How to Use Find My Friends on a Mac

Apr 22, 2016 - 5 Comments

Find my Friends on a Mac

Find My Friends is available as a widget on the Mac within Notification Center, allowing users to see a list and location of their friends and family who have chosen to share their location with them. This has many practical applications, but parents, close friends, and partners will likely find it to be most useful.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Two Apple Earth Day Ads Highlight Renewable Energy & Liam the Robot

Apr 22, 2016 - Leave a Comment

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Apple has released two new commercials for Earth Day. The first advertisement emphasizes the companies renewable energy efforts to power servers, and the other second ad focuses on recycling iPhones with the help of a robot.

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How to Set Any Picture as Background Wallpaper on iPhone & iPad

Apr 21, 2016 - 4 Comments

How to Change Wallpaper Background to Any Picture on iPhone

“How do you change the picture on the background?” is one of the more common questions heard from newcomers to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This is all the more true when you took a great picture with the devices camera and you want to set that picture as the wallpaper on the iOS device, or when someone sends you a nice photo that saved to the device from Mail or found with Safari, and now want to set as the background image of your iPhone or iPad.

We’ll show you how to quickly set the background wallpaper on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can choose any picture on your device to use as the wallpaper picture this way.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Enable a Confirmation When Deleting Files & Folders with rm Command

Apr 21, 2016 - 5 Comments

Terminal in OS X Most command line users know that the “rm” command for removing and deleting files is quite powerful, able to delete just about any file imaginable within the file system – whether it should be removed or not. Once you add in wildcards and sudo, rm and srm because exponentially more potent and potentially dangerous, so for advanced users who wish to add in a layer of security to the rm feature they can enable a confirmation dialog with the rm and srm commands. This also offers a helpful protective mechanism for those who are learning the command line and want to place a a layer of verification between the instantaneous deletion of files and their command execution.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

12 Beautiful Hidden Nature Wallpapers from Apple for Earth Day

Apr 20, 2016 - 11 Comments

Apple Earth Day Hidden Nature Wallpapers

Apple has been running an Earth Day Lessons campaign aimed at students to raise awareness of various environmental issues surrounding conservation, ecosystems, and ecology. Like many other microsites on Apple.com, these web pages are filled with beautiful high resolution images, this time themed around Earth, featuring subjects from zebras, shorelines, kelp forests, to tree farms and sea otters. Well it turns out if you spend a little bit of time with the Web Inspector tool, you can uncover some pretty great wallpapers on the Apple environmental focus site.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 11 Comments

Beta 2 of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 , WatchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1 Available

Apr 20, 2016 - 6 Comments

Beta builds

Apple has released the second beta versions of OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, WatchOS 2.2.1, and tvOS 9.2.1. The updated beta releases are available now to individuals running the prior beta builds.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 6 Comments

How to Open Winmail.dat Attachment Files on Mac OS X

Apr 19, 2016 - 8 Comments

Opening Winmail.dat attachment files in Mac OS X

Many Mac Mail users who send and receive emails with their Windows counterparts using a mail client like Outlook or Microsoft Exchange will discover a “winmail.dat” file attached to those emails. If you try to open a winmail.dat file on Mac OS X, you’ll usually find there is nothing available to open the attachment, or it often contains gibberish and is illegible.

We’ll show you several ways Mac users can open winmail.dat files attached to emails. We’ll also explain what a winmail.dat file is and where they come from.

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Apple Releases Updated MacBook 12″ for Early 2016

Apr 19, 2016 - 16 Comments

MacBook 2016 models

Apple has quietly released an update to their 12″ MacBook lineup, with newer processors, improved graphics, faster memory, faster PCIe flash storage, longer battery life, and the addition of an all new Rose Gold model.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac, News - 16 Comments

The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam, Should You?

Apr 18, 2016 - 80 Comments

Putting tape over camera on MacBook

If you have ever been to an IT event or security conference you have undoubtedly seen many laptops with tape covering over their built-in cameras. The practice is becoming so common within some groups of people that you’ll occasionally even see the taped webcams in coffee shops and the workplace too.

Interestingly enough, it’s not just your techy coworker or survivalist uncle who is taping over their webcams, it turns out the Director of the FBI does the exact same thing.

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By Paul Horowitz - News, Security - 80 Comments

How to Convert a Live Photo to Still Photo on iPhone

Apr 18, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Convert a Live Photo to a Still Photo

The Live Photos feature on new iPhone cameras is fun and interesting as it turns a still photo into a short live action clip automatically. While you can turn the Live Photos feature off and on easily with a quick toggle, another approach is to not think about it by leaving the feature on, then simply converting the Live Photo to a Still Photo if you no longer want it to be an animated live action shot.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

Speed Up Time Machine by Removing Low Process Priority Throttling

Apr 17, 2016 - 13 Comments

Speed up Time Machine

It’s well known that all Mac users should set up Time Machine to automate backups of their computer, and while most Mac users let OS X go about backing up to Time Machine at it’s own pace, which sometimes borderlines on glacial, some users may wish to speed the backup process up a bit. With the help of the command line you can do just that and dramatically speed up the Time Machine backup process, but there are some major caveats to this trick because it applies beyond Time Machine, making it appropriate for advanced Mac users only, and used on a limited basis.

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Boost Game Performance on Retina Macs with a Simple Trick

Apr 16, 2016 - 8 Comments

Civilization on Mac

Mac users with Retina displays may have noticed that gaming performance is sometimes reduced on these machines. The reason is quite simple; if you’re running the game at native resolution, then the Mac has to drive the game at full resolution of the display at 2880 x 1440 or greater. A common solution to this is to go into a games individual Display settings and manually adjust them so the games resolution is lower, but another approach to this is available for Retina Macs like the iMac and MacBook Pro.

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By Paul Horowitz - Games, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

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