iCloud and iWork: Using On-Demand Downloads

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Using iCloud Drive? Then you need to know how to download all of your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote files to your iOS devices automatically. This’ll definitely save you some headaches if you need access to your spreadsheets when you head out into an area with sketchy cell coverage!

Amazon's Alexa Calling Feature Works From Your iPhone, too

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

An Echo Dot and various Alexa app screens showing Alexa Calling on the iPhone

Amazon’s Alexa Calling feature works great on the Echo and Echo Dot, from the testing TMO staff have done so far. Jeff Butts and Jeff Gamet also took the time to check out how the feature works from the Alexa app on the iPhone. Here’s what they found out, and how you can use it, too.

macOS: Use Spotlight to Directly Search Google with this Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew Orr has another cool tip from Reddit. Using a simple keyboard shortcut, you can use your Mac’s Spotlight to directly search using your default search engine. It saves you from manually going to Safari and searching from the address bar.

4 Tricks for Using Bookmarks Folders in Safari

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover some features of bookmarks folders in Safari on the Mac. Using a few handy-dandy shortcuts, you can open a bunch of your sites in new tabs or replace the existing ones! Just don’t do one thing when you meant to do the other, all right?

How to Remove Conexant Keylogger Found on HP Laptop Models

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Modzero, a security firm in Switzerland, has discovered a Conexant keylogger pre-installed on certain laptop models. It’s an audio driver located in the Windows system folder.  This driver automatically loads every time a user logs in. Andrew Orr shares which HP models are affected.

3 iPhone 7 Plus Tips to Help Make Your Flight More Productive

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

Stay more productive even on long flights when you can't have your MacBook or iPad

The Trump administration appears set to ban MacBooks, iPads, and other large electronics from even more flights to the United States. Jeff Butts has some tips for how you can make the most of your iPhone to be more productive during those long flights home.

iOS: What To Do When Your Public Wi-Fi Won't Connect All the Way

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi hotspots are terrific, when they work. Unfortunately, sometimes they get hung up and won’t deliver the proper login page. Jeff Butts shows you what to do when your favorite public Wi-Fi hotspot won’t connect to the internet, and you really want to get back to surfing the web.

There's a Bug in File Sharing Between Windows and iOS 10.3 - Here's a Workaround

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

File Sharing between Windows and iOS 10.3 is borked

Here’s a fun bug if you regularly deal with file names that include non-English characters. You can transfer such files to your iOS 10.3 device from Windows, but they won’t actually appear in your app. Fortunately, Jeff Butts has located a workaround that you can use until Apple squishes the bug.

iOS: If You 3D Touch Call from Phone App, Fun Stuff Happens

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

3D Touch Call

Jeff Butts found a cool new trick his iPhone could do this weekend. From the Phone app, you can 3D Touch call a number to bring up quick and useful actions. Check out how it works and decide whether it’s useful for you or not.

iOS 10: Get Started with iCloud Keychain

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

iCloud Keychain

If you’re smart with login information, you set a different, highly complex password for every site you use. Remembering all of them can be a real pain, though. Jeff Butts shows you how iCloud Keychain can help with that struggle.

macOS: Finding the Hidden Advanced Display Preferences

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Display Preferences

When you look at Display Preferences in macOS and remember what choices you used to have, you may wonder what happened to things like Detect Displays. Jeff Butts has found that a simple keypress is all it takes to get that option, and more, for advanced tweaking of your Mac’s display.

macOS: How To Use Apple Watch to Auto Unlock Your Mac

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Andrew Orr recently bought his first Apple Watch, and wanted to set up auto unlock for his MacBook. He shows us how to do it so you can have a password on your Mac without having to type it in.

iOS: How To Back Up Voice Memos To iCloud

· Andrew Orr · How-To

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.

iCloud: Uploading Files from a Browser

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Want to grab some photos off of your work machine and send them to your Mac at home? Need to get some files from a friend’s computer? If so, check out this Quick Tip from Melissa Holt. She’s going to tell us how to use the upload feature of iCloud.com to sync files and pictures right from any browser!

iOS: Assisted GPS and Why iPhone GPS Can't Be Perfect All the Time

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

iPhone GPS doesn't just rely on satellites

It’s great being able to use your iPhone to find out where you are or where a picture came from, but why isn’t the information always right? Jeff Butts explains how Assisted GPS works and why it leads sometimes to less-than-perfect results.

watchOS: Don't Automatically Install Apple Watch Apps

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Don't automatically install Apple Watch apps

When first setting up an Apple Watch, you have to decide whether or not to install all apps or not. If you configured your iPhone to automatically install Apple Watch apps, you might have learned you don’t like that option. Jeff Butts provides you quick instructions to stop your iPhone from automatically cluttering your Apple Watch with every available app.