Sep 10

 

Lots of websites are running articles about whether High Sierra will run on your current model Macintosh computer. The bottom line is, if your machine runs Sierra, it will run High Sierra. The hardware specs for High Sierra are exactly the same as for Sierra. But as usual I suggest you wait until the first update comes along before you upgrade. There are always a bugs in the first release.

If you are still running Yosemite, now might be a good time to upgrade to Sierra.

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Sep 04

If you use your macbook to listen to music, here’s a great tip. You can use your Apple remote (that comes with Apple TV or that you can buy separately on the Apple store) to turn the volume up and down and also to skip, pause etc. But firstly you need to pair the remote to your laptop. Here’s how.

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Aug 28

Over the past couple of months our family has discovered a strange little problem. Our emails have been getting mixed up! My daughters have been sending emails, but the replies have been coming to me. I have been sending emails, and they have appeared as coming from my wife. And in the worst case, some emails have been sent from a separate ical calendar that I don’t even check.

I have finally figured out what is happening, and I can’t believe I didn’t notice it earlier. Read on for what’s causing the problem and how to fix it!

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Aug 24

The home button is the button on the bottom of your iPhone that takes you back to the home screen. It requires a hard press to make it ‘click’. You can turn on a ‘soft’ equivalent button that appears on your screen. I can think of 3 reasons that you might want a ‘soft’ home button on your iPhone home screen:

  1. The home button on your iPad or iPhone has broken. (This is a common problem).
  2. You get sore thumbs from pressing the iPhone home button.
  3. You have switched from Android and prefer a ‘soft’ home button.

Here’s how to turn on a ‘soft’ home button on your screen.

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Aug 15

If you have an Android phone it’s very easy to copy files across to your Mac computer. Just download this OS X app from android.com and plug in your phone to your USB port. You can then manually copy files across.

You can download the app from here.

 

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Aug 03

An update on my Android vs iPhone experiment. At the start of this year I purchased a Google Pixel phone for review and I ended up keeping it because it was so good. So how am I feeling about it 6 months later? The novelty of the Google phone is wearing off but I still prefer it over the iPhone – just. I have however switched back to the iPhone simply because it’s easier to stay in the one ecosystem. It was educational to use an Android phone for 6 months.

In the end it doesn’t come down to hardware features like camera resolution or processor speed. It seems to be the small details that swing me one way or the other. Turning silent mode on and off. Getting back to the home screen easily. Copying a text. Changing a setting. The feel of typing. Apple and Google would do well to learn some lessons from each other in these areas instead of trying to outcompete in the larger areas.

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Jul 29

 

Here’s a great little trick I learned from my youngest daughters. If you are in the OSX mail app just hold down control-command-space and a window will appear full of emoji. Click any emoji and it will be added to your email. (Emoji are the little smiles etc that people put in emails. 😉)

Press control-command-space to bring up this list of emoji.

Once you have the emoji in your email, if you want to make it bigger, just select the emoji and press Apple ‘+’ to make the font bigger.

 

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Jul 24

That’s right, it’s the Commonwealth Bank. Currently there are 50 banks in Australia that support Apple pay but three out of the top four banks do not. Read on for which banks do and don’t support Apple Pay in Australia. Continue reading ⟩

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