macOS Sierra 10.12 Beta 7 Available for Testing

Aug 22, 2016 - 16 Comments

MacOS Sierra Beta

Apple has released the seventh beta version of macOS Sierra to users participating in the Mac developer beta testing program. The same build is also available to public beta release testers versioned as macOS Sierra public beta 6.

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

How to Crop Video on Mac with iMovie

Aug 21, 2016 - 11 Comments

How to Crop Video on Mac with iMovie

If you have ever recorded a video or movie and found that some of the surrounding frame is unnecessary or irrelevant, you can use an editing function to crop down the video to focus on what should be the focus of the movie. This tutorial will show you how to quickly crop a video on the Mac by using iMovie.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

How to Clean a MacBook Pro Keyboard the Easy Way with Keyboard Cleaner

Aug 20, 2016 - 24 Comments

How to clean a MacBook keyboard

Cleaning the keyboard on a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air is a necessary chore from time to time, but it can also be more challenging than expected as anyone who has done so can attest. The moment you start wiping down the Mac keyboard, it’s inevitable for keys to be pressed, and as a result, things are typed, applications are accessed, messages are sent, improper code is written, gobbledegook is made, amongst other potential mishaps. Of course with a desktop Mac, you can simply disconnect the keyboard, but that isn’t possible on any laptop in the MacBook line. You can’t put the Mac to sleep because then hitting a key would wake it up, and you don’t want to shut down the Mac because aside from being inconvenient, you almost certainly want to clean the power key as well.

This is where a little app that has been around for ages called Keyboard Cleaner comes in to play, it locks down the Mac keyboard and rejects all input (aside from the quit command) so that you can press as many keys as needed as you wipe down and clean the keyboard. Once you’re finished, you leave the app. Easy. So, let’s walk through how to use Keyboard Cleaner in Mac OS X to properly clean the keyboard on a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 24 Comments

iOS 10 Beta 7 Released for Testing

Aug 19, 2016 - 12 Comments

iOS 10 Public Beta

Apple has released yet another beta release of iOS 10. The new build arrives as Developer Beta 7 and iOS 10 Public Beta 6, and as usual is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices which support the iOS 10 release.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 12 Comments

Run AppleScript from the Command Line in Mac OS X with osascript

Aug 19, 2016 - 2 Comments

Terminal in OS X

Mac users can run AppleScript from the command line if desired, either by running a script file directly or by giving the osascript command direct plain text script statements. This can be useful for many purposes, but should be particularly nice for users who spend a lot of time in the command line or who perform remote administration tasks with ssh.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Upgrade & Replace an SSD in MacBook Air

Aug 18, 2016 - 11 Comments

How to Replace MacBook Air SSD

The MacBook Air is not really thought of as being expandable or upgradeable, but it turns out that with a little effort and patience, you can replace the SSD on the MacBook Air yourself. Changing the SSD on a MacBook Air can allow you to dramatically increase the storage size of the Mac and can often increase performance too, and while those are elective reasons to upgrade the devices SSD hard drive, another common reason to require swapping the SSD drive is due to an all out drive failure. That latter scenario is what led me to replace the SSD on this particular MacBook Air model for a friend, but regardless of the reason for upgrading or changing the SSD, it’s really not that difficult to do and the process is the same.

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See Currency Exchange Rates in Stocks App on iPhone

Aug 18, 2016 - 4 Comments

See currency exchange rates in Stocks app for iPhone

The iPhone Stocks app and Stocks Notification Center widget typically is used to follow markets, ETFs, mutual funds, or individual equities, but with the proper syntax you can add just about any globally traded currency to watch as well. Adding currency to the Stocks app should be particularly nice for users who travel often, or anyone who makes purchases with international currency. For some, it may even prove to be the sole reason to use the Stocks app!

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

How to Disable the Focus Ring Animation in Mac OS X

Aug 17, 2016 - 32 Comments

Mac focus ring animation gif

One of the most subtle animations found in Mac OS X and macOS is known as the “focus ring animation”, which is a sort of zooming highlight around where ever the cursor focus goes in a text book. Many users likely haven’t even noticed it, it’s that subtle. If you have no idea what the animated focus ring is, the animated GIF in this article shows what it looks like when selecting the Safari URL bar.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 32 Comments

How to Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID

Aug 17, 2016 - 9 Comments

Disable Two Factor Authentication for Apple ID

Some users may benefit from enabling Two-Factor Authentication with Apple ID to further protect and secure their devices and data, but sometimes people decide two-factor auth is too much of a hassle and want to disable the feature.

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A Broken iPhone Charger: Fix it? Replace it?

Aug 16, 2016 - 28 Comments

A broken iPhone charger should be replaced

Having a broken iPhone charger cable is exceptionally annoying, not only because they become extremely delicate and often wind up failing completely, but also because it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need to replace the thing and toss out the broken cord. Aside from that, they can also throw various errors, and if they’re badly broken or ripped they may not allow backups and syncs to occur at all, let alone fail to charge the iPhone or iPad properly.

If your iPhone charger is broken, should you try to fix it? Or should you just replace it?

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How to Enable SSH on a Mac from the Command Line

Aug 16, 2016 - 1 Comment

Enable SSH from Mac Command Line

All modern Macs running macOS or Mac OS X come with SSH pre-installed by default, but the SSH (Secure Shell) daemon is also disabled by default. Advanced Mac users may appreciate knowing the ability to enable SSH and disable SSH are both available entirely from the command line of Mac OS, allowing for a simple way to allow or disallow remote connections into a computer. There’s no kext loading, downloads, or compiling necessary, to turn on SSH from the Terminal on any Mac you simply have to execute a system setup command, as we’ll show in this tutorial.

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See Previous Recipients of Email in Mail for Mac OS X

Aug 15, 2016 - 5 Comments

Mail app icon The Mac Mail app keeps track of all previous recipients that have received an email message sent from an email address that is associated with the app. That means every email recipient will be shown and can be reviewed in the Mail app, including the recipients name when available, their email address, and even the last time the email address was used – even if they are not part of your regular address book Contacts list.

This can be incredibly useful for many situations, including making it easy to recall a forgotten address or misplaced contact information with someone whom the Mac user has communicated with before. Here is how you can access this email recipient list, which is searchable for added convenience.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

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