3 Ways To Print File Listings On Your Mac (MacMost #1886)

https://macmost.com/e-1886 If you need to print the list of files in a folder, you can do it using TextEdit, the Terminal or by using a special trick involving your printer. Using TextEdit is a simple drag-and-drop, but you must be working with a plain text document. By using the ls command in the Terminal, you can customize which information is included with the listing. You can also simply drag and drop a folder to an alias to your printer, but you must create that alias first.


How To Choose Where Downloaded Files Are Saved (MacMost #1885)

https://macmost.com/-e1885 When you download a file in Safari, the file is saved in the default location, usually the Downloads folder. You can select any location as the default in Safari Preferences. You can also have Safari ask you each time you download a file and then you can select the location and even change the filename. You can also bring up the context menu in most cases and decide whether to use the default location or a specific location each time.


How To Quit Apps On the iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max (MacMost #1883)

https://macmost.com/e-1883 Since the iPhone X-series models have no Home button, new users sometimes struggle with how to exit apps and get back to the Home screen. The Home indicator line at the bottom of the screen is the key to doing this. However, it is important to realize that this line is at the bottom of the screen in any orientation. So it won’t appear on the right when you are playing a game in horizontal mode, but at the bottom of the screen under the game or sometimes over the graphics at the bottom of the game.


Understanding Mac File Extensions (MacMost #1881)

https://macmost.com/e-1881 Need to convert a jpg image to a jpeg? Or an mov video to a mp4? Chances are you don’t need to convert anything at all. You just need to change the filename. File extensions on a Mac are somewhat optional and often interchangeable. A jpg is the same as a jpeg file. Video files extensions aren’t as important as the contents of the file as video file are really just containers.


How to Recycle Apple AirPods

Among a slew of announcements about a new credit card, a subscription service, and something to do with Oprah, Apple has finally launched the second coming of the AirPods.

Design-wise, AirPods 2 are identical to the familiar air buds we all know and love—but when you look under the hood, the new AirPods are a much-needed upgrade: They have longer battery life and they’ll pair even quicker between devices. But if you’re moving onto a better version of our AirPods, what should you do with your old pair?

Well, as it turns out, recycling AirPods is a nightmare. You generally can’t throw them in any recycling bin because you’d have to remove the lithium battery (its only recyclable part) from the rest of the AirPod, which is nearly impossible. Ordinarily, a pair of headphones could be melted down at a facility that specializes in electronic waste. In the case of AirPods, the unremovable battery makes them a fire hazard if melted or shredded.

Throwing away lithium batteries, too, is a huge waste of resources, as the Atlantic noted this week. Lithium batteries contain cobalt, a finite resource often mined in harrowing conditions.

And while it’s easy to think they’re a tiny pollutant, we create some 20 million tons of electronic waste each year (Americans are responsible for 3.4 millions tons of it) and 60 percent of it ends up in our landfills. Some 900,000 pairs were sold in the first 7 months of the original AirPod’s release in the U.S. alone, which has likely grown immensely since then, meaning millions of us are bound to throw away our AirPods at some point in the future.

So what should you do once your original AirPods finally meet their end? Well, it looks like the one and only solution to guaranteeing your AirPods will be recycled is by mailing them back to Apple.

The process is fairly simple and part of their existing device trade-back program. First, go to Apple’s trade-in website, select “Other devices” followed by “Headphones and speakers,” enter your address, and you’ll receive a free prepaid shipping label for your old AirPods. And if you’re wondering—no, you won’t get a discount off your next pair, sadly. But at least the process is free and relatively painless and you’re also helping curb the problem of electronic waste.

In a phone conversation, an Apple spokesperson confirmed that these AirPods are then distributed to recyclers who specialize in electronic waste along with instructions on how to break apart the components. Which begs another important question: Why not share this information with other facilities (or just on the AirPod box) if it’s that easy? We may not ever know the answer, but for now, sending them back to Apple is your best and only bet to ensuring your old AirPods won’t help destroy the environment.

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