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How to Make a Bootable OS X El Capitan Beta USB Installer Drive

Jun 11, 2015 - 42 Comments
OS X El Capitan Boot Install drive

Many Mac users interested in running OS X El Capitan may wish to have a bootable install drive of the new operating system. We’re going to demonstrate how to do this with a USB flash drive, but technically you can create a boot installer out of just about any USB device which has sufficient space. … Read More

Anyone Can Install iOS 9 Beta Right Now, But You Shouldn’t

Jun 10, 2015 - 16 Comments
iOS 9 devices

Though Apple typically only allows iOS beta software to be installed on devices with a UDID registered with the developer program, iOS 9 beta can technically be installed on any compatible iPhone or iPad right now. But, despite all the excitement for new features and changes with iOS 9, you should wait before jumping in, … Read More

How to Place Text on Video with iMovie for iPhone

Jun 6, 2015 - 4 Comments
How to add overlay text on video with iMovie for iPhone

Many iOS users will want to know how they can place text, a phrase, or a word overlay atop of a video captured with their iPhone. This is a fairly common and basic video editing task that can be handled with the iMovie app on iPhone, though if you’ve never added text to a video … Read More

Get Movie Details from Nearly Anywhere in Mac OS X with a Tap

Jun 5, 2015 - 4 Comments
See movie showtimes and details on web pages

Now that you can get movie showtimes right from Spotlight in Mac OS X, did you know that you can also get movie details and showtimes from just about any webpage, document, or elsewhere that displays text just as well? Basically, if you can select and highlight the movie text with the cursor, you can … Read More

How to Copy an ISO to a USB Drive from Mac OS X with dd

Jun 5, 2015 - 8 Comments
Find the disk identifier with diskutil list to direct dd to

If you have downloaded an ISO image of another operating system, say Ubuntu Linux or Windows 10, and you wish to turn that ISO image file into a bootable USB installer drive using a USB flash drive or USB key, you’ll find the most reliable way to copy or ‘burn’ the ISO to that target … Read More

How to Name Group Conversations in Messages for iOS

Jun 4, 2015 - 9 Comments
Name a group chat in iOS Messages

If you regularly message in group conversations or mass texts with Messages app on the iPhone or iPad, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the group conversations are labeled by the contacts involved in the conversation, like “Bob, Jon, Bill”. While that’s certainly adequate and descriptive enough, a better approach can be to assign a specific custom name … Read More

Find Detailed Wi-Fi Connection History from Command Line of Mac OS X

Jun 3, 2015 - 2 Comments
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There are some situations where knowing exactly what wireless networks a Mac has connected to and when that connection was last established can be helpful. We’ll demonstrate how to uncover a comprehensive listing of specifics about previously joined wi-fi networks, which will include the last connection date and time (to the second!), if the network … Read More

How to Turn Off (or On) the Stand Up Reminder on Apple Watch

Jun 3, 2015 - 3 Comments
Apple Watch activity goal screen summary with standing reminder

Apple Watch has a variety of fitness tracking and motivational features that are aimed at improving the wearers activity and health, or at least their awareness of it. One of the most notable features for Apple Watch users is the “Stand Reminder”, which, much as it sounds, is a gentle reminder to stand up every … Read More

How to Change DNS from Command Line of Mac OS X

Jun 2, 2015 - 3 Comments
Terminal in OS X

Advanced Mac users may find it useful to know that DNS servers in OS X can be set from the command line, without having to turn to the System Preferences Network control panel. While the GUI Network control panel is undeniably the easiest approach for most Mac users, the command line method offers benefits for … Read More

How to Minimize (& Maximize) Emails in Mail App on iPhone

Jun 1, 2015 - 11 Comments
How to minimize an email message in iOS Mail app

If you spend a fair amount of time emailing from the iPhone, you’ve almost certainly come across a situation where you’ll be writing out an email, but need to get data or information from another email in your Mail inbox. That used to be a challenge, but modern versions of the Mail app in iOS … Read More

How to Stop Photos Opening Automatically on Mac OS X when iPhone or Camera Connects

May 31, 2015 - 31 Comments
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The Mac Photos app defaults to automatically launch whenever an iPhone, digital camera, or SD memory media card connects to the computer. This behavior can be helpful and desired by some users, but for many others, automatically opening the Photos app can be frustrating if not annoying. Fortunately, you can quickly stop the Photos app … Read More

Assign a Name to Group Chats in Messages for Mac

May 29, 2015 - 8 Comments
Assign a name to group chat in Messages for Mac

When you’re engaged in a group conversation in Messages for Mac, you’ll notice the ‘To’ section lists the names of people participating in the group chat. While that’s certainly adequate for most situations, if you have a specific group chat going for a specific purpose, you can assign a name to any given group chat … Read More

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