How to Resend a Message “Not Delivered” from Mac Messages

May 16, 2017 - 5 Comments

Mac Messages icon

The Mac Messages app may occasionally fail to send a message correctly, when a message fails to send it is made obvious by a little red (!) exclamation point and a “Not Delivered” message under the failed iMessage or text message. But you don’t have to retype the message or just let it go, instead you can use a little trick to resend the message again on the Mac.

This works to resend any failed message from the Messages app in Mac OS, including iMessages and text message assuming SMS has been configured to be sent and received from the Mac. Here’s how you can use this neat little trick:

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MacOS Sierra 10.12.5 Update Released

May 15, 2017 - 26 Comments

macOS Sierra download available now

Apple has released MacOS Sierra 10.12.5 for Mac users. The small point release update to Sierra includes security updates and bug fixes, and is therefore recommended to install for all users running a prior MacOS Sierra build.

A separate security update release is available for Mac users running OS X El Capitan and Yosemite.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 26 Comments

iOS 10.3.2 Update Out for iPhone, iPad [IPSW Download Links]

May 15, 2017 - 5 Comments

iOS 10.3.2 update

Apple has released the final version of iOS 10.3.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The small software update is said to include bug fixes and security enhancements for iOS devices and thus Apple recommends installing the update.

Separately, Apple has also released macOS 10.12.5 for Mac, watchOS 3.2.2 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 10.2.1 for Apple TV.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 5 Comments

How to Disable All Safari Browser Plug-Ins on Mac

May 13, 2017 - 3 Comments

Safari icon

Safari on the Mac has the ability to run third party plug-ins, some of which may perform additional services and bring additional functionality to the web experience. Plug-ins include things like Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and other similar multimedia tools that are added into the browser. While some web sites may require these plug-ins, they are generally not needed for most modern web experiences, and old plugins can lead to security issues or other problems with web browsing and app stability. For that reason, troubleshooting, and others, it can be helpful to disable plug-ins in Safari on the Mac.

We’ll focus on disabling all Safari plug-ins on the Mac by turning them off completely, irrespective of which are installed or running. This is a blunt approach as it turns off all plug-ins in the Safari browser entirely.

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How to Change File Extensions of Files via Command Line in Mac OS

May 12, 2017 - 3 Comments

You can change all file extensions in a directory easily via Terminal in macOS

Command line users may find it helpful to change and rename the file extension of a group of files in a directory. For example, let’s say you have a batch of files with the file extension “.txt” but you want all of those the file extensions to be “.py” instead. That’s what we’re going to demonstrate here by relying on simple bash scripting to change a group of file extensions at the command line of Mac OS / OS X, but this will also work in linux and other unix flavors too.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

20 Great iPhone Photography Tips via Apple

May 11, 2017 - 6 Comments

How to shoot with iPhone photography tips

Many of us rely on iPhone as our primary camera, but no matter how great (or not) you are at photography, who couldn’t use some advice on taking even better pictures? That’s why it’s worth checking out a “how to shoot” web series that Apple has created, which includes a helpful series of 20 short video clips which demonstrate various pointers for taking better pictures with the iPhone 7 camera. Sure the focus is on iPhone 7, but most of the tips will apply to other iPhone camera users as well however, so if you don’t have the latest and great iPhone don’t feel too left out.

A broad variety of photography tips are covered in the how-to series from Apple, some of which you’ll have read within our many photography tips, and many of which are great general advice about using lighting, angles, and compositions to capture better images.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 6 Comments

How to Disable Safari Extensions on Mac

May 10, 2017 - 3 Comments

Safari icon

You can disable third party Safari extensions on the Mac without completely uninstalling them. This can be helpful for troubleshooting purposes, various testing scenarios, and many other situations, whether you’re a developer, trying to determine if and which particular extension is causing an issue with Safari, or even maybe just giving a trial run to a similar extension.

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

Can’t Spell? Ask Siri to Spell a Word on iPhone, iPad, Mac

May 9, 2017 - 5 Comments

Siri can spell words for you

Can’t remember how to spell a word? You can ask Siri to spell the word for you! That’s right, good old Siri on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad has no problem helping you spell words if you can’t think of where to begin and when autocorrect is off or otherwise failing you, is this Siri feature supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or what? You’ll think it’s great too.

Here’s how you can stop fumbling with a confusing word and use this great Siri spelling trick on any iPhone, Mac, or iPad that has Siri enabled.

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

How to Mark Addresses Outside Domains in Mail for iPhone & iPad

May 8, 2017 - 2 Comments

Use marked address email domains in iOS Mail app

Have you ever sent an email to or from an address at the wrong domain? Maybe you accidentally sent a personal email from your work account? The Mail app on iPhone and iPad includes a feature which can help you avoid that situation by marking any address outside of a specified domain as you compose or reply to an email message in iOS Mail. The great thing about marking addresses with domain specificity is applies to both addresses being sent to and your send from email address too, so it can help prevent you emailing the wrong person or from accidentally sending an email from the wrong From address in iOS too.

This is kind of a pro iOS email trick, and it’s most obviously useful for business and work related iOS devices, or for users who have added multiple email accounts on their iPhone or iPad with a mix of both personal and work or business email accounts on the same device. This feature is really easy to setup, let’s review how it works.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Clear All User Log Files on a Mac

May 6, 2017 - 5 Comments

User logs on a Mac

Mac OS has an elaborate application level logging system that monitors and logs various system level and app level functionality, including app crashes, problems, and internal errors within apps. Most of this logging information is only relevant to debugging and developer usage and has little practical usage to the average Mac user, but when you submit a bug report for a crashed app these are the types of logs that are generally gathered and included in that crash report or bug report.

We’ll show you how to access the raw log files and clear these user level logs from a Mac. This is really aimed at advanced Mac users who know what they’re doing with these log files and why they might want to delete them, it is not aimed at the average or novice user at all.

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

How to Show a Wi-Fi Password When Typing It on Mac

May 5, 2017 - 11 Comments

See Wi-Fi Password as typing on a Mac

While plenty of wi-fi networks use obvious passwords that aren’t complex, if you’ve ever joined a wi-fi network with a wildly complex wireless router password you know it’s easy to fumble and erroneously enter a character or two. Of course while you’re typing the password it appears as little bullet points that are indecipherable, this is a security feature designed to obfuscate a password from preying eyes. A wise feature, but this can lead to an inability to join a network due to typos or to a delay as you correct them, so sometimes it’s nice to make the password field visible as you input it and join a network.

A simple solution to this scenario is to show the wi-fi password as you are typing it, an overlooked option that is available to you when you are joining wi-fi networks from a Mac.

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

How to Force Quit with Touch Bar on Mac

May 4, 2017 - 9 Comments

How to Force Quit on Touch Bar Macs

Ever wondered how to force quit apps using the Touch Bar Macs? While there are many different ways to force quit Mac apps that aren’t responding, perhaps the most commonly used force quit method involves the Option + Command + Escape key sequence. But that Touch Bar Escape key is software… see the potential for a problem?

If an app isn’t responding, the software Escape key on the Mac Touch Bar is often inaccessible and unusable as well, so that deeply engrained keystroke isn’t always going to work to force quit stuck apps on Touch Bar Macs.

Not to worry, if you have a Touch Bar Mac without a hardware Escape key you can use other methods to force quit Mac apps, as we’ll discuss here.

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