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Looking for More iOS 14 Widgets? Be Sure to Launch Seldom-Used Apps

2021-06-08T09:08:15-04:00

Home screen widgets are one of the coolest features of iOS 14. They enable apps to offer quick access to features or at-a-glance previews of changing information, such as the Weather app’s widget providing a quick look at upcoming weather. What you may not realize, however, is that an app’s widgets become available for adding […]

Looking for More iOS 14 Widgets? Be Sure to Launch Seldom-Used Apps2021-06-08T09:08:15-04:00

Pin Your Chats in Messages for Faster Access

2021-06-08T09:09:44-04:00

A new feature of Messages in both iOS 14 and macOS 11 Big Sur is the option to pin up to nine conversations at the top of the conversation list for easy access. No longer do you have to worry about them scrolling out of sight. On an iPhone or iPad, touch and hold a […]

Pin Your Chats in Messages for Faster Access2021-06-08T09:09:44-04:00

Two Tricks for Fixing a Mac That’s Restarting Unexpectedly

2021-06-08T09:06:56-04:00

Although extremely uncommon, it’s not unheard of for a Mac, particularly an older model, to restart unexpectedly. If it happens once, chalk it up to cosmic rays and move on. But if it happens multiple times, try these two things right off. First, use compressed air to remove dust from cooling vents or the inside […]

Two Tricks for Fixing a Mac That’s Restarting Unexpectedly2021-06-08T09:06:56-04:00

The Ten Upcoming Mac/iPhone/iPad Features We Think You’ll Most Like

2021-06-09T09:38:31-04:00

At its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on June 7th, Apple shared details about what we can expect to see later this year in macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15, and HomePod Software 15. It was a firehose of announcements, but one thing became clear: Apple wants to spread its technologies […]

The Ten Upcoming Mac/iPhone/iPad Features We Think You’ll Most Like2021-06-09T09:38:31-04:00

What Is the Cloud?

2021-06-08T09:13:54-04:00

People talk about “the cloud” all the time these days, but what do they really mean? There’s no agreed-on definition, which can render some conversations nearly inscrutable. We can’t pretend to have the final answer—if there will ever be such a thing—but here’s how we think of “the cloud.” (And now we’ll stop quoting it.) […]

What Is the Cloud?2021-06-08T09:13:54-04:00

Keep Your Mac Quiet at Night and During Presentations with Do Not Disturb

2021-04-22T09:04:15-04:00

We’re all accustomed to the Do Not Disturb feature on our iPhones since they’re with us for most of the day and often spend the night next to the bed. But Apple long ago added Do Not Disturb to the Mac as well, and it’s useful for muting your Mac at night to eliminate unnecessary […]

Keep Your Mac Quiet at Night and During Presentations with Do Not Disturb2021-04-22T09:04:15-04:00

Forget Adobe Acrobat: Preview May Be All You Need to Work with PDFs

2021-04-22T09:03:51-04:00

We regularly hear from people who think they need Adobe Acrobat DC to manipulate PDFs. Don’t misunderstand: Adobe Acrobat is the gold standard, but it’s complicated and expensive—$14.99 per month or as part of Creative Cloud for $52.99 per month. In contrast, Apple’s Preview is easy and free with macOS. Here are six tasks that […]

Forget Adobe Acrobat: Preview May Be All You Need to Work with PDFs2021-04-22T09:03:51-04:00

Having Trouble Finding Files on Your Mac? Here’s How to Reset Spotlight

2021-04-22T09:01:42-04:00

For the most part, Spotlight works well. Press Command-Space or use the Search field in a Finder window, and it finds everything that matches your search term. Sometimes, however, Spotlight fails to turn up a file that you know is present, likely due to index corruption. To fix the problem, you can force Spotlight to […]

Having Trouble Finding Files on Your Mac? Here’s How to Reset Spotlight2021-04-22T09:01:42-04:00

Stop Apple Watch Timer Alerts with a Press of the Digital Crown

2021-04-22T08:59:07-04:00

For those who cook, the Apple Watch provides a helpful Timer app that ensures we don’t forget whatever’s in the oven until it’s burnt to a crisp. Setting the timer is easy from the app’s interface, but even easier is using Siri: just hold the Digital Crown and say, “Set a timer for 8 minutes.” […]

Stop Apple Watch Timer Alerts with a Press of the Digital Crown2021-04-22T08:59:07-04:00

Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads

2021-04-22T09:04:48-04:00

With iCloud Drive, Apple provides an Optimize Mac Storage checkbox that, when checked, stores the full contents of iCloud Drive on the Mac only if there’s enough space. However, you may wish to recover local storage space without selecting that option—luckily, that’s easy to do. Open iCloud Drive in the Finder, Control-click a file, and […]

Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads2021-04-22T09:04:48-04:00
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