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iOS 11.2.2 Security Update for iPhone and iPad Now Available

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:44
Apple has released iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad. The new software update provides a security improvement to presumably address the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, and is therefore recommended for all iPad and iPhone users to install on their compatible devices. The simplest way to download and install iOS 11.2.2 is through the Software ... Read More

Get Terminal for iOS to Bring the Command Line to iPad and iPhone

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 17:36
Ever wished you had a native command line in iOS? You know, like a Terminal app for iPad and iPhone? Wish no more, the aptly named Terminal for iOS is here, and it’s free! Terminal is a sandboxed command line environment for iOS that has over 30 commands currently available, covering many of the most ... Read More

How to Install & Use SF Mono Font on Mac with Other Apps

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 19:47
SF Mono is a really nice monospaced font available to Mac users within Terminal and Xcode, but you may have noticed that SF Mono is not available outside of those two apps. If you’d like to use SF Mono font elsewhere in MacOS and in other Mac apps, follow the instructions below to install the ... Read More

How to Enable Strict Site Isolation in Chrome

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 20:12
One way to increase security in the Google Chrome web browser is to enable strict site isolation, which causes each page renderer process to contain pages from only a single site at a time, effectively placing them in a per-site sandbox. Theoretically this could help to mitigate against certain security risks, like those posed by ... Read More

How to Protect Against Meltdown & Spectre Security Flaws

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:54
Two major security flaws have been found in modern computer processors, potentially impacting nearly all modern computers in the world. All Macs and iOS devices along with most Windows PC and Android devices are potentially susceptible to the critical security flaws, named Meltdown and Spectre. Theoretically, the vulnerabilities could be used to gain unauthorized access ... Read More

2 Show Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 21:25
If you want to show the Mac desktop quickly, the fastest way to do so is often with a keyboard shortcut to reveal the desktop. This approach will push aside all on-screen windows, apps, and other information, and show only the Mac desktop – all without closing any apps. These tricks can offer a fast ... Read More

How to Fix Night Shift Stuck Enabled in Mac OS

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 20:23
Is your Mac screen looking strangely orange from Night Shift being stuck on, even during daylight hours when Night Shift should be off? It may be rare and it’s not clear what causes Night Shift to sometimes get stuck enabled on a Mac, but when it does happen it’s pretty obvious because the screen colors ... Read More

Beta 3 of iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 Released for Testing

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 18:53
Apple has released beta 3 of iOS 11.2.5, macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, tvOS 11.2.5, and watchOS 4.2.2 for users participating in the beta testing programs. The new beta versions of system software are available now for developers, with public beta releases typically followed soon after. No major new features are expected in iOS 11.2.5, macOS ... Read More

How to Count Lines of a File by Command Line

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 21:07
Need to get the line count of a text file or document? Counting lines of any file is easy at the command line, and the command for line counting is the same in all modern Unix based operating systems, meaning this line counting trick will work the same on Mac OS and Mac OS X, ... Read More

9 Classic Mac OS Tiling Wallpapers

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:15
If you’re an extra longtime Mac user, you might remember way back in the 1990s when desktop backgrounds on classic Mac OS versions were tiled images of various textures. This was way back when the idea of setting a single image as wallpaper was a bit extreme because it was excessively resource heavy, and so ... Read More

How to Activate Siri on iPhone X

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 20:57
The iPhone X includes Siri access, the ever helpful (and sometimes goofy) virtual assistant that can perform tons of tasks by issuing simple commands by voice. But if you’re accustomed to accessing Siri by holding down a Home button and now you have iPhone X, you’re probably wondering how to access Siri on the iPhone ... Read More

How to Disable Apple Pay Lock Screen Access on iPhone X by Side Button Presses

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 21:37
Ever picked up iPhone X and found Apple Pay credit cards on screen? Or have you pulled iPhone X out of a pocket or bag and discovered that Apple Pay is open on the lock screen? This is from a new Apple Pay access feature that iPhone X enables by default, which allows the devices ... Read More

How to Add iCloud Drive to Dock on Mac

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:57
iCloud Drive allows for easy cloud access and storage of data from Mac and iOS devices, and so having the ability to quickly get to iCloud Drive at any time via the Dock can be very convenient for many Mac users. While there are various ways to access iCloud Drive from a Mac, one of ... Read More

How to Disable Bad Language in Siri on iPhone and iPad

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 18:04
If you don’t want Siri to ever dictate, speak, or write out explicit language, you can disable bad language in Siri for iPhone and iPad completely. By disabling explicit language support in Siri, the virtual assistant will use asterisks to cover up curse words and bad language, like “s**t”, and will literally bleep explicit language ... Read More

How to Change the Default Notes Account in iOS

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:15
The Notes app in iOS is ever useful and offers a great place to store whatever little tidbits of text, checklists, pictures, doodles and drawings, shared notes with other people, password locked notes, and other data points you wish to preserve in some organized manner on an iPhone or iPad. And as for storing, the ... Read More

How to Setup AirPods with iPhone or iPad

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:06
AirPods are the new wireless earphones from Apple, they allow for completely wireless listening to music, interacting with Siri, answering phone calls, and interacting with music or audio. AirPods are particularly popular with iPhone users, but they work with most other iOS devices and Macs as well. If you got a new pair of AirPods ... Read More

Need a Last Minute Gift? The Ultra Slacker Christmas Shopping Guide

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 17:24
We all know the feeling; it’s Christmas Eve (or Christmas morning… if you’re the biggest slacker on the planet) and you still need to do some gift shopping. If you’re in need of a last minute gift, either because you like to procrastinate until the literal last moments before shopping or perhaps an unexpected visitor ... Read More

Stopping the PTPCamera Process on a Mac from Hogging CPU

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 19:50
Some Mac users running older versions of MacOS system software may notice that after they plug an iPhone or a camera into their Mac, the computer starts running slower and, if it has a battery, the battery drains faster. Upon closer inspection with Activity Monitor on the impacted Mac, you might notice that a process ... Read More

iPhone Slow? An Old Battery Might Be To Blame

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 21:59
Your battery might be making your older iPhone slow. This is because, apparently, iOS system software sometimes slows down older iPhones when the internal battery has degraded to the point where it can no longer sufficiently power the device at the expected performance level. According to Apple, the throttling of device speed is intended to ... Read More

How to Open a Link in New Private Browsing Window in Safari for Mac

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 20:07
You can easily open any link found on the web into a new private browsing window on Safari for Mac, thanks to a helpful albeit little-known trick available in the web browser. For the unfamiliar, Private Browsing mode aims to protect private information and some degree of privacy by preventing websites from tracking search behavior, ... Read More