Tackling ‘Photos Agent’ Heavy CPU & Resource Usage on Mac

Jun 24, 2017 - 2 Comments

Photos Agent using huge amounts of Mac CPU and system resources

“Photos Agent” is a little Photos app helper process that often runs on the Mac, it’s for Photos app users and it handles background tasks like downloading and uploading to iCloud Photo Library, downloading and updating Photo Streams and shared streams, and other related iCloud Photos and Photos app tasks.

For users who don’t use Photos app on the Mac, nor any of the iCloud Photos or iCloud Photo Library features, you may find it annoying or problematic if the “Photos Agent” process appears and starts taking up a large amount of system resources, from CPU, to bandwidth, and disk I/O, and you may want to attempt to stop Photos Agent from consuming resources in such a matter.

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Access Maps from the Command Line Rendered in ASCII with Mapscii

Jun 23, 2017 - 2 Comments

Ascii maps command line

Have you ever wished you could access a mapping application from the command line? Now you can with Mapscii, which is sort of like Google Maps or Apple Maps but for the Terminal, with all of the mapping data rendered in ASCII text and characters.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Check iCloud Drive File Upload Progress on a Mac

Jun 22, 2017 - 7 Comments

How to check iCloud Drive upload progress on Mac

Whether you’re moving a file over to iCloud Drive or copying a file to iCloud Drive from the Mac, you may want to know the upload progress as the file is transferred to iCloud.

Fortunately the Mac Finder makes this easy, and you’ll be able to see the status of uploads to iCloud Drive from several locations in the file system. We’ll show you four different ways to check iCloud Drive upload progress on the Mac so that you can watch file transfers as they go from the local file system to iCloud.

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

Download iOS 11 Beta 2, macOS High Sierra Beta 2, and More Now Available for Developers

Jun 21, 2017 - 5 Comments

Download iOS 11 beta 2 and macOS High Sierra beta 2

Apple has released the second beta versions of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. Each update is available now for users participating in the developer beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, News - 5 Comments

How to Search Safari Browser History on iPhone & iPad

Jun 21, 2017 - 1 Comment

Search Safari history in iOS

Did you know you can search through web browsing history in Safari on an iPhone or iPad? With the excellent Safari History search feature you can easily retrieve and find previously visited sites, webpages, and videos, whether from earlier in the day or even well over a year ago – assuming the searchable Safari history has not been removed anyway.

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

New iPhone TV Commercial “The Archives” Shows Off Memories Feature

Jun 20, 2017 - Leave a Comment

The Archives iPhone commercial shows off Memories feature

Apple is airing a new iPhone 7 commercial, this time focusing on the Memories feature built into the new Photos app of iOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - Leave a Comment

See All Open Windows on a Mac with Mission Control

Jun 20, 2017 - 15 Comments

Activate Mission Control to see all windows on a Mac

Mission Control is one of the better productivity enhancing features on the Mac, allowing you to quickly see all open windows, documents, and applications on Mac OS in a broad overview screen. This offers a fantastic way to quickly navigate through depths of open apps and windows and to quickly get to what window or app you’re looking for.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

macOS 10.12.6 Beta 4, iOS 10.3.3 Beta 4 Available for Testing

Jun 19, 2017 - 3 Comments

Mac OS 10.12.6 beta

Apple has released the fourth beta version of macOS 10.12.6 for users participating in the beta testing program. Additionally, iOS 10.3.3 beta 4 and tvOS 10.2.2 beta 4 are available.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

How to Add Google Hangouts to Messages on Mac

Jun 19, 2017 - 3 Comments

Mac Messages icon

Did you know the Mac Messages app can support chatting with Google Hangouts natively?

This is a nice feature for Mac users who chat with Google Hangout and leave a web browser window open to do so, since you’ll be able to communicate and message through Google Hangouts (aka modern Google Talk) but directly in the same Messages app you use for iMessage communication on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Get the Fancy iMac Pro Cloud Burst Wallpaper

Jun 17, 2017 - 4 Comments

Color bursting cloud wallpaper for iMac Pro promo

For those who watched the WWDC2017 keynote, you may have noticed during the unveiling of iMac Pro that the hardware shown featured some pretty stunning onscreen images of what looks like a bursting cloud of color.

Not surprisingly, that iMac Pro image of a colorful cloud burst makes a great wallpaper too, so why not get it for your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or Android?
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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 4 Comments

How to Uninstall Java on a Mac

Jun 16, 2017 - 19 Comments

How to uninstall Java from Mac OS

Many Mac users don’t need Java on their computer, but if you happen to have Java installed and want to remove it from a Mac then you can uninstall Java and JRE with a little effort.

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How to See How Much Time is Spent in Apps on iPhone & iPad

Jun 15, 2017 - 8 Comments

See how much time iOS apps are used for

Have you ever wondered just how much time you spend in a particular app on your iPhone or iPad? Whether you’re curious how long you spend in Messages, or you’re concerned you’re wasting time all day in an app like Facebook or Minecraft, you can use a neat little iOS trick to see exactly how much time has been spent in any particular app used on a device.

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

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