How to Fix Crashing Apps on iPhone & iPad

Sep 3, 2015 - 30 Comments

Fix app crashes on iPhone and iPad

Though iPhone and iPad apps are generally very stable, sometimes you’ll encounter an application that crashes at random. In iOS, a crashing app usually presents as an app that seems to quit itself immediately, returning back to the Home Screen of the device without user intent. An app crash can happen immediately upon launching the app, crash randomly in the middle of using the app, or sometimes a crash can even be triggered predictably by a particular action that is attempted within the application. Regardless of when the iOS app is crashing, we’re going to review a few solutions that nearly always work to remedy the problem and should get you on your way to a trouble-free app usage experience again.

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How to View Timestamps in Messages for Mac OS X

Sep 2, 2015 - 1 Comment

Mac Messages icon Messages in OS X has two methods of time-stamping messages; an automatically applied timestamp when a new conversation starts or message is received, and a lesser known ability to view the timestamp of any iMessage or text message sent with the Mac Messages app. We’re going to focus on the latter approach since it will allow a Mac user to reveal the exact date and time that any message was sent or received within the Messages app of Mac OS X.

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

Change How Safari Clears Downloaded Items List in Mac OS X

Sep 1, 2015 - 4 Comments

Safari icon Each time you download a file from the web with Safari, it goes into a list of downloaded items contained within the browser. In modern versions of OS X, this downloaded list item deletes itself automatically after a day passes, but if you want to change how often and when Safari clears the download list, you can do so easily through the browsers preferences.

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

Browse Many Images Easier with Split View in Photos for Mac OS X

Sep 1, 2015 - 3 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X The standard viewing window of Photos app in Mac OS X shows a series of thumbnails for each image, and if you double-click on any particular image it gets larger and takes over the app. If you wish to view the next picture, most users will click on the back button, then double-click on another picture, and repeat that process. It turns out there’s a quicker and debatably better way to browse through multiple images in Photos app quickly, and it’s by using the Split View option.

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

OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 8 & Public Beta 6 Released

Aug 31, 2015 - 25 Comments

el capitan public beta

Apple has released two new beta builds of OS X El Capitan, Developer Beta 8 for those registered in the official Mac Developer Program, and Public Beta 6 for Mac users in the Public Beta test program. The new builds arrive as 15A279b and 15A279d, respectively.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 25 Comments

How to Make Apache Start httpd Automatically on Boot in Mac OS X

Aug 30, 2015 - 3 Comments

Start Apache in Mac OS X Automatically

Mac based web developers are probably familiar with manually starting and stopping the Apache web server in OS X through the command line by now, but if you want Apache to start itself automatically upon boot and reboot of a Mac, you’ll want to go a step further and use launchctl. By doing so, webdevs won’t need to run the apache start commands manually to start the Apache httpd daemon, it will start itself automatically each time the Mac boots up. Naturally, we’ll also show how to stop Apache from starting itself up on boot as well.

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How to Disable Video Auto-Playing on Twitter for iOS

Aug 29, 2015 - 3 Comments

Twitter icon Twitter is a really great social service which allows you to curate a feed of nearly anything that interests you, whether it’s news, tech advice, recipes, pictures, jokes, celebrity updates, whatever. But the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad defaults to auto-playing video and animated gifs on both wi-fi and cellular data, this is entirely unwelcome for a variety of reasons we’ll touch on shortly, but it’s also annoying and can quickly lead to notable battery drain and excessive unnecessary cellular data usage. Fortunately, if you don’t want the auto-playing video on your iPhone or iPad, you can disable the automatic start of video and gifs in Twitter for iOS either entirely, or switch it to wi-fi only, either without too much effort.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Setting Wallpaper from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Aug 28, 2015 - 4 Comments

Setting wallpaper from the command line on a Mac

Ever wished you could set a Macs wallpaper image from the command line in OS X? As a matter of fact, you can change the desktop background picture from the terminal, which can be useful for a variety of situations ranging from inclusion in a setup script, to remote management, automating, or whatever else you can think of.

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How to Show All Possible Screen Resolutions for a Display in Mac OS X

Aug 27, 2015 - 3 Comments

MacBook Pro Retina and 20" External Display, a great Mac setup of a software engineer

Though it’s generally recommended to use the ‘Default for display’ screen resolution option, Mac users who connect their computer to an external display or TV may find it helpful to be able to see, access, and use all possible display resolutions for a particular screen. This can be particularly useful if a display is either showing at an incorrect screen resolution, or if you’d like to use a specific resolution that is not shown in the available ‘Scaled’ resolutions list of OS X.

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

September 9 Event Scheduled by Apple, ‘Hey Siri, give us a hint’

Aug 27, 2015 - 16 Comments

Apple invite for September 9 2015 event

Apple has sent invitations to selected media outlets for a September 9 event at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Presumably this event will be where the iPhone 6S is unveiled, perhaps alongside the rumored new Apple TV.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, iPhone, News, Rumor - 16 Comments

How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad

Aug 26, 2015 - 8 Comments

How to reset the Trust This Computer alert in iOS

When you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, you’ll see a familiar “Trust This Computer?” pop-up on the iOS device screen with two options “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”. If you intend to use the computer with the iOS device users will tap on “Trust”, which gives the computer access to the device. Now, given how easy it is to accidentally tap on “Don’t Trust” which can be reversed, it’s a little frustrating that there isn’t an obvious simple way to ‘UnTrust’ a computer that you accidentally trusted from the iPhone or iPad too, right? Well it turns out you can undo the ‘Trust’ selection when an iOS device is connected to a computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

How to Change the Search Engine in Safari for Mac OS X

Aug 25, 2015 - 14 Comments

Safari icon Mac users who favor the Safari browser as their primary means of web access in OS X may find it helpful to switch the search engine used by default in Safari. This determines which web search tool is used through the URL address bar and elsewhere in Safari. You can choose between the four major web search engine choices to use as the default in Safari, including Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo, each are great choices which have a variety of benefits.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 14 Comments

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