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Disabling FileVault to Decrypt Mac Hard Disks

While enabling and using FileVault disk encryption is highly recommended for security-conscious Mac users with modern hardware and SSD volumes, some users may decide they do not need to use FileVault for a variety of reasons, or perhaps they just want to disable it for another purpose. That’s what we’re going to demonstrate here, disabling … Read More

Apple Runs Siri Ad, “Thank You Speech” with Neil Patrick Harris

Apple has released a new iPhone ad emphasizing the devices hands-free Hey Siri feature. In the commercial, celebrity Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, remember that show?) asks Siri to read an acceptance Thank You speech for some unknown award, and then lip-syncs the response from Siri. Apple calls the ad: ‘Thank You Speech’ and included … Read More

How to Rotate Video on iPhone & iPad

Many people record video on the iPhone or iPad and have the device oriented vertically, and while there is nothing inherently wrong with that, a side effect is you end up capturing vertical videos with large black bars on the sides. Fortunately there’s an easy way to rotate movies in iOS with little effort, which … Read More

Quickly Turn iPhone Battery Saving Low Power Mode On & Off with Siri

The excellent battery saving Low Power Mode available to iPhone users in modern versions of iOS typically requires being enabled through battery settings, but there’s an even faster way to toggle the feature on and off again at any time; Siri. Siri can quickly turn on low power mode or turn the feature off again, … Read More

Fix a Mac Showing the Wrong Time & Date

Rarely, Mac users may notice their clock is displaying the wrong system time. This typically occurs after a Mac has been shut down for an extended amount of time and hasn’t connected to the internet in a while, but it can also happen with traveling across date lines, between regions with daylight savings time observations, … Read More

How to Find a Router IP Address from iPhone or iPad

Getting the IP address of a connected router or default gateway is pretty simple in iOS, so if you find yourself in a situation where you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and need to get a connected router or gateway address, you won’t have to leave iOS to do so. This is frequently … Read More

How to Change Sudo Password Timeout in Mac OS X

Advanced users who spend a fair amount of time in the command line may wish to adjust their sudo password expiration to be more secure (or less secure, by extending the password grace period timeout). Typically this means removing any password timeout so that the default five minute password cache is abandoned, thus requiring the … Read More