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WWDC: The ARM Mac, and iOS Devices Finally Get Widgets

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Episode 1707

Apple announced this week at their prerecorded WWDC announcement keynote that iOS devices will get what Android has had from the beginning .... widgets. The iPad will also enjoy greater handwriting recognition through SCRIBBLE.

But Leo says the biggest news is that Apple has finally made the move away from Intel to their own in house designed ARM processors called "Apple Silicon." The benefit will be that the new desktops will be able to use iOS apps, as well as existing apps through Rosetta 2. Leo says that Apple is moving towards one OS to rule them all.

Back Up Your Old Aging iPod and its Music!

If you have an old iPod and there are music files that haven't been transferred from computer to computer throughout the years, it is time to back up that library as soon as you can. If you use a Mac, there's an app called Senuti (iTunes backward!) that can help with the process. For Windows users, try YamiPod. At the very least, back up the iPod onto your computer with iTunes via the "Back Up Now" function. Don't lose those years of music tracks!

Should I upgrade to a Mac Mini?

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Episode 1700

John from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

John needs to replace his 2007 iMac. He doesn't want to get one with a fusion drive though. Leo says that you can upgrade to the SSD drive. SSDs have dropped in price to the point where they are affordable to opt for in the customize section. And if you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the Mac Mini is a great choice. It's easier to repair and upgrade, too. You'll also save a lot of money.  Check out iFixIt.com for repair guides though.

Why Did My Email Client Stop Working?

Episode 1697

Benjamin from Pacific Palisades, CA

Ben has a twelve-year-old Mac that runs Entourage for his email client with AOL. But it has stopped working. Then it started working again a month later on its own, then stopped receiving mail a month later. Leo suspects that AOL may be the culprit. But also, Entourage hasn't been updated in years because it was discontinued by Microsoft in favor of Outlook. But Leo doesn't like that option either because both store email in one giant file, forcing Ben to rebuild it when it gets corrupted. It's a terrible way to do email.

Try This Tool to Visualize Nearby WiFi

Sometimes, you and your neighbors will have intersecting and overlapping WiFi networks in the surrounding area. Normally, these impacting factors are quite hidden from sight, but the tool "inSSIDer" allows you to see the details. With the software, you can assess channel, channel width, signal strength, WiFi generation, maximum data rate, and security. You can download a Windows version or a Mac OS version for your computer, and use what you learn to improve your speed!

How Do I Get Data Off a Dying Mac Hard Drive?

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Episode 1691

Ron from San Marcos, CA

Ron has an old Mac running OSX High Sierra. Now it's taking forever to back up after a recent update. Leo says that the update may have been corrupted and as such, it's searching for a file that it can't read. It may also be that the hard drive is flakey or is about to tie. If he gets another Mac, he can copy the data over from that old hard drive before it completely fails. When he boots it up, he should hold down the "T" key. That will turn it into "target disk mode," and that would enable the ability to connect another computer and copy the data over. But it has to support firewire.

Was My Mac Hacked?

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Episode 1687

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

Dave says his 10-year-old Mac got hacked, and his Apple ID password was changed. But he can't use his iPad until he verifies it. So he can't use it at all. Leo suggests wiping the old Mac drive and reinstalling the macOS. Also, change the User ID password. Dave will have to call up APPLE to reclaim it.

Why's My Apple TV Trying to Connect to My Mac?

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Episode 1675

Jack from Garden Grove, CA

Jack got an antivirus notification that an Apple TV that was trying to access his network. He said no, but it keeps requesting it. Leo says that if Jack has an Apple TV, it's probably trying to connect. It uses a utility called BONJOUR to connect. It's perfectly safe to talk to your mac. And since Jack has a router, his router is a perfect firewall to prevent outside connections. That's how he'll know it's the  Apple TV that's trying to connect. So let it. And get rid of the AVS.

Can iCloud work with iDrive?

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Episode 1674

Terry from Long Beach, CA

Terry edits 4K video with his iPhone 11 Pro Max. But when he makes changes, the upload to his iMac is very slow. Leo says that no online backup is going to use all the bandwidth you have to backup. And your upload speed is always drastically lower than your download speed. Leo says that Apple does offer iCloud backup on your mobile phone, but it's only 5GB for free, and the data isn't private.  You can buy extra bandwidth, however. Leo recommends also backing up directly to your Mac.