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How to Avoid Head-Tracked Spatial Audio for FaceTime Audio Calls

By pwsadmin | Feb 20, 2024 |

If you listen to a FaceTime Audio call using AirPods and hear the other person’s voice moving annoyingly from side to side as you turn your head, the problem is likely head-tracked spatial audio. In general, spatial audio attempts to make sounds seem to come from all around you, and its dynamic head-tracking option adjusts […]

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Use iOS 17.3’s Stolen Device Protection to Reduce Harm from iPhone Passcode Thefts

By pwsadmin | Feb 15, 2024 |

Last year, a series of articles by Wall Street Journal reporters Joanna Stern and Nicole Nguyen highlighted a troubling form of crime targeting iPhone users. A thief would discover the victim’s iPhone passcode, swipe the iPhone, and run. With just the passcode, the thief could quickly change the victim’s Apple ID password, lock them out […]

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Too Many Windows Open? Close Them All Quickly with These Tricks

By pwsadmin | Feb 13, 2024 |

Have you ever selected a bunch of files and accidentally opened them all by double-clicking one? Or perhaps inadvertently pressed Command-I to get info, ending up with oodles of open Info windows? Here’s a quick way to recover. You can close all the windows in any well-written app with judicious use of the Option key. […]

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If Mail Fails to Send, Try, Try Again (Instead of Changing Servers)

By pwsadmin | Feb 8, 2024 |

Sometimes, something goes wrong, causing Mail on the Mac to have trouble sending a message. When it does, you may see an error like the one below, encouraging you with a default button to try another configured server. Don’t do it! Always click Try Later. If that still doesn’t work, contact your favorite tech support […]

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After “Mother of All Breaches,” Update Passwords on Compromised Sites

By pwsadmin | Feb 6, 2024 | Comments Off on After “Mother of All Breaches,” Update Passwords on Compromised Sites

January’s big security news was the Mother of All Breaches, the release of a massive database containing 26 billion records built from previous breaches across numerous websites, including Adobe, Dropbox, LinkedIn, and Twitter. It’s unclear how much of the leaked data is new, but it’s a good reminder to update your passwords for accounts on […]

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Use This Hidden Setting to Stop Triggering Caps Lock Accidentally

By pwsadmin | Feb 1, 2024 | Comments Off on Use This Hidden Setting to Stop Triggering Caps Lock Accidentally

There’s little more annoying than accidentally touching the Caps Lock key while typing and having your text suddenly TURN INTO CAPITAL LETTERS, which we all know is seen as shouting. Unless you have some reason to type in capital letters regularly, you can prevent this mistake by disabling the Caps Lock key or remapping it […]

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How to Merge Two Similar Folders in the Mac’s Finder

By pwsadmin | Jan 30, 2024 | Comments Off on How to Merge Two Similar Folders in the Mac’s Finder

You’ve ended up with two folders whose contents—hundreds of files or more—are similar but not identical. Perhaps you’re recovering from a sync failure, or maybe you pulled an old version of the folder from a backup and aren’t sure what’s different. Regardless, here’s how you can merge them in the Finder. Make sure the folders […]

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Keep Your Contacts Current by Adding Siri-Suggested Content

By pwsadmin | Jan 25, 2024 | Comments Off on Keep Your Contacts Current by Adding Siri-Suggested Content

Remembering to update your contacts with new email addresses, phone numbers, and postal addresses can be hard. But if you’ve received that information in Mail or Messages, Siri’s data detection capabilities can help. Open Contacts on the Mac and press the Down arrow to cycle through your contacts. When you see one with information in […]

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Turn Your Most-Used Sites into Safari Web Apps in macOS 14 Sonoma

By pwsadmin | Jan 22, 2024 | Comments Off on Turn Your Most-Used Sites into Safari Web Apps in macOS 14 Sonoma

The concept of site-specific browsers has been around for a long time, but in the version of Safari that comes with macOS 14 Sonoma, Apple brought it to the big time by making setup easier than ever. Put simply, a site-specific browser is a Mac app that encapsulates a single Web app or site. The […]

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Nine Ways of Moving Data from One Mac to Another

By pwsadmin | Jan 18, 2024 | Comments Off on Nine Ways of Moving Data from One Mac to Another

You have a file on one Mac and want to copy it to another Mac, either yours or someone else’s. Sounds easy, and it is, but the best way to go about it varies widely depending on circumstances, and your go-to method may not be the best choice, depending on the size of the file […]

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