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

iOS 10 Logo

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

Photos Icon

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

macOS Sierra Siri

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

Apple Watch fitness tracking recalibration how to

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

Apple Watch series 2

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.

iOS: How to Convince Ducking Autocorrect You Don't Mean Duck

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

How to use Contacts to work around autocorrect issues

Our iPhones are great at making our lives easier, but sometimes autocorrect just gets it wrong. So ducking wrong, in fact, that it’s really ducking annoying. Turns out there’s a workaround that lets you trick your iPhone or iPad into leaving the word you really typed instead of changing it to “duck.”

macOS Sierra: Rearrange Your Menu Bar

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’ve ever been frustrated by not being able to customize the Mac’s menu bar, then this Quick Tip‘s for you. Under macOS Sierra, that funny little omnipresent bar just got a lot more adjustable, and this article will tell you how!

Get Detailed CPU Info From Mac's Command Line

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Terminal app

It’s easy to get hardware information about your Mac from “About This Mac.” But the command line data can provide some extra tidbits that the GUI leaves out. John shows you how to reveal detail of your CPU from the Terminal app.

iOS 10: Turning Off "Raise to Wake"

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about the new “Raise to Wake” feature in iOS 10. It’s cool, it’s handy, but if you get notifications that are private or potentially offensive, it’s less than ideal. Wanna turn it off? We’ll tell you how.

macOS Sierra: Fast Sound Settings from the Menu Bar

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra makes switching sound output easier with an updated menu bar item

Apple gets that we’re always looking for ways to make the routine things we do on our Macs easier and some of the subtle changes in macOS Sierra really show that off. The Sound menu bar item is a perfect example because now switching audio input and output sources is even simpler.

Safari 10: Hide Flash from Every Website Except Some

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Safari 10 allows you to have Flash installed, but to control which sites know it (or access it). For many users, this would be the best compromise between having flash and not installing it all. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to do it.

Use 3D Touch in LINE to Read Messages without a Read Receipt

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

3D Touch View of LINE Chat

The LINE Corporation has done something very useful with 3D Touch, and I thought I’d tell you about it. When you’re looking at your Chats view, you can view recent chats, as shown below, without sending a read receipt. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

How to Make macOS Sierra Empty Your Mac's Trash for You

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Auto-delete Trash items after 30 days in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra is loaded with cool new features, but sometimes it’s the little things that make your life easier, like not needing to remember to empty your Mac’s trash. You can set the Trash to auto-delete after 30 days, and it’s easy to do. Read on to learn how.

iOS 10: Managing Siri's Third Party App Voice Control

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Siri App Control

iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber.” If you don’t want Siri calling rides for you—or Siri says it can’t—it’s time for a trip to your iPhone’s Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how.

watchOS 3: Configure Your New Dock

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Got an Apple Watch? Then you’ll need to know how to access and edit the new watchOS 3 Dock feature, which’ll put your favorite apps just a button click away. We’ve got your answers in today’s Quick Tip!