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How to get replacement AirPods Pro tips from Apple

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None of these tips will fit the AirPods Pro.
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Apple’s AirPods Pro are just fantastic, especially if you hack them to fit your ears even better. But those interchangeable silicone tips are just one (or two) more thing to lose, or to break. The good news is, Apple will sell you replacement silicone tips for your AirPods Pro. The bad news is, you can’t just order them up from the Apple Store, or from Amazon.

Fortnite beginner’s guide: How to dominate the year’s hottest game

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Everyone should welcome skill-based matchmaking.
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You’re missing out on one of the greatest games to ever grace iOS if you’re not playing Fortnite. It’s that good. And now you can dive in knowing all you need to know about getting started with battle royale.

Our beginner’s guide will teach you how to win games without Fortnite experience. You’ll learn which weapons are best for new starters, where to land if you want to stay alive longer, how to loot effectively, and more.

Get stuck in and start racking up those wins!

Apple’s new videos show how to master slo-mo and more

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Get the most out of your iPhone's camera with these tips.
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Apple published a new set of tutorial videos for iPhone owners today showing how to use some of the device’s advanced camera features.

The new videos offer how-to instructions on how to use the grid to shoot perfect overhead videos or the power of slo-mo and how to perfectly adjust it for each action clip you shoot.

Watch all of three right here:

4 easy ways to get back to the Desktop on your Mac

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Now that's a beautiful desktop.
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Most people are animals. They drop files onto their Mac desktops the way teenagers drop junk food and candy wrappers in the street, littering the place up until you can’t find anything. I’m not gong to try to cure you of that habit. That was your parents’ job, and they already failed. But I can show you a few quick ways to access your shameful desktop when you decide you can face it.

How to add an EQ and effects master track in GarageBand for iOS

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Here's a cellist, who has mastered her own track, as it were.
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One of the craziest omissions in GarageBand for iPad and iPhone is the lack of a master track for mixing. A master track sits in your GarageBand window alongside your recorded instruments, and lets you apply EQ and effects — bass, treble, reverb, and so on — to the entire song. Even in the amazing new GarageBand 3.2, there’s no proper master track.

But there is a workaround that is both easy, and as good as having the real thing. Let’s check it out.

How to rearrange photos in iOS 11

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In iOS 10 and earlier, if you don’t like the order of your photos in an album, then tough luck. In iOS 11, though, you can rearrange photos as easily as dragging them into a new spot. It’s just like rearranging pictures in a real photo album, only without all that futzing with sticky cellophane corners.

Apple teases iOS 10 users with new iOS 11 features

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A redesigned Control Center is one of many changes to look forward to in iOS 11.
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Apple has begun promoting new iOS 11 features to iOS 10 users ahead of the update’s public release.

The Tips app is issuing notifications that tease things like iOS 11’s redesigned Control Center, giving users a chance to preview them before the mobile operating system’s release in coming weeks.

All the keyboard shortcuts you’ll ever need for Safari on iPad

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Control mobile Safari without taking your hands off the keyboard.
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Safari on the Mac is almost entirely controllable by the keyboard. You can open tabs, navigate forms on the page, and search through pages. And even if there’s no built-in shortcut, the Mac lets you add custom shortcuts to any menu item. The iPad isn’t quite so well-served, but you’d be surprised at just how many keyboard shortcuts there are for Safari on the iPad. In fact, there are so many great shortcuts that you may even forget you’re not using a Mac. Let’s take a look.

How to make an A+ term paper in PDF Expert

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PDF Expert isn't just a view. It's a great way to create documents, too.
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Students take heed: The winter semester is off and running, and it’s going to be time to turn in term papers before you know it. If you’re stressing out about getting through your reams of writing in a timely fashion, we’ve got a suggestion you might not have considered — writing with PDFs.

PDFs not only produce a great looking final document, they also offer a versatile and flexible format for the writing and research process itself. With the right tool, you can build PDF documents that include time-saving annotations, perfect for highlighting the important parts of your research and adding notes along the way. You can organize your work in super useful ways and create a table of contents for easy navigation.

How to quickly take charge of your photos with 3D Touch

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Depending on where you are, 3D touching a photo offers different options.
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3D touch is the feature that keeps on surprising you. Just when you thought you’d discovered all its tricks, up pops another one. Today we’re going to see how pressing on pictures in the Photos app offers all kinds of handy shortcuts for wrangling Faces, Albums, and Moments.

How to activate Photos’ hidden 3D Flyover view

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See all your photos on Apple's 3D Flyover map
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The iOS Photos app might just look like a simple grid-like list, but it has a ton of hidden power. For instance,  you can see your photos on a full-screen, 3-D Flyover map. And with one simple swipe on a photograph, you can see where it was taken, see other photos taken nearby, and collections photos that your iPhone figures are related to the one you’re looking at. It’s a fantastic way both to find out more about your pictures, and to browse. After all, why limit yourself to flipping through pictures, one by one, in the order you shot them, like some film-camera using hipster luddite, when you can see your photos on a map in Apple’s glorious 3-D Flyover view?

Quick Tip: Check if a used iPhone is stolen before buying

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Make sure you never buy a ripped off iPhone.
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iPhone users’ data is pretty well-protected if our iPhone is ever stolen, what with encryption, activation locks, and Find My iPhone. But theft still happens. How do you protect yourself when buying used phones, both iPhones and Android? One way is to avoid anything dodgy-looking, and to ignore suspiciously good deals (if it looks to good to be true, then it probably is).

How to protect your Mac from malware

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Worried about malware? Do something about it.
Photo: Ste Smith

Over the past few weeks a new Mac malware called OSX/Dok has been all over the news. The Trojan horse accessed user’s Macs through email phishing. Once opened, it prevented users from doing anything on their Mac until they installed a bogus software update.

Malware attacks have been skyrocketing as of late, which means it’s more important than ever to be aware.

In today’s video, I’m going to show you 4 ways to help keep your Mac safe from malware.

Quick Tip: 3-D Touch Control Center icons for some surprising shortcuts

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Look at all the neat stuff you can do with Control Center, just by pressing a little harder.
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It pays to experiment with 3-D Touch, the feature that lets you press harder on your iPhone’s screen to get extra functions. But while we may be used to force-touching app icons, there are all kinds of other spots where it works. For instance, you press on the row of icons at the bottom of the Control Center to access some fantastic shortcuts.

5 hidden macOS Sierra features you may not know exist

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There's plenty of hidden macOS Sierra features, here's our top 5.
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Apple’s latest Mac operating system has a host of big new features including Siri, Apple Pay on the web and Universal Clipboard.

But with so many marquee features, you may be missing some of the more hidden capabilities and tips. Check out our video below of the top five hidden macOS Sierra features you may not know exist.

iOS 10 finally lets you delete Apple apps you don’t want

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Free at last!
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The days of having a junk folder full of Apple-made apps you don’t want is finally coming to an end.

It appears that Apple made its first steps toward allowing iPhone and iPad users to delete stock apps today by making them available to download via the App Store.

The company didn’t announce the changes during its WWDC keynote, but after installing the first beta build of iOS 10, developers have discovered that apps like Maps, Contacts, Stocks, and others can now be deleted.

WWDC 2016 preview, Ken Segall talks to Kahney’s Korner podcast, best iPhone 6/6s cases out there, and more

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The Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 promises to be huge.
The Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 promises to be huge.
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Get ready for next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2016! We give you a sneak peek of what to expect in Apple’s keynote on Monday in San Francisco. Plus, teenager earns scholarship to WWDC by creating his own news app.

Listen to former Apple ad man Ken Segall — who put the “i” in iMac — discuss what he learned in 12 years working with Steve Jobs on Cult of Mac’s brand-new podcast Kahney’s Korner.

All this, and much much more, in Cult of Mac Magazine, free for you right now.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Union Square Apple Store, Steve Jobs ‘word’ painting, and more

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Take a peek at Apple’s most amazing store on the West Coast. The Union Square store promises to be every bit as iconic as Apple’s cube on Fifth Avenue, thanks to its incredible glass and metal design and a new prominent location in San Francisco’s popular luxury shopping district.

All this, and much much more in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Retro Apple collections, iPhone features you’ve never dreamed of, and more

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There are some amazing Apple collections out there.
There are some amazing Apple collections out there.
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Take a trip down memory lane to see some amazing Apple memorabilia — if you’re in Prague, anyway. With a collection that spans the years 1976 to 2012, nearly every Apple computer, printer, mouse, joystick, and piece of software is represented.

Learn more about this fascinating museum and the story of its founders in this week’s jam-packed Cult of Mac Magazine. Plus, Tim Cook’s promises of undreamt-of future iPhone features, backing up an iPhone to an external drive, luxurious Apple Watch bands, and Mac spring cleaning.

All this, and much much more, in Cult of Mac Magazine, free for you right now.

Here are this week’s top stories.

13 awesome Apple Watch tricks that prove it doesn’t need a ‘killer app’

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Apple Watch is a killer device, even without a "killer app."
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The Apple Watch doesn’t need to prove itself to you. And contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t need a “killer app” to make it indispensable.

In fact, the Apple Watch is an awesome device all on its own, with a ton of tricks up its sleeve, like controlling your big screen TV and finding your iPhone, even in the dark.

Here are 13 killer things you can do with an Apple Watch that prove it’s worthy of a place on your wrist.

Apple TV update brings these awesome new tricks

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Grab the latest tvOS 11 update now.
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What’s new on your Apple TV? Quite a bit, if you’ve got the latest fourth-generation device and have updated it to tvOS 9.2.

There’s a new folders system for total organization, new support for Bluetooth keyboards, a podcasts app, a multitasking visual upgrade and a new default video-scrubbing behavior.

Check out all of the awesome new tricks you can do with the latest Apple TV update.

4 Snapchat tips that will make you a pro

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Here's more snap for your chat.
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Snapchat is one of those essential social networking apps that makes a ton of sense to early adopters (read: young folks) and not much sense at all to those who arrive later to the party.

As obfuscated as most of Snapchat’s features are, it takes a bit of guidance if you want to go beyond simply snapping a shot and sending it to a buddy. These four easy Snapchat tips will turn you into a master.

How to find Instagram photos of beautiful, nearby locations

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Check out other beautiful photos taken near you.
Check out other beautiful photos taken near you.
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Instagram’s location data can be a privacy nightmare but it also allows you to check out what other folks are taking photos of nearby.

If you’re on vacation and want to see some stunning photography in the same place as you, it’s just a click away.

Here’s how to find Instagram photos of nearby beautiful locations, to inspire you on your own journey.

Want people to read your emails? Keep ‘em short and not so sweet

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Use these tips next time you're emailing someone.
Use these tips next time you're emailing someone.
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If you want people to read–and hopefully respond–to your emails, you should really pay attention to the data.

Email service Boomerang, which lets you schedule emails into the future as well as find out who’s read them, did a little research into its own customers to find out what, exactly, will get recipients to read your missives.

Turns out, if you write like an emotional 3rd grader, you’ll get better results.