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How to use Handoff with iOS 12

Apple designed Handoff to make it easier to work seamlessly between a Mac and iOS. If you’re reading a text message on one device and pick up the other, you can open up to where you left off. Viewing a webpage? Handoff lets you bring up the same page on the other device with a click or a tap.But for a couple of versions at least, notifications in … [Read more...]

It’s time to switch your Mac backups from Time Capsule to Time Machine volumes

The Apple Time Capsule seemed like a great idea when it was unveiled about a decade ago. It was a Time Machine network backup target that also embedded a Wi-Fi gateway and ethernet sharing. Perfection, even if it was a little too expensive: It came with Apple technical support and warranty.But it didn’t play out with the promise it had. An internal … [Read more...]

How to use Apple’s new re-used password warning to reduce your risk of account hijacking

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The biggest risk when setting a password is when you re-use a password across sites and services. If you do this, you’re multiplying the risk of a breach at one of those services, allowing a cracker to try your account name and password from the breached service at other sites. If any match, they’ve now hijacked your account there, too.A unique … [Read more...]

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

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Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office. … [Read more...]

Amped Wireless Smart Strip review: Most effective when it’s paired with an Amazon Echo or Google Home

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You can control its three outlets and two USB ports independently, but its app has weak timer features and no scene-control functions. … [Read more...]

How to consolidate media from old apps into a single Photos library

If you’ve used previous tools such as iPhoto and Aperture for managing your photos and videos, you can wind up with many libraries and miscellaneous files, and be unsure whether you have a definitive set of photos that’s not full of wasteful overlaps.That’s the case for Macworld reader John, who has libraries across several software programs and … [Read more...]

Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

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Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.To read this article in full, please click here … [Read more...]

MacOS: How to change the default app for a file

Back in the pre-Mac OS X and macOS days, Apple’s System 9 and earlier relied on hidden metadata to associate files with apps. File extensions, those bits of text that follow a period at the end of a file (like .doc, .html, or .jpg) were optional, although often used for compatibility with other platforms and with web. On the web, file extensions … [Read more...]

How to export an image and a video out of a HEIF Live Photo via macOS

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A secret to why Apple’s Camera app on iOS produces great photos is that whenever the app is active, it keeps the camera active, not just when you press the button to capture an image. This helps it create fantastic high-dynamic range (HDR) images and produce a better photo when you tap that button by gathering information beyond that precise … [Read more...]

How Messages in the Cloud protects SMS (and how it doesn’t)

Apple recently released the long-awaited Messages in the Cloud feature through updates to iOS and macOS, and Macworld provided a how-to guide to enable it on your devices, and some warnings about the time it takes for your devices to upload all the cached messages they maintain.Macworld reader Lowell had a few questions that aren’t on the how-to … [Read more...]

Apple puts privacy and security foremost in iOS 12, macOS Mojave

As news stories show nearly every day, there’s a never-ending barrage of attempts to break into our online accounts, steal identities and cash, and hijack computers and mobile devices to use as bots in vast online armies. In the just-announced updates to iOS and macOS, Apple has tightened the security screws but also makes it easier for its users … [Read more...]

How to find out where Apple stores your iCloud data (spoiler: you can’t exactly)

“The cloud” is a concept, not a place, although collectively, the cloud is made up of places. Cloud computing refers to an aggregation of servers that you don’t have to know much about to gain the benefit. This can be for storage, like iCloud Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, or for computation and other more specialized purposes. When … [Read more...]

MacOS File Settings: The difference between Locked and Sharing & Permissions

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It’s an easy matter to overwrite a file in macOS that you want to keep unchanged. One way to prevent this: Select the file in the Finder, choose File > Get Info, and check the Locked box. A padlock icon appears on the file’s icon or preview. Locking a file doesn’t prevent throwing it into the Trash, but you can’t empty the Trash with a locked … [Read more...]

Problems with an Apple AirPort? It could be a hardware failure

Hardware fails in very different ways. Sometimes, it’s catastrophic and abrupt, and you hear terrible sounds coming from inside your hard drive. Other times, it’s subtle, and a failing component or system causes hardware to limp along, throwing out errors you can’t troubleshoot, because they aren’t consistent. I spent months with one of these … [Read more...]

Wi-Fi gets quicker with 802.11ax, but buying early might offer few advantages

The latest Wi-Fi standard makes home networks faster, especially for video streaming. … [Read more...]

macOS High Sierra: Why you can’t format an internal SSD with HFS+ format

I’ve written quite a bit about the not-quite-so-new Apple File System (APFS) format that Apple adopted for both iOS and—with macOS 10.13 High Sierra—for SSDs that are a Mac's boot volume. While questions have largely tapered off in recent weeks after a spate of issues with Time Machine, APFS, and external drives, people are clearly still wrestling … [Read more...]

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