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iOS 9 Beta: Extra Security with a 6-Digit Passcode

8:55 AM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

iOS 9's new six digit passcode

The beta of iOS 9 is just a goldmine of fun new stuff to mess around with, but in this Quick Tip, we're going to go over something serious: an easy new way to improve the security of your device without much inconvenience. Setting up a six-digit passcode and thwarting thieves is what Melissa Holt's got for us today.

El Capitan Beta: The “Delete Immediately” Feature

8:58 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Delete Immediately in OS X El Capitan

With the El Capitan beta, we've got a neat, easy way to bypass the trash when we're deleting a file, and we can also remove a single item from the trash without having to empty it completely. This is one of the features that we really hope makes it through to the final version of El Cap! Melissa Holt's here to tell you all about it.

iCloud: Restore Missing Data Through Your Browser

8:55 AM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to restore data from iCloud

Today's Quick Tip is the cat's pajamas (if we do say so ourselves), and so is Apple for implementing this handy feature. We can now use the iCloud website to restore backups of our contacts, calendars, and reminders, and we can also recover deleted Drive files, as well. We're so excited that we may just have to go sit down for a while and fan ourselves.

iOS 9: See Extra Battery Details

8:58 AM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

iOS 9 battery features

Let's talk about the beta of iOS 9! And let's specifically go over a new setting that'll let us determine more precisely how our battery life is being used. If you've ever been curious to see which apps are eating up your battery in the background, now you beta testers can know for sure. We've got energy-saving happiness for you in today's Quick Tip.

OS X El Capitan Beta: Muting Safari Tabs

8:55 AM, Aug. 12th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

OS X El Capitan

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's got some El Capitan awesomeness for those of you who are testing out the beta. Within El Cap's version of Safari, we can now easily find and mute tabs that have audio playing, and we don't even have to search around to figure out which is the noisy offender! Come on in and read about this nifty new feature.

OS X Safari: Wiping Your History, on Schedule

8:58 AM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Safari browser history

You just can't depend on your friends having the good sense to delete your browsing history if you die, can you? No, you can't. Because of that, Melissa Holt's latest Quick Tip is about how you can tell Safari to clear your history on a schedule, so at least your ghost won't have to worry too much about that one time you searched for that thing you like.

iOS: Using Siri to Find Apps, Books, and Music

8:57 AM, Aug. 4th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

iOS 8 icon

If you're new to the iPhone or the iPad, you may not know just how magical using Siri can be. Need directions? Easy peasy. Want to call someone? Done. In today's Quick Tip, though, we're going to cover a little-known feature: Using Siri to search the App Store, the iTunes Store, or the iBooks Store. Never before has spending your money been easier!

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!