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!

Here’s How to Load the Desktop Version of a Web Site on an iPhone or iPad

Some Web sites have separate desktop and mobile versions, each theoretically providing the best browsing experience for its platform. Unfortunately, mobile Web sites sometimes leave out necessary features or hide content. That’s especially annoying if you’re browsing on an iPad, where the desktop site would work fine. If you run across such a site [...]

By |2018-08-08T17:47:17+00:00August 21st, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to Load the Desktop Version of a Web Site on an iPhone or iPad

All about Find My Friends

As iPhones have become ever more prevalent, one of Apple’s bundled apps—Find My Friends—has become significantly more useful. Although there are legitimate concerns about sharing your location willy-nilly, Find My Friends gives everyone full control over what they share, making it truly helpful for families and close friends. So if you’ve ever thought it would [...]

By |2018-06-07T13:20:09+00:00June 29th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on All about Find My Friends

Find the Battery Percentage Indicator on the iPhone X

Wondering what happened to the numeric battery percentage indicator on the iPhone X? The notch takes up enough space at the top of the screen that there was room only for the battery icon, which can be hard to interpret. If you want to see precisely what percentage of your battery is left, swipe [...]

By |2018-02-01T19:49:24+00:00February 6th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Find the Battery Percentage Indicator on the iPhone X

How to Split Restaurant Checks with Apple Pay Cash

You’re out to lunch with tech-savvy friends, one of whom picks up the check and says, “Just send me your share via Apple Pay Cash.” Say what? Apple Pay Cash is Apple’s new person-to-person payment service, designed to make it easy for individuals to send and receive money. It’s perfect for repaying a friend [...]

By |2018-01-03T17:37:32+00:00January 5th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on How to Split Restaurant Checks with Apple Pay Cash

Turn Down the Music! (Eh? What did you say?)

Long gone are the days of ghetto blasters and monster speakers—now we pump music directly into our eardrums with EarPods and AirPods. Noise-induced hearing loss is a real problem, though, with millions of people damaging their hearing by playing music too loud, sometimes inadvertently. Happily, iOS can help protect your ears, and those of [...]

By |2017-09-01T17:50:51+00:00September 19th, 2017|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Turn Down the Music! (Eh? What did you say?)

Apple Introduces iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K

At its highly anticipated product announcement event at the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple didn’t disappoint. The big news was the revolutionary iPhone X, which eliminates the Home button and unlocks by recognizing your face. Apple also announced the evolutionary iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus; a cellular-capable Apple Watch Series 3; and the [...]

By |2017-09-13T16:47:49+00:00September 13th, 2017|News, Releases|Comments Off on Apple Introduces iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K

Reply Quickly to Messages on Your iPhone’s Lock Screen

Want a faster way to reply to a conversation in Messages? If you see a Messages notification on the Lock screen of your iPhone 6s or later, press and hold on it to expand it into an interactive box where you can reply without unlocking your iPhone or navigating into the Messages app. It’s [...]

By |2017-08-03T15:12:06+00:00August 22nd, 2017|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Reply Quickly to Messages on Your iPhone’s Lock Screen

How Do I Turn the iPhone Off (and On Again)?

For the most part, you never have to power down your trusty iPhone, but there are two rare situations where doing so might be useful. If your battery is getting low and you won’t be able to charge before you absolutely need the phone later in the day, turning it off will prevent it from [...]

By |2017-08-03T15:02:16+00:00August 8th, 2017|iOS Tips|Comments Off on How Do I Turn the iPhone Off (and On Again)?

Four Ways to Make the iPhone Easier to Read without Glasses

If you have 20/20 vision or are still wondering why your parents have reading glasses, count yourself lucky. But if you’re like many people—over 60 percent of the population by some estimates, including most people over 45—reading the tiny text on your iPhone or iPad screen might be impossible if you don’t happen to [...]

By |2017-08-03T15:17:58+00:00August 4th, 2017|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Four Ways to Make the iPhone Easier to Read without Glasses