How to Play All Videos in a Folder on Mac OS with a Playlist and VLC

Dec 5, 2017 - 7 Comments

Play multiple videos in a playlist on the Mac with VLC

If you’re a Mac user with a lot of video files and movies, you may wonder how you can play multiple video files one after another in a playlist. While the native Quicktime app is a great media player, it doesn’t offer a playlist capability, so if you want to play all videos from a folder on the Mac you will need to rely on a different app.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

WatchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 Released for Apple Watch and Apple TV

Dec 5, 2017 - 2 Comments

WatchOS 4 and tvOS 11 update available now

Apple has released watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 11.2 for Apple TV, several days after releasing iOS 11.2 update for iPhone and iPad. The software updates for Apple Watch and Apple TV include various bug fixes along with a few new features.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, Apple Watch, News - 2 Comments

How to Disable Emergency SOS on iPhone X to Stop Accidentally Dialing 911

Dec 4, 2017 - 13 Comments

Disable Emergency SOS on iPhone X

The iPhone X offers an Emergency SOS feature which will automatically dial 911 when the devices side buttons are held down for several seconds. The Emergency SOS countdown then starts blaring an alarm and counts down from 3, 2, 1, before dialing emergency services on your behalf, thanks to a feature called Auto Call. While this could theoretically be useful in some extreme scenarios, it can also be triggered surprisingly easy by simply trying to force reboot the iPhone X, taking a screenshot on iPhone X, by trying to temporarily disable Face ID, or even just by accident of holding down a few buttons.

With a little settings adjustment, you can disable Auto Call with Emergency SOS. With the feature disabled, you can still use Emergency SOS, but you will have to swipe the onscreen Emergency SOS control to dial emergency services, rather than simply hold down the iPhone X hardware buttons.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

iPhone or iPad Crashing to a Black Screen as of Dec 2? Here’s How to Fix

Dec 2, 2017 - 47 Comments

Crashing iPhone to black screen spinning logo

Is your iPhone or iPad crashing repeatedly to a black screen as of December 2? The crash is usually seen by the end user as a sudden appearance of a black screen with a spinning wheel cursor, and then you must enter your passcode to use the device again. If the bug is particularly bad, sometimes the moment you enter the passcode the device will crash yet again, putting it into some sort of annoying crash loop.

If this describes what you are experiencing on an iPhone or iPad, your device is likely being impacted by the odd date bug that has now been patched with iOS 11.2.

In other words, you can fix this problem (or prevent it from happening in the first place) by downloading and installing iOS 11.2 on the iPhone or iPad.

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iOS 11.2 Download Released, Update Now [IPSW Links]

Dec 2, 2017 - 27 Comments

iOS 11.2 update released for download

Apple has released iOS 11.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The update includes important bug fixes, including a resolution for a date related bug which causes some iPhones to crash repeatedly, along with support for a new feature called ApplePay Cash. The software update is recommended for all iOS 11 users to install on their eligible devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 27 Comments

How to Disable Auto HDR on iPhone X and iPhone 8 Camera

Dec 1, 2017 - Leave a Comment

Disable Auto HDR on iPhone X to get HDR options back in Camera app

The latest iPhone models from Apple default to automatically enabling HDR on the device camera, this includes iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8. HDR can often create better looking pictures by blending color range from different exposures into a single image, but it can also sometimes make pictures look strange or even worse, particularly in some lighting situations and with some pictures of people as well.

By disabling auto HDR on iPhone, you also regain the “HDR” button in the iPhone camera app, which lets you choose HDR to be on, off, or automatically enabled depending on lighting, and directly from within the camera app itself. This contrasts to the default state on new iPhones, which hides the “HDR” button since the auto feature is enabled by default. In other words, if you want the HDR button controls returned to the iPhone Camera app, you have to disable Auto HDR in Settings.

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

Beta 6 of iOS 11.2 & MacOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Available for Testing

Dec 1, 2017 - 5 Comments

iOS 11.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta

Apple has released iOS 11.2 beta 6 to users enrolled in the iOS beta testing program, along with macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta 6 for Mac users who are beta testing the latest Mac operating system.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 5 Comments

MacOS High Sierra 17B1003 Fixes File Sharing Bug from Security Update 2017-001

Nov 30, 2017 - 7 Comments

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Supplemental security update 2017-001

A second small supplemental software update has been released for MacOS High Sierra users who installed the prior release of Security Update 2017-001 for High Sierra, which fixed the root login bug but then caused a problem with file sharing.

The new small software update, which apparently resolves the file sharing issue along with the root login bug, changes the build of macOS High Sierra to 17B1003. The new update should download and arrive automatically to impacted Macs running macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How Fix File Sharing in macOS High Sierra After Installing the Root Bug Security Update

Nov 29, 2017 - 7 Comments

Fix broken file sharing in macOS High Sierra after installing the root bug patch

Some Mac users have discovered that file sharing capabilities, connections, and file sharing authentications are no longer working after installing the root bug Security Update for macOS High Sierra.

While the Security Update 2017-001 patch is a critical update to install to prevent unauthorized access to any Mac running macOS High Sierra, breaking file sharing on Macs is not particularly desirable either.

The good news is that Apple has provided a workaround to fix the broken file sharing problem that might occur after patching the root bug problem, so you can still install the critically important security patch without giving up file sharing capabilities on the impacted MacOS High Sierra computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

Critical Security Update for macOS High Sierra Released to Fix Root Bug, Download & Install Now

Nov 29, 2017 - 13 Comments

Security Update for macOS High Sierra root password bug

Apple has issued a critical security update for macOS High Sierra to address the root login bug which allows anyone to login to macOS High Sierra without a password.

All macOS High Sierra users should install the security update as soon as possible to protect their Mac, even if they have already used the root login fix detailed here. This is perhaps the most urgent Security Update for macOS High Sierra system software released yet, as it will patch the security hole completely.

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MacOS High Sierra Security Bug Allows Root Login Without a Password, Here’s a Fix

Nov 28, 2017 - 35 Comments

macOS High Sierra root password bug

A significant security vulnerability has been discovered with macOS High Sierra, potentially allowing any person to log into a Mac with full root administrative capabilities without a password.

This is an urgent security problem, and while a software update should arrive to resolve the problem soon, this article will detail how to protect your Mac from this security hole.

Important Update: Apple has released Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra to fix the root login bug, download it now. If you are running macOS High Sierra, download the update as soon as possible to your Mac.

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How to Use Apple Diagnostics on Mac to Identify & Troubleshoot Hardware Problems

Nov 28, 2017 - 3 Comments

How to run Apple Diagnostics on Mac

If your Mac is experiencing unusual problems that you suspect may be a result of a hardware issue, using Apple Diagnostics may help to identify and even troubleshoot a problem.

Apple Diagnostics will run a suite of tests on the Mac to check for hardware issues – meaning, not a problem with system software, but instead it searches for trouble with some sort of hardware component on the Macintosh. For example, if a port is no longer working, a battery has failed, an issue with the graphics card or display, things of that nature that are not related to system software or software related trouble.

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