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How to Enable & Disable root User from Command Line in OS X

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 18:38
Though most advanced Mac users will find it easiest to enable root with Directory Utility from the GUI of OS X, another option is to turn to the command line. No, we’re not talking about using sudo or su, we’re talking about enabling the actual root user account, which can be appropriate for some complex ... Read More

iTunes 12.1.1 Released for Windows

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 18:27
Users who sync their iPhones, iPads, and iPods to a Windows machine will find that a new update to iTunes is available to improve the experience. The update is versioned as iTunes 12.1.1. Mac users will continue to find that iTunes 12.1 remains the newest version available for OS X. The small iTunes update appears ... Read More

Remove Bluetooth PAN Helps Resolve Wi-Fi Conflict in OS X Yosemite?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:37
One of the most frustrating issues that has impacted some users of OS X Yosemite are persistent wireless networking difficulties. Apple has released multiple updates to OS X aimed at addressing the problem, but for some Mac users, they either offer no help, or even worse, may add new trouble for wi-fi connections. We have ... Read More

This is the F-ing Poster on Jony Ive’s Wall [Warning: Offensive Language]

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 18:20
Jony Ive is well known for being the design guru at Apple, and in one of the more revealing looks at the man offered by The New Yorker (a great read for designers and Apple fans in general), you’ll find a description of a rather colorful, perhaps even offensive, poster on his office wall. (Don’t ... Read More

How to Remove a Password from a PDF File in OS X

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 19:16
Many users who send PDF documents with sensitive data back and forth will password protect the files from their Mac so that only authorized users can read and access the data contained within the document. This is fairly common with everything from contracts to accounting and financial records, and it’s equally common to sometimes require ... Read More

Turn Off the FaceBook App Sound Effects on iPhone

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 21:29
The modern versions of Facebook app for iOS make various sound effects when interface elements are interacted with in the app, from liking something to leaving comments and refreshing the feed. The little popping and squishing sounds have annoyed some people apparently that use Facebook, but some of our readers have found that you can ... Read More

Quickly Find a Mac Model Identifier Number

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 23:03
Most Mac users know what type of Mac they have, whether it’s a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or whatever, and many know the model year of their computer too, but typically much less known is the model identifier number for a given Mac. Model identifiers are generally in the format of ModelNameModelNumber,Revision, for example, ... Read More

Mac Setup: a Vintage Inspired Workstation

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 22:35
We’re sharing the fun vintage inspired Mac setup of Ryan N., who has everything from Macs of days gone by to other assorted components of yesteryear like a rotary phone and a rusty old Route 66 sign. Let’s jump in to learn a bit more about this great workstation: What hardware makes up your Mac ... Read More

Get Awkward with Siri for Valentines Day

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 19:38
Looking for a date this Valentines Day of the artificial intelligence variety? Maybe hoping for that “Her” experience? Well your iPhone may provide you some form of company, but don’t turn to Siri, for much more than a laugh at least. Unless you want to get rejected, of course. Yup, among the many amusing things ... Read More

Apple Said to be Creating an Electric Car

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:19
Apple is reportedly working on building an electric car, according to a wild new report from The Wall Street journal. The electric vehicle project is said to be code named ‘Titan’, and already has “several hundred employees” working on the project at a private location near the main Apple campus. That’s a fairly large team ... Read More

Turn iPhone or iPad Screen Into Black & White with Grayscale Mode

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 22:54
The latest versions of iOS support an optional display mode that turns everything shown on the screen of an iPhone or iPad to black and white. Called Grayscale mode, the setting is mostly intended as an accessibility option, but it has other uses beyond that as well. Turn On Grayscale Color Mode in iOS Open ... Read More

Why You May See a “This Cable is Not Certified and May Not Work Reliably” Error on iPhone & iPad

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 22:51
Rarely, when you plug an iPhone or iPad into a particular Lightning charger cable you’ll see a pop-up or lock screen message on the device that says something to the effect of “This cable is not certified and may not work reliably”. This usually prevents the lightning cable from charging the device as well. Though ... Read More

How to Show Battery Percentage Remaining Indicator on iPhone

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 20:24
A simple trick that can help manage iPhone battery life is to set the battery percentage remaining to be visible. This battery percentage indicator is off by default, and while that adds an element of simplicity to the status bar, the lonely battery icon isn’t particularly informative – to me, anyway. We’re going to change ... Read More

Flatten a Nested Directory & File Hierarchy from Command Line of OS X

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:30
Have you ever needed to flatten a directory structure, moving all file contents from a directories child folders into a single folder? While you can do this manually by moving around files and folders from the file system of OS X or Linux, a faster option is to turn to the command line. Maybe at ... Read More

Change the Mac Ringtone Sound for Incoming iPhone & FaceTime Calls

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:23
Now that the Continuity feature allows the Mac to receive incoming calls from your associated iPhone, in addition to standard FaceTime video and audio chat, you may want to take a moment to customize the ringtone that sounds when a call is coming to a particular Mac. This is particularly helpful with multiple-Mac environments with ... Read More

iOS 8.3 Beta 1 Released to Developers

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 19:16
Apple has released the first beta of iOS 8.3 to those registered with the iOS Developer program, arriving as build 12F5027d. This is somewhat unusual given that iOS 8.2 is also currently still in beta release as version 8.2b5, but it may suggest a different focus for each point version of the operating system. Alongside ... Read More

iOS 9 Said to Emphasize Performance, Stability, & Bug Fixes

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 17:49
iOS 9 will primarily aim for system performance and stability improvements, according to a new report from the well-sourced 9to5mac. Furthermore, iOS 9 will have a ‘”huge” focus’ on fixing bugs and bringing under the hood improvements to the mobile experience, while the new iOS version will have less of an emphasis on bringing new ... Read More

Apple Runs New “Make Music with iPad” Commercial [Video]

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 04:45
Apple has started to run a new iPad ad focused on creating noise with the device, called ‘Make Music with iPad’. The commercial follows an artist known as “Elliphant” and shows how a song is composed using various apps on the iPad to write lyrics and make a beat. Accompanying the video is the following ... Read More

How to Check What Cellular Carrier Network an iPhone Uses (or Used)

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 19:45
Knowing what network an iPhone uses can be important for trying to repurpose an old device, buying a used iPhone, or simply to determine if a particular iPhone will work on a network of choice. While the iPhones top status bar will show the carrier name of an active cellular network, if the device isn’t ... Read More

Mac Setup: The Workstation of an Expat Theatrical Producer

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 17:42
This week we’re featuring the great Apple setup of Theatrical Producer Toby S., who humorously shares some of the challenges faced by expats while working and living abroad in a nation filled with counterfeit gadgets and fake everything. But the Macs are all real, so let’s dive right in an learn a bit more in ... Read More