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Thursday, April 14, 2016

How to change the country for your Apple ID, App Store or iTunes Store

Country change
There are a couple of methods to change the region for your Apple ID, but why someone will do that? There could be various reasons that a user may want to change the country for his/her Apple ID. Some of them are as follows;
  • A user has moved to a different country for work or any other purpose
  • You want to download Apps (ex: Spotify), but those are not available for your region
  • You are a developer or blogger, and want the content based on a specific country
Earlier told a method to change the country, but that don’t work any more. Now you have only 2 ways to change the country for Apple ID;
  1. Add or Change Credit Card Detail for Apple ID that should belong to the country you want to switch to. It can be done with existing account
  2. Create a new Apple ID, and select the country of your choice. No payment information required

1. Changing Country Along with Payment Detail

This option is basically for those who have really moved to a different country, but there are still exceptions. Adding Payment information is temporary, and you can remove Credit Card Detail from Apple Account after changing the country. So a temporary working credit card will also do this job. There are some companies that provide Virtual Credit Card, and you can get in touch with them if they can provide a US based card (or the country you want). If they do, you are good to go, because they usually provide Master or Visa card that Apple accepts.
Once you have the Payment Information ready, follow these steps to change the country
Mac Users
  • You can launch iTunes or App store on Mac
  • If using iTunes click on your Name/Apple ID, and Select Account Info
From iTunes
  • If using App Store, click on Account
From App Store
Rest of the steps are same for both
  • Click on Change Country or Region under Account Information Section
Changing Country Apple ID
  • Select the country from drop down list, and click Change
Select Country for Apple ID
  • Now you may get a page where you need to click on continue, and then accept terms and conditions
  • The last step is to provide the valid payment information along with a valid billing address and mobile number. Once you are done you can save it
Note : Changing the country without being their include some risks, like you may not receive sms/verification code via sms from Apple or for Keychain verification in future unless you actually own that mobile number.
iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch Users
  • Launch iTunes Store or App Store
  • Click on your Apple ID at the bottom, and hit View Apple ID, and then Enter Password to manage
Apple ID on iPHone View App ID
  • Now Tap on Country/Region
iPhone Country Option
  • Select Change Country or Region
Change Country from iPhone
  • Rest of the steps are same as on Mac. You need to select the Country you want to choose for your Apple ID, Enter the Payment information, billing address as in new country and save.

2. Create New Apple ID to change country without payment information

You can visit Apple ID creation page, and create a new ID filling the information there. Get the help of Fake ID Generator to find dummy phone number, address and PO Box. While Creating a new ID, you can choose the country of your choice without providing any Payment information. However, keep in mind that such accounts are not secure, and password retrieval, or iCloud verification may be tough or even impossible. It’s better to use such account for testing purpose only, and have a personal valid Apple ID.

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How to Use “Hey Siri” on Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch has the same “Hey Siri” voice based activation feature available to it that iOS does, but it works a bit different and doesn’t activate exactly the same. In fact, there are two ways to activate Hey Siri on the Apple Watch, neither of which is quite like the iPhone based summoning method.

The trick with using Hey Siri on Apple Watch is that the screen must be lit up on the device. Aside from that, the feature is always enabled for use (unless you turn it off). That is how it’s different from enabling Hey Siri on iPhone, which is always waiting for a voice command from anywhere within voice shot as long as the feature is turned on to begin with (at least with newer model iPhones).
This means you have two ways of activating “Hey Siri” voice commands on Apple Watch; by raising the Watch wrist, or by having the screen on and then issuing a command.

Raise the Apple Watch Wrist and Say “Hey Siri”

This is the most common method for users to activate Hey Siri on Apple Watch. Simply raise the wrist you’re wearing the Apple Watch on, and say “Hey Siri”, followed by your voice command.
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You can also raise the wrist and string the full command into a sentence like “Hey Siri, what time is it in Fiji”.
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Tap the Watch Screen, Then Say “Hey Siri”

Tapping on the Apple Watch with a finger, nose, or other appendage, so that the screen is lit up, then allows you to follow with the traditional “Hey Siri” command prefix to activate the feature.
screen-apple-watch
Once Siri is listening, just follow it up with a command, or speak the entire command in a full sequence as usual, like “Hey Siri send a message to Mom saying hello how are you”.
hey-siri-apple-watch
Of course you can always use Siri on Apple Watch by samply holding down the Digital Crown button on the side of the device too, but that’s not the same as triggering the “Hey Siri” voice activation feature.

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Check Packages for Expired Certificates in Mac OS X

How to check package files for expired certificates
Many Mac users will download package files of combo updates or other software in order to install them on multiple computers, thereby avoiding updating with the Mac App Store. This is particularly common with Mac systems administrators, where it makes more sense to download a single package update or installer once and distribute it over a network or perhaps install manually through a USB drive. There is nothing wrong with this approach at all, and in fact it’s much more efficient for multi-Mac management, but one potential hiccup arrives when a package installer or update file has an expired certificate, which will prevent the package from installing entirely, a situation that becomes obvious when you get an “(application installer) was signed with a certificate that has expired” error message.

To avoid this situation, you can check package signatures yourself to see if they are valid, if they have expired, or even if they have no signature at all.

How to Check Package Signature Status in Mac OS X with pkgutil

The excellent pkgutil command line utility can easily determine the status of any package signature and certificate. It’s easy to use, so launch the Terminal app from /Applications/Utilities/ and try it out yourself.
The basic syntax to use for checking a package signature status is like so:
pkgutil --check-signature /Path/to/Example.pkg
Hit return and you’ll find out if the signature is valid, if the signature has expired, or if there is no signature at all.
For example, let’s say we have an Mac OS X Combo Update software installer package, a common scenario for sysadmins updating multiple Macs, you could check the status of that packages signature like so:
pkgutil --check-signature ~/Downloads/OSXUpdateCombo10.10.2.pkg
Package "OSXUpdateCombo10.10.2.pkg":
Status: signed by a certificate that has since expired

In this case, the signature for the update package has expired, meaning it will throw an error if usage is attempted.
Not all package installers have signatures however, and while any software update file from Apple will, packages from third parties often do not. For example, this example package installer file has no signature, and should be treated appropriately (i.e. if you don’t trust the source, perhaps reconsider using it).
pkgutil --check-signature ~/Downloads/MysterySketchyInstaller-21.pkg
Package "MysterySketchyInstaller-21.pkg":
Status: no signature

If a package file is dubious, you can verify the code signature and extract the package without installing it with pkgutil to give it a further inspection, or if you prefer to use the GUI then an app like Pacifist offers similar package management tools in a friendlier interface, even if it’s still on the advanced side of things.
Like all good command line tools, you can even feed pkgutil wildcards to easily check multiple packages at the same time, in this example we’ll check the signature of every *.pkg file contained within ~/Downloads:
pkgutil --check-signature ~/Downloads/*.pkg
Package "irssi-0.8.17-0.pkg":
Status: no signature

Package "wget-4.8.22-0.pkg":
Status: no signature
Package "ComboUpdateOSXElCapitan.pkg":
Status: signed by a certificate that has since expired
Package "InstallOSXSequoiaBeta.pkg":
Status: valid
Package "HRFDeveloperTools.pkg":
Status: valid

Wildcards will make quick work of checking certificate status of many different package files, just be sure you specify *.pkg for the process to complete without stopping on a file that is not a recognized package.

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How to Remove a Disk from Time Machine on Mac

Time Machine in Mac OS X All Mac users should have regular automatic backups setup with Time Machine, it’s easy to use and ensures that your personal data and entire Mac is recoverable in the event something goes wrong with the computer. Some people go even further and setup redundant Time Machine backups with multiple disks for added data protection. But sometimes you may decide a particular disk drive is no longer needed by Time Machine, and thus you’d like to remove that particular drive from the backup process without disabling all other Time Machine backups. This can be easily done, and all it does is stop backing up to the particular drive in question, it does not turn off Time Machine to other volumes, and it does not delete any of the backups on the removed drive.

Deleting a Hard Drive from Time Machine Backup to Stop Backups to That Drive from a Mac

Note that you do not need to have the drive connected to the Mac to remove it from Time Machine, this process is the same in all versions of OS X:
  1. Pull down the  Apple menu and choose ‘System Preferences’
  2. Go to the Time Machine system preference panel, then scroll down in the drive list to find “Add or Remove Backup Disk” and click that
  3. Click to remove a Time Machine drive
  4. Select the hard drive, disk, or backup volume that you want to remove from Time Machine backups, then click on “Remove Disk”
  5. Select the drive to remove from Time Machine backups
  6. Confirm that you want to remove the drive from Time Machine and stop backing up to the disk in question
  7. Confirm to remove the drive and stop backups to that particular volume from Time Machine
  8. Exit out of System Preferences when finished
The removed drive will no longer be part of the Time Machine backup chain, meaning when it’s connected to the Mac it will no longer trigger the automatic backup process. Additionally, manually started Time Machine backups will also no longer go to the removed drive when it is connected.
Again, this does not delete any of the data from the Time Machine drive, it simply stops backing up to the drive that has been removed. This also does not turn off Time Machine.
If you want to, you can remove the actual Time Machine backup files from the drive in question yourself, or even format the drive to be Mac compatible and wipe it completely clean of any other data. There’s also nothing wrong with leaving the files there if you think you’ll need it again down the road or refer to them in the future.
Regardless, you’ll want to be sure you have some form of backup going to Time Machine or to another service, never let your Mac or iOS devices go without backups!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How to change ID and Password for Apple or iCloud Account

Change Apple ID password or cretae new one
Apple products, like iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac etc. requires Apple ID to download apps and use many other features. You can make an Apple ID like you do for many other online accounts. After creating an ID, there may be time when you want to change your Apple ID or Password. Apple ID is also known as iCloud Account ID, so there is nothing to get confused.
You need an email ID to create an Apple Account, and that email address could be from any service provider (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc.). After creating your Apple Account you get 2 IDs that can be used as Apple ID; One of them will be your exiting email address that you used to create your account, and the other you will get as username@icloud.com. You can use any of them (or both) to receive iMessage, Facetime calls and so on… If you don’t know how to do that read our article about how to change ID for iMessage.

How to add new email address to use as Apple ID

  •  Visit appleid.apple.com
  • Login with your existing ID and Password
  • Once logged in, click on Edit option under Account section
Change Apple ID
  • Click on Add an email address. Enter your email address, and click Continue
Add New Email Address to Apple Account
  • You will receivd verification code to the new email address that you You will be asked after clicking on Continue

How to change the primary email address for your Apple ID

As you can see the screenshot above where we informed how you can add a new email address, I have 3 email addresses added. Only one of them has cross sign that can be deleted, but you can follow these steps to change the Primary email address.
  • Login with your Apple ID and Password visiting appleid.apple.com
  • Click on Edit under account section as you did while adding new email address
  • Now hit Change email address
Change email address
  • Enter your new email address that you want to use as Apple ID email, then follow the same procedure that we mentioned for adding a new email address

How to change the Password for Apple ID or iCloud Account

On the same page where you added a new email address, see the security section. Click on Change Password, and then you need to enter the Answers to your security questions. If you don’t remember it, you can click on reset your security questions option, and follow the instruction
Change Password
Note : You can’t change the username (usersname@icloud.com). The only option to change is “Create a new Apple Account.” This is just a supplementary account where you can receive email, but you can always add another email and use as Apple ID for iMessage, FaceTime, Apple Store etc..

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How to View Live Photos in Messages for Mac

Play Live Photo in Messages for Mac
Live Photos are basically a still photo that comes to life as a short video, they’re a neat feature that can be captured by newer model iPhone cameras, and now the Messages app on the Mac can view these little moments if they’re sent your way.

To have access to Live Photos in Messages for Mac, you’ll need to be running OS X 10.11.4 or later, as earlier Messages versions don’t support the feature in OS X. Aside from that, you’ll just need someone with an iPhone that can take Live Photos to send the Mac one, the rest is pretty simple.

Watching Live Photos in Messages for Mac OS X

  1. In the Mac Messages app, open the message where the sender has sent you a Live Photo, the Live Photo can be indicated by the little icon in the upper left corner of the image
  2. A Live Photos is indicated by the little icon in the upper left corner of the picture
  3. Double-click on the Live Photo within Messages app to open a preview window of the picture, the live video portion will immediately play
  4. Playing a Live Photo in Messages for mac
  5. Re-play the Live Photo by clicking the little “Live” button in the lower left corner of the preview image
  6. Live photo button
Simple, easy, and works with any Mac with a compatible version of Messages app.
You can try this out yourself if you don’t have someone sending you Live Photos constantly, all you need to do is take a Live Photo with an iPhone camera and then send it to yourself via Messages in iOS so that you can view it on the Mac in the Messages client.
This is a nice feature addition to Messages for Mac, since previously the Live Photos either had to be imported into the Photos app or the sender would have to convert the Live Photo to an animated GIF before sending it over to get a similar experience (for the record, I still hope a ‘convert to gif’ option arrives in future iOS versions, but anyway…).

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The Mac Hosts File: How to Modify /etc/hosts in OS X with TextEdit

Edit the hosts file in TextEdit in Mac OS X
The Mac hosts file is a system level file located at /etc/hosts which maps IP addresses to host names for Mac OS X networking. Many users edit and modify the hosts file so that they can point a domain to a different IP address, whether for the purpose of local development, blocking sites, or simply to access alternate servers from various apps and system level functions. Most advanced users will edit the hosts file from the OS X Terminal using nano or vim, but for those who prefer to stay within the Mac OS GUI, you can also modify the Mac’s hosts file through TextEdit, or even a third party app like BBEdit or TextWrangler. This offers a more user friendly option compared to going through the command line.

If you don’t have a specific reason to modify the Mac hosts file in OS X, you should not do so. An incorrectly formatted hosts file or improper entry can lead to DNS issues and problems with various internet services. This is for advanced users.

How to Modify the Mac Hosts File at /etc/hosts with TextEdit OS X

This approach to changing /etc/hosts with TextEdit works with any version of OS X. For Mac users who are running OS X 10.11 or later releases, you must first disable SIP protection however, otherwise the Mac /etc/hosts file will be locked when attempting to access it from TextEdit.
  1. Quit TextEdit if it is currently open
  2. Launch the Terminal application in Mac OS X, found within /Applications/Utilities/
  3. Enter the following command exactly to open the Macs hosts file within the TextEdit GUI application
  4. sudo open -a TextEdit /etc/hosts
  5. Hit return and enter the admin password for OS X when requested to authenticate the launch through sudo
  6. How to modify the hosts file in TextEdit of Mac OS X
  7. The /etc/hosts file will launch into TextEdit as a plain text file where it can be edited and modified as need be, when finished use File > Save or hit Command+S as usual to save the changes to the hosts document *
  8. Quit out of TextEdit, then quit out of Terminal when finished
How to Edit the Mac hosts file in TextEdit for OS X
* If the hosts file shows as “locked” and won’t save changes despite being launched through sudo, it’s likely because you didn’t disable SIP as mentioned in the introduction. You can turn off SIP in OS X with these instructions, which requires a reboot of the Mac. This is necessary for modern versions of OS X, though you can choose to edit the hosts file using the command line with nano as described here without adjusting SIP.
It’s good practice to make a duplicate of the hosts file so that if you break something you can easily fix it, though we’ve got the original default hosts file here in case you need to restore it. It’s also a good idea to set plain text mode as the default for TextEdit.
You’ll likely want to clear out your DNS cache after modifying the hosts file, here’s how to flush DNS in OS X El Capitan and modern versions Mac OS and how to do the same in prior releases.
Users can also choose to modify Mac OS X’s /etc/hosts with TextWrangler, BBEdit, or another third party application. The trick is largely the same as Text Edit, still requiring the use of sudo, but changing the specified application name as follows.
Opening /etc/hosts with TextWrangler:
sudo open -a TextWrangler /etc/hosts
Or launching /etc/hosts into Bbedit:
sudo open -a BBEdit /etc/hosts
While the aforementioned approaches work in all modern versions of OS X, earlier versions of Mac OS X can also launch the TextEdit binary with hosts directly from the command line with the following syntax:
sudo ./Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /etc/hosts
That method will not work in the latest releases, however, thus you’ll want to rely on the open command instead.
Know of another trick to modify the Mac hosts file in an easy fashion through TextEdit or another GUI app? Let us know in the comments.

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