Apps Disappearing from iPhone or iPad? Try This Fix!

May 19, 2018 - 3 Comments

How to Stop apps disappearing from iPhone or iPad

Have you ever found that apps are disappearing from your iPhone or iPad? Maybe you hadn’t used a particular app in a while but you know for certain you downloaded it to your iOS device, but when you go looking for that app, it’s missing.

While it’s certainly possible that you deleted the iOS app and forgot about it (or someone else did, and didn’t inform you), there’s another more likely possibility as to why apps might be seemingly disappearing from an iOS device out of the blue, and it’s actually a feature of iOS system software.

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How to Stop Signal Showing Message Previews on Locked Screen of iPhone or iPad

May 18, 2018 - 2 Comments

Signal app icon

Signal is the encrypted messaging app that is used by many privacy conscious individuals on various platforms, but the Signal app defaults to showing a message preview on the locked screen of an iPhone or iPad, which may be convenient but it’s not particularly private. Given that Signal is typically sought out by users specifically for privacy and/or security purposes, some users may wish to have the Signal message previews not show up on the locked screen of an iPhone or iPad.

This article will show you how to hide the Signal message previews from the locked display of an iPhone or iPad. Signal users will be able to choose to have the message previews display on the locked screen when the device is unlocked, or to never show the Signal message previews at all regardless of the lock status.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Security, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

Deleted System Files from Mac OS? Here’s How to Get Them Back

May 17, 2018 - 4 Comments

How to restore deleted system files on Mac

Have you ever wondered what to do if you delete a system file from a Mac? Or maybe you’re wondering how you can get those system files back after they were deleted from the computer? While most Mac users should never modify system files in Mac OS and Mac OS X, some do anyway, and in that process of digging around in system contents, it’s possible to delete a system file or system folder either unintentionally, accidentally, or intentionally but without knowing what exactly the impact would be. Well, spoiler alert; usually the impact of deleting system files from Mac OS is that something that should work on the Mac suddenly no longer works. So what should you do in such a situation? How can you get back a system file that you have deleted from Mac OS? What should you do if you deleted an entire system folder from the Mac? This article attempts to answer that question.

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iOS 11.4 Beta 6 Released for Testing

May 17, 2018 - Leave a Comment

iOS 11.4 beta

Another day, another iOS beta! Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 6 to those iPhone and iPad devices enrolled in the iOS beta testing program. This build arrives a few days after beta 5 of iOS 11.4 was released for the same devices.

If you are currently beta testing iOS, then iOS 11.4 beta 6 is available to download now from the Software Update mechanism found within the Settings app.

iOS 11.4 beta appears to mostly focus on minor bug fixes and enhancements, though testing of the Messages on iCloud feature is included as well. iMessages in iCloud aims to improve syncing of iMessages across devices by maintaining all Messages and iMessage content directly in iCloud. Previously, Messages in iCloud was being tested in prior iOS builds but was removed before they shipped tot he public.

The current final stable builds of macOS and iOS are currently versioned as iOS 11.3.1 for iPhone and iPad and macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra along with Security Update 2018-001 for Macs.

It’s fairly routine for Apple to issue several beta releases of system software before issuing the final version to the general public. Most assumptions are that the final release of iOS 11.4 (and macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 for that matter) will arrive sometime near WWDC 2018 on June 4.

By Paul Horowitz - News - Leave a Comment

How to Set Sleep Timer in Podcasts on iPhone to Automatically Stop Playing

May 16, 2018 - 6 Comments

Set a sleep timer with Podcasts on iPhone

If you want a podcast to automatically stop playing after a designated period of time, the little-known Sleep Timer feature in Podcasts for iPhone or iPad is for you. Much like the name implies, Sleep Timer will play a podcast until a specified time completes, or when the current episode is done playing, and then the podcast automatically stops playing.

Sleep Timer on Podcasts for iOS is great for people who like to listen to podcasts before sleep, while going to bed, while exercising, on a consistent commute, or performing other tasks where it’s appropriate to end a podcast in a determined amount time.

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

How to Make Apps Open in Full Screen Mode on Mac Automatically

May 15, 2018 - 9 Comments

How to make Mac apps open in full screen mode automatically

Some Mac users really enjoy full screen mode for apps and windows, so much so that they might want to make Mac apps open in full screen mode automatically.

While there is no system wide setting in Mac OS to make apps default to opening in full screen mode, there is a workaround trick that will allow many apps to open directly into full screen mode on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Disable Loading of Remote Content & Images in Mail for Mac

May 14, 2018 - 2 Comments

Mail app icon for Mac

Emails often contain remotely loaded content, and most email clients, the Mac Mail app included, will default to automatically loading those remote images and remote content into an email. This is convenient and desired by many as it makes HTML and rich emails appear as intended, including things like HTML signatures.

But loading of remote content in email messages can also be undesirable for some Mac users, because remotely loaded content can also be used by an email sender to serve as a read receipt, or even as an attack vector by unscrupulous types (as we see right now with the efail GPG scare). Finally, some Mac users may want to disable remote loading of content in emails because it can reduce bandwidth usage, which can be helpful for cellular plans and low speed internet connections.

We’ll show you how to disable loading of remote content found in email messages within the Mail for Mac app.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

Beta 5 of iOS 11.4 & macOS 10.13.5 Available for Testing

May 14, 2018 - 1 Comment

Downloads of beta 5 for macOS High Sierra and iOS 11

Apple has released the fifth beta version of iOS 11.4 beta, macOS 10.13.5 beta, in addition to tvOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1.

Users enrolled in the Apple system software beta testing programs can find the latest builds available to download now.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

Use This Simple Trick to Preserve Battery Life on iPhone by Stopping “Searching…”

May 13, 2018 - 13 Comments

iPhone battery image If you’re traveling through areas of weak cellular signals and generally poor reception, you can save a significant amount of iPhone battery life simply by toggling the AirPlane Mode feature on. That may sound weird, but it really works, with the idea being that when an iPhone has an intermittent cell signal, the cellular modem continuously searches for another available cell tower, which happens to use a lot of battery power. Thus, the solution is to simply stop the iPhone from looking for a cell signal if you’re not going to have one anyway.

This trick is pretty straightforward, here’s what you need to remember:

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

How to Setup & Use Signal on Mac or Windows PC

May 12, 2018 - 9 Comments

Signal on Mac

Signal is the popular encrypted messaging app that lets you send and receive encrypted messages across platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS. This makes Signal an excellent choice if you’re a Mac user or iPhone user that also wants to instantly communicate in a secure manner with someone else on a Mac, PC, Android, iPad, or iPhone. Signal also supports encrypted voice-over-IP for voice calls, image and media messaging, and a variety of other nice features for communication, and for maintaining some security, like auto-deleting messages.

If you’re on a Mac, or Windows PC, and you want to setup Signal on your computer to communicate with other Signal users, the walkthrough below will detail the process.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

Messages Out of Order on iPhone? Try This Solution

May 11, 2018 - 8 Comments

How to fix Messages showing out of order

Have you ever opened an iMessage conversation on iPhone to discover that the messages are out of order? If so, you’re not alone. While it can be annoying to have the Messages appear out of order in the Messages app of iOS, it’s usually a simple fix to get them to be in proper sequential order again. And yes, this applies to the Messages app on iPad as well, so while our focus is primarily on iPhone the techniques to resolve messages appearing in the wrong order is the same on other iOS devices too.

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How to Export Notes as PDF on Mac

May 10, 2018 - 2 Comments

The Notes icon for Mac

The Notes app for Mac is a great place to jot down notes, lists, tasks, tidbits of information, URL and links that you don’t want to bookmark, gather collections of pictures and other info, password protected notes, and much more. And thanks to iCloud Notes, you can also automatically have those notes sync to other Macs and to/from iOS devices like your iPhone and iPad too.

But what if you want to save a note as a separate file, or share a note with someone outside of the Apple ecosystem? What if you want to save or export a note as a PDF file so that the notes full contents are preserved just as they were maintained in the Notes app?

Fortunately you can easily export any note from Notes app as a PDF file, which can then be saved, sent, shared, or stored just about anywhere.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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