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Forget Adobe Acrobat: Preview May Be All You Need to Work with PDFs

We regularly hear from people who think they need Adobe Acrobat DC to manipulate PDFs. Don’t misunderstand: Adobe Acrobat is the gold standard, but it’s complicated and expensive—$14.99 per month or as part of Creative Cloud for $52.99 per month. In contrast, Apple’s Preview is easy and free with macOS. Here are six tasks [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:52:19-04:00March 12th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Forget Adobe Acrobat: Preview May Be All You Need to Work with PDFs

What Are Those Orange and Green Dots in Your iPhone’s Status Bar?

In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple added two new status indicators to the right side of the status bar at the top of the screen. They’re designed to give you feedback about what an app is doing. An orange dot indicates that an app is using the microphone, and a green dot means [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:49:28-04:00March 9th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What Are Those Orange and Green Dots in Your iPhone’s Status Bar?

Want an Early Warning System for COVID-19 Infections? Install NOVID!

With vaccinations underway, there’s light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel. But given the enormity of the task and the unknowns surrounding coronavirus variants, we’ll still be in this tunnel for some time to come. Happily, there’s a new app called NOVID that, if you and your friends (and their friends, etc.) [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:47:33-04:00March 5th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Want an Early Warning System for COVID-19 Infections? Install NOVID!

Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads

With iCloud Drive, Apple provides an Optimize Mac Storage checkbox that, when checked, stores the full contents of iCloud Drive on the Mac only if there’s enough space. However, you may wish to recover local storage space without selecting that option—luckily, that’s easy to do. Open iCloud Drive in the Finder, Control-click a file, [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:45:12-04:00March 2nd, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads

8 Ways Apple Improved the Camera App in iOS 14

It’s difficult for most of us to imagine that a camera—something that still feels like it’s a standalone object—could be improved significantly with a software update. But now that cameras are part of our phones, code is king. With iOS 14, the camera in your iPhone becomes all the more capable. You’d be excused [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:20:54-04:00February 26th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on 8 Ways Apple Improved the Camera App in iOS 14

Keep iPhone 12 and MagSafe Accessories Away from Pacemakers

Remember when we had to keep magnets away from floppy disks to avoid scrambling them? Modern storage is no longer vulnerable, but magnets and electromagnetic fields from consumer electronics can interfere with medical devices, like implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. Although iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior models, Apple says they’re not expected to [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:42:11-04:00February 23rd, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Keep iPhone 12 and MagSafe Accessories Away from Pacemakers

New Features You May Have Missed in the iOS 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3 Updates

We’ve published overviews of the major features in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, along with detailed looks at our favorite features. But Apple keeps releasing updates with new features, and we wanted to take a moment to catch you up on what Apple has added in versions 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3. (If you’re running [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:18:00-04:00February 19th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on New Features You May Have Missed in the iOS 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3 Updates

Need to Save Bandwidth on Your iPhone? Try Low Data Mode

Even as we get 5G cellular connectivity and high-speed Wi-Fi networks, there are plenty of times when you might want to reduce your data usage. Perhaps you’re trying to avoid running over a data cap while traveling, or maybe you’re sharing a Wi-Fi network with a very slow Internet connection. Either way, you can [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:11:14-04:00February 16th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Need to Save Bandwidth on Your iPhone? Try Low Data Mode

M1-Based Macs Have New Startup Modes: Here’s What You Need to Know

For many years, Macs have relied on sets of keys held at startup to enable specific modes. Most notably, pressing Option displays the Startup Manager and lets you pick a boot drive, Command-R starts up from macOS Recovery, Command-Option-P-R resets the NVRAM, Shift starts up in Safe mode, D opens Apple Diagnostics to check [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:15:04-04:00February 12th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on M1-Based Macs Have New Startup Modes: Here’s What You Need to Know

Not Enough Space to Install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14? Try This Approach

Suppose you have an older iPhone or iPad, especially one with only 16 GB of storage. In that case, it’s possible that you won’t have enough space to upgrade to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 through Settings > General > Software Update. That’s often true due to an inexplicably large Other category when you [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:08:30-04:00February 9th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Not Enough Space to Install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14? Try This Approach
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