How to Change Virtual Background in Google Meet

Jan 23, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Change Your Background in Google Meet

Have you been using Google Meet for making video calls with your colleagues or friends? Want to customize your Google Meet experience a bit by changing your virtual background when you’re in a video chat?

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How to Share Your Watch Face from Apple Watch

Jan 22, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Share Your Watch Face with Contacts on Apple Watch

Did you know that you can share a completely customized Apple Watch face with someone, whether one of your friends or family members? This allows them to use your exact watch face without having to go through all the customization by themselves.

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How to Change Frame Rate of iPhone’s Camera

Jan 21, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Change Frame Rate of iPhone Camera

Do you want to shoot videos at a different frame rate on your iPhone? Perhaps you want to record videos at 24 fps for cinematic visuals rather than smoothness? Or maybe you want to use the smooth 60 fps for a professional video? Changing frame rate of your iPhone or iPad video capture is easy, let’s take a look.

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Release Candidate for iOS 15.3, macOS Monterey 12.2, iPadOS 15.3 Available for Testing

Jan 20, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, MacOS Monterey public betas

Apple has made a release candidate build available for iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, and macOS Monterey 12.2, wrapping up an unusually fast beta testing period where each system software version only went through two beta builds before going to RC.

The most likely reason for the short beta period is the recently publicized Safari 15 bug which allows for browser data leaking from Safari on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Presumably the security fix has been rolled into the accelerated iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, and macOS Monterey 12.2 releases, rather than issuing a small point release security update to each operating system.

It’s a fair guess that the final versions of iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, and macOS Monterey 12.2 will be released sometime within the next week.

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How to Use Incognito Mode on Google Chrome for iPhone, iPad, Mac

Jan 20, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Use Incognito Mode on Google Chrome for iPhone, iPad, Mac

Looking for a way to browse the web without having to delete your browsing history every now and then? If so, you may be interested in taking advantage of a privacy-oriented browser feature called Incognito mode that’s available on Google Chrome. It’s accessible on all platforms including iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and it’s easy to use.

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How to Cancel Automatic Install of iOS & iPadOS Updates

Jan 19, 2022 - 1 Comment

How to Cancel Auto-Installation of iOS & iPadOS Updates

You may already know that iOS and iPadOS will attempt to automatically install iOS and iPadOS system software updates to your devices. But not everyone wants to use this feature all the time.

If you accidentally scheduled an overnight software update on your iPhone or iPad, you may be looking to cancel this automatic update, whether you don’t want your device to be interrupted at night, or whether you just want to wait on the update or install it manually yourself later. Thankfully, you can cancel this iOS or iPadOS update by tweaking your update settings.

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Set a Timer on Mac

Jan 18, 2022 - 2 Comments

Set a Timer on Mac

Setting a timer on the Mac is pretty easy, though you’ll be forgiven if you assumed there would be a dedicated timer feature within the clock app of MacOS, as there is in the iOS and iPadOS world. It turns out that a timer functionality is not yet part of the clock app or clock widget on the Mac, but that doesn’t mean you can’t easily set a timer.

Instead, setting a timer on a Mac is accomplished with Siri. We’ll show you how.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Pair a Bluetooth Trackpad, Mouse, & Keyboard with iPad

Jan 17, 2022 - 1 Comment

How to pair iPad with Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, trackpad

Until somewhat recently the idea of pairing a Bluetooth trackpad, mouse, or keyboard with an iPad is something that would have had people looking very confused indeed. But we live in exciting times, and all modern iPad devices running modern iPadOS versions have proper pointer support for trackpad and mouse, and full support for keyboards, complete with many keyboard shortcuts and handy tricks.

You can even create a budget iPad desk workstation setup if you’re so inclined.

As ever, there are some caveats to consider here. But fear not – we’re going to run through what you need to get up and running, and then the most important part; what you actually need to do to start using a pointing device other than your finger, and to use a physical keyboard instead of the onscreen virtual keyboard, all with your iPad.

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By Oliver Haslam - iPad, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Safari 15 Bug Leaks Some Browser History & Google Account Info

Jan 17, 2022 - 6 Comments

Indedexdb Safari 15 bug leaks browser data

A significant Safari bug has been disclosed publicly by FingerPrintJS, impacting Safari 15 on MacOS, iOS, and iPadOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - News, Security - 6 Comments

How to Use Private MAC Address on Apple Watch

Jan 16, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Use Private MAC Address on Apple Watch

Do you frequently connect to multiple Wi-Fi networks from your Apple Watch, say at work, school, coffee shops, airports, or other networks that aren’t yours? If so, you may want to safeguard your privacy by using private MAC addresses for the public Wi-Fi networks you connect to. Much like you can do so on iPhone and iPad, you can use a feature to randomize the MAC hardware address of your Apple Watch when connecting to wi-fi networks.

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How to View & Remove Apps that Can Access Your Apple Music

Jan 15, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to View & Remove Apps that Can Access Your Apple Music

Did you know that some third-party apps installed on your iPhone or iPad can access your Apple Music library? Of course, they can only access it if you granted access for some reason, but you may have forgotten about it. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to check all the apps that have access to your Apple Music, and if you wish, to remove access for those apps too.

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How to Change Auto-Reply Messages while Driving on iPhone

Jan 14, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Change Auto-Reply Message for DND While Driving on iPhone

Do you want to customize the text messages sent as an auto-reply for incoming calls to iPhone while you’re driving? This allows you to buy some time while you keep your hands on the steering wheel and focused on the road, letting the caller know you’re currently driving. Customizing the auto-replies for Focus modes / Do Not Disturb mode is easy.

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How to Turn Off Siri on Apple Watch to Stop Siri Listening

Jan 13, 2022 - 1 Comment

Disable Siri listening on Apple Watch

Don’t want Apple Watch to always be listening for the “Hey Siri” command? You can turn off Siri on Apple Watch if you want to stop it from listening to you, ready to take your commands.

We’ll show you how to turn off the Siri listening feature Apple Watch, which still allows you to use Siri if manually activated, and also how to turn off Siri completely so that the entire feature is not available on Apple Watch. Finally, we’ll also show you how to delete your Siri history and voice commands from Apple servers.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

iOS 15.3 Beta 2 & iPadOS 15.3 Beta 2 Released for Testing

Jan 12, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15 public beta and iPadOS 15 public beta

While Apple just released iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 update for all users, they also released the second beta version of iOS 15.3 and iPadoS 15.3 for users enrolled in the beta testing programs for Apple mobile system software.

Additionally, new beta versions of watchOS 8.3 and tvOS 15.3 are also available to users beta testing system software on those devices.

iOS 15.3 beta 2 and iPadOS 15.3 beta 2 presumably include minor bug fixes and adjustments to the operating systems for iPhone and iPad.

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iOS 15.2.1 & iPadOS 15.2.1 Update for iPhone & iPad Released

Jan 12, 2022 - 1 Comment

iOS 15.2.1 update

Apple has released iOS 15.2.1 for iPhone along with iPadOS 15.2.1 for iPad.

The iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 updates are relatively minor and includes a bug fix for an issue with photos loading over iMessage, an issue with CarPlay apps, and offers a security fix for an issue with HomeKit. If any other issues are addressed, they are not mentioned in the release notes.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 1 Comment

How to Show F1, F2, F3, etc Keys on Touch Bar for Mac

Jan 12, 2022 - 2 Comments

Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

If you’re a Mac user with a Touch Bar equipped MacBook Pro, you may be wondering how to show the F keys, or function keys, like F1, f2, f3, f4, f5, f6, f7, f8, f9, f10, f11, or f12 on the Touch Bar.

As you likely know, by default the Touch Bar screen changes all the time depending on what app is open on the Mac, unless you disabled the Touch Bar anyway to always show the Control Strip to show things like the escape key, brightness, Mission Control, sound controls, Siri, etc. But you can also set Touch Bar to show the Function keys, or simply see them temporarily.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

macOS Monterey 12.2 Beta 2 Released for Testing

Jan 11, 2022 - 2 Comments

MacOS Monterey Beta

Apple has issued the second beta build of macOS Monterey 12.2 to users participating in the beta testing programs for system software for the Macintosh.

There are no obvious major changes or features in macOS Monterey 12.2 beta 2 as of yet, so it’s assumed the release will focus on fixing bugs, issues, and problems with MacOS Monterey.

Universal Control, the feature that allows a Mac to control other Macs and iPads with a single mouse and keyboard, is expected to arrive sometime in Spring of 2022, though it’s uncertain if that will be included in macOS 12.2 or a later macOS Monterey release.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 2 Comments

Play WORDLE, a Fun Daily Word Game

Jan 11, 2022 - 4 Comments

Play WORDLE the word game

WORDLE is an increasing popular word game that is spreading around everywhere, and if you spend much time on social media you may have already seen a screenshot of someones score or streak.

The gist of WORDLE is fairly simple; players are tasked with guessing a five letter word, and the game gives clues by indicating which letters are either in the word (yellow), or in the right place (green). Letters not in the word appear as dark gray. You only get six guesses per day, and the WORDLE puzzle regenerates a new puzzle every day for everyone.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, Games - 4 Comments

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