What Is A VPN, And How Can It Help You?

· · Deep Dive

Now that Congress have chosen to allow ISPs to sell your data, many people are turning to VPNs to help. But you may not know how VPNs work, or how a VPN can help you browse the web safely. In this article Andrew Orr explores the technical details and gives you our VPN recommendations.

iOS: Close Running Apps All at Once

· · Quick Tip

Close running apps all at once

Even though Apple says this is unnecessary, sometimes when you have a lot of apps running, it can help boost your iPhone’s performance to shut them down. Doing that one by one is a pain, so Jeff Butts found a way to close running apps all at once.

iOS 10.3: How to See Which Apps Are Still 32-bit

· · Quick Tip

Settings > General > About > App Compatibility shows which iOS apps are still 32-bit

Apple is making it very clear the days of 32-bit app support on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are coming to an end. Lots of developers are working to make sure their apps are 64-bit, but there’s a chance some of the titles you depend on haven’t made the move. If you want to see if any of the apps you’re using are still 32-bit there’s an easy way to check on your iPhone and iPad. Follow along to learn how.

macOS: Using "Restore a Copy"

· · Quick Tip

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This Quick Tip of the day is about restoring file versions. The fact that you can go back to earlier saved documents is great, but what if you don’t want to replace the one you’re working on when you revert to an old version? Melissa Holt’s got the scoop in this article!

iOS 10.3: Using "Find My AirPods"

· · Quick Tip

Apple AirPods with iPhone

This Quick Tip is about the new “Find My AirPods” feature that’s available now with iOS 10.3. If you’ve lost one of those tiny white headphones somewhere in your house, this’ll help you locate it, and Melissa Holt’s gonna tell you how!

macOS: Creating an App-Specific Password for iCloud

· · Tips

Learn how to generate an app-specific password

When you first enable two-factor authentication in iCloud, you might notice some of your apps appear broken. This is because those apps don’t support 2FA, and require app-specific passwords. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he demonstrates how to generate and manage your app-specific passwords.

Pages for macOS: Always Start New Documents With Specific Template

· · Quick Tip

Change Pages for macOS to always open with a blank document or some other template

Pages for macOS is a great app, as are its cousins Numbers and Keynote. What many people don’t think is so great is having to select a template every time you want to begin a new document. Jeff Butts shows us how to configure any of the three iWork Suite apps to launch new documents in the Blank template or any other template of your choosing.

macOS: Accented Letters Are Surprisingly Easy to Type

· · Quick Tip

Learn how to type accented letters quickly and easily

If you’re typing in French, German, Latin, or another language, you need to know how to type accented letters. You could always use the Keyboard Viewer, but Jeff Butts has found there’s actually an easier way. Follow along to learn yet another handy macOS tip.

macOS: How to Change the Default Email Client

· · Quick Tip

changing default email clients on macOS

There are plenty of options for email software on macOS, and it’s easy to start using a new one. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change your default email client. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he shows how to change this, so you never have to worry about a mail link opening up the wrong app again.

You Can Get Auto Insurance Quotes From Facebook Messenger

· · How-To

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

· · How-To

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

· · How-To

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.