Here's Why You Still Need to Force Quit Some iPhone Apps

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Xcode’s Instruments app showing iOS task usage

John Gruber penned a piece at Daring Fireball with this premise: iOS is so good at managing background apps that you never need to force quit them. He is 100% correct that this is true about iOS and most apps. Unfortunately, as with most general advice, there are exceptions. We’ll show you how to find them.

Evade the macOS 'Too Many Open Files' Error by Pushing the Limits

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too many files open

Here at Mac Observer, we’re penultimate geeks. We push our Macs to the limits, and then find ways to surpass those limits. macOS has limits put in place that result in occasional error messages about “too many open files,” which one of the team ran afoul of. Jeff Butts dove deep into the core of macOS and found out how to increase the limits Apple has imposed upon us.

The 5 Best Terminal Commands for Your Mac

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Terminal commands on macOS are powerful

As powerful as the graphical user interface is on macOS, there’s still a lot more you can do from the Terminal. Whether it’s turning on repeating keys or hiding a folder from prying eyes, the Terminal holds a lot of potential. Jeff Butts walks us through his favorite five tips and tricks for using the Terminal to unleash more of the power of your Mac.

macOS: How To Disable Webcam on Your Mac

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disable webcam on your Mac

Our front-facing cameras are terrific, but they are also a security risk. Jeff Butts tells you how to disable your FaceTime Camera, iSight, or other webcam on a Mac without resorting to leaving the sticky residue of tape behind.

Could Facebook Become the New Web of Trust? Maybe!

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Facebook and the Web of Trust

Jeff Butts has never been a fan of OpenPGP, because the Web of Trust it relies upon is, well, unreliable. That might change, because Jeff has discovered a feature in Facebook that could allow the social media giant to become the new Web of Trust.

iOS: What to Do When Your iPhone Gets Too Warm

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iPhone gets too warm

There’s nothing more frightening than the thought of your iPhone blowing up or dying from getting too warm. Before you schedule that trip to the Genius Bar, though, follow through these tips from Jeff Butts. He’s got some great troubleshooting steps for when your iPhone gets too warm.