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Continuing our run down of the sharing preference pane, Bluetooth Sharing allows you to easily share files via Bluetooth with other Bluetooth enabled devices. The devices do not have to be Apple products they can be Android phones for example. It can be a convenient way of transferring files when two computers are not on the same network, however the transfer speeds are quite slow compared with Ethernet or Wi-Fi networking. Go to: System Preferences > Sharing Check the Bluetooth Sharing checkbox and set the options: Special attention should be...

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Moment Helps You Gauge Your iPhone Use and Offers Parental Oversight Option Smartphone addiction is real. Do you check your iPhone before you get out of bed? During family dinners? Right before you go to sleep? Constantly during the day even when you’re on vacation? If you—or your family members—feel that you’re disappearing into your phone too often or at inappropriate times, it may be time to do something about it. To start, you might want to quantify the problem, and for that, you can turn to a free iPhone...

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What Is The Best Hard Drive to Use for Your Backups? Backing up your Mac is like flossing your teeth: everyone knows they should do it every night, but too many people never get around to it. Unlike flossing, once you set up backups, they don’t require daily attention. And turning on Apple’s Time Machine backup feature is easy—simply open System Preferences > Time Machine, click Select Backup Disk, and pick a hard drive to hold your backups. Ah, but there’s the rub. If you don’t have an appropriate hard...

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Internet Sharing It really does do what it says, you can share the internet connection on your Mac with other computers on the same local network. Or if you don’t have a local network you can share your Mac’s Internet connection via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB & Bluetooth. Go to: System Preferences > Sharing In this article, I’m going to share the iPhone USB connection from my Mac to Wi-Fi & Ethernet connections, this is useful if say your broadband is offline or you are changing provider. Before enabling Internet Sharing...

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Enabling remote Apple events Continuing our run down of the sharing preference pane we’ll cover remote Apple events, remote Apple events allow apps running on other Macs to send commands directly to the Mac with remote Apple events enabled these commands can include “opening an app”, “printing a document” or even playing music. Basically, remote Apple events allow you to quickly run a task on another Mac without having to use screen sharing. Go to: System Preferences > Sharing Check the Remote Apple events option: Again, you should specify which...

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You’ve probably heard of Apple Pay, but have you set it up so you can use it to pay for purchases at checkout? If not, give it a try, since it’s one of those living-in-the future Apple technologies that feels like science fiction every time you use it. Simply put your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch within an inch or so of a compatible payment terminal (look for an Apple Pay or contactless payment logo), put your finger on the Home button to use Touch ID (or double-press the iPhone X’s side...

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