Some interesting tips & tricks from around the web:

Troubleshooting HomeKit Problems & Connection Issues

7 Mar 2021, 3:53 pmHomeKit devices can include everything from Apple products like Apple TV and HomePod to third party devices like smart power outlets, smart lightbulbs, security cameras, doorbell cameras, garage door openers, light switches, and so much more. HomeKit devices are used with the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and while they should be working ... Read More

How to Unsend a Message in Signal

7 Mar 2021, 10:23 amStarted using the popular Signal messenger app for iPhone to safeguard your user data and privacy? Considering you’re new to the platform, you may have trouble getting a hang of all the messaging features that the app has to offer. One key feature that you wouldn’t want to miss as a new user is the ... Read More

How to Disable HomePod Mini Proximity Notifications & Vibrations on iPhone

6 Mar 2021, 9:07 pmIf you’ve been using the new HomePod Mini regularly, you may have noticed that your iPhone starts vibrating when it’s nearby and also brings up a pop-up notification. This may not be desired by some users who keep their HomePods on their desks, but it’s really just a handy feature that can be disabled if ... Read More

How to Disable U1 Chip on iPhone to Prevent Background Location Tracking

6 Mar 2021, 4:38 pmIf you’re a privacy buff who owns an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 (or better), you might want to disable the U1 chip on your iPhone to prevent it from tracking your location in the background. The U1 is a custom chip developed by Apple just like the H1 and W1 chips that were made ... Read More

How to Link Shazam to Spotify Instead of Apple Music

6 Mar 2021, 10:17 amIf you’re an iPhone user who uses the Shazam app to quickly identify songs that are being played in the background, and you’re also a Spotify user, you’ll be pleased to know that you can link your Spotify account within the app. Doing this can greatly improve your experience with Shazam in a couple of ... Read More

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash today

5 Mar 2021, 9:21 am

Ready to upgrade some of your old Apple devices? Don’t just let them sit in a drawer collecting dust. Turn your old iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more into quick cash that you can put toward a shiny new model. Your aging Apple gadgets could be worth a small fortune — and Cult of Mac wants […]

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How to save your M1 Mac by booting into Recovery mode

4 Mar 2021, 12:24 pm

If you're running into problems with your M1 Mac, you don't need to panic and call Apple just yet. Like Intel Macs, your computer has a mode called “macOS Recovery” that you can use to run emergency maintenance on your Mac. However, the method is different for Apple silicon Macs, so the old keystrokes won't work.

You may remember that you could get to Recovery on an Intel Mac by holding down Command-R on the keyboard as the Mac boots. Here’s how it’s done on an M1 Mac:

1. Turn off your Mac. As you power it back it on, press the power button and hold down the button while the Mac boots.

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Apple TV 3 loses YouTube support, but there is a workaround

4 Mar 2021, 8:58 am

YouTube is now officially dead on the third-generation Apple TV. Users who attempt to watch the app will be greeted by an error message that confirms Apple’s aging hardware is no longer supported. That’s hardly surprising given that the third-generation Apple TV is close to a decade old now. But there is a workaround (sort […]

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iCloud email won’t send? Here's what to check to fix it

4 Mar 2021, 6:15 am

Email may seem quaint to some people, but billions upon billions of messages are sent that way every day. (Some we even want to receive!) Apple’s iCloud service includes an email address and the ability to send and receive email. But you may occasionally be stymied in sending a message without enough of a detailed error message to know why iCloud rejected it.

Here are the most common reasons:

  • Invalid iCloud address: Apple can’t check whether an email address is legitimate at other domains, but if you try to send email to someone with an address that ends with,, or, and that address doesn’t exist, your email app and will refuse to send it. Your app may not tell you which address is incorrect, too, requiring sleuthing on your part. (Invalid addresses at other domains will be rejected by those domain’s mail servers in the form of an email message in reply.)

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How to transfer iCloud Photos to Google Photos

3 Mar 2021, 8:00 pm

Apple now makes it easy to copy the pictures and videos you have stored in iCloud Photos over to Google Photos. The process is straightforward, but there are a few hoops to jump through. Here’s what you need to know. Before getting started The most important detail to understand before the process begins is that […]

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How to block tracking pixels in Apple Mail

2 Mar 2021, 7:00 am

We live in a world where data about what you do is very valuable, and people who want this data constantly look for ways to collect it. Your email is one valuable resource, and it’s possible your emails are embedded with a image that’s practically invisible and can be used to track you. This can be a message sent from a massive company, a tiny firm using a mailing list service to manage their transmissions, or an individual using mail software designed to embed a tracking email. 

Tracking pixels embedded in emails allow a sender to know whenever the message is opened, track each date and time, and will alert them if the email was forwarded. The BBC reports that most emails now contain such trackers.

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What to do when switching to a Mac with a smaller drive

26 Feb 2021, 6:15 am

For reasons of cost, we might buy a new Mac with a smaller drive than the one we’re replacing. If your current Mac has more data stored than the capacity of the new one, you probably feel you’re in a pickle. But you can strategize how to make this transition work.

When planning the transistion, I highly recommend that you try to keep free at least 50GB on a 256GB drive, and 100GB on drives that are 512GB and larger.

Here’s how you can reduce your storage requirements before migration.

Apple Watch Activity badges: Get ready for International Women's Day on March 8

25 Feb 2021, 12:18 pm

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to want to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Apple Watch stuck in Power Reserve mode? Here’s how to get a free repair.

24 Feb 2021, 4:00 pm

Is your Apple Watch stuck in Power Reserve mode following Apple’s recent watchOS 7.2 and 7.3 updates? You might be able to get it repaired for free. Here’s how to find out if you’re eligible. Apple says “a very small number of customers” with Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE units have experienced […]

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How to share lyrics from Apple Music on iOS and iPadOS 14.5

23 Feb 2021, 4:00 pm

iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 offer the ability to share lyrics directly from Apple Music for the first time. You can use the feature to send snippets from your favorite tracks to social media, messaging apps, and more. We’ll show you how to use it on iPhone and iPad. In many cases it’s the lyrics […]

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Test Drive Microsoft Outlook's Future Look

8 Jan 2021, 4:00 pm

Microsoft’s Outlook and email apps on Windows, Mac, and the web are getting some big changes in the coming months as part of the company’s “One Outlook” initiative. Why wait, though? You can get a preview of what your Outlook experience is going to turn into right now.


How to Sync Your Microsoft Edge Tabs Across Your Devices

6 Jan 2021, 3:30 pm

Edge Chromium is finally letting you sync your open tabs and browsing history between all of your devices. The long-promised features were expected to launch back in summer 2020, but they’re finally rolling out now after a few months in beta. Browsing history and open tab syncing works on Windows 10, macOS, Android,…


How to Set Up Your New MacBook

29 Dec 2020, 4:45 pm

Can you remember the last time you wiped your MacBook and reinstalled everything? I’d guess somewhere around “never,” but there are plenty of reasons you might want to Exterminatus your system, ranging from the serious (a major error with macOS) to the so-so (your system feels sluggish after all the crap you’ve put on…


Ward Off Security Risks With Apple's New Security and Privacy Guide

23 Dec 2020, 10:00 am

We try to cover just about everything you can do with your iPhone, but even if you feel like you’ve mastered Apple’s smartphone, there’s always something new you can learn. To help stay vigilant about the people (and companies) that can access your device, data, and account, Apple has released a super-useful support…


Firefox 84's Best New Features on Desktop and Android

16 Dec 2020, 4:32 pm

The latest Firefox update, version 84, is now out for desktop and Android. While you’re updating your browser, let’s have a quick look at everything that’s new—especially critical if you’re sitting on a brand-new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Mini.