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Fix Mac hardware problems after running Apple Diagnostics Most Mac users will experience years of using a Mac without any problems. But every so often, a hardware issue could surface that could significantly impact how your Mac performs. Identifying the cause of problems — hardware or software — is the first step to fixing them. It could make… Read more... How to save Instagram videos to your Camera Roll Not only is Instagram the top photo-sharing site out there, but it’s quickly becoming one of the best ways to film and share videos. There are all kinds of ways to share videos on Instagram — Stories, Instagram Live, IGTV — and Instagram has some great tools for making your… Read more... How to back up your Mac using Time Machine Why do I need a Time Machine backup? There are few things more terrifying for anyone who uses a Mac regularly, whether it’s for work, study, or organizing family photos, than the thought of losing data. Whether it’s every file on your hard drive, or just a few important documents… Read more... The complete guide to starting an Instagram business account Are you an Instagram addict? Are you always thinking about how your latest road trip shot or selfie will fit into your Instagram theme? You’ll get no judgment from us — we can totally relate! If Instagram is your jam, and you want to take steps to grow your following,… Read more... How to uninstall multiple programs at once on Windows PC Have you ever wondered why you can’t remove multiple programs in Windows? Programs have their own uninstallers, so you have to launch uninstallation for each program separately. Unfortunately the process takes time and doesn’t guarantee complete uninstallation. Some leftovers may be overlooked and removing them will require even more time… Read more... How to free up space on Mac: The free and paid methods If you are reading this you are probably familiar with the “Disk is almost full” message on Mac. Even the most spacious hard drives will fill up at some point. Further below I’ll show you my favorite methods of recovering disk space on Mac. They are a bit like alchemy… Read more... How and why to use private browsing in Safari on macOS When browsing online, everyone leaves two sets of footprints. Most, if not every website keeps track of web visitors. Which is why most ask you to accept, click yes or agree to cookies, whereby they leave a cookie in your browser cache in case you come back. Cookies make it… Read more... Editing Mac hosts file: What does this mean? What is hosts file and how does it differ from DNS? First of all, what is the hosts file, and how does it differ from the more commonly known DNS? The Domain Name System is the database that corresponds an IP address’ “dotted quad” numerical format with a website’s alphabetized… Read more... How to run Mac OS X Maintenance Scripts What are maintenance scripts? Mac’s OS X has a built-in function to keep your system from getting bogged down with old files that are no longer needed. Every Mac has three versions of its maintenance scripts — daily, weekly, and monthly — that handle clearing out different unnecessary files as… Read more... How to start up your Mac in Recovery Mode What is Mac Recovery Mode? Apple recovery mode is available in an emergency when your macOS is running into serious difficulties. There are four main features of Mac’s Recovery Mode, whether that is the regular recovery or internet recovery: Restore from Time Machine Backup: Use a previous version of your… Read more...

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