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Customize What Appears in New Finder Windows with This Tip

When you’re in the Finder, choosing File > New Finder Window does, as you’d expect, open a new Finder window. But what folder appears in that window? By default, new Finder windows open to Recents, which is a built-in smart folder showing recently opened documents. If you’d prefer to see items in a fixed [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:18:15-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Customize What Appears in New Finder Windows with This Tip

iPhone Not Charging Reliably? Clean Its Lightning Port with a Toothpick

If you’re plugging your iPhone in regularly but getting low-battery warnings when you shouldn’t, consider the possibility that something is preventing your iPhone from charging successfully while plugged in. If there’s no lightning bolt badge on the battery icon when the iPhone is plugged in, that’s a sure sign that no power is reaching [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:10:12-04:00May 26th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on iPhone Not Charging Reliably? Clean Its Lightning Port with a Toothpick

Having Mac Troubles? Running Apple Diagnostics May Help Identify the Problem

If your Mac is acting up and you suspect a hardware problem, there’s an easy first step that you can—and should—try before calling for tech support: Apple Diagnostics. (On Mac models released before June 2013, Apple instead included a similar set of diagnostics called Apple Hardware Test.) Apple Diagnostics is a set of hardware [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:29:13-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Having Mac Troubles? Running Apple Diagnostics May Help Identify the Problem

Try Using a Magic Trackpad 2 with Your iPad Running iPadOS 13.4

When Apple released iPadOS 13.4 recently, it came with an unexpected feature: trackpad and mouse support. Apple plans to release a Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro that has a built-in trackpad in May as well, but in the meantime, you can control an iPad entirely via a Magic Trackpad 2 (the wedge-like one that [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:26:23-04:00May 19th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Try Using a Magic Trackpad 2 with Your iPad Running iPadOS 13.4

You Can Now Export and Download Apple Card Statements

Apple’s credit card, the Apple Card, offers a nice mix of integration with Apple Pay, daily cash back, and an elegant interface in the Wallet app on your iPhone. Until recently, however, it was impossible to get your transaction data out of Wallet except in PDF form. Apple has now added exports in either [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:20:46-04:00May 12th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on You Can Now Export and Download Apple Card Statements

Need to Stay in Touch? Try One of These Videoconferencing Apps

With many people under stay-at-home orders, videoconferencing is going mainstream. If you work in a sufficiently large organization, you probably have already been indoctrinated into a recommended solution, whether it’s the built-in videoconferencing features of Slack or Microsoft Teams, or a dedicated videoconferencing system like Zoom or Webex. But what if you’re in a [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:18:08-04:00May 8th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Stay in Touch? Try One of These Videoconferencing Apps

Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard and Twice the Storage

In a move that completes the transition of the MacBook line from the troubled butterfly keyboard to the Magic Keyboard, Apple has released a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. The company also doubled the amount of storage in each of the standard configurations while keeping prices the same, and it ramped up the specs in [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:06:12-04:00May 5th, 2020|News, Products, Releases|Comments Off on Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard and Twice the Storage

Upgrade to iOS 13.4 to Fix Mail’s Lousy Toolbar Interface

In iOS 13, in what can only have been a prank gone wrong, Apple simplified the message toolbar in Mail, putting the Delete button where the Reply button had been in iOS 12 and leaving a lot of blank space in the toolbar. As millions of users accidentally deleted messages instead of replying, hilarity [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:14:54-04:00May 5th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Upgrade to iOS 13.4 to Fix Mail’s Lousy Toolbar Interface

Tips for Setting Up a Comfortable and Effective Home Work Space

Vast numbers of people who previously reported for work at an office every day are now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s sensible, and if you’re included in that group, there was probably even a little thrill of “I get to work from home!” at first. But as those who have [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:11:42-04:00May 1st, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Tips for Setting Up a Comfortable and Effective Home Work Space

Apple Release COVID-19 Screening Tool App and Web Site

In partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control, Apple has released a free COVID-19 Screening Tool iOS app and nearly identical Web site. The interactive screening tool poses a series of questions about symptoms, risk factors, and recent exposure. Then it offers customized CDC recommendations, including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:08:51-04:00April 28th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips, News|Comments Off on Apple Release COVID-19 Screening Tool App and Web Site