MacBook Can’t Use Mouse & Trackpad at the Same Time? Here’s the Fix

Apr 13, 2018 - 4 Comments

Fix for MacBook not able to use built-in trackpad with external mouse or trackpad

Some Mac users may find that if they connect an external mouse or trackpad to their MacBook or MacBook Pro, the internal built-in trackpad then no longer works. This may appear like a bug, and some users may think it’s a hardware problem, but the good news is that the inability to use both a mouse and trackpad at the same time on a Mac almost always has a simple software solution.

This walkthrough will quickly show you how to fix this issue and get a MacBook Pro or MacBook able to work with both the built-in trackpad as well as an external mouse or external trackpad.

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How to Find & Compare File Differences Side-By-Side with BBEdit for Mac

Apr 12, 2018 - 6 Comments

Compare text files with BBEdit for Mac

Need to compare two files side-by-side for differences? BBEdit for Mac makes finding and identifying file differences extremely easy with any compatible text format. This is a great solution for developers, programmers, writers, or anyone else who works with code, scripts, or plain text documents frequently and wants an easy way to check for differences in two text files while staying in the familiar GUI.

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

How to Offload Apps on iPhone or iPad to Free Up Storage Space

Apr 11, 2018 - 3 Comments

How to Offload Apps on iPhone or iPad

The ability to offload apps from an iPhone or iPad offers an alternative method to save storage space on an iOS device, as offloading apps removes the app from the device while still preserving that apps related data.

Preserving the apps data is what makes offloading apps unique and different from simply uninstalling an iOS app, because typically if you delete an app from an iOS device that apps data and documents are deleted with it. Offloading apps instead removes just the application, but by saving the app data it allows the app to be reinstalled again in the future and immediately be where it was left off, without any loss of related documents and data that were in the app.

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

How to Access & Search Safari History on Mac

Apr 10, 2018 - 6 Comments

You can access and search Safari browser history on Mac

Just about all modern web browsers default to maintaining a history log of your web browsing activity, and Safari for Mac is no different. This article will focus on how to access your Safari history on the Mac, and also how to search Safari browsing history for specific words, terms, and matches.

Accessing and searching through Safari browser history can be helpful for tracking down websites or articles that were previously visited on a particular topic but that you’ve since forgotten, retrieving previously visited websites, looking for a particular match, amongst many other valid uses for individual users, parents, public computers, information security, systems administrators, and much more.

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

How to Use Cloudflare DNS on Mac OS for Speed & Privacy

Apr 9, 2018 - 28 Comments

How to use Cloudflare DNS on a Mac

CloudFlare now has a consumer DNS service that is very fast and also centered around privacy. CloudFlare DNS says they won’t log IP addresses or sell your data, which in the modern era is perhaps more important than ever for users who value the vague concept of internet privacy.

This article will show you how to setup and use CloudFlare DNS on a Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks - 28 Comments

Fix Cellular Data Not Working on iPhone X or iPhone with iOS 11

Apr 8, 2018 - 4 Comments

Fix iPhone inability to use cellular data

Some iPhone users may find that cellular data is suddenly not working. The inability to transmit cellular data can seemingly happen spontaneously, and while you can typically still make or receive a phone call when this happens, you just can’t send or receive any data transmission for things like using the web, imessage, social media, or use online apps.

Obviously a cellphone is most useful when it has the capability of connecting to and using a cellular network, so if you’re experiencing an inability to use cellular data you’d be understandably perturbed.

The good news is that the vast majority of cellular data connection problems on an iPhone are easy to fix, and most incidents are just the result of accidentally toggling a setting or two (or someone else accidentally doing so, like a kid fidgeting with a parents iPhone). Let’s jump right to it and troubleshoot non-functioning iPhone cellular data.

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How to Disable All Vibration on iPhone Completely

Apr 7, 2018 - 3 Comments

How to stop all vibrations on iPhone by disabling vibration functionality

The iPhone defaults to having two kinds of alerts, an auditory alert and a vibration alert, so if your iPhone is ringing or getting a message then your phone will make a sound as well as buzz. If you flip the Mute switch on the iPhone, then the auditory alerts will silence, but you’ll still get the vibration alerts. That default state may be ideal for most iPhone users, but some others may prefer to have absolutely no vibration coming out of their iPhone at all, ever.

This article will show you how to completely disable all vibrations on the iPhone.

By disabling vibration system-wide in iOS, every situation you’d normally get a buzzing vibration as an alert or a notification will no longer vibrate ever. This makes it so if the iPhone is not on mute mode, then the auditory alert still kicks in but without a physical vibration, and if the iPhone does have the mute switch enabled then there is neither an auditory alert like a ringtone or text tone, nor a vibration. The iPhone will be truly completely silent and offer no physical indicator that an alert is going on.

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

Mac Mouse Double-Clicking Instead of Single Clicking? Here’s the Fix

Apr 6, 2018 - 3 Comments

Single click registering as double click on Mac

Some Mac users may encounter a weird issue where they attempt to single click their mouse or trackpad but a double-click is registered instead of the intended single click. This is obviously frustrating since a double-click in the wrong place can perform actions you may not want to perform, like full screening a window or opening an app, folder, or document, or even something more annoying.

If you have noticed that a Mac is erroneously registering double-clicks instead of single clicks of the mouse or trackpad, read on to learn a few ways to troubleshoot the issue and potentially resolve the problem.

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How to Exclude a Word with grep

Apr 5, 2018 - 2 Comments

Terminal in macOS

The grep command line tool is wildly useful for searching through text data for lines and snippets that match a defined string, character, word, or regular expression. While most uses of grep are for sorting data for syntax matches, what if you want to exclude a word or string with grep instead? Excluding line matches with grep is equally as useful as finding and printing matches in grep, so let’s cover how to exclude string matches and exclude words with grep.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Run 64-Bit Only Mode Mac OS

Apr 4, 2018 - 9 Comments

How to run MacOS in 64-bit only mode

Advanced Mac users, administrators, and developers who wish to test Mac OS in 64-bit mode can do so with the help of a terminal command. Essentially this will only allow 64-bit applications and processes to run on the Mac, which can be helpful for discovering what (if any) apps, tasks, components, processes, and items may need updating, or could be problematic in future Mac OS releases that no longer offer full 32-bit compatibility. While 64-bit only mode is active, no 32-bit processes will execute at all.

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MacOS 10.13.5 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Apr 3, 2018 - 3 Comments

macOS High Sierra beta

Apple has released the first beta version of MacOS High Sierra 10.13.5 for users participating in the Mac system software beta testing program.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

How to Mute Dial Sounds on iPhone

Apr 3, 2018 - 5 Comments

How to mute dialing sounds on iPhone

iPhone users may wonder how they can mute the dialing sound effects that are played when a phone number is being dialed into the numeric keypad on an iPhone. Each time you press a number button on the phone keyboard, a new sound effect plays. Some of you may be thinking, that’s great and all but how do you turn off those sound effects when dialing a number, so that I can dial a number in silence from the iPhone?

It turns out there is a way to silence the audio sound effects when dialing phone numbers on an iPhone, read on to learn how to accomplish the task.

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