How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone

Apr 14, 2016 - 16 Comments

Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone with ATT

Most major cellular carrier networks support a feature known as Wi-Fi Calling, and now you can enable wi-fi calling on the iPhone as well.

For the unfamiliar, Wi-Fi calling essentially uses an available wireless network for phone calls to improve the connection quality, rather than relying entirely on the cellular network. The result is generally cleaner and crisper sounding call quality, similar to the difference audibly observed through other Voice Over IP services like Skype and FaceTime Audio.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 16 Comments

8 New Apple Watch Commercials and 2 Apple TV Ads Now Airing

Apr 13, 2016 - 4 Comments

Apple Watch wrist heart rate monitor ad

Apple has released a hoard of new Apple Watch commercials, with eight different ads running to demonstrate various features of the device. Additionally, Apple has released a couple of new Apple TV ads as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, Apple Watch, News - 4 Comments

How to Remove a Disk from Time Machine on Mac

Apr 13, 2016 - 15 Comments

Time Machine in Mac OS X All Mac users should have regular automatic backups setup with Time Machine, it’s easy to use and ensures that your personal data and entire Mac is recoverable in the event something goes wrong with the computer. Some people go even further and setup redundant Time Machine backups with multiple disks for added data protection. But sometimes you may decide a particular disk drive is no longer needed by Time Machine, and thus you’d like to remove that particular drive from the backup process without disabling all other Time Machine backups. This can be easily done, and all it does is stop backing up to the particular drive in question, it does not turn off Time Machine to other volumes, and it does not delete any of the backups on the removed drive.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

Check Packages for Expired Certificates in Mac OS X

Apr 12, 2016 - 6 Comments

How to check package files for expired certificates

Many Mac users will download package files of combo updates or other software in order to install them on multiple computers, thereby avoiding updating with the Mac App Store. This is particularly common with Mac systems administrators, where it makes more sense to download a single package update or installer once and distribute it over a network or perhaps install manually through a USB drive. There is nothing wrong with this approach at all, and in fact it’s much more efficient for multi-Mac management, but one potential hiccup arrives when a package installer or update file has an expired certificate, which will prevent the package from installing entirely, a situation that becomes obvious when you get an “(application installer) was signed with a certificate that has expired” error message.

To avoid this situation, you can check package signatures yourself to see if they are valid, if they have expired, or even if they have no signature at all.

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How to Use “Hey Siri” on Apple Watch

Apr 12, 2016 - Leave a Comment

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The Apple Watch has the same “Hey Siri” voice based activation feature available to it that iOS does, but it works a bit different and doesn’t activate exactly the same. In fact, there are two ways to activate Hey Siri on the Apple Watch, neither of which is quite like the iPhone based summoning method.

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How to View Unread Email Only in Mail on iPhone & iPad

Apr 11, 2016 - 11 Comments

View only Unread eMail messages in iOS Mail

It’s easy to fall behind on email and let unread messages build up over time, but the iOS Mail app offers an excellent solution to this problem by allowing users to enable a hidden optional “Unread” only email message inbox on their device.

Just as it sounds, the Unread message mailbox will display only the unread email messages that are within the Mail app of an iPhone or iPad, letting users greatly improve their email workflow and productivity. This can be in invaluable solution for those of us who are routinely overburdened with tons of emails, as it puts the requiring action unread message right in front of you, ready to be marked as read, responded to, forwarded, trashed, or triaged in another manner.

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

How to Add Email Attachments in Mail for iPhone & iPad

Apr 10, 2016 - 8 Comments

Mail icon for iOS Mail app in iOS allows users to easily add any type of file attachment to an email, as long as the attachment in question is coming from an associated iCloud Drive. This means you can add files from Pages, Microsoft Office documents, PDF, PSD, text and rtf files, or just about anything else, directly to an email on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The selected file(s) will behave just like a regular email attachment sent from a desktop email client too. Let’s walk through the steps for how to add attachments to emails in iOS.

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

Play Playstation 4 Games on Mac (or Windows) with PS4 Remote Play

Apr 9, 2016 - 12 Comments

PS4 Remote Play plays Playstation 4 games on Mac and Windows

Want to play Playstation 4 games on your computer? Now you can thanks to PS4 Remote Play, available for Mac OS X (and Windows PC). The Remote Play app basically allows you to control the Playstation remotely from a computer, streaming a PS4 game from the Playstation 4 itself to the Mac or PC over a wi-fi or ethernet connection, allowing you to play whatever game is in the PS4, except on the computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Games, Mac OS X - 12 Comments

Make Animated GIFs from Movies in Mac OS X with Drag & Drop Ease

Apr 8, 2016 - 10 Comments

Make a GIF from a movie in Mac OS X with Drop To Gif

Creating animated GIFs out of a movie file or or video usually requires a bit of effort, but now you can convert a movie into an animated GIF on a Mac with drag and drop simplicity, thanks to the aptly named Drop to GIF.

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

How to Loop Video with QuickTime Player on Mac OS X

Apr 7, 2016 - 5 Comments

QuickTime

Looping a video allows the movie to play repeatedly, and QuickTime makes video looping extremely simple for any video file on a Mac. This is a great movie playback feature for many purposes, but many users will find it particularly helpful for demonstration videos, tutorials, kiosks, or shorter video clips that are best enjoyed on repeat, like funny memes or cat videos.

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

Enable & Disable Night Shift in iOS Quickly from Control Center

Apr 7, 2016 - 17 Comments

Night Shift button in iOS Control Center

Night Shift in iOS causes the device display to readjust to a warmer color spectrum, thereby reducing the displays output of blue light. This makes the screen of an iPhone or iPad not only more pleasant to look at in the evening and dark hours, but it also is easier on the eyes and potentially offers some health benefits as well.

Using Night Shift is extremely easy and you can quickly toggle the feature on and off anytime in iOS, or you can set it on an automatic timer as well to turn itself on with sunset and sunrise.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

How to Show Full Email Headers in Mail for Mac OS X

Apr 6, 2016 - 8 Comments

Mail app icon

Some users may wish to see the complete email header attached to email messages in the Mail app for Mac OS X. These long headers can reveal many details about the sender of an email message, including the origin mail servers and IP addresses, original arrival time, email alias details, and much more, making them a potentially valuable resource for some situations, particularly for users wishing to authenticate the validity of an email or mail message. Additionally, email header information can be very helpful for troubleshooting complicated email server issues.

The Mail app in Mac OS X makes it easy to display the complete email headers for mail messages, we’ll show you how to show the full header, return to the default header, and a rapid access keystroke to toggle the display of full email headers off and on quickly as needed.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

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