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Five Tip Friday ~ Safari on Mac

Safari tips, and make your cursor easier to spot in System Preferences>Accessibility)

1/ Quick address changes — If you’re looking at one site and you wish to visit another, you don’t have to click within the address bar, highlight it and then delete the existing address. Hold down the Command key, and while it’s held down, press the L key and  it highlights the current address. Immediately enter the new one.
It’s also unnecessary to enter ‘http://’ or ‘www’. Simply enter the domain, such as macworld.com, and then press Return to go to that site.
(If you want to always see the full address, choose Safari > Preferences> Advanced and then turn on Show full website address, as Safari no longer shows this by default).

2/ No squinting necessary — If the web page content is too small to read, you don’t have to squint; you can enlarge it by pressing and holding Command and then tapping the + key on your keyboard (Command – [minus or dash] reduced size).
To enlarge the text but not the images, choose View > Zoom Text Only.
To specify a minimum font size for Safari to use, choose Safari > Preferences > Advanced and enter a larger size in the Never use font sizes smaller than field (it’s visible in the screenshot above). Anything over 14 will be eminently readable.

3/ Using Reader View — Ads are necessary to the monetary health of many websites, but they can make it difficult to focus on reading — especially when they blink or talk back to you. Happily, you can eliminate all that by clicking the icon at the far left of the address bar (it looks like four tiny lines). Then Safari enters Reader View.

4/ Share web pages easily — To share a page with somebody else, choose File > Share > Email This Page and Safari opens a fresh email, puts the headline into the subject field and inserts a link to the page in the message body. (Safari helps you send additional webpages to recent recipients by adding their names to the bottom of the Share menu.)
In the email message, use the Send Web Content As menu to choose between sending a link, the whole webpage, a PDF, or the webpage in Reader View. (The last three options keep your recipient from having to click the link to see the content.) Reader View sends a distraction-free webpage to your recipient. (These tips came from Lesa Snyder at Macworld. There are a couple more on the page.)

5/ Keep losing your cursor? No more — The current display trend is towards much higher resolutions: 4K and 5K displays. At these native resolutions , everything is crisp, clear and .. tiny. It’s all too easy to occasionally lose track of the cursor whether or not you have El Capitan’s ‘Shake Mouse Pointer to locate’ enabled. (It’s found in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.)
By making the cursor just a bit bigger to begin with, one doesn’t have to engage quite as often with that (delayed) magnified cursor.

Five Tip Friday ~ Mac tips for Safari, typing and Notes


1/ Tabbed Browsing in Safari — You haven’t lived if you’re not using Tabbed Browsing in Safari, which lets you boot links from search pages into tabs along the top that you can then inspect at your leisure – way more efficient than going backwards and forwards trying to find the correct link from a search.
Assuming you are using tabs, here are some navigation tips. The pre-El Capitan option to use Command-1 through Command-9 for favorited bookmarks remains; after El Cap it has shifted to Command-Option plus a number to go beyond the first 9 tabs; the Command key by itself plus a number moves among the first nine tabs open.

2/ Jump a tab — You can use Control-Tab or Command-Shift-] to move from left to right among open tabs, one at a time, and Control-Shift-Tab or Command-Shift-[ to move from right to left. This includes pinned tabs (which sit at extreme left) which is a new feature introduced in El Capitan.

3/ Show All Tabs — Press Command-Shift-\ to review all open tabs  (or click the button that’s by default in the upper right corner of the Safari window), which are grouped by sites for adjacent tabs that have the same domain (like docs.google.com). Press the keystroke, click the button, or press Escape to exit the Show All Tabs view. Show All Tabs can be slightly more useful, too, if you enable Safari in the iCloud system preference pane and Settings>iCloud on two or more of your devices logged into the same iCloud account. Then, Show All Tabs will reveal all tabs open not just on your Mac, but also on other devices down at the bottom of the scrolling window. This isn’t part of Handoff, but a separate feature, and useful in a different fashion. (These tab tips came from Macworld.)

4/ Fixing double initial letters — DO you do THis? I do. To automatically make the second letter into a lowercase letter, Microsoft Office has a setting, but OS X offers this ability  system-wide as part of automatic spelling correction. This works in all of Apple’s programs and is available in other apps that take advantage of it. This autocorrect will drop in what OS X thinks is the ‘correct’ replacement as you type — it may sometimes be the wrong one if you’re using a specialised term or a special spelling, but generally, it’s the right choice.
In System Preferences, you can enable autocorrection in the Keyboard pane under Text. Check the Correct Spelling Automatically box. In individual apps, like TextEdit, Pages, or Mail, use the Edit > Spelling & Grammar sub-menu to make sure both Check Spelling While Typing and Correct Spelling Automatically have checkmarks. Many third-party apps have the same settings, picked up from the system.


OS X 10.11.4 Beta lets you protecting your Notes with a Password — One of the features in the beta of 10.11.4 is the ability to password-protect items in Apple’s Notes program– in other words, this will come to the public release of OS 10.11.4 once it’s available. In the Notes app for the Beta, there’s now an option to do so under the File menu. Select a note and click on that, and you’ll be asked to set a password and (optionally) add a hint.


There are a couple of important caveats here. The first is that any password-protected notes won’t show up on devices that don’t meet the requirements. So don’t add a password to a note you desperately need to sync to your iOS 9.2 iPhone as it will vanish from that device. Also, the password you’re setting isn’t just for the one item you had selected, but applies to all of the notes you password-protect from then on. The next time you try to apply a password to a particular note, you may be asked to enter the master one you set. And of course, you’ll need to put in that password whenever you want to actually read those notes in the future. So don’t forget it! A couple more tricks: if you need to take off the protection for a particular note, that option’s under the File menu; it’ll be labeled “Remove Password.” Also, under the Notes menu, you’ll find some useful choices like Set Shared Password.
There you can change the password you set, or you can reset it (which means that notes going forward will have a new password without changing the one you applied to previous notes).
You could also use the “Notes” menu to lock the already protected items.

Five Tip Friday ~ Locations in your service in iOS

SetLoc1/ Get a reminder when you arrive or leave — Say you have to stop at the ATM on the way home and pick up some cash for something. While you could set a reminder for when you’re about to leave the office, but there’s a decent chance you’ll see the alert, swipe it away, walk out the door, and forget it.
Instead, try a geotagged reminder. Open the Reminders app, add a new reminder by tapping the Plus button at lower left (“Get cash!”), tap the little information icon (the i in the circle to the right) and toggle on ‘Remind me at a location’, then pick a location — in this case, you may even be able to search on ‘ATM’ to find a nearby cash machine. In my example, I typed in ‘Mamata’ so I’d remember to get a pack of their delicious ginger and walnut biscuits from Mamata Bakehouse in West Lynn (as if I’d forget, but a reasonable example – but what’s really interesting is that Apple Maps has a pretty comprehensive list of local businesses even for Auckland New Zealand) … You can set the reminder to trigger itself when you arrive at a certain location, or as you leave it.

2/ Send your location via text — Say you’re trying to meet up with a colleague downtown, and all she needs to know is where you are. You could try describing your location in a text, but there’s an easier, faster and much more precise way. You can text your location to a friend (even an Android-using friend): within your message thread in the Messages app, tap the Details button in the top-right corner of the screen, then tap Send My Current Location. Your friend will get a text message with your map coordinates. If your pal is using an iPhone or iPad, a snippet of a map with your pinpointed position will appear in the actual message thread, whereas Android users get a link they can open with Google Maps.

3/ Let your friends know you’re on your way — The iOS Find My Friends app is a great way to keep track of your friends and loved ones. Once you’ve added some iOS-using people to your Find My Friends list (assuming they’ve given you the OK, of course), you can track their locations and even get alerts when they leave their current location or arrive at a new one.
But you can also set up your own ‘geofence’ to let fellow Find My Friends users know when you’re on the move: launch the Find My Friends app, tap Me at the bottom of the screen, then tap Notify Friends. Add some names in the To field, then pick a Send My Location option: Right Now, When I Leave, or When I Arrive. Tap “Other” if you want to specify a location other than your current position.
There’s another way to do it: go back to the main Find My Friends screen, tap a name in your friend list, tap the “More…” button, then tap “Notify [name of friend].” Once again, you can then pick an option: Right Now, When I Leave, or When I Arrive. If you, say, want your family to know (for example) each and every time you’re heading home from work, or your colleagues back from lunch or whatever, just toggle on the Repeat Every Time setting.

4/ Know when it’s time to go — You don’t want to be late for that big meeting in the city, but you don’t want to be stuck cooling your heels because you’re too early, either. When’s the best time to head out? iOS can pick a precise departure time for you. Make sure you’ve added a place in the event’s Location field. As you type, search results from the Maps app should begin to appear. When you see the right one, tap it. Now you’ve added a location, scroll down to the event’s Second Alert field, tap it, and select Time to Leave. (There’s a good chance that Time to Leave is already the default alert setting on your iOS device – you can check by tapping Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Default Alert Times.)
When the time is right (basically, depending on how long iOS thinks it’ll take you to drive to your destination, factoring in traffic) your iPhone or iPad will ping you about 15 minutes before it’s time to hit the road.
Unfortunately, there’s no custom setting if you’re planning on walking or taking public transit.
Fun fact: If you check a geotagged-event on the Mac version of the Calendar app, you’ll see the weather forecast for the specific time and place of the event.

RecentLocations5/ Keep iOS from tracking you — Your iPhone (or iPad) keeps a list of your “frequent locations”—specific places you’ve been spending a lot of time at lately.
You can check your own list of regular hangouts by tapping Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations, and you’ll probably find entries for your home and office, as well as anywhere else you’ve been visiting on a regular basis. You can even tap on a place and see long entries marking your visits, complete with times and dates. According to Apple, your “frequent locations” list helps “provide useful location-related information,” presumably like commute times, nearby restaurants and the like.
If you’d rather not have your iPhone or iPad keep such close tabs on where you’ve been, just tap the Clear History button and toggle off the “Frequent Locations” setting.

Additional tip — While you are in the Privacy Settings>System Services, you can turn on Status Bar Icon and then you’ll see whenever Location Services is requesting your location. This twitch is right down the bottom of the System Services list.

These tips came from PC World.

Five Tip Friday ~ iOS Mail can have signatures, and making space in iCloud

1/ Add a simple text signature to Mail for iOS — Unlike on Mac, you can only have one signature per email account on your iOS device. Choose Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Choose Signature and create your Signature

ComSig2/ Add a complex signature to Mail for iOS — You can take a signature, complete with image, that you have created on your Mac and use it on your iOS device. Just send yourself an email that contains the signature you want to use. In the email you receive, click on the signature, Select all, then Copy. Now Select Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Signature
If you already have a signature saved, delete it.
Then double tap to get the save options and select paste. It will remain in place until you decide to change it.

3/ Free up space in iCloud — Call me a Scrooge but I have managed to resist buying extra storage space in iCloud for years now, and I’m running three devices on the account. The first easiest way is to delete emails you have received with attachments in them, and easiest of all is to do this on your Mac as you can delete multiples at once.
Please remember that iCloud is essentially a folder on a hard drive somewhere that you access over the internet, with access privileges set to you via your email address and Apple ID password. 

4/ Delete iCloud backups to free up iCloud space — When a device is set to backup to iCloud, Apple automatically backs up data and settings stored locally on the particular device; it does not create a backup of data already stored in an iCloud account via Mac or iOS apps (from iOS 8.1, that includes iCloud Photo Library, shared photo albums, My Photo Stream, documents, contacts, calendars, mail, bookmarks, and notes).
iCloud backups include purchase history from the iTunes or App Store, app data, home screen and app organisation, iMessage/SMS/MMS text messages, device settings, and visual voicemail on an iOS device. But if you have multiple devices, old iCloud back-ups can quickly fill up their storage — particularly if they’re on the free (yay!) 5-gigabyte tier.
To delete an old iCloud backup from an iOS device, simply open the Settings app, and select iCloud, then select Storage. There’s a line graphic at the bottom of the following screen representing the amount of iCloud storage currently in use. Next, select the particular Backup to be deleted. Users with iCloud being used on multiple devices will have more than one.
Selecting particular old (and redundant) backups to delete (not the current one, obviously).

5/ Choose which apps back up — You can choose which apps back up, too – remember (and please note) that, unlike on Mac or PC where documents go into files and folders independent of the applications that create them, in most cases, iOS apps contain the docs they create within the originating apps – and these can be backed up. So disabling any non-essential apps from a backup frees up space within iCloud storage.
At the bottom of the Backup Info screen, there is an option to Delete the particular backup. Once the backup is deleted, the amount of available iCloud storage will increase in proportion to the size of the deleted backup. To delete an iCloud backup from a Mac, open System Preferences and select iCloud. Then, select the Manage button on the bottom right of the window.

Five Tip Friday ~ Photos for Mac is still finding acceptance. These tips should help.


1/ Using the Tilt Wheel to straighten images — When your horizon line is off-kilter, Photos’ tool is less obvious than it was in iPhoto but it’s still there. To straighten an image in Photos, first double-click on the image you want to correct, and then choose the Edit button at upper-right. When you do so, you’ll see your tools appear along the right side. Crop is the one you’re looking for. Within Crop you can drag the handles along the edges of your image to crop it, and use the buttons at the bottom to change the aspect ratio, flip the image horizontally, or let Photos attempt to straighten and crop your picture (by clicking the “Auto” button). But straightening the image yourself is pretty easy: when you’re in Crop mode, a small tilt wheel appear at the right side of your chosen photo (above).
Click and drag on that wheel to adjust the angle of your image, and use the helpful grid lines that appear to make your horizon (or verticals) straight.

2/ Compare images for before-and-afters — If you edit a picture (for example by applying a filter or adjusting colour, exposure etc), hold down the M key while you’re still in edit mode to see the original; release that key, and you can view your edited version for comparison’s sake. but  Crop an image and press M, and the program stubbornly refuses to show you the original (and you’ll hear a ‘you can’t do that’ alert beep for emphasis). Hopefully Apple will fix that …

ExportFrame3/ Exporting still images from videos — A new trick you can do with the new Photos program) is exporting frames from videos. The feature’s a bit hidden, but it’s still really simple. Start by double-clicking on any video to open it, and then click on the gear icon that’ll appear on the control bar. The option is called ‘Export Frame To Pictures’. This puts the frame into the Pictures folder in Finder, please note, and not into Photos’ Library.

4/ Other Gear choices in videos — There are some other handy choices: Trim is useful as is Reset Trim if you’ve gone wrong when you tried to edit. Set Poster Frame changes what thumbnail Photos shows on the selected video when you’re scrolling through your library, and the final option lets you swap back and forth between scanning and stepping controls to either step through a video frame by frame or scan forward and back in the more traditional manner.

5/ Smarter Smart Albums — Choose File>New Smart Album or press Command-Option-N once you’ve launched Photos on your Mac (note that you can’t create smart albums in Photos for iOS). In the sheet that appears, use the menus to pick criteria. Click “+” to add another row of criteria (to remove a row, click “-”). After adding a second row, use the Match menu to tell Photos to include pictures that match any of the criteria or all of it.
Tagging pictures and videos as a favourites causes Photos to tuck them into the Favorites [sic] album which is also a smart album. Unfortunately, after a few months of happy-go-lucky favoriting, the album gets bloated, so it’s no longer useful for finding stuff quickly. A solution is to track down favourites in specific albums. To do it, create a smart album that includes the criteria “Photo,” “is,” “favorite,” and then add another row that includes “Album,” “is.” Then, pick the album name from the third menu, and then set the Match menu to all.
Another way to tame a gigantic Favorites album is to locate favorites based on a certain time period. Create a smart album that includes the criteria “Photo,” “is,” “favorite,” add another row with “Date,” use the second and third menus to drill down to the date range you want, and then set the Match menu to all.
If you shoot with multiple cameras, you can create separate smart albums for each model. Create a smart album with the criteria “Camera Model,” “is,” “Canon 5D Mark III” (or whatever). Add another row to limit the album to a specific lens, date range, album (or several), favorites, and so on, and then set the Match menu to all.
If you spend a little time training Photos’ facial recognition feature, you can round up pictures of certain people (handy for slideshows and other projects). Create a smart album that includes the criteria “Face” and “is,” and then pick a face tag from the third menu. Add another row that includes “Face” and “is,” and pick another face tag from the third menu. Rinse and repeat until you include all the people you want in the album and then set the Match menu to any or all.
A smart album with the criteria “Photo,” “is,” and “tagged with GPS” gathers all your GPS-tagged images. Add another row of criteria, say, with “Text,” “includes,” “Manhattan,” with the Match menu set to all creates an album with all the pictures you’ve taken (and will take) in Manhattan, New York, excluding any that contain Manhattan elsewhere in their metadata—say, in a description describing the famous cocktail you enjoyed at dinner.
If you (wisely) use keywords and you frequently use the search field to find certain ones, create a smart album that gathers them instead. That way you get all the images that currently have the keyword(s), as well as any future images you apply those keywords to. So if you keyword your flower shots with flower, create a smart album with the criteria “Keyword,” “includes,” and “flower.” To find your macro flower shots, add another row with the criteria “Lens,” “includes,” and “Lensbaby Muse” (or whatever macro lens you use), and then set the Match menu to all.

There’s even more on this subject at Macworld.

Five Tip Friday ~ Photos on Mac and iOS

Show the Sidebar
Show the Sidebar

1/ Find your images on a map — With the Info pane visible (from the Windows menu, choose Info), any image, video, or multiple selection that contains geotagging information will appear on a map at the pane’s bottom. With nothing selected, the Info pane shows the coarse placement of all photos in your library. You can zoom in to see fine detail about where images are clustered, but there’s no way to select a moment from that map – an oversight that will hopefully get corrected one day.
When viewing moments, if there are one or more geotagged media items in the set, the label for that place or range of places appears as the moment name in bold. To the right of the moment’s name, a broader place name appears in fainter type. Click that, and a full-window map shows all the moment’s photos.

2/ Organisation versus iPhoto — If you aren’t seeing a list of albums and other special items at the left of Photos, choose View > Show Sidebar.

3/ Time increments for Moments — You can show larger increments of time, up to years, and click the location. You can opt to show in larger or smaller groups by checking or unchecking the Summarize Photos option in Photos > Preferences in the General pane. (Photos automatically identifies moments: there’s no way to override and create them yourself.)

4/ Share photos online on Mac and iOS — iCloud Photo Sharing is a private and secure way to share digital memories with certain people. When you create or subscribe to a shared album, it appears on all of your devices. iCloud Photo Sharing does not count against your allotted storage space for free iCloud accounts, so it’s free.
Turn on iCloud Photo Sharing on all your devices (this has nothing to do with iCloud Photo Library). In Photos for Mac, choose Photos > Preferences and in the iCloud pane, turn on iCloud Photo Sharing. On an iOS device, tap Settings and then scroll down until you see Photos & Camera. Give it a tap and on the next screen, tap the switch next to iCloud Photo Sharing (it turns green).
Creating (and adding content to) shared albums is mercifully simple: in Photos on Mac, select an album or some thumbnails. Click the share icon in Photos’toolbar and choose iCloud Photo Sharing. In the resulting sheet, click New Shared Album, and then on the next sheet, name the album and invite someone to subscribe to it by entering their name, email address, or cell phone number into the To field. In the Comment field, enter a description of the goodies you’re about to share.
When you’re finished filling out the all the fields, click Create. Your invitees promptly receive an email invitation to subscribe to your album. Once they click the Subscribe button in the email, the shared album appears in Photos’ Shared view on all the devices on which they’ve turned on iCloud Photo Sharing. Creating a shared album in Photos for iOS works the same way, though you can’t select a whole album for sharing: You have to select individual thumbnails instead (bummer!).
To like and comment on an item in a shared album in Photos for Mac, open the album, double-click a picture or video and then click the “+” icon that appears in the picture’s lower-left corner (it looks like a thought bubble). When you do, the comment sheet shown below appears. Click the smiley-face icon to like it, or click in the comment field and enter something pithy. Click Send, and Photos adds your comment to the list.
To like an image or add and view comments in Photos for iOS, tap to open the shared album, and then tap the picture itself to open it. Beneath the picture, you see controls that let you like the image, view comments, and add your own. To delete a comment, tap and hold your finger down on it, and then tap the Delete button that appears just above the comment. (There’s more on this at Macworld, by Lisa Snider.)

5/ Eight ways to get photos onto your Mac and iDevice — There are several convenient sidedoors into Photos that work whether the program is running or not. My favourite on Mac is Image Capture, an Apple app already on every Mac. Macworld has a rundown.

Five Tip Friday ~ Yosemite and the Photos app

Lots of extra features lurk under Photos' Adjust button
Lots of extra features lurk under Photos’ Adjust button

1/ Photo adjustments on Mac — This new program Photos might take a bit of getting used to. With Photos, we’ve got a lot of the same control of image editing we had in iPhoto, but it’s a bit more difficult to get to. As with iPhoto, you’ll double-click an image first, and then select the Edit button in the upper-right (or press Return).
The tools that appear should be pretty familiar. Most work the same way that they did under iPhoto, though the filters are now the ones included in recent versions of iOS.

2/ Finer edits with ‘Adjust’ — When you choose Adjust though, there is little slider under each one. To access the more advanced adjustments, you’ll hover over any of the categories, and when the drop-down arrow appears in the upper-right, click it to reveal more controls.

3/ Add more Adjustments — There are additional adjustments you can add with the Add button: if you often need Noise Reduction or White Balance, just add in those controls, then click Add again and choose Save as Default. Afterward, you’ll have your choices within the adjustments panel for every picture you edit.

4/ Advanced adjustments — Note that at the bottom of the list of adjustments you can add, there’s an Advanced section. Here are the precious Levels and White Balance controls.

5/ Undelete photos — With Photos on the Mac, the Recently Deleted album doesn’t seem to show up unless you know the trick to accessing it, that is. It’s hidden under File> Show Recently Deleted. Choose that, and you can either restore images you’ve removed or delete them permanently by selecting items and clicking the buttons in the upper right. Photos stay in this file for 30 days after you press that Delete key.

Five Tip Friday — Messages

Tap and hold on a Message to access the More button.
Tap and hold on a Message to access the More button.

The standard iOS Messages app you use daily for text messages, including sometimes photos and even videos, can do even more than you think.

1/ Forward a message to someone else — To forward a message, tap and hold it, select More, then tap the forward arrow at bottom-right.

Times2/ Find out when a text message was sent or received — Tap and hold a message, then drag it from right to left to reveal its time stamp.This can be very handy.

3/ Silence an annoying group thread — Open the message thread, tap Details, then flip the Do Not Disturb switch.Details

4/ Delete old text and picture messages automatically — An individual text message takes up a miniscule amount of data on your phone, but eventually, they all add up — particularly if there are pictures or video clips attached. Or you might be one of those people who constantly wipes messages and emails …
Luckily, Messages has a handy setting that deletes older text and picture messages automatically, perfect for keeping your phone’s storage from getting junked up with ancient threads.
Open Settings, choose Messages, scroll down and tap Keep Messages (under the Message History heading). Then just decide how long you’d like to keep old text messages before they’re deleted: for 30 days, a whole year, or (keep) forever.

5/ See all the photos and videos in a message thread — Messages for iOS 8 lets you view all the photos and video clips in a given message thread all at once.
Open a thread, tap the Details button in the top right corner of the screen, then scroll down to the Attachments section. Here you’ll find every picture, video clip, sound file or any other attachment you’ve traded with a fellow texter ready to be saved, forwarded, printed, or simply opened.

Five Tip Friday for Waitangi Day ~ some hidden iOS 8 features

This is late as it’s a holiday in New Zealand, but here are some cool, hidden iOS tips (https://macnzmark.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/5tf-for-ios8/).

There are all sorts of EQ presets, including the special Late Night option.
There are all sorts of EQ presets for music, and even a special Late Night option that works with video too.

1/ Found a lost iPhone? Siri can help you find its owner — There’s a way for you to be a Good Samaritan, and that way’s name is Siri. Simply activate Siri on the phone, as this can be done even if the device is locked,and ask Siri “who does this phone belong to?”
Siri will give you the owner’s contact information from phone number to email depending on the user’s settings. Now you know exactly how to contact the phone’s owner, earning yourself some karma in the process.

2/ Save your hearing with the Late Night EQ option — Within iOS, there’s a setting that’s been around since iOS 6: a special EQ option that compresses whatever audio you’re listening to so that the loud stuff will be quieter and the quiet stuff louder. With this, you don’t have to turn your volume up so much when you’re on public transportation or in some other noisy place. For podcasts or iTunes movies, it’s pretty handy.
Open the Settings app, and then tap Music. Under that heading is EQ: pick that. Here you’ll see all sorts of audio adjustments you could try, includingTreble Booster, Small Speakers and Rock. Most only apply to music you’re listening to, but Late Night works on video output, too.
Once you tap Late Night you’ll see the small checkmark appear next to it. Just remember to turn the EQ setting to another option when you’re wanting to listen to music.

3/ Hide iCloud iBooks — Sometimes under iOS 8 you don’t seem to be able to delete purchased books. When you try, you may see the book cover still there, except with a ‘download from iCloud’ symbol at the upper-right corner of the book. This is pretty annoying if you want to get rid of books after reading them. Here’s how to fix is: first go out to your main library view (by tapping Library if you’re in the middle of reading a book, or by tapping My Books at the bottom if you’re anywhere else). Then ‘All Books’ at top centre. On the next screen you’ll see your collections, but down at the bottom, the option you need is Hide iCloud Books.
Toggle that on, and you’ll only see the items you’ve actually downloaded to your device.

4/ Auto-delete old Messages — Once you’ve been using your iPhone for a while, you build up quite an archive of text messages. This can take up unnecessary space (do you really need those texts and pictures from two years ago?). iOS 8 now allows you to automatically delete these old messages after either 30 days or one year, potentially freeing up gigabytes of storage.
Tap Settings>Messages and scroll down to Message History – here you can select how long you’d like to keep your old messages: forever, 30 days or one year.

5/ Create custom repeating events in Calendar — Launch the Calendar app, create a new event, tap the Repeat setting, then tap Custom. Here, choose the frequency with which you’d like the event to repeat: daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.
Next tap Every, and make a selection: once a month, for example. You can choose twice a month, three times a month and so on.
Tap ‘Each’ if you want to create an event that repeats on a certain day, say, the 10th of each month, or tap ‘On the…’ to pick a specific day of the week, such as the first Thursday of every month.
Once you’ve made your selections, just back up to the New Event screen, then tap the Done button when you’re finished editing.

Five Tip Friday ~ some Mac OS X ‘Yosemite’ clarity.

Spotlight does more than find things
Spotlight does more than find things

Mac tips today:

1/ Spotlight does more than search; including converting from US dollars — By clicking on the magnifying glass in the upper-right corner of your screen (or press the keyboard shortcut ‘Command-Spacebar’), you can do conversions of many different types, from currency to cooking. For example, if you type in a dollar amount, Spotlight assumes US dollars but knows where you are and immediately displays the NZ equivalent (above). Or start with the British pound symbol (Shift-3).

2/ Convert more than currency — Some other conversions available are temperature (by typing in something like “85F” or “650K”); weight (“540oz,” “25kg,” or “23 stone”); and measurement (“54yd” or “567mm”). If there’s a specific conversion you’re looking for, you can try typing that in instead (ie 6 yards to centimetres’ or even “6yd to cm”, as this works with either abbreviations or with the typed-out words.

3/ You can merge Calendars — Sometimes you end up with too many calendars,l but you don’t want to lose any events. Assuming you have your Mac backed up, as we’d hate anything to go wrong (or at least that you have your Calendar backed up), Open the Calendar program. From the list on the left, select the calendar you’d like to export the events from to merge together. From the menus at the top, choose File>Export>Export (shown below).


Save the resulting file out somewhere on your Mac. Now, within Calendar, choose File>Import, and then pick the .ics file that you just saved out. A pop-up window will appear, asking you which calendar you’d like to import the events to. Select OK afterward, and you’re done – the events from your exported calendar will merge with whichever one you chose, and then you can safely delete the original calendar by selecting it from the sidebar and pressing Command-Delete.
(In older versions of OS X, this process would duplicate events onto the calendar you imported them to. Under Yosemite with iCloud, however, this now moves the events to the new calendar, so you’ll see them disappear from the original. To make sure you’ve gotten the events where you want them to go, you can deselect all but one calendar from your sidebar and examine them each in turn.)

4/ Swap files between user accounts — Some people have several ‘User Accounts’ set up on their Macs. That means several people (a couple, kids etc) can use the same Mac but keep their files separate, since you have to sign in to each account to see them. But how, if you don’t know each other’s passwords? Apple provides a Shared folder inside the Mac’s Users folder (found at the root level of the startup drive).
The Shared folder’s permissions are Read & Write, across the board.  Anyone can put (or copy, by Option-dragging) a file into here, and any other user can see and open it. This saves all that messing about with USB drives.

5/ Hide others — Often, you have so many things open, you can get a bit confused as to what you’re working on or even looking at. I love this simple command combo that hides everything except the ‘frontmost’ app – in other words, the app that’s running and using resources immediately, which you can see by looking at the app name next to the Apple menu at top left of your screen. This is it: Command-Option-H. In other words, while you are holding down Command and Option together, which I can do with my left thumb, press the H key. Instant clarity. This doesn’t quit anything else, it just removes them from view.

Five Tip Friday ~ iOS 8 security and privacy tips.

iOS 8 is now on 60% of all iDevices, and the 8.1.1 update ironed out all sort of problems and made it work properly on iPhone 4s, so here are some excellent tips for the Operating System.

Turn this on to have your iPhone or iPad send its last location as its battery dies.
Turn this on to have your iPhone or iPad send its last location as its battery dies.

1/ Using ‘Send Last Location’ — A  new security feature embedded in iOS 8 is called Send Last Location. This feature, when turned on, tell Apple where your device is right before its battery dies (assuming it has a Wi-Fi or cellular connection), so if someone’s taken it or it’s been lost, you can see where it last reported in. But this isn’t on by default. To turn it on, visit Settings iCloud on your iOS device, scroll down and touch Find My [Device].
Once you’ve done that, you should see the “Send Last Location” toggle. Your device will transmit its location as its battery is dying, possibly helping you recover what’s been stolen — or what’s hiding under your living room couch.

2/ Turn off Geo-Stamping of your photos — when you take pictures with your iPhone, you can see (in iPhoto and the Preview app, for example) exactly where that photo was taken on a map. Great for you, but what if you send that picture to someone else? It could be passed on hundreds of times – which means hundreds of people can do the same thing and see exactly where your lounge is when you took that picture of your big, shiny new TV or whatever. Or your kids … If you don’t want your photos populated with GPS coordinates in the EXIF data, go to Settings, choose Privacy, tap Location services, and turn them off for Camera. You can turn it back on any time.

3/ Control which apps access your Private Data — Some iOS apps need to access your personal data: a special camera app may want to access your camera roll; Skype may want to access all your contacts etc.
The iOS Setting for this is Settings>Privacy. At the top of this screen, ‘Location Services’ goes off to another page where you can define which apps get to know your location. 
If you tap on Contacts, you’ll be shown a list of apps that have asked for access to your Contacts list.
If you, at one time, granted access, say, when the app first launched, this is the place to revoke it. From time to time, the app may ask permission again. Apple places a limit on how many times a developer may pester you about that:  grant permission on an as-needed basis.
It’s probably a good idea to step through every app in that list and note which apps have been granted (or denied) access to your data.

Hide4/ Keep personal photos out of collections with iOS 8’s ‘hide photo’ feature — Apple’s ‘Collections’ feature for photos in iOS helps you keep track of memories and easily presents them when it’s time to show off: photos are automatically sorted into smart groups based on the time and location they were taken, making it a breeze to quickly find every picture you’ve taken in Florida or during December. But there may be pictures you want to keep, yet don’t want people to see. Let’s call them ‘personal’ photos.
iOS 8 makes keeping your personal photos out of your Collections quick and easy, in two quick steps: locate the photo you want hidden, select it, and hold down your finger on the image.
A hide option pops up. Tap it to confirm you’d like to hide the image.
The hidden image is left out of your Collections folder but it’s still viewable from the Albums portion of the Photos menu.
Now you can rest easy when displaying your Collection over AirPlay during the Holidays. If you take care to hide the right (or wrong, depending on your perspective) images, your family never has to know what you really did at the office Christmas party…

5/ Hide App Store purchases — Users who have enabled Family Sharing can also hide App Store purchases more easily in iOS 8. Previously, users had to launch iTunes on their Mac or PC to do this. But with iOS 8, users can hide purchases directly within the App Store application: choose the Updates menu and tap Purchased. If you have Family Sharing enabled, choose ‘My Purchases’ and downloaded applications — both free and paid — are listed. These can be sorted by ‘All’ or those ‘Not on This iPhone’.
Simply swipe an app to the right to display the red ‘HIDE’ option. Tapping this removes the application from the Purchased view. Easy.