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How to Change a File Type's Default App in macOS

Each document that you have on your Mac is associated with a default application which macOS uses to open the file whenever you double-click on its icon in Finder.<p>Sometimes you may have a legitimate reason for changing which app your Mac automatically launches when you open a common file type – …

Apps

15 grilling tools with a cult following—and why they’re worth it

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Once the weather …

BBQ

MacBook Pro Owners Demand Recall Over Failing Keyboards

Apple once used the marketing slogan, "It just works," and now that slogan is coming back to haunt them, thanks to a group of very frustrated MacBook …

Most Useful Siri Commands on macOS

Starting with macOS Sierra in 2016, Apple introduced support for Siri on the Mac, allowing you to access the personal assistant across all of your Apple devices for the first time.<p>Siri on Mac can actually do quite a few useful things that aren't available on iOS devices, and because the technology …

How to check your Mac for 32-bit apps before Apple drops support

We recently reported that Apple is now beginning to warn users about 32-bit applications potentially not working in a future version of macOS. The alert that appears on macOS is surprisingly vague and doesn’t give much detail on what to do next.<p>Follow along as we guide you through how to check …

How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock

In macOS, the Dock provides convenient one-click access to your most frequently used Mac applications. The simplest way to organize docked apps is to click and drag them into your preferred place, but here we're going to show you a lesser-known trick for arranging docked items more clearly.<p>To …

Operating Systems

Natural stone counters showing their age? Here’s how to repair those divots.

<i>Q: Our granite kitchen counters were installed 10 years ago. Several places where they get heavy use have divots, with most of the holes in the darkest parts of the granite. Is there a way to fill the divots without having to involve a countertop installer? Would we have to apply sealant to the</i> …

Home Improvement

How to install Windows 10 on your Mac using a “Boot Camp” external drive via Windows To Go [Video]

Ever since I wrote about installing Windows 10 on a Mac earlier this year, I’ve received tons of questions about installing Windows 10 on an external drive using Boot Camp drivers. The truth is, this is a workaround using Windows To Go, and the process for doing so is a bit more in-depth than it is …

20+ Slow-Cooker Recipes Everyone Should Learn How to Make

If you're new to slow-cooking or need to refresh your routine, we have you covered. These recipes span from chicken fajitas to bolognese pasta sauce. Just throw the ingredients into your CrockPot and come home to dinner served.

Two accessories every AirPods owner should have

Apple’s AirPods are by far the hottest headphones on the planet right now. There isn’t anyone who would dispute that. They were released 7 months ago …

The best Apple products to buy from Apple's Refurbished Mac store

It's called the Refurbished Mac store, and you can find older products that are less expensive than the newer products you'd find in Apple's main online and physical outlets.<p>Some of the products are certainly too old to consider buying, no matter how tempting the price tag, and others simply aren't …

How to keep your data secure when you travel with your Mac, iPad, and iPhone

Summer is here, and that means vacation travel is up. At U.S. borders, customs officers may ask for your passwords to unlock your devices, or provide …

Information Systems

Wallpaper Weekends: Horseshoe Bend for Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch

- Jun 18, 2017<p>Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high-quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and …

How to reset your Mac's NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

When your Mac starts acting up, you’ll probably run through some common troubleshooting procedures, such as restarting it, running Disk Utility, and …

How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from …

Operating Systems

The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

Why isn’t this in the box by default?<p>I have written before, and will likely write again, about the frustrations of Apple’s MacBook Pros, which only offer USB-C ports. That’s why I’m almost mad to see something like the PowerUp, a new USB-C charger for Apple’s MacBook Pros (or anything, really) that …

How to Use the Opera Browser’s Built-In Free VPN on Your Mac

- Apr 7, 2017<p>Following the March 28 U.S. Congress vote to repeal restrictions preventing Internet Service Providers from selling personal browsing …

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.

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 …

Apple Music

8 addictive songs from emerging artists you need to hear now

As temperatures drop, it’s time to warm up your winter with new music from some of the most exciting emerging artists on the market. Bruno Mars, The …

Music

What is Console on macOS Sierra and why should you care?

The average person doesn't really need to look at their Mac's logs or status messages, but more advanced users and tech troubleshooters turn to …

Indian Egg Dishes to Know and Love (and Eat a Lot of)

Indian food isn't all Chicken Tikka! Try these scrambled, stewed, and deep-fried egg dishes—then never look back.<p>You might be familiar with Indian foods like Saag Paneer and Chicken Tikka from post-work Seamless orders eaten straight from the takeout container while catching up on John Oliver—and …

7 ways to keep your MacBook from overheating

The older my MacBook Pro gets, the more its cooling fan spins, and the less pleasant it is to use. If your MacBook is also prone to running hot, there are seven ways you can keep it cool and quiet.<p>1. Avoid Chrome<p>Apple says that "runaway applications can cause the processor to work overtime and …

MacBook Pro

5 reasons why your laptop is slow

If your old laptop is starting to show its age, there can be any number of issues affecting its performance. Here are five likely culprits for why your laptop is running so frustratingly slow and five solutions to return it to its former glory.<p>1. Spinning hard drive<p>I speak from experience when I …

MacBook Pro

How to solve 3 big macOS Sierra problems

By now, most of you are probably upgraded to macOS Sierra, which is proving be a massive home run for Apple. However, while the new Mac OS packs some great new features, it’s also got a handful of problems — ranging from strange error messages to Wi-Fi issues.<p>Check out our video below for three …

Why Most People Quit Their Jobs

Feeling stuck?<p>We’ve all heard sad stories of people quitting jobs to get away from gruesome bosses, unreasonable work hours, or places with weird …

Employment

How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive

Apple uses its App Store to distribute its software, like new Mac operating systems. It’s convenient, but sometimes it can take a while for a …

The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

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Women's Health

7 Ways to Tweak Your Routine That’ll Help You Lose Weight

Humans are creatures of habit. Maybe you start every morning off with a latte and scone from your favorite coffee shop or hit up the same treadmill …

Weight Loss

Kirkville - iTunes 12.4 Applies Song Ratings to Albums and Destroys Smart Playlists

In iTunes, you can rate songs and albums separately. For example, you can rate a song five stars, and an album four stars. If you do this, iTunes …

Playlist