How to Increase All System Font Size in Mac OS X

May 23, 2016 - 15 Comments

Increase the system text size and interface size in Mac OS X

Mac OS X defaults to a predefined set system font size for all onscreen text and user interface elements, and while many users will find the default text size to be sufficient, some users may wish the system font size was larger, and some may wish the Mac system text size was smaller. It turns out that OS X may not offer a method of directly changing all system fonts, but instead Mac users can adjust their screen to increase or decrease the size of the system font, onscreen text, and everything else seen on screen as well.

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

First Beta Builds of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2 Arrive

May 23, 2016 - 3 Comments

Mac OS X and iOS betas

Apple has released the first beta testing versions of multiple system software updates, including OS X 10.11.6 beta 1, iOS 9.3.3 beta 1, tvOS 9.2.2 beta 1.

Presumably the beta releases will focus primarily on bug fixes and feature enhancements, which is typical for point releases of system software.
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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

iPhone Screen Turned Black and White Suddenly?! Here’s the Fix

May 22, 2016 - 4 Comments

iPhone stuck in black and white fix

Have you ever discovered your iPhone to suddenly be black and white display? If this has happened to you, then seemingly out of the blue, the iPhone screen is no longer showing color, and instead everything is stuck in black and white mode. This is fairly unusual circumstance, but it can happen, and I recently resolved this exact issue for a relative. So, if your iPhone screen has turned black and white, we’ll show you what happened and how to fix it.

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Use an Animated GIF as Wallpaper in Mac OS X with GIFPaper

May 21, 2016 - 9 Comments

animated-gif-wallpaper-mac

Have you ever wished the wallpaper on your Mac was animated? One common trick to achieve that effect is to set a screen saver as the desktop wallpaper in Mac OS X, which looks great but can wind up using a fair amount of processor to display the animations, but now another option is available; use an animated GIF as desktop wallpaper on the Mac instead, thanks to a little free app called GifPaper.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Fun, Mac OS X - 9 Comments

How to Delete iPhoto Library, but Why You Probably Don’t Need to

May 20, 2016 - 17 Comments

The iPhoto Library file

Now that most Mac users have migrated their pictures from iPhoto to Photos app in Mac OS X, when you’re absolutely certain that all the pictures have come through successfully you may decide to delete the old iPhoto Library file on the Mac.

This is usually not necessary due to how Photos importation works with iPhoto Library files, but some users with unique situations decide to do it anyway, typically if they are self managing picture files outside of the original library containers, or if they want to keep things tidy and ditch all remnants of iPhoto.

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

How to Get Transit Directions in Maps on iPhone

May 20, 2016 - 4 Comments

Maps icon in iOS While iPhone users of Google Maps have been able to get directions around cities with transit options for quite some time, the feature has recently come to the bundled Apple Maps app as well. This means if you’re in a global city or metro area with a mass transit system, whether trains, subways, street cars, busses, etc, that you can find easy directions to get around, right on the iPhone.

Getting transit directions is excellent for travelers and those unfamiliar with navigating to and from a particular location, and it works quite well. Combine with walking directions and you should be able to navigate around just about any city out there.

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

Access Alternate Contact Methods from Messages with 3D Touch on iPhone

May 19, 2016 - 3 Comments

3D Touch contacts picture on iPhone

Most iPhone users who are communicating in the Messages app will leave the application and then launch Mail or the Phone app if they wish to continue a conversation through a phone call, FaceTime, or email. For modern iPhones with 3D Touch screens, there’s another option that’s even quicker to jump to a different communication method.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Workaround for Freezing Macs with OS X 10.11.5 and OS X 10.11.4?

May 19, 2016 - 77 Comments

Freezing Mac with Safari in OS X 10.11.5 and OS X 10.11.4

As we mentioned months ago, some unlucky Mac users have been experiencing random frequent system freezes since updating to OS X 10.11.4 and/or OS X 10.11.5. The problem is not a subtle one and you’re already well aware if it impacts you; at random, the entire Mac freezes up and becomes unresponsive requiring a forced reboot, something that prior to these releases of El Capitan basically never happened at all.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Troubleshooting - 77 Comments

How to Show Password Hints at Login in Mac OS X

May 18, 2016 - 4 Comments

The Mac Login screen

Assuming you use FileVault or don’t have automatic login enabled on a Mac, anytime the computer is rebooted you will be presented with a login and password screen. For users who change their passwords often, or who are just on the forgetful side of things, a helpful trick can be to display password hints at this screen, which become visible if the improper password is entered consecutively a few times.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Disable “Connect” Tabs and Apple Music in iTunes

May 18, 2016 - 8 Comments

Apple Music and Connect clutter in iTunes

If you don’t use the Apple Music subscription service and you don’t have a need for the “Connect” tab in iTunes, you’ll probably find it helpful to know that you can clean up the interface a bit by disabling Apple Music and completely hiding the associated Connect tab and Radio tab in the new versions of iTunes.

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

How to Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1

May 17, 2016 - 12 Comments

Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1

Most users are best served by sticking with the recently released iOS 9.3.2 update, which offers a variety of improvements, bug fixes, and feature enhancements. Nonetheless, a select group of users have had specific problems with iOS 9.3.2, like some iPad Pro owners who are experiencing crashes and other frustrating behavior, and thus impacted users may want to downgrade an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch back to iOS 9.3.1.

To be clear, there is no reason to downgrade iOS unless you are experiencing specific problems with the new system software update. This is not a recommended process for any other reason, this is aimed primarily at troubleshooting issues that are otherwise unsolvable without going to a prior iOS version.

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How to Select an iPhone or iPad in iTunes 12.4

May 17, 2016 - 21 Comments

How to select an iPhone or iPad in iTunes

The latest version of iTunes has re-added the sidebar and made some other user interface changes designed to make using the app a bit easier to navigate. Most of the changes are welcome to iTunes, but one of the more unnecessarily difficult tasks remains selecting an iOS device in the iTunes app itself.

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