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How to Disable the Focus Ring Animation in Mac OS X

Aug 17, 2016 - 32 Comments
Finder

One of the most subtle animations found in Mac OS X and macOS is known as the “focus ring animation”, which is a sort of zooming highlight around where ever the cursor focus goes in a text book. Many users likely haven’t even noticed it, it’s that subtle. If you have no idea what the … Read More

How to Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID

Aug 17, 2016 - 10 Comments
Disable Two Factor Authentication for Apple ID

Some users may benefit from enabling Two-Factor Authentication with Apple ID to further protect and secure their devices and data, but sometimes people decide two-factor auth is too much of a hassle and want to disable the feature.

A Broken iPhone Charger: Fix it? Replace it?

Aug 16, 2016 - 29 Comments
A broken iPhone charger should be replaced

Having a broken iPhone charger cable is exceptionally annoying, not only because they become extremely delicate and often wind up failing completely, but also because it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need to replace the thing and toss out the broken cord. Aside from that, they can also throw various errors, and if … Read More

How to Enable SSH on a Mac from the Command Line

Aug 16, 2016 - 1 Comment
Terminal in OS X

All modern Macs running macOS or Mac OS X come with SSH pre-installed by default, but the SSH (Secure Shell) daemon is also disabled by default. Advanced Mac users may appreciate knowing the ability to enable SSH and disable SSH are both available entirely from the command line of Mac OS, allowing for a simple … Read More

See Previous Recipients of Email in Mail for Mac OS X

Aug 15, 2016 - 5 Comments
Mail app icon

The Mac Mail app keeps track of all previous recipients that have received an email message sent from an email address that is associated with the app. That means every email recipient will be shown and can be reviewed in the Mail app, including the recipients name when available, their email address, and even the … Read More

Email Stuck in Outbox on iPhone or iPad? How to Fix Unsent Mail in iOS

Aug 14, 2016 - 23 Comments
Fix Stuck Email in Outbox of iPhone or iPad

Have you ever gone to send an email in iOS only to have the message get stuck in the Mail app outbox of iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? You’ll know when this happens because at the bottom of the Mail app in iOS, the status bar shows “1 Unsent Message” in iOS, or perhaps even … Read More

Manually Empty Google Maps Cache on iPhone

Aug 13, 2016 - 14 Comments
Google Maps

Unlike most other apps on the iPhone, the Google Maps application allows users to manually clear the apps cache. Doing so will remove the Google Maps app specific Documents and Data on iOS, including all local application caches, app data, offline stored maps, and reset any cookies within the Google Maps application. This is a … Read More

Change How Contacts Sorts and Displays Names on Mac

Aug 12, 2016 - 6 Comments
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The Contacts app for Mac defaults to sorting names by last name, and to showing the first name before the last name when browsing through the address book list of contacts. With some minor adjustments, you can change how the Contacts app displays and sorts the address book contact names in Mac OS. You can … Read More

Dismiss Incoming Phone Call to Apple Watch with a Quick Palm Trick

Aug 11, 2016 - 5 Comments
Hand over the Apple Watch face will dismiss an inbound phone call

Can’t answer a phone call and want to dismiss it quickly from the Apple Watch? Rather than ignoring the call but letting it continue to ring and jingle your wrist, you can use this neat palm trick to instantly silence and dismiss the inbound call, and you don’t even need to turn to the iPhone.

How to Disable Hot Corners in Mac OS X

Aug 10, 2016 - 2 Comments
Disable Hot Corners on Mac

Hot Corners are a feature of Mac OS that allows a user to point the cursor into one of the far corners of the display to summon a set feature, like triggering Mission Control, Launchpad, Dashboard, Notification Center, revealing the desktop, start or disable a screen saver, or put the display to sleep. Many Mac … Read More

Auto Connect to VPN on Boot & Login in Mac OS X

Aug 10, 2016 - 14 Comments
Auto connect to a VPN on Mac

If you use a VPN with a Mac for either work or personal reasons, you may wish to have the Mac automatically connect to the VPN service when the Mac is booted or upon login. Or maybe you just want the VPN to automatically reconnect if the connection drops and disconnects. This is easily accomplished … Read More

How to Find a Disk ID & Device Node Identifier in Mac OS X Command Line

Aug 9, 2016 - 6 Comments
diskutil list and find disk ID identifier information on Mac

If you need to find the disk ID or disk node identifier (like /dev/disk0s2) of a volume attached to a Mac for one reason or another, perhaps the easiest way to obtain this information from the command line is with the diskutil utility.

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