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How to use iCloud Keychain: The guide

Apple’s password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads, iCloud Keychain is designed to keep passwords, credit card details, Wi-Fi logins and lots of …

iCloud

Samsung and Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking, Consumer Reports Finds

Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws.<p>The problems affect Samsung …

Televisions

Edward Snowden's new app turns your old Android device into a stealthy security monitor

If you happen to have an old Android device lying around and a reason to worry about people messing with your business, Edward Snowden has an app for …

Edward Snowden

30 free macOS apps every Mac user should have

Powerful Mac apps that won't break the bankThere’s something of a misconception when it comes to the Mac. While powerful tools like Photoshop or …

Apps

This free iOS 11 stuck recovery app can save you a trip to the Genius Bar

<i>This post is brought to you by Tenorshare, maker of ReiBoot.</i><p>When your iOS device fails to start up, you’ve got choices. You could sit around weeping like a little baby. Or you could schlep it to the nearest Genius Bar. Or you could make the smart move: You could try to fix it yourself with free iOS …

iOS

Transforming Optimus Prime is the greatest battery pack ever created

Every damn company under the sun makes a battery pack to charge up your phone, tablet, smartwatch, or whatever you need juiced up. But nobody's …

How to share your iCloud storage plan with family members

In iOS 11, you can share your iCloud storage with family members. This is a big deal, thanks to the new supersize iCloud plans, which make it a lot cheaper to buy a single 2TB plan and share it among all your family members.<p>With all that storage available, you can keep a huge iCloud Photo Library, …

How to create a bootable macOS High Sierra installer drive

Apple distributes macOS High Sierra through the App Store. You need an internet connection, and the download will be over 5GB, so it’ll take a few …

High Sierra

Hard drive and SSD status monitor utility SMART Alec coming from OWC for macOS in July

Long-time Mac upgrade vendor OWC will soon launch SMART Alec, a utility to keep an eye on the health reporting data from SSDs, hard drives, and …

How to free gigabytes of wasted space on your Mac's backup drive

You're welcome.<p>Time Machine automatically deletes your oldest backups as you create new ones as space is needed, but you might encounter an issue where you connect your Time Machine drive only to be told that Time Machine could not complete the backup because your backup is too large for the backup …

Mac HandBrake Virus: How to check if your Apple Mac is infected by the malware | Trusted Reviews

<b>If you’ve downloaded the HandBrake video transcoder for Mac recently, your machine may be infected by a Trojan. Here’s what you need to know about</b> …

Cybersecurity

Easy Mac Keyboard Shortcuts | Consumer Reports

SiriusXM buys Automatic Labs to expand connected-car offerings

What SiriusXM has planned for Automatic Labs is still anyone's guess, other than "print more money."<p>You might associate SiriusXM with that service you never activated in your new car, but it's clearly working to grow beyond that, as its latest acquisition shows.<p>SiriusXM just purchased Automatic …

You can now run retro Macintosh apps in your browser

Apple fans looking for a dose of Mac nostalgia can now relive the early days of the Macintosh’s black-and-white software from the comfort of the internet.<p>The team behind the Internet Archive created a new emulator that allows visitors to try a curated collection of applications, games and operating …

Retrogaming

This trick lets you extend the warranty on your smartphone or laptop from 1 to 2 years for free

And yet even with the high price, when you are staring at your shiny new MacBook in the Apple Store and the salesperson reminds you it can break, many of us cave. "OK, yes, I would like to buy AppleCare+."<p>It doesn't have to be that way.<p>There's a simple trick you can use to get your manufacturer's …

Personal Finance

Eversign makes legally binding digital signatures online and in-person easy on your iPhone, iPad and Mac

Eversign packs in everything you need for legally binding digital signatures, offering an all-in-one suite for creating and managing documents like contracts, NDAs, approvals, legal forms and anything else that needs a signature. Collaborate and invite other team members and associates, and get …

Apps

I switched from Chrome and Safari to Opera, and couldn't be happier

I’m a perpetual flip-flopper. I’ve used no fewer than a dozen email clients over the past year before settling on Spark. I’ve tried every note-taking app known to man before finding a really great option in Bear. I’m always on the lookout for what’s next.<p>Surprisingly, though, I’ve been adverse to …

Software

New Apple iOS Releases Have A Great Secret Feature

Apple’s iOS updates are well known for hiding secret features (sometimes more than one), but now Apple has taken this to a whole new level…<p><i>‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden</i> …

iOS

MacTrast Deals: Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac: Lifetime License

A Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac Lifetime License offers a crucial data recovery system for your Mac. Use it to recover documents, music, photos, videos, …

How to change the email address linked to your Apple ID

If you own an iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac, your Apple ID is the gateway to accessing the App Store, iCloud and iTunes, making it a crucial part of your …

In-App Purchases

How to rip DVDs with Handbrake

[<i>Editor’s note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can’t legally copy or convert commercial DVDs for any reason. We (and others) think</i> …

Apple TV

Exploit hidden macOS and app features with the Option key

This one often overlooked keyboard button unlocks options and speeds up your work all over macOS -- AppleInsider shares a few of our favorites.

Operating Systems

How to play music on your Apple Watch without your iPhone

With a pair of Bluetooth headphones, you can rock out and leave your iPhone at home.<p>The next time you want to go for a run -- or just a walk -- you can leave your iPhone behind and bust a move with your Apple Watch. All that's required is a pair of Bluetooth headphones and a little upfront …

Music Industry

How to Reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on Your Mac

While your Mac will most likely give you years of service with no problems, you may find that from time to time you experience issues with your Mac’s …

Remove DRM from iTunes and Apple Music to play your audio on any device

<i>This post is brought to you by Convertanymusic.com, maker of Apple Music Converter.</i><p>When we download music from iTunes, or audiobooks from Audible, the files that get onto our devices are DRM-protected. That means they can’t be played on “unauthorized” devices. This, let’s face it, is pretty …

Apple’s new TV app doesn’t like ripped DVDs, here are some workarounds

Apple’s new TV app on iOS 10.2 struggles to play videos that have been ripped from DVDs and other sources and loaded into iTunes for Mac. It’s …

Smart TV

How to Listen to Free Radio Stations in Apple Music without a Subscription

Open the Music app.<p>Tap the Radio tab at the bottom of the screen.<p>From here, you can select one of the featured shows and it will begin to play.<p>Or tap either Beat 1 Shows or Radio Stations. You can play what’s live on Beats 1, or you can select Radio Stations to see various genres from which to …

Music Industry

This beer is perfectly optimized for glorious shower drinking

LONDON — There are few things in life that sound more appealing than a cold, refreshing beer while you're standing in a warm shower.<p>One microbrewery …

Belkin shows off Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, no update on availability

Announced in October, Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD made an appearance at CES 2017 on Tuesday, but the company has yet to set a release date …

Gear & Gadgets