How to set up a new Mac from a Time Machine backup

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 1, 2015

One of the primary benefits to using Time Machine is that it allows you to restore your backup on a new Mac or a new OS X installation. This makes it so that you can essentially pick up where you left off from your old machine or old installation.

Fortunately, restoring Time Machine backups to a new Mac is extremely easy and straightforward. In this fifth tutorial in our Time Machine how-to series, we’ll show you how easy it is. Read More

 

How, why and when to boot your Mac in Safe Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015

Most of the time, your Mac “just works.”

But there will be times when a rogue app, a misbehaving service, outdated caches and other issue will cause your Mac to slow, stop starting up or exhibit other unwanted symptoms. Thankfully, Apple has provided a way to boot OS X in Safe Mode.

In Safe Mode, your Mac prevents some software, such as startup items, from loading. What does get loaded are the bare minimum level of drivers and essential software. This is by design, to help you troubleshoot your Mac and isolate the cause of a software conflict. As a bonus, booting in Safe Mode also forces a check of your startup disk.

Here’s what you need to know about Safe Mode on OS X, when you should use it and how to startup up any Mac in Safe Mode and get back to normal. Read More

 

How to hide Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Now that you’ve tried Apple Music thanks to Apple’s generous three-month free trial, you may have decided that the service just isn’t cut for you.

Though impossible to get rid of it completely, you can temporarily hide most of Apple Music’s aspects.

Our previous tutorial has taught you how to disconnect from Apple Music’s Connect feature and today’s how-to lays out the steps to hide Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac and go back to the old way of enjoying music. Read More

 

How to create a partition on your Time Machine external hard drive

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2015

Time Machine is extremely easy to use, and its flexibility makes it a great solution for keeping your Mac backed up safely. But with external drives being as large as they are, you may wish to use some of the space on your Time Machine drive for basic file storage.

There are many ways to go about this, but one of the best ways is to simply create a separate partition on your external drive. By doing this, you have a dedicated partition for file storage, and a dedicated partition for your Time Machine backups.

Although it’s possible to store files on your Time Machine partition, in my opinion, it’s a better practice to keep them separated. In this fourth entry into our Time Machine tutorial series, I’ll show you how simple it is to create a second partition on your Time Machine external drive. Read More

 

How to fix issues connecting to the server during Apple Watch setup

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

Have you ever received the error message “there was a problem connecting to the server” during the Apple Watch setup process? This error may occur when you try to log in to Messages.

The problem with this error is that there’s no way to bypass it from the Apple Watch app. Thankfully, however, there is a way to get past this error so that you can complete the Apple Watch initial setup process. Read More

 

How to update the iOS 9 public beta to iOS 9 beta 4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

It’s possible to update to the latest developer version of the iOS 9 beta directly from the iOS 9 public beta. If you want the latest and greatest updates offered by iOS 9 beta 4, but you’re currently running the public beta, listen up—it’s super-easy to upgrade to the latest developer version of the iOS 9 beta. Read More

 

Jailbreak tip: spoof your location in Snapchat to use any geofilter

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2015

Phantom for Snapchat is a popular jailbreak tweak that allows you to supercharge Snapchat with all sorts of bolt on features. It also has the ability to spoof your location.

Snapchat uses your location to present you with custom geofilters, which are basically stickers that you can place on your Snaps that reflect your current location. So, for example, you couldn’t normally add a Paris filter to your Snaps unless you were actually in Paris.

With Phantom’s location spoofing option, it’s possible to snag filters for any location that you desire around the world. It’s super-easy to use as well. We’ll show you how to spoof your location in Snapchat to add custom filters in our video tutorial. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac with PP jailbreak [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 13, 2015

The PP untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.4 is out, and it has been confirmed to work. As we continue to wait on a possible TaiG jailbreak for Mac, the 25PP team is making it so that Mac users can jailbreak now.

Of course, you can always use the virtual machine method for jailbreaking iOS 8.4 using TaiG on Mac, but the PP jailbreak tool is as simple as simple gets for Mac users. Inside, we’ll show you how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8.4 on Mac using PP jailbreak. Read More

 

How to restore DRM-laden Apple Music matched songs to DRM-free

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2015

Apple today released iTunes 12.2.1 which solves a few issue, among them an annoying bug that’s been driving more than a few early adopters of Apple Music crazy.

For context, Apple’s standalone $25 per year iTunes Match subscription is commonly used to legitimately replace matched songs in your library with DRM-free files from iTunes in the high-quality 256Kbps AAC format. Unfortunately, iTunes Match as part of Apple Music membership contains a flaw.

Even though Apple Music checks songs in your own library against its vast catalog, matched tracks get incorrectly labeled as Apple Music and wrapped inside FairPlay, Apple’s proprietary DRM system. As a result, you’re prevented from enjoying your own Matched music on non-Apple devices.

More importantly, Apple Music members who cancel their subscription may end up with DRM-protected matched tracks. Making matter worse, deleting a track in your Mac’s original library for the purpose of re-downloading it as a 256Kbps AAC file will prompt Apple Music to incorrectly replace the original, non-DRM version with a DRM-laden file.

This was never intended behavior: a flaw causes iTunes to incorrectly label songs from Matched to Apple Music. But worry not, iTunes 12.2.1 comes to the rescue: release notes state that the update resolves an issue “where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music”.

Here’re the steps you must take if your matched songs show up as DRM-protected Apple Music tracks. Read More

 

How to view and restore specific files using Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2015

Time Machine is very useful, because not only does it allow you to back up all of your user data, but it also allows you to selectively view and restore portions of that data, even down to individual files.

In this tutorial, the forth in our series about Time Machine, I’m going to show you to how to view and restore an individual file using a Time Machine backup. Read More

 

How to disable Apple Music Connect

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

After you enable Apple Music on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.4 or later, the Music app gains the following five tabs alongside the bottom: For You, New, Radio, Connect and My Music.

Described by Apple as a place where “musicians give their fans a closer look at their work, their inspirations, and their world,”Apple Music Connect permits music lovers to view and follow an artist’s stream, like and comment on their posts and more.

Apple Music Connect is basically Ping 2.0. The feature is a tad crude in appearance and feels rough around the edges so little wonder that some folks don’t view Connect as valuable enough for it to deserve its own tab.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of the Connect tab? Thankfully, there is.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Connect feature couldn’t be disabled: Apple has made sure to burry and hide it in an obscure place. In this post, I’m going to explain precisely how you can disconnect from Connect in Apple Music on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac and replace it with the infinitely more useful Playlists functionality. Read More

 

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone and iPad named IGN’s Free Game of the Month

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2015

IGN has partnered with Ninja Kiwi to name Bloons Tower Defense 5 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad its free game for the month of July. This popular tower defense download is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make sure to redeem your copy following the instructions provided below.

This promotion is only available through IGN so don’t bother visiting the App Store, where Tower Defense 5 for iPhone and iPod touch currently sells for $2.99, with the iPad edition fetching an additional $4.99, so you’re looking at a cool $8 saved. Read More

 

How to exclude files from being backed up in Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 4, 2015

In our third Time Machine tutorial for OS X, we’ll show you how to exclude specific files from being included in your Time Machine backup. You’ll find that it’s extremely easy to curate your Time Machine backups using its preferences.

The thing that I really like about Time Machine is that you can exclude not only individual files, but entire folders of files as well. Have a look at our easy to use tutorial to find out how you can exclude certain data from becoming a part of your backup. Read More

 

How to master Apple Music liking system to influence ‘For You’ recommendations

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2015

Apple Music offers a section called For You which provides a personalized selection of music based on your listening habits. On the surface, it sounds great until a song you can’t stand listening to anymore or an artist you really aren’t a big fan of gets injected into the For You feed.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could teach Apple’s algorithm exactly what music you like and, more importantly, what you dislike? Thankfully there is, but it takes a bit of a learning curve to master the Apple Music recommendation system.

Here’s what you need to know regarding fine-tuning For You recommendations and customizing your listening experience on Apple Music. Read More

 

Find out if Apple Music, Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 and iTunes Match are available in your country

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Apple’s new music package, available across 115 countries around the world, packs in Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 Radio, iTunes Match and Apple Music on-demand streaming. But not all of these services are available in each and every country.

For example, people in Romania can only enjoy iTunes Match. Beats 1 Radio is currently off-limits in nearly two dozen countries. In addition, eight countries currently lack access to Apple Music, Apple Music Radio and Beats 1 Radio.

This article helps you find out in which countries you can join Apple Music, listen to Apple Music Radio (formerly iTunes Radio) and Beats 1 Radio or subscribe to iTunes Match. Read More

 

10 tips for Apple Music

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015

Apple Music is here, and after using it for several hours today, I can attest that it’s pretty great. Not only does it live up to the hype, but it’s been relatively stable as well.

I think the future for artists on Apple Music is relatively bright. Here is a paid streaming service that I think many will be more than willing to get behind.

To celebrate the launch, here are 10 tips for getting more out of Apple Music. Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.4 with TaiG 2.2.0

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2015

TaiG 2.2.0 was just released about an hour ago, and it brings with it support for iOS 8.4. Like previous versions of TaiG’s tool, this version is Windows-only, so you’ll need to use a Windows machine or a virtual Machine.

We’ve created a full video walkthrough and tutorial to show you how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8.1.3-iOS 8.4 using TaiG 2.2.0. It’s an extremely easy jailbreak that only takes a few minutes if the directions are followed closely. Read More

 

How to force quit a Mac app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2015

If you run OS X Yosemite, you’re going to run into issues when a misbehaving app like Safari eats up system resources while refusing to quit the normal way. On iOS, it’s easy to force-quit any app iPhone or iPad app, and watchOS also provides a similar shortcut for purging an unresponsive task from its memory.

As it turns out, you can also force-quit any OS X app just as easily. Please take a minute to check out Apple’s easy to remember shortcuts for force-quitting apps. They’ll come in handy when an app starts to slow your system to a crawl or gets wacky to the point when force-quitting is the only remaining option left.

In this post, I’m going to teach you two methods of force-quitting a Mac app. Read More

 

How to request a song for Apple’s new Beats 1 radio station

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2015

Apple’s new 24/7 radio station, Beats 1, went live this morning and is now in full effect. Initial feedback on the experiment is mixed—some people really like it, others don’t—but the consensus is that Apple has managed to capture the essence of radio.

Keeping with that theme, Apple has announced that it’s going to start taking listener requests for songs during at least a small segment of its Beats 1 broadcast. From the service’s official Twitter account: “in a few hours, we turn the show over to you.” Read More

 

How to disable auto-renewal in Apple Music to avoid charges after your free trial

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2015

Apple Music finally launched around the world this morning, and with it comes a lengthy 3-month free trial. But after the trial period is up, you’ll be on the hook for $10 per month, unless you turn off auto-renewal. Luckily, as with all iTunes-billed subscription services, this is quick and easy to do. Read More

 
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