Ben Ransbotham

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What’s the best weather app for iPhone?

Knowing up to date weather information is one of the reasons to own a smartphone. From knowing if your pool time is going to be cut short to deciding if you should wear shorts or pants, the weather dominates our life. Before smartphones, we had to rely on local news stations to gather the …

Apps

How To Get Siri to Read Anything to You

- Jan 26, 2018<p>The list of things Siri can help us with grows more and more with each update Apple makes. In the last few years Apple allowed better …

Apple

iOS 11: How to improve iPhone battery life

Since iOS 11 has been available for over a week, many users are now running Apple’s latest mobile OS. While there are lots of great new features, one downside many users are experiencing is decreased battery life. Let’s take a look at the best ways to improve battery life on your iPhone.<p>Whoosh! …

Batteries

6 Hidden iPad Secrets That Will Turn You Into a Pro

Apple loves the idea of hiding features above, below or to the side of the screen. For example, if you swipe down from the very top edge of the …

How to Change the ‘From’ Email Address in the iOS 10 Mail App

- May 5, 2017<p>If you’re like me, you have multiple email accounts setup on your iPhone or iPad. So, you may not always want to send an email to …

Apple

How to turn anything into a PDF on your iPhone or iPad

Stop! Don’t download that PDF converter app for iOS. You don’t need it. What if I told you iPhones have come with a built-in PDF-conversion tool since iOS 10?<p>Once you know where this iOS PDF converter is buried, you can quickly and easily turn anything into a handy PDF on your iPhone or iPad.<p>On the …

iBooks

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 …

Tutorials

Everything you need to know about watchOS 3 for Apple Watch

Feature<p>By<p>The release of watchOS 3 for Apple Watch is being pushed as a major change for the wearable platform, tweaking and in some cases completely …

Quadro is a super-charged Touch Bar that runs on iOS devices

You don’t have to break the bank on a new MacBook Pro to get Touch Bar functionality. Thanks to an app called Quadro, you can add a super-powered Touch Bar with even more features than the real thing to any Mac or Windows PC.<p>Lots of apps turn your iOS device into an extension of your computer, …

Apps

How to Search for Objects in the Photos App

Not only can you search for people in the Photos app, with iOS 10 you can also search for objects. Want to see all the cute pictures you have of dogs? You can search dogs and find them. Perhaps you’re looking for that picture of your Christmas tree from last year—search trees. The Photos app on …

How to easily find and add missing location to images on Photos for Mac

Apple’s Photos app on macOS Sierra and iOS 10 lets you view photos on a map and search for images based on location, but your images won’t be included if they don’t have location data assigned. iPhones assign this data when shooting, but most standalone cameras can’t collect location by default. …

IPhone 7

How to Make Any Video Play Perfectly on Your Smartphone

Playing videos on a phone or tablet can be frustrating and difficult, but there are a few tools and apps around to ease the pain. Here’s how to make …

Mobile Devices

This $15 Apple Watch stand is clearly the best you can buy, end of discussion

It's called the W3 Stand from mobile accessories company, Elago.<p>Even if you don't own an Apple Watch, this would be a great gift for someone you know who has one. Hell, I'm getting one for my mother right now.<p>Check it out:

Apple Watch

iOS tip: Here's how to switch on a hidden shortcut menu on your iPhone or iPad

Here's a simple trick that will make it much easier for you to find and use features on your iPhone or iPad.<p>I use my iPhone more than any other bit …

Google's new PhotoScan app makes it easy to digitize old prints

Google Photos is also getting a host of more advanced image-editing tools.<p>On the surface, Google Photos has a simple mission: to store all your pictures. Specifically, Google says it wants the service to be a home for all of your photos, and today that mission expanded to encompass the old photos …

15 Secretly Hidden Features of Mac You Probably Won’t Know If You Miss This

Mac OS X has several amazing features that are hidden from the user. If you have been using Mac for a couple of years then, we are sure you would …

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 …

Mac Apps

The Ultimate Guide to Apple's New Messages App

It has been weeks since Apple’s iOS 10 launched. By now, you’ve likely seen a surprise or two flash through your text messages. It might have been a …

Apps

How to Download Apps in Messages with iOS 10 on iPhone

With iOS 10, the Messages app got its own App Store. This will allow you download apps within the Messages app that can be used in conjunction with it. For example, you can download Giphy and share your favorite gifs without needing a gif keyboard. You can also use Messages apps to buy and send …

These 10 widgets belong on your iPhone's lock screen

With iOS 10, Apple redesigned the lock screen and got rid of the slide-to-unlock gesture. Now, instead of unlocking your phone, swiping right takes you to the Today view where you can glance at and interact with widgets.<p>You can also access these same widgets on an unlocked phone by swiping right on …

How to adjust the settings of Messages for Mac

Want to customize your Messages experience on macOS? Find out how!Messages for macOS provides a suitable messaging experience out of the box, but the …

21 Apple Watch Tips and Tricks

$20 gets you a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker to go with your water-resistant iPhone 7

How great is it that Apple’s iPhones are finally water-resistant? There have been water-resistant Android phones for years now, so it’s terrific news …

Tech Trends

13 Things You Can Do with MacOS Sierra You Couldn't Before

MacOS Sierra is here and available for everyone —well, at least anyone who owns a Mac made in the last six years. If you’re wondering what’s new in …

Operating Systems

Clean Your Cluttered Hard Drive with macOS Sierra's New Storage Manager

One of the new, handy features in macOS Sierra takes care of something you probably don’t think much about: cluttered files filling up your hard …

Internet Connection Seem Slow? Check It With a Speed-Test App

Free apps by Netflix and Ookla can help you find out if you are getting the broadband you pay for<p>By<p>Nathan Olivarez-Giles<p>Nathan Olivarez-Giles<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@nateog<p>nateog<p>Google+<p>Suffering from stuttery streaming video while watching Netflix , NFLX 2.33% Hulu or other services at …

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How-To: Show the size of folders in the Finder on Mac [Video]

The Finder’s list view is my favorite way to view the folders and files within the macOS Finder, because it provides a wealth of information via columns that can be sorted on.<p>One thing that you won’t find when using the Finder’s default list view is the cumulative size of the Folders contained …

Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch gets new apps for Reminders, Home, Find My Friends & heart rate

Feature<p>By<p>The number of default Apple Watch apps will grow with the upcoming release of watchOS 3, gaining Reminders, Home, Find My Friends, as well …

How to Sign a PDF Document in the iPhone Mail App

Signing a contract via email used to entail a printer, pen, and scanner. But now you can do the whole thing right on your iPhone in the Mail app. Once you’ve perfected your on-screen signature, you can continue to use the same one and even change what color it is. To do this, we’ll use the Markup …

Scanners

Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch adds new iOS-style swipe-up Control Center

Feature<p>By<p>With watchOS 3, Glances are no more. Swiping up from watch faces now brings up a Control Center with quick access to commonly used settings, …

Apple