Knock to Show the Clock on Apple Watch When in Nightstand Mode

Nov 19, 2015 - 10 Comments

Knock to show the Clock on Apple Watch in Nightstand Mode

As you may know, the Apple Watch can transform into a nightstand clock rather simply, but rather than fumbling around with the buttons or tapping the screen to see the date and time displayed on the screen, you can use a much easier but little known trick to show the time; simply knock on the surface where the Apple Watch is resting.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Enable Stealth Mode in Mac OS X Firewall for Added Security

Nov 18, 2015 - 16 Comments

Enable Stealth Mode Firewall in Mac OS X

Mac users who want a bit more network security can turn on an optional firewall feature in OS X called Stealth Mode. With Stealth Mode enabled, the Mac will not acknowledge or respond to typical network discovery attempts with ICMP ping requests, and will not answer connections attempts made from closed TCP and UDP networks. Essentially, it makes the Mac appear to these requests as if it doesn’t exist at all.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

iOS 9.2 Beta 4 & tvOS 9.1 beta 3 Released for Testing

Nov 18, 2015 - 7 Comments

iOS 9.2 beta 4

Apple has released the fourth beta of iOS 9.2 to users participating in the public beta testing and registered developer programs. The new iOS 9.2 beta build arrives as 13C5075 and is compatible with all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch hardware that can run other version of iOS 9. Additionally, Apple has released the third beta build of tvOS 9.1 for the new Apple TV.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 7 Comments

5 New Apple TV Commercials Focus on Games & Video Services

Nov 17, 2015 - 10 Comments

Apple TV six color ad

Apple is running several commercials for the new fourth generation Apple TV, demonstrating various games and video streaming services on the television device.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, News - 10 Comments

How to Use Pinned Tabs in Safari for OS X El Capitan

Nov 17, 2015 - 4 Comments

Pinned tabs in Safari for Mac

The latest versions of Safari in OS X El 10.11 and later include a pinned tab feature, which allow you to maintain a particular web sites browser tab consistently across Safari relaunching and rebooting of the Mac. Pinned Tabs kind of work like bookmarks in this sense, except that rather than having to show a bookmarks bar, you can simply visit the pinned site through the pinned tab which appears in the same tab toolbar you’d see in Safari when multiple tabs are open anyway.

The pinned tabs are subtle and not intrusive, making them a great way to keep quick access to sites you visit regularly in Safari on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

OS X 10.11.2 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Nov 17, 2015 - 11 Comments


Apple has released the fourth beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 for users participating in the beta testing programs. The new version build arrives as 15C47a and is available now both as a public beta and as a developer beta build.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 11 Comments

How to Save eMail Attachments on iPhone & iPad Mail to iCloud Drive

Nov 16, 2015 - 3 Comments

How to Save Attachments from Mail in iOS to iCloud Drive

The iOS Mail app allows users to save various types of attachments directly to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This is a great feature that is available in the latest versions of iOS, and for most file attachment, you’ll be able to save whatever the file is directly to iCloud Drive in iOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Flush DNS Cache in OS X El Capitan

Nov 16, 2015 - 6 Comments

Flushing DNS cache in OS X El Capitan via Terminal If you adjust DNS settings on a Mac and the changes seemingly haven’t taken effect, or perhaps you discover that a given name server address is not resolving as intended, flushing the DNS cache is often a quick resolution. Flushing DNS cache in OS X El Capitan (10.11 or later) is easily possible with a trip to the command line, though if you’ve been using Mac OS X for a while you’ll notice the syntax is different, again, from some prior releases of Mac OS. This is because Apple has re-adopted mDNSResponder after temporarily ditching it for discoveryd, so the dscacheutil command will likely be familiar to some Mac users.

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Mac Setup: The Adjustable Desk of a CEO

Nov 15, 2015 - 20 Comments

Mac setup of a CEO of web development and software development firm

This featured Mac setup is the workstation of Peter L., the Chief Executive of a web design and software development firm. Read on to learn a bit more about the awesome adjustable desk, and the hardware and software that is put to use!

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 20 Comments

Fix “the last backup could not be completed” iOS iCloud Backup Error

Nov 14, 2015 - 18 Comments

Last backup could not be completed to iCloud error in iOS

For iCloud users with automatic backups configured, the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will backup to iCloud every evening when connected to wi-fi. This usually goes without a hitch, but sometimes you may check the iCloud Backup settings to discover a vague message stating “The last backup could not be completed.” You may also see this backup failed error when trying to complete a manual iCloud backup from an iOS device too.

Given how important regular backups are, this error message can be annoying and distressing, but fortunately it’s usually quickly resolved with a few simple troubleshooting tricks.

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How to Change 3D Touch Pressure Sensitivity on iPhone 6S

Nov 13, 2015 - 1 Comment

Adjust 3D Touch screen sensitivity on iPhone

The new iPhone 3D Touch display detects the level of pressure placed on the screen and, depending on the app, action, or home screen icon, offers different responses and interactions. These “peak” and “pop” features are throughout iOS and offer shortcuts of sorts to perform various functions, and they’re really a great feature of the iPhone 6S lineup. Using 3D Touch takes a little bit of practice, particularly in regard to applying the correct amount of screen pressure to get the intended action, but one way to greatly improve the 3D Touch experience is to manually adjust the touch screen pressure sensitivity required to activate the various features.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Create a Custom Photo Face on Apple Watch

Nov 13, 2015 - 7 Comments

Custom photo Apple Watch face

Want a customized Apple Watch face that features a photo of your own choosing? This way every time you activate the Apple Watch to glance at the time, you’ll see the picture of your choice with a date and clock atop the image.

This is a nice way to personalize the Apple Watch a bit, and you can easily create a custom photo watch face in just a few moments.
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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

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