Manually Empty Google Maps Cache on iPhone

Aug 13, 2016 - 14 Comments

Google Maps Unlike most other apps on the iPhone, the Google Maps application allows users to manually clear the apps cache. Doing so will remove the Google Maps app specific Documents and Data on iOS, including all local application caches, app data, offline stored maps, and reset any cookies within the Google Maps application.

This is a handy feature for Google Maps users, particularly since the Google Maps application can often take up a considerable amount of local storage with map caching and offline maps.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

Change How Contacts Sorts and Displays Names on Mac

Aug 12, 2016 - 6 Comments

Contacts app in Mac OS X

The Contacts app for Mac defaults to sorting names by last name, and to showing the first name before the last name when browsing through the address book list of contacts.

With some minor adjustments, you can change how the Contacts app displays and sorts the address book contact names in Mac OS. You can also choose to change how names display, without changing how names sort, which may be the more useful settings choice for some.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

Dismiss Incoming Phone Call to Apple Watch with a Quick Palm Trick

Aug 11, 2016 - 5 Comments

Dismiss an iPhone call on Apple Watch instantly with a palm trick

Can’t answer a phone call and want to dismiss it quickly from the Apple Watch? Rather than ignoring the call but letting it continue to ring and jingle your wrist, you can use this neat palm trick to instantly silence and dismiss the inbound call, and you don’t even need to turn to the iPhone.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

How to Disable Hot Corners in Mac OS X

Aug 10, 2016 - 1 Comment


Hot Corners are a feature of Mac OS that allows a user to point the cursor into one of the far corners of the display to summon a set feature, like triggering Mission Control, Launchpad, Dashboard, Notification Center, revealing the desktop, start or disable a screen saver, or put the display to sleep. Many Mac users enjoy Hot Corners (also called Active Screen Corners) but some find them to be annoying if they are inadvertently activated when accessing a menu item or moving the mouse cursor around on the display.

If you’re not a fan of the Hot Corners feature of macOS or Mac OS X, you can disable them easily.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Auto Connect to VPN on Boot & Login in Mac OS X

Aug 10, 2016 - 14 Comments

Auto connect to a VPN on Mac

If you use a VPN with a Mac for either work or personal reasons, you may wish to have the Mac automatically connect to the VPN service when the Mac is booted or upon login. Or maybe you just want the VPN to automatically reconnect if the connection drops and disconnects. This is easily accomplished with the help of a simple AppleScript, which will both automatically connect to the VPN upon system startup and login, and also check to see if the VPN is active, and reconnect if necessary.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

How to Find a Disk ID & Device Node Identifier in Mac OS X Command Line

Aug 9, 2016 - 6 Comments

Terminal in OS X

If you need to find the disk ID or disk node identifier (like /dev/disk0s2) of a volume attached to a Mac for one reason or another, perhaps the easiest way to obtain this information from the command line is with the diskutil utility.

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Beta 5 of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 Released

Aug 9, 2016 - 10 Comments

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released the fifth beta versions of iOS 10, macOS Sierra 10.12, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. The latest system software beta builds are available for developers first, with the accompanying public beta version typically available soon after.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 10 Comments

How to Delete Documents & Data on iPhone or iPad

Aug 8, 2016 - 18 Comments

Delete Documents and Data on iPhone

If you have noticed your iPhone is low on storage space, or perhaps you are just browsing your storage settings, you might discover that certain apps have a large “Documents & Data” storage footprint and inordinately large storage burden in iOS.

We’ll cover what Documents & Data actually are, and also how to delete the Documents & Data found on an iPhone or iPad.

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Watch the Rio Olympics Live on iPhone or iPad

Aug 7, 2016 - 25 Comments

Watch Olympics live on iPhone

Want to watch live coverage of the Olympics? You can easily watch any of the 2016 Rio Olympic games and competitions live right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (or Android too, but we’re obviously focusing in iOS), meaning you can watch any game and any country and any sport you want, you don’t have to wait for the evening highlights. You don’t even need a cable TV package, any iOS device will do.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 25 Comments

Apply Image Adjustments to Other Photos on Mac with Copy & Paste

Aug 6, 2016 - 4 Comments

Copy and paste photo adjustments on Mac

If you have spent a while adjusting a picture to your liking in Photos app for Mac, you can easily apply those image adjustments and edits to other pictures in Photos app as well.

This is accomplished through a handy but little-known copy & paste adjustments ability, and it’s quite easy to use.

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

How to Hide Contact Photos in Messages on iPhone

Aug 5, 2016 - 6 Comments


The iOS Messages app defaults to showing assigned contact photos alongside each message thread, but if you’d rather those pictures are not shown alongside your iMessage chats, you can now toggle the thumbnails off on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This makes the Messages app chat screen a bit more simple looking, removing any picture from the messages list, which may be desirable for professionals and some other situations where you’d wish to add a bit of privacy to your iMessage chats and contact cards.

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

How to Use WhatsApp for Mac

Aug 5, 2016 - 9 Comments


Want to use WhatsApp on a Mac? Now you can. WhatsApp is a very popular cross-platform messaging client from the iPhone and Android world that is now easily used on a Mac or Windows PC, so if you’re one of the many millions of people who use WhatsApp for communication, you can enjoy the experience on the desktop with a native messaging app.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

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