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Top new questions this week:

Do iPhone apps have permission to make calls without user interaction?

I was reading about a missed call scam just now where the user gets charged even if they don't call the number back. It occurred to me that a malicious iPhone app could make calls to premium numbers ...

iphone ios permission call  
asked by Cartroo 6 votes
answered by tomacco 4 votes

Renaming files/names in bulk, any smarter solution?

I have few thousand files to rename. The thing is I have the old file names and new file names as columns in a spreadsheet. Without renaming them one by one. Is there a better way to do this? ...

osx finder automator rename  
asked by Pete 5 votes
answered by patrix 7 votes

Single application not showing up in Spotlight

I have a strange issue where Matlab stubbornly refuses to appear in Spotlight search results. I'm not sure what information to provide besides the fact it clearly exists in Applications: It even ...

osx el-capitan spotlight  
asked by houbysoft 4 votes

How to disable Adobe Core Sync app on OS X from being launched automatically?

I have noticed a lot of Adobe processes are running in the background at start up on an OS X 10.11.4 (15E65) machine with Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) installed. To get rid of this, I removed everything ...

osx launchd adobe  
asked by Jens Wirth 4 votes

change download folder based on website from which I download

Is it possible to change Downloads folder in Google Chrome (or any other browser) on the fly, based on the website from which I download? Example: I start downloading on and it downloads ...

applescript google-chrome data-transfer chrome-extensions  
asked by sanjihan 4 votes
answered by Nikita 3 votes

Possible to reset Keychain password without knowing the old password?

My girlfriend forgot the password for her MacBook (don't ask), so I reset it using the Utilities. But as you may be aware, this doesn't reset the Keychain password. Her MacBook is now virtually ...

password keychain  
asked by awj 3 votes
answered by David Anderson 3 votes

How to know if iPhone was used "slide to unlock" history log

I need to know if someone has used my iPhone or not. Sometimes I can't recall the last time I used my iPhone and I've tried many things to view the log if that is even possible.

iphone unlock history  
asked by unknown 3 votes
answered by John Ramos 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How do I type the euro value sign € on a Mac?

I've tried bashing on my keyboard with the ⌥ alt/option key pressed with the ⇧ shift key pressed but I do not seem to be able to find how I can get the euro value sign. ⇧ shift+4 gives the dollar ...

osx keyboard  
asked by FLY 61 votes
answered by Mark 71 votes

How to fix brew after OSX upgrade to Yosemite?

I faced some issue with Homebrew. I upgraded to Yosemite. After the upgrade, homebrew seems to be broken. I would run any brew command and get this error /usr/local/bin/brew: ...

osx yosemite homebrew  
asked by CivFiveAddict 146 votes
answered by CivFiveAddict 203 votes

Can you answer these?

Automatically switch to the strongest wifi known signal

I have 2 known networks that I have signed into at my house. One is stronger at one side of the house and one is stronger at the other. Is there any way that they automatically switch to the strongest ...

asked by Swimjz 2 votes

Changing power management setting

Does anyone know how to change the power management setting of a process? I'm trying to make not block sleeping (not throw the PreventUserIdleSystemSleep assertion) so that the server ...

asked by John Munroe 1 vote

How to select the Bluetooth device using command line?

I have two Bluetooth trackpads, one at work and one at home. Is there a way to select one or the other from the command line. My current workflow is going up to the bluetooth menu, hovering over to ...

asked by nachocab 1 vote
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