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How to Change Applications Dock Icon in OS X

System PreferencesScreenSnapz002After adding my applications folder back to the dock I noticed that the dock icon was using a different icon than the original Applications icon. The icon was using some other app icon (in my case it was the Lightroom app icon) instead of the Applications folder.

Here is how to change it back.

Right-click on the icon in the dock that is currently posing as the Applications icon.
Notice that it current shows Display As Stack as checked, it will look like this.
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To Fix it: Select the Display as Folder option.
This should change the icon back to the proper Applications icon as indicated in the picture below.
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Hope this helps. Let me know in the comments

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Solving iOS 6.1.x “Unable to Verify Update”

I went to do an iOS update the other day on my iPhone 5. I was trying to update from iOS 6.1.2 to 6.1.3. I was stopped after receiving the message “Unable to Verify Update”.

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I tried restarting my phone, reran the update, same problem.
I tried turning wifi off, then back on, same problem.

Here is what solved it.
In iOS settings turn off wifi, then restart your phone. After restart, turn wifi back on, then go back and try to do the iOS update again. It should now say something that it is checking for update. In actuality, there was a newer update out there which I believe was trying to get inserted. In my case I now was presented with updating to iOS 6.1.4 instead of iOS 6.1.3.

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I am now successfully updated to the latest iOS version
I suspect this approach will work with other iOS 6.0.x versions as well that receive this message.
Hope this helps.

Trading in iPhone 4 for iPhone 5

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If you are looking to upgrade your old iPhone 4 to the new iPhone 5 I suggest you look at trading it in at Amazon.com.

If you go to Trade-In store on Amazon.com, they are offering folks up to $250 for a like new iPhone 4 32GB and up to $230 for a the 16GB model.

This is the best deal I’ve seen for trade-in and it’s easier than trying to sell on eBay/craigslist/etc. Amazon also provides a free UPS shipping label so it can’t get much easier/cheaper. The Amazon trade-in price is likely going to keep dropping so this may be the last time we see these prices.
Good luck!

HOWTO: Stop Mac DVD Player app from starting

For Mac OS X users:
If you want to stop the DVD player app from starting when you insert a DVD movie disk, try this.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Choose CDs & DVDs (under the Hardware Section)
  • Change the setting at the bottom to When you insert a video DVD: Ignore.

HOWTO: Create Gmail Labels on Your iPad / iPhone

Lately I have been a bit frustrated when using the iPad / iPhone Mail program with my Gmail account.  I use the Gmail labels feature on all of my important mail or when I just want to file stuff away for later.  The one problem I keep encountering is how to create new labels while in the iPad Mail app with Gmail.

I recently found two ways to solve this problem:

Solution #1 – Make sure you have iOS 5 installed on your iPad or iPhone.  Open the Mail app on your iPad or iPhone, choose your Gmail account from the Accounts section (below the Inboxes).  Then select the Edit button at the top, then select NewMailbox on the very bottom.  Here is where you can create the new label name.  Enter the label name and click Done(keyboard) or Save at the top, and then click Done button at the top.  Voilà! Your new label should now be available for use.

Solution #2 – Use the link to the full Gmail site:  https://mail.google.com/mail/h/  Normally I would never use Safari to read my email while on the iPad or iPhone, but this in theory is the only way to do this if you are still using iOS 4 and earlier.  I would have thought that using mobile Safari and surfing directly on over to mail.google.com would solve this problem but apparently the Google site detects that you are a mobile device and renders it as the mobile Gmail site, which surprisingly also prevents you from creating new labels.

If you have a better solution please let me know in comments section.

iOS 5 Software Update

Here is the list of features and improvements I captured from the Apple iOS 5 update.  This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

• Notifications

  • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center
  • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
  • View notifications from lock screen
  • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app

• iMessage

  • Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
  • Track messages with delivery and read receipts
  • Group messaging and secure encryption
  • Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*

• Newsstand

  • Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
  • Displays the cover of the latest issue
  • Background downloads of new issues

• Reminders for managing to do lists

  • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook
  • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

• Built-in support for Twitter

  • Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
  • Add location to any tweet
  • View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts

• Camera improvements for devices with cameras

  • Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Volume Up button to take a picture
  • Optional grid lines to line up shots
  • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
  • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
  • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock

• Photo improvements for devices with cameras

  • Crop and rotate
  • Red eye removal
  • One tap enhance
  • Organize photos into albums

• Mail improvements

  • Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts
  • Indentation control
  • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
  • Flag messages
  • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Customize mail alert sounds
  • S/MIME

• Calendar improvements

  • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
  • Tap to create an event
  • View and add event attachments

• Game Center improvements

  • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
  • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
  • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
  • Discover new games with custom game recommendations

• AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

• Multitasking Gestures for iPad

  • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
  • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
  • Swipe left or right to switch between apps

• On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant

• Software updates available over the air without tethering

• iCloud support

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
  • Backup
  • Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
  • Find My iPhone

• Redesigned Music app for iPad

• Hourly weather forecast

• Real-time stock quotes

• Wireless sync to iTunes

• Keyboard improvements

  • Split keyboard for iPad
  • Improved autocorrection accuracy
  • Improved Chinese and Japanese input
  • New Emoji keyboard
  • Personal dictionary for autocorrection
  • Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words

• Accessibility improvements

  • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
  • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
  • Option to speak a selection of text
  • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver

• Exchange ActiveSync improvements

  • Wirelessly sync tasks
  • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
  • Improved offline support
  • Save a new contact from a GAL service

• More than 1,500 new developer APIs

• Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

Ode to Steve Jobs

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Steve Jobs has retired his duties as CEO.   This is a sad day indeed as I grew up with Steve Jobs over the last 25+ years in this bumpy computer revolution ride.

I am glad to see Steve has recommend Tim Cook take over as CEO.  This is the best choice (for now) as he has previous experience as interim-CEO in Jobs’ absence over the years.  Tim has proven he is an effective COO and leader with Apple since 1998 so he is no stranger to Apple or the industry.

As far as Steve Jobs goes, what can I say… he is (was) not your typical CEO, but instead an icon of innovation to the computer revolution and more recently, the mobile revolution.  The iPod, iPhone, and iPad are great feats of technology and invention, a revolution we are still beginning to see take off.  We watched Steve Wozniak and Jobs fuel the home computer revolution in the 80’s and lead the charge in brining the graphical user interface to the home computer.

Jobs is one of the most influential CEOs the industry has ever seen.  He has always had a strong drive for perfection in bringing great and affordable (well…sometimes affordable) computers to the masses.  The legendary Apple I and Apple II computers that he and Steve Wozniak built from scratch in their garage essentially started the home computer industry as we know it.    

I will miss Steve’s tenacious pursuit for perfection and tireless push for greatness that he brought to Apple and to the industry.  Steve brought us many magical and insanely great computers and mobile devices over the years and he has always been the high water mark for perfection.  Rarely did he let a product get out that was not great.  I will miss you Steve Jobs!  Good luck and farewell and I look forward to the next 25 years at Apple.

Now… Tim Cook, please don’t mess this company up!