How to Share Activity Progress with Apple Watch & iPhone

Jan 21, 2016 - 3 Comments

Activity Ring sharing on Apple Watch and iPhone

The Activity app on iPhone gathers much of the physical activity, pedometer, and health and fitness data from Apple Watch and presents it in an easy to read format. But the info found in Activity app is not limited to just the iPhone and Apple Watch, because you can share Activity progress easily with others through the app as well.

Whether you’re feeling particularly proud about a fitness level for a day, or shameful from a serious couch potato effort, it’s easy to share through messages, email, or the major social networks, here’s how:
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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Use Mail Drop in iOS for Sending Large Files via Email

Jan 20, 2016 - 4 Comments

Using Mail Drop in iOS for sending large files

The newest version of iOS supports Mail Drop, a feature which allows users to upload a large file to iCloud for a recipient to download, rather than attempting to attach the large file to the email itself. This is great because it allows you to send files up to 5GB through email, when it’s not unusual for any file larger than 20MB to get bounced by the recipient email server. You’ll find Mail Drop is particularly well suited for sending large HD video files from an iPhone or iPad to elsewhere, but it obviously has other uses as well.

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

iOS 9.2.1 Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch [IPSW Direct Download Links]

Jan 19, 2016 - 37 Comments

iOS 9.2.1 update

Apple has released iOS 9.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The small update arrives as build 13D15 and includes bug fixes and security updates, but does not appear to include any new features or changes.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 37 Comments

OS X 10.11.3 Released with Bug Fixes, Security Updates for Yosemite & Mavericks Available

Jan 19, 2016 - 35 Comments

OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 update released

Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 for all Mac users, the final version is said to improve the compatibility, security, and stability of OS X and contains bug fixes and security improvements for the Mac operating system.

Additionally, Apple has also released security updates for Mac users running OS X Yosemite and OS X Mavericks.

Apple recommends that all Mac users install the appropriate updates for their version of OS X.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 35 Comments

How to Disable Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone with iOS 9

Jan 18, 2016 - 4 Comments

Siri Suggestions in Spotlight search of iOS

Siri Suggestions is a feature of modern versions of iOS that recommends contacts, apps, nearby locations, and news, right from the Spotlight search screen. Siri Suggestions aims to be intelligent and learn from user behavior on the iPhone and iPad, offering contacts and apps depending on usage patterns, location, and the time of day, and while this feature is appreciated by many iOS users, some don’t use it, and others may find it unnecessary, slow, or unhelpful.

If you’d like, you can turn off Siri Suggestions in the Spotlight search screen of iOS easily. Doing so still allows you to use Spotlight just as before in prior versions of iOS, including searching the local device, the web, and Wikipedia, it simply removes the suggested section from offering results before searching in Spotlight.

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

Get an Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr Quote Wallpaper from Apple

Jan 18, 2016 - 6 Comments

Apple tribute to MLK Jr

In celebration of MLK Jr Day, Apple has honored Dr. Martin Luther King Junior with a prominent tributary homepage takeover. The tribute is complete with a picture of Dr King, featuring one of his most famous and powerfully inspirational quotes overlaid the image; “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Truly one of the greatest quotes (and greatest questions), so why not give yourself some inspiration to do good for others by making that moving quote as your wallpaper?

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 6 Comments

How to Empty Cache in Safari for Mac OS X

Jan 17, 2016 - 1 Comment

Safari icon Modern versions of the Safari web browser for Mac OS X offer a hidden feature that allows users to clear web caches from the browser without having to dump all other browsing history, cookies, searches, or other website data. This is a really useful feature for web workers and developers who routinely need to clear browser cache for pages and websites, which forces the browser to pull new data from the server(s) being accessed, but it can also be helpful for some troubleshooting situations in Safari as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Nintendo 64 & Playstation Emulators for Mac OS X: OpenEmu

Jan 16, 2016 - 13 Comments

OpenEmu emulates Playstation 1, Nintendo 64, SNES, GBA, and much more, the best emulator for Mac OS X

The Mac has long been a great platform for emulating older gaming consoles, and now the best emulator for OS X has gotten even better, as OpenEmu includes support for two other retro gaming greats; the Nintendo 64 and Playstation 1.

PS1 and N64 support is in addition to the vast console compatibility already included with OpenEmu, so if you’re a fan of emulators and old school games, you won’t want to miss this.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Games, Mac OS X - 13 Comments

How to Convert Slow Motion Video to Regular Speed Video on iPhone

Jan 15, 2016 - 2 Comments

Slow motion video adjustment indicator in iOS

Capturing a slow motion video with the iPhone camera is great, and it’s a wonderful effect for many events and scenes you’re recording, unless of course you didn’t mean to record the video in slow motion in the first place. Additionally, sometimes you may have changed your mind after recording a slow motion video and want to change the movie back to regular speed. Whatever the case, converting anything captured in slow motion back to a regular speed video on the iPhone is quite easy.

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

How to Delete “Frequently Visited” Sites from Safari on iPhone & iPad

Jan 14, 2016 - 6 Comments

Safari iOS Safari keeps track of frequently visited webpages, offering quick links to those pages and sites on the initial startup and new tabs in the browser. For the less familiar, the Frequently Visited section is underneath Safari Favorites in iOS, and it updates itself as you browse the web and access particular pages on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. While many users may like the Frequently Visited section and find it helpful, you may discover a web page or link under this list that you’d rather not be there, and in such a case, you’d probably want to delete the frequently visited page from this list in Safari.

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

Public Beta Versions of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 Released for Testing

Jan 14, 2016 - 8 Comments

OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3

Apple has released the first public beta versions of both OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3, two point release updates that include some notable new features. The beta releases are the same as the recently unveiled developer betas of the same OS versions, and can be downloaded now by users who are enrolled in the iOS and OS X public beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, News - 8 Comments

How to Remove Temporary Items & Bloated /private/var/folders/ in Mac OS X the Safe Way

Jan 13, 2016 - 18 Comments

Temporary cache folders and system var private folders in OS X

Mac OS creates various system level folders of temporary items and caches, which typically remain hidden from the average OS X user. Nonetheless, Mac users using various disk management utilities and apps like OmniDiskSweeper will come across these various temporary item folders in OS X, often at locations like /tmp and /private/var/ and /var/folder. Sometimes the items in these directories can be huge and take up dramatic amounts of disk space, which leads many Mac users wondering if they can safely delete the contents of the various /private/ folders.

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