How to Use Screen Lock on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Feb 22, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Lock a Mac screen with a Touch Bar button

Locking your Mac screen with password protection when you step away from the computer is always a good idea, but the newer MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models do not support the traditional lock screen keyboard shortcut. This doesn’t mean you can’t lock the screen quickly on a Touch Bar MacBook Pro however, and in fact with a little customization you can actually lock the Touch Bar Mac even faster than one without Touch Bar.

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

Detect Webcam & Microphone Activity on Mac with Oversight

Feb 21, 2017 - 10 Comments

Detect camera and microphone access on Mac

Though Mac users don’t usually have to worry excessively about “camfecting” malware and spyware, some security conscious users may find it nice to know if a process or application is attempting to access their computers web camera or microphone.

With the help of a free third party security utility called Oversight, you can have your Mac alert you anytime an application or process tries to activate either recording device on the computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Get a Hardware Escape Key on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Feb 20, 2017 - 7 Comments

Escape key on MacBook Pro touch bar

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar model includes a Touch Bar screen in lieu of the standard hardware function keys and escape key. Removing the Escape key may not be a big deal to some Mac users, but for many pro users having no hardware escape key could be considered a major frustration or nuisance.

Before you get too bummed out by not having a hardware escape key on your fancy new MacBook Pro, know that the latest versions of MacOS allow you to modify a select group of other keys to become a hardware escape key instead.

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

Beta 3 of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2 Released by Apple

Feb 20, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the third beta versions of its operating system suite, including iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2.

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How to Save Instagram Photos on iPhone with a Snap & Crop Trick

Feb 19, 2017 - 7 Comments

Save Instagram photos to iPhone

Have you found an Instagram picture you want to save to your iPhone? You have probably noticed that Instagram doesn’t offer a direct way to download photos, but if you want to save a picture for sharing, backing up, or setting as a wallpaper, there are a few ways to accomplish this in iOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How to Stop Auto-Play Sound on Facebook Videos on iPhone

Feb 18, 2017 - 7 Comments

Facebook app icon

Facebook has decided that Facebook users would enjoy having auto-play videos automatically play sound as they scroll through their feed. Of course not everyone likes to be auto-blasted with audio and sound from auto-play videos, so some Facebook users may wish to stop auto-playing sound with videos shown in their feed.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

New iPad Pro Commercials Pitch Device as Computer Replacement

Feb 18, 2017 - 28 Comments

iPad Pro computer replacement or better than a computer ads for TV

Apple has a new iPad Pro television advertising campaign that markets the iPad Pro as a computer replacement.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 28 Comments

How to Mute Sound in Embedded Videos in Messages

Feb 17, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Mute embedded video in Messages

Want to mute a video that is blasting noise within an embedded Message? You can do that with a nice subtle trick. This works to silence embedded video sound in both the iOS and Mac Messages apps, both of which allow you to play embedded videos in Messages conversations without launching into a web browser.

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How to Close Other Tabs in Safari on Mac

Feb 16, 2017 - 4 Comments

Safari icon

If you’re a browser tab hoarder in Safari, you may find it helpful to close out of all other tabs while maintaining a specifically chosen active tab to be open. This offers a fast way for Mac Safari users to close out of tabs that are no longer needed, but without closing all other opened tabs and windows.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Recover a Lost QuickTime Recording on Mac

Feb 16, 2017 - 1 Comment

QuickTime

Have you ever been recording a video or audio with QuickTime Player on the Mac only to have the application crash before you were able to save or edit the movie file? If so, you likely assume the video or audio file that was being recorded or was saved is now missing, but that is not always the case. Often times you can actually recover a lost QuickTime video file or QuickTime audio file by manually sorting through the filesystem of a Mac to locate the lost data.

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The Best Video Players for Mac

Feb 15, 2017 - 28 Comments

Best Video Players for Mac

Ever wondered what the best video player for Mac is? While there are droves of app options available to watch movies and video on Mac, rather than going on a wild video player fishing expedition we’ve helped to narrow down some of the best free video player choices for you.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 28 Comments

Fix Camera Freezing on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Feb 14, 2017 - 13 Comments

iPhone 7 frozen camera

Some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users have discovered their wonderful camera freezes on open and randomly does not work. When this happens it’s quite obvious; the user attempts to open the Camera either from the lock screen or the Camera app directly, and instead of having access to the camera, either a stuck blank black screen will show up on the camera display or a blurred image will show up on the camera display, and the iPhone is unable to take any picture or video.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Troubleshooting - 13 Comments

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