iOS 10: Drawing on Your Pictures in Messages

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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If you liked Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip about using Photos on the Mac to mark up images, then you’re gonna need to check out this one too. Wanna annoy your friends and family by drawing on the pictures you send them through Messages? Sure you do, and we’ll tell you how!

macOS Sierra: Using Markup in Photos

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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With macOS Sierra, the markup tools we’ve been able to use in Mail and Preview to annotate images have come to Photos, as well, but they’re a bit hidden. Wanna find out how to use them? Then come read this Quick Tip!

iOS 10 Maps: Adding Pit Stops Along Your Route

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Today’s Quick Tip is about how to use the redesigned Maps app to get directions along your route, so you can stop at a gas station or grab coffee when you’re already navigating somewhere. This feature will even help you figure out how much time making a pit stop will add to your trip, so come find out how to use it!

How to Turn Off Music Auto-Shuffle in iOS 10

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Up Next Sheet in Music App in iOS 10.1.1 with Shuffle

Did the Music app in iOS 10 start auto-shuffling your albums? It’s easy to fix, but you have to know where to look. Bryan Chaffin walks you through it.

iOS 10.2: How to Disable Always On Live Photo

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Live Photo active in the iOS 10.2 Camera app

If the iOS 10.2 beta is any indication, Apple thinks every iPhone pic we take should be a Live Photo. Live Photo is on by default and reactivates itself every time you launch the Camera app, but there is a way to force it to stay off. Read on to learn how.

iOS 10.2 Beta Brings Star Ratings Back to Music App

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Star Rating Sheet in iOS 10.2 beta

The current beta for iOS 10.2 includes an option to turn Star Ratings back on in the Music app! Even more interesting, it’s being returned as an option, allowing users who don’t care about Star Ratings to leave them be. Bryan Chaffin walks you through what we’re seeing so far.

How to Re-enable the Startup Chime on Late 2016 MacBook Pro Models

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Re-enabling the new MacBook Pro startup chime

The new 15-inch and 13-inch Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro, along with their 13-inch function key sibling, do away with the Mac startup chime. Turns out the chime isn’t gone, but is only disabled—and it’s easy to re-enable with a quick trip to the Terminal. Read on to learn how.

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Get Specs

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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If you’re running macOS Sierra, you may know that you can use Siri on your computer, but Apple’s voice assistant can also help you find out what specs your Mac’s got. So if you need to know how much storage space you have remaining, say, Siri has you covered. And so do we!

PSA: LOL 'Apple' Malware Spam of the Week

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

LOL Malware Spam of the Week

Check this out. It’s probably the worst malware spam I’ve seen in a long time. I actually snorted out loud reading it. But it’s always good to be on guard against these things, and to help those in our lives who might be fooled by even this lame attempt. Accordingly, let’s turn an LOL moment into a learning opportunity.

Customizing Apple Watch Faces on Your iPhone

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone to customize your faces. If you don’t wanna fiddle with colors and complications on your itty bitty Watch, there’s now an easier, faster way to do so!

How to Add a Physical Escape Key to the New MacBook Pro

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Keyboard settings for remapping modifier keys

The Escape key has been on our keyboards practically since the beginning of time—even the Apple II had one. That’s changing with tomorrow’s MacBook Pro refresh and its Magic Toolbar. The physical Escape key is going virtual, but Apple is including a way to let other keys handle its task.

iOS 10.1: Turning Off Duplicate Portrait Mode Images

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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This Quick Tip is about the spankin’-new Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus, which’ll let you take shots with a special depth effect applied. However, if you don’t want your iPhone to keep an additional version of each of your Portrait Mode images, come read this article and find out how to turn that off!

watchOS 3: How to Use Emergency SOS

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

The new version of watchOS has a neat and potentially life-saving ability, dubbed Emergency SOS. When it’s on, this feature will let you use the physical buttons on your device to automatically call emergency services and even notify some contacts that you’re in trouble. We’ll tell you how to set it up!

macOS Sierra: How to Use Photos Memories

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Within macOS Sierra’s Photos program, there’s a new “Memories” feature that’ll automatically group pictures together to remind you of important events in your life. In this Quick Tip, we’ll go over a few great tricks on how to use it!

iCloud Family Sharing Users Can Remotely Wipe Each Other's Devices [Updated]

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iCloud Family Sharing is great for letting your family share apps, videos, music, photos, and more without sharing an Apple ID. If you’re using Find My iPhone along with iCloud Family Sharing, however, there’s a chance someone could accidentally—or intentionally—remotely erase your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

macOS Sierra: Resetting Your System Sound Effects Output

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Every macOS/OS X update has its own quirks, and those quirks can be amplified by whatever peculiarities existed on the Mac being upgraded. For instance, when I upgraded to Sierra, that setting got changed so that it was independent from my System Output. Fortunately, putting it back is easy.

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Search for Web Images

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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This macOS Sierra Quick Tip is about using Siri to find and use images from the Web, whether you want to attach one to an email, insert it into a document, or save it to your desktop. We’ve got the scoop on some talking-to-your-Mac fun in this article!

macOS Sierra: Using "Recommendations" to Save Storage Space

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about a new feature in macOS Sierra, which’ll help you clean up your Mac and give you more storage space if you need it. Your laptop’s got a tiny little SSD that you’re quickly growing out of? Let’s see if Sierra can help!

How to Recalibrate Apple Watch Fitness Tracking

· Jeff Gamet · News

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Let’s say you followed my advice and calibrated your Apple Watch for better step count and distance accuracy, but something went wonky now it’s wrong again. That’s an easy fix, and a great excuse to get outside to walk some more. Read on to learn how to reset your Apple Watch fitness tracking calibration.

watchOS 3: How to Find & Activate Power Reserve Manually

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

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In watchOS 3, there are no more Glances. So Apple had to relocate the manual activation of Power Reserve for the Apple Watch to the Control Center. John shows you how this works.