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Need to Resize Images in Various Ways? Give Preview a Try

Even those of us who don’t work with graphics professionally often find ourselves needing to resize images. Perhaps you have a large square headshot, but the site to which you’re uploading requires it to be exactly 100 by 100 pixels. Or maybe you have an iPhone 13 Pro photo that’s 4032 by 3024, but [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:55:23-04:00December 3rd, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Resize Images in Various Ways? Give Preview a Try

Apple Provides Temporary iCloud Backup Space for New Device Transfers

When you move from an old iPhone or iPad to a new one, the easiest approach is often the Quick Start device-to-device transfer. But if that doesn’t work, or if you have to give up one device before receiving the other, iCloud Backup is a fine alternative. Fine, that is, if you have enough [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:49:04-04:00November 30th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Apple Provides Temporary iCloud Backup Space for New Device Transfers

The Best Apple-Related Gifts for 2021

It may seem early to start thinking about the holiday shopping season, but with the global supply chain suffering pandemic-related slowdowns, there’s no telling how long it will take to get something you order today. Apple has generally done a good job of managing its supply chain issues, but even still, if you want [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:57:45-04:00November 26th, 2021|Products|Comments Off on The Best Apple-Related Gifts for 2021

With Apple Watch Faces, Too Much Choice Can Be Confusing

The Apple Watch has a lot to offer older people, including heart rate monitoring, atrial fibrillation detection, fall detection, and electrocardiogram recording. But if you are—or are helping someone who is—of the generation where watches once did nothing beyond telling the time, too many options can be overwhelming. Adding to the confusion is how [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:47:23-04:00November 23rd, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on With Apple Watch Faces, Too Much Choice Can Be Confusing

Avoid Unusual Top-Level Domains in Custom Domain Names

Remember the heady dotcom days, when businesses were desperate to get a short, memorable, easily typed .com domain? It quickly became difficult to get what you wanted—so much so that deep-pocketed companies paid exorbitant sums for just the right domain. Before we go any further, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:52:23-04:00November 19th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Avoid Unusual Top-Level Domains in Custom Domain Names

Safari 15.1 Reverses Course, Reverts to Old Tab Interface

With the betas of Safari 15 on the Mac and iPad, Apple experimented with a variety of interface tweaks related to tabs. By the time Safari 15 shipped, however, Apple had pulled back on the more radical changes from the betas, offering the new Compact Tab Bar layout and colorized tab bar as options. [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:59:03-04:00November 16th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Safari 15.1 Reverses Course, Reverts to Old Tab Interface

Beware the Bulging Battery! (And What to Do If Yours Expands)

We’ve been seeing a spate of bulging batteries of late, both in Mac laptops and iPhones. A bulging battery is a Very Bad Thing and must be dealt with immediately because it could catch fire or even explode. As lithium-ion batteries age, the chemical reactions that produce power no longer complete fully, resulting in [...]

By |2021-10-03T12:29:46-04:00November 12th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Beware the Bulging Battery! (And What to Do If Yours Expands)

Messages Not Being Delivered to Blue-Bubble Friends? Check Cellular Data

Here’s a tricky situation that threw one of our clients for a loop recently. Texts they sent in Messages via iMessage (indicated by blue bubbles) to their son, letting him know they were stopping by weren’t being delivered, making their visits a surprise. But other texts worked fine. The problem, it turned out, was [...]

By |2021-10-03T12:16:48-04:00November 9th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Messages Not Being Delivered to Blue-Bubble Friends? Check Cellular Data

Apple Radically Improved Multitasking in iPadOS 15. Here’s How to Use It

Multitasking has long been a mess on the iPad, not so much because it didn’t work but because it was tough to memorize the secret swipes necessary to put multiple apps into Split View, work with multiple windows in apps that supported them, and hide and show what you wanted in Slide Over. In [...]

By |2021-10-03T12:27:15-04:00November 5th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Apple Radically Improved Multitasking in iPadOS 15. Here’s How to Use It

When It Comes to Wi-Fi Networks, Sometimes It’s Better to Forget

It’s easy, particularly when traveling, to end up connecting to a Wi-Fi network that doesn’t provide Internet access, requires credentials you don’t have, or lacks access to the network’s printer. Unfortunately, once your iPhone, iPad, or Mac has connected to such a network, it may reconnect to it later, causing consternation when things don’t [...]

By |2021-10-03T12:10:13-04:00November 2nd, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on When It Comes to Wi-Fi Networks, Sometimes It’s Better to Forget
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