How to Tell if Mac is Using 802.11ac, 802.11n or Other Wi-Fi Protocol

Aug 1, 2017 - 8 Comments

Check wi-fi wireless band protocol in use on a Mac

Most users connect a Mac to a wi-fi network and don’t think too much about which 802.11 wi-fi band protocol is in use, but many advanced users and network administrators do want to know which 802.11 wireless standard is in use. Typically someone would want to know which wi-fi PHY standard is in use to insure speed optimization and coverage range, as each wireless standard is different, with differing ranges and offering different WLAN connection speeds.

This article will show you how to determine if a Mac is currently using 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.11ac to connect to a particular router. Additionally, we’ll show you how to check which wifi modes a Mac wireless card supports, and also show you how to check which version protocol of 802.11 is in use on other nearby routers.

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

How to Share Pictures from Photos on Mac

Jul 31, 2017 - 4 Comments

Sharing a picture from Photos on the Mac

Do you have a great picture on your Mac within Photos app that you want to share? Photos for Mac makes sharing pictures, videos, and other images very easy, and you share a picture from the Mac directly to another user through messages, email, iCloud, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, or locally to another nearby Mac or iOS user through AirDrop.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Stop Auto-Playing Music in Car Bluetooth from iPhone

Jul 29, 2017 - 23 Comments

Stop autoplaying music from iPhone over Bluetooth in Car

Many newer cars have Bluetooth stereo systems that sync wirelessly with an iPhone. One common and prominent feature of this experience is that music will automatically start playing from the iPhone through the Bluetooth speakers when you get into the car, sometimes autoplaying from a local music library or sometimes from a streamed music service.

If you don’t want your music to start playing automatically from iPhone over a Bluetooth car stereo every time you get into the car, read on to learn how you can try to stop it.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 23 Comments

How to Watch Netflix Offline on iPhone and iPad by Downloading Shows & Movies

Jul 28, 2017 - 2 Comments

Download Netflix video for watching offline

Netflix is the increasingly popular video streaming service with a great collection of original shows and movies. But you no longer need to stream every episode or video you wish to watch, as Netflix offers an ability to download any Netflix video to be able to watch it offline directly on an iPhone, iPad, Android, or even a computer.

Downloading Netflix video for offline viewing is a great solution for if you’re planning on being out of data or wi-fi service for a while, or if you’re going into a region that is known to be of lesser quality internet service. Perhaps you’ll be boarding a plane and want to binge watch Stranger Things, or you’re going on a long car ride and want to entertain passengers, or maybe you’re going to a remote cabin somewhere and you still want to be able to watch your favorite shows. This tutorial will show you how to watch Netflix offline by downloading shows and movies to a local device.

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

How to Search in Notes on iPhone and iPad

Jul 27, 2017 - 5 Comments

Search in Notes on iPhone and iPad

Are you looking for a specific note on the Notes app of your iPhone or iPad, but you can’t quite remember which note it was or where to find it? Maybe you have a bunch of notes and you want to quickly get to one about a particular topic? No problem, you can search through Notes in iOS by keywords or search terms instead, and the search will offer matching notes to whatever phrase or word you’re looking for.

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

How to Find What System Software Version is in a MacOS Installer

Jul 26, 2017 - 3 Comments

Find what system software version of a Mac OS Installer

If you have ever downloaded an installer for Mac OS from the Mac App Store, you may have wondered which exact system software version of Mac OS the installer corresponds to. While the installers file name will reveal the major system software release (for example, “Install macOS High Sierra” or “Install OS X El Capitan”) it will not tell you the precise version number that will be installed (for example, 10.13.1 or 10.12.6).

Fortunately there is a pretty easy way to determine exactly which system version number of Mac OS will be installed by a particular macOS installer application, and you can access the data from the command line or via the Finder with Quick Look.

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

How to Hide Menu Bar Icons on Mac with Vanilla

Jul 25, 2017 - 12 Comments

Hide and show menu bar icons on the Mac with Vanilla

If your Mac menu bar is looking increasingly cluttered with various menu bar icons, you may be interested in a nice little free utility called Vanilla. Vanilla allows you to hide Mac menu bar icons by placing them into a collapsible and expandable shelf of sorts contained within the menu bar.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

Public Beta 3 of macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 Available Now

Jul 25, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Download public beta for macOS High Sierra and iOS 11

Apple has released the third public beta builds of macOS High Sierra 10.13, iOS 11, and tvOS 11. This comes a day after the developer builds of iOS 11 beta 4 and macOS High Sierra beta 4 were released to testers in the developer preview program.

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How to Remove Siri from Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Jul 24, 2017 - 3 Comments

Remove Siri from Touch Bar on Mac

Some Mac users may find the Siri button on Touch Bar to be less than useful, and some may accidentally hit the Siri button and inadvertently trigger Siri when trying to hit another key on the MacBook Pro Touch Bar keyboard. If you don’t want Siri so readily available on your Pro Mac for whatever reason, you can remove Siri from the Touch Bar on a Mac.

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

Download iOS 11 Beta 4 & macOS High Sierra Beta 4 Now

Jul 24, 2017 - Leave a Comment

iOS 11 beta and MacOS High Sierra beta

Apple has released the fourth beta version of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra 10.13, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4 to users enrolled in the developer beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, News - Leave a Comment

How to Get iMessage Access on PC in Windows or Linux

Jul 23, 2017 - 22 Comments

How to get iMessage on PC

iMessage is the wonderful messaging platform for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users that allows for free and easy messaging between other iMessage users. One common question regarding iMessage is if there is a way to run iMessage on a Windows PC or in Linux.

The answer is a big complicated, but in short, yes you can technically get iMessages accessed on a PC, but how it is accomplished is probably not quite what you expect.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 22 Comments

How to Search for a Reminder on iPhone and iPad

Jul 22, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Reminders icon in iOS

If you’re frequently adding Reminders to your iPhone or iPad through Siri or to return phone calls, you may quickly arrive at having dozens if not hundreds of reminders stored in the iOS app. Rather than wade through them all one by one, the Reminders app has a nice feature that allows you to search for a specific reminder directly, making it much easier to locate or retrieve an old mental note or any other digital nudge you have created.

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

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