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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!

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.