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I’m a technologist, and I love gadgets that add value by simplifying my life or by increasing my productivity. On this blog, I cover Apple, home automation, networking and other technology, and I offer reviews of the products I love. I also share tips, tricks and stories about how I use technology to improve my life.

Plantronics Savi W745 Wireless Headset Review

Review: Plantronics Savi W745 Wireless Headset

In this post, I’ll review the Plantronics Savi W745 wireless headset, which I have used for the past years. To learn how the Savi 745 compares to the newer Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC, check out my comparison. When I’m not visiting clients, I usually work from home, and one of the most critical tools I rely …

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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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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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Can’t turn on AT&T Wi-Fi Calling for Your Account?

Wi-Fi Calling

AT&T has finally started rolling out its Wi-Fi Calling feature after having received the waiver from the FCC. Unfortunately some users get an error message saying: We can’t turn on Wi-Fi Calling for your account. Think this message is a mistake? Ask the person who can make account changes to call us. The number is …

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How To Fix Mac Bluetooth Issues

Mac Bluetooth issues affect keyboard and trackpad

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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How Health.app Prioritizes Data From Multiple Sources

Have you ever wondered how iOS and more specifically the Health app handles and prioritizes data from multiple sources? I have an Apple Watch and an iPhone and both devices, if worn or carried at the same time, record the number of steps I take, among other data. Yet, the Health app reports the number …

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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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Drobo vs. LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2

Drobo vs. LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 external storage solutions

I have used Drobo as part of my backup and disaster recovery strategy for several years. But no matter how hard I tried, my Drobos never delivered the performance I was looking for. So it was time to find a better backup storage solution, and in this article, I will compare Drobo vs. LaCie 5big Thunderbolt …

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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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How to fix: Unable to empty the trash on a Mac

How to fix: Unable to empty the trash on a Mac

If you are unable to empty the trash on your Mac, no matter what you try, don’t worry, there is an easy and bulletproof solution. Causes of a corrupted trash There are a variety of reasons that could render macOS unable to empty the trash. In my case, I had to forcefully delete Time Machine …

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Time Machine: How to Remove Local Snapshots

My MacBook Pro is equipped with a 1TB Solid State Disk (SSD), which I figured would offer plenty of space for months to come. When I decided to migrate from Aperture to the new Photos app, I took a close look at my storage requirements, knowing that my photos alone could take up ~400GB of …

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How to Automate Tasks With Workflow on iOS

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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Kenu Stance – Best iPhone Accessory Ever

Kenu Stance

I’m not a huge accessory fan, but from time to time I come across something that is worth writing about. The Kenu Stance (Amazon*) for the iPhone (now also available for Android and Windows phones) is one such accessory. The Kenu Stance is a super versatile mini tripod that plugs into the lightning port of the …

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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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How to back up data on a Mac

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

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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How To Automate File Management With Hazel

I always try to automate repetitive tasks, such as filing receipts and invoices. For exactly that reason I created a script using AppleScript to help with those tasks. Now I have discovered an even better way to do that using Noodlesoft’s Hazel. After download and installation, Hazel is accessible through System Preferences or through the OS X menu …

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Final Cut Pro X – playback or space bar not working

How to fix: Final Cut Pro X - playback or space bar not working

Under certain circumstances, the space bar, used for playback in Final Cut Pro X stops working. If you have experienced that issue, don’t worry as there is a simple solution. I use Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) for all my video editing and management, but I’m still relatively new to the product and have a …

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Shortcut to Create Reminders in Any Mac App

In this article, I will demonstrate how to use Apple Script and Automator to create reminders in Apple Mail and any other application via a shortcut. I have tested the described technique works in OS X 10.9 Mavericks and macOS 10.14 Mojave and all releases in between. How to create reminders in Apple Mail One …

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OS X Mavericks bug: Your system has run out of application memory

A bug in OS X 10.9 Mavericks causes the operating system to become unresponsive. In many cases, an error dialog appears claiming that your system has run out of application memory. A few days ago I noticed that my Mac Mini locked up and became unresponsive. So I power-cycled it but didn’t want to spend …

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Apple Mail Outgoing Mail Server Issues

A bug in Apple Mail causes affected mail accounts to lose the outgoing mail server (SMTP) information. You can trigger the problem by making changes to the outgoing mail server configuration in Mail –> Preferences. Fortunately, there is usually no need to make changes to the outgoing mail server configuration after setting up an email …

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Poor FaceTime video quality on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Poor FaceTime video quality on MacBook Pro with Retina Display

If you have a first-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display, you may have noticed the poor FaceTime video quality when making calls. As it turned out, Apple put a low-resolution sensor into the first-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The second generation got an improved sensor and fixed the poor FaceTime video quality issue. Continue …

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How to create a Fusion Drive on older iMacs

Apple announced a new storage technology, called Fusion drive at an Apple Media event last October. Fusion Drive, which is available as an upgrade option in Built-to-order (BTO) iMacs and Mac Minis combines Solid State Disks with regular spinning disks, thus offering high performance and high storage capacity at the same time. Apple describes Fusion …

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Pinning Application to Virtual Desktops in OS X

I’m very picky when it comes to organizing my workspace and that includes my desktop. One of the features that really helps me organize my screen is virtual desktops, which  allows me to pin certain applications to certain virtual desktops, instead of having all application windows on a single screen. To add virtual desktops launch …

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How to choose strong passwords that are easy to remember

Strong but easy to remember passwords

Passwords are a necessary evil that we all have to deal with. Depending on your online behavior you may be dealing with a handful to dozens of accounts requiring a password, such as your personal email (iCloud, Google Mail, Hotmail…), online banking, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. How many of you use a different password for …

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