How to Add a Web Page to Chrome’s Reading List for iPhone and iPad

The Reading List is a similar concept to bookmarks but intended for reading material that you find online. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chrome on the desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and for iPhone and iPad. The feature is not available on Android.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 15, 2021

The Reading List is a similar concept to bookmarks but intended for reading material that you find online. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chrome on the desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and for iPhone and iPad. The feature is not available on Android. For this blog post, we will explore this feature for the iPhone and iPad.

This is for the iPhone and iPad using Google Chrome

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Chrome for iPhone and iPad has two different ways to add web pages to your Reading List. It can either be done from Chrome or from another app.

Method 1 – Within Chrome

First, find a page to save for later, and then tap the Share icon in the address bar. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Share icon

Next, select Read Later from the menu. See below image:

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Selecting Read Later option

That’s it! The page is now in your Reading List.

Method 2 – Use an App

The second method allows you to add things to the list from outside of Chrome. Now, find a news article or story that you would like to read later in any app. In our example, we are using Apple News. Next, find the Share icon in the app and tap it. See following image:

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Accessing the Share icon

Now, find Chrome in the app row and select it. If you do not see Chrome, tap the three-dot More menu. Refer to below image:

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Finding the Chrome app

Now, find Chrome from the app list and tap it. See below image:

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Selecting Chrome app

Next, from the Chrome menu, tap Read Later. See following image:

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Selecting Read Later option

To access the Reading List on your iPhone or iPad, first, open Chrome and tap the three-dot Menu icon at the bottom. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Menu icon

Next, select Reading List from the menu. You will notice a number that indicates unread pages. See below image:

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Accessing Reading List option

Now, the Reading List will open with Unread pages at the top and Pages You’ve Read at the bottom. Pages marked with a green check are ready to read offline. See following image:

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Your Reading List

Next, tap Edit in the bottom corner to manage the list. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to Edit your Reading List

From here, you can select pages and delete or mark them as read. See below image:

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Selecting Delete or Mark as Read option

The Reading List is a nice, simple alternative to apps that provide similar services. It all happens right inside of Chrome without any additional software.

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How to Add an iPhone Contact to Your Home Screen

iPhones are awesome communication devices. So it makes sense that you would want to put the people you talk to the front and center.

Surprisingly, Apple does not make it clear that it’s even possible to do this. The functionality is buried in the powerful Shortcuts app.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 8, 2021

iPhones are awesome communication devices. So it makes sense that you would want to put the people you talk to the front and center.

Surprisingly, Apple does not make it clear that it’s even possible to do this. The functionality is buried in the powerful Shortcuts app. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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There are basically two different actions that can be associated with contact Shortcuts. You can have the Shortcut give you the option of how you want to contact the person; Message, Call, FaceTime; or it can jump straight into one of those. We will be covering the first option.

Create the Shortcut

First, open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Shortcuts app

Next, go to All Shortcuts See below image:

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Find All Shortcuts

Now, switch to the Gallery tab in the bottom bar. See following image:

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Open the Gallery of Shortcuts

Add the Contact

Next, do a search for Contact, and select the Contact on Home Screen shortcut. Refer to below image:

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Search for a contact

Now, tap the Add Shortcut button. See below image:

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Add contact Shortcut

On the next screen is where you will select a person for the Shortcut. Tap the “+” button. See following image.

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Selecting to add a contact

Now, find the person you want to use for the Shortcut in your contacts list. Refer to below image:

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Locate a contact

Next, tap Done to finish. See below image:

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Finish the setup

View the Newly Added Shortcut

Now, go back to the My Shortcuts tab, and you will see the newly added Shortcut. Touch and hold to bring up some options. See following image:

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View your Shortcut

Next, select Details from the menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Details for the Shortcut

Add to Home Screen and Customize

Now, select Add to Home Screen. See below image:

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Add contact Shortcut to your Home screend

Next, tap the text to enter the name that you would see under the icon on the Home screen. See following image:

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Label the Shortcut icon

Now, select the icon to choose a photo for it or the other two options. Refer to below image:

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Select a photo for the contact

Next, once you are done customizing the icon, tap Add in the top right-hand corner. See below image:

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Finish customizing

Now, the icon will be added to your Home screen. When you tap it, a menu with communication choices will appear. Simply do this for all of your favorite people! See following image:

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Your Shortcut in action

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It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

Richard P Feynman

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How to Listen to Background Sounds on iPhone

One of the upgrades to Accessibility in iOS and iPadOS 15 is a new Background Sounds feature that plays relaxing audio tracks to help you stay calm and focused, and to block out background distractions.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 1, 2021

One of the upgrades to Accessibility in iOS and iPadOS 15 is a new Background Sounds feature that plays relaxing audio tracks to help you stay calm and focused, and to block out background distractions.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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What Are Background Sounds

Background Sounds are like having a sound machine from your bedroom in your iPhone and iPad. The sounds can also be played over Bluetooth to external devices.

With thenew Background Sounds feature, you can play balanced, bright, and dark noise, as well as ocean, rain, and stream sounds to help you concentrate and relax when using your iPhone or iPad.

The feature may negate the need to purchase or subscribe to third-party background noise apps. Its not a dedicated app, but rather hidden away inside your device’s Accessibility settings.

It’s worth noting that at the current time, there is no way to load your own background sound. Note as well that they do not have a time limit. They will only turn off when you disable them. This is a glaring omission by Microsoft. I would like to turn on sound at night as I fall asleep and have it automatically turn off at a certain time. Anyway. let’s explore how to use this feature.

Background Sounds in Accessibility

Apple sees Background Sounds as a way to diversify its array of accessibility features by being more inclusive.

The company says in its official announcement of the feature that it targets “support of neurodiversity” and aims to mitigate “distracting, discomforting, or overwhelming” everyday noises. In other words, the feature can help you focus and relax during the day and mitigate distracting sounds that are bothering you.

That being said, the feature has the ability to appeal to many different people, so it’s interesting that Apple decided to stick with the accessibility angle instead of a more generalized approach.

Enable Background Sounds

First, open the Settings app. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings app

Next, scroll down and tap Accessibility. See below image:

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Accessing Accessibility option

Now, under the Hearing section, tap Audio/Visual. See following image:

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Accessing Audio/Visual option

Next, tap Background Sounds. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Background Sounds option

Now, you can toggle Background Sounds On and Off and choose which sound you would like. You can also adjust the volume of the sound as it plays over other media. If you do not want the background sound to play while, for example, listening to music, uncheck Use When Media Is Playing. See below image.

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Selecting your sound

You are ready to listen to relaxing, distraction-free sound from your iPhone or iPad. If you want other particular sounds, consider trying out a third-party white noise app.

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How to Highlight Blank or Error Cells in Excel

Spotting things in a spreadsheet can be much quicker when you nightlight them. With conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel, you can make finding blank cells or formula errors easier.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 26, 2021

Spotting things in a spreadsheet can be much quicker when you highlight them. With conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel, you can make finding blank cells or formula errors easier. Let’s explore how this feature works.

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Highlight Blank Cells

When you have a spreadsheet full of data that you expect to fill every cell, you can easily overlook cells that are left empty.

First, open the sheet and select the cells where you want to apply the formatting. Next, go to the Home tab and click Conditional Formatting in the Styles group of the Ribbon. Now, choose New Rule. Refer to below image:

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Select New Rule option

Next, in the New Formatting Rule window that appears, click Format only cells that contain under Select a Rule Type at the top. See below image:

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Select a Rule Type option

Now, at the bottom, pick Blanks in the Format only cells with drop-down box. Next, click Format to the lower right of the preview to select how to format the blank cells. See following image:

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Select Format Cells with blanks

Now, in the Format Cells window, use the tabs at the top for Font, Border, and Fill to choose your formatting. Click OK. For our example, we are using Fill to color our blank cells bright yellow. Refer to below image:

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Select choose a Fill color

You will be back on the New Formatting Rule window, where you will see a preview of the formatting for blank cells. If you are happy with it, click OK to apply the conditional formatting. See below image:

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Save your changes

You should then see any empty cells in the range that you selected highlighted with the formatting that you picked. See following image:

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Your final result

Highlight Error Cells

Even though Microsoft Excel does a decent job of of pointing errors out to you, they might not be noticeable if you have a large sheet to scroll through. To make sure that you see the errors quickly, conditional formatting is the way to go.

You will actually follow the same process that you used in the previous section to highlight blanks, but with one difference.

First, switch to the Home tab, click Conditional Formatting, and then choose New Rule. Refer to below image:

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Select New Rule option

Next, in the New Formatting Rule window, pick Format only cells that contain at the top. But this time, pick Errors in the Format only cells with drop-down box at the bottom. Now, click Format to choose the formatting. See below image:

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Select Format for errors

For this example, adjust the Font options to make the cells with errors bold and red. Click OK. After you pick the formatting, click OK again to apply the rule. See following image:

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Select formatting for errors

Now, those errors will be very visible! Refer to below image:

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Your final result

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Isaac Asimov

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How to View Your Most Used Apps on iPhone

A big part of your daily time is spent using your iPhone. Whether you want to understand your app usage, change your lifestyle, or just know which apps you need to cut down on, its helpful to know about your most used apps.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 25, 2021

A big part of your daily time is spent using your iPhone. Whether you want to understand your app usage, change your lifestyle, or just know which apps you need to cut down on, its helpful to know about your most used apps. Let’s explore this feature, called Screen Time.

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Enable Screen Time

Before you can find out which apps you use the most on your iPhone, you will need to turn on a free feature built into iOS called Screen Time. This feature helps you keep track of how you use your iPhone. It can also help you put limits on your app usage if you would like, although that’s optional.

First, open the Settings app, and then tap the Screen Time option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Screen Time option

Next, tap Turn on Screen Time and tap This is My iPhone or This is My Child’s iPhone. See below image:

Apps 2
Enable Screen Time

Now, you will see a Screen Time summary page with no data, but we will fix that problem. Note! Each time you enable Screen Time, you data is removed.

Check Screen Time Again

The catch with using Screen Time is that it needs to be enabled to start gathering data about which apps you use the most. If you just turned it on, you will not have a most-used app list to look at.

So, now that Screen Time has been enabled, use your iPhone as you normally would. After a while, you can check back in with Screen Time and see some statistics.

Next, open the Settings app and tap Screen Time again. See following image:

Apps 1
Accessing Screen Time option

Now, on the Screen Time summary page, you will see a chart that shows your average daily activity. Just under that chart, tap See All Activity. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to See All Activity

Next, choose whether you want to see your most used apps over the period of a day, week, month, or year at the top of the screen. See below image:

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Selecting your time period

Now, scroll down to the Most Used section, and you will see a list of apps sorted by which you used the most over the selected time period, with your most used apps listed at the top. Tap an app to see more details. See following image:

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Selecting an app to view its details

Add a Limit

Next, while on the detailed-view screen, if you want to set a time limit to prevent you from using the app too much, scroll down and tap Add Limit. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Add a Limit to control how much time you spend using the app

Now, you will see a screen where you can set a time limit for the app in hours or minutes. When you’re done, tap Add. See below image:

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Setting the time limit

From now on, whenever your time is up, you will see an alert pop up, reminding you not to use the app anymore.

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How to Use Reminders on iPhone and iPad

The Reminders app has seen significant improvements with iOS 13 and iOS 14. Earlier it was a simple application with basic functionalities. Now, Reminders is laden with robust features that let you add subtasks, images, and more! iOS 14.5 even lets you print reminders and sort them accordingly.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 11, 2021

The Reminders app has seen significant improvements with iOS 13 and iOS 14. Earlier it was a simple application with basic functionalities. Now, Reminders is laden with robust features that let you add subtasks, images, and more! iOS 14.5 even lets you print reminders and sort them accordingly. Let’s explore some basic features.

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Before You Begin: Make sure iCloud Reminders are set up so that everything syncs across all your Apple devices.

On iPhone and iPad: Open:

Settings app → your name from the top → iCloud

and make sure the switch for Reminders is turned ON.

Add a List

First, open your Reminders app or use Spotlight Search (your very first screen) to locate it and open. Next, tap the Add List blue link in lower right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Add List

Now, give the list a name and tap Done. See below image:

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Naming the Reminder

Add a Reminder

First, tap the New Reminder blue link at the bottom or tap a blank area on your screen and enter your reminder text. See following image:

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Selecting a New Reminder

Next, tap the Reminder, then tap the Info Circle icon to set your optional Details for the reminder. Refer to below image:

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Selecting more information for the Reminder

Now, after you have set your optional details like Date, Time, Location, and more, tap Done. See below image:

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Setting the Details options

Delete a Reminder

Tap the circle next to the reminder text and tap Done. A unique way to do this is just tap the circle, wait a moment, and your Reminder disappears. See following image:

Reminder 1
Delete a Reminder

View Your Reminders

Tap your Reminders icon, then tap your newly created list to view your Reminders. Refer to below image:

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Viewing your Reminders

Quote For the Day

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

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How to Free Up Space in Google Drive

It’s easy to run out of space on Google Drive, since it stores data across much of your Google account. Fortunately, it’s also easy to delete data and free up some storage. As you will see, I am running out of space. Let’s explore how to do this.

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August 10, 2021

It’s easy to run out of space on Google Drive, since it stores data across much of your Google account. Fortunately, it’s also easy to delete data and free up some storage. As you will see, I am running out of space. Let’s explore how to do this.

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If you use Google Drive to share large files, it’s quite easy to hit the 15GB free data limit on your Google account. While you can upgrade, for a price, it’s best to manually delete some data for more space first. After doing this, I upgraded to the 100GB plan, yet I am still out of space.

You will not need to spend hours combing through every nook and cranny in Google Drive. The website has a storage management feature that lists all your files, sorting them based on their file size.

First, open the Drive website in your browser.

You will see the Storage section at the bottom of the left sidebar. This will show you how much storage space you have left in your account. Now, click the Storage button. Refer to below image:

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Your used Storage space

Next, you will see a list of all the large files in your account. Just click a file to select it. To select multiple files, hold the Command/Control key while selecting the file.

Now, to delete the file (or files), click the Remove button (the Trashcan icon) in the top toolbar. See below image:

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Delete a file

Google Drive will remove the file and send it to the Trash.

If you want to find and open a folder where a particular file is saved (or find more files to delete), right-click and choose the Show File Location option. See following image:

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Find more files

Next, you can select multiple files and use the Remove (Trashcan icon) in the toolbar to delete all the files at once. (You can use this method to delete entire folders as well.)

If you do not have a backup of the file that you are planning to delete, click the Download button in the right-click menu to download a copy of the file to your local storage. Refer to below image:

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Download a file before deletion

Once you delete files like this, the files are no longer available in Google Drive, but you have not recovered any storage space yet. That’s because Google Drive does not actually delete the files for 30 days. So, if you change your mind, you have up to 30 days to recover the data.

If you want to reclaim the storage space, you will have to force Google Drive to permanently delete the data. To do this, go to the Trash or Bin section in the sidebar. See below image:

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Accessing the Trash

Now, in the Trash, you will see a list of files that have yet to be deleted. To individually delete a file, right-click and choose the Delete Forever option. Or, click Empty Trash to delete all the files. See following image:

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Delete your file(s)

Next, in the pop-up that appears, confirm using the Delete Forever button. Refer to below image:

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Confirm to delete the file(s) forever

Now, all the files will be deleted. Once you reload the page, you will see that the storage space has been recovered.

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Stephen Hawking

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Lossless Playback Now Available in Apple Music

In June 2021, Apple offered lossless audio for iPhone and iPad running iOS and iPadOS 14.6 or higher, and the Mac for all subscriptions at no extra cost

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August 4,2021

In June 2021, Apple offered lossless audio for iPhone and iPad running iOS and iPadOS 14.6 or higher, and the Mac for all subscriptions at no extra cost. Let’s explore this feature.

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You can stream most music in lossless format except for broadcast radio, live and on-demand content, and music videos.

What is Lossless Playback

Music is compressed to save on space, particularly when it comes to streaming. The bitrate of a particular file or stream determines the quality of the music, with more bits generally meaning better quality. When you choose a higher bitrate, you will also consume more bandwidth (streaming) or space on your device (downloading).

Until recently, Apple Music could only be streamed using “lossy” AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) compression. While Apple claims that “the difference between AAC and lossless audio is virtually indistinguishable,” the company now offers lossless compression that uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) instead.

ALAC is an open-source format that uses around 50% of the space of uncompressed audio. Support ranges from 16-bit/44.1 kHz CD quality to more modern 24-bit/192kHz recordings. Enabling lossless audio playback for Apple Music is easy and comes at no extra financial cost, but there’s more to lossless than simply flipping a switch.

Check Your OS

First, go to;

Settings > General > Software Update

There you will see your version number. If not 14.6 or higher, tap the blue link to download and install. After installation, go back to your Home Screen.

Enable Lossless Playback on iPhone and iPad

First, you must be a subscriber to Apple Music to enable Lossless audio. After subscribing (3 months free trial), then launch Settings and tap on Music. Next, tap on Audio Quality. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Audio Quality option

Now, under Audio Quality, toggle Lossless Audio to ON. See below image:

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Enabling Lossless Audio

Next, tap Wi-Fi Streaming. See following image:

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Accessing Wi-Fi Streaming

:Now, choose between a Lossless 48kHz sample rate or a High-Resolution Lossless 192kHz sample rate. Refer to below image

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Selecting High-Resolution Lossless option

If you choose High-Resolution Lossless and do not have a converter, you will receive a message. See below image:

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Message about using a DAC converter

Next, make a choice and exit Settings.

Enable Lossless Playback on a Mac

First, open your Apple Music app, and then click on

Music > Preferences

in the menu bar. Now, on the Playback tab, select Audio Quality. Next, toggle Lossless to ON. Next, choose between 48kHz and 192kHz sample rates. If you do not see the option, you may need to update your macOS.

Using AirPods

Wireless headphones and earphones use compression to stream music from your iPhone to your ears. This includes Apple’s AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and the Beats range of earphones and headphones. Since audio must be compressed for use with wireless Bluetooth audio, lossless audio offers no benefits.

To enjoy lossless audio, you will need to use a wired pair of headphones or speakers or the built-in speakers on your iPhone.

But wait, there is a catch. The iPhone cannot output the higher sample rate of 192kHz (Hi-Res Lossless) without an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC in the iPhone is limited to 48kHz output.

Listening Difference

If you are frustrated that your expensive AirPods Max will not support lossless audio, consider for a minute that most people can not tell the difference. The best that you can do is to make sure that high-quality streaming is enabled under

Settings > Music

on your iPhone or iPad so that you are getting the best possible quality that’s available to you.

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Carl Sagan

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How to Find and Install Third Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

The Shortcuts app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices has proven to be incredibly useful especially with the release of iOS & iPadOS 14. There are so many things that you can do now with the Shortcuts app, Although you have access to a set of suggested shortcuts, you are not limited to using those alone. In fact, third-party shortcuts created by the community can be installed on your device too.

The Shortcuts app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices has proven to be incredibly useful especially with the release of iOS & iPadOS 14. There are so many things that you can do now with the Shortcuts app, Although you have access to a set of suggested shortcuts, you are not limited to using those alone. In fact, third-party shortcuts created by the community can be installed on your device too. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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There are several shortcuts websites to chose from. We will be focused on using the Shortcuts Gallery, one of the largest repositories of shortcuts. It includes proper descriptions, steps, and download links. Shortcuts are also sorted by category, so it’s easy to find what you want.

Enable Untrusted Shortcuts

Before you can start installing third-party shortcuts, you have to enable the feature. By default, shortcuts downloaded from the web are blocked because they have not been verified by Apple.

First, tap your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap Shortcuts. See below image:

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Accessing Shortcuts

Now, toggle to On the Untrusted Shortcuts option. (Note! If you see a message saying you must first run a shortcut, then download a Shortcut from your Shortcut app and run it.) See following image:

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Enabling Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, in the pop-up message that appears, tap Allow. Refer to below image:

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Allow Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, enter your device’s passcode to verify that you own this iPhone or iPad. See below image:

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Entering your Passcode

You are ready to go to install third-party shortcuts.

Install Third-Party Shortcuts

 In our example, we will install the Clipboard shortcut from the Shortcuts Gallery website. Open the website in your browser on your iPhone or iPad. Now, tap the shortcut you want to download. See following image:

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Finding a Shortcut

Next, tap the Get Shortcut button. Refer to below image:

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Get the chosen Shortcut

Now, the shortcut in the Shortcuts app will open. Scroll to the bottom, and then tap Add Untrusted Shortcut. See below image:

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Adding the Untrusted Shortcut

Your new shortcut will be at the top of the list in your My Shortcuts. Just tap it to start using it. See following image:

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Your newly added Shortcut

After you have downloaded more shortcuts, you can organize them in folders. This will make it easier to launch them from an iPhone Home screen Widget.

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How to Pin/Unpin a Twitter Tweet

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

If you use Twitter regularly, you may occasionally post a message that gains attention with other users or that you want to stand out from the rest of your feed.

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

Pinning tweets to the top of your Twitter profile will not take more than a few seconds, and you can unpin a tweet or choose a new one to pin in its place at any time. Let’s explore how to do this.

Note! You can only have one pinned tweet at a time. Pinning a new tweet will unpin any tweet you already have pinned.

This is for the iPhone and Android using Twitter

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Pin a Tweet

Twitter’s mobile apps for iOS and Android allow you to pin tweets to your profile. You can also do this on your desktop.

First, open the Twitter app. Make sure you are logged in to your account.

Next, in the top-left corner of the app, tap the three horizontal lines. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Twitter menu

In the menu that opens, select Profile. See below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Your Twitter profile opens. Now, scroll down and find the tweet to pin.

When you find the tweet, at the top-right corner of that tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. See following image:

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Accessing the Tweet menu

From the menu that pops up from the bottom of your phone’s screen, select Pin to profile. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Pin tweet to your Profile

Select Pin in the prompt that appears in the middle of your phone’s screen. See below image:

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Pin your tweet

Your selected tweet is now pinned to your profile page. See following image:

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Your pinned tweet

Unpin a Tweet

To unpin the tweet, scroll to the top of your profile page in Twitter’s mobile app. Then, at the top-right corner of the pinned tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your tweet menu

In the menu that appears from the bottom of your phone’s screen, tap Unpin from profile. See below image:

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Accessing Unpin tweet from your Profile

Select Unpin in the prompt. See following image:

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Unpin your tweet

And your tweet disappears from the top area of your Twitter profile.

It’s easy to pin and unpin tweets on Twitter, and you should make use of this feature to display your most important tweet at the top of your profile page.

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