Temporarily Disable Hey Siri on iPhone with a Simple Trick

Nov 15, 2016 - 3 Comments

Siri love

The Hey Siri feature is undeniably useful, allowing you to engage with the iPhone from just about anywhere by voice commands, but sometimes you definitely don’t want Hey Siri to activate (let alone start talking out of the blue or answering questions at a White House press conference).

A simple solution is available with the latest versions of iOS, allowing you to immediately and instantly disable Hey Siri but only on a temporary basis, without disabling the feature completely on iPhone.

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

Beta 3 of MacOS Sierra 10.12.2, iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 Released

Nov 14, 2016 - 11 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the third beta versions of MacOS Sierra 10.12.2, iOS 10.2, and tvOS 10.1.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 11 Comments

How to Login to iCloud.com from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with Full iCloud Access

Nov 14, 2016 - 5 Comments

Sign in to iCloud login page with full iCloud.com features from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

The iCloud.com website allows users to access various iCloud features including the endlessly useful Find My iPhone from anywhere with a web browser, but if you have tried to visit iCloud.com from an iPhone or iPad, you’ll notice rather than the traditional sign-in to iCloud login page that is mobile friendly, you’ll be redirected to an iOS specific page that attempts to launch local iOS apps for the iCloud.com services instead. This isn’t desirable if someone is using someone else’s device to locate a misplaced iPhone or iPad, or just to access other iCloud services, and thus a better solution than logging into those apps is to access the full iCloud login website directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using a web browser instead.

We’ll show you how to login to iCloud.com from an iOS device and have full access to all of the iCloud.com features and abilities.

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

Test the New Touch Bar on Any Mac with Touche or TouchBarDemo

Nov 12, 2016 - 13 Comments

Touch Bar demo on a Mac

The all new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has been announced though it is not shipping quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t test out the new TouchBar functionality on an existing Mac, even without the official hardware Touch Bar across the top of the keyboard. Thanks to a third party app, you can give it a go and get a Touch Bar experience on any Mac, interacting with it with either using your mouse cursor or by using a connected iPad instead.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

View Status of App Store Downloads from Mac Launchpad & Dock

Nov 11, 2016 - Leave a Comment

See app download progress in the Mac Dock

Ever wondered what the status is of a large app download coming from the Mac App Store, but you don’t want to check the progress through the Mac App Store itself? Just refer to Launchpad in the Dock of Mac OS X instead, you don’t even need to have the App Store open to see the apps download progress.

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

How to Block Unknown Callers & “No Caller ID” on iPhone

Nov 10, 2016 - 16 Comments

Block unknown callers on iPhone

Now that we can block callers on the iPhone by selecting a specific number or contact, wouldn’t it be nice to go further and stop all “Unknown” callers and “No Caller ID” calls from coming to the iPhone too? Typically the “Unknown”, “No Caller ID”, and “Blocked” callers are telemarketers, robocalls, and other annoying types, so it’s not like you’re going to be missing much if we prevent these nuisances from contacting us.

We’ll show you a clever workaround that effectively prevents all “Unknown” calls and all “No Caller ID” calls from calling an iPhone, and also prevents any other unrecognized number from getting through to you as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

How to Remove Safari Extensions on Mac

Nov 9, 2016 - 7 Comments

Safari icon

Safari for Mac allows for optional third party browser extensions to be installed, performing functions like social sharing, note taking, interface with apps like 1password, amongst others. Sometimes Safari extensions can be useful, but sometimes they are no longer needed, or they can be problematic and cause freezes or trouble with Safari or for the ability to work with a specific website, and accordingly users often need to delete extensions from the browser.

This article will show you how to easily remove Safari extensions on a Mac. It’s important to note that Safari Extensions are different from Safari Plug-ins, which are removed separately.

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MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta 2 Released

Nov 8, 2016 - 9 Comments

macOS Sierra

Apple has released the second beta version of MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 for users enrolled in the beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 9 Comments

How to Batch Change File Extensions in Mac OS

Nov 8, 2016 - 8 Comments

How to batch change file extensions on Mac

Have you ever wanted to change a group of files file extensions in Mac OS? For example, lets say you wanted to change a bunch files with a .htm extension to .html, or a group of files from extension tie .JPEG to .PNG. We’ll show you how to easily batch change a group of file extensions on the Mac, without changing the actual file names.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Beta 2 of iOS 10.2, WatchOS 3.1.1, TvOS 10.1 Released

Nov 7, 2016 - 6 Comments

iOS 10.2 beta 2

Apple has released a second beta version of iOS 10.2, alongside new beta versions of tvOS 10.1 beta 2 and watchOS 3.1.1 beta 2.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 6 Comments

How to Download a File from a Server with SSH / SCP

Nov 7, 2016 - 1 Comment

Terminal in OS X Users can securely download a file from any remote server with SSH by using the scp tool at the command line. Essentially this means you can have a file stored securely on a remote server and transfer it to local storage without having to expose that file to the outside world, because scp offers the same level of security and requires the same authentication that ssh does.

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Using the Screenshots Album on iPhone and iPad

Nov 6, 2016 - 4 Comments

iPhone and iPad

If you take many screenshots on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, you’ll likely find the Screenshots photo album view to be useful in iOS.

Essentially the Screenshots photo album serves as a presorted album of all pictures on an iOS device that are screenshots. This includes any screenshots that are taken natively on the device, but also screenshots that are saved to the device and stored in the general Photos app and camera roll.

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

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