How to Enable Read Receipts Per Contact in Messages for iOS

Jan 16, 2017 - 1 Comment

Set Messages Read Receipts per contact in iOS

Read Receipts offer a way for a message sender to know you have viewed their message, and vice versa. This can be a nice messaging feature in iOS, but it has obvious privacy implications and can become problematic in other situations. Fortunately the latest versions of iOS offer more granular controls and allow you to enable Read Receipts for individual contacts on a person by person basis, while still turning off all Read Receipts in Messages for iOS for everyone else. Or, conversely, you can enable Read Receipts for everyone, but turn the feature off for specific individual contacts too.

This is an excellent feature for iPhone and iPad users, and it’s easy to enable and to customize to specific contacts.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

New AirPods Commercials Airing on TV

Jan 15, 2017 - 2 Comments

AirPods synced to iPhone in new AirPods commercial

Apple has released a series of TV commercials for AirPods, their new wireless headphones. The set of AirPods advertisements are set in black and white, and several follow a guy wearing AirPods as he dances around the street defying physics, while another uses the physical AirPods units as music notes as they play across the screen.

Additionally, a new Apple Watch commercial is airing focusing on the activity tracking feature of the device.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

A Better Way to Access the Camera from iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 10

Jan 15, 2017 - 10 Comments

iPhone camera accessed by lock screen

Ever since Apple redesigned the iOS lock screen to remove swipe-to-unlock and require users to press the Home button instead, some iPhone users have discovered that accessing the Camera from the lock screen might be a challenge. The potentially difficult scenario is this; if you press the Home button to show the locked display which you would then swipe to access the iPhone Camera from, pressing the Home button also unlocks the iPhone and skips the lock screen with the camera access. I recently ran into someone who was convinced this set of actions meant their iPhone lock screen camera wasn’t working or no longer existed, so the behavior can lead to some degree of confusion as well.

Fortunately there’s a better way to access the iPhone camera from the lock screen in iOS 10 and newer, and it doesn’t involve using the Home button at all.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Change the Chrome Download Location

Jan 14, 2017 - 2 Comments


When you download any file in Chrome that file defaults to saving into the downloads folder, which resides int he users home directory. It’s generally recommended to preserve the default setting to save Chrome downloads into the user Downloads folder, but some individuals may wish to change where Chrome saves files to.

You can adjust the Chrome download location and set it to any other directory or folder by manually tweaking the apps settings.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC

Jan 13, 2017 - 4 Comments

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC

If you have an iPhone and Windows 10 PC, you probably would like to know how to transfer photos from the iPhone to the computer. With Windows 10, there are several ways to quickly copy files to the PC, and we’ll show you two of the best approaches using the Windows 10 Photos app to directly import photos to the PC (similar to copying pictures from iPhone into Photos app on Mac), and the more hands-on method of using Windows Explorer to copy photos to Windows 10 via the file system.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Beta 4 of iOS 10.2.1 and MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 Released for Testing

Jan 12, 2017 - 5 Comments

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released the fourth beta versions of iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 to users participating in the beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 5 Comments

How to Kill a Process by Name Instead of PID via Command Line

Jan 12, 2017 - 1 Comment

How to kill a process by name

Command line users rely on the ‘kill’ command to terminate a process as defined by the appropriate process identifier (PID). While there’s nothing wrong with targeting processes by their PID, another approach which is often easier is to target a process by name, rather than its unique identifier.

There are a few ways to kill a process by process name, we’ll review two primary methods using killall and pkill. These will work the same in Mac OS / X and linux, and they can be used to target GUI apps and processes as well as those running in the background or exclusively at the command line. Either command can be prefixed with sudo to terminate root level tasks or those owned by another user.

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Use Tabs in Maps for Mac

Jan 11, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Use Tabs in Apple Maps for Mac

Tabs offer an excellent way to manage multiple windows without overly cluttering the screen of a Mac, a feature which is particularly valuable for smaller screen displays. Like many other apps in new Mac OS releases, the Apple Maps app for Mac now includes the ability to have multiple tabs of maps open concurrently, either in conjunction with multiple Maps windows or as a replacement for juggling multiple maps windows.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Manually Refresh Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Jan 11, 2017 - 1 Comment

Refresh the Touch Bar on Mac

The Touch Bar on MacBook Pro changes dynamically depending on what application is open and what action is going on within Mac OS. Or at least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. Rarely, the Touch Bar stops working, will get stuck and become unresponsive, maybe even display an erroneous button, or show a blank button that doesn’t do anything. Typically the Touch Bar gets itself back in working order once the troubled application in question becomes responsive, exited, or the app is force quit, but sometimes you may need to manually force the Touch Bar to refresh and reload.

We’ll show you how to relaunch Touch Bar on a Mac, as well as how to target just the Control Strip portion of Touch Bar to force that to refresh.

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How to Save Photos from Messages on iPhone and iPad

Jan 10, 2017 - 2 Comments

Save Photos from Messages to iOS

Many iPhone users send and receive pictures in Messages app for iOS, but have you ever wanted to save a photo from Messages app to your iPhone or iPad? Maybe it’s a picture you received from someone else that you want to save locally, or perhaps it’s a photo you took with the camera directly from Messages app.

Saving pictures from Messages to iPhone and iPad is really easy, we’ll show you two different ways to accomplish this. Once an image has been saved locally, it can be found in the Photos app of iOS along with your other pictures.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

Watch Steve Jobs Introduce the Original iPhone in 2007

Jan 9, 2017 - 7 Comments

The Original iPhone

Ten years ago today, on January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced iPhone to the world.

In a highly anticipated keynote presentation, Jobs famously announced what seemed like three different products: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device… of course this was soon to be revealed as all contained within the same device; the iPhone. The rest, as they say, is history.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone, News - 7 Comments

Beta 3 of iOS 10.2.1, MacOS 10.12.3, WatchOS 3.1.3, tvOS 10.1.1

Jan 9, 2017 - 2 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the latest beta version builds of each of their operating systems, including beta updates to MacOS Sierra, iOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.1.3, and tvOS 10.1.1.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

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