How to Disable “Reply to Message” from Lock Screen in iOS 10

Oct 22, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Reply to Message from lock screen of iOS

The latest versions of iOS allow users to read and reply to Messages directly from the lock screen, without having to authenticate with a passcode or Touch ID on the device. This allows for iPhone and iPad users to quickly reply to inbound messages, but it can also lead to some potential privacy issues that may not be desirable for everyone.

With a settings adjustment, you can disable the ability to reply to messages from the lock screen in iOS, thereby requiring a passcode or Touch ID first, much like replying to lock screen messages worked in prior versions of iOS system software.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Change Siri Keyboard Shortcut for Mac

Oct 21, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Siri icon on the Mac

As you likely know by now, there are multiple ways to summon Siri on macOS; you can open Siri with a keyboard shortcut, you can access Siri from the menu bar icon, and you can open Siri from the Dock icon too. If you want to customize how you access Siri, you can change the keyboard shortcut to nearly anything of your choosing, allowing for a custom keystroke to open Siri on the Mac.

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

How to Delete Default Apps on iPhone, iPad with iOS 10

Oct 20, 2016 - 10 Comments

Delete Default Apps in iOS

You can now delete defaults apps from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 10. Yes this means you can delete Mail, delete Music, Stocks, Maps, Calendar, Watch, iTunes Store, Compass, Reminders, Videos, iBooks, Podcasts, Find Friends, Watch, Tips, Voice Memos, News, Activity, and any other of the pre bundled default iOS apps that arrive on iPhone and iPad, all of them can be removed easily.

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

“Hello Again” Apple Event Set for October 27, New Macs Expected

Oct 20, 2016 - 6 Comments

hello again Apple event on October 27

Apple has scheduled a press event for October 27. The event is titled “hello again” and presumed focus will be on the introduction of new Macs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 6 Comments

Check iOS Settings Status with Siri

Oct 19, 2016 - 5 Comments

Hey Siri

Ever wondered if an iOS Setting was turned off or on? Don’t want to go fishing around in Settings of iOS to see if something is enabled or disabled? Maybe you’re away from your device and want to know a settings status using Hey Siri? You don’t always need to dig around in the Settings app or have direct device access, because sometimes Siri can inform you of how a particular setting is toggled on your iPhone or iPad instead.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

iOS 10.1 Beta 5, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 Released

Oct 19, 2016 - 2 Comments

Mac and iPhone

Apple has released the fifth beta versions of iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, News - 2 Comments

Move & Relocate the Spotlight Search Window in Mac OS

Oct 18, 2016 - 1 Comment

Move the Spotlight search window anywhere on screen in Mac OS X

The Spotlight search window can be moved around screen in modern versions of Mac OS X, which is great if you want to move the Spotlight window away from something that it’s obstructing, or perhaps because you’d rather it be in the corner of the display then in the middle of the Mac screen.

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

How to Search and Send GIFs with Messages in iOS 10

Oct 17, 2016 - 11 Comments

Search and Send GIFS in Messages for iOS

The new Messages app in iOS 10 includes an animated GIF search feature which allows you to search for and send GIFs to any recipient, whether they have an iPhone with iMessage or not.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

iOS 10.0.3 Update for iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Available

Oct 17, 2016 - 5 Comments

iOS 10.0.3 is available for iPhone 7

Apple has released iOS 10.0.3 for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. The small update, which arrives as build 14A551, includes a bug fix to resolve potential cellular connectivity issues.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 5 Comments

Use the iPhone Flashlight & Adjust Flashlight Brightness in iOS 10

Oct 16, 2016 - 4 Comments

iPhone flashlight

With the latest versions of iOS, your wonderfully useful iPhone flashlight can adjust the strength of its flashlight brightness, with three options of LED brightness intensity. This is really great to have the iPhone, as many dedicated LED flashlights have a similar ability to adjust the strength of the light, with a little switch to toggle between various levels of brightness shone from the flashlight. And now your iPhone does too!

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Check IPSW Signing Status

Oct 15, 2016 - 9 Comments

Checking IPSW signing status

Whether or not an IPSW firmware file is signed determines whether or not you can use that IPSW to update iOS or whether or not you can downgrade iOS to a prior version. Put simply, if an IPSW firmware file is not being signed by Apple through their servers, it can not be used to place onto an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

This leads to a fairly obvious question; how do you know if a particular IPSW iOS version is being signed by Apple or not?

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Use Picture in Picture Video Player on Mac

Oct 14, 2016 - 6 Comments

Mac Picture in Picture video mode

Picture in Picture mode is one of the more useful features available in the latest version of MacOS, essentially it allows you to pop open a little hovering video player that is unobtrusive as it floats over the screen. This is great whether you’re watching a game, tutorial, TV show, or a movie while working (or just pretending to work).

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

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