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In this week’s Mac Geek Gab, Pilot Pete and Dave Hamilton dive into a treasure trove of quick tips and solutions for Apple enthusiasts. Right off the bat, they explore quirky functionalities like cutting paper out of pictures and plopping it into Notes, crafting stickers with iOS 17, and utilizing the optimized charging mode in watchOS 10.

The duo also delves into the iPhone 15’s new 80% battery optimization feature, while also revealing how a simple battery replacement could rejuvenate an aging iPhone. The discussion transitions into handy tricks for new iPhone users, ensuring they “Don’t Get Caught” in a data drought by re-enabling Low Data Mode, and how updating to tvOS 17 allows your iPhone to locate your elusive Siri Remote.

The second half of the show is a deep dive into listener questions, where the hosts unravel the conundrum of using tags versus folders in Notes and training iCloud’s Junk Mail Filters to behave. They also navigate the maze of password management, debating the merit of frequent password changes.

Tech aficionados will appreciate the segment on the best multi-ended USB-C cables and a roundup of cool finds like the Jellycuts app for writing Shortcuts as code, making VPN apps a reality on Apple TV with Tailscale, and a review of portable, budget-friendly 1080P screens.

The episode wraps up with a look at wireless earbuds with interactive case screens, keeping listeners tuned in to the latest gadgets and gizmos in the Apple ecosystem.

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Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is a podcaster, a publisher, and a nerd who has spent the past three decades of his career educating thousands of computer users. In addition to Mac Geek Gab podcast (now in its 19th year!), Dave is co-host of Business Brain and Gig Gab, two other shows to check out! Dave is also the co-founder and CEO of BackBeat Media, a boutique network of podcasts and websites that represents fiercely-independent publishers, of which Dave considers himself one. He has been involved in online publishing since 1998, when he co-founded The Mac Observer, a popular Apple news site which was acquired in 2021. Technology isn't the only thing Dave's a nerd about: he's also a drummer, playing in Bitter Pill, Fling, and various other projects in and around the New Hampshire seacoast where he and his wife, Lisa, live and raised their two children. Dave's reachable for a limited amount of paid consulting at DaveTheNerd.com and you can find to him on Mastodon, Bluesky, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, too!


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