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To update or not update my OS: Verizon iPhone4

I've got an old Verizon iPhone I would dearly love to keep as long as possible, because once I give it up for a newer one I lose my unlimited data plan. (Grumble! Rant!). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Can I really not buy an iTunes giftcard for someone in another country?

I'd really like to give someone an iTunes gift voucher. Problem: I'm in the UK and they're in the US, and my googling so far says it can't be done cross-border. Is there a workaround I'm missing?
posted by meronym on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Old(ish) and established, or hot new startup?

I'm in a good position; I'm being pursued by two big tech companies for a public policy/government relations/privacy role, at a regional (ie multi-country) manager level. One is an established giant, the other is a hot, extremely well-funded and rapidly expanding startup. But which to choose? Hope me, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Peculiar password problem

The OS X GUI—but only the GUI—has stopped accepting my password. Any password. [more inside]
posted by Zozo on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Easy way to manage iPhone photos and iCloud photo backups?

I'm getting frequent alerts on my iPhone that my free 5gb of iCloud storage is full. Most of this is from years of photos on my phone--in fact, that's pretty much the only thing on my phone I would care about having backed up. I also think most/all of the images on my phone are already backed up to my computer in Lightroom. Is there a convenient/automatic way to handle what photos stay on my phone and what photos are backed up to iCloud? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Stock just split, so what do I do with my paper certificates?

A while ago I was gifted a few shares of AAPL stock. They were – and still are – on paper certificates. I don't have a brokerage or anything. Today that stock split 7-for-1. Do I need to do anything now? You can assume I know pretty much nothing about this stuff. Thank you!
posted by churl on Jun 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Cheap graphics card for 2008 iMac?

Apple iMac A1225 desktop computers from 2008 came with the notoriously unreliable Nvidia 8800GS graphics card that burns out and turns the iMacs into bricks. Getting a new Nvidia 8800GS graphics card costs about $650 for the part. Getting a used one on costs about $300. Is there a cheap alternative -- something that costs, say, $50? As I understand it, the only alternative is the ATI 4850, which go for about $300 used. Yet I find it hard to believe that there are no other graphics card options.
posted by Eiwalker on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Apple Certified Lightening Cable Recommendation

Looking for a recommendation for a LONG (6 feet) Apple Certified Lightening Cable that works works to charge my iPad. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 2, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Can my 27" Cinema Display fly?

I have one of the 27" Apple displays. I am flying from Seattle to Hawaii next week, and need to take the display along for work purposes. I have the original box, and the airline is fine with me checking this kind of 'luggage'. But I have a few concerns... [more inside]
posted by roygbv on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

OS X 10.9.3 local networking broken

Updating to OS X 10.9.3 appears to have broken my ability to see other devices on my local network. Any ideas on how to fix? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on May 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Buying a used iPad and not getting ripped off - help!

I want to buy a used iPad - third or fourth generation, and avoid Apple's high refurbished prices. What should I know? Where and how should I look? How to avoid eBay scams? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Processor Specs for MB Pro and MB Air

I'm confused about processing specs on newer/older Macbook Airs and Macbook Pros. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on May 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Apple 'buyer's remorse' clarification for in-store pickups

For online purchases delivered to an Apple Store for in-store pickup, does Apple's 14-day 'buyer's remorse' return period begin 1) at the order date, 2) at the date the item becomes available in-store, or 3) at the date of actual pickup? I'm somehow failing to get a clear answer through internet searches. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on May 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Applecare about to expire - last minute diagnostics?

My Applecare for my Macbook Pro will expire in a month. I haven't used it for anything save a replacement charger, but I'm wondering whether there are any diagnostic tests or lists of common problems I can check against to see whether there are any repairs I should ask for. It's totally fine if the answer is a simple "no" - I understand for hardware, if it doesn't fail right out of the box or in the first few uses, it's probably fine. I just want to double check!
posted by estlin on May 12, 2014 - 8 answers

15" macbook wifi failure

I have a 2011 Macbook Pro, 15", a1286. recently, when i turn on the computer the wifi works for maybe one minute, then even though the airport signal stays strong, i can't connect to anything. I ordered a used wifi card off of ebay, and the same thing happens. so i'm guessing it's not the wifi card, but the flex cable, the antenna, a software bug, or (worst of all worlds) the logic board itself. I ordered a new flex cable, and i hope that fixes the issue. If it doesn't, has anyone else had this problem before, and would recommend anything? If it's not the cable i really hope it's a software bug. I'd hate to replace the logic board, otherwise known as "buying a new computer"
posted by camdan on May 10, 2014 - 15 answers

I ♥ my White Apple Wireless Keyboard, but it's time for a change!

I am looking for suggestions on a full-sized, wireless keyboard (Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth) that would be a worthy replacement for my old, disgusting White Extended Apple Wireless Keyboard. [more inside]
posted by melorama on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

iPhone Recall Loaner: Can I Just Keep It?

I went to get my 16GB iPhone 5 repaired or replaced under the iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program today, and after some testing and such I was issued a loaner phone (also a 16GB iPhone 5) and told that mine will be repaired in about 6-8 days. I think I'd like to just keep the loaner, and it seems like that may not be encouraged but may be possible... [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Apr 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Android in a Apple world?

The ghost of Steve Jobs and I disagree on smart phone design. Can I make an Android phone work with all my existing Apple stuff? And if so, which Android phone should I get? [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Apr 20, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I make IMAP work for me?

IMAP is supposed to be able to preserve message state information across clients. So why is it that my email read/unread states aren't transferring from my Macbook to my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Apr 14, 2014 - 5 answers

New OSX on an old Mac Mini?

My mother has an early-2010 Mac Mini. Apple says she can upgrade to 10.9.2 for free, but she's not sure if it's a good idea, so she asked me. Her model is on the official compatibility list, but is it a good idea to upgrade? Is there likely to be a noticeable performance hit, or stability issues? Have you personally had a good experience with OSX Mavericks on older Intel macs?
posted by 4th number on Mar 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Physical Switches, Knobs or Buttons for controlling Apps on my Mac?

So, I run everything in my life through my mac computer. My television programming, my music, et cetera. I listen to a lot of online radio throughout the day. I would really like to "flip on" a program (or set of programs) with a single analog switch. [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Plex + VPN = fffffffuuuuuuuu

How can I get my VPN (privateinternetaccess) to play nice with Plex? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Mar 13, 2014 - 4 answers

My friend accidentally fried my Macbook. What is her responsibility?

I'm in grad school. My friend/classmate accidentally knocked over her water bottle on Wednesday and drenched my MacBook Air (which was on the classroom table about three feet away), killing at least the motherboard (per the repair shop where I took it) and possibly other things as well. It will cost at least $520 to repair; I'm out of AppleCare coverage because I got my computer a bit over a year ago. I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Mar 9, 2014 - 89 answers

What's the best way to cover my built in webcam?

In light of revelations that some folks can look at me over the internet through my webcam without me knowing, I would like to have a solution to this problem. I was thinking that taping over the webcam would work well, but it might also look tacky, and might also add a residue to my computer that I would not like. Is there a kind of tape that would look good on a unibody macbook pro? How would I make that tape look good? What sort of tape would be suggested for its no residue, opaque characteristics? Is there a better solution than tape, like a well-thought out kickstarter project or something of that nature? Please help me with my paranoid bougie computer problem.
posted by oceanjesse on Mar 6, 2014 - 26 answers

Uses for a PowerPC Mac Mini?

My mother wants to send her old Power PC Mac mini to the dump. What else could I do with it? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Keeping my iTunes "Music" folder in my DropBox

I'm experiencing some problems with keeping my iTunes "Music" folder in my DropBox. Details (not too involved!) follow. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Something like Instapaper, but for email threads?

Is there an equivalent of Instapaper or Pocket, but more or less optimized for saving and decluttering (long) email threads? (Gmail, specifically?) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Feb 26, 2014 - 1 answer

Help Me Identify a Macintosh Computer

I am looking for help identifying a Macintosh computer I used in the late 90s (details inside...no pictures). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Red circles are destroying my iPad listening pleasure

I am unable to play over 50% of my 5000 songs on iTunes due to the red circle problem described here. Apple doesn't have a solution (called apple care several times) but perhaps the hive mind does. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Feb 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Mac Mini to travel as desktop between two countries? How feasible?

Thanks MeFites for your assistance; now for a Mac Mini question! The Flashdrake is needs a new computer to take to Italy for around 5 months a year; he currently uses an all-in-one desktop PC in Australia running Windows 7 and a 23" screen. Has been using a 17" 2010 laptop now running Windows 8 when travelling to Italy, although doesn't like using it, finds the screen hard to see, and never got a handle on Win8. I could buy a new laptop, or a new desktop to keep overseas, but it seems that getting a Mac Mini and hitching it up to a monitor at either end. While we would still backup, it seems like an elegant solution. He is not familiar with the iOS, but loves his iPad, which he uses when he needs portability when out and about. Is there something that I'm missing here? I imagine that as long as we avoid an expensive Apple monitor (that's possible, right?) it would work well, with be relatively cost effective. Thoughts? What am I missing here?
posted by Flashduck on Feb 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Trying to help a friend set up a Roku box on an Apple computer

Please help me set up a network to run a Roku box using an older model Mac. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Feb 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Old hard drive is inaccessible

I'm trying to get some files off an internal hard drive I haven't used in 5 years or so. I believe this used to be my system drive for an old Macbook. I have a SATA to USB adapter, and just tried plugging it in to my current Macbook Pro (late 2009 model running latest version of Mavericks). I got the dreaded error, "The disk you inserted is not readable by this computer." What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Feb 10, 2014 - 11 answers

alas, poor iPad

Smashed screen on a two and a half year old iPad 2. Is there ANY hope that I'm walking out of an Apple Store with a free (or cheap) replacement? Is this even worth trying for?
posted by gerryblog on Feb 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Griffin animation in "Thirty Years of Mac" video?

At the one minute mark of Apple's "Thirty Years of Mac" video, somebody (Theodore Gray?) is shown using Mathematica to create an animated griffin. Where can I find this animation?
posted by archagon on Jan 30, 2014 - 1 answer

My iPhone deleted all of my contacts

My iPhone deleted all of my contacts, and none of the advice I've found on the internet for getting them back has worked. [more inside]
posted by enn on Jan 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Can't copy / cut / duplicate in OS X

Why is cut/copy/duplicate greyed out in Apple Preview app? When I open PDFs or XLS files in Preview by double clicking on them, I'm able to select text but cannot ever copy or cut it. Someone suggested duplicating the file first, but that option is also greyed out. 10.9.1 Why? Thanks!
posted by dobbs on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

MacBook inserting numbers while typing.

My roommate's MacBook has suddenly started inserting certain numbers behind certain letters while she's typing (and vice versa). [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart on Jan 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I fix/replace this Apple Power Adapter cord?

Having successfully pried open my 85W PA-1850-02 Magsafe brick in order to fix (or possibly replace) the power cord, it doesn't look like the various repair tutorials/videos: the inside is full of a kind of white mastic/gunk. Is this perhaps melted plastic (from too much charging heat)? Is this a situation where the only (or the wiser) option is to shell out for a new brick?
posted by progosk on Jan 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Private Screen Sharing

I would like to work from home and remote in to my work computer without people being able to see what I'm doing on my screen. Right now I am using iCloud's back to Mac screen sharing feature, but that is distracting my students in my computer lab and encouraging them to do mischief. I cannot install Timbuktu or other screen sharing programs at this time due to cost constraints. Is there a way to screen share or remote login wherein the target computer's screen stays off, giving me privacy to work and do what I need to do? Target computer is an iMac. Other suggestions for free but secure programs appreciated.
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 9, 2014 - 11 answers

How much more secure are older low tech phones than the more modern ones

Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Is there a way to ditch the album cover view in Music app on my iphone?

This is simple. When my phone is in portrait modein the native music app, you get a useful player. But in landscape mode the screen turns into a collection of album covers to choose music. Which stinks. Any way to have the portrait usability in landscape mode?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Mac-less in Seattle (but hopefully not for long)

I know everyone asks the "which mac?!" question constantly, but it's a bit of a moving target, isn't it? I am looking to replace my 2008 MacBook (aluminum). I know that the recommendation is to buy either the Retina MBP, or the MBAir. But would I be shooting myself in the foot if I bought a non-Retina MBP? Caveat: Can't really wait months and months for the next and newest--this is my work computer and I can't afford to have it crap out without a replacement. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Dec 30, 2013 - 15 answers

iPhone 4 versus iPhone 4s: antennas, maps, and iOS questions

I have a no-contract plan at Virgin Mobile USA, which I like because it is so cheap ($35/month for unlimited data and enough calling). The downside of cheap and no-contract is expensive phones. However, I just lost my Android phone and would like to switch back to iPhone. My options at Virgin are iPhone 4, for $200, iPhone 4s, for $314, or iPhone 5, for more than I want to pay really. How to decide? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 27, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for MacBook keyboard outline template

I'm searching for a size-accurate outline image of a unibody MacBook keyboard (basically an accurate diagram/wireframe). For this outline file, any format will work, although Vector (.ai, .svg, etc.) would be ideal. I've tried googling but the results tend to be photorealistic images with broad outlines, shadows, etc. I'm looking for a technical drawing like a blueprint. The goal is to make custom keyboard covers with multiple languages by die-cutting and laminating paper; these would be one piece, hence the need for precision. I'm thinking there must be an diagram of MBP keyboards one on the web somewhere... Any advice on where to find one would be highly appreciated. (As far as I know, the keyboard layout is the same for all models except the 11 inch/Air.) Thanks in advance.
posted by landonmoon on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Mavericks Server

I am replacing an old XServe running Snow Leopard Server with a Mac Mini which is currently running Mountain Lion Server. I would like to know what is the best way to do this. [more inside]
posted by chairish on Dec 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Tethering MBP to iPhone - how to seamlessly avoid big data bills

What's the best way to setup a MacBook Pro so that it can be regularly hooked up to an iPhone's Personal Hotspot without unexpected background processes (Dropbox, iTunes Match, auto OS or app updates, etc) resulting in massive data charges? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Dec 17, 2013 - 7 answers

From iPhone to iPad Mini

My SO will be getting an iPad mini for Christmas. They currently have an iPhone 4 with various Apps. Is there automatic or easy method of figuring what iPhone Apps have iPad mini equivalents and auto transferring them to the iPad mini, even if it requires paying for the new App?
posted by sock, the puppet on Dec 17, 2013 - 4 answers

iBeacon's competition?

I'm curious where iBeacon stands, competitively speaking. They're just APIs to use Bluetooth LE, but there are a bunch of other details that I'm less aware of. [more inside]
posted by jragon on Dec 10, 2013 - 2 answers

iTunes iPhone filter: Changing default from iTunes Radio

So ever since the new iTunes version came out for iPhone, when you open it up, it starts at the radio screen. Not "Now Playing" or even "Songs." It opens to the thing that doesn't work with my usage plan and I have to change it back. Every. Single. Time. So It's an annoyance. The question is, is there ANY way to change it short of jailbreaking the thing?
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

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