Glenn Fleishman

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Dec 5, 2019
Hate the screenshot floater in macOS? Here’s how to get rid of it

When you make a screen capture in macOS in Mojave or Catalina, a tiny thumbnail appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen for a few seconds. Click it, and a small editing suite appears that lets you modify what you captured or delete the image…

When you make a screen capture in macOS in Mojave or Catalina, a tiny thumbnail appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen for a few seconds. Click it, and a small editing suite appears that lets you modify what you captured or delete the image…

When you make a screen capture in macOS in Mojave or Catalina, a tiny thumbnail appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen for a few seconds. Click it, and a small editing suite appears that lets you modify what you captured or delete the image…

Dec 4, 2019
What the new iOS 13 Wi-Fi message means about nearby available networks

Since you updated to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, you may have seen a message appear when you’re away from a Wi-Fi network you’ve joined previously. “Available Wi-Fi Network: ‘Name of Network’ is an available network nearby.” A Join button may appear or you…

Since you updated to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, you may have seen a message appear when you’re away from a Wi-Fi network you’ve joined previously. “Available Wi-Fi Network: ‘Name of Network’ is an available network nearby.” A Join button may appear or you…

Since you updated to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, you may have seen a message appear when you’re away from a Wi-Fi network you’ve joined previously. “Available Wi-Fi Network: ‘Name of Network’ is an available network nearby.” A Join button may appear or you…

Dec 3, 2019
How to add trusted phones to your Apple ID two-factor authentication

The two-factor authentication (2FA) system Apple developed to protect access to your Apple ID account and associated purchases and the ability to make purchases has safeguards in place to make sure that you shouldn’t easily lose access to your…

The two-factor authentication (2FA) system Apple developed to protect access to your Apple ID account and associated purchases and the ability to make purchases has safeguards in place to make sure that you shouldn’t easily lose access to your…

The two-factor authentication (2FA) system Apple developed to protect access to your Apple ID account and associated purchases and the ability to make purchases has safeguards in place to make sure that you shouldn’t easily lose access to your…

Nov 29, 2019
How to send large attachments with Mail Drop and other services

Apple added a clever option in its 2014 Mac operating system update for letting the Mail app handle large files. Many email servers limit the file size of attachments to something that can be quite modest—in the 10s to 100s of megabytes. This is…

Apple added a clever option in its 2014 Mac operating system update for letting the Mail app handle large files. Many email servers limit the file size of attachments to something that can be quite modest—in the 10s to 100s of megabytes. This is…

Apple added a clever option in its 2014 Mac operating system update for letting the Mail app handle large files. Many email servers limit the file size of attachments to something that can be quite modest—in the 10s to 100s of megabytes. This is…

Nov 27, 2019
iTunes Match, no Mac, a conundrum: Download!

What if you subscribe to iTunes Match and no longer have a Mac connected with your iCloud account—and then want to cancel the Match subscription? That’s the conundrum one reader wrote in with following the recent Mac 911 column on the pros and cons…

What if you subscribe to iTunes Match and no longer have a Mac connected with your iCloud account—and then want to cancel the Match subscription? That’s the conundrum one reader wrote in with following the recent Mac 911 column on the pros and cons…

What if you subscribe to iTunes Match and no longer have a Mac connected with your iCloud account—and then want to cancel the Match subscription? That’s the conundrum one reader wrote in with following the recent Mac 911 column on the pros and cons…

Nov 22, 2019
How to disable accounts on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you sold or gave away

It’s easy to wind up with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that’s barely working or appears dead. It may be tempting to give it away or sell it to someone who can use it for parts. However, you may be risking the safety of your or someone else’s…

It’s easy to wind up with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that’s barely working or appears dead. It may be tempting to give it away or sell it to someone who can use it for parts. However, you may be risking the safety of your or someone else’s…

It’s easy to wind up with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that’s barely working or appears dead. It may be tempting to give it away or sell it to someone who can use it for parts. However, you may be risking the safety of your or someone else’s…

Nov 21, 2019
What to do when your external Mac display isn’t showing up or displaying color casts

My external monitor was having a moment. It powered up when I woke my iMac from its standby mode with pink-hued tone over everything. While this was vaguely aesthetically pleasing, it wasn’t particularly beneficial and I thought it would wear on…

My external monitor was having a moment. It powered up when I woke my iMac from its standby mode with pink-hued tone over everything. While this was vaguely aesthetically pleasing, it wasn’t particularly beneficial and I thought it would wear on…

My external monitor was having a moment. It powered up when I woke my iMac from its standby mode with pink-hued tone over everything. While this was vaguely aesthetically pleasing, it wasn’t particularly beneficial and I thought it would wear on…

Nov 20, 2019
Cancelling iTunes Match? Here’s how to download your iCloud Music Library before you do so

If you’re like me, you signed up for iTunes Match almost as soon as it was announced exactly eight years ago. The service cost $25 per year then and now, and it solved two separate problems for iTunes Store music buyers. First, iTunes Match provided…

If you’re like me, you signed up for iTunes Match almost as soon as it was announced exactly eight years ago. The service cost $25 per year then and now, and it solved two separate problems for iTunes Store music buyers. First, iTunes Match provided…

If you’re like me, you signed up for iTunes Match almost as soon as it was announced exactly eight years ago. The service cost $25 per year then and now, and it solved two separate problems for iTunes Store music buyers. First, iTunes Match provided…

Nov 19, 2019
Your Fantasy Realm Is Coming to an End. Don’t Panic, Exactly.

You’re a human, humanoid, dwarf, elf, demigod, semidemigod, talking non-human animal, sentient mobile plant, or object imbued with consciousness via magical spell, and your fantasy realm appears to be about to come to an end. First: Breathe gently in…

You’re a human, humanoid, dwarf, elf, demigod, semidemigod, talking non-human animal, sentient mobile plant, or object imbued with consciousness via magical spell, and your fantasy realm appears to be about to come to an end. First: Breathe gently in…

You’re a human, humanoid, dwarf, elf, demigod, semidemigod, talking non-human animal, sentient mobile plant, or object imbued with consciousness via magical spell, and your fantasy realm appears to be about to come to an end. First: Breathe gently in…

Nov 19, 2019
I Mean, It’s Not the End of the World!

Sci-fi and fantasy novels thrive on the end of all things, but there are some in which the Earth and humanity aren’t particularly in danger. Warning! There will be minor spoilers for various books and movies below to explain where they fit into the…

Sci-fi and fantasy novels thrive on the end of all things, but there are some in which the Earth and humanity aren’t particularly in danger. Warning! There will be minor spoilers for various books and movies below to explain where they fit into the…

Sci-fi and fantasy novels thrive on the end of all things, but there are some in which the Earth and humanity aren’t particularly in danger. Warning! There will be minor spoilers for various books and movies below to explain where they fit into the…

Nov 18, 2019
1Blocker 3 review: Safari extension revamps its content-blocking for macOS Catalina

Apple introduced content-blocking Safari extensions in 2015 for iOS and 2016 for macOS, offering third-party developers a way to bring rule-based blocking without requiring users to give up privacy. Extension creators can produce and update unwanted…

Apple introduced content-blocking Safari extensions in 2015 for iOS and 2016 for macOS, offering third-party developers a way to bring rule-based blocking without requiring users to give up privacy. Extension creators can produce and update unwanted…

Apple introduced content-blocking Safari extensions in 2015 for iOS and 2016 for macOS, offering third-party developers a way to bring rule-based blocking without requiring users to give up privacy. Extension creators can produce and update unwanted…

Nov 18, 2019
How to set your Mac as a shared backup destination for Time Machine

While Time Machine in macOS 10.15 Catalina still can’t back up to a directly connected APFS-formatted drive—only to one formatted with the older HFS+ filesystem—you can back up over a network to most volumes that can be shared, including other…

While Time Machine in macOS 10.15 Catalina still can’t back up to a directly connected APFS-formatted drive—only to one formatted with the older HFS+ filesystem—you can back up over a network to most volumes that can be shared, including other…

While Time Machine in macOS 10.15 Catalina still can’t back up to a directly connected APFS-formatted drive—only to one formatted with the older HFS+ filesystem—you can back up over a network to most volumes that can be shared, including other…

Nov 14, 2019
How to restore correct dates for images in Photos

There’s a gaping hole in Photos, and it’s not a missing photo of your grandma. Rather, it’s how the app handles adjusting the date and time of photos that have been imported without the correct information. This has quite likely happened to you,…

There’s a gaping hole in Photos, and it’s not a missing photo of your grandma. Rather, it’s how the app handles adjusting the date and time of photos that have been imported without the correct information. This has quite likely happened to you,…

There’s a gaping hole in Photos, and it’s not a missing photo of your grandma. Rather, it’s how the app handles adjusting the date and time of photos that have been imported without the correct information. This has quite likely happened to you,…

Nov 13, 2019
The Typewriter Is Not a Typesetter

In 1919, typesetters in New York wanted better working hours and better pay at job shops that handled much of the work for magazines. Their powerful union, the International Typographic Union (ITU), refused to authorize a general strike. Members of…

In 1919, typesetters in New York wanted better working hours and better pay at job shops that handled much of the work for magazines. Their powerful union, the International Typographic Union (ITU), refused to authorize a general strike. Members of…

In 1919, typesetters in New York wanted better working hours and better pay at job shops that handled much of the work for magazines. Their powerful union, the International Typographic Union (ITU), refused to authorize a general strike. Members of…

Nov 13, 2019
Autocorrect suggests words and phrases in another language on your iPhone? Delete a keyboard to fix this

iOS and iPadOS allow the use of multiple software keyboards, which can include those used in different languages and those used for alternative input methods, like Gboard. But you can run afoul of autocorrect suggestions if you’ve added a keyboard…

iOS and iPadOS allow the use of multiple software keyboards, which can include those used in different languages and those used for alternative input methods, like Gboard. But you can run afoul of autocorrect suggestions if you’ve added a keyboard…

iOS and iPadOS allow the use of multiple software keyboards, which can include those used in different languages and those used for alternative input methods, like Gboard. But you can run afoul of autocorrect suggestions if you’ve added a keyboard…

Nov 12, 2019
How to manage new Sign in with Apple identities

At Apple’s 2019 developer conference, the company announced Sign in with Apple, its privacy-protecting alternative to third-party logins long provided by Facebook, Twitter, and others. These alternative sign-ins let you create an account leveraging…

At Apple’s 2019 developer conference, the company announced Sign in with Apple, its privacy-protecting alternative to third-party logins long provided by Facebook, Twitter, and others. These alternative sign-ins let you create an account leveraging…

At Apple’s 2019 developer conference, the company announced Sign in with Apple, its privacy-protecting alternative to third-party logins long provided by Facebook, Twitter, and others. These alternative sign-ins let you create an account leveraging…

Nov 11, 2019
macOS Catalina: How to make your iPhone and iPad appear on the Desktop

With the death of iTunes in macOS, Apple shunted access to connected iPhones and iPads to the Finder via the Locations section of the sidebar. Some readers reported not spotting their devices there, and had no idea how to get them to show up. The…

With the death of iTunes in macOS, Apple shunted access to connected iPhones and iPads to the Finder via the Locations section of the sidebar. Some readers reported not spotting their devices there, and had no idea how to get them to show up. The…

With the death of iTunes in macOS, Apple shunted access to connected iPhones and iPads to the Finder via the Locations section of the sidebar. Some readers reported not spotting their devices there, and had no idea how to get them to show up. The…

Nov 6, 2019
Why you might see a new “Data” disk in Catalina

Apple took system protection to the next level in macOS 10.15 Catalina by splitting your normal boot volume into two pieces. It appears like a single volume on the Desktop, but it’s really two: one is labeled with the volume’s name, while the other…

Apple took system protection to the next level in macOS 10.15 Catalina by splitting your normal boot volume into two pieces. It appears like a single volume on the Desktop, but it’s really two: one is labeled with the volume’s name, while the other…

Apple took system protection to the next level in macOS 10.15 Catalina by splitting your normal boot volume into two pieces. It appears like a single volume on the Desktop, but it’s really two: one is labeled with the volume’s name, while the other…

Nov 4, 2019
What you can do if your wireless devices stops connecting to Personal Hotspot in iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1

A mystery arrived on Mac 911’s doorstep. A reader lives in an area of poor broadband access, relies on cellular data, and uses the Personal Hotspot feature on various iPhones and iPads for connections, which includes an older Epson printer. However,…

A mystery arrived on Mac 911’s doorstep. A reader lives in an area of poor broadband access, relies on cellular data, and uses the Personal Hotspot feature on various iPhones and iPads for connections, which includes an older Epson printer. However,…

A mystery arrived on Mac 911’s doorstep. A reader lives in an area of poor broadband access, relies on cellular data, and uses the Personal Hotspot feature on various iPhones and iPads for connections, which includes an older Epson printer. However,…

Oct 31, 2019
iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things to Light

When it’s dark and you try to capture a picture with your camera, there are only so many photons to go around! Seriously: all photography boils down to light, light to photons, and insufficient photons to bad nighttime pictures. Apple has made…

When it’s dark and you try to capture a picture with your camera, there are only so many photons to go around! Seriously: all photography boils down to light, light to photons, and insufficient photons to bad nighttime pictures. Apple has made…

When it’s dark and you try to capture a picture with your camera, there are only so many photons to go around! Seriously: all photography boils down to light, light to photons, and insufficient photons to bad nighttime pictures. Apple has made…