MacOS Ventura 13.4 Update Available to Download & Install

May 18, 2023 - 2 Comments

MacOS Ventura update

Apple has released MacOS Ventura 13.4 for all Mac users running the Ventura operating system.

The software update focuses on bug fixes including resolutions to an issue with Screen Time, a fix for Apple Watch auto-unlock, a fix for a VoiceOver issue, and a resolution to a Bluetooth keyboard issue where the keyboard would reconnect slowly upon the Mac waking from sleep. No new features are included, though there is also an addition of a “Sports” feed in the News app.

Separately, Apple has released iOS 16.5 for iPhone, iPadOS 16.5 for iPad, along with updates to watchOS and tvOS. MacOS Monterey 12.6.6 and MacOS Big Sur 11.7.7 are also available for Mac users who are not running Ventura.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 2 Comments

How to Get Alerts if Smoke Alarm is Detected by Homepod

May 18, 2023 - 1 Comment

Enable the Smoke Alarm detector with HomePod

HomePod Mini and the newer HomePod models offer sound recognition features that can recognize smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and you can set these devices to send you a notification if either of these alarm sounds is detected by your HomePod.

With this feature setup, if your HomePod or HomePod Mini detects the sound of a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, you will get an alert notification sent to your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. Sounds useful, right? Here’s how you can set this feature up.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Enable or Disable Firewall on MacOS Ventura

May 17, 2023 - 1 Comment

Firewall in MacOS Settings

Firewalls serve as a network security mechanism to monitor and control incoming and outgoing traffic to your computer and the network, or internet. MacOS includes a software firewall that can be enabled manually for users who would like to use the feature, or who require it for whatever purpose.

The ability to use the firewall, toggle the feature on, and off, have relocated in System Settings, so we’re going to show you how to use the firewall in MacOS Ventura, and how to enable it or disable it as you see fit.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Access & View Apple Savings Account

May 16, 2023 - 7 Comments

How to access and view your Apple Savings Account

The Apple Savings Account is available only to Apple Card holders, for now anyway, and while the interest rate on savings is competitive, one of the quirks of an Apple Savings Account is how you access the account itself.

There is no dedicated Apple Savings app, and not even a dedicated Savings tab within the Wallet app, and there is no website to login to where you can access your account or funds. So, how do you view your Apple Savings Account and how do you access it?

Like so many other features of modern iOS, where things are tucked away behind layers of obfuscation or in unexpected places, you’ll be forgiven if you opened an account only to be confused on how to access it, so here’s a tutorial to explain.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

Second Release Candidate of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, MacOS Ventura 13.4 Available for Download

May 15, 2023 - Leave a Comment

new RC versions of Apple system software

Update: A third release candidate of MacOS Ventura 13.4 has been made available for Mac beta testers.

A second Release Candidate build of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, and MacOS Ventura 13.4 has been released by Apple to users participating in the public beta and developer beta programs for Apple system software.

Apple had previously stated that final versions of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, and MacOS Ventura 13.4 will be released to everyone this week, suggesting the second RC build must have caught some security issue or bug present in the first RC build of these releases.

The focus of iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 is the inclusion of a new LGTBQ+ pride wallpaper, and bringing a Sports tab to the News app. A variety of bug fixes are also included, and presumably security enhancements as well. MacOS Ventura 13.4 also gains a Sports tab in the News app, along with bug fixes and security enhancements.

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How to Find Who/What is Listening on TCP Ports on Mac

May 15, 2023 - Leave a Comment

What listens on TCP ports on Mac

Occasionally you may find yourself in a situation where you are seeking to find what open TCP connections are in a listening state on a Mac. This can be useful whether you’re troubleshooting particular network issues, or simply looking to identify which processes are listening on specific ports on a Mac.

We’ll be using the command line lsof tool to find out what/who is listening on open TCP connections on a Mac, making this most appropriate for advanced Mac users who are comfortable with the Terminal and sudo.

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How to Use the Analog Stopwatch on iPhone

May 14, 2023 - 2 Comments

How to access the analog stopwatch on iPhone

The iPhone Stopwatch feature is widely used by many people for everything from exercise, cooking, games, timers, health, and anything else requiring timing of durations.

You can switch the appearance of the Stopwatch in Clock app on iPhone to an analog face, complete with a standard watch face with moving watch hands. Analog stopwatches are preferred by many people, whether used for taking a pulse or interval timing workouts, amongst endless other use cases.

Like so many features on iPhone, the analog stopwatch face is hidden, tucked behind the digital stopwatch face, and it’s just as easy to overlook as it is to access.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Configure & Use Aliases in ZSH

May 13, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Mac Terminal icon

Command line aliases are very useful, allowing you to have command shortcuts for lengthier commands, and you can use them to replace one command with another as well. With zsh becoming the default shell in Terminal for MacOS, and a widely used shell in general thanks to Oh-My-Zsh, you may be wondering how to configure and use aliases with zsh shell.

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Get Indoor Temperature & Humidity Readings from Siri & HomePod

May 12, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Get indoor humidity and temperature from Siri and Homepod

You may already know that you can get indoor temperature and humidity levels with HomePod Mini and the new HomePod using the Home app, but what you may not know is that you can also get this information from Siri.

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How to Change the User Agent in Google Chrome

May 11, 2023 - Leave a Comment

How to change the user agent in Chrome web browser

Many advanced Chrome users may occasionally need to change the user agent associated with the browser, typically for testing purposes. Whether you’re a designer, developer, student, tinkerer, novice, or expert, changing the Chrome user agent isn’t particularly difficult, but it is hidden within a section of Chrome that most users never interact with; the developer tools.

Here’s how you can change the user agent in the Chrome web browser, it works the same on Chrome for Mac, Windows, or Linux.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Use ChatGPT on iPhone

May 10, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Use ChatGPT on iPhone

Want to use ChatGPT on your iPhone? It’s easy to tap into the incredible power of ChatGPT from anywhere, as long as you have your iPhone with you. ChatGPT will generate human-like text and responses that is leaps and bounds far more impressive than anything offered by Siri (or Alexa for that matter), offering you an assistant for virtually anything you can think to ask a question of.

Despite what you may have read or heard elsewhere, you do not need to download any apps or use anything particularly fancy to access and use ChatGPT right on your iPhone. Using ChatGPT from iPhone is a lot easier than you may think, so let’s dive in and take a look.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

RC of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, MacOS Ventura 13.4 Available for Testing

May 9, 2023 - Leave a Comment

new RC versions of Apple system software

Apple has issued the release candidate builds of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, and MacOS Ventura 13.4. The RC builds are available to download now for developer beta and public beta users.

The final versions of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, and MacOS Ventura 13.4 will be released to the general public next week, according to Apple.

No major new features are coming in iOS 16.5 or iPadOS 16.5, but Apple notes that a new LGTBQ+ pride celebration wallpaper is included in the software update, along with a Sports tab in the News app, and various bug fixes. MacOS Ventura 13.4 also focuses on bug fixes and security enhancements, but does not include any new wallpapers. Full release notes are included further below.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - Leave a Comment

How to Access Emoji on Mac by Hotkey

May 9, 2023 - 1 Comment

Emoji picker on Mac

If you’re a Mac user running the latest versions of macOS system software, from Monterey 12, Ventura 13, or later, you can enable an optional Emoji quick-access feature that allows you to summon the Emoji picker instantly with the press of a single key on your Mac keyboard.

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

How to Access Saved Passwords in Chrome

May 8, 2023 - 2 Comments

Google Chrome Icon

Many users choose to save login information and passwords into the Google Chrome browser’s built-in password manager. Sometimes you may need to manually access the passwords or login information that is stored within the password manager, so we’ll show you how you can access and view saved password and login information in the Chrome web browser.

We’re focusing on viewing passwords in Chrome for the desktop here, including Mac, Windows, and Linux, but the process is basically the same for Chrome on Android and iPhone too.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Setup Apple Savings Account

May 7, 2023 - 8 Comments

Apple Savings Account

Apple is now offering a savings account, thanks to a partnership with Goldman Sachs. The savings account is currently available only to Apple Card users, so if you have not yet applied for an Apple Card and you wish to have an Apple Savings account, you’ll need to do that first.

Currently, the Apple Savings account offers a 4.15% yield, which is considerably higher than what is available through virtually any other bank savings account.

Setting up the Apple Savings account is hidden and not particularly obvious, so if you attempted to check this feature out before and failed to find anything about it, it’s not surprising. We’ll show you how you can setup the Apple Savings account on your iPhone with the Wallet app.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Make Siri Listen Longer for Commands on iPhone & iPad

May 6, 2023 - 1 Comment

Siri icon

If you ever find that Siri is cutting you off in the middle of you issuing a command to the virtual assistance, you may want to change the “Siri Pause Time” setting to a longer duration of time.

You can easily adjust how long Siri will pause for a command on the iPhone or iPad, which can help if Siri is not getting the full command request or not completing a note, reminder, or other task that you ask of it. This is also a useful setting to adjust if you speak slower than Siri expects, or if you’re using Siri in another language that is not your native tongue and tend to speak slower as well.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Dim Flashing Lights in Videos on Mac

May 5, 2023 - 1 Comment

Automatically dim flashing lights and strobe effects on Mac

It’s not terribly uncommon to encounter flashing lights and strobing effects in videos, and while they can be annoying for most people, flashing light can be particularly problematic for people with epilepsy.

Fortunately, the latest versions of MacOS offer a feature that will detect flashing lights and strobing lights in videos, and automatically dim them. This is a great accessibility feature, whether you’re simply annoyed by flashing lights or if they could cause a health problem.

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

Fix iPhone Quick Start Not Working: 6 Troubleshooting Tips

May 4, 2023 - 1 Comment

Troubleshoot Quick Start not working on iPhone or iPad

Quick Start is the fantastic feature that allows users to easily transfer data from an old iPhone or iPad to a new iPhone or iPad, seamlessly, wirelessly, and with minimal effort. While Quick Start typically automatically opens when you get a new iPhone or iPad and you’re beginning to set it up, it doesn’t always work that way, and sometimes it does not activate automatically, or at all.

Let’s discuss how you can troubleshoot Quick Start when it’s not working on an iPhone or iPad.

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