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Letter Of The Month
Last November, I replaced my trusty 2011 21–inch iMac with the 27–inch version from 2017 and, for the first time in over 10 years as a Mac user, I find myself being critical of an Apple product. I’ve seen the infernal “spinning beachball” many more t
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Holdr
$14.99 From Holdr, holdrapp.com Needs macOS 10.12 or later; 64–bit processor There are lots of screenshot managers for the Mac and there are lots of clipboard managers for the Mac. But Holdr is different in that it combines both. When you take a scre
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Distraint 2
$5.99 From Jesse Makkonen, jessemakkonen.com Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Needs iOS 8 or later Most “psychological horror” games involve walking down a dark corridor and waiting for something undead to leap out at you from the shadows. This adve
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Quick–fire Questions & Answers
Ensure your phone has a good connection to the internet, then go to Settings > General > Date & Time and turn off Set Automatically. Wait a few seconds, then turn it on again. This should force your phone to resync with its online time server, and sh
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Crave
1 DJI Osmo Action dji.com $349 The master of drones is bringing the image tech that works so well on flying machines to a GoPro competitor. It matches the flagship GoPro HERO7 Black for features like image stabilisation that works like magic, but it
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Wyze Cam
$19.99 From Wyze, wyze.com Features 1080p full HD video, 8x digital zoom, motion detection, 14 days free cloud storage For under $20, this camera is at the basic end of the smart-cam spectrum, however it boasts all the essential security features tha
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6 Science Apps For Summer
This time of year is great to head outdoors, not just for the fresh air, but also to explore your (or your kids’) curiosity and scientific acumen. Maybe that just takes the form of wanting to know what birds and plants you’re looking at, or maybe you
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Clean Your Mac To Sell It
WHEN YOU SELL your Mac, it’s wise to back up everything so that you don’t lose important documents or apps. You should also clean it to ensure its new owner doesn’t get handed your sensitive information, such as passwords and data. Before following t
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Say Goodbye To ITunes… And Hello To Three New Apps
CONTRARY TO SOME rumors, Apple isn’t closing the iTunes Store. But it is removing the iTunes app, first introduced as an MP3 player utility in 2001. Software chief Craig Federighi joked that everyone wanted iTunes to do more, so Apple had considered
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Lighten
Free (IAPs) From XMind, xmind.net Needs macOS 10.12 or later; 64–bit processor When it comes to mind mapping, there are two types of people: those who swear by it, and those who have never used mind maps or just can’t get along with them. Those group
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Procreate 4.3.3
$9.99 From Savage Interactive, procreate.art Made for iPad Needs iOS 12 or later Procreate for iPad has won an Apple Design Award, and it’s easy to see why. Slick and powerful, the art that users create with it is stunning. You are presented with a s
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Tailor Your Mac’s Notifications
NOTIFICATIONS IN macOS can be a very useful tool for keeping up to date with things. You can be informed of, say, an upcoming appointment, deadline, or incoming message. However, notifications can also be a frustrating distraction. For example, if yo
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Stay * * Safe * * Online OK
USING A MAC MAKES you safer than average when going online. That’s partly because of Apple’s efforts to secure the operating system; partly because the Mac App Store gives you somewhere to get most of your third–party software safely. It’s also partl
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JustPlay 1.0
$4.99 From Electronic Team, electronic.us Needs macOS 10.11 or later There are vast amounts of audio and video content available on the internet, but the macOS is quite fussy when it comes to playing file formats that come from non-Apple devices such
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Toggl
Free From Toggl, toggl.com Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Needs iOS 10.3 or later With more and more people now working freelance, there are plenty of apps to help you keep track of your time and projects, so that you can accurately bill your clie
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Manage ICloud Storage
CLOUD STORAGE MEANS total convenience. Content saved to iCloud is available on any device that’s signed in to your account. It’s a great way to store and access everything, from calendar data to getting at whatever is on your Mac’s desktop by using t
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Work With Your Photos
THE PHOTOS APP IN macOS 10.15 has a new look that avoids the traditional flip between scrolling through all your photos and viewing just one, presenting a more imaginative tiled layout to curate shots organized by various criteria. The sheer number o
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Bolster Your Browser’s Security
SAFARI, MACOS’S BUILT–IN web browser, incorporates a range of security protections that are enabled by default. In Safari > Preferences > Security, “Warn when visiting a fraudulent website” checks every address you visit against the large Google Safe
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APPLE MAIL Alternatives For IPhone
MOST IPHONE USERS never even consider using an email client other than Apple’s own Mail on their iPhone or iPad. But you’re different, right? You’re a discerning user who has needs for which Mail doesn’t quite cater. Or for whom its interface or gene
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Master The Inpainting Tool
THIS SHOT WAS taken before the cyclist disappeared around the bend. It was a quick shot so it wasn’t carefully composed. As a result of this, the photo suffers from a tilted horizon and is blemished by bins in the foreground. Affinity Photo’s Crop to
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Adobe Flash Player
ADOBE’S FLASH PLAYER plug–in isn’t included with macOS, and is disabled in Safari by default. That’s because it’s pretty much obsolete and provides a handy attack vector for malware. But if you need to use a website that requires Flash, you may have
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Astrologaster
$9.99 From Nyamnyam, astrologaster.com Needs macOS 10.12 or later Fans of Blackadder will enjoy the cod-Shakespearean antics of Astrologaster, although the gentle humor and rather sedate pace of the game seem better suited for a spot of casual gaming
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Things To Consider…
1 macOS VERSION? If you find an iOS mail client you like, you may well want to use it on your Mac too. Of those tested here, Airmail, Outlook and Spark have Mac versions, while Gmail can be used on the web. 2 WATCH APP? Apple Watch owners should chec
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Track Your Apple Kit
YOUR APPLE KIT is expensive to replace, but don’t worry if it disappears from your sight as there’s a chance to recover it. You just need to ensure all the Macs, iPhones, iPads, AirPods, and Apple Watches belonging to your family have an invaluable i
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