iPhone or iPad Not Charging? Pocket Crud Could Be Jamming the Port

Dec 26, 2014 - 7 Comments

Charging iPhone

If you’ve ever gone to plug in your iPhone or iPad and noticed that it’s not charging as it’s supposed to be, you might want to check the devices Lightning port. That’s because the little charger port on the bottom can be a trap for pocket gunk, and even fairly small pieces of lint or sediment can prevent the device from charging as intended.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Troubleshooting - 7 Comments

4 Super Simple iOS Maintenance Tips for iPhone & iPad

Dec 24, 2014 - 12 Comments

iOS Maintenance tips for iPhone and iPad

How many times have you seen someone else’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running an ancient version of iOS that is not backed up and has a million app updates waiting in the wings? It’s remarkably common for iOS hardware to go neglected by those who are less tech savvy, so if you’re heading to visit seldom seen relatives and friends this holiday, consider using your own knowledge to give the gift of tech support by performing some super simple maintenance on their iOS hardware!

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

What To Do If You Can Not Remember an Apple ID or Password

Dec 23, 2014 - 12 Comments

What to do if you Forgot an Apple ID

Forgetting the login and password to an Apple ID is not the best feeling in the world, particularly given how integral an Apple login is to the broader iOS and OS X experience. So, if you or someone else happens to forget an Apple ID or the password to an Apple account, what should you do? First, don’t freak out, we’re human and this stuff happens. Apple provides multiple ways to recover a forgotten ID login or password, and you can start the recovery process either directly on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, Windows PC, or just about anything with a web browser.

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NTP Critical Security Update for OS X Released by Apple, All Mac Users Should Install Now

Dec 22, 2014 - 16 Comments

Security Apple has issued a critical security update to OS X users aimed at patching an exploit with the network time protocol on most Macs. The update is labeled urgently as “Install this update as soon as possible” rather than a traditional name, perhaps indicating the importance of patching the unspecified issue with the Macs NTP.

All Mac users should heed the advice from Apple and take a moment to install the security patch.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News, Security - 16 Comments

How to Check for a Carrier Settings Update on iPhone

Dec 22, 2014 - 8 Comments

iPhone Carrier Settings Update available

From time to time, your cellular network provider or Apple may issue a carrier settings update to an iPhone or cellular iPad device. The updates are usually very small and make adjustments or improvements to carrier specific settings pertaining to the cell network, data, personal hotspot, voicemail, text messaging, or making calls. While you may see a carrier update pop up randomly on your iPhone, or a request to install one during a general iOS update, you can also manually check for these carrier updates on your own at any time.

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

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Themed Music from iTunes Radio & Pandora

Dec 22, 2014 - 4 Comments

Holiday Music Station Streaming with iTunes Radio and Pandora

No Holiday get-together is complete without some seasonally themed music, and whether you’re an iTunes Radio lover or Pandora addict, you’ll find great streaming stations available on both services that fit your celebrations. You’ve already decorated your Mac and iOS backgrounds with some great festive wallpapers, so lets get the musical side of things covered next.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iTunes - 4 Comments

How to Use Audio Messages in iOS to Send Voice Texts from iPhone

Dec 21, 2014 - 4 Comments

Voice Texts and Audio Messages in iOS Audio Messages (also called Voice Texts) are a great new feature in iOS that allows you to send a quick little audio note from your iPhone to another iPhone, iPad, or Mac user who has the Messages app configured to use iMessages. This can not only be an added fun way to communicate, but it can also be a nice way to have a more personable and casual conversation that isn’t particularly time sensitive, since hearing someones voice is a bit more meaningful than reading text (unless packed with emoji, maybe).

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

16 Gorgeous Christmas & Holiday Themed Bokeh Wallpapers

Dec 20, 2014 - 4 Comments

christmas-bokeh-wallpapers-collection

Ae you ready to get your desktops and devices into the Holiday spirit? Decorate your Mac and iOS device backgrounds with this absolutely beautiful collection of high-resolution (5k!) holiday themed bokeh wallpapers, featuring gorgeous abstractions of Christmas lights and decorations as shot by Radoslav Holan. There are sixteen images to choose from, and every one of them is simply beautiful and perfectly fit for the holiday season. Pick and choose, or get them all below!

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Fun - 4 Comments

Mac Setup: Mac Pro Video Editing & Music Production Workstation

Dec 20, 2014 - 19 Comments

mac-setup-mac-pro-workstation

The weekend is here which means it’s time for another featured Mac setup! This time we’re sharing the awesome workstation of Philip S., a media producer from the UK who has some great advice on building a dream setup. Let’s jump to it and learn a bit more…

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 19 Comments

How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad

Dec 19, 2014 - 5 Comments

Turn off keyboard click sounds on the iPhone

A little clicking sound is made every time you type on the iPhone keyboard. Some users really like that sound effect and find that it helps them to type on the virtual keyboard easier, but other users find it to be annoying and obtrusive. If you don’t want to hear the clicky sound effects when typing in iOS, you can quickly turn the feature off and have the key taps stay quiet, leaving you with completely silent hitting any keys on the iPhone keyboard.

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

Make Chrome Use the Default Print Window in OS X

Dec 19, 2014 - 7 Comments

Chrome If you’re a majority Chrome browser user in OS X you’ve probably noticed that when printing from the web browser, a custom print preview window opens up that looks quite different from the default print window on a Mac. Some users may like the alternate Chrome print preview option with it’s larger viewport and different options, but if you prefer the general default OS X print dialog window, you can use a defaults command string to modify the behavior of Chrome to use the broader Mac system default printer window instead.

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

Check & Modify AutoCorrect Settings from the Command Line in OS X

Dec 18, 2014 - 5 Comments

Terminal in OS X Spelling autocorrect features tend to be divisive, with Mac users usually either loving it or hating it. Most Mac users know they can easily turn off autocorrect through an OS X system preference change, but the System Preferences are only accessible from the graphical interface of a Mac. If you’re wanting to automate the enabling or disabling of autocorrect for systems configuration or setup script, you may find it useful to know that you can not only check the active status of autocorrect, but also disable and enable autocorrect from the command line in OS X by using a defaults command string. This can be great in configuration and it can also be handy for making remote changes too.

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