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How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro

We’re back with another Apple-themed issue of Tech 911, where I give it my all to help you figure out the issues you’re having with your computer, smartphone, device, or life.

How to Get Apple's Mac Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS Betas Right Now How to Get Apple's Mac Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS Betas Right Now

If you want to play with the “early AF” release of iOS 12, or run around in the deserts of macOS Mojave, you normally have to give Apple $99 for the privilege of developing apps for its platform—apps it’ll ultimately take a 30 percent cut of (unless you offer a subscription and keep a user for longer than a year, but…

How to Get Early Access to Everything Apple Announced at WWDC  How to Get Early Access to Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 

A new Mac App Store! Dark Mode! Desktop Stacks! Group FaceTime! Dick Tracy mode for your Apple Watch! It’s WWDC day, and Apple revealed plenty of new features for its various platforms this morning. (No, you’re not getting more free iCloud space and, yes, your Macbook Pro keyboard still sucks.)

How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, also known as WWDC, officially kicks off on Monday. As the name suggests, the annual conference is centered around the developers that are making apps and services for things like your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

How to Stop Accidentally Quitting Your Mac Apps How to Stop Accidentally Quitting Your Mac Apps

It happens at least once a day, always when I’m right in the middle of working on something important: I accidentally brush the Command+Q combination instead of Command+W to close a browser tab, quitting me out of Chrome. Sigh.

Keep Track of Your To-Do List With This Menu Bar App Keep Track of Your To-Do List With This Menu Bar App

I typically start every work day by creating a list of the things I need to accomplish that day. Once something I did in the Notes app, I eventually moved to just using a page in a notebook. As new things pop up I add to that list, ultimately ending in a jumbled mess of a list with things crossed off and others…

Make Sure You Take Work Breaks with the Mac App 'Time Out' Make Sure You Take Work Breaks with the Mac App 'Time Out'

macOS: I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy. Sometimes, the sheer amount of crap you have to deal with can almost feel overwhelming, but a good way to get control of your chaotic to-do list without going crazy is to make sure you’re getting enough downtime, too.

How to 'AirDrop' Between Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android Devices How to 'AirDrop' Between Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android Devices

When it comes to file management, Apple fans have had it easy. Ever since Apple debuted AirDrop in OS X Lion, way back in July of 2011, moving files around your linked desktop and laptop systems (and iPhones and iPads) couldn’t be any easier.

How to Set Up Your MacBook From Scratch How to Set Up Your MacBook From Scratch

Can you remember the last time you wiped your MacBook and reinstalled everything? I’d guess somewhere around “never,” but there are plenty of reasons you might want to Exterminatus your system, ranging from the serious (a major error with macOS) to the so-so (your system feels sluggish after all the crap you’ve put on…

Keep Track of Everything on Your Clipboard With the Clipy App for Mac Keep Track of Everything on Your Clipboard With the Clipy App for Mac

Mac: As much as we’d love it, Clipy is not a macOS version of Clippy, that little animated Windows paperclip that asks you how you’re doing and gives you useful life advice. It’s a must-have utility that makes your macOS clipboard ten times more powerful, if there was any way to measure that sort of thing.

Use This App to See If Someone is Messing with Your MacBook Use This App to See If Someone is Messing with Your MacBook

The best way to ensure that nobody tries to open, log into, or otherwise screw around with your MacBook is to make sure that they don’t have physical access to your laptop. This isn’t always possible.

How to Get Minesweeper on Your Mac How to Get Minesweeper on Your Mac

If you’ve been a die-hard Apple fan since you first put your fingers to a keyboard, there’s a chance you’ve never experienced the thrill of Minesweeper—one of the two classic games that used to be found on Microsoft’s Windows operating system. If that’s true, or if you just miss the thrill of losing game, after game,…

How to Find All Your 32-Bit Mac Apps at Once Before Apple Makes Them Obsolete How to Find All Your 32-Bit Mac Apps at Once Before Apple Makes Them Obsolete

After booting 32-bit apps from the iPhone and iPad in iOS 11, Apple is getting ready give the same treatment to your Mac. If you’re worried that you might lose access to some of your favorite apps, here’s how to check whether all the software running on your computer is 64-bit or not.

macOS App of the Week: Amphetamine macOS App of the Week: Amphetamine

Go ahead and get your Breaking Bad jokes out of your system. We’ll wait. Once you’re done, we recommend installing Amphetamine as soon as you can. This app is a super-tiny download, and it’s like giving your macOS machine caffeine pills. Once activated, your system will stop going to sleep.

macOS App of the Week: SymbolicLinker macOS App of the Week: SymbolicLinker

Just because we love symbolic links on Windows so much—thanks, Steam Mover—we’re going to show you a handy macOS app that lets you set up symbolic links on Apple’s operating system as well.

Use This Easy URL to Manage Your iOS Subscriptions Use This Easy URL to Manage Your iOS Subscriptions

Apple doesn’t make it easy to figure out what apps you’ve subscribed to on iOS—go figure. In fact, just remembering where to go to see your subscriptions (and cancel them, if need be) usually requires a trip to your favorite search engine. Or, at least, it did.

How to Uninstall Annoying macOS Apps How to Uninstall Annoying macOS Apps

I’ve never had much of an interest in Chess, but because macOS seems to think that the game is so critical to my operating system, I’m forbidden to uninstall it. You can’t drag it to the trash; you can’t command-Delete it. You’re stuck staring at it in your Finder forevermore—unless you get a little creative.

How to Satisfy Your Tetris Cravings on macOS How to Satisfy Your Tetris Cravings on macOS

Apple journalist John Gruber recently lamented that there just aren’t any Tetris games for macOS. And he wasn’t suggesting that there aren’t any good games. According to Gruber, there aren’t any Tetris games, period. He couldn’t find a single official Tetris game on the Mac App Store, nor any Tetris clone, to satisfy…

macOS App of the Week: Status Clock macOS App of the Week: Status Clock

It makes us sad that Apple has basically abandoned the App Store on macOS. Just take a look at the experience you get on your smartphone or tablet compared to the one you get on your laptop—it’s night and day. That’s OK, though; we’re more than happy to provide recommendations for amazing macOS apps even if Apple…

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