How to Disable Transparency Effects in Mac OS X Interface

Jan 2, 2016 - 8 Comments

Transparency in Mac OS X user interface

Transparent effects have had a prominent place in the user interface of Mac OS X ever since the Mac got a face lift with recent versions of OS X El Capitan and Yosemite. Many users like the transparency found throughout the window title bars and sidebars, but some users may not like the feature, and additionally some Macs can gain a performance boost by turning off the eye candy effect of translucent UI elements.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Instantly See Pictures from Last Year on iPhone with a 3D Touch Trick

Jan 1, 2016 - 8 Comments

Photos iOS icon Have you ever wished you could see pictures taken exactly a year ago? With the iPhone 3D Touch feature, you can quickly do exactly that, with a simple trick that shows photos on the device from a year ago.

Here’s how this works, it’s quite simple but requires a 3D Touch enabled iPhone like the 6S or 6S Plus:

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

Feeling Nosy? Use Your Nose to Interact with iPhone & Apple Watch

Dec 31, 2015 - 9 Comments

Use the Nose for Apple Watch and iPhone input

Did you know you can use your nose to control the touch screen on iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch? While many iPhone users have discovered the nose trick to unlock their device, open apps, and perform functions in iOS, but who really nose (knows, nose, get it? OK show me the door) how many Apple Watch users do too?

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Fun, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Check Apple TV Siri Remote Battery Life

Dec 30, 2015 - 4 Comments

Check the Apple TV Remote battery life remaining

The new Apple TV Siri Remote features a rechargeable battery that lasts quite a while and is overall certainly easier to deal with than swapping out one-time use batteries. But how do you know when the Apple TV remote is ready to be recharged?

While there is no visual indicator on the remote itself of battery charge or the battery life remaining, you can turn to the Apple TV Settings to discovery battery remaining on a connected Apple TV remote and the Siri remote controller.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Create a New Desktop Space in Mac OS X with Mission Control

Dec 29, 2015 - 6 Comments

Creating new desktop virtual Spaces in Mac OS X Mission Control

Mission Control is the powerful window management feature in Mac OS X that allows for sorting through windows, full screen apps, split-view, and utilizing virtual desktops called Spaces. The latter Spaces feature is what we’ll focus on here, which is the ability to create a new additional blank desktop space to work within, either for a set purpose, a particular app, or just to clear off the screen while you work on something else with less distraction.

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

How to Forcibly Sync Safari iCloud History from Mac OS X

Dec 28, 2015 - 5 Comments

Safari icon iCloud will automatically sync Safari history between all Mac and iOS devices that are using the same Apple ID and that have the feature enabled. While this happens automatically and behind the scenes on a regular occurrence, you may encounter a situation where a particular Mac or iPhone was offline for a period of time, and the Safari history becomes out of sync. In such a situation, you can either wait for iCloud to sync the Safari history on it’s own, or, as we’ll cover here, forcibly sync the Safari history through iCloud.

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

How to Restart the Apple TV

Dec 27, 2015 - 9 Comments

How to Restart or Reboot the Apple TV

The new Apple TV is generally really quite stable and should rarely need to restart, but in the rare occasion you find something not working properly, you can reboot Apple TV through the system settings on the device itself. Rebooting Apple TV is fast and should only take a moment to complete, so if you find yourself needing to do so there is little downtime.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to Keep the Apple Watch Display On Longer

Dec 26, 2015 - 3 Comments

Keep the Apple Watch Display on Longer When Active

The Apple Watch display defaults to staying on and active for 15 seconds when the screen is tapped or activated, but with new versions of WatchOS you can choose to keep the Apple Watch screen on for considerably longer before it dims itself again. This is helpful for many situations, whether you just want to observe the screen longer when you’re wearing watch, for demonstration purposes, and also when the Watch is placed into Nightstand Mode.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Migrate Android to iPhone the Easy Way

Dec 25, 2015 - 9 Comments

How to migrate Android to iPhone

Changing phone platforms is easier than ever before, and if you’re moving from an Android phone to an iPhone, you’ll find that Apple has made this process incredibly simple with the help of a free migration tool. Appropriately called “Move to iOS”, the utility is easy to use and migrates all contacts, photos, calendars, notes, and much more, transferring everything from the Android phone to the new iPhone.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

The Ultimate Slacker Last Minute Gift Guide

Dec 24, 2015 - 3 Comments

Last minute gifts

OK you waited until the very last minute, and now you need to get gifts or presents for someone. Or maybe someone unexpected is showing up for the holidays. Whatever the reason, this is the very last minute, and you’re tight on time. Running around the stores is basically out of the question, and this is far past the deadline for getting crafty or waiting for FedEx to deliver in the new year, so you’re on the web, looking for answers…. hmmm! But not to fret, you’re not alone and there are numerous email delivery options for great last minute gifts….

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 3 Comments

Stop Zoomed Wallpaper Resizing on iPhone & iPad with a Workaround

Dec 23, 2015 - 5 Comments

Zoomed wallpaper on iPhone vs zoomed out whole image was wallpaper on iPhone

The new versions of iOS zoom into a wallpaper image when it is set as the wallpaper on both the lock screen and home screen of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, effectively resizing the image. While this can make efficient use of some sized images and look great with certain types of pictures, the zooming wallpapers do not look so great with portraits, group photos, and just pictures of people or multiple subjects in general. While there’s no direct way to stop the zooming, there’s a little workaround trick you can utilize to stop the wallpaper image from being zoomed into on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how it works.

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

How to Find Text on Web Page in Safari for iOS 9 on iPhone & iPad

Dec 22, 2015 - 5 Comments

Safari icon in iOS If you have ever been reading a web page or website in Safari for iOS and wanted to quickly locate a particular text phrase or word within that active webpage, you’ll be happy to know that searching for matched text in Safari has gotten much easier on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the latest releases of iOS.

With iOS 9 and newer, you’ll find a simple to use and easy to access “Find on Page” option in Safari, which quickly matches any searched text on a webpage in the Safari browser. This is a very useful feature that is now quite simple to access, let’s review how finding on page works in the latest versions of Safari for iOS.

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

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