Consider USB Peripherals When Troubleshooting Mac Problems

Published Friday, November 15, 2019

If you’re experiencing a sporadic problem with your Mac, the sort of thing that happens often enough to be annoying but not so frequently as to be reproducible, allow us to suggest one little-known troubleshooting tip. 


Need to Charge Your iPhone or iPad More Quickly? Get a Higher Wattage Power Adapter

Published Friday, November 8, 2019

By default, most iPhones and iPads ship with Apple’s tiny 5-watt power adapters. They work, but not quickly. However, the iPhone 8 and later, all models of the iPad Pro, and the most recent iPad Air and iPad mini models support fast charging when connected to higher wattage power adapters. 


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


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.