Apple Pay Is Faster, Easier, More Secure, and More Private Than Using Credit Cards

Published Tuesday, April 24, 2018

You’ve probably heard of Apple Pay, but have you set it up so you can use it to pay for purchases at checkout? If not, give it a try, since it’s one of those living-in-the future Apple technologies that feels like science fiction every time you use it. Simply put your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch within an inch or so of a compatible payment terminal (look for an Apple Pay or contactless payment logo), put your finger on the Home button to use Touch ID (or double-press the iPhone X’s side button and authenticate via Face ID, or double-press the Apple Watch’s side button), and you’re done. The entire transaction takes less time than opening your wallet, although you may still need to sign a receipt.


Here’s How to Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Settings—to the Extent Possible

Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Facebook has dominated the news headlines of late, but not for good reasons. There were the 50 million Facebook profiles gathered for Cambridge Analytica and used in the 2016 presidential election. Facebook has long been scraping call and text message data from Android phones. And within the Facebook iOS app, the company pushes the Onavo Protect VPN, an app made by a subsidiary that literally collects all your mobile data traffic for Facebook.


iOS 11.3 Introduces New Battery Health Feature, Business Chat, and More

Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018

At the end of March, Apple released updates to all four of its operating systems, but iOS 11.3 was the most notable. It boasts a variety of new features and other changes—you can think of it as the midpoint update between iOS 11’s first release and iOS 12, probably coming next September. All remaining updates to iOS 11 are likely to be minor maintenance updates. Here’s what’s new.


Apple’s Family Sharing Simplifies Sharing Purchases and Managing Kid Capabilities

Published Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Family life is all about togetherness, but keeping track of who’s doing what when can be tough. Apple’s Family Sharing service makes it easy to share apps, media, and more within a family of up to six members, and it provides a few helpful digital housekeeping capabilities, such as locating your kid’s misplaced iPad. Here’s an overview of how Family Sharing can enhance your family’s everyday life, both online and in the real world.


Is your computer ready for Tax Time

Published Sunday, April 1, 2018

A customer recently called with concerns about the tax software he was using on his Mac. It presented a warning saying that everything was fine for this year, but next year he would need to upgrade the software. Unfortunately, that would also require an upgrade to the latest MacOS - a version his MacBook Pro is too old to run.


New iPads in the “Post Privacy” Education Market

Published Sunday, April 1, 2018
Apple announced the iPad 6th generation earlier this week, making a point to position their latest tablet as an education tool. Many industry journalists’ reviews were quick to point out that Google’s dominant 68% education market share was unlikely to be impacted by the new device. If that’s the case, there are a lot of educators who aren’t thinking this through.

Apple Introduces New iPad with Apple Pencil Support, Updates iWork

Published Friday, March 30, 2018

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At a special education event on March 27th, Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad that offers faster performance, support for the Apple Pencil, and a few new camera-related features. The company also released new versions of the iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—that let users draw, sketch, and write with the Apple Pencil.


10 Things You Need to Know about Apple’s New HomePod Speaker

Published Monday, March 26, 2018
After months of anticipation, Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker finally shipped in mid-February. Reviews of its audio quality have been positive, and for the most part, it works both as advertised and as you’d expect. However, there were some surprises, most good but some bad.Hompod on a table more»

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