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Where to Set Environment Variables in Mac OS X

Jul 28, 2015 - 7 Comments
Terminal in OS X

At the command line, environmental variables are defined for the current shell and become inherited by any running command or process. They can determine anything from the default shell, the PATH, the users home directory, to the terminal emulation type, current working directory, where a history file is located, language and localization settings, and going … Read More

How to Delete Old Backups from Time Machine on Mac

Jul 27, 2015 - 14 Comments
Time Machine in Mac OS X

If you use Time Machine to backup a Mac to an external drive, you may decide to manually delete old backups that are no longer needed. Yes, Time Machine does it’s own housekeeping, but sometimes users need to manually intervene. This can be for a variety of reasons, whether for simple removal of old backups, … Read More

How to Stop WhatsApp Saving Pictures & Video to iPhone Automatically

Jul 23, 2015 - 1 Comment
WhatsApp icon

The popular messaging app WhatsApp has a default media saving setting which will automatically download and save every received picture and video to the iPhone Photos apps Camera Roll. While some users may like this feature, others may wish to change the auto-saving media behavior so that images and movies sent and received in WhatsApp … Read More

13 Force Touch Trackpad Tricks & Shortcuts for Mac

Jul 20, 2015 - 7 Comments
Force Touch trackpad tricks

The new Force Touch trackpads available for some Macs are really quite impressive. By using a haptic feedback mechanism and a tiny little speaker, the pressure-sensitive trackpad mimics a click with multiple layers of depth by pushing feedback into your finger – the trackpad itself does not move or click down like the prior generation … Read More

Siri Can Call Emergency Services For You with iPhone if Need Be

Jul 17, 2015 - 13 Comments
Call Emergency Services with Siri an iPhone if need be

Obviously nobody wants to be in an emergency situation, but if the need ever arises, Siri can come to your aid with a quick ability to dial the local emergency service line, and it works practically wherever you are in the world with the iPhone so long as it has a cellular connection. There’s not … Read More

How to Delete Old iCloud Backups on iPhone & iPad

Jul 16, 2015 - 12 Comments
Access iCloud backups from iOS

Backing up a device to iCloud is highly recommended, but sometimes users get a new iPhone or iPad and they have old backups laying around in their iCloud account, which may not do much and just end up taking space. Assuming you have no use for the old backups anymore, you can easily delete them … Read More

How to Add Gatekeeper Exceptions from Command Line in Mac OS X

Jul 15, 2015 - 7 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Typically if you want to have an application launch approved by the GateKeeper feature on a Mac, you right-click on the unidentified developers application and choose “Open”, or go through System Preferences to bypass Gatekeeper that way. Another option is to manually add application approvals and exceptions to Gatekeeper by turning to the command line … Read More

How to Export Contacts from Mac OS X

Jul 14, 2015 - 12 Comments
Contacts

Contact information can be some of the most useful data to export and share with others, and a comprehensive address book can be amongst some of the most important data a user gathers over time. The Mac makes exporting contact information from OS X Contacts app very easy, so whether you want to share and … Read More

How to Set Up Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

Jul 12, 2015 - 34 Comments
How to setup Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

Time Machine is an easy Mac backup solution built into OS X that allows for automated continual backups of files, apps, and the operating system itself. Not only does Time Machine make it incredibly easy to maintain frequent automatic backups of a Mac, it also makes it equally simple to restore from a backup in … Read More

How to Page Up & Page Down on Mac Keyboards

Jul 7, 2015 - 11 Comments
Mac keyboard

Many Mac users arriving from the land of Windows PC keyboards will notice that the Apple keyboards as well as those included on a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro do not have the standard “Page Up” and “Page Down” keys. This does not mean you can’t page up and page down on a Mac, … Read More

Scan Credit Card Info with iPhone Camera in Safari

Jul 6, 2015 - 5 Comments
Scan credit card info with iPhone camera in Safari

If you’re shopping on the web from Safari with iPhone, you can make your check-out time faster and much easier by using a great built-in scanning feature to scan credit card details. This uses the iPhone camera to pull info directly from the card, preventing you from having to manually enter the sixteen digit number, … Read More

4 Tips to Record Amazing Video of Fireworks with iPhone or iPad

Jul 4, 2015 - 4 Comments
iPhone camera tips

We’ve shared some tips to take great pictures of fireworks with iPhone before, but fireworks are obviously in motion, so perhaps the best way to capture a firework show is with some great video. Fortunately, the iPhone and iPad have a wonderful video recording camera built right in, and with a few tricks, you’ll be … Read More

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