OS X El Capitan: Append Websites, Documents, & Text to Existing Notes

8:59 AM, Oct. 21st, 2015 · · Tips

Appending content to Notes in OS X El Capitan

Today's Quick Tip is on an awesome new feature of El Capitan's revised Notes app: the ability to append shared info to existing notes rather than creating new ones. So you can start, say, a note about all of the places you want to visit and just add to it as you find new locations. Helping you stay informed and organized is what this article's all about!

iPhone 6s: How to Enable Live Photos

11:44 AM, Oct. 19th, 2015 · · Tips

How to turn on Live Photos on your iPhone

The Harry Potter-style Live Photos you can take with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are really cool, fun to share, and easy to take. That doesn't, however, mean it's obvious how to enable Live Photos—something I realized after being asked just that several times in the past few days. Read on to learn how to enable and disable Live Photos with a tap.

OS X: Encrypting Time Machine Backups

9:04 AM, Oct. 15th, 2015 · · Tips

How to encrypt your Time Machine backup

If you've got a backup drive (and you should), have you ever given any thought to what might happen if someone stole it? Is the data accessible to a thief? In today's Quick Tip, we'll cover how to encrypt a new Time Machine backup and some caveats for encrypting existing ones (you may have to erase the disk first!).

Dr. Mac’s Digital Shoebox Strategy for Storing and Finding Stuff Everywhere

12:50 PM, Oct. 14th, 2015 · · Tips

Where do you store all the little bits of information that don’t fit in the usual places like Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and such? You know what I mean—all those little bits of text, images, movies, or sounds that you hope to refer to in the future (if you can find them). Dr. Mac provides his prescription for saving and organizing your little bits and then finding them when you need them -- Only in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #145; only here at the one and only Mac Observer.  

iOS 9: New Ways to Add Email Attachments

10:28 AM, Oct. 13th, 2015 · · Tips

Add attachments in iOS 9 email messages

Today's Quick Tip is about attaching files in iOS 9. Did you know that you can now navigate to your iCloud Drive right from within the Mail app? Or that you can also enable attaching files from, say, Dropbox, without having to visit that app to do so? Well, now you know, so come in and find out all about it!

El Capitan: Hide Your Menu Bar!

8:55 AM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · · Tips

How to hide your menu bar in OS X El Capitan

In this article, we're going to cover an interesting feature of the new version of OS X: Hiding and showing the menu bar. For those of you who like to hide the Dock when you're not using it, this'll reduce your visual clutter even more. All the focus'll be on your work windows after today's Quick Tip!

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone

10:54 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 · · Tips

Here's how to turn on Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone

Now that AT&T says it can flip the switch and give iPhone owners Wi-Fi calling, we need to turn it on in our phones. That's easy to do, and assuming AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling in your area, lets you use broadband Wi-Fi connections whenever you have a weak cell signal. Read on to see how to turn it on.

How to Turn Off Nightstand Mode in Apple watchOS 2

9:00 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 · · Tips

Nightstand Mode in Settings App on watchOS 2

Nightstand Mode is a cool new feature in watchOS 2 that puts a nice fat digital clock on your Apple Watch when it's being charged. It's tasty, but some folks might not want their Apple Watch's display on all night. Turning it off is simple, but only if you know where to look. Bryan Chaffin explains.

El Capitan: Seeing “Find My Friends” on Your Mac

8:50 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 · · Tips

You can use Find My Friends on your Mac

Today's Quick Tip is all about getting your Find My Friends info to show up on your Mac within Notification Center, which is a neat new ability under El Capitan. So if you're accustomed to using that app to see the locations of your chosen friends, then this article's for you! 

The Complete Guide to an OS X Clean Install of El Capitan

1:20 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · Tips

El Capitan Clean Install Process

Apple has designed OS X so that one can just upgrade to the next version, "over the top," seamlessly. With this kind of upgrade, all user data, settings and accounts remain as before, and that works for most users most times. However, there are occasions when a user needs to do what's called a "Clean Install." This sets up the Mac as if it first came out of the box and then personal data is restored. John Martellaro, after a brief introduction, lists the steps for a Clean Install.