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Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist: What Are They and How Are They Different?

Two similar-sounding iOS features generate quite a bit of confusion. Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist both aim to improve your connectivity by using the best network available, but they achieve that goal in diametrically opposed ways. Wi-Fi Calling leverages your Wi-Fi connectivity to replace weak or nonexistent cellular coverage, whereas Wi-Fi Assist uses your [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:28:15-04:00September 23rd, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist: What Are They and How Are They Different?

Remove Old-Style Today View Widgets from Your iPhone

In iOS 14, Apple overhauled widgets, allowing you to add them to your Home screen in addition to the Today View accessible by swiping right on the Home screen. App developers responded with a slew of new widgets, but old-style widgets that are limited to Today View remain available. If you no longer want [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:27:01-04:00September 20th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Remove Old-Style Today View Widgets from Your iPhone

Use Your iPhone to Identify Plants, Wildlife, and Birds with Seek and Merlin

Now and then, we run across iPhone apps that feel magical, and we want to share two of them: Seek and Merlin. They both use machine learning to help you identify something from the natural world using your iPhone. If you’re at all curious about the plants, wildlife, and birds you encounter outside, you’ll [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:25:29-04:00September 16th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Use Your iPhone to Identify Plants, Wildlife, and Birds with Seek and Merlin

Most Pantone Color Books for Adobe Creative Cloud to Require Pantone Connect License

Adobe says that Pantone Color Books will be phased out of Adobe Creative Cloud apps, starting with updates to Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop released after August 16, 2022. After November 2022, only three Pantone Color Books will remain: Pantone + CMYK Coated, Pantone + CMYK Uncoated, and Pantone + Metallics Coated. To access all [...]

By |2022-09-19T12:31:15-04:00September 13th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Most Pantone Color Books for Adobe Creative Cloud to Require Pantone Connect License

Apple’s 2022 Harvest: Four iPhones, Three Apple Watches, and New AirPods Pro

Apple’s September crop has ripened, and the company has once again picked a basket of new and updated hardware for us. At its Far Out event on September 7th, Apple unveiled four iPhone 14 models, three new or updated Apple Watch models, and the second-generation AirPods Pro. After the announcement, Apple said that iOS [...]

By |2022-09-08T18:30:51-04:00September 9th, 2022|News, Products, Releases|Comments Off on Apple’s 2022 Harvest: Four iPhones, Three Apple Watches, and New AirPods Pro

Photos Library Showing Blank Thumbnails or Having Other Issues? Try This Trick to Repair It

The Photos app is usually a solid performer, but it does rely on a database behind the scenes, and corruption is a possibility. If you find that your Photos library is showing blank thumbnails or otherwise acting oddly, see if the Photos Repair Library tool can fix it. First, if Photos is open, quit [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:21:38-04:00September 6th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Photos Library Showing Blank Thumbnails or Having Other Issues? Try This Trick to Repair It

When Should You Upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16?

September is here, which means that Apple will soon start releasing major upgrades for all its operating systems. Note that we say “start.” Apple will release iOS 16 and watchOS 9 alongside new iPhones and Apple Watch models in September. However, Apple has now acknowledged that iPadOS 16 will ship later in the fall—perhaps [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:19:47-04:00September 2nd, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips, Releases|Comments Off on When Should You Upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16?

15 Ways to Solve Call Failures on Your iPhone

Sure, we know that phone calls aren’t the most common thing people do on their iPhones—especially anyone under 30—but it’s still important to be able to make and take calls. There are a wide variety of reasons that outgoing or incoming calls might fail, so the solutions vary equally as widely. Some may seem [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:40:08-04:00August 26th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on 15 Ways to Solve Call Failures on Your iPhone

Go Beyond Get Info with the Finder’s Inspector Window

You probably know that selecting a file in the Finder and choosing File > Get Info (Command-I) brings up the Get Info window. This window provides information about the file, including its name, kind, size, creation and modification dates, and much more. You can also use Get Info to hide or show filename extensions, [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:38:18-04:00August 23rd, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Go Beyond Get Info with the Finder’s Inspector Window

iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange: Choosing a Personal Calendar Service

We Mac, iPhone, and iPad users have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to calendaring flexibility. Apple provides free calendar services via iCloud, and the Calendar app lets you add calendar accounts from a wide variety of providers. Most notable among them are Microsoft Exchange and Google Calendar, which are commonly used in [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:36:15-04:00August 19th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange: Choosing a Personal Calendar Service
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