Automate Your Mac and iOS Devices with IFTTT

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Mac users are always trying to increase their productivity by using the built-in Automator to automate redundant tasks on their Mac or by using third-party utilities from the Mac App Store. Further, iOS 12 will provide buildable steps in a new Shortcuts app.  Still, beyond any specific mobile device or computer, there are many other […]

iPad MultiTasking Tips to Increase Productivity

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With its newer iPads and starting significantly with iOS 11, Apple has dramatically improved the devices as  productivity tools. If you have used the dock in Mac OS and Launchpad to launch apps, check out the iPad dock now in iOS 11 and 12. Would you believe this is a pic of an iPad and […]

How to Record an Instrument Through an Audio Interface in Mac OS X

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Recording instrument audio through an interface on a Mac using OS X is surprisingly easy and has significant advantages over a built-in recording device. It can be used to connect your computer to professional microphones, bass, and electric guitars. Setting it up is fairly quick and easy. For the sake of consistency, I will be […]

Save a Safari Webpage to iPhone/iPad Home Screen

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In my Mac User group, we use an online attendance poll that we ask meeting attendees to fill out. This poll not only gives us an attendance record, but also allows participants to provide feedback about the meeting, or to ask follow up or other questions. This google poll is not easy to find and […]

How to Customize Your Stationery in Apple Mail

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Want to tone up your outgoing email? Do you want to have custom stationery for different classes of recipients? Maybe an email with a business header and footer for clients? Apple Mail lets you use and customize your email stationery. We’ll show you how to use email stationery and two ways to customize it. Using […]

Backup Your Mac using Time Machine

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Unlike Windows, OS X has a great built-in tool for backing up your entire operating system to a backup drive. Windows has an option to create a system image, but it’s a relic of Windows 7 and it’s not terribly easy to use, especially when you  have to do a full restore. The best way […]

How to Partition an External or Internal Hard Drive in OS X

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Partitioning your hard drive can be a frustrating and daunting task. However, once you understand how the process works, it’s a lot less scary. So why would you want to partition a drive? Back when I was in college, like many other students, I had a MacBook Pro for ease of use and its minimalist […]

iOS Shortcuts: Using 3D Touch in Control Center

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Apple first brought Force Touch, a pressure sensitive touch technology, to the Apple Watch. But soon after Android phone maker Huawei released this feature in its new smartphones, Apple released and popularized its use on iPhone, first with the iPhone 6s. Apple calls this multi-touch capability 3D Touch. This adds an innovative way to open […]

How to Maintain the Battery Life of Your iPhone, iPad and MacBook

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Apple recently found itself in hot water for doing what many customers had long suspected: slowing down older iPhones’ performance. In the aftermath of the revelation, Apple explained that it only throttled iPhone performance when the device’s battery had degraded to the point that running at full speed could cause the device to shut down. […]

How to Customize the Control Center Panel in iOS

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With the introduction of iOS 11, Apple finally allowed users to customize the Control Center panel feature that lets you quickly access some of the most popular options and features on your iPhone or iPad. Still, in true Apple fashion, you are limited in what you can actually change. For example, you can remove a […]