How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air

I hear variations of “How can I get more storage space on my MacBook Air?” and “I’m out of room on my MacBook Pro Retina” all the time. Until recently, all we could do was delete stuff from the SSD in order to free up space. Now, however, we can actually add storage space to our machines. There are two ways to do it. Option Number 1: Transcend JetDrive Lite* Many MacBook Airs and all MacBook Pro Retinas come with an SD or SDXC card slot on the side. Here’s what it looks like: The… Continue Reading How to Expand Storage on MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air

How to Update Flash Player on Your Mac

Adobe updated its Flash Player recently. Apple’s Safari browser blocks any version of Flash that isn’t the very latest, so Adobe’s update caused Safari’s blocking to kick in… and that means I’m getting the same question, over and over: “How do I update my Flash Player?” It ought to be easy but Adobe manages to confuse people with sloppy wording on their website. Read on and I’ll clarify everything and you will be back to watching YouTube videos in no time. You’ve probably seen something like this on a web page lately: (Older versions of… Continue Reading How to Update Flash Player on Your Mac

iOS 8 Tip #1: The Two-Finger Down-Swipe

If you’d have asked me, I would have said “No, I wouldn’t recommend installing iOS 8 on the first day. Wait for Apple to iron out the wrinkles.” But some of you didn’t ask me, and some of you that did ask me went ahead and installed it anyway. Actually, I did too, not because I don’t think my advice is any good but because I have to stay one step ahead of you. So now it’s installed, and I’m here to tell you about the coolest things I’ve found in iOS 8 so far.… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #1: The Two-Finger Down-Swipe

How to Send a Group Email from Your iPhone or iPad

(And a mini-introduction to Launch Center Pro.) Ever send a message to a group of people from your Mac? If you have, you know it’s easy if you’ve created a “Group” in your Contacts app, and then addressed the email to the Group. (Even better: address the email to nobody, and put the Group’s name in the BCC box so the email addresses aren’t advertised to each recipient.) Having a Group set up in the Contacts app saves you the time it takes to add each person as an email recipient individually every time you… Continue Reading How to Send a Group Email from Your iPhone or iPad

WiFi Problem Solved via SMC Reset

Every so often I run into a problem that just doesn’t make sense. I ran into one like that today. A MacBook Pro could not connect to the wireless network, even though it worked fine yesterday and as far as anyone could tell, nothing had changed. The network was visible under the Airport menu, and other devices (an iPad, an iPhone, and my own MacBook Pro) were able to connect. But the other MacBook Pro– the one that connected to the WiFi yesterday– asked for a password every time we tried to join the network,… Continue Reading WiFi Problem Solved via SMC Reset

How to boost the maximum sound volume on a Mac

— How to boost the maximum sound volume on a Mac — Here’s how you boost the maximum sound volume beyond what your Mac thinks “full blast” is– because sometimes “full blast” isn’t loud enough. You don’t need an amplifier or external speakers to do it. All you need is a remarkable piece of software called Boom 2. How much louder will it get? Well, think of it this way: with Boom 2, your Mac’s volume goes to 11. UPDATE May 2016: you can now get Boom for iOS! It’s by Global Delight, the same… Continue Reading How to boost the maximum sound volume on a Mac

The Daily Tip: Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac’s Calculator

The Mac’s had a calculator from the very first day, but a lot of people have never used it at all. The ones who have used it probably don’t know everything it can do so they probably aren’t so impressed with it. Turns out the Calculator is pretty slick, and I think you’ll use it a lot once you’ve learned about its powers. So here we go with Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac’s Calculator. First Tip: Put the Calculator into the Dock. You won’t use it if it’s any trouble to launch it, so… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac’s Calculator

How to Make Your iPhone and iPad Read Out Loud to You

The iPhone and iPad will read out loud to you. This is more than a party trick; it’s very handy to let your iPhone or iPad read a news article or a long email to you while you drive home, or while you pour yourself a bowl of Captain Crunch cereal (for example). It’s also sort of fun, and perhaps a learning tool, to highlight a page in an iBooks book and have your iPhone or iPad read that page to you. It’s all very easy though you have to be on iOS 5 or… Continue Reading How to Make Your iPhone and iPad Read Out Loud to You

How to Print Faster, and Save Ink

Inkjet printers, as a group, have a couple of features in common:1. Replacing the ink costs more than the printer did, and2. Printing takes a long, looooong time. I can’t make the cost of ink go down but I can show you how to make your inkjet use less ink, and print faster (a LOT faster– in my tests, doing it “my way” cut printing time by a factor of SIX!). The trade-off is print quality, but there are plenty of times when all you want to do is print out an email, or someone’s… Continue Reading How to Print Faster, and Save Ink

How to Compress Movies for Email

I wrote a couple of days ago about Photo Booth and how you can use it to record a movie and then email it. It’s easy, and it’s fun– so easy, and so fun, that just about all of you recorded a movie and emailed it to me. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these files are a little on the large side. But, there’s more good news: you can easily compress a movie to less than half its original size while retaining almost all of the quality. All you need is… Continue Reading How to Compress Movies for Email