Turn Standard into Administrator Account in Mac OS X

Aug 3, 2016 - 3 Comments

From Standard to Administrator account on Mac OS X

Many Mac users have multiple user accounts on their computer, some of which may be created for other people to use, perhaps a separate work account, or a guest account, and so on. Typically when you create a new user account on the Mac it is a “Standard” account, which gives that user access to their files and the ability to open applications, but does not allow that user to be an administrator on the Mac. But sometimes you may wish to change a Standard user account into an Administrator account on a Mac, thereby granting a standard user the ability to make administrative changes to the computer.

We’re going to show you how to quickly turn any Standard user account into an Admin account on Mac OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Enable or Disable Apple Pay Lock Screen Access Shortcut on iPhone

Aug 2, 2016 - 8 Comments

Apple Pay being used with iPhone

iPhone owners who have set up Apple Pay on their devices can use an optional shortcut to access the feature from the locked screen.

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

Fix iOS Stuck on “Verifying Update”

Aug 2, 2016 - 8 Comments

Fix iOS Stuck on Verifying Update screen

Many users who are installing iOS updates (whether beta or final versions) encounter an issue where a spinning pop-up indicator message saying “Verifying update…” appears stuck on screen. This is a fairly common issue that is somewhat annoying because while the iOS update is verifying, the entire iPhone or iPad is unusable.

Fortunately, fixing a stuck verifying update issue on iPhone or iPad is really easy for almost all cases.

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How to Turn Off “Hey Siri” on iPhone and iPad

Aug 1, 2016 - 11 Comments

Hey Siri

The “Hey Siri” voice activated control feature on modern iOS devices is a great feature that many people find tremendous use with, but not everyone enjoys it. Some users may wish to disable “Hey Siri” on iPhone or iPad, which will prevent the voice activated ability from listening for the appropriate commands, but turning off Hey Siri has no impact on the broader ability to use Siri by accessing it from the Home button.

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

Beta 4 of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 & watchOS 3 Download Available

Aug 1, 2016 - 2 Comments

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released the fourth developer beta versions of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and macOS Sierra 10.12. Additionally, the third public beta versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are now available.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

Jump Between Spotlight Search Result Categories in Mac OS X

Jul 31, 2016 - 7 Comments

Spotlight icon Spotlight on the Mac will search through many different file types and folders to help you find what you’re looking for, but if Spotlight finds multiple matches across different categories, you’ll see the search results returned under each respective category listing.

While many Mac users will use the cursor to click the result they want, some more advanced users use the arrow keys to navigate within the Spotlight search results as well. This tip is an extension of the latter trick, letting you navigate quickly through Spotlight search results by jumping to different category listings in the Spotlight result window.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

Fix iPhone Not Sending Picture Messages by Troubleshooting MMS & iMessage

Jul 30, 2016 - 3 Comments

Messages

Many iPhone users will send and receive picture messages through the Messages app, which arrive as iMessage if the recipient and sender is an iPhone user, or as MMS if the person is an Android or Windows phone user. Typically picture messages send without any issue, but if you are experiencing a problem where iPhone is not sending picture messages, read the steps below to resolve the difficulty in short order.

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Adjust Whether a Mac Restarts Automatically on System Freeze

Jul 29, 2016 - 18 Comments

An unhappy Mac

Modern Macs with new versions of Mac OS (or Mac OS X) default to automatically reboot themselves upon a system freeze. This is a troubleshooting feature that aims to prevent average users from having to initiate a forced restart, since the Mac would simply restart itself if a system freeze were to occur.

While most users should not adjust this setting away from the default auto-restart option, some advanced Mac users may wish to toggle or disable the automatic reboot on freeze function of Mac OS X for some reason or another.

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Fixing a Broken EFI Partition on Mac

Jul 28, 2016 - 12 Comments

Disk Utility in Mac OS X

Though it is an unusual occurrence, a Mac may encounter a broken or damaged EFI partition which typically prevents the Mac from booting and the Mac OS system software from loading. This is usually demonstrated as a boot screen that is stuck on the  Apple logo, sometimes with or without a wait cursor that spins endlessly. The EFI problem is then confirmed by booting into Recovery mode and running Disk Utility, often from an another drive.

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Fixing the “Aw Snap” Page Crash Error in Chrome

Jul 27, 2016 - 3 Comments

How to fix Aw Snap error crash in Chrome

For Google Chrome users, sometimes a webpage may crash with an “Aw, Snap!” error message. This error message frequently prevents a web page from loading at all, and it can certainly disrupt a web browsing session by the page crashing.

The “Aw Snap” error message in Chrome happens for a variety of reasons, but rather than try to diagnose and troubleshoot a specific issue which is likely related to the webpage itself, we’ll focus on 8 specific troubleshooting tips to fix the “Aw Snap” problem so that you can go about your business and keep browsing the web with Chrome. These troubleshooting steps apply to every version of Chrome browser on any operating system, whether it’s Mac OS, iOS, Android, or Windows.

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Ping a Misplaced iPhone with Apple Watch to Help Locate It

Jul 27, 2016 - 4 Comments

Ping iPhone with Apple Watch to find a misplaced iPhone

Misplacing an iPhone is a fairly regular occurrence for many of us, maybe it slipped between the cushions on a couch, maybe you left it in another room, maybe it fell somewhere under the seats in the car, maybe it’s in the backyard, anything is possible. Fortunately for Apple Watch owners, they can use the handy Ping iPhone feature to make their paired iPhone emit a loud pinging sound, making it easy to locate a lost iPhone within earshot.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Access & View All Selfies Taken on iPhone Camera Instantly

Jul 26, 2016 - 1 Comment

See All Selfies taken with iphone camera

If you take a lot of selfies with the iPhone you’ll be pleased to know that you can quickly access every selfie ever taken with the front facing iPhone camera by using a simple sorting album in the iPhone Photos app. Likewise, if you just want to see all the selfies taken by someone else, you can quickly access every selfie taken with the iPhone camera by using the same selfie album on their phone.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

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