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Fix OS X El Capitan Beta Updates Not Showing in Software Update

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 18:29
If you’re a Mac user who is beta testing OS X El Capitan, either as part of the OS X Public Beta program or as a registered Mac Developer, you may have come across a situation where the latest available update does not appear for you in the Mac App Store as it should. For ... Read More

How to Check iCloud Activation Lock Status of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 19:36
iCloud Activation Lock is a great feature which allows owners to lock down an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and prevent it from being used in the event that a device has been misplaced, stolen, or lost. This is part of the Find My iPhone feature set, and it’s a very welcome addition for iDevice ... Read More

How to Fix Crashing Apps on iPhone & iPad

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 17:52
Though iPhone and iPad apps are generally very stable, sometimes you’ll encounter an application that crashes at random. In iOS, a crashing app usually presents as an app that seems to quit itself immediately, returning back to the Home Screen of the device without user intent. An app crash can happen immediately upon launching the ... Read More

How to View Timestamps in Messages for Mac OS X

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 20:08
Messages in OS X has two methods of time-stamping messages; an automatically applied timestamp when a new conversation starts or message is received, and a lesser known ability to view the timestamp of any iMessage or text message sent with the Mac Messages app. We’re going to focus on the latter approach since it will ... Read More

Change How Safari Clears Downloaded Items List in Mac OS X

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 23:45
Each time you download a file from the web with Safari, it goes into a list of downloaded items contained within the browser. In modern versions of OS X, this downloaded list item deletes itself automatically after a day passes, but if you want to change how often and when Safari clears the download list, ... Read More

Browse Many Images Easier with Split View in Photos for Mac OS X

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:58
The standard viewing window of Photos app in Mac OS X shows a series of thumbnails for each image, and if you double-click on any particular image it gets larger and takes over the app. If you wish to view the next picture, most users will click on the back button, then double-click on another ... Read More

OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 8 & Public Beta 6 Released

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:32
Apple has released two new beta builds of OS X El Capitan, Developer Beta 8 for those registered in the official Mac Developer Program, and Public Beta 6 for Mac users in the Public Beta test program. The new builds arrive as 15A279b and 15A279d, respectively. The update likely focuses on bug fixes and refinements, ... Read More

How to Make Apache Start httpd Automatically on Boot in Mac OS X

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 20:13
Mac based web developers are probably familiar with manually starting and stopping the Apache web server in OS X through the command line by now, but if you want Apache to start itself automatically upon boot and reboot of a Mac, you’ll want to go a step further and use launchctl. By doing so, webdevs ... Read More

How to Disable Video Auto-Playing on Twitter for iOS

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 18:56
Twitter is a really great social service which allows you to curate a feed of nearly anything that interests you, whether it’s news, tech advice, recipes, pictures, jokes, celebrity updates, whatever. But the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad defaults to auto-playing video and animated gifs on both wi-fi and cellular data, this is entirely ... Read More

Setting Wallpaper from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:40
Ever wished you could set a Macs wallpaper image from the command line in OS X? As a matter of fact, you can change the desktop background picture from the terminal, which can be useful for a variety of situations ranging from inclusion in a setup script, to remote management, automating, or whatever else you ... Read More

How to Show All Possible Screen Resolutions for a Display in Mac OS X

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 21:14
Though it’s generally recommended to use the ‘Default for display’ screen resolution option, Mac users who connect their computer to an external display or TV may find it helpful to be able to see, access, and use all possible display resolutions for a particular screen. This can be particularly useful if a display is either ... Read More

September 9 Event Scheduled by Apple, ‘Hey Siri, give us a hint’

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 18:30
Apple has sent invitations to selected media outlets for a September 9 event at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Presumably this event will be where the iPhone 6S is unveiled, perhaps alongside the rumored new Apple TV. A teasing headline sits prominently at the top of the invite (via CNBC, we didn’t ... Read More

How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:43
When you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, you’ll see a familiar “Trust This Computer?” pop-up on the iOS device screen with two options “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”. If you intend to use the computer with the iOS device users will tap on “Trust”, which gives the computer access to the ... Read More

How to Change the Search Engine in Safari for Mac OS X

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:24
Mac users who favor the Safari browser as their primary means of web access in OS X may find it helpful to switch the search engine used by default in Safari. This determines which web search tool is used through the URL address bar and elsewhere in Safari. You can choose between the four major ... Read More

How to Restore a Mac from a Time Machine Backup

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:53
While Macs have a great reputation for being stable and rarely experiencing major issues, the reality is that sometimes things can go wrong. Typically this happens when either a hard drive fails or an OS X system update goes completely awry, but if you have set up Time Machine backups on the Mac like all ... Read More

Limit Animations on Apple Watch with Reduce Motion

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 20:27
Apple makes heavy usage of eye candy zooming and zipping around animation effects on Apple Watch, iOS, and OS X, which can look nice in some situations, but can also cause nausea and vertigo to some users who are particularly sensitive to the unpleasant sensation of motion sickness. If you’ve ever been using the Apple ... Read More

Faulty iPhone 6 Plus Cameras to Be Replaced Free by Apple

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 19:50
Apple has launched a replacement program for malfunctioning rear cameras on some iPhone 6 Plus models. The affected iPhone 6 Plus devices have a camera component failure which causes photos and video taken with the devices rear camera to appear blurry rather than focused (note Apple calls the rear camera on iPhones the iSight camera, ... Read More

Convert Any Picture to Emoji Mosaic Art with This Fun Tool

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 19:31
Everyone loves Emoji, right? The playful little icons that can typed on the Mac or iPhone add all sorts of fun and variety to conversation, but why stop at communication? Why not make some incredibly complex mosaic Emoji artwork out of any image or picture you have? It’s easy! Thanks to a neat little web ... Read More

OS X El Capitan Recovery Update Version 2.0 Available for Beta Users

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 18:48
Apple has released an update to the Recovery feature for Macs running beta versions of OS X El Capitan. The update is recommended for all users running OS X El Capitan to install. Recovery Mode allows users to boot into a recovery partition to repair, restore, and re-install OS X in the event something goes ... Read More

Apple Pay Highlighted in Latest iPhone Commercial

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 18:34
Apple has started to air a new Apple Pay focused iPhone commercial in the ongoing “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” ad campaign. The advertisement focuses on the ease, safety, and convenience of using Apple Pay to make purchases from the iPhone, displaying a diverse handful of retailers who support the service, ... Read More