How to Disable Chrome Automatic Sign-In to Google Services

Jan 13, 2019 - 2 Comments

Chrome automatic sign-in to Google feature

The latest versions of Google Chrome have a feature called Chrome sign-in that causes the Chrome web browser to login to itself when you login to another Google web service like Gmail or YouTube. In practice this means you’ll have your Google profile picture tucked into the upper right corner of every Chrome window which is linked to your Google account.

Some Chrome users find Chrome sign-in to be great, while others may not like it. If you fall into the latter camp and don’t like automatic Chrome Google sign-in, then fortunately the latest versions of Chrome make it easier to disable the Chrome automatic sign-in feature. We’ll show you how to turn this capability off.

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How to Quit Apps on iPhone XS, XR, XS Max

Jan 12, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to quit apps with iPhone XS and iPhone XR

If you have an iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS Max, you might be wondering how to quit apps and access the multitasking App Switcher, since there is no Home button.

Instead, all modern iPhones and iPads without a Home button have the ability to access the App Switcher and to quit apps by using a swipe gesture instead. This article details how that works.

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Pretend to be a Movie Hacker with eDEX-UI Terminal Emulator

Jan 11, 2019 - 12 Comments

eDEX-UI on Mac

Sci-fi movie fans have undoubtedly seen countless scenes where a character is interacting with some unique looking computer interface, making a mundane task like issuing a shutdown command appear far cooler than it would otherwise be. But have you ever thought, gee that looks cool, what if I could make my computer look like that crazy looking thing in the movies? eDEX-UI allows for that with what is basically a terminal emulator that is masked in a snazzy sci-fi stylized interface.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 12 Comments

How to Record Voice Memos on Mac

Jan 10, 2019 - 4 Comments

Voice Memos for Mac

Recording voice notes on the Mac is now easier than ever thanks to the appropriately named Voice Memos application in Mac OS. While Mac users have long been able to record sound and audio with QuickTime Player, the latest versions of MacOS system software include a built-in Voice Memos app that aims to make voice memo recording a bit easier and more centralized within a dedicated app for that purpose.

Conveniently, the Voice Memos app for Mac also syncs through iCloud with the accompanying iOS app, so Voice Memos that have been recorded on iPhone or iPad that are using the same Apple ID will also find the recordings available to them. This is particularly great if you have multiple devices within the Apple ecosystem, since all voice memos will be accessible from any of your other Mac, iPhone, or iPad devices too.

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

Beta 4 of iOS 12.1.3 and MacOS 10.14.3 Released for Testing

Jan 10, 2019 - Leave a Comment

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released the fourth beta versions of iOS 12.1.3 and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 for users engaged in the beta testing programs.

The fourth beta builds of iOS 12.1.3 and macOS 10.14.3 arrive just a few days after Apple released beta 3 of the same system software versions, which could indicate an acceleration towards final releases of stable system software builds to the general public, or perhaps an urgent issue was discovered in beta 3 that has been addressed in the beta 4 builds.

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How to See the Size of App Store Updates on iPhone or iPad

Jan 9, 2019 - 5 Comments

App Store for iOS

Knowing the exact size of an available App Store update before beginning the app update and download process can be helpful for many iPhone or iPad users. The iOS App Store offers the size of available app updates, but you must know where to look to find that download size information.

This trick is probably most relevant for iPhone or iPad users with slower internet connections or who are in limited bandwidth situations, but it’s obviously useful to anyone else who simply finds it helpful to know the size of something before they begin to download it.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone - 5 Comments

How to Fix Photos App Crashing & Freezing on iPhone or iPad

Jan 8, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to fix Photos app crashing freezing and not working on iPhone or iPad

Some iPhone and iPad users may rarely discover the Photos app freezes up when attempting to use it, or the Photos app crashes repeatedly or is unusable when trying to open the app. Typically this is associated with an unresponsive screen as well, and the only thing you can do is exit out of the Photos app, being unable to view any pictures, videos, or anything else within Photos app of iOS. Sometimes you can open Photos app, but all of the pictures and videos are blank white thumbnails, and trying to access any of that media freezes the app.

If you’re experiencing the Photos app continuously freezing or crashing on an iPhone or iPad, and just generally not working as expected, the troubleshooting steps below may help to resolve the problem for you.

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MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 Beta 3 Released for Testing

Jan 7, 2019 - Leave a Comment

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 beta 3 for users enrolled in the beta testing programs for Mac system software. A developer build is usually available first, soon followed by the same build for public beta testers.

Separately, Apple also released iOS 12.1.3 beta 3 along with new betas for tvOS and watchOS.

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iOS 12.1.3 Beta 3 Released for Testing

Jan 7, 2019 - 1 Comment

iOS beta

Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 beta 3 to developers and public beta testers who are running beta system software on their compatible iPhone or iPad.

The newest iOS beta likely focuses on various bug fixes and security updates, and is unlikely to include any major new features or sweeping changes.

Separately, Apple has also release the third beta version of tvOS 12.1.2 and watchOS 5.1.3. Currently absent from the beta updates is any update to macOS Mojave 10.14.3, which is still at beta 2.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Clear WhatsApp Data Storage on iPhone

Jan 6, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to delete WhatsApp data from iPhone

If you’re a frequent WhatsApp user, you may find that WhatsApp data and cache can take up a considerable amount of storage space on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phones, and thus it’s reasonable if some users will want to clear out WhatsApp cache and data to free up storage space on their device. Separately, some users may want to delete WhatsApp data for privacy purposes.

One way to clear WhatsApp data is to to quite literally delete message threads and conversations completely from the app, but you can also be more specific and see more information including the storage size of each type of data you plan on removing. Deleting WhatsApp data storage and caches is not without consequence however, and by doing a full cleaning you’ll be deleting message threads and all of their contained photos, gifs, videos, voice messages, documents, stickers, and other information contained within WhatsApp and various conversations you’ve had. Fortunately WhatsApp gives you some level of granular controls on what data you can remove, so if you only want to delete photos or videos from a specific thread with a particular contact, you can do that.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

42 of the Best Troubleshooting Guides from 2018

Jan 5, 2019 - 1 Comment


Happy New Year week continues with yet another roundup guide! This roundup collection focuses on some of the most helpful troubleshooting guides from 2018, tackling a variety of potential problems that people may have encountered with a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Of course troubleshooting guides are rather specific, so if you’re looking for some more general tips and tricks then don’t miss our other year-in-review roundups with collections of our best Terminal tips from 2018, some of the best general tech tips from 2018, a collection of the best iPhone and iPad tips from 2018, and a series on the best Mac tips from 2018.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 1 Comment

25 of the Best Terminal Tips from 2018

Jan 4, 2019 - 4 Comments

Terminal tips

The Happy New Year week continues! Here we have another roundup of some of the best tips and tricks for the Terminal from 2018, this time aimed at more advanced Mac users who spend a lot of time at the command line. Many command line tips are just general unix tips, thus a fair amount of these tricks not only work on Mac OS but also on Linux too. If you enjoyed our other roundups for best tips for iPhone and iPad from 2018 and best tips for Mac from 2018, and you’re a Terminal user, you’ll probably enjoy this tip roundup too.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 4 Comments

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