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Brett Brett Feb 08, 2019. 1 comments

Connect Your Files Across Applications With Hook

Connect Your Files Across Applications With Hook

I’ve developed a lot of systems I use to keep files and projects connected on my Mac: wiki-link services that connect notes to to-do items, Curio projects that connect emails to projects, and extensive tagging systems to keep all kinds of files together. Each one is, in one way or another, limited in scope (and linking emails is an eternal struggle). That’s why I’m so excited about Hook....

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Brett Brett Oct 30, 2018.

How to Make Safari Even More Secure With GhosteryLite

How to Make Safari Even More Secure With GhosteryLite

My favorite Chrome extension for ad-blocking and privacy, Ghostery, has a new version for Safari on macOS: GhosteryLite.

The latest version of Safari comes with pretty solid privacy features, but Apple also provided a Content Blocker API to allow extensions like GhosteryLite to extend its abilities. Ghostery maintains an extensive database of trackers and ad platforms, and using Apple’s own...

Brett Brett Oct 06, 2018. 1 comments

How to Make Your Mac as Secure as Possible 

How to Make Your Mac as Secure as Possible 

In a recent blog post titled “Hardening macOS,” Ricard Bejarano offers an extensive list of settings you can tweak to make macOS as secure as possible. It’s a comprehensive list of tasks—and we love it—but it’s important that you understand the “why” behind his recommendations, too. Here are a few of his top tips and explanations for why you’re adjusting, installing, or modifying your Mac...

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Brett Brett Oct 01, 2018. 3 comments

How to Find Chapters and Customize Skip Times in Apple's Updated Podcasts App 

How to Find Chapters and Customize Skip Times in Apple's Updated Podcasts App 

While most Apple fans who love podcasts have probably switched to an app like Overcast or Castro, you might want to go back and spend a few minutes with Apple’s updated Podcasts app in iOS 12. There are a few new features that have finally made this app a viable alternative to the, er, alternatives. Here’s what’s new:

Apple now supports chapters for MP3-based podcasts in its official app....

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Brett Brett Sep 27, 2018. 15 comments

How Is Your macOS Mojave Experience on Your Older Mac?

How Is Your macOS Mojave Experience on Your Older Mac?

New macOS versions usually mean better performance on Apple’s latest hardware, but they’re rarely optimized for anything older (even last year’s models). So what’s the consensus on macOS Mojave, Apple’s latest operating system, when it comes to older machines?

Just as a reminder, Apple says that macOS Mojave is compatible with the following desktop and laptops:

MacBook introduced in early 2015...

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Brett Brett Sep 26, 2018. 4 comments

How to Downgrade Your iPhone Back to iOS 11

How to Downgrade Your iPhone Back to iOS 11

For most iPhone users, updating to iOS 12 should be smooth sailing: faster speeds and fun new features for all. And while we have yet to experience any issues with iOS 12 on our devices here at Lifehacker, we have seen a number of reports from others—especially those with older devices—who feel like they’re having battery issues after updating to Apple’s latest version of iOS.

If you’ve...

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Brett Brett Sep 18, 2018. 8 comments

The Best New Features to Try in iOS 12

The Best New Features to Try in iOS 12

The latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 12, is out. It features dozens of new features and improvements; there’s something for everybody.

How to update

This update is compatible all the way back to the iPhone 5S, coincidentally making the 5S the iPhone that has been able to run the most versions of iOS. Some of the improvements relate directly to hardware the 5S...

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Brett Brett Sep 07, 2018. 12 comments

CleanMyMac X Saves Space, Removes Malware, and Speeds Up Your Mac

CleanMyMac X Saves Space, Removes Malware, and Speeds Up Your Mac

I’ve been recommending CleanMyMac to friends and family for a while now, and it gets better with every version. CleanMyMac X was released yesterday, with powerful new tools for optimizing and protecting your Mac.

The app, which ranges in price from a $40 annual subscription to a $90 one-time purchase, is a macOS utility for clearing out unneeded, unused, and temporary files. It has grown to...

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Brett Brett Sep 04, 2018.

How to Get Full Volume Control on Your AirPods With Siri

How to Get Full Volume Control on Your AirPods With Siri

By design, changing the volume on Apple’s AirPods requires either using the volume buttons on your phone, or using Siri to increase or decrease the volume. While your iPhone adjusts the volume in 6 percent increments, Siri adjusts the volume in 12–13 percent increments. Obviously that reduces the number of times you need to request a volume change, but it also removes fine-grained control....

Brett Brett Sep 04, 2018. 11 comments

The Best Ways to Use 3D Touch on Your iPhone

The Best Ways to Use 3D Touch on Your iPhone

Apple debuted 3D Touch on the iPhone back in 2015. The concept behind the technology is simple: You press the screen harder to get additional functionality in various areas of iOS. Magic!

At first, 3D Touch seemed like a gimmick. Even now, three years later, a lot of people I talk to don’t even know they have it on their phone. Apple itself may soon concede this fact. In the meantime, I’ve...

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Brett Brett Aug 31, 2018. 4 comments

How to Stream Music via AirPlay 2 on Your Old-school Airport Express

How to Stream Music via AirPlay 2 on Your Old-school Airport Express

Apple may have officially discontinued the Airport Express network extender, along with the rest of its wifi hardware , but it released a big firmware update yesterday for the Airport Express. As long as you have a second-generation Airport Express (released in June of 2012), the update allows you to stream directly to connected speakers via AirPlay 2.

This means you can synchronize your...

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Brett Brett Aug 30, 2018. 9 comments

Apollo Makes Reddit Beautiful for iOS Users

Apollo Makes Reddit Beautiful for iOS Users

Christian Selig has created Apollo, a Reddit app for iOS that’s so elegant Apple might have imagined it themselves. The design is beautiful, and the usability is top notch (and much better than Reddit’s official app). It even features a Dark Mode for all your nighttime meme-posting and GIF-watching.

The app covers a lot of the areas that are most useful when exploring and interacting with...

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Brett Brett Aug 27, 2018.

How to Send a Secret Image in Plain Sight

How to Send a Secret Image in Plain Sight

iOS: For reasons ranging from risqué to super-spy, you might occasionally want to send a secret image to somebody. While there are plenty of apps you can use to send disappearing images, Cammeleon is a cool little iOS app that lets you hide images within images.

To keep your secrets hidden, open the app, take a picture, add an optional caption, and hit the right arrow next to the caption box...

Brett Brett Aug 22, 2018.

How to Add a Dock Shortcut for Any macOS System Preference Pane

How to Add a Dock Shortcut for Any macOS System Preference Pane

If you frequently access the same System Preferences pane on your Mac, you can add a shortcut directly to your Dock. Here’s how:

All of the default preference panes are located in /System/Library/PreferencePanes/, and you can get to that folder easily in Finder by typing Shift-Command-G to open the Go To Folder dialog and entering (or pasting) the above path into the field. When you hit “Go,”...

Brett Brett Aug 16, 2018. 5 comments

How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizon

How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizon

Verizon has announced that customers on any of its three unlimited data plans are getting 6 months of free Apple Music. And if you already subscribe to Apple’s streaming music service, don’t worry, you’re included too.

This is part of a deal that Verizon has worked out with Apple, who thus far has been reticent to offer Apple Music promotions like this. In the announcement, Verizon states that...

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Brett Brett Aug 08, 2018. 3 comments

Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That'

Alexa Can Now 'Get Back to You On That'

Given that asking for facts is the most commonly-used feature of smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Alexa users are probably familiar with the phrase “I’m sorry, I don’t know that.”

Alexa’s knowledge base is constantly growing, and at some point in the future she just might have an answer to a question she didn’t before. To that end, Amazon is rolling out a new feature called “Answer Updates,”...

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