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Deals: Private Internet Access VPN: 2 Year Subscription

Internet security has never been more important and more prevalent than right now, as seemingly every day brings us fresh reports of new security breaches, cyber-attacks, and unpatched exploits. We also continue to be bombarded with stories of user tracking by ISPs, advertisers, Google, Facebook, …

How to Create Different Signatures for Separate Email Accounts on iPhone

Want to get rid of that annoying, “Sent from my iPhone” signature? Here’s how. Better yet, if you have more than one email account connected to your Mail app, you can create different signatures for the separate accounts. This is especially convenient if you have mail accounts for different …

How to Reset Your Forgotten Apple ID & iCloud Password

If you forgot your Apple ID password or you want to reset your iCloud password, we’ll show you how. First thing to know is that your Apple ID account is the same thing as your iCloud account. So if you forgot your iCloud password, you forgot your Apple ID password. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to …

iCloud Guide: Top Tips for Understanding and Using iCloud

When Apple introduced iCloud in the summer of 2011, it was groundbreaking in recognizing the need for a hassle-free method of updating information and content across devices. A lot has happened to iCloud since that introduction. Today, with 800 million worldwide users and growing, Apple's iCloud is …

How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass

Since Apple released iOS 10 in 2016, it's been possible to use the iPhone as a magnifying glass. You don't need a separate magnifying glass app; this helpful magnifier feature is free! Of course, the screen magnifier is not only useful for those with visual challenges, but also any of us who has …

iOS

How to Hide Photos on iPhone in a Locked & Private Photo Album (UPDATED FOR iOS 11)

So you want to know how to hide photos on your iPhone, eh? Well the iPhone doesn’t really allow you to create a private photo album even though your photos are techincally hidden. Hiding picture on your iPhone within the Photos app has some big loopholes that makes it easy for someone to find the …

Apps

Friday 5: a few of my favorite Mac apps [Video]

In this Mac-centric Friday 5, I wanted to highlight features from several macOS apps that I utilize on a regular basis. A few of these apps are built-in macOS apps, while others can be found on the Mac App Store and directly from third-party developers.<p>As a huge fan of the Mac, these are some of …

Apps

How to save your data manually with iPhone, iPad, and Mac

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and checking out the series overview.<p>Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those …

Operating Systems

How to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon's Fire TV Stick is really cheap, really easy to use and delivers a ton of content to any TV. That's why it's so popular. But it's also a small …

Google Maps for iOS updated with new ride services interface, deeper Uber integration

Google today has announced an update to its Maps app on iOS that brings a few notable changes. The update improves ride sharing integration with Uber, while it also refreshes the ride sharing interface as a whole. The update is also coming to Android.<p>First off, the update refreshes the entire ride …

How to screen share with iOS and macOS to help friends and family with new devices

Over that last month your friends and family have probably purchased or been gifted a range of new devices, and odds may be good that you’re the go-to for tech support. Sometimes it works to problem solve by voice or text message when you aren’t with the user in need, but it’s often better to see …

Remote Controls

The 20 best Mac apps and games [2016 Edition]

If there’s one thing I hate it’s list posts about apps. I love the idea, but the execution so often centers around apps that most of us are already using. This renders these types of posts useless, as I could easily search the top 10 in the Mac App Store without the additional clicks.<p>Today, I want …

Top iPhone and iPad apps of 2016: Google Trips, Prisma, Sworkit, Musical.ly and more

Check out these must-have iOS apps to spruce up your smartphone or tablet.<p>As 2016 comes to an end, it's time to round up some of the best iOS apps …

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Do you want to stream movies, play games, block ads and capture Pokemon, all from the comfort of your iPhone? Well, you’re in store for quite a …

How To Enable iOS 10 Messenger Apps In 3 Steps

In iOS 10, the apps you already have on your iPhone can now interact directly with Messages. From sending attachments, to playing games, to posting stickers, there’s a ton to do before you even buy your first sticker pack on the App Store for Messages (and trust me, it’s only a matter of time). But …

Opinion: macOS Sierra’s new storage-management tools are a bit of a mess

One of the new features of macOS Sierra is that it can automatically ‘manage storage’ on your Mac. What this means is, if you’re getting low on SSD space, macOS can automatically upload older and larger files to iCloud and then delete them from your Mac. When macOS deletes a file, it leaves an …

The mysterious methods to uninstalling Mac apps

A reader wrote in with a suggestion for a topic for this column:<p><i>Coming from a Windows environment I find that uninstalling a Mac OS application to be</i> …

MacTrast Deals: CrossOver 15 for Mac & Linux

- Jul 30, 2016<p>CrossOver 15 allows you to run Windows games, productivity and utility software right from your Mac’s Dock without buying an expensive …

How-To: Enable hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation on macOS Sierra

At this year’s WWDC 2016, Apple introduced the only feature I really cared about seeing making its move onto macOS: Siri. The voice assistant had finally found its way onto the next obvious platform. While I was excited to see it available, I wasn’t ecstatic to see it would take a keyboard shortcut …

Operating Systems

Productivity App Sale Offers 50% Off Clear, 1Password, Duet Display and More

Apple is offering 50 percent off a range of productivity apps as part of a "Get Productive" iOS App Store promotion that's taking place this week. Each app is available at a 50 percent discount from its regular App Store pricing. Many well-known apps like Clear, Things, Drafts 4, and Deliveries are …

iOS Outlook app adds Skype integration to automatically schedule & join Skype meetings

With a growing number of business meetings these days taking place via Skype, Microsoft has made it easier than ever to schedule and join a Skype call in the Outlook iOS app. Version 2.1.3 of the iOS Outlook app adds Skype integration.<p>Make any meeting a Skype call simply by flicking a switch, then …

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for iOS Devices

To mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of Skype's video calling feature, Skype today announced plans to bring group video calling to mobile devices, including the iPhone and the iPad. As with group video calling on desktop devices, group video calling on mobile devices will be free.<p>Group video …

Mobile Devices

CES 2016: Kwikset Debuts HomeKit-Compatible 'Premis' Smart Door Lock

Kwikset, the company behind the Kevo Smart Lock, today announced the launch of its first HomeKit-compatible product, the Kwikset Premis. Joining the Schlage Sense, the Premis is one of two smart locks available that work with Apple's HomeKit platform.<p>With HomeKit compatibility, the Premis can be …

Home Automation

Review: Satechi’s Type-C Hub is almost the perfect MacBook hub with USB 3 + SD Card ports

Satechi’s new <b>Type-C USB Hub</b> announced in October at first glance looks like the perfect solution for using single-port Retina MacBooks with wired accessories and SD cards. It adds three traditional USB 3.0 ports like MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros so you can plug in flash drives, Lightning cables, …

USB Type-C

Watch This Outspoken Journalist Sum Up REAL Reasons For Paris Attacks

Gearoid O’Colmain is a Paris-based Irish journalist and author who isn’t afraid to be controversial. In this interview with RT, O’Colmain nails a few …

More Thoughts On OneNote for iPad

I take a lot of notes. Some of them are little scribbles with just a title, whereas others are more involved documents with attachments, links, and ordered lists. I like to keep these notes digital because of how easily I can sort them and find them, even years later. This isn’t just a hypothetical …

How to save and edit your Safari passwords on your iPad

These days most websites you open in your Safari browser have a password associated with them. I don’t know about you, but I find it tough to keep track of them all. This is especially true if you don’t use a password utility app like 1Password to manage your growing, overwhelming unmanageable …