Fix OS X Mountain Lion Wireless Connection Problems

Aug 2, 2012 - 196 Comments

Fix OS X Mountain Lion Wi-Fi Problems

OS X Mountain Lion has been a painless upgrade for most users, but there are a fair amount of people experiencing some unusual wireless connectivity problems and issues. Mainly, the wi-fi connection seems to drop at random, or the Mac simply won’t stay connected to a wireless network for long. Sometimes it automatically reconnects and sometimes it doesn’t.
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Save a Number from a Text Message to Create a New Contact Quickly on iPhone

Aug 1, 2012 - Leave a Comment

Save a number from a text message and create a new contact on iPhone

Remember the old days when someone would send you a text message with a phone number, and you’d either have to memorize it while you dialed or even worse, get a pen and write it down, just to add it to a new contact immediately after? Those days are long gone, and even better with the iPhone you can actually create a new contact directly from any phone number that is sent to you via text message.

The next time you receive a text with a phone number:

  1. Tap the blue arrow button alongside that message to be brought to the new contact creation screen
  2. Tap “Create New Contact” or “Add to Existing Contact” as appropriate

This works in iOS on iPad and iPod touch too but chances are you’ll get the most use out of it on the iPhone.

If you’re on the other side sending a phone number out, remember that you can directly send contacts from the iPhone through iMessage and email that contain a full address book listing for a person, including their number, name, email address, picture, and whatever other information you have stored in the vcard file.

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

Stream All Mac System Audio Over AirPlay in OS X

Aug 1, 2012 - 49 Comments

Stream audio from a Mac to AirPlay with OS X Mountain Lion

You can now stream a Macs system audio directly over AirPlay without any third party apps or tweaks. The ability to AirPlay audio is really great, and perhaps the best part is that unlike AirPlay mirroring, the system audio stream should work on any Mac that can run a modern version of Mac OS X, anything beyond Mountain Lion will work just fine, not just 2011 model year and newer Macs like what support AirPlay video.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 49 Comments

Rename a File from an Applications Title Bar in OS X

Aug 1, 2012 - 4 Comments

Rename a file in Mac OS X from the title bar

OS X now lets you rename a file directly from the application it’s opened within. This feature is supported in most bundled Apple applications, including TextEdit, Pages, Preview, and many others. You’ll need OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks (or newer) in order to have this title-bar based renaming trick accessible to you.
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By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Delete Mail in Mac OS X Like Outlook, the Smart Way

Aug 1, 2012 - 29 Comments

Delete Mail in Mac OS X the smart way

The Mac Mail app received a wonderfully understated change with how it handles deleting mail in new versions of Mac OS X, from Mountain Lion, Mavericks, to Yosemite and beyond.

With the new version, deleting emails works more like Outlook; you delete an email and it then selects the next oldest email rather than jumping to the next most recent message. It’s a subtle change, but it makes a worlds difference when you are clearing out a cluttered inbox, letting you start at the top of a mail inbox and working your way down deleting as you go.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 29 Comments

Install Java in OS X Mountain Lion

Aug 1, 2012 - 28 Comments

Install Java in OS X Mountain Lion

If you need to use Java, installing the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in OS X Mountain Lion is necessary even if you had Java previously installed in OS X Lion or Snow Leopard and just performed an upgrade to 10.8. That’s because Mountain Lion uninstalls Java during the upgrade process, this is to insure the newest version of the runtime is installed on the Mac for those who need it and leaving it out for those who don’t, theoretically preventing some potential security problems with Java like the old Flashback trojan.

Installing Java in OS X Mountain Lion is easy enough and can be done two ways:

  • When a Java app is opened in Safari or elsewhere you will be prompted to install Java for OS X (2012-004 currently)
  • Manual command line method to force the installation

The command line installation is fast and likely preferable for many advanced users since it can be initiated at any time, here’s what to do:

  • Launch Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/ and type the following command:
  • java -version

  • Hit return to see a message stating “No Java runtime present, requesting install” followed by a window prompting you to install Java SE in order to open “java”, click “Install” to get the latest version

Many Mac users won’t ever need to use Java and for the average person it may be best left uninstalled. Disabling java or leaving it uninstalled remains a decent security tip to protect a Mac against some of the rare trojans and viruses floating around out there.

Thanks to Josh Penn for the great tip!

Mute Notification Center Alert Sounds in Mac OS X

Jul 31, 2012 - 10 Comments

Notifications banner in OS X

Notification Center is a great addition to OS X, but the alert sounds coming in with each banner notification from a million and one different Mac apps and updates can be pretty annoying fairly quickly, particularly if you have a lot going on.

Rather than muting all system audio to hush the constant chiming, you can directly silence notifications on a per-app basis in OS X. This is done through the System Preferences.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

Wi-Fi Scanner Tool is Native in Mac OS X, Here’s How to Use it

Jul 31, 2012 - 28 Comments

Use the Wi-Fi Scanner utility in Mac OS X to stumble wireless networks The native and already powerful Wi-Fi Diagnostics Tool in Mac OS X got a redesign in modern versions of Mac OS X, and with it came some new features that make the utility better than ever. One of the best new additions is the built-in Wi-Fi scanner tool, which is a full-featured wifi stumbler to find and discover nearby Wi-Fi networks – even those that don’t broadcast their network names.

This is really an advanced feature that has a wide variety of potential uses beyond just locating access points, most users would be best off just using the Wi-Fi menu to find available wireless networks to join. For those that want a wireless stumbler, here’s how to find and use it.

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By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 28 Comments

See the 6 Day Weather Forecast Quickly on iPhone from Notification Center

Jul 31, 2012 - 4 Comments

See the 6 day weather forecast on iPhone in Notification Center

Want to see what the weather is going to be like for the next 6 days? You can quickly see the weeks forecast showing conditions with high and low temperatures directly from Notification Center on iPhone:

  • From the homescreen, swipe down from the top of the screen to summon Notification Center
  • Swipe left (or right) on the current days weather widget to reveal the 6 day forecast

This can be quicker than launching the Weather app, though you won’t get the added benefit of the hourly forecast that the weather app provides.

The Notification Center weather widget defaults to showing your current location, you will have to use Weather app if you want to see others.

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

Stop OS X from Automatically Downloading App and Mac OS X Updates

Jul 31, 2012 - 4 Comments

Stop automatic app downloads and updates in OS  X Mountain Lion

Mac OS X has a handful of features that are dependent on a constant internet connection, and one of those is the new automatic update feature. Undeniably convenient, Mac OS X and all apps installed from the Mac App Store will automatically download and update themselves, but if you have metered internet or are using Personal Hotspot you’ll probably want to save the bandwidth and stop those updates from downloading themselves in the background.
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By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Next iPhone Launch Date Set for September 12 [Updated]

Jul 30, 2012 - 4 Comments

Alleged iPhone 5 picture

Apple will launch the next iPhone on September 12, according to a rumor from the typically reliable AllThingsD. Citing sources, they say Apple has an event planned for an unspecific topic for the second week of September, and suggests the event will be for the new iPhone launch.

Pictures of what is claimed to be the next-generation iPhone have surfaced several times now, indicating components are being manufactured and leaked through various parts of the supply chain. Speaking of components, AllThingsD also posted a chart demonstrating substantial prepayment of component supplies by Apple, further suggesting an upcoming product launch:

Component prepayment chart could relate to the iPhone

The actual release date of the next iPhone remains unknown, but the device will likely ship with iOS 6 pre-installed, and Apple has said iOS 6 is set for a “Fall” release. Fall officially begins on September 22 of this year.

Update: Other media outlets including Bloomberg and the New York Times are now confirming the “iPhone 5” September 12 launch date, with Bloomberg reiterating an earlier rumor that Steve Jobs worked closely on the redesign before he passed away.

Update 2: The Wall Street Journal is also chiming in to confirm the September 12 date, saying the Apple event will discuss “new products” – note the plural, and then mentions the iPad mini:

The company is expected to hold an event on Sept. 12 to discuss new products, according to a person familiar with the matter. A new iPhone is expected later this year and Apple has also been working with suppliers on a new smaller cousin to the iPad.

iPad mini and a new iPhone launched on the same day? That would be something.

By Matt Chan - iPhone, News, Rumor - 4 Comments

Reset AutoCorrect on iPhone or iPad to Fix Improper Word Corrections

Jul 30, 2012 - 5 Comments

Fix wrong autocorrections by resetting the Keyboard Dictionary in iOS

Autocorrect in iOS is pretty smart and usually gets things right, it also learns your habits and frequently typed words and will start autocorrecting what you type to the words you have used in the past. This can be a blessing and a curse, because if you accidentally corrected a word to a wrong one or a typo, the iPad/iPhone dictionary will want to use that new erroneous word as the correction. The solution to that problem is to reset autocorrect by clearing out the keyboard dictionary.

Resetting the auto-correct keyboard dictionary is the same on all versions of iOS and on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Here’s what you will want to do:
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