How to get the most out of the iOS 13 printing system

Learn how to print to PDF while on the go and even do custom printing options like labels or manage existing print jobs scheduled through AirPrint right on your iOS 13 devices.

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We’ve previously covered how to print on iOS even when you don’t have a compatible AirPrint printer, but did you know that there’s even more that you can do on iOS when it comes to printing? iOS has a very robust printing subsystem that can allow you to export PDFs and more.

In this article, we’ll delve into how to print custom items like labels. We’ll also see how to print to PDF instead of paper and how to manage printer jobs and viewing supply levels.

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Custom printing

Print to PDF instead of printer

Sometimes when you’re on the go (or even when you’re not), it may be important to send a PDF to someone or save a PDF to iCloud Drive that you otherwise normally print for safekeeping.

iOS 13 can handily help in this situation, and it works in any app that supports printing or sharing. In this tutorial, we’ll be using Safari as an example.

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WWDC 2020 announces new advances across iOs, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and more

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference went digital this year and revealed many new features and updates to its product lineup.

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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was held June 22-26 with one big change. Rather than being hosted in its usual San Jose location, the five-day conference occurred entirely online, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new all-digital format increased the typical number of 5,000 developer attendees to millions. 

SEE: WWDC 2020 highlights: What business pros need to know (TechRepublic Premium)

WWDC 2020 showcased the latest advances across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and more. In addition, the conference featured a keynote by Apple CEO Tim Cook and the developer-focused Platforms State of the Union, as well as more than 100 engineering sessions, developer forums, and one-on-one developer labs by appointment.

The biggest draw of WWDC 2020 were the announcements. Here are just a few highlights. 

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2020 Lexus UX 250h review: Space is at a premium

The UX is quite an attractive little thing.


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The 2020 Lexus UX 250h makes a very strong first impression. The sharply styled exterior design looks amazing — especially in my example’s cadmium orange paint — and the hybrid’s generous fuel economy claims are worth a double take. Yet it’s hard to fall in love with Lexus’ smallest model. 

Like

  • Stylish design, high-quality interior materials
  • Excellent suite of standard driver aids
  • Android Auto joins Apple CarPlay for 2020 model year

Don’t Like

  • Very little cargo space, even for a compact
  • Lexus Remote Touch controller isn’t great

While efficient, the powertrain is a bit breathless at speed, and there’s surprisingly little room for cargo, passengers or car seats in the UX’s cramped cabin. And even with the 2020 model year tech updates, the littlest Lexus’ cockpit tech can be a bit confusing to use.

Sharp design

Gorgeous and angular, the UX is probably the best execution of Lexus’ SUV design language and, in my opinion, one of the best-looking vehicles in its class. The sharply creased sheet metal plays better with the UX’s subcompact proportions than those of the larger RX and NX models. I particularly enjoy the chunky, RAV4-esque

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Second stimulus check from the IRS: Could you qualify? Here’s what we know

Just because you got a stimulus check the first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for a second payment, if there is one.


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If the government agrees on a second stimulus check and you met the requirements for the first economic stimulus payment in 2020, you’ll automatically qualify for the new one, right? We hate to pop your bubble, but not so fast. 

Lawmakers haven’t decided who would qualify for more stimulus money or how much they would get, though we have a good idea when we think another payment could come. There’s been talk of making more people eligible for an extra round of stimulus funds, but also discussions that could limit future IRS checks to fewer people total, focusing on those who’ve been determined to have the greatest need.

In making these decisions, the Senate and House will factor in economic data that is at best contradictory.

The US economy added 4.8 million jobs in June (PDF), the Labor Department reported last week, as a result of every state reopening in some way. For the week ending June 27, however, first-time unemployment insurance claims were 1.42 million (PDF),

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How to ensure the integrity of your encrypted drive while it’s hibernating in macOS

Enabling full-disk encryption to keep documents secure is highly recommended. By default, macOS does not maintain integrity while hibernating. But there’s a fix for that.

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You value your data. You’ve gone to great lengths to use password managers to protect yourself by creating unique, complex passwords that are hard-to-guess. Your VPN connection is on and encrypting transmissions each time you go online–regardless of whether its downloading system updates (which you’re on top of) or streaming the latest TV show of your favorite series. And you made sure to enable FileVault 2 on your Mac computer, so that data remains protected at rest using full disk encryption.

SEE: macOS Big Sur: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Among other standard security best practices implemented to harden the system, it is secured from an ever-expanding list of threats that seek to separate you from your data, privacy, and personally identifiable information (PII). And yet, when a Mac goes into hibernation, it stores a copy of the FileVault (FV) key in memory. This default behavior is done to speed up a device waking up, allowing the user to get back to work quickly.

The problem is that while the

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How to secure your iOS Lock Screen

Configure your iOS Lock Screen to block those picking up your device from reading messages, viewing the Today View, or interacting with Siri unless your device is unlocked first.

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We spend a lot of time on our mobile iOS devices and it may seem that securing our devices with Touch ID and Face ID is all we need to protect our data. However, there’s other data accessible on the Lock Screen, through Siri, or through the Today View that can still be read by potential data thieves or on-lookers that can gain valuable information.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to secure the Lock Screen so that your messages and push notifications aren’t visible to anyone except you when you pick up your device. We’ll do this by disabling push notification previews when locked, disable Siri when the device is locked, and disable the Today View access when the device is locked.

By doing all of these things, you will make your device more secure and prevent onlookers, or someone picking up your device, from being able to gain access to any valuable information contained on the Lock Screen. All of these tips work on both the iPhone

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