Fix a faulty Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

AppleWatchOne of the interface features of the Apple Watch that Apple has been proud of is its digital crown, which as a jog-dial acts somewhat similarly to the crown on traditional watches (though winding it will not charge your watch). Given that it is central to operating your watch, you may find yourself a bit frustrated if the crown becomes a bit rough to rotate, or has trouble registering button presses. If these happen to you, then you may be surprised at the suggestions Apple offers for fixing your watch. Continue reading

Apple Watch heart monitor woes confirmed by Apple

AppleWatchAs with any new device, the Apple Watch has had its share of complaints from users who expected some functionality and found the device does not live up to expectation. In a recent support document update for the Apple Watch, Apple acknowledges one drawback, where the device may be unable to perform proper biometrics on inked skin. This results in those with tattoos and similar color changes on their wrists, finding the watch’s heart rate monitor will not detect beats, and claim they have zero heart rate. Continue reading

Five quick fixes for Wi-Fi troubles in OS X

WiFiIconXPerhaps one of the more ubiquitous problems that OS X users encounter is a periodic inability to maintain a steady Wi-Fi connection. While for many people Wi-Fi is relatively stable, for others there may be times (sometimes quite frequent), where the connection will drop, give an error, and otherwise refuse to join. There are many reasons why Wi-Fi connections may do this, including everything from electromagnetic interference to faulty configurations, so troubleshooting it may be daunting. However, if you find yourself running into this issue regularly, then there are a few quick fixes that should get you up and running again. Continue reading

How to take screenshots on any supported Apple device

DisplaysIconXCapturing the current view of your Mac or iPhone can be useful for communicating exactly what you are seeing on your screen to someone. This can be great for troubleshooting and guiding someone on a specific procedure, but can also be useful for quickly preserving an image or some text you are seeing. Most Apple devices that display content support a screenshot option, and this can be invoked in most conditions to capture what you are seeing. Continue reading

How to require a password for shared printers in OS X

PrinterIconXIf you have a printer set up on your Mac, then sharing it has always been a relatively simple process. Doing so allows anyone on the local network or who have remote access to the current system via iCloud’s Back To My Mac service, to see your printer as a nearby printer in the standard print dialogue. By default, this setup allows anyone to print to the shared printer; however, you can also set restrictions to require authentication┬ábefore printing is allowed. Continue reading

Tackle Pro Video Formats 2.0.1 always appearing in Software Update

PackageIconXIf you use your Mac for professional video editing with Final Cut Pro X, Motion, or Compressor software, then you may have been presented with the recent Pro Video Formats 2.0.1 software update to give you the latest compatibility with various codecs you may use to import and export video. However, as can be the case with updates at times, even though you download and install it, your Mac may repeatedly display this update as being available, despite having installed it. Continue reading

iCloud syncing in Photos causing Wi-Fi hangups in OS X 10.10.3

PhotosIconXSome people who have updated their Macs to OS X 10.10.3 are noticing dropouts in Wi-Fi connectivity. While such problems have affected past OS X versions, in these cases often the problems only started after updating to version 10.10.3, and not before. Whenever Wi-Fi problems crop up in OS X, unfortunately there can be a myriad of reasons that might take meticulous troubleshooting to fix; however, one issue that seems common to many affected people is some interference with the iCloud syncing features in Photos. Continue reading