Apple reopens first retail store in Europe with Austria location

The Apple Store in Vienna, Austria, is the first one outside of Asia Pacific to reemerge from the coronavirus quarantine.

An Apple Store in Europe has reopened its doors following the company’s decision to temporarily close all outlets outside of greater China amid the coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, the Karntner Strasse store in Vienna, Austria, became the first Apple location in Europe and outside Asia Pacific to again allow customers to venture inside.

SEE: Apple Macbook Air 2020: Cheat sheet (Free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

The store’s website (English translation) shows limited hours from 11am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. A message on the site states that the store is open again but that it’s requiring safe distancing rules. That means customers may have to wait before they can enter the store. And once inside, they must wear a protective mask, either one of their own or one supplied by the store.

Apple confirmed the store’s reopening in a statement shared with TechRepublic.  

“We’re excited to begin welcoming visitors back to Apple Karntner Strasse. With many Austrians working and learning from home, our initial focus will be providing service and support at the Genius Bar. We’ll

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IRS stimulus check tracking tool not working for you? We found 11 potential reasons why

Need your stimulus money? You’re not alone.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

If you’ve been running into problems trying to use the IRS’s online tool for tracking your coronavirus stimulus check or setting up direct deposit so the government’s one-time payment goes right into your bank account, you’re not alone. It’s been well documented in CNET comments, news articles and on Twitter that the IRS portal, called Get My Payment, doesn’t always work for everyone. We wanted to find out why, and how you can try to bypass any roadblocks.

If you’re not able to use the Get My Payment tool for whatever reason, you’ll be receiving your check by mail instead of via direct deposit, a process that the government said could take up to 20 weeks. The first checks went out in the mail about two weeks ago. If you haven’t received your stimulus check yet, filing through the IRS tool could still get you your money faster. Here’s how you can check with the USPS when you’ll get your payment in the mail.

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How to manage iOS and iPadOS backups on iCloud and Macs

Ensure you’ve prepared for device failures, drops, and other accidents by backing up your iOS and iPadOS devices using either iCloud or your Mac.

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It’s important to keep backups of your mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, MacBook, etc.) so you can easily recover if the device is lost, stolen, or dropped and broken. Fortunately, for iPadOS and iOS, Apple makes this process extremely simple using iCloud backups. This tutorial walks you through how to create backups using iCloud or locally using your Mac if you don’t have the available iCloud storage.

SEE: Apple iPad Pro 2020: Cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

How to create backups on iCloud

One of the simplest ways to ensure that your devices stay constantly backed up every night is to enable iCloud backups. This will utilize your iCloud storage plan, so if you’re on the free plan, you should upgrade to a plan that will accommodate the devices that you plan to back up.

There’s no limit to the number of devices that you can back up to the same iCloud account, so you can use the same account and these steps to accommodate iPhones and iPads.

To enable iCloud backups, perform the

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iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard gestures, tips, and customizations

iPad Pro users, here are keyboard and trackpad shortcuts you should know. Also, learn how to modify the globe key behavior in iPadOS.

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With the introduction of iPadOS 13.4 and the Magic Keyboard, Apple has changed the experience when it comes to productivity on the iPad Pro. You can now utilize mouse and trackpad support on the iPad to perform tasks more efficiently without ever having to move your hands to the screen.

I’ll walk you through some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts (some of which are available for the first time thanks to iPadOS 13.4), how to change the modifier keys on your keyboard to fit your preferences, and information on how to use gestures and connect a mouse or trackpad to your iPad Pro if you don’t already have the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.

SEE: Apple iPad Pro 2020: Cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Keyboard shortcuts all iPad Pro users should know

These are some of the shortcuts I use on a daily basis when using iPadOS. These shortcuts make life easier when navigating between apps, in iPadOS, using Safari, and using Mail.

Home Screen

  • Command + H to go Home from any
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