Where Default Desktop Pictures Are Located in Mac OS X

Oct 28, 2016 - 5 Comments

The default desktop picture collection in Mac OS X

Apple has a longstanding record of curating wonderful desktop pictures on both the Mac and iOS mobile platforms, so it’s not surprising that some users may wish to know where these default desktop wallpapers are stored in Mac OS.

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

New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Debuts

Oct 27, 2016 - 62 Comments

New MacBook Pro

Apple has released an all new redesigned MacBook Pro. Available in 13″ and 15″ display sizes, the new MacBook Pro features upgraded hardware, faster processors, an all new keyboard, and a new multifunctional toolbar across the top of the keyboard called Touch Bar which includes Touch ID capabilities.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac, News - 62 Comments

How to Delete Messages Apps & Stickers in iOS 10

Oct 26, 2016 - 1 Comment


Now that Messages in iOS supports stickers and apps, it can be easy to go overboard adding Stickers and Apps and end up with an overcrowded app and sticker panel. Not to worry, you can clean house and easily delete and remove any stickers and apps from the Messages app on iPhone and iPad.

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

How to Decrypt External Drives on Mac

Oct 25, 2016 - Leave a Comment

How to Turn Off Encryption on External Drive on Mac to decrypt

For Mac users who encrypt external hard drives and USB flash drives, there may come a time when you want to remove the password protection and decrypt the external device. Decrypting an external drive allows all data on the drive to be accessed without the password authentication, effectively turning off any protection on the target external volume.

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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Update Available with Bug Fixes

Oct 24, 2016 - 54 Comments

A clean install of macOS Sierra has nothing on it

Apple has released macOS Sierra 10.12.1, the update includes a variety of bug fixes and feature enhancements for Mac users running the Sierra operating system.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 54 Comments

iOS 10.1 Update Available with Bug Fixes & Portrait Camera

Oct 24, 2016 - 19 Comments

iOS 10.1 update

Apple has released iOS 10.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest version of iOS includes bug fixes and enhancements, but the most prominent feature is the inclusion of a Portrait camera mode ability for iPhone 7 Plus users.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 19 Comments

Fixing iCloud “Unknown error occurred” & “Mac can’t connect to iCloud because of a problem” Errors

Oct 23, 2016 - 5 Comments

iCloud unknown error on Mac

Some Mac users may encounter an error message stating “This Mac can’t connect to iCloud because of a problem with email@address.com”, which then directs the user to open the iCloud preferences. Once inside Mac iCloud preference panel, some users may be able to successfully login to iCloud, but often another error is encountered here which states “An unknown error occurred” when trying to login to iCloud on the Mac, or sometimes the iCloud preference panel freezes up and spins endlessly. Once these two error messages have been encountered, the Mac will typically be stuck in an infinite loop of iCloud login failures with an endless unknown error and the endless “problem” pop-up message, which prevents all iCloud functionality from working on the Mac including Messages, FaceTime, Notes, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and all other iCloud related abilities.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Troubleshooting - 5 Comments

How to Disable “Reply to Message” from Lock Screen in iOS 10

Oct 22, 2016 - 3 Comments

Reply to Message from lock screen of iOS

The latest versions of iOS allow users to read and reply to Messages directly from the lock screen, without having to authenticate with a passcode or Touch ID on the device. This allows for iPhone and iPad users to quickly reply to inbound messages, but it can also lead to some potential privacy issues that may not be desirable for everyone.

With a settings adjustment, you can disable the ability to reply to messages from the lock screen in iOS, thereby requiring a passcode or Touch ID first, much like replying to lock screen messages worked in prior versions of iOS system software.

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

How to Change Siri Keyboard Shortcut for Mac

Oct 21, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Siri icon on the Mac

As you likely know by now, there are multiple ways to summon Siri on macOS; you can open Siri with a keyboard shortcut, you can access Siri from the menu bar icon, and you can open Siri from the Dock icon too. If you want to customize how you access Siri, you can change the keyboard shortcut to nearly anything of your choosing, allowing for a custom keystroke to open Siri on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Delete Default Apps on iPhone, iPad with iOS 10

Oct 20, 2016 - 10 Comments

Delete Default Apps in iOS

You can now delete defaults apps from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 10. Yes this means you can delete Mail, delete Music, Stocks, Maps, Calendar, Watch, iTunes Store, Compass, Reminders, Videos, iBooks, Podcasts, Find Friends, Watch, Tips, Voice Memos, News, Activity, and any other of the pre bundled default iOS apps that arrive on iPhone and iPad, all of them can be removed easily.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

“Hello Again” Apple Event Set for October 27, New Macs Expected

Oct 20, 2016 - 8 Comments

hello again Apple event on October 27

Apple has scheduled a press event for October 27. The event is titled “hello again” and presumed focus will be on the introduction of new Macs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 8 Comments

Check iOS Settings Status with Siri

Oct 19, 2016 - 5 Comments

Hey Siri

Ever wondered if an iOS Setting was turned off or on? Don’t want to go fishing around in Settings of iOS to see if something is enabled or disabled? Maybe you’re away from your device and want to know a settings status using Hey Siri? You don’t always need to dig around in the Settings app or have direct device access, because sometimes Siri can inform you of how a particular setting is toggled on your iPhone or iPad instead.

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

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