Tutorials


How to Mute the Sound on an iPad

  Matt Cone       January 16, 2021

iPads play a variety of sounds by default. That can be nice when you’re using the iPad in the comfort of your home, but potentially awkward when you’re sitting in the office or airport. Many of the newer iPads don’t have physical switches to mute sound, so you have to use software to mute the sound. Here’s how to mute the sound on an iPad: Placing your finger on the top-right corner of the screen, pull down, as shown below.

How to Disable Siri on Your iPhone

  Matt Cone       January 16, 2021

Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including iPhones, Siri can help you find information, add calendar events, and send email. While many people find Siri helpful, some people find it distracting. Others worry about the privacy implications of their voice commands being sent to Apple. In any event, there’s a quick and easy way to turn off Siri on your iPhone. Here’s how to disable Siri on your iPhone:

How to Check Your MacBook's Battery Health

  Matt Cone       January 16, 2021

If your MacBook’s battery life seems to be getting shorter and shorter, it might be time to check your MacBook’s battery health. All MacBooks ship with batteries that are designed to last for years, but depending on how you typically recharge your MacBook’s battery, the battery’s capacity can be reduced early leading to shorter battery life. Checking your MacBook’s battery health can help you keep an eye on things and make sure your MacBook’s battery isn’t defective.

How to Set Bash as the Default Shell on Mac

  Matt Cone       January 15, 2021

Every new Mac uses the Z shell (Zsh) by default, but you can quickly and easily switch the default shell back to Bash. There are several reasons you might want to do this. For example, you may need to be using the bash shell to execute bash scripts on a Mac. Here’s how to set Bash as the default shell on your Mac: Open your Terminal application. Type the following command and press Return:

How to Lock the Screen Rotation on an iPad

  Matt Cone       January 15, 2021

By default, your iPad will switch around the screen rotation to adjust to whatever orientation you’re holding the iPad. You can disable this feature to temporarily lock the screen rotation on your iPad. That way, the screen won’t rotate when you adjust the iPad. Here’s how to lock the screen rotation on an iPad: Adjust the iPad so the screen rotation is the way you want it. Placing your finger on the top-right corner of the screen, pull down, as shown below.

How to Disable the Big Mouse Pointer on Mac

  Matt Cone       January 15, 2021

By default, all Macs come with the Shake mouse pointer to locate feature enabled. This feature is designed to help you locate the mouse pointer on your screen quickly by making it big when you shake the mouse or move the pointer quickly with the trackpad. Some people find this feature distracting during presentations and day-to-day use. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to disable the big mouse pointer on your Mac.

Synchronize your Mac's Clock with a Time Server

  Matt Cone       January 14, 2021

By default, your Mac synchronizes its clock with a network time server to keep accurate time. Network time servers are the authoritative timekeepers of the internet, ensuring that everyone has the right time. Apple’s time server (time.apple.com) is the default time server for your Mac, but you can switch to another time server, such as one maintained by your employer or university. Here’s how to synchronize your Mac’s clock with a time server and optionally change the time server:

How to Disable Siri on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 14, 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. While many people find Siri helpful, some people find it distracting. Others worry about the privacy implications of their voice commands being sent to Apple. In any event, there’s a quick and easy way to turn off Siri on your Mac. Here’s how to disable Siri on your Mac:

How to Change Your iPhone's DNS Servers

  Matt Cone       January 14, 2021

Just like in macOS, you can change the DNS servers on your iPhone. This can significantly speed up Safari and other iPhone apps that use the Internet. For a general introduction to DNS, and to learn why you would want to change the DNS servers on your iPhone, see How to Change Your Mac’s DNS Servers. Before we start, you should know a couple things about how iOS handles DNS. First, these instructions only work for Wi-Fi connections - iOS does not allow you to change the DNS servers when connected to cellular networks.

How to Check Your Magic Mouse's Battery Life

  Matt Cone       January 13, 2021

Apple’s Magic Mouse is probably the best wireless Bluetooth mouse available. But as with all wireless devices, the batteries will need to be recharged or replaced eventually. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your Magic Mouse’s battery life before you leave home or deliver a presentation. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to check your mouse’s remaining battery life. Here’s how to do it: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.



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