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Keep the Menu Bar Showing in Full Screen in macOS 12 Monterey

2021-12-10T09:09:15-05:00

Do you like using full-screen mode on your new M1-based MacBook Pro but hate having the menu bar disappear unless you move the pointer to the top of the screen? Happily, in macOS 12 Monterey, Apple has at long last added a setting to keep the menu bar visible at all times. Open System Preferences […]

Keep the Menu Bar Showing in Full Screen in macOS 12 Monterey2021-12-10T09:09:15-05:00

FaceTime Gains Cool New Features in Apple’s Latest Operating Systems

2021-12-10T09:08:14-05:00

It’s no exaggeration to say that videoconferencing went mainstream during the pandemic. However, Apple’s FaceTime didn’t stack up well against Zoom and others due to its emulation of the telephone call experience, questionable interface decisions, and lack of cross-platform compatibility. However, with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey, Apple has nearly brought FaceTime […]

FaceTime Gains Cool New Features in Apple’s Latest Operating Systems2021-12-10T09:08:14-05:00

Apple’s Evolution of Do Not Disturb Helps You Focus

2021-12-10T09:05:25-05:00

Between texts, alarms, reminders, calls, and myriad other notifications on our iPhones, iPads, and Macs, it’s a miracle we get anything done at all. To free us from this onslaught, Apple previously provided Do Not Disturb, which let you set times during which you could be free from interruption. In iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and […]

Apple’s Evolution of Do Not Disturb Helps You Focus2021-12-10T09:05:25-05:00

Avoid Inclement Weather by Enabling Notifications in iOS 15’s Weather App

2021-12-10T09:08:56-05:00

Thanks to Apple’s 2020 acquisition of weather company Dark Sky, the iPhone’s Weather app has learned some new tricks in iOS 15. (It still isn’t available on the iPad, oddly.) Most obvious is its addition of weather maps that can show precipitation, temperature, and air quality. More subtle are the notifications that can alert you […]

Avoid Inclement Weather by Enabling Notifications in iOS 15’s Weather App2021-12-10T09:08:56-05:00

Should You Use Apple’s New Password Manager in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey?

2021-12-10T09:06:06-05:00

We continually recommend that every Apple user rely on a password manager like 1Password or LastPass for creating, managing, and entering passwords securely. What we haven’t encouraged as heavily is relying on Apple’s built-in password management features. Although they’re free, they’ve been too basic and hard to use over the years, relying largely on an […]

Should You Use Apple’s New Password Manager in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey?2021-12-10T09:06:06-05:00

Print Mailing Labels for Your Holiday Cards with Apple’s Contacts App

2021-12-10T09:02:37-05:00

If mailing your holiday cards (which you designed in Photos with a plug-in like Motif or Mimeo Photos, right?) is made harder by having to write addresses on envelopes, you can skip the handwriting step this year. Although many people don’t realize this, it’s easy to print mailing labels on standard label stock using the […]

Print Mailing Labels for Your Holiday Cards with Apple’s Contacts App2021-12-10T09:02:37-05:00

Shrink Apps to Prevent the MacBook Pro Notch from Obscuring App Controls

2021-12-10T09:08:37-05:00

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models feature a camera housing built into the screen, resulting in a notch like that on the iPhone. Most developers are updating their apps to ensure that no controls or menu bar items appear blocked or hidden by the notch, but if you use an older app that […]

Shrink Apps to Prevent the MacBook Pro Notch from Obscuring App Controls2021-12-10T09:08:37-05:00

Pay Attention to the iPhone’s Emergency SOS Auto Call Feature

2021-12-10T09:09:41-05:00

Did you know that pressing and holding the side button and one of the volume buttons on an iPhone 8 or later brings up a screen that lets you power your iPhone off, show your medical ID, and invoke Emergency SOS? (On earlier iPhones, press the side or top button five times.) Slide Emergency SOS, […]

Pay Attention to the iPhone’s Emergency SOS Auto Call Feature2021-12-10T09:09:41-05:00

Beware the Bulging Battery! (And What to Do If Yours Expands)

2021-11-05T10:09:35-04:00

We’ve been seeing a spate of bulging batteries of late, both in Mac laptops and iPhones. A bulging battery is a Very Bad Thing™ and must be dealt with immediately because it could catch fire or even explode. As lithium-ion batteries age, the chemical reactions that produce power no longer complete fully, resulting in the […]

Beware the Bulging Battery! (And What to Do If Yours Expands)2021-11-05T10:09:35-04:00

Use Visual Look Up in Photos in iOS 15 to Identify Plants, Pets, and More

2021-11-05T10:08:59-04:00

Have you ever wanted to identify a plant, flower, or pet breed, or find out what that famous painting is called? Us too. In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple added a new AI-driven feature called Visual Look Up that provides more information about photos of plants, flowers, pets, books, artworks, and landmarks. When you’re […]

Use Visual Look Up in Photos in iOS 15 to Identify Plants, Pets, and More2021-11-05T10:08:59-04:00
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