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Workaround for Local Network Discovery Failures & Problems Connecting to Servers in OS X

Jan 24, 2015 - 21 Comments
Problem connecting to Mac server, error message in OS X

Local networking usually works flawlessly on Macs, which is why some of the most aggravating issues that a select group of users may experience with OS X Yosemite pertain to network connections. Some of these may relate to broader connection and wi-fi functionality problems, and others which can effect general LAN networking functions and the … Read More

Fixing OS X Install Errors “can’t be verified” and “error occurred while preparing the installation”

Jan 19, 2015 - 36 Comments
Set the date and time manually in OS X to circumvent error messages during Mac OS X install

Two unusual error messages that can occur during the attempted installation of OS X Yosemite are the “This copy of the Install OS X Yosemite application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading” message, or a more vague “An error occurred while preparing the installation. Try running again” error … Read More

Troubleshoot Safari Freezes & Crashing in OS X Yosemite

Jan 18, 2015 - 71 Comments
Safari icon

Some Mac users have discovered the Safari web browser has become significantly less stable after updating to OS X Yosemite. This can range from periodic crashes of Safari that never happened before, to Safari freezing up entirely, to Safari outright refusing to open as it crashes immediately upon launch. Troubleshooting app crashes can be frustrating, … Read More

iPhone Won’t Stop Vibrating? Here’s How to Resolve the Endless Buzzing

Jan 17, 2015 - 18 Comments
iPhone won't stop vibrating? Fix it

Most problems with iPhone are fairly simple to explain and resolve, but a somewhat rare outlier is the case of the spontaneous continuously vibrating iPhone. You’ll know it if you encounter it, the iPhone will basically seize up and do nothing but vibrate with a black screen, and the vibrations aren’t even pulsed like a … Read More

How to Reset the Printing System in Mac OS X to Fix Annoying Printer Problems

Jan 9, 2015 - 3 Comments
How to Reset the Printing System in Mac OS X

Printer problems are notoriously frustrating for any computer user, and while Macs get off a bit easier than the alternatives out there, there can still be some pretty annoying issues that pop up with printing in OS X due to flakey third party printing support, bad software, or just a low-grade printer. Whether it’s a … Read More

Clear Font Caches & Font Databases in Mac OS X to Resolve Unusual Font Problems

Jan 8, 2015 - 11 Comments
Fonts displaying erroneously in Mac OS X

In some unusual and admittedly rare situations, fonts in OS X and various Mac apps may display erroneously, or outright fail to display. Typically this happens after a font has been modified or a font has been installed outside of the standard ~/Library/Fonts directory, but it can happen out of the blue in some situations … Read More

Disable Raise to Listen for Audio Messages in iOS to Prevent Weird Voice Text Behavior

Jan 4, 2015 - 3 Comments
Voice Texts and Audio Messages in iOS

Raise To Listen is a handy feature in modern versions of iOS that allow you to literally raise your iPhone to listen to a received audio message and to respond by sending a new voice text. But the feature is not entirely reliable for all users (particularly those who use an iPhone case, more on … Read More

Touch ID Not Working in Cold Weather? Here’s a Fix

Dec 31, 2014 - 17 Comments
iPhone Touch ID fingerprint unlock

Many iPhone users have noticed that Touch ID becomes finicky in cold weather, often not working at all when the temperatures drop in winter. Or at least, that’s what it seems like, but the real culprit is quite likely to be your skin and the effects of colder climates on fingerprints, which is what Touch … Read More

Fixing Bluetooth Discovery Problems in OS X Yosemite

Dec 30, 2014 - 33 Comments
Bluetooth device not being found in OS X Yosemite

Some Mac users running OS X Yosemite have discovered Bluetooth to become unreliable, either dropping device connections constantly or even simply not discovering a working Bluetooth device. For example, some users who are trying to use a PS3 controller with the Mac in OS X Yosemite may find that the Mac is unable to locate … Read More

iPhone or iPad Not Charging? Pocket Crud Could Be Jamming the Port

Dec 26, 2014 - 7 Comments
Lightning port gunk could prevents charging on iPhone

If you’ve ever gone to plug in your iPhone or iPad and noticed that it’s not charging as it’s supposed to be, you might want to check the devices Lightning port. That’s because the little charger port on the bottom can be a trap for pocket gunk, and even fairly small pieces of lint or … Read More

What To Do If You Can Not Remember an Apple ID or Password

Dec 23, 2014 - 57 Comments
Confirm your Apple ID with iTunes Settings

Forgetting the login and password to an Apple ID is not the best feeling in the world, particularly given how integral an Apple login is to the broader iOS and OS X experience. So, if you or someone else happens to forget an Apple ID or the password to an Apple account, what should you … Read More

“We Have Different Phone Numbers, Why Are Our iPhones Ringing at the Same Time?”

Dec 15, 2014 - 17 Comments
Phone icon

Many iPhone users have discovered that since updating a few of the household phones to the latest versions of iOS, suddenly when one iPhone rings, so does another completely different iPhone with a different phone number. This is often the case with spouses and partners who find their iPhone ringing when their wife or husbands … Read More

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