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12 Beautiful Green Grass Field HD Wallpapers

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:51
Fresh wallpaper is always a welcome addition to Mac desktops and iOS device backgrounds, and photographer Radoslav Holan, who provided us with some amazing bokeh wallpapers before, has offered us a new fantastic collection wallpapers to share. These twelve beautiful high resolution images are of green grassy fields, grass blades, some with flowers, some with ... Read More

How to Stop Photos Opening Automatically on Mac OS X when iPhone or Camera Connects

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:15
The Mac Photos app defaults to automatically launch whenever an iPhone, digital camera, or SD memory media card connects to the computer. This behavior can be helpful and desired by some users, but for many others, automatically opening the Photos app can be frustrating if not annoying. Fortunately, you can quickly stop the Photos app ... Read More

Mac Setup: Wall Mounted iMac 27″ with iPad as Dual Display

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 19:57
This weeks featured Mac workstation comes to us from James F., and it’s a beauty. With a clean well organized desk, and the awesome wall mounted iMac that utilizes an iPad as a secondary display, you can see why this is one sweet Mac setup. Let’s dive in and learn a bit more about this ... Read More

Assign a Name to Group Chats in Messages for Mac

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 20:23
When you’re engaged in a group conversation in Messages for Mac, you’ll notice the ‘To’ section lists the names of people participating in the group chat. While that’s certainly adequate for most situations, if you have a specific group chat going for a specific purpose, you can assign a name to any given group chat ... Read More

How to Straighten Photos on iPhone & iPad

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:32
Just about everyone has taken a picture that isn’t lined up quite straight, but iOS offers a nice simple way to quickly straighten any photo by tilting the image by a small degree. Whether an image is completely askew or just slightly tilted, you can can quickly correct the image and straighten it right within ... Read More

How to Batch Rename Files on Mac OS X Easily from Finder

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 18:35
Modern versions of OS X include a built-in batch file renaming tool that allows Mac users to instantly rename large groups of files, folders, photos, or anything else residing on their file system in a single action. This bulk rename item utility is part of the Finder, meaning there are no add-ons, downloads, or DIY ... Read More

How to Quickly Type Emoji on Mac with a Keyboard Shortcut

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 19:23
If you use Emoji characters often in OS X, you’ll enjoy knowing there is a very fast keystroke to immediately access a special Mac Emoji character panel from anywhere text entry is possible in OS X. Additionally, you can navigate within this quick Emoji panel entirely with the keyboard, which makes typing Emoji on the ... Read More

iOS Unicode Bug Crashes Messages & Reboots Devices, Here’s a Fix

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:45
A bug with text rendering in iOS allows a specifically arranged text message to crash the Messages app on iPhone and iPad and then reboot the device. When the device has booted back again, the Messages app becomes unavailable as it crashes immediately upon launch, which has caused some users to think the problem is ... Read More

How to Set Custom Quick Reply Messages on Apple Watch

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:44
Apple Watch offers quick and seamless communication methods, and one of the most used features for many users is the ability to instantly reply to inbound messages with quick pre-canned replies, emojis, or a dictated message. The quick replies in particular are very useful, and Apple Watch offers a variety of default replies for this ... Read More

OS X 10.10.4 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 18:20
Apple has released a new version of OS X 10.10.4 beta for those participating in the OS X Yosemite Public Beta program, and for registered Mac Developers. The new build arrives as 14E26a and aims to “improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac”. Mac users who are eligible and opted-in to receive the ... Read More

How to List All Applications on a Mac

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 21:16
Need to know what applications are on any Mac? OS X offers a variety of ways to list apps that are installed on a Mac, and we’ll cover three different approaches to this: a basic listing of installed Mac apps which is sufficient for most user needs, an intermediate and more thorough listing of apps ... Read More

Chat on WhatsApp from a Mac with WhatsMac

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 19:30
WhatsApp is a popular messaging tool for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows phone users, but it has long been missing desktop clients… until now, anyway. For Mac users, you can now chat through WhatsApp directly from OS X by using a free app called WhatsMac. With WhatsMac you’ll be able to chat in WhatsApp as ... Read More

Allow Free App Downloads Without Password Entry in iOS

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 19:51
You have likely noticed that downloading a free app from the iOS App Store triggers the ‘Enter Password’ dialog screen on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. While this is a valid precaution to prevent unauthorized users from installing apps onto an iOS device, it’s not always desired, particularly for shared iPads and iOS devices ... Read More

How to Stop Using an iCloud Password to Unlock a Mac

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 21:25
When a user sets up a new Mac, there is a helpful option to use an iCloud ID and Apple ID to login and unlock the Mac. Users can also choose at any time to have their iCloud ID as their login for OS X too. While this is undoubtedly a helpful feature and it ... Read More

Mac Setup: MacBook Pro with Twin 24″ Displays

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 20:30
Ready for another featured Mac setup? This time around we’re featuring the great desk setup of Toby R. , a web developer who has a dual display setup and some great under-the-desk cable management. Let’s jump right in and learn more about this setup: What hardware makes up your Mac setup? Hardware includes: MacBook Pro ... Read More

Find Movie Showtimes with Spotlight in Mac OS X

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:12
Want to see a movie tonight? Wondering what the showtime are of a movie playing nearby? You can quickly find local movie showtimes by using the Spotlight search feature in Mac OS X. Yes you read that right, the same Spotlight that works as an app launcher and file search engine, can also uncover movie ... Read More

How to Clear a Chat Transcript in Messages for Mac OS X

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 19:42
The Mac Messages app maintains a transcript of conversations that have been carried out on the computer, thus when you open a message window to a particular sender, you’ll see the prior conversations, pictures, and other sent/received data in the same message thread. If you’d like to clear out these conversations transcripts and related media, ... Read More

How to Repair Photos Library to Fix Common Issues with Photos App on Mac OS X

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 18:59
The Mac Photos app works well for most users, but occasionally a variety of hiccups can be encountered when interacting with photo libraries, ranging from crashes, to hanging on Photos app launch, a failed import, thumbnails missing from an image library, pictures missing from a library that was imported, or even a completely empty Photos ... Read More

Why Wait for OS X 10.11? How to Use the San Francisco System Font on OS X Yosemite Now

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:16
Apple is apparently planning on replacing Helvetica Neue, the current default system font in iOS and OS X, with the ‘San Francisco’ font used on Apple Watch, according to a new report from the well sourced 9to5mac. The font change to “San Francisco” will apparently arrive to OS X 10.11 and iOS 9, but if ... Read More

Resolving the “Unable to Download Item. Please Try Again Later” Error Message on iPhone

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 18:23
A somewhat strange error message can occur at random on iOS, typically for iPhone users, that states “Unable to Download Item. Please try again later” with a “Done” and “Retry” button options. The thing that makes this error message strange is that it appears at random and not after the user has attempted to download ... Read More