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Recover Files & Data from a Failing Hard Drive in Mac OS X the Simple Way

Sep 26, 2013 - 3 Comments
Hard drive failing

Hard drive failures are never fun but they are a fact of computing life whether you use a Mac or PC. Sometimes drives can truck along for many years before going bad, and other times you wind up with a drive that goes kaput after just a few months of normal use. Regardless of when … Read More

Fix iMessage and FaceTime Activation Errors with iOS 7

Sep 23, 2013 - 1 Comment
Fixing an iMessage Activation error

Some iOS 7 users have reported problems activating iMessage and FaceTime on their freshly updated iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Some of the initial activation errors were probably due to immense simultaneous demand being placed on Apple servers, but since some people are still experiencing this problem after the initial iOS 7 release rush, … Read More

Unable to Empty Trash and Delete Time Machine Backups? Here’s How to Fix That

Aug 12, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Empty the Trash when Time Machine backups won't delete

Despite Time Machine being a remarkable solution for easy backups, a peculiar issue can arise for some Time Machine users that causes the OS X Trash to not be able to empty when the backup drive is connected to the Mac. This will usually manifest itself as the following; a user attempts to empty the … Read More

Work with a Broken Power Button on the iPhone / iPad Using an iOS Fix

Jul 29, 2013 - 5 Comments
Broken iPhone Power Button

If you find yourself in a situation where the power button (the topmost hardware button) on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is unresponsive, stuck, or no longer functioning, you can make due by using the Assistive Touch features of iOS. Intended as an Accessibility feature, Assistive Touch allows you to summon a virtual power … Read More

Resolving the Mystery of a Disappearing Mouse Cursor in Mac OS X

Jul 19, 2013 - 22 Comments
Mac OS X Mouse cursor

In an unusual and fairly rare situation, the Mac cursor can randomly disappear from OS X. More accurately, the cursor itself becomes invisible, because you can still click around on the screen but without being able to see what the mouse or trackpad is focused on. This seems to happen out of the blue, and … Read More

How to Quickly Fix Stuck Orientation on the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Jul 3, 2013 - 2 Comments
Orientation stuck in iOS

Every once in a while an iOS device or app will get stuck in the wrong orientation, unresponsive to rotating the device and it either stays in portrait or horizontal mode, despite every effort to rotate the device any which direction. Though this seems to happen more often on the iPad than the iPhone or … Read More

How to Fix iTunes When It’s Not Syncing with iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Jun 30, 2013 - 24 Comments
Fix iTunes when it won't sync

iOS is obviously going in the direction of not needing iTunes at all, but in the meantime you still need to sync an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to copy over music libraries, videos, media, perform local backups, apps, and more. Typically iTunes will sync with an iOS device without incident, but sometimes things go … Read More

How to Tell Which Model an iPhone Is

Jun 27, 2013 - 1 Comment
Identify an iPhone by model number

Though most iPhone owners know what which model they have, not everyone does, and sometimes you’ll come across an iPhone and have no idea what it is. This is usually because some iPhone models share the same enclosure, and because of that it can be very hard to differentiate them just by a first glance. … Read More

Resolve a “Couldn’t Unmount Disk” Error in Disk Utility

Jun 14, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Couldn't Unmount Disk Error as seen in Disk Utility on a Mac

Disk Utility usually works trouble-free, but a frustrating “Couldn’t Unmount Disk” error can halt whatever the attempted task is right in its tracks. This can happen during partitioning, disk verification and repair, and even during formatting, and there’s usually little to no additional information provided as to how to resolve the problem or even what … Read More

What To Do When an iPhone Won’t Turn On

Jun 6, 2013 - 38 Comments
What to do when an iPhone won't turn on

Many of us have found a situation where an iPhone just won’t turn on. Pressing the power button causes literally nothing to happen, the iPhone just displays a black screen. Fortunately, this is usually just a simple problem to resolve, because either iOS has suffered an unusually severe crash and needs the device to be … Read More

Quick Fix iPhone Stuck in “Headphones” Mode & Speakers Not Working

May 22, 2013 - 66 Comments
iPhone speaker stuck on Headphones mode

Ever had your iPhone get stuck in Headphone mode? The symptoms are fairly obvious; you go to change the volume level and the little volume indicator says “ringer (headphones)” like shown below, and no audio our sound works through the normal speaker output.

A Quick Fix for “No Batteries Available” & Fans Running Constantly on a MacBook Air

May 7, 2013 - 23 Comments
Key sequences to reset the SMC controller on a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina

If you’ve ever had a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro’s battery disappear at random it can be a disconcerting feeling. This is often accompanied with the battery menu having an “X” through it and saying “No Batteries Available”, a very sluggish Mac, and even after a reboot or not the Mac will often have fans … Read More

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