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iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

8:55 AM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Siri can bleep your name for you

If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you "you massive stinking pile of BEEP" if you want. We accept no responsibility for the repercussions of having your boss hear your new nickname, though. 

OS X: Watching Your Kid’s Screen (from Across the House!)

9:10 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to monitor what your kids are doing on their Macs

Today's Quick Tip is not about Parental Controls, exactly, but you could use it in conjunction with that feature if you need to go a step farther in keeping your kid safe online. With Remote Management, you can see what your child is doing from the comfort of your own computer screen, and if you set it up properly, he'll never even know that you're watching. The approach may be a bit draconian, but we guess sometimes you've gotta come down hard.

We're sorry, kids. 

OS X: Adjusting Your Login Options

8:56 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to manage your Mac's login window

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will go over the so-called login window, which is the screen you'll see if your Mac doesn't sign in automatically. Can you customize it? Is it difficult to make it more secure? And hey, where do you go to make changes to it? The short answers are "yes," "no," and "System Preferences," but if you want the long answers, they're in this article!

iOS: Solving Network Connectivity Problems

9:10 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Troubleshoot iPhone and iPad network connections

Today's tip is about what to do if your iPhone or iPad just won't join a Wi-Fi network that you know is working perfectly. Sometimes those pesky devices just need a virtual slap on the wrist, and Melissa Holt's going to give us the scoop on how to do just that.

OS X: 5 Settings to Tweak for Newbies

9:20 AM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

OS X settings to change for new Mac users

Ever set up a machine for someone else, especially someone new to the Mac or just new to recent versions of OS X? Well, after this Quick Tip, you'll be prepared to do just that. We'll go over some of the changes you could make to give your newbie an easier experience while he gets accustomed to how the Mac works.

Checking Your Mac’s Battery Health

11:30 AM, Jan. 8th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How do you tell if your laptop battery is all right? If it's not, what are your options for replacing it? If the battery is swelling and warping your laptop's case, what do you do? (Hint: Get it fixed ASAP.) Melissa Holt goes over all of this and more in today's Quick Tip.

Numbers: Three Quick Tips!

12:25 PM, Jan. 6th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

While Apple's spreadsheet program, Numbers, isn't as powerful or ubiquitous as Microsoft's Excel, we think that it's a fine alternative (especially if you just need something relatively simple that gets the job done). We've got three great tricks for using it in today's Quick Tip!