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Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Apps

Messages in iCloud finally arrives in iOS 11.4 to fix your iMessage-syncing woes

Almost a full year after it was announced<p>It’s been a long time coming, but Apple is finally launching its Messages in iCloud feature today with the release of iOS 11.4. Messages on iCloud was announced almost a year ago when Apple first showed off iOS 11 at WWDC 2017, and now — on the eve of the …

Apple

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

Here Are the Best Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Calculators

The Best RMD Calculators<p>Find out How Much to Take out of Required Minimum Distribution<p>Updated February 25, 2018<p>You become subject to certain rules …

28 hidden tricks and tips you need to know about if you have an iPhone

These days almost everywhere you look, someone is glued to their phone.<p>And with iPhone being one of the most popular choice, these tricks and tips …

Easy, Expert Setup Tips for Maximum Privacy on Your New Device

That holiday tech gift that you unwrapped—a laptop, a tablet, or maybe a smartphone—is a gateway to fun and productivity in the new year. But for …

Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your New AirPods

AirPods were a hot ticket item this holiday season, selling out from Apple and other retailers.<p>We're guessing quite a few <i>MacRumors</i> readers got new AirPods during the holidays, so we thought we'd share some super handy tips and tricks that'll help you get the most out of your new earphones.<p><i>Subscribe</i> …

Understand These 7 Types of Investments and You'll Practically Be a Pro

<i>When it comes to your finances, do you take a head-on or head-in-the-sand approach? If you identify with the latter, the good news is you're not</i> …

Retirement

Amazon’s Prime Video app becomes the most-downloaded Apple TV app at launch

Apple and Amazon’s decision to bury the hatchet, leading to the return of the Apple TV on Amazon, and the launch of Amazon’s Prime Video app on Apple TV has proved beneficial to both companies. The Amazon Prime Video app has now become the most-downloaded app on Apple TV at launch, TechCrunch has …

My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2017 Edition – MacStories - page 2

Utilities<p>The utilities I use on my Mac fall into a couple of categories. First, there are those apps that are so core to my use of macOS that they may as well be part of the operating system themselves. These are the first apps I install if I’m setting up a fresh Mac. The second category of …

How to Use the iOS 11 Files App

Here's your quick guide to the iOS 11 Files app, which lets you connect services, add, manage, and share files, and much more.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Apps

11 iPhone email tips you'll wish you'd known all along

I can't quit the stock iOS Mail app. I've had brief dalliances with the Gmail app and a handful of other email apps that promise to improve my life, but I keep coming back to the Mail app. As a result, this long-time Mail app Gmailer has picked up a few tricks along the way.<p>1. Archive vs. …

Apps

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them

Sometimes our smart phones are our friends, sometimes they seem like our lovers, and sometimes they’re our dope dealers. And no one, in the past 12 …

Social Media

App specific passwords will be required to sign in to iCloud with third party apps from June 15, here’s how to make them

In its ongoing efforts to ensure strong security for customers, Apple will require the use of app-specific passwords from June 15th. This affects you if you use a third-party app that logs in with an iCloud email and password (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc) to access contacts, calendar and mail …

How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac

- Apr 14, 2017<p>Have you ever gotten lost while browsing 12 folders deep on your hard drive in a Finder window on your Mac? Here’s quick way to tell …

Operating Systems

A Quick Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord

Tired of that dusty cable box? Swap it for a sleek device and streaming app by reading this guide!<p>Switching from traditional cable TV service to an internet-based option has become easier than ever. With three major TV-streaming services and countless compatible devices currently on the market, we …

Sling TV

7 hidden tips for iOS Notes

If you use the Notes app on your iPhone only to type quick notes to yourself, then you aren't using all the features that the app offers. Here are seven tips to help you get more out of iOS Notes.<p>Sync your Notes<p>With iCloud, you can sync your notes between iOS devices and your Mac. On iOS, head to</b> …

Apps

Securing Mac OS X

<i>Some configuration tips</i><p>This guide is inspired by <i>@SwiftOnSecurity</i>’s Decent Security, which is a Windows oriented guide to security for everyone. The …

Operating Systems

How to List All of the Available Mac Terminal Commands

- Feb 10, 2017<p>In addition to a great graphical user interface, macOS offers a very capable command line environment via the Terminal program. …

Linux

How to use sticker packs in your messages app on Apple iOS 10

Apple is giving you new ways to express yourself on your iPhone. First, there are 72 new emojis, but there are also STICKERS! The stickers that are …

Apps

12 Easy Ways to Save Battery Life on Your iPhone

The easiest ways to make your phone last the entire day.<p>1. Don't quit your apps!<p>If you've ever heard that quitting your apps will save battery life, …

Apps

3 Good Reasons to Say No to an Annuity—and 3 Bad Ones

Understand how annuity income can help you before you turn it down.<p>Even the best annuities—i.e., relatively uncomplicated ones that generate lifetime …

10 easy ways to speed up your Wi-Fi

The Best Retirement Calculators

What’s so important about retirement calculators? Why are these tools of more than just technical interest? Well, they’re important because either …

Retirement: Second Place Wins The Race

Can you beat the market these days? Should you even try? Increasingly, the resounding answer for retirement investors is “no” and “save your money.”<p>Wall Street blows a lot of cash on the idea that everyone should somehow beat the market. Try $600 billion a year in fees. Yet the financial research …

15 tips on turning your finances around in 2015

The standard advice to twentysomethings looking to turn their finances around is to skip those $5 lattes at Starbucks and put that money in a bank …

15 great tricks to master Apple’s iOS 8

So, you just downloaded iOS 8. Looks pretty familiar, right? Certainly, last year's switch from iOS 6 to iOS 7 -- which saw Apple ditch the iPhone's …

How to install iOS 8

There are two paths to upgrade your current iPhone to iOS 8: over the air or via iTunes.<p>Are you stuck in the middle of a two-year phone contract? Do you like the size of your current iPhone and do not care to go bigger with the iPhone 6 or even bigger with the iPhone 6 Plus ? Even if you have no …