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15 tip Friday …


I know, I know: I missed two Five Tip Fridays in a row. The first one was both Good Friday and my birthday so I took the day off, and the second I was overseas with terrible internet.
So I’m making up for it today.

1/ Lock your iPhone camera’s exposure — You can force the Camera app to ‘keep’ an exposure setting, say if you want a certain part of the picture to be perfectly exposed but then you want to move your composition  without the camera auto-refocusing/exposing. Hold your fingertip down on whatever object you’d like to focus on instead of tapping on it (tapping sets your exposure/focus point). If you hold for a couple of seconds,’AE/AF Lock’ appear at the top of your camera window in yellow.
No matter where you move your device, the app will keep the same exposure and focus that you set (and won’t attempt to adjust for, say, changing light conditions) until you tap the screen again to turn the lock off.

2/ Set recurring alarms on iPad and iPhone — Open the Clock app on your iOS device, and then make sure you’re on the Alarm tab at the bottom. Now tap Edit at the top and touch an existing alarm, or select the plus button to configure a new one.
Here you can make changes as you see fit: rewrite the label to something that makes sense to you, switch up what sound (or song) plays when the alarm goes off and so on. But for this tip, tap Repeat. Here you can pick as many days as you want, and the app is smart enough to spell out what days you’ve chosen properly.
Now  when your alarm goes off and you slide on your device’s screen to shut it up, it’ll wake you again the next time it’s configured to (rather than turning the alarm off completely, as will happen when it’s not set as recurring). So you shouldn’t have to turn on your alarm each day, but if you’re paranoid, a quick swipe down on your screen to access Notification Center will confirm that it’s ready to go.

20150410_Password_Settings3/ Disable password requirements for free Apps — One of the new settings in iOS 8.3 is the option to not require a password for the “purchase” of free apps in the App Store. This means even with a passcode set you don’t have to bother with a password in iTunes for updates or free apps, only if it will actually cost you money. This is another convenience of the App Store that makes it easier to use, once you turn it on.
If you have Touch ID enabled, none of the settings will show up at all, so you need to go to Settings>Touch ID & Passcode to disable Touch ID. This is only temporary. Once Touch ID is off, go to Settings>iTunes & App Store>Password Settings (it’s right under your Apple ID) and you’ll see a new section on that page called Free Downloads. If you haven’t walked through these steps already, the option is likely green (for on) but also faded since you don’t have access to change it.
There’s a toggle there that says ‘Require Password’ and the text below it points out what the setting does. If you have it on, it says your free downloads will use the same password restrictions as purchases and In-App purchases (usually that means a password is required). If you turn that off, it says you won’t be asked for your password when you are downloading a free item. Yes!

4/ iOS Action buttons — When you’ve shared a web page you’re reading on your iPad with your Facebook friends, or zapped out an iPhone snapshot via iMessage, your first tap has probably been that little square button with the upward-pointing arrow – this is the Action button, and it comes in handy whenever you want to share, print, save, or otherwise interact with something on your iPhone or iPad, from photos to Notes to PDFs or click-worthy articles.
You can also choose which sharing and “actionable” buttons you want to appear. If you’re not interested in, say, Reading List you can easily tuck the Add to Reading List button out of sight.
Scroll a bit further on either row, though, and you’ll see an additional button: More. Tap it, and a new window will slide into view, displaying each Action button in a list.
To the right of each button, you’ll see a handle (it’s the button with two short horizontal lines). Tap and hold a handle, then slide it up or down to rearrange the buttons in the list—perfect for, say, scooting the “Add to Reading List” button to the very end of the row.

5/ Turn Action buttons on or off — Also under the More button, look for Action buttons with little switches next to them. Flip off a switch and that button disappears from the Action menu. Or flip on the switch for a button you haven’t discovered yet – for example, Save to Dropbox in the Photos app. (Not all Action buttons have switches, unfortunately.)

6/ Context-Sensitive Action buttons — The more apps you have, the more Action buttons are added to your Share Sheet. Dropbox users, for example, won’t see a Dropbox button when they tap the Action button in Safari because that’s irrelevant to Dropbox.

7/ Assign photos to contacts — When you receive a phone call from a friend or relative, why not see at a glance who is who’s calling? In your Photos app, tap the Share button at bottom left, and select Assign to Contact. Your contact list appears – just tap the name of the person you want to assign the contact to. Not you can spread your fingers apart to zoom in to some extent and, which your fingers,  ‘move around’ in images to pick individual faces out of group shots.
You can change this in the Contacts app at any time: tap the Edit button at upper right, and tap Edit Link just below the image.
(By the way, any images you assign to contacts will also be picked up and displayed by your Apple Watch, should you end up with one.)

Mail's Gear icon is the key to figuring out how big Mailboxes are
Mail’s Gear icon is the key to figuring out how big Mailboxes are

8/ For OS X: Get the size of Mailboxes — One of the downsides of email is that, if you’re not diligent about keeping your mailboxes tidy, you end up with a lot of old stuff. Those emails take up space both on your computer if you’re using Mail, and on the server (at your Internet Service Provider) that your messages are passing through. However, Mail has a pretty handy way to see which mailboxes are using up the most space.
Open Mail and then click the gear icon in the lower-left corner. Choose Get Account Info from the menu that appears.
In the subsequent window, you’ll see a drop-down menu at the top. By default, the account chosen will be from whatever server-side mailbox you had selected in the sidebar in Mail  before clicking the gear icon. I find it’s easier to just choose the correct one from this dialog box, so swap that drop-down to the account you’d like to get the sizes for, then select the Quota Limits tab (or Messages on Server if you’re using Exchange).
You’ll get a neat list of the mailboxes associated with that account and their sizes. You can click the headers at the top of the list to sort by name, size, or number of messages, too.

Woa, nearly a GB of Mail in my iCloud account! Since they're backed up in Time Capsule, I'm just going to delete half of them starting from the oldest.
Woa, nearly a GB of Mail in my iCloud account! Since they’re backed up in Time Capsule, I’m just going to delete half of them starting from the oldest.

9/ See OS X Messages delivery times — As you may know, you can tap, hold, and pull to the left within Messages under iOS 7 and iOS 8 to see what time any specific text was sent. If you also use the Messages app on your Mac, though, there’s a way to get your dates and times there, too: simply hover your cursor over any text within Messages and a tiny tooltip appears with the info.

10/ Sort Messages conversations manually — Choose Sort Conversations from the View menu and you can change it to Manually instead of By Time. Once chosen, you can just drag the conversations up and down in the left Conversations pane of Mac OS Messages. Now you can keep your Messages threads from jumping around and arranging themselves by date, and keep the most important conversations at the top.

11/ Numbers — A great Numbers feature (apart from that it can both open and write Excel files) is being able to select cells and see stats on my selection at the bottom of the window. Numbers, in  case you didn’t know, is Apple’s spreadsheet app and it’s already on every new Mac produced in the last year.
You can customise what functions appear by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom of the window and choosing from the menu that’ll appear.
You have to have more than one cell selected to see this option, so if the bottom of your window appears blank, click-and-drag to select a few cells first. One thing you can do with those quick calculations is pick them up and drop them into cells to add the chosen formula there.

12/ Customise your Finder icons — Icons in OS X can be anything you want. Do you want famous race cars to represent all your folders? No problem. Have a research project where each file should be represented by celebrities? OK. Once you’ve found an icon you’d like to use, here’s how to use it on your Mac. These instructions work in all recent versions of OS X, including Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and even earlier.
First, find the image you want to use and open it in Preview. Go to Edit>Select All (the shortcut is Command-A), then Edit>Copy (or Command-C). Now that image is on the clipboard (you can also choose part of the image by ragging, then choose Command C to copy).
Next, switch to the Finder and click once on the folder/app/file you want to change. Go to File>Get Info and the info panel will pop up, displaying the icon in the top left corner of the panel.
Click on the small icon at top left, and then go to Edit>Paste. Your icon will be updated. This works on folders, files and even drives.
But where to find those icons? Actually there are a lot of sources. Notable is the icon section of Iconfactory.

13/Colourise folders really easily — This is more a cheat than a tip, as it requires buying an app, but I really like the little, cheap, easy-to-use Folderol app (NZ$4.99) which lets you colourise folders behind the limited Finder Tag selection. You just drag-and-drop a colour onto a folder, and you can customise the colours.

14/ Apply filters in the new Photo app — Open Photos, double-click on an image, and tap on Edit button at top right. Amongst the tools that appear you’ll see the Filters option. Click the filter form the list at right that appears and click Done. Done.

15/ Previewing Safari links — If you’re using a trackpad on your Mac and you have System Preferences>Trackpad>Point & Click>Look Up toggled on, you can use a three-finger tap on a link to preview it in Safari. This is handy in Google searches, as you can preview the site results to figure out how relevant they are before you navigate away from the search page.
After you check out the preview window, just click it to open the page in a new tab, or click away to dismiss it and move on to something else.

5 Tip Friday x2 — Mac and iOS double dose


It’s been a while, since I have been travelling, so here’s a double dose to help make up for it.

You can always boost your icloud storage, but remember the prices are monthly
You can always boost your icloud storage, but remember the prices are monthly

1/ iCloud Drive — iCloud has been vastly improved in Yosemite, turning it more into a Dropbox and Google Drive competitor. iCloud Drive is in the Finder, and it works in a very straightforward way: drag a file into iCloud Drive and it’ll be available on other iOS devices, as well as via the web. Make changes to a Pages document on your iPad and it’ll be there when you get back to your Mac.
You get 5GB of free storage, but for NZ$1.29 per month you can bump that up to a decent 20GB. For NZ$4.99 monthly you’ll get 200GB, and 500GB will set you back NZ$12.99 a month, and for NZ$24.99 a month, 1TB. (To buy more, which I never do, preferring to manage my storage, open System Preferences, select iCloud and click Manage Storage.)
This Apple Insider post takes you into more detail on iCloud Drive across all devices.

2/ Turn Dashboard back on — By default, Dashboard, the area widgets where used to sit, is turned off in Yosemite. But it’s easy to turn it back on. Open System Preferences, then Mission Control and flick Dashboard to ‘on’.

3/ Get Enhanced Dictation — Apple still hasn’t built Siri into OS X, but the Dictation tool is handy for taking down quick notes with your voice. In Yosemite, not all the Dictation features come pre-installed; you have to download them. It’s simple enough, though – open System Preferences, click the Dictation tab and tick the Enable Enhanced Dictation box. The 422MB download allows offline use, plus continuous dictation.

4/ Use Dictation Commands — With this feature, you can control quitting programs, selecting words, and moving your cursor around with just your voice.
First, enable Enhanced Dictation as above, since the commands won’t work without that on. Now in System Preferences choose Accessibility and scroll down to click on the ‘Dictation’ tab from the left-hand list. You will see the ‘Dictation Commands’ option in the right-hand pane. Click on that to see what choices you’ve got.
Whenever you invoke Dictation under Yosemite (which you’ll do by pressing the shortcut for that, listed under System Preferences> Dictation & Speech> Dictation), you can speak those listed commands to do things like select text, copy and paste, undo an action, and so on. And if you tick the checkbox labeled “Enable advanced commands” at the bottom of that window, you can switch between apps, quit programs, minimise windows, and more!

You can change the sound your Mac makes when your iPhone rings
You can change the sound your Mac makes when your iPhone rings

5/ Change your Mac’s Facetime ringtone in Yosemite (OS 10.10x)— Yes, it’s possible! With 10.10 on your Mac and iOS 8 on your device, your Mac now ‘rings’ when your iPhone does. Open FaceTime (if it’s not in your Dock, it’s in your Applications menu) and from the menus at the top of your screen, choose FaceTime> Preferences.
In the Preferences window, the ‘Ringtone’ drop-down is near the bottom of the ‘Settings’ tab. Switch that to whatever you like, there are loads to choose from.
If you’ve set specific ringtones for any of your contacts, they will override this default preference, but everyone else will trigger the sound you picked here.

5 iOS tips …
1/ Since you’re now dictating with your Mac, here’s how with iOS — Here’s a visual guide to the current dictation shortcuts in Siri. (If you’ve used voice recognition software before, a lot of these will be familiar.)

2/ What’s playing? Apple integrated Shazam into iOS 8, which means that you can have your iPhone name tune (most tunes, anyway – it’s not so good with stuff like Captain Beefheart) you hear playing.
Start up Siri (press and hold the home button) and say something like ‘What’s the name of this tune?’ or ‘What’s playing?’ – and let Siri listen. Provided the tune is clear enough, and there’s not too much foreground chatter, your iPhone should establish what’s playing and provide a link to the iTunes listing.

3/ Siri can direct you home — Boot up Siri by holding in the Home button for a few seconds, then say ‘Take me home,’ and it’ll use Apple Maps (which is totally fixed and useful now, please note) to get turn-by-turn directions back to your house.
You’ll need to ensure you have an address listed for Home in your Contacts app, but even if you don’t, Siri will offer a shortcut to do so.

4/ Photos before and after — When editing photos in the Photos app (choose a photo and tap the Edit button at top right) , tap and hold the image to see how it looked originally. Release to snap back to your current edit – a great way to compare and contrast what it was to what it will be.

5/ Quickly complete web addresses in Safari — Press and hold the full stop key on the keyboard in Safari when inputing an address and you’ll bring up a list of internet address suffixes, like .com, .co.uk, and the like. Release your thumb over the one you want to insert it into the address.

—Business-boosting tips — Do you want your business boosted by giving your workers greater productivity? Book me for my 60 Mac tips in 60 minutes, or 60 iOS tips in 60. It’s a fun presentation, it’s over in 60 minutes and everyone walks away with a tip sheet they can refer back to. Groups up to 50, no problem. This will revive workplace productivity and make your devices more fun, less threatening and raise the knowledge of your staff.

Blockbuster Apple, Turkish Store, Safari, dance, Civ competitor, Snapselect, NetSpot Pro, ad, battery life


Apple's Store in Turkey is described as 'the Glass Lantern'
Apple’s Store in Turkey is described as ‘the Glass Lantern’

Apple’s blockbuster winter quarter boosted by cheap oil, dinged by strong dollar — Apple’s final quarter of 2014 is expected to set dramatic new records in iPhone sales and overall profits, but external issues out of the company’s control will also play a part, ranging from cheaper oil to declining foreign currencies.

Apple’s Zorlu Center store in Istanbul wins design and engineering accolades — When Apple works closely with both architect and engineer on flagship retail stores, the result can be magical. That’s the case with the Apple Store Zorlu Center in Istanbul, Turkey (pictured above), which won a pair of awards at The Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE) Structural Awards 2014.

Apple releases Safari 8.0.2 to fix issues related to iCloud Drive & Keychain — Apple on Thursday issued a minor update for its Safari Web browser for OS X, fixing issues related to syncing history across devices, as well as saving passwords in iCloud Keychain. [If you don’t have it yet – boot Safari and choose About Safari from the Safari menu to see if it’s 8.0.2 or not – just launch the App Store and click Updates.]

Art+Tech: Sunday MASS art dance party taps Mac apps for 3D projection mapping — San Francisco artist Elliott C. Nathan has been collaborating with visual effects designers and DJs to host an ongoing Sunday Mass dance party throughout 2014. Behind the art, there’s a series of Mac and mobile iOS apps working to enhance visuals and organise the event.

Endless Legend Civilization competitor makes a stale genre feel new — Endless Legend is a fantasy-themed 4X game that plays out fundamentally similar to Civilization V. But Endless Legend makes four key tweaks to the formula that dramatically change how the game plays, and mostly for the better.

Snapselect for Mac solves a nightmare for photographers — Snapselect for OS X from MacPhun Software is a very clever and tremendously useful app just released on the Mac App Store. On sale for US$14.99 (40% off for a brief time) the app finds your photos in folders, iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, and even on SD cards that are plugged into your computer.

NetSpot Pro analyses & troubleshoots your Wi-Fi network — NetSpot Pro is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool, which allows for collecting, visualising and analysing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook. It’s currently on special for a couple of days US$19. [It’s great.]

Apple releases new holiday advertisement, The Song — Apple has released a tear jerker of an advertisement that features a young woman and her grandmother. In The Song, a musician granddaughter stumbles upon a holiday love song her grandmother sent to her husband, the young woman’s grandfather, when they were apart for the holiday season in the early years of their marriage. Captured by the emotion of the tune, the granddaughter adds her vocals and accompanying music to the song, which she leaves on an iPad mini for her grandmother to hear.

Life in your battery — MacObserver tells you how to work out how much life is in your MacBook battery.

[Sorry … this news is erratic at the moment but I have been working in Europe the last week and time differences, schedules etc …]

Garage myth, disruptive, iPhoto calendar, Safari, song deletion, hood, I’m away


iPhoto lets you build calendars as well as books.
iPhoto lets you build calendars as well as books.

Wozniak: Apple’s famed garage start is only a myth — If you cherish the idea of Apple being created in a meager garage in suburbia California, then this is not the post for you. Speaking with Bloomberg’s Brandon Lisy, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak put a pin in that story when he told Lisy the garage is nothing but a myth and was not significant to the making of the first Apple computer.
According to Woz, the bulk of the work on the first Apple computer actually was done in his cubicle at Hewlett Packard. [Hmm, true, a cubicle at HP isn’t quite the stuff of legends, is it?]

Apple named 10th-most disruptive idea in the past 85 years by Businessweek — The computer company started in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has been named one of the most disruptive ideas in the last 85 years by influential magazine Businessweek, beating out modern-day essentials such as GPS, credit cards, and the modem. [‘Disruptive’ used to be a bad thing.]

Apple rolls out Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1 and 6.2.1 with security fixes, Firefox data import — Apple has pushed out a batch of updates for its flagship Safari Web browser with security patches, fixes for iCloud issues and improvements like the ability to import data from Firefox.

Apple secretly deleted rival’s music files from consumer iPods — Arguing for consumers in a class action iPod lawsuit against Apple, Attorney Patrick Coughlin accused the Cupertino company of deliberately deleting music files dowloaded from competing music services. These files were removed from customer’s iPods without their knowledge or consent between 2007 and 2009, reports the Wall Street Journal.

How to make beautiful calendars with iPhoto — For an incredibly meaningful gift, look no further than a wall calendar hand-crafted in iPhoto. Apple’s calendars are nice and big, beautiful, and affordable—$29 for a gift that lasts 12 months! [Better get onto it – ship times slip before Christmas and I’d allow at least 15 days.]

If it goes into production, it weighs just 38 grams.
If it goes into production, it weighs just 38 grams.

Lightweight Loplin Hood designed to shade your MacBook screen — Whether you’re tired of having those other people in the Starbucks sneaking a peek at your screen or just don’t like the glare and reflections you get sometimes, a team from Germany has a possible solution for you on Kickstarter. Called the Loplin Hood, the campaign is for an ultra-lightweight hood that covers the sides and top of your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, attaching magnetically in a few seconds.

I’m gone — Sorry, my friends, I am away from this afternoon until after Christmas. I’m heading past the wall ice-wall to the north where things are frozen, but people are warm. People being warm will hopefully include me. I will try and keep things updated for your NZ breakfasts but sometimes it just won’t be possible. I will do my best – I do value your patronage.
There won’t be Futurology this weekend or a December MagBytes; they conflict with both long flights and Christmas in the second case, I’m afraid. There will be an additional early January MagBytes to compensate. I will post five tips coming up today, though, before I start packing.
All the best until I post for Monday, wifi allowing, from Holland.

Yosemite Mail feature explained, Safari, and more Apple tips (new MagBytes tonight)


With Yosemite you can mark up attached images and PDFs directly in Mail message windows. You need to know where the activator is (top) and when you choose Markup, you get these tools (bottom)
With Yosemite you can mark up attached images and PDFs directly in Mail message windows. You need to know where the activator is (top) on attached files. When you choose Markup, you get these tools (bottom)

OS X Yosemite: Mail’s Awesome new Markup feature — Maybe you’ve heard that you can now mark up certain types of files right from Mail, without having to open them into Preview and annotate them as a separate step. When you’re composing a message in Mail and you attach an image or a PDF, hovering over the file with your cursor will reveal a small drop-down arrow at the upper-right corner. Click that and choose “Markup,” and you’re on your way.

What happened to the Favorites bar in Safari? The Favorites (sic) bar isn’t gone if you’ve installed Yosemite, it’s just hidden until you reactivate it. Drop the View menu, select Show Favorites Bar.
More tips? Today a new MagBytes comes out. If you’re not on the email notification list (you just ask me by email to be on it), just check back on this site tomorrow and click MagBytes Newsletter on the right and download it.

Five Tip Friday — Safari on iOS for iPhone and iPad


Searching inside web pages in Safari for iOS on iPhone
Searching inside web pages in Safari for iOS on iPhone

1/ Finding specific text on a lengthy web page — To search a webpage for some specific text (which you can do on the Mac with Command F any time you are on a web page), tap on the location bar and enter the term you want to find, then scroll down to the bottom to find the On This Page heading. Safari will tell you how many matches there are for that text. Tap the entry and it will even let you quickly jump through them, highlighting each instance in yellow.

2/ Reopen tabs you’ve closed — Just tap and hold on the New Tab button in the toolbar and you get a pop-up menu listing all of your recently closed tabs — it’s way faster than trying to get to Safari’s History listing. Tap any of the tabs in this list to load them once again.

3/ Coping with tab proliferation — If you’ve ever had tab proliferation strike, you know it’s a pain to go through and close all those sites one by one. There’s an easier way: tap on the location bar and then tap the Private button just above the keyboard. You will be prompted to either keep your current tabs or close them all. Tap Close All and then tap Private again to return to normal browsing.

4/ Make hidden text visible — If half the text is hidden in caption text (also called “alt text”), from iOS 7 onwards, you can simply tap-and-hold on any image to bring up a popup that includes that extra text.

5/ Privacy and security — To modify the security settings of Safari on your iOS device, tap Settings and choose Safari.
To enable or disable Anti-phishing, turn Fraudulent Website Warning on or off. (Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to steal your personal information, such as passwords, account information or user names. A fraudulent website masquerades as a legitimate one, such as a bank, financial institution, or email service provider.)
When on, the Anti-phishing feature in Safari shows an alert if the site you’re visiting is suspected as a phishing site.
To visit sites without making history, turn Private on or off in Safari: tap Safari, then tap in the lower-right corner on the multiple-tabs icon (2 superimposed rectangles).
The word ‘Private’ appears at bottom left – just tap it. When Safari for iOS is in Private mode, the bar along the top of Safari turns black. This mode protects your private information and blocks some websites from tracking your behaviour. Safari won’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.