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Shortcuts: A New Vision for Siri and iOS Automation

In my Future of Workflow article from last year (published soon after the news of Apple's acquisition), I outlined some of the probable outcomes for the app. The more optimistic one – the "best timeline", so to speak – envisioned an updated Workflow app as a native iOS automation layer, deeply …

Apps

Four features iCloud Drive desperately needs

I’ve used all of the major “folders that sync” services over the years. Dropbox was the original solution, but I’ve also used OneDrive, Box, Google Drive, and iCloud. They all have good points and weak points.<p>I’ve personally settled on iCloud Drive because it’s built into macOS and iOS, but it’s …

Google Drive

Understanding how iCloud stores data

Contrary to what you might think, Apple's iCloud isn’t a central storage system. Rather, it’s a synchronization system that requires data remain on …

Operating Systems

How to Make Your Own Ringtones for iPhone on iTunes

Your iPhone has a variety of free ringtones to peruse, and the iTunes Store has a gigantic selection of iPhone ringtones to purchase, but what if you want to make your own custom ringtone? Good news! You can make phone ringtones free using already purchased songs from your iTunes library. All you …

iTunes

How to Use the macOS App Switcher to Open Files, Hide and Quit Apps, and Launch Exposé

Most long-time macOS users will be aware of the Application Switcher. It's invoked using the <b>Command+Tab</b> keyboard shortcut, and lists all of the apps currently running on your Mac, enabling you to quickly switch between them.<p>In this article, we'll run through the Mac App Switcher's most basic …

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

- May 10, 2018<p>AirDrop is a great way to send and receive files between Macs or between your Mac and iOS devices. Here’s a quick way to shave a few …

Operating Systems

11 Tips for Working on the iPad

In a recent episode of Connected, we rounded up some of our favorite "iOS little wonders" and Myke was surprised by one of my picks: the ability to launch individual notes on iOS through shared links. The ensuing discussion inspired me to assemble a list of tips and tricks to improve how you can …

How to Get the Most Out of Apple's macOS Preview App

All of Apple's Macs come with Preview, a feature that's built into macOS. Preview is the default app that opens up whenever you view an image or a PDF, and it actually has quite a few useful tools built into it, which we've explored in the latest video over on our YouTube channel.<p><i>Subscribe to the</i> …

How to Float Notes Over Application Windows in macOS

In the Notes app in macOS, it's possible to float individual notes over other windows so that they stay visible regardless of which application is active.<p>This makes for a convenient way to reference an existing note while writing an essay or report, for example. It also comes in useful if you want …

How to get the iPad’s Lock-Screen Notes on iPhone

Lock-Screen Notes are one of the iPad’s best features. You can tap your Apple Pencil onto the unlocked iPad and immediately start writing or drawing on a note. It’s almost as instant as having a real pen and paper in front of you. But did you know that you can do the same thing with your iPhone? …

HomeKit Weekly: Turning your old garage door into a Siri-controlled entrance

<i>HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework.</i><p>Getting into HomeKit can be a very costly endeavor when you start replacing locks, lights, and other accessories with connected versions. Fortunately, …

iOS Tip: How to quickly track flights on iPhone and iPad

iOS 11 brought along some subtle changes that won’t wow users in and of themselves, but are really handy when needed. One of those features is native flight status tracking.<p>For sometime, third-party apps were the go to resource to keep tabs on flights. While options like FlightAware and The Flight …

The settings you should change immediately after buying a new TV

It's finally a good time to make the jump to a 4K TV. Prices have come down, HDR is up to snuff, and there are a bevy of great models to choose from. But once you bring your new TV home, you may want to take a trip through its settings and tweak a few in order to get the best possible picture.<p>If …

Tutorials

iPad Diaries: ‘Type to Siri’ as a Smart Command Line

<i>iPad Diaries is a regular series about using the iPad as a primary computer. You can find more installments here and subscribe to the dedicated RSS feed.</i><p>A couple of weeks ago, I shared a series of pictures on Twitter showing how I had been using iOS 11's Type to Siri feature on my iPad Pro, which …

Tech Trends

How to remotely help someone fix their iPhone, iPad, and Mac using Messages screen sharing

You can use Message screen sharing on your Mac to help fix problems on other Macs, as well as iOS devices. Here's how.Messages on the Mac works a lot …

Operating Systems

Top 10 tips for swimming with Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch loves getting wet (provided you own a Series 2 or 3). But when you start a swimming workout, the waterproof mode kicks in automatically, which means the Apple Watch touchscreen stops working. So how are you supposed to use it?<p>Swimming with Apple Watch certainly takes a bit of …

These are the best apps you've probably never heard of

Have you ever wondered what products or apps you’re missing out on? It’s easy to find the most popular ones in a particular category—but what about the hidden gems? One of Product Hunt’s community members David Spinks has the same question. So, he asked other users: <i>What’s one app you use a lot that</i> …

How To Use an Email Bot to Waste the Time of Email Scammers

- Nov 13, 2017<p>Today’s “how to” is a bit different from most. Spam is the bane of any email user. Sure, you can use filters, anti-spamming software …

Identity Theft

How to turn your iPad into the best digital photo frame

You can easily spend between $100 and $200 on a Wi-Fi digital photo frame, but these often have clunky interfaces for syncing photos and the displays can be quite poor. A better solution may be repurposing an old iPad or putting your current iPad in photo frame mode for special occasions.<p>Apple used …

iPhone X review: face the future

Works in progress can still be great<p>After months of hype, endless speculation, and a wave of last-minute rumors about production delays, the iPhone X is finally here. Apple says it’s a complete reimagining of what the iPhone should be, 10 years after the original revolutionized the world. That …

Tips and Tricks: Ten Safari long-press shortcuts for iPhone and iPad

Safari for iPhone and iPad is an incredibly capable mobile web browser despite its simple, straightforward user interface. It is the browser of choice on iOS — in large part because it is the one pre-installed — but very few people know everything you can do with Safari.<p>Much of Safari’s advanced …

Apple shares new iPad + iOS 11 how-to videos, features third-party apps

On the heels of releasing iOS 11 today, Apple has published a few new how-to videos to its YouTube channel promoting what’s now possible with its latest mobile OS and iPad.<p>About a month ago, Apple released 6 videos showcasing iPad + iOS 11 features and new ways to make the tablet more capable than …

Everything you need to know about tagging files in iOS 11

One of the most useful features in iOS 11’s Files app may turn out to ta tagging files. Tagging lets you gather pictures, folders, documents and any other files from all across your iPad and iCloud storage by giving them the same tag.<p>This means you can organize files without moving them — you could …

Apple pushes the reset button on the Mac Pro

“If we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates, we’re sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro — and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it.”<p>Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is talking to a small group of reporters in a white stucco building …

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.<p>Tracking your …

Apps

10 Small Business Website Errors That Drive Customers Away

Visitors seldom leave a small business website with a <i>neutral</i> impression. For most prospects, your small business is an unknown quantity, so their first impression of your company will either make them more comfortable doing business with you or less comfortable. For this reason, you want their …

Small Business

17 hidden useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

The Apple TV 4, which came out last fall, is one of the most advanced media streamers on the market.<p>As opposed to older Apple TV models, the latest version can install apps and is a fairly sophisticated computer that you can hook up to your flat screen television.<p>You can tell if you have the latest …

Hidden macOS Sierra Features For Mac That You Probably Don’t Know About

Here are some of the top hidden features of macOS Sierra running on your Mac that you probably don't know about.<br>[ Continue reading this over at …

Long Exposure Photography Without a Tripod

Recently, I took a trip to Wichita, Kansas to see my sister get married. I packed up my camera, a few flashes, and my tripod for this trip with hopes …

iOS 10: The best hidden features