How to Record a Movie Directly Into iMovie on Mac

Jan 25, 2017 - 1 Comment


Have you ever wanted to record a movie directly into iMovie on Mac? It’s easy to capture live video from a Mac built-in camera and have it instantly imported into iMovie, from there you can edit it with the iMovie tools, incorporate it into another video project, or export the recorded movie as a file or to various social media sites.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Using TextEdit Tabs on Mac

Jan 24, 2017 - 3 Comments

TextEdit tabs on Mac

If you use TextEdit on Mac for your simple word processing and quick plain text editing needs like a Notepad equivalent from the Windows world, you’ll likely appreciate that the latest versions of Mac OS support tabbed windows in TextEdit. This can dramatically reduce window clutter in the TextEdit app, just like tabs work elsewhere.

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

Beta 1 of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 Released

Jan 24, 2017 - 6 Comments

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 10.3 and MacOS 10.12.4 to eligible users participating in the beta testing programs. The new beta builds arrive a day after the final versions of iOS 10.2.1 and MacOS 10.12.3 were released to the general public.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 6 Comments

iOS 10.2.1 Update Released for iPhone, iPad [IPSW Download Links]

Jan 23, 2017 - 4 Comments

iOS 10.2.1 software update

Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update includes multiple bug fixes and security enhancements and is therefore recommended that users install the system software update.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 4 Comments

MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 Update Released

Jan 23, 2017 - 42 Comments

MacOS 10.12.3 update

Apple has released MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 update for all Mac users running the Sierra operating system. The system software update is said to improve stability and security on the mac and is therefore recommended for all users to install on their compatible hardware.

Separately, Apple has also released software updates to iOS 10.2.1, tvOS 10.1.1,and watchOS 3.1.3 as well as smaller software updates available for users of Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 42 Comments

How to Enter & Exit Apple Watch Power Reserve Mode

Jan 21, 2017 - 4 Comments

Apple Watch Power Reserve mode Though Apple Watch battery lasts a reasonably long amount of time, having a powered off or dead battery Apple Watch on the wrist is not particularly useful. One helpful tip when you approach the lower bounds of battery remaining is to switch into Power Reserve Mode on Apple Watch. Power Reserve Mode turns the Apple Watch screen into just a watch, allowing you to at least tell the time when the battery gets quite low.

With Power Reserve Mode enabled, Apple Watch will cease all functions except a limited onscreen clock display. While you can enter Power Reserve at any time, this is not something you’d probably use for fun since it disables basically all features of Apple Watch like fitness tracking and heart rate monitoring, messaging, notifications, etc. With that said, it’s an incredibly effective way to continue to use the Apple Watch as a time-telling device in situations when it would otherwise run out of battery.

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

Where Do AirDrop Files Go? Locating AirDrop Files on Mac and iOS

Jan 20, 2017 - 11 Comments

Where do AirDrop files go

AirDrop is the excellent wireless file transfer feature available to Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and with it you can easily and quickly transfer pictures, movies, documents, and whatever else between any iOS or Mac OS device. Being on the receiving end of AirDrop, have you ever wondered where AirDrop files go on a Mac or on an iPhone or iPad? Wonder no more, we’ll show you exactly where AirDrop files are saved to and how you can access their location in iOS and Mac OS.

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

How to Disable Boot on Lid Open on MacBook Pro (Late 2016 Models)

Jan 19, 2017 - 5 Comments

New MacBook Pro boots automatically when lid is opened

The newest MacBook Pro models default to automatically powering on when the laptops lid is opened, or when the Mac is connected to power. This may be desirable to some users, but not everyone may be pleased with an automatically booting MacBook just when the display lid is lifted open.

With a visit to the command line of Mac OS, you can turn off the power on / boot on Lid Open feature on the latest MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar.

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

How to Export & Import All MySQL Databases

Jan 19, 2017 - 1 Comment

Exporting and importing databases in mySQL from command line

Many developers and pro users rely on MySQL for their database needs. We’ll walk through how to export or dump all databases from MySQL, dump a single database, and also show how to import all of those databases from a database.sql file back into MySQL.

While there are GUI based tools to interact with MySQL, we’re going to focus on the command line here. The MySQL commands work with any version of the database software on any unix OS, including linux, Mac OS and Mac OS X, or whatever else you happen to be running mySQL on.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Highlight in Pages for Mac

Jan 18, 2017 - 9 Comments

How to highlight in Pages for Mac

Frequent Pages users may find it helpful to know how to highlight selections, words, sentences, and paragraphs of documents opened within the app. Highlighting is particularly useful for students, writers, editors, educators, and office workers, but it’s valuable to nearly anyone who spends a fair amount of time in the word processing application on a Mac. While the highlighting ability may not be completely obvious at first, highlighting in Pages is quite simple and is actually part of a built-in commenting feature that is easy to use and fast to implement throughout documents opened in Pages on Mac OS.

We’ll show you how to highlight in Pages app on the Mac by applying an initial selection highlight, and also demonstrate two different methods to adding additional highlights to other selections if desired.

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

Get Info on Anything from Spotlight in Mac OS

Jan 17, 2017 - 10 Comments

Spotlight icon You can quickly access “Get Info” for any file or application from within Spotlight search results in Mac OS and Mac OS X.

Getting file info from Spotlight requires a set of two simple keystrokes, first to get into Spotlight, then the next is to Get Info on the item in question.

Let’s run through how to use these two features together:

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Share Calendars from iPhone, iPad

Jan 17, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Share Calendars in iOS

Sharing Calendars offers an easy way for family members, coworkers, or partners to see what’s on each others schedule. The shared calendars will even update automatically as events are added or changed, thanks to the calendar syncing through iCloud.

We’ll show you how to easily share an entire calendar from iOS with any other iPhone, iPad, or Mac user.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

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