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How to Upload High Quality Video & Photos to Instagram for iPhone

Dec 9, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Instagram icon

Instagram is a very popular photo sharing and video sharing social network where users post photos, videos, reels, and stories, but, curiously, by default Instagram does not upload the highest quality photos or videos. Instead, a buried settings option allows you to enable high quality uploads of photos and videos to Instagram. If you feel … Read More

How to Change Quick Actions & Extensions in MacOS Sonoma & Ventura

Dec 8, 2023 - 1 Comment
Where are Quick Actions and Extensions in macOS Sonoma and Ventura

Extensions and Quick Actions in MacOS allow you to enable and disable additional features in places like the Sharing menu, Touch Bar, and contextual menus in the Finder. For example, you can add or remove Markup options, Quick Actions, Sharing options, photo editing options, and much more. These are a popular feature for many Mac … Read More

How to Stop iPhone Siri Listening to You

Dec 7, 2023 - 2 Comments
Stop Siri on iPhone Listening to You

Due to the nature of how Hey Siri on iPhone works, Siri is basically always listening to you and your surroundings, if the Hey Siri feature is enabled. This is necessary to hear the “Hey Siri” activation word so that Siri knows to pick up the command you give to it, and the always on … Read More

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac Without iCloud

Dec 6, 2023 - 15 Comments
How to copy photos from iPhone without using iCloud

If you’re accustomed to using iCloud to keep your photos synced between your iPhone, Mac, or even Windows PC, you may not be familiar with the process of transferring pictures off of the iPhone without using iCloud. This tutorial will walk through the steps required to get pictures from your iPhone to your computer, without … Read More

4 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts Every Mac User Should Know

Dec 5, 2023 - 4 Comments
Mac keyboard shortcuts

Want to boost your Mac productivity with some super useful keyboard shortcuts? Here are four of them that every Mac user should know and memorize, where you’re sure to get plenty of use from. From switching between apps, windows, jumping into any directories, or force quitting, read on!

How to Add Widgets to Stacks on iPhone & iPad Home Screen

Dec 4, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Add widgets to stacks on iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPhone or iPad you may already be familiar with adding widgets to the Home Screen of iOS and iPadOS, but a lesser known trick is that you can create a stack of widgets that you can flip through to see different widgets and data.

Messages on iPhone Will Prompt You To Send Pics if Someone Asks for Them

Dec 1, 2023 - 1 Comment
Asking someone to send photos or send pics will prompt them to select photos from their photo library to share with you

This is a cool little convenience feature that is not widely known; the Messages app on iPhone and iPad will prompt you to send photos if someone asks for them. The Messages app has become significantly more intelligent in the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS for iPhone and iPad, and now, alongside the usual … Read More

How to Enable Dark Mode in MacOS Sonoma / Ventura

Nov 30, 2023 - 2 Comments
Dark Mode in MacOS System Settings

Dark Mode is a popular visual option for many Mac users who wish to change the appearance of their computers interface. If you’re new to the Mac, or even just new to the more modern operating systems like Sonoma and Ventura that use System Settings, you may not be familiar with how to activate and … Read More

How to Set Default Web Browser in MacOS Sonoma

Nov 29, 2023 - 1 Comment
How to set default web browser on macOS Sonoma and Ventura

If you’re wondering how you can set the default web browser in macOS Sonoma to something else, maybe to Chrome, Firefox, Brave, or perhaps even back to Safari, you’ll find that it is relatively easy to do so. However, like so many other adjustments and tweaks to the latest macOS versions, it is different compared … Read More

How to Turn Off SharePlay on iPhone

Nov 28, 2023 - Leave a Comment
How to disable SharePlay on iPhone completely to stop these type of annoying popups on the iPhone

The latest versions of iOS for iPhone default to enabling a feature called SharePlay, which allows you to easily share Spotify, Apple Music, Podcasts, and many other media experiences, easily with whoever you’re having a FaceTime audio or FaceTime video call with. While this feature can be convenient for the intended purposes, it can also … Read More

How to grep Match Two Strings in One Line, or Anywhere in File or Command Output

Nov 27, 2023 - 2 Comments
Mac Terminal icon

The command line grep tool is incredibly powerful and useful for searching for matches in files, sorting text and data, finding strings in large files, and so much more. One common situation many command line users may find themselves in, is seeking to grep match for two different strings in a single line. You can … Read More

How to Stop Instacart Ads Promo Notifications on iPhone

Nov 26, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Disable Instacart Promotional and Marketing Notifications on iPhone

The Instacart app for iPhone is convenient in that it allows you to shop for groceries and other items and have them delivered (if you live in a major city anyway), but like an ever-growing number of iPhone apps, it defaults to pelting you with annoying sales, promotional, and marketing notifications that are completely unrelated … Read More

3 Helpful Tech Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Visits

Nov 23, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Tech Tips for Thanksgiving visits

It’s not unusual for those of us who are the “family geek” to spend time with less tech savvy people during the holidays, so why not use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to assist or improve the tech lives of loved ones? Express your thankfulness and gratitude with some helpful tech tips!

How to Use & Access GPT-4 for Free

Nov 22, 2023 - 23 Comments
How to access GPT-4 for free with Bing

You may already be using ChatGPT, the phenomenally powerful and useful AI tool, but the free version is based on GPT-3.5. GPT-4 is said to be ten times more advanced, with enhanced creativity, reliability, up-to-date information, and an ability to interpret more nuanced instructions, so it’s understandable why users would like to explore and experience … Read More

How to Disable FaceTime Reaction Gestures on Mac, iPhone, & iPad

Nov 20, 2023 - 2 Comments
How to turn off FaceTime Reaction Gestures

Don’t want to have certain gestures trigger FaceTime Reactions? Don’t want an on-screen emoji to appear when you give a thumbs up to the camera, or maybe you don’t want a peace sign made with your hands to trigger a bunch of balloons appearing on your video chat? Then you can turn the FaceTime Reactions … Read More

Run MacOS VM’s in Docker on Windows & Linux with Docker-OSX

Nov 17, 2023 - 3 Comments
Docker-OSX Mac VM on Linux

If you use Docker and virtual machines often, you may be happy to know that you can run MacOS VM’s in Docker, at near native performance atop Windows or Linux, thanks to an open source project called Docker-OSX. Yes, that means you can run MacOS on a PC, whether that PC is running Windows or … Read More

How to Perform FaceTime Reaction Gestures on iPhone, iPad, & Mac

Nov 16, 2023 - 6 Comments
FaceTime Reaction Effects and Gestures

Apple has introduced all new reaction gestures for FaceTime on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, meaning if you make certain hand gestures, symbols, or movements, you will trigger a digital effect reaction. For example, if you make a thumbs up gesture with your hand, a thumbs up emoji will appear on the screen, or if … Read More

How to Disable “Click Wallpaper to Show Desktop” in MacOS Sonoma

Nov 15, 2023 - Leave a Comment
How to disable Click Wallpaper to Show Desktop on Mac

MacOS Sonoma introduced a feature on the Mac that activates Expose which hides all open windows and apps, whenever you click on the desktop. This feature happens seamlessly, and when you click on the desktop wallpaper, you’ll reveal the desktop by pushing aside all other open apps and their windows, thus revealing the desktop and … Read More

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