How to Hide Firefox Top Sites, Recommended, Highlights, Snippets, & Other Launch Clutter

Jul 15, 2018 - Leave a Comment

How to hide Firefox launch page clutter

Firefox now defaults to showing the user a very busy launch page. Longtime Firefox users are likely already aware of this, but if you haven’t used the Firefox browser in a while, you may be surprised to launch Firefox to discover just how cluttered and busy the web browser has become at initial launch with a redundant search bar, a “Top Sites” section, a giant “Recommended by Pocket” splash screen suggesting various random, a “Highlights” section, “Snippets”, amongst whatever other busy components are visible by default. Some users may like the cluttered launch page, but others may be annoyed by these extraneous launch page elements that can be busy and distracting.

If you prefer a more minimalist web browser experience without tons of user interface clutter, you can change Firefox to turn off Top Sites, hide “Recommended by Pocket”, disable the extra Search bar, hide the “Highlights” section of Firefox, along with disabling the “Snippets” and meme section too. The end result will be a simple and plain interface upon launch of Firefox that isn’t crowded out by all the clutter.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Uninstall Steam Games on Mac (and Windows / Linux too)

Jul 14, 2018 - 2 Comments

How to uninstall Steam games

Steam makes it easy to acquire and manage a great game library on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux machine. But if you find that you’re not playing a particular game much anymore, or if you just need to free up some disk storage space to make room for something else, you might want to uninstall the game from the computer and remove it from Steam.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall Steam games on Mac OS, and the process is also identical for deleting games from Steam on a Windows PC or Linux too.

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How to Crop / Zoom a Video in iMovie for iPhone or iPad

Jul 13, 2018 - 1 Comment

How to Crop or Zoom a Video on iMovie for iOS

Want to crop a video or movie in iMovie on the iPhone or iPad? Cropping a video in iMovie allows you to essentially zoom in on a movie, either to crop out unnecessary elements, to reframe the video to put emphasis on something else, or to zoom into what you’d rather the video highlight. Cropping is different from trimming a video which is used to shorten the total length to cut out extraneous content.

This tutorial will show you how to crop a video on the iPhone or iPad using iMovie. If you happen to be interested, Mac users can perform a similar cropping video action in iMovie for Mac.

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

How to View Logs from iPhone and iPad on a Mac

Jul 12, 2018 - 1 Comment

How to access iPhone and iPad logs on a Mac

The iPhone and iPad generate logs of some system activity, including app crashes and other potentially interesting or helpful data. By connecting an iOS device to a Mac, you can review those logs.

Browsing through log data is generally only useful for developers and advanced users, either for troubleshooting or diagnostic purposes, but it may have broader applications for some other environments too. And it’s possible that even more casual yet curious tinkerer-types may find it interesting to browse through, even if the data is largely irrelevant to them and their device usage.

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How to Burn Files to a DVD / CD on Mac OS

Jul 11, 2018 - 4 Comments

How to burn files and data to DVD or CD disc on Mac

If you’re a Mac user that has a SuperDrive, DVD burner, or CD burner, you may be interested in knowing that modern versions of Mac OS continue to support a simple native ability to burn files directly to a DVD or CD disc.

Burning files and data to a disc allows for easy backups and file transfers, and remains common in many multimedia rich environments. Additionally, burning files or other data to a disc is particularly helpful for situations where you need to copy or share data with another computer which is not directly networked, nearby, or even a computer which is airgapped.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Send Live Photos as Animated GIF from iPhone or iPad

Jul 10, 2018 - 6 Comments

How to share Live Photos as Animated GIFS from iPhone and iPad

The iPhone and iPad has a little-known capability to convert looping or bouncing Live Photos to animated GIFs natively by sending them through selected sharing methods.

This approach to share a Live Photo as a GIF is great because it basically requires zero effort at all, and it’s certainly easier and faster than using an app to convert Live Photos to GIF.

Read on to learn how you can easily send and share any Live Photos as an animated gif.

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

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Released, Security Update 2018-004 for Sierra & El Capitan too

Jul 9, 2018 - 17 Comments

macOS High Sierra updates available

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 to Mac users running the macOS High Sierra operating system. The software update is said to include various bug fixes and security enhancements.

Additionally, Mac users running Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 or macOS Sierra 10.12.6 will find security updates available on those machines, along with a minor update to Safari.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 17 Comments

iOS 11.4.1 Update Released for iPhone and iPad [IPSW Download Links]

Jul 9, 2018 - 8 Comments

iOS 11.4.1 update available to download now

Apple has released the final version of iOS 11.4.1 to all iPhone and iPad users. The release comes after a period of beta testing, and while a concurrent beta testing program continues for iOS 12.

iOS 11.4.1 is said to include bug fixes and security enhancements and is therefore recommended to install on compatible iPhone and iPad devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 8 Comments

Get Retro with a Classic Mac Finder Clone for Modern MacOS

Jul 8, 2018 - 5 Comments

Classic Mac Finder icon

Do you miss the retro old days of an ultra-simple Finder experience on the Macintosh? You know, way back in System 6 and System 7, when there was no visual complexity to the user interface of Finder, no myriad of features, it was just a simple file system browser.

Yearn no more, because you can get that super simple Classic Macintosh Finder experience right now on MacOS and Mac OS X! Well, sort of anyway.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Retro - 5 Comments

Jailbreak iOS 11.2 – iOS 11.3.1 with Electra

Jul 7, 2018 - 4 Comments

Electra Jailbreak for iOS 11.2 - iOS 11.3.1

iOS users interested in jailbreaking their devices will likely appreciate knowing that a new jailbreak is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that are running iOS 11.3.1, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.2, and iOS 11.2.x builds.

The new jailbreak, called “Electra”, has several requirements to be able to perform the successful modification of iOS system software.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 4 Comments

Try a (Very Broken) Dark Mode on MacOS High Sierra

Jul 6, 2018 - 4 Comments

Try broken Dark Mode in macOS High Sierra

Mac OS has long had a dark menu and dark Dock option, and macOS Mojave 10.14 has a true Dark Mode theme that shifts the entire visual appearance to a pleasing dark interface scheme. But if you’re running macOS High Sierra 10.13.x, you can use a defaults command entered into the terminal to enable a half-baked Dark Mode appearance that is system-wide, though it’s very incomplete and thus not appropriate for casual usage.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Find Where Homebrew Packages Are Installed on Mac

Jul 5, 2018 - Leave a Comment

Where are Homebrew packages installed on Mac

Have you ever wondered where Homebrew puts the binaries from brew packages that are installed on a Mac? If you’re a Homebrew user, you may be interested in knowing where Homebrew puts everything and where to find the installed brew packages in Mac OS.

We’ll show you the directory path where Homebrew keeps packages, and also share a few other ways to see what and where Homebrew has installed anything onto a Mac.

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