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How to Delete Your Apple Pay Information Remotely If Your Device Is Stolen

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On New Year’s Day 2021, a burglar broke into my house, trashed the place, and made off with several items. One of them was my iPad Pro, which could have given the thief access to my Apple Pay information if they managed to get past the lock screen. Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to remotely remove your payment…

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How to Easily Manage All Your Subscriptions on iOS and Android

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In these trying times, no concept is as double-edged a sword than “auto-renewal.” While it seems so convenient to automatically charge for a monthly or yearly subscription without thinking about it, we often all sign up for too many free trials and auto payments to firmly keep track.

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How to Try Siri's New iOS Voices Today

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Apple is changing up how Siri works in iOS 14.5. She’s still the same ol’ virtual assistant you can use to do all kinds of fun activities on your iPhone. However, she’s no longer going to default to being a “she.” You’ll soon be asked to pick a female or male voice for the digital assistant, which is a subtle but…

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How to Tell If You're Being Scammed By Fleeceware Apps

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Fleeceware is one of the worst scams you can deal with on your device, because it has one, singular goal: extracting as much money from you as possible. It generally accomplishes this not by dropping malware on your device or otherwise forcing you to do something; instead, fleeceware hides in plain sight, relying on a…

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How to Get In On the Lawsuit Against Apple's Terrible MacBook Keyboards

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A California judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against Apple for the damage-prone butterfly keyboard design included in MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models manufactured between 2015 and 2019. The case alleges Apple knowingly sold the fragile keyboards despite numerous complaints and repair requests…

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How to Find COVID Vaccination Sites in Apple Maps

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While we can’t help you find a vaccination appointment—good luck, given how terribly we’ve orchestrated the process and turned it into a kind of free-for-all reminiscent of buying concert tickets, shoes, or GeForce 3080 cards—we can at least give you a useful way to see where you can get vaccinated around your general…

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How to (Maybe) Fix Your AirPods Max's Battery Drain Bug

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Some AirPods Max owners have been hit with a weird battery-draining issue that affects the headphones even when they’re not in use, but there may be a simple fix.

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How to Tell If You're Being Tracked by Apple's AirTags

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AirTags aren’t a thing yet—at least, not when we wrote this—but the oft-rumored tracking devices, about the size of a coin, should debut soon. And when they do, Apple is already building security features into iOS 14.5 to prevent people from secretly tracking you by attaching a tiny tracker to your stuff (or dropping…

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How to Change Your Default Music Player in iOS 14.5

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It’s rare to see Apple add options to iOS that allow you to set the app you actually want to use to accomplish something as the default, rather than forcing you to use the official Apple app. And while I doubt you’ll ever be able to use anything other than the App Store to get new software on your iPhone (sans…

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How to Quickly Scan Documents on Your Mac With Your iPhone

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I don’t use my Mac and my iPhone together as much as I should; I generally tend to complete tasks on one or the other, rather than handing off my work between the two platforms. I might change this up, though, now that I see how easy it is to trigger my iPhone’s document-scanning capabilities from my Mac.

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