How to Disable Live Text on Mac

May 3, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Disable Live Text on Mac

The Live Text feature available in modern MacOS releases allows Mac users to select text from within images and photos, but some users may find this feature to be more annoying than helpful, and thus may want to turn Live Text off on their Mac. This may be particularly true for some designers and image editors who spend a ton of time editing photos and images and find the Live Text selection tools to be cumbersome in their workflow.

If you’d like to disable Live Text in MacOS, read along and in no time you’ll have the feature off. And of course you can always turn it back on again if you change your mind.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

Easily Bulk Download & Install Mac Apps with macapps.link

May 2, 2022 - 2 Comments

Download and install a bunch of Mac apps at once via the command line

Ready to automate Mac app downloads and installs? If you’re setting up a new Mac, you probably know how tedious it is to manually navigate to a bunch of different developer websites, and to individually download and install all the Mac apps you may want. This is a necessary but time consuming procedure for setting up a new Mac, particularly when you’re using apps not found on the Mac App Store.

And here is where the MacApps.link service comes in handy, by bundling a bunch of different Mac applications of your choosing together into a single executable command string that you can toss into the Terminal, then go about your business while the apps are downloaded and installed onto the Mac. Basically you’ll be automating the download and installation of a ton of popular Mac apps.

For example, let’s say you have a brand new MacBook Pro for work, and you want to install your typical workflow setup of Chrome, Firefox, Chrome Canary, Skitch, Fantastical, GitHub, IntelliJ, BBEdit, Sketch, Docker, The Unarchiver, CyberDuck, iTerm2, iStats Menu, BarTender, VLC, Steam (I swear it’s for work boss!), Atom, Slack, Discord, Zoom, and Skype… that’s a ton of different websites and developers to go to manually to install apps from right? With the MacApps.link service, you simply select all those apps from their list, get the install link, toss it into the Terminal, and let run the command to completion. Easy peasy.

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iPad Magic Keyboard Backlight Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

May 1, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iPad Magic Keyboard backlighting

The backlit keyboard on iPad Magic Keyboard typically lights up the moment you attach the Magic Keyboard to the iPad Pro or iPad Air. But sometimes that doesn’t happen, and sometimes the iPad Magic Keyboard backlighting does not work.

Usually this is an easy fix however, so don’t freak out if you find the backlit key illumination is not working as expected with your iPad Magic Keyboard.

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How to Turn Off or On Headphone Notifications on iPhone

Apr 30, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Enable Headphone Notifications on iPhone

The iPhone has a nice optional health feature called Headphone Notifications, that aims to protect your hearing from loud music and sounds.

What exactly does Headphone Notifications do, you ask? In layman’s terms, the feature notifies you if you’ve been listening to loud audio via headphones. How does your iPhone know if your music is too loud, you ask? Basically, your iPhone analyzes your headphone audio levels, and checks if you’ve reached the recommended 7-day audio exposure limit. This is a feature that some users may really want to enable, while other users may not want the headphone notifications and wish to turn them off.

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Type the Inverted Question Mark on iPhone & iPad ¿

Apr 29, 2022 - 1 Comment

How to Type the inverted question mark on iPhone or iPad

¿ Need to type the inverted question mark from your iPhone or iPad? Whether you’re learning a foreign language, speak another language fluently, or simply need access to the ¿ punctuation character for any other reason, typing the inverted question mark symbol is very easy from iPhone or iPad.

We’ll show you two ways to type ¿ on the iPhone and iPad, using the onscreen keyboard and also using a hardware keyboard.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Fix Zoom Error Code 1132, 5003, 3160 Connection Problems

Apr 29, 2022 - Leave a Comment

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Zoom is the popular virtual meeting platform used widely by many companies, institutions, schools, providers, groups, and friends, and while Zoom meetings usually work great, occasionally some Zoom users will have a failure to connect to a meeting, and Zoom will show error codes when either attempting to join a meeting, or to login to their Zoom account.

If you’re seeing Zoom error code 1132, error code 5003, error 3160, error 1001, or similar Zoom connection errors when joining a Zoom meeting or signing into your Zoom account, read along for troubleshooting methods to resolve the problem.

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How to Create Local Backups of Notes on Mac

Apr 28, 2022 - 6 Comments

How to backup Notes locally on a Mac

The Notes app is popular for keeping bits of data, jotting down information, maintaining lists, storing text, photos, and so much more. It’s completely reasonable to want to create a local backup of notes from the Notes app, but you may be unsure of how to accomplish that.

We’ll discuss a few ways to backup Notes on the Mac, from using iCloud, to exporting the notes as a PDF file, to getting the notes data into a more broadly compatible file format, to creating local backups of the Notes SQL database.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

Fix iCloud Errors & “Can’t Establish Secure Connection with idmsa.apple.com” on MacOS Sierra & High Sierra

Apr 27, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Fix Safari Can't Establish Secure Connection errors, Apple ID errors, iCloud errors, in MacOS High Sierra and Sierra

Some Mac users running MacOS Sierra and MacOS High Sierra have found they’re unable to login to an Apple ID or iCloud through System Preferences, or access iCloud.com in Safari. Additionally, Apple websites requiring usage of an Apple ID from Safari fail with a ‘Safari Can’t Open Page’ error “because Safari can’t establish a secure connection to the server ‘idmsa.apple.com’.”

If you’re experiencing any of the following type of error message on MacOS High Sierra or macOS Sierra, you should be able to fix them by installing an Apple certificate in Keychain Access:

MacOS iCloud System Preferences error “You can’t sign in at this time. Try signing in again.”

Safari error with iCloud.com “Connection error : iCloud encountered an error while trying to connect to the server.”

Mac Safari error with any site using Apple ID: “Safari Can’t Open the Page : Safari can’t open the page ‘https://idmsa.apple.com’ because Safari can’t establish a secure connection to the server ‘idmsa.apple.com’

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How to Type the Upside Down Question Mark on Mac ¿

Apr 27, 2022 - 2 Comments

How to type upside-down question mark on Mac

Many Mac users who are either bilingual or learning another language may need to type the upside-down question mark.

The inverted question mark punctuation is found in Spanish as well as some other languages, and so if you’re either typing in another language or just need access to that punctuation, you certainly aren’t alone in wondering how to type the inverted question mark in macOS.

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

Beta 3 of iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, macOS Monterey 12.4 Released for Testing

Apr 26, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, MacOS Monterey public betas

Apple has issued the third beta versions of macOS Monterey 12.4, iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, tvOS 15.5, and watchOS 8.6. Additionally, a beta version of the Apple Studio Display firmware has been released, which apparently aims to improve the monitors camera resolution and sharpness.

Anyone participating in the Apple system software beta programs can download the third beta of system software on their enrolled device, and the updates are available to both developer betas and public beta users.

No significant features have been found in the beta versions thus far, meaning the beta releases very well may focus on bug fixes and security enhancements, rather than adding anything new to the various operating systems.

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How to Adjust Backlit Key Brightness on iPad Magic Keyboard

Apr 26, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iPad Magic Keyboard backlighting can be adjusted

If you have an iPad with Magic Keyboard, you probably noticed it has a nice and fancy backlit keyboard. Keyboard backlighting is particular useful for working in lower light situations, but let’s face it, it also just looks cool.

Some iPad Magic Keyboard users may wish to have their key backlighting be brighter or dimmer, so let’s check out how you can change your iPad Magic Keyboard backlighting brightness levels via the Settings app.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Control+F Search on iPhone & iPad in Safari

Apr 25, 2022 - 6 Comments

Control F equivalent on iPhone and iPad Safari

Many computer users associate Control+F with searching for text on a web page, and if you’re coming to the iPhone or iPad from the Windows world, you may be wondering how you can use the equivalent to the Control+F search in the Safari browser on iPhone and iPad.

The Safari web browser on iPhone and iPad has a built in Find On Page search feature that easily allows you to search for matched text on a webpage, mimicking the behavior of Control+F search for users who are coming to the platform from Windows. And arguably, the iPhone and iPad method is even easier to search matched text for than using Ctrl+F, as you’ll see in this walkthrough.

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

Set Telegram Account to Automatically Self Destruct and Delete Itself

Apr 24, 2022 - 1 Comment

Telegram

Did you know you can set your Telegram account to self destruct, automatically deleting itself after a set amount of time if you don’t login to it?

If you’re a privacy and security buff and you’re looking to gain a unique additional layer of privacy with Telegram, you can set your Telegram account to delete itself after no activity has been detected in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. For example, if you choose one month, and you don’t sign into your Telegram account in a month, the account will automatically delete itself, including all messages and conversations in the app.

It’s easy to set this up on Telegram on your iPhone, so if it interests you let’s see how this feature works and set it up.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Grab the 6 New iPhone SE 3 (2022) Wallpapers

Apr 23, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iPhone SE 3 wallpapers

The iPhone SE 3rd generation may have a more retro look and functionality complete with a Home Button, but it’s internal hardware components are new and beefy, and it also happens to sport some snazzy new wallpapers.

But you don’t need to buy the 2022 iPhone SE 3 model just to get and enjoy the new wallpapers, you can grab them for any device using the links below.

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How to Remove Extensions from Chrome on Mac & PC

Apr 22, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Chrome extensions

Want to clean up your Chrome extensions a bit? Perhaps you have an unneeded extension or two installed in Chrome and you want to remove them.

Deleting and removing extensions from Chrome browser on a Mac or PC is really easy, as you’ll soon see.

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How to Use the Gender Neutral Siri Voice

Apr 21, 2022 - 6 Comments

Siri icon

Siri now has a non-binary gender neutral voice option available to users who prefer to not have a stereotypically male or female Siri voice.

While Apple somewhat recently removed all gender identifying information from Siri voices, simply referring to them as ‘Voice 1’ and so on, the introduction of the gender neutral non-binary Siri voice is freshly available on the latest iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS releases. Apple calls the gender neutral voice, “Voice 5”, and you can set it on any Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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

Tap to Click Not Working on Mac? Here’s How to Fix It

Apr 20, 2022 - 3 Comments

Fix Tap to Click on Mac trackpads

Tap to Click is a popular feature for Mac trackpads that allow users to tap on the trackpad to perform a click, rather than exert physical pressure to physically click down on the trackpad. Many Mac users like to use Tap to Click, so if you find it’s suddenly not working, or not working as expected, it’s understandable why you’d be bothered.

Some Mac users have found that Tap to Click is not working as expected on their MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, or Magic Trackpad, often since updating to macOS Monterey or later. If you encounter this issue, read along to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

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How to Use Fast User Switching on Mac

Apr 20, 2022 - 2 Comments

How to Use Fast User Switching on Mac

Do you have multiple user accounts on your Mac? Perhaps you have separate accounts for personal and for professional use, or a Guest account for others to use? In that case, you may be interested in taking advantage of a nifty hidden feature called Fast User Switching.

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By Hamlin Rozario - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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