iOS 11.2.1 Update Released with HomeKit Security Fix [IPSW Download Links]

Dec 13, 2017 - Leave a Comment

iOS 11.2.1 software update

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The small point release update includes an important security fix for a HomeKit vulnerability which could allow for unauthorized access to HomeKit devices and accessories.

Additionally, tvOS 11.2.1 is available as an update for Apple TV users with the same HomeKit security fix.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - Leave a Comment

How to Disable Auto-Play in Safari on Mac for All Video & Audio

Dec 12, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Disable autoplay in Safari for Mac completely

Many web users are not too thrilled about auto-playing media, whether it’s autoplaying video or autoplaying sound, or even an autoplaying ad, it can be annoying and frustrating to encounter as you browse the web. But don’t sweat it too much, because modern versions of Safari for Mac allow users to easily disable all auto-playing video and autoplaying audio content.

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3 New iPhone X Commercials Show Off Face ID and Portrait Lighting

Dec 11, 2017 - Leave a Comment

iPhone X Face ID as magical password commercials

Apple has released a series of new iPhone X commercials, demonstrating various features available on the device. Two of the TV advertisements focus on Face ID unlocking the iPhone X and how your face is a magical password, and the other commercial focuses on studio lighting effects available on iPhone X camera.

The latest Apple iPhone X commercials are airing on TV and online now, and have been embedded below for easy viewing.
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Apple Keyboard Light Blinking Twice and Won’t Reconnect to Mac? Here’s the Fix

Dec 11, 2017 - 1 Comment

Apple Keyboard light blinking and not connecting to a Mac

The Apple Keyboard light blinks twice when the keyboard is ready to be paired via Bluetooth with a Mac or another device, indicating it is ready to be setup. In other words, if you just got a brand new Apple Keyboard then the light will blink when turned on, and you need to pair it to a Mac before it will work. But that’s not our focus here, this article is for troubleshooting the rare situation where the Apple Keyboard indicator light will randomly start blinking twice after disconnecting from the computer for no obvious reason, typically met with the MacOS Bluetooth preference panel reporting errors like “Not Connected”, “Couldn’t connect to the device”, and “Pairing failed”.

If you run into the blinking keyboard light problem seemingly out of nowhere on an Apple Keyboard that has already been paired with the Mac before, or after a Mac has been asleep and then woken up, you can typically fix the blinking keyboard light problem with a relatively simple troubleshooting approach.

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MacOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Dec 11, 2017 - 1 Comment

macOS High Sierra beta

Apple has released the first beta build of macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra to users enrolled in the beta testing program for the Mac operating system.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 1 Comment

How to Stop iTunes Shuffling Music on Mac and Windows

Dec 10, 2017 - 2 Comments

How to stop iTunes shuffling music on Mac and Windows

iTunes for Mac and Windows has a feature which allows music to shuffle between songs in a library, and sometimes iTunes appears to automatically shuffle songs in a music library whether the user intended to enable the feature or not. Often this is because a user has selected to enable the shuffle option intentionally but forgot about it, but sometimes shuffle my be turned on accidentally or inadvertently. Additionally, some iTunes users occasionally report that their music will seemingly shuffle and skip between songs randomly as well.

If you want to disable music shuffling in iTunes in Mac OS or Windows, you can easily do so using a few different methods.

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

iPad Says “Not Charging” When Plugged Into Computer? Here’s The Fix

Dec 9, 2017 - 5 Comments

iPad says Not Charging when plugged in and how to fix that

You may have noticed that iPad can be charged not only with the included iPad charger, but also by using an iPhone charger, or by connecting an iPad to a computer via USB cable to charge. While all of these methods will charge an iPad battery, though some slower than others, sometimes you may encounter an error message with certain charging methods, where the iPad says it is “Not Charging”. The “Not charging” message usually shows up when iPad is plugged into a computer via USB, but sometimes it will show up when plugged into an iPhone charger as well.

While there are many reasons an iPad may report it is “Not Charging”, a particularly common reason relates to the power source, and thus here offers a simple solution. But there are a few other possible issues that can cause an iPad not to charge as well, so lets cover the most common reasons an iPad will show “not charging” message in the top bar of the device, and what you can do to fix it.

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How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone X

Dec 8, 2017 - 6 Comments

Find battery percentage on iPhone X

If you have an iPhone X you may have noticed that the battery percentage indicator is not an option to enable in the device settings. This is probably because the prominent notch at the top of the screen, which houses the front facing camera and the phones ear speaker, does not allow for sufficient room on its sides to fit the battery percentage indicator.

So how do you see the battery percentage indicator on iPhone X? And how do you know what percentage charged the iPhone X is, or how much percentage charge is left on the iPhone X battery?

With iPhone X, there is a way to see the battery percentage on the phone, but it’s probably not where you’d expect it to be.

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

How to Use the One Handed Keyboard on iPhone

Dec 7, 2017 - 13 Comments

One Handed Keyboard on iPhone

The latest iOS versions support one-handed keyboard mode for iPhone. One Handed Keyboard shifts the touch screen keys over on the screen to the left or to the right, so that it’s theoretically easier to reach the keys with a single thumb. This keyboard feature can be particularly helpful for users who have the larger iPhone Plus and iPhone X models and find them challenging to type on one handed.

It’s very easy to enable and use the one handed keyboard on iPhone, but like so many other iOS features it’s also easy to overlook or miss entirely. This tutorial will show you how to enable and use the iPhone One-Handed Keyboard feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Update Released with Bug Fixes

Dec 6, 2017 - 39 Comments

macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 for the general public. The software update includes multiple bug fixes and is said to improve the stability, security, and compatibility of High Sierra, and is thus recommended for Mac users running High Sierra to update to.

Separately, MacOS Sierra and Mac OS X El Capitan users will find Security Update 2017-002 Sierra, and Security Update 2017-005 El Capitan available for their respective operating system releases. Those security updates are also recommended to install for Mac users running 10.12.6 and 10.11.6.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 39 Comments

How to Play All Videos in a Folder on Mac OS with a Playlist and VLC

Dec 5, 2017 - 7 Comments

Play multiple videos in a playlist on the Mac with VLC

If you’re a Mac user with a lot of video files and movies, you may wonder how you can play multiple video files one after another in a playlist. While the native Quicktime app is a great media player, it doesn’t offer a playlist capability, so if you want to play all videos from a folder on the Mac you will need to rely on a different app.

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

WatchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 Released for Apple Watch and Apple TV

Dec 5, 2017 - 2 Comments

WatchOS 4 and tvOS 11 update available now

Apple has released watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 11.2 for Apple TV, several days after releasing iOS 11.2 update for iPhone and iPad. The software updates for Apple Watch and Apple TV include various bug fixes along with a few new features.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, Apple Watch, News - 2 Comments

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