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Need to Restart a Mac That Has Frozen? Here’s How

It’s extremely uncommon for a Mac to freeze or crash these days, but it can happen. What should you do if your Mac locks up and becomes completely unresponsive to the mouse and keyboard? The trick is to press and hold the power button until the Mac turns off. Wait 5 or 10 seconds, [...]

By |2019-08-28T23:58:30-04:00September 10th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Restart a Mac That Has Frozen? Here’s How

Use AirPods to Improve Your Hearing

An ever-increasing number of people have hearing loss due to exposure to loud noise and age. If you’re in that group, but don’t yet need hearing aids, try using your AirPods to help you hear better in certain situations. iOS’s Live Listen feature uses your iPhone’s mic to pick up specific sounds and then [...]

By |2019-08-28T23:57:27-04:00September 3rd, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Use AirPods to Improve Your Hearing

Six Tips for Writing Better Email

Apple has put a lot of effort into Mail, providing lots of features you can employ to get through your email more quickly. But one of the most effective ways to improve your email productivity has nothing to do with an app. Instead, train yourself to write better email and you’ll cut down on [...]

By |2019-08-28T23:56:50-04:00August 30th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Six Tips for Writing Better Email

Migrate Your Data from an Old iPhone to a New One with iOS 12.4’s New Feature

Most people are probably waiting until September to buy a new iPhone, but Apple is laying the groundwork for making the migration from an old phone to a new one even easier this time around. In iOS 12.4, Apple introduced a new way to migrate your data directly from one iPhone to another. This [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:47:09-04:00August 27th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Migrate Your Data from an Old iPhone to a New One with iOS 12.4’s New Feature

Learn How to Autofill SMS Login Codes in iOS 12 and Mojave

An ever-increasing number of Web sites boost their security via two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires you to type in a short numeric code to complete a login after entering your username and password. It’s a big win because that code is generated on the fly and is good for only a short time (often [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:58:08-04:00August 23rd, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Learn How to Autofill SMS Login Codes in iOS 12 and Mojave

Annoyed by Your Holiday Music Playing out of Season? Stop It with This Tip

“Winter Wonderland” may be a great song to listen to when the snow flies, but if you’re sweltering in the summer heat, having it pop up while iTunes is shuffling through your music feels wrong. Happily, there’s a way to prevent holiday music from playing out of season—this trick is also useful for keeping [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:44:32-04:00August 20th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Annoyed by Your Holiday Music Playing out of Season? Stop It with This Tip

What Can You Store in Apple’s Wallet App? Credit Cards, Boarding Passes, Tickets, and More!

Have you wondered what you can do with the Wallet app on your iPhone? Although it started out life called Passbook, Apple soon realized that the only sensible name was Wallet. That’s because it stores digital versions of roughly the same sort of things you might put in a physical wallet: credit and debit [...]

By |2019-08-01T13:54:48-04:00August 16th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What Can You Store in Apple’s Wallet App? Credit Cards, Boarding Passes, Tickets, and More!

The Secret Trick That Lets You Paste Phone Numbers into the Phone App

Most iOS apps and many Web sites make phone numbers “hot” so you can tap them to call. But it’s not uncommon to run across a number that’s formatted oddly or broken across a line of text such that it can’t be recognized. Just because iOS can’t recognize it doesn’t mean you have to [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:48:37-04:00August 13th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on The Secret Trick That Lets You Paste Phone Numbers into the Phone App

Buy Quality Cables to Avoid Possible Device Damage or Even Fires

Apple’s prices for Lightning, USB-C, and Thunderbolt 3 cables often seem high—$19 for a USB-C to Lightning cable or $29 if you want a 2-meter version? Unfortunately, when it comes to cables, you often get what you pay for. Happily, other reputable hardware manufacturers like Anker and Belkin make quality cables and often charge [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:57:04-04:00August 9th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Buy Quality Cables to Avoid Possible Device Damage or Even Fires