How to Pair a PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X Controller With iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

With the release of iOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5, Apple users can now connect their PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers to an iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Keep reading to learn how it works.

Since iOS 13 and tvOS 13, users have been able to connect popular console controllers to an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌Apple TV‌ to play Apple Arcade games and other iOS games, instead of having to spend extra money on MFi-compatible controllers. The newest updates, iOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5, introduce additional support for the latest gaming controllers from Sony and Microsoft, allowing the PS5 DualSense controller and the Xbox Series X controller to be used with iPhones and iPads.

The following steps walk you through the process of pairing your DualSense or Series X controller to your Apple device. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to update your ‌iPhone‌/‌iPad‌ to iOS 14.5 (Settings > General > Software Update) or your ‌Apple TV‌ to tvOS 14.5 (Settings -> System -> Software Updates).

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How to remove calendar spam from iPhone

Unsolicited appointments appearing in your iPhone’s calendar? Here’s how to get rid of them. If you’ve experienced weird appointments or reminders appearing in your iPhone’s Calendar app, then it could be that you’ve accidentally subscribed to a third-party calendar which is generating the annoying spam.

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How to convert HEIC files to JPEG on a Mac

The iPhone’s HEIC file format is better than JPEG, but it’s not always compatible, so you need to convert it. Apple uses a new HEIC photo format to compress images taken with its iPhone, and here we’ll show you both how to open HEIC files on your Mac and convert HEIC to JPEG.

Since iOS 11, Apple has used the HEIC file format for saving photos on iPhone and iPad. We explain more in our What is HEIC feature. Apple uses the HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) standards created by MPEG, and calls the file format HEIC.

HEIC comprises a number of advanced compression methods that allow photos to be created in much smaller file sizes – as much as half size – while achieving a higher image quality compared to JPEG. It should be a win-win, but, as with all file formats, it is not compatible with all devices or applications. try uploading a .heic file to an online form, and you often get short shrift.

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HEIC can also store multiple photos in one file – ideal for the iPhone’s Live Photos and bursts. It also supports transparency, just like GIF files, and can store image edits, such as cropping and rotating so you can undo them. Basically, it’s much better than JPEG. For example, it supports 16-bit colour vs JPG’s 8-bit.

But try uploading a .heic file in some applications, and you might have some trouble. Even earlier versions of Apple’s own macOS (before 2017’s High Sierra) are not able to open HEIC files by themselves. So we need an easy of converting HEIC files on a Mac to the more common and universal JPEG/JPG format. Luckily, it’s easy to both open an HEIC file on a Mac, and convert it to JPEG.

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How to measure blood oxygen level with Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 6 can tell how much oxygen is in your blood, which could help manage COVID-19 symptoms such as low oxygen:

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The Apple Watch Series 6 has a sensor built in that can measure the oxygen level in the blood. This ability could have a real benefit in judging health and reacting to the first signs of conditions such as heart failure, asthma and managing Coronavirus symptoms or even identifying COVID-19. The NHS guide to staying safe while recovering from Coronavirus at home indicates that: “If you use a pulse oximeter, your blood oxygen level is 94% or 93% or continues to be lower than your usual reading where your normal oxygen saturation is below 95%” you could call NHS 111.

In addition the recommedation is that if “your blood oxygen levels are 92% of less [having retaken your reading first] you should go to A&E or call 999 within an hour of the measurement.

With these recommendations it is no surprise that people are currently searching for blood oxygen meters, and of course the Apple Watch 6 has one included. In this article we will look at how to use the Apple Watch 6 to measure your blood oxygen, how accurate it is, and when you should be concerned about a reading. The Apple Watch 6’s oxygen measuring abilities could be a good reason to purchase or borrow one if you are experiencing Coronavirus-related breathing problems.

How Apple Watch 6 measures oxygen levels:

To make oxygen measurements possible Apple has changed the lay out of sensors on the lower side of the Apple Watch with the Series 6. Now, in addition to the green and infrared LEDs, there are additional red LEDs and some additional photodiodes.

The principle of oxygen measurement is the same or similar to that of pulse measurement: the four LED clusters illuminate the skin and underlying blood vessels, the photodiodes register the light reflected back and can use algorithms to calculate how much oxygen the red blood cells are currently transporting in the body.

This calculation is based on the knowledge that the more oxygen binds to the red blood cells, the redder the blood appears. The protein responsible for oxygen binding, haemoglobin, contains iron-containing complexes that can bind to the oxygen molecules. Upon binding the colour changes from dark red to light red – this change can be picked up by the photo diodes of the Apple Watch.

An extra app is required on the Apple Watch for the measurement and monitoring of blood oxygen levels. The Blood Oxygen app guides the user through the measurement and displays the measured data. This information is also added to the health app under the new tab Blood Oxygen.

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How to use Touch ID on the Mac

Here’s how to set up Touch ID on your Mac so you can use it for Apple Pay and log ons, and also how to troubleshoot issues

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If you have a Mac with Touch ID capability, be it either an older MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar or one of the new MacBook Air M1 models, then you’ll want to make use of the feature as it can come in very handy and save you plenty of time. We show you how to set up Touch ID on your Mac and how to use it for Apple Pay and other tasks.

What can i do with Touch ID on Mac?

Touch ID can fulfil a number of roles on your Mac. The most obvious is for unlocking your device, but it also allows Apple Pay transactions without needing a password, signing into various apps, plus making purchases on the iTunes, App and Books stores.

Where is the Touch ID sensor on my Mac

You’ll need a reasonably new MacBook if you want Touch ID. The sensor is placed in the upper right corner of the keyboard, so look to see if there is a square sensor there.

How to use Touch ID on Mac: Sensor

iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro users can’t use Touch ID, as the feature requires the secure enclave in the processor that stores the fingerprint, but if you want to get some of the features of Touch ID you can do so with an Apple Watch.

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How to fix NVIDIA GeForce Experience C++ Runtime Error

NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience is a powerful program usually pre-installed on Windows PCs with the NVIDIA graphics card. This application optimizes games and keeps your graphics drivers up to date. GeForce Experience also has some nice features like enabling you to stream and record your gaming to share clips online and play games with filters. However, GeForce Experience can give you headaches when you get errors or stops working.

For instance, you can encounter the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime error when you check for NVIDIA graphics card updates. If you’re currently facing this issue, I’ll present you with fixes to eliminate the error for good.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience ‘C++ Runtime Error’ We’ll repair the GeForce Experience C++ Runtime error using the following solutions.

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Use NVIDIA Experience with elevated privileges.
  3. Disable services associated with NVIDIA.
  4. Update NVIDIA Experience manually.
  5. Reinstall NVIDIA Experience and its components.

I recommend that you apply these fixes in the order they’re presented. In case you’re not sure how to carry out the above operations, continue reading this post for the full guides.

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How to use Mail Merge for Letters in Microsoft Word

When a business, organization, or individual wants to create a consistent document such as forms, letters, or mailing labels that are identical except for specific information, for instance, the name, address, or telephone number of the Recipient. To do this, you need to perform the Mail Merge process, which allows you to create a simple customized document.

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How to update the SSD in a Mac Pro

Upgrading the SSD in the new Mac Pro is quite complex, not least because you have to reload the firmware for the T2 chip.

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On 15 June 2020 Apple revealed that it was making a new new SSD kit for Mac Pro available that would enable customers to upgrade their internal storage from the original factory configuration. We’ve had a look at the process Mac Pro owners will need to go thought to perform the update. The steps are similar to installing RAM, except that users also need to delete the firmware on the T2 chip and reload it, which is a more complicated process and will require a second Mac.

The Mac Pro is the only Mac to have interchangeable SSDs, and up to two modules can be installed at a time. It is not difficult to install the modules themselves, the T8 screwdriver required is actually included with the SSD modules. Apple runs through this process on a support page. We recommend that you follow Apple’s 19 steps. The level of difficulty is about the same as replacing a memory module on an older Mac Pro (until you have to delete the firmware on the T2 chip, more on that below).

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How to use an iPhone as a Mac webcam

Don’t like the quality of the webcam on your Mac? Here’s how to use a free app to link up your iPhone camera instead

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Apple Macs come with some impressive hardware, but one area often lacking is the webcam you use to make video calls. As we’ve seen during the pandemic, this has become a far more crucial part of our setups than we would have previously thought, because so many of us now work from home.

With this in mind, is it possible to improve the quality of your video stream without shelling out for a dedicated webcam? Well, yes, as a few clever apps can actually harness the power of your iPhone and turn it into a camera for your calls. Here’s how to use an iPhone as a Mac webcam.

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FIX Encryption Credentials Have Expired on Mac (Printer Issue)

how to fix Encryption Credentials have expired on Mac printers

Encryption Credentials Have Expired is an alert in Mac OS X that informs about Embedded Web Server (EWS) expired certificates which are rejected by the operating system. As a result, the users are unable to print any documents using their HP, DELL, Canon, Epson or other manufacturer printers, with a message “This printer no longer accepts encrypted jobs”. The certificates are required to ensure connection security when using Secure Internet Printing Protocol (IPPs) and Apple’s technology AirPrint. Moreover, users might start getting “* will damage your computer” alerts, which appear because the computer system cannot recognise the printer driver software as secure.

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