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Topic: Tips

What app-specific iCloud passwords are and when Apple forces you to use them

09/10/2018, 01:09 pm

Sometimes, an app wants your iCloud credentials for legitimate reasons, and Apple has app-specific passwords to keep your data safe -- but, there are limits to them that Apple doesn't mention. AppleInsider shows you what they do, plus how and when to use them.

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How to master Split View and Slide Over for iOS apps

09/06/2018, 01:09 pm

While Split View is a convenient feature of macOS, its equivalent on iOS is so good that it makes iPads truly productive tools. AppleInsider looks at how you can exploit its benefits.

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How to work around Split View's rough edges on the Mac to make it the tool it should be

09/04/2018, 11:09 am

If you've ever used this macOS feature, you know it's useful -- but you also how clunky it is when you want to stop or to change the apps in view. AppleInsider shows you the quickest ways to use it and when alternative apps are better.

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How to replace Apple Mail on the iPhone or iPad, and why you might want to

09/03/2018, 08:09 am

Apple may lock down iPhones and iPads more than it does the Mac, but despite the greater constraints, developers have managed to create Mail alternatives that are more compelling on iOS. AppleInsider looks at what they've done and why you should try alternative email apps.

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How to stop the constant update prompt in the iOS 12 beta

08/31/2018, 09:08 am

It's a workaround, not a fix, but it will get rid of the incessant upgrade notification in iOS 12 until Apple issues a solution. AppleInsider sorts it out -- and finds unexpected consequences too.

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How to use the extra features packed into Apple's tiny AirPods

08/30/2018, 09:08 am

Yes, AirPods are clearly for playing music but you can rapidly choose where that audio comes from -- and just what happens when you tap on the AirPods. AppleInsider details all the options.

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How to use Keynote's hidden presentation features to hold your audience's attention

08/28/2018, 12:08 pm

It isn't enough to finely craft a Keynote presentation if it is poorly delivered, AppleInsider examines the many ways that Apple's Keynote can help improve how you actually present your slideshow to audiences.

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How to find Apple's Numbers power spreadsheet features behind the simplicity

08/24/2018, 12:08 pm

Numbers is still seen as a lite version of Excel but Apple's spreadsheet is exceptionally powerful -- it just keeps as much of that power hidden away as it can. AppleInsider adds up all the time-saving benefits that are just a click away.

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How to quickly access iOS features via Control Center's hidden options

08/22/2018, 02:08 pm

It's meant to be simple: you swipe to get some common controls for your iPhone or iPad. However, you can change what's there, you can get more fine control and you can even lose an option if you're not careful. AppleInsider swipes up, down and around.

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How to get started with and get more out of the Apple TV 4K

08/21/2018, 12:08 pm

The Apple TV is more expensive than most streaming video hardware, but it is overall is the best-designed and most under appreciated of them all -- if only Apple didn't try to control how you use it. AppleInsider switches on.

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How to curate your own reading list with the Instapaper and Pocket apps

08/20/2018, 02:08 pm

We are all swamped with information, yet we also can't help ourselves looking out more for both work and pleasure. When you need to collate articles or you just want a good read, use Pocket or Instapaper. AppleInsider goes browsing to explain why and how.

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How to get more speed and features out of Safari on Mac and iOS

08/17/2018, 03:08 pm

Maybe it's just because it comes free on your Mac and iOS devices, but somehow it never seems fashionable to like Safari. Yet this is a remarkably capable app and it has hidden depths. AppleInsider delves into using Safari.

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How to back up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive to save space on your Mac

08/15/2018, 02:08 pm

You also should back up iPhones and iPads before upgrading to iOS 12 -- but that can take a big chunk out of your Mac's storage. AppleInsider shows you how to stop clogging up your Mac's drive.

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Five tips to get much more out of Apple Notes on iOS and macOS

08/14/2018, 01:08 pm

Apple's note-taking app went from a toy to an indispensable tool when it was revamped in 2015. Yet three years on, there is still more to discover in it. AppleInsider looks at ways to make a superb app even better.

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What to do when your Lightning cable won't charge your iPhone or iPad

08/10/2018, 10:08 am

It's not a common problem -- but knowing that is no help when it's just happened to you. AppleInsider shows the steps that can save you a trip to an Apple Store.

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How to play music using your Mac's keyboard with GarageBand's Musical Typing

08/09/2018, 10:08 am

Want to add elements to a GarageBand composition by playing a piano, but don't have access to a MIDI keyboard? Save money on buying a new instrument by taking advantage of the built-in Musical Typing feature to turn your Mac's keyboard into an alternative keyboard.

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How to add or remove fonts on the Mac with Font Book

08/08/2018, 09:08 am

Not everyone is satisfied by the ample array of fonts available to use on the Mac, with some users needing to add more, or even remove some if there are too many. AppleInsider explains how to do this by using Font Book, the macOS tool for managing the decorative text elements.

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Don't wait for Apple - how to get news on your Mac now

08/07/2018, 11:08 am

The Apple News app is coming to macOS Mojave but you can do better right now with tools that are already available. AppleInsider shows you how to bring the headlines to your desktop.

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How to set up Backblaze to back up your Mac, and why you should do it now

08/06/2018, 04:08 pm

You know those backup drives will fail someday -- but online backup services won't. Every minute of every day, your work can be preserved offsite -- and AppleInsider will show you how to start.

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Exploit Apple Mail's hidden power-user features on the Mac with these five tips

08/03/2018, 12:08 pm

You might use it every day but the email app we all take for granted has hidden depths. AppleInsider lifts the lid on our favorite five techniques for making Mail work harder on your Mac.

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