How to View & Remove Extended Attributes from a File on Mac OS

May 3, 2018 - 1 Comment

Terminal in macOS

Extended Attributes are metadata components that can be unique to specific files and file types on Mac OS. Those extended attributes can be anything from identifying data about the file itself, to quarantine information, origin data, label information, amongst other types of metadata.

Sometimes, advanced Mac users may review extended attributes for a file, or even wish to remove extended attributes from a file or directory for a variety of reasons, and either of those tasks can be accomplished through the command line with the bundled xattr tool in Mac OS. This tutorial will walk through how to both view and remove extended attributes from a file on a Mac.

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How to Use Field Test Mode in iOS 11 and iPhone X

May 2, 2018 - 9 Comments

iPhone Field Test Mode

Field Test Mode on iPhone allows users to get detailed information on their cellular signal and cellular connection, and has long been a popular alternate method of displaying the cell signal on iPhones as a number instead of the signal bars or dots. Field Test Mode is undeniably for more advanced purposes, but some casual iPhone users found value in it as well in order to find a consistently reliable cellular signal.

But ever since iOS 11 and new iPhone models, Field Test Mode is different from how it used to be, and if you enter Field Test Mode in iOS 11 you will not immediately see the numerical dBm cell signal indicator replacing the bars.

Not to worry, you can continue to see the cellular signal as numbers on iPhone with Field Test Mode in iOS 11, it just works a bit differently than it did before in prior versions of system software.

Read on to learn how to access Field Test Mode in iOS 11.x on any new iPhone, including iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, and others.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

Beta 3 of iOS 11.4 and macOS 10.13.5 Released for Testing

May 1, 2018 - 6 Comments

Downloads of beta versions for macOS High Sierra 10 13 5 and iOS 11.4

Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 3 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 beta 3 for iPhone and iPad, and Mac beta testers, respectively.

Additionally, Apple has released tvOS 11.4 beta 3 and watchOS 4.3.1 beta 3 for users beta testing system software on their Apple TV and Apple Watch hardware.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 6 Comments

Podcasts Playing Too Fast on iPhone? Here’s the Fix

Apr 30, 2018 - 1 Comment

Podcasts playing too fast  can be fixed

Have you ever noticed your podcast is suddenly playing too fast on an iPhone, and everyone sounds like they’re talking super fast after drinking way too much coffee, or the voices pitch higher like chipmunks? No you aren’t going crazy, and you’re almost certainly not alone!

But don’t sweat it, if a podcast is suddenly playing too fast on an iPhone the solution is quite simple. Read on to learn how to get podcast playback speed back to normal again in iOS.

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How to Play FLAC Audio Files on Mac

Apr 29, 2018 - 29 Comments

How to play FLAC on Mac

Want to listen to FLAC audio files on a Mac? Maybe someone sent you an audio file in .flac format and you can’t figure out how to play it? There are several options for playing FLAC in Mac OS, but iTunes is not one of them.

Fortunately there are a variety of other choices available to play FLAC files in Mac OS, but for our purposes here we’ll focus on a simple and free solution that you might even already have on your computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 29 Comments

How to Stop Fortnite Purchases on iPhone and iPad

Apr 28, 2018 - Leave a Comment

stop purchases in Fortnite for iPhone and iPad

Fortnite is the latest gaming craze that seemingly every kid, teenager, and some adults, are obsessed with. The cooperative shooter game may be tons of fun for the players, but what can be less fun is the discovery of a big expensive bill from Fortnite by way of in-app purchases.

This article will show you how to stop Fortnite purchases and prevent any unauthorized buying or purchasing of anything from the in-app and in-game temptations.

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Can’t Save Pictures in Safari on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7? Here’s Why!

Apr 27, 2018 - 6 Comments

How to save pictures from the web to iPhone

Some newer iPhone users have discovered that they are seemingly unable to save pictures from the web in Safari to iPhone. Typically the attempt to save a web picture goes as follows; an iPhone user attempts to tap-and-hold on an image found on the web, but rather than the familiar “Save” and “Copy” menu appearing on screen, instead the image appears to float above the webpage with a little arrow atop it, and then it eventually opens in a new window with the picture. This is often the case with any image that is a link too.

Rest assured that you can continue to save images from Safari directly to an iPhone, and the method you’re already familiar with is what you’ll be using. That probably sounds confusing, so let’s explain this a bit, because newer iPhone models work slightly differently.

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MacOS 10.13.4 Update Failed to Complete? Mac Won’t Boot? Troubleshooting Update Failures

Apr 26, 2018 - 45 Comments

Troubleshooting macOS failed software update

Some Mac users have reported installation failures when trying to install MacOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update, usually seeing an error about the installation not being able to complete. Sometimes the installer freezes after many hours of being stuck, or sometimes the update seems to install but the Mac refuses to boot as usual afterwards.

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How to Check iPhone Battery Health

Apr 25, 2018 - 8 Comments

Check iPhone battery health

New versions of iOS for iPhone include a “Battery Health” feature, which, much as it sounds, aims to inform the iPhone user if their iPhone battery is healthy and operating at full potential, and what the maximum capacity of the battery charge is.

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iOS 11.3.1 Update Released for iPhone and iPad, Download Now

Apr 24, 2018 - 10 Comments

iOS 11.3.1 Software Update

Apple has released iOS 11.3.1 for iPhone and iPad users. The update is said to include some security updates, and also resolves a problem that caused some iPhone devices with repaired screens to not work as intended.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 10 Comments

MacOS 10.13.4 Security Update 2018-001 for High Sierra Released, Along with Safari 11.1

Apr 24, 2018 - 6 Comments

macOS High Sierra security update

Apple has released a small security update for Mac users running macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. Mac users running High Sierra, Sierra, and El Capitan will also find an update to Safari available. Separately, a small update versioned as iOS 11.3.1 was released for iPhone and iPad users.

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

How to Open Website URLs from Anywhere on Mac with Spotlight

Apr 23, 2018 - 8 Comments

Spotlight icon

Need to open a website quickly on a Mac? You’re in luck, because you can open a website URL from just about anywhere on a Mac by using Spotlight. This is arguably the fastest way to get to a website by URL, aside from launching a website bookmark from the Mac Dock anyway.

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

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