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How Apple Pay handles a canceled credit card [Updated]

Update: OP on Reddit adds that the cards was already registered. Womp womp. Apple Pay is easy, convenient, and instantly popular enough that its rivals are already trying to kill it through collusion. Of course that's when you're making purchases. How easy is it to deal with things like cancel...

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Keep personal photos out of collections with iOS 8's "hide photo" feature

Apple's Collections feature for photos in iOS is a wonderful way to keep track of your memories and easily present them when it's time to show off. Photos are automatically sorted into smart groups based on the time and location they were taken, making it a breeze to quickly find every picture yo...

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Kill no-close-em Safari pages with AppleScript

I hate those pop-ups that hijack Safari even when I've enabled Settings > Security > Block Pop-up windows. Sure, I've edited my hosts file with Someonewhocare's updates to avoid them in the first place but even so, bad pages still happen. With a simple web search, you'll find a variety of c...

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Seven iPhone photography tricks take the basic camera to the next level

Lorenz Holder is a professional photographer and part of the Cooperative of Photography, a community-focused online photography magazine. The goal of the Cooperative is to recognize and promote exceptional visions within the photography community as well as support developing photographers. Hold...

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Mac 101: How to disable that annoying volume noise

Apple's OS X has one little feature that makes me nuts. When you adjust the volume with the keyboard or Menu Bar slider, it makes a little "pip" sound as the volume increases or decreases. On one hand, it's a nice confirmation that you've successfully made a change; on the other hand, it's an anno...

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Mac 101: quickly change volume input, output

Many Mac users have several input and output devices for sound. For example, I have a mic, external speakers and a set of headphones connected to my MacBook Pro pretty much all the time. I also use Soundflower for capturing audio from my Mac. I can make any one of them active via the sound System Pr...

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How to fix disappearing iMessages after switching from iPhone to Android

As mentioned in this morning's news roundup, a number of iPhone users who have since switched to Android are finding that they are unable to receive messages sent from iPhone users. The problem lies in the fact that some folks have phone numbers tied to iMessage even after leaving the iOS ecosystem....

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How to completely hide any app or folder on your iPhone or iPad

Keeping prying eyes from poking around in your more precious apps is always a concern, especially for those of us with nosey friends or kids. Until now, keeping apps private meant hiding them in a folder somewhere, but wouldn't it be ideal to be able to hide apps entirely? Thanks to a funky trick ...

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How to set up a complex passcode on your iOS device

Smartphones and tablets these days store an incredible amount of information, and with much of it sensitive and personal, many users like to keep their device somewhat private by limiting who has access. With the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, Apple sought to make iOS devices more secur...

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Use special characters for a more secure iPhone passcode

The iPhone's passcode feature offers front-line security to your device and its contents. If you're not using a passcode, you ought to seriously consider it. I know that typing it over and over is a pain, but I guarantee it's less painful than losing a phone that's wide open. There are two types o...

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Here's a quick way to send a file to a screen-shared desktop

I've been doing a lot of Mac development recently. This means I often need to screen share to my headless OS X Mountain Lion system for testing. This morning, I was updating my folderol app to add features for folder tagging. I had to make sure that those Mavericks-only features wouldn't show up w...

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Does your iPhone really charge faster in Airplane mode?

A widely circulated iPhone tip would have you believe that your device will charge must faster in Airplane Mode. On the surface, this makes a whole lot of sense. After all, with GPS lying dormant and all of the wireless radios inside the device rendered temporarily inactive, your phone can take a ...

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Did you know you can change the direction of the iPhone Panorama feature?

iOS has always been about intuitiveness, but every once in a while, it assumes a little too much. That seems to be the case with the Panorama photo feature, which, at first glance, appears to only allow panoramas to be shot from left to right. If you were under this impression, it's totally unders...

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How to stretch your iPhone's battery as far as it can possibly go

We've all been in this situation before: You haven't plugged in your iPhone in a couple of days and now you have just a sliver of battery life left. Your phone has been warning you that it's near death, but you have nowhere to charge it. At this point, you don't care if your phone is the fastest o...

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A PDF alignment trick so perfect, you'll wish you'd thought of it yourself

When reading a PDF document in Preview, you may have discovered how hard it is to hand-adjust a page's zoom and contents to provide a page-at-a-time display. The screenshot to the right shows how there's almost always either clipping or a bit of the next page to worry about. Don't work so hard to...

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