The “Optimizing Your Mac” Notification in OS X Explained

Jan 28, 2016 - 9 Comments

Optimizing Your Mac notification in Mac OS X

Some Mac users may see a notification alert pop-up from OS X in the corner of their display with a message stating “Optimizing Your Mac – Performance and battery life may be affected until completed.” While there aren’t any additional details offered in the notification, there is a “Close” button, which will dismiss the alert. Typically this optimizing message appears after a system software update has installed, logging in to a new user account, or if the Mac has been rebooted after a long period of not being restarted. So, if you see this alert message, what’s going on and what should you do?

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Troubleshooting - 9 Comments

Save the Mac App Store Password for Free Downloads in OS X

Jan 27, 2016 - 18 Comments

Mac App Store

Having to constantly enter the Apple ID password to download free apps from the Mac App Store is kind of annoying, but thanks to a new settings option you can stop the authentication requirement for free apps while still maintaining it for paid app downloads and for in-app purchases in OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 18 Comments

How to Delete All Email from Mail Inbox on iPhone & iPad

Jan 26, 2016 - 6 Comments

Delete all emails from Mail in iOS

The latest versions of iOS Mail app include a “Trash All” function that allows you to quickly delete all emails in an inbox on any iPhone, IPad, or iPod touch. This is the fastest way to delete all emails in an inbox from an iOS device, and can be helpful if you want to clear out all locally stored mail messages from iOS, whether for spring cleaning purposes, because you don’t need the emails anymore, or perhaps to free up space taken up from a hoard of emails on an iOS device.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Add Checklists to Notes in iOS & OS X

Jan 25, 2016 - 19 Comments

Notes icon in iOS Notes app includes a variety of enhanced features for iOS and OS X users, but one that is particularly useful is the ability to make checklists easily in the app. As you probably guessed, the checklists are interactive, so you can check things off your own created lists or notes easily to help you keep track of progress or tallies, essentially turning a regular note into a To Do list.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

iOS 9.3 Beta 2, OS X 10.11.4 Beta 2, WatchOS 2.2 Beta 2, Released for Testing

Jan 25, 2016 - 3 Comments

OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 2 and iOS 9.3 beta 2

Apple has issued the second beta versions of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2 beta 2, and WatchOS 2.2 to users participating in the developer release testing programs for iPhone, IPad, iPod touch, Mac OS X, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. The new builds continue to improve features and enhancements on the respective operating systems, and include multiple bug fixes.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, News - 3 Comments

tvOS 9.1.1 Update for Apple TV 4th Gen Released

Jan 25, 2016 - 2 Comments

New Apple TV

Apple has released tvOS 9.1.1 for Apple TV 4th generation models, the small point release update arrives as build 13U717 and primarily focuses on bug and security fixes, but also includes a new Podcasts app for Apple TV.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, News - 2 Comments

iPhone Keeps Restarting Randomly? Here’s How to Fix it

Jan 24, 2016 - 12 Comments

iPhone randomly restarts? Here's how to fix that

While iOS is usually a pretty flawless experience without many bugs or glitches, one issue that crops up for some iPhone and iPad users is especially annoying; their iPhone keeps restarting randomly. Seemingly out of nowhere and at random, the iPhone restarts itself, and you’ll see an Apple  logo before the device boots back up and is usable again. This can happen occasionally sometimes, and in the worst situations, it happens often. If you encounter the frequent iPhone restarting issue, there is a consistently reliable solution to resolve this problem once and for all, and fortunately it’s not particularly challenging. Follow the troubleshooting steps below and you’ll fix the random restarting problem in short order.

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How to Report iMessage Spam as Junk & Delete the Message

Jan 23, 2016 - 6 Comments

Messages Ever received a junk iMessage to an iPhone or iPad from someone you don’t know, or that is clearly spam? With new versions of the Messages app, there is a simple way to report the spammy iMessage sender as such to Apple, which helps them to detect and reduce junk bulk iMessages.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

Show Location Usage Icon in the Menu Bar of Mac OS X

Jan 22, 2016 - 7 Comments

Show location use icon in the menu bar of Mac OS X

More services and features rely on location to function properly on Mac OS X, but whereas iOS will default to showing you a little compass arrow icon when location is accessed and used, OS X doesn’t show comparable location usage by default in the latest versions.

For users who want to know when Mac OS is requesting access and using location data, you can toggle an optional setting that, much like iOS, will display a compass location icon in the menu bar of OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

The iTunes Lockdown Folder Location & How to Reset iOS Lockdown Certificates in Mac OS X & Windows

Jan 21, 2016 - 6 Comments

The iOS Lockdown folders  in Mac OS X and Windows

A hidden Lockdown folder is created by iTunes which stores certificate UDID data for iOS devices that are synced to a specific computer. These lockdown certificates are required to be able to successfully sync an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a computer, but in some specific occasions, a user may need to manually access the lockdown folder contents. Additionally, for security minded users, accessing the lockdown certificates can allow for access to a device on a different computer, simply by copying the necessary plist files to a different machine, a situation which has obvious security implications.

In some rare occasions, a user may need to manually intervene, manage, access, remove, and otherwise modify the lockdown folder contents, deleting or copying files from the directory in order to regain the ability to sync an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the computer again. We’ll show you where the lockdown folder is located in Mac OS X and Windows, and how to reset it if need be.

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How to Share Activity Progress with Apple Watch & iPhone

Jan 21, 2016 - 3 Comments

Activity Ring sharing on Apple Watch and iPhone

The Activity app on iPhone gathers much of the physical activity, pedometer, and health and fitness data from Apple Watch and presents it in an easy to read format. But the info found in Activity app is not limited to just the iPhone and Apple Watch, because you can share Activity progress easily with others through the app as well.

Whether you’re feeling particularly proud about a fitness level for a day, or shameful from a serious couch potato effort, it’s easy to share through messages, email, or the major social networks, here’s how:
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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Use Mail Drop in iOS for Sending Large Files via Email

Jan 20, 2016 - 4 Comments

Using Mail Drop in iOS for sending large files

The newest version of iOS supports Mail Drop, a feature which allows users to upload a large file to iCloud for a recipient to download, rather than attempting to attach the large file to the email itself. This is great because it allows you to send files up to 5GB through email, when it’s not unusual for any file larger than 20MB to get bounced by the recipient email server. You’ll find Mail Drop is particularly well suited for sending large HD video files from an iPhone or iPad to elsewhere, but it obviously has other uses as well.

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

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