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How to Delete Recent Safari Search & Web Browsing History in iOS

Nov 29, 2015 - 6 Comments
Delete recent Safari activity in iOS

Safari for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch allows users to clear all caches, website data, and history together in one fell swoop, but sometimes you may want to be more discerning than that. The latest versions of Safari for iPhone and iPad allow users to delete Safari website data, searches, cookies, cache, and Safari activity … Read More

How to Hide & Show the Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Nov 28, 2015 - 1 Comment
Automatically hide and show the menu bar in Mac OS X

New versions of OS X allow Mac users to hide and show the menu bar at the top of the screen automatically, much like the Dock can be hidden and shown with a mouse over. Auto-hiding the menu bar is a nice feature for Mac users who are fans of minimalist desktop appearances, as it … Read More

Check Store & Restaurant Business Hours with Siri

Nov 27, 2015 - 3 Comments
Find business store hours with Siri

If you’ve ever needed to know how late a particular store or restaurant is open, just pull out your iPhone and ask Siri. This should in handy when you’re out and about running errands or need to make a last minute shopping stop, but it’s clearly useful for many purposes. And if you have a … Read More

How to Enable Dark Mode on Mac OS X

Nov 26, 2015 - 15 Comments
Dark Mode in Mac OS X

Enabling Dark Mode on the Mac is a subtle user interface change to make which allows both the menu bar and the OS X Dock to appear as black backgrounds with white text or icons overlaid on top. The result is a higher contrast menu bar and Dock, which is also a little less intrusive … Read More

Tell Siri to Remind You About What You’re Looking At in iOS

Nov 25, 2015 - 2 Comments
Tell Siri to remind me about this at a date and time

Whether you’re looking at an important email, reading a web page, or doing just about anything else on your iPhone or iPad, perhaps you’d like to be reminded about it again at a later time or date. While Siri has long been able to create reminders for events and based on locations, a new feature … Read More

How to View & Watch the Firewall Log in Mac OS X

Nov 24, 2015 - 6 Comments
View the application firewall log in Mac OS X with Console app

Users who have enabled the firewall in Mac OS X may find it useful to be view, read, and monitor the associated logs with the system firewall. As you’d expect, the app firewall logs show you what applications and processes have attempted to connect to the Mac, including accepted and refused connections. There are several … Read More

Use “Delete Immediately” on Files to Bypass Trash in Mac OS X

Nov 23, 2015 - 15 Comments
How to delete files immediately in Mac OS X and bypass the Trash

The latest versions of OS X include a new ability to immediately delete a file or folder from the Mac, bypassing the Trash can. Essentially how the “Delete Immediately” feature works is by circumventing the Trash and rather than waiting for user action to remove the files, it just deletes the file(s) instantaneously from the … Read More

How to Burn Disc Images in OS X El Capitan Without Disk Utility

Nov 22, 2015 - 11 Comments
Burn an ISO in Mac OS X

Apple removed the ability to burn disc images from Disk Utility in OS X 10.11 and newer, and while that makes sense for many Macs that no longer have SuperDrives, CDRW, and DVD burners, for those who use an external burner, use disc drive sharing, or who do have hardware with a built-in SuperDrive, may … Read More

How to Add Vignette to Pictures in Photos for Mac OS X

Nov 20, 2015 - 21 Comments

You can add a nice vignette effect to any picture, image, or photo kept in the Photos app on the Mac. The vignette tool allows for adjustments and customizations for the strength of the pictures vignetting effect, which is basically a dark soft border along the edges of a picture intended to draw the viewers … Read More

How to Silence Siri with the Mute Switch on iPhone & iPad

Nov 19, 2015 - 7 Comments
Silence Siri with the Mute Switch

The ever helpful and sometimes comical Siri is a rather vocal virtual assistant, defaulting to speaking back a response to directions and commands. But if you want to hush that Siri voice feedback response while still using the feature for commands and queries, you can enable an optional setting that causes Siri to obey the … Read More

Knock to Show the Clock on Apple Watch When in Nightstand Mode

Nov 19, 2015 - 10 Comments
Knock to show the Clock on Apple Watch in Nightstand Mode

As you may know, the Apple Watch can transform into a nightstand clock rather simply, but rather than fumbling around with the buttons or tapping the screen to see the date and time displayed on the screen, you can use a much easier but little known trick to show the time; simply knock on the … Read More

How to Enable Stealth Mode in Mac OS X Firewall for Added Security

Nov 18, 2015 - 16 Comments
Enable Stealth Mode Firewall in Mac OS X

Mac users who want a bit more network security can turn on an optional firewall feature in OS X called Stealth Mode. With Stealth Mode enabled, the Mac will not acknowledge or respond to typical network discovery attempts with ICMP ping requests, and will not answer connections attempts made from closed TCP and UDP networks. … Read More

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