April Fools Day Fun with Siri

Apr 1, 2017 - 1 Comment

Siri April Fools comments

The internet is generally pretty useless on April Fools day, which makes April 1st a great day to basically ignore anything you see online because it’s probably a prank, a joke, or outright fake. We’ve shared plenty of April Fools pranks before here too, one of my personal favorites is the “iPhone is Disabled” wallpaper prank but there are many other funny iPhone pranks and Mac pranks too.

Of course everyones favorite virtual assistant Siri has to get in on the fun too then, right? And Siri does, with a handful of witty comments and goofy statements if you inquire about the day.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 1 Comment

How to Search Messages on iPhone and iPad

Mar 31, 2017 - 10 Comments

How to Search Messages on iPhone and iPad

Did you know the Messages app has a Search function for iPhone and iPad? Many people don’t realize that you can easily search through iMessages and text messages on the iPhone, you’ll be able to quickly find messages by name, word, phrase, or other search terms.

iOS Message search is fast and easy to use, but like many other iOS features it’s a little hidden so don’t be surprised if you have never seen it before. This guide will show you who to use the Messages search feature for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How Long Does Your MacBook Pro Battery Last?

Mar 30, 2017 - 48 Comments

See how long MacBook battery is really lasting

Have you ever wondered how long your MacBook Pro or MacBook battery really lasts? Apple usually advertises their laptops as having “all-day battery life”, but has that been your experience in practice?

Wonder no more! We’ll show you how to check how long your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air battery is actually lasting so that you can see exactly how much time you’re getting out of your Mac laptops battery. Whether you have all-day battery life, something more, or something less, you’ll be able to tell.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 48 Comments

How to Stop iOS App Rating & Review Popups on iPhone and iPad

Mar 29, 2017 - 63 Comments

How to stop app review rating pop-ups on iOS

Are you tired of iPhone and iPad apps nagging you to rate and review their apps with pop-ups? The most annoying in-app rating and review pop-ups usually arrive in third party apps and say something along the lines of “review our app” and offer a few options of reviewing the app now, reviewing the app later, or attempting to stop reviewing the app completely which seems to just postpone the review pop-up slightly longer but never entirely. The pop-ups take over the entire iOS experience and must be acted on to dismiss, fun! Be annoyed no more, fortunately you can now disable these review and rating pop-ups in iOS completely.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 63 Comments

How to Use Night Shift on Mac OS

Mar 28, 2017 - 33 Comments

Night Shift in Mac OS

MacOS now includes Night Shift, a feature which adjusts the screens hue color as daylight shifts to night. When the Night Shift feature is in use on a Mac, the display will shift to a warmer color in the evening hours and shift back to the regular color hue again in the daylight hours, this happens automatically on a schedule.

Night Shift is a great feature that is recommended for all Mac users to enable if you use your computer at night, the warmer hues can help to reduce eye strain and might offer other benefits as well, including improvements to sleep quality. We’ll show you how to setup and use this great feature on your Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 33 Comments

First Beta of macOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2 Arrives

Mar 28, 2017 - 2 Comments

Apple beta system software

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

The new beta builds arrive just a day after releasing the final stable versions of macOS 10.12.4, iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and watch OS 3.2, so if you are already tired of those stable releases then you can now test new beta versions.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

iOS 10.3 Update Released [IPSW Download Links]

Mar 27, 2017 - 34 Comments

iOS 10.3 update

Apple has released the final version of iOS 10.3 to users of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Any device capable of running a prior iOS 10 release can install the iOS 10.3 update.

iOS 10.3 brings with it a variety of bug fixes, feature enhancements, and improvements, as well as the introduction of the new APFS new file system. Separately, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 are also available as updates.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 34 Comments

MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 Update Released for Download

Mar 27, 2017 - 37 Comments

MacOS 10.12.4 update

Apple has released the final version of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 to the public. The latest version of Mac OS can run on any computer which is compatible with Sierra.

MacOS 10.12.4 includes a variety of bug fixes, security enhancements, and a few minor features as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 37 Comments

How to Remove an iPhone Favorite

Mar 25, 2017 - 5 Comments

How to remove someone from iPhone Favorites contact list

The iPhone Favorites list in the Phone app offers a fast way to dial “favorite” contacts. The Favorites contact list is undeniably convenient, and you may decide you want to change what numbers are shown here or who are in that favorites list. A friend recently asked how to remove an iPhone favorite from their contacts list without removing it from their phone completely, and that’s exactly what we’ll show you how to do here.

It’s very easy to remove a favorite from the Favorite contacts list on iPhone, here is all you need to do:

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

How to Avoid Toll Roads & Toll Bridges with Maps on iPhone

Mar 24, 2017 - 7 Comments


Don’t like paying toll roads and toll bridges when you’re driving around? Now you can choose a setting in the Apple Maps app for iOS to avoid tolls when you get directions on Maps for iPhone or iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How to Take Better Selfies with iPhone by Using Selfie Flash

Mar 23, 2017 - 3 Comments

iPhone selfie with selfie flash active on camera

The new iPhone includes many improvements to the camera, including a great selfie flash feature that lights up the screen to provide some light fill into your selfies taken with the iPhone front facing camera. This basically uses a little software trick to add a flash to the front facing camera of iPhone, preventing you from having to turn the device around and take a picture of yourself without seeing your own mug in the process (oh the humanity!).

If you’re a big fan of taking great selfies and you take a lot of of pictures of yourself, then Selfie Flash is going to be a feature you’ll really appreciate because it genuinely improves the appearance of portraits taken with the iPhones front camera.

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

How to Type Accents on Mac the Easy Way

Mar 22, 2017 - 17 Comments

Type accents on Mac the easy way

Many languages use accents and diacritic marks to change how a letter or vowel sounds. Accordingly, you may find it useful to know how to type accents and diacritical marks on a Mac using the keyboard. This should be particularly useful for users who also type or write in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Greek, but obviously this applies to many other latin language scripts as well.

Modern versions of Mac OS offer an exceptionally fast way to type letter accents, and it’s quite easy to use.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

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