How to Use ChatGPT for Mac Right Now, Bypassing the Waitlist

May 23, 2024 - 4 Comments

How to get ChatGPT for Mac right now and use it skipping the waitlist

OpenAI recently announced that an official ChatGPT app for Mac was coming with ChatGPT 4o support, complete with some pretty cool features like a keyboard shortcut to open a ChatGPT query from anywhere (kind of like Spotlight, but for ChatGPT), screenshot capabilities, ability to initiate discussions based on photos (for example, provide a picture of a plant and let ChatGPT determine what it is and how to care for it), and a very advanced voice conversation feature that blows Siri, Alexa, and every other voice assistant completely away. But part of the announcement from OpenAI was that ChatGPT for Mac was “coming soon”, and so it’s not available to download for all users, and even if you do manage to download the ChatGPT app for Mac (from a friend, social media link, or found on ChatGPT forums), you’ll be presented with a “coming soon – you do not have access to the desktop app yet” error message.

However, thanks to a super goofy little trick, you can immediately gain access to ChatGPT for Mac, and use it right now! Yes this means you can download ChatGPT for Mac right now, and skip the waitlist to use it right now too.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Apple Deals: $200 Off M3 MacBook Air 15″ 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD

May 22, 2024 - Leave a Comment

M3 MacBook Air 15 inch

Amazon is back with some more great deals on the MacBook Air series, taking $200 off the 15″ model and $150 off the 13″ model, both with the upgraded 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD configurations.

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How to Search Google Without AI Rubbish & Clutter

May 22, 2024 - 12 Comments

How to search Google Web results by default and hide all the AI content and other clutter

Remember when you used to use Google search and it would only return a list of links for web results, letting you easily find what you’re looking for? Google was once the best way to search the web, but as almost all Google users have noticed, the web search engine has become less of an engine to search web pages and links and turned into more of a clutter-filled mess with AI regurgitation, so-called “knowledge panels”, ‘related questions and queries’ instead of matching results, unwanted video and photo results when you want web results, and all sorts of other rubbish clutter that degrades the search experience.

While it is frustrating to see what was once the best search engine in the world turn into a cluttered mess with crummy results and rewritten AI content without compensating the original sources and often with deep bias and dubious accuracy, the good news is that you can use a search modifier for Google to make it actually search the web again, and give you actual web results.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

iOS 17.5.1 & iPadOS 17.5.1 Update Released to Fix Reappearing Deleted Photos Bug

May 21, 2024 - Leave a Comment

iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 are bug fix updates to address an issue where deleted photos would reappear

Apple has released a small bug fix update for iPhone and iPad versioned as iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1. The update specifically aims to fix a very strange bug where deleted photos would randomly reappear on some users devices. Sometimes the photos that reappeared on user devices were deleted many years prior, raising serious questions about just how those photos were stored and deleted on iPhone and iPad.

According to the release notes accompanying iOS 17.5.1, the deleted photos were reappearing due to “database corruption” but it’s unclear what exactly that means, and if that’s only related to iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 or something broader with iCloud or with the on-device Photos library. Regardless, it’s probably a good idea to update to iOS 17.5.1 if you are concerned about ancient deleted photos reappearing on your device.

Separately, tvOS 17.5.1 is also available for Apple TV.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - Leave a Comment

Play Apple Music in Retro Mac OS X Fashion with QuickTune

May 21, 2024 - Leave a Comment

QuickTune retro Apple Music player

Apple Music may be a modern offering from Apple, but a super fun project from developer Mario Guzman offers a very nostalgic interface to Apple Music, giving it a QuickTime lookalike appearance from 2005. Aptly named QuickTune, you’ll find QuickTune has a super simple and fun retro brushed metal interface to interact with Apple Music on your Mac.

If you’ve been a Mac user for long enough, you likely have fond memories of the brief but beloved brushed metal interface of Mac OS X Tiger (10.4), and perhaps you even once used QuickTime Player to play music and videos sometime around 2005. With QuickTune, you can relive that experience, but with the conveniences and modern playlists you’ve already curated with Apple Music.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Retro - Leave a Comment

How to Install & Run Windows 11 in VMware Fusion Pro on Mac

May 20, 2024 - 7 Comments

How to install and run Windows 11 on VMWare Fusion Pro on Mac

There are numerous options to run Windows 11 simultaneously with MacOS, and one great app option that is newly free is VMware Fusion Pro 13.

VMWare Fusion Pro makes it particularly simple to download, install, and setup Windows 11 in a virtual machine on the Mac, but if you’re new to virtualization and virtual machines, it may sound like a complicated process.

Not to fret, this walkthrough will detail the necessary steps to install Windows 11 into VMware Fusion Pro on a Mac, entirely for free.

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

How to AirPlay from Chrome & Edge Browsers on Mac to Sonos or HomePod

May 19, 2024 - 1 Comment

How to AirPlay from Chrome or Edge or Brave browser to Sonos or HomePod speakers from a Mac

There are many websites that have audio that you may wish to stream from a web browser to a Sonos or Homepod, or any other AirPlay compatible speaker system. For example, maybe you’re on a website for a podcast or music that you want to stream to another speaker in the room or house.

This is pretty easy, but if you’re looking for a way to AirPlay music directly from the Chrome, Edge, Brave, or any Chromium-based web browser, you might not know how it works from a glance. Not to worry, we’re going to show you how easy it is to AirPlay an audio stream from a Chrome-based web browser running on Mac to an AirPlay speaker, like a Sonos or HomePod.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge

May 18, 2024 - 3 Comments

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is a feature in the Microsoft Edge web browser for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android (and it’s also in the Windows operating system, in case you have a PC or run it in a virtual machine) that aims to protect your computer or device from malicious sites and downloads.

Because of the way that Microsoft Defender SmartScreen works, you may find that it occasionally interferes with trying to access certain websites or downloads, so there are some users that may with to disable Defender SmartScreen in the Edge browser.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Check Battery Life of Apple Watch

May 17, 2024 - 6 Comments

Apple Watch battery life is important to know

The Apple Watch is a nifty gadget that many of us are fans of, but one of the curious things about Apple Watch is that it doesn’t have an obvious battery percentage remaining indicator, unlike the iPhone, iPad, Apple Pencil, AirPods, or Mac. Furthermore, it’s not necessarily obvious how to check how much battery life you have left on Apple Watch.

We’re going to demonstrate several different ways that you can check the battery life remaining on your Apple Watch.

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How to Factory Reset Mac (MacOS Sonoma & Ventura)

May 16, 2024 - 5 Comments

How to factory reset a Mac

If you are going to sell, return, or give away a Mac, you almost certainly want to factory reset the computer first. Performing a factory reset on a Mac will erase all data on the Mac, and return it to a clean slate as if the computer were brand new, without any data or personal files on the computer at all.

Erasing a Mac and returning it to factory defaults has never been easier, thanks to the addition of a “Erase All Content & Settings” feature introduced in newer versions of MacOS system software. Gone are the days where you had to manually erase and then reinstall system software, now you can simply let MacOS handle the task for you by choosing to erase and factory reset the Mac through a handy built-in feature.

Read along and you’ll be erasing all data on a Mac and it will be factory reset in no time.

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How to Download & Install VMware Fusion Pro for Mac for Free

May 15, 2024 - 18 Comments

How to download and install VMWare Fusion Pro

VMware Fusion Pro is now available for free for personal use, according to a blog post on the developers website.

VMware Fusion Pro is powerful hypervisor software that allows you to create and run virtual machines on your Mac, enabling the capability to do things like run a virtualized Windows installation atop MacOS, or run Linux alongside MacOS, or similar situations where you’d want to run multiple operating systems simultaneously. We frequently cover virtual machines and some of the neat things you can do with them, and VMWare Fusion Pro offers another virtualization option alongside UTM, VirtualBox, QEMU, and Parallels.

We’re going to walk through the process of downloading and installing VMWare Fusion Pro for free, using the new personal use license.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 18 Comments

MacOS Ventura 13.6.7 & macOS Monterey 12.7.5 Updates Available

May 14, 2024 - 1 Comment

MacOS Ventura 13.6.7 and macOS Monterey 12.7.5 updates

macOS Ventura 13.6.7, macOS Monterey 12.7.5, and Safari 17.5 are now available as software updates for Mac users who are not running the macOS Sonoma operating system and the just released MacOS Sonoma 14.5 update.

macOS Ventura 13.6.7, macOS Monterey 12.7.5, and Safari 17.5 focus on security fixes and are not expected to include any significant changes, bug fixes, or new features.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 1 Comment

Apple Deals: M1 iPad Air for $399, Apple Watch 9 for $299, etc

May 14, 2024 - Leave a Comment

ipad Air m1

Amazon is back with some really great deals on select Apple products. Leading the way is the fantastic M1 iPad Air for just $399, discounted 33% from the $599 MSRP – sure it was just replaced by the M2 Air model but that is $599, so simply getting the last-gen saves you $200! Next up is the fantastic Apple Watch Series 9 for just $299, discounted $100 from the $399 MSRP. You’ll also find good deals on M3 MacBook Air, and AirPods, so check them out!

M1 iPad Air for $399 (down from $599)

ipad Air m1

The M1 iPad Air features a 10.9″ retina display, 64GB storage, 12MP cameras on front and rear, Touch ID, and fantastic battery life. You can take $200 off this fantastic iPad by choosing select color options (currently blue and purple, but stock changes quickly).

As of this writing the bigger discount is available for blue and purple colors, but check stock and you might find the other colors available at $200 off as well, otherwise they’re available at $449 for $150 retail.

Apple Watch Series 9 for $299 (down $100)

Apple Watch Series 9

Apple Watch Series 9 is deep discounted by $100 right now from Amazon, available in various color options and band sizes. The Apple Watch Series 9 has a 41mm display, heart rate monitoring plus an ECG, crash and fall detection, always-on display, ovulation tracking, GPS, one-handed pinch gesture support, a faster and more energy efficient chip, and fantastic fitness tracking capabilities.

Save $100 on the M3 MacBook Air 15″

MacBook Air 15 inch starlight
The M3 MacBook Air 15″ can be had at a $100 discount on Amazon. The MacBook Air 15″ features a 15.3″ Liquid Retina LCD display, the powerful M3 chip, great battery life, a 1080p FaceTime camera, support for two external displays when in clamshell mode, a MagSafe Charger, two thunderbolt / USB-C ports, Touch ID, backlit keyboard, and more:

AirPods from $79

New AirPods with Hey Siri support
Amazon is also offering some jumbo discounts on 2nd gen AirPods and AirPods Pro:

AirTags for $24, 4-pack for $79

AirTags

AirTag personal trackers are rarely discounted, but right now they’re $24 each on Amazon, and $80 for a 4-pack:

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iOS 16.7.8 & iPadOS 16.7.8 Updates for Older iPhones & iPads Available

May 14, 2024 - Leave a Comment

 iOS 16.7.8 is for older iPhone and iPad devices

Alongside iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5, Apple has also released iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8 updates for older model iPhone and iPads. iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8 include security fixes and do not appear to have any other changes.

iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8 are available for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 5th gen, iPad Pro 9.7″, and iPad Pro 12.9″ 1st gen. Newer iPhone and iPad models can find iOS 17.5 available instead.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - Leave a Comment

iOS 17.5 & iPadOS 17.5 Updates Released with Bug Fixes

May 13, 2024 - Leave a Comment

iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 updates released

iOS 17.5 for iPhone, and iPadOS 17.5 for iPad, have been released by Apple. The new software updates are available with bug fixes, security enhancements, enhancements to Apple News, and a new Pride Radiance wallpaper from Apple to celebrate the LGBTQIA2S++ communities for Pride month.

Separately, updates are also available for watchOS 10.5, tvOS 17.5, iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8 for older iPhone and iPad models, macOS Sonoma 14.5, macOS Ventura 13.6.7, and macOS Monterey 12.7.5.

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MacOS Sonoma 14.5 Update Released with Security Fixes

May 13, 2024 - 3 Comments

MacOS Sonoma 14.5

Apple has released MacOS Sonoma 14.5 for Mac users running the Sonoma operating system. The MacOS 14.5 update includes bug fixes, security enhancements, and some changes and improvements to add various word games to the paid Apple News+ service.

Mac users running earlier versions of system software will find MacOS Ventura 13.6.7 and MacOS Monterey 12.7.5 available as security updates.

Separately, Apple has also released the final versions of iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, iOS 16.7.8, iPadOS 16.7.8, watchOS 10.5, and tvOS 17.5.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 3 Comments

Play the Retro First-Person Shooter Classics Marathon & Marathon 2 for Free

May 12, 2024 - 1 Comment

Play the Marathon series of video games for free

The Marathon series of video games are classic first-person shooters set in a sci-fi world, and longtime Mac users may have fond memories of playing Marathon, Marathon 2, or Marathon Infinitiy as single-player or multiplayer over a LAN in the mid 1990s.

But you don’t need a time machine or to run Mac OS Classic 9 in a web browser to go back and enjoy these retro gaming classics, because you can play them on your modern Mac (or Windows or Linux PC) right now, natively!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Games, Retro - 1 Comment

How to View Instagram Without an Account

May 11, 2024 - 1 Comment

You can view Instagram profiles without an account

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks in the world, with photo sharing, video sharing, messaging capabilities, and much more. While it seems like many people have Instagram accounts, there are also plenty more people without Instagram accounts, and who don’t ever want to have an Instagram account or profile. So what if you’re one of those people without an Instagram account, but you still want to look at someone’s Instagram profile, or an Instagram of a business, or service?

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By Ali Khan - Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

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