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Play Videos Embedded in Messages for Mac and iOS

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 20:05
Embedded video playing in Messages is one of the more subtly helpful and interesting features available on modern versions of iOS and Mac OS. Essentially what this means is that when you or someone else sends a video link through the Messages app, say a YouTube or Vimeo link, the thumbnail of the video that ... Read More

How to Sort ls Command by Date

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 19:08
The ‘ls’ command lists all files and folders in a directory at the command line, but by default ls returns a list in alphabetical order. With a simple command flag, you can have ls sort by date instead, showing the most recently modified items at the top of the ls command results. This trick applies ... Read More

How to Verify Time Machine Backups

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 00:25
Some Mac users may wish to verify the integrity of their Time Machine backups before using a snapshot or backup to restore a Mac using Time Machine. This verification offers a simple way to know if the Time Machine backup data has been modified or corrupted, and can be a helpful troubleshooting trick for some ... Read More

How to Delete Movies from TV App on iPhone or iPad

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 20:40
The latest versions of iOS replaced the longstanding “Videos” app with a new app called “TV” that includes an all new interface to manage movies and videos downloaded to an iPhone or iPad. While the old Videos app made it simple to delete and remove movies from the iPhone or iPad, the new TV app ... Read More

How to Reset a macOS Sierra Password

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:49
Need to reset the password on macOS Sierra? Maybe you forgot your primary admin user account password or maybe you’re working on someone elses Mac and you need to gain access to it. We’ll show you the easiest way to reset the password on a macOS Sierra based computer. To be clear, this allows you ... Read More

How to Change a Live Photo to Still on Mac Photos

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:19
If you use the Mac Photos app for managing your pictures and you have a modern iPhone, you’ll likely have some (or many) Live Photos stored in your photo library. You can easily change any Live Photo on the Mac from the video picture form back into a still photo, and it’s fairly easy as ... Read More

How to cURL POST from the Command Line

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 21:02
Curl is the powerful command line utility that allows you to transfer data to or from a server or URL. One common function used by developers is to make a POST request with curl, which is what we’re going to cover here. We’ll keep things fairly simple and show three examples to make a POST ... Read More

How to Send Read Receipts to Specific Contact in Messages for Mac

Sun, 01/29/2017 - 22:17
Read Receipts in iMessage allow the sender of a message to know when a recipient has received it, and both the Mac OS and iOS Messages apps support this feature when communicating with other iMessage users. But many Mac users don’t want to send Read Receipts to everyone, and with the latest versions of Mac ... Read More

How to Add Music to Instagram Stories

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 21:14
Want to add some music to your Instagram story? Using a fancy little trick, you can easily play a song and have that song recorded as a background soundtrack for an Instagram Story video that you post to the social network. For social network aficionados, you’ll find adding songs to Instagram Stories is similar to ... Read More

How to Unlock Mac with Apple Watch

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 20:38
Mac users with an Apple Watch can unlock their Mac by simply wearing their watch, thereby bypassing the need to enter a password at the boot and login screens. This great feature makes logging onto and unlocking a Mac remarkably easy and quite fast for Apple Watch wearers, but you’ll have to enable it first. ... Read More

How to Play Live Photos in Photos for Mac

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 01:01
Wondering how to play Live Photos in the Photos app on Mac? Fortunately it’s quite simple, and there’s no use of 3D Touch or any funky tricks necessary. In fact, in some ways it’s actually easier to play a Live Photo picture video in Photos for Mac than it is when viewing Live Photos in ... Read More

How to Enable Siri for Third Party Apps in iOS 10

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 19:48
Siri in iOS now supports third party apps, meaning Siri can interact with apps like PayPal, Skype, Uber, and others that have chosen to include support for the Siri virtual assistant. In practice this allows you to ask Siri to do something like “send $10 to Bob using PayPal” or “Get me an Uber to ... Read More

How to Download Windows 10 ISO for Free

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 01:29
Did you know you can download a Windows 10 disc image free from Microsoft? This is seemingly little known, but yes you can download a complete legitimate Windows 10 ISO without registering or even having a product key, and you can install and run the entirety of Windows 10 using the image too. Once you ... Read More

How to Record a Movie Directly Into iMovie on Mac

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 19:09
Have you ever wanted to record a movie directly into iMovie on Mac? It’s easy to capture live video from a Mac built-in camera and have it instantly imported into iMovie, from there you can edit it with the iMovie tools, incorporate it into another video project, or export the recorded movie as a file ... Read More

Using TextEdit Tabs on Mac

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 22:45
If you use TextEdit on Mac for your simple word processing and quick plain text editing needs like a Notepad equivalent from the Windows world, you’ll likely appreciate that the latest versions of Mac OS support tabbed windows in TextEdit. This can dramatically reduce window clutter in the TextEdit app, just like tabs work elsewhere. ... Read More

Beta 1 of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 Released

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:44
Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 10.3 and MacOS 10.12.4 to eligible users participating in the beta testing programs. The new beta builds arrive a day after the final versions of iOS 10.2.1 and MacOS 10.12.3 were released to the general public. Users who are enrolled in the beta testing programs can ... Read More

iOS 10.2.1 Update Released for iPhone, iPad [IPSW Download Links]

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:59
Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update includes multiple bug fixes and security enhancements and is therefore recommended that users install the system software update. Separately, Apple also released software updates to MacOS 10.12.3, tvOS 10.1.1, and watchOS 3.1.3. Be sure to backup your iPhone, iPad, ... Read More

MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 Update Released

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 19:48
Apple has released MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 update for all Mac users running the Sierra operating system. The system software update is said to improve stability and security on the mac and is therefore recommended for all users to install on their compatible hardware. Separately, Apple has also released software updates to iOS 10.2.1, tvOS 10.1.1,and ... Read More

How to Enter & Exit Apple Watch Power Reserve Mode

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 22:25
Though Apple Watch battery lasts a reasonably long amount of time, having a powered off or dead battery Apple Watch on the wrist is not particularly useful. One helpful tip when you approach the lower bounds of battery remaining is to switch into Power Reserve Mode on Apple Watch. Power Reserve Mode turns the Apple ... Read More

Where Do AirDrop Files Go? Locating AirDrop Files on Mac and iOS

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:53
AirDrop is the excellent wireless file transfer feature available to Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and with it you can easily and quickly transfer pictures, movies, documents, and whatever else between any iOS or Mac OS device. Being on the receiving end of AirDrop, have you ever wondered where AirDrop files go on a Mac or ... Read More