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The best smart speakers for music fans

If you're a music fan, the first wave of smart speakers was probably a disappointment. While Alexa and Google Assistant have definitively proven they have a place in the home, the first Echo and Google Home devices were unimpressive when it came to actually playing music. They did the job in a …

Audiophile

10 Essential Tips for Using the macOS Finder More Efficiently

The Finder is a classic Mac system component that's ever-present on your desktop, ready to help you find and organize your documents, media, folders, and other files. It's the smiling icon known as the Happy Mac logo on your Dock, and includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen.<p>A lot of …

Operating Systems

How To Scan A Document Using Notes on iOS

Apple Notes received an overhaul in iOS 11 adding great features for users like enhanced text formatting, pinned notes and tables.<p>One awesome …

iOS

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 …

How to Get Siri to Pronounce Your Friends’ Names Right

One of the most useful things you can do with Siri on your iPhone is dictate a text message and send it to a friend, but that can also reveal one of …

iOS

Titanic Was Found During Secret Cold War Navy Mission

Read how National Geographic revealed the clandestine military project that led to the discovery of the famed shipwreck.<p><i>Editor's Note: Twenty years ago, James Cameron's blockbuster film "Titanic" entranced audiences around the globe. But it was less than 10 years ago that Robert Ballard, the</i> …

Titanic

How to disable Face ID discreetly

The advent of Face ID has ushered in a new era of convenience in biometric security. It’s also prompted privacy-minded folks to contemplate potential …

iOS

AirPlay 2: Everything we know about Apple’s upgraded wireless audio streaming feature

AirPlay 2 is coming soon to iOS after being previewed at WWDC earlier this summer. While we haven’t tested AirPlay 2 yet, the upcoming feature has a lot of promise. AirPlay 2 enables multi-room audio playback, works with Apple TV, and compatible speakers will work with HomeKit and Siri.<p>What is …

Smart TV

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 …

iOS

Apple releases iPhone X guided tour video to help users with changes and new features

Apple has released a new video today to help the millions of new iPhone X users become acquainted with the new features, gestures, and changes on the first Home button-less iPhone.<p>The new guided tour video comes in at a bit over four minutes long and is split into four sections: New gestures, Face …

Mobile Technology

Tim Cook talks AR, his (someday) successor, and one-sentence comment on iPhone X availability [Video]

<i>Buzzfeed</i> briefly interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook and retail head Angela Ahrendts at the recent opening of the new waterfront Chicago store, with Cook discussing augmented reality, rumors of his successor, and making a one-sentence comment on iPhone X availability.<p>Cook thinks AR is going to be as big …

Angela Ahrendts

Tips and Tricks: Synching Music to the Apple Watch

One of the reasons that I’ve never mentioned this tip before is because, until recently, I hadn’t used this feature myself. Until I got the Apple Watch 3 with LTE, that is. I used to use the Watch as a way to control my music on my iPhone, but thanks to the device independence that comes with a …

How to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices

Tips<p>One of the advantages of Apple's iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider …

Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going

Sure, you can get a network attached storage device, or rely on somebody's cloud -- but, I've run a Mac-based home server for a very long time. Why …

Amazon Drive

macOS High Sierra now available to download, featuring APFS, Photos updates, Safari 11, more

Apple has just released this year’s major update to its desktop operating system, macOS High Sierra. This rounds out the big Apple software releases for 2017 after iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 launched last week.<p>High Sierra includes the brand new Apple File System for Macs with SSDs, significant …

High Sierra

iTunes 12.7: How to cope with the abrupt changes

iTunes 12.7 appeared Tuesday following Apple’s slate of product announcements, and its version number hides how much that’s disappeared and changed …

Internet Radio

How to keep Migration Assistant from overwriting existing files on a new Mac

The Mac has a great app called Migration Assistant that is very helpful when setting up a new Mac and you need to transfer files from an old Mac. Jim …

Migration

Astro HQ’s Kickstarter for Mac/iPad 2nd display solution fully funded in first few hours

Developer Astro HQ, the company behind the popular AstroPad Studio app has launched its newest product on Kickstarter today. Luna Display turns any iPad into a second wireless display to be used with a Mac, and the new product has raised almost 300% of its goal in the first several hours since …

Crowd Funding

Apple Releases iOS 11 and iPad How-To Videos

Apple has published a series of six short videos to YouTube highlighting the marquee features of iOS 11 on the iPad. Each of the how-to videos is about one minute long and shows how to use a new feature:<p>'How to harness the power of the amazing new dock’ demonstrates how to add items to the dock, …

Capture your underwater adventures with this inexpensive GoPro-like iPhone case

The iPhone 7's camera is pretty legit with 12 megapixel camera and 4K video recording capability. So instead of buying a separate, expensive …

Capo touch 2.5 Review

I don’t play guitar as often as I used to, but I’ve always enjoyed trying to pick out the chords of my favorite songs. The trouble is, that can be hard to do unless you have a well-trained ear, which I don’t. That is exactly where Capo touch can help. The app can analyze a song, pick out the chords …

Everything new with Apple’s Photos app in macOS High Sierra

In macOS High Sierra, the built-in Photos app packs some great new tools as well as lots of small improvements. It brings better organization, new editing tools (like selective color and curves), and extended integration with third-party apps.<p>Check out all the new features and improvements in …

Some 2012 and 2013 MacBook Pro users got new machines due to bad batteries

Most often, issues with the supply of components work against the typical computer user, particularly when it involves an older machine. For a short …

Apple Pay, AirDrop, and Handoff not working? Here’s what to do to get them to work again

Apple has built a lot of proximity tools into iOS and macOS, and they’re great when they work. But when they don’t work, it’s leaves you scrambling …

iOS

Get the most out of Apple's Health app with these starter tips

Tips<p>Apple's Health app for the iPhone can be a useful way of tracking fitness and medical data —so long as everything is configured and used just the …

How to use your Mac’s screen as an Apple TV

You have a big 27-inch iMac sitting on the desk in the corner of your living room office, and yet you’re over there on the couch watching a movies on your iPhone or iPad. Wouldn’t it be great if you could beam one to the other, like sending video from an iPhone to an Apple TV? The good news is that …

17 hidden useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

As opposed to older Apple TV models, the latest version can install apps and is a fairly sophisticated computer that hooks up to your TV. Apple calls it "the future of television."<p>You can tell if you have the latest Apple TV by looking at the remote: the new version's remote has a touchpad and six …

Smart TV

Hands-on with Apple Music’s new social discovery feature in iOS 11

Apple Music in iOS 11 brings new social features that help you discover new music based on what your friends are playing. The new friends feature is already available to test in the iOS 11 developer and public beta to give us an idea of how it will work on Apple Music later this fall.<p>This is how …

Music Industry

iOS 11: The best new features in one handy list

iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple’s mobile OS yet, especially for iPad users. Now that it’s available in a public beta, here’s our rundown of the best features so you can decide for yourself whether to install. Spoiler alert: you probably should.<p>Apple Pay takes on Venmo and …

Apps

How to upload multiple Photos libraries to a single iCloud Photo Library

How to upload multiple Photos libraries to a single iCloud Photo LibraryRob Rosenbaum has a slightly terrifying question. He’s been syncing photos …

iOS