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Use an Xbox One Controller on a Mac with Enabler Tool for OS X

Jan 20, 2015 - 7 Comments
Xbox One Controller Enabler in Mac OS X

The Xbox One is a great gaming console with an excellent controller, and if you have a Mac with a few games you’d like to use a controller for, you can use a third party tool to gain Xbox One controller support for gaming in OS X.

How to Set Speakerphone Mode to Automatically Activate on iPhone Calls

Jan 19, 2015 - 17 Comments
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By default, all calls on the iPhone will play audio through the standard earpiece at the top of the phone, and if someone wishes to use speakerphone they enable it manually by tapping on the “Speaker” button during an active call. While that may be the desired effect for most users, in various situations some … Read More

Fixing OS X Install Errors “can’t be verified” and “error occurred while preparing the installation”

Jan 19, 2015 - 4 Comments
Set the date and time manually in OS X to circumvent error messages during Mac OS X install

Two unusual error messages that can occur during the attempted installation of OS X Yosemite are the “This copy of the Install OS X Yosemite application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading” message, or a more vague “An error occurred while preparing the installation. Try running again” error … Read More

Troubleshoot Safari Freezes & Crashing in OS X Yosemite

Jan 18, 2015 - 46 Comments
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Some Mac users have discovered the Safari web browser has become significantly less stable after updating to OS X Yosemite. This can range from periodic crashes of Safari that never happened before, to Safari freezing up entirely, to Safari outright refusing to open as it crashes immediately upon launch. Troubleshooting app crashes can be frustrating, … Read More

Get Exchange Rates & Convert Currency with Spotlight in OS X

Jan 16, 2015 - 13 Comments
Convert Currency with Spotlight in OS X Yosemite, Dark Mode bug

The Mac has long had currency conversion tools available through Calculator app and Dashboard with the Converter widget, but the latest versions of OS X have an even faster option available with Spotlight, which can provide current exchange rates and conversions on the fly. You will need to be running at least OS X 10.10 … Read More

What the “Other” Storage Space is in Mac OS X & How to Clear It Up

Jan 15, 2015 - 16 Comments
Other Storage in Mac OS X

Many Mac users check the About This Mac Storage tab to get a quick overview of their disk space usage, and many will see a rather large “Other” storage space taking up disk capacity on their drives. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because iOS often has a rather large Other storage space, but that’s … Read More

How to Save Pictures from Shared Photo Streams to iPhone & iPad

Jan 14, 2015 - 6 Comments
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The iOS Photo Stream feature is a really great way to share photos between friends and family who also have an iPad or iPhone. Each shared Photo Stream and the associated images are kept in iCloud, viewable through the “Shared” tab in the Photos app, where they are cached temporarily as you look at them. … Read More

How to Erase & Reset Android to Factory Settings

Jan 14, 2015 - 23 Comments
Reset Android to Factory Default Settings and Erase All Data from Android

If you have an Android phone or tablet that is no longer in use and gathering dust, selling it or giving it to a new owner is often a good idea. Before you do that though, you’ll almost certainly want to erase all personal data on the phone by resetting the Android to the factory … Read More

How & Why to Repair Disk Permissions in OS X with Disk Utility

Jan 13, 2015 - 25 Comments
Repairing Disk Permissions on a Mac with Disk Utility in OS X

Repairing Disk Permissions is a simple procedure that Mac users can run with the Disk Utility app or through the command line, and, as the name suggests, it repairs the permissions of various files on the target drive. Repairing permissions can be helpful when troubleshooting some fairly specific issues, or after installing or uninstalling a … Read More

Create a Ringtone Directly on iPhone with Garageband

Jan 12, 2015 - 2 Comments
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While you can turn a song into a ringtone using iTunes, another option to make custom ringtones is to create one yourself, directly on your iPhone using the Garageband app. This is a nice solution since it does not involve a computer or iTunes, and the entire ringtone or text tone creation process can be … Read More

Increase Font Size in Terminal for Mac OS X Quickly with Keystrokes

Jan 11, 2015 - 4 Comments
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The default text size used by Terminal app in OS X can be quite small if you’re using a large resolution display. While you can change the font to be better suit your preferences, and increasing the line spacing helps reading too, another simple solution to boost readability is to simply increase the text size … Read More

How to Reset the Printing System in Mac OS X to Fix Annoying Printer Problems

Jan 9, 2015 - 3 Comments
How to Reset the Printing System in Mac OS X

Printer problems are notoriously frustrating for any computer user, and while Macs get off a bit easier than the alternatives out there, there can still be some pretty annoying issues that pop up with printing in OS X due to flakey third party printing support, bad software, or just a low-grade printer. Whether it’s a … Read More

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