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The Mac “Startup Disk Almost Full” Message and How to Fix It

Feb 6, 2016 - 23 Comments
Mac Startup disk is almost full error message, here is how to fix it

Many Mac users will inevitably see the “Your startup disk almost full” error message show up in OS X, with a vague note to delete some files in order to make more space available on the Mac. While you can disregard the message for a little while, it will usually come back again shortly, and … Read More

AirDrop Not Showing Up in iOS Control Center? This is the Easy Fix

Feb 1, 2016 - 10 Comments
Set AirDrop to be available to Everyone

AirDrop is a great file sharing protocol for iOS and OS X that allows users to quickly and easily send files, photos, contacts, and other data back and forth between iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and Mac OS X. But sometimes AirDrop doesn’t show up at all in iOS, which obviously prevents the feature from working … Read More

iPhone Battery Percentage Stuck Not Updating on 6s or 6s Plus? Here’s a Fix

Jan 31, 2016 - 3 Comments
Low battery warning on an iPhone

Some iPhone users have discovered their devices battery life percentage indicator within the status bar is stuck and not updating, only to then have the percent jump way down, sometimes to the point where the iPhone is about to run out of battery. This seems to primarily impact the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, … Read More

The “Optimizing Your Mac” Notification in OS X Explained

Jan 28, 2016 - 9 Comments
Optimizing Your Mac notification in Mac OS X

Some Mac users may see a notification alert pop-up from OS X in the corner of their display with a message stating “Optimizing Your Mac – Performance and battery life may be affected until completed.” While there aren’t any additional details offered in the notification, there is a “Close” button, which will dismiss the alert. … Read More

iPhone Keeps Restarting Randomly? Here’s How to Fix it

Jan 24, 2016 - 12 Comments
iPhone randomly restarts? Here's how to fix that

While iOS is usually a pretty flawless experience without many bugs or glitches, one issue that crops up for some iPhone and iPad users is especially annoying; their iPhone keeps restarting randomly. Seemingly out of nowhere and at random, the iPhone restarts itself, and you’ll see an Apple  logo before the device boots back … Read More

How to Remove Temporary Items & Bloated /private/var/folders/ in Mac OS X the Safe Way

Jan 13, 2016 - 18 Comments
Huge temporary items folder in Mac OS X shown in /private/var/folders/

Mac OS creates various system level folders of temporary items and caches, which typically remain hidden from the average OS X user. Nonetheless, Mac users using various disk management utilities and apps like OmniDiskSweeper will come across these various temporary item folders in OS X, often at locations like /tmp and /private/var/ and /var/folder. Sometimes … Read More

Fix Constant Apple ID Verification Password Pop-Ups on iPhone & iPad

Jan 11, 2016 - 29 Comments
Apple ID password verification pop-up constantly, here's the fix

Some iPhone and iPad users have discovered their devices keep asking them repeatedly for their Apple ID to be verified with a password. If you have this issue, this Apple ID password verification pop-up appears at random but frequently, and you’ll see it appear anytime you reboot the device on the lock screen, and often … Read More

Workarounds for Safari Not Opening t.co Short Links from Twitter

Jan 8, 2016 - 9 Comments
Twitter t.co short links not loading in Safari workarounds

Many users have notice that Safari on the Mac (and some on iOS) has trouble opening t.co short links coming from Twitter, both in the Twitter app and for Twitter on the web (by the way, you should follow us there). While not all Mac OS X and iOS users experience this issue, those who … Read More

Fix for Safari Freezing When Typing in Address Bar of Mac OS X & iOS

Jan 5, 2016 - 15 Comments
Safari icon

Some users have noticed that Safari hangs unexpectedly when attempting to type a search or URL into the address bar. This is usually a temporary disruption, and after a moment or few the text entry begins again within the Safari address bar as the address bar populates with smart search data and search results from … Read More

How to Restart the Apple TV

Dec 27, 2015 - 9 Comments
How to restart Apple TV

The new Apple TV is generally really quite stable and should rarely need to restart, but in the rare occasion you find something not working properly, you can reboot Apple TV through the system settings on the device itself. Rebooting Apple TV is fast and should only take a moment to complete, so if you … Read More

How to View & Clear the Mac NVRAM Contents from Terminal in OS X

Dec 16, 2015 - Leave a Comment
Terminal in OS X

Advanced Mac users may find it necessary to view or directly manipulate firmware variables found within NVRAM on the computer. Typically the NVRAM contains specific system data about things like the system audio level, startup disk details, an active user name, screen backlighting and resolution, and other technical details. While most users have no business … Read More

How to Reset the Bluetooth Hardware Module on Mac OS X to Troubleshoot Challenging Bluetooth Issues

Dec 15, 2015 - 13 Comments
Reset Bluetooth module in Mac OS X

Bluetooth allows wireless devices like keyboards, mouse, speakers, trackpads to be used with the Mac, and while they usually work just fine, sometimes specific Bluetooth difficulties can arise and be very frustrating to troubleshoot. Maybe it’s a persistently disconnecting device, maybe it’s a device that refuses to acknowledge a specific Mac or vice versa. Sometimes … Read More

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