How to Enable Persistent Notifications on iPhone & iPad

Mar 3, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Enable Persistent Notifications on iPhone & iPad

Have you ever been at a point where the notification pop-up disappeared before you could even finish reading the message? You’re not alone, but if this bothers you then it can be fixed by enabling Persistent Notifications on iPhone or iPad.

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How to Stop Podcasts Auto-Downloading New Episodes to iPhone & iPad

Mar 3, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Stop Podcasts Auto-Downloading New Episodes to iPhone & iPad

Do you use the built-in Podcasts app for listening to your favorite podcasts on your iPhone and iPad? If so, you might want to turn off automatic downloads, especially if you’re low on internet data or storage space on your device.

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How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod & HomePod Mini

Mar 2, 2021 - 2 Comments

How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod & HomePod Mini

Did you know that your HomePod and HomePod Mini can play calm, relaxing sounds for white noise, background noise, or that can help you during your bedtime? This may be a feature that most people overlook while purchasing a HomePod, but it can be really pleasant and quite useful for some.

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Beta 3 of iOS 14.5 & iPadOS 14.5 Available for Testing

Mar 2, 2021 - Leave a Comment

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 beta

Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to users who are enrolled in the beta testing programs. Typically a developer beta build comes first and is soon followed by the public beta version.

Separately, Apple also released macOS 11.3 beta 3 for Mac beta testers.

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Beta 3 of MacOS 11.3 Released for Testing

Mar 2, 2021 - Leave a Comment

macOS Big Sur beta

Apple has released the third beta version of macOS Big Sur 11.3 to users enrolled in the beta testing program for Mac system software.

Even if you’re not running beta builds, following the beta build schedule can help to inform when a major update to macOS (or iOS/iPadOS) is in the works and may be available.

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How to Save Files Received via iMessage on iPhone & iPad

Mar 2, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Save Files Received via iMessage on iPhone & iPad

Did you receive an important work-related document or file from your colleague via iMessage? Maybe a friend or family member messaged you a spreadsheet or PDF file? If you have received any file within the Messages app on iPhone or iPad, you may be looking to store it somewhere safe or easily accessible for later use. Thanks to the built-in Files app for iOS and iPadOS, managing your iMessage files is pretty easy to do, as you can save them to your device similar to how you can save photos and videos from Messages app too.

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How to Change Siri Voice & Accent on HomePod

Mar 1, 2021 - 2 Comments

How to Change Siri Voice & Accent on HomePod

A lot of people who purchased a new HomePod or HomePod Mini may want to leave it as it is, but there are some people who like to make certain changes according to their liking. If you’re the kind of user who’s looking to further personalize their HomePods, you may be interested in changing Siri’s voice and accent.

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How to Make Mac Turn Off or On Automatically

Mar 1, 2021 - 6 Comments

How to Make Mac Turn Off or On Automatically

Did you know that you can set your Mac to start up or shut down on its own? This is an energy-saving feature that macOS has to offer, and it has been available since the earliest days of Mac OS X. Regardless of how long scheduled booting and shutdowns have been available, many Mac users may not be aware of this handy feature.

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How to Set a Timer with HomePod & HomePod Mini

Feb 28, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Set a Timer with HomePod

Want a set a timer with HomePod or HomePod mini? Perhaps you want a quick pomodoro timer for work or a project, or you’re cooking something, or want to get in 20 minutes of exercise, whatever the reason, setting a timer is convenient and simple with HomePod.

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How to Disable Read Receipts in Signal

Feb 28, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Disable Read Receipts in Signal

Are you one of those many people who recently made the switch to Signal as their primary instant messaging platform? If so, you may have trouble getting a hang of all the available privacy-related settings, like disabling read receipts for example.

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How to Save All Photos from Facebook on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows PC

Feb 27, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Save All Photos from Facebook

Do you want to download all the photos you’ve shared on Facebook over the past several years? Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you think, and you can do it right from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC.

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Make an Intel Mac Boot Directly to Startup Manager

Feb 26, 2021 - 8 Comments

Mac Terminal icon

If you have an Intel Mac, you can make it boot directly into the boot disk options startup manager by issuing an nvram terminal command. This could be helpful for advanced users in particular whether they’re troubleshooting, have dual boot situations with multiple versions of macOS, macOS and Windows 10 in Boot Camp, macOS and Linux, for accessing a USB boot drive, a Time Machine restore disk, or myriad other situations where you’d want to boot a Mac directly into the startup manager.

Whether or not this is easier or faster than booting an Intel Mac from an external drive by holding down the Option key on system start and choosing the external volume to boot the Mac from is entirely up to you and your use case. But perhaps the Option/alt key isn’t working for some reason on a Mac, or you want to explore the boot options, or you can’t hold down the key on boot for some reason.

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How to Disable Typing Indicators in Signal

Feb 25, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Disable Typing Indicators in Signal

Looking to be sneaky while texting your friends and colleagues on Signal? Not everyone wants to let the other person know that they’re typing. Signal gives you a unique setting unlike most other messaging platforms that allow you to disable typing indicators if necessary.

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How to Add Notes with HomePod

Feb 25, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Add Notes with HomePod

Do you utilize the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad for note-taking, making to-do lists, or for writing down any other important information? If you own a HomePod, you’ll be pleased to know that you can also add notes to the Notes app, directly from the HomePod and without typing them out. That’s right, you can add notes with just your voice.

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macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 Update Released, Prevents USB-C Dock Damage Issue

Feb 25, 2021 - 2 Comments

macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 Update

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 for Mac users, the update aims to prevent damage to newer MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models that when using some third party USB-C hubs and docks.

Due to the severe nature of the potential problem with MacBook Pro (2019 or later, Intel or M1) and MacBook Air (2020 or later, Intel or M1), it is recommended for owners of those machines to install the 11.2.2 update, particularly if they rely on USB-C peripherals, docks, hubs, or powered dongles.

The macOS 11.2.2 update does not appear to include any other updates, changes, bug fixes, or security enhancements.

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How to Improve Recording Quality of Voice Memos on iPhone & iPad

Feb 25, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Improve Recording Quality of Voice Memos on iPhone & iPad

Do you regularly use the built-in Voice Memos app to record audio using your iPhone or iPad? In that case, you may be interested in using this neat but simple trick to improve the quality of the recorded audio.

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How to Find iPhone with HomePod

Feb 24, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Find iPhone with HomePod

Don’t know where you last placed your iPhone? Unable to find it anywhere in the house even after a thorough search? Maybe it’s buried in a couch cushion somewhere or under the bed? Not to worry, because you can now use your HomePod to locate your iPhone, and all by voice.

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How to Access Windows Shared Folders from iPhone & iPad

Feb 24, 2021 - 2 Comments

How to Access Windows Shared Folders from iPhone

Do you want to access specific files and folders on your Windows computer right from your iPhone or iPad? Thanks to the built-in Files app, it’s fairly simple and straightforward to connect to SMB file servers which includes shared Windows folders on a network.

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