iOS 8.4 Beta 3 Released for Developer & Public Beta Testing

May 11, 2015 - 4 Comments

iOS 8.4

Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 8.4 for testing, arriving as build 12H4098c. The new release is available for both public beta testers and registered iOS developers, and runs on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models which support iOS 8.

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

How to Cancel Sending a Message or SMS from iPhone

May 10, 2015 - 12 Comments

How to stop sending a message from iPhone before it is sent If you’ve ever hit “Send” on an iMessage or text message that you wish you could take back, or perhaps you’d just like to cancel a sent picture because it’s stuck on ‘Sending’ and taking forever to send the message due to a congested network connection, then you may find this iPhone “cancel send” trick to be handy.

To be clear, this is very much a trick, because there’s no direct method to cancel sending a message from the iPhone, and it requires some quick action on the users part. Nonetheless, it absolutely does actually stop a message from being sent if you are fast enough.

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

How to Disable Swipe Navigation Gestures in Google Chrome for Mac

May 9, 2015 - 2 Comments

Chrome Many Mac apps support a two-finger swipe to go back / forward gesture, but not all users wish to use the scrolling gesture. For those who use Google Chrome, you may find that if you have disabled the system-wide “Swipe between pages” feature, you’ll still have the swipe navigation available in the Chrome app. This is because the swipe navigation feature is built into Chrome which lets the feature be separate from the scrolling gesture at the OS X level.

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

How to See the Exact Location Where a Photo was Taken with a Mac

May 8, 2015 - 6 Comments

Viewing the exact location a photo was taken with Preview in Mac OS X

The digital cameras included with iPhone, Android, and many others, have an option to geotag pictures using the devices GPS hardware, effectively pinpointing the exact location a photo was taken and bundling that geographic location data into the metadata of a picture. While you can turn off photo geotagging on iPhone and iPad, many users don’t and opt to keep the feature on their GPS equipped digital cameras. This means that you can easily view the location a picture was taken, and retrieve the GPS coordinates.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Filter & Mute Unknown Senders Messages from Known Contacts in iOS

May 7, 2015 - 6 Comments

New Unread Messages badge iPhone and iPad users can opt to use a new “Filter Unknown Senders” feature in the iOS messaging app which will automatically hush and separate inbound messages that are coming from unrecognized contacts. This is extremely useful if your phone number is publicly listed on a web site like Craigslist, or if you just happen to get a notable amount of inbound messages from numbers you don’t recognize.

By turning this feature on, your iOS Messages app will basically have two inboxes: people in your Contacts list, and basically everyone else who is not part of your contacts list on the iPhone or iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, & Safari 6.2.6 Released for Mac Users

May 6, 2015 - 12 Comments

Safari icon Apple has released a series of security updates for the Safari web browser, versioned as 8.0.6 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.16 for OS X Mavericks, and Safari 6.2.6 for OS X Mountain Lion.

Release notes accompanying the small update mention that it “contains improvements to security”, making it recommended for all Mac Safari users to download

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 12 Comments

How to Adjust Mail Drop Minimum File Size Threshold for Mac Mail

May 6, 2015 - 7 Comments

Mail app icon Using Mail Drop allows you to send larger files over email than typically allowed by uploading the sent file to iCloud from Mail app in OS X, and then passing the link to download that file onto the recipient. The default MailDrop threshold for mail attachments is 20MB before kicking in and offering the service, but some email providers don’t allow files over even 10MB to be sent through their mail servers. Fortunately, with a little command line magic, you can change the file size limit before MailDrop is requested for transmitting a file.

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

How to Reset Launchpad Layout in OS X Yosemite

May 5, 2015 - 8 Comments

Reset Launchpad layout in Mac OS X

Launchpad serves as a quick way to open applications on the Mac from a familiar iOS-like icon grid interface. If you’ve customized the way these app icons and arranged in Launchpad, you may decide you’d like to start from scratch and reset their order to how things appear when you first get a Mac. This can also be helpful if you want to rearrange the way Launchpad icons show up, but it can also be helpful to resolve some display bugs with Launchpad, particularly if an icon doesn’t show up or is displaying incorrectly.

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

How to Disable Gatekeeper from Command Line in Mac OS X

May 4, 2015 - 3 Comments

Disable Gatekeeper from the command line of OS X Though most Mac users will want to keep Gatekeeper enabled for security purposes, some advanced users find that Gatekeeper is overly zealous in preventing third party apps from being used in OS X.

While it’s easy to turn off Gatekeeper through the System Preferences on a Mac, another option is to disable Gatekeeper by using the command line in OS X. This can be helpful for scripting purposes, configuration, remote management, and just for those who prefer to use the Terminal.

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Fix an “Unapproved Caller” SecurityAgent Message in Mac OS X

May 3, 2015 - 5 Comments

Unapproved caller SecurityAgent error message in Mac OS X

Rarely, Mac users may encounter a random error message which appears somewhat disconcerting, with an OS X pop-up message saying “Unapproved caller. SecurityAgent may only be invoked by Apple software.”

This message can appear at random when using certain apps, or after logging in or a reboot, and is sometimes followed by crashing and other bad behavior. Because the message is vague and mentions SecurityAgent and an ‘unapproved caller’ many users perceive this to be some sort of eavesdropping or attack event, but the good news is that is not the case, and you can fix the error message quite quickly and you will likely never see it again.

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How to Add Text to Video with iMovie in Mac OS X

May 2, 2015 - 4 Comments

Overlay text on a video with iMovie for Mac OS X

If you want to place some text onto a video, the iMovie app for Mac is a good place to start. This is good for putting a title onto a movie, placing some basic subtitles on a silent video, captions on a video, or at a specific point in a movie, adding a watermark to video, or the myriad of other reasons you’d want words placed or alongside a movie. You’ll even be able to change the font size, font family, and various aspects of the text displayed on the movie.

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

How to Read .cap Packet Capture File on Mac OS X with tcpdump

May 1, 2015 - Leave a Comment

Reading captured packet files in OS X

Whether performing a packet trace or sniffing and capturing packets from a network, the result is usually the creation of a .cap capture file. That .cap, pcap, or wcap packet capture file is created regardless of what you’re using to sniff a network, a fairly common task among network administrators and security professionals. Perhaps the easiest way to open, read, and interpret a .cap file is using the built-in tcpdump utility on a Mac or Linux machine.

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