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Apple Works to Improve Safety in the Wake of AirTag Stalking Reports

2022-03-02T13:18:38-05:00

Over the past few months, there has been a spate of media reports about how people may have been tracked without their knowledge using AirTags, Apple’s elegant location trackers. Like many mainstream media forays into the tech world, the reports are often short on detail and sometimes unclear on the reality of how the AirTags […]

Apple Works to Improve Safety in the Wake of AirTag Stalking Reports2022-03-02T13:18:38-05:00

Use Reduce Transparency for a Consistently Colored macOS Interface

2022-03-02T13:19:10-05:00

For years now, Apple has made transparency a part of the macOS interface, which has the effect of blending the menu bar into the background and making menus and some windows take on the background hue, as you can see on the left side of the illustration below. For many people, transparency blurs the interface, […]

Use Reduce Transparency for a Consistently Colored macOS Interface2022-03-02T13:19:10-05:00

How to Use Change Tracking Effectively When Collaborating on Documents

2022-03-02T13:17:28-05:00

Long gone are the days of printing a document, marking it up with a red pencil, and sending it back to the author to input the changes. In the modern world, we use comments and change tracking to collaborate in word processors like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple’s Pages, and Nisus Writer Pro. The specifics […]

How to Use Change Tracking Effectively When Collaborating on Documents2022-03-02T13:17:28-05:00

Make Joining Your Wi-Fi Network as Easy as Scanning a QR Code

2022-03-02T13:16:00-05:00

Whether you have guests who want to get on your home Wi-Fi network, customers who need to join your business network, or attendees who want to use your conference network, it’s always fussy to share the network name and password. If an iPhone user has your Apple ID email address in Contacts, their device should […]

Make Joining Your Wi-Fi Network as Easy as Scanning a QR Code2022-03-02T13:16:00-05:00

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
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