Articles by Matt Cone

Matt Cone is a technical writer at Fastly. He has experience creating documentation for organizations like Linode and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Matt’s first book, Master Your Mac, was published by No Starch Press. To get in touch with Matt, visit https://www.mattcone.com.


How to Remotely Lock Your iPad

  November 5, 2021

You already know that you can password protect your iPad. But if you have enabled Find My iPad, you can also remotely lock your iPad. (The iPad must be turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network.) By using the Mark As Lost feature, you can enable a password on your iPad if one isn’t already set. Mark As Lost also disables several features that could be used if your iPad is stolen.

How to Scan a QR Code with Your iPad

  November 1, 2021

Quick Response (QR) codes are everywhere. These codes provide easy access to text and websites, but you have to scan the QR codes first to visit the see the text or visit the website. You can scan QR codes with your iPad to reveal the text or website address. Here’s how to scan a QR code with your iPad: From the home screen, open the Camera app. Point your iPad’s camera at the QR code, as shown below.

How to Scan a QR Code with Your iPhone

  November 1, 2021

Quick Response (QR) codes are everywhere. These codes provide easy access to text and websites, but you have to scan the QR codes first to visit the see the text or visit the website. You can scan QR codes with your iPhone to reveal the text or website address. Here’s how to scan a QR code with your iPhone: From the home screen, open the Camera app. Point your iPhone’s camera at the QR code, as shown below.

How to Locate Your iPad on a Map

  October 31, 2021

Did you lose your iPad? If you enabled Find My iPad, there’s no need to worry. As long as the iPad is turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network, you can access a map that pinpoints its exact location. This should be the primary tool in your recovery arsenal, whether you left your iPad under a couch cushion or on a table at the neighborhood cafe. Here’s how to locate your iPad on a map:

How to Enable Find My iPad

  October 30, 2021

The iPad is nothing if not portable. You can carry it with you and use it just about anywhere. It’s great for doing work in cafes, airports, or even at the office. But the iPad’s portability also poses a serious problem: It’s easy to misplace! Apple saw this coming. They created a free utility called Find My iPad that can detect the location of a lost iPad with great accuracy, assuming it’s turned on and connected to the internet.

How to Delete Apps on Your iPad

  October 29, 2021

It’s easy to install and update apps on your iPad. Removing applications from your iPad is just as easy. This tutorial will show you how to do it.  Tip: When you delete an app on your iPad, you also delete all of the information related to the application. For example, if you delete a game, all of the saved games will also be deleted. Here’s how to delete apps on your iPad:

Tell Your Mac to Forget a Wireless Network

  October 29, 2021

When you connect a Mac to a wi-fi network, the Mac remembers that network and will automatically attempt to connect to it in the future. This is a great feature for wi-fi networks you trust and use frequently. But mistakes happen. If you connect to the wrong network at a coffee shop, your Mac will automatically attempt to join that network every time you visit the coffee shop in the future.

How to Scan Text Using Your iPhone's Camera

  October 27, 2021

If you have an iPhone running iOS 15 or later, you might be able use the Live Text feature to scan text in photos. After you scan the text, you can paste it into a different application, such as Notes or Mail. This is a great way to record text off receipts, copy a friend’s written notes, or scan a page from a book. Here’s how to scan text using your iPhone’s camera:

How to Change the Siri Voice on Your Mac

  October 20, 2021

Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant that you can verbally communicate with. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including the Mac, Siri can help you do things like find information, add calendar events, and send email. Siri comes with a default voice, but if you don’t like that voice, you can select one of the other voices for Siri that are available on your Mac. Here’s how to change the Siri voice on your Mac:

How to Enable and Activate Siri on Your Mac

  October 17, 2021

Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including Macs, Siri can help you find information, add calendar events, and send email. Enabling Siri is a breeze, as is activating it to listen to your voice commands. Enabling Siri on Your Mac Here’s how to enable Siri on your Mac: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. Click Siri. Select the Enable Ask Siri setting.



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