How to Use Animoji on iPhone X

Dec 17, 2017 - 1 Comment

How to use Animoji on iPhone

Animoji is one of the major new software features available on iPhone X. For the unfamiliar, Animoji are animated cartoon renditions of things like a smiling pile of fecal matter, a unicorn, dog, cat, chicken, panda, pig, fox, alien, and other figures, and the Animoji feature works by using the Face ID front-facing iPhone camera to see how your face is changing and mimic those facial expressions on the animated character. You can then record little snippets of Animoji and send them to people, leading to messages that include something like a talking animated unicorn or talking animated pile of feces.

This thrilling new Animoji feature is easy to use, but it’s also easy to overlook. That’s because Animoji capabilities are built into the Messages app of iPhone and is, currently anyway, not a separate application. Thus, to create and use Animoji, you must start from the iPhone Messages app. The tutorial below walks through how to use Animoji on the iPhone X.

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

Get Microsoft Edge for iPhone and iPad

Dec 16, 2017 - 3 Comments

Microsoft Edge for iOS

Want another web browsing option on iPhone or iPad? Maybe you need to access a PC-only website from an iOS device? You’re in luck, because Microsoft has released Microsoft Edge for iOS, the web browser primarily known for being bundled in Windows 10.

Microsoft Edge for iOS allows iPhone and iPad users access to the Edge web browser on their mobile devices, without needing a PC. Edge for iOS should be particularly helpful for iPhone and iPad owners who primarily use a Windows 10 PC as their computers and rely on the Edge browser, but it also has notable value to users who need to access websites that are restricted to Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, and will undoubtedly be helpful for web developers and designers who want to test their work across different web browser platforms too.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone - 3 Comments

How to Change or Disable Annotation Name in Preview for Mac

Dec 15, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Annotation names in Preview for Mac

The Preview application for Mac defaults to attaching a name with any annotations made on images and PDF files within Preview, the annotation name is then embedded with the image file or PDF as metadata. This name, which is usually the currently logged in user accounts full name, is included with all annotations done within Preview, like arrows, shapes, text placed on pictures, filled out PDF forms, signed documents, and more.

If you want to change the name assigned to annotations in Preview, or disable the annotation naming feature completely, you can do so. You can also remove annotation names from existing files if need be.

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How to Disable Tap To Wake on iPhone X

Dec 14, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Tap to Wake on iPhone X

The iPhone X includes a feature called Tap to Wake, which, much as it sounds, allows the locked iPhone screen to wake up with a tap anywhere on the screen. This makes a lot of sense because the device does not have a Home button to press and wake the screen, so a tap anywhere on the display sort of replicates that Home press function, but Tap to Wake may also lead to a lot of unnecessary screen waking, and theoretically any erroneous screen waking may lead to a detriment to battery life.

Many users like Tap to Wake and find it to be convenient, but if you don’t like the feature or you’re concerned about waking the screen repeatedly either on accident or not intentionally, then you may want to disable the Raise to Wake feature on iPhone X.

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iOS 11.2.5 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Dec 13, 2017 - Leave a Comment

iOS 11.2.5 beta 1

Apple has released the first beta version of iOS 11.2.5 to users participating in the developer beta testing program.

The fresh beta build of system software appears to focus on bug fixes and improvements to the mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad devices running prior builds of iOS 11, and is unlikely to include any significant changes or new features.

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

Dec 13, 2017 - 4 Comments

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 - 4 Comments

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

Dec 12, 2017 - 1 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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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

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 - 2 Comments

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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