Use Siri on the Mac! A List of Mac Siri Commands

Sep 28, 2016 - 20 Comments

Siri Mac Commands

Now that macOS Sierra has Siri built directly into the Mac operating system, you’re probably wondering what exactly you can do with the handy virtual assistant on your computer.

It turns out that Siri has many abilities unique to the Mac, which you can’t perform on an iPhone or iPad with the virtual assistant. Of course nearly all of the traditional Siri commands from iOS work in macOS as well, which is just one of many reasons we think Siri is one of the features in macOS Sierra that you’ll use most.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 20 Comments

How to Disable Raise to Wake on iPhone

Sep 28, 2016 - 6 Comments

Raise to Wake iPhone

Newer iPhone models include a feature called Raise to Wake which is enabled by default, and much as it sounds, it wakes the display as the iPhone is physically raised, whether from a surface or out of a pocket. It’s a nice feature that completely removes the need to press any buttons to wake the display of an iPhone, but not all users may want to use Raise to Wake.

If you want to disable Raise to Wake on an iPhone, here’s what you’ll need to do.

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

How to Allow Apps from Anywhere in macOS Sierra Gatekeeper

Sep 27, 2016 - 17 Comments

Allow apps from anywhere in Gatekeeper for macOS

Gatekeeper in macOS Sierra is now stricter than ever, defaulting to only allow options for apps downloaded from either the App Store or the App Store and identified developers. Advanced Mac users may wish to allow a third option, which is the ability to open and allow apps downloaded from anywhere in macOS Sierra.

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

iOS 10: How to Delete All Mail?

Sep 27, 2016 - 55 Comments

iOS Mail

If you have updated to iOS 10 you may have noticed that the Mail app “Trash All” option is missing on the iPhone and iPad. This is unfortunate because the ability to delete all email in iOS is easily one of the more useful features to managing a busy email inbox. The lack of a “Delete All” button in Mail for iOS 10.0, iOS 10.0.1, and iOS 10.0.2 could just be a bug or mishap, but in the meantime if you’re looking to regain that trash all functionality we’ll show you a workaround that accomplishes a similar “Delete All” mail ability.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 55 Comments

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 2 Released

Sep 27, 2016 - 8 Comments

macOS Sierra

Apple has released the second beta version of macOS Sierra 10.12.1. The new beta build arrives as 16B2333a and is available now to users participating in the beta testing programs.

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

How to Clean Install macOS Sierra

Sep 26, 2016 - 27 Comments

How to Clean Install macOS Sierra

Some advanced Mac users may like to perform a clean install of macOS Sierra, which is essentially the process of erasing a hard drive and then starting fresh with a new clean installation of macOS Sierra 10.12. After the clean install is complete, a separate backup of any necessary files is manually transferred back over to restore personal data. A clean install can be desirable for many reasons, including to start anew, or as a troubleshooting method to extreme problems, but it’s really not appropriate for all Mac users.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 27 Comments

How to Take Screen Shots in iOS 10

Sep 26, 2016 - 36 Comments

Take a screenshot in iOS 10

Have you noticed taking a screenshot is harder in iOS 10 and with iPhone 7? Maybe you tried to take a screen shot in iOS 10 only to discover that you either locked the device, sent it to the Home Screen, or summoned Siri instead? This is a fairly common occurrence when taking a screenshot with an iOS 10 device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and has led some users to think that the mechanism for how to take a screenshot with iOS 10 was changed. Well, screenshots have not changed, but the sensitivity seems to be slightly different which requires a minor adjustment for some users to successfully capture screenshots in iOS 10.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 36 Comments

How to Disable Widgets at Lock Screen in iOS 10

Sep 25, 2016 - 44 Comments

Hide widget and today screen from iPhone lock screen

With iOS 10 came the removal of Slide to Unlock, which now if the slide right gesture is repeated sends you to the Today view Widgets screen complete with weather, calendar events, tabloids and news, Siri app suggestions, stocks, maps, and whatever optional widgets you have enabled on the iPhone or iPad. This Widget screen is accessible from the lock screen by default on any iOS 10 device.

But what if you don’t want widgets available on the lock screen? Perhaps you’d prefer to maintain more privacy and not reveal anything about the device itself let alone the calendar or app suggestions, or notifications. For any reason, you can disable and hide the widget section of the lock screen completely. The end result is if you slide over from the lock screen, nothing happens, because there is nothing to swipe over to.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 44 Comments

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra Problems

Sep 24, 2016 - 277 Comments

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra problems

For most users, installing macOS Sierra has gone without a hitch and they’re left with a trouble-free Mac that works great with the latest macOS system software release. But, not everything goes smoothly for everyone, and sometimes updating to macOS Sierra can lead to a variety of problems.

We’re compiling a list of common problems in this troubleshooting guide to remedy issues with the macOS Sierra download, installation, update, and post-install process. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for you readers), I personally have had the joy of encountering many of these problems during and after updating one particular MacBook Pro to Mac OS Sierra 10.12, so I have very recent extensive firsthand experience with troubleshooting much of what is covered here.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Troubleshooting - 277 Comments

How to Create a Bootable macOS Sierra Installer

Sep 23, 2016 - 39 Comments

Create boot installer for macOS Sierra

Some Mac users like creating a bootable USB install drive for macOS Sierra, which offers for a way to easily update multiple machines, perform clean installs, and to have just as a backup Mac OS Sierra installer should the need arise.

This walkthrough will demonstrate the exact steps necessary to create a boot installer drive for the final version of macOS Sierra using a USB flash key or a similar thumb drive.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 39 Comments

iOS 10.0.2 Update Released with Bug Fixes for iPhone & iPad

Sep 23, 2016 - 94 Comments

iOS 10 on iPhone

Apple has released iOS 10.0.2 (build 14A456), the small update includes multiple bug fixes for iOS 10 on any compatible iPhone or iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 94 Comments

How to Restart iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Sep 22, 2016 - 8 Comments

iPhone 7 Plus in black

If you are an iPhone 7 owner, you may be wondering how to restart an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus given that it does not have a clickable Home button. It turns out that iPhone 7 models do not need the pushable Home button to forcibly restart the device, because they instead rely on the volume buttons.

Let’s review how to restart an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It may be a little unusual at first if you’re accustomed to the old way of force rebooting other iOS devices with a clickable Home button, but it’s just as easy despite being a bit different.

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