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Advanced Mac OS X Diagnostics & Troubleshooting with sysdiagnose

Jul 29, 2014 - 6 Comments
sysdiagnose advanced Mac diagnostics in OS X

Mac users who are dealing with particularly complex or troublesome issues with OS X can turn to an advanced diagnostics tool available from the command line in Mac OS X. The tool, called sysdiagnose, offers detailed technical analysis and reports of a huge variety of components of OS X and the Mac hardware, making it … Read More

Where Mac System Icons & Default Icons Are Located in OS X

Jul 27, 2014 - 10 Comments
Mac OS X system icons

The system icons of Mac OS X decorate nearly everything found within the Finder and desktop, ranging from default folder icons, to the default icons of hard disks, network machines, even the Finder sidebar items, and some toggles found throughout OS X. If you’ve ever wanted to access the full size original resources for these … Read More

How to Make a Bootable OS X Yosemite Beta USB Install Drive

Jul 25, 2014 - 15 Comments
OS X Yosemite Installer USB Drive

Now that the OS X Yosemite Beta is available to the public (you can still sign up and download it if you’re interested in running the beta release on your Mac), you might be wanting to make a bootable installer drive out of an external USB flash disk to make installation easier. Sure, you can … Read More

Unlock the iPhone 5S with a Fingerprint & Touch ID, Reliably

Jul 23, 2014 - 14 Comments
Unlock iPhone with a fingerprint

Touch ID and the iPhone fingerprint reader has been around for a while now, but a great feature that seems to not get much use is the ability to unlock an iPhone with a touch and a fingerprint – that means not having to enter the passcode when you want to unlock the iPhone. Instead, … Read More

3 Tips to Prevent iPhone Overheating & Temperature Warnings

Jul 22, 2014 - 8 Comments
Prevent iPhone from Overheating

Have you ever seen the Temperature Warning on the iPhone before, saying “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”, appearing seemingly out of nowhere? If you’ve ever left your iPhone outdoors on a hot sunny day for too long, you probably have. And if you haven’t seen that warning, let’s try to … Read More

How to Remotely Disable iCloud Activation Lock from an iPhone

Jul 21, 2014 - 7 Comments
How To Turn Off iPhone Activation Lock Remotely

iCloud Activation Lock is a feature that allows users to lock down an iPhone (or iPad) and require the entry of an Apple ID before the device becomes usable again. It’s part of the excellent Find My iPhone service and is extremely useful for many reasons, but it can also be a real pain if … Read More

Run QuickTime Player 7 in OS X Yosemite & Mavericks

Jul 20, 2014 - 8 Comments
QuickTime Player 7 in Mac OS X

QuickTime Player, the video player and editing tool bundled with the Mac for ages, received a fairly major overhaul when it turned into QuickTime Player X. While it became free and lost the need to upgrade to a Pro version, it also lost out on a lot of really nice professional features that QuickTime Player … Read More

How to Quit Multiple iPhone Apps Simultaneously in iOS with Multitouch

Jul 20, 2014 - 13 Comments
Quit apps in iOS 7 with a swipe up gesture

If you ever need to quit out of more than one app on the iPhone, or quit a bunch of apps quickly in iOS, using a handy multitouch swipe gesture at the iOS multitasking screen is enough to quit apps simultaneously. This works really well to quickly clear out the multitask bar of all running … Read More

Quickly Turn Off the iPhone Alarm Clock with a Swipe

Jul 19, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Turn off the iPhone alarm by swiping

The iPhone Clock app has replaced many bedside alarm clocks out there, fitting since many of us sleep with an iPhone on a bed stand anyway. While most users know that you can snooze / sleep the iPhone alarm by just tapping on the screen or pressing one of physical buttons on the phone (volume … Read More

Prevent Volume Buttons from Changing the Ringer & Alert Levels on iPhone

Jul 18, 2014 - 1 Comment
iPhone volume buttons

If you’ve ever let a child play with your iPhone, you know that every physical button probably gets pressed a few million times, often repeatedly. There’s obviously little harm in that by itself, but a fairly common scenario is that a parent hands their iPhone to their kid to play a game or watch a … Read More

How to Bulk Remove Many Photos on iPhone Quickly with a Date Trick

Jul 17, 2014 - 3 Comments
iOS photos

If you need to remove a bunch of pictures from your iPhone, the iOS Photos app now includes a handy group selection tool that allows for bulk modification of many images without having to resort to tapping and marking a ton of pics or any of the other deletion tricks. Instead, mass deleting many multiples … Read More

Remove User Names from Login Window for Added Security in OS X

Jul 17, 2014 - 7 Comments
Display login name as password and username field in Mac OS X

The login screen of OS X defaults to showing the account pictures and user names of all accounts on the given Mac. This is undoubtedly convenient for most users as it makes logging into accounts much faster, but for situations where a Mac requires higher security, users may wish to hide user account names from … Read More

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