How to Clear & Reset DNS Cache in MacOS Sierra

Mar 8, 2017 - 7 Comments

How to clear DNS cache in macOS Sierra

Mac OS users who have modified their DNS settings may need to clear their DNS cache before the changes take effect. Additionally, sometimes name servers and domains may not resolve as intended if you have stale DNS cache on the Mac, another situation where resetting DNS cache can often be the solution.

We’ll show you how to flush out DNS cache in MacOS Sierra 10.12 and later.

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Beta 5 of MacOS Sierra 10.12.4, iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2 Available

Mar 8, 2017 - 3 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the 5th beta versions of MacOS Sierra 10.12.4, iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2 to users participating in the beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

Make Pages Open New Blank Document by Default on Mac

Mar 7, 2017 - 16 Comments

Pages

Pages on Mac defaults to launching into a series of document opening panels and new document templates, but if you typically use Pages on the Mac to create new Pages files, you might appreciate launching the app directly into a new blank document instead.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

How to Search in Photos on Mac for Matches & Attributes

Mar 6, 2017 - 2 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X

The Mac Photos app offers a Search feature which allows for searching for attributes in pictures, whether they are objects, things, descriptions of locations, places, or beings. This is just like the excellent Search feature in Photos for iOS in that you can search for a term or description and an album that matches those attributes will be returned, except it’s on the Mac desktop of course.

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

How to Take a Picture on Mac Using the Camera

Mar 5, 2017 - 4 Comments

Take pictures with Mac web camera for selfies

Have you ever wanted to take a picture with your Mac webcam? Maybe you want to post a new profile picture to the internet or send a funny face to a friend or relative. Whatever the intention, it’s easy to snap pictures with a Macs built-in camera, allowing you to take selfies with your Mac. Exciting, right?

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

How to Mark & Share a Maps Location from iPhone

Mar 4, 2017 - 7 Comments

How to share a location from Maps on iPhone

Have you ever found a location or an interesting spot on a map that you want to share with someone else? Using the iPhone Maps app, you can easily mark a location on a map and then share that marked pin with someone else, giving them the exact pinned location. This great feature has many obvious purposes for directions, but it’s also a handy trick for many hobbies and professions.

Let’s show how to mark a location on a map using iPhone, and then how to share that pinned spot with someone else.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

Search JPEG Images Only Within Spotlight on Mac

Mar 3, 2017 - 4 Comments

Spotlight icon

Have you ever been in a situation where you know you want to find a JPEG file type and you know the name of the file, but you don’t want to search other document types on the Mac? You can use image specific file format search operators on Spotlight in Mac OS to help narrow down these type of searches, in this case we are limiting to JPG files.

This is a great little quick trick to search only JPEG files for a match via Spotlight, here’s how it works:

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

Siri Not Working on iPhone or iPad? How to Fix Siri & Troubleshoot Problems

Mar 2, 2017 - 9 Comments

Fix Siri not working on iPhone or iPad

Siri usually works great on iPhone and iPad, but sometimes Siri stops working or Siri may not work as intended. If you experience problems with Siri, this guide will walk you through troubleshooting Siri so that you can fix Siri to work on your iPhone or iPad again.

We’ll cover several effective troubleshooting tricks to fix common problems with Siri.

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How to Disable Webcam / FaceTime Camera on Mac Completely

Mar 1, 2017 - 28 Comments

How to disable Mac camera completely

Some of the more privacy conscious Mac users out there might put tape over their webcam or use apps like Oversight to detect camera activity. While either of those approaches can be satisfactory for many users (or considered totally paranoid and overboard to others), many advanced Mac users in the security community go a step further and just outright disable their Macs front-facing web camera. This article will show you how to completely deactivate the front FaceTime camera on a Mac.

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How to Mark WhatsApp Chats as Unread or Read on iPhone

Mar 1, 2017 - Leave a Comment

WhatsApp icon

The popular WhatsApp messenger allows you to mark conversations as unread or read on iPhone. This can be helpful if you want to reply to a message later by emphasizing it’s unread, or perhaps you inadvertently opened a message in WhatsApp but want to keep it marked as unread. Similarly, maybe you want to ignore a WhatsApp chat and mark it as read so that it no longer appears as a new message.

Marking WhatsApp messages as read or unread is really easy on iPhone thanks to a simple gesture, let’s walk through how to perform this handy trick.

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

How to Search Photos on iPhone and iPad

Feb 28, 2017 - 5 Comments

Search Photos in iOS

iOS Photos has an excellent search feature that allows users to search for identifiable objects, places, and attributes in your pictures. For example, you could search for “beach” or “rock” or “dog” and all images in Photos app that match those terms will show up in predefined sorted albums on the iPhone or iPad.

The searched images includes any photo in your album or camera roll, meaning any picture taken with your iPhone or iPad as well as those saved to your devices will be indexed and searchable using this great trick.

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

How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

Feb 27, 2017 - 18 Comments

How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

AirDrop is the fastest and most convenient way to wirelessly send files from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac. While AirDropping from iOS to Mac OS is easy, how it works may not be particularly obvious to some users, and many people don’t know the feature exists at all. Learning to use AirDrop to send files from an iPhone to a Mac is easy, and it offers a simple and reliable way to transfer photos, videos, notes, and other files between nearby devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 18 Comments

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