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18 iPhone Tips That'll Make You Seem Like A Phone Wizard

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IPhone 8

How to Convert Several Images into a Single PDF Using Preview

Over the years, Adobe's PDF file type has become a universally accepted method for sharing digital documents. The format's cross-platform adoption means the documents can be viewed on almost any mobile device or computer, so it's no surprise to find that macOS includes native support for viewing …

Tutorials

PSA: Here’s how to check for – and remove – the Mac malware mshelper

If your Mac seems to be running at high fan rates or you’re seeing reduced battery-life for no apparent reason, you may want to check for some Mac malware that seems to be going around …<p>A couple of support threads have described people finding a process called mshelper using a lot of CPU usage.<p>From …

Computer Hardware

How to Add AirDrop to Your Mac’s Dock for Quicker Access

• Home<br>• How To<br>• How to Add AirDrop to Your Mac’s Dock for Quicker Access<p>Chris Hauk - May 10, 2018<p>AirDrop is a great way to send and receive files between …

Operating Systems

How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature

Stationery Pad is a handy way to nix a step in your workflow if you regularly use document templates on your Mac. The long-standing Finder feature essentially tells a file's parent application to open a copy of it by default, ensuring that the original file remains unedited.<p>Stationery Pad doesn't …

Stationery

Apple's MacBook Pro vs. Microsoft's Surface Book 2

One of Apple's biggest competitors in the laptop space is arguably Microsoft, with its line of portable, productivity-focused Surface Book machines. Microsoft in November released its newest product, the Surface Book 2, a 2-in-1 PC that has quite a few selling points to entice Apple customers.<p>In …

MacBook Pro

How to use an unsupported NAS or a spare Mac on your network as storage for Time Machine backups

The end the AirPort product line could cause some issues in the future, when users want to back up their Mac's data using Time Machine but find their …

Linux

A new download will save UK companies weeks of cyber security work

UK companies and organisations can now meet the latest Government guidelines on cyber security in seconds after a new downloadable pack was …

Cybersecurity

How to backup a Mac to Time Machine with any hard drive

With the news that Apple has officially discontinued its AirPort lineup, many users will look to backing up their Macs with something other than Apple’s Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme with a connected external drive. Follow along for how to back up a Mac to Time Machine with any hard drive.<p>Apple’s …

Operating Systems

Apple outlines key features to look for when upgrading from AirPort devices

Now that Apple’s AirPort line is dead, Apple has now published a new support document detailing what customers should be looking for when upgrading from their existing AirPort devices.<p>While Apple’s AirPort devices never support mesh networking, Apple recommends using such a setup if you have a …

Wi-Fi

How to invoke split screen on iPad with iOS 11

With iOS 11, Apple supercharged the way how users. It came with many additions including a revamp to split screen multitasking. Gone is the swipe over and pick from a hideous and unintuitive app picker.<p>Follow along as we walk you through how to invoke and use split screen multitasking on the iPad …

Apps

How to take screenshots on Mac

Taking a screenshot on iOS is relatively straightforward, but on macOS things are a bit more complex, though you also get more control. Here’s how to take a screenshot on macOS…<p>Follow along as we walk you through the several different methods of taking a screenshot on the Mac.<p>First we have to lay …

The ultimate Apple user accessory guide

Apple continues to impress consumers with new releases every single year. From hardware to software, Apple devices are some of the most popular in …

How to actually get work done on an iPad

Apple is touting its updated iPad as an education-focused device, once again pushing the idea that the iPad can replace a laptop (or Chromebook, in the case of classrooms). That's unlikely, but with the right tools, it <i>can</i> be a workable substitute in a pinch.<p>It takes more than a few classroom apps …

Apple adds new alert when your iPhone battery is failing

iOS 11.3 has a new warning that users of older iPhones should dread. It’s a notification that the device shut down because the battery couldn’t provide peak power. Here’s what to do if this happens to you.<p>What went wrong<p>As batteries age, they get less powerful. And sometimes when an iPhone’s …

How to Get Your Mac's Dock to Show Running Apps Only

Last week we explained how you can use a simple Terminal command to insert spaces in your macOS Dock and visibly group together app icons. In this article, we're going to highlight another simple Terminal hack that turns the Dock into more of a straightforward app switcher by making it display only …

How to Hide and Remove System Preference Panes in macOS

In macOS, the System Preferences app located in the Applications folder is where you can adjust various settings to customize your Mac. Most system preference panes are native to macOS and cannot be removed – although they can be hidden. In this article, we'll show you how it's done.<p>Occasionally, …

Can't unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it!

If your Apple Watch has stopped unlocking your Mac, here are some fixes you can try!When the Apple Watch's Auto Unlock works, it's magical. You open …

How to share one iCloud Storage plan with your whole family

Apple’s Family Sharing iCloud feature was introduced back in 2o14 with iOS 8, but for several years many users requested a way to share one iCloud storage plan with multiple accounts. Apple brought this option to users with iOS 11, but for many it’s not turned on by default. Follow along for how to …

Seven Useful macOS Tricks You Might Not Know

There are a lot of hidden features in both macOS and iOS that often go under the radar, either because they've not received much attention from Apple, or they've been forgotten after a period of time.<p>In the latest video over on our YouTube channel, we've rounded up some useful macOS tips and tricks …

This great iOS Spotlight trick lets you know everything about a person

Somewhere after the launch of iOS 11, Apple tweaked Spotlight search to be way more useful. Now, when you search for a person, you can trigger a sub-search that lets you find everything you have on them, from emails, to iMessages, to their contact details, through WhatsApp messages, to calendar …

How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

If you've been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you've probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time.<p>Unless you …

24 hidden settings that can maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

Operating Systems

How To: Keep Your Night Vision Sharp with the iPhone's Hidden Red Screen

There were a lot of cool new features introduced in iOS 10, but some were more hidden than others. One option called "Color Tint" snuck its way in, …

Tutorials

How to Turn Your Old iPhone Into a Cute Minimalistic Feature Phone

If you still own an iPhone 4, chances are it’s sitting in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. You’ve probably thought about throwing it out, but now …

Apps

How to Get More Battery Life Out of Your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market, yet battery life has never been its strong suit. That said, Apple has made improvements in this area with successive models, and while the company still only promises all-day battery life on a single charge, many Series 2 and 3 owners …

Tips and Tricks: Creating and Marking Up PDFs in iOS 11

As a contractor, I can tell you that PDF documents are the industry standard in my world. You don’t have to fuss with security settings or worry about them being altered the same way that you do with a Word doc, or other editable document style. If I am sending a customer a quote, it’s going to be …

Apps

How can I remove unwanted apps from Windows 10?

I am not a power user. I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which has plenty of features I don’t need, and I hate Cortana, Edge, Xbox, Groove etc. I noticed that one of the Windows 10 tuners you reviewed last week “removes unwanted programs”. Would it work for these? <b>Tony</b><p>Every operating system includes …

Software

AudioStretch slows down songs and videos to make learning music easier

AudioStretch is a “music transcription tool.” It’s a universal iOS app that slows down music, and/or changes its pitch, so you can learn to play songs. We’ve covered another of these, Capo Touch, before on <i>Cult of Mac</i>, but AudioStretch is easier to use. Plus, a recent update added the ability for …

Four ways to run Windows 10 on your Mac

People are buying new Macs at the rate of around 4 to 5 million every quarter, but it seems that many users still can't make a total break from …