Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Turning Off Reachability

8:56 AM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Disabling Reachability for the iPhone 6

"Reachability" is Apple's term for how the screen slides down when you double-tap the Home button on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While that feature can be useful if you're using your device one-handed, it can also be a pain in the tuckus if you're constantly invoking it without meaning to! In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how to disable it completely.

iOS: Deleting Siri’s Training Data

8:55 AM, Jul. 29th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Reset Siri in iOS 8

If you're getting frustrated with Siri's inability to understand your commands, then you might want to try resetting the service on your iOS device. Siri learns how to better interpret your voice the more you use it, but if that training has gotten messed up (by, say, your kids playing around with your phone), then that could cause problems. We'll tell you how to wipe Siri clean in today's Quick Tip.

OS X Photos: Using Split View

8:55 AM, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we've got another Quick Tip for you about the Photos program, and in this one, we'll discuss how to use what's called Split View. This feature makes it easy as pie to view all of the images taken at the same time and place, so if you need to apply the same adjustments to a bunch of pictures at once, it's simple!

Turning Off Apple Pay on Your Lost Apple Watch

8:55 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is about the first thing you'll want to do if you lose your Apple Watch or if someone steals it: Remove your Apple Pay cards from the device! This is especially important to do if your Watch's passcode is easy to guess, so if you're the kind of person who uses "1234" to unlock all of his gadgets, this article's for you.

Photos: Using the Tilt Wheel to Straighten

8:58 AM, Jul. 15th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we're going to discuss how to fix an image with an off-kilter horizon. It's pretty simple to do, but if what you like are big, obvious buttons that say "Straighten," well, then, you're gonna miss iPhoto on this one. Deciphering…interesting…Apple design choices is what we're gonna do in today's Quick Tip.

Apple Music: Make Your Own Mixtape!

8:57 AM, Jul. 10th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you'd like to send your friends and family your custom Apple Music playlists, it's really easy to do. It's sort of like creating a mixtape for them! Now that a ton of people have signed up for the service's free trial, it's also the perfect time to share playlists—everyone using Apple Music can listen to the music you choose. We're all about sending digital mixtapes to each other in today's Quick Tip.

Terminal: Viewing Your Command History in OS X

10:28 AM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is about finding and looking through your command history in the Terminal program. Did you change the way your Dock looks (for example) through Terminal and then forget how you did it? This'll let you find out exactly what you typed in so you can reverse it easily. For those of us who like to tweak OS X, that's pretty darned useful!

Apple Music: Three Quick Tips!

8:50 AM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music

Three tips and tricks for using Apple Music, coming right up! We'll talk about redoing the genre selections you made when you originally configured the service, how to move tracks to your Apple Watch, and using Siri to listen to albums and artists that you don't even own.

Apple Watch: Resuming to Your Last-Used App

8:55 AM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

View your last used app on Apple Watch

Today's Quick Tip is truly quick but also truly useful. Do you want your Watch to keep, say, the music app active instead of switching to the clock face when you raise your wrist? Or would you like to make some third-party app stay open so you don't need to switch back to it constantly? We'll tell you how to turn on the setting to do just that!