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

Aug 31, 2015 - Leave a Comment

el capitan public beta

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.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - Leave a Comment

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

Aug 30, 2015 - 1 Comment

Start Apache in Mac OS X Automatically

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 won’t need to run the apache start commands manually to start the Apache httpd daemon, it will start itself automatically each time the Mac boots up. Naturally, we’ll also show how to stop Apache from starting itself up on boot as well.

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How to Disable Video Auto-Playing on Twitter for iOS

Aug 29, 2015 - 3 Comments

Twitter icon 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 unwelcome for a variety of reasons we’ll touch on shortly, but it’s also annoying and can quickly lead to notable battery drain and excessive unnecessary cellular data usage. Fortunately, if you don’t want the auto-playing video on your iPhone or iPad, you can disable the automatic start of video and gifs in Twitter for iOS either entirely, or switch it to wi-fi only, either without too much effort.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Setting Wallpaper from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Aug 28, 2015 - 3 Comments

Setting wallpaper from the command line on a Mac

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 can think of.

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

Aug 27, 2015 - 2 Comments

MacBook Pro Retina and 20" External Display, a great Mac setup of a software engineer

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 showing at an incorrect screen resolution, or if you’d like to use a specific resolution that is not shown in the available ‘Scaled’ resolutions list of OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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

Aug 27, 2015 - 15 Comments

Apple invite for September 9 2015 event

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.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, iPhone, News, Rumor - 15 Comments

How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad

Aug 26, 2015 - 8 Comments

How to reset the Trust This Computer alert in iOS

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 device. Now, given how easy it is to accidentally tap on “Don’t Trust” which can be reversed, it’s a little frustrating that there isn’t an obvious simple way to ‘UnTrust’ a computer that you accidentally trusted from the iPhone or iPad too, right? Well it turns out you can undo the ‘Trust’ selection when an iOS device is connected to a computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

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

Aug 25, 2015 - 14 Comments

Safari icon 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 web search engine choices to use as the default in Safari, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo, each are great choices which have a variety of benefits.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

How to Restore a Mac from a Time Machine Backup

Aug 24, 2015 - 22 Comments

How to restore an entire Mac from Time Machine backup

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 users should, then you will discover that restoring an entire systems hard drive from that Time Machine backup is really quite easy.

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Limit Animations on Apple Watch with Reduce Motion

Aug 23, 2015 - 1 Comment

This is Apple Watch

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 Watch and felt queasy, or perhaps you just aren’t a fan of the endless zooming in and out of applications, resizing, and sliding around animations found throughout WatchOS, you can turn on a feature called Reduce Motion which greatly limits the animations.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Faulty iPhone 6 Plus Cameras to Be Replaced Free by Apple

Aug 22, 2015 - 9 Comments

Rear iPhone 6 Plus camera taking blurry photos is eligible for free repair

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, and the front camera a FaceTime camera). Not all iPhone Plus models are impacted, and some iPhone 6 Plus devices with a repair-eligible serial number appear to take normal focused pictures.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News, Troubleshooting - 9 Comments

Convert Any Picture to Emoji Mosaic Art with This Fun Tool

Aug 21, 2015 - 13 Comments

Retro Apple logo Emoji

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!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 13 Comments

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