Beta 6 of MacOS 10.12.6 and iOS 10.3.3 Available for Testing

Jul 5, 2017 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Beta and iOS Beta

Apple has released the sixth beta versions of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. The beta updates are available now for users enrolled in the beta testing programs for system software, but who are not on the iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 beta builds.

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See Large Preview of Mission Control Thumbnails in Mac OS

Jul 3, 2017 - 11 Comments

See a large preview in Mission Control on Mac

Mission Control offers a way to see all open windows on a Mac easily and from a single screen, but if you have a ton of windows open then the thumbnails shown in Mission Control can be quite small. Thus, you might be wishing you could see a larger preview of the thumbnail preview tile as seen in Mission Control. Well it’s your lucky day and that wish has been granted.

You can use a great little trick to instantly get a larger preview of any thumbnail window seen in Mission Control using none other than Quick Look. Yes, the same Quick Look that allows you to see previews of files and items in the Finder can also preview your Mission Control windows.

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

Enable Pixelmator Extensions in Photos for Mac to Gain Retouch & Distort Tools

Jul 2, 2017 - 3 Comments

Pixelmator Extensions can be added to Photos app

Pixelmator for Mac is a powerful photo editing and image manipulation app which makes for an excellent Photoshop alternative. Even better, the latest versions of Pixelmator come with a couple of optional Extensions for Photos app on the Mac that bring some interesting and fun capabilities into the Photos app editing tools.

Enabling these Pixelmator Extensions in Photos app will give you a set of powerful retouching capabilities and distortion tools that are easy to use, and can be accessed directly from Photos app without launching Pixelmator.

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

iPhone Touch Screen Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

Jul 1, 2017 - 1 Comment

Fix iPhone touch screen not working with troubleshooting steps

Rarely, an iPhone touch screen stops working or becomes unresponsive to touch. It’s obvious when this happens, you’ll touch the screen and nothing happens, swipes will be ignored, taps don’t do anything, and other touch on the screen doesn’t register any behavior. It’s clearly annoying if the iPhone screen is no longer working and not responding to touch, and it’s not subtle.

If your iPhone touch screen is not working, read on for a helpful series of troubleshooting steps that may help to fix the problem. The nonworking touch screen issue could caused by several things, sometimes it’s software related, some crud on the screen, damage to the iPhone touch screen or iPhone itself, or perhaps some other issues as well. Read on to learn more.

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How to Find Where iMessage Stickers Came From in iOS

Jun 30, 2017 - Leave a Comment

How to find where a sticker came from in iOS Messages

Have you ever received a Messages sticker in iOS from someone and thought “wow that’s an amazing sticker, I wish I knew where it came from!”?

Well if you and your friends are among the people who use the fun Messages Stickers feature in iOS, you might be wondering where each others stickers plastered into your iMessages are originating.

Wonder no more, iOS Messages offers a simple way to tell you exactly where a sticker originated from so that you too can have the same stickers available in your Messages app on iPhone or iPad, so that you can smack them all over iMessages too.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

Download & Install MacOS High Sierra Public Beta Now

Jun 29, 2017 - 20 Comments

Download macOS High Sierra Public Beta

Apple has opened the public beta testing program for macOS High Sierra 10.13, the next major version of the Mac operating system.

MacOS High Sierra Public Beta is now available to download and install for any user who is interested in beta testing the system software. However, be forewarned that beta system software is notoriously less stable and unreliable compared to final versions, and is thus not suited for primary hardware or critical workstations for the vast majority of Mac users. Beta software is most appropriate for advanced users, enthusiasts, developers, designers, and early adopters.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News, Tips & Tricks - 20 Comments

How to Install Java on macOS Sierra

Jun 29, 2017 - 5 Comments

How to install Java on macOS

Some Mac users may need to install Java into macOS Sierra or MacOS High Sierra. Typically the need for Java is for specific app usage, particular app compatibility, or for developers, and it’s worth mentioning that most Mac users won’t need to bother installing Java at all. For those that do need Java however, you will find it’s easy to get onto the latest versions of MacOS.

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

How to Change iPhone Bluetooth Audio While on a Phone Call, Without Losing the Call

Jun 28, 2017 - 1 Comment


If you ever use an iPhone to connect to a speaker system, car stereo, headphones, or microphone, or stereo via Bluetooth, you may have been in a situation where you have an active phone call on the iPhone but want to change from the Bluetooth audio source, be it speakers or headphones.

It’s easy to switch the iPhone from Bluetooth audio and continue the call uninterrupted, without losing the call, without losing any audio, without turning off Bluetooth, without disconnecting the Bluetooth device, and without having to hang up or call back. Done properly there will be no interruption as you disconnect from Bluetooth and switch back to the iPhone.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Beta 5 of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6 Out for Testing

Jun 28, 2017 - 3 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the fifth beta versions of macOS 10.12.6 and iOS 10.3.3 to users participating in the relevant beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

How to Speak Screen on iPhone and iPad to Have iOS Read Anything to You

Jun 27, 2017 - 6 Comments

Speak Screen on iPhone and iPad

Did you know the iPhone or iPad can read aloud anything that is on screen? The Speak Screen feature of iOS is helpful for many reasons, but in order to use it you must first enable the ability within the device settings, and then learn how to use the speak function.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

Download iOS 11 Public Beta Now for iPhone, iPad

Jun 26, 2017 - 7 Comments

Download and install iOS 11 public beta

Apple has opened the public beta testing program for iOS 11, launching iOS 11 Public Beta to all users who are interested in running the latest beta system software on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How to Send Invisible Ink Messages from iPhone and iPad

Jun 26, 2017 - 2 Comments

Invisible Ink messages on iPhone and iPad

iOS Messages includes the Invisible Ink feature which allows people to send obfuscated messages to and from iPhone and iPad. The invisible messages arrive visibly obscured, and the content of the invisible message can only be revealed by swiping a finger on the blurred message(s) to temporarily reveal the message text, image, or video. And yes, that means invisible messages can send not just as invisible text, but also as invisible photos and invisible videos too.

Invisible Ink offers simple privacy in a fun way to share secrets or otherwise personal information through the Messages app of iOS without having them be visible to an onlooker. The feature is part of the Message Effects set and is available on releases of iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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

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