled ... Read More

How to Update Apple TV tvOS Software

Sat, 12/19/2015 - 19:50
The new Apple TV 4th generation model has many improvements and features that make it a great addition to a television and living room, but to get the most from the new Apple TV you’ll want to be sure you regularly update tvOS, the system software that runs on the device. Updating tvOS is simple ... Read More

Show & Search All Photos by Location with Siri

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 19:17
While the iPhone and iPad has long been able to use location data stored within photos to place and sort the pictures by location, the newest versions of iOS allow Siri to tap into the location meta data too, providing for a quick method of reviewing and finding pictures by locale. The Siri trick for ... Read More

Always Show the Full Name & Email Address of Recipients in Mail for Mac OS X

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 19:05
You may have noticed that when composing and replying to emails in the Mac Mail app, only the recipients name shows up in the “To” and “CC” fields. This is a feature called “Smart Addresses”, which hides the full name and email address from view, which can help to reduce screen clutter, but for some ... Read More

OS X 10.11.3 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 02:08
Apple has released the first beta version of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan to Mac users participating in the testing programs. The new release carries build 15D9c, and though it’s unclear what the focus area of OS X 10.11.3 is at the moment, presumably the release focuses on bug fixes and other improvements. Mac users ... Read More

How to View & Clear the Mac NVRAM Contents from Terminal in OS X

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 20:07
Advanced Mac users may find it necessary to view or directly manipulate firmware variables found within NVRAM on the computer. Typically the NVRAM contains specific system data about things like the system audio level, startup disk details, an active user name, screen backlighting and resolution, and other technical details. While most users have no business ... Read More

iOS 9.2.1 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 18:28
Apple has released iOS 9.2.1 to developers for testing. The build arrives as 13D11 and is compatible with any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch which an run iOS 9 releases. At the moment, the iOS 9.2.1 beta build is available through the iOS Developer Center website to download, and presumably the public beta release will ... Read More

How to Reset the Bluetooth Hardware Module on Mac OS X to Troubleshoot Challenging Bluetooth Issues

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 19:15
Bluetooth allows wireless devices like keyboards, mouse, speakers, trackpads to be used with the Mac, and while they usually work just fine, sometimes specific Bluetooth difficulties can arise and be very frustrating to troubleshoot. Maybe it’s a persistently disconnecting device, maybe it’s a device that refuses to acknowledge a specific Mac or vice versa. Sometimes ... Read More

Speed Up Photos App in OS X with Reduce Motion

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 18:56
The Mac Photos app uses various motion animations in the interface that are similar to those which appear in the iOS world, with plenty of zooming, panning, and other eye candy for doing simple tasks like opening a picture. Those eye candy effects may look nice to some users (and nauseating to others who are ... Read More

Automatically Install iOS Software Update in the Middle of the Night

Sun, 12/13/2015 - 21:31
Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will now notify you when a new iOS Software Update is made available, as you may have noticed by now. When you see the Software Update screen popup on your iOS device with the message “iOS (version) is available for your device and is ready to install” you’ll be ... Read More

How to Use iPhone 6s as a Scale to Weigh Items

Sat, 12/12/2015 - 20:31
The 3D Touch display on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is able to detect pressure applied to the screen in order to serve the 3D Touch pop and peek functions, but with the help of a little third party web app you can transform the iPhone and 3D Touch display into a fairly precise ... Read More

How to Disconnect a Specific Bluetooth Device from iOS

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 19:48
iOS allows users to disconnect a specific Bluetooth device that has been paired with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The bonus with this approach is that while it disconnects the targeted Bluetooth device, it does not forget the device, so you can quickly re-add the device later without having to go through the pairing ... Read More