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Five tip Friday ~ The Calendar App and iCloud

1/ Edit appointment details using the Calendar Inspector in macOS Sierra — The Inspector window appears when you add a new event, or double-click on an existing event in the Calendar app in macOS Sierra, or click and event once and choose Command-e.
Inspector shows you all the details of your events, including who’s invited, and where and when you want the event to occur. Start typing an address and Calendar suggests matching locations. Start typing the name of a contact in your Address Book and Calendar suggests matching names based on contacts you’ve entered in the Contacts app.
You can even see your event locations on a miniature map in the Inspector. (If you click this mini map, the Maps app opens a full size view.)  The mini map includes an estimate of the travel time to your appointment destination from your current location in the event Inspector as well as the weather forecast for that day. (For travel time estimates, directions and weather, you need to turn on Location Services in System Preferences.)

2/ Use your iCloud account in macOS Sierra’s Calendar app — iCloud is included with macOS. Once you sign up for your free iCloud account, you can push calendar updates across your devices, share your iCloud Calendar, and see your calendar on the iCloud website.
If you have an iCloud account , you can use iCal to access and manage your iCloud calendars. If you set up the iCloud Calendar service on several devices and computers, your iCloud calendar and reminder information is kept up to date on each device and computer.
Set up your iCloud calendar account from System Preferences to see your iCloud-based calendars in the Calendar window. In the System Preferences app, click iCloud and sign in.
If this is your first time signing in from this computer, you’ll be asked if you want to use iCloud for contacts, calendars, and bookmarks. Make sure that the calendars option is selected (checked), then click Next.
If you’ve previously signed in to iCloud, you’ll see a list of iCloud services – select the check-box next to Calendars to have them sync.

3/ Add calendars to macOS Sierra’s Calendar from other services besides iCloud — You can use your iCloud account in macOS Sierra’s Calendar app to add an event, and this appears as if by magic on all your other Apple devices linked to that same Apple ID. But you can also add appointments from other popular services to your calendar in Calendar app, including Exchange, CalDAV, Facebook, and Yahoo:
Choose Apple Menu () > System Preferences.
Select Internet Accounts.
Click the Add Account (+) button at the bottom of the window.
Choose the account type you want to use, and enter your account credentials.
Make sure the option Calendars is selected (checked) to display the events associated with this account in the Calendar app. [These three Calendar tips came form the Apple World Today.]

4/ iCloud Drive and syncing iWork documents to your iOS devices — Those files aren’t necessarily being stored on your iPhone or iPad. Meaning that if you’re out and about, heading into a bad cell area may cause you to lose access to said files. Which is a bummer.
To check out what your situation, just open any of the iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, or Keynote) on your iOS device. When you do so, you’ll see a list of your documents of that type. If some of the files are in iCloud but aren’t downloaded, you’ll see a tiny cloud icon on those.
Of course, you can tap to download any one you’d like, but if what you really want is to keep all documents of that kind on your iPhone or iPad at all times, head over to your Settings. Scroll down until you see the section for the app you’d like to download stuff for and tap it.
Within that, look for the “On-Demand Downloads” toggle.
Turn that OFF, and everything you’ve got within that app will download so you can keep all your documents on your iPhone. This is great if you’re going on a trip and don’t want to use cellular data, for example, or if you just know you always need access to your spreadsheets. But be careful—I strongly suggest that you go into the app in question and make certain that the process has completed before you hit the road. You might even want to turn on Airplane Mode for the device and try to open a file or two. Paranoid? Heck, that’s just who I am. Almost a decade of tech support has traumatized taught me well.

5/ iSee the status of uploads in iCloud Drive — While we’re messing with iCloud,  you can turn on Finder’s Status Bar, the option for which is under the View menu click on the iCloud Drive option in Finder’s sidebar (shown above), and suddenly you’ll get a lot more information about your uploads.
Also turn the Path Bar on (View > Show Path Bar, shown below). This is helpful if you’d like to have a trail of breadcrumbs, so to speak, leading back within the folder structure you’ve navigated through – this appears at the bottom of folder windows. Any of the location icons in the Path Bar are double-clickable, as well, to return you to someplace you’ve been. Useful if you tend to drill way deep down into folders and then forget where you came from! Not that I ever do that myself, oh no.

macOS Sierra, Campus2 tour, Microsoft gets Linkedin, WWDC numbers, iCloud drive …


Apple rebrands OS X as macOS, announces Sierra with Siri, plus focus on Continuity & iCloud — Apple has announced it will rebrand its OS X platform as macOS with an update coming later this year, dubbed Sierra, with an emphasis on syncing data and settings through the cloud, and the debut of Siri on the Mac. Here’s Apple’s actual press release.

New Apple Campus 2 tour highlights ‘breathing’ concrete, glass panels, power tech and more — A new tour of Apple’s Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, due to start operations in early 2017, offers a close-up glimpse of the building’s progress, and some of its unique architectural details. [Hasn’t it been renamed ‘campusTwo’?]

Microsoft buys professional social networking service LinkedIn for $26.2B — Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction worth $26.2 billion, bringing more than 433 million members of the social networking site under the Redmond, Washington, company’s banner.

WWDC Numbers — In his opening statements at the Worldwide Developer Conference keynotes, Apple CEO said that Apple now has 13 million Apple developers. Apple now has over 2M apps in App Store, paid nearly $50B to developers.
And Apple has placed eighth on NSHSS’ 2016 Millennial Career Survey.

iCloud Drive improved — The updated version of iCloud Drive will automatically store your Mac’s older documents in the cloud, Apple officials announced Monday, making room on your hard drive for new and recently used files.

New hardware … nothing yet! I’ll keep you posted.

New iPhone ads, faster than Androids, new touch? iOS 9’s Split View, restoring from iCloud, iCloud Drive

Lots of new iPhone ads are out in the wild
Lots of new iPhone ads are out in the wild.

 99% of People Who Have an iPhone Love Their iPhone — The second spot in Apple’s “If It’s Not an iPhone, It’s Not an iPhone” commercials is called Loved. The ad says: “This is an iPhone, and it comes with something different. 99% of people who have an iPhone…love their iPhone.” It features photos and videos of people in various forms of joyful expressions being shown on iPhone screens while another pushes the hardware and software. There are also new entries to the Shot on iPhone series.

GameBench shows iPhone 6 beats Galaxy S6 in game performance & better looking graphics — Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from last fall beat this year’s top Android flagship phones in a series of raw performance benchmarks. However, despite often having a pixel resolution advantage, Android phones also typically deliver worse looking graphics on top of being slower, as revealed by GameBench.

Rumour says Apple’s next-gen iPod touch will gain 64-bit A-series processor in July 14 launch — Apple is expected to launch an updated iPod touch very soon, a refresh that is likely to bring new colours and updated internals that reportedly include a move to a more recent 64-bit A-series application processor.

Hands-on with iOS 9’s slick new multitasking features for iPad — Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture will entice iPad users into getting stuff done — or at least pretend to.

How to restore your iPhone from an iCloud backup — Since the introduction of iOS 5 in 2011, Apple has provided a simple, yet powerful way to restore your iPhone from a previous iCloud backup via either iTunes on a Mac or directly on the device itself. AppleInsider takes you through the process step-by-step.

Hands-on with iCloud Drive, a brand-new app in the iOS 9 public beta — iOS 9 has an optional iCloud Drive app that makes is much easier to access your iCloud Drive files.

App Store refresh, IBM AppleCare, widgets, iCloud Drive, Lego Movie Game

The Mac App store goes flat (visually) – it's still by far the best place to hunt for Mac software
The Mac App store goes flat (visually) – it’s still by far the best place to hunt for Mac software

Apple launches refreshed Mac App Store designed for OS X Yosemite — Apple is rolling out a redesign of its Mac App Store with new flat graphics, thinner font styles and a more open feel, in line with the latest OS X Yosemite release. The Mac App Store moves further toward a flat design aesthetic with the removal of shading and skeuomorphic assets like lighting effects left over from past Apple software.

New AppleCare for Enterprise website features IBM IT support, suggests imminent rollout — More than three months after Apple and IBM announced a partnership for business solutions, Apple has posted to its website a new AppleCare for Enterprise page touting onsite hardware repairs from IBM Global Technology Services, now a worldwide Apple Authorized Service Provider.

5 cool widgets for Yosemite’s Notification Centre — With Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has largely left Dashboard behind. Instead, it’s replaced the tired apps that once lurked to the left of the home screen with polished and useful widgets in the updated Notification Center. To access these widgets, just click on Notification Center in the top-right of the Mac’s menu bar or, if you’re using a trackpad, swipe left with two fingers from the right edge and, in no time, you’ll be checking the weather, performing some quick math or zipping through your email.

iCloud Drive is backing up files you haven’t saved yet — The line between local and remote storage started blurring long ago…

Pixelmator 3.3 with support for 5K iMac, Handoff, Repair extension, more — Popular image editing software developer Pixelmator on Thursday released version 3.3 of its eponymous Mac app, bringing a host of new functions that take full advantage of Apple’s latest OS X Yosemite features.

LEGO Movie Game comes to the Mac — The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop. It’s NZ$38.99.

Yosemite file transfers, iCloud Drive and Back to My Mac


OS X has the tech built in to let you access your own Mac remotely from another
OS X has the tech built in to let you access your own Mac remotely from another

How to transfer data from your old computer to a new Yosemite Mac — Christopher Breen recommends  to do things as Apple intended and use Migration Assistant. This will require your friend to put the old drive back where he found it (inside the old Mac), or connect the enclosure to the old Mac and boot from it. [But it may not work in Australia if Tony Abbott has anything to do with it.]

How to use iCloud Drive — Prior to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iCloud’s file storage was sandboxed, meaning that you could only access files created with a specific application by that application. You could launch Pages and access the Pages files you stored in the cloud, but you couldn’t use that same app to open TextEdit files stored in iCloud. Luckily, Apple has changed the way iCloud manages files.

How to access your Mac remotely — There will undoubtedly be times when you are away from your Mac but need to access a file or two on it. Configuring Back to My Mac isn’t difficult. Just follow these steps

Cook to open conference, Apple releases iCloud Drive for Windows PCs

Apple CEO Tim Cook turned up in person to open the Palo Alto Apple Store for iPhone 6 sales.
Apple CEO Tim Cook turned up in person to open the Palo Alto Apple Store for iPhone 6 sales.

Tim Cook to launch WSJDLive Conference — The Wall Street Journal announced Friday that Apple CEO Cook would headline its inaugural WSJDLive conference, the apparent successor to D, the conference that was headed by tech journalist luminaries Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Cook will be interviewed at the event, which takes place from October 27-29 at the Montage in Laguna Beach, CA.
Cook opened the doors of the Palo Alto Apple Store to kick off iPhone 6 sales last week (pictured, above).

Apple releases iCloud Drive for Windows PCs — Mac users are better off waiting for OS X Yosemite to drop before upgrading to iCloud Drive, but iOS 8-toting Windows users are cleared for takeoff. Apple recently released an upgraded version of iCloud for Windows loaded with iCloud Drive.