Fix “the last backup could not be completed” iOS iCloud Backup Error

Nov 14, 2015 - 18 Comments

Last backup could not be completed to iCloud error in iOS

For iCloud users with automatic backups configured, the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will backup to iCloud every evening when connected to wi-fi. This usually goes without a hitch, but sometimes you may check the iCloud Backup settings to discover a vague message stating “The last backup could not be completed.” You may also see this backup failed error when trying to complete a manual iCloud backup from an iOS device too.

Given how important regular backups are, this error message can be annoying and distressing, but fortunately it’s usually quickly resolved with a few simple troubleshooting tricks.

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How to Change 3D Touch Pressure Sensitivity on iPhone 6S

Nov 13, 2015 - 1 Comment

Adjust 3D Touch screen sensitivity on iPhone

The new iPhone 3D Touch display detects the level of pressure placed on the screen and, depending on the app, action, or home screen icon, offers different responses and interactions. These “peak” and “pop” features are throughout iOS and offer shortcuts of sorts to perform various functions, and they’re really a great feature of the iPhone 6S lineup. Using 3D Touch takes a little bit of practice, particularly in regard to applying the correct amount of screen pressure to get the intended action, but one way to greatly improve the 3D Touch experience is to manually adjust the touch screen pressure sensitivity required to activate the various features.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Create a Custom Photo Face on Apple Watch

Nov 13, 2015 - 7 Comments

Custom photo Apple Watch face

Want a customized Apple Watch face that features a photo of your own choosing? This way every time you activate the Apple Watch to glance at the time, you’ll see the picture of your choice with a date and clock atop the image.

This is a nice way to personalize the Apple Watch a bit, and you can easily create a custom photo watch face in just a few moments.
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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How to Add Another Email Address to FaceTime

Nov 12, 2015 - 1 Comment

FaceTime If you juggle multiple email addresses for various purposes on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you may find it useful to add additional email addresses for FaceTime. This allows you to both call out from another email address, and perhaps more importantly, you can also receive inbound FaceTime calls for the newly added email address too.

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

Fix “App is Damaged Can’t Be Opened” Error Messages in Mac OS X

Nov 12, 2015 - 20 Comments

mac-app-store-icon Some Mac users have discovered they are unable to open some applications downloaded from the Mac App Store. When attempting to open an impacted app in OS X, a message stating “ is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete and download it again from the App Store.” Another variation is a pop-up window appearing asking a user to “Sign in to use this application on this computer” requesting an Apple ID and password.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Troubleshooting - 20 Comments

How to Take Screenshots of the Login Screen on any Mac

Nov 11, 2015 - 11 Comments

How to take a screenshot of the login screen on any Mac

Taking screen shots of the login screen on a Mac is possible, and you can do so at either the OS X system boot, any login window, or at a locked user authentication screen. How a screenshot of the Mac login screen is accomplished will depend on what version of OS X the Mac is running however.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

How to Quit Apps in iOS 9

Nov 11, 2015 - 14 Comments

How to quit and close apps in iOS 9

Quitting and force quitting apps in iOS 9 is easy, whether you’re on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Though the multitasking screen may look different in iOS 9 than it did before, the basic mechanism of forcibly quitting apps remains the same as prior versions of iOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

How to Check Stores for Apple Pay Support from iPhone & Mac

Nov 10, 2015 - 10 Comments

Check Stores for Apple Pay Support

Apple Pay is undeniably convenient, allowing you to make quick and secure purchases right from your iOS devices. So, you setup Apple Pay on your iPhone and on the Apple Watch and now you want to put it to use, right?

While many popular stores are known to support Apple Pay, there is no reason to be stuck wondering if a particular location, store, or shop supports Apple Pay purchases, because you can actually check for Apple Pay compatibility at most retail locations by using the Maps application.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

iOS 9.2 Beta 3 & tvOS 9.1 Beta 2 Released for Testing

Nov 10, 2015 - Leave a Comment

iOS 9.2 public beta 3

Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 9.2 to users participating in the Public Beta and Developer Beta testing programs, alongside tvOS 9.1 beta 2. The new iOS 9.2 release arrives as 13C71 and continues to support iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, while tvOS 9.1 beta 2 shows as build 13U5069b.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, News - Leave a Comment

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 Beta 3 Released for Testing

Nov 10, 2015 - 10 Comments

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2

Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 Beta 3 for Mac users enrolled in the developer beta and public beta testing programs.

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

First iPad Pro TV Commercial Debuts, “A Great Big Universe”

Nov 10, 2015 - 6 Comments

iPad Pro great universe space commercial

Apple has started running the first TV advertisement for the new iPad Pro, featuring a user of the large screen iPad manipulate a space scene in Sky Guide, then using ProCreate to sketch on other galactic imagery via the Split View feature and an Apple Pencil.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, News - 6 Comments

How to Enable Tab Discarding in Chrome for Improved Memory Use

Nov 9, 2015 - 8 Comments

Chrome If you use Google Chrome as your default web browser and find yourself with a ton of tabs and windows open on a regular basis, you likely know the RAM, swap, and resource burden that leaving a gazillion tabs open does to your computer. Rather than forcibly quitting Chrome or abandoning your browser tabs, the latest versions of the Chrome browser support an optional “discarding” feature that will automatically discard background tabs as the application begins to run low on available memory.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

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