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How to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone Transferring files between computers or even between your Mac and an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad is easy. There are lots of different options, including Dropbox, OneDrive, email, and Apple’s own iCloud Drive. However, perhaps the simplest method of all is AirDrop. This feature of macOS and iOS… Read more... How to get photos from iCloud iCloud is a great place to store photos as it means you can access them on all of your devices, from anywhere in the world. But downloading photos to your Mac has its benefits too. First of all, Mac has greater disk space than other iOS devices and dwarfs the… Read more... Find out how to set up multiple Mac monitors In this article, we’ll show you the different ways to add a second screen to your Mac, including: How to use an iPad as a second monitorHow to add a MacBook or MacBook Pro external monitorHow to mirror your Mac’s display If you’re working out of a public place or… Read more... How to connect a printer to your Mac With paper usage having lessened in recent years, the price of printers has dropped dramatically. You can now pick up a decent all-in-one model for less than $50 and a quality laser printer for under $100. But more things being done digitally doesn’t make printers any less important — physical… Read more... How to get rid of adware on your Mac Adware is an unwelcome intrusion in many browsers. It attempts to trick or force you into clicking through to a website you weren't planning on visiting, to generate revenue for the company that produced it. Some versions of ad software also contain hidden viruses, posing a serious risk to your… Read more... How to get rid of trojan virus on Mac Discovering your Mac is infected with any kind of virus can be distressing. But there’s something about a trojan virus, the way it sneaks onto your computer by hiding in something that looks legitimate that makes it even more upsetting. Trojan viruses are often concealed in a piece of software… Read more... How to get rid of a Chrome virus on your computer If you use Google Chrome to browse the web or to work in Google Docs, and it starts behaving erratically, or you start seeing lots of intrusive adverts, it’s likely the browser has been infected with malware. While it’s frustrating, and sometimes alarming, it’s not necessarily harmful to your Mac.… Read more... How to run a Mac virus scanner Macs don’t get viruses, right? Wrong, sadly. Your Mac may be safer from malware than the average Windows PC, thanks to its Unix core and Apple’s default security settings in the OS, but it’s not immune. All it takes is one thoughtless click on a link in an email or… Read more... A checklist for buying an external hard drive for Mac Getting a new, more capacious external hard drive for Mac is good idea. Let’s admit it: cloud storages aren’t for everybody. After all, a “cloud” is just another term for somebody else’s computer. And they cost money. On the other hand, you could upgrade your Mac’s current drive but this… Read more... Mac Terminal commands: Have fun with Mac’s least-known program Terminal is not for mere mortals, you're probably thinking. It's a kind of a sacred knowledge that only geeks and Mac geniuses possess. But if you get through your first command line you'll find it's not that terrifying. In fact, using Terminal is like applying Harry Potter wizardry to your… Read more...

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