First Betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5, WatchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1 Available for Testing

Apr 6, 2016 - 9 Comments

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta  and iOS 9.3.2 beta

Apple has released a series of beta builds for system software, including iOS 9.3.2 beta 1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, OS X 10.11.5 beta 1 for Mac, WatchOS 2.2.1 beta 1 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 9.2.1 beta 1 for Apple TV. The point release beta updates are primarily focused on bug fixes and feature enhancements.

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How to Password Lock Notes on iPhone & iPad

Apr 5, 2016 - 12 Comments

Password lock Notes on iPhone and iPad

The latest versions of the Notes app for iOS allow users to password protect particular notes within the app, making it an excellent place to store personal information and private snippets that you’d like to keep away from prying eyes. In addition to password protection, Notes in iOS also allows users to lock and unlock notes with Touch ID as well, so if the iPhone or iPad supports that feature you’ll be able to use a quick unlock access method too.

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

How to Delete an eMail Account from Mac OS X

Apr 4, 2016 - 9 Comments

Mail app icon

Mac users who rely on the Mail app in Mac OS X for handling email may eventually need to delete a specific email address from the application and their Mac. This is common when an email address has changed or is no longer in use, whether it’s a work email or personal account.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

4 NASA Wallpapers to Decorate a Desktop or Homescreen

Apr 3, 2016 - 3 Comments

Nasa wallpapers

NASA has a pretty amazing collection of images available on the web to look through, many of which are ultra high resolution and make for perfect wallpapers. But not every NASA image is of some distant star, galaxy or nebula, many of their greatest pictures are from a bit closer to home and taken during various missions. We’re featuring a roundup of a handful of images which make for perfect high resolution wallpapers for any device, taken from survey flights over the snow covered peaks of Greenland, during rocket launches, to perhaps one of the most famous shots of a man on the moon.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 3 Comments

How to Disable LTE on iPhone (and Why You Might Want To)

Apr 2, 2016 - 11 Comments

Disable LTE on iPhone

If your iPhone has LTE networking, and most do these days, there are some situations where you may want to disable the LTE cellular network. This can be helpful in a variety of cases, from a self-imposed data throttle of sorts, to even gaining a more stable connection in a situation where you may notice the LTE network will drop or cycle quickly between 3G, LTE, or even 2G / EDGE. That latter situation, which usually occurs in low coverage areas, can lead to quick battery loss or continuously dropped calls, as the iPhone is constantly seeking a signal, and turning off LTE is often a quick remedy for it.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

April Fools! The “iPhone is Disabled” Wallpaper Prank

Apr 1, 2016 - 1 Comment

Set iPhone is Disabled as wallpaper as a prank

April Fools is a great time to play innocent pranks on fellow iPhone users, and one which nearly never fails to stump someone in a harmless manner is the infamous “iPhone is disabled” wallpaper prank. Of course this isn’t limited to the official prank holiday of April first, and you can use it to fool someone any day.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone - 1 Comment

Play DTMF Tones on the Mac, Wow

Mar 31, 2016 - 17 Comments

old-phone

Did you know your Mac has built in DTMF tones? It sure does! It’s likely part of the ability to make phone calls from a Mac via the iPhone, but putting aside the obvious utility of the tones existence, it’s also kind of a fun retro throwback to the caveman days of using dial tones to make calls. If you want to use one of the tones as a ringtone, text tone, or maybe you just want to relive the glory days of multifrequency signaling, we’ll show you how to access the raw files and play them too.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

iOS 9.3.1 Fixes Link Crashing Bug, Available to Download Now [IPSW Links]

Mar 31, 2016 - 36 Comments

iOS 9.3.1

Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the new version directly addresses the problem where tapped links would crash or freeze Safari, Messages, Mail, and other apps on iOS devices. This update is particularly important to install if you have been experiencing the URL crashing problem as it fixes the bug and stops tapping links from crashing the device, though users who haven’t been impacted by the bug may find it less urgent to update.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 36 Comments

How to Adjust Force Click Touch Pressure on Mac Trackpads

Mar 30, 2016 - 5 Comments

Force Touch trackpad tricks

Force Click and Force Touch (now called 3D Touch) are able to perform secondary actions by detecting pressure placed on a Mac Trackpad, but some users find that it can either be too easy or too difficult to activate. Fortunately the Mac provides a simple way to adjust the amount of touch pressure necessary to trigger Force Click in OS X, so if you’d like to switch it up you can easily change this setting on a compatible Mac, MacBook, or MacBook Pro.

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

Safari Technology Preview for Mac OS X Released, Aimed at Developers

Mar 30, 2016 - 13 Comments

Safari Technology Preview has a purple icon on Mac

Apple has released a new developer focused version of Safari, called Safari Technology Preview. The new browser is aimed at more advanced Mac users who want to “get a sneak peak at upcoming web technologies in OS X and iOS” and test those experimental technologies on websites, web applications, and with Safari extensions and plug-ins.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 13 Comments

How to Access Outlook Temp Folder in Mac OS X

Mar 29, 2016 - 3 Comments

Outlook icon

Many Microsoft Office for Mac users may find themselves needing to gain access to the Outlook Temp folder, which is where everything from attachments are stored, to cached version of items that are actively being worked on but that are launched from Outlook as an attachment. For example, if someone emails you a report as an attachment, you open it and are working on it in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and you save it, this saved document which began as an Outlook attachment will usually be in the Outlook Temp folder.

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

Fix iOS Web Link Crashing Bug in Safari, Messages, Mail with a Song & Dance Routine

Mar 29, 2016 - 21 Comments

iOS 9.3 links crashing but you may be able to fix it with a solution that looks like this

A large number of iPhone and iPad users are having problems with links not working in Safari, Mail, or Messages after updating their devices to iOS 9.3, and in some cases with iOS 9.2.1 as well. In the worst situations, not only do tapping on links not work, but the Safari browser actually crashes when a URL is attempted to be accessed in one of the impacted apps.

Update: Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 to fix the link crashing bug, available to download now. This is highly recommended to update and install rather than using the troubleshooting steps below.

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