How to Enable Bluetooth Without a Keyboard or Mouse on Mac

Jul 16, 2016 - 17 Comments

Enabling Bluetooth on Mac without a keyboard or mouse

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where Bluetooth needs to be enabled on a Mac, but you don’t have a mouse or keyboard handy? This can pose a conundrum; in order to re-enable Bluetooth, you must use a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard… That may sound a little silly, but it’s a situation which can arise if you use a Bluetooth keyboard or Bluetooth mouse, and if Bluetooth gets disabled somehow. Since most desktop Mac usage scenarios utilize Bluetooth hardware, it’s not as rare as it may sound, and it can be challenging to enable the Bluetooth service and thus regain access to input devices on the Mac.

We’re going to show you how to tackle that situation in Mac OS, so that you can enable Bluetooth even if you can’t connect a Bluetooth mouse or Bluetooth keyboard to the computer to do so.

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How to Get Notifications from Specific Instagram User Posts

Jul 15, 2016 - 1 Comment

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Ever wanted to be alerted to comments and activity on a specific Instagram account or post? Maybe it’s your best friends Instagram, your kids, a brand contest, something posted by a crush, or someone you’re secretly admiring, whatever the reason you can selectively enable notifications for individual Instagram accounts posts rather easily. This is all the more useful now that Instagram has started using a strangely discombobulated algorithmic timeline where missing out on particular IG posts has become a common theme.

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

Move Cursor Word by Word in Terminal for Mac OS X

Jul 14, 2016 - 6 Comments

Move the cursor by word at Terminal

If you spend a lot of time at the command line, you undoubtedly find yourself adjusting and editing text and commands, and you likely often need to move the cursor to a further position in the Terminal from where it’s actively located. Sure you can use the arrow keys to move left and right on a per-character basis, or you can use the handy put cursor at mouse position trick, but another option is to move the cursor position word by word in Terminal, skipping back or forward by entire word blocks rather than individual text characters.

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Switch Distance Measurement to Miles or Kilometers on Health App for iPhone

Jul 14, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Use Kilometers or Miles in Health app for iPhone

Active individuals who use the iPhone Health app to track their fitness and distance may find it helpful to switch distance measurements from miles to kilometers and vice versa. This is particularly useful for people who would be doing something like training for a 5K but they’re accustomed to using miles as a distance measurement, and similar situations.

With a simple toggle, you can change the iPhone distance measurement unit between kilometers and miles and back again. The change is immediate and carries backwards to prior activity as well as forward to current and future activity, becoming the new default setting unless it is changed again.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Disable (& Enable) Turbo Boost on a Mac

Jul 13, 2016 - 15 Comments

Turbo Boost on MacBook

Many of the most modern Macs have processors which include a feature called Turbo Boost, this feature allows a processor to temporarily run above its standard clock rate when requested by the operating system. Turbo Boost can accelerate the performance of a Mac (or a PC for that matter) but it can also lead to increased energy usage, meaning the Mac may run hotter and the MacBook battery may drain faster when it is activated. Accordingly, some advanced Mac users may wish to toggle this feature themselves, manually disabling TurboBoost when they wish to prolong battery life at the expense of general computing performance. Of course, you can also re-enable Turbo Boost, which is the default state on modern Macs.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

How to Clear Chrome Browser DNS Host Cache Manually

Jul 12, 2016 - 2 Comments

Chrome The Google Chrome web browser is quite powerful with many interesting under-the-hood options that are hidden from the average user, but with a little digging around you can uncover a variety of power features that allow users to perform helpful tasks. One such hidden feature is the ability to manually clear out Chrome DNS host cache from just the browser itself, this can be invaluable for situations where a user has changed DNS settings or where flushing system DNS in OS X is either insufficient, ineffective, or impossible. While this could be valuable for any user who is working with DNS, web workers and developers should find this Chrome specific DNS clearing trick to be particularly useful.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Forward an Email from iPhone Mail Properly

Jul 12, 2016 - 5 Comments

iOS Mail

Having full email access from anywhere is one of the great perks of an iPhone. Forwarding an email is one of the more popular Mail app abilities in iOS, but it is commonly misused or even accidentally used. Let’s review how to properly forward an email from iOS Mail app in order to pass it along to another email address, so that you can be sure you’re using the feature as intended.

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

Fix “Wi-Fi: No Hardware Installed” Error on Mac OS X

Jul 11, 2016 - 6 Comments

Fix wi-fi no hardware installed error on Mac

Some Mac users may encounter a stranger wi-fi issue where the wireless menu icon has an “X” in it, and the wi-fi dropdown menu says “Wi-Fi: No Hardware Installed”. Since we’re all dependent on wireless networking these days, having no functioning wi-fi connection can be very frustrating, but fortunately this is usually a really simple fix.

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How to Turn Off Wi-Fi Assist on iPhone

Jul 11, 2016 - 5 Comments

Wi-Fi Assist on iPhone

Wi-Fi Assist is a feature on modern versions of iOS which allows an iPhone to automatically start using the cellular data connection if the established wi-fi connection is poor. Enabling Wi-Fi Assist tends to make overall internet connectivity more reliable, but it has the potential downside of an increase in cellular data usage, which is why some users may want to disable Wi-Fi Assist on iPhone instead. Whether or not to turn off Wi-Fi Assist or leave the feature turned on is really a matter of personal preference and data use, but we’ll show you how to do either on iPhone and cellular equipped iPad devices.

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

How to Add a Website Shortcut to Dock on Mac

Jul 10, 2016 - 17 Comments

Add a website shortcut to the Dock on Mac OS X

A nice way to quickly visit your favorite website(s) is to add a website shortcut for that site to the Dock on Mac OS X. Once a website shortcut has been added to the Dock, simply clicking on it will both launch the browser and immediately load that site.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

How to Set Up CarPlay with iPhone

Jul 9, 2016 - 7 Comments

CarPlay with iPhone

CarPlay allows an iPhone to show maps, directions, messages, calls, Siri, and music on a compatible in-dash car display, making it easier and safer to access some iPhone features while you’re in a car. The CarPlay feature is increasingly supported on new model vehicles and there are aftermarket in-dash CarPlay units available as well.

Whether you have a new car, are using a rental, or have one of the aftermarket CarPlay units, we’ll show you how to quickly set up CarPlay to connect an iPhone to the car dash display.

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

How to Turn Off the Pop-Up Blocker in Safari for iPhone & iPad

Jul 8, 2016 - 4 Comments

Safari Most iPhone and iPad users will want to enable the pop-up blocker in Safari for iOS in order to prevent annoying popups and nuisances, but sometimes the built-in Safari pop-up blocker is overly aggressive and wrongfully blocks a popup on a site where pop-up usage is required for the site to work as intended. For those situations, users can choose to disable the pop-up blockers in Safari for iOS easily, and it’s just as easy to toggle the feature back on again too.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

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