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Can’t Remember When Your Warranty Expires? iOS 12.2 Lays It Out

With luck, you should never need to check your iPhone’s or iPad’s warranty status. But bad things do happen to good devices. In iOS 12.2, Apple has just made it easier to figure out if your device is still under warranty or covered by AppleCare+. Go to Settings > General > About, where you’ll find [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:42:46+00:00May 7th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Can’t Remember When Your Warranty Expires? iOS 12.2 Lays It Out

A Quick Trick to Turn Your iPhone into a Magnifying Glass

It’s maddening to want to read a serial number or other bit of fine print that you can barely see. But fret no longer—your iPhone or iPad makes a fabulous magnifying glass! Assuming Magnifier is enabled in Settings > General > Accessibility > Magnifier, you can bring it up by pressing the Home button [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:53:39+00:00April 30th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on A Quick Trick to Turn Your iPhone into a Magnifying Glass

Easier Ways to Move the Cursor When Editing Text on an iPad or iPhone

In theory, it should be easy to move the cursor in text on an iPad or iPhone—just tap where you want the cursor to go, or press and hold until the magnifying circle appears over the cursor and then slide it around. In reality, it’s often fussy and annoying because our fingers are a [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:40:52+00:00April 26th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Easier Ways to Move the Cursor When Editing Text on an iPad or iPhone

Use Emergency Bypass and You’ll Never Miss a Call or Text from Important People

There’s little worse than missing an important call or text because your iPhone was in Do Not Disturb mode or because the Mute switch was engaged. If there are certain people—a spouse, parent, or child—whose calls and texts you always want to break through the cone of silence, iOS has a solution: Emergency Bypass. [...]

By |2019-05-09T10:30:09+00:00April 23rd, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Use Emergency Bypass and You’ll Never Miss a Call or Text from Important People

Collaborate with Colleagues in Google Docs

Collaboration is what all the cool kids—well, all the competitive businesses—are doing these days because it’s efficient and effective. See “Stop Mailing Files Around and Use Collaborative Apps” and for users of Apple’s iWork, “Collaborate with Colleagues in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.” Today we’re going to look at collaborating using Google’s Web-based productivity suite, [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:37:39+00:00April 19th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Collaborate with Colleagues in Google Docs

Look before You Leap with Safari’s Link Preview

When you follow a link in Safari, you generally don’t know where you’re going to end up. That’s fine most of the time, but what if you’re concerned that a site might be trying to trick you into going somewhere malicious? Safari provides an easy way to look at the URL under a link. [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:46:28+00:00April 16th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Look before You Leap with Safari’s Link Preview

Is Your Photos Library Too Big? Here’s How to Move It to an External Hard Drive

SSDs are essential for ensuring optimal performance on a Mac, but because they’re expensive, many people don’t have as much built-in storage space as they would like. If your Photos library has grown to the point where your SSD is nearly full, it might be time to think about offloading it to an external [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:34:38+00:00April 12th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Is Your Photos Library Too Big? Here’s How to Move It to an External Hard Drive

Photos Not Syncing between Devices Properly via iCloud Photos?

iCloud Photos (which Apple previously called iCloud Photo Library) is wonderful when it’s working. Take some photos on your iPhone, and they appear on your Mac and iPad a minute later. Delete unnecessary shots and edit the others on your Mac, and your iPhone and iPad reflect those changes almost immediately. But what if [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:43:41+00:00April 9th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Photos Not Syncing between Devices Properly via iCloud Photos?

What’s with All These Dialogs Saying, “SomeApp is not optimized for your Mac”?

If you’re running macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra or macOS 10.14 Mojave, you may have seen a dialog that says an app isn’t optimized for your Mac. The message differs slightly between High Sierra and Mojave, with the High Sierra version telling you the developer needs to update the app to improve compatibility whereas Mojave [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:31:53+00:00April 5th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on What’s with All These Dialogs Saying, “SomeApp is not optimized for your Mac”?

Apple’s New AirPods Add “Hey Siri,” More Talk Time, and Optional Wireless Charging

If you use Apple’s AirPods, you’re probably a fan. But if you haven’t tried them, you may not realize what you’re missing. They pair quickly and reliably with all your Apple devices, provide excellent audio quality, and sit comfortably in most people’s ears (more so than the wired EarPods). The AirPods are Apple’s most [...]

By |2019-03-22T18:01:27+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Products, Releases|Comments Off on Apple’s New AirPods Add “Hey Siri,” More Talk Time, and Optional Wireless Charging