APPLE TIPs:2020

By C.J. McEleavy | 121, advice, services and solutions on ALL Apple products.

3 common iPhone battery problems and how to fix them

Sudden shutdowns got you down? Battery life next to nil? iPhone feels like it's on fire while charging? I've got fixes.<p>Is your iPhone slowing down with age? Or, in the case of its battery life, speeding up? One of the first signs of age on an iPhone is the battery not holding a charge as long as it …

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It's not just you — apps are taking up way more space on your iPhone

If you've found your iPhone running out of space recently, it could be due to some of your apps taking up more and more storage space update-by-update over the past few years.<p>Apps like Facebook, Uber, Gmail, and Snapchat have ballooned in size in the past four years, a new analysis from Sensor …

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Apple Mac computers targeted by ransomware and spyware

<b>Mac users are being warned about new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers.</b><p>One is ransomware that encrypts data and demands payment before files are released.<p>The other is spyware that watches what users do and scoops up valuable information.<p>Experts said …

Information Security

How to Cancel Your Useless iOS App Subscriptions

If you’ve never checked on your app subscriptions, I don’t blame you. It’s a feature buried pretty deeply in your iOS device. But then, you <i>could</i> …

Apps

iOS 11 turns the iPad into a legit Mac replacement

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote this week was so packed that even two-and-a-half hours didn’t seem like enough time. And yet the biggest announcement wasn’t new hardware, or a new app. It was an update.<p>Specifically, the iOS 11 update for the iPad, which turns Apple’s tablet from …

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Tip of the Week: Avoid Phishing and Limit Spam in Your Mac Email

Other than surfing the web, the most likely vector for hackers and malware to gain access to your Mac is through your email. Just like visiting a …

How To always open a website in Persistent Reader View in iOS 11

Do you have any websites you read regularly in Reader view? Maybe they’re covered in popovers that keep distracting you? Or perhaps the design hurts your sensitive eyes, or the otherwise smart author insists on using Comic Sans for the text body? Well, there’s good news: Safari on iOS 11 and macOS …

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How to Pop Out and View YouTube Videos on macOS Sierra

Whenever there’s a major change in an operating system, the press conferences focus on the big changes — how it’ll really affect your life on a daily …

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Apple AirPods- Take Two

I’ve been using my Apple AirPods for around two weeks now, so I have gotten a pretty good feel for how they work at this point, and have figured out more of their strengths and weaknesses. All things considered, the experience has still been very good overall.<p><b>The AirPods are by far the best</b> …

Headphones

Continuity: How to Setup and Use SMS and MMS Messaging on Your Mac and iOS Devices

Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems offer a great feature called “Continuity,” which brings some great features to the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. One …

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Scan text with your iPhone and make the real world searchable

Paper is still great for a lot of things. It’s lightweight, it’s fairly water-resistant, and is just about the best tool available for reducing the number of trees in the world. But it doesn’t sync with iCloud, and anything written on it is not searchable.<p>Luckily, there’s an easy way out of this …

How to protect your Mac from malware

Over the past few weeks a new Mac malware called OSX/Dok has been all over the news. The Trojan horse accessed user’s Macs through email phishing. Once opened, it prevented users from doing anything on their Mac until they installed a bogus software update.<p>Malware attacks have been skyrocketing as …

Buying a used iPhone? Here’s an easy way to check whether it was stolen …

Nobody wants to risk buying a stolen item. Even if you leave aside the morality issue, buying stolen devices creates a market for further thefts. And with iPhones, a stolen device will be rendered useless by a combination of Activation Lock and blocks by carriers.<p>Wireless trade body CTIA has now …

Activate iOS Mail’s hidden folders

iOS 10’s Mail app may look just like its previous pedestrian iterations, but it packs a whole lot of hidden superpowers under the hood. While you still can’t export a message to, say, a to-do list app, you can do pretty much everything those fancy third-party mail apps do, and then some.<p>Let’s take …

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How to keep iPhone's autocorrect in check

Oh, autocorrect! Sometimes, you’re so handy. You see the word “brain” and know I meant “Brian.” You instantly switch letters around, turning nonsense into coherent words. You complete me ­– or, more accurately, you complete my sentences.<p>So why do you have to drive me so crazy? Why do you take the …

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How to check iPhone battery level from a Mac

Your Mac knows how much juice your iPhone has left. Learn how to make it tell you.<p>If you are like me, then your iPhone is rarely out of reach. It's my work phone. It's my personal phone. It's my alarm clock. It's how I read the news, check the weather, watch the Cincinnati Reds and listen to music. …

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How to Prevent iMessages From Accidentally Appearing On Other Devices

GIF<p>If you own multiple Apple devices, you’ve probably signed into all of them with your Apple ID. You’ve also probably noticed that when you get a …

How to Use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth While Your iPhone is in Airplane Mode

Since the FCC Chairman has announced he will be shutting down the 2013 proposal that would allow cellphone users to make calls and surf the web via a …

How to choose the best VPN service for iPhone and iPad

In light of the latest news that President Trump has overturned the FCC Internet privacy rules, discussions for and against virtual private networks (VPNs) have resurfaced. One of the biggest complaints with the repeal is that internet service providers are now legally allowed to sell your browsing …

Use Theater Mode to help you sleep with your Apple Watch

The new Theater Mode in watchOS 3.2 can do more than keep you from annoying others when you’re at the movies. If you track your sleep with your Apple Watch, Theater Mode can help you get some extra shut-eye.<p>It’s quick and easy to turn on Theater Mode. The setting toggles your watch into silent mode …

How to manage your Apple ID, iCloud, iPhone backups & more in iOS 10.3

Tips<p>One of the smaller but still significant changes in Monday's iOS 10.3 update is easier, centralized access to all the info related to an Apple ID …

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How To Automatically Minimize Apps That Startup at Login on macOS

You likely have a number of apps that startup when you login to your Mac. Setting those up goes something like this: Right-click the icon when it’s …

How to Determine If Your iPhone or iPad Has a Virus, and How to Fix It

While viruses and malware are most often synonymous with Windows PCs or, to a lesser extent, Android-powered smartphones, it is possible, technically …

Workers sift through 150 tonnes of rubbish to get girl’s iPad back

A girl has been reunited with the treasured iPad her younger brother threw in the bin after workers sifted through 150 tonnes of rubbish to find …

How to get Siri to read articles and other text on iOS and macOS

While Siri may not be the perfect companion some wish it was, the personal assistant’s voice can lend itself to our lives in a variety of helpful ways. For the past few months I’ve been using Siri to read all the text I want to read but don’t actually <i>need</i> to read. Having the personal assistant read …

Here's why you must back up your iPhone and iPad before upgrading to iOS 10.3

iOS 10.3 is expected to land before March is out, and it's vital that you have an effective backup mechanism in place for your iPhone before you …

3 ways to print from your iPad

AirPrint is the easiest way to print from an iPad, but there are other options.<p>If you're one of the many people who use their iPad for work, you'll likely wind up wanting to print something out. Fortunately, the current iPad printing situation is a lot better than it used to be. An Apple-designed …

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Feature Request: Dropbox-style shared folders and URL file sharing with iCloud Drive

Apple’s iCloud Drive feature has matured to the point that several months ago I stopped using Dropbox on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad without having to dramatically change any workflows. I still interact with Dropbox on the web once a week to produce the 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast, but iCloud Drive …

12 Smartphone Stands for Your Car

Driving can be quite tedious if you don’t have the right gadgets to accompany you. While there are tons of gadgets available out there, the ones that …