Apple March Event Recap: New iPad 9.7 Adds Pencil Support

What better place to hold an education event than at a school? Apple’s March Event took place at Lane Tech College Prep high school in Chicago at 10am today (4pm BST). There was no live stream of the event, but you can catch a promo video of the new iPad it announced above. You can also read full details on the new iPad 9.7 2018 here. In essence, the new iPad looks like its predecessor but has a new Apple…

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How to download your Facebook data

With all the news about Facebook recently, you might be wondering, what exactly does Facebook know about me from my profile? Sure, you can peruse your profile online, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. One way to see what Facebook has on you is to download your Facebook data. The ability to download your Facebook data isn’t really new, but not many users know that you can do it. It only takes a few minutes; how long depends on…

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How to check internet speeds

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus When you sign up to a broadband provider, you’re promised speeds which at the time seem great, until you’re struggling to watch your favourite Netflix show on your laptop in your room. Lots of things can interfere with your Wi-Fi connection and result in a sluggish performance. And before you start to find the cause and remedy your connection issues, you should find out what your current speeds are. This way, you’ll have something…

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iOS: Why does Apple ask for your passcode when setting up two-factor authentication?

A Macworld reader who prefers to remain unidentified (since we’re talking about security issues) wondered why Apple asked for his iPhone passcode when he was setting up two-factor authentication (2FA). I am a great supporter of 2FA as a way to deter the potential of ne’er-do-wells achieving access to your accounts through password breaches or other problems, since 2FA requires a physically present element in your possession (like your Mac or another iOS device) to confirm an account login. However,…

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How to take a screenshot in Windows 10

There are good reasons why you might want to take a screenshot in Windows 10. A screenshot can be useful for quickly showing someone what’s on your desktop, or grabbing a quick moment from a video that you need to share. Windows 10’s built-in screenshot controls are easy to use, but they aren’t exactly obvious. Here are three built-in Windows screenshot keyboard shortcuts, most of which will also work in earlier versions of Windows. We’ll also suggest a few third-party…

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How to check your Mac’s free hard drive space

In today’s era of multi-terabyte hard drives, many of us don’t keep as close an eye on our disk usage as we used to. Still, even the largest drives fill up eventually. If you don’t know how to check your disk space use on OS X, here’s where to look. Options 1 and 2: From the Finder The Finder gives you a couple ways to see how much free disk space you have. These are the easiest ways. Preview your…

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How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity achievements

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise. If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most…

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Reset a Mac’s NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

When your Mac starts acting up, you’ll probably run through some common troubleshooting procedures, such as restarting it, running Disk Utility, and perhaps performing a Safe Boot. Your repair repertoire should also include a couple of additional procedures that can occasionally eliminate otherwise inscrutable problems—zapping the NVRAM and resetting the SMC. Zap the NVRAM (or PRAM) Back in the day, the standard list of quick fixes for random Mac ailments always included “zap the PRAM.” The P in PRAM stood…

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How to set up Android Auto in any car

Android Auto will work in any car, even an older car. All you need is the right accessories—and a smartphone running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher (Android 6.0 is better), with a decent-sized screen. Add a few handy apps and phone settings, and you can make your smartphone version of Android Auto just about as good as the dashboard version.  Android Auto wasn’t always this easy. When it debuted in 2015, you needed either a new car or pricey aftermarket hardware…

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How Time Machine and other backups handle email

After several recent columns on the vagaries of managing Time Machine backups, including how to prune snapshots and ensure you don’t delete files from the backups you want to keep, Macworld reader Janet wrote in asking about how Time Machine interacts with email. She wondered how Time Machine creates a backup of email messages, given that Mail stores these messages in what appears to be a file or database format. And what happens if you delete an email message months…

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How To Add Surround Sound To PC

Surround sound is a beautiful thing. It’s one of the features that really has to be heard to be believed, as your favourite film or music can take on a new dimension of colour and detail when heard through a properly set up system. We’ll walk you through the process of setting up surround sound on your computer. Although there will be some variations depending on which system you’re setting up, there are some general rules that apply. If you’d…

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How To Take A Screenshot On A Chromebook

If you want to capture an image of a webpage, record a payment made online, or be able to send a picture of something on your screen to a friend, you need to know how to take a screenshot. It isn’t obvious how this can be achieved on a Chromebook – as there’s no ‘Prt Scr’ button on the keyboard – but it’s very easy to take a screenshot. We show you a couple of different ways to take a screenshot…

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What happened to the ‘All My Files’ feature in macOS High Sierra?

macOS’s All My Files option in the Finder is a great example of a feature that you barely know is there until it disappears. All My Files was default feature of the Sidebar that, when selected or shown when opening a new Finder window, listed every file created on your Mac in reverse chronological order. It disappeared in High Sierra, replaced by a Recents item. Many people searched around for it for some time, including yours truly. Macworld reader Ralph…

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Is your VPN secure? How to check for leaks

A trustworthy virtual private network (VPN) is a good way to keep your internet usage secure and private whether at home or on public Wi-Fi. But just how private is your activity over a VPN? In other words, how do you know if the VPN is doing its job or if you’re unwittingly leaking information to prying eyes? To find out, you first need to know what your computer looks like to the internet without a VPN running. Start by searching…

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How to Change eBay Password

eBay has in the past been the subject of data breaches, and you never really know if it could happen again. So it pays to routinely change your eBay password. It’s a process that takes only seconds, but could be key to securing your personal data. Log into your eBay account in a browser Click on the down arrow next to ‘Hello, [your name]’ at the top left of the window Choose Account Settings From the sidebar on the left choose…

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