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Apple Pay Is Faster, Easier, More Secure, and More Private Than Using Credit Cards

By | 2018-04-17T12:13:40+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Mac Tips|

You’ve probably heard of Apple Pay, but have you set it up so you can use it to pay for purchases at checkout? If not, give it a try, since it’s one of those living-in-the future Apple technologies that feels like science fiction every time you use it. Simply put your iPhone, iPad, or Apple [...]

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Use Modifier Keys to Do More—a Lot More—with Mouse Drags

By | 2018-04-05T11:29:59+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Dragging files and folders around is core to the Mac experience—drag a file from one folder to another to move it, drag a folder from one drive to another to copy it. But did you know that if you hold down the Option key while dragging a file in the Finder, you’ll get a green [...]

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Need to Do Some Simple Math? Get Siri to Do It!

By | 2018-03-23T00:23:06+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Mac Tips|

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you’re not in elementary school, but it’s still easy to end up with a bunch of numbers you need to calculate. Perhaps you’re trying to total receipts for an expense report, average your kid’s report card grades, or split a restaurant bill. Either way, instead of launching [...]

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Create and Name Reminders Lists to Use Them Via Siri

By | 2018-02-21T03:32:21+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Do you create reminders with Siri on the iPhone? Those reminders are automatically added to your default list, which you set in Settings > Reminders > Default List. That’s great generally—“Hey Siri, remind me to update watchOS tonight at 11 PM”—but less good when you want to maintain different shopping lists. For instance, create a [...]

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Call 911! Or, with an iPhone or Apple Watch, Invoke Emergency SOS.

By | 2018-02-12T16:01:54+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Have you ever needed to call emergency services from your or someone else’s iPhone? Almost by definition, such calls take place at stressful times, and it can be hard to remember what to do. Or, if you’ve been in an accident, it might be difficult or impossible to navigate the iPhone’s interface. In iOS 10.2 [...]

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Find the Battery Percentage Indicator on the iPhone X

By | 2018-02-08T14:02:07+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Mac Tips|

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 down [...]

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How to Switch Apps on the iPhone X, Without a Home Button?

By | 2018-01-27T15:55:45+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Since the iPhone X lacks a Home button to press twice for the app switcher, you’ll need to switch apps in a new way. To bring up the app switcher, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to about halfway, and then pause until the app thumbnails appear. Then you can scroll through your [...]

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Looking for More Image Editing Power than Photos Can Provide?

By | 2018-01-25T17:13:52+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Mac Tips|

In macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple significantly enhanced the editing capabilities of Photos on your Mac, adding tools for adjusting specific colors, fine-tuning color and contrast via curves, and even focusing an image with vignetting. But it still lacks many features found in other image editors, including applying a filter to an arbitrary portion of [...]

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Make Your Holiday Cards with Apple’s Photos App This Year

By | 2017-12-22T16:54:06+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Mac Tips|

It’s that time of year again, when we realize that if we’re going to do holiday cards, we should get started. You can take the easy way out and buy a few packs of generic reindeer cards at the drugstore, but with a little work in Apple’s Photos app on the Mac, you can instead [...]

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How to Get Back to Siri’s Web Results Quickly

By | 2017-11-03T02:43:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Mac Tips|

Ask Siri to search the Web and you’ll get five results back from Google (not Bing anymore!). Tap one and it opens in Safari. But what if that page doesn’t contain the information you want? How do you get back to Siri’s results? The easy way is to tap the little Siri button that appears in [...]

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