12 Beautiful Green Grass Field HD Wallpapers

May 31, 2015 - 17 Comments

MacBook Pro Retina with great wallpaper

Fresh wallpaper is always a welcome addition to Mac desktops and iOS device backgrounds, and photographer Radoslav Holan, who provided us with some amazing bokeh wallpapers before, has offered us a new fantastic collection wallpapers to share. These twelve beautiful high resolution images are of green grassy fields, grass blades, some with flowers, some with dew, and all equally gorgeous, making them perfect for any device screen.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 17 Comments

How to Stop Photos Opening Automatically on Mac OS X when iPhone or Camera Connects

May 31, 2015 - 20 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X The Mac Photos app defaults to automatically launch whenever an iPhone, digital camera, or SD memory media card connects to the computer. This behavior can be helpful and desired by some users, but for many others, automatically opening the Photos app can be frustrating if not annoying. Fortunately, you can quickly stop the Photos app from loading itself in OS X when a camera or iPhone connects by adjusting a setting within the app itself.

Note that you will only find the option to turn off automatic Photos opening when a particular device is connected to the Mac. Thus, if you want to stop Photos launching when an iPhone is connected, you would need to connect that iPhone to the Mac before being able to access the setting in Photos of OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 20 Comments

Mac Setup: Wall Mounted iMac 27″ with iPad as Dual Display

May 30, 2015 - 21 Comments

Wall mounted iMac setup

This weeks featured Mac workstation comes to us from James F., and it’s a beauty. With a clean well organized desk, and the awesome wall mounted iMac that utilizes an iPad as a secondary display, you can see why this is one sweet Mac setup.

Let’s dive in and learn a bit more about this great desk setup!

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 21 Comments

Assign a Name to Group Chats in Messages for Mac

May 29, 2015 - 8 Comments

Mac Messages icon When you’re engaged in a group conversation in Messages for Mac, you’ll notice the ‘To’ section lists the names of people participating in the group chat. While that’s certainly adequate for most situations, if you have a specific group chat going for a specific purpose, you can assign a name to any given group chat thread in the Messages app.

For example, if you have an ongoing message thread with several coworkers, you could label the group chat ‘work’, or if you have a bunch of family in a message thread, you could label that thread as ‘family talk’, or anything else that fits the description of the group conversation.

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

How to Straighten Photos on iPhone & iPad

May 28, 2015 - 7 Comments

How to straighten a photo in iOS Photos app

Just about everyone has taken a picture that isn’t lined up quite straight, but iOS offers a nice simple way to quickly straighten any photo by tilting the image by a small degree. Whether an image is completely askew or just slightly tilted, you can can quickly correct the image and straighten it right within the Photos app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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

How to Batch Rename Files on Mac OS X Easily from Finder

May 28, 2015 - 8 Comments

Finder of Mac OS X Modern versions of OS X include a built-in batch file renaming tool that allows Mac users to instantly rename large groups of files, folders, photos, or anything else residing on their file system in a single action. This bulk rename item utility is part of the Finder, meaning there are no add-ons, downloads, or DIY Automator tools to use, and the rename function is very powerful, yet extremely simple to use.

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

How to Quickly Type Emoji on Mac with a Keyboard Shortcut

May 27, 2015 - 20 Comments

Emoji keyboard shortcut on Mac OS X

If you use Emoji characters often in OS X, you’ll enjoy knowing there is a very fast keystroke to immediately access a special Mac Emoji character panel from anywhere text entry is possible in OS X. Additionally, you can navigate within this quick Emoji panel entirely with the keyboard, which makes typing Emoji on the Mac quite a bit faster than using the traditional Emoji character access panel.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 20 Comments

iOS Unicode Bug Crashes Messages & Reboots Devices, Here’s a Fix

May 27, 2015 - 20 Comments

Messages A bug with text rendering in iOS allows a specifically arranged text message to crash the Messages app on iPhone and iPad and then reboot the device. When the device has booted back again, the Messages app becomes unavailable as it crashes immediately upon launch, which has caused some users to think the problem is a general Messages app issue, which it is not.

To be clear, being impacted by this bug is not subtle, as the first time you receive the message the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iOS 8+ will crash and the device itself will restart, much like a forced reboot. Afterwards, the Messages app is completely inaccessible to the user. If you are impacted by this bug, there is a workaround to get the Messages app working again in iOS, which we detail below.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Troubleshooting - 20 Comments

How to Set Custom Quick Reply Messages on Apple Watch

May 26, 2015 - 4 Comments

Apple Watch Messages Apple Watch offers quick and seamless communication methods, and one of the most used features for many users is the ability to instantly reply to inbound messages with quick pre-canned replies, emojis, or a dictated message. The quick replies in particular are very useful, and Apple Watch offers a variety of default replies for this purpose, but an even better solution is to customize your quick reply choices to better suit your needs and communication style.

To change the default message reply options to custom messages of your choosing, have the Apple Watch and paired iPhone handy.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

OS X 10.10.4 Beta 4 Released for Testing

May 26, 2015 - 12 Comments

OS X Yosemite

Apple has released a new version of OS X 10.10.4 beta for those participating in the OS X Yosemite Public Beta program, and for registered Mac Developers. The new build arrives as 14E26a and aims to “improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac”.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 12 Comments

How to List All Applications on a Mac

May 25, 2015 - 14 Comments

Applications on a Mac Need to know what applications are on any Mac? OS X offers a variety of ways to list apps that are installed on a Mac, and we’ll cover three different approaches to this: a basic listing of installed Mac apps which is sufficient for most user needs, an intermediate and more thorough listing of apps and software found in OS X, and finally, an advanced approach that is completely all-inclusive, making it possible to discovery every single app found anywhere in the file system.

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

Chat on WhatsApp from a Mac with WhatsMac

May 25, 2015 - 18 Comments

WhatsApp icon WhatsApp is a popular messaging tool for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows phone users, but it has long been missing desktop clients… until now, anyway. For Mac users, you can now chat through WhatsApp directly from OS X by using a free app called WhatsMac.

With WhatsMac you’ll be able to chat in WhatsApp as usual, view media that has been sent through chat, and get notifications of new messages through OS X Notification Center. At the moment, media uploading doesn’t work outside of drag & drop, but since most other features do and you’re probably just using the app to have text conversations, that’s not much of a loss.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X - 18 Comments

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