What are the Black Dots Under App Icons and How to Remove Them

by File in: OS X

If you’re new to Macs and OS X, you may have noticed that some of your app icons in the Dock have a small black dot under them. The black dot is normally always under the Finder icon no matter what. The black dot basically indicates that the application is running. It’s kind of like […]

How to Check AppleCare Support and Warranty Status for Your Mac

by File in: Hardware

If you have a Mac and need to get some repair or replacement done on it, then you’ll first need to determine whether or not the Mac is still under warranty. With most other manufacturers, this means having to go through an annoying process where you search for some serial or tag number and then […]

How to Update iTunes or iCloud Credit Card Info

by File in: Tutorials

If you need to update the credit card that is on file for your iTunes or iCloud account, you’ve probably realized by now that you can’t do it from your iPhone or Mac. You can change the “additional” payment method, but not the main one that is used for family sharing. When you go to […]

Can’t Delete Apps on iPhone Due to 3D Touch?

by File in: iPhone

Lately, I’ve been very frustrated with my iPhone because whenever I want to delete an app, I can’t get to the mode where the icons shake because of the 3D touch feature. 3D touch is overall a pretty useless feature in my opinion, but I’ve kept it enabled because on one or two rare occasions […]

How to Check Your Mac for Rootkits

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

If you Mac is acting strangely and you suspect a rootkit, then you’ll need to get to work downloading and scanning with several different tools. It’s worth noting that you could have a rootkit installed and not even know it. The main distinguishing factor that makes a rootkit special is that it gives someone remote […]

How to Format a Drive or Partition with the HFS+ File System

by File in: OS X, Tutorials

This brief guide will show you how to use Disk Utility to format a drive or partition with the HFS+ file system. It’s worth noting that starting with Mac OS High Sierra (10.13), Apple will switch to the new APFS or Apple File System. Considering HFS+ has been around since 1998, it’s about time for […]

How to Disconnect From a Wireless Network on a Mac

by File in: OS X

Even though OS X has made great strides in recent years against Windows, there are still a few things that are way more difficult than they really should be. One of those items is simply trying to disconnect from a wireless network. In Windows, you just click on the wireless icon in the taskbar, select […]

Understanding Replace, Replace All, and Merge in OS X Mavericks

by File in: OS X

Unlike Windows, copying and moving files in OS X has always been a little confusing. I had previously written about moving/copying files in OS X¬†and those tips still prevail, but there have been some changes to other copy scenarios in OS X Mavericks, mostly when you run into situations where a file or folder name […]

Understanding Memory Pressure in OS X Mavericks

by File in: OS X

If you haven’t upgraded to OS X Mavericks yet, you should for a whole host of reasons. One of these reasons is the new Memory tab in Activity Monitor. It’s gotten a huge upgrade and it makes understanding memory usage in OS X a lot easier than previous versions. Using the new revamped memory statistics, […]

Prevent iTunes from Opening Automatically When Connecting iPhone

by File in: iTunes

Here’s a simple tip for the day: stop iTunes from opening up automatically whenever you connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch! It really annoys me because I don’t even really use iTunes anymore, so there is really no need for me to open it. If I need to perform a local backup of my […]