How to Tell If the FAA Has Banned Your MacBook Pro From Flying

How to Tell If the FAA Has Banned Your MacBook Pro From Flying

Photo: Shutterstock On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration officially banned select MacBook Pros from U.S. flights. This news comes months after Apple voluntarily recalled some laptops for overheated batteries that posed fire risks. On August 1, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency also warned airlines of the risks of flying with recalled laptops; this week,…

How to Boot MacBook Pro Without a Battery (Older Models 2006 – 2011)

How to Boot MacBook Pro Without a Battery (Older Models 2006 – 2011)

You may have noticed that sometimes you can not power on and boot a MacBook Pro when it doesn’t have a battery installed. Let’s say you had to remove the battery of an older MacBook Pro because it was swelling, or the battery failed for some other reason, but when you go to power on…

Mac Randomly Double Typing Keys or Double-Spacing Between Words? This Might Fix It

Mac Randomly Double Typing Keys or Double-Spacing Between Words? This Might Fix It

Have you ever been typing on a Mac laptop keyboard and noticed that hitting the spacebar sometimes randomly inserts double spaces between words? Or maybe you’re typing some other letter and randomly two of that key is doubled-typed? Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook users have discovered this happens seemingly at random, where hitting…

How to Disable Keyboard Backlighting on MacBook Pro or Air

How to Disable Keyboard Backlighting on MacBook Pro or Air

Keyboard backlighting is one of the best keyboard features on Mac laptops, illuminating the keyboard to help you see the keys better in low light situations. And let’s face it, it also just plain looks cool too. Most MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air users like the keyboard backlighting feature, but there are some users…

Battery Draining with MacOS Mojave? 15 Battery Life Tips to Help

Battery Draining with MacOS Mojave? 15 Battery Life Tips to Help

Do you feel like battery life has worsened since updating a Mac laptop to MacOS Mojave? Some Mac users have discovered their battery life has reduced after updating a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air to MacOS Mojave 10.14.x, or just that battery life seems to drain faster than expected. Here we will discuss a…

How to Turn Off Keyboard Backlighting Automatically from Inactivity on Mac

How to Turn Off Keyboard Backlighting Automatically from Inactivity on Mac

If you’d like the keyboard backlighting on a MacBook Pro or Air to turn itself off after the Mac laptop has been inactive for a determined amount of time, you can toggle a system setting to allow for that. This setting is aimed at specifically the keyboard backlighting, independent of what’s going on with the…

How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro

How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro

Photo: David Murphy We’re back with another Apple-themed issue of Tech 911, where I give it my all to help you figure out the issues you’re having with your computer, smartphone, device, or life. This time around, I’m getting a little personal. My girlfriend Jessica just got a brand-new MacBook Pro—keyboard issues be damned. It…

How to Join the Class Action Lawsuit Over Apple’s Crappy MacBook Keyboards

How to Join the Class Action Lawsuit Over Apple’s Crappy MacBook Keyboards

If you bought a new MacBook or MacBook Pro in the past few years, you may have a case against Apple. A new class-action lawsuit claims the company knowingly sold laptops with defective keyboards. Here’s what you need to know about the new lawsuit and how to get involved. What’s the problem? Apple first introduced…

MacBook Can’t Use Mouse & Trackpad at the Same Time? Here’s the Fix

MacBook Can’t Use Mouse & Trackpad at the Same Time? Here’s the Fix

Some Mac users may find that if they connect an external mouse or trackpad to their MacBook or MacBook Pro, the internal built-in trackpad then no longer works. This may appear like a bug, and some users may think it’s a hardware problem, but the good news is that the inability to use both a…