How to fix poor iPhone cell reception in your home and office

Do you have poor cellular coverage in your home or office? When you call people from your iPhone, do they ask you to repeat what you said, because the sound dropped out? Do they ask you to quit walking around– even though you’re sitting still? Do they say it sounds like you’re in a tunnel when actually you’re in your home? If you answered Yes to any of the above, you know how irritating these problems are. Fortunately, there is a solution, and it’s easy, and it’s free. The solution to your problems is WiFi… Continue Reading How to fix poor iPhone cell reception in your home and office

How to use the Memories feature in iOS 10’s Photos app

The Photos app in iOS 10 introduces a great new feature called “Memories,” and it’s a ton of fun. I think you’ll like it and use it a lot. The idea behind Memories is this: you’ve taken a lot of pictures, too many to manage, yet you’d like to go back and view your photos in a nice and organized way. The Memories feature does the organization for you automatically, behind your back, every day, producing mini-movies of your best photos grouped by date, place, or person. And it sets them to music, with the… Continue Reading How to use the Memories feature in iOS 10’s Photos app

Set Up Your Own iPhone and Mac Text Replacements for Auto-Correct

Whether you’re using an iPhone or a Mac, Auto-Correct is a real time-saver. Turns out you can set up your own “corrections” that expand into frequently-used words, phrases, sentences– even whole paragraphs! (On the Mac, they call them “text expansions.” On the iPhone, they’re “text replacements.” Either way, think of them as Auto-Corrects that substitute a lot of text for a little. Imagine typing a couple of characters in Messages on your iPhone and seeing it expand into a whole bunch of stuff that you didn’t have to type! That’s the power of these things.)… Continue Reading Set Up Your Own iPhone and Mac Text Replacements for Auto-Correct

2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

— 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac — I’ve created the 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. When asked whether you want to subscribe, the answer is YES, you want to subscribe. That way you get updates in case I have to change something. The calendar has all the important information (dates, times, teams, TV network, and if I get the time I will also update the scores). Click the link, remember to tell it to… Continue Reading 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Essential Mac Add-on apps

— Essential Mac Add-on apps — Whenever I set up a Mac I always advise adding three great apps that make using a Mac easier, faster, and just plain nicer. Those apps are Moom, Paste, and Alfred, and to me, they’re essential. Try them out and I think you’ll agree. MoomThe name “Moom” comes from “Move and Zoom,” which is what this app does. This is way, way faster than dragging the edges of windows to resize them and then, in a separate step, dragging them to position. If you routinely have to shuffle windows… Continue Reading Essential Mac Add-on apps

How to Quickly Unlock Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10

— How to Quickly Unlock Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10 — We used to unlock our iPhones and iPads with a simple “Slide to Unlock.” It was easy. With iOS 10 it’s different– now it’s a confusing “Press Home to Unlock” which often results in a “click / double-click / ooops that’s Siri / oops that’s Apple Pay” click-a-thon. When you finally get the thing unlocked you’re not really sure how you did it because you tried so many things. It was better the old way, but we can do something about it.… Continue Reading How to Quickly Unlock Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10

How I Fixed an iPhone that Couldn’t Get Mail Unless On WiFi

— How I Fixed an iPhone that Couldn’t Get Mail Unless On WiFi — I had an interesting problem last month. My friend Laura dropped her iPhone 6 and cracked the screen. She was going to get a new one, but decided to get the screen replaced and keep using it. Everything seemed fine after the repair. But Then… Laura called me to say that her email wasn’t working on her iPhone. She kept getting messages like this one: I had her check the settings for Mail and they seemed fine. I tried setting up… Continue Reading How I Fixed an iPhone that Couldn’t Get Mail Unless On WiFi

How to send balloons and other screen effects in iOS 10 Messages

You’ve probably seen this Apple ad, showing someone receiving a fancy text message:The ad doesn’t tell you how to send such messages. That’s MY job. Here’s how you do it. Start by writing your message on your iOS 10 iPhone or iPad (more or this later), just like you always do. Then, instead of tapping the the arrow-in-the-blue-circle “Send” button, hold that button down (you might have to press hard– depends on whether you have an iPhone with 3D touch, and on your 3D Touch settings. Settings/General/Accessibility/3D Touch). That leads to choices: You can play… Continue Reading How to send balloons and other screen effects in iOS 10 Messages

27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon

It took a few weeks but Amazon now has the 27-inch iMac with the Retina display. You can click this link* to go straight there. The warranty is through Apple whether you buy from Amazon or the Apple Store, or anyone else, so you can simply shop on price. Comparing identical models, Amazon’s price is better than the Apple Store’s. Amazon also has the new Magic Mouse 2, which improves on the original Magic Mouse by having a built-in rechargeable battery (and you charge it using the included Lightning cable, same kind your iPhone uses–… Continue Reading 27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon

How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work

— How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work — I run into some really interesting problems. Here’s a problem I hadn’t seen before– and how I solved it. I got a call from someone with an iMac whose Finder didn’t Work. The Mac started up fine, and the user could sign into her account, but the Desktop files were missing and no menu bar appeared. The machine was running– the mouse worked, the screen was lit up, the Dock was present– but I couldn’t get to the Desktop to open a file, and… Continue Reading How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work