Using the Screenshots Album on iPhone and iPad

Nov 6, 2016 - 4 Comments

iPhone and iPad

If you take many screenshots on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, you’ll likely find the Screenshots photo album view to be useful in iOS.

Essentially the Screenshots photo album serves as a presorted album of all pictures on an iOS device that are screenshots. This includes any screenshots that are taken natively on the device, but also screenshots that are saved to the device and stored in the general Photos app and camera roll.

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

4 Ways to Convert PDF to Word DOCX in Mac OS

Nov 5, 2016 - 17 Comments

Convert PDF to DOCX in Mac OS X

Have you ever received a PDF file that you would like to convert to a Word DOC or DOCX format? Typically this is necessary when you have PDF that you want to edit the contents of a bit, maybe a resume or a thesis, but of course the PDF could be more complex. If you’re looking to convert a PDF into DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT format, we’ll cover a few options to get the extraction job done in Mac OS X. This is basically the opposite scenario of converting a Word doc to PDF via Microsoft Office Word app, but it’s just as frequently necessary.

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

Send Messages & SMS from Web & Email with a URL Trick

Nov 4, 2016 - 14 Comments

Mac Messages icon

Mac and iOS users can start iMessage conversations and send text messages from the web, email, or anywhere else a link can be clicked, by using a custom URL to launch the Messages app. Using this you can start an iMessage chat to any other iMessage user or send them an SMS through the Messages app (from an iPhone, or assuming SMS relay is setup on the Mac). This is a neat little trick that is quite similar to starting a FaceTime call from a URL or the web and it can be useful for staff directories, internal webpages, emails, HTML signatures, or even if you just want to offer a simple method of contact through a general webpage.

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

View IP Addresses of LAN Devices from Command Line in Mac OS

Nov 3, 2016 - 6 Comments

Find Local Hardware IP Addresses on LAN

If you need to view the IP addresses of other hardware on the same LAN (Local Area Network) as a Mac, the command line arp tool works quite well. You’ll quickly find other devices IP and accompanying MAC addresses, which can make direct network connections easier and be helpful for many other network and troubleshooting purposes.

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How to Record iPhone Phone Calls the Easy Way

Nov 2, 2016 - 31 Comments

How to Record Phone Calls with iPhone

Want to record an iPhone call? Did you know there is a very easy way to record iPhone phone calls using nothing but your iPhone and a voicemail trick? I know you’re thinking what does recording an iPhone call have to do with voicemail, but it turns out that a simple trick allows you to use the service to record any phone call, and it works great. Not only will you get the recorded phone call, but you’ll be able to save and share the call recording as an audio file as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 31 Comments

Convert Standard User Account to Administrator Account from Command Line of Mac OS

Nov 1, 2016 - 4 Comments

Change User to Admin Account from command line of Mac OS X

Mac systems administrators may find a need to convert an existing regular user account into an administrator account on a Mac. While most Mac users would be best served by converting account status to admin through the Users & Groups preference panel, advanced users can perform the same function through the Terminal by using the Directory Service command line utility dscl.

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iOS 10.1.1 Update Released

Oct 31, 2016 - 34 Comments

iOS 10.1.1

iOS 10.1.1 has been released by Apple for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The small software update includes a bug fix for Health data not showing up for some users, but it’s possible the update includes other small changes as well.

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

Beta 1 of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, tvOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1.1 Available

Oct 31, 2016 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released iOS 10.2 beta 1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and macOS Sierra 10.12.2 for Mac. The latest beta versions of system software focus on bug fixes and feature enhancements.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - Leave a Comment

Have Siri Read Articles To You on iPhone or iPad

Oct 31, 2016 - 8 Comments

Siri Speak Screen on iPhone and iPad

Siri has the ability to read anything on the screen of an iPhone or iPad to you. And yes, that means Siri will quite literally read aloud whatever is open and on the display of an iOS device, whether it’s a web page, an article, an email, a text message, anything on the screen will be read out loud by Siri, and you’ll even have controls for speeding up and slowing down speech, as well as pausing and skipping sections.

To get the excellent Siri Speak Screen ability working on your iPad or iPhone, you will need to enable a little appreciated accessibility feature called speak screen, and then it’s just a matter of initiating the proper request with Siri.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Instantly Free Up 2.7GB+ of Storage Space on New iPhone by Removing iWork Apps

Oct 30, 2016 - 7 Comments

iWork suite takes up notable storage on iPhone

Most new iPhone and iPad models ship with the pre-installed iWork / iLife suite of apps, including Pages, Keynote, iMovie, Numbers, and Garageband. While this is a great collection of apps, many users who won’t be using them (or at least all of the apps) may rather have extra storage space available, which is nearly 3GB of storage in this case.

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

How to Turn Off YouTube Autoplay Videos

Oct 29, 2016 - 13 Comments

YouTube

YouTube videos default to auto-play on load, as well as automatically loading an playing a new different video in the playlist after the first video has completed. Some users may like YouTube video autoplaying, but some users may not.

If you want to turn off auto play on YouTube, or turn video auto play back on with YouTube, this is how you can do that on any desktop operating system and any web browser.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

Where Default Desktop Pictures Are Located in Mac OS X

Oct 28, 2016 - 5 Comments

The default desktop picture collection in Mac OS X

Apple has a longstanding record of curating wonderful desktop pictures on both the Mac and iOS mobile platforms, so it’s not surprising that some users may wish to know where these default desktop wallpapers are stored in Mac OS.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

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