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Five Tip Friday — iPhones in pockets everywhere may need a few capability reminders


1/ Change your iPhone’s video capabilities — Apple’s default is the “1080p HD at 30 fps” choice. Go to Settings> Photos & Camera>Record Video. There’s a handy approximation (in yellow) for how much space you’ll be taking up with each configuration. So if you only have a 16GB iPhone, it’s probably not that wise to record only 4K video unless you plan on clearing off your Camera Roll approximately every day of your life. If you select any of the other options, your device will helpfully inform you of that whenever you’re taking videos from then on.


If you’re on the default setting, though, you won’t see any info in that spot.

2/ Stop your screen rotating — Does your phone switch orientations on you at random, just because you tilted it slightly too far in one direction or another?  To prevent this sort of annoyance (in my case, reading in bed is the best time to lock screen rotation). Luckily iOS has screen rotation lock: wake your iPhone if it isn’t already, then slide your finger up from the bottom edge to bring up Control Center. Tap the Orientation Lock button (the lock icon with a circular arrow surrounding it at top right) so it turns white. Slide the Control Center pane down again to hide it, and your screen’s contents will no longer rotate as you turn your device on its side.

3/ Lock rotation on iPad — The rotation lock works pretty much the same on the iPad, but with an added caveat: you can switch the Mute button toggle on the left side of the device to function as the orientation lock switch instead. Go to the Settings app, tap General, then tap Lock Rotation under the “Use side switch to:” heading. When you switch the side toggle to function as the rotation lock, the Mute function takes the rotation lock’s place in Control Center.

4/ Remember that Siri is more intelligent — You can now say things like  you can ask things like “Remind me to take my coffee off my roof when I get in the car,” because Siri knows when you get into your car. It’s almost like actually having a human helper. (Moreover, thanks to the new frugal M9 co-processor, you can call Siri from a locked screen even on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.)

5/ iOS 9 on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus — If you have the latest version of Apple’s iPhone, remember that pressing harder on apps gives all sorts of other capabilities, and it can do Live Photos (which animate for a few seconds) but they take up lots more space. If you have an ‘s’, check out Mac Observer’s catchup page to remember all its new tricks.

6s Plus, Apple security, 7m Apple Watches, Windows Cortana for iOS, retro Apple TV game

Pangea Software has made the redo-looking AirWings available for Apple TV 4
Pangea Software has made the retro-looking AirWings available for Apple TV 4, along with four other games

iPhone 6s Plus: best camera and battery ever — In September Bob LeVitus reviewed the (then) new iPhone 6s. “I loved the new 3D Touch and Live Photos features but concluded that I wanted an iPhone with a larger screen, a better camera, and less pink, so I swapped it for a space gray iPhone 6s Plus. Like the smaller 6s, the 6s Plus has 3D Touch and Live Photos, and both features are still as great on the bigger iPhone as they were on the smaller one. But the iPhone 6s Plus adds two features not found in the 6s and they make all the difference in the world to me.”

ACLU: Google is embarrassed by Android security, isn’t protecting vulnerable users like Apple’s iOS — The difference between encryption and security on iOS and Android isn’t just a technical issue but a “digital security divide,” according to the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. That’s because Apple secures its devices while Google leaves Android open to data collection and surveillance.

Canalys: almost seven million Apple Watches shipped in two quarters of availability — According to the Canalys research group Apple has shipped nearly seven million smart watches since launch, a figure in excess of all other vendors’ combined shipments over the previous five quarters. In the third quarter Apple was the only smart watch vendor to ship more than 300,000 units.

Windows Insiders can beta test Cortana for iOS — Users of Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows smartphones know that Cortana is actually a pretty good personal digital assistant. Like Siri on iOS, Cortana helps search devices, the cloud or the web for files or information, sets up reminders, and does other tasks at your command. Well, Microsoft has just opened up Cortana for iOS to a beta program, which means that the assistant will be coming to your iPhones and iPads soon.

Pangea Software’s game line-up brings retro gaming fun to the new Apple TV — The moment the new Apple TV launched, Pangea Software was ready with five games: Air Wings, Bugdom 2, Otto Matic, Nanosaur 2, and Nucleus. All of them bring retro gaming fun to tvOS with their colorful graphics and easy-to-learn-not-so-easy-master gameplay.