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Re-Theme OS X with Flat White Windows & Retro Mac Pinstripes

Nov 20, 2013 - 14 Comments
White theme in Mac OS X

The general appearance of Mac OS X has remained mostly the same for several major OS X releases now, but earlier versions of the operating system had a brighter whiter look for window frames and panels, with some pin striping thrown in there. If you’re tired of the newer darker modern theme that exists throughout … Read More

Removing Tags from Files & Folders in Mac OS X

Nov 19, 2013 - 12 Comments
Tag indicator

We showed you how easy it is to quickly add tags to Mac files and folders with the simple drag & drop trick, but what if you want to remove a tag from something? That’s equally easy, and we’ll cover two ways to remove a tag or multiple tags from items that currently have them: … Read More

Use iPhone Lost Mode to Remotely Lock a Missing Device

Nov 19, 2013 - 45 Comments
Enter a call back number for Lost Mode

Lost Mode is an outstanding feature of Find My iPhone that allows you to remotely lock an iPhone with a passcode and an on-screen message, rendering the device unusable while in “Lost Mode” until the passcode is entered correctly. Making this feature even better is the ability to choose a contact phone number for the … Read More

Internet Connection Down? Get a Voice Alert When Your Mac is Back Online

Nov 18, 2013 - 8 Comments
Detect an internet connection is back online

We’re all incredibly reliant on our internet connections these days, but sometimes those connections aren’t so reliable. Whether it’s due to an ISP failure, a router being down, someone tripping over a cord somewhere, or whatever other occurrence, it can be frustrating to wait for a downed internet connection to come alive again. We’ve all … Read More

iOS 7.1 Beta 1 Released to Developers

Nov 18, 2013 - Leave a Comment
iOS 7.1 beta 1

Apple has released the first iOS 7.1 beta to registered developers. The build arrives as 11D5099e, and is available for iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini 1, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4. The 5th gen iPod touch is the only supported iPod … Read More

How to Make the Dock Appear on External Display on Mac

Nov 17, 2013 - 27 Comments
Show the Dock on an external display in Mac OS X

Newer versions of Mac OS brought significant improvements to multi-display support for Mac users who have their computer connected to an external screen or two. One of the more helpful feature changes with multi-display support is the ability to access the Dock on any of the connected screens to a Mac through the use of … Read More

Quickly Tag Files & Folders with a Drag & Drop in Mac OS X Finder

Nov 16, 2013 - 5 Comments
Tag files by dragging and dropping them in OS X Finder

File tagging on the Mac is part of Mac OS X, but those who have been using the Labels feature to help manage their files in prior versions of Mac OS X will notice it’s actually quite similar. Basically you ‘tag’ a file, and then it becomes associated with that tag, allowing for easy file … Read More

Mac Setups: The Desk of a Visual Designer

Nov 16, 2013 - 8 Comments
Visual designer Mac desk setup

This weeks awesome Mac setup comes to us from visual designer and Apple lover Mirko S. With a great looking desk and a very nice Macintosh configuration, here is the Apple gear and a few app recommendations that Mirko is using for his work, and why:

Fixing the “Unable to Verify Update” Error in iOS

Nov 15, 2013 - 60 Comments
Fix the Unable to Verify Update error for iOS

It seems that an “Unable to Verify Update” error message arrives at random for some users with just about every single iOS software update, perhaps unsurprisingly, the problem has resurfaced for some when trying to download and install the recent 9.3, 7.0.4, and various other iOS updates. The error seems to be exclusive to using … Read More

How to List All IPSW Files from Apple Servers Using the Command Line

Nov 15, 2013 - 6 Comments
Get a list of all IPSW files available from Apple

Many advanced users prefer to use firmware files when updating their iOS devices to the latest version, and every time an iOS update comes out we post direct download links for the latest versions. Every once in a while we get questions from users who wonder how we find those file links, since they’re tucked … Read More

Get a Transparent Dock in OS X Mavericks by Disabling the Frost Effect

Nov 15, 2013 - 29 Comments
Transparent Dock in OS X

The Dock received a visual overhaul in OS X Mavericks which defaults to removing a minor transparency effect. It’s a subtle change that many users won’t even notice, but the difference is that now the content of windows, images, and items moved below/behind the Dock are no longer visible through what looks like a frosty … Read More

iOS 7.0.4 Download Released with Bug Fixes [IPSW Direct Download Links]

Nov 14, 2013 - 10 Comments
iOS 7.0.4 download

iOS 7.0.4 has been released by Apple for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, with a build of 11B554a. The update includes several bug fixes and improvements, and addresses an issue with FaceTime calling that caused video chat and voice calls to fail continuously under some circumstances. Other small feature changes may be present, … Read More

Using the Purge Command in OS X Yosemite & OS X Mavericks

Nov 14, 2013 - 25 Comments
purge command in Mac OS X

Many Mac users running OS X Yosemite and OS X Mavericks have noticed the purge command, which forces memory cache to be emptied as if it a computer was rebooted, throws an error when attempting to run through Terminal in OS X 10.9 or newer. In most cases that error message is “Unable to purge … Read More

Check the Weather for Multiple Locations at the Same Time on iPhone

Nov 13, 2013 - 3 Comments
View weather for multiple locations at once in IOS

Want to see the weather for multiple locations at once on a single screen, without having to flip between locations in the Weather app of iPhone? This is simple on the iPhone since modern iOS updates, and with holidays, summer, or ski season approaching for the northern or southern hemisphere it should be an increasingly … Read More

Fix Finder Slowness & High CPU Usage Issues in OS X Mavericks

Nov 13, 2013 - 72 Comments
Delete the Finder plist file

Finder is the file manager in OS X, and it’s actually one of the oldest components of the Mac operating system, having been around since the earliest days of Mac OS. Despite it’s long history, many users who have upgraded to OS X Mavericks have discovered some peculiar behavior with Finder, where it can become … Read More

Schedule Do Not Disturb in Mac OS X to Stop Nagging Notifications on the Mac

Nov 12, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Schedule Do Not Disturb in OS X

Notification Center in Mac OS X sends a little pop-up alert in the corner of the screen when an event occurs. These are often in the form of a reminder originally made on an iPhone, a new inbound iMessage, a persistent software update or twenty, new emails, almost anything really. While obviously useful for many … Read More

6 Easy Tips to Help Extend the Battery Life of iPad Air & Retina iPad Mini

Nov 12, 2013 - 5 Comments
Adjust brightness in Control Center for iPad

The iPad Air has a great battery life which is said to last up to 10 hours of continuous use, but like many other devices that are running iOS 7, the battery life of the device can be maximized by adjusting a few settings accordingly. Some of these tricks will reduce eye candy and special … Read More

Export a Map of Any Location in PDF Format from Mac OS X

Nov 11, 2013 - 5 Comments
Apple Maps icon in OS X

A full featured Apple Maps app is now bundled on all Macs running modern versions of Mac OS. Most people will probably use Maps to get directions and cruise around the globe for virtual tours, but there’s an excellent little feature that allows you to export any regions map as a PDF file. This is … Read More

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