📱 Mobile Meandering

Mobile Meandering publishes how-to guides and best of articles on mobile topics, including computer backups, Apple devices and apps, smart home products, mobile accessories, and security.

Best way to backup your Mac

Like most people, I’m lazy about backing up my data. If it’s remotely inconvenient, I won’t do it. Fortunately, there are now several things you can do to back up your data in 2020, all without having to lift a finger. Smart Wi-Fi 6 access points and cloud computing services have changed the backup playing […]

iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini

Create a private and fully redundant cloud drive that you control and host on your home network

There are a lot of cloud drive options out there, but most of them are hosted and controlled by companies like Dropbox, Google, Box, Apple, and Amazon. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to run your own cloud drive and maintain complete control over your files. How to create a private cloud drive […]

Resilio cloud files

How to do an automated Time Machine backup without an AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule

I’ve used Apple’s AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule for many years. The best part about their Time Capsule is how easy it’s been to automatically backup my MacBook Pro and iMac at home. Unfortunately, Apple is abandoning the development of their wireless routers. That means people will need to find a new solution for backing […]

Home Network Drive

How to import Evernote notes to Apple Notes

Evernote to Apple Notes While I’ve enjoyed using Evernote, over the years it’s become too cumbersome to use. I’ve been looking for a simpler note-taking app, and have slowly fallen in love with Apple Notes. They’ve added just the right amount of styling features and it supports file attachments. I’ve wanted to try moving off […]

Evernote to Apple Notes

The best home network drive for backups, video streaming and file sharing

Home networks typically have a WiFi access point and most of their files are handled offsite using a cloud drive. And if the homeowner is smart, they also use an online backup service to ensure they never lose precious family photos and documents. What’s usually missing is the ability to quickly share and store large […]

Home Network Drive

Take my wallet, but don’t take my phone

It used to be that the worst thing you could lose was your wallet, but that’s no longer true. The (smart)phone has become the mobile epicenter of personal data and communication storage. Even more, it’s also become the primary method most services use to verify identity. In fact, 2-step verification almost solely relies on a […]

How to secure macOS and iOS on a public WiFi network

Public WiFi connections have become ubiquitous, but are they safe? There’s a very good chance many of them aren’t, which is why you really need to consider securing your MacBook, iPad or iPhone when connecting to them. Public WiFi Dangers There are several things to worry about when you connect to a public WiFi connection. […]

Apple and Encrypt.me

Stop ruining your iPhone!

What’s the first thing you do when you buy a new car? Do you immediately go out and buy a giant rubber bumper that wraps around the entire vehicle? Do you place a plastic protective shield over your windows? Of course you don’t. Your car is built to withstand harsh road conditions, the occasional bump […]

Chrome packaged apps pave way for future of browser-based computing

Back in 2010 I randomly received a Google ChromeOS CR-48 Notebook (aka Chromebook). I reviewed the notebook and its OS and determined it was still far away from wide adoption. [ChromeOS] will require extreme maturation before becoming a viable alternative. Some of its biggest problems included the inability to layer or cascade windows, and it’s […]

How families can manage their ebooks with multiple Kindles and devices

Amazon doesn't provide a way for us to hide or control access to these books, which led us to find our own workaround.

How to use native Screen Sharing in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) has an excellent screen sharing app built right into the operating system. The screen sharing app enable you to access and control the screen of another computer on your network. I like using in on my MacBook Air when I want to quickly access our family iMac. It’s perfect for […]

Backblaze Review

I’ve tested several mobile backup services, and Backblaze is easily my favorite. There are three key elements to a cloud backup service that I require. They include ease-of-use, functionality, and affordability. Backblaze excels at all of these. Easiest Online Backup Unlike the other online backup services I’ve tried, Backblaze was not only easy to set […]

The Bluetooth 4.0 Killer Feature: Low Energy Consumption

The Bluetooth SIG just announced the new features of Bluetooth 4.0. Instead of focusing on speed, they chose to make this release extremely energy efficient. How efficient is Bluetooth 4.0? Apparently, it’s so efficient that it could run for years on a tiny lithium battery. Now that’s efficient! Bluetooth 4.0 Features Ultra-low peak, average and […]

Review of Pages for iPad

When I wrote about why the iPad is significant, I stated that the iPad is a computer for everyone. While many people still see it as a media consumption device, I predict that it will ultimately replace the need for traditional computers. This is especially true for casual, non-business users. The iPad goes well beyond […]

How to Import Keynote or PowerPoint Presentations into the iPad

The iPad doesn’t allow you to copy files to it, like you would a portable drive. Instead, you have to either use iCloud Drive or email documents to yourself. Add Keynote or PowerPoint Presentations via iCloud Drive The easiest way to get Keynote or PowerPoint presentations on your iPad is to use iCloud Drive. For […]

How Fast is USB 3.0?

Just how fast is USB 3.0 compared to USB 2.0 and FireWire 800? It’s crazy fast! USB 2.0 has a maximum data transfer speed of 480mbps, and FireWire 800 has a maximum speed of 800mbps. USB 3.0 shatters those speeds with a maximum data throughput of 4.8gbps! Yup, that’s 4,800mbps! New Features of USB 3.0 […]

USB Power Outlet for Recharging Your Mobile Devices, Like iPhones, iPods, iPads

How many times have you found yourself with your USB sync cable, a dying iPhone, but no USB power adapter? If you’re like me, it’s happened enough time to want one of these. The new TruePower U-Socket power outlet not only works as a normal three-pronged AC wall outlet, it also lets you plug in […]

Why the iPad is Significant

The reason Apple has been so successful with their devices is that their products solve problems. The iPod (coupled with iTunes) solved the problem of music distribution and portability. While the iPhone solved the problem of mobile Internet access and smartphone usability. Just like its close cousins, the iPad solves several longstanding problems with data […]

Original iPad

What Formats Does Kindle Support?

Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite e-ink readers I’m about to receive my new Kindle in the mail, and I stumbled across an ebook with the .lit format. I wanted to download it, but I first needed to verify that the Kindle DX supports it. It ends up that it doesn’t. After doing some research, I found […]

Kindle Reader