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iOS 9.3.2 Update Available Now [IPSW Download Links]

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:11
Apple has released the final version of iOS 9.3.2 to users with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The point release includes bug fixes and minor feature enhancements, and is recommended to install for users running a prior 9.0 release of iOS system software. Perhaps the most obvious user facing change to iOS 9.3.2 ... Read More

WatchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1, & iTunes 12.4 Updates Available

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:01
Apple has released tvOS 9.2.1 for the Apple TV 4th generation, and WatchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch. Both releases include bug fixes and minor feature enhancements and are recommended for the respective devices. Additionally, Apple has released iTunes 12.4, which includes minor interface changes including a sidebar, and some other bug fixes to the media ... Read More

Get Active Flight Information on Mac OS X from Nearly Anywhere, Instantly

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 19:31
One of the most useful features of Mac OS X is the feature called data detectors, which allow users to highlight text and words to then get instant dictionary definitions, details about movies and other media, and, as we’ll show you here, you can even get data about airplane flights that are coming and going. ... Read More

Fixing Wi-Fi “Connection Timeout Occurred” Errors on Mac OS X

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 19:38
Connecting to wireless networks is pretty much mandatory these days, particularly now that most Macs only have wi-fi cards and no built-in ethernet, and so it can be incredibly frustrating to be unable to join a wi-fi network. Typically when you can’t connect to a particular wi-fi router on a Mac, you’ll see the error ... Read More

See How Long You Have Been Actively Using a Mac with Aware

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 18:33
Since many of us spend significant portions of the day sitting at a desk and working on a Mac, it can be nice to know for just how long you have been working at the computer for. Sure you can keep track of this yourself by watching the clock or using a stopwatch, and there ... Read More

iPhone Not Sending Text Messages? Here’s How to Fix SMS

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:48
When an iPhone user sends a text message to a non-iPhone user like an Android phone, the message is sent through SMS, as is indicated by a green message bubble. Sending text messages by SMS is also the fallback when an iMessage doesn’t send for whatever reason. Typically transmitting an SMS text message is very ... Read More

Disabling Safari Suggestions in iOS

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 19:15
When typing something into the search bar of Safari on the iPhone and iPad, you’ll see a list of suggestions popup underneath the address bar, offering completions, related searches, and something called Safari Suggestions. Sometimes these are really helpful as they can help search and access things on the web quicker, but sometimes the suggestions ... Read More

How to Save Webpages to iBooks as PDF on iPhone & iPad for Offline Access

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:50
You can easily save any webpage to iBooks as a PDF file for later reading on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch by using a new feature built into the action sheet of iOS. This ability will create a PDF of the active web page and store it in iBooks in iOS, available for quick ... Read More

How to Show Tabs Playing Audio in Safari for Mac

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 21:05
Have you ever restored the Safari browser only to have dozens of tabs and browser windows open, one or several of which are playing audio, and you then need to hunt down which browser tab is playing sound? This scenario happens fairly often to those of us who spend a lot of time in web ... Read More

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone & iPad

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 21:10
The Notes app in iOS is widely used by many users for many purposes, whether for keeping a shopping list, password locked personal notes and data, a diary, sketches and drawings, checklists, or whatever else you may want to keep handy on an iPhone or iPad. Because much of the Notes data is personal, if ... Read More

Disabling FileVault to Decrypt Mac Hard Disks

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 20:19
While enabling and using FileVault disk encryption is highly recommended for security-conscious Mac users with modern hardware and SSD volumes, some users may decide they do not need to use FileVault for a variety of reasons, or perhaps they just want to disable it for another purpose. That’s what we’re going to demonstrate here, disabling ... Read More

Apple Runs Siri Ad, “Thank You Speech” with Neil Patrick Harris

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 06:04
Apple has released a new iPhone ad emphasizing the devices hands-free Hey Siri feature. In the commercial, celebrity Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, remember that show?) asks Siri to read an acceptance Thank You speech for some unknown award, and then lip-syncs the response from Siri. Apple calls the ad: ‘Thank You Speech’ and included ... Read More

How to Rotate Video on iPhone & iPad

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 23:00
Many people record video on the iPhone or iPad and have the device oriented vertically, and while there is nothing inherently wrong with that, a side effect is you end up capturing vertical videos with large black bars on the sides. Fortunately there’s an easy way to rotate movies in iOS with little effort, which ... Read More

Quickly Turn iPhone Battery Saving Low Power Mode On & Off with Siri

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 20:18
The excellent battery saving Low Power Mode available to iPhone users in modern versions of iOS typically requires being enabled through battery settings, but there’s an even faster way to toggle the feature on and off again at any time; Siri. Siri can quickly turn on low power mode or turn the feature off again, ... Read More

How to Use Automatic Login on Mac OS X

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 20:04
Longtime Mac users likely recall that Mac OS used to log in automatically when a computer was booted up or restarted. For security purposes this has changed over time, and for the most part Macs now request a login and password in order to successfully access a Mac and whatever documents and apps are contained ... Read More

Fix a Mac Showing the Wrong Time & Date

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:52
Rarely, Mac users may notice their clock is displaying the wrong system time. This typically occurs after a Mac has been shut down for an extended amount of time and hasn’t connected to the internet in a while, but it can also happen with traveling across date lines, between regions with daylight savings time observations, ... Read More

How to Delete an Instagram Account Permanently or Temporarily

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 21:51
Instagram is a wonderful social network for sharing pictures and moments, and now that Instagram supports multiple account switching you can easily change between personal, public, private, and work related Instagram accounts. If you have decided you no longer want to use Instagram, or no longer need a particular Instagram account, or perhaps you have ... Read More

Get a Windows Logo Screen Saver on Mac with FoolSaver

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 18:55
Want to disguise your Mac a bit and make it look like it’s running Windows? Maybe throw someone off or prank a coworker? Or perhaps you’re just feeling nostalgic for those beautiful Windows logo screen savers of yesteryear? You can relive the Windows screen saving experience this with a goofy .saver file called FoolSaver for ... Read More

How to Find a Router IP Address from iPhone or iPad

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 21:36
Getting the IP address of a connected router or default gateway is pretty simple in iOS, so if you find yourself in a situation where you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and need to get a connected router or gateway address, you won’t have to leave iOS to do so. This is frequently ... Read More

How to Change Sudo Password Timeout in Mac OS X

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 20:25
Advanced users who spend a fair amount of time in the command line may wish to adjust their sudo password expiration to be more secure (or less secure, by extending the password grace period timeout). Typically this means removing any password timeout so that the default five minute password cache is abandoned, thus requiring the ... Read More