New AirPods with “Hey Siri” Capability Released

Mar 20, 2019 - 2 Comments

New AirPods with Hey Siri support

Apple has released an updated version of their AirPods wireless headphones today.

The new AirPods include performance improvements for faster connect times and longer talk time. Additionally, the new AirPods support “Hey Siri” for hands-free voice initiated interaction with Siri.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

How to Delete a Virtual Machine from VirtualBox

Mar 19, 2019 - 4 Comments

How to delete virtual machine from VirtualBox

Finished with a virtual machine and you want to delete it from VirtualBox? Maybe you setup a VM you no longer need, or cloned an OS VM and want to remove it, or perhaps you’re simply aiming to free up disk space by removing virtual machines from VirtualBox, whatever the reason it’s a simple process to delete a virtual machine from VirtualBox.

The instructions we’ll cover here work for completely removing an OS and deleting the associated virtual machine from within VirtualBox on Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. We’ll also show you how to delete a virtual machine from VirtualBox by using the command line.

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

Updated iMac Released with Faster CPU & GPU Options

Mar 19, 2019 - 1 Comment

The iMac lineup

Apple has released updates to the iMac lineup, offering notable speed improvements to the desktop computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

New iPad Air and iPad Mini Released

Mar 18, 2019 - 10 Comments

New iPad Air and iPad mini

Apple has released two new hardware updates to the iPad lineup; a new iPad Air 10.5″ model, and an updated iPad mini 7.9″ model.

The new iPad models will be appealing to many users for differing reasons, as the iPad Air 10.5″ is a step closer to an iPad Pro in many ways, while the iPad mini 7.9″ is the smallest and most portable iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 10 Comments

Beta 6 of iOS 12.2 & macOS 10.14.4 Available for Testing

Mar 18, 2019 - 3 Comments

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released the sixth beta version of MacOS Mojave 10.14.4 and iOS 12.2 for users engaged in the beta testing programs for Apple system software. Both developer beta and public beta builds are available.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

How to Change Spotify Music Quality for Streaming on iPhone, iPad, Android

Mar 17, 2019 - 3 Comments


Spotify defaults to automatically adjusting music quality when streaming songs. That default music quality setting is recommended for most Spotify users, but some audiophiles may like to manually adjust the streaming music quality in Spotify to be either lower or higher as desired. As you’ll see it’s fairly easy to make changes to Spotify music quality on iPhone, iPad, or Android.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Use Google Maps with CarPlay

Mar 16, 2019 - 2 Comments

Using Google Maps on CarPlay

Some CarPlay users may prefer to use Google Maps on CarPlay, instead of Apple Maps. Using Google Maps on CarPlay is simple, and you can easily replace the maps icon on a CarPlay unit with Google Maps (or even Waze) if desired. We’ll show you how to add Google Maps to CarPlay and also how to replace Apple Maps with Google Maps if it’s your preferred mapping, navigation, and directions tool.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Turn Off Screen Time Password on iPhone or iPad

Mar 15, 2019 - 4 Comments

Turn off password for Screen Time in iOS

iPhone and iPad users relying on Screen Time can choose to turn off the Screen Time passcode on an iOS device. This makes it so that you or anyone else can override Screen Time restrictions without having to enter a passcode on the device.

Note turning off the Screen Time password is completely different from disabling Screen Time on iPhone or iPad entirely. Turning off the password simply allows interaction with Screen Time without a passcode being entered, whereas disabling Screen Time turns off the feature completely.

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

How to Change AirPods Name from iPhone or iPad

Mar 14, 2019 - 4 Comments

How to change name of AirPods

Want to change the name of your AirPods? You can quickly change AirPods name from the Settings app of the synced iPhone or iPad.

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

WWDC 2019 Set for June 3, iOS 13 & MacOS 10.15 Expected to Debut

Mar 14, 2019 - 1 Comment

WWDC 2019 set on June 3 and iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 are expected

Apple has announced that their annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place starting on June 3 and extend through June 7. The developer conference is to be held in San Jose, California, and tickets for attending developers will cost $1599.

While WWDC is aimed almost entirely at developers, it also traditionally offers the first look at upcoming operating systems and software efforts from Apple. Thus it’s widely expected that the next major versions of system software for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV are set to be announced and debuted on June 3. Assuming Apple follows the same versioning system as prior years, this suggests that June 3 will see the first public unveiling of iOS 13, MacOS 10.15, WatchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

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By Paul Horowitz - News, Rumor - 1 Comment

Mac Randomly Double Typing Keys or Double-Spacing Between Words? This Might Fix It

Mar 13, 2019 - 26 Comments

How to fix Mac double typing keys issue

Have you ever been typing on a Mac laptop keyboard and noticed that hitting the spacebar sometimes randomly inserts double spaces between words? Or maybe you’re typing some other letter and randomly two of that key is doubled-typed? Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook users have discovered this happens seemingly at random, where hitting a key or the spacebar actually inserts two spaces or two characters instead of one, which is a nuisance at best and problematic at worst.

Mystery double key presses are a well-documented issue with some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook computers, and while it’s not clear what causes the issue or how widespread the problem is, if you’re encountering the double typing issue yourself, you may find a settings change in Mac OS can help reduce the frequency, or even fix it entirely. We’ll also cover a few other possible troubleshooting options for addressing double typing issues on Mac laptops.

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How to Remove Microphone Button from Keyboard on iPhone or iPad

Mar 12, 2019 - 9 Comments

How to remove the microphone button from keyboard on iPhone or iPad

As you may have noticed, a prominent microphone button is visible on the iOS keyboard for iPhone and iPad, which when tapped will use voice-to-text to dictate spoken text to the iOS device in lieu of typing. Some users may never use the microphone button, while others may accidentally tap on the mic button, in which case it can be desirable to remove the microphone button from the keyboard on iPhone and iPad completely.

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Apple Event Set for March 25

Mar 11, 2019 - 11 Comments

Apple special event for March 25 2019

Apple has scheduled a “special event” for 10 AM PST on Monday, March 25, posting the event notification to their website, and inviting select members of the press to attend.

The tagline accompanying the event press invitation proclaims “It’s show time”, which some are speculating pertains to a rumored video service from the company that could debut at the event.

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By Paul Horowitz - News, Rumor - 11 Comments

Beta 5 of iOS 12.2 and MacOS 10.14.4 Released for Testing

Mar 11, 2019 - 1 Comment

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released the fifth beta versions of iOS 12.2 and macOS Mojave 10.14.4 for users enrolled in the beta testing programs. Typically a developer beta rolls out first, soon followed by a public beta of the same build.

Additionally, new beta builds are available for tvOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Fix AirPods Disconnecting from iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch

Mar 10, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to Fix AirPods disconnecting from iPhone or iPad or Apple Watch

“Help, my AirPods are disconnecting randomly!” AirPods generally work great once they have been setup with an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, but rarely some AirPods users may experience frequent random disconnections. When this is occurring, the AirPods disconnect from the iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, and sometimes get stuck disconnecting and reconnecting with frequency, making them largely unusable. Fortunately some simple troubleshooting of this issue is usually sufficient to resolve the problem and get AirPods to connect reliably and stop disconnecting.

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How to Remove a Bluetooth Accessory from iPhone or iPad

Mar 9, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to remove Bluetooth devices from iPhone or iPad

If you regularly use Bluetooth devices and accessories with an iPhone or iPad, you might occasionally run into situations where you want to remove a Bluetooth accessory from an iOS device. By removing a Bluetooth Device from an iPad or iPhone, the bluetooth accessory is essentially forgotten and will no longer automatically connect to iOS, unless the process is reversed.

Note this is not merely disconnecting a Bluetooth accessory from an iPhone or iPad, which is a quick temporary measure.

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

How to Get “Hey Siri” on Unsupported Macs

Mar 8, 2019 - 7 Comments

Get Hey Siri on unsupported Macs

Have an older Mac but want Hey Siri voice commands? With a little effort, you can get ‘Hey Siri’ on unsupported Macs by using a creative workaround. While new Mac models can enable Hey Siri on the Mac as easily as checking a setting in system preferences, older Macs do not support the same Hey Siri feature. This tutorial will show you how you can replicate the exact same “Hey Siri” capability on any Mac that does not support Hey Siri by default, as long as it has regular Siri functionality.

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

How to Reset AirPods

Mar 7, 2019 - 2 Comments

How to reset AirPods to factory default settings

Resetting AirPods returns AirPods to factory default settings, this procedure can be helpful for troubleshooting various problems with AirPods, but it can also be necessary if you plan on giving used AirPods to someone else, or even to sync and connect the AirPods to another compatible device. Essentially this will be resetting AirPods to factory settings, as if they were brand new.

Some common reasons to reset AirPods for troubleshooting reasons are if the airPods are suddenly not showing up as available, if the AirPods case is not charging the AirPods out of the blue, if there are curious battery issues with the AirPods, amongst other issues that could be experienced. Usually a quick reset to factory settings fixes these type of AirPods issues quickly.

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