How to Disable Spotify Car Mode

Sep 11, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Disable Spotify Car Mode

Spotify Car Mode is apparently supposed to make the app less distracting and easier to use while driving, but because the interface is completely different and less intuitive if you’re used to the regular Spotify interface, you may find it to have the opposite of the intended effect.

If you’d like to turn off Spotify Car Mode, you aren’t alone, so read along and you’ll have that pesky car feature turned off in no time.

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Listen to Long Audio Messages Easier on iPhone with This Trick

Sep 10, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Scrub voice messages on iPhone

Ever get sent a lengthy audio message to your iPhone and while you’re listening to it, the screen turns off and the voice audio message is interrupted, forcing you go to re-listen to the entire thing again? That’s annoying, right?

The next time you get sent a long audio message to your iPhone, use this handy trick and you’ll find it much easier to listen to the audio message, and to scrub around within the audio message too, thanks to a little known feature that allows you to access a dedicated audio message player, directly within the Messages app.

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MacOS Ventura Beta 7 Available for Testing

Sep 9, 2022 - 1 Comment

macOS Ventura beta

Apple has released macOS Ventura beta 7 to users enrolled in the beta testing programs for MacOS system software. The update is available now for both developer beta and public beta users.

MacOS Ventura features a new multitasking interface called Stage Manager, an iPhone Continuity Camera feature that allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam, Handoff supports FaceTime calls, you can now edit sent messages and unsend iMessages, the Mail app supports scheduling of emails and unsending emails, Safari gains a Tab Groups feature, a redesigned System Preferences interface that now looks like it was pasted over from an iPhone and renamed to System Settings, the Weather app and Clock app come to the Mac for the first time, and more.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 1 Comment

iOS 16 Release Date is Set for September 12

Sep 9, 2022 - 2 Comments

iOS 16

Wondering when will iOS 16 be released? Ponder no more because it is official; Apple will release the final version of iOS 16 to eligible iPhone users on Monday, September 12.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 2 Comments

How to Unlock iPhone With Your Voice

Sep 8, 2022 - 5 Comments

How to Unlock iPhone or iPad With Your Voice

Have you ever wanted to unlock your iPhone with just your voice? In that case, you may be excited to learn that it’s possible to do that, thanks to a little known Accessibility feature.

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

iOS 16 GM Released to Download for iPhone Beta Testers

Sep 7, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 16 Release Candidate GM build released

Apple has released the iOS 16 GM candidate for all users in the beta testing programs, days ahead of the planned public release. GM builds are typically the finalized beta version of system software that matches what is released to the general public.

The iOS 16 GM update is available to download right away for both Developer Beta and Public Beta testers.

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iPhone 14 Pro & iPhone 14 Pro Max Announced with 48MP Camera, Always-On Display, and More

Sep 7, 2022 - 4 Comments

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple has unveiled the all new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, with new features like a 48MP camera system, always-on display, crash detection, Emergency SOS via Satellite, and improved performance thanks to the new A16 CPU.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 4 Comments

iPhone 14 & iPhone 14 Plus Announced

Sep 7, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus

Apple has announced the new iPhone 14, and iPhone 14 Plus.

Both iPhone 14 models feature the same design as prior iPhone 13 models, and the same A15 processor as last years model as well. However, there are improvements to the devices camera, and new features like Emergency SOS via Satellite.

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Apple Watch Series 8, Ultra, & SE 2 Announced by Apple

Sep 7, 2022 - 1 Comment

Apple Watch Ultra

Apple has announced a series of new Apple Watch models, including Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch Ultra.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, News - 1 Comment

Hosts File Not Working on Mac? Try This Fix

Sep 6, 2022 - 2 Comments

Hosts file on the Mac

Some Mac users have discovered that the hosts file in MacOS does not appear to work, or changes to the /etc/hosts file on the Mac are seemingly ignored. Given that the hosts file is used to map IP addresses to host names, and is frequently modified by advanced users, this is an understandably annoying problem.

This is fairly obvious issue when it happens, because after editing the hosts file on a Mac from the command line or even with TextEdit, and flushing DNS cache, there does not appear to be any change to hosts.

Changes to the hosts file being ignored, or edits to the hosts file not working, are actually a fairly common occurrence, particularly with modern versions of MacOS system software. Fortunately it’s also usually a really easy fix.

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How to Play iPhone & iPad Games on Mac

Sep 2, 2022 - 1 Comment

How to Play iPhone & iPad Games on M1 Mac

Have you ever wanted to play the iPhone or iPad games you own on your Mac? Perhaps, you just want to play one game of Among Us while you’re stuck at work? As long as you have a Mac that’s powered by Apple Silicon, you’re all set.

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By Hamlin Rozario - Games, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Hard Lock an iPhone to Prevent Unauthorized Biometric Access

Sep 1, 2022 - 13 Comments

Hard lock an iPhone

If you’re ever in a situation where you are concerned about unauthorized biometric access to your iPhone, for example, someone holding your iPhone up to your face to unlock it with Face ID, or someone forcing you to put your finger on the Touch ID sensor to unlock the iPhone, you can prevent that unauthorized access to the iPhone with a Hard Lock trick.

Hard Locking an iPhone disables the biometric access capabilities on an iPhone, like Face ID and Touch ID, forcing the iPhone to require a passcode to unlock the device. This could be theoretically useful in a variety of situations, like crossing a foreign border or interacting with some legal authority.

Most people don’t know about hard locking an iPhone, but fortunately it’s an easy trick to learn and to master, and you can do it all discretely from your pocket so you don’t even have to pull the iPhone out and fiddle with it.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Security, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

iOS 12.5.6 Update Released for Older iPhones & iPads with Important Security Fix

Aug 31, 2022 - 1 Comment

Prepare for iOS 12 update

Apple has issued an important security update to older model iPhones and iPads that are not able to run the latest iOS 15 operating system.

iOS 12.5.6 includes important security patches, and should be installed on any older model device that is eligible to receive the update, and that can not install iOS 15.6.1, which includes the same vulnerability fix.

The iOS 12.5.6 software update should be available for iPhone‌ 6, ‌iPhone‌ 6 Plus, ‌iPhone‌ 5s, ‌iPod touch 6th gen, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and ‌iPad mini‌ 3.

Many people continue to use these older devices, particularly the older model iPhones, making this a welcome security update for those widely deployed devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 1 Comment

How to Search Messages on Mac

Aug 31, 2022 - 2 Comments

How to Search Messages on Mac

If you use Messages app on your Mac, you may frequently arrive at a situation where you’d like to search and filter the content of your messages and conversations for a match, or a particular word, or topic. Fortunately, the Messages for Mac app has a nice and easy message search feature.

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

How to Change the Font of a Webpage in Safari on iPhone & iPad

Aug 30, 2022 - 1 Comment

How to Change the Font of a Webpage in Safari

Have you ever wanted to customize the font seen on a webpage? Maybe you have a preferred font that you want to see while you’re reading, or the font on a particular webpage is difficult to read? In that case, you’ll be excited to know that you can now do this on your iPhone or iPad, without having to use a third-party web browser.

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

iOS 16 Beta 8 Available for Testing (New Public Beta too)

Aug 29, 2022 - 1 Comment

iOS 16 beta and iPadOS 16 beta

Apple has issued the eighth beta of iOS 16 for users enrolled in the iPhone beta testing program.

The latest beta is available for both developer beta and public beta users.

With iPhone 14 expected to launch in the coming weeks, it’s likely that iOS 16 beta 8 will be very close to the final build that will be shipping on those devices when they become available in September.

Currently there is not yet a matching new iPadOS 16 beta build.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 1 Comment

Unable to Auto Unlock Mac with Apple Watch? Troubleshoot & Fix

Aug 26, 2022 - 4 Comments

Unable to Auto Unlock Mac with Apple Watch? Troubleshoot & Fix

Apple allows users to unlock their Macs using their Apple Watch, which is a super handy feature for users of both devices. As convenient as this may sound, the feature isn’t completely flawless though, and sometimes you may run into issues with the auto-unlocking Mac feature.

Since Apple Watch and your Mac relies on a wireless connection to get this done, you can run into connectivity problems that may prevent you from unlocking your Mac with it. Additionally, certain macOS settings can change the way your Mac unlocks and in some rare cases, software glitches can stop your Apple Watch from unlocking your Mac too. Regardless, it’s pretty easy to diagnose what’s causing this issue and get it fixed.

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MacOS Ventura Beta 6 Available to Download

Aug 25, 2022 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Ventura beta

Apple has released MacOS Ventura beta 6 for users enrolled in the Mac beta testing program for system software. The 6th beta arrives several weeks after the fifth beta, perhaps suggesting some more significant changes were made.

Usually the developer beta rolls out first and is soon followed by the same build as a public beta version, so if you’re in the latter have some patience and the update will become available to you as well, usually within a day or less.

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