Michael Potuck

@michaelpotuck

Editor for 9to5Mac and 9to5Google. You’ll find Michael’s articles most often on 9to5Mac where he writes the weekly ‘Become Tech Savvy’ series and also covers news, reviews, and how- to’s. Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, and feedback at michaelp@9to5mac.com

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April 21

AAPL: 142.27

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It’s well known that Apple is working hard to bring innovation to augmented reality and self-driving cars (in some capacity). However, new hires recently made by the company are making a satellite  project seem likely.

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April 15

AAPL: 141.05

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First time checking out this series? You may get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Last week we focused on deconstructing the complicated nature of the wireless carrier world and today we’re going to dive deeper into how to track and manage your cellular data usage.

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April 14

AAPL: 141.05

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Now that AirPods have been on the market for a few months (although they’re amazingly still six weeks out on Apple’s website for new orders), there are a lot of accessories to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best products to enhance, protect, and prevent the loss of your AirPods.

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9to5toys 

April 13

AAPL: 141.05

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Taxes are due in the US this coming Tuesday, April 18. While that may sound like cause for alarm if you haven’t completed your taxes already, there are still some easy ways to get them done without filing late or filing for an extension. Follow along for the best apps to quickly and accurately file your taxes right from your iPhone or iPad.

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April 11

AAPL: 141.63

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April 10

AAPL: 143.17

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iCloud Photo Library is a great feature built into Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems, but it can feel a bit foreign depending on how you have been managing your photos and videos up until now. Follow along for how to set up this feature across your various Apple devices as well as upload photos to iCloud Photo Library.

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9to5google 

April 9

AAPL: 143.34

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As it’s common to use an iPhone as a primary communication device it can be quite frustrating to deal with an iPhone not charging. Fortunately, in many instances you may be able to solve this problem quickly and easily yourself.

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April 8

AAPL: 143.34

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First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Choosing the best wireless carrier for your needs can be an overwhelming and challenging task. Between the carriers battling with commercials and marketing, fine print, plans always changing, limited-time offers, and a shift away from smartphone subsidies you can spend a lot of time sorting it all out.

In today’s article we’re going to take a look at deconstructing the complicated nature of the wireless carrier world and providing concrete steps you can use to make sure you’re getting the best service at the best price for your needs. Skip to the ‘Do This’ section at the bottom if you want to get right to next steps.

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April 7

AAPL: 143.34

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Now that Apple’s Clips app is officially available on the App Store, the next thing is figuring out is how to use it, at least that’s what a lot of the early reviews are saying. Follow along for a hands on look at getting started with Clips.

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electrek 

April 6

AAPL: 143.66

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Taking a screenshot does exactly what the name suggests, it captures whatever is on your screen in an image and saves it to your Photos app on iOS.

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It doesn’t take long for a MacBook to become covered with dust, crumbs, fingerprints, etc. with regular use.  Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to get in the habit of keeping your Mac looking and feeling like it’s brand new.

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Comcast has shared today that it will be launching an unlimited wireless plan later this year. This move will make the company the first major cable provider in the US to offer wireless service as it looks to expand its business.

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9to5toys 

April 5

AAPL: 144.02

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From 9to5Toys:

As soon as I saw FluidStance’s decks with beautiful designs, materials and a goal to bring motion to standing desks and other settings, I knew that I wanted to give them a try. For the last week I’ve been using two of the three models they offer, and without a doubt, I’m totally hooked.

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Copy and paste is a useful feature to be able to use quickly and confidently with iPhone and iPad. Let’s look at the different ways to use this feature in iOS and also how to use it across multiple devices including your Mac with Apple’s Universal Clipboard.

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April 4

AAPL: 144.77

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9to5google 

April 3

AAPL: 143.70

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Even with high-quality devices like Apple’s MacBooks and iMacs, it’s important to back up. No device works as expected all the time and there are many scenarios outside of drive failure when a backup is crucial to have (upgrading, accidents, loss, or theft.) Follow along for how to back up your Mac.

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Today kicks off the first practice round for The Masters with the tournament officially starting this Thursday, April 6. However, coverage starts today at 12 PM ET with a livestream from the ‘Masters On the Range’ camera followed by the Hole No. 16 livestream coming on air at 2 PM ET.

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electrek 

April 2

AAPL: 143.66

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Even with high-quality devices like Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it’s important to back up. No device works as expected all the time and there are many scenarios outside of device failure when a backup is crucial to have (upgrading, accidents, loss, or theft.) Follow along for how to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with or without iCloud.

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