Among all the new stuff in macOS is a solid performer that too many Mac users overlook: Spotlight. Did you know you can use it to do currency conversions, track flights, check movie showtimes, and more?
Ever wanted to show a remote friend how to do something on your iPhone rather than talk them through it, step by step? The screen recording feature of iOS is just what the tech support doctor ordered. Learn how to record your screen here
It’s tempting to buy cheap Lightning and USB-C cables, but it can be a false economy if that inexpensive cable fries your iPhone or MacBook. Read on for more about how to keep your cables working for the long run.
If you have a MacBook, MacBook Air from 2018, or MacBook Pro from 2016 on, here’s what you need to know about the trouble-prone butterfly keyboards, including how to get Apple to repair a broken one for free.
On today’s Internet, you must use a password manager like iCloud Keychain, @1Password, or @LastPass to generate, store, and enter strong passwords. Any other approach risks your accounts being hacked. Here’s why a password manager is so important.
If you haven’t been paying close attention, you might have missed Apple’s new MacBook Pros, new iPod touch, support for other streaming services in the TV app in iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3, and a repair program for “Flexgate.” Read on for details:
Apple has previewed what’s coming with macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13 at its Worldwide Developer Conference, along with unveiling a new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR. Read on for what to expect in September!
The fastest and easiest way to share files among your Macs and iOS devices is via cloud-based file sharing services, and they’re also fabulous for collaborating on files with colleagues. Here’s how to choose among them.
Apple just released the second-generation AirPods with faster connections, more talk time, “Hey Siri,” and an optional Wireless Charging Case. The AirPods were great before, and now they’re better than ever. Details at:
Did you know that you can use Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to work on documents collaboratively with others, even if they don’t use Apple devices? Read on for how to get started with the collaboration features of these apps.
Would you or your employees click a login link in email or open an attachment from an unknown sender? Phishing—forged email designed to extract private information—is one of the greatest threats to business today. Learn how to identify it here:
Setting up a custom email address with your own domain isn’t that hard or expensive, and it gives you independence from your ISP, employer, or the sketchy email provider you signed up with after college. Here’s how you can switch.
If your business has more than a handful of devices, a managed IT services support model could save you money, reduce downtime, and increase security. Read more, and ask us if managed IT services are right for your firm.
Do you dread asking colleagues for edits and comments on a document because of all the work involved in sending them files and merging everything back into your copy? Modern collaboration systems solve these problems—here’s how!
If you’re passing an old Mac on to a colleague, friend, or family member—or returning it to Apple for recycling—follow these steps to prepare it for its next stage in life and ensure that no one will be able to access your data
If you use an iPad with iOS 12, take note of the new gestures that are necessary on the recently released 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and available to all older iPads as well. Plus find out what the deal is with those new icons on the right side of the Dock!
Have you received email from a hacker who claims to have taken over your Mac and is backing up the claim by showing one of your passwords? We explain how it happened and what to do about it on our blog.
Every now and then a potential client asks why they should work with us. The short answer is that we’re good at what we do, and we can help you solve your tech problems. Here’s the slightly longer answer…
macOS 10.14 Mojave changes how privacy works on the Mac by making apps ask for permission to use the camera, microphone, and quite a bit more. Here’s how this works and what you should do when prompted.
Giving your kid an iPad or iPhone can be both a blessing and a curse, but with iOS 12’s new parental controls in Screen Time, you can limit use by time and app, and do it entirely from your iOS device.
Are you addicted to Facebook, Twitter, or the latest hot game on your iPhone? If you’re unhappy with how much you use social media or play games, iOS 12’s new Screen Time feature can help you exercise more self-control. Learn more here.
One of the most impressively handy features of macOS 10.14 Mojave is Continuity Camera. It lets you take pictures or scan documents with an iPhone or iPad and have those images show up immediately on your Mac. Learn how to use it here.
Apple has enhanced Do Not Disturb in iOS 12 so it can turn itself off in an hour, when you leave your location, at the end of an event, or the next morning or evening. And with its new Bedtime feature, it’s safe to look at your iPhone at night again!
It’s official! Apple has announced the snazzy new iPhone XS, massive iPhone XS Max, and budget-friendly iPhone XR, along with the Apple Watch Series 4, which could literally save your life. Read more on our blog:
Apple is about to release four major operating system upgrades—macOS 10.14 Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. When should you take the leap and install them? Short answer: it depends. Long answer: read on!
Apple has loaded iOS 12 with new features, and here’s a rundown of those that will make the most difference in your daily iPhone and iPad experience, including Screen Time, better notifications, improved Do Not Disturb, and more!
Many of the big Internet companies make their money by assembling a dossier of information about you and then selling advertisers targeted access to you. Luckily, that’s not true of Apple—here are a few of the ways Apple protects your privacy.
Did you know that Find My iPhone can help you find nearly all of your Apple devices, along with all those owned by people in your Family Sharing group? Make sure to enable it on all your Macs and iOS devices—read on for instructions and usage details.
Apple’s Find My Friends app gets a lot of jokes about privacy and stalking, but among close families and sets of friends, it provides a welcome toolset for keeping track of locations and managing complex logistics.
Apple plans to eliminate most of the Internet services provided by macOS Server. Here’s what this means for you (and to cut to the chase, if you’re running Server now or were planning to do so, get in touch with us).
When it comes to losing data, the question is when it will happen, not if it will happen. Everyone loses data eventually. Smart people have backups. Here’s how to pick the right backup drive for your needs.
Apple’s recently released iOS 11.3 has new features—Business Chat, Health Records, and more—that promise to make your iPhone or iPad even more useful. Be sure to check out the new Battery Health feature if you have an iPhone 6 or newer!
As revelations of Facebook’s bad behavior continue to come out, many people are concerned about letting Facebook have their data. We offer suggestions about how to keep your data private, both from other Facebook users and from Facebook itself.
Apple has introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad that’s faster than the previous model, takes Live Photos, and supports the Apple Pencil. And you can now use the Apple Pencil in the new Pages, Numbers, and Keynote!
Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is garnering praise for its audio quality, but did you know it can work as a speakerphone or outboard speaker for your Apple TV? Read on for other important pros and cons to the HomePod.
If you’re inundated with telemarketing calls to your iPhone, you can fight back with a call blocking app. These apps put the kibosh on incoming calls that match the phone numbers of known telemarketers.
Need to pay a friend back for lunch, or get reimbursed for picking up groceries for a relative? As long as you both use an iPhone with iOS 11.2, the new Apple Pay Cash is the fastest and easiest way for individuals to exchange money.
Is Apple’s new space gray iMac for you? It has power to burn, making it ideal for video editors, audio professionals, engineers, and developers. But that power comes at a high price—read on to see if it’s worth it for you.
Want to avoid online identity theft? Use a password manager, strong passwords, and two-factor authentication. But there are also some insecure password habits that can undermine your security—read on to learn what NOT to do.
Phishing attacks—email containing links that try to get you to reveal usernames, passwords, or credit card details—are all too common these days. Follow our advice to learn how to identify malicious messages.
Even if you’re not buying a new iPhone this year, you can still enjoy a hefty dose of “New and Improved!” with Apple’s iOS 11, which provides a host of new capabilities. Hold on tight, there’s a lot to cover, and we have another article coming about the iPad-specific changes in iOS 11.
It can be hard to ante up for a quality Lightning or USB-C cable when just a little searching reveals cables that cost only a couple of bucks each. “Surely,” you might think, “the cheap cables might not be as good, but so what if they wear out sooner?” Points for frugality, but this is one place you don’t want to skimp too far.
“To go forward, you must back up.” Sure, it was an advertising tagline for backup software from the 1990s, but it’s still true. When it comes to losing data, the question is not “if,” but “when.” If you store valuable information—whether personal or professional—on your Mac, or if you rely on your Mac to earn a living, you must back up regularly or risk irretrievable data loss.
There’s nothing sexy about the Save dialog in Mac apps. It’s not pretty, you can’t tweet from it, and Apple hasn’t changed anything about it in years. But every time you create a new document in a Mac app, you have to save it. Once in the Save dialog, you name your document, pick a location, and click Save. (Many apps also add their own options, such as picking a file format.)
Is every app on your iPhone or iPad constantly nagging you with notifications? It’s like a three-year-old saying “Look at me!” every few minutes, but on the plus side, a little work in the Settings app can quiet your device. And it won’t whine about being sent to time-out.
At some point, you’ll need your iPhone, but its battery will be dead. And as an iPhone ages, its battery becomes weaker, to the point where it may have trouble making it through a typical day of use. Charging the iPhone during the day may stave this off, and you could lug around an external battery (or have the battery replaced!), but a few simple tweaks will cut power usage and extend battery life:
When you read an email message on your iPhone and delete it, do you have to trash it again when you check mail on your Mac? Or is your email kept in sync such that if you delete a message on one system, it never even appears on the other?
No one expects to be in an accident, but if you are, and if you end up in a state where you can’t speak with the emergency responders, wouldn’t you like your iPhone to help? Once you enter your medical data and emergency contact info into Apple’s Health app, anyone can use your iPhone to learn about your medication allergies and other conditions, plus contact your family.
Home automation allows you to control devices in your home from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and other mobile devices from anywhere in the world. The term refers to both isolated programmable devices, like thermostats and sprinkler systems, to homes in which nearly everything – lights, appliances, electrical outlets, heating and cooling systems, security systems, doors, windows, locks, pools (and even pets!) — are all connected to a network you can control remotely.
It’s a good rule of thumb to keep all liquids away from your computer. It’s easy to forget and even easier to accidentally bump that Vente Latte or late night glass of red wine all over your laptop! Here's what to do if the dreaded liquid spill happens despite your best efforts.
There are many ways to lose important files from your devices: hard drive crashes, viruses, physical damage to your computer by drops or spills, theft and the list goes on. Don't put off backing up—start today, right now, read this article and then map out your plan to safeguard your files.
Don't forget your Apple devices when it comes time for spring cleaning. Is your iPhone or iPad screen covered in finger smudges making it difficult to read. Have you ever thought there was a spot on a photo just to realize your Mac screen has a small splash of coffee on it? Keep your devices looking beautiful and fresh with these tips.
Selecting a set of headphones is a really personal choice. There are many options from sound quality to how the set feels on your head and ears. Some people will always want an old school over ear set, while others prefer the more subtle in ear variety. Here's an overview of some of the options available at GeekHampton.
Today there are so many speaker options with variations like Bluetooth compatibility, size, sound quality, indoor or outdoor, and the list goes on that choosing one to buy can be overwhelming. Here we offer a comparison of some of our favorites.
Lately you may have noticed articles and announcements regarding security problems with Flash Player or received a message in your web browser to update the Player for security reasons. Here’s what you need to know before updating and why it’s important to be cautious.
iCloud is not synonymous with "the cloud" or "cloud computing" (see sidebar). Rather, iCloud is a free service offered by Apple that keeps all your devices in sync. It allows you to seamlessly and automatically share information between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and your Mac.
One of the big reasons we want a Mac is because we believe our Mac is immune to viruses, adware and malware. We believe our Mac, our privacy, and our precious photos and documents are all safe. We feel protected, and we are ... mostly. However, the Mac is actually vulnerable to some of these internet nuisances and it's important to understand what they are and what you can do to keep your Mac healthy.