MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.
This time, readers ask about the options for consolidating multiple Apple IDs and their corresponding purchases into one, why a router's configuration would work in an iOS device but not in OS X, and how to manage an OS X spinning color wheel cursor that appears regularly.
I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!
Question: Consolidating multiple Apple IDs into one MacFixIt reader Michael asks:Is there … Read more
There are several ways to reset an account password in OS X. The primary method is to use the Users & Groups system preferences, under which you can use the "Change Password" option for your account (called "Reset Password" for other accounts), but you can also use the hidden "resetpassword" tool in the OS X Recovery drive; or if you are savvy with the Terminal, boot your system to Single-User mode and use the "passwd" or "dscl" commands to give a specified account a new password.
While all of these … Read more
Contactive is a caller ID contact overlay for Android that displays various information updates from callers.
Contactive acts and feels like an extension of the contacts or address book that exists within native Android 4.0. When you receive a call from a friend, Contactive will also pull up the caller's most recent online activity.
By default, Android's own native People app touches upon social network updates, but only within Google+ vs. Contactive's wider cast of Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and more. The philosophy behind displaying a caller's activity on the Incoming Call screen is to act … Read more
Equifax, one of the three largest U.S. credit-reporting agencies, has acquired TrustedID, which specializes in identity protection.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based TrustedID, which was founded in 2004, will become part of Equifax Personal Solutions, its direct-to-consumer business unit.
Equifax's interest in the smaller company is threefold: its technology is robust, its existing partner relationships (for example, its exclusive deal with AARP) are coveted, and Equifax's own credit and identity products could use reinforcement. TrustedID's data protection abilities reach … Read more
Full Screen Caller ID Free for Android lives up to its name with big, bright contact cards, but it goes a little overboard with ads. Of course, there's a paid version that gets rid of those and unlocks some extra features. You can change so many things about the free version, though, that you might not ever need to pay.
Full Screen Caller ID Free for Android fills your entire screen with a picture of your contact whenever they call. Interestingly, it makes the contact card appear whenever they text you, too. This gets a little annoying if you'… Read more
If you have regularly used iTunes to purchase music and movies, then you may have a significant collection of titles that are tied to your specific iTunes account. However, if you have used more than one iTunes account, then you may run into trouble if you cannot remember the account ID you used to purchase the items.
At the very least, if the songs are DRM-protected and you have not authorized your system to play them, then iTunes will present you with a notice to log in to your account before it will play them.
While Apple offers a quick … Read more
For the last week, my iPhone has been sporting a case designed to look like an engine's head gasket. The maker, Id America, calls it a V-8, but as I've only got one phone, it's a four-banger.
The Gasket V8 case, as Id America calls it, is a nice variation on the competition, usually plastic or rubber with decorations consisting of simple prints and decals. This one is made of metal stamped through with four cylinder holes and apertures for cooling, oil, and bolts.
For variation, it comes in silver, charcoal, red, yellow, or blue. You will … Read more
Apple expanded the reach of one of its strongest security features to more users this week, following a limited rollout earlier this year.
Apple's two-step verification for its Apple ID account system is now in more than a dozen additional countries beyond the five it launched with in late March, 9to5Mac reports. Some of those newer countries include Canada, Mexico, Russia, and Italy.
The system sends a four-digit passcode by text message to a user's phone and must be used on top of a regular password. In practice, this could keep an account from being compromised by an … Read more