Category: human interest

How to Disable the Malfunctioning ‘AirPods Left Behind’ Notification

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re out and about, minding your own business, when suddenly your iPhone hits you with an “AirPods Left Behind” message. You panic, wondering where you could’ve dropped your expensive earbuds—until you realize they never left your pocket. What gives, iPhone?

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How to Stop Your iPhone Camera From Recognizing Text Everywhere

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Back when it was first released, we called Live Text the best new feature in iOS 15, and it’s not hard to see why—the tool can recognize any text in any photo (or within the camera view) so you can copy and share it. But the more we use it, the more annoying we find it can be. When you’re in the camera view, for…

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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 Use Captions to Organize Your iPhone Photo Library

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Google Photos does a great job sorting through your photos using a text search, thanks to the tech giant’s prowess with image recognition, machine learning, and, er, search. Apple’s Photos app isn’t nearly as useful—but you can do a few things to fix that.

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How to Make Your iPhone's Voice Memos Sound Better

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The iPhone’s Voice Memos app is easy to use to record anything from a college lecture to a podcast—but not all recordings turn out to have the quality you’d like. You might end up with wind noise in the background, or a speaker’s voice that is barely audible. With patience (and some audio editing skills), you might…

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How to Use Those Full-Screen iMessage Effects on Your Mac

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You may not have realized that the full gamut of iMessage effects is available on the Mac too—even if Apple’s desktop Messages app doesn’t make it apparent. If you want to send an iMessage with a dose of fireworks, for example, you can do so on the Mac just as you can on an iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to use and send…

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How to Stop Your iPhone 12 or 13 From Frequently Dropping Calls

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If your iPhone won’t stop dropping calls, it can be difficult to troubleshoot. After all, you can’t just switch to Cingular Wireless anymore, and without the support of the network with the fewest dropped calls, what are you supposed to do? If your issue is tied to an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, however, there is a new…

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How to Buy Someone a Tech Gift When You Know Nothing About Tech

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The holidays are, once again, rapidly approaching, and aside from toys and clothes, tech is always at the top of many people’s wish lists. The problem is, there are a lot of products out there to choose from, and it can be difficult to choose one when you don’t know the differences. If you’re looking to buy…

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How to Use 'Live Text,' the Best New Feature in iOS 15

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There’s a lot going on in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, from small features like Background Sounds to banner features like FaceTime SharePlay. But the one feature that’s going to have a huge impact on your day-to-day life is Live Text.

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How to Turn Off AirTag Alerts When Someone Borrows Your Stuff

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You need to borrow your partner’s car for a drive. Lucky for you, they have an AirTag on their car keys, so you don’t need to worry about losing them. Instead, you can worry about your iPhone going nuts, warning you that a strange AirTag is in your vicinity. Sure, you can dismiss the popup that appears on your phone…

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