Fun: Forget to Empty Your Mac Trash? Have Buzzing Flies to Remind You

Jul 12, 2024 - Leave a Comment

BananaBin reminds you to empty the Mac trash in a creative way

A fun new Mac app offers a rather creative way to remind you to empty your Mac Trash can… buzzing flies! Yes indeed, after your Mac Trash can has accumulated a little too much clutter, BananaBin puts buzzing flies around the trash, offering an unmistakable visual reminder to empty your digital Trash bin.

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MacOS Sequoia 15 Beta 3 Available to Download

Jul 10, 2024 - 1 Comment

MacOS Sequoia beta 2

Apple has issued macOS Sequoia beta 3 for developers participating in the MacOS Sequoia beta testing program.

MacOS Sequoia, versioned as MacOS 15, includes a variety of new features, including iPhone Mirroring that allows you to see and interact with your iPhone on your Mac screen, a new Passwords app, Apple Intelligence AI features, a nifty new window tiling feature, improvements to default apps like Safari and Notes, and some notable changes to Photos app, as well as many other smaller features and changes.

While anyone can enroll their Apple ID to participate in the developer beta program, running beta system software is really only appropriate for advanced users. If you’re savvy and/or adventurous enough to be curious, you can learn how to install MacOS Sequoia beta here with the developer beta.

Aside from MacOS Sequoia beta 3, developers can also find iOS 18 beta 3 and iPadOS 18 beta 3, watchOS 11 beta 3, tvOS 18 beta 3, and visionOS 2 beta 3, for testing purposes as well.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 1 Comment

Why Are iPhone Videos Low Quality & Blurry When Sent to Android Users?

Jul 10, 2024 - 2 Comments

Amusingly bad quality video sent from iPhone to Android

Many iPhone users have noticed that when they record a high definition video on their iPhone, and then send it to an Android user through text message, that the video arrives to the Android user very blurry and in impressively low resolution, with the quality of the video degraded considerably.

The fuzzy pixelated image at the top of this article is a thumbnail demonstrating one such video of a scene from a Japanese garden with little waterfalls and plant features, recorded at high resolution on an iPhone 14 Pro, but when it arrived on the Android users phone (a new Samsung Galaxy), the video appeared so pixelated, low quality, fuzzy, and blurry, that the entire scene was practically indecipherable!

If you’re an iPhone or Android user, you might be wondering why videos sent from iPhone to Android show up as low quality ultra pixelated messes, and what to do about it, and that’s what we’re helping you with here.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPhone, Troubleshooting - 2 Comments

Beta 3 of iOS 17.6, iPadOS 17.6, & macOS Sonoma 14.6 Available for Beta Testing

Jul 9, 2024 - Leave a Comment

Betas

While the majority of the Apple beta testing world has moved into iOS 18 beta, iPadOS 18 beta, and MacOS Sequoia beta, Apple continues to release beta versions for upcoming current generation system software as well. In this case, iOS 17.6 beta 3, iPadOS 17.6 beta 3, and macOS Sonoma 14.6 beta 3, are all available for beta testers.

These are presumed to be primarily bug fix releases with security updates, and are unlikely to include any major new features, as Apple focuses feature development efforts on the upcoming iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia 15 system software that is in concurrent beta development.
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iOS 18 Beta 3 Available to Download Now for iPhone & iPad

Jul 9, 2024 - Leave a Comment

iOS 18 beta and iPadOS 18 beta

Apple has issued iOS 18 beta 3 for iPhone, along with iPadOS 18 beta 3 for iPad.

iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 include a variety of new features for iPhone and iPad, from new Dark Mode icon and widget themes for the Home Screen, color hued icon customizations, the ability to customize Control Center, improvements to Safari and Notes, significant changes to the Photos app GUI, tons of new AI ‘Apple Intelligence’ capabilities and features like ChatGPT being linked to Siri, and much more.
 
Beta 3 of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 are available as developer beta downloads for users enrolled in the Apple Developer programs. Because anyone can enroll to become a developer, this makes it possible for any adventurous user to install either iOS 18 beta or iPadOS 18 beta on their iPhone or iPad, respectively. Be aware that beta system software is much buggier than final versions, making this really only appropriate for advanced users, and with secondary devices.

Aside from iPhone and iPad, beta testers will also find tvoS 18 beta 3, watchOS 11 beta 3, and visionOS 2 beta 3. macOS Sequoia beta 3 is curiously absent, at the moment.

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How to Run Ubuntu Linux on Apple Silicon Mac

Jul 8, 2024 - Leave a Comment

Running Ubuntu Linux in a VM on a Mac with UTM

Want to try running Ubuntu Linux on your Apple Silicon Mac? You can do that easily, running Ubuntu right alongside MacOS, and without having to deal with any partitioning, installation headaches, dual booting, or loss of the Mac operating system itself. This is possible with the help of virtual machines, which allow you to run another operating system virtually on top of your Mac, just like any other app.

Running new and different operating systems concurrently with MacOS has never been easier thanks to virtualization apps like UTM, VMWare, VirtualBox, and Parallels, and in this particular article, we’ll be showing you how to run Ubuntu Linux on an Apple Silicon Mac with UTM.

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Fix brew Error “The arm64 architecture is required for this software” on Apple Silicon Mac

Jul 6, 2024 - Leave a Comment

How to fix the Arm64 architecture required for this software error in Homebrew on Apple Silicon Mac

If you have used Homebrew to try and install a particular package onto an Apple Silicon Mac and you see an error message stating “The arm64 architecture is required for this software” that prevents the installation of the package, you might be surprised by this error message given that you’re using an Apple Silicon Mac (any M1, M2, M3, M4, etc machine).

It turns out that some Apple Silicon Mac users who installed Homebrew in the past may have either inadvertently set the x86 version as the default, or even installed the x86 version (Intel) of Homebrew instead of the arm64 version (Apple Silicon), which then leads to the “arm64 architecture is required for this software” error message when attempting to install a package intended for an ARM Mac.

Fortunately this is pretty easy to fix with a few command line tweaks, so if you see the “The arm64 architecture is required for this software” message with Homebrew, read along and it’ll be resolved in no time.

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How to See Individual Core CPU Usage on Mac with powermetrics

Jul 5, 2024 - 1 Comment

powermetrics allows you to see Mac CPU core activity

There are various ways to monitor CPU usage on a Mac, with perhaps the two most common being with Activity Monitor on the graphical interface side of things, and htop or top on the command line side. While you can show an optional core graph in Activity Monitor, and htop will show CPU core activity as well, there’s another lesser known command line tool called powermetrics that can reveal this information to you as well.

If you’ve a savvy command line user and you’ve never heard of powermetrics before, welcome to the club. I hadn’t either until I stumbled into an article at eclecticlight.co which discussed various ways of seeing CPU core activity with a mention of the ‘powermetrics’ command line tool so naturally I was inspired to investigate something new to me. Sharing is caring, so let’s review how you can use this command as well.

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

2 of the Best Hex Editors for Mac: ImHex & Hex Fiend

Jul 3, 2024 - 1 Comment

The best hex editor options for Mac are open source and free to download

Hex editors are software tools that are able to view and edit hex data and raw binary data of files, and can be frequently used by programmers, developers, and reverse engineers, to inspect, debug, and analyze files and software. Some advanced users even rely on hex editors for data recovery and digital forensics, or to perform file format analysis, and some gamers rely on hex editors to modify or hack games to change game data or to enter cheat codes.

We’re going to show you two popular and powerful hex editors for Mac, both are open source (and one is cross-platform compatible so if you want to use the same hex editor not only on a Mac but also Linux and a Windows PC, it’s a great option).

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

How to Update Node.js to Latest Version on Mac

Jul 2, 2024 - 1 Comment

You can update node.js to the latest version on a Mac by using the command line Homebrew tool

If you use Node.js for web development, creation of web apps, and javascript based network applications, you undoubtedly may come across situations where you’d like to make sure that the latest version of Node.js is installed on your Mac. Upgrading to the latest version of Node.js means you’ll have access to the most recent features and security updates available.

Assuming you have installed Node.js and npm with Homebrew (which implies you have also already installed Homebrew on the Mac too), which is arguably the easiest way to install node.js onto a Mac and to manage the javascript runtime environment, then you will find that updating Node.js to the latest version is really quite simple once you learn how.

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

Beta 2 of iOS 17.6, iPadOS 17.6, & macOS Sonoma 14.6 Released for Testing

Jul 1, 2024 - 1 Comment

Betas

The second beta versions of iOS 17.6, macOS Sonoma 14.6, and iPadOS 17.6 are available to users who are enrolled in beta testing programs for current generation system software of Apple devices.

While many beta testers have likely proceeded ahead with installing the iOS 18 beta, iPadOS 18 beta, and MacOS Sequoia beta, undoubtedly there are developers who are testing their software with betas of iOS 17.6, iPadOS 17.6, and macOS Sonoma 14.6 as well.

No major new features or changes are expected in these versions of system software, suggesting they are likely releases aimed at bug fixes and security updates.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Summarize & Analyze PDF Documents with ChatGPT on Mac

Jun 30, 2024 - 3 Comments

How to analyze a PDF document with ChatGPT

One of the most useful features of the ChatGPT app for Mac is the ability to upload files to ChatGPT to have them summarized and analyzed.

For example, you can upload a PDF file, and ask ChatGPT to give an analysis of the document, or to summarize it, and ask questions specifically related to the document itself. The great thing about this is that the contents of the document don’t matter, ChatGPT will figure that out and analyze it accordingly, whether the PDF is a resume, recipe, cookbook, music tablature or notation, book, guides, document, charts, presentations, or whatever else.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Enable Night Shift on Apple Watch with Siri

Jun 28, 2024 - 1 Comment

Apple Watch Series 9

Night Shift is a nice feature from Apple that warms the color tones on screens during the evening and nighttime hours, with the idea being that it may help to reduce eyestrain and blue light exposure. Night Shift has been around on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, for quite some time, but the feature has been notably absent from Apple Watch… at least at any obvious level.

But it turns out that Apple Watch does have Night Shift, at least on relatively newer models, with newer watchOS system software, there’s just no Settings toggle for it. Instead, Apple Watch users can enable Night Shift on their watch by using Siri.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Fun: Get a Bouncy Ball to Play With on Your Mac Screen

Jun 27, 2024 - 3 Comments

Ball for Mac

Ball is a super fun project for Mac that is goofy, simple, and wildly creative. It’s, well, a virtual bouncy ball.

Ball lives in your Mac Dock, and when you click on the Dock icon, the bouncy ball pops out and drops onto your screen. The big red bouncy ball has decent physics too, so you can drag it high and drop it, and it’ll bounce down and around, or you can throw it against the side of your screen and watch it ricochet around. Just play around with it, that’s what it’s for.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Mac OS - 3 Comments

ChatGPT for Mac Now Available to All

Jun 26, 2024 - 9 Comments

ChatGPT for Mac is available to everyone

ChatGPT for Mac is now broadly available to every Mac user as a free download, complete with the latest GPT capabilities. While some of you may have bypassed the waitlist to gain early access, the official ChatGPT Mac app is now is now available to anyone and everyone, all you need is an OpenAI account and any Apple Silicon Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 9 Comments

MacOS Sequoia 15 Beta 2 Available to Download

Jun 24, 2024 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Sequoia beta 2

MacOS Sequoia beta 2 has been released for users participating in the MacOS Sequoia 15 beta program for Apple Developers.

Technically speaking, anyone can enroll in the dev program and install MacOS Sequoia beta, but due to the nature of beta system software that is not advised for anyone who is not an advanced user or developer.

MacOS Sequoia 15 beta includes iPhone mirroring (assuming the iPhone is running iOS 18 beta as well), and has other new features like improved window tiling, dedicated Passwords app, AI Apple Intelligence features, changes to Safari and Photos app, and more.

Separately, iOS 18 beta 2, iPadOS 18 beta 2, watchOS 11 beta 2, tvOS 18 beta 2, and visionOS 2 beta 2, are also available for developers to test.

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iOS 18 Beta 2 Download Available Now for iPhone & iPad

Jun 24, 2024 - Leave a Comment

iOS 18 beta and iPadOS 18 beta

Apple has released the second beta version of iOS 18 for iPhone and iPadOS 18 for iPad.

iOS 18 beta 2 and iPadOS 18 beta 2 are available to download now for those registered in the Apple Developer beta testing programs. Technically speaking, anyone can install iOS 18 beta on iPhone or iPadOS 18 beta on iPad, but this is really only appropriate for advanced users.

iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 feature some intriguing new capabilities, like Dark Mode icons and color hued icons, Control Center customizations, Apple Intelligence AI features, changes to Photos app, and much more.

Separately, beta testers can also find beta 2 for macOS Sequoia, tvOS 18, watchOS 11, and visionOS 2 as well.

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

Fun: Emulate a Macintosh 128k on a Raspberry Pi Pico Microcontroller

Jun 23, 2024 - 1 Comment

Pico MicroMac Macintosh 128k

There are no shortage of interesting projects and things to do with Rasbperry Pi devices, but this one will be particularly intriguing to fans of retro Macintosh and emulation; you can emulate a Macintosh 128k complete with VGA video and keyboard/mouse input, using nothing but a Pico Microcontroller!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Retro - 1 Comment

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