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macOS Sierra vs OS X El Capitan: Everything You Need To Know In case you’re on the fence about upgrading to macOS Sierra from El Capitan, you’ve come to the right place. We’re dissecting the new macOS in detail, looking closely at how it compares to the previous and if the end justifies the means (of waiting for an hour-long upgrade). However,… Read more... 12 Most Common macOS Sierra Problems and How to Fix Them While for most it’s a usual pleasurable experience, for some this update had downsides. Here we’ll go over macOS Sierra known issues (the unknown are yet to be discovered, I’m afraid) and try to find the right fix for each.  Sierra troubles: what can go wrong? Not enough storage for… Read more... How to sync iPhone with Mac Syncing iPhone to Mac was a regular activity just a few years ago. With faster mobile speeds, more space, great streaming apps like Spotify and Listen, and more people syncing their data with iCloud, the need to physically sync isn’t as great as it used to be. Particularly once Apple… Read more... How Can you View and Clear Siri History on Mac OS? Siri becomes an essence of our interaction with Apple devices. It moved from phones to Macs and now we’re getting used to sci-fi talk with our computers. Finally, Jarvis is here to make us all feel Tony Starks on a daily basis. But when we get a little too intimate… Read more... Reinstall, Downgrade or Completely Uninstall iTunes on macOS How to reset iTunes on macOS Sierra Sometimes to go forward you need to go back. iTunes is one of the most popular apps in the world, and Apple has made some great strides over the years. There is no denying that iTunes is the media hub for many, but… Read more... How to Keep Pictures Private on a Mac Privacy is something we often take for granted until it is gone. Ask yourself this – do you have photos that you would not want to be viewed by someone else? Most people would answer yes, which makes it all the more surprising that more of us don’t take the… Read more... Antivirus and Malware Mac Protection for macOS Sierra On September 26, 2016 Apple have published their first ever support article on malware. It’s a notable event because for quite a while Macs have been considered immune to malicious code and Mac OS — impenetrable to man-made hazards. However, either people behind malware have become more inventive or macOS… Read more... How to Use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra In the very last OS update, Apple decided that Mac storage is not enough for Mac users and introduced a new space-clearing feature, Optimized Storage. In this article we’ll take a look at what it is, how it works, how it could be better, and how you can fill in… Read more... Purgeable Storage on macOS Sierra - The Whats and Whys Instead of working hard, Apple chooses to work smart (for the most part, looking at you, G4 Cube). This time instead of making your hard drive bigger, they’ve tackled the problem of limited space on your Mac with cloud storage. Which, in its turn, created a slice on your storage… Read more... NAS: How to clean up your shared Network Attached Storage drive As someone with a lot of Apple devices, I recently decided to take the plunge and consolidate my data on a local NAS server. Once setup I had a shared drive for all of my devices. It was a great learning experience overall, but there was definitely some hair pulling… Read more...

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