Stop Videos Disappearing from Messages App in iOS by Disabling Auto-Delete

Oct 9, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Video messages automatic removal in iOS Messages app

Have you noticed that after you watch a video message sent to your iPhone or iPad in Messages app, it disappears automatically soon after? It’ll be completely gone from the Messages app and the media overview for the given message thread. That auto-delete video messages feature is new to iOS 8 and is enabled by default, which can be either good or bad depending on your viewpoint. Apple presumably chose to enable this to resolve the growing message cache problem that impacts a lot of iPhone users who share media frequently, and while it’s effective at that, it can also be overly aggressive and has caused a significant amount of confusion and frustration for some.

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

12″ Retina MacBook Air Coming Next Year Along with 12.9″ iPad?

Oct 9, 2014 - 6 Comments

New MacBook Air

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a new 12-inch MacBook Air with “a higher resolution display” will enter mass production at the end of the year, suggesting a release sometime in early 2015.

Additionally, Apple has reportedly delayed production plans for a larger screen 12.9″ iPad until later next year, according to the same Wall Street Journal report. That delay is apparently due to “overwhelming demand” for the bigger screen iPhones, particularly the iPhone 6 Plus.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Mac, News, Rumor - 6 Comments

How to Change the Keyboard Language Being Typed with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Oct 8, 2014 - 7 Comments

Change active keyboard language quickly with a keystroke in Mac OS X

If you’re bilingual, trilingual, or even just use an alternate keyboard input method from QWERY like DVORAK, you can make your typing life much easier by setting up a keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X that instantly changes the typed language. This shifts the keyboard to your other language or typing layout option(s), from an English keyboard to Chinese keyboard for example, with a quick keystroke entry. Additionally, we’ll cover a simple trick that provides a system-wide indicator of what is the currently active language or keyboard being used on the Mac, so you’ll always know exactly what language is active without having to type to find out.

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

How to Track Steps & Mileage with iPhone to Make the Health App Useful

Oct 8, 2014 - 14 Comments

Track steps and movement with iPhone Health app

The Health app, loaded onto all iPhones with iOS 8 and sitting prominently on the home screen, is clearly ambitious, but at the moment the majority of it’s intended abilities remain inactive or useless (at least without additional third party sensors, which don’t seem to exist yet). But for those with a new iPhone, the Health app can be useful right now, because it has the ability to track your steps like a pedometer, as well as flights of stairs climbed, and your walking / running distance.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

Apple Event for October 16 Scheduled, New iPads & iMacs Expected

Oct 8, 2014 - 4 Comments

Apple Event October 2014

As the rumors anticipated, Apple has officially announced an event next week for October 16. The keynote event is scheduled to begin at 10 AM PST at their Cupertino campus Town Hall auditorium. It’s currently unknown whether the event will have a live video stream or not.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Mac OS X, News - 4 Comments

OS X Yosemite Golden Master 2.0 and Public Beta 5 Released

Oct 7, 2014 - 36 Comments

OS X Yosemite

Apple has released the second Golden Master build of OS X Yosemite to those registered with the Mac Developer program, versioned as build 14A386a. Additionally, Apple has released OS X Yosemite Beta 5 to those registered with the Yosemite Public Beta program, carrying build 14A386b. The updates are recommended for all Mac users running the respective beta OS.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 36 Comments

Find Out What Music is Playing with Siri and iPhone

Oct 7, 2014 - 1 Comment

Siri Not only is Siri quite a bit faster in iOS 8, but the virtual assistant is also more intelligent with some new tricks up their sleeve too. One of the notable new features is the ability to recognize what songs are playing, much like the Shazam app that is fairly popular with iPhone users.

Siri can either identify music playing from the iPhone or iPad that Siri has been activated upon, or identify music that is playing from elsewhere, as long as it can be picked up by the iOS devices microphone.

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

iOS 8.1 Beta 2 Released to Developers

Oct 7, 2014 - 4 Comments

iOS 8.1 beta 2 Apple has released iOS 8.1 beta 2 for those registered in the iOS Developer program. The latest build arrives versioned as 12B407 and is said to include bug fixes and feature improvements to the mobile operating system.

Users who are currently running the first beta of iOS 8.1 on a compatible iPhone, iPad, ro iPod touch will find the update available through the OTA mechanism in Settings > Software Update. The delta update is fairly small, ranging in size from 50MB to 80MB to install. Registered developers can also find the iOS 8.1b2 IPSW available to download through the iOS Developer Center.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 4 Comments

How to Force Reboot a Frozen Mac

Oct 6, 2014 - 13 Comments

How to force reboot a frozen Mac

Though Macs are known for being stable and experiencing considerably fewer crashes and system freezes than some of the competition, the reality is that sometimes stuff still happens. Typically it’s just an app that crashes or freezes up, remedied with a force quit and relaunch, but on rare occasions the Mac will freeze entirely, with OS X becoming completely unresponsive to anything, from keyboard input to even the inability to move a cursor. This is often accompanied by fans blazing quite loudly, demonstrating a truly frozen Mac, and when this happens the computer is basically stuck in that state until you intervene.

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Hide Contacts & Faces from the Multitasking App Switcher in iOS 8

Oct 6, 2014 - 8 Comments

Faces on the multitasking app switcher screen in iOS

The app switcher in iOS, accessed by double-clicking on the Home button of an iPhone or iPad, is where you can quickly switch between running apps or quit out of apps you no longer want to be open. But with iOS 8, Apple decided to fill in the unused space above the open app cards with two contacts lists, complete with faces to stylize the appearance; Recent contacts, and Favorites. While this provides for another way to reach out to those contacts, you may prefer to not see those mugs on the multitasking screen.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

How to Instantly Hide the QuickType Suggestion Bar on iOS Keyboard

Oct 5, 2014 - 4 Comments

QuickType keyboard on iPhone

The QuickType bar added to the virtual keyboard in iOS 8 seems to either be loved or hated, and while it can be quite good at predicting what words to type next, it can also be a nuisance as it takes up valuable screen real estate on the iPhone and iPod touch. Fortunately, like so many other things in iOS, you can quickly choose to disable or hide the QuickType bar from the keyboard completely, so if you either don’t like it or just don’t want to see it temporarily, you can use a speedy trick to quickly dismiss the suggested word bar.

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

How to Remove the Adobe Acrobat Reader Plugin from Safari in Mac OS X

Oct 5, 2014 - 6 Comments

Safari and Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin A variety of applications attempt to install Adobe Acrobat Reader into OS X, and many Mac users approve the installation and don’t think much of it. Typically when Acrobat Reader has been installed, it takes over the default PDF viewer that is built into Safari and uses a separate often slower Acrobat plugin for loading PDFs into Safari instead, and it also takes over as the default PDF viewer from Preview app as well.

Some users may find these behaviors to be desirable, but other Mac users may be annoyed by the Adobe Acrobat Reader takeover of Safari, which is notoriously slow and cumbersome.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

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