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Mac Apps Not Opening? Apps Crashing on Launch? Fix Error 173 with OS X App Store Apps

Feb 29, 2016 - 11 Comments
App Store icon

Over the last few weeks, many Mac users have discovered that attempting to launch some apps obtained from the Mac App Store fails, with the apps immediately crashing and thereby failing to open in OS X. Typically you’ll see the app icon appear for a fraction of a second in the Dock, then disappear. For … Read More

iPhone is Disabled? How to Fix With or Without Connecting to iTunes

Feb 26, 2016 - 17 Comments
iPhone is disabled error message and how to fix it

Have you ever picked up your iPhone to discover the message “iPhone is disabled” and to “try again in 1 minute” or to try again 5, 15, 60 minutes? In the worst scenarios, the message says “iPhone is disabled. Connect to iTunes”, and the device is unusable until then. So, what is going on here, … Read More

iPhone Won’t Charge? Here’s Why iPhone Isn’t Charging & How to Fix It

Feb 20, 2016 - 19 Comments
iPhone not charging? Here is how to fix it

Your iPhone is plugged in, but it’s not charging. Why won’t the iPhone charge? Is the iPhone broken? Is it time to freak out? Probably not, in fact there are some really common reasons an iPhone won’t charge, and most of the time it has nothing to do with the iPhone itself (unless it was … Read More

Is iMessage Down? Is iCloud Down? How to Check Apple Services Status

Feb 19, 2016 - 6 Comments
Check Apple services online or offline

Many Apple device owners depend heavily on iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, Apple ID, Siri, the App Stores, and the other myriad of Apple online services for their Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV to work as intended, whether it’s backing up to iCloud or sending messages to friends and families, using iTunes, or logging into … Read More

Don’t Try This At Home: Destroy an iPhone by Changing the Date

Feb 11, 2016 - 64 Comments
Destroying an iPhone with a bad date bug

Every once in a while an awful bug is discovered that can crash an iPhone, render it nearly useless, or rarely, worse. The worst scenario applies here, because it turns out you can completely destroy an iPhone and make it inoperable by simply changing the devices date to a specific time and date far in … Read More

How to Reinstall OS X on a Mac

Feb 9, 2016 - 22 Comments
Reinstall OS X system software on a Mac

Though we’d all rather everything works as intended with our Macs, occasionally something goes really haywire and OS X becomes either royally messed up or unusable. In these circumstances, sometimes the only solution to get things working again is to reinstall OS X system software (or, if you have a recent safe backup made, restoring … Read More

The Mac “Startup Disk Almost Full” Message and How to Fix It

Feb 6, 2016 - 27 Comments
Mac Startup disk is almost full error message, here is how to fix it

Many Mac users will inevitably see the “Your startup disk almost full” error message show up in OS X, with a vague note to delete some files in order to make more space available on the Mac. While you can disregard the message for a little while, it will usually come back again shortly, and … Read More

AirDrop Not Showing Up in iOS Control Center? This is the Easy Fix

Feb 1, 2016 - 11 Comments
Set AirDrop to be available to Everyone

AirDrop is a great file sharing protocol for iOS and OS X that allows users to quickly and easily send files, photos, contacts, and other data back and forth between iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and Mac OS X. But sometimes AirDrop doesn’t show up at all in iOS, which obviously prevents the feature from working … Read More

iPhone Battery Percentage Stuck Not Updating on 6s or 6s Plus? Here’s a Fix

Jan 31, 2016 - 3 Comments
Low battery warning on an iPhone

Some iPhone users have discovered their devices battery life percentage indicator within the status bar is stuck and not updating, only to then have the percent jump way down, sometimes to the point where the iPhone is about to run out of battery. This seems to primarily impact the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, … Read More

The “Optimizing Your Mac” Notification in OS X Explained

Jan 28, 2016 - 11 Comments
Optimizing Your Mac notification in Mac OS X

Some Mac users may see a notification alert pop-up from OS X in the corner of their display with a message stating “Optimizing Your Mac – Performance and battery life may be affected until completed.” While there aren’t any additional details offered in the notification, there is a “Close” button, which will dismiss the alert. … Read More

iPhone Keeps Restarting Randomly? Here’s How to Fix it

Jan 24, 2016 - 19 Comments
iPhone randomly restarts? Here's how to fix that

While iOS is usually a pretty flawless experience without many bugs or glitches, one issue that crops up for some iPhone and iPad users is especially annoying; their iPhone keeps restarting randomly. Seemingly out of nowhere and at random, the iPhone restarts itself, and you’ll see an Apple  logo before the device boots back … Read More

How to Remove Temporary Items & Bloated /private/var/folders/ in Mac OS X the Safe Way

Jan 13, 2016 - 18 Comments
Huge temporary items folder in Mac OS X shown in /private/var/folders/

Mac OS creates various system level folders of temporary items and caches, which typically remain hidden from the average OS X user. Nonetheless, Mac users using various disk management utilities and apps like OmniDiskSweeper will come across these various temporary item folders in OS X, often at locations like /tmp and /private/var/ and /var/folder. Sometimes … Read More

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