How to Copy & Paste on iPad

Feb 5, 2017 - 9 Comments

How to copy and Paste on iPad

Using copy and paste on iPad is easy, and much like copying and pasting on a desktop computer or Mac, you can copy just about anything to the iPad clipboard and paste it just about anywhere that will accept input. Whether you want to copy and paste a text clip, a photo or picture, video, drawing, or nearly anything else does not matter, as long as you can select it, it can be copied and then pasted elsewhere into a different app.

We’ll show you how to copy and paste using the iPad contextual menus found in iOS, as well as a few handy tricks unique to iPad that allow you to paste any copied data by using the onscreen keyboard, or using keystrokes to cut, copy, and paste with iPad and Smart Keyboard.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Watch Super Bowl 51 Live on iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Apple TV

Feb 4, 2017 - 1 Comment

Watch Super Bowl 51 live

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons face off in Super Bowl 51 tomorrow, and if you’re interested in catching the game live, you can turn to your iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or iPhone to stream the game live and probably for free too.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

Play Videos Embedded in Messages for Mac and iOS

Feb 3, 2017 - 2 Comments

Play embedded video messages

Embedded video playing in Messages is one of the more subtly helpful and interesting features available on modern versions of iOS and Mac OS. Essentially what this means is that when you or someone else sends a video link through the Messages app, say a YouTube or Vimeo link, the thumbnail of the video that is shown is actually playable directly within the Messages app – no need to open a web browser, you can just tap and play the video directly.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Sort ls Command by Date

Feb 2, 2017 - 2 Comments

Using ls to sort by date in Terminal

The ‘ls’ command lists all files and folders in a directory at the command line, but by default ls returns a list in alphabetical order. With a simple command flag, you can have ls sort by date instead, showing the most recently modified items at the top of the ls command results. This trick applies to the ls command output in Mac OS / Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, as well as Bash in Windows.

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How to Verify Time Machine Backups

Feb 1, 2017 - 30 Comments

Verify Time Machine backups on Mac

Some Mac users may wish to verify the integrity of their Time Machine backups before using a snapshot or backup to restore a Mac using Time Machine.

This verification offers a simple way to know if the Time Machine backup data stored on an server or Time Capsule has been modified or corrupted, and can be a helpful troubleshooting trick for some situations.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 30 Comments

How to Delete Movies from TV App on iPhone or iPad

Feb 1, 2017 - 13 Comments

The iOS TV app is the best

The latest versions of iOS replaced the longstanding “Videos” app with a new app called “TV” that includes an all new interface to manage movies and videos downloaded to an iPhone or iPad. While the old Videos app made it simple to delete and remove movies from the iPhone or iPad, the new TV app offers a less obvious method of removing video from an iOS device that is unique to deleting things inside the TV app.

We’ll show you two different ways how to delete a downloaded movie from the TV app within iOS.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

How to Reset a macOS Sierra Password

Jan 31, 2017 - 24 Comments

Resetting a macOS Sierra password

Need to reset the password on macOS Sierra? Maybe you forgot your primary admin user account password or maybe you’re working on someone elses Mac and you need to gain access to it. We’ll show you the easiest way to reset the password on a macOS Sierra based computer.

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How to Change a Live Photo to Still on Mac Photos

Jan 30, 2017 - 3 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X

If you use the Mac Photos app for managing your pictures and you have a modern iPhone, you’ll likely have some (or many) Live Photos stored in your photo library. You can easily change any Live Photo on the Mac from the video picture form back into a still photo, and it’s fairly easy as we’ll demonstrate.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to cURL POST from the Command Line

Jan 30, 2017 - 4 Comments

curl post request command line syntax

Curl is the powerful command line utility that allows you to transfer data to or from a server or URL. One common function used by developers is to make a POST request with curl, which is what we’re going to cover here.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Send Read Receipts to Specific Contact in Messages for Mac

Jan 29, 2017 - 1 Comment

Mac Messages icon

Read Receipts in iMessage allow the sender of a message to know when a recipient has received it, and both the Mac OS and iOS Messages apps support this feature when communicating with other iMessage users. But many Mac users don’t want to send Read Receipts to everyone, and with the latest versions of Mac OS you can now selectively choose who to send read receipts to. In practice, this is basically the same as turning on Read Receipts for specific contacts on iPhone and iPad, except it applies to reading and sending iMessages from the Messages app on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Add Music to Instagram Stories

Jan 28, 2017 - 1 Comment


Want to add some music to your Instagram story? Using a fancy little trick, you can easily play a song and have that song recorded as a background soundtrack for an Instagram Story video that you post to the social network.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Unlock Mac with Apple Watch

Jan 27, 2017 - 14 Comments

Unlock Mac with Apple Watch

Mac users with an Apple Watch can unlock their Mac by simply wearing their watch, thereby bypassing the need to enter a password at the boot and login screens. This great feature makes logging onto and unlocking a Mac remarkably easy and quite fast for Apple Watch wearers, but you’ll have to enable it first.

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