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How long do MacBooks last? How long are they supported?

Apple recently introduced the MacBook Pro 2021 models, including the all-new MacBook Pro 14-inch and a major upgrade for the 16-inch model. These two MacBook Pro models are powered by the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, which are incredibly powerful relative to their power consumption. Because of that, the new models promise both...

How to clean your MacBook

Apple products are known for their premium builds and minimalistic looks. A key to maintaining this feel is keeping them clean and shiny. Whether you have the latest MacBook Pro or an older MacBook Air, the cleaning process is pretty much the same. Macs aren't hard to clean, especially if you keep them protected with...

How to use the emoji keyboard on Mac in two easy ways

If you want to communicate properly in 2021, you're going to need some emoji. Sure, you could use the old-fashioned text only approach, but where's the fun in that? If you recently picked up one of the new Macbook Pros, or any other Mac really, you'll want to start texting and tweeting right away. The...

How to transfer files from Android to Mac in two ways

It's a popular myth that every Mac user also has an iPhone. Of course, the vast majority of Mac users likely do have an iPhone for ease of integration, but some do prefer the customization of Android. Personally, I like the Mac for it's Unix-based operating system, but prefer Android phones that are not as...

How to create a ZIP file on a Mac

Apple computers -- Macs -- are powerful and capable machines, for work, education, and entertainment alike. If you're looking for a compact desktop, you can get the Mac Mini, and if you're searching for portable power, the MacBook Pro is the answer. But don't forget to protect it with a case. Whether you're storing Pages...

How to turn off iMessage on a Mac

Apple is famous for its well-integrated ecosystem across its devices and services. That's usually a good thing because all of your data continuously syncs to all of your connected devices, as you would expect them to. However, some of us don't want iMessages arriving to their work MacBooks and disturbing them during productivity hours. So...

How to Transfer Files between iPhone/iPad and Windows PC

Transferring files between an iPhone and a Windows PC has never been as seamless as transferring files between an Android phone and a Windows PC. Thankfully, several new methods have popped up over the years, making the file transfer process relatively easy. But it's still quite restrictive. This article will discuss some of the best...

How to share a FaceTime call with an Android or Windows user

Apple tends to be busier on the customer-facing side in the middle and second half of the year. Back in June, it revealed iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey during WWDC21. And in mid-September, they announced the new iPhone 13 lineup, along with new iPad models, and the public release of iOS 15. In addition...

How to take Scrolling Screenshots on your Android smartphone

All of us take screenshots on a regular basis. Be it on our smartphones or computers, screenshots have become really easy to take. More often than not, you just have to press a button or two to capture a screenshot on whatever device you're using. Depending on what you're taking a screenshot of, you may...

How to Check and Update the iOS Version on your iPhone

Whether you love Apple or hate it, it's hard to deny that Apple has the best update policy in the smartphone ecosystem. Users not only buy a good iPhone, but they also buy into years of software update support without needing to think about it. And that is exactly what happens, as many users simply...

How to Check and Update the Android Version on your phone

If you’re trying to find out the Android version of your smartphone or wondering how to update it, we can help. It's actually quite easy to check the Android device’s software information. In this guide, we’ll talk about exactly how you can check the Android version or install a new update on your phone, presuming...

How to make your old Android phone run faster and better

Not everyone upgrades their smartphone every year or even every couple of years. So as Android phones get older, they tend to become slower, and using them gets annoying when you’re seeing frequent slowdowns. If everything is showing signs of age on your phone, not just the performance, it may be time to actually upgrade...