Apple Tech Tips

Tips from Jere Minich, Advisor, Region 5 (AL, FL, GA, SC)

IS APPLE EVEN PAYING ATTENTION TO MACOS SECURITY ANYMORE?A new Mac security flaw lets you type literally any username and password to unlock the Mac App Store panel in System Preferences. It’s probably not a big deal practically speaking—the panel is unlocked by default—but the fact that this issue exists at all is a worrying reminder that Apple isn’t prioritizing security like they used to. Back in November 2017, a macOS bug let anyone create a root account without a password in System Preferences simply by typing “root” as the username and making up literally any password. Instead of denying you access, like a well-designed system would, macOS High Sierra would just create a root account using whatever password you entered. Read more of this How-To Geek article at:

BACKUP FILES ON YOUR IPHONE TO YOUR COMPUTER OR OTHER DEVICES USING EASEUS MOBIMOVER – For years users have accepted the lock-in associated with using Apple products. We all know the necessary evils required to easily use Apple devices on Windows: iTunes, iCloud and sometimes upgrading to a newer device or iOS release to gain new functionality and flexibility. In 2018, you don’t have to do things the Apple way; you can have your Apple pie and eat it too when it comes to managing iPhone Files, Photos and Videos from a Windows PC.

EaseUS MobiMover is a flexible piece of software that can help you quickly manage all the data stored on your Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad. It’s purpose-built and slim vs. the fairly bloated iTunes for Windows. For this article, the groovyPost author downloaded the free version, which is fully featured and not limited in any way when it comes to transferring files from your iOS devices. There is a Pro version, which adds a few more capabilities and support options, but the free version is worthy enough to give it a go. Read more at:

USE IOS 11 NOTES APP TO SCAN, MARKUP AND SHARE DOCUMENTS – There are several cool features with iOS 11 and one of them exists where you wouldn’t even think to look. You can use your iPhone or iPad into a portable document scanner by using the built-in Notes App. Plus, it includes some helpful features that allow you to optimize and markup the document you scan. This groovyPost article will show you how to find and use this hidden gem:

UPDATE YOUR iPHONE AND MAC NOW: APPLE CONFIRMS VULNERABILITIES – iPhone and Mac owners, you’re not escaping unscathed from the flaws affecting the processors inside laptops, PCs and smartphones. Apple confirmed tonight (Jan. 4) that the security issues known as Meltdown and Spectre also affect Mac and iOS devices. Read more at this Tom’s Guide article:

15 ESSENTIAL iPHONE X TIPSFrom the Super Retina OLED screen and Face ID to Animoji and the utter lack of a Home button, there’s a lot that’s new in the iPhone X. But all that newness also brings a new way to use the iPhone, and some of the biggest changes will take some getting used to. (Hint: there’s a lot more swiping and less pressing.) In fact, some of these changes are guaranteed to throw you for a loop until you get accustomed to using Apple’s new flagship. Read this Tom’s Guide article to find out more about your iPhone X:

MACWORLD STAFF’S FAVORITE FREE iOS GAMES OF 2017– We routinely pour hours into free-to-play games but, thanks to freemium annoyances and sometimes limited or simplistiv gameplay cycles, they may not qualify as the best fames we’ve played all year. But we still love ‘em, and best of all, they are free—so, while we also have a best overall games list that a couple of these games are on, this list is all about gratis gaming.

All 15 of these 2017 picks can be downloaded and played without spending a cent, and offer entertainment and amusement in strong chunks without feeling overly hampered by a business model. From live competitive trivia to card-based combat, frantic puzzling, and super-powered fighting, these are the iPhone and iPad freebies you souldn’t miss from this year. You might find some new games to play at this Macworld web page:

50 BEST AMAZON ALEXA SKILLS – Enabling Skills for Amazon’s Alexa is easier than ever. Now, all you have to do is say, “Alexa, enable Lyft,” and poof — you’ve given your Echo speaker or other Alexa-enabled device the ability to order you a ride. But there are now more than 15,000 skills, according to Voicebot, so how do you decide or know which Skills to enable? Well, you can search the Alexa app by category, such as Smart Home, Food and Drink or Lifestyle. Or, you can just check out this Tom’s Guide list.

REMOTE TECH SUPPORT: BEST WAYS TO SCREEN SHARE ON iOS, MACOS, AND MORE – Your friends and family have likely just gotten a range of new devices, and an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV is probably in the mix. If you’re like me, you’re the go-to tech support for family and friends and the holidays mean you have some work cut out for you. With fresh handy features like iOS 11’s built-in screen recorder, let’s look at some the best ways to remotely help others with their new Apple devices and an option to screen share with any device.

Until iOS 11 and its new screen recording feature, it was a bit of a pain to remotely screen share with an iOS device (especially if you needed to see the screen of the person you’re helping). Read more of the 9TO5Mac article at:

HOW TO SAVE PHOTOS FROM THE iPHONE NOTES APP TO YOUR PHOTO LIBRARY – If you’re a heavy user of Apple’s Notes app on your iPhone, you’ve probably noticed a slightly weird behavior: unlike almost every other app, if you take a photo in Notes, it isn’t saved to the Photos app.

I’d guess this is so photos of things like shopping lists don’t clog up your Camera Roll, but if you use Notes as more of a journal than a to-do list, you might want any photos you take while writing a note to get saved. Here’s how to do it.

Go to this How-To Geek web page and see the screen shots and procedures.

HOW TO SHARE A CONTACT OVER TEXT MESSAGE ON THE iPHONE – We’ve all gotten that text from a friend asking for another mutual friend’s number. You could jump into your contacts list and try to remember the number, but it’s a lot easier to just share the other person’s contact card. A couple of extra taps and boom—that person will be in your recipient’s contacts, too.

Go to this How-To Geek web page to see the screenshots and procedures.

HOW TO CHARGE YOUR iPHONE OR iPAD FASTERIf you’re using the charger that came with your iPhone or iPad, you’re getting “slow” charging speeds. You can buy a much faster charger. And, with iOS 11.2, there are now even several different speeds of wireless charging as well.

Go to this How-To Geek web page and see how you can speed up charging.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR iPHONE MORE SECURE WHEN LOCKEDLocking your iPhone does a pretty good job at keeping people away from your personal information, but there are still some things someone unscrupulous can do without typing in your passcode.

They can:

  • See your Today View with all your Widgets.
  • See your recent notifications.
  • Use the Control Center.
  • Use Siri to make phone calls, set alarms, search the web, and everything else that doesn’t require you to unlock your phone.
  • Reply to Messages.
  • Control your smart home.
  • Try to use Apple Wallet (although they won’t be able to make a purchase).
  • Return Missed Calls.
  • Take photos.

Go to this How-To Geek web page and see how to make your iPhone more secure.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO FOR APPLE TV IS NOW AVAILABLEApple today announced that the long-awaited Amazon Video app is now available for its Apple TV set-top box. This is great news for cord cutters and Amazon Prime members who want an easy way to access Amazon-exclusive content.

This will also provide an easier way to watch your purchased content from Amazon on your Apple TV. You can already watch films you bought from Amazon on your Apple TV by linking your Movies Anywhere account. And, you can AirPlay Amazon Video from an iPad to the Apple TV. But having the Amazon Video app installed on the Apple TV means there is no need for those extra steps. It’s also an advantage for Apple TV owners that want to watch live NFL Thursday Night Football on Amazon.

Go to this GroovyPost web page and read.

HOW TO NAVIGATE THE iPHONE XWith the home button no more, how do you get around Apple’s newest iPhone? You’ve got yourself a new iPhone X, and you want to get to the home screen, see all your open apps, or call upon Siri. Your finger reaches for the home button, and then you stop. Oops, you remember, there is no home button. Apple jettisoned it to make room for the edge-to-edge display.

The resulting large screen is beautiful, but how do you perform actions and tasks you used to do with the home button? Don’t worry, Apple has you covered, and so do we. Let’s look at how to navigate the iPhone X$999.00 at Verizon Wireless sans a home button.

Go to this PCmag web page and see the steps with screen shots.

14 ESSENTIAL TIPS AND TRICKS TO MASTER THE iPHONE X – With no home button and a status bar split on either side of The Notch, using the iPhone X is a little different than you’re used to. It’s the phone of the future, today! You got it all set up and even picked up a few new iPhone X-optimized games. Now it’s time to take your iPhone X mastery to the next level. These tips will help you work through some of the interface quirks and point out features about which you may not have known.

Go to this Macworld web page and get the tips.

HOW TO MASTER iOS 11’S NEW CONTROL CENTER – Yes, the new Control Center in iOS 11 looks different, but now you can customize it. The Control Center on your iPhone or iPad offers quick access to many commands and features.

With iOS 11, Apple tweaks the Control Center so it now appears as a floating array of buttons, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness, Volume, and Music. Now you can also add certain icons to or remove them from Control Center, so your favorite items appear.

Go to this PCmag web page and get the procedures for the new Control Center.

HOW TO STOP YOUR iPHONE FROM SHOWING YOUR NUMBER ON OTHER PEOPLE’S CALLER IDThere are plenty of reasons to not want your phone number showing up when you call someone else. Maybe you just don’t like giving it out to strangers, or perhaps you don’t want the person you’re calling realizing you’re ringing from a foreign number. If you have an iPhone, you can block your number from showing up on other people’s caller ID with a simple settings toggle.

Go to this How-To Geek web page and see the setting procedure.

ONLINE SECURITY 101: TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY FROM HACKERS AND SPIESThis simple advice will help to protect you against hackers and government surveillance. Got nothing to hide? Think again. Privacy is what sets us apart from the animals. It’s also what sets many countries and citizens apart from dictatorships and despots. People often don’t think about their rights until they need them — whether it’s when they’re arrested at a protest or pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

Surveillance is also a part of life, and it’s getting progressively more invasive. Government eavesdropping is increasing, carried out in wider secrecy, and it’s becoming far more localized. In fact, the last three presidents have pushed for greater surveillance: Clinton introduced mandated wiretapping laws, Bush expanded mass domestic surveillance, and Obama expanded the intelligence service’s reach — just in time for Trump. Now, with a new president in the Oval Office, many are concerned about the future of their fundamental freedoms and constitutional rights.

There is no such thing as perfect security. But no matter who you are or where you are in the world, there are a lot of things you can do — many of which are simple — to protect yourself in this turbulent time.

This ZDnet article has lots of tips for making your privacy a reality.

HOW TO ADD AN EMAIL ACCOUNT IN iOS 11With today’s on-the-go lifestyle, the ability to check, manage, and respond to your email on your phone or tablet is essential. Adding an email account in iOS 11 has changed slightly since previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system, but it’s still easy to do.

This GroovyPost article will show you how to add an email account in iOS 11, making it available in the default Mail app. The procedure works on both iPhone and iPad.

NOTE: If you use a different email app, like Outlook, Airmail, or Spark, you must add your email accounts inside those apps.

Go to this GroovyPost web page and see screen shots and procedures for a lot of email changes you can make.

iOS 11.1 IS OUT NOW WITH NEW EMOJI AND WI-FI BUG FIXES (KRACK FIX) – The 3D Touch app switcher is back, too – Apple just released iOS 11.1, the first major update to iOS 11 since its release in September. Included in the changes are over 70 new emoji, along with some other minor updates, like the return of the 3D Touch option to open the app switcher by pressing down on the left side of the screen that Apple mystifyingly took out in the original iOS 11 release.

iOS 11.1 also features a patch for the “Krack” Wi-Fi hack vulnerability, which is good news and a reason to make sure that you’re updated on your devices, even if you aren’t particularly excited by the idea of a broccoli emoji. And of course, there’s the usual “bug fixes and Improvements,” which should hopefully make iOS 11 a little more stable.

Go to this The Verge webpage and get the facts.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN QR CODES FROM YOUR IPHONE – You might think that QR codes are so 2006, but they’re coming back in a big way. Here’s how to create your own. You might be asking yourself, “Why would I ever want or need to create my own QR code?”, and that’s a valid question. QR codes are a sort of hidden gem that a lot of people underestimate, and they can be used in all sorts of different ways. When scanned, they can take you to a specific website, lead you to a file to download, or even just display a bunch of text about something.

For example, I frequently use a QR code of my phone number. If I want to give my number out to someone, they can just open the camera on their phone and scan the QR code image that I have stored on my own phone. If this is something that is of interest to you, here’s how you can create your own QR codes for just about any situation.

Go to this How-To Geek webpage and get the procedure.

YOU CAN NOW VIEW DETAILED APP STORE AND ITUNES PURCHASE HISTORY ON iOSApple today is making it easier for users to view purchase history directly from their iOS devices. The company revealed in an updated support document today that you can now view your App Store and iTunes purchase history in the Settings app on iOS…

Previously, as the support document notes, this functionality was only available through iTunes on Mac and PC. While you could view purchase history via the App Store and iTunes Store on iOS, it was purely for re-downloading purposes and didn’t show detailed pricing information.

Go to this 9to5Mac webpage and see all the info and steps:

HOW TO MAKE iPHONE NOTIFICATIONS DISAPPEAR AS SOON AS YOU’VE READ THEMThe Notification Center in iOS is split into two sections: your new notifications, and your History. Notifications for things that have happened since you last looked at your phone appear at the top. After that you’ve got all the older notifications that you’ve seen but haven’t done anything about; they appear under Earlier Today, Yesterday, and so on.

By default, iOS doesn’t remove notifications from the Notification Center until you actually do something with them. This means you’ve got to open the app, read the message, dismiss the notification, or otherwise do something so that iOS goes, “ah, you’re done with that.”

Most apps are intelligent. If you open Facebook, any Facebook notifications are removed from the Notification Center. Some are a bit more awkward. For some reason I have to manually dismiss all Instagram notifications; opening the app or even reading the relevant message isn’t enough.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and read on How to:

HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOM APPLE WATCH FACE FROM A PHOTO OR ALBUMWhile you still can’t create completely custom watch faces on your Apple Watch, you can use any photo you want as your wallpaper, either by using a single photo or rotating through a photo album. Here’s how to do it.

Apple calls this “creating a watch face”, but technically, you’re not really “creating” a watch face. Rather, you’re just using the existing “Photos” watch face and picking a photo to use as the wallpaper for that watch face.

Recent versions of iOS and watchOS have made this process easier than it used to be, though, and the only requirement is that the photos start off in your iPhone’s camera roll, whether you took them with your iPhone in the first place or just transferred them from a different device.

There are two ways you can do this. The first way is choosing one or more photos that never change and use them as your wallpaper. Or you can select a photo album from your iPhone and have your watch face automatically update with new photos whenever you add them to this album. Let’s get started!

iOS 11.1 HAS 70 NEW EMOJI AND IT’S AVAILABLE NOW – The first big iOS 11 update brings in dinosaurs, zombies, hedgehogs, and more. Plus, the return of a multi-tasking favorite. It’s time to update your iOS devices, because iOS 11.1 is here. On Tuesday, Apple pushed iOS 11.1 out of beta and made it available to the masses, ushering in a slew of improvements as well as some new features. This is the first major iOS 11 update. The most notable addition is a large crop of new emoji—more than 70 new characters—including new food (pie! Chinese takeout boxes!), creatures (mermaids! Fairies! Vampires!), expressions (sillier faces!), animals (giraffes! Hedgehogs! Dinosaurs!), and more. You’ll need iOS 11.1 to both send and receive these new emoji—otherwise, you’ll just see a generic empty box. Read More of Macworld by IDG article at:

HOW TO BLOCK SPAM TEXTS AND MESSAGES ON YOUR PHONE – Ting! You’ve just received a new message. You set down your bags of groceries, dig into your pocket and pull out your smartphone. Then, you frown. The message reads: “REAL ROLEX 90% OFF!” You’ve never seen the phone number in your life. You received spam, and smartphones have become a major target for indiscriminate marketing campaigns. Sometimes the senders are legitimate. You willingly gave your phone number to a company, and now that company is sending you ads. But spam also comes from unknown numbers, advertising fake products and offers. Read more of Kim Komando’s article at:

WHAT’S THE EQUIVALENT OF CTRL+ALT+DELETE ON A MAC? – If you switch to a Mac after becoming familiar with Windows, you’ll quickly find that the standard Ctrl+Alt+Delete shortcut doesn’t do anything. Mac OS X does have its own version of the Task Manager, but it’s a bit different than Windows’, and you access it by pressing Command+Option+Esc. While Windows’ Task Manager contains a wealth of information and features, OS X splits some of those features up into separate apps. The Force Quit dialog, which you access with Command+Option+Esc, allows you to close misbehaving applications much like the Ctrl+Alt+Delete Task Manager in Windows. However, if you want more in-depth information info about your running applications and overall system resource usage, you’ll want to use the separate Activity Monitor application. Read more at this How-To Geek Web page:

THE BEST WAYS TO SCAN A DOCUMENT USING YOUR PHONE OR TABLET“Scanning” documents and photos with your phone is a mixed bag. Thankfully, there are very easy ways to scan items and get reliably good results.

Sure, a dedicated scanner is still great to have if you frequently need to scan a large handful of documents, but using your phone also works great if you only have a couple documents to scan every now and then. Here’s what we recommend for Android and iOS. Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the procedure.

HOW TO SCAN DOCUMENTS WITH THE IPHONE’S NOTES APPIn the past, iPhone users had to download a third-party app in order to scan documents and save them in a digital format on their phone. However, with the release of iOS 11, you can now scan documents natively using the built-in Notes app.

Granted, some third-party document scanning apps still come with way more features than iOS 11’s Notes app, but if all you need to do is digitize a simple form and nothing else, the Notes app is the way to go. To get started, go to this How-To Geek Web page and follow the procedure.

ACCESS MORE SETTINGS IN IOS 11’S CONTROL CENTER WITH 3D TOUCHiOS 11 has a completely new Control Center, which squeezes in more settings onto one screen without needing to swipe back and forth. However, on top of what’s currently available in Control Center, there are even more settings that you can access from that screen with a simple 3D Touch or long press.

The new Control Center gives you quick access to Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular toggles (although, beware about them working properly), do not disturb, music control, and more. However, what you see isn’t all that you’ll get—you can access even more settings by 3D Touching on some of the already-shown settings (if you have an iPhone 6s, 7, 8, or X) or simply tapping and holding if you don’t have 3D Touch.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the extra settings that you’ll have access to with a 3D Touch or long press: Go to this How-To Geek Web page for step-by-step directions with screen shots.

HOW TO QUICKLY TRANSFER FILES FROM A COMPUTER TO YOUR PHONE WITH PORTALWe’ve all had that moment where we need a file on our phone that happens to be on the computer. Now, there are a couple of ways you can do this: email it to yourself, put it in cloud storage like Dropbox, or even transfer it with a USB cable. But there’s a faster, easier way. Enter Portal.

What Is Portal? Portal is an app for Android and iOS developed by the same guys who made Pushbullet, so you know it’s good—Pushbullet is easily one of those must-have apps for all Android users.

In its simplest form, Portal is a way to instantly transfer files from a computer to an iOS or Android phone over Wi-Fi. Really, that’s all it is. It’s so easy, you may end up asking yourself “that’s it?” because simple tasks like this are often made overly complicated for reasons that are unknown to me.

Portal lets you transfer single files or full folders to your phone, and transferred images are automatically added to your gallery. It just makes sense. While I’m using Android for this tutorial, the process is the same on iOS.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the step-by-step directions with screen shots.

GOOGLE DRIVE NOW WORKS WITH iOS 11’S NEW FILES APPGoogle announced this week that Drive now fully integrates with Apple’s new Files app on iOS 11. Files allows you to access documents and media from multiple cloud providers including iCloud Drive and Dropbox in a single interface.

iOS 11 Files integration comes with the latest update to Google Drive for iPhone and iPad, version 4.2017.37510. After installing the latest version of Google Drive on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11, look for the ‘More Locations’ section of the Files app which should have a red badge that signals a new provider is available. Google says the new integration also extends to Docs, Sheets, and Slides by auto-launching the correct app when opening a Google document, spread, or presentation from Files.

With the latest version of the Drive app installed, you can easily access and manage documents and photos stored in Drive just by opening the Files app on your iOS device. If you have Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides apps installed as well, tapping on any Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation in the Files app will open the app of the associated Google editor. You can also take advantage of new iOS 11 features like dragging and dropping files between apps and folders in the Files App.

Google Drive for iOS is available for free on the App Store.

iOS 11 RELEASE DATE, NEWS AND FEATURES – New iOS 11 features are changing your current iPhone and iPad now that Apple launched the final version of its big software update yesterday.

Even if you’re not upgrading to iPhone X or iPhone 8, your device will feel as good as new thanks to several user interface changes and fresh features.

So, what’s it like? Is it worth downloading right away? And is it bug-free enough for you to do so? Below you’ll find our thoughts on every major iOS 11 feature.

Go to this Techradar Web page and get the facts.

APPLE PROMOTES ALL-NEW iOS 11 APP STORE IN NEW SERIES OF VIDEOS – Following the release of iOS 11 to the public yesterday, Apple has shared a new series of videos on YouTube that highlight the all-new App Store design. The four videos all highlight new features and capabilities of the iOS 11 App Store.

The primary video simply highlights new features of the App Store, including the new card-based interface for easily finding the latest and greatest apps. The video also promotes the new curation features in the App Store, focusing on new, daily apps.

Go to this 9to5mac Web page and read all about it.

iOS 11’S CONTROL CENTER DOESN’T TRULY DISABLE WI-FI OR BLUETOOTH: HERE’S WHAT TO DO INSTEADThat shiny new Control Center in iOS 11 doesn’t actually let you disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth anymore. You can toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off from the Control Center, but the hardware radios will still be running and they’ll turn back on completely at 5 a.m. Yes, this is really weird.

What the Control Center Toggles Do
The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggle buttons in the Control Center don’t actually disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Instead, as Apple’s own documentation says, “In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available”. Of course, since the hardware radios are active, they’ll continue draining battery power.

So, while it may seem that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are disabled when you flip this switch, they aren’t. Apple says this allows you to continue using “important features” like AirDrop for transferring files, AirPlay for playing media on other devices, the Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity features like Handoff and Instant Hotspot, and Location Services.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the straight story.

HOW TO FREE UP SPACE ON YOUR IPHONE OR iPAD BY OFFLOADING UNUSED APPSApps can consume a lot of space on an iPhone or iPad. In iOS 11, a new feature allows you to remove an app from your device without removing the app’s data. In other words, you can remove the app and free up space without losing anything—when you redownload the app in the future, you can immediately pick up right where you left off.

This feature can be used in two different ways. You can manually offload one or more apps to free up space. Or, if you’d rather not think about it, you can tell your iPhone or iPad to automatically offload apps you don’t use to free up space when you need it.

Go to this How-to Geek Web page and get the steps.

HOW TO STOP iPHONE AND iPAD APPS FROM ASKING FOR RATINGSLots of iPhone and iPad apps ask for ratings, and they often don’t stop. Even if you do leave a review just to stop seeing the review requests, new apps you install will pester you for reviews, too. iOS 11 fixes this problem, limiting how often apps can ask for ratings and allowing you to stop these requests entirely.

Apps Can Only Ask for Ratings Three Times Per Year
Even if you don’t change the setting we’re about to discuss, you’ll benefit from upgrading to iOS 11. As of iOS 11, apps have to use Apple’s standard way of asking for a rating—specifically, the SKStoreReviewController API. Apple will begin rejecting apps that use their own ratings request prompt.

Each app can also only ask for a rating three times every 365 days. This limit is not reset when the app is updated, so there’s no way for developers to escape the limit. That will put a stop to those annoying apps that insist on asking for a rating every single day.

Go to this How-to Geek Web page and get the step by step with screenshots.

 APPLE DEVICES THAT WILL & WILL NOT BE UPDATED TO iOS 11 ON 9/19Apple officially announced this afternoon that it will release iOS 11 to the general public on September 19th – bringing new features to supported hardware like a new Control Center, a redesigned App Store, and more. As always, however, some devices won’t receive the update as Apple works to provide the best user experience to all users…

Go to this 9to5mac website and see the lists.

APPLE RELEASES iTUNES 12.7 TO THE PUBLIC WITH iOS 11 SUPPORT, SIMPLIFIED CONTENT TYPES, & MORE – Following its event earlier today, Apple this evening has released iTunes 12.7 with a variety of enhancements to the public. The update brings new features such as new social capabilities for Apple Music, support for iOS 11 devices, and more.

The update simplifies iTunes with a stronger focus on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Gone are categories for apps, iTunes U, Internet Radio, Ringtones, and Books on Windows. This is noticeable when you click the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of iTunes.

Go to this 9to5mac Web page and read what Apple says about the upgrade.

CCleaner COMPROMISED WITH MALWARE – CCleaner version 5.33 was compromised with malware. Please check to see which version of CCleaner you have on your computer.

Open CCleaner and you will find the version number in the upper left corner on the title bar.

Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware, according to a report published by Cisco Talos a few minutes ago. Updating to recent versions removes malware.

Floxif is a malware downloader that gathers information about infected systems and sends it back to its C&C server. The malware also had the ability to download and run other binaries, but at the time of writing, there is no evidence that Floxif downloaded additional second-stage payloads on infected hosts.

The malware collected information such as computer name, a list of installed software, a list of running processes, MAC addresses for the first three network interfaces, and unique IDs to identify each computer in part. Researchers noted that the malware only ran on 32-bit systems. The malware also quit execution if the user was not using an administrator account.

Avast recently bought Piriform – below from Avast CTO:

In an email to Bleeping Computer, Avast CTO Ondrej Vlcek said that updating CCleaner to the most recent recent versions fixes any issues, as “the only malware to remove is the one embedded in the CCleaner binary itself.”

“The affected software (CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191) has been installed on 2.27M machines from its inception up until now,” Vlcek also added. “We believe that these users are safe now as our investigation indicates we were able to disarm the threat before it was able to do any harm.”

“There is no indication or evidence that any additional “malware” has been delivered through the backdoor,” Vlcek added.

Read the complete article at:

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT NEW SIRI, MESSAGES, PHOTOS, APPLE PAYLearn all about the upcoming iOS 11, including its release date, top features, and biggest changes from iOS 10.

Apple’s iOS 11 brings a new voice to Siri, improvements to Messages. indoor maps, a file drawer and more. Here are the highlights.

iOS 11: The top features announced: Editors’ note: We’ve updated this story to include information about the newest iOS 11 developer release and ARKit demo videos.

Siri in iOS 11 has learned to sound like an actual human—and that’s just the beginning when it comes to the new mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends gave us a full overview of iOS 11 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. New features include sweeping new upgrades to Siri, a redesigned Control Center and App Store, and a brand-new Apple Pay feature that lets you send or receive money to your contacts via iMessage.

In addition, developers can now create apps that tap into your iOS device’s potential to create augmented reality experiences via the new ARKit. Plus, there are new productivity features for the iPad, including drag-and-drop capability and a new Mac-style Dock.

Here’s everything we know so far about iOS 11, plus a bunch of the new features that we can’t wait to try.

Go to this Macworld Web page and read all about it.

HOW TO STOP GOOGLE ASSISTANT, SIRI, CORTANA, AND ALEXA ACTIVE LISTENING – Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft each have audio-driven digital assistant technology that’s always listening to hear the magic wake word. These virtual assistants are included on all sorts of mobile hardware devices. The current trend is putting digital assistant technology in a smart speaker that is meant to act as a central hub for your household.

Amazon has Alexa on its Echo devices, Fire TV, and Fire tablets, and Alexa is rapidly showing up on other devices, too. Google Assistant is available on Android phones, select Chromebooks, and the Google Home smart speaker – its answer to the Amazon Echo. Microsoft’s Cortana is available on Windows 10, Windows Phone, and powers the Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker; which is set to be released this fall. Apple’s Siri is available on its iOS devices, macOS Sierra, watchOS, and Apple TV via the Siri remote. Siri will also be featured in the soon to be launched HomePod.

The devices don’t record or transmit any data until the digital assistant is activated by the wake word first – in theory anyway. However, convenience and ease of use will trump security and privacy. After all, the selling point is the how simple it is to get things done — hands-free. However, you might want to have more control and kill the active listening on these devices when not in use.

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GOOGLE MAPS TIPSDon’t take Google’s trusty Maps app for granted. It gets even better once you dig into its settings and start customizing it. Here are some tips to make it even more efficient.

Go to this PCworld Web page and learn the new capabilities for Google Maps.

SEPTEMBER 12 APPLE iPHONE ANNOUNCEMENT: 10th-ANNIVERSARY iPHONE, APPLE WATCH RUMORS & MOREApple is expected to unveil its newest iPhone on September 12. It’s the 10th-anniversary Apple iPhone, so there are a lot of iPhone announcement rumors flying around about what kind of features it will have, the price, the release date, the size, shape, and even the colors that will be available. Another interesting aspect is the Apple Watch rumors. The Apple September 12 iPhone release event is sure to be packed full of surprises and fun new gadgets. If you are looking to learn more about the hype surrounding both the new iPhone 8 release date and the Apple Watch rumors, you’ve come to the right place!

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the facts.

HOW TO CREATE DIFFERENT SIGNATURES FOR SEPARATE EMAIL ACCOUNTS ON iPHONEWant to get rid of that annoying, “Sent from my iPhone” signature? Here’s how. Better yet, if you have more than one email account connected to your Mail app, you can create different signatures for the separate accounts. This is especially convenient if you have mail accounts for different purposes, such as one for work and one for personal use. You can create different signatures for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud, and more. Here’s how to create different signatures for separate email accounts on iPhone.

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the step by step with screenshots.

HOW TO HIDE PHOTOS ON iPHONE IN A LOCKED & PRIVATE PHOTO ALBUMSo, you want to know how to hide photos on your iPhone, eh? Well the iPhone doesn’t really allow you to create a private photo album even though your photos are technically hidden. Hiding picture on your iPhone within the Photos app has some big loopholes that makes it easy for someone to find the photos you mean to keep private. Which is why we’ll go over how to hide photos with the built-in ‘private’ photo album, yes, but also how to lock photos away on iPhone so that they are hidden behind a passcode. We consider this the way to really, truly hide photos on iPhone. But for even more security, you can also use an app to hide photos in a secret photo album on iPhone. Here’s how to hide photos on iPhone by creating a locked photo album.

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the step by step with screenshots.

LIVE PHOTOS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO IPHONE’S MOVING PICTURES –  Live Photos on iPhone are three-second-long moving pictures that first appeared with the iPhone 6s. If you’re not sure how to take a Live Photo, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is. I leave my Live Photo feature on for my iPhone 7 Plus camera; that way, all of my photos are moving pictures. My dog Buddy passed away earlier this year, and I was really grateful to have all of the Live Photos of him. There’s a lot you can do with your iPhone moving pictures. We’ll cover how to take Live Photos, how to make your own live wallpaper with Live Photos, how to turn your Live Photo into a gif, and much more. This is our complete guide to taking Live Photos; here’s everything you need to know about taking Live Photos on iPhone.

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the facts.

AMAZON AND MICROSOFT AGREE THEIR VOICE ASSISTANTS WILL TALK (TO EACH OTHER)Those betting big on AI making voice the dominant user interface of the future are not betting so big as to believe their respective artificially intelligent voice assistants will be the sole vocal oracle that Internet users want or need.

And so, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are today announcing a tie-up, which will — at an unspecified point later this year — enable users of the latter’s Alexa voice assistant to ask her to summon Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to ask it to do stuff, and vice versa.

Go to this Techcrunch Web page and read the story.

MALWARE! MACOS ISN’T IMMUNE! THE BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS FOR MAC PROVIDES A BOOSTER SHOTMac malware has increased by 230% over the past year. Digital Trends compares several anti-malware platforms designed to give your Mac a booster shot against the latest viruses, adware, and ransomware. Read their reviews of the best free antivirus for your Mac. Beware of Fruitfly! Read the reviews at:

BEST SIRI COMMANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW – Apple’s Siri has been helping people complete tasks since October 2011. This feature is going to be even more popular when Apple releases its HomePod later this year. In this article, Mark Jones,, tells us about the best Siri commands that will enhance our experience. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family so they can get in on the fun.

iPHONE 8 RUMORS: NEW GESTURES, NOT A VIRTUAL HOME BUTTON, WILL CONTROL NAVIGATIONApple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special. Read more of this MacWorld article at:

RECENT FEATURE IMPROVEMENTS IN TWITTER FOR iOS – All the major social networks such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram are rapidly adding new features and functionality; it’s almost hard to keep up! Twitter is one of the popular social networks whose feature list keeps growing. Just like groovyPost’s Instagram feature guide, they have prepared a list of the latest features added to Twitter over the past year. Read more of the groovyPost article at:

8 BEST IPHONE APPS YOU’VE (PROBABLY) NEVER HEARD OFWe are all aware that there are millions of apps in the App Store, which means there’s very little chance any one of us has been able to see even a quarter of what’s available. That’s why we love to look for lists of the coolest iPhone apps, best apps for iPhone, and now, the best unheard-of apps. Lots of cool apps are bound to slip below the radar. But we’re all excited when a new app we’ve never heard of turns out to be fantastic. We’ll cover ten awesome, educational, and helpful apps for iPhone, all of which you’ve probably never heard of. Time to discover something new!

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and see and read about these great apps.

HOW TO VIEW YOUR RECENT SIRI CONVERSATIONS ON IPHONEDid you know Siri is keeping a record of your conversations? Don’t worry; Siri only keeps a page of your most recent conversations with the AI. Which can actually be incredibly helpful if you ask a question and need to look at the answer multiple times. You don’t have to keep asking Siri over and over again if you’ve asked once. Just use this hidden trick to view your recent Siri conversation history.

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and see what you asked Siri.

HOW TO TRANSFER PHOTOS FROM IPHONE TO COMPUTER (MAC, PC, ICLOUD, & AIRDROP)If you’re looking to transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer, you have lots of options. The classic way of getting your pictures off iPhone is to use the built-in Photos app both Mac and PC offer. This method of importing photos involves plugging your iPhone into your computer.

But you can download photos to your computer wirelessly by using iCloud, or if you have a recent Mac, you can use Airdrop for an incredibly easy transfer of your photos to computer.

Getting photos off your iPhone may be frustrating but it doesn’t have to be. Our devices have become our go-to cameras, which means we can’t avoid importing our pictures from iPhone to computer forever. Whether you have a Mac or PC, we’ll cover transferring pictures from iPhone to computer for each. Then we’ll cover using iCloud and Airdrop as popular alternatives. You’ve got plenty of photos to import from iPhone; don’t leave them there without backup pictures. This article will make transferring your pictures from iPhone or iPad to computer (Mac or PC) a breeze.

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the procedures, step-by-step with screen shots.

HOW TO HIDE APPS ON iPHONE (& HOW TO FIND THEM LATER ON)It doesn’t matter if you want to hide apps on an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 5—you can hide apps from your iPhone or iPad Home screen regardless of what device you have, so long as it’s running iOS 10 or later.

Users have been trying to figure out how to hide apps on their iPhones for years, and we’re especially keen on hiding Apple stock apps. Plus, a lot of people want to know how to hide their apps on iPhone from themselves: out of sight out of mind, eh? And it makes sense: Spotlight search allows you to easily find any app on your device, so why not hide them?

While there is no official method on iPhone for hiding apps, smart users across the web have figured out a couple different ways to hide apps on their iPhone. And, of course, if you have iOS 10 or later, you can hide apps by Apple, such as iTunes Store, Calculator, Reminders, and more. We’ll go over a few different ways you can hide apps on your iPhone, as well as how to find those hidden apps on your iPhone later on.

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HOW TO SEE A LOG OF EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER DONE ON FACEBOOKFacebook keeps an Activity Log of absolutely everything you do—tracking things you like, post, or share on someone’s Timeline. You can view that Activity Log anytime you like.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the information with screen shots.

ONEDRIVE iOS APP UPDATED WITH PDF SCANNER, OFFLINE FILES, AND MOREMicrosoft’s mobile online storage client for iOS got a total rewrite today with new features such as offline scanning, paper scanning and expiring links. Some of these features were previously found in apps such as Microsoft’s own Office Lens scanning app. Now you can conveniently access them from the OneDrive app.

Go to this groovyPost Web page and get the right stuff.

APPLE REPORTEDLY PREPARES TO UNVEIL A CELLULAR-ENABLED APPLE WATCHWell now, this is exciting Apple Watch news! Based on recent reports Apple is gearing up to release a cellular-enabled Apple Watch, and for the first time since its debut, I’m actually considering saving my money for the new Apple Watch.

Go to this iPhonelife website and read about it.

HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS TO SOCIAL MEDIA (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM) ON iPHONEI love to add my photos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, whether it’s to show off my vacation or share pictures of my kids for distant family members to see. And, of course, there’s the not-so-occasional cute photo of my pets. If you have an account on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, there is an easy way to upload your photos from your iPhone or iPad right to your choice of social media sites. Here’s how to upload photos to your social media account on iPhone.

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and get the steps with screen shots.

HOW TO RECORD YOUR IPHONE SCREEN WITH iOS 11 & iOS 10 – We do a lot of screen recording at iPhone Life for our Insider program. Before iOS 11, learning how to record your iPhone screen meant either finding a screen capture app or plugging your iPhone into a computer with a software that can screen record, which we’ll go over how to do below. But with iOS 11 on iPhone, you can record your screen with nothing more than the built-in function. There are many instances in which you might need or want to record an iPhone screen. There are plenty of iPhone screen recorders on the market if you don’t mind spending some money. But we’ll cover your free options here. Whether you have iOS 11 or iOS 10 & earlier, here’s how to record your screen on iPhone.

Go to this iPhonelife website and read all about it.

HOW TO CLEAR COOKIES FROM iPHONE & iPADWhen you delete cookies from your iPhone or iPad, you free up storage space and improve your device’s performance speeds. When you clear the cache and cookies on your iPad or iPhone, you can also better protect your online privacy and potentially remove any malicious bugs your device may have picked up. And the good news is that to delete cookies from your iPhone takes only four simple steps in your Safari settings. Keep in mind that clearing cookies on your iPhone will delete saved logins and other website information.

Go to this iPhonelife Web page and read all about it.

QUICK TIP: HOW TO USE THE HIDDEN TOUCH PAD ON YOUR iOS KEYBOARDYour smartphone opens up a world of new opportunities, but it does come with some compromises at times. For example, activities you would normally do easily on a PC with a mouse, like selecting and copying text, is not as easy and convenient on a small touch screen device. Apple tried to provide some convenience over the years with a magnifier, which zooms into text, however, if you’re like me, it’s far from perfect.

This is why I’m excited to show you a new iPhone tip for those of you with 3D Touch Support. With 3D Touch, Apple has made it even easier to work with your text on the screen.

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HOW TO VIEW AND DELETE YOUR GOOGLE MAPS HISTORY ON ANDROID AND iPHONEIf you’re anything like me, you use Google Maps a lot. The thing is, it keeps a detailed history of everywhere you’ve been—regardless of whether you’ve used navigation or not. Here’s how to delete that data.

Maps keeps your travel history in a couple of different places: “Your Timeline” and “Maps History.” The former is a very detailed look at everywhere you’ve been, even if you didn’t navigate there (yes, your phone is tracking your every step). The latter, however, is only places that you’ve used navigation to get to. It’s actually kind of confusing that they store this data in two different places, so that’s why we’ll cover both of them.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the step by step with screen shots.

HOW TO ENABLE COLOR FILTERS ON YOUR iPHONE OR iPAD FOR EASY-ON-THE-EYES READINGOn an iPhone or iPad, you can use the “Display Accommodations” accessibility feature to invert the colors on your screen, reduce the brightness of white and bright colors on your screen, and enable color filters designed to aid people with color blindness.

This is different from the Night Shift feature, which blocks blue light for easier reading at night. It works in a similar way, however, adjusting the colors of everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen.

Go to this How-to Geek website and learn How to Adjust Display Accommodations on your iPad or iPhone.

HOW TO SHOW EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION ON YOUR IPHONEThere’s a good chance you’ll have your phone with you in a medical emergency. That’s why Apple allows you to set a Medical ID that shows your medical conditions, drug allergies, emergency contacts, and organ donor status that anyone can see without unlocking your phone.

This Is No Substitute for a Medical Alert Bracelet

This feature is a great idea, but it’s probably a bad idea to depend on it if there’s crucial information you need paramedics, doctors, or other medical professionals to see in an emergency.

First of all, not everyone knows about this feature, so a doctor or paramedic may not think to check your iPhone for it. Second, it’s possible your phone could become damaged or the battery may die. If you need to communicate this information, it’s probably better to do it in the traditional way: By wearing a medical alert bracelet and recording more information on a card in your wallet.

But, if you’re already wearing such a bracelet—or if you just want to note down a few details, like your emergency contacts and organ donor status—you may want to record this information on your iPhone.

Note that, when you set this up, people will be able to view the medical details you provide from your lock screen without signing in. That’s the whole point! People can access this information even if you’re unconscious.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the procedures, with screenshots.

HOW TO STOP TWITTER HIGHLIGHTS FROM PESTERING YOU WITH UNRELATED NOTIFICATIONSSocial networks are always trying to get you to “engage” more with their service and recently, Twitter has introduced a new trick: Highlights notifications.

Highlights are, in theory, content Twitter thinks you’ll want to see because of some secret algorithm. If a few people you follow all share the same link or have a conversation, you might get a notification, like the one below, telling you about it—even if you had no interaction with the tweet yourself.

For the time being, Highlights are only available in the official iOS and Android mobile apps, but they may make their way to the other platforms soon.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do about Highlights. You can’t turn them off completely. The best you can do is ask Twitter to show them less often and turn off the push notifications. Here’s how to do both.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the procedure with screenshots.

HOW TO PROPERLY TEST 911 SERVICES ON YOUR CELL PHONERecently, OnePlus owners got a scare when users discovered the new OnePlus 5 would reboot upon trying to call to 911 emergency services. Other Android users then showed up to say the same thing happened to them—many on non-OnePlus phones. The last thing you need is for your phone to not work when you need it most, so here’s the right way to test 911 services on your phone to make sure it actually works.

Before we get into it, however, I want to point out that OnePlus is aware of the 911 issue and is reportedly sending a fix. So, if you’re a OnePlus 5 owner, make sure you always have the latest software. This is exactly why you should always have the latest software on any device you use, regardless of manufacturer. Automatic updates save lives!

But if this whole mess has gotten the ol’ noodle wondering if you’d have that issue on your phone, then the time to address that curiosity isn’t when an emergency happens—it’s right now.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the step-by-step procedure to check out your 911 call from your cell phone.

HOW (AND WHY) TO DISABLE 2.4GHz WI-FI ON YOUR NETWORK AND USE 5GHz – Technology is an odd duck: in less than 20 years, Wi-Fi has gone from an amazing (and expensive) luxury to an assumed inclusion in every device you own. And yet, there’s plenty of room for improvement…which is why you should consider disabling the old 2.4GHz band on your home’s Wi-Fi network and using the newer, faster, less crowded 5GHz band exclusively.

Why? Let’s break it down. Go to this How-to Geek website and get the facts.

13 SECRET CODES THAT UNLOCK HIDDEN FEATURES ON YOUR PHONEThe USSD protocol allows you to access hidden features you didn’t know about right from your smartphone’s dialer. But there is some trickiness you’ll need to know about.

The USSD protocol allows you to access hidden features you didn’t know about right from your smartphone’s dialer. But there is some trickiness you’ll need to know about.

Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)—sometimes known as “quick codes” or “feature codes”—is an extra-UI protocol, which allows people to access hidden features. This protocol was originally created for GSM phones, but can be found on CDMA devices as well (if that’s a bunch of acronym gibberish to you, here’s a quick primer).

Go to this PCmag Web page and learn about the different codes.

UPDATE YOUR IPHONE, IPAD TO SQUASH DANGEROUS WI-FI BUGApple yesterday made a number of security updates to its iOS mobile operating system, including a fix for a Wi-Fi chip vulnerability that could let hackers gain wireless access to iPhones and iPads.

The iOS 10.3.3 update addresses nearly four dozen security flaws, one of which, called “Broadpwn,” lies in the Broadcom Wi-Fi chip used in many iPhones and Android devices. Google announced an Android fix for Broadpwn earlier this month. Apple’s patch is available for the iPhone 5 and later, 4th-generation and later iPads, and the 6th-generation iPod touch.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE IOS 10.3.3 UPDATEApple’s finally moved on from iOS 10.3.2 which means the company’s iOS 10.3.3 update is now live for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The iOS 10.3.3 update isn’t as exciting as the company’s incoming iOS 11 update but it’s still an important release thanks to the bug fixes and two dozen security patches on board.

iOS 10.3.3 is a fairly small update but even the smallest maintenance releases can have a dramatic impact on your device’s performance. The iOS 10.3.3 update is just a few hours old and we’re already hearing about problems plaguing those who decided to download it.

Now that the firmware is officially out, we want to walk you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iOS 10.3.3 update. Let’s start with a quick look at the iOS 10.3.3 update’s performance on two popular iPhone variants, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 5…..

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HOW TO INSTALL APPLICATIONS ON A MAC: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOWIf you’re switching to macOS from Windows, you might be confused about installing software. Sure, there’s the Mac App Store, but not everything is in there.

If you look for apps outside the store, you’ll find different kinds of installers: DMG files with apps in them, PKG installers, and simple applications inside ZIP archives. It can seem overwhelming, but it’s relatively straightforward once you get the hang of it. Here’s how to install software on your Mac, from the App Store and beyond, and why all these different methods exist.

Go to this How-To Geek Web page and read all about it with screen shots.

GOOGLE’S SEARCH PAGE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE FOREVERGoogle’s homepage on the web – which has pretty much always been a sparse white page with a simple logo and search box – is about to become very different, as the company intends to populate it with a personalized newsfeed, Facebook-style.

The new look is set to replicate the Google mobile app, which witnessed the introduction of such a feed for both news and event (appointments, travel info and so forth) updates at the end of last year.

Go to this Techradar Web page and real the news.

APPLE MACBOOK PRO 15-INCH (2017) REVIEW & RATING – This year’s MacBook Pro is similar to last year’s model, adding slight improvements in speed and major battery life improvements to the iconic design. If you’re willing to pay the premium, it’s the best large-screen Apple laptop yet.

Starting Configuration Price  $2399.00   Lowest Price$2,299.00

Pros Sturdy, sleek aluminum build. Beautiful display. Four USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. Excellent Category-leading 15-hour battery life.

Cons Pricey. Competitors offer a 4K screen for less. Only USB-C ports, making adapters for legacy peripherals a requirement. Shallow keyboard.

Bottom Line This year’s MacBook Pro is similar to last year’s model, adding slight improvements in speed and major battery life improvements to the iconic design. If you’re willing to pay the premium, it’s the best large-screen Apple laptop yet.

Go to this PCmag Web page and get all the facts about the new MacBookPro.

CLOUD COMPUTING – GOOGLE BACKUP AND SYNC LETS YOU BACK UP EVERYTHING ON YOUR PC – Whatever digital data you have on whatever device, Google has a new way for automatically backing up those files in the cloud: Backup and Sync. Announced last month, the new backup service, available to anyone with a Google account, combines the capabilities of two previous Google apps: the Mac or PC app for the cloud-based data storage service Google Drive and the desktop uploader Google Photos.

The new Backup and Sync, which Google said yesterday was now live for most users, is an app for both Mac and PC that also backs up data on any device regularly connected to a desktop, including phones, digital cameras, and SD cards. Users can specify which folders on their desktops to automatically and continuously back up, while USB devices and SD cards can be backed up and synced when they’re connected to desktops.

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HOW TO ENABLE MACOS’ DARK MENU BAR AND DOCKYou’ve seen it in screenshots: a black menu bar, and a black dock. How did they do that? If this seems like a magic trick, there’s a reason for that: until Yosemite a few years ago, setting up a black meant employing hard-to-install third party hacks. These days, it’s simple.

Go to this web page and get the step by step with screen shots.

APPLE REPORTEDLY PREPPING A MIRROR-LIKE FINISH FOR THE iPHONE 8 – (tech radar article) – It’s been a busy weekend for iPhone 8 rumors: right off the back of news that the wireless charging tech Apple wants to put in its next handsets might not be ready by September, we’ve got speculation that a special “mirror-like” finish is in the works for the flagship phone.

The tip-off is courtesy of seasoned Apple leaker Benjamin Geskin on Twitter, someone we’d trust more than most when it comes to iPhone info, who says that a source inside the company told him what was in the pipeline.

According to Geskin, four colors are in the way for the iPhone 8, with the others presumably white, black, and rose gold. We should point out that the image above, tweeted out by Geskin, is an older iPhone with a reflective case, but it gives you an idea.

Color us surprised. Previously we’d been expecting up to six colors for the iPhone 8, with red, gold and gray also on the table, but the mirror-like finish is something of a curve ball. It would certainly make the tenth anniversary iPhone stand out from the crowd, including the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus expected to launch alongside it.

We’re just glad to see a rumor that isn’t about whether the Touch ID sensor will be on the front or the back of the iPhone 8, to be honest – a saga of speculation and gossip that feels like it’s been running for the whole year.

Also on the cards for the iPhone 8’s unveiling in September are a bezel-free display, a vertically aligned dual-lens camera with some extra AR smarts, and possibly even a curved screen. We’ve rounded up all the rumors we’ve heard so far into one place for you here.

APPLE RELEASES PUBLIC BETA OF iOS 11: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – Several new features stand out in iOS 11, the coming update to Apple’s mobile operating system that became available in public beta yesterday. They include a new keyboard mode for easier one-handed typing, a “Do Not Disturb” feature for driving, and the option to ask digital assistant Siri questions by typing rather than speaking.

Set for general release in September, iOS 11 will be the “biggest software release ever for iPad,” according to Apple. For now, however, the developer preview and public beta are not necessarily “ready for prime time,” so users should expect bugs and avoid downloading the OS onto their primary work or personal devices.

Early reviews of the iOS 11 beta are calling the update “massive,” great,” and “ambitious,” and note the changes are particularly noticeable on the iPad. TechCrunch, for instance, said the operating system “feels like a completely new beast on the iPad.”

Go to this Web page and read about the details.

HOW TO RECORD A PHONE CALL ON AN iPHONESo you’ve decided you need to record a phone call. Maybe you’re performing a delicate sting operation…or maybe you just want to make sure you’re getting the best customer service possible. Whatever your reasons, things are a little difficult on an iPhone.

Is Recording Calls Legal? – Before you start recording phone calls, it’s important to know that—depending on where you live—recording phone calls without consent can be illegal. In the US, different states have different laws regarding this. Some states require that both parties consent to the phone call being recorded, while other states only require that one person consents (and that one person can be you). In that case, as long as you’re okay with recording a phone call, the other person doesn’t have to know about it all; that’s perfectly legal if the law allows it.

For more info, you can check out the Digital Media Law Project, which has a ton of info about the legality of recording phone calls and conversations. Go to this How-To-Geek Web page and learn how with step by step and screen shots.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SILENT, DO NOT DISTURB, AND THEATER MODE ON YOUR APPLE WATCH (and When to Use Each)Since it was introduced, the Apple Watch has gained a number of different modes, but it’s not immediately clear when to use each. Let’s look at each mode, what it does and doesn’t do, and the best time to use it.

There are now three modes available to Apple Watch users: Silent, Do Not Disturb, and, the newest, Theater—seen in the image above from left to right. All three modes can be toggled on and off by simply swiping up on your Apple Watch face to access the watch’s Control Center and simply tapping on the icon for that mode. Here’s what they do: Go to this How-To Geek Web page and get the facts.

HOW TO GET THE BEST AMAZON DEALS AND DISCOUNTSAmazon is synonymous with online shopping, and with good reason. Launched over 20 years ago, the world’s largest retailer now sells nearly every mainstream product throughout all categories with brands ranging from niche sellers to global labels.

At this point, Amazon is the closest thing to a digital one-stop shopping destination; it even sells clothes. The Seattle-based commerce giant has also expanded into food delivery with AmazonFresh; its latest gadget—the Dash Wand—makes it easy for shoppers to add items to their AmazonFresh shopping cart. It’s also testing a drone-based delivery system, dubbed Amazon PrimeAir.

But beyond the novel promotions and gimmicks, Amazon is an incredible option for shoppers of all stripes. There’s so much to choose from, but it can be challenging to find the best prices. To help you streamline the purchasing process, we’ve come up with 12 tips to score better prices and find the products you really want.
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AMAZON PRIME DAY 2017 Everything you need to know about Amazon’s shopping extravaganza. Prime Day, Amazon’s summer shopping event, is back for its third appearance. On Monday, July 10, Amazon will offer deals for 30 hours on more than 100,000 products on its sites around the world. Bargain hunters can track all the action via the company’s Prime Day landing page.

To keep Prime Day important to consumers, Amazon is giving people a reason to shop—and that’s by offering more deals, better deals, and higher stock of the best deals. For those reasons, we expect to again see some good buys this year and a general improvement on sale prices compared to last year. Here’s what you need to know about the day, and how to prepare.
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WHAT ARE MDS AND MDWORKER, AND WHY ARE THEY RUNNING ON MY MAC? – While checking out Activity Monitor, you noticed a couple of processes you don’t recognize: mds and mdworker. Neither have an icon, and they seem to be running constantly. Don’t worry, they’re harmless. 

This article is part of How-to Geek’s ongoing series explaining various processes found in Activity Monitor, like kernel_task, hidd, installd, and many others. Don’t know what those services are? Better start reading! 

The two processes are part of Spotlight, the macOS search tool. The first, mds, stands for metadata server. This process manages the index used to give you quick search results. The second, mdworker, stands for metadata server worker. This does the hard work of actually indexing your files to make that quick searching possible. Go to this website and read the whole story.

APPLE IMAC 27-INCH WITH 5K RETINA DISPLAY (2017) REVIEW & RATING – The newest 27-inch Apple iMac is a gorgeous machine with a brilliant display and a handful of modern upgrades at an appealing price. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s the best version of the iMac to date. Go to this web site and read about the newest Mac 27 Inch.

iOS 11 RELEASE DATE, NEWS AND FEATURES – Update: The iOS 11 release date is here – now anyone who wants to test out the public beta can get the latest version of Apple’s mobile software.

You can download it in its unfinished form, or wait for Apple’s final release, which we’re expecting later in the year (around the end of September).  

New iOS 11 features are transforming your iPhone and iPad, and Apple’s update is either out now or three months away, depending on who you are.

It’s an especially big upgrade for the iPad. Apple’s tablet becomes a possible laptop replacement (for some people) with revamped iOS multitasking. Both the iPad and iPhone get a much-needed Control Center reorganization, too. Go to this web page and see what is expected with iOS 11.

WILL APPLE’S NEW iOS 11 CAR SAFETY FEATURES HELP US HELP OURSELVES – This year at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) Apple announced some significant changes to the way the iPhone will behave while its user is driving. The new Car Safety features in iOS 11 arrive in response to increased pressure from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, which has urged Apple and other cellphone manufacturers to develop safeguards to reduce death and injury attributed to distracted driving. Distracted driving has been an issue in at least some capacity for over 20 years without much response at the developer level. Distraction related accidents, whether involving gadgets or otherwise, killed nearly 3,500 people in 2015, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, with 391,000 lesser injuries. Read more at:

APPLE RELEASES FOURTH IOS 10.3.3 BETA FOR IPHONE AND IPADGo to this website and read all the news.

APPLE UPDATES ALL iMACS WITH IMPROVED DISPLAYS, KABY LAKE PROCESSORS, AND MORE – Apple detailed new iMac hardware at the WWDC 2017 (Worldwide Developers Conference). Apple previously promised new iMac hardware for later this year, although a WWDC reveal was not totally expected. The new hardware includes improved Retina displays, Kaby Lake processors, and upgraded memory and storage options.

Kaby Lake is the codename used by Intel for a processor microarchitecture which was announced on August 30, 2016. Kaby Lake is produced using a 14-nanometer manufacturing process technology. Breaking with Intel’s previous “tick-tock” manufacturing and design model, it represents the optimized step of the newer “process-architecture-optimization” model.

The new machines include both USB-A and USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports on the back I/O. Updates are available for the 21.5-inch non-Retina machine as well as the 4K iMac and 5K iMac.

Apple has specifically described the new 27-inch iMac as designed for VR (Virtual Reality) development thanks in part to new GPU (graphics processing unit) upgrades. Included in the presentation is a demonstration of virtual reality gameplay driven by a new iMac paired with a VR headset.

Go to this website and see a graphics display of the new iMac hardware.

THE 50 BEST MAC TIPS, TRICKS AND TIMESAVERS – All the awesome things you forgot your Mac could do. Everyone knows that Apple’s Mac computers are nothing without their sublime software. But moving from Windows or Linux, adapting to macOS is easier said than done. One quick look at how files and applications are organized and you may be tempted to turn back to your old OS.

Fortunately, you can rest easy knowing that, as Mac experts, we at techradar know the ins and outs of Apple’s desktop operating system. And, in no time at all, you will too. Now, head to the App Store and make sure all your updates are installed so that we can go over all the top Mac tips up to the latest macOS Sierra.

This is neither a formal nor an exhaustive list; we’ve simply put our heads together to gather the 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers that might have passed you by. Go to for all the awesome tips.