Deja Vu… It’s Beat Up On Apple Season

It’s beat up on Apple season again… From Kevin O’Leary to CNBC people are whining about Apple doing what’s right for itself… If Kevin O’Leary knew what was good for him he would’ve bought back into AAPL yesterday. Public companies have a responsibility to maximize shareholder value while also, hopefully, doing no harm… Apple succeeds in both of these key metrics. As a company that has turned a commodity (cellphones) into a luxury business that reaps >80% of an entire industry’s profits, Apple knows how to make money. Analysts complain…

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Apple iCloud 2 Factor Authentication – You’ll Get It Wrong Once

Apple’s two factor authentication feature for iCloud is a little clunky. Basically, when you have 2 factor authentication set up with iCloud you will need to get the password incorrect once. Meaning that when you enter your email and password to access iCloud the first time to you do it will always be wrong. This is essentially required. Then you should receive a text message pop-up on your connected iOS device with a code. Use this code after your password. So, if your password is “password” the password you enter…

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How to Upgrade from OS Mavericks to Yosemite in 2018

How to Upgrade from OS Mavericks to Yosemite

Even though it’s been five years, there are legit reasons why you may not have upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite when it came out in 2014… Maybe you’re a struggling artist who relies on an older version of Adobe Creative Suite, and you just can’t afford to pay Adobe $600 per year for a subscription. Or maybe you’re a family with multiple Macs. And one of them, for whatever reason, just never got upgraded from Mavericks… Or maybe you’re just set in your ways and like things the way they…

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How to Make a Siri Shortcut to Call the Cops

You can easily make a Siri Shortcut to call the cops if you want. This might come in handy in our current age where everyone either has VOIP with crappy 911 service or is cutting the cord… Plus it can’t hurt to have yet another way to get the cops to come if you need them… In this case you can just summon Siri and say: Call the cops! Step 1: Tap the Shortcuts App on your homescreen and tap “Create Shortcut”. Then on the next screen scroll up from…

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8 More Examples of New Apple Shortcuts

Examples of Apple Shortcuts

On Monday Apple released the best iOS update in years… iOS 12. iOS 12 is a great free upgrade for almost any iOS device. Some of the benefits include longer battery life, improved speed, better control of children’s mobile devices, better use of photos, improvements to messenger, screen time monitoring and more… Apple Shortcuts for Siri Although I was originally dismissive of it, one of the best updates with iOS 12 is the introduction of “Shortcuts”. With Shortcuts, you can create Siri Shortcuts which let you quickly do everyday tasks,…

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How to Close All Mobile Tabs in Safari iOS

If you have an iPhone or other iOS device, you may not realize it… But you probably have about 1,000 open mobile tabs in Safari on iOS right now. Safari is the default browser for many apps on your iPhone or iPad by default. As such whenever you open a link to a web page from one of those apps, Safari is used. Safari keeps each of those incremental windows open in perpetuity unless you close them. And WOW can it add up… I just looked and realized that I…

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Picklegoose Bobbers

Picklegoose Bobbers

I had a dream last night that I was part of the team at Apple that built iOS 12. My dream took place after the launch on September 17th… I and the members of my team were exhausted… We walked to where we were meeting our supervisors in another building on the Apple campus. I was waiting in a room that resembled a cross between an Apple store showroom and the white spaceship set from the first Alien movie. On a table in front of me was a new Mac…

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How to Create a Siri Shortcut for Driving to Work

Useful Siri Shortcuts

iOS 12 was released today and it turns out that I was wrong about it not being useful… Shortcuts is actually quite awesome after all… After I played around with the Shortcuts App, I added my first Siri Shortcut. A Siri Shortcut for driving to work. The result is a one click Shortcut on my iPhone that will do the following: Fire up Apple Maps with my work address pre-loaded Fire up Apple Music with a pre-loaded Apple Music Playlist The easiest way to create a Shortcut is to download…

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How to Upgrade Apple Music to Family Sharing

How to Upgrade Apple Music to Family Sharing

If you’re confused about how to upgrade your Apple Music subscription from an “Individual” subscription to a “Family” subscription for family sharing, you’re not alone… It’s confusing. The exact process can vary depending on whether you already have an Apple Music account, and/or if you’ve set up a “Profile” in Apple Music. In my case, I had an Individual Apple Music account (with no “Profile” set up in Apple Music), and I just wanted to upgrade to a “Family” subscription to allow family sharing. The process is simple and easy,…

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When Did The Mac Butterfly Keyboard Come Out?

when did the mac butterfly keyboard come out

If you are in the market for a new laptop you may be considering buying a new Macbook or Macbook Pro. But in your research you may have come across one of the many articles describing the annoying reliability problems with the notorious “butterfly keyboard”. The butterfly type keyboard was introduced by Apple to replace the “scissor switch” type keyboard. It was done, in theory, to improve reliability. As such, you may be wondering when the butterfly keyboard came out, which Macbooks have a butterfly keyboard and, perhaps most importantly… can…

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