Winter Weather Warning: Keep Your Tech Toasty!

When it’s cold out, you can always throw on a sweater to stay warm. But your electronics are more reptilian—they can get sluggish or even fail to work in freezing weather. (No, that’s not what iPod Socks were designed to fix.) Worse, charging batteries at low temperatures or moving tech gear between extreme temperature [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:43:51+00:00February 22nd, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Winter Weather Warning: Keep Your Tech Toasty!

Did You Know You Can Use Your Mac Laptop Closed with an External Screen and Keyboard?

Those of you who use a Mac laptop—a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro—probably know you can connect it to a large external display for more screen space. But sometimes it’s not convenient to have your Mac open on your desk next to the big screen. If you’d like to close your Mac’s screen [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:42:34+00:00February 19th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know You Can Use Your Mac Laptop Closed with an External Screen and Keyboard?

Stop Mailing Files Around and Use Collaborative Apps

Have you ever emailed a document to several colleagues for feedback, and then had to go through each of their changes in turn, merging everything into your master document? What if one of them needs to see the changes that another suggested? Plus, what if you need to make substantial changes after you’ve sent [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:41:26+00:00February 15th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Stop Mailing Files Around and Use Collaborative Apps

Troubles with Messages? Read On for Ten Possible Solutions

Apple’s Messages app for iOS and macOS generally works well, but when it doesn’t, figuring out what’s wrong and how to fix it can take some doing. Here are a few of the most common solutions we’ve come across for problems with sending and receiving messages. Help Android-switcher friends turn off iMessage Do you [...]

By |2019-02-07T17:52:01+00:00February 8th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Troubles with Messages? Read On for Ten Possible Solutions

Siri in Mojave Now Supports HomeKit and Find My iPhone

Siri on the Mac hasn’t been as useful as on iOS devices, but with macOS 10.14 Mojave, Apple enhanced the Mac version of Siri in a variety of ways. Apple says that Siri now knows about food, celebrities, and motorsports, but more interesting is how you can ask Siri to control your HomeKit devices [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:43:56+00:00January 29th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Siri in Mojave Now Supports HomeKit and Find My iPhone

Slow Mac? Here’s How to Figure Out If You Need More RAM

No matter how fast your Mac was when it was new, the time will come when apps launch slowly, the spinning beachball appears more often, and everything responds sluggishly. Such problems won’t happen all the time, and you can often fix them by quitting a piggy app or restarting your Mac. But if these [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:57:47+00:00January 25th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Slow Mac? Here’s How to Figure Out If You Need More RAM

Don’t Use Rules in Apple’s Mail to Send “Out of Office” Replies

It’s helpful to unplug occasionally and ignore email while on vacation or otherwise away from your work routine. And it’s a good idea to set up a vacation auto-responder to tell correspondents what to do in your absence. It might be tempting to create such an auto-reply with a rule in Mail on the [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:39:20+00:00January 15th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Don’t Use Rules in Apple’s Mail to Send “Out of Office” Replies

Getting Rid of an Old Mac? Follow These Steps to Prep It for Its Next Life

If a new Mac has recently arrived in your life, it may be time to hand your old Mac down to a friend or family member, pass it on to a coworker, or send it back to Apple for recycling. Here’s what to do. Backup Before anything else, make a backup, just in case. [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:50:23+00:00January 11th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Getting Rid of an Old Mac? Follow These Steps to Prep It for Its Next Life

This Is Hands-Down the Easiest Way to Give Someone Your Wi-Fi Network Password

You know the drill—a friend comes to visit and wants to get on your Wi-Fi network. You’ve written the password down somewhere, but where? Even if you have it handy, it’s a pain for your friend to type in. Since macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, Apple’s operating systems can make connecting a [...]

By |2018-12-03T16:44:01+00:00January 4th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on This Is Hands-Down the Easiest Way to Give Someone Your Wi-Fi Network Password

Use This Hidden Feature in Safari to Access Tabs on Your Other Apple Devices

Browser tabs. They breed like bunnies, and if you’re like us, you have oodles of tabs open on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. But you may not know that Safari has a great tab-management feature that lets you access all the open tabs on all your devices. (Make sure to enable the Safari switch [...]

By |2018-12-03T16:41:28+00:00January 2nd, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use This Hidden Feature in Safari to Access Tabs on Your Other Apple Devices