How to Hide Photos on iPhone & iPad with the iOS Hidden Album

Oct 29, 2014 - 1 Comment

How to hide pictures in iOS

Everyone likely has a few photos sitting on their iPhone they’d rather nobody else see, whether it’s embarrassing selfies, poorly filtered or edited pics, a picture of a receipt or personal paperwork, or anything else in the realm of private photos. Those pictures can make showing someone another picture on your iPhone (or iPad) an awkward experience, as you’re hoping they don’t start flipping through your Camera Roll to discover that terrible photo of you after winning the pie eating contest. Fortunately the newest versions of iOS include a new way to mitigate that potential awkwardness by hiding select photos.

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

Get a 3D Dock Again in OS X Yosemite (or a Transparent Dock too)

Oct 29, 2014 - 20 Comments

3D Dock in OS X Yosemite

The Dock is just one of a variety of aspects of the Mac OS X interface that was overhauled and flattened in Yosemite. Gone are the days of the 3D Dock, the new Yosemite Dock defaults to looking like a flatter version, much like the iOS Dock. If you long for the Dock with some dimensions or some transparency to it, you can use a free third party utility to get the 3D Dock back in OS X Yosemite, or you can even choose to make the Dock completely transparent.

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2 Possible Fixes for Mail SMTP Sending Errors in OS X Yosemite

Oct 28, 2014 - 20 Comments

Mail app icon Some Mac users who updated OS X to Yosemite have found Mail app to experience errors or problems when trying to send email. Typically this is in the form of an SMTP server connection error, a mailbox that’s seemingly stuck offline, a repeated request for a password from Mail app (a fairly common issue which we’ve fixed before), or some other connection error. If you’re experiencing any of these issues with Mail app, the solution is likely simple as we’ll show you.

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Set Up Apple Pay on iPhone

Oct 28, 2014 - 6 Comments

Apple Pay

Apple Pay is a contactless payment platform that is newly available to iPhone 6 users. It works well and is incredibly simple; once you’ve added a card to Apple Pay, you just need to wave your iPhone over an Apple Pay compatible NFC payment terminal to pay for whatever you’re buying. The iPhones built-in TouchID sensor serves as an ID mechanism to prevent unauthorized usage, and you never need to pull out a credit or debit card after its configured. And yes, it really works that well once you have it setup, and that’s what we’re going to cover here.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

Maximize & Zoom Windows in OS X Yosemite the Old Fashioned Way

Oct 28, 2014 - 9 Comments

The green maximize button in OS X

Among some of the seemingly smaller changes made in OS X Yosemite is an adjustment to how a windows green Maximize button behaves. In old versions of OS X , clicking on the green maximize button would expand and enlarge the window to a larger size, but in OS X Yosemite, clicking on the green maximize window sends the window (or app) into Full Screen mode.

If you prefer the older maximize button behavior and would rather windows become larger instead of being sent into full screen, you can modify the maximize behavior with a simple keypress, or by using a new double-click trick.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

Fonts Look Blurry in OS X Yosemite? Change Font Smoothing Settings

Oct 27, 2014 - 19 Comments

Change the font smoothing setting in OS X Yosemite

Some users of OS X Yosemite have found the Macs new system font, Helvetica Neue, looks blurry and is generally harder to read than Lucida Grande, the system font it replaced. The blurred fonts are sometimes able to be reproduced in screenshots but usually they show up looking normal, which makes demonstrating this issue a challenge for those impacted by it. It’s hard to know if this is because of a bug, differences in individual displays and monitors, a result of the font face itself, the generally smaller and thinner font size, or the level of text antialiasing used, but manually adjusting the latter by tweaking font smoothing settings can be helpful for some users who are having trouble with the fonts appearance, particularly if the font looks blurry or fuzzy to you on a Mac with a non-retina display.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

How to Downgrade iTunes 12 Back to iTunes 11

Oct 26, 2014 - 29 Comments

Downgrade iTunes 12 back to prior iTunes in Mac OS X

iTunes 12 brought a redesigned user interface, complete with many changes to how things look and where things are located, smaller fonts, and the removal of the popular sidebar. Not all users have received these changes well and some aren’t too thrilled with the differences, and for some users they may wish to downgrade iTunes 12 back to the iTunes 11.4 version that they had before.

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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Troubleshooting - 29 Comments

Spotlight Search Results Blank, or Spotlight Not Working in iOS 8? Here’s a Really Silly Temporary Fix

Oct 26, 2014 - 5 Comments

Spotlight not working in iOS

Spotlight gained many new features and improvements with the latest version of iOS, but along with those changes came a curious bug that seems to randomly prevent Spotlight from working at all on an iPhone or iPad with empty search results.

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Fix Wi-Fi Problems in OS X Yosemite

Oct 25, 2014 - 74 Comments

Wi Fi Troubleshooting in OS X Yosemite

Some Mac users who upgraded to OS X Yosemite have discovered a variety of wireless network connectivity issues, ranging from dropping wi-fi connections, to an inability to connect to the outside world despite being connected to a wifi router, even suddenly and strangely slow internet speeds. These network issues seem to occur most often on Macs that have updated to OS X Yosemite from Mavericks rather than those who performed a clean Yosemite install, which could suggest the issue has to do with improper network setting and preferences, or even a corrupted file somewhere. That’s a good thing, because it should mean a resolution is fairly easy to implement, as we’re about to show you.

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6 Easy Tips to Speed Up OS X Yosemite on Your Mac

Oct 24, 2014 - 42 Comments

Speed up OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite runs great on most new Macs, but some older models may experience some sluggishness or stuttering from time to time. The reason for that feeling of reduced performance can be due to a variety of issues, and most of them are really easy to resolve with surprisingly little effort.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 42 Comments

Enable Dark Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Yosemite

Oct 24, 2014 - 5 Comments

OS X Dark mode

Dark Mode impacts the appearance of the Dock and Menu Bar in OS X Yosemite, turning both from their grey on white defaults to a higher contrast white text against black background dark alternative. The effect is sort of iOS-like, but it also makes a great addition to the Increase Contrast feature on a Mac with the latest OS X version. Typically to enable Dark Mode on a Mac you have to go into the System Preferences and toggle a switch, but another option is to enable a hidden keyboard shortcut instead.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Enable Continuity & Handoff on Unsupported Macs with Continuity Activation Tool

Oct 23, 2014 - 16 Comments

Continuity in Mac OS X and iOS

Continuity and Handoff are two great features of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 that allow an iPhone or iPad to ‘handoff’ an application, like a half-written email, over to the Mac to be completed in the Mac Mail app. It’s one of the major reasons for iOS and Mac users to upgrade to OS X Yosemite and it greatly improves productivity, but not all Macs support the feature. The Continuity Activation Tool changes that, it’s a third party utility that brings Handoff and Continuity support to some Macs that aren’t supposed to have the feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

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