We’ve all been trained to archive every email we get. After all, we have basically infinite storage, and we can just find all the emails we need with a quick search, right? Makes sense. But that’s a trap. Gmail Promised Endless Storage but Hasn’t Kept up Whether or not you use Gmail, it’s important to understand that the idea of never deleting emails was widely popularized by Gmail. Before that, people generally deleted their emails regularly. You had to delete them to free up space so that you could get more emails. Gmail was earth-shattering when it was launched back in 2004. Google’s email service delivered a whopping 1 GB of free email storage. That put its competitors to shame—the free version of Microsoft Hotmail offered a tiny 2 MB at the time. Yes, Gmail launched with five hundred times as much free storage as Microsoft’s email service. It’s no wonder that Gmail became so popular. Its competitors struggled to keep up , but even they added much more storage space. … [Read more...] about Why You Should Delete Emails Instead of Archiving Them
Your Apple TV is much more than a media-streaming box. It has built-in games, and it works with the Xbox controller and other popular game controllers. Power up your Apple Arcade experience (or just download individual games) with a physical controller. Not All Xbox Controllers Are Supported (Yet) With the release of the Xbox Series X and S consoles in November of 2020, Microsoft has released a new version of its wireless controller. Dubbed the “new Xbox Wireless Controller,” it has a slightly different shape and texture to the previous Xbox One controller and includes a new Share button for screenshots and video recording. As of January 2021, Microsoft has not yet updated the controller to work with Apple devices. This includes the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, all of which share the same operating system core (kernel). Microsoft plans to add support in the future, and this will likely require the firmware on the controller itself to be updated, either via an Xbox Series X … [Read more...] about How to Connect an Xbox Controller to Apple TV
If you’re a photographer, you know that capturing RAW photos allow you to edit them after the fact without sacrificing quality. With Apple ProRAW available on iPhone, you can replicate that experience while continuing to use the company’s other photography smart features. What is Apple ProRAW? Smartphones like the iPhone use computational photography to improve the look of the photos they take. Apple’s built-in Smart HDR, Deep Fusion, and Night Mode features use machine learning to take higher resolution and crisper shots even in poor lighting situations. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to capture a true RAW photo and still use Apple’s smart technology. You can take RAWs with an iPhone , but it won’t use any machine learning to improve the image before it’s captured. But with ProRAW, you get something between a standard iPhone HEIC or JPG and a RAW file that holds a record of what the sensor captured. ProRAW is Apple’s custom, in-house RAW format. When capturing … [Read more...] about How to Shoot Photos in ProRAW on an iPhone
Apple Fitness+ is Apple’s new exercise subscription service “powered by the Apple Watch.” It offers fitness classes for everyone—beginners and enthusiasts, alike. Here’s everything you need to know to get started. What Do You Need for Apple Fitness+? Apple Fitness Plus requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer and an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. The watch tracks your activity, while you follow along with the class playing on the other device. Some Apple Fitness+ classes are all bodyweight exercises. Others, like most of the strength training classes, require two small dumbbells. There are also indoor running, rowing, and cycling classes, that require a treadmill, rowing machine, or static bike, respectively. For yoga classes, a mat and blocks are useful, but not essential. Generally, you’ll also need some space to move around. A lot of the classes are high energy and involve jumping, swinging your arms, and other activities that could easily take out a nearby light fixture. … [Read more...] about How to Get Started With Apple Fitness+
As a hobby, vintage computing is on the rise. A generation that grew up with classic PCs is looking back and revisiting the glory days of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s with the authentic machines. But what’s the best way to get the hardware? We’ll show you the options. The Catch: Many Vintage Computers Need Repair Before we begin, there are some “gotchas” you should know about buying vintage computers. Unless a machine has been shown to be in working condition, don’t buy it, because the older it is, the less likely it is to work as soon as you get it. That makes an “as-is” purchase risky for people who don’t have the technical background to repair or recondition a vintage PC. Almost no PCs were designed with three-decade longevity in mind. As a result, these sensitive electronic devices include components that degrade over time. Here are some frequent problems that pop up with vintage PCs: Plastics discolor or become brittle Rubber components or cables degrade and get … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Way to Buy a Vintage Computer?