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Apple Music Can Be Your Personal DJ

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you probably know that it can play music that’s related to a particular artist or track. But, did you know that Apple Music can create a special radio station just for you, based on tracks you’ve played before?

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General

Here’s How to Capture a Full-Screen Screenshot of a Web Page

How would you capture a screenshot of a long Web page that requires scrolling? Rather than stitching multiple screenshots together, try this trick...

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iOS

Choose between Archiving and Deleting Messages in iOS Mail

What determines whether a message goes into the archives or gets deleted? iOS hides that option...read more to see how to choose where your messages go.

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Software

Did You Know Families Can Share Mac and iOS Apps Purchased from the App Store?

Have you ever looked over your spouse’s shoulder and thought, “Hey, that’s a cool app.”? If you set up Family Sharing you can not only see what apps they have but you can download the apps you want with just a few simple clicks.

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General

iCloud Services Being Wonky? Check Apple's System Status Page

If you can't send or receive email, if photos aren't transferring via iCloud Photo Library, or if some other iCloud-related service isn't responding this is the first thing you should do.

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iOS

Ignore Unsolicited Calls and Texts from Apple and Other Tech Companies

Mulitnational tech companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook will never call or text you out of the blue.

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General

New team member: Krista Craft

We’re so pleased to announce the addition of Krista Craft to our team. Krista will manage Billing and Inside Sales for CranstonIT.

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General

Need to Clear Space on an iPhone or iPad? Here’s How to Do It in iOS 12

How to clear the clutter from your iOS device

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Macintosh

Gone Phishing: Five Signs That Identify Scam Email Messages

Phishing is a scam where someone sends you a bogus email that attempts to fool you into revealing your passwords, login credentials, credit card numbers, banking information or other sensitive information. While phishing is a problem that often hooks individuals, attackers are now targeting businesses more frequently than ever before.

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iOS

Easily Save Drafts When Composing Messages in Mail on the iPhone

Need to check something in another message while composing a new one on your iPhone? Here's how...

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Macintosh

Did you know you can use your Mac laptop even if it is closed?

Sometimes it's not convenient to have your Mac open on your desk next to the big screen. If you'd like to close your Mac's screen and just use the external display, you can!

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iOS

10 ways to solve quirks in Messages

Messages for iOS and macOS® devices generally works well, it does have its head-scratching quirks. Here are a few common solutions.

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Software

How collaborative apps create a singular focus

There are ways for groups to work simultaneously or sequentially. There are real-time collaboration features built into many apps. And possibly the most elegant of them all, Samepage, a business collaboration tool that connects multiple people with projects, conversations and files.

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General

Why Managed IT Services is important for your business

As your business becomes more successful, your IT environment becomes more complex. And at some point, the concept of depending on tech support only when needed becomes inefficient and costly. There is a better solution — managed IT services with device-management software.

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General

Datto Networking Appliance ensures security, connectivity and productivity

New from CranstonIT, the Datto Networking Appliance ensures your business remains connected and productive during Internet outages with fully integrated 4G LTE Internet failover. This single, compact device is now a part of our managed services commitment to deliver the latest in advanced network security.

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iOS

How new iOS 12 gestures can boost your productivity

Few iPad® owners have ever really taken advantage of the suite of gestures. But if you take the time to learn and understand their functionality, you’ll realize more productivity benefits than you might think.

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iOS

iOS 12 makes password filling easier, faster and more secure

Password manager is a software app used to store and manage the passwords that a user has for various online accounts and security features. These apps store the passwords in an encrypted format and provide secure access to all information with the help of a single master password. For security reasons, CranstonIT always recommends you use a password manager...

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General

Six unequivocal reasons for working with an Apple professional

They are questions potential clients ask CranstonIT all the time. So here are some foundational benefits for working with an Apple professional and why, ultimately, it is the right choice.

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Macintosh

New MacBook Air thinner, lighter, perfectly portable

The new MacBook Air sets a higher standard for portability. The iconic wedge is noticeably thinner (almost an inch by width and more than half an inch by depth) and lighter (by about a quarter pound). It is also the greenest Mac ever, created from 100 percent recycled aluminum.

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iOS

Introducing Screen Time, the family's new tech watchdog

It’s a constant refrain in many homes — a kid clamoring to use an iPad®, iPhone® or even an Apple Watch® to play games, watch videos or chat with friends. As a parent, you know when enough is enough, and that too much screen time can often affect homework, family dinners or socialization in general. With iOS 12, Apple® is doing its part to limit device addiction. Screen Time is a feature that not only monitors how much time your child is spending on his or her phone or tablet, but provides the tools and guidance on how to control that usage.

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Bionic Business

Email alias for online accounts

Today I'm sharing a great tip on how to use email aliases and why it's an easier and more secure option.

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General

How to eliminate costly downtime with Datto Managed Power

Datto Managed Power device changes the paradigm of what a power strip can be for IT infrastructures everywhere. It also means CranstonIT, as your managed service provider, can now remotely or automatically reboot virtually any of your non-responsive electronic devices and save you time and money in the process.

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Macintosh

New Mac mini a small wonder

Mac mini is back on our radar, and it’s back with a vengeance. Reintroduced two weeks ago, this powerful new Mac mini is aimed squarely (get it?) at professional users. Although it retains the same diminutive form factor as recent iterations — 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches — there is no need to kick Mac mini's tires this time around.

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Why your next computer should be an iPad Pro

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch devices — the thinnest iPad Pro models ever — have been reengineered with Apple’s most innovative technologies and feature an advanced all-screen design, an enhanced Smart Keyboard™ Folio and a redesigned Apple Pencil® that is more capable than ever.

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Bionic Business

Break fix IT relationsship versus IT support contracts

When does it make sense to have a contract with an IT Support Provider? I give you the answer in today's bionic business Vlog.

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Bionic Business

Clone backups by Datto

Today I'm talking about Datto, Inc.'s backup appliances and how having clone backups of your critical devices ensures your business stays functioning even when disaster strikes

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Bionic Business

On boarding off boarding employees

Today, I'm discussing the importance of written procedures for on boarding/off boarding to make new employees as effective as possible and maintain IT.

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Bionic Business

Apple Pencil Unboxing

In today's Bionic business vlog I unbox and test it out while giving my first thoughts and initial reaction to Apple's latest stylus.

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Bionic Business

Unboxing New iPad Pro

My unboxing and first take of the redesigned iPad Pro.

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Bionic Business

Best Mac workstation backup

I give my recommendations on which backup solution to use in today's

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Bionic Business

Critical backup and disaster recovery plan

Do you have a critical backup and disaster recovery plan for your business?

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Bionic Business

Office 365 Backup Solutions

In today's Bionic Business vlog, I discuss why you need to backup your O365 data and how to do it.

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Bionic Business

Managed power strip by Datto

In today's Bionic Business Vlog, I'm talking about Datto, Inc.'s managed power strips and how they can save your company downtime and run more efficiently.

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Bionic Business

iPad Pro updated

Is Apple's new #ipad Pro worth the upgrade? Watch to find out.

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Bionic Business

Apple's T2 chip explained

How secure is your computer? In today's vlog, I highlight what you need to know about the enhanced security the T2 chip delivers.

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Bionic Business

New Apple hardware

I give my take and recommendations on Apple's new iPad Pros, MacBook Airs and Mac Minis.

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Bionic Business

6 Pillars of a bionic business

Today I reveal 6 technology pillars your business needs to make a bionic business and crush your competition.

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Bionic Business

Automatic vehicle tracking

Automatic, an innovative approach for automatically tracking mileage.

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Bionic Business

Understanding backups for your business

In this video, i explain the type of backups and what to consider when creating a backup policy.

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Bionic Business

Understanding email encryption or secure email

What is secure email, why would you need it and how does it work?

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Bionic Business

Is your business network secure? Are you sure?

Is your business network secure? Are you sure? Watch how easy it was for me to takeover a network with just my iPhone.

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Bionic Business

Understanding and managing Apple IDs for business

In this bionic business vlog I explain how important it is for businesses to understand and properly manage Apple IDs

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Bionic Business

Phishing Demonstration

Today I demonstrate real phishing attacks in action and how to defeat them.

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Bionic Business

Preparing to upgrade OS

Before you upgrade your macOS, watch this video by Patrick Cranston

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Bionic Business

How to check the health of your iPhone battery

In today's Bionic Business Vlog I explore #iOS 12's new battery features that help you check the health of your battery

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Bionic Business

Cloud file sharing for businesses

Today's Bionic Business Vlog I explain the basics of cloud file sharing.

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Bionic Business

SSD Hard drives - Learn the benefits

Patrick's secret to immediately improving performance and extending the effective life of computers in your business in 1 easy step.

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Bionic Business

SSL Encryption for your business

Today I explain SSL encryption, why it's necessary and most importantly how it affects your business.

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Bionic Business

Data at rest encryption

Today I'm explaining Data At Rest Encryption and why it's also important to your business.

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Bionic Business

Bionic Business Vlog

Watch and learn how to make your business faster, stronger and more powerful. Bolster your IT knowledge and remain tech relevant

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iOS

Do Not Disturb smarter than ever in iOS 12

Now, with iOS 12, Do Not Disturb has gotten a lot smarter. Apple® claims the enhanced functionality is the result of six years of user feedback and pointed wish lists, along with a growing need for users to get more time away from their devices when necessary.

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Macintosh

Continuity Camera yet another link between iOS and macOS

Continuity Camera links macOS® 10.14 Mojave to iOS12. This new feature allows you to snap a picture or scan a document with an iPhone® or iPad® running iOS 12 and have that image instantly appear on your Mac® running 10.14 Mojave.

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Bionic Business

Apple Business Manager

If you use more then 5 Apple devices in your business, don't miss this video.

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Bionic Business

Messaging Apps over email - a safer, more secure alternative

Today I discuss secure, more effective alternatives for internal business communications than email.

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Bionic Business

How to save money on your Apple® hardware purchase

In this video, Patrick discusses Apple's business loyalty program, hardware discounts and creating your own custom Apple online store.

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Bionic Business

Apple® Consutlants Network

Use Apple products in your business? Learn what Apple Consultants Network is and how your business could benefit from it.

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Bionic Business

Best defense against malicious emails are well trained users

Your best security measure against malicious emails are well trained users. Discover how to test and train your employees to identify and defeat email attacks that make it to their Inbox.

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Bionic Business

Choosing automated software for a better workflow for your business

Learn how to better manage your workflow with an automated software.

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Bionic Business

Password manager software critical to your online security

Password manager software is critical to your online security. Learn what a password manager is and which software CransonIT uses.

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Bionic Business

Importance of 2 factor authentication

How 2 factor authentication works and why it's important to your business' online security

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Bionic Business

You get an email saying your account was hacked. What should you do?

A hacker has access to your account and is demanding money to "protect your secrets" what should you do?

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iOS

Face it the new iPhone is all screen and all smarts

The next generation of iPhone® is here. Screens are bigger, technology is better and pricing is up, down and sideways, depending on your enthusiasm and budget.

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iOS

Apple Watch Series 4 designed to motivate and protect

Apple Watch® Series 4 has been fundamentally redesigned and reengineered to help wearers stay active and healthy and certainly connected. The new models are 1.1mm thinner and the all-new displays are larger.

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Security

Introducing KnowBe4 from CranstonIT Security awareness your entire organization needs.

CranstonIT is pleased to announce a new service to help your users address IT security, perhaps the biggest challenge facing organizations today.

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Hardware

Apple injects more Pro in the new MacBook Pro

With faster performance and enhanced professional features, Apple® has dubbed its new MacBook Pro® the most advanced Mac® notebook ever.

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General

Enhance your business with outsourced IT support

IT support has changed. Break-fix solutions no longer apply. As your IT environment grows and becomes more complex, the concept of depending on IT support only when needed is no longer sufficient.

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Security

Why you should always keep Find My iPhone enabled

Find My iPhone is an app that helps you find not only your iPhone, but your misplaced iPad®, iPod touch®, Apple Watch®, AirPods® or even your Mac®.

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Hardware

tvOS 12 takes 4K cinematic experience to new heights

Although Apple TV® often receives less attention than Apple's other platforms, it still gains new capabilities with tvOS 12.

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iOS

iOS 12 - addresses notifications, security, privacy and more

Getting too many notifications? With just a swipe, iOS 12 lets you group notifications from each app together and gives you the ability to manage notifications from the lock screen. Plus, a new feature called Instant Tuning helps you reduce the number of notifications you see, right from the Lock screen.

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iOS

Apple Watch bulks up, speaks up with watchOS 5

Apple’s preview of watchOS 5 demonstrated a significant update to the world’s most popular watch. And as most wearers focus on fitness and communication, Apple Watch® will become an even stronger companion to the healthy and connected with a host of new features.

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iOS

iOS 12 - improves performance, fosters family fun

iOS 12 enables new user experiences that just weren’t possible before, according to Apple, as well as makes everyday tasks faster, more responsive and just plain fun.

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Macintosh

Apple Introduces macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave has been previewed by Apple as the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with updates inspired by professionals but designed for everyone.

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Macintosh

Trash talk: A deeper dive into the Mac Trash Can

If you think everyone knows how to take out the trash, you would be mistaken. That’s because the Trash Can embedded in your macOS® is not your father’s trash can, and works very differently in macOS® than in any other operating system.

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Software

Slack brings all your communications together

Slack’s goal is to unify your entire team’s communications with seamlessly integrated apps that help streamline workflow. It bundles colleagues, files, messages and calls all in one place. Slack has apps for macOS®, iOS, Windows and Android, and isn’t conceptually all that different from the popular Messages® app from Apple®.

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Software

Kerio Connect Offers Features, Function and Reliability in an Affordable Mail Server

The days before email became essential to doing business seem like a theme for a documentary on the History Channel. Gone are the days when businesses relied solely on snail mail and phone calls to communicate. Email is a critical component to business success and the ability for your mail server to multitask is just as important.

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Case Studies

Pittsburgh, PA based Patete Kitchens thrives with Apple Computer Support

Patete Kitchens in Pittsburgh, PA is an all Mac shop, one that started with the original blue iMac and iBook Apple computers. They needed the best in computer support and managed services for macOS platform.

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Case Studies

Pittsburgh Success: Backed by quality macintosh computer support, êlizur redefines the markets it help

Pittsburgh PA based êlizur reconfigured its technology landscape to meet the demands of the healthcare industry. With the help of CranstonIT’s guidance, the company is now equipped with servers, macintosh Mac computer and iPad and iPhone devices. 

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Case Studies

Success Story: Gymkhana Gymnastics sticks its landing with FileMaker, Apple and CranstonIT

“CranstonIT’s timely software updates keep us running smoothly, and their automation of our backups ensures we maintain our data and avoid potentially catastrophic losses,”

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FileMaker

Keeping up? Create custom apps to automate tedious business processes

As companies expand, existing workflow processes don’t always keep up — especially if you are still relying on spreadsheets, word documents or even paper.

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FileMaker

Integrate Slack into your FileMaker App for Instant Notifications

Keep your whole team up to date by integrating Slack into FileMaker. Use notifications in Slack to keep you and your team up to date where ever you are.

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