How to Activate Windows 10 After Installing

Feb 9, 2017 - 12 Comments

Make a Windows 10 installer from Mac OS X

We recently showed users how to download Windows 10 ISO for free from Microsoft, which can then be installed and run on a PC, in a virtual machine, or with Boot Camp on a Mac without activating. If you decide you want to keep Windows 10 and continue to use it with a full feature set like the ability to change the wallpaper, you’ll likely want to activate Windows 10 however. We’ll show you how you can easily activate Windows 10 if you choose to do so.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

How to View FileVault Progress When Encrypting a Mac Disk

Feb 8, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Check FileVault disk encryption progress

Using Filevault on a Mac encrypts the entire hard drive and helps protect personal data from theft or unauthorized snooping. It’s a great security feature that many users enable when they’re first setting up their Mac, but some users may enable it or disable it later as well. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but if you enable FileVault at a later date it may take longer to encrypt the disk as more data must be encrypted.

Accordingly, it can be helpful to check the progress of FileVault disk encryption to know how far along the encryption or decryption process is.

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How to Use iPhone Magnifier Camera

Feb 7, 2017 - 17 Comments

iPhone Magnifier

The latest versions of iOS for iPhone include an excellent Magnifier feature which can turn the iPhone camera and screen into a magnifying glass. This has many potential uses, but perhaps the most useful in day-to-day life is as a reading aid to read tiny text without squinting and straining your eyes. Instead, you can quickly access the iPhone camera magnifier to zoom into and clarify what you are looking at, just like a real magnifying glass.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

New ‘Shot On iPhone 7’ Commercial: One Night

Feb 7, 2017 - 2 Comments

iPhone 7 One Night commercial

Apple is running an all new iPhone commercial focusing on the devices camera. The commercial spot is called “One Night” and apparently includes a collection of photos and videos captured with iPhone 7 on a single night around the world, backed by a jazz soundtrack.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

How to List Every Terminal Command on Mac OS

Feb 6, 2017 - 19 Comments

List all terminal commands available

Have you ever wanted to know what every single possible terminal command was on a Mac? You can list every terminal command available by turning to the command line. What you’ll see is a significant list of terminal commands with over 1400 possible commands to investigate and use, many of which are either helpful or powerful as we regularly cover with our command line guides. Of course many of the commands listed will have no relevance to the average user, but it can still be helpful to be able to navigate through the list and investigate each command and its respective purpose.

We’ll show you how to list every single terminal command available on a Mac, as well as how to get an explanation and details on each specific command that is shown.

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Beta 2 of iOS 10.3, MacOS 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2 Available

Feb 6, 2017 - 3 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the second beta versions of iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2, and macOS 10.12.4.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

How to Copy & Paste on iPad

Feb 5, 2017 - 9 Comments

How to copy and Paste on iPad

Using copy and paste on iPad is easy, and much like copying and pasting on a desktop computer or Mac, you can copy just about anything to the iPad clipboard and paste it just about anywhere that will accept input. Whether you want to copy and paste a text clip, a photo or picture, video, drawing, or nearly anything else does not matter, as long as you can select it, it can be copied and then pasted elsewhere into a different app.

We’ll show you how to copy and paste using the iPad contextual menus found in iOS, as well as a few handy tricks unique to iPad that allow you to paste any copied data by using the onscreen keyboard, or using keystrokes to cut, copy, and paste with iPad and Smart Keyboard.

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

How to Watch Super Bowl 51 Live on iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Apple TV

Feb 4, 2017 - 1 Comment

Watch Super Bowl 51 live

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons face off in Super Bowl 51 tomorrow, and if you’re interested in catching the game live, you can turn to your iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or iPhone to stream the game live and probably for free too.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

Play Videos Embedded in Messages for Mac and iOS

Feb 3, 2017 - 2 Comments

Play embedded video messages

Embedded video playing in Messages is one of the more subtly helpful and interesting features available on modern versions of iOS and Mac OS. Essentially what this means is that when you or someone else sends a video link through the Messages app, say a YouTube or Vimeo link, the thumbnail of the video that is shown is actually playable directly within the Messages app – no need to open a web browser, you can just tap and play the video directly.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Sort ls Command by Date

Feb 2, 2017 - 2 Comments

Using ls to sort by date in Terminal

The ‘ls’ command lists all files and folders in a directory at the command line, but by default ls returns a list in alphabetical order. With a simple command flag, you can have ls sort by date instead, showing the most recently modified items at the top of the ls command results. This trick applies to the ls command output in Mac OS / Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, as well as Bash in Windows.

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How to Verify Time Machine Backups

Feb 1, 2017 - 33 Comments

Verify Time Machine backups on Mac

Some Mac users may wish to verify the integrity of their Time Machine backups before using a snapshot or backup to restore a Mac using Time Machine.

This verification offers a simple way to know if the Time Machine backup data stored on an server or Time Capsule has been modified or corrupted, and can be a helpful troubleshooting trick for some situations.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 33 Comments

How to Delete Movies from TV App on iPhone or iPad

Feb 1, 2017 - 13 Comments

The iOS TV app is the best

The latest versions of iOS replaced the longstanding “Videos” app with a new app called “TV” that includes an all new interface to manage movies and videos downloaded to an iPhone or iPad. While the old Videos app made it simple to delete and remove movies from the iPhone or iPad, the new TV app offers a less obvious method of removing video from an iOS device that is unique to deleting things inside the TV app.

We’ll show you two different ways how to delete a downloaded movie from the TV app within iOS.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

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