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Can’t Upgrade a Sonoma VM to MacOS Sequoia Beta? Try This

Jun 12, 2024 - Leave a Comment
MacOS Sequoia in a VM upgraded from MacOS Sonoma

If you already have a MacOS Sonoma virtual machine setup in UTM, Parallels, VMWare, VirtualBuddy, or otherwise, you may be interested in upgrading the MacOS Sonoma VM to a MacOS Sequoia Beta VM. One simple way to accomplish this, one might think, is to use a developer Apple ID within your Virtual Machine, and install … Read More

Where’s the Calculator on iPad? Use Spotlight!

Jun 9, 2024 - Leave a Comment
You can use Spotlight on iPad as a calculator

Calculators are wildly useful tools for various obvious reasons, whether you need to perform simple math or complex calculations. One of the more curious iPad oversights on Apple’s behalf is the lack of a built-in Calculator app, which is missing on iPad, but has been included on the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch, since the … Read More

How to Download & Install Windows 11 LTSC ISO

Jun 7, 2024 - Leave a Comment
Windows 11 LTSC installing into a virtual machine on Mac

Some advanced users, IT staff, and enterprise users may have a need to download, install, and use Windows 11 LTSC, whether that’s for installing into a virtual machine environment running on a Mac or PC, a dual boot situation with an Intel Mac using Boot Camp, or even installing directly onto a PC, medical device, … Read More

How to Share Folder from Windows in VMWare Fusion to Mac

Jun 5, 2024 - 2 Comments
Create a Shared Folder in Windows for VMWare to share to Mac 1

If you are running Windows 11 in VMWare Fusion on a Mac, you might want to setup a shared folder to easily transfer data from the Mac to the Windows virtual machine. There are a few ways to accomplish this, from using VMWare Tools, to using a networking approach, and we’ll cover the latter here.

15 Keynote Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

Jun 4, 2024 - Leave a Comment
Keynote for iPad keyboard shortcuts

The Keynote presentation app for iPad has a variety of handy keyboard shortcuts available to it that are only accessible when the iPad is connected to a physical keyboard. If you’re a regular Keynote for iPad user, and you have either a Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, keyboard case, or other external keyboard connected to the … Read More

How to Install Java on Mac with M3, M2, M1 Apple Silicon Chip

Jun 3, 2024 - 1 Comment

Some Mac users may need to install Java on their Apple Silicon equipped Mac – whether it’s an M1, M2, M3, or other M-series ARM chip – allowing them to run Java-based applications and software on their computers. Whether it’s to run specific enterprise software, use particular educational tools and compsci courses, run Java web … Read More

Install & Run iTunes, Aperture, or iPhoto in MacOS Sonoma with Retroactive

May 31, 2024 - 12 Comments
Install iTunes, Aperture, or iPhotos on a modern MacOS Sonoma Mac

Do you miss iTunes for Mac? Do you really miss Aperture for Mac? Do you have fond memories of iPhoto in MacOS? What if you could run any of these three now defunct apps in modern MacOS Sonoma? With the help of an app called Retroactive, you can do exactly that, installing iTunes, Aperture, and … Read More

17 Numbers Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

May 30, 2024 - Leave a Comment
Numbers for iPad keyboard shortcut cheat sheet accessed by COMMAND key

The Numbers spreadsheet application for iPad includes quite a few useful keyboard shortcuts for when the iPad is connected to an external keyboard. If you use Numbers for iPad regularly, you’ll almost certainly benefit from knowing these keystroke combinations to perform various actions within the Numbers app. So grab your iPad keyboard and launch the … Read More

How to Find a Misplaced Apple Watch with iPhone’s Ping My Watch

May 29, 2024 - 1 Comment
How to find a missing Apple Watch with iPhone Ping My Watch feature

If you’re an Apple Watch user, you should know about a convenient feature for iPhone that helps you to easily find a misplaced Apple Watch. Much like how you can ping an iPhone with Apple Watch to find an iPhone, you can now go the other direction too, by pinging your Apple Watch from your … Read More

How to Install VMWare Tools in Windows on VMWare Fusion for Mac

May 27, 2024 - 1 Comment
VMWare Tools installing

VMWare Tools is an optional toolkit to install into a Windows virtual machine in VMWare that allows you to have easier sharing of files between the host Mac operating system and the Windows virtual machine, as well as some other useful features like time syncing between host and client, being able to pass data back … Read More

How to Change the Voice of ChatGPT on iPhone, Mac, iPad

May 26, 2024 - 2 Comments
Tap on Voice to change the voice of ChatGPT

ChatGPT for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, all include a very impressive Voice Chat feature, that lets you have voice chats and full on conversations with the advanced AI Large Language Model. One of the fun ways to customize Voice Chat with ChatGPT is to change the voice to something you prefer, and there are multiple … Read More

How to Confirm Before Closing Windows with Multiple Tabs in Chrome, Edge, Brave

May 25, 2024 - 2 Comments
Ask before closing all tabs in a browser window in Chrome and Edge

If you use a lot of tabs when browsing the web with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, or any other Chromium based browser, you might want to enable an optional feature that asks to confirm whether or not you wish to close any browser window with multiple tabs open. This can help to prevent you … Read More

How to Search the Web (Minus AI Junk & Clutter) with Google on Safari for Mac

May 24, 2024 - 2 Comments

If you’re a Safari user, as many of us are, you might be interested in actually searching the web with Google and then seeing a list of actual web link results, without seeing any of the new AI junk, video and image recommendations, knowledge panels, related searches, suggested searches, or the other junky clutter that … Read More

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

May 23, 2024 - 7 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 … Read More

How to Search Google Without AI Rubbish & Clutter

May 22, 2024 - 14 Comments
How to see web results in Google searches again

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 … Read More

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

May 20, 2024 - 12 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, … Read More

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 … Read More

How to Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in Edge

May 18, 2024 - 3 Comments
Disable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen in 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 … Read More

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