The best app for running Windows on a Mac, some tips on using your calendar for task management, and more

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The best app for running Windows on a Mac »

The best app for running Windows on a Mac

As Mac users, it’s easy to turn our noses up at running Windows, but the truth is that it sometimes can’t be avoided. Be it for work or for playing video games, running Microsoft’s operating system on Apple hardware isn’t nearly as hard as it seems like it would be.

Parallels Desktop is the best way to run Windows on your Mac. It offers lots of flexibility when it comes to which operating systems it can run and it offers a customizable experience to make it your own.

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Mike Alexander’s Mac and iOS setup »

Mike Alexander’s Mac and iOS setup

Mike Alexander is a teach of Modern Languages at James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Get more from your calendar »

When it comes to being productive, most Mac users turn to a task management tool. If you’ve tuned in recently, you know how much we love Things at The Sweet Setup! And there are plenty of other options in this category.

In some ways, your calendar is one of the most important tools for getting things done.

How to convert a message into a checklist in Apple Notes »

Do you ever have a list that you’d like to turn into a checklist? My wife will often text me a list of items if I am running to the grocery store (I know a shared Apple Reminders list is probably more straight-forward, but sometimes iMessage ends up being the most convenient method). I hate having to continually look at the iMessage to see which items I’ve picked up already.

To work around this, you can copy and paste the list into Apple Notes, and then turn it into a checklist.

(Six Colors) HomePod review: Stop, Look, and Listen »

The HomePod has only been out for a couple of weeks, but its competitors have been around much longer. It will be exciting to see how Apple pushes this new device forward, but if you’re interested in buying now, Jason Snell of Six Colors has a great review that covers the positives and areas of improvement for the new HomePod.

It’s a very good speaker that excels at connecting me to my Apple Music library and playlists. As a voice assistant, it’s got a lot of issues. Two years ago, the HomePod could’ve taken a bite out of the Amazon Echo’s market presence; today it’s just a face in the crowd, by no means a bad product but one that’s not necessarily different enough to stand out.

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