Improve an Old Mac’s Performance with an SSD

Improve an Old Mac’s Performance with an SSD

We understand. That MacBook Pro you bought a few years back doesn’t seem like it should need replacing, but performance has started to lag, and you don’t have the money for a shiny new Touch Bar model. Adding RAM up to 8 GB can help, but the best bang for your buck in terms of performance comes from swapping your Mac’s hard drive for a solid-state drive, or SSD.

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Mute Audio-playing Tabs in Safari

Mute Audio-playing Tabs in Safari

Do Web sites that auto-play ads or videos drive you mad? Especially when you reopen Safari and several of them in remembered tabs start playing simultaneously? 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 next to the name of the tab and at the right of Safari’s Smart Search field. Click either one to mute the tab. If you’ve ended up with multiple tabs playing, you can mute all those except the current tab by Option-clicking either of those audio icons. And, finally, click and hold the audio icon in the Smart Search field for a menu with Mute and Unmute commands, and a list of all tabs that contain audio.

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Why You Shouldn’t (Usually) Quit Apps on Your iPhone

Why You Shouldn’t (Usually) Quit Apps on Your iPhone

On the Mac, when you’re done with an app you quit it. Many people think the same is true on the iPhone, where you can double-press the Home button to access the App Switcher and then swipe up on an app to quit it. But just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should. Worse, contrary to what some people believe, quitting iPhone apps will likely hurt battery life.

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Speed Up Mac and iOS Typing with Text Expansion

Speed Up Mac and iOS Typing with Text Expansion

With all the advances in computing and communications, it’s amazing that—after nearly 150 years!—we still use the keyboard layout from the world’s first practical typewriter for entering text into our computers, smartphones, and tablets. But we haven’t improved as typists, nor do we enjoy typing more—if anything, we increasingly abbreviate to avoid typing, hence “CUL8R.” Text messaging aside, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to type less without compromising meaning or making your text look like it was composed by a teenager? Thanks to text expansion features built into the Mac and iOS, and extended with third-party utilities, you can.

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Please, Please, Use iOS 11’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature

Please, Please, Use iOS 11’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature

Distracted driving may not make headlines, but it’s a huge problem. In the United States in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 391,000 people were injured and 3477 killed in accidents caused by distracted driving.

Many things can distract drivers, but the most concerning—and the most avoidable—is texting. Given that the iPhone has a 30–40% share of the market, it might have been involved in as many as 100,000 injuries and 1000 deaths in just 2015. Not good.

Apple has stepped up to the plate by introducing the Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD) feature in iOS 11.

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Stop using your dog's name as a password and up your security game

How long has it been since you changed your passwords...and I use the plural because, of course, you shouldn't be using the same password for multiple services. iMore has a pretty good article explaining why you should change your passwords often and how to easily keep track of them. I also use 1Password (as described in the article) to keep track of over 500 web logins and I have no idea what most of them are and I don't need to. 1Password keeps track of all of them for me and enters them for me on demand. Read on...  

What’s New in macOS 10.13 High Sierra and Its Main Apps

What’s New in macOS 10.13 High Sierra and Its Main Apps

Although Apple’s eye-catching Desktop image of the High Sierra mountains makes it easy to confirm that your Mac is running High Sierra, the most noteworthy new features are invisible! These changes are aimed at improving your Mac’s performance. But, don’t worry that there’s nothing new in High Sierra to play with—you’ll find plenty to do in Apple’s apps, and we’ll share our favorite features below.

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Apple Introduces iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K

Apple Introduces iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K

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 TV 4K, which supports 4K HDR video. The company said that iOS 11 and watchOS 4 would ship on September 19th, and later noted that macOS 10.13 High Sierra would arrive September 25th.

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Why is Good Internet Security Inconvenient?

Why is Good Internet Security Inconvenient?

"I don't want to remember too many passwords."  "I don't have anything of value in my accounts."  "The bad guys won't find me."  These are things I have heard from clients over the years and it's understandable why they might have said them. However, it's not that that they always want your stuff. The "bad guys" on the Internet have become relentless in the techniques they use to get into your accounts for their own purposes. One example is that they might hijack accounts to use them to perform nefarious or illegal activities on the Internet disguised as you.

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