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Dropbox vs. iCloud Drive

Dropbox vs. iCloud – Comparison of cloud storage solutions

Dropbox is without a doubt the leading cloud storage service. No other solution, including Apple’s iCloud, has come close to what Dropbox has to offer. But with the release of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, Apple has made significant improvements to iCloud Drive. In this article, I will compare Dropbox vs. iCloud Drive and share with […]

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iCloud Photo Library: Do not delete photos from an iPhone to free up space

iCloud Photo Library: Do not delete photos from an iPhone to free up space

Be careful when deleting photos or videos on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or iCloud web app if you use iCloud Photo Library. Doing so may permanently remove the deleted photos from all devices. Plus, it is not even necessary in most cases as both iOS and macOS can automatically manage storage space allocated to photos. […]

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Explained: iCloud Mail Aliases and Calendar Invitations

In this post I’ll explain how iCloud Mail Aliases influence the way the Calendar app handles invitations on iOS. The other day my wife and her good friend Yeni were planning weekend activities for the kids and invited each other to certain events using Apple’s iOS Calendar app on their iPhones. Some of the invitations […]

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How to Move Contacts from On My iPhone to iCloud

In this post, I’ll describe a quick and dirty way to move contacts from the famous “On My iPhone” account to iCloud. On My iPhone I’m sure you have seen those dummy accounts called “On My iPhone” or “On My Mac” when working with Contacts, Notes or Calendars. Or maybe, you have wondered why some […]

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iCloud Photo Library synchronization performance

iCloud Photo Library synchronization performance

Up until macOS 10.12 Sierra iCloud Photo Library poorly managed available resources while synchronizing its database. More specifically, the Photos app would consume all available bandwidth, rendering your internet connection unusable. The result is a terrible synchronization performance. Apple has considerably improved its iCloud Photo Library since it became available as part of OS X 10.10 […]

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How to share iCloud Photo Libraries with family members

Since our daughter was born over three years ago, I have thought about how to share iCloud Photo Libraries between my wife and I. Both of us have taken a lot of photos and videos of our kids and every couple of months I create a slideshow or a video trailer. I do that because the […]

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AirPlay Video Streaming Slow and Jerky feature

AirPlay Mirroring Slow? None of the “Fixes” Work?

If you are having issues streaming videos via AirPlay to your Apple TV and none of the other fixes have worked, I might have a solution for you.

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iMac Pro Space Gray

iMac Pro Review and Comparison to the 5K iMac – Upgrade Guide

iMac Pro review and comparison with the 2017 5K iMac and Late 2014 BTO 5K iMac I own to help you decide if the new iMac Pro is worth the investment.

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Yohann MacBook Pro Stand Review

Yohann makes a versatile and beautifully crafted MacBook Pro stand that has become one of my favorite accessories. Before cloud storage became a thing, having a desktop in the office and a laptop for traveling meant you had to keep your data in sync manually. As MacBook Pros became more powerful, many users abandoned their […]

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Calendly vs. WhenWorks - Review of scheduling apps

Calendly vs. WhenWorks – Review of scheduling apps

In this Calendly vs. WhenWorks review, I compare two of my favorite calendar scheduling apps that I have used for the past few months. Both scheduling tools offer unique features, which makes it difficult to pick a winner. Why I need a calendar availability tool As part of my sales and marketing job, I have […]

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5 Simple steps to fix email problems on Mac and iPhone

5 Simple Steps to Fix Email Problems on Your Mac or iPhone

Here are five simple steps you can take if you are unable to send emails, if you are unable to receive emails, or if you are unable to delete emails on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Even though I am using macOS and iOS as examples, you can apply most of the solutions I describe in this article […]

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In-Depth Review And Comparison Of The IPhone X Vs. IPhone 7 Plus

iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 Plus Review & Comparison

In 2017 I upgraded my iPhone 7 Plus to the iPhone X. In this iPhone X review, I will provide an in-depth comparison of the iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 Plus. Additionally, I will show you what changes Apple introduced in iOS 11 for the iPhone X. If you are interested in learning how the iPhone X compares to […]

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Proven tips on how to overcome jet lag quicker with AYO

Proven tips on how to overcome jet lag quicker with AYO

When you travel long distances on an airplane, it is common to struggle with adjusting your body’s circadian rhythm to the new time zone. Most travelers commonly refer to that phenomenon as jet lag. In this article, I will introduce you to AYO, an exciting new gadget that promises to help you overcome jet lag […]

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AT&T GigaPower vs. Comcast Business Class internet service

AT&T GigaPower vs. Comcast Business Class internet service

I have been a mostly satisfied Comcast Business Class customer for many years. But recently, AT&T GigaPower, the company’s superfast, fiber optics internet service came to our neighborhood in Alpharetta. I had the opportunity to try it out and compare it to Comcast Business Class. To better understand the differences in service, I will also […]

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Is the new ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in Alexa voice service worth the upgrade?

ecobee4 Review – Is it worth the upgrade from the ecobee3?

ecobee just announced the newest version of its smart thermostat – the ecobee4 with built-in Alexa voice service. I own two of the original ecobee3 thermostats, and in this article, I will tell you if the ecobee4 is worth the upgrade and how it stacks up against the ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Reviewed ecobee Thermostats Product ecobee4 […]

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How to install fonts on iPhone or iPad using iFont

How to install fonts on iPhone or iPad using iFont

Have you ever noticed that “missing font” warning when you opened a document or spreadsheet on your iOS device that was created on a Mac or Windows machine? In this article, I will show you how to fix that problem and how to install fonts on iPhone or iPad using a free app called iFont. […]

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AmpliFi HD Review: Wireless Mesh Network for better WiFi

AmpliFi HD Review: Wireless Mesh Network for better WiFi

With Apple having reportedly discontinued work on its AirPort base stations, it was time to look for alternatives to the aging Wi-Fi network in my house. I wanted to find out, if a wireless mesh network, such as the one AmpliFi provides, could replace the three Apple AirPort Extreme (AE) base stations that I had strategically positioned […]

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Top email productivity tools to take control of your inbox

In this article, I’ll present you my top email productivity tools of the Mac: SaneBox, Mail Act-On, and MailButler are powerful email tools that boost your email productivity and let you take control of your inbox. SaneBox is a service and works with any mail client, account or operating system. Mail Act-On and MailButler are […]

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iPad Pro vs. MacBook: Can the iPad Pro replace the 12-inch MacBook?

iPad Pro vs. MacBook: Can the iPad Pro replace the 12-inch MacBook?

I finally decided to buy an iPad Pro and see if it can replace my 12-inch MacBook for meetings outside of the office and for traveling. Last week, I had to go to Europe for work and decided that it would be the perfect opportunity for a showdown of iPad Pro vs. MacBook. I bought the […]

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SuperDuper before macOS reinstall

How to reinstall macOS without losing data

macOS (previously known as OS X) is an excellent operating system that usually doesn’t require a lot of reboots and only rarely has to be reinstalled. But occasionally you run into an issue that warrants reinstalling the operating system (OS). That’s especially true if you installed beta versions of macOS. In this post, I’ll explain […]

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How to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder using Automator

How to create a Dropbox link to any file in Finder using Automator

Creating a Dropbox link for files and folders already stored in Dropbox is easy. But in this article, I’ll show you how to create a Dropbox link for any file in Finder, regardless of where the file is stored using Automator and the Dropbox API. Note: The technique I describe below does not rely on […]

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Videos imported into Photos app have the wrong date

Videos imported into Photos app have the wrong date

Apple’s Photo app for Mac has a problem with importing/exporting video files. More specifically, imported videos may have an incorrect date (timestamp) if those videos were previously exported from another Photos library. Instead of showing the date and time the video was recorded, Photos shows the import date/time. As a result, the imported videos are […]

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Productivity

Top Mac productivity tips and app recommendations

I’m always working on improving my productivity, so I can get things done more quickly and efficiently. That pays off with frequently recurring tasks and technologies I use every day. In this post, I share with you my top Mac productivity tips and app recommendations. Many of the tricks below I learned from David Sparks […]

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Troubleshooting Apple TV streaming issues

Troubleshooting Apple TV streaming issues

Streaming movies from iTunes to Apple TV should be a pleasant experience if you have a decent internet connection. But often Apple TV takes forever to load movies from iTunes. When buffering and long load times get in the way, the experience becomes frustrating. Apple TV streaming issues can have various root causes. In this […]

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Troubleshooting Apple’s Junk Mail Filter

Spam filters are a necessary evil and it’s annoying when they don’t work as expected. Apple offers junk mail filtering in Apple Mail as well as via iCloud.com. Unfortunately those two filters are not related to each other and thus can cause troubles and frustration. Apple Mail’s Junk Mail Filter Apple Mail has a built-in spam filter […]

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Mac Bluetooth issues affect keyboard and trackpad

How to fix Mac Bluetooth issues

Many users have reported Mac Bluetooth issues that cause connected devices to behave erratically. These problems resulted in my Wireless Keyboard, Magic Trackpad and Mouse not working correct fly (i.e., erratic cursor movement) and disconnecting frequently.  In this post, I describe the steps I took to troubleshoot the Bluetooth issues I have had on my Retina 5K iMac […]

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iOS automation: How to automate tasks with Workflow

iOS automation: How to automate tasks with Workflow

Workflow, a productivity app that Apple recently acquired makes iOS automation incredibly easy. In this article, I would like to share how I automate tasks and workflows with the Workflow app. One of the things I love about macOS is the ability to automate tasks, such as filing receipts. iOS was pretty limited in this […]

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Fake missed FaceTime call notifications

Fake missed FaceTime call notifications

A potential bug in early versions of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 causes the appearance of fake missed FaceTime call notifications. I noticed that first when missed call notifications from my colleague Anne Marie appeared on my iPhone. Upon returning the call, she told me that she never called. I was puzzled but didn’t think […]

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Deleted keyboard shortcuts (Text Replacements) keep coming back

Deleted keyboard shortcuts (Text Replacements) keep coming back

Synchronizing keyboard shortcuts (text replacements) on iOS and macOS used to be incredibly unreliable. Often, deleted shortcuts kept coming back, thanks to a buggy and deprecated API called iCloud Core Data. Apple has mostly fixed those issues in recent updates to its operating systems. A few years ago, I started using keyboard shortcuts (text replacements) […]

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Mac tips: How to backup important data and prevent data loss

How to back up data on a Mac

Maintaining regular backups of your most important data is critical because, without it, you will suffer a data loss at some point. So in this article, I will share Mac tips about how to backup sensitive data to prevent data loss using a layered approach. Shop mentioned products LaCie 5big RAID (Amazon) Corning optical Thunderbolt cable […]

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