Glenn Fleishman

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Oct 16, 2019
iPhoto users, you’re out of time with macOS Catalina. What’s your next step?

If you’ve continued to use iPhoto after Apple discontinued it in 2015, you had to know its days were numbered. Many people preferred iPhoto’s controls and the new Photos app was initially missing features and buggy, crashy, and slow at times. Photos…

If you’ve continued to use iPhoto after Apple discontinued it in 2015, you had to know its days were numbered. Many people preferred iPhoto’s controls and the new Photos app was initially missing features and buggy, crashy, and slow at times. Photos…

If you’ve continued to use iPhoto after Apple discontinued it in 2015, you had to know its days were numbered. Many people preferred iPhoto’s controls and the new Photos app was initially missing features and buggy, crashy, and slow at times. Photos…

Oct 15, 2019
How to switch from iCloud Photos to just plain Photos

iCloud Photos provides a great service. Deeply embedded into iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and iCloud, with the feature enabled, every photo you take and every video you record is automatically uploaded to your central iCloud account and then synchronized as a…

iCloud Photos provides a great service. Deeply embedded into iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and iCloud, with the feature enabled, every photo you take and every video you record is automatically uploaded to your central iCloud account and then synchronized as a…

iCloud Photos provides a great service. Deeply embedded into iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and iCloud, with the feature enabled, every photo you take and every video you record is automatically uploaded to your central iCloud account and then synchronized as a…

Oct 14, 2019
How iCloud Drive works with multiple users on a single Mac

Apple introduced fast user switching years ago to allow easier shared use of a single Mac by multiple people. After logging into an account and switching away from it, all the activities that were underway continue on their merry progress even while…

Apple introduced fast user switching years ago to allow easier shared use of a single Mac by multiple people. After logging into an account and switching away from it, all the activities that were underway continue on their merry progress even while…

Apple introduced fast user switching years ago to allow easier shared use of a single Mac by multiple people. After logging into an account and switching away from it, all the activities that were underway continue on their merry progress even while…

Oct 11, 2019
Laser cutters sold on Amazon and elsewhere are cheap, fun—and dangerous

Once upon a time, an aircraft pilot looking down toward the ground saw only the distant twinkling lights of homes and cities. But pilots have had an unfortunate high-tech worry for many years: powerful handheld laser pointers. These devices can…

Once upon a time, an aircraft pilot looking down toward the ground saw only the distant twinkling lights of homes and cities. But pilots have had an unfortunate high-tech worry for many years: powerful handheld laser pointers. These devices can…

Once upon a time, an aircraft pilot looking down toward the ground saw only the distant twinkling lights of homes and cities. But pilots have had an unfortunate high-tech worry for many years: powerful handheld laser pointers. These devices can…

Oct 11, 2019
That’s right: You can’t turn off Personal Hotspot in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

If you’re a regular user of the Personal Hotspot feature for iPhones and cellular-equipped iPads, you might wondered where the off setting went in iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1. It’s gone, but it’s not an error and you’re not just missing it. Apple in…

If you’re a regular user of the Personal Hotspot feature for iPhones and cellular-equipped iPads, you might wondered where the off setting went in iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1. It’s gone, but it’s not an error and you’re not just missing it. Apple in…

If you’re a regular user of the Personal Hotspot feature for iPhones and cellular-equipped iPads, you might wondered where the off setting went in iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1. It’s gone, but it’s not an error and you’re not just missing it. Apple in…

Oct 10, 2019
How to take advantage of the photo-editing tools in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

The Photos app for macOS has improved substantially since its introduction, especially in the variety and sophistication of its image editing tools. On the iPhone and iPad, Photos lagged considerably. But with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple offers a…

The Photos app for macOS has improved substantially since its introduction, especially in the variety and sophistication of its image editing tools. On the iPhone and iPad, Photos lagged considerably. But with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple offers a…

The Photos app for macOS has improved substantially since its introduction, especially in the variety and sophistication of its image editing tools. On the iPhone and iPad, Photos lagged considerably. But with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple offers a…

Oct 9, 2019
How to use the over-capture feature in the new iPhone camera to crop and adjust images later

The new iPhone 11 series of phones brings a new way to frame and shoot photos that gives you flexibility after you’ve snapped that shot. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max all bring in detail outside your framed preview from the next widest lens…

The new iPhone 11 series of phones brings a new way to frame and shoot photos that gives you flexibility after you’ve snapped that shot. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max all bring in detail outside your framed preview from the next widest lens…

The new iPhone 11 series of phones brings a new way to frame and shoot photos that gives you flexibility after you’ve snapped that shot. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max all bring in detail outside your framed preview from the next widest lens…

Oct 8, 2019
Why you’re prompted to erase an external drive when you use it with Time Capsule

When you attach an external drive to a Mac to use with Time Machine and confirm the prompt that appears asking if you want to use it for that purpose, you may then be prompted to erase the drive. Why does that happen? As noted in previous columns,…

When you attach an external drive to a Mac to use with Time Machine and confirm the prompt that appears asking if you want to use it for that purpose, you may then be prompted to erase the drive. Why does that happen? As noted in previous columns,…

When you attach an external drive to a Mac to use with Time Machine and confirm the prompt that appears asking if you want to use it for that purpose, you may then be prompted to erase the drive. Why does that happen? As noted in previous columns,…

Oct 7, 2019
What to do if your Mac’s Fusion Drive fails (or shows signs of failure)

Apple created the Fusion Drive when large-capacity SSDs were unaffordable except to high-end professionals. A Fusion Drive pairs a large, low-speed hard drive (5,400 rpm) with a small-capacity, super-fast SSD, typically 24GB to 128GB. MacOS optimizes…

Apple created the Fusion Drive when large-capacity SSDs were unaffordable except to high-end professionals. A Fusion Drive pairs a large, low-speed hard drive (5,400 rpm) with a small-capacity, super-fast SSD, typically 24GB to 128GB. MacOS optimizes…

Apple created the Fusion Drive when large-capacity SSDs were unaffordable except to high-end professionals. A Fusion Drive pairs a large, low-speed hard drive (5,400 rpm) with a small-capacity, super-fast SSD, typically 24GB to 128GB. MacOS optimizes…

Oct 3, 2019
iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: How to use Markup on your screen captures and photos

Markup is a hidden powerhouse in iOS and iPadOS. First introduced in iOS 10, the image-annotation tool has added more features and improved its interface. In the latest operating system releases, Markup has had its appearance redesigned and a new…

Markup is a hidden powerhouse in iOS and iPadOS. First introduced in iOS 10, the image-annotation tool has added more features and improved its interface. In the latest operating system releases, Markup has had its appearance redesigned and a new…

Markup is a hidden powerhouse in iOS and iPadOS. First introduced in iOS 10, the image-annotation tool has added more features and improved its interface. In the latest operating system releases, Markup has had its appearance redesigned and a new…

Oct 1, 2019
Postbox 7 review: A clean, full-featured alternative to Apple Mail for the Mac

Many of us spend more time every day in our email client than in any other piece of software. If you’re in sales, marketing, design, HR, PR, or other professional fields with an “R” in the name, you may have to compose and reply to hundreds of…

Many of us spend more time every day in our email client than in any other piece of software. If you’re in sales, marketing, design, HR, PR, or other professional fields with an “R” in the name, you may have to compose and reply to hundreds of…

Many of us spend more time every day in our email client than in any other piece of software. If you’re in sales, marketing, design, HR, PR, or other professional fields with an “R” in the name, you may have to compose and reply to hundreds of…

Sep 30, 2019
How to convert a case-sensitive Mac HFS+ partition into a case-insensitive one

Apple has long offered two versions of the same HFS+ partition formatting scheme used to create a filesystem for a Mac-mountable volume: “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)”. With the addition of APFS…

Apple has long offered two versions of the same HFS+ partition formatting scheme used to create a filesystem for a Mac-mountable volume: “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)”. With the addition of APFS…

Apple has long offered two versions of the same HFS+ partition formatting scheme used to create a filesystem for a Mac-mountable volume: “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)”. With the addition of APFS…

Sep 27, 2019
Why you should use Google Photos over iCloud Photos: Sharing photos and movies

iCloud Photos is a fantastic way to sync your images and videos across all the devices you own that use the same Apple ID for iCloud, have access anywhere via a web browser to the same media at iCloud.com, and let Apple effectively perform a backup…

iCloud Photos is a fantastic way to sync your images and videos across all the devices you own that use the same Apple ID for iCloud, have access anywhere via a web browser to the same media at iCloud.com, and let Apple effectively perform a backup…

iCloud Photos is a fantastic way to sync your images and videos across all the devices you own that use the same Apple ID for iCloud, have access anywhere via a web browser to the same media at iCloud.com, and let Apple effectively perform a backup…

Sep 23, 2019
Where to find app updates in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

With the release of iOS 13 and the soon-to-be-out iPadOS 13, third-party developers are pushing tens of thousands of app updates out to make their software compatible or take advantage of new features. But if you want to install updates, where can…

With the release of iOS 13 and the soon-to-be-out iPadOS 13, third-party developers are pushing tens of thousands of app updates out to make their software compatible or take advantage of new features. But if you want to install updates, where can…

With the release of iOS 13 and the soon-to-be-out iPadOS 13, third-party developers are pushing tens of thousands of app updates out to make their software compatible or take advantage of new features. But if you want to install updates, where can…

Sep 20, 2019
iOS 13: How to use Low Data Mode to slim your consumption

It’s easy to burn through data with an iPhone or iPad, whether you’re using a Wi-Fi network or a cellular one. In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has extended a tool that used to be only available as part of Low Power Mode and made it a separate switch:…

It’s easy to burn through data with an iPhone or iPad, whether you’re using a Wi-Fi network or a cellular one. In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has extended a tool that used to be only available as part of Low Power Mode and made it a separate switch:…

It’s easy to burn through data with an iPhone or iPad, whether you’re using a Wi-Fi network or a cellular one. In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has extended a tool that used to be only available as part of Low Power Mode and made it a separate switch:…

Sep 18, 2019
How to make sure your sent email is copied to the right location in Mail

When you send a message, your computer or mobile device is obviously not “sending” it, any more than a Star Trek transporter is “transporting” people to the surface of a planet. In both cases, the information that makes up the original is sent, but…

When you send a message, your computer or mobile device is obviously not “sending” it, any more than a Star Trek transporter is “transporting” people to the surface of a planet. In both cases, the information that makes up the original is sent, but…

When you send a message, your computer or mobile device is obviously not “sending” it, any more than a Star Trek transporter is “transporting” people to the surface of a planet. In both cases, the information that makes up the original is sent, but…

Sep 18, 2019
Moving to Catalina: Keep Your 32-Bit Mac Apps Running with Parallels

We’re nearing 32-bit-ageddon with the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina sometime in October 2019. The new version of macOS marks the end of old 32-bit apps whose software code was never refreshed to support 64-bit CPUs. In June 2018, Apple confirmed…

We’re nearing 32-bit-ageddon with the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina sometime in October 2019. The new version of macOS marks the end of old 32-bit apps whose software code was never refreshed to support 64-bit CPUs. In June 2018, Apple confirmed…

We’re nearing 32-bit-ageddon with the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina sometime in October 2019. The new version of macOS marks the end of old 32-bit apps whose software code was never refreshed to support 64-bit CPUs. In June 2018, Apple confirmed…

Sep 17, 2019
How to load a massive amount of data into Photos on a Mac set to Optimize Mac Storage

iCloud Photos lets you keep full-resolution versions of your images and videos in iCloud storage, while letting you choose to store just optimized versions—thumbnails and low-res video previews—on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. That’s great, especially…

iCloud Photos lets you keep full-resolution versions of your images and videos in iCloud storage, while letting you choose to store just optimized versions—thumbnails and low-res video previews—on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. That’s great, especially…

iCloud Photos lets you keep full-resolution versions of your images and videos in iCloud storage, while letting you choose to store just optimized versions—thumbnails and low-res video previews—on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. That’s great, especially…

Sep 16, 2019
How to refresh the tiny tab icons in Safari when they start disappearing

The wee little icon that appears for most websites in Safari tabs when you have Safari > Preferences > Tabs > Show Website Icons in Tabs enabled is called a favicon. These micro-badges can help you identify a site by icon, instead of by tab name or…

The wee little icon that appears for most websites in Safari tabs when you have Safari > Preferences > Tabs > Show Website Icons in Tabs enabled is called a favicon. These micro-badges can help you identify a site by icon, instead of by tab name or…

The wee little icon that appears for most websites in Safari tabs when you have Safari > Preferences > Tabs > Show Website Icons in Tabs enabled is called a favicon. These micro-badges can help you identify a site by icon, instead of by tab name or…

Sep 12, 2019
Time Machine: No FAT or exFAT drives, only HFS+ and APFS

To judge by a recent spate of email, Mac users are using Windows and Unix/Linux compatible drives more than ever. Many people have asked why their external drive appears and is grayed-out in the Time Machine preference pane’s excluded list. (Open the…

To judge by a recent spate of email, Mac users are using Windows and Unix/Linux compatible drives more than ever. Many people have asked why their external drive appears and is grayed-out in the Time Machine preference pane’s excluded list. (Open the…

To judge by a recent spate of email, Mac users are using Windows and Unix/Linux compatible drives more than ever. Many people have asked why their external drive appears and is grayed-out in the Time Machine preference pane’s excluded list. (Open the…