Beta 2 of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 , WatchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1 Available

Apr 20, 2016 - 6 Comments

Beta builds

Apple has released the second beta versions of OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, WatchOS 2.2.1, and tvOS 9.2.1. The updated beta releases are available now to individuals running the prior beta builds.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 6 Comments

How to Open Winmail.dat Attachment Files on Mac OS X

Apr 19, 2016 - 8 Comments

Opening Winmail.dat attachment files in Mac OS X

Many Mac Mail users who send and receive emails with their Windows counterparts using a mail client like Outlook or Microsoft Exchange will discover a “winmail.dat” file attached to those emails. If you try to open a winmail.dat file on Mac OS X, you’ll usually find there is nothing available to open the attachment, or it often contains gibberish and is illegible.

We’ll show you several ways Mac users can open winmail.dat files attached to emails. We’ll also explain what a winmail.dat file is and where they come from.

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Apple Releases Updated MacBook 12″ for Early 2016

Apr 19, 2016 - 16 Comments

MacBook 2016 models

Apple has quietly released an update to their 12″ MacBook lineup, with newer processors, improved graphics, faster memory, faster PCIe flash storage, longer battery life, and the addition of an all new Rose Gold model.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac, News - 16 Comments

The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam, Should You?

Apr 18, 2016 - 81 Comments

Putting tape over camera on MacBook

If you have ever been to an IT event or security conference you have undoubtedly seen many laptops with tape covering over their built-in cameras. The practice is becoming so common within some groups of people that you’ll occasionally even see the taped webcams in coffee shops and the workplace too.

Interestingly enough, it’s not just your techy coworker or survivalist uncle who is taping over their webcams, it turns out the Director of the FBI does the exact same thing.

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By Paul Horowitz - News, Security - 81 Comments

How to Convert a Live Photo to Still Photo on iPhone

Apr 18, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Convert a Live Photo to a Still Photo

The Live Photos feature on new iPhone cameras is fun and interesting as it turns a still photo into a short live action clip automatically. While you can turn the Live Photos feature off and on easily with a quick toggle, another approach is to not think about it by leaving the feature on, then simply converting the Live Photo to a Still Photo if you no longer want it to be an animated live action shot.

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

Speed Up Time Machine by Removing Low Process Priority Throttling

Apr 17, 2016 - 13 Comments

Speed up Time Machine

It’s well known that all Mac users should set up Time Machine to automate backups of their computer, and while most Mac users let OS X go about backing up to Time Machine at it’s own pace, which sometimes borderlines on glacial, some users may wish to speed the backup process up a bit. With the help of the command line you can do just that and dramatically speed up the Time Machine backup process, but there are some major caveats to this trick because it applies beyond Time Machine, making it appropriate for advanced Mac users only, and used on a limited basis.

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Boost Game Performance on Retina Macs with a Simple Trick

Apr 16, 2016 - 8 Comments

Civilization on Mac

Mac users with Retina displays may have noticed that gaming performance is sometimes reduced on these machines. The reason is quite simple; if you’re running the game at native resolution, then the Mac has to drive the game at full resolution of the display at 2880 x 1440 or greater. A common solution to this is to go into a games individual Display settings and manually adjust them so the games resolution is lower, but another approach to this is available for Retina Macs like the iMac and MacBook Pro.

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

Opening DOCX Files on a Mac, Without Microsoft Office

Apr 15, 2016 - 11 Comments

DOCX file on a Mac Mac users may encounter DOCX files from time to time, often sent from a Windows user as an email attachment or otherwise, as the .docx file types are standard document files created in newer versions of Microsoft Office. But what if you don’t have Office on the Mac? That’s ok too, even if you don’t have Office installed in Mac OS X, you can still open, read, and edit docx files on modern versions of Mac OS X, most often without any added software.

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

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone

Apr 14, 2016 - 16 Comments

Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone with ATT

Most major cellular carrier networks support a feature known as Wi-Fi Calling, and now you can enable wi-fi calling on the iPhone as well.

For the unfamiliar, Wi-Fi calling essentially uses an available wireless network for phone calls to improve the connection quality, rather than relying entirely on the cellular network. The result is generally cleaner and crisper sounding call quality, similar to the difference audibly observed through other Voice Over IP services like Skype and FaceTime Audio.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

8 New Apple Watch Commercials and 2 Apple TV Ads Now Airing

Apr 13, 2016 - 4 Comments

Apple Watch wrist heart rate monitor ad

Apple has released a hoard of new Apple Watch commercials, with eight different ads running to demonstrate various features of the device. Additionally, Apple has released a couple of new Apple TV ads as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, Apple Watch, News - 4 Comments

How to Remove a Disk from Time Machine on Mac

Apr 13, 2016 - 15 Comments

Time Machine in Mac OS X All Mac users should have regular automatic backups setup with Time Machine, it’s easy to use and ensures that your personal data and entire Mac is recoverable in the event something goes wrong with the computer. Some people go even further and setup redundant Time Machine backups with multiple disks for added data protection. But sometimes you may decide a particular disk drive is no longer needed by Time Machine, and thus you’d like to remove that particular drive from the backup process without disabling all other Time Machine backups. This can be easily done, and all it does is stop backing up to the particular drive in question, it does not turn off Time Machine to other volumes, and it does not delete any of the backups on the removed drive.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

Check Packages for Expired Certificates in Mac OS X

Apr 12, 2016 - 6 Comments

How to check package files for expired certificates

Many Mac users will download package files of combo updates or other software in order to install them on multiple computers, thereby avoiding updating with the Mac App Store. This is particularly common with Mac systems administrators, where it makes more sense to download a single package update or installer once and distribute it over a network or perhaps install manually through a USB drive. There is nothing wrong with this approach at all, and in fact it’s much more efficient for multi-Mac management, but one potential hiccup arrives when a package installer or update file has an expired certificate, which will prevent the package from installing entirely, a situation that becomes obvious when you get an “(application installer) was signed with a certificate that has expired” error message.

To avoid this situation, you can check package signatures yourself to see if they are valid, if they have expired, or even if they have no signature at all.

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