iPhone Not Sending Text Messages? Here’s How to Fix SMS

May 12, 2016 - 12 Comments

Fix iPhone not sending text messages

When an iPhone user sends a text message to a non-iPhone user like an Android phone, the message is sent through SMS, as is indicated by a green message bubble. Sending text messages by SMS is also the fallback when an iMessage doesn’t send for whatever reason. Typically transmitting an SMS text message is very reliable, but sometimes an iPhone won’t send a text message, and in such a situation you’ll likely want to troubleshoot the problem.

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Disabling Safari Suggestions in iOS

May 12, 2016 - 4 Comments

Safari Auto Suggestions in iOS can be disabled

When typing something into the search bar of Safari on the iPhone and iPad, you’ll see a list of suggestions popup underneath the address bar, offering completions, related searches, and something called Safari Suggestions. Sometimes these are really helpful as they can help search and access things on the web quicker, but sometimes the suggestions are way off, unrelated, or worse. iOS makes it easy to adjust whether or not you see those suggestions however, and we’ll show you how to turn off the Safari suggestions in iOS.

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

How to Save Webpages to iBooks as PDF on iPhone & iPad for Offline Access

May 11, 2016 - 5 Comments

iBooks in iOS You can easily save any webpage to iBooks as a PDF file for later reading on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch by using a new feature built into the action sheet of iOS. This ability will create a PDF of the active web page and store it in iBooks in iOS, available for quick later access or offline viewing.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

How to Show Tabs Playing Audio in Safari for Mac

May 11, 2016 - 3 Comments

Show tabs playing sound in Safari on Mac

Have you ever restored the Safari browser only to have dozens of tabs and browser windows open, one or several of which are playing audio, and you then need to hunt down which browser tab is playing sound? This scenario happens fairly often to those of us who spend a lot of time in web browsers. Rather than mute all tabs in Safari until you figure out which is the loud culprit, there’s a way to see exactly what Safari browser tabs are playing audio or sound in Mac OS X.

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

How to Recover Deleted Notes on iPhone & iPad

May 10, 2016 - 10 Comments

How to restore and recover deleted notes in iOS

The Notes app in iOS is widely used by many users for many purposes, whether for keeping a shopping list, password locked personal notes and data, a diary, sketches and drawings, checklists, or whatever else you may want to keep handy on an iPhone or iPad. Because much of the Notes data is personal, if you accidentally delete a note or two it can be a stressful experience and you’d understandably like to recover from inadvertently removing an important note.

Not to worry though, the latest versions of the Notes app allow for an undelete process, allowing users to restore deleted notes to their iOS device, assuming they act within a reasonable time frame.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

Disabling FileVault to Decrypt Mac Hard Disks

May 10, 2016 - 4 Comments

Disable FileVault Disk Encryption on a Mac and decrypt the drive

While enabling and using FileVault disk encryption is highly recommended for security-conscious Mac users with modern hardware and SSD volumes, some users may decide they do not need to use FileVault for a variety of reasons, or perhaps they just want to disable it for another purpose. That’s what we’re going to demonstrate here, disabling FileVault and therefore decrypting the hard drive and all of it’s contents.

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

Apple Runs Siri Ad, “Thank You Speech” with Neil Patrick Harris

May 9, 2016 - 5 Comments

Siri in the Neil Patrick Harris commercial

Apple has released a new iPhone ad emphasizing the devices hands-free Hey Siri feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 5 Comments

How to Rotate Video on iPhone & iPad

May 9, 2016 - 9 Comments

How to Rotate Video on iPhone

Many people record video on the iPhone or iPad and have the device oriented vertically, and while there is nothing inherently wrong with that, a side effect is you end up capturing vertical videos with large black bars on the sides. Fortunately there’s an easy way to rotate movies in iOS with little effort, which means you can fix a vertically aligned video by converting it to horizontal, go the other direction by rotating a horizontal video to vertical format, or even flip a video upside down.

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

Quickly Turn iPhone Battery Saving Low Power Mode On & Off with Siri

May 9, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Turn Low Power Mode on and off with Siri on iPhone

The excellent battery saving Low Power Mode available to iPhone users in modern versions of iOS typically requires being enabled through battery settings, but there’s an even faster way to toggle the feature on and off again at any time; Siri.

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

How to Use Automatic Login on Mac OS X

May 8, 2016 - 6 Comments

Automatic Login in Mac OS X

Longtime Mac users likely recall that Mac OS used to log in automatically when a computer was booted up or restarted. For security purposes this has changed over time, and for the most part Macs now request a login and password in order to successfully access a Mac and whatever documents and apps are contained on the computer. Nonetheless, some Macs in secure environments, in group computer labs, or with another particularly compelling reason may wish to have automatic login in use with Mac OS X.

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

Fix a Mac Showing the Wrong Time & Date

May 7, 2016 - 6 Comments

Fix a Mac showing the wrong time

Rarely, Mac users may notice their clock is displaying the wrong system time. This typically occurs after a Mac has been shut down for an extended amount of time and hasn’t connected to the internet in a while, but it can also happen with traveling across date lines, between regions with daylight savings time observations, and in other situations as well.

While having the clock off may not sound like a big deal, it can lead to all sorts of frustrating issues, from some apps not working, to an inability to install OS X due to verification errors, to “connection not private” errors in web browsers, to a variety of other nuisances.

Fortunately, fixing the Mac clock if it’s showing an incorrect time is quite simple, as we’ll demonstrate in this walkthrough.

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How to Delete an Instagram Account Permanently or Temporarily

May 6, 2016 - 2 Comments

instagram-icon Instagram is a wonderful social network for sharing pictures and moments, and now that Instagram supports multiple account switching you can easily change between personal, public, private, and work related Instagram accounts.

If you have decided you no longer want to use Instagram, or no longer need a particular Instagram account, or perhaps you have found Instagram to be too distracting, you can do something about it. You can choose to either disable an Instagram account temporarily (which can be reversed and reactivated), or if you want to go all out, you can permanently delete a Instagram account as well, thereby removing it and all associated posts and pictures from the service.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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