How to Change the Search Engine in Safari for Mac OS X

Aug 25, 2015 - 14 Comments

Safari icon Mac users who favor the Safari browser as their primary means of web access in OS X may find it helpful to switch the search engine used by default in Safari. This determines which web search tool is used through the URL address bar and elsewhere in Safari. You can choose between the four major web search engine choices to use as the default in Safari, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo, each are great choices which have a variety of benefits.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

How to Restore a Mac from a Time Machine Backup

Aug 24, 2015 - 27 Comments

How to restore an entire Mac from Time Machine backup

While Macs have a great reputation for being stable and rarely experiencing major issues, the reality is that sometimes things can go wrong. Typically this happens when either a hard drive fails or an OS X system update goes completely awry, but if you have set up Time Machine backups on the Mac like all users should, then you will discover that restoring an entire systems hard drive from that Time Machine backup is really quite easy.

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Limit Animations on Apple Watch with Reduce Motion

Aug 23, 2015 - 1 Comment

This is Apple Watch

Apple makes heavy usage of eye candy zooming and zipping around animation effects on Apple Watch, iOS, and OS X, which can look nice in some situations, but can also cause nausea and vertigo to some users who are particularly sensitive to the unpleasant sensation of motion sickness. If you’ve ever been using the Apple Watch and felt queasy, or perhaps you just aren’t a fan of the endless zooming in and out of applications, resizing, and sliding around animations found throughout WatchOS, you can turn on a feature called Reduce Motion which greatly limits the animations.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Faulty iPhone 6 Plus Cameras to Be Replaced Free by Apple

Aug 22, 2015 - 10 Comments

Rear iPhone 6 Plus camera taking blurry photos is eligible for free repair

Apple has launched a replacement program for malfunctioning rear cameras on some iPhone 6 Plus models. The affected iPhone 6 Plus devices have a camera component failure which causes photos and video taken with the devices rear camera to appear blurry rather than focused (note Apple calls the rear camera on iPhones the iSight camera, and the front camera a FaceTime camera). Not all iPhone Plus models are impacted, and some iPhone 6 Plus devices with a repair-eligible serial number appear to take normal focused pictures.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News, Troubleshooting - 10 Comments

Convert Any Picture to Emoji Mosaic Art with This Fun Tool

Aug 21, 2015 - 13 Comments

Retro Apple logo Emoji

Everyone loves Emoji, right? The playful little icons that can typed on the Mac or iPhone add all sorts of fun and variety to conversation, but why stop at communication? Why not make some incredibly complex mosaic Emoji artwork out of any image or picture you have? It’s easy!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 13 Comments

OS X El Capitan Recovery Update Version 2.0 Available for Beta Users

Aug 21, 2015 - 1 Comment

OS X El Capitan

Apple has released an update to the Recovery feature for Macs running beta versions of OS X El Capitan. The update is recommended for all users running OS X El Capitan to install.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 1 Comment

Apple Pay Highlighted in Latest iPhone Commercial

Aug 21, 2015 - 3 Comments

Apple Pay iPhone advertisement

Apple has started to air a new Apple Pay focused iPhone commercial in the ongoing “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” ad campaign.

The advertisement focuses on the ease, safety, and convenience of using Apple Pay to make purchases from the iPhone, displaying a diverse handful of retailers who support the service, including McDonalds, Subway, PetCo, Sports Authority, Macy’s, Sephora, Staples, Jamba Juice, Walgreens, and others.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 3 Comments

Enable Confirmation Before Deleting & Archiving Email in iPhone & iPad Mail App

Aug 20, 2015 - 11 Comments

Mail icon for iOS The Mail app in iOS is one of the most used applications for many iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners, and that means it’s likely only a matter of time before you inadvertently delete or accidentally archive an email on the device that you didn’t necessarily intend to. This is fairly easy to do since it just requires a user to tap on the little nondescript box button in iOS Mail app, which by default sends the mail message into the alternate inbox called Archives.

Since that accidental arching (or deletion) of a message can be a frustrating Mail experience, an excellent choice is to enable an optional dialog box which will ask to confirm the deletion of an email message, or confirm an email is to be archived, before performing the action in iOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 7 & Public Beta 5 Released for Mac Testers

Aug 19, 2015 - 21 Comments

OS X El Capitan

Apple has released OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 7 alongside OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5 for users participating in the beta testing programs for Mac system software. And yes, it’s basically the same Public Beta 5 that was released and then pulled yesterday. It’s unclear why the initial release of El Capitan Public Beta 5 was removed.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 21 Comments

How to Change the Keyboard Language in iOS Quickly

Aug 19, 2015 - 2 Comments

How to change the keyboard language on iOS

Whether you’re a multilingual iPhone or iPad user or just learning a foreign language, you almost certainly wish to change the language of the onscreen virtual keyboard from time to time. Switching the keyboard language in iOS is really quite simple once you have an alternate keyboard enabled, so let’s walk through the entire process.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Disable Siri Completely on iPhone & iPad

Aug 18, 2015 - 13 Comments

Turn Siri off (or on) The Siri voice assistant has many genuinely useful commands and features and a great sense of humor, but some users may wish to disable Siri on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for whatever reason.

Of course, by turning off Siri, you won’t be able to access the personal assistant from anywhere in iOS, and you’ll lose any of the related features on the iPhone or iPad itself, but also with any paired Apple Watch too.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5 Available for Mac Testers

Aug 18, 2015 - 16 Comments

el capitan public beta

Apple has released the fifth Public Beta release of OS X El Capitan to users participating in the Mac Public Beta testing program for OS X 10.11. The new build arrives as 15A262c and the accompanying release notes suggest it should be installed by all users who are running the public beta versions of Mac OS X.

Update 2: OS X 10.11 Public Beta 5 is back on the App Store again, now with the build 15A262e.

Update: Public Beta 5 seems to have disappeared from the App Store, curious.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 16 Comments

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