MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 Update Released for Mac, Download Now

Jan 22, 2019 - 3 Comments

New macOS Mojave software update

Apple has released MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 for Mac users running the latest operating system. The new release includes bug fixes and security enhancements and is therefore recommended to MacOS Mojave users.

Mac users running prior MacOS releases of High Sierra and Sierra will find security updates available in the Mac App Store as well, labeled as Security Update 2019-001 10.13.6 and Security Update 2019-001 10.12.6 respectively, along with an update to Safari.

Additionally, Apple has also released software updates for Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod, and iPhone and iPad. Users can download iOS 12.1.3 update for iPhone and iPad along with the watchOS and tvOS updates from the Settings apps on those devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 3 Comments

iOS 12.1.3 Update Released for iPhone & iPad, Download Now [IPSW Links]

Jan 22, 2019 - Leave a Comment

iOS 12.1.3 software update for iPhone and iPad available to download

Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 for iPhone and iPad users. The software update is a fairly minor release, including a handful of bug fixes and security enhancements to the mobile operating system.

Additionally, Apple has released MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 and Security Update 2019-001 for High Sierra and Sierra, watchOS 5.1.3 for Apple Watch, tvOS 12.1.2 for Apple TV, and an update to HomePod. Those devices can update to the latest versions of system software through their respective Settings apps.

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How to Change Microsoft Office Theme on Mac

Jan 21, 2019 - 7 Comments

How to Change Microsoft Office theme appearance on Mac

The Microsoft Office suite of apps include distinct visual themes that make those apps easy to identify, for example Microsoft Word on Mac has a dark blue visual theme on the Mac, Excel is green, and Powerpoint is red / orange.

If you’d like to change the appearance theme of Microsoft Office apps, including Word, Excel, or Powerpoint on the Mac, so that they visually match the light theme or the dark mode theme appearance of Mac OS, you can do so with an adjustment in the Microsoft Office app settings.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How to Disable Keyboard Backlighting on MacBook Pro or Air

Jan 20, 2019 - 2 Comments

MacBook keyboard backlighting

Keyboard backlighting is one of the best keyboard features on Mac laptops, illuminating the keyboard to help you see the keys better in low light situations. And let’s face it, it also just plain looks cool too. Most MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air users like the keyboard backlighting feature, but there are some users who might not, and there also some scenarios where some Mac laptop users may wish to completely disable the keyboard backlighting feature.

This article will show you how to completely disable the keyboard backlighting on Mac laptops should you want to do so.

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

How to Force Restart iPad Pro

Jan 19, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to force restart iPad Pro

Sometimes you may need to forcibly restart an iPad Pro, usually because of some freezing software or buggy behavior, but sometimes just as a general troubleshooting step. Initiating a forced reboot on iPad Pro models with Face ID and without a Home button is different from the process was on earlier iPad devices. This article aims to show you how to force restart a new model iPad Pro.

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How to See Recent Files from iOS Home Screen or Dock on iPhone or iPad

Jan 18, 2019 - 15 Comments

See recent files in iOS home screen or Dock

If you interact with the Files app frequently in iOS, you might be pleased to discover that the Files app offers a quick and easy way to see recent files, right from the Home screen of iPhone or iPad. Even better, you can launch recent documents directly from this quick Files access feature in iOS.

The recent files trick works on all modern iOS devices, but it’s slightly different with the iPad and non-3D Touch iPhone than from 3D Touch iPhone models.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

How to See Two Pages of a Pages Document Open Side-by-Side on iPad

Jan 17, 2019 - 1 Comment

viewing in Two Pages side by side in Pages app for iPad

If you want to see multiple pages of a Pages app document open at the same time on iPad, you can use the “Two Pages” view to place a multipage document into a side-by-side view, sort of like a split screen mode but for viewing the same document. This allows you to see two pages of any open document on the same screen, without having to scroll around on the iPad like you would with the normal single page document view.

The Two Pages view is an option specific to Pages app on iPad, it’s not part of Split View or any of the other multitasking options on the iPad.

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

How to Save Voice Memos on the Mac as Audio Files

Jan 16, 2019 - 1 Comment

Voice Memos for Mac

If you have recorded voice memos on the Mac you may have then decided you’d like to save a voice memo as an audio file. The “File” menu on the Mac has contained the various save and export options since the beginning of the Mac platform, but for whatever reason the Voice Memos app on Mac currently does not have any “Save” or “Export” options within the Voice Memos app. So how do you save a file in Voice Memos for Mac? We’ll show you a few different ways.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Screen Flickering on Retina MacBook Air 2018? Here’s a Workaround Fix

Jan 16, 2019 - 4 Comments

Flickering MacBook Air screen

Some 2018 MacBook Air (and possibly 2018 MacBook Pro) computers may exhibit seemingly random screen flickering, where the entire display backlight blinks and flickers. This can be alarming, since often screen flickering indicates a hardware issue.

But in this case, the MacBook Air screen flickering may actually be software related, and after some investigation it appears the issue relates some specific settings on these new Macs.

While this is likely an uncommon issue, we’ll discuss how to reproduce the screen flickering issue on impacted 2018 MacBook Air hardware, and also a few workarounds that appear to stop it from happening.

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How to Take Live Photos in FaceTime on iPhone or iPad

Jan 15, 2019 - 1 Comment

How to take Live Photos in FaceTime for iOS

You can capture Live Photos of FaceTime video calls at any time during a FaceTime video chat on iPhone or iPad. This offers a fun way to capture moments of a video chat, and just like any other Live Photo, the resulting image will be a short video clip with audio that is saved and able to be shared as usual.

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

How to Reset SMC on MacBook Air & MacBook Pro (2018 and Later)

Jan 14, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to reset SMC on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air from 2018 onward

Resetting the SMC on newer model MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers from the 2018 model year onward is a different process than resetting the Mac SMC on prior Macs, this is because of the T2 security chip that controls Touch ID and secure boot functionality on the latest Mac laptops. Despite being a different procedure, resetting the SMC on the 2018 MacBook Air and 2018 MacBook Pro can still be a necessary troubleshooting procedure to resolve some particular issues.

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How to Disable Chrome Automatic Sign-In to Google Services

Jan 13, 2019 - 2 Comments

Chrome automatic sign-in to Google feature

The latest versions of Google Chrome have a feature called Chrome sign-in that causes the Chrome web browser to login to itself when you login to another Google web service like Gmail or YouTube. In practice this means you’ll have your Google profile picture tucked into the upper right corner of every Chrome window which is linked to your Google account.

Some Chrome users find Chrome sign-in to be great, while others may not like it. If you fall into the latter camp and don’t like automatic Chrome Google sign-in, then fortunately the latest versions of Chrome make it easier to disable the Chrome automatic sign-in feature. We’ll show you how to turn this capability off.

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