How to send balloons and other screen effects in iOS 10 Messages

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

Best iPhone weather app: Dark Sky Weather

Weather reports are so vague: “50% chance of rain.” “Scattered showers.” I don’t know about you, but for me, that kind of “information” isn’t very informative. I care about the weather because I want to know whether it’s going to rain after I wash my car, or whether I have time to mow the lawn before it rains, or whether that football game I’m thinking of attending is going to be played in the rain or not. It’s a lot to ask, but someone’s delivered, and no it is NOT “Doppler Radar 3000” or whatever… Continue Reading Best iPhone weather app: Dark Sky Weather

Should I Upgrade my iPhone to iOS 10?

— 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?

Best Online Calendars for College Football

— Best Online Calendars for College Football — These are the very best college football online schedules available. Let them know I sent you. You may also like my article about the NFL schedules. Please leave a comment if you this article helped you. Or share it with your Facebook friends. That helps me too. Thank you. Last updated 08/3/17

2017 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad

— 2017 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad — Note: I am updating this page with new pictures, but the links and directions are updated already, and they work now. If you see a picture showing something about 2016 don’t worry, these instructions work for the 2017 season too. ESPN.com provides schedules for the 2017 college football season and you can add them to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. You can also add these schedules to your PC and Android phone, if that’s the way you want it. ESPN does not make… Continue Reading 2017 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad

How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event

— How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event — UPDATE: the event is over. You can watch a replay of the event by clicking here. Apple’s going to show some new stuff on September 7th, 2016. I don’t know what they’ll announce so I’ll be tuning in at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time to find out, same as you. Apple’s invitation says it all: you need a reasonably modern iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or a reasonably modern Mac, or a reasonably modern pc. Come back here at 10 AM Wednesday September 7th, 2016 and… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event

NFL Schedules and Calendars for the 2017 Season

— NFL Schedules and Calendars for the 2017 Season — The NFL season about to start, and it’s super-helpful to know when the games come on, and who’s playing in them. You’d think you could get NFL calendars onto your iPhone and iPad and Mac by visiting nfl.com, but they don’t have downloadable or subscribe-able calendars there, so don’t bother looking. Instead, go to the South End Zone website, where you’ll find calendars for every team, and for the post-season, and for prime-time, and more. The beautiful thing about the South End Zone’s calendars is… Continue Reading NFL Schedules and Calendars for the 2017 Season

Should I install the iOS 9.3.5 update on my iPhone?

— 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?

Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.4?

— Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.4? — Hot on the heels of the 9.3.3 upcate comes 9.3.4, and if your iPhone (or iPad) is already on 9.anything you should definitely do the update. The 9.3.4 update contains a security fix that blocks a particular exploit and Apple recommends this fix for all iPhones and iPads. You can read about the provided fix on Apple’s website. Apple doesn’t comment on iOS security issues until they have a fix as they don’t want to advertise vulnerabilities before they have plugged the holes. But they do… Continue Reading Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.4?

Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.3?

— Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.3? — NOTE: the following applies to the iPad as well. UPDATE: they’re up to 9.3.5 now. Easy answer: if you’re already on some version of iOS 9,then yes, you should update. See which version your iPhone’s on by going to Settings, then General, then About. Look for “Version.” If you’re on 8.x I recommend staying there unless you have a great reason to move up. Here’s Apple’s page telling you what’s new in iOS 9 compared to iOS 8. It’s not such an impressive list, and remember… Continue Reading Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.3?