macOS Sierra: Enabling Your Mac's Firewall and Stealth Mode

· · How-To

macOS Sierra firewall and Stealth mode protect your Mac from local network hackers

Your Mac is pretty safe on your private home network, but what about when you’re surfing the Web in coffee shops? Anyone with a computer and rudimentary hacking skills could target you, which is why it’s important to make sure your Mac’s built-in firewall is enabled—and that Stealth Mode is turned on, too. Read on to learn how.

Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi

· · Deep Dive

The future of home Wi-Fi is mesh networking, a new approach to consumer wireless networks that includes smart management and multiple radios designed to handle the load of today’s gadgets. If you’ve been fighting with range extenders and other solutions to broaden your Wi-Fi coverage and keep your streams alive, you can now stop all that silliness and blanket your home with Wi-Fi. The future is here, and that future is mesh networking.

iOS: Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad, and How to Turn it Off

· · Quick Tip

Did you know you can shake your iPhone to undo many of your most-recent tasks? The reality is that many of us do know this, but everyone I’ve talked to—including me—forgets it. Some people will find it handy, though, so let’s take a look at it. For those who don’t like it, Bryan Chaffin will show you how to turn it off.

iOS 10: Drawing on Your Pictures in Messages

· · 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!

iOS 10 Maps: Adding Pit Stops Along Your Route

· · 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!

iOS 10.2: How to Disable Always On Live Photo

· · 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

· · 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.

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Get Specs

· · 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

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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.

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

· · 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

· · 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!

How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

· · MGG Answers

Some people are experiencing problems with Contacts on their Apple Watch, or with initiating phone calls with Siri on your Apple Watch. The problem may be that your Contacts aren’t properly syncing, and Mac Geek Gab listener Bill wrote in (MGG 626) with the skinny on resetting it.