iOS: How To Back Up Voice Memos To iCloud

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Andrew Orr found that voice memos aren’t backed up to ICloud Drive. Instead, it’s something you have to do manually. There are multiple locations to choose from, and Andrew shows us how to back up voice memos to iCloud.

Here's How To Protect Yourself From The iCloud Extortionists

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iOS two factor authentication

You may have read in the news that a hacker group is holding a number of iCloud accounts for ransom. If Apple doesn’t pay a certain amount of money by April 7, the hackers will reset the accounts and remotely wipe iOS devices. Andrew Orr shows us how to protect your Apple ID.

You Can Get Auto Insurance Quotes From Facebook Messenger

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A car crash - hope the driver had auto insurance

Few people would equate shopping for auto insurance with the words “easy” or “fun.” A tech startup is looking to change that with a new Facebook Messenger chatbot. Jeff Butts took the new service for a spin, and gives you all of the nitty gritty details.

Tip: Easily Change Your iOS DNS Settings

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By default, your device automatically uses the DNS settings provided by your ISP. But you don’t have to use it, especially if you want something geared towards privacy. You may have known that it’s possible to change your DNS on a Mac, but did you know you can also change your iOS DNS? Andrew Orr shows us how it’s done.

Encrypting Email With iOS Mail - A How-To

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encrypting email with iOS Mail

One of the most frustrating tasks for iPhone and iPad users is figuring out how to get it to play nicely with encrypted email with iOS Mail. Jeff Butts decided to brave the frustration, scoured the Internet for tips, and developed a method that should solve your woes.

Use a 4K Monitor in Retina Mode on Your Mac

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macOS System Preferences Displays Low Resolution options

In the old days when you purchased a monitor you had to decide between higher resolution and larger text. If your monitor’s native resolution was too high, you were plagued with either living with small text or running the screen at a lower resolution. People buying a 4K monitor today see the same issue, but there is an easy way to get that running in Retina mode. Apple’s solution to this issue was to introduce what they call “Retina displays” on Macs, and macOS allows you to achieve the same effect with your third-party, 4K monitor, as well. We’ll show you how.

iOS: Long Press Icons For Safari Shortcuts

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Safari Address Bar Tip

You might not know it, but Safari has some hidden shortcuts tucked behind some of the icons. This will let you perform certain actions a little faster. Safari shortcuts will save you plenty of time. Andrew tells us how he discovered these shortcuts by accident.

iOS 10: How to Make Home Button Touch ID Work Like it Used to

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iphone 6 home button

iOS 10 brought a big change to the way the Home Button worked by requiring users to press it, even after your fingerprint has been recognized. But, there’s a feature tucked away under Settings > General > Accessibility that allows you to make your Home Button work like it used to. When this option is turned on, your iPhone or iPad with Touch ID will unlock with just a touch from the lock screen. Here’s how to do it.

iOS: Easily Print To PDF Emails In Apple Mail

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Print email to PDF

On iOS there is a hidden feature that lets you print to PDF any email you want. It doesn’t require a third-party app or another email client. You can do it inside Apple Mail with a 3D Touch. Andrew Orr shows you how.

Tip: Stop Surveillance By Smart TVs from Vizio, Samsung, and LG

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Samsung smart tv

In light of the recent case against Vizio, an article by Consumer Reports gives details on how to stop your smart TV from spying on you with automatic content recognition. This works with television models from Vizio, Samsung and LG. Here’s how to stop the surveillance and protect your privacy.

Make Your iPhone Night Photography Stellar With These Tips

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iPhone Night Photography

Jeff Butts loves iPhone night photography, but it took a while for him to really get the hang of it and start capturing great shots. In this article, he shares with you what he’s learned, including his favorite tips and accessories for getting stellar iPhone night images. Whether you’re shooting the city skyline or the stars at night, you’ll want to read these tips and tricks.

macOS: View and Grab GIF Frames with the Preview App

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Save frames from a GIF as new images with Preview in macOS

Did you know you could use Preview to view a GIF’s separate frames? You can use this method to save a frame as a separate image. Preview is the most common method to view GIFs and watch them animate, but you can go a step further and capture frames. This tip comes courtesy of The Mac Observer’s Jeff Gamet.

Self Publish Your Books With iBooks

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Self publish on iBooks

If you’re an author, you can self publish your books on iBooks. You’ll want to leverage multiple platforms to increase your visibility, but don’t forget Apple. As The Mac Observer editor-in-chief, Bryan Chaffin, wrote, Apple’s eBook platform isn’t perfect, but it is worthwhile to use.