How to Disable Automatic GPU Switching on MacBook Pro

Jan 8, 2017 - 3 Comments

MacBook Pro

For those MacBook Pro owners with higher end models that include dual video cards (integrated and discrete GPU), you’re likely aware that Mac OS and certain apps will switch between the two graphics cards as is determined necessary. The idea behind this is for apps to use the integrated GPU when attempting to conserve power and battery life, and to use the discrete GPU when attempting to maximize graphics performance at the expense of battery and increased power consumption.

Generally speaking GPU switching is a great feature that should not be modified or adjusted in any way, but some advanced Mac users may wish to disable the automatic graphics card switching feature on MacBook Pro models.

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

New Apple Commercial Shows Off Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus

Jan 7, 2017 - 30 Comments

iPhone 7 Plus Portrait commercial

Apple is running a new iPhone 7 Plus commercial called “Take Mine”, the advertisement emphasizes the devices Portrait Mode camera feature.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 30 Comments

Set Up Medical ID for Emergency on Your iPhone

Jan 7, 2017 - 7 Comments

Health app icon The Health app on iPhone is primarily used to track fitness and activity, and likely much more once the Apple Watch and other sensors connect to the device, but another handy and lesser known feature is called Medical ID. Medical ID can be filled out on your iPhone to show important information about the iPhones owner, and it can be checked on another users iPhone too – assuming they placed appropriate details.

Medical ID can show an iPhone owners name, birthdate, medical conditions, medical notes, relatives and partners, emergency contact information, blood type, whether you’re an organ donor or not, weight, height, and other details you want to add as well.

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

How to Convert Text to Emoji in Messages on iPhone

Jan 6, 2017 - 11 Comments

Emojify Messages in iOS to replace words with Emoji icons

Emojifying words and messages is one of the many new fun features of Messages in iOS. With a simple trick, you can choose words to replace them with Emoji icons, converting a generic text message into a colorful message intermixed with Emojis.

The Emoji text replacement tool works on iPhone and iPad as long as you have a modern version of iOS. Let’s review how to use this playful new component of Messages in iOS.

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

Ignoring Built-in Trackpad Input When Using External Mouse with MacBook

Jan 5, 2017 - 6 Comments

The Mac trackpad

The built-in trackpad on MacBook Pro and MacBook functions as the primary input method of the Apple laptops, but if you primarily use an external mouse or external trackpad you may occasionally find the built-in trackpad receives input you’d rather the Mac ignore. With a simple settings adjustment you can do exactly that, ignoring any input from the internal built-in trackpad when an external mouse or trackpad is connected to the Mac.

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How to Download All Vine Videos from Your Archives on Vine

Jan 5, 2017 - 2 Comments

How to download all of your Vine video archives

Did you use Vine? If so you’ll likely want to download all of your Vine videos before they disappear for good. We’ll show you how to download any and all video archive from the Vine service, it’s pretty simple and can be done with any web browser, there’s no need to break out curl or derive a DIY solution like what was once necesssary. And yes, if you never used Vine from your iPhone or Android, this will be totally irrelevant to you.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Delete Large Apps from Mac to Free Up Storage

Jan 4, 2017 - 13 Comments

Delete Mac Apps with Storage Management

Many Mac users have apps installed on their Mac which take up considerable storage space but generally go unused. Accordingly, Mac users can free up storage space on their computer by tracking down large Mac apps and deleting them.

The latest versions of MacOS offer a very easy way to track down large applications, see when they were last used, and offers a simple way to delete the apps from the Mac, all from a unified Storage Management tool.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

How to Put iPhone 7 Into DFU Mode

Jan 3, 2017 - 2 Comments

How to Use DFU Mode on iPhone 7

Need to place an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus into DFU mode? Now that the iPhone no longer includes a clickable Home button, you might be wondering how to place the iPhone 7 models into DFU mode, and that’s exactly what we’ll show you how to do.

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How to Mute Tabs in Chrome Playing Audio / Video

Jan 3, 2017 - 3 Comments


Want to mute audio blasting from a browser tab in Google Chrome? Of course you do! Few things are more annoying when browsing the web than autoplaying video and autoplaying audio that starts when you load a web page.

Rather than frantically trying to locate the offending media source of blasting, a better approach is to mute the tab, which will silence any and all audio coming from the webpage, whether it’s in a video or embedded movie, or an audio track, or otherwise. This is a great tip whether you use Google Chrome sporadically or if you set it as your Macs default browser (and yes a similar feature is available for Safari too).

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Forward a Photo Message from iPhone to Someone Else

Jan 2, 2017 - 3 Comments

How to forward photos from Messages on iPhone

Have you ever received a picture message on your iPhone and you wanted to share that photo with someone else? There are a few different ways to forward photo messages from an iPhone, we’ll show you the easiest and quickest method to pass along a picture message from your iPhone Messages app to send along to another contact.

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

How to Reply to Messages on Mac from Notifications

Jan 1, 2017 - 1 Comment

Reply to messages from Notifications on Mac

Mac users can respond to Messages faster than ever by replying directly from a message notification, without ever having to open the Messages app. This effectively means that you can have an entire conversation through the message pop-ups in Mac OS without using the Messages app, though keep in mind the experience will be limited for multimedia messages of pictures and video, leaving this tip best for replying to normal text based communications.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Use Tabs in Pages for Mac

Dec 30, 2016 - 12 Comments

Pages Tabs on Mac

Pages for Mac has gained the ability to use Tabs, allowing for tidy document management within the Pages app when having multiple documents open simultaneously.

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

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