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How to migrate from your old Mac to a 12-inch MacBook

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook is svelte and weights only 2 pounds. It also presents some challenges when migrating your data directly from another Mac. All other Mac models since 2011 have Thunderbolt capability, meaning you can attach a Thunderbolt cable between the two computers, put the older computer into Target Disk Mode, and then use Migration […]

The case of disappearing iPhoto

  Something that’s been popping up lately for my clients is: What happened to iPhoto? It’s a good question, indeed. What happened is that with the very latest OS X upgrade — Yosemite version 10.10.3 — Apple introduced their new replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture, called simply Photos, like the app already on your iPad or iPhone. If […]

The most beautiful app I’ve ever seen is a game

We don’t usually recommend iOS games here at IvanExpert, but we wanted to make an exception for Monument Valley. It’s beautiful, both visually and aurally. It’s mildly challenging, but by no means  impossible, and there’s no time pressure, no score, no way to die, and no way to get stuck. It just waits for you. […]

Simple, Inexpensive Home Camera Monitoring with your iPhone

Are you interested in setting up a simple camera monitoring system at home (or at a small office)? Here are a few options. Nest Nest, the company that brought you the “smart” thermostat (and is now owned by Google), has a new product that we’re interested to learn more about. It’s called Dropcam. Dropcam is […]

Customize Notification Center in iOS 8

We finally advise that it’s safe to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8. The number of problems after the upgrade has quieted down after Apple’s updates. I just upgraded my iPhone to iOS 8 and am taking advantage of the Notification Center. What is the Notification Center? Put your finger at the very […]

Best iPad Stylus?

I read the technology reviews site The Wirecutter, which tests tech hardware and software and advises on what’s the best and why. (I highly recommend you subscribe to their weekly email newsletter; they also have a related site The Sweethome for household items.) Last week they published an article on “The Best iPad Stylus for […]

Quicken 2015 for Mac…exists

Frankly, I thought Quicken for Mac had been abandoned by Intuit. It’s long been a second-class citizen compared with its Windows versions, with longstanding complaints of bugs, slow updates, poor support, and file format incompatibilities. Still, it was Quicken, the name brand of personal finance software. While Intuit did release Quicken Essentials 2010 for Mac, […]

Don’t lose that Mac MagSafe 2 converter!

   Some of us have older MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, and some have newer ones. And unfortunately the power cords aren’t the same! So we have a lot of Apple MagSafe converters, to let us use the old power cords with the new Macs. However we keep losing them, because they are so tiny. To […]

The best way to read the New York Times digitally

The New York Times has a bewildering panoply of options for reading the paper digitally, including an almost-unknown but very awesome “Replica Edition” in which each page of the daily paper appears exactly as it does in print. (Hat tip to Dan Okrent for telling me about that, as I almost certainly would have not […]

Prevent thieves from using your iPhone, iPad with Activation Lock

An article in the New York Times today discusses how the iPhone and other smartphones now have a way to make the device unusable if it’s stolen — a so-called “kill switch.” In Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it’s called Activation Lock. It prevents other people from using your phone, turning off Find My iPhone, or […]

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