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Topic: Tips

How to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on your iPhone

10/19/2017, 11:10 am

Some names can be hard for Siri to pronounce, and if you don't correct the matter won't be accurately retrieved by Apple's voice-powered assistant. Here's how to fix them.


How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4 & iOS 11

10/18/2017, 01:10 pm

If you exercise with an Apple Watch, you'll want to load some music onto it. Thankfully with watchOS 4, Apple now lets you load multiple playlists and albums onto the wrist-worn device. AppleInsider explains how to do it.


How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11

10/18/2017, 10:10 am

There's a good chance that if got an iPhone or an iPad for Christmas, you've probably still using Siri's default voice settings -- but as AppleInsider can show, there are a few ways to personalize Siri's sound and functions in iOS 11 [now with video].


How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

10/17/2017, 01:10 pm

Starting with macOS Sierra and above, Apple implemented the ability to unlock your Mac when you are in proximity, and wearing your Apple Watch. Sounds simple enough -- but there are a few pre-requisites to fulfill before it works reliably. AppleInsider spells it all out.


How to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices

10/17/2017, 11:10 am

One of the advantages of Apple's iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider shows you how to set up the feature and get messaging on your iPad, Mac and more.


Tip: Convert physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to iTunes with Vudu and Movies Anywhere

10/16/2017, 12:10 pm

The expansion of Movies Anywhere to new studios and services has, in a roundabout way, enabled a new capability: You can now scan physical DVDs and Blu-rays that you own, and for a small fee convert them into authentic, legitimate iTunes Store purchases. AppleInsider explains how to do it.


Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going

10/14/2017, 03:10 pm

Sure, you can get a network attached storage device, or rely on somebody's cloud -- but, I've run a Mac-based home server for a very long time. Why have I kept one running, and why should you start one? Read on.


iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button

10/13/2017, 09:10 pm

Among the lesser known features included in Apple's latest iOS 11 is a new software function that lets users turn off their device without touching a physical button, handy in the case of random hardware failures and other glitches.


How to take advantage of iOS 11 privacy options for notification previews

10/13/2017, 11:10 am

One of the nice touches of iOS 11 is the ability to exercise more control over notification previews, which also applies to all first- and third-party apps. Here's how to switch up your settings for more (or less) privacy.


Use R-Play to play 'Destiny 2' and other PlayStation 4 games with MFi controllers on iPad, iPhone

10/13/2017, 10:10 am

Bungie's "Destiny 2" isn't coming to the Mac or the iPad, but an iOS title called R-Play will allow you to take advantage of Sony's Remote Play feature to play the game on your mobile device at home or away from your console. AppleInsider tries it out, after the weekly reset.


How to: turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

10/11/2017, 07:10 pm

Apple recently caught flak from the Electronic Freedom Foundation for misleading consumers by incorporating "off-ish" Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings in its iOS 11 operating system, a byproduct of decisions that favor user experience. We show you how to completely turn off the radios.


How to fix AirPlay streaming crashing on Denon, Marantz, Sony stereo receivers

10/10/2017, 03:10 pm

AirPlay is great, but problematic if it stops working -- because it doesn't generally toss any user-decipherable errors. If your stereo gear crashes while playing some tracks from your iTunes library, here's how you can probably fix it.


How to record your whole macOS screen, or a portion of it, with QuickTime Player

10/09/2017, 03:10 pm

Apple has included an incredibly easy to use screen recorder with macOS High Sierra, contained inside the QuickTime Player utility. AppleInsider shows you how to use it.


How to set separate controls for left and right AirPods in Apple's iOS 11

09/28/2017, 10:09 am

Installing iOS 11 also updates the functionality of connected AirPods, giving users the ability to set separate, customizable controls for each wireless earpiece.


Tips: Turn off iOS 11 Smart Punctuation to avoid data entry problems

09/26/2017, 09:09 am

An unexpected side effect of Apple's new Smart Punctuation feature in iOS 11 has manifested and is causing some problems with apps that use Core Data to store strings. Here's how to turn off Smart Punctuation, and why you might want to for now.


How to ditch bad Wi-Fi info so Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has better connectivity

09/21/2017, 02:09 pm

The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has a bug related to how it decides to stay on shoddy Wi-Fi, or shift to LTE. This can be remedied somewhat by cleaning up your known networks and not connecting to the some bad Wi-Fi hotspots in the first place -- here's how to do it.


Inside iOS 11: Apple's new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing

09/21/2017, 11:09 am

Although most recent iPhones aren't as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple's new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here's how to use it.


These stickers cover up the Digital Crown red dot on your Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular

09/15/2017, 03:09 pm

The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular features a unique aesthetic decision, placing a large and noticeable red dot on the Digital Crown, that may not be appealing to all buyers. Thankfully, there are a few decent options for covering it up with a decal.


How to free up space on your iPhone in iOS 11 without deleting apps or photos

09/15/2017, 11:09 am

As default capacities have grown on the iPhone over the last year, the immediate pinch of space has been eased somewhat for new iPhone users -- but, over time the digital cruft accumulates and stacks up. Here's how to use the iCloud Photo Library to shunt your valuable pictures to the cloud without deleting any forever, and how to prune down lightly used apps automatically.


PSA: Zello app for iPhone is not an actual walkie-talkie, still needs internet connectivity to work

09/06/2017, 10:09 am

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and with Irma approaching, word is spreading about "push to talk" iPhone app Zello. However, downloaders should be aware that the app requires not only a solid internet connection, but connectivity to Zello's servers to function.