How to Share a Reel / Post to Your Story on Instagram

Mar 11, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Instagram icon

Ever found a great reel or post that you want to share to your own story on Instagram? That’s pretty easy to do, but you’d be forgiven if you tried to do this and failed by using the Sharing menu. Of course it would make sense that to share a reel or post you would use the sharing button, right? No, that’s not how sharing reels and posts to your story works on Instagram however.

We’ll show you how you can reshare a reel or share a post you find on Instagram to your own story.

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How to Open 7z Files on iPhone & iPad

Mar 10, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Open 7z file on iPhone or iPad

7Z files are yet another compression format used to bundle files and transfer them online, so it’s not terribly unusual to run into 7Z or 7-zip files that you need to open on an iPhone or iPad.

Unlike opening regular zip files on iPhone or iPad via Files app, extracting and opening 7z/7zip files will require the use of a third party tool on the iOS/iPadOS device.

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Fix USB-C Ports Not Working on MacBook Pro / Air

Mar 9, 2023 - 1 Comment

Troubleshooting USB-C Ports on Mac not working

Rarely, you may discover the Thunderbolt / USB-C ports are suddenly not working on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac Mini. Maybe you went to charge the Mac and it was not responsive, or maybe you plugged in a peripheral or external display and it is not working as expected.

If you have this experience, there are a variety of steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue and get your Thunderbolt / USB-C ports working again.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Troubleshooting - 1 Comment

How to Unsend Messages on Mac with Undo Send

Mar 8, 2023 - 1 Comment

How to unsend messages on Mac with Undo Send

Ever wanted to unsend a message? Maybe you typed out a quick response and said something you wish you hadn’t, sent something in error, or sent something that is no longer relevant. If you have ever sent a message you regret or wish you could retract, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the Undo Send feature available in Messages for Mac.

Available for all iMessage conversations, you can use Undo Send to unsend any message sent from the Mac, whether it’s a text message, photo, video, gif, or any other iMessage that has been sent.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Beta 3 of iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, MacOS Ventura 13.3, Available for Testing

Mar 7, 2023 - Leave a Comment

new beta versions of system software

The third beta versions of iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and MacOS Ventura 13.3 have been released to individuals enrolled in the beta testing programs for Apple system software.

While no new significant features are expected, some users will rejoice in knowing that iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3 will include new Emoji icons, including a moose, a hair pick, donkey, maracas, flute, goose, high fiving hands, jellyfish, ginger root, peas in a pod, and more. Of course, bug fixes and security enhancements will also be included in the software update.

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How to Disable iCloud Private Relay for Specific Website on iPhone & iPad

Mar 7, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Temporarily disable iCloud Private Relay on iPhone and iPad

The iCloud Private Relay feature allows you to hide your IP address from websites as you browse the web, which can help to increase privacy and prevent some unwanted tracking. However, there are times when you might want to show your IP address to a particular website or webpage, and in these situations you can use a Safari trick to temporarily turn off iCloud Private Relay and reveal your IP address to the website of your choice.

We’ll show you how to temporarily turn off iCloud Private Relay for a specific website when using Safari on the iPhone or iPad.

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How to Unsend Email on Mail for iPhone & iPad

Mar 6, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Undo Send to unsend email on iPhone and iPad

We’ve all been there, typing out an email quickly and hitting send, before immediately realizing there’s a typo, or a mistake, a forgotten attachment, or perhaps some choice words that you immediately regret sending. Fortunately the Mail app on iPhone and iPad offers forgiveness in the form of the Undo Send email feature, allowing you to instantly retract an email and unsend it, if you act quickly enough anyway.

The unsend email feature on Mail for iPhone and iPad is really handy and you’ll probably want to know how to use it ahead of time before you find yourself needing to in a pinch, so launch that Mail app and give this one a go, putting it into your workflow memory for use later when needed.

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How to Delete Comments from Shared iCloud Photo Streams

Mar 5, 2023 - Leave a Comment

iCloud Photos

iCloud Shared Photo Albums are one of the better features available for users who want to privately share pictures and videos with groups of people without blasting them onto social networks. You can even leave comments on photos and videos on the shared streams, but what if you left a comment that you want to remove?

You can easily delete comments from shared iCloud Photos Albums and iCloud Photo Streams, and it’s not particularly difficult either.

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How to Change the Decimal Separator in MacOS Ventura from Comma to Dot

Mar 4, 2023 - 4 Comments

Find number format and decimal separator settings in MacOS Ventura

Many MacOS users around the world want to change the decimal separator from a comma to a dot (period), or vice versa. Like many other fun and intuitive changes to MacOS System Settings in Ventura, where and how you change number formats and decimal separators has changed as well.

Whatever your Language & Region settings and whether or not you’re in the USA, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Indonesia, Nigeria, or where ever else on planet Earth, here’s how you can change the number format and decimal separator in MacOS Ventura.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Calculate Tips & Split Bills with Apple Watch

Mar 3, 2023 - 4 Comments

Apple Watch on wrist

The Apple Watch has a handy feature allowing for splitting checks and calculating tips. If you’re not a human calculator, you’ll probably appreciate having this capability directly on your wrist, whether you’re dining out, or splitting other expenses.

Here’s how you can split bills and calculate tips directly on Apple Watch.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Unsend Email on Mac Mail

Mar 2, 2023 - 1 Comment

Mail icon for Mac

Have you ever written out a quick email, sent it, and immediately regretted it? Or perhaps you sent an email and instantly noticed there was a typo or an error? Or maybe you sent it to the wrong person? It’s all happened to the best of us.

Fortunately with Mail app on Mac, you can now unsend emails, if you act quickly anyway.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Check for Software Updates in MacOS Ventura

Mar 1, 2023 - 6 Comments

How to Update System Software in MacOS Settings with Ventura or later

Keeping system software up to date is an important part of computer maintenance, and any Mac running MacOS Ventura is no exception. If you’re new to macOS Ventura 13 and later, you may be wondering where the Software Update preference panel went to, and how to update MacOS system software in general, since there is no longer an immediately obvious place to check for updates.

Of course you can still update system software in macOS Ventura, but the Software Update mechanism has been tucked further into the redesigned System Settings experience, which continues to befuddle some longtime Mac users attempting to locate various settings, toggles, and system functions.

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Beta 2 of iOS 16.4, MacOS Ventura 13.3, iPadOS 16.4, Released for Testing

Mar 1, 2023 - Leave a Comment

new beta versions of system software

Apple has released the second beta versions of iOS 16.4, MacOS Ventura 13.3, and iPadOS 16.4 to those participating in the beta testing programs for Apple system software.

No major features or changes are expected. The beta versions of iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3 include new Emoji icons including jellyfish, moosehead, hair pick, donkey, high five hands, and more. The software updates will also undoubtedly focus on bug fixes and include security enhancements as well.

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Convert Images on Mac Quickly from Finder

Feb 28, 2023 - 10 Comments

Converting an image on Mac with a Quick Action

MacOS offers a super simple and fast way to convert images, directly from the Finder on the Mac. Thanks to the handy Quick Actions feature, Mac users are able to convert any images from anywhere in the Finder, with just a few clicks.

This is a powerful and useful feature that is often overlooked, so let’s check out how this image conversion feature works, so you can quickly convert images while using the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Change the Lock Screen Wallpaper on MacOS Ventura

Feb 27, 2023 - 13 Comments

How to change the lock screen wallpaper on MacOS Ventura

One way to customize your Mac beyond simply the desktop wallpaper background picture is to customize your lock screen wallpaper, which is what shows up when you either log out and go to log back into the Mac, wake from screen saver, or restart a Mac.

You may have noticed by now that when you change your desktop wallpaper on the Mac, the login screen wallpaper changes automatically to reflect that wallpaper too. Some users may be thrilled with that level of customization alone, but it turns out you can actually set these as two different images if you’d like to.

The procedure to change the login screen wallpaper is different in MacOS Ventura, so we’re going to cover how you can customize your Mac login screen background image in Ventura 13 and newer.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

How to See Temperature & Humidity Level from HomePod Mini

Feb 26, 2023 - 3 Comments

HomePod Mini

Did you know the HomePod Mini can tell you the indoor temperature and humidity level, of where ever the HomePod Mini is located?

The HomePod Mini recently received a software update that enabled two built in sensors on the device that were previously dormant; indoor temperature, and indoor humidity level. This is completely different from getting the weather of your general location with Siri on HomePod, because instead it gives you the exact temperature of where the HomePod itself is located.

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Yes, TurboTax Runs on MacOS Ventura

Feb 25, 2023 - Leave a Comment

TurboTax in MacOS Ventura on the web

Tax season is nearly everyone’s favorite time of year, and who doesn’t love doing taxes with software from a super friendly company like Intuit TurboTax that obviously wants to help you do taxes on your own?

If you’re a Mac user running MacOS Ventura, you will be pleased to know that TurboTax 2022 does indeed work in MacOS Ventura.

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Scan Document from Notes App Icon on iPhone or iPad

Feb 24, 2023 - 2 Comments

Notes icon in iOS

One of the handier features available on iOS and iPadOS allows scanning documents into the Notes app on iPhone and iPad. But rather than opening the Notes app and then initiating the document scanning process, you can scan documents even faster by using a handy trick that relies on long-pressing the Notes app icon itself.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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