OS X Safari: Wiping Your History, on Schedule

8:58 AM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · Tips

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.

How to Tell the Difference Between Apple Music and iTunes Match Songs

6:06 PM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · Tips

Apple Music and iTunes Match infographic

When Apple Music came on the scene we suddenly had two ways to play music online, and that made it a little confusing to try to figure out where our music is and what really belongs to us. The Mac Observer sorted out just what happens to our music, and what to expect if you decide to cancel either service. We put all that info into a handy infographic so you don't have to worry about accidentally deleting your music, or wonder why songs you played before ditching Apple Music don't play any more.

Backup Today or Suffer Tomorrow - You’ve Been Warned

2:12 PM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · Tips


In technology there’s only one thing Dr. Mac is absolutely certain of: Your hard (or solid-state) disk is going to fail. He knows you've heard it all before, but apparently some of you weren't listening...so he's trying again with different words.

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

8:57 AM, Aug. 4th, 2015 · · Tips

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!

Rachio Iro - The Smart Sprinkler Controller

10:30 AM, Aug. 1st, 2015 · · Tips

Rachio Iro App Screenshot

Think home automation can only be used inside your home? Juan Collao explains how watering your lawn is one area you absolutely must automate in a smart, connected way. He has the device to do it with, too: Iro from Rachio.

How to Create Signatures in Mail.app in iOS and OS X

5:40 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · Tips

Mail.app Signatures Screenshot

Apple users can add personal signatures to their emails on both their Macs and their iOS devices. They can promote a cause or a product. Let everyone know how they feel about a particular topic, or just make the recipient smile. It's easy to set up, and Nancy Carroll Gravley shows you how.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Turning Off Reachability

8:56 AM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · Tips

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.

How to Use Siri on Apple Watch to Create Immediate Countdown Timer

3:10 PM, Jul. 30th, 2015 · · Tips

Apple Watch, Siri & countdown timer

Occasionally, when one is under severe time pressure, many crucial things have to be done, say, just before a meeting or big event. While one could change faces on the Apple Watch and bring up the chronometer and a timer, there's a much faster and more convenient way. Siri comes to the rescue.

iOS: Deleting Siri’s Training Data

8:55 AM, Jul. 29th, 2015 · · Tips

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.