OS X: Partitioning Drives (And Why You Might Want To!)

9:10 AM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · Tips

How to partition Mac OS X hard drives

Today's Quick Tip is about partitioning disks with OS X, which is useful if you'd like to share data with a PC, clone to the same external drive as someone else, and so on. Melissa Holt's got the skinny on partitioning with the colorful, cheerful new Disk Utility interface in this article!

Beware Phishing Scam that Looks Like Real Apple Email

6:37 PM, Jan. 18th, 2016 · · Tips

Danger: Phishing Scam

We received the best looking phishing email we've seen in a long time, if not ever, and wanted to make folks aware of it. While it looks like it could be from Apple, including legitimate links to Apple's Support site and online forums, the link to "My Apple ID" is to a non-Apple URL.

iOS 9.3: How to Enable Night Shift Mode

3:58 PM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · · Tips

How to enable and use iOS 9.3's Night Shift mode

The iOS 9.3 public beta is out and it includes a cool new feature called Night Shift. No, it isn't an evening job; instead, it's an option to cut down on our iOS device's blue light cast at night to help reduce the impact screen viewing has on our circadian rhythm.

OS X: 5 Settings to Tweak for Newbies

9:20 AM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · · Tips

OS X settings to change for new Mac users

Ever set up a machine for someone else, especially someone new to the Mac or just new to recent versions of OS X? Well, after this Quick Tip, you'll be prepared to do just that. We'll go over some of the changes you could make to give your newbie an easier experience while he gets accustomed to how the Mac works.

OS X’s Hidden Bluetooth Debug Menu: Reset Devices and More

9:05 AM, Jan. 12th, 2016 · · Tips

How to use OS X's hidden Bluetooth debug menu to reset your devices

Having Bluetooth problems? We've got a fix for you. The Bluetooth icon in your menu bar is hiding a special option that'll help you with a whole mess of troubleshooting steps, including doing factory resets on your connected Apple devices either all at once or one at a time. Melissa Holt's gonna talk about that in today's Quick Tip.

Checking Your Mac’s Battery Health

11:30 AM, Jan. 8th, 2016 · · Tips

How do you tell if your laptop battery is all right? If it's not, what are your options for replacing it? If the battery is swelling and warping your laptop's case, what do you do? (Hint: Get it fixed ASAP.) Melissa Holt goes over all of this and more in today's Quick Tip.

Numbers: Three Quick Tips!

12:25 PM, Jan. 6th, 2016 · · Tips

While Apple's spreadsheet program, Numbers, isn't as powerful or ubiquitous as Microsoft's Excel, we think that it's a fine alternative (especially if you just need something relatively simple that gets the job done). We've got three great tricks for using it in today's Quick Tip!

OS X: 4 Easy Ways to Use Emoji Shortcuts

11:15 AM, Jan. 1st, 2016 · · Tips

4 ways to quickly use emoji characters on your Mac

For her first article of 2016, Melissa Holt's gonna discuss a couple of easy ways to get Emoji or other symbols into your text under OS X, including a method for setting up your own substitutions. This'll let you get the Mac's Command symbol, for example, whenever you type "cmd" (or whatever shortcut you choose). Welcome to the New Year and to today's Quick Tip!

I Found an Easy Fix for my Recalcitrant Mac Backup Disk

5:10 PM, Dec. 31st, 2015 · · Tips

system info software showing safe boot

A couple of weeks ago Dr. Mac's main Mac displayed an alert telling him his Time Machine disk was damaged and to repair or replace it A.S.A.P. After Disk Utility and several third-party disk utilities failed to repair the damage, he was surprised to discover that performing a Safe Boot did the trick.