macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 Released with Security Fix

Mar 8, 2021 - Leave a Comment

macOS Big Sur updates

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 with an important security fix for Mac users running Big Sur. The update resolves a problem where “processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution” and is therefore recommended for all Mac users to update to the latest system software.

Additionally, Apple released the same security fix for Safari users running macOS Mojave and Catalina.

Separately, the same security fix has also been released for iPhone and iPad with the iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1 update, and Apple Watch users will find an update available for them as well.

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iOS 14.4.1 & iPadOS 14.4.1 Released with Security Fix

Mar 8, 2021 - Leave a Comment

iOS 14.4.1 update

Apple has released iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1 with an important security fix for iPhone and iPad. The update is small, but due to the nature of the security flaw, all iPhone and iPad users are recommended to install the iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1 update on their devices.

Separately, Apple also released the same security fix in watchOS 7.3.2 for Apple Watch, and macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 for Mac, along with Safari updates for macOS Catalina and Mojave.

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How to Find What Song is Playing with iPhone Music Recognition

Mar 8, 2021 - 3 Comments

How to Find What Song is Playing with iPhone Music Recognition

Do you want a quick and easy way to identify the song that’s being played on the radio, TV, or anywhere in public? Apple has made it a whole lot easier with the modern iOS and iPadOS software updates, and you don’t even need to rely on asking Siri or a third-party app anymore.

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Troubleshooting HomeKit Problems & Connection Issues

Mar 7, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Troubleshoot Home app and HomeKit devices

HomeKit devices can include everything from Apple products like Apple TV and HomePod to third party devices like smart power outlets, smart lightbulbs, security cameras, doorbell cameras, garage door openers, light switches, and so much more.

HomeKit devices are used with the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and while they should be working fine after an initial setup, occasionally you may run into connectivity issues or other problems with HomeKit. Perhaps you’re seeing an error saying the device is unreachable, or you just can’t connect to a HomeKit device, for example.

If you’re experiencing issues with a HomeKit device, read along for some common troubleshooting steps and tricks to potentially resolve the issue with the HomeKit device, and the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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How to Unsend a Message in Signal

Mar 7, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Unsend a Message in Signal

Started using the popular Signal messenger app for iPhone to safeguard your user data and privacy? Considering you’re new to the platform, you may have trouble getting a hang of all the messaging features that the app has to offer. One key feature that you wouldn’t want to miss as a new user is the ability to delete sent messages – in other words, to unsend a message.

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How to Disable HomePod Mini Proximity Notifications & Vibrations on iPhone

Mar 6, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Disable HomePod Mini Proximity Notifications & Vibrations on iPhone

If you’ve been using the new HomePod Mini regularly, you may have noticed that your iPhone starts vibrating when it’s nearby and also brings up a pop-up notification. This may not be desired by some users who keep their HomePods on their desks, but it’s really just a handy feature that can be disabled if you decide you don’t want those proximity notifications.

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How to Disable U1 Chip on iPhone to Prevent Background Location Tracking

Mar 6, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Disable U1 Chip to Prevent Background Location Tracking on iPhone 11 and Later

If you’re a privacy buff who owns an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 (or better), you might want to disable the U1 chip on your iPhone to prevent it from tracking your location in the background.

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

How to Link Shazam to Spotify Instead of Apple Music

Mar 6, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Link Shazam to Spotify Instead of Apple Music

If you’re an iPhone user who uses the Shazam app to quickly identify songs that are being played in the background, and you’re also a Spotify user, you’ll be pleased to know that you can link your Spotify account within the app. Doing this can greatly improve your experience with Shazam in a couple of different ways.

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

How to Add & Delete a Reminder with HomePod

Mar 5, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Add a Reminder with HomePod

You can easily add and delete reminders for yourself by using HomePod or HomePod Mini. And yes, because HomePod is synced with your other Apple devices, any reminders added (or removed) by HomePod will also go to your iPhone, Mac, iPad, and other devices too.

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How to Set Up Cardio Fitness Levels on iPhone & Apple Watch

Mar 5, 2021 - 3 Comments

How to Set Up Cardio Fitness Levels on iPhone & Apple Watch

Have you ever wanted to measure your cardio fitness and determine your endurance during workouts and jogs? In that case, you’re in for a treat since Apple now allows users to easily check their cardio fitness levels directly on their iPhones, provided they use an Apple Watch as well.

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By Hamlin Rozario - Apple Watch, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Disable Safari Tab Previews on Mac

Mar 5, 2021 - 4 Comments

Safari for Mac

The latest versions of Safari for Mac show a thumbnail preview of webpages as you hover the cursor over tabs. Some users may find the hover thumbnail previews to be distracting, and may want to turn them off. While Safari has many options and preferences, curiously the ability to disable Tab Previews on Hover is not available in the standard Safari options on the Mac. Nonetheless, you can still disable tab previews in Safari, you just have to go through a few extra steps to get it done.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Play Podcasts on HomePod

Mar 4, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Play Podcasts on HomePod

Listening to podcasts from HomePod and HomePod mini is easy and quite enjoyable, so wouldn’t you like to know how to do this? Whether it’s listening to your favorite podcasts or finding new ones, let’s dive in.

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Set MacOS Do Not Disturb Mode to “Always On” Quickly from Control Center

Mar 4, 2021 - 3 Comments

How to enable Perpetual Do Not Disturb mode on Mac easily and quickly

Modern macOS versions make it easier than ever to place Do Not Disturb mode to be “Always On”, thereby helping to eliminate distractions, alerts, and notifications on the Mac without having to turn them all off.

This is a great feature for many reasons, whether you just want to keep focused on your Mac, or if you just don’t like the notifications and alerts pelting the computer.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Change HomePod Language

Mar 3, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Change HomePod Language

Not everyone who purchases a new HomePod or HomePod Mini is a native English speaker. These users may want to use HomePod in a language that they’re more familiar with. Thankfully, changing your HomePod’s language can be done in a jiffy using your other Apple devices like your iPhone or iPad.

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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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By Hamlin Rozario - Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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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