How to Turn Off / On Backlight on iPad Magic Keyboard

May 20, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Turn off backlight on iPad Magic Keyboard

If you want to turn off the backlight on the iPad Magic Keyboard connected to your iPad Pro or iPad Air, it’s pretty easy to do. Some users may wish to do this to avoid the distraction of the backlit keys, or to save battery life on their connected iPad.

You likely already know by now that the backlit keyboard will turn itself off and on automatically based on ambient lighting conditions, so if you’re in a very bright room the backlight will turn off, and in a dim room it will turn itself on. But what if you want to turn it off even in a dark room or dark environment? And what if you want turn the backlight on for the Magic Keyboard regardless of what environment you’re in? We’ll show you how to turn off and on the backlighting feature of the iPad Magic Keyboard.

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How to Reboot Apple Studio Display

May 19, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Apple Studio Display 5k

The Apple Studio Display is a beautiful monitor and screen, both visually and in terms of the picture quality.

But sometimes the Apple Studio Display misbehaves, and problems can happen with it that require the Apple Studio Display to restart. Maybe the sound has stopped working properly or at all, the web camera is frozen, or the resolution won’t change. With no physical buttons on the Apple Studio Display, how do you restart the screen? It’s a little comical, but the solution to reboot the monitor is easy enough.

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Beta 1 of macOS 12.5, iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6 Released for Testing

May 18, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, MacOS Monterey public betas

Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, and macOS Monterey 12.5 to users enrolled in the beta testing programs.

The new beta builds come just after the final versions of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 along with macOS Monterey 12.4 were released to the public.

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Can’t Scan QR Codes with iPhone / iPad Camera? Here’s a Fix

May 18, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Fix QR code scanner not working on iPhone or iPad

As you may know, the iPhone and iPad camera can scan a QR code simply by pointing the devices camera at a QR code. Easy enough, right? Well, not if it doesn’t work. Sometimes users may find that QR code scanning is not working on their iPhone or iPad camera, and this can be an understandably frustrating experience.

Fortunately, it’s typically a super easy fix to get QR code scanning working again on iPhone and iPad cameras. Read along and you’ll be back to scanning QR codes in no time.

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How to Delete /AppleInternal from Mac

May 17, 2022 - 7 Comments

AppleInternal folder on Mac

Some Mac users have found that a directory called AppleInternal is sitting in the root of their Macintosh HD. The folder itself is empty, but is not removable through the typical means.

/AppleInternal is apparently used by Apple for internal development purposes, and thus likely has no benefit or reason to be installed on an average users Mac. Why it is included on some MacOS installations with new Macs (and apparently some reinstalls too) is a bit of a mystery, since these are not Apple employee computers.

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iOS 15.5 & iPadOS 15.5 Updates Available to Download

May 16, 2022 - 3 Comments

iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 update

Apple has released iOS 15.5 for iPhone, and iPadOS 15.5 for iPad.

The software updates include a few minor features and changes, along with security updates. The full release notes are listed below.

Additionally, Apple released macOS Monterey 12.4 for Mac, an Apple Studio Display update which requires the 12.4 macOS update, along with updates to Homepod, WatchOS, and tvOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 3 Comments

macOS Monterey 12.4 Released to Download

May 16, 2022 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Monterey 12.4

Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.4 to all Mac users running the Monterey operating system.

According to Apple, macOS 12.4 includes improvements to the Podcasts app, support for a firmware update for the Apple Studio Display camera, and security enhancements.

Separately, Apple has also released iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5, along with updates to watchOS and tvOS.

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Create Quick Notes on iPad from Anywhere with a Swipe Gesture

May 16, 2022 - 2 Comments

How to Use Quick Notes on iPad

The iPad has a great feature called Quick Notes that allows you to instantly create a new note on the iPad from anywhere, with just a swipe gesture.

You can use the Quick Note gesture with a finger, or with Apple Pencil. And it works with any iPad running iPadOS 15 or later. If you haven’t tried out Quick Note yet, it’s super easy to use and very convenient, so let’s check out how this works.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Screen Record an Android from Mac

May 15, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Record Android Screen from Mac

If you’re a Mac user who has an Android phone for personal or professional use, you may be happy to learn that you can easily record the screen of the Android from the Mac, thanks to a free third party app.

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How to Disable CenturyLink McAfee Cyber Security Warnings

May 14, 2022 - Leave a Comment

CenturyLink cyber security warning for visiting a web page

Many CenturyLink users have discovered that attempting to visit certain web pages and websites leads to a giant McAfee cyber security “warning” message that says something to the effect of “Warning! (website URL) appears to be risky. This might be because it is new or may not have the latest security.” or “Warning! This site has been flagged as malicious. Visiting this site may expose your device to malware or hijacking, allowing theft of private information.” or a variation of a similar error message.

You have the option to click “Continue to Site”, but what if you trust the sites, or if you just don’t want CenturyLink determining which sites are ‘safe’ for you to visit, and want to do away with the CenturyLink warnings for some web sites? If you’re an advanced user, you may be interested in turning this feature off and disabling the cyber security warnings from the router.

This tutorial will walk through how to turn off the CenturyLink McAfee Cyber Security feature and all related warnings.

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How to Type the Upside-down Exclamation Point ¡ on iPhone & iPad

May 13, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Type the upside down exclamation point on iPhone and iPad

The upside-down exclamation point is frequently used in some languages, and if you’re on an iPhone or iPad you may be wondering how to type the inverted exclamation point on the virtual keyboard.

Like most things on iPhone and iPad, it’s simple, at least once you learn how it’s done. We’ll show you how to type the inverted exclamation point on iPhone and iPad using both the onscreen virtual keyboard, and with a physical keyboard as well.

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RC of iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, macOS Monterey 12.4 Available for Testing

May 12, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, MacOS Monterey public betas

Apple has issued a Release Candidate build for iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, macOS Monterey 12.4 to users involved in the beta testing programs for Apple system software.

Additionally, new RC builds of tvOS 15.5 and watchOS 8.6, and the macOS Monterey 12.4 beta includes new firmware for the Apple Studio Display, which aims to improve the FaceTime camera quality for that screen.

No significant new features are expected in any of the releases, but bug fixes and security improvements will undoubtedly be included.

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How to Get the Older Style MacOS Alert Dialog Back

May 12, 2022 - 1 Comment

Change Alert Dialog Style on Mac

MacOS Monterey and MacOS Big Sur introduced a new style to the MacOS alert dialog boxes, which look more like something you’d see in iOS than MacOS. In the new design style for MacOS alert dialog windows, everything is centered with the app icon on the top and the alert messages below, whereas the older traditional style of MacOS alert dialog boxes has always shown an icon on the far left, with the alert information to the right of that.

If you’d like to return to the older traditional style of MacOS alert dialog boxes and windows, you can do so with the help of a defaults write command.

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

How to Restart & Force Restart the iPad Air 5

May 11, 2022 - 1 Comment

iPad Air 5

Occasionally you may need to shut down, restart, or force restart a device, and iPad Air 5 is no exception.

Whether it’s force restarting because of a frozen app, troubleshooting an issue, restarting for any number of reasons, or shutting down the iPad Air for a flight, we’ll cover how you can perform these common tasks for the iPad Air 5.

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How to Change iPad Magic Keyboard Backlight Brightness from Control Center

May 10, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iPad Magic Keyboard

The iPad Magic Keyboard includes backlit keys, which make for easier visibility in lower light situations, and add a nice visual flare to the hardware keyboard as well.

With the latest versions of iPadOS, you can easily change the backlit keyboard brightness levels through Control Center. But first you must enable the keyboard backlighting option, so let’s review how this all works.

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Scan Text Into Notes on iPhone & iPad

May 9, 2022 - 6 Comments

Scan Text into Notes app on iPhone and iPad

The Notes app on modern iPhone and iPad system software versions includes a handy feature that lets you scan text directly into the notes app. The text you want to scan can be printed or handwritten, and the scanning is done directly within the Notes app instantaneously. After the text is scanned into the Notes app, you can edit it as needed at any time if you’d like to.

This is a great feature if you want to digitize a collection of anything that is printed or handwritten, be they letters, family recipes, receipts, manuscripts, books, magazines, flyers, or just about anything else you can imagine.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Check SHA512 Checksum on Mac

May 8, 2022 - 2 Comments

Mac Terminal icon

SHA512 hashes are often used to determine data integrity, whether for matching a downloaded file to an original on a server, or for command output, or to make sure a file transfer was successful, or not tampered with.

Checking a SHA512 hash is pretty easy on a Mac, thanks to bundled command line tools that are preinstalled on any semi-modern MacOS installation. We’ll cover two different methods to check and verify SHA512 hash on the Mac, using both the shasum command, and openssl command.

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How to Stop Discord Opening at Startup on Mac

May 7, 2022 - 2 Comments

Discord icon

If you’re a Discord user, you may have noticed that the Discord app starts automatically when you startup the Mac. Some Mac users may prefer that Discord does not launch itself on system boot, and thus may want to stop this from happening.

For the unfamiliar, Discord is a popular app for communicating, whether through voice calls, video chat, messages, group chat, communities, and much more through Discord servers. While it’s commonly used by gamers for streaming and communicating while playing, it’s also widely used by many other online communities.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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