How to schedule Time Machine backups

How to schedule Time Machine backups

Time Machine is one of the unsung heroes of macOS, automating the process of backing up your primary data drive to an external drive. It's easy to use; just plugging in an external drive displays a dialog asking whether or not you'd like to use that drive for Time Machine backups. Restoring a failed drive from Time Machine is simple, too -- just restart your Mac in Recovery mode (press Command-R during a reboot), then select "Restore from Time Machine Backup". There's only one problem with Time Machine; it runs hourly by default, and it can monopolize disk I/O and CPU cycles, bringing even fast Macs to a crawl. That's why I'll demonstrate a couple of utilities that adjust Time Machine's backup schedule.

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It's World Backup Day! Here's how to back up your Mac and iOS devices

It's World Backup Day! Here's how to back up your Mac and iOS devices

Each year on March 31st, World Backup Day is observed. This special day is designed to make you aware of the importance of backing up your data and what can happen if you don't do so on a regular, ongoing basis. Here's a video from the World Backup Day team that points out what can happen without a backup plan:

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What you need to know about APFS and macOS High Sierra compatibility

What you need to know about APFS and macOS High Sierra compatibility

On September 5, 2017, Apple published a technical note titled Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra. High Sierra will be available on September 25, and most of the questions we're getting about the new operating system revolve around the new Apple File System (APFS). Probably the most important information in the article from Apple is this quote:

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Here’s what I want to see in macOS 10.13

Here’s what I want to see in macOS 10.13

If macOS 10.13 isn’t unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on on Monday, June 5, the world will end. Well, okay, I’m exaggerating, but the tech world will be shocked.

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2TB Apollo Cloud is Touch Bar-enabled for the new MacBook Pros

2TB Apollo Cloud is Touch Bar-enabled for the new MacBook Pros

Promise Technology has unveiled the latest version of its Apollo Cloud personal cloud storage appliance: the 2TB Apollo Cloud, which has an entry level price of $199. Building on the popularity of the original version, it comes with an app and is designed for on-the-go consumers who need simple, fast, secure access to their content. 

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Synology RT2600ac is a top-of-the-line, feature-packed router

Synology RT2600ac is a top-of-the-line, feature-packed router

A router is at the core of our connection to the online world. Today there are no shortage of offerings from basic routers that do just a basic job to routers that are full-blown Internet connectivity appliances. The Synology RT2600ac falls in the later category. In my few days of using this router, I can honestly say it’s the best and most feature packed router I’ve ever used. It’s especially so for Mac users.

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An overview of two gigabit routers

An overview of two gigabit routers

For many years I’ve been using a “vintage” Linksys WRT54GL router. Hobbyists and tech experimenters will immediately recognize that model number as one that is highly customizable with custom firmware. It’s known for its reliability and “just works” ability. It’s antiquated by today's standards with the ports being limited to 100GB speeds and support for only WiFi B and G.

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The eero home Wi-Fi system is the mesh network solution Apple should’ve made

The eero home Wi-Fi system is the mesh network solution Apple should’ve made

With Apple reportedly discontinuing its line of wireless routers, here at Apple World Today, we’ve been testing potential replacements. One that stands out is the eero home Wi-Fi system, which is handsome, easy-to-use, pricey — and with some (self-imposed) limitations. In other words, it’s a product Apple could’ve/should’ve made.

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Apple picked a bad time to discontinue its line of wireless routers

Apple picked a bad time to discontinue its line of wireless routers

If Apple is indeed discontinuing its line of wireless routers, including its Time Capsule, it may have picked a bad time to so do. A new report from Beige Market Intelligence says the global consumer and enterprise NAS market will be worth $44 billion by 2021. What’s more, Apple is the market leader in the U.S. in the consumer segment, and Dell is the leader in the large enterprise NAS user segment.

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