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  • All iPhones pick up fingerprints, and it’s all too easy to get your iPhone dirty with ink, lotion, makeup, dirt, food, and oil. If you’re faced with an iPhone that needs cleaning, resist the urge to spray it with window cleaner, rubbing alcohol, or ammonia, or, even worse, to scrub it with baking soda or […]

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  • One of the most important things you can do to stay safe on the Internet is to be careful while reading email. That’s because online criminals know that we’re all busy, and we often don’t pay enough attention to what we’re reading or where we’re clicking. To take advantage of our inattention, these Internet information […]

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  • Apple Pay Cash is Apple’s new person-to-person payment service, designed to make it easy for individuals to send and receive money. It’s perfect for repaying a friend who buys concert tickets or a relative who picks up some groceries for you. Or rather, it’s perfect if your friends and relatives use iPhones with iOS 11.2 […]

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  • At MacAtoZ we’re always on the lookout for a good purchase or a fun new gadget.  If you’re looking for Apple related stocking stuffers or gift ideas, here are a few recommendations: A two pack of 3′ Anker Lightning cables for ~$20. These cables have reinforced stress points, a double-braided nylon exterior, and a toughened […]

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  • If mailing your holiday cards (see our previous post) is made harder by having to write addresses on envelopes, you can skip the handwriting step this year with mailing labels. Although many people don’t realize this, it’s easy to print mailing labels on standard label stock using the Contacts app on the Mac. You can […]

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  • It’s that time of year again, when we realize that if we’re going to do holiday cards, we should get started. You can take the easy way out and buy a few packs of generic reindeer cards at the drugstore, but with a little work in Apple’s Photos app on the Mac, you can instead […]

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  • You’ve undoubtedly seen those odd-looking square QR codes on product packaging, a business card, or a flyer. In the past, you needed a special app to scan a QR code to see what Web URL, contact card, Wi-Fi network, or other piece of information it held. In iOS 11, though, you can just point your […]

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  • The Camera app on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch can take three kinds of video and three types of photos, and the interface suggests that you switch between them by tapping or swiping on the labels below the viewfinder. Unfortunately, those labels are small and can be difficult to swipe accurately. If you’ve found […]

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  • With iOS 11, the iPhone and iPad interfaces continue to diverge, which makes sense, since the iPad is not merely an overgrown iPhone. Particularly when you pair an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, you can now get real work done on an iPad more fluidly than ever before. The “hard” part […]

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  • It’s that time of year again, when many of us start wracking our brains for gift ideas for our loved ones—or for our own wish lists. If your special someone is an Apple user, we have a few gift suggestions that we think you’re going to love. Chargers, Cables, and Adapters, Oh My! We know […]

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  • Apple gives iCloud users 5 GB of free storage, but that fills up fast with iCloud Photo Library, iOS backups, iBooks, and other files and items. Until iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra, each person in a family had to buy extra iCloud space separately. We’re happy to report that Apple has now made […]

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  • Ask Siri to search the Web and you’ll get five results back from Google (not Bing anymore!). Tap one and it opens in Safari. But what if that page doesn’t contain the information you want? How do you get back to Siri’s results? The easiest way is to tap the little Siri button that appears in […]

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  • While you were (hopefully) basking at the beach this summer, Apple kept Siri busy taking intensive language classes. In iOS 11, Siri can now translate English words and phrases into Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Which means that if your next vacation takes you to Paris, you can now ask Siri for help […]

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  • Many of us have railed against the bloated mess that iTunes has become as Apple has shoehorned everything from podcasts to ebooks to movies into an app that was originally designed to simply organize and play songs. Apple has finally begun stripping things out, moving ebooks to its own app (iBooks). In iTunes 12.7, they removed iOS […]

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  • We’re still a very strong “Nope” on macOS 10.13 High Sierra. The number of bug reports, security issues, and general problems should give pause to even the most courageous Mac user. This is not atypical of a major macOS release—we don’t usually consider them ready for prime time until the “.3″—but from what we’re hearing […]

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  • Apple does a great job with Macs, iPhones, and iPads, but stuff goes wrong all the time—as professional providers of technical support we know that better than anyone. So we’re really cheesed off by tech support scams that try to defraud unsuspecting users in the name of fixing problems that don’t exist. We are here […]

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  • We have a quick tip for you today that will allow you to search within a Safari web page in iOS. Picture yourself looking for something specific on a long Web page on the small iPhone screen. Did you know that you can search through just the text of the page? Tap the Share  button, […]

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  • WatchOS 4 is now arriving on Apple Watch users’ wrists, so it’s time to make sure you aren’t missing out on any of the important features—and we are here to share a few tips for how to use them. watchOS 4 works on all Apple Watch models, even the original Apple Watch. It does require […]

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  • At its highly anticipated product announcement event at the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple didn’t disappoint. The big news was the revolutionary iPhone X, which eliminates the Home button and unlocks by recognizing your face. Apple also announced the evolutionary iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus; a cellular-capable Apple Watch Series 3; and the Apple […]

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  • Even if you already know this tip, you may not have realized all the places where it can come in handy. When you find yourself in a list on the Mac, as in a Finder window, an Open dialog, or a set of auto-completion options, you can usually press keys on the keyboard to navigate […]

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Your honor, a sidebar

  • If your Mac resembles an absent-minded judge’s office with files and folders strewn hither and thither, getting to the right spot to open or save a file may have become slow and clumsy. Sure, in an ideal world, you’d organize everything perfectly, but you’d also be flossing twice a day, calling your mother every Sunday, […]

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  • Apple has begun a trend of releasing a slew of operating systems at once. Given how much data is now shared between devices, that is probably a good thing, but it makes our testing a lot more difficult because instead of taking our time with one device and operating system, we have to ascertain the worthiness […]

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  • Apple used the keynote address at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in early June to unveil new versions of macOS, iOS, and watchOS, new iMacs and faster notebooks, and new iPad Pros. In a “one last thing” announcement that hearkened back to the days of Steve Jobs, the company also gave a sneak peek […]

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  • Freezes, crashes, hangs… they happen, even with the best Mac apps. Here are four ways you can force-quit an app that’s not responding: Click the Apple menu and choose Force Quit (or press Command-Option-Escape), select the offending app, and click Force Quit. Option-right-click (or Control-Option-click) the frozen app’s Dock icon and choose Force Quit. To […]

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Why you need a VPN

  • As a company, MacAtoZ tends to be studiously apolitical. We happily serve clients across the political spectrum because we believe pluralism is a large part of what makes America great. We don’t have to agree with someone’s  politics to serve him or her to the best of our ability. The one political stand that we have taken […]

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  • Macs have a long life-span—even a 10 year-old Mac can be secure and productive—but Apple doesn’t offer hardware support for Mac models beyond 7 years past their discontinuance date. That means if the sale of a particular Mac model ceased on January 1, 2010 then Apple offers limited support in the 5-6 years range (2015-2016) and […]

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  • Apple often adjusts its iPad and iPhone lineup in March, and this year’s changes make the selection more attractive and affordable while adding a new way to support the (RED) international charity. New iPad replaces iPad Air 2 The most significant of Apple’s changes is the replacement of the iPad Air 2 with a new […]

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  • Do websites that auto-play ads or videos drive you mad? (They should.) Especially when you reopen Safari and several of them in remembered tabs start playing simultaneously? Crazy-making. Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Safari can put an end to that cacophony on your Mac. Whenever audio is playing in a tab, an audio icon appears […]

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