Category: computing

How to Use Translation Apps and Extensions Without Sacrificing Your Privacy

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When you want to translate something, the easiest option is often a free translation service like Google Translate. But you should avoid pasting sensitive information into free translation services, as your data could end up in the public domain or used for advertising. (Generally, if you have highly sensitive…

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How to Stop Someone From Editing the iMessages They Send You

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Apple’s iOS 16 introduces some awesome new Messaging features: With the new update, you can recover deleted messages for up to 30 days, mark messages as unread to return to later, and you have more options for SharePlay than ever before. The two Messages features that made headlines, however, were the ability to edit…

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How to Bring Back the iTunes MiniPlayer

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iTunes. A Obi-Wan would say, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time. Apple killed the game-changing Mac application in 2019, splitting its combined services into three simplified apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. While this decision was in many ways a good one, those of us who have used Macs for years (or even…

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How to Help Convince Tech Companies to Make a Smaller Smartphone

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A long time ago, smartphones were small. Like, really small. It used to be a given that such a device should fit snugly in the hand, so you could do everything you need to with it using only your thumb. They certainly don’t make ‘em like they used to.

In 2022, most “smaller” smartphones are still enormous, sporting…

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How to Get a Free Fitbit or Apple Watch From Your Insurance Company

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Fitness trackers like Apple Watches and Fitbits, generally aren’t as expensive as tech like smartphones and tablets, but they’re not exactly cheap. You certainly wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to snag one for free. And as it turns out, many insurance companies include fitness programs that either come with a…

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How to Export Your Entire Spotify Library for Free

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There are many reasons to move away from Spotify. Apple Music now has lossless audio at a cheaper rate. If you use Amazon Prime, Prime Music comes free; if you have an Echo smart speaker, it’s the cheapest way to stream your music. Spotify doesn’t have music by Neil Young or Joni Mitchell. No matter the reason,…

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How to Download Everything Amazon Knows About You (It's a Lot)

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Here’s a fun thought experiment; picture the amount of personal data you think tech companies keep on you. Now, realize it’s actually way more than that (hmm, maybe this isn’t that fun). Even as privacy and security become more talked about in consumer tech, the companies behind our favorite products are collecting…

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How to Make Your External Monitor Look As Sharp As Your High-Res Mac Display

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Since Apple introduced the Retina display to the Mac back in 2012, most of their lineup has shipped with one of the laser sharp, pleasingly crisp screens. Whether you have a small 12-inch laptop display or a large 27-inch desktop, your Mac likely looks great. So it can be frustrating when you plug it into an external…

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How to Find All the Old Product Icons Apple Has Hidden in macOS

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As a lifelong Mac user, I always love learning about something hidden feature of my computer, such as the ability to change your mouse’s cursor color. So you can imagine my delight in stumbling upon this Reddit thread, where user OOF_V2 shared a hidden treasure trove of Apple product icons lurking within macOS.

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How to Force Restart a Frozen Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch is a great companion for your iPhone—but all great things have bad days, and the Apple Watch is no exception. Software bugs can make the watch slow to respond, and when they do, a quick restart is usually a good solution. However, sometimes the Apple Watch stops responding entirely; when that happens,…

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