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How to use Hey Siri with multiple nearby devices

On iOS 10 and later, Apple’s untethered Hey Siri feature uses Bluetooth proximity information to intelligently activate the smart assistant on one …

Tech Trends

How to use Apple Maps more effectively

While we wait for Apple to implement its promised deep changes to Maps, here is how to use a few of the lesser-known features in the company’s …

Mac: How to use split screen

macOS offers a handy feature to view two apps side by side, equally splitting the screen. Follow along for how to use Split View on Mac.<p>Whether you’re trying to get some work done more efficiently or want to multitask more easily while surfing the web, macOS’ built in Split View is a useful feature.<p>…

How to Add an AirDrop Shortcut to Your Mac's Dock

Apple's AirDrop feature lets you wirelessly send and receive files between nearby Macs as well as to and from local iOS devices. It's usually accessed from the sidebar of an open Finder Window (or using the <b>Command + Shift + R</b> keyboard shortcut within Finder), but here we're going to share with you …

How to View All Events as a List in Your Mac's Calendar App

Some third-party calendar apps (Fantastical, for example) allow you to view all your upcoming events as a vertical list. Many users find this sort of viewing mode beats staring at the regular calendar interface, since it provides a quick at-a-glance summary of their entire schedule over the coming …

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 …

How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature

Stationery Pad is a handy way to nix a step in your workflow if you regularly use document templates on your Mac. The long-standing Finder feature essentially tells a file's parent application to open a copy of it by default, ensuring that the original file remains unedited.<p>Stationery Pad doesn't …

How to master Split View on the Mac

Split view on the iPad is amazing. Two apps, side-by-side, open up all kinds of neat shortcuts. You can drag text, links, and pictures from Safari into notes apps, emails, Pages documents and so on. The Mac is less in need of such a mode, because screens are bigger, and you can already place two …

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 …

Apps

How to Set a Custom Lock Screen Message on Your Mac in Case It's Lost

You can set a custom message to appear on the lock screen of your Mac, which is super useful if you ever misplace or lose your Mac. It lets people see who the Mac belongs to as soon as it's opened up, and there's no question about ownership.<p>You will need an administrator account to create a lock …

Five Great Apps for Your Mac - February 2018

Apps designed for the Mac often don't receive as much attention as apps for iOS apps, which is why we've launched a monthly series that highlights various useful, fun, and interesting Mac apps that are worth checking out.<p>This month's app selection, outlined both in the video and post below, …

24 hidden settings that can maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

Mac user? These 10 tricks will help you get more out of your machine

Mac users often know the ins and outs of their gear – after all, we’re generally talking about a passionate bunch who love their machine – but like most technology, it’s estimated we only use a small fraction of what a Mac can do.<p>If you’re like most, you stick to what you need, and don’t venture …

Operating Systems

Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara, Ireland

<i>Each week, we spotlight a hotel recommended by some of the industry's top travel writers. This week's pick is Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara,</i> …

5 printing secrets every Mac user needs

Everyone knows how to print from their Mac, right? You just hit the Print button (or <i>Command-P</i>) – but are you using these print-related tricks?<b>How to</b> …

Scanners

How to use iMessage apps in iOS 11

iMessage apps aren’t all about stickers. They’re also a neat and handy way to share information from your favorite regular apps. And in iOS 11, they’ve become a lot easier to use. In iOS 10, iMessage apps required several taps just to get to a list to choose what you wanted. In iOS 11, there’s a …

Apps

9 ARKit apps to try on your iPhone or iPad using iOS 11

In June, Apple introduced ARKit, its own framework for augmented-reality apps. The technology allows you to place virtual objects anywhere using your …

How to use Apple’s terrific document scanner in iOS 11

You don’t need a separate app anymore<p>One of the most useful tricks in Apple’s iOS 11 update is found inside the Notes app: it’s a document scanner. If there’s a business card, receipt, or any other document you want to save or mark up, this tool makes getting it on your iPhone or iPad dead simple. …

How to Find Out Which Mac Software Needs Updating

<b>Q.</b> <i>If Apple is ditching 32-bit apps for its iOS system this fall, are they doing the same thing for 32-bit apps on OS X? How can I tell if I have any 32-bit apps on my Mac?</i><p><b>A.</b> Apple has been building operating systems and Mac hardware with 64-bit processors for years now, and is indeed moving away …

Photographers, Beware of Upcoming macOS Transition Issues

Apple announced High Sierra, the next version of their macOS, at the Worldwide Developer Conference last week. The final version will be available …

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 …

Operating Systems

How to make an A+ term paper in PDF Expert

<i>This post is brought to you by PDF Expert</i><p>Students take heed: The winter semester is off and running, and it’s going to be time to turn in term papers before you know it. If you’re stressing out about getting through your reams of writing in a timely fashion, we’ve got a suggestion you might not …

macOS 10.12.4 Recovery mode now able to install latest compatible version

As of macOS 10.12.4, released on Monday, a new keystroke combination at launch will allow Macs to netboot, and download the latest OS compatible with …

OS X

How to access Mac’s hidden photo-editing app

Whether you know it or not, if you own a Mac, you also own a surprisingly powerful editing tool—and it’s hiding in plain site.<p>Not everyone needs …

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 Quickly Lock Your Mac From the Keyboard

- Feb 13, 2017<p>When you walk away from your desk for a restroom break, lunch, or another reason, you run the risk of prying eyes viewing your work and …

How to move and control mouse pointer using your Mac’s keyboard

No matter if you’re designing a newsletter in Pages, putting together a mockup of your blog in Pixelmator, editing a video project in Final Cut Pro …

Final Cut

How to Switch From a Mac to a Windows PC Without Losing Your Data

So you’ve run out of patience with your old MacBook Pro, and have now been tempted over to the world of Windows by all the shiny 2-in-1 devices …

How to use Apple Pay on your Mac with macOS Sierra

With macOS Sierra, Apple Pay finally comes to Macs so you can use the mobile payment service to buy stuff online. The feature works best on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but don’t worry Pad if you own an older Apple computer: You can still use Apple Pay if you’ve got a 2012 or newer Mac, as …

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