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Apple’s New AirPods Pro Offer Active Noise Cancellation and Better Fit

Published Friday, November 1, 2019

Are you a fan of Apple’s AirPods, or have you had trouble with them staying in your ears? Either way, you might like the just-released AirPods Pro, which offer a new design with three sizes of soft, flexible, silicone ear tips and welcome new capabilities

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iOS 13 Replaces 3D Touch with Tap-and-Hold

Published Friday, October 25, 2019

Do you use 3D Touch on your iPhone? From 2015 through 2018, every iPhone from the iPhone 6s through the iPhone XS supported 3D Touch, other than the iPhone SE and iPhone XR. With 3D Touch, you could (sometimes) press a control, and then press a little harder to make additional options appear.

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Which Precise Mac Model Do You Have? Here’s How to Find Out

Published Friday, October 18, 2019

Apple likes to keep Mac names simple, but that’s not always helpful. For instance, if you want to add RAM to your Mac, it’s not good enough to know that it’s an iMac. You’ll need to know that it’s a 27-inch iMac with Retina display from late 2014.

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Do You Put Dates in Filenames? Use This Format for Best Sorting

Published Friday, October 11, 2019

There are plenty of situations where it makes sense to put a date in a filename, but if you don’t use the right date format, the files may sort in unhelpful ways. For instance, using the names of months is a bad idea, since they’ll sort alphabetically, putting April before January. 

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Beware Scammers when Selling Your Old Tech Hardware Online

Published Friday, October 4, 2019

Whenever Apple releases hot new hardware, it’s tempting to order the latest and greatest and then put your old Mac or iPhone up for sale on a classifieds site like Craigslist.

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How to Get Custom Alerts for Email from Your VIPs

Published Friday, September 27, 2019
Few people get so little email that they want an iPhone notification for every message that rolls in. But many of us have just a couple of people—our personal VIPs—whose messages are important enough to warrant an alert. If that’s true for you, and you want to know right away when your boss or your spouse or your child sends you a message, set up VIP Alerts.
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Want to Use Your Friends’ Nicknames in iOS? Here’s How

Published Friday, September 20, 2019
If you have a friend whom you refer to only by his nickname, it can be annoying to feel like you should use his proper first name when adding him to Contacts. Worse, then he shows up in Messages with a name you don’t recognize as easily. Here’s how to convince iOS to use his nickname instead.
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Two Secret Key Combos for Forward Delete on the Magic and MacBook Keyboards

Published Friday, September 13, 2019
Traditionally, extended keyboards come with a Forward Delete key that, when you press it, deletes characters to the rightof the insertion point, unlike the main Delete key, which deletes to the leftof the insertion point. Forward Delete still exists on Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, but it’s missing from the Magic Keyboard and all Mac laptop keyboards.
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