Critical Security Update for macOS High Sierra Released to Fix Root Bug, Download & Install Now

Nov 29, 2017 - 13 Comments

Security Update for macOS High Sierra root password bug

Apple has issued a critical security update for macOS High Sierra to address the root login bug which allows anyone to login to macOS High Sierra without a password.

All macOS High Sierra users should install the security update as soon as possible to protect their Mac, even if they have already used the root login fix detailed here. This is perhaps the most urgent Security Update for macOS High Sierra system software released yet, as it will patch the security hole completely.

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MacOS High Sierra Security Bug Allows Root Login Without a Password, Here’s a Fix

Nov 28, 2017 - 35 Comments

macOS High Sierra root password bug

A significant security vulnerability has been discovered with macOS High Sierra, potentially allowing any person to log into a Mac with full root administrative capabilities without a password.

This is an urgent security problem, and while a software update should arrive to resolve the problem soon, this article will detail how to protect your Mac from this security hole.

Important Update: Apple has released Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra to fix the root login bug, download it now. If you are running macOS High Sierra, download the update as soon as possible to your Mac.

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How to Use Apple Diagnostics on Mac to Identify & Troubleshoot Hardware Problems

Nov 28, 2017 - 3 Comments

How to run Apple Diagnostics on Mac

If your Mac is experiencing unusual problems that you suspect may be a result of a hardware issue, using Apple Diagnostics may help to identify and even troubleshoot a problem.

Apple Diagnostics will run a suite of tests on the Mac to check for hardware issues – meaning, not a problem with system software, but instead it searches for trouble with some sort of hardware component on the Macintosh. For example, if a port is no longer working, a battery has failed, an issue with the graphics card or display, things of that nature that are not related to system software or software related trouble.

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Beta 5 of iOS 11.2 & macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Released for Testing

Nov 28, 2017 - 1 Comment

iOS 11.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta

Apple has released the fifth beta version of iOS 11.2, macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to users enrolled in the beta testing program.

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4 New iPhone X Commercials Airing, Featuring Animoji and Face ID Capabilities

Nov 27, 2017 - 3 Comments

Animoji Apple commercial for iPhone X

Apple has started to run four new iPhone X commercials. Three of the advertisements focus primarily on Face ID, and the fourth commercial demonstrates the Animoji, the animated emoji icon feature available in the Messages app for iPhone X. Each commercial is soundtracked to a pop song and prominently features a persons face to demo the iPhone X capabilities.

The videos are airing now on television and have also been embedded below for easy viewing.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 3 Comments

How to Reset Face ID on iPhone X

Nov 27, 2017 - Leave a Comment

How to reset Face ID or disable it completely

If you discover that Face ID is not reliably unlocking iPhone X, you may want to try resetting Face ID and then setting it up again. Additionally, you can disable Face ID completely by resetting Face ID on a device and then not setting it up again. Resetting Face ID is pretty simple and it causes iPhone X to ditch the facial recognition data on the device, which you can then configure again if desired. Some users may find they need to do this if they dramatically change their personal appearance, but it can also be a helpful troubleshooting step if you’re trying to get Face ID to work better.

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Watch a Helpful iPhone X Tutorial Video

Nov 26, 2017 - 6 Comments

iPhone X tutorial video

Whether you have already bought or plan to buy an iPhone X, you’ll undoubtedly noticed that using the iPhone is quite different from prior models, not only because it lacks a Home button and requires learning a series of new gestures to perform familiar tasks, but also because there are a handful of new features introduced on iPhone X that don’t yet exist on any other Apple device.

Apple has apparently anticipated that the changes with iPhone X may require some adjustment and learning, and they have helpfully created a four and a half minute long tutorial video that walks through various tentpole features on iPhone X, including using Face ID, Animoji, Portrait Lighting mode on the new camera, and also learning and using the various new gestures required for the device.

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

How to Convert a Photo to PDF from iPhone and iPad

Nov 25, 2017 - 3 Comments

How to convert photo to PDF on iOS

You can convert any photo on your iPhone or iPad into a PDF file if need be. Typically this would be necessary for compatibility purposes only, since the default file type of a photo in iOS is a JPEG and already widely compatible. Nonetheless if you need to convert a photo into a PDF in iOS, this tutorial will show you exactly how to do it.

We’ll demonstrate how to convert a photo into a PDF file on an iPhone or iPad.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Shop Amazon Deals for Black Friday!

Nov 23, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Black Friday Amazon deals for 2017

The holidays are here, which means it’s time for overeating, visits with friends and family, gift giving, and of course, shopping. If you’re one of the brave souls who doesn’t mind battling the lines and crowds over this weekend than I salute you, but if you’d rather do some shopping from the comfort of your own home then Amazon has a wide variety of sales and great deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and best of all everything gets delivered right to your doorstep.

Head on over to Amazon.com to checkout the sales and deals, or check out the list below to get a few ideas for the techy and geekier folks in your life. From discounted App Store and iTunes gift cards, to TV deals, gaming consoles, drones, gadgets, LEGOs, and more!
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Apple Now Airing Holiday Commercial “Sway”, Featuring iPhone X and AirPods [Video]

Nov 23, 2017 - 7 Comments

Apple Holiday 2017 commercial advertisement

Apple is now running an annual holiday commercial for the 2017 holiday season. This years holiday ad is kind of like a miniature little movie that emphasizes iPhone X and AirPods wireless earbuds, and has been embedded below for easy viewing.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 7 Comments

How to Use Touch ID to Authenticate sudo on Mac OS

Nov 22, 2017 - 6 Comments

sudo with Touch ID on a Mac

If you have a Touch Bar equipped MacBook Pro and you’re a frequent command line user, you may appreciate a trick that allows you to use Touch ID to authenticate sudo and su, rather than typing out your password in the Terminal like some kind of digital neanderthal.

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How to Prevent macOS High Sierra from Automatically Downloading

Nov 21, 2017 - 12 Comments

How to Stop Automatic Downloading of macOS High Sierra

If you’re on a Mac with recent macOS release (Sierra or El Capitan), then Apple is defaulting to try and automatically downloading the 5GB installer for macOS High Sierra in the background to your computer. When the download completes, the Mac then sends you a notification suggesting that High Sierra is ready to install, with the notification only having two options; “Install” and “Details”. Some users may find this convenient to automatically download a major software update and casually suggest to install it onto a Mac, but other users may be less than excited about this behavior, particularly if you’re not yet ready to install macOS High Sierra onto a computer.

If you do not want macOS High Sierra to be automatically downloaded onto a Mac, maybe because you’re avoiding the macOS update or postponing it while a particular bug or issue is sorted out, we’ll walk through a few steps on how to prevent a Mac from automatically downloading the MacOS High Sierra installer.

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