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Whispering Sweet Nothings at The A-Lady – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 766

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Whispering Sweet Nothings to Amazon Alexa

Some folks with Catalina on the brain want to know how to prepare. Some folks want to prepare to reinstall Mojave. Joe has advice for future-proofing your home, and the A-Lady wants you to whisper sweet nothings at her. It’s that kind of week here and John and Dave are your stalwart guides. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Migrating iTunes, Upgrading Macs, and a Quick Tip from Craig Federighi – Mac Geek Gab 765

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Migrating iTunes, Upgrading Macs, and a Quick Tip from Craig Federighi

It’s true, Craig Federighi let loose a perfect little Quick Tip last week at WWDC, did you catch it? Your two geeks did, and they’re here to share it with you. In addition to some more Quick Tips from other listeners, this episode is chock full of answers to your great questions on topics like preparing your iTunes library for Catalina, upgrading to a new Mac, and much, much more. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Mac Pro: You Want It? You Got It! – Mac Geek Gab 764

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Pro at WWDC with Mac Geek Gab title

Yes, some things happened at WWDC, and your two geeks discuss them. But first, some Cool Stuff Found. We can’t ignore that stuff, after all! Then it’s time for a jam session all about macOS Catalina, the new Mac Pro, and a few other things related to Apple’s announcements this week. All very cool stuff, and you’re guaranteed to learn at least five new things!

Backup Your Syncs – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 763

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Backup Your Syncs – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 763

Ever get a beachball in Messages on your Mac? Want to re-arrange your CarPlay icons? Need an easy way to find files on your Mac, but the Finder’s not cutting it? These are just a few of the ways John and Dave start Mac Geek Gab this week, and then it’s time to dive into the harder questions! Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Protecting Your Mac and Router, New Handy Shortcuts, & Troubleshooting System Lags – Mac Geek Gab 762

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab 762 Episode logo with text Protecting Your Mac

First things first: make sure your Mac’s XProtect database is regularly updated. With that out of the way, we can have some fun learning some handy new keyboard shortcuts, new ways to filter Mail on your iPhone and iPad, some tricks for truly securing your router, and a discussion about guest networks, just to name a few topics included in this week’s episode. Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

iPad Dreams...and More Cowbell – Mac Geek Gab 761

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It’s worth digging into your Mac’s auto-startup items every now and then, just to clean things up. That’s especially true when your two favorite geeks discover a new place to look… and find some very old stuff out there. Listen as John and Dave talk through all this and more. Plus, some great Quick Tips and Cool Stuff Found from your fellow listeners, including one that’ll help you keep all your power tools charged. And, we might just have an answer to listener Scott’s iPad dreams. Press play, listen, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

New vs. Used/Refurb, USB Disconnects, Notifications, and Ethernet Locations – Mac Geek Gab 760

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

New vs. Used/Refurb, USB Disconnects, Notifications, and Ethernet Locations –  MGG 760

This week your two favorite geeks tackle your questions about USB disconnects, “no Internet connection” reports, creating short video clips from long segments, and when (and whether!) to buy new or look for refurb/used. Listen as John and Dave talk you through all of this and much, much more. Press play, download, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Not all USB-C Is Created Equal – Mac Geek Gab 759

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Not all USB-C Is Created Equal – Mac Geek Gab MGG 759

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more confusing, USB-C cables can add some additional questions to the mix. Add to this lots of Cool Stuff Found, a discussion about the best desktop Mac to buy, some tips and follow-ups from recent episodes, and you’ve got yourself this week’s Mac Geek Gab. You’re guaranteed to join John and Dave in learning at least five new things. Press play, and enjoy!

Communal Head Scratching to Help Solve Your Problems – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 758

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It’s true, your two favorite geeks have come together again to have a “communal head scratch” about all the questions and problems you’ve submitted. Then it’s on to some happy tips, including one about working around the new Dropbox limitations. Download, press play, and learn at least five new things… and get your questions answered, too!

Migration Is (Not Only) For The Birds – Mac Geek Gab 757

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Siri, Stringify, Space Lens, and Emergency Bypass don’t all begin with the letter ‘S’, but they have one thing in common: your two favorite geeks discuss them in this week’s episode of Mac Geek Gab. In addition, listen as John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton answer your questions, including some about migrating to a new Mac the right way. The best way. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Resetting Wi-Fi, Unlocking Your Mac, & Managing Secure Boot – Mac Geek Gab 756

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Resetting Wi-Fi, Unlocking Your Mac, & Managing Secure Boot - MGG 756

Are you making the most of your Apple TV? Do you know all the tricks the Finder has to offer? Are you managing Do Not Disturb effectively? Your fellow listeners have the answers, and John and Dave share and discuss them for you. Plus, your two favorite geeks answer some of your questions about Wi-Fi, Watch Unlocking, NAS, and more. Press play, listen, and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Deep Dive into Mail, Gmail Bugs, Cool Stuff Found & More – Mac Geek Gab 755

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Deep Dive into Mail, Gmail Bugs, Cool Stuff Found & More – Mac Geek Gab 755

Mail was the Deep Dive topic this week, and then the Gmail/Gsuite/macOS 10.14.4 bug happened, so Mail gets a double dip and you’re gonna love it. Then it’s on to perhaps the best AirPods alternative we’ve found… for just $30. More Cool Stuff Found plus your questions answered rounds out the episode. Press play, learn, and enjoy!

New iMacs, Traveling, Porting, and Troubleshooting – Mac Geek Gab 754

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Wiring, Traveling, Porting, and Troubleshooting – Mac Geek Gab 754

This week your two favorite geeks, John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, tackle answers to your questions about traveling with technology, porting your phone number (and saving money!), converting Apple Music files and more. Of course, they talk about the new stuff from Apple, too! Press play, listen, and learn at least 5 new things!

Beware the Magnets – Mac Geek Gab 753

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Beware The Magnets Mac Geek Gab 753

You want Cool Stuff Found? You want to know how to uninstall apps properly? What about the dangers of disabling SIP? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite geeks, come together to answer all of these and more. Have a question? Send it in to [email protected] or post in the MGG forums.

Finder, Friend or Foe? – Mac Geek Gab 752

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Finder. Friend or Foe?

The Finder can be your friend or foe, depends upon how well you tame and tweak it. These are the kinds of things John and Dave help you do each week on Mac Geek Gab. In addition to that, we’ve got segments on taming iCloud’s two-factor authentication, suggestions for improving on the Stickies model, and ways of recovering disk space. All this and more! Just press play and learn at least five new things!

Sharing Contacts, Bulk SMS, Calendar Tweaks, and Quick Tips - Mac Geek Gab Podcast 751

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Want to learn the big secret to keeping your computer happy? How about how to share contacts? What about some quick tips about using calendar? This is what Mac Geek Gab is all about, and Dave and John help guide you through all of this, including getting your questions answered!

Batteries In The Cloud – Mac Geek Gab 750

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Battery floating in the Clouds - Mac Geek Gab 750

Aren’t using all your iCloud Storage? No worries, we’ve got an idea for that. We also have Cool Stuff Found and answers to your other questions. Plus, we iterate on a Quick Tip from last episode making it quicker and tipper! Listen with John and Dave and learn at least five new things!

The Mesh Wi-Fi Industrial Complex – Mac Geek Gab 749

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

The Mesh Wi-Fi Industrial Complex

Wanna know how to force Safari to download a media file instead of playing it? Want to know how to use the same drive on USB-C and USB-A Macs? Want to know how to secure erase your NAS drive? John and Dave have your answers! There is also a lot of concern about the future of eero, so your two geeks discuss that, too. All this and more, just press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Touch Bar & The Terminal – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 748

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Touch Bar & The Terminal

Do you need an elbow connector? You might after listening to this episode! That, after all, is what Cool Stuff Found segments are all about: discovering stuff you didn’t know existed, and now you need! In addition to that, of course, your tips are shared and questions are answered, including some about iCloud Archives, CarPlay, and Watch Notifications. Hosts Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun guide you through all of this and more, just press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

How fast is your connection? How much of that speed matters? How fast is your Mac? Why isn’t it faster? What devices can you see on your network? Why can’t you connect to all of them? This is what Mac Geek Gab is about. Posing questions, getting answers, and learning at least 5 new things. Learn your 5 now by pressing play!