How to Start Dictation by Voice Command in Mac OS X

Oct 28, 2015 - 35 Comments

Starting Dictation by Voice Command in Mac OS X

The Dictation feature of OS X has let Mac users speak to their computers and have the speech converted accurately into text for quite some time, and now with the newest versions of OS X you can improve Dictation even further by starting the speech to text conversion with a voice command.

You can think of this as a Mac specific speech to text version of “Hey Siri” on the iPhone, except that you issue a voice command to start the Dictation speech translations rather than making requests through a virtual assistant. It works quite well, we’ll show you how to enable the feature, and how to activate it by voice.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 35 Comments

New iPhone 6S “Prince Oseph” Commercial Pokes Fun at Email Scams

Oct 28, 2015 - 5 Comments

Prince Oseph Hey Siri iPhone commercial eating a sandwich sign me up Bill Hader

Apple is running a new iPhone 6s advertisement featuring actor Bill Hader with an amusing focus on the “Hey Siri” feature and the type of whacky junkmail you usually find in your email spam folder.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 5 Comments

OS X 10.11.2 Beta 1 Available for Testing on Macs

Oct 27, 2015 - 24 Comments

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 Beta 1

Apple has released the first beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 for Mac users participating in the developer and public beta software testing programs. The first pre-release build of OS X 10.11.2 arrives as 15C27e and appears to focus primarily on improvements and bug fixes to OS X El Capitan.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 24 Comments

iOS 9.2 Beta 1 Released for Testing on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Oct 27, 2015 - 14 Comments

iOS 9.2 beta 1

Apple has released the first beta build of iOS 9.2 to users participating in the developer beta and public beta testing program. iOS 9.2 beta 1 arrives as build number 13C5055d and is available for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that are compatible with iOS 9.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 14 Comments

Stop Spotlight Stalling & Beachballs When Searched in Mac OS X with External Drives

Oct 26, 2015 - 23 Comments

Spotlight beachballing the night away in Mac OS X

Spotlight is the lightning fast search engine built into the Mac, but some users may have noticed that once Spotlight has been summoned and a file search query is beginning to be typed, OS X freezes up, stalls, and beachballs for anywhere from 10-30 seconds for seemingly no apparent reason. If you’re in a quiet room, you may even hear a little spin up sound as this happens as well.

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How to Mute Safari Tabs in Mac OS X

Oct 26, 2015 - 7 Comments

Safari icon New versions of Safari on the Mac allow users to instantly mute any tab or inactive window which is playing sound. This will instantly hush audio coming from a video, an audio file opened in the browser, ads, or any noisy multimedia element, but only for the Safari browser, making it preferable to muting everything on the Mac with the Mute option.

This is a really easy trick but it’s not necessarily the most obvious thing in the world until it’s pointed out to you in Safari for OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

New Apple TV (4th Generation) Released, Available Now

Oct 26, 2015 - 16 Comments

New Apple TV

Apple has released the new 4th generation Apple TV, an all new Apple TV that includes more powerful hardware, a touch controller, and Siri voice interaction. Content arrives to the devices from the App Store, iTunes Store, and apps that serve as everything from playable games to channels from Netflix, HBO, ESPN, PBS, YouTube, Hulu, and the like.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, News - 16 Comments

Get Android Marshmallow Wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, Mac, & PC

Oct 25, 2015 - 9 Comments

Android Marshmallow wallpapers

While Apple routinely picks great wallpapers for iOS and OS X, so does Google with Android, and the wallpapers bundled with the Android Marshmallow release look really great on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Windows too.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 9 Comments

4 New iPhone 6s Commercials Focus on Camera & Hey Siri Feature

Oct 25, 2015 - 3 Comments

iPhone 6s taking a picture

Apple is running a new series of iPhone 6s advertisements on TV, each in the same general theme of prior iPhone 6s ads with a handclapping soundtrack. The new spots focus on the devices camera, as well as the Hey Siri feature.

Two of the new ads are a bit different however and focus on actor Jamie Foxx talking to Siri on a pink gold iPhone 6s to demonstrate the Hey Siri feature, the bits seem to extend from a prior iPhone 6s commercial where Jamie Fox made a cameo.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 3 Comments

How to Connect an iPhone or iPad to a TV

Oct 24, 2015 - 5 Comments

Connect an iPhone or iPad to a TV screen with HDMI

You can easily connect any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a TV screen or even many projectors with the help of a wired connector adapter and HDMI cable. As long as the recipient TV, display, or projector has an HDMI input port, you can mirror the iPhone or iPad display directly to that screen. This is great for presentations, demonstrations, watching videos or movies, and so much more. The output video can be a maximum of 1080p HDTV resolution, and yes both video and audio are transmitted, mirrored from iOS to the TV screen.

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

Mac Setup: MacBook Pro Standing Desk Workstation of a Photographer

Oct 24, 2015 - 6 Comments

Mac setup standing desk

This week we’re sharing the Mac setup of Brandon R., which is a great standing desk workstation in New York City. Let’s jump in to learn more:

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 6 Comments

How to Downgrade iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2

Oct 23, 2015 - 20 Comments

Downgrade iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2

iOS 9.1 is a worthwhile update with bug fixes and new emoji for most iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users who are running iOS 9, but some users who have updated from iOS 9.0.2 to iOS 9.1 may decide they’d like to go back to the earlier version. Maybe it’s because iOS 9.0.2 has a jailbreak, maybe it’s because of some newfound issue experienced with iOS 9.1 which wasn’t there before, whatever the reason, we’ll show you how to quickly downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 20 Comments

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