Sandy Writtenhouse

With her BS in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time.

How to get notified of new Apple Arcade games

Notify for New Apple Arcade Games on iPhone

Keeping up with new games can be tough no matter which device you use. But if you’re an Apple Arcade subscriber, you can receive notifications for new games when they become available.

This is a great way to know exactly when that awesome new game you’ve been waiting for hits the App Store for you to download. Here’s how to get notifications for new Apple Arcade games on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to use Superzoom for your Instagram story

Instagram Story with Superzoom

Instagram offers some nifty features for creating your stories. You can use Multi-Capture to snap several photos on the spot or use PhotoBooth for four quick selfies of yourself or you and your friends. Along with these options is another feature called Superzoom.

Superzoom is pretty much what the name implies. You capture a short video that automatically zooms in to the center without you lifting a finger. This is a cool way to show objects in a landscape, faces on people, or food on a plate. Whatever your next Instagram story, see how to use Superzoom for a neat effect.

Easy ways to reply to Calendar event invitations on Mac

Mac Calendar Event Invitations

When you receive an invitation to a Calendar event on Mac, you have more than one way to see it and reply to it.

Depending on how your notifications are set up, you might see an alert on your screen, in the Notification Center, or badge app icon in your Dock. You should also have email for the invitation waiting for you in your mailbox and a notification in the Calendar app itself.

With the flexibility you have for viewing Calendar event invitations, you also have several ways to reply to them. Here, we’ll walk you through your options.

Apple Music vs Spotify vs Pandora: Which music service is for you?

Girl Listening to Music-Pixabay

Are you trying to decide which music service to commit to? Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora are at the top of the list of options. They each offer terrific features, are available across multiple platforms, and are comparable in price. So what makes each stand out may be your deciding factor. Let’s have a look!

As you probably already know, Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora all provide similar features. You can create playlists, listen to stations, manage your music library, tune into podcasts, and much more. So rather than list the same features for each service, we’ll call out some special features and the differences.

How to capture full page screenshots in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on Mac

Capture a Full Page Screenshot in Firefox on Mac

There are plenty of times when you want to capture and save a screenshot of an entire webpage. It could be a research article, helpful tutorial, or even a shopping site’s product display.

What we once needed extensions for, can now be done with built-in browser features. Here, we’ll show you how to capture full-page or scrolling screenshots in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on Mac without third-party add-ons.

How to use dark or light backgrounds for Notes on iPhone and iPad

Notes Background in Dark Mode on iPhone

Dark mode is one of those features that came along and it was all the rave. Instead of all that brightness, you could have your device and the apps on it carry a soothing, dark appearance. As things progressed, we started seeing plenty of apps offering dark mode and giving you a choice to use it. And maybe you don’t realize it, but Notes is one of those apps.

When you enable dark mode on your iPhone or iPad, you can decide if you want the Notes app to oblige. Plus, you can keep specific notes with a light background while others are dark. This gives you the pleasing appearance you want for notes you use often.

Here, we’ll show you how to use both dark and light backgrounds in the Notes app on iPhone and iPad.

How to propose a new time for a Calendar event invitation

Propose New Time for Calendar Event on iPhone

When you receive an event invitation, you may have a conflict with the date or time. In the Calendar app, you can propose a new time to the event organizer. This saves you from phone calls or the back and forth via email to reschedule the event. You can propose a new time before or after you accept the event invitation.

Here, we’ll show you how to use the built-in feature for proposing a new time for a Calendar event. And we’ll walk you through it on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

The best free Gmail apps for Mac

Gmail Apps for Mac-Mail for Gmail

You can certainly use the built-in Mail app on your Mac for Gmail. But maybe you’re not a fan of Apple’s Mail app or want other features. And you can access your Gmail online. But this isn’t always convenient for a quick inbox check.

With apps that were developed for use with Google’s Gmail, you can enjoy an experience different than Mail while still using a desktop app instead of the web. If Gmail is your primary email account and you want an app that fits it perfectly, check out these free Gmail apps for Mac.

How to work with shapes and lines in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Add a Shape in Pages on Mac

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote offer useful built-in shapes and lines that you can use to enhance your documents. Whether you’re creating a flowchart or diagram, or just want to add a subtle visual, you can easily insert and customize the available shapes and lines.

For converting straight lines to curved ones or adjusting a shape’s features, we want to help you make the most of using these items in your documents. Here are several tips for working with shapes and lines in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

How to automatically erase deleted emails on a schedule in Mail

Mail App on MacBook Screen

If you try to keep up with your inbox, you may go through it regularly and clean it up by getting rid of unwanted emails. But after you delete those emails, do you take it a step further to remove them?

In Mail, you can configure each account to erase deleted emails on a regular basis. You can do it on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule, or even each time you quit the Mail app. While there isn’t currently an option for this in Mail on iPhone and iPad, there is one on Mac and here’s how to use it.

How to use Story Highlights on Instagram

Instagram Story Highlight

Instagram introduced its Highlights feature for stories a while back. But if you’re a new Instagram user or simply never tried Highlights before, this how-to is for you.

As you probably know, Instagram stories disappear after 24 hours. But if you turn one into a Highlight, it stays on your profile until you remove it. This is a great way to give your followers more insight into who you are or what your business is all about.

Here, we’ll show you how to add, edit, and remove Story Highlights on Instagram.