How to Disable iPad Video Overlay (Picture in Picture)

May 28, 2016 - 5 Comments

Disable Persistent Video Overlay Picture in Picture mode on iPad

The Picture in Picture video mode on iPad is one of the better multitasking features of the device, but some users can find it to be distracting, and some may find themselves entering into the Picture in Picture (PIP) mode accidentally as well. While it’s easy to close a PiP window to make the video go away, if you don’t use the feature, you can easily disable the persistent video overlay (Picture in Picture) ability in iOS, which will prevent inadvertently accessing it.

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

How to Use iPhone Keyboard as Trackpad with 3D Touch

May 27, 2016 - 9 Comments

Using the iPhone Keyboard as a Trackpad with 3D Touch

Navigating around text blocks in iOS is typically done by hunting and pecking with a finger to tap in between precisely the write characters or words. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that approach and that’s what we have all become used to on the iPhone, but the 3D Touch enabled devices offer a much better way by transforming the keyboard into a trackpad.

Not only can you move around text with the keyboard as a trackpad trick, but you can select text on iPhone with this 3D Touch trick as well. Let’s review how this works.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Download Photos from iCloud to Mac or Windows PC the Easy Way

May 26, 2016 - 16 Comments

How to download photos from iCloud

One of the most common questions regarding using iCloud and iCloud Photo Library is how to download photos from iCloud once they have been stored there. This is a deceptively simple question, and we’re going to push aside any of the complexities of downloading pictures from iCloud Photo Library within Photos app on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and instead we’ll show you the single most direct method of downloading a picture from iCloud to a computer, since that is usually what people are looking to do.

You have a photo on iCloud, and you want to download that photo your Mac or PC – simple, right? Yes, but it’s done a bit different than you may expect, as we’ll show in the walkthrough here.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

How to Remove a Symbolic Link (Symlink)

May 25, 2016 - 4 Comments

Remove a symbolic link with unlink or rm command

Removing a symbolic link is achieved through the command line, and as we’ll show you, there actually two different ways to undo a soft link. This is aimed at users who spend a lot of time at the command line, but for the less familiar, symbolic links are used in Linux, Mac OS X, and Unix to point one location or file to another location or file, much like how an alias works on Mac OS X Finder or a shortcut works in Windows desktop.

Let’s jump right to it and demonstrate how to delete a symlink.
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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Create an @iCloud.com Email Address

May 24, 2016 - 15 Comments

How to create new iCloud.com email address

If you created an Apple ID based on your own unique email address and use that for logging in to iCloud and other Apple services, you may have missed the part where you can create a new separate @icloud.com email address. Not to worry though, if you decide you want to create a new and separate @icloud.com email address for identifying with your Apple ID, you can do so easily as we’ll demonstrate in this walkthrough.

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

See Flight Info on iPhone with a Quick Tap Trick

May 24, 2016 - 12 Comments

See flight information on iPhone

iOS has an excellent flight-lookup feature which allows users to instantly get flight information about planes that are coming and going. All you need to use this great ability is a flight number embedded somewhere, like a text message, email, note, or webpage, and the rest is just a matter of knowing how to retrieve the flight data from that flight number.

This is a great iPhone trick for anyone picking up or dropping someone off at an airport, and it’s likely most useful on the iPhone for obvious reasons, but it works the same on iPad and iPod touch as well. Here’s how to use this handy flight info feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

How to Increase All System Font Size in Mac OS X

May 23, 2016 - 13 Comments

Increase the system text size and interface size in Mac OS X

Mac OS X defaults to a predefined set system font size for all onscreen text and user interface elements, and while many users will find the default text size to be sufficient, some users may wish the system font size was larger, and some may wish the Mac system text size was smaller. It turns out that OS X may not offer a method of directly changing all system fonts, but instead Mac users can adjust their screen to increase or decrease the size of the system font, onscreen text, and everything else seen on screen as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

First Beta Builds of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2 Arrive

May 23, 2016 - 3 Comments

Mac OS X and iOS betas

Apple has released the first beta testing versions of multiple system software updates, including OS X 10.11.6 beta 1, iOS 9.3.3 beta 1, tvOS 9.2.2 beta 1.

Presumably the beta releases will focus primarily on bug fixes and feature enhancements, which is typical for point releases of system software.
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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

iPhone Screen Turned Black and White Suddenly?! Here’s the Fix

May 22, 2016 - 3 Comments

iPhone stuck in black and white fix

Have you ever discovered your iPhone to suddenly be black and white display? If this has happened to you, then seemingly out of the blue, the iPhone screen is no longer showing color, and instead everything is stuck in black and white mode. This is fairly unusual circumstance, but it can happen, and I recently resolved this exact issue for a relative. So, if your iPhone screen has turned black and white, we’ll show you what happened and how to fix it.

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Use an Animated GIF as Wallpaper in Mac OS X with GIFPaper

May 21, 2016 - 9 Comments

animated-gif-wallpaper-mac

Have you ever wished the wallpaper on your Mac was animated? One common trick to achieve that effect is to set a screen saver as the desktop wallpaper in Mac OS X, which looks great but can wind up using a fair amount of processor to display the animations, but now another option is available; use an animated GIF as desktop wallpaper on the Mac instead, thanks to a little free app called GifPaper.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Fun, Mac OS X - 9 Comments

How to Delete iPhoto Library, but Why You Probably Don’t Need to

May 20, 2016 - 17 Comments

The iPhoto Library file

Now that most Mac users have migrated their pictures from iPhoto to Photos app in Mac OS X, when you’re absolutely certain that all the pictures have come through successfully you may decide to delete the old iPhoto Library file on the Mac.

This is usually not necessary due to how Photos importation works with iPhoto Library files, but some users with unique situations decide to do it anyway, typically if they are self managing picture files outside of the original library containers, or if they want to keep things tidy and ditch all remnants of iPhoto.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

How to Get Transit Directions in Maps on iPhone

May 20, 2016 - 4 Comments

Maps icon in iOS While iPhone users of Google Maps have been able to get directions around cities with transit options for quite some time, the feature has recently come to the bundled Apple Maps app as well. This means if you’re in a global city or metro area with a mass transit system, whether trains, subways, street cars, busses, etc, that you can find easy directions to get around, right on the iPhone.

Getting transit directions is excellent for travelers and those unfamiliar with navigating to and from a particular location, and it works quite well. Combine with walking directions and you should be able to navigate around just about any city out there.

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

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