Show Only Unread Emails in Mail for Mac OS X

Jun 8, 2016 - 8 Comments

Mail app icon

Managing large numbers of emails can be time consuming, but one way to help tackle email on the Mac is by setting up an Unread Emails Only inbox. This allows Mac users to easily view unread mail messages without having to scroll through already read emails, since only the new or unread emails will be visible. The great thing about this approach is that it spans all inboxes and email accounts that are setup within Mail for Mac, though you can certainly specify accounts if you wanted to.

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

How to Reload bash_profile, zsh profiles from Command Line

Jun 7, 2016 - 4 Comments

refresh profile command line

For anyone making customizations to their command line appearance, prompt, adding aliases, a new PATH, setting environment variables, or otherwise changing their bash_profile, bashrc, zshrc, and related shell profiles, it’s helpful to know how to quickly reload the profile.

Many users simply launch a new shell or open a new terminal window, but there is no need to do that, there’s a way to directly refresh the profile in use thanks to the source command.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

8 New Visually Impressive “Shot on iPhone” Commercials Now Airing

Jun 6, 2016 - 1 Comment

Shot on iPhone commercials

Apple is running eight new “Shot on iPhone” ads, demonstrating the impressive recording capabilities available with the latest iPhone cameras.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

Fix for Retina MacBook Pro 13″ Freezing Issue Offered by Apple

Jun 6, 2016 - 37 Comments

Freezing MacBook Pro

A number of Mac users have discovered that their computers are freezing at random after updating their computers to OS X 10.11.4 and sometimes with OS X 10.11.5 as well. The problem is rather annoying as the Mac becomes entirely unresponsive and requires a forced reboot intervention, though disabling WebGL in Safari seems to help with Safari usage. Apple has now acknowledged the freezing issue with 13″ Retina MacBook Pro models and has offered a support document aimed at addressing the problem.

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

Beta 2 of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and WatchOS 2.2.2 Released

Jun 6, 2016 - 2 Comments

Mac OS X and iOS betas

Apple has released updated beta versions for their entire operating system lineup, including OS X 10.11.6 beta 2, iOS 9.3.3 beta 2, watchOS 2.2.2 beta 1, and tvOS 9.2.2 beta 2. All beta updates likely aim to resolve bugs and offer minor enhancements, which is typical with point release system software.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

Use a Website as a Screen Saver on Mac

Jun 5, 2016 - 5 Comments

Use a webpage as a screen saver on Mac

Have you ever wanted to have a web site or web page used as a screen saver on Mac OS X? Well you can do exactly that with the help of a free screensaver called WebViewScreenSaver, which allows Mac users to add URLs to serve as the content of a screen saver whenever it’s activated on the Mac. This is handy for a variety of obvious reasons, and it’s quite easy to setup.

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

Get Directions to Home or Work with iPhone and 3D Touch

Jun 4, 2016 - 15 Comments

Maps and directions

One of the more helpful features of the Maps apps for iPhone is the ability to get directions to your home or directions to your work, from your current location. This is a great feature for the directionally challenged in particular, but it’s also helpful if you’re exploring a new part of a city or state, or if you just want to go on auto-pilot and don’t want to overthink which turns to make to get home or to the office.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

Customize the Background Color, Font, & Text Size in Safari Reader for iOS

Jun 3, 2016 - 8 Comments

Safari Reader customized before and after example in iOS

Safari Reader is a nice feature of the Safari web browser for iOS and Mac OS X that allows users to simplify the look of a webpage or article to just focus on the text and image content. Now with the latest versions of iOS, you can customize the look of Safari Reader too, and choose a background color, a font, and even adjust the font size of onscreen text on any webpage on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This makes Reader particularly great for users who are reading text on webpages and find it too difficult to read, or perhaps they want to implement their own ‘night mode’ and reduce the bright white glare of the text background.

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

Preview Files in Trash with Quick Look for Mac

Jun 2, 2016 - 7 Comments

Preview a file in Trash with Quick Look for Mac

Have you ever noticed that once a file is in the Trash, you can’t open it or view it? If you try to open or use an item that is within the Trash in Mac OS X, you’ll get a dialog warning that says “The document ‘name’ can’t be opened because it’s in the Trash. To use this item, first drag it out of the Trash.”

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

Fixed iOS 9.3.2 for iPad Pro Released

Jun 2, 2016 - 10 Comments

iPad Pro colors

Apple has released an updated version of iOS 9.3.2 for users of iPad Pro 9.7″ models.

The prior iOS 9.3.2 release for that specific model line of iPad Pro suffered from a few problems that could potentially make the device unusable with an “Error 56″ message. While the issue didn’t impact all iPad Pro owners, Apple ended up pulling iOS 9.3.2 for iPad Pro 9.7” as they worked on a resolution, maintaining the iOS 9.3.2 update to be available for all other iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, News - 10 Comments

How to Enable a Hidden Emoticon Keyboard on iPhone

Jun 1, 2016 - 11 Comments

How to Enable the Emoticon keyboard on iPhone and iPad

iPhone users regularly enjoy the Emoji keyboard with all the fun icons, faces, and little pictures, but before Emoji came around there were Emoticons, which are basically little text drawings of faces and actions using regular characters on a keyboard. Emoticons are a little bit more complex to type out than hitting a simple Emoji key, but if you want to use Emoticons there’s a great hidden Emoticon keyboard on the iPhone and iPad waiting to be enabled, with a huge array of complete emoticon faces and strings waiting for use.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

How to Edit Sidebar in iTunes 12.4

May 31, 2016 - 7 Comments

Edit the iTunes sidebar

The latest versions of iTunes have a universally visible sidebar with media library, devices, and playlists available to choose from. Some of the library sorting options visible in the sidebar may not be useful to all users however, so with a little effort you can edit and customize the sidebar in the newest iTunes releases.

You can also choose to hide the sidebar in the latest versions of iTunes, or show it again if you accidentally made the sidebar invisible.

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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

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