How to Show Password Hints at Login in Mac OS X

May 18, 2016 - 4 Comments

The Mac Login screen

Assuming you use FileVault or don’t have automatic login enabled on a Mac, anytime the computer is rebooted you will be presented with a login and password screen. For users who change their passwords often, or who are just on the forgetful side of things, a helpful trick can be to display password hints at this screen, which become visible if the improper password is entered consecutively a few times.

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

How to Disable “Connect” Tabs and Apple Music in iTunes

May 18, 2016 - 7 Comments

Apple Music and Connect clutter in iTunes

If you don’t use the Apple Music subscription service and you don’t have a need for the “Connect” tab in iTunes, you’ll probably find it helpful to know that you can clean up the interface a bit by disabling Apple Music and completely hiding the associated Connect tab and Radio tab in the new versions of iTunes.

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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How to Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1

May 17, 2016 - 9 Comments

Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1

Most users are best served by sticking with the recently released iOS 9.3.2 update, which offers a variety of improvements, bug fixes, and feature enhancements. Nonetheless, a select group of users have had specific problems with iOS 9.3.2, like some iPad Pro owners who are experiencing crashes and other frustrating behavior, and thus impacted users may want to downgrade an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch back to iOS 9.3.1.

To be clear, there is no reason to downgrade iOS unless you are experiencing specific problems with the new system software update. This is not a recommended process for any other reason, this is aimed primarily at troubleshooting issues that are otherwise unsolvable without going to a prior iOS version.

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How to Select an iPhone or iPad in iTunes 12.4

May 17, 2016 - 17 Comments

How to select an iPhone or iPad in iTunes

The latest version of iTunes has re-added the sidebar and made some other user interface changes designed to make using the app a bit easier to navigate. Most of the changes are welcome to iTunes, but one of the more unnecessarily difficult tasks remains selecting an iOS device in the iTunes app itself.

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OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Update Available for Mac

May 16, 2016 - 74 Comments

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 Update

Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 for Mac users, the update includes bug fixes and improvements to the Mac operating system and is recommended for all users running a prior version of El Capitan.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 74 Comments

iOS 9.3.2 Update Available Now [IPSW Download Links]

May 16, 2016 - 13 Comments

iOS 9.3.2 update

Apple has released the final version of iOS 9.3.2 to users with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The point release includes bug fixes and minor feature enhancements, and is recommended to install for users running a prior 9.0 release of iOS system software.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 13 Comments

WatchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1, & iTunes 12.4 Updates Available

May 16, 2016 - 4 Comments

iTunes, Apple Watch, Apple TV

Apple has released tvOS 9.2.1 for the Apple TV 4th generation, and WatchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch. Both releases include bug fixes and minor feature enhancements and are recommended for the respective devices.

Additionally, Apple has released iTunes 12.4, which includes minor interface changes including a sidebar, and some other bug fixes to the media and iOS device management app.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, Apple Watch, iTunes, News - 4 Comments

Get Active Flight Information on Mac OS X from Nearly Anywhere, Instantly

May 15, 2016 - 7 Comments

Flight information pops up  on Mac to display the flight details

One of the most useful features of Mac OS X is the feature called data detectors, which allow users to highlight text and words to then get instant dictionary definitions, details about movies and other media, and, as we’ll show you here, you can even get data about airplane flights that are coming and going.

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

Fixing Wi-Fi “Connection Timeout Occurred” Errors on Mac OS X

May 14, 2016 - 16 Comments

How to fix for Mac connection timeout error occurred

Connecting to wireless networks is pretty much mandatory these days, particularly now that most Macs only have wi-fi cards and no built-in ethernet, and so it can be incredibly frustrating to be unable to join a wi-fi network. Typically when you can’t connect to a particular wi-fi router on a Mac, you’ll see the error message “A connection timeout occurred” or “Failed to join network – a connection timeout occurred” either when trying to join a network or when the Mac is attempting to auto-join a wifi router and it fails.

If you see that error message, you should be able to resolve the connection timeout issue by following the steps outlined below.

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See How Long You Have Been Actively Using a Mac with Aware

May 13, 2016 - 7 Comments

See how long actively using a Mac

Since many of us spend significant portions of the day sitting at a desk and working on a Mac, it can be nice to know for just how long you have been working at the computer for. Sure you can keep track of this yourself by watching the clock or using a stopwatch, and there are even a variety of apps that monitor your computing usage, but another option arrives in a lighter form called Aware.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X - 7 Comments

iPhone Not Sending Text Messages? Here’s How to Fix SMS

May 12, 2016 - 12 Comments

Fix iPhone not sending text messages

When an iPhone user sends a text message to a non-iPhone user like an Android phone, the message is sent through SMS, as is indicated by a green message bubble. Sending text messages by SMS is also the fallback when an iMessage doesn’t send for whatever reason. Typically transmitting an SMS text message is very reliable, but sometimes an iPhone won’t send a text message, and in such a situation you’ll likely want to troubleshoot the problem.

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Disabling Safari Suggestions in iOS

May 12, 2016 - 4 Comments

Safari Auto Suggestions in iOS can be disabled

When typing something into the search bar of Safari on the iPhone and iPad, you’ll see a list of suggestions popup underneath the address bar, offering completions, related searches, and something called Safari Suggestions. Sometimes these are really helpful as they can help search and access things on the web quicker, but sometimes the suggestions are way off, unrelated, or worse. iOS makes it easy to adjust whether or not you see those suggestions however, and we’ll show you how to turn off the Safari suggestions in iOS.

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

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