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Home Screen Widgets Take Center Stage in iOS 14

A significant new feature in iOS 14 is Home screen widgets, information-rich tiles that share space on a Home screen with app icons. iPhone users familiar with Google’s Android smartphone operating system have long clamored for widgets because they provide quick information at a glance, without having to launch an app or swipe right [...]

By |2020-11-13T19:00:52-04:00December 4th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Home Screen Widgets Take Center Stage in iOS 14

Don’t Worry about an Occasional “Not Charging” Message on Your MacBook

Starting with macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, Apple introduced a battery health management feature that improves your battery’s lifespan by adjusting charging patterns to reduce the rate at which the battery chemically ages. (Find it in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Battery Health.) One thing to be aware of with battery health management is that [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:58:56-04:00December 1st, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Don’t Worry about an Occasional “Not Charging” Message on Your MacBook

What’s MDM, and Why Is It Useful for Organizations?

For those who work in organizations, regardless of size, you know how much effort is involved with coordinating a group’s technology. It can take quite some time to set up a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone with all the right apps, settings, and logins. And that’s just to get started—on an everyday basis, maintaining [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:57:03-04:00November 27th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What’s MDM, and Why Is It Useful for Organizations?

How to Make Sure Your iPhone Doesn’t Make Noise in the Night

You likely know that you can use Do Not Disturb to prevent random notifications on your iPhone from waking you at night—it’s easy to set a Do Not Disturb schedule for your usual sleeping hours. Another setting in there is important but often overlooked. If you ever use your iPhone during those Do Not [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:49:53-04:00November 24th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on How to Make Sure Your iPhone Doesn’t Make Noise in the Night

The Best Apple-Related Gifts for 2020

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching! Given the significant stresses placed on society’s fulfillment, distribution, and delivery systems by the pandemic, we recommend you start thinking about your holiday gift-giving sooner rather than later. Even Apple, which generally does an excellent job predicting demand and shipping products quickly, has been suffering from delays [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:46:35-04:00November 20th, 2020|Products, Specials|Comments Off on The Best Apple-Related Gifts for 2020

Use These Settings to Show or Hide Filename Extensions

On the Mac, nearly every file has an extension, a set of characters after a period that indicates what type of file it is and determines which app opens it. So, .png indicates a PNG graphic that opens in Preview by default, .pages denotes a Pages document, and .docx identifies a file as belonging [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:41:25-04:00November 17th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use These Settings to Show or Hide Filename Extensions

Apple Unveils New M1-Powered MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini

Continuing its pandemic-driven approach of short, focused announcements, Apple once again took to the Internet to stream its “One More Thing” event. On center stage this time was the Mac, or specifically, three Macs, all of which replace the longstanding Intel chip with Apple’s new M1 chip. All three Macs can be ordered now [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:38:52-04:00November 11th, 2020|Mac, News, Products, Releases|Comments Off on Apple Unveils New M1-Powered MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini

Make Your Finder Window Columns the Right Size

We’re big fans of column view in Finder windows (choose View > as Columns). You never have to worry about missing icons that are outside the window, everything is sorted alphabetically, and selecting a file shows a preview. But the column widths can be too thin, such that they cut off file and folder [...]

By |2020-10-10T18:03:03-04:00November 10th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Your Finder Window Columns the Right Size

Want Better Goals? Customize Your Move, Exercise, and Stand Rings in watchOS 7

Ever since Apple introduced the Activity app to watchOS, you’ve been able to adjust your Move goal, which is measured in kilocalories, but your Exercise goal was locked at 30 minutes and the Stand goal at 12 hours. In watchOS 7, you can finally change these last two. In the Activity app on your [...]

By |2020-10-10T17:55:21-04:00October 27th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Want Better Goals? Customize Your Move, Exercise, and Stand Rings in watchOS 7

Stop Snoops with Private Browsing and by Clearing Your Web Browsing History

With so many of us working at home these days, it’s worth remembering that spouses, children, and housemates may have easy physical access to your Mac. And, particularly if you share a Mac with them, you might want to consider how you protect your browsing privacy. Even if you wouldn’t be embarrassed if your [...]

By |2020-10-10T17:52:48-04:00October 23rd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Stop Snoops with Private Browsing and by Clearing Your Web Browsing History
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