— How to fix poor iPhone cell reception in your home and office — Do you have poor cellular coverage in your home or office? When you call people from your iPhone, do they ask you to repeat what you said, because the sound dropped out? Do they ask you to quit walking around– even though you’re sitting still? Do they say it sounds like you’re in a tunnel when actually you’re in your home? If you answered Yes to any of the above, you know how irritating these problems are. Fortunately, there is a… Continue Reading How to fix poor iPhone cell reception in your home and office
The Photos app in iOS 10 introduces a great new feature called “Memories,” and it’s a ton of fun. I think you’ll like it and use it a lot. The idea behind Memories is this: you’ve taken a lot of pictures, too many to manage, yet you’d like to go back and view your photos in a nice and organized way. The Memories feature does the organization for you automatically, behind your back, every day, producing mini-movies of your best photos grouped by date, place, or person. And it sets them to music, with the… Continue Reading How to use the Memories feature in iOS 10’s Photos app
— Set Up Your Own iPhone and Mac Text Replacements for Auto-Correct — Whether you’re using an iPhone or a Mac, Auto-Correct is a real time-saver. Turns out you can set up your own “corrections” that expand into frequently-used words, phrases, sentences– even whole paragraphs! (On the Mac, they call them “text expansions.” On the iPhone, they’re “text replacements.” Either way, think of them as Auto-Corrects that substitute a lot of text for a little. Imagine typing a couple of characters in Messages on your iPhone and seeing it expand into a whole bunch of… Continue Reading Set Up Your Own iPhone and Mac Text Replacements for Auto-Correct
— 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac — I’ve created the 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. When asked whether you want to subscribe, the answer is YES, you want to subscribe. That way you get updates in case I have to change something. The calendar has all the important information (dates, times, teams, TV network, and if I get the time I will also update the scores). Click the link, remember to tell it to… Continue Reading 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac
— Essential Mac Add-on apps — Whenever I set up a Mac I always advise adding three great apps that make using a Mac easier, faster, and just plain nicer. Those apps are Moom, Paste, and Alfred, and to me, they’re essential. Try them out and I think you’ll agree. MoomThe name “Moom” comes from “Move and Zoom,” which is what this app does. This is way, way faster than dragging the edges of windows to resize them and then, in a separate step, dragging them to position. If you routinely have to shuffle windows… Continue Reading Essential Mac Add-on apps
— How to Quickly Unlock Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10 — We used to unlock our iPhones and iPads with a simple “Slide to Unlock.” It was easy. With iOS 10 it’s different– now it’s a confusing “Press Home to Unlock” which often results in a “click / double-click / ooops that’s Siri / oops that’s Apple Pay” click-a-thon. When you finally get the thing unlocked you’re not really sure how you did it because you tried so many things. It was better the old way, but we can do something about it.… Continue Reading How to Quickly Unlock Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10
You’ve probably seen this Apple ad, showing someone receiving a fancy text message:The ad doesn’t tell you how to send such messages. That’s MY job. Here’s how you do it. Start by writing your message on your iOS 10 iPhone or iPad (more or this later), just like you always do. Then, instead of tapping the the arrow-in-the-blue-circle “Send” button, hold that button down (you might have to press hard– depends on whether you have an iPhone with 3D touch, and on your 3D Touch settings. Settings/General/Accessibility/3D Touch). That leads to choices: You can play… Continue Reading How to send balloons and other screen effects in iOS 10 Messages
— How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work — I run into some really interesting problems. Here’s a problem I hadn’t seen before– and how I solved it. I got a call from someone with an iMac whose Finder didn’t Work. The Mac started up fine, and the user could sign into her account, but the Desktop files were missing and no menu bar appeared. The machine was running– the mouse worked, the screen was lit up, the Dock was present– but I couldn’t get to the Desktop to open a file, and… Continue Reading How I Rescued a Mac Whose Finder Didn’t Work
— Should I Upgrade my iPhone to iOS 10? — UPDATE: there are two really fun new features that you can only get with iOS 10. First, you can send balloons and fireworks etc. in a text message, like in the Apple commercial. Second, your iPhone (or iPad) will make these sensational mini-movies called “Memories” for you from your pictures and videos, and they’re really fun. Now that iOS 10 has had a few updates, and considering these two great features, I say please do upgrade to iOS 10. Executive Summary: I usually advise waiting… Continue Reading Should I Upgrade my iPhone to iOS 10?
— Should I install the iOS 9.3.5 update on my iPhone? — Apple’s released another iOS update and this one plugs a hole that allowed someone to hack into an iPhone remotely and monitor activity. Text messages, emails, phone calls, location info– you name it. Pretty sophisticated, and pretty serious stuff. You can read about the exploit in the New York Times‘ excellent article. It boils down to this: if you’re on any version of iOS 9, get the 9.3.5 update right away. The easiest way to do it is “in place, over the air”… Continue Reading Should I install the iOS 9.3.5 update on my iPhone?