• March 28, 2024

    For the Best Mac Webcam, Use Your iPhone

    The near-ubiquity of videoconferencing is a lasting effect of the pandemic. The ease of gathering a group virtually usually more than makes up for the downsides. Despite that, many people still appear in video calls with low-resolution, poorly lit video that makes the call less effective. A better webcam is an easy way to improve your video, and the best readily available webcam may already ... Read more
  • March 26, 2024

    Changing Passwords Periodically Doesn’t Increase Security

    Does your organization or some financial website require you to create a new password periodically? This practice was recommended long ago, but some organizations haven’t kept up with current recommendations that discourage such policies. If you’re bound by a password expiration policy, you can use this article to encourage your IT department or financial institution to update its approach to p... Read more
  • March 19, 2024

    The Importance of Staying Updated

    Does it feel like your Apple devices are always asking you to install operating system updates? You’re not wrong—from September 2022 to January 2024, we saw the following releases in Apple’s previous set of operating systems:
    • macOS 13 Ventura: 20 releases
    • iOS 16: 25 releases
    • iPadOS 16: 20 releases
    • watchOS 9: 15 release... Read more
  • March 14, 2024

    Send Photos in Messages Faster with This Hidden Shortcut

    On the iPhone and iPad, to send a photo to a Messages chat, tap the ⊕ button and then tap Photos in the list that appears to reveal the photo picker. That’s not difficult, but it requires an extra step you can avoid with this tip. If you’re running iOS 17 or iPadOS 17, instead of tapping the ⊕ button, touch and hold it for a second to bring up the photo picker immediately. Read more
  • March 12, 2024

    Use the Command Key to Rearrange and Remove Menu Bar Icons

    Is your Mac’s menu bar overwhelmed with icons? They’re helpful little critters, but finding one can be difficult when you have too many and they’re in no particular order. The hidden trick to cleaning up your menu bar relies on the Command key.
    • Rearrange the menu bar icons in an order that makes sense to you by Command-dragging them around. You can’t move the Control Center icon or... Read more
  • March 7, 2024

    Did You Know Text Entry Boxes in Web Browsers Are Easy to Expand?

    Have you ever noticed the shading in the corner of text area fields in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and most other Mac Web browsers? These “handles” let you resize the field—always vertically and sometimes horizontally. That’s handy when the website designer has provided only a small text box and you want to enter more text than will fit. Just drag the handle to make the text box the size you need.... Read more
  • March 5, 2024

    Apple Announces New MacBook Air Lineup with M3 Chip

    In November 2023, Apple unveiled the M3 chip in new versions of the 24-inch iMac and MacBook Pro, causing speculation about when other Mac models would be updated to match. If you’ve been longing for a MacBook Air with an M3 chip, your wait is over. (And we expect Apple to update the Mac mini soon.) Apple has now announced M3 versions of the 13-inch and 15-inch Read more