Apple’s Find My technology is a lifesaver when it works, enabling you to locate and potentially retrieve lost or stolen devices. It’s not perfect, even with the addition of the Find My Network, which drafts other nearby Apple devices to relay the location of a lost device. Part of the problem is that you have… Continue reading How to Stop Forgetting Your Apple Gear with “Notify When Left Behind”
It’s no exaggeration to say that videoconferencing went mainstream during the pandemic. However, Apple’s FaceTime didn’t stack up well against Zoom for a number of reasons. For example, initiating a FaceTime call emulated a telephone call experience; there was no option to send a link to begin the conversation. In addition, FaceTime’s interface wasn’t always convenient and there… Continue reading New FaceTime Features Features in Apple’s Latest Operating Systems
iPhone Trick: Emergency SOS Auto Call Feature Did you know that pressing and holding the side button and one of the volume buttons on an iPhone 8 or later brings up a screen that lets you power your iPhone off, show your medical ID and invoke Emergency SOS? (On earlier iPhones, press the side or… Continue reading iPhone Tricks to Save the Day
New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros Answer Customer Desires Apple’s professional MacBook Pro has been a workhorse of the Mac lineup for years, offering high-end performance in a portable package. Since 2016, however, customers have expressed irritation at Apple’s removal of ports other than Thunderbolt 3, the loss of MagSafe magnetic charging and the Touch Bar replacing traditional… Continue reading Should You Get the New MacBook Pro?
It’s easy, particularly when traveling, to end up connecting to a Wi-Fi network that doesn’t provide Internet access, requires credentials you don’t have or lacks access to the network’s printer. Unfortunately, once your iPhone, iPad or Mac connects to such a network, it may reconnect to it later, which is aggravating. The solution? Whenever you realize… Continue reading When It Comes to Wi-Fi Networks, Sometimes It’s Better to Forget
The new iPhones are ripe for the picking! Apple unveiled four iPhone 13 models at its California Streaming event on September 14th. Apple also announced the expected Apple Watch Series 7. As an unexpected bonus, they also showcased an upgraded iPad and a redesigned iPad mini. iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 are available to… Continue reading Apple Announces New iPhones, Watches and iPad Mini
Mac Update Alert! In case you missed it, earlier this week, Apple released security updates for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac computers to close a vulnerability caused by invasive spyware. If you have not already updated your devices, be sure to do that right away! Learn more about Apple Security Updates on their security document. … Continue reading When Should You Upgrade to macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15?
It’s common to want to share files, photos and other data between your devices—or with friends and family. When the person or device isn’t nearby, it’s easiest to use Messages or Mail. But if you want to move a file between two of your Macs, from your iPhone to your Mac or to your friend who’s across… Continue reading How to Use AirDrop to Share Files, Photos and other Data between Apple Devices
In cybercriminal circles, ransomware is all the rage. It bears repeating: if you have not thought about protecting your systems, it’s critical that you take steps to protect your data before it is too late. Once ransomware infects a computer, it encrypts all the files and then presents a ransom demand. You’d need to pay… Continue reading Ransomware Is On the Rise: Learn How to Protect Your Macs
It’s tempting to think that most external storage devices—whether simple hard drives or more complicated network-attached storage (NAS) units—are relatively similar because they all do roughly the same thing. However, a recent problem with older Western Digital My Book Live NAS devices highlighted that there can be large differences. In that case, hackers figured out… Continue reading How to Choose Safe External Storage