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Adam Engst 41 comments

When and How to Upgrade to iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS 10.14 Mojave

Three of Apple’s four major operating system upgrades—iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12—are now out, and the fourth, macOS 10.14 Mojave, is due on September 24th. Read on for our advice on when and how to install.

Adam Engst 16 comments

Apple Reveals iOS 12, Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 Ship Dates

If you’re jonesing for major operating system upgrades for your Apple devices, you don’t have long to wait. iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 ship on September 17th, with macOS 10.14 Mojave to follow a week later on September 24th. Read on for our advice on when to install.

Rich Mogull 18 comments

Mojave’s New Security and Privacy Protections Face Usability Challenges

macOS 10.14 Mojave brings important security and privacy improvements to the Mac, but both Apple and developers need to work harder to avoid overwhelming users with a cacophony of alerts.

Josh Centers 39 comments

TipBITS: How to Move Your Evernote Notes to Apple’s Notes

Evernote, the company behind the popular note-taking app, appears to be in trouble. If you’re worried about Evernote going under, now may be a good time to transfer your notes over to Apple’s Notes app for safe-keeping. Here’s how.

Josh Centers No comments

Reeder RSS App Temporarily Free for Mac and iOS

Developer Silvio Rizzi has made his popular RSS client Reeder 3 available for free until he releases an upcoming paid update.

Josh Centers 2 comments

As of September 2018, Microsoft Office 365 Updates Will Require 10.12 Sierra

Microsoft is about to update Office 365 users to Office 2019 for Mac, which will require macOS 10.12 Sierra. Those running earlier versions of macOS will be able to continue using Office 2016 for Mac and will continue to receive “mainstream support,” but won’t get any new Office 365 features.

Jeff Carlson 5 comments

NAS: What You Need to Know before Buying

NAS (network-attached storage) can be a great way to expand your available data storage, but buying a NAS device involves wading into a lot of technicalities. In this article, adapted from his book Take Control of Your Digital Storage, Jeff Carlson breaks down the NAS buying process.

Glenn Fleishman 22 comments

Apple Abandoning Back to My Mac in Mojave

Apple has posted a support article about how the decade-old Back to My Mac service—which enables users to access files on and share screens with on their Macs over the Internet—will not be in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Josh Centers 9 comments

How to Restore Files from Backblaze

Do you subscribe to Backblaze—or perhaps you’re looking into the online backup service? While backup is easy and automatic, restoring takes more work. Josh Centers explains the process of restoring files over the Internet and reveals a little-known way to restore a single file at a time.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 12 comments

Mailplane Goes Chrome and Adds Features

On the Mac, Mailplane is a good fit for Gmail users who like Google’s Web-based interface but also want desktop features. With version 4, Mailplane rolls out many changes, including a new reliance on the Google Chrome browser under the hood, enabling the use of Gmail-focused Chrome extensions.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Ship or Slip: Apple Delays Group FaceTime until “Later This Fall”

A developer has noticed that Group FaceTime, one of the marquee features of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave, won’t make the initial release of those operating systems. Missed ship dates are starting to become a habit for Apple.

Sharon Zardetto 7 comments

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window

System Preferences is an essential tool that lets you customize your Mac in numerous ways. Learn how to customize System Preferences itself, the different ways you can open it, and how to navigate quickly to the pane you need.

Josh Centers 30 comments

Socializing Siri: Add Relationships, Teach Pronunciations, and More

Like most small children, Siri doesn’t know how people are related and it often has trouble pronouncing names correctly. Learn how to teach Apple’s personal assistant about relationships, nicknames, and proper pronunciations.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Last-Ditch Data Recovery More Difficult on the 2018 MacBook Pro

If you own a 2018 MacBook Pro, maintaining regular backups is even more important than ever because there’s no port on the logic board for Apple Authorized Service Providers to use to recover data from a dead Mac. DriveSavers says that the lack of the port does not hamper their ability to recover data from these Macs.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Thermal Throttling

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro (2018) to address the performance problems experienced by early adopters of the latest MacBook Pro models when they were running under heavy thermal loads.