Bluetooth technology has been allowing our electronic devices to communicate with each other for 20 years now. Yet, Bluetooth connections between devices can still fail, or give you all kinds of issues when you’re trying to set them up. Here are some troubleshooting techniques to try when pairing Bluetooth-enabled devices gives you the blues.
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Doing stuff with your mouse is cool. Doing stuff with your keyboard is cooler. These are the most important keyboard shortcuts, ranked from best to worst. (Unless noted, we've listed the Windows shortcuts; Mac users substitute Cmd for Ctrl.) With one exception, despite any flaws, all the shortcuts below are fundamentally good.
macOS: A lot of people like Baby Yoda Disney Plus. So why should you have to go through the arduous task of loading your browser, pulling up the service, and clicking around to watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian? Thanks to a fun little hack from DBK Labs, we can shorten this by a few steps on macOS. And if you have to jet before you finish your show or film, this app is perfect for jumping right back to where you were—no extra clicks needed.
Apple posted its roundup of the best iOS and iPadOS apps and games for 2019, which gives us a look into the trends that drove the year’s best apps. It’s a good read if you have the time, as it reveals some surprising figures—Mario Kart Tour was the most-downloaded game on the App Store, for example, and users were drawn to multimedia creation and self-publishing apps more than any other categories in 2019.
IT guru Bob Gendler took to Medium last week to share a startling discovery about Apple Mail. If you have the application configured to send and receive encrypted email—messages that should be unreadable for anyone without the right decryption keys—Apple’s digital assistant goes ahead and stores your emails in plain text on your Mac’s drive.
When it’s time to install a new version of macOS or download a new update, nearly everyone turns to the Mac App Store to start the process. While the App Store makes OS installations easy and relatively painless, it doesn’t always work—and it might be time to turn to Terminal (and a little creativity) instead.
The Lifehacker staff sifts through a ton of apps on a regular basis, but a few have stuck with us over the years. Some apps are simply nice to have, while others have become essential in our daily lives. From dealing with irate dragons to counting our mindfulness minutes, each app on this list has a special place in our hearts (and our homescreens). Best of all, they're all free.
Apple Reminders is in the process of getting a big overhaul this year. The new version is available now on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, and will arrive on macOS when the Catalina update hits this month. It looks better and adds new features that add useful depth, like the ability to create lists related to action items.
As someone who uses Android as their primary mobile OS, I tend to focus on alternative apps/service to Google’s products, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also enjoy the third-party replacements for Apple’s apps on iOS and iPad. Unfortunately, Apple’s “walled garden” approach to its products means there are far fewer third-party and/or open-source app alternatives available on iOS than on Android — and most require you to jailbreak your iPhone, which is a tedious, warranty-busting project.
Long before we were talking to AI assistants on smart devices, we had Clippy — the cheery, animated paperclip mascot of Microsoft Office, who’s definitely-not-at-all-annoying tips and contextual actions “helped” users navigate Word, Excel, and the rest of the Office suite.
We’re tackling a fun issue with geeky hand-me-downs in this week’s Tech 911. I wish I knew someone older than me — a parent, a brother, an awesome neighbour — who had laptops and smartphones and gadgets galore that they could pass my way when they were sick of using them.
That’s what I get for not touching my Mac in a day or so. Thanks to a tip from Lifehacker reader David (no relation), we can now confirm that Mac users are probably having one heck of a time trying to manage their schedules today. If you synchronise your Google Calendar to your Mac calendar, all of your events might have just disappeared.
Thankfully, there is a temporary fix to restore your events, but it’s cumbersome.