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Opinion: Shiny Keys on MacBook Air & Pro Are Ugly and Shouldn’t Happen

Apr 11, 2024 - 19 Comments
Shiny keys on a MacBook Air 15-inch model looking cheap and gross

One of the worst things about the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is the shiny key issue. If you’re unfamiliar, the image above demonstrates the beginning stages of the shiny key development on my otherwise beautiful six month old MacBook Air, visible mostly on the shift key, but “A” and “S” are also beginning to … Read More

How to Check Disk Health on Mac with smartctl

Apr 10, 2024 - 1 Comment
smartctl for checking Mac drive health

There are various ways to check the health of a hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state drive (SSD) that is used on a Mac with drives that support SMART, which stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis Reporting Technology. These options range from fairly simple using Disk Utility to check the SMART status of a drive, to … Read More

3 Mac Tips for Working with International Teams

Apr 8, 2024 - Leave a Comment
Add the World Clock Widget to the Mac desktop

If you’re a Mac user and you work with teams internationally, as many of us do nowadays, you can make your life a little easier by utilizing some handy tips and tricks to keep track of time zones, translate languages and overcome language barriers more easily, and to be aware of local holidays and customs … Read More

You Can Play Flappy Bird in the Mac Finder

Apr 6, 2024 - Leave a Comment
Flappy Dird is Flappy Bird implemented in the MacOS Finder

If you’re a longtime Mac and iPhone user, you likely remember the wildly popular viral iPhone game called Flappy Bird from way back in 2013, with its very challenging yet addictive gameplay. Flappy Bird was an absolutely massive hit that quickly came crashing down when the developer yanked the game from the iPhone App Store … Read More

What Does the Bell with Line Through It Mean in Messages? Bell Icon on iPhone, iPad, & Mac Explained

Apr 5, 2024 - Leave a Comment
What the bell icon with a line through it means in Messages on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch

You may occasionally see a Messages thread or a conversation in Messages app that shows a bell with a line through it next to the persons name. If you’re wondering what the bell with a line through it means in Messages app, which is the mute symbol, you’re certainly not alone, because not everyone activates … Read More

How to Convert MOV to MP4 on Mac Free with ffmpeg

Apr 4, 2024 - 5 Comments
Convert MOV to MP4 with ffmpeg

If you have a video file in MOV format, you may wish to convert the MOV video to MP4 format instead. While there are a variety of methods for converting MOV to MP4, the approach we’re going to address here is by using the command line, with a super easy to use and free tool … Read More

MacOS Ventura 13.6.6 & Safari 17.4.1 Update Available

Apr 3, 2024 - 3 Comments
MacOS Ventura update

Apple has released macOS Ventura 13.6.6 for Mac users running Ventura, along with Safari 17.4.1 for Mac users running Ventura and Monterey. These software updates include some of the same critical security fixes that came with macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, and are aimed at users who are not running the Sonoma operating system on their Macs. … Read More

Using M3 MacBook Air in Clamshell Mode May Reduce Performance

Apr 3, 2024 - 1 Comment
M3 MacBook Air open vs clamshell performance

If you’re interested in getting a brand new M3 MacBook Air and running in clamshell mode to take advantage of the dual external display support, be aware that system performance may be reduced when the MacBook Air is run in clamshell mode (clamshell mode, meaning the lid is closed but the MacBook is powered on).

Fix a Repeating “Trust This Computer” Alert on iPhone & iPad

Apr 1, 2024 - 6 Comments
Trust This Computer alert on iPhone or iPad when connecting to a computer

When you connect an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or Windows PC, you will see a request on the device to “Trust this computer?” with an option to ‘Trust’ or “Don’t Trust’. This is a security feature that is part of iOS and iPadOS to ensure that you approve of a device connection to … Read More

Can You Stop Mirroring Camera on MacBook? Yes… Sometimes

Mar 28, 2024 - Leave a Comment
Can you stop mirroring Mac video camera

You may have noticed while on a video call or teleconference that your video is mirrored, or flipped, by default on the Mac. Mirrored video means the image on screen is what you see when looking in a mirror, not your regular orientation from an observers perspective, thus the name. This is the case with … Read More

NewsToday2: What it is & How to Disable NewsToday2 on Mac

Mar 27, 2024 - 3 Comments
Kill the NewsToday2 process on Mac

Some Mac users have discovered a process named “NewsToday2” running on their Mac, typically found after they’ve noticed a slowdown on their machine, or if they’re browsing through active processes running in MacOS. We’re going to dive into the NewsToday2 process in MacOS, discuss what it is, and show you how to stop it from … Read More

Create a Resume with Pages on Mac, iPhone, iPad

Mar 26, 2024 - Leave a Comment
How to create a resume in Pages for Mac, iPhone, or iPad

Creating a resume is one of those tasks that can be stressful, but it does not need to be if you’re in the Apple ecosystem. That’s because your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, all have a readily accessible series of resume templates that you can access. Whether it’s updating a resume into a new format, or … Read More

MacOS Sonoma 14.4.1 Update Released with Bug Fixes & Security Updates

Mar 25, 2024 - Leave a Comment
macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 update

Apple has released macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 as an update for Mac users running the Sonoma operating system. The software update includes bug fixes and security enhancements, and appears to resolve the USB hub and external monitor issues that some Mac users were experiencing with macOS Sonoma 14.4 update. Separately, macOS Ventura 13.6.6 is also available … Read More

Use Both Dark & Light Mode Themes Per App on Mac with Gray

Mar 24, 2024 - Leave a Comment
Gray app lets you mix dark mode theme and light mode theme per app on MacOS

Mac users have the option of using either the Light theme or Dark mode theme of MacOS, or they can have the system theme change with the time of day automatically on a schedule. But what if you prefer one theme over the other for some apps, but not others? What if you want some … Read More

How to Setup a Timer on Mac with Clock App

Mar 22, 2024 - 4 Comments
How to set a timer on the Mac

Timers have arrived on the Mac with the addition of the Clock app coming to modern versions of MacOS. This is exciting if you’ve long wanted to use a timer on your Mac, whether to set a timer for a project, for your own pomodoro or work, cooking something, how long a break should take, … Read More

How to Hide the Clock at MacOS Login Screen

Mar 21, 2024 - Leave a Comment
How to hide the big clock at Mac Login Screen

The Mac login screen and lock screen displays a prominent large clock, with the date and time visible over the wallpaper or screensaver. While many users appreciate having the time and date right there at the login screen, other users may wish to hide the clock, date, and time, from the MacOS login screen. If … Read More

Does ‘Find My’ Work Internationally? Using Find My iPhone/Mac/iPad Abroad

Mar 20, 2024 - 4 Comments
Does Find My work internationally if a person or device is abroad

The “Find My” feature is a location tracking service available from Apple for most Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, AirTags, and more. Find My is unique in that it can be used to share your location, keep track of your people’s locations like your friends, family, and loved ones who share their location, … Read More

What is fileproviderd on Mac & Why Does it Use High CPU?

Mar 16, 2024 - Leave a Comment
The fileprovidered process on Mac

A process named fileproviderd may be discovered by some Mac users, usually seen in Activity Monitor when someone has discovered that their Mac feels like it’s running slower than usual. There, fileproviverd may be using high amounts of CPU, and by using heavy system resources, the Mac slows down.

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