Beta 5 of MacOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2 Released for Testing

May 1, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the fifth beta version of MacOS 10.12.5 Sierra, and iOS 10.3.2 beta 5 is also available. No new features are expected to be revealed in these beta versions, as the small point releases likely focus on bug fixes and security enhancements.

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How to Save a Keynote .key as PowerPoint .pptx Presentations on Mac

Apr 29, 2017 - 7 Comments

Keynote file as PowerPoint file on Mac

Keynote presentations are saved as .key files by default, but because Keynote runs only on Apple system software and iCloud you can’t always open a .key presentation on PowerPoint. The simplest solution to this is to save a Keynote .key presentation as a PowerPoint .pptx presentation, which can then be opened in Microsoft Office, Google Slides Docs, Keynote, OpenOffice, or just about any other presentation app regardless of the platform it runs on, whether it’s Windows, Linux, another Mac, or even iPad.

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

How to SSH on Mac with the Native SSH Client

Apr 28, 2017 - 13 Comments

How to SSH on Mac

Did you know the Mac has a native SSH client built directly into the command line? This ssh client allows for secured connections and remote logins into other machines. Unlike Windows, you won’t need a third party app to utilize SSH for connections into remote computers and devices, because ssh is built directly into Mac OS and Mac OS X – perfect!

Let’s walk through how to make an SSH connection into another computer using the native ssh client in Mac OS.

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How to Change Podcast Playback Speed on iPhone

Apr 27, 2017 - 3 Comments

Change podcast playback speed on iPhone

The Podcasts app on iPhone allows users to adjust playback speed, making the podcast play faster or slower. If you’re wondering why it’d be helpful to adjust the speed of podcasts, there are several reasons; increased comprehension or understanding, speeding through uninteresting parts of a podcast, or perhaps my favorite use which is to listen to more podcasts in less time by increasing the playback speed.

Think you don’t have time to listen to a podcast because it’s too long? Think again, just speed it up. Can’t understand what some rapid-fire speaker is saying? No propel, slow it down.

Adjusting the playback speed of podcasts on iPhone is easy and can be toggled directly within the Podcasts app at anytime, similar to how “>you can skip sections. Let’s review how this works.

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

How to Change the “From” Email Address on iPhone and iPad

Apr 26, 2017 - 12 Comments

Change the Sent From Email Address in iOS

For iPhone and iPad users with multiple email accounts in iOS Mail, you may want to change the “From” address when sending a specific email. This does exactly what it sounds like; it changes the email address you are sending an email from, but rather than changing the setting universally to set a new default, you can adjust the sent from address on an individual email basis.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

How to Change Screen Brightness on the Mac with Siri Voice Commands

Apr 25, 2017 - 2 Comments

How to change screen brightness on Mac with Siri voice commands

Just about every Mac has screen brightness adjustment buttons on their keyboard, but for Macs with Siri enabled you can also adjust and change screen brightness on a Mac display easily with Siri voice commands instead.

This can offer a quicker option to adjust display dimness and brightness for some Mac users, and voice commands offer an alternative approach to the keyboard adjustments and Display preference panel adjustment options.

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

A Simple Trick to Silently Plug-In iPhone to Charge Without Buzzing or Chiming Sound

Apr 24, 2017 - 19 Comments

Silently charge iPhone or iPad

Every time you plug an iPhone or iPad in to charge, it sounds a fairly loud chiming sound effect (unless it’s not charging anyway). One strategy to make the iPhone or iPad hush when plugged in is to place the device into silent mode by muting it with the physical mute switch, but that will still cause the iPhone or iPad to buzz.

What if you want to completely silence the iPhone or iPad when it’s initially plugged in to charge? What if you want no buzz, and no sound effect when it’s plugged-in? That’s what we’ll show you how to do here, and it’s surprisingly easy with a simple trick.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 19 Comments

Beta 4 of MacOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.2.2 Available

Apr 24, 2017 - 2 Comments

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released the fourth beta versions of macOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1.

No major new changes are expected in the beta releases, as the builds likely continue to focus on bug fixes and security enhancements.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

Download Starcraft for Free, Have Fun!

Apr 23, 2017 - 8 Comments

Starcraft free download for Mac and PC

Do you remember Starcraft, the science fiction real-time strategy game for Mac and PC? The original Starcraft debuted in the land of the digital dinosaurs of 1998, and it was widely loved and enjoyed by many for it’s single player campaign and multi-player matches set in a futuristic space world of wars and resource gathering. Now Blizzard has made the original Starcraft free for Mac OS and Windows, so anyone can download and play it on modern computers.

If you’re looking for a little retro gaming fun, Starcraft will deliver. Whether you used to play the original version or not, it’s a legitimately fun real-time strategy game where you will pick a species (Terran humans, Protoss, Zerg), build a sprawling base of structures, gather resources, create and man an army, and battle in a sci-fi world with mysterious aliens, futuristic technology, and robotics. Good fun!

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By Paul Horowitz - Games, News - 8 Comments

4 Stunning Earth Night Lights Wallpapers from NASA

Apr 22, 2017 - 19 Comments

Earth at Night wallpapers

NASA consistently produces stunning and inspiring imagery of our Earth, solar system, and universe, many of which make for exceptional wallpapers for our desktops and home screens, and these new images of our home planet at night are no exception.

From NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, these four high resolution images show Earth and the major habitation sights of humans glowing from light pollution, showing where the cities and population centers are on the planet. The images focus on several regions but here we are focusing on four primary compositions: North America and the USA, Europe and Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 19 Comments

Join Movie Clips Together with QuickTime Player for Mac

Apr 21, 2017 - 5 Comments

Merge Video Files Together in Mac OS X with QuickTime

Did you now that QuickTime on the Mac can join movie clips together into a single combined movie file? The same QuickTime that is used for viewing videos on the Mac includes some basic editing functions, including the ability to combine multiple video files into one.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

How to Sort Files by Date on Mac

Apr 20, 2017 - 4 Comments

How to sort files by date on the Mac

Many Mac users sort their files by name and type, but one of the most useful ways to sort files is by date. The Mac Finder allows for various different date based sorting options for files, documents, applications, and folders, and they’re all typically best utilized in the Finder List view.

Using date based sorting in Mac OS, you can sort files by “Date Modified”, “Date Created”, “Date Last Opened”, and “Date Added”. If you’ve never used these features before, or perhaps just forget they exist, this tutorial will walk through how you can use date based file system sorting on your Mac.

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

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