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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May 12

AAPL: 156.10

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We reported last week that developer and homebuilder Brookfield Residential announced that it will begin including HomeKit accessories in new homes it’s building as a standard feature, starting in Southern California.

Now we’ve taken a tour of Brookfield’s Apple based connected home at Delano at Eastwood Village in Irvine and were able to meet up with Brookfield’s COO, Adrian Foley. Keep reading after the break for a look inside and to learn more about this forward thinking homebuilder.

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May 11

AAPL: 153.95

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It can be tough to stand out in the crowded market of Apple product accessories like iPhone and iPad stands. Yet Distil Union, a small company in South Carolina focused on design, has created a unique offering worth taking a look at. Using a blend of leather, felt, and steel, Stanley Stand offers a sharp look and feel without compromising flexibility.

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May 10

AAPL: 153.26

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iCloud Keychain is a useful feature that allows you to save and synchronize login credentials and credit/debit card information for seamless use across your Apple devices. Let’s take a look at the different ways to utilize iCloud Keychain on an iPhone.

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9to5toys 

May 9

AAPL: 153.99

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Snapchat is introducing new features in an update today including the option to create “limitless snaps” with a new “infinity” setting on the timer, a “Magic Eraser tool,” and a new “Loop tool.”

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May 7

AAPL: 148.96

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Receiving and sending iMessages and text messages with your Mac is a convenient and useful feature. Let’s look at how to make sure it’s all set up and running properly.

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May 6

AAPL: 148.96

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It’s easy for the amount of contacts stored on your iPhone to reach into the hundreds or even thousands, so it’s worth taking a little time to make sure they’re backed up in multiple places. Let’s take a look at how to back up your iPhone contacts with some third-party options as well as within iOS and macOS.

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9to5google 

May 5

AAPL: 148.96

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GIFs are a fun way to communicate with others and have become highly popular. There are multiple ways to find and send GIFs on an iPhone, let’s look at the option Apple has built-in to iOS as well as some popular third-party choices.

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May 4

AAPL: 146.53

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Emoji are a fun and easy way to communicate with others on their own and can also be used to enhance standard text. Getting started with how to use emoji on your Mac isn’t as straightforward as it is on iPhone and iPad, but with a bit of practice you’ll be using emoji quickly and easily on your Mac.

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electrek 

May 3

AAPL: 147.06

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May 2

AAPL: 147.51

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Staying up to date with software can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating task. Fortunately it’s a straight forward process with iOS once you get the hang of it. Follow along for how to make sure you’re on the latest iOS version and how to update iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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9to5toys 

May 1

AAPL: 146.58

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Hulu has announced today that it has secured a deal with NBCUniversal ahead of an expected launch of its new live TV service this month. While Hulu hasn’t officially shared a launch date, today’s news includes speculation that we may see the service become available within the next 1-2 weeks.

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April 28

AAPL: 143.65

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Fast charging is a feature on many Android devices, allowing them to gain as much as 50 percent battery in 30 minutes. We have yet to see Apple officially bring much innovation in this space to the iPad and iPhone (hopefully we will later this year), however there are a couple of tricks you can use to charge your iPad faster…

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9to5google 

April 25

AAPL: 144.53

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If you’ve just purchased a new iPad, gotten a replacement, or need to bring back all your information to your iPad for another reason, restoring from an iTunes backup is an easy way to pick up where you left off.

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April 24

AAPL: 143.64

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Whether you are selling your iPad, having issues, or just want a fresh start, there are a variety of reasons you may need to reset it. Let’s take a look at how to delete everything from your iPad and restore it to factory settings.

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April 23

AAPL: 142.27

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AirDrop is a useful feature built-in to iOS and macOS to seamlessly share content directly to another Apple device. Whether you haven’t used AirDrop at all or just want a refresher, follow along for how to use AirDrop with iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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electrek 

April 22

AAPL: 142.27

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One of the great things about an iPhone is that they often last a long time (although users typically update iPhones more frequently than iPads and Macs). While this is a hallmark feature of a quality product, your iPhone performance may also decrease as it ages. Follow along for some ways to make your iPhone faster.

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