How to Start & Stop a Timer on iPhone & iPad with Siri for Easy Countdowns

Aug 12, 2014 - 1 Comment

Set a Timer with Siri in iOS

Whether you’re waiting for your favorite show to come on TV, some wet paint to dry, or that chicken parmesan to finish cooking in the oven, we all need to use a countdown for helping us wait for something throughout regular life. Fortunately, the iPhone and iPad has such a feature built right in, and thanks to our favorite digital assistant, Siri makes setting a timer in iOS about as simple as it can possibly be.

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

Set a Password on iWork Files in Mac OS X for Added Security

Aug 12, 2014 - 3 Comments

Set password on iWork files in Mac OS X

Every app in the iWork suite offers optional password protection of files created, modified, or opened within their respective application. In practice, this means that no user will be able to open or access the file and view the contents on their Mac or iOS device without entering the password first. Password protecting iWork documents offers a great way to add some additional security or privacy to important files, and using the feature is made simple in any of the iWork apps in OS X, whether Pages, Keynote, or Numbers.

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

Next Generation iPad Models Coming Soon with Anti-Reflection Screens

Aug 11, 2014 - 7 Comments

iPad Air and iPad Mini

Apple will release revisions to the iPad Air and iPad Mini in the coming months, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, News, Rumor - 7 Comments

Two New iPad ‘Verse’ Commercials Running: Yaoband & Jason [Video]

Aug 11, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Yaoband's Verse

Apple has started to air two new iPad commercials on TV, following in the same “Verse” theme that was introduced some time ago with the iPad Air. Both videos emphasize how the iPad and great apps supplement the activities and work of individuals, and are embedded below for easy viewing.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, News - Leave a Comment

Print Files Directly from Mac Desktop & OS X Finder to Save Time

Aug 11, 2014 - 17 Comments

Printing files from the Mac desktop Did you know you can start printing any file directly from the desktop of a Mac? While most users open a file and then print it from the application of which the file was built in, that’s not actually necessary, instead printing can be initiated from anywhere in the Finder of OS X. This often overlooked feature is incredibly convenient and it really speeds up the process of printing a document or picture, as it prevents having to open any apps. Instead, you just locate the document in the file system and start printing directly from there.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

Mac Mail Keeps Asking to Enter Password? Here’s How to Fix That

Aug 10, 2014 - 13 Comments

Mail app icon When you set up a new Mail account in Mac OS X, you typically enter the service provider, email address, and the email accounts password once, then everything just works, right? Well, generally, but sometimes things aren’t so simple, and a frustrating issue that some users encounter is Mail app repeatedly asking for their password, over and over again. This can show up either as a pop-up window requesting the password be entered again with the message “Enter Password for Account (Name)”, or in the Connection Doctor feature of the Mac Mail app where it says the account verification or login failed, and to try again.

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3 Hilarious Apple Humor Videos to Watch And Have a Laugh

Aug 9, 2014 - 4 Comments

Apple humor

Apple rumors are in high gear right now, with the iPhone 6 launch date just under a month away, the next generation iPad coming sometime in October, and the iWatch apparently arriving that same month too. Rather than taking things too seriously, let’s take a lighter look at the Apple obsession with these three videos poking fun at Apple rumors and fans alike.

These hilarious skits include Jimmy Kimmel ripping the iWatch and Apple brand loyalty, Conan O’Brien poking at the iPad and DIY projects, and a YouTube guy with a total junker iPhone 6 clone who convinces people it’s the real deal. Who doesn’t like some Apple fun and a good laugh? Enjoy!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 4 Comments

Mac Setup: Triple Display Workstation of an Integrations Developer

Aug 9, 2014 - 16 Comments

Mac setup of an Integrations Developer

This week we’re featuring the Mac workstation of James B., an Integrations Developer who has a great home office with an excellent view behind his desk. Let’s jump in and learn a bit more about this Mac setup and how it’s used:

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 16 Comments

How to Change DNS Settings on iPhone & iPad

Aug 8, 2014 - 6 Comments

Change DNS Settings in iOS When you point your iPhone or iPad at a web address (like, iOS will perform a DNS lookup to send you to the proper location. DNS servers handle part of that lookup service, translating numerical IP addresses into the readable domain names we’re all more familiar with and associate with web sites and other internet addresses. Most internet service providers provide their own DNS servers, but let’s be honest, they’re not always the fastest, thus you can sometimes speed up your internet service or even resolve some networking issues by changing DNS settings to another set of servers. Changing the DNS settings in iOS are what we’re going to cover here, and the process is the same on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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

Launch Mac App Preferences & Settings with an (Almost Universal) Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Aug 7, 2014 - 6 Comments

Mac App preferences keyboard shortcut

Adjusting the Preferences and Settings of Mac apps is common and often a necessity to get things just right for you, particularly if you’re using an app for the first time, or setting up a new Mac. Rather than fish around in the menu items to find the Preferences or Settings menu option, you can almost always rely on a specific keyboard shortcut to instantly launch into the Preferences for a given OS X app.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Restart iPhone / iPad Without Using Power Button & Home Button

Aug 7, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Reboot an iPhone or iPad without using hardware buttons

Ever needed to reboot an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that doesn’t have a functioning power button or a Home button? It’s tricky if not impossible, right? Even with the Assistive Touch on-screen buttons and variety of workarounds for a failed power button, rebooting an iOS device without working hardware buttons is a challenge, but it turns out that a few indirect tricks can work to get restart any iOS device, even if none of the physical buttons are working.

We’ll cover two quick and easy methods to reboot any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – without having to use the hardware buttons at all. These methods rely on toggling software settings that initiate a soft reboot to the device, which means even if your physical buttons are completely malfunctioning, you can still restart a device if it’s necessary to.

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Why You Should Always Use the Free AppleCare Repair Service

Aug 6, 2014 - 11 Comments

iPhone Repair Service from Apple

From time to time, Apple will offer free out-of-warranty repair services for devices and hardware that are determined to be dysfunctional or defective. For example, many users experienced the failure of their iPhone 5 lock / power button, and Apple later determined that some of the devices manufactured were susceptive to power button failure, thus beginning the iPhone 5 Sleep / Wake Button replacement program. I sent my own iPhone 5 in for service to take advantage of that free repair, and I’m very glad I did.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Troubleshooting - 11 Comments

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