macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update Released for Mac Users

Oct 5, 2017 - 10 Comments

macOS High Sierra supplemental update

Apple has released the first supplemental update to macOS High Sierra 10.13, complete with bug fixes, improvements, and security fixes.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 10 Comments

How to Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11

Oct 4, 2017 - 30 Comments

How to disable wi-fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11

With iOS 11, the new Control Center toggles for turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth do not actually turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on an iPhone or iPad. Instead, if you hit the buttons for disabling Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center, the iPhone or iPad will disconnect from wi-fi or Bluetooth, but not actually turn off those wireless services on the iPhone or iPad. This can cause some confusion for obvious reasons, and many users are left wondering why wi-fi or Bluetooth is not actually turned off on their devices, or how to turn off wi-fi or Bluetooth in iOS 11 completely.

You can still turn off wi-fi and disable Bluetooth on an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11, but rather than use Control Center to turn the wireless features off, you must go to the Settings app to disable either.

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How to Disable Video AutoPlay in App Store of iOS

Oct 4, 2017 - 2 Comments

Disable autoplaying video in the App Store of iOS

The App Store in iOS will now automatically play video previews of apps while you navigate through the App Store on an iPhone or iPad. These video previews can offer a helpful look into what an app does or may look like, but they can also be distracting, cause battery to drain faster than otherwise, lead to unintentional bandwidth and data usage, and be annoying if you’re not inclined to enjoy automatically playing videos of iOS apps you may or may not have any interest in.

Users can disable video auto-playing in the iOS App Store by adjusting the appropriate settings on their iPhone or iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Hide the iMessage App Icon Row in iOS 11 Messages for iPhone and iPad

Oct 3, 2017 - 5 Comments

How to Hide Messages App Icons in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

The Messages screen in iOS 11 is busier than ever before, displaying a row of colorful icons and iMessage apps on the bottom of every conversation in Messages on iPhone and iPad. While some users will love the quick access to their gifs, message stickers and apps, not everyone is satisfied with having a row of brightly colored app icons and the app drawer showing up with their Message conversations, and many professional users have sought out a way to disable or remove the Messages app icons from the iOS communication client.

If you’d like to hide the Message app icons in iOS 11 on an iPhone or iPad, you can do so with a little trick that hides the app drawer.

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

iOS 11.0.2 Update Released [IPSW Download Links]

Oct 3, 2017 - 22 Comments

iOS 11.0.2 update is available to download

Apple has released iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 11. This is the second small bug fix update for iOS 11 that aims to patch various bugs and offer improvements to the operating system, making it recommended for users who are running a prior version of the iOS 11 release.

Users can download iOS 11.0.2 for compatible iPhone and iPad hardware through either the Settings app on their devices, via iTunes on a computer, or they can install the update manually by downloading and using IPSW firmware files for iOS 11.0.2 linked below.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 22 Comments

How to Clean Install MacOS High Sierra

Oct 2, 2017 - 9 Comments

Clean install macOS High Sierra

Some Mac users like to perform a clean install when a new operating system is released. Usually this is reserved for more advanced users, as a clean install means the hard drive is formatted and completely erased, removing the existing Mac operating system, and erasing all contents, data, files, applications – everything from the Mac is completely removed. This allows the new macOS High Sierra installation to be blank, kind of like if the computer were brand new, thus the name “clean install”. Users who opt for clean installations of macOS usually perform extensive manual file backups and then copy their important data over after the installation is complete, and then they must manually install all their applications again.

This tutorial will walk through how to perform a clean install of macOS High Sierra (10.13+).

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Enable Night Shift in iOS 11 Control Center on iPhone and iPad

Oct 1, 2017 - 3 Comments

Night Shift in Control Center for iOS 11

Accessing Night Shift quickly has changed in iOS 11, and while Night Shift is still easily accessible via Control Center on iPhone and iPad, users will have to dig just slightly deeper to reveal the Night Shift setting toggle and be able to enable and disable the feature through Control Center.

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

How to Save Games on SNES Classic from Anywhere, Anytime

Oct 1, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Save games from anywhere anytime with SNES Classic

If you have managed to get your hands on the coveted SNES Classic Edition, you’re probably interested in learning how the new optional suspend point save system works. Suspend Points allow you to save any game from anywhere, at any time, rather than only at a dedicated save point or by using the in-game save menus on Super Nintendo games. On SNES Classic, suspend points are a lot like saved states on an emulator, so if you have experience with those this should be pretty familiar to you.

Saving from anywhere in any game on the SNES Classic Edition with Suspend Points is super easy, but it may seem a little counterintuitive at first because it relies on using the systems reset button. We’ll review how this system works to save games from literally anywhere in a game, and also how to resume those saved games on the Super Nintendo Classic.

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

How to Disable or Enable Auto-Brightness in iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad

Sep 30, 2017 - 8 Comments

Auto-brightness on iPad and iPhone

Auto-Brightness is a screen setting on the iPhone and iPad which causes the device to automatically adjust the display brightness depending on ambient lighting conditions. For example, if you’re outdoors or in bright lighting, the screen would adjust to be brighter so that it is more visible, and if you’re in a dim room or outdoors at night, the screen would adjust to lower the brightness so that the screen isn’t as glaringly bright. Auto-brightness in iOS also can improve battery life by adjusting the brightness of the iPhone or iPad display down as the ambient lighting permits.

Some users like to turn off auto-brightness, or to make sure that auto-brightness is enabled on their iPad or iPhone. However, as of iOS 11, the auto-brightness setting has been relocated from the standard Display settings area to deeper within the settings of iOS. This has led some users to think that auto-brightness was removed in iOS 11, but in fact the setting was merely relocated.

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

How to Make iPhone Camera Shoot JPEG Pictures in iOS 11

Sep 29, 2017 - 43 Comments

How to change iPhone Camera image format to JPEG from HEIF

The iPhone camera will now default to taking pictures in a new HEIF format, rather then JPEG. This camera formatting change to HEIF came in iOS 11, but some iPhone users may prefer to have the camera continue to snap photos in JPEG format for broader compatibility with sharing, copying to a computer, and more.

We’ll show you how you can change the iPhone camera default image file type so that the iPhone will shoot pictures in JPEG format again. We’ll also cover a trick for leaving HEIF image format enabled but have those HEIF images automatically convert to JPEG files upon transfer to a computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 43 Comments

How to Force Quit Apps on iPad with iOS 11 App Switcher

Sep 28, 2017 - 3 Comments

How to force quit apps on iPad with iOS 11

iOS 11 on iPad features an excellent new app switcher, complete with an all new look and a multitude of nice multitasking features, as well as the ability to perform critical functions like force quitting apps.

We’ll show you how to force quit out of an app on the newly redesigned app switcher for iPad that comes with iOS 11.

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

How to Force Restart iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Sep 28, 2017 - 6 Comments

How to force restart iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple has changed how to forcibly restart an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with the device now relying on a sequence of three button presses to complete the hard reboot procedure.

If you’ve been trying to forcibly reboot an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to no avail, it is because all of the prior methods to hard restart an iPhone no longer work with iPhone 8 models. The new approach to a force restart or hard reboot – sometimes called a hard reset – is relatively easy, once you learn how it works on the new devices anyway.

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