iOS: Block People from Calling or Texting You

9:10 AM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · · Tips

How to block people from calling or texting in iOS

Solicitation calls and texts can be incredibly annoying and intrusive, but your iPhone's got your back. In this Quick Tip, we'll describe how to block people from contacting you and how to unblock them if you've done so accidentally. 

How to Reveal a Link’s Actual URL in Both OS X and iOS

5:45 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · Tips

How to see actual URLs in a link

The very design of HTML uses both a hyperlink and link text.
All you're supposed to see is the link text, but that has led to various and sundry deceptive practices. Here's how to see the actual URL in both OS X and iOS, in both mail and Safari.

Info to Pass On in Case You…Pass On

9:10 AM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · Tips

Here's what your trusted people need to know about your digital world if you die

If you were badly hurt or had something even more terrible happen to you, would your partner or someone else know how to access your devices? What about your online accounts or any automatic bill payments you've configured? In today's Quick Tip, we're going to offer some suggestions for info you should give your family or put somewhere other than your own Mac just in case bad stuff happens.

How to Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

7:00 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · Tips

Pair a Siri Remote With its 4G Apple TV

It can happen. Your Siri Remote isn't working. You're sure it has a good battery charge. As (bad) luck would have it, it may have become unpaired with the 4G Apple TV.  Here's how to get the two all paired up again.

iOS 9: Interact with Notifications on Your iPhone and iPad

9:05 AM, Apr. 1st, 2016 · · Tips

How to interact with Notifications on your iPhone or iPad

If you want to learn about different ways you could use Notification Center, then this article's for you! We find that a lot of people only see this iOS feature when they accidentally swipe to bring it down, but we actually find interacting with our notifications to be a real time-saver. Melissa Holt's got the details in today's Quick Tip.

OS X: Edit Your Custom Dictionary File

9:10 AM, Mar. 30th, 2016 · · Tips

How to add custom words to your Mac's spelling dictionary

Today's Quick Tip is about the hidden custom dictionary file on your Mac—what it does, how you'll access it, and how you can use it to stop your computer from correcting your spelling if you need to. Eliminating your autocorrect woes is the name of the game!

How to Strongly Encrypt a File (for free) in OS X

4:30 PM, Mar. 29th, 2016 · · Tips

OS X: Encrypt a file with native tools

There are many tools for encrypting files in OS X. GUI apps to do that have varying prices. Unfortunately, OS X itself doesn't have many built-in ways to encrypt a file. John Martellaro shows you the two native methods available in OS X.

PSA: Apple Broke Fantastical on Apple Watch

2:58 PM, Mar. 28th, 2016 · · Tips

watchOS 2.2 breaks Fantastical on Apple Watch

watchOS 2.2 may fix several bugs, but it introduced new issues that effectively break Fantastical. Once Apple's latest and greatest Apple Watch update is installed, events stop appearing in Fantastical even though they show up in Apple's own Calendar app.

5 Ways to Keep Your Mac’s Data Safe and Secure

8:44 PM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · · Tips

Five ways to help secure your Mac's data

The hearing on whether or not Apple should be forced to make a special version of iOS so the FBI can hack into an iPhone may be on hold, but that doesn't mean the personal data we want to keep private is safe. The fight to punch holes through our privacy is still gaining steam, and it reaches beyond the encrypted data on our iPhones out to our computers, too. There are ways to help protect your personal data on your Mac so the government, criminals, or even just nosey friends can't see what isn't any of their business. Check out The Mac Observer's list of tips on making your Mac—and your personal data—more secure.