How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder to iCloud on Mac

Aug 9, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder to iCloud on Mac

Do you want to make sure the files stored on your Mac’s desktop and in the documents folder are accessible from all your Apple devices? You can set this up pretty easily on your Mac with the help of iCloud. To be more specific, it’s an optional iCloud Drive setting in macOS, that allows you to sync your Mac desktop and documents folders to iCloud.

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MacOS Ventura Beta 5 Available to Download

Aug 8, 2022 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Ventura beta

MacOS Ventura beta 5 is available to download now for testers enrolled in the Mac beta system software testing program.

Typically a registered developer beta build arrives first, and is soon followed by a public beta version of the same build.
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iOS 16 Beta 5 & iPadOS 16 Beta 5 Available to Download

Aug 8, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 16 beta and iPadOS 16 beta

Apple has released the fifth beta versions of iOS 16 for iPhone, and iPadOS 16 for iPad.

The new beta build is available to download right now for developer users participating in the beta testing program, while the same build is usually released soon after for public beta users.

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When is the iOS 16 & iPadOS 16 Release Date?

Aug 7, 2022 - 1 Comment

It’s understandable to be excited about the iOS 16 release date, with new fun features coming to the iPhone like a customizable lock screen with widgets, the ability to edit sent iMessages, new Safari tab grouping features, new iCloud Photo Library features, and more. And similarly, you may be excited to get iPadOS 16 on an iPad with the new Stage Manager multitasking feature.

So when does iOS 16 for iPhone come out for everyone else? When is the beta finished? And when is the release date for iPadOS 16 for iPad?

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 1 Comment

When is the macOS Ventura Release Date?

Aug 6, 2022 - 2 Comments

MacOS Ventura

MacOS Ventura is coming with the all new Stage Manager multitasking interface, a Weather app, a Clock app with alarm clock (finally!), the ability to edit sent iMessages, and much more. If you’re excited about getting macOS Ventura on your Mac, you’re almost certainly wondering when the release date for macOS Ventura 13 is, so that you can gear up and get your Mac ready for the new version.

So, when is macOS Ventura set to be released?
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How to Update Your iPhone Over Cellular Network

Aug 5, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Update Your iPhone Over Cellular Network

Have you ever wanted to update the software on your iPhone using your cellular network? Perhaps you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi connection but want to install an iOS update? Apple allows users to update their iPhones over LTE and 5G, at least in some countries.

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How to Exit Recovery Mode on Mac

Aug 4, 2022 - 1 Comment

How to Exit Recovery Mode on Mac

Recovery Mode is typically used for troubleshooting a Mac, for reinstalling system software, erasing disks, and performing similar tasks. Perhaps you’ve used recovery mode before to troubleshoot something, or perhaps you’ve even entered recovery mode accidentally on a Mac before. Rarely, a Mac just boots automatically into Recovery Mode constantly as well. Whatever the case, you may be wondering how to get out of and escape recovery mode on a Mac.

You will be relieved to know that exiting recovery mode on a Mac is incredibly simple.

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How to View Hidden Mailboxes on iPhone & iPad

Aug 3, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to View Hidden Mailboxes on iPhone & iPad

The Apple Mail app offers different mailboxes that are not visible by default, and depending on which email provider you use, you’ll have different options. Some of the optional hidden mailboxes include Flagged, Unread, VIP, To or CC, Attachments, Thread Notifications, Today, Muted Threads, All Drafts, and more.

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How to Download iCloud Photos via the Command Line

Aug 2, 2022 - 2 Comments

Download iCloud Photos via Command Line

Ever wanted to download all photos from iCloud Photos using the command line? Thanks to the third party icloud_photos_downloader tool, you can do just that. Called icloudpd for short, it works to access and download photos directly from iCloud using the command line on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Make a macOS Ventura Beta USB Installer

Aug 1, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Make MacOS Ventura beta bootable installer drive

Many advanced Mac users may wish to build a bootable macOS Ventura beta USB install drive, which makes it easy to install macOS Ventura beta onto multiple Macs, different volumes/partitions, and also can serve as a secondary boot recovery drive.

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How to Leave the iOS 16 Beta Testing Program

Jul 29, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Are you in the iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 beta testing programs and want to stop getting beta updates? Whether you’re in the public beta or developer beta, you can leave the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta programs at any time by removing the beta profile from your device.

Generally there’s not a lot of reason to remove the beta profile if you’re in the middle of the beta testing period, but some users may have installed just the beta profile and not the system software itself, and now want to remove it.

Note that by leaving the beta program you will stop receiving beta builds, but you will receive future final versions of iOS and iPadOS. This means if you leave in the middle of the beta program, you’ll be stuck on the current beta build until a final stable version comes out. For this reason it’s generally best to wait until the primary beta period is over to opt out of beta updates, but what you decide to do is up to you.

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Public Beta 2 of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura Released

Jul 28, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Public beta of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura

Apple has released the second public beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. The public beta build matches the developer beta build that was released the day prior.

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Traveling? Beware of Unsecured Hotel Wi-Fi Networks

Jul 28, 2022 - 5 Comments

Unsecured Wi-Fi Network on Mac

Nearly every hotel nowadays offers free wi-fi, but a surprising number of them use unsecured wireless networks. Most commonly, the unsecured networks use a captive portal to access the wi-fi network, where a splash screen pops-up in a web browser window before you are granted further access to the network. Often there’s some marginal login requirement, like entering your room number, or email address. Captive portals are different from entering a wi-fi password to join the wireless network, which is necessary when joining a secured network.

But once connected, these networks are usually completely insecure, with no wi-fi security protocol in place at all. This means that any unencrypted data is transmitting openly over the wireless network potentially in plain text format, potentially revealing that data to any nefarious actors or snoopers on the network.

While it may be improbable or unlikely that someone is sniffing around the wireless network for unencrypted data, it’s still wise to proceed with caution when using any unsecured network.

How can you tell if your internet connection is unsecured or secure? The simplest way is to use a Mac, then do the following:

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iOS 16 Beta 4 & iPadOS 16 Beta 4 Available to Download

Jul 27, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 16 beta and iPadOS 16 beta

iOS 16 beta 4 and iPadOS 16 beta 4 are now available to download for users enrolled in the beta testing programs for iPhone and iPad system software.

Typically the developer beta build rolls out first, and is soon followed by the same build as a public beta version.

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MacOS Ventura Beta 4 Available to Download

Jul 27, 2022 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Ventura beta

Apple has released the fourth beta version of macOS Ventura beta to users enrolled in the beta testing programs.

MacOS Ventura beta 4 is available now for registered developers, and the public beta build will likely soon follow.
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Zoom Audio Choppy, Cutting Out, or Garbled? Try This Fix

Jul 26, 2022 - 1 Comment

Zoom icon

Are you on a Zoom meeting and your audio, or someone elses audio feed, is very choppy, garbled, cutting out, or robotic sounding? Zoom conferences use a lot of bandwidth, particularly when you are using video streaming and audio streaming concurrently.

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How to Make Mac Cursor Bigger

Jul 25, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Make the Mac cursor bigger

Some Mac users may want the cursor size on the Mac screen to be larger, making it easier to see.

Whether you’re having a difficult time seeing the Mac cursor on your screen as you move the mouse or trackpad around, or you just would prefer a bigger cursor pointer in general, you can manually change the cursor size in MacOS rather easily.

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How to Use a Virtual Webcam on a Mac

Jul 24, 2022 - 4 Comments

How to Use Virtual Webcam on a Mac

Ever wanted to enhance the webcam on your Mac? For example, tweak the brightness, contrast, saturation, or even flip the camera horizontally? These things can be done using third-party software called virtual cameras.

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By Hamlin Rozario - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

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