What’s the Deal with AMBER and Other Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone?

Have you ever gotten an emergency alert on your iPhone, telling you about an abducted child or public safety emergency? That’s the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system, at least in the United States, although some other countries have similar systems. The WEA system enables authorized national, state, and local government authorities to send alerts [...]

By |2019-05-06T18:05:08+00:00May 17th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What’s the Deal with AMBER and Other Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone?

Beware Microsoft Office 365 Phishing Attacks!

We’re seeing an uptick in email phishing attacks purporting to come from Microsoft about Office 365. They’re quite convincing messages that tell users that their credit card payment has failed, that an account needs renewing, or that a password needs to be confirmed. Needless to say, they’re all complete scams, and clicking a link [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:47:27+00:00May 14th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Beware Microsoft Office 365 Phishing Attacks!

Need to Merge Photos Libraries? Here Are Your Options

Photos makes it easy to create and switch between libraries. That’s good when photos need to be kept completely separate. For instance, a real estate agent might want to keep personal photos separate from house photos taken for work. But too much separation is annoying—you have to keep switching between libraries, and it’s easy [...]

By |2019-05-06T18:02:24+00:00May 10th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Merge Photos Libraries? Here Are Your Options

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