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Make a SuperDrive Work on Unsupported Macs? It’s Possible!

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 18:12
The Apple SuperDrive is an external CD / DVD drive that reads and writes to optical discs, and while it works great with many Macs, there are some Mac models where the SuperDrive doesn’t work, like any Mac that happened to come with a built-in optical drive. For the computers that do not support the ... Read More

How to Change Audio Import Settings in iTunes on Mac & Windows

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:25
If you’re ripping CDs to import a music collection into iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC, you may be interested in knowing that you can change the media encoding for imported music. By default, iTunes will import and rip CDs using the MP3 Encoder at 160kbps, but if you want to change the encoding ... Read More

iOS 11.3 Beta 6 Released for Testing

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:21
Apple has released the 6th beta version of iOS 11.3 for users participating in the iOS beta testing program. The new beta build presumably focuses on continued bug fixes and refinements to the beta software for iPhone and iPad, marching the system software closer to the inevitable public release. Users enrolled in the iOS beta ... Read More

How to Share Wi-Fi Passwords from iPhone or iPad

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 18:43
The latest versions of iOS offer a very nice feature that lets you easily share wi-fi passwords from an iPhone or iPad so that other people can quickly join a wireless network that you’re already connected to. While there is still no way to see the wi-fi router password in iOS, the ability to share ... Read More

Get Instant Command Line Access from Anywhere in Mac OS with iTerm2

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:21
If you’re a command line user, you can imagine that it’d be useful to have a Terminal window available instantly to you from anywhere on the Mac, whether you’re currently in the Finder, Safari, Xcode, or any other application entirely. Well there’s no need to imagine, with iTerm you can have an instantly available terminal ... Read More

WWDC 2018 Starts June 4, iOS 12 & MacOS 10.14 Likely to Debut

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:10
Apple has announced their annual Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC) will begin on Monday, June 4. The event, which is to be held in San Jose California, will last through June 8. Though aimed at developers, WWDC events are significant to a wider audience because Apple usually debuts their next major operating system versions during a ... Read More

How to Delete Apps from iPhone X and 3D Touch iPhone Models

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 19:30
Removing apps from an iPhone or iPad has always been an easy endeavor, and you can easily uninstall any iOS app from a device in just seconds. Of course iPhone X and 3D Touch iPhone models can still quickly delete apps from the home screen too, but because of some hardware features of those devices, ... Read More

Beta 5 of iOS 11.3 & macOS 10.13.4 Available for Testing

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 17:28
Apple has released the fifth beta version of iOS 11.3 to users participating in the iOS beta testing program for iPhone and iPad system software, alongside macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 5 for Mac beta testers. Separately, tvOS 11.3 beta 5 has also been made available to users beta testing Apple TV system software. Typically, ... Read More

How to Make a Copy of Files or Folders on Mac with Duplicate

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 16:25
If you ever need to make a copy of a file or folder on the Mac, you’ll be happy to know that there is a super-easy way to accomplish that task thanks to the Duplicate File feature in the Mac Finder. The name is self descriptive, as Duplicate will create an exact copy of any ... Read More

How to Use Stopwatch on iPhone

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 20:24
The iPhone has a handy Stopwatch feature, with two different visual modes and the capability of notating laps. The all-purpose stopwatch is fantastic for anything where you want to time something, whether it’s tracking an athletic endeavor, performance, or simply some other event or occurrence where a stopwatch measurement is appropriate. How to Access & ... Read More

How to Search Emoji on Mac

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 19:06
You probably know that you can quickly get to Emoji icons on the Mac via keyboard shortcut or menu items, but did you know you can search Emoji on the Mac? Using the Emoji search feature makes it much faster and easier to get to a particular Emoji icon rather than browse through hundreds and ... Read More

How to Set Your Personal Info with Siri on iPhone and iPad

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 20:14
In order for a variety of Siri features to work, Siri must know who you are, and the more Siri knows about you the better some of those features work when activated from an iPhone or iPad. For example, if Siri knows your home address then you can ask Siri to “give me directions home” ... Read More

How to Install Homebrew on Mac

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:14
Advanced Mac users may appreciate using the Homebrew package manager, which greatly simplifies the process of installing command line software and tools on a Mac. For example, if you want to easily install favorite command line tools on a Mac like cask, htop, wget, nmap, tree, irssi, links, colordiff, or virtually any other familiar unix ... Read More

How to Find All 32-Bit Apps on a Mac

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:25
MacOS High Sierra is the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps “without compromise” (presumably meaning without performance degradation, and with maximum compatibility), and betas of macOS 10.13.4 are now notifying users if 32-bit apps are being run. This might suggest that 32-bit Mac apps will run through a compatibility mode like Rosetta or Classic ... Read More

How to Enable or Disable “Avoid Highways” in Maps for iPhone

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:42
The iOS Maps app has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, including a settings toggle that allows you to get directions to and from destinations while avoiding highways and freeways. This is particularly helpful for iPhone users that rely on the Maps app for directions and getting around, but it works on iPad as ... Read More

iOS 11.3 Beta 4, macOS 10.13.4 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 18:40
Apple has released the fourth beta version of iOS 11.3 to users enrolled in the iOS beta testing program, alongside the fourth beta build of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 for Mac system software testers. Separately, Apple also released tvOS 11.3 beta 4 for Apple TV users who are running a beta build on their devices. ... Read More

How to Get the Size of a File or Folder in Mac OS

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 16:15
Need to know the size of a particular file? Or have you ever wondered how large a particular folder is on a Mac? With a simple trick you an quickly get the size of any file, folder, or item as found within the Finder file system of Mac OS. This tutorial will walk through using ... Read More

How to Find Duplicate Songs in iTunes 12

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 20:40
iTunes offers a simple way to track down and find duplicate songs in a music library, so if you find yourself hearing the same song every once in a while when listening to iTunes on a Mac or Windows, or after copying music to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, then it’s quite possible duplicate tracks ... Read More

How to Fix an Unresponsive iPhone X Screen

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 19:39
Rarely, owners of an iPhone X may discover their screen is unresponsive seemingly at random, where swipes and taps on the screen are either not registered at all, or they have a severe lag and there’s a notable delay before the touch interaction completes. Swipes and gestures suddenly have a huge lag, and taps on ... Read More

How to Rip a CD with iTunes & Import MP3s on Mac & Windows

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:29
Do you have some audio CDs laying around that you’d like to digitize and convert to mp3? Ripping a CD and turning the audio into MP3 or M4A tracks is remarkably simple with iTunes, and the process its he same on both a Mac and Windows PC. This is a great approach if you want ... Read More