Apple iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program Will Replace Faulty Batteries for Free

Aug 23, 2014 - 10 Comments

iPhone 5 battery replacement program

If your iPhone 5 battery suddenly shuts itself off, experiences shorter battery life than expected, or needs to be charged seemingly constantly, it may be a result of a battery issue that impacts some iPhone 5 devices, and Apple will now fix the issue for free.

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

See a Blank Red Dot on the Phone Icon? It’s Your iPhone Voicemail, Here’s the Fix

Aug 23, 2014 - 3 Comments

Blank red dot on the iPhone phone icon

If you’ve recently made a change to your iPhone service or SIM card, you may notice a mysterious red blank dot on the “Phone” app of the iPhone home screen. Typically that little blank red dot means you have voicemail, but the iPhone can’t retrieve it, and it usually occurs in one of the following scenarios: the iPhone has just been restored or reset, the iPhone has a new SIM card inserted into it with a different phone number or service plan, or the associated phone voicemail password has been changed.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Troubleshooting - 3 Comments

Stop the Twitter for Mac Image Cache Folder from Growing Huge

Aug 22, 2014 - 14 Comments

Twitter for Mac icon The Twitter for Mac client has a peculiar feature (bug?) which causes the app image cache to grow endlessly and without limitation. That means the Twitter image cache folder can easily become several gigabytes in size unbeknownst to the end user, and those cache files are also stored in virtual memory, which can cause unnecessary RAM usage and swapping on a Mac. Thus, if you use the Twitter app in OS X, you may want to manually intervene from time to time to delete this image cache, otherwise you’ll find your disk space slowly disappearing as the cached image files from your twitter stream get saved to disk, never clearing itself out. You also may get fed up with that manual cache deletion process and decide to prevent the app from saving any image cache, so we’ll show you how to do that too.

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

What to do with Frayed Lightning Cables?

Aug 22, 2014 - 31 Comments

Fraying Lightning cable

How many iPhone and iPad owners wind up having a frayed USB lightning adapter with wires visible or protruding from the cable? One of my own Lightning cables ended up a frayed disaster after less than a year of being always plugged into a MacBook, and only used on a desk – not exactly demanding usage conditions – and I run into many others who have similar issues with Apple USB adapters for iOS devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Troubleshooting - 31 Comments

Hilarious Picture Captures the Exact Moment a Skydiver Loses iPhone in Middle of Free Fall

Aug 21, 2014 - 14 Comments

Skydiver losing iPhone in the middle of free fall

Don’t you hate it when you’re skydiving and lose your iPhone during a free fall? OK so probably none of us can say that has happened to them, but this hilarious picture captures the exact moment of such an event occurring at some-odd thousand feet above Earth. In the picture, a skydiver named Patrick has an enormous grin on their face, completely oblivious to their iPhone drifting out of his pocket… so long iPhone, it was so nice knowing you.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 14 Comments

OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Released

Aug 21, 2014 - 6 Comments

OS X Yosemite Apple has released the second version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta. Mac users who opted in to participate in the public beta program for Yosemite are recommended to install the update. Alongside Public Beta 2 is also a new beta version of the redesigned iTunes 12. Both updates focus on bug fixes and feature refinements as the next version of OS X marches closer towards a public release in the Fall.

Users who are actively running OS X Yosemite Beta will find the new update available to them through the Software Update mechanism of the Mac App Store. The download weighs in about 1.7 GB for both packages of the new iTunes 12 build as well as OS X Yosemite Beta 2.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 6 Comments

A Famous Steve Jobs Speech Is Hidden on Your Mac

Aug 20, 2014 - 16 Comments

Easter Egg: Steve Jobs speech hidden in Mac OS X

Every Mac which has the Pages app for OS X installed includes a little Easter Egg that few know about; a famous Steve Jobs speech, tucked away in a little unassuming folder. Technically, it’s two different Steve Jobs speeches, the famous text from the Crazy Ones Think Different campaign, and arguably the even more famous 2005 Steve Jobs commencement speech from Stanford University.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Mac OS X - 16 Comments

Open a File from One App in Another Mac App with Proxy Icons

Aug 20, 2014 - Leave a Comment

Finder How often have you had a file open in one application on your Mac, only to need it opened in another OS X app instead? Fairly often, right? When confronted with that situation, most Mac users will do one of two things; go back to the Finder file system and re-open the file in the desired app, or open the other app and open the file directly from there. But there’s another way to re-open a file in one application from another, and it’s often faster and easier than the traditional methods.

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

How to Pause Music & Podcasts on iPhone & iPod Touch Without Looking

Aug 19, 2014 - 12 Comments

Pause audio in iOS without looking

Fiddling around with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad while driving or riding a bike is dangerous as it takes your eyes off an important task, which is why things like texting and driving are made illegal. Many of us use our iPhones and iPods in the car though for listening to podcasts and music though, particularly since AUX input is becoming a common feature of car stereos. So what are we supposed to do if we need to keep paying attention to the road (or whatever the important task is), but need to pause the music or audio? That’s where this handy trick comes into play.

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

Set a Keyboard Shortcut for “Save as PDF” in Mac OS X

Aug 19, 2014 - 22 Comments

Save as PDF Keyboard Shortcut in Mac OS X Saving a file or document as a PDF is easily done from almost anywhere in Mac OS X by using the print to PDF feature, which is part of the Mac Printer service, but to trigger it you have to go to the Print menu and then specifically select to ‘print’ the file as a PDF document. But what if you want a faster method of quickly saving something as a PDF, like a keyboard shortcut? That’s what we’re going to show you how to do with a really nifty keystroke trick.

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

Get the New Beautiful Default OS X Yosemite Wallpapers

Aug 18, 2014 - 4 Comments

4 Yosemite wallpapers

We’ve already shared a few Yosemite themed wallpapers, but four beautiful new Yosemite wallpapers arrived along with OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 and you won’t want to miss these. You can get them now by clicking the thumbnail links below, even if you’re not running the developer preview build on your Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Mac OS X - 4 Comments

Reversible USB Lightning Cables May Be Coming with New iPhone & iPad

Aug 18, 2014 - 5 Comments

Reversible USB lightning cable

Apple may introduce a reversible USB Lightning adapter soon, marking a subtle but welcome change to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch USB connectors. The reversible portion of the cable would be the USB side that connects to a Mac or PC, as the Lightning adapter end is already reversible.

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By Paul Horowitz - News, Rumor - 5 Comments

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