Your Dock or Start menu is your way into macOS and Windows, respectively, as well as everything running on top of them. So it makes sense to have these launch systems configured in exactly the way you need them to be. We've got a bunch of essential tips on streamlining your Dock or Start menu, and powering through your computing more efficiently.
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You're at work, or on the other side of the world, or both, and you need something from your computer at home - in years gone by, you would need an IT degree and an expensive software package to connect up to your home computer remotely, but now a number of apps will do the job, simply and free. Here are three of our favourites, and when you might want to use them.
Alongside yesterday's big update to iOS 11.3, Apple also quietly pushed out an update for macOS High Sierra. Included in the new update (version 10.13.4) are a number of helpful, but not super exciting improvements, such as the addition of new privacy icons and data management, additional sorting functions for bookmarks in Safari and the usual assortment of bug fixes and stability enhancements.
At an education-focused event in Chicago, Apple announced more than just a stylus-friendly iPad. The company also revealed some new features coming to its office and productivity software, as well as new education tools for teachers, school administrators and developers. All told, the event seemed like Apple's way of saying something it's been wanting to say for some time: Stop buying Chromebooks, please.
Apple has a definite tendency to get its devices working well with each other before considering such distractions as Android or Windows, and over the years the iPhone and the Mac have built up a strong understanding. You might not appreciate just how many different ways they can seamlessly work together -- here's what you need to know.
What started out as a seemingly simple bug turned into a real hassle when people figured out it was possible to crash iMessage, Twitter or even the Wi-Fi app on Apple products by inserting a single character from the Indian language of Telugu. And once an app had crashed, it would keep crashing forever until you took somewhat extreme measures such as deleting and reinstalling the app, erasing entire conversation threads, or upgrading to a beta version of your device's OS.
While many bugs are relatively benign, often getting patched before the user knows anything is wrong, the latest plague to hit Apple devices is already wreaking havoc on internet.
Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.
Security professionals had an "oh crap" moment last week when two gaping vulnerabilities were discovered in the bulk of modern microprocessors. The first issue, dubbed Meltdown, was more or less taken care of in a previous Apple update. But now, Apple has released a fix for the second issue, Spectre.
Much as we love all the new features that roll out with a fresh macOS update every year, we're also rather partial to those long-standing tools and functions that have been around for longer - and which you might have forgotten about or never used in the first place. Here are a few of our favourites you should try on for size.
Keyboard shortcuts are your not-so-secret weapon in the quest to maximise your productivity and blitz through applications and webpages at top speed. With keyboard shortcuts you can instantly drop your favourite GIF into any chat or email, or search Wikipedia without first opening a browser. You can launch apps or instantly perform a traceroute on a website. Don't just settle for the standard list of shortcuts you get with Windows or macOS - create your own too. Here's how to do it.
Congratulations on your brand new Windows or macOS laptop - we hope you enjoy it! You'll want to dive in and start using it as soon as you can, of course, but there are just a few housekeeping chores to take care of first. Here's how to get up and running as quickly as possible while ensuring your new computer stays secure and stable.
Despite the wealth of software available for Macs, Apple's desktop app store largely feels abandoned, as many of the important apps you might actually want are more readily obtained directly from the developer. However, after years of theorizing and speculation, Apple is reportedly trying to bridge the gap between its desktop and mobile stores, by enabling developers to create a single app that would be compatible with both platforms.
Apple just released a patch that fixes a recently revealed security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra. This is the bug that let anyone gain admin access to Mac accounts without typing in a password. It's a bad one. Good news is that Apple is making it very easy to update your software and squash the bug. Just click the "Update" box when you see it!
I have not organised my contacts in the Apple Contacts app in nearly a decade. For every meticulously maintained contact (usually people I mail gifts to for the holidays) there are hundreds of other contacts polluting the field. So many it would take me a few days and a lot of wine to finally sort through them all.