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2019 NFL Calendar Add the 2019 NFL Schedules to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars- Get the complete 2019 NFL schedule and install calendars for any team, or prime-time games, or playoffs onto your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Subscribe once and it works forever! Continue Reading Add the 2019 NFL Schedules to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars
March Madness calendar March Madness calendar for iPhone, Mac, and iPad- Here's the March Madness NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament calendar in ics (iCal) format. It updates automatically (because I do it for you, at the server). Continue Reading March Madness calendar for iPhone, Mac, and iPad
NFL Calendar logo NFL Post-Season Calendar for iPhone and Mac- Get the NFL Post-Season schedule into your iPhone or Mac's Calendar app. Calendar includes teams, times, and TV info. Updated with scores. Also works with Google Calendar. Continue Reading NFL Post-Season Calendar for iPhone and Mac
iOS Messages How to delete (or forward) part of a text message conversation on an iPhone or iPad- Every so often, for one reason or another you want to delete (or forward) part of a text message conversation. Not the entire conversation, just part of it. Maybe just one or two messages (maybe pictures). Here’s how you do it. (Here’s how you delete part of a Messages conversation on a Mac.) Note: if… Continue Reading How to delete (or forward) part of a text message conversation on an iPhone or iPad
College Football on December Calendar page Add the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game Schedule to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars- UPDATE: now doing the same sort of calendar for March Madness! Check it out. UPDATE: now includes the point spreads (per ESPN.com) in the event titles. Thanks for the idea, Austin. (If you find an error in this calendar please leave a comment and I will take care of it. Thank you.) I’ve created the… Continue Reading Add the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game Schedule to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac Calendars
How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad- This blog post is about printing labels from an iPhone or iPad using an app called Address Labels for CardLists. I have another article about how to print just about anything from an iPhone or iPad. Take your pick! It’s time to mail your holiday cards. You may recall from previous posts (this one from… Continue Reading How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad
Close all 418 tabs Extend your iPhone’s battery life by closing unneeded Safari tabs- Many people are surprised to find several (or even “gobs of”) open Safari tabs on their iPhones. This can be a handy feature: click on the tabs button at bottom right in Safari… … scroll through the list of open pages, and tap the one you want to view. Easy. Bonus Tip #1: swipe up… Continue Reading Extend your iPhone’s battery life by closing unneeded Safari tabs
iPhone XR vs iPhone 8 Plus Apple’s iPhone XR available for pre-order- Back in September Apple introduced three iPhones (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR) but only the first two went on sale that day. The XR is now available for pre-order, and will be available in stores starting October 26th, 2018. This video (narrated by Jonny Ive) gives you an overview of all three… Continue Reading Apple’s iPhone XR available for pre-order
Apple's October 30th Event How to watch Apple’s October 30th, 2018 event- UPDATE: the event is over. Click here to watch the entire show. Highlights: a new MacBook Air, a new Mac mini, and two new iPad Pros (no home buttons, Face ID, incredible speed). New Apple Pencil that connects to iPad Pro magnetically– for storage, and for charging! Incredible. It’s time for another Apple announcement event.… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s October 30th, 2018 event
iOS 12 iOS 12: First Impressions, and advice- Apple released iOS 12 September 17th, 2018 and I installed it right away on an iPhone 8 Plus and an iPad Pro. Installation went smoothly and there was a noticeable speed improvement on each device: apps launch faster, and the camera is ready to take a picture almost immediately. iOS 12 will work on any… Continue Reading iOS 12: First Impressions, and advice
Synching iPhone Messages with Mac How to sync text messages between your iPhone and your Mac- It’s really handy to have your iPhone’s text messages show up on your Mac (and/or iPad). Start a texting conversation on your iPhone when you’re out, then continue it at home or work when you’re able to use your Mac (or iPad). Each device will have the complete conversation, and the other party will not… Continue Reading How to sync text messages between your iPhone and your Mac
Apple Special Event September 12th, 2018 How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event- UPDATE: the announcement is over. You can click here and watch a recording of the entire event. It’s time for another one of Apple’s announcement events. This one begins at 10 am PST on Wednesday September 12th, 2018. Use this link to add the event to your calendar. How to watch: On your iPhone, iPad,… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event
iOS 11... not yet! iOS 11: Should you install it? (No, not yet)- UPDATE December 2nd 2017: Apple released iOS version 11.2 today. It fixes yet another auto-correct issue (this one turns “it” into “I.T.”), and it also fixes a problem that caused iOS devices to reboot continually if the date was December 2nd, 2017 or later. Yes, it would have been nice to get this update out… Continue Reading iOS 11: Should you install it? (No, not yet)
Christian Boyce on the radio- I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 discussing Apple’s new iPhones. The Digital Village show starts at 7 pm Pacific time; my part of the show starts around 7:30 pm. UPDATE: here’s a recording of my part of the radio program. You can listen to the show live by tuning to… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the radio
Red and blue Apple logo from invitation to September 2017 Apple Event Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017- UPDATE (9-12-2017): Apple introduced an updated Apple Watch, an updated Apple TV, and three new iPhones. You can watch the entire presentation using this link. You can watch the special iPhone X video, featuring Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, using this link. UPDATE 2 (9-12-2017): I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program talking about… Continue Reading Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Beats Headphones 3 Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion- Apple launched their annual “Back to School” promotion this morning, offering free Beats Wireless Headphones with purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad Pro. You have to purchase between July 12th and September 25th, 2017 and to be eligible you have to be a college student, a parent buying for a college student, or a… Continue Reading Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion
Christian Boyce dressed up like Uncle Sam Free 4th of July Fireworks Apps for your iPhone and Mac- — Happy 4th of July — It’s the 4th of July, and that means fireworks. Here are some fireworks apps for your iPhone (or iPad) and Mac. Note: in the spirit of Freedom I am only recommending apps that are free. A fireworks app on your iPhone will help you pass the time as you… Continue Reading Free 4th of July Fireworks Apps for your iPhone and Mac
Animated GIF showing decreasing cell phone reception. 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… Continue Reading How to fix poor iPhone cell reception in your home and office
iOS 10 Photos app icon How to use the Memories feature in iOS 11’s Photos app- The Photos app in iOS 10 introduced a great feature called “Memories,” and it’s a ton of fun. It’s still there in iOS 11. 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… Continue Reading How to use the Memories feature in iOS 11’s Photos app
Text replacements are awesome! 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… Continue Reading Set Up Your Own iPhone and Mac Text Replacements for Auto-Correct
Press Home to Unlock How to Quickly Unlock Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10- — 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… Continue Reading How to Quickly Unlock Your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10
iOS 10 Mail icon How I Fixed an iPhone that Couldn’t Get Mail Unless On WiFi- Mysterious problem: iPhone could get mail on WiFi, but not on cellular. Yet Safari worked fine on cellular. Here's how I figured it out (and fixed it). Continue Reading How I Fixed an iPhone that Couldn’t Get Mail Unless On WiFi
Balloons Screen Effect in iOS 10 Messages How to send balloons and other screen effects in iOS 12 (and 11 and 10) Messages- You may have seen the Apple ad showing someone receiving a bunch of balloons as a “text message.” The ad doesn’t tell you how to send such messages. That’s MY job. Here’s how it’s done. Start by writing your message on your iOS 10-or-higher iPhone or iPad (more or this later), just like you always do. Then, instead of… Continue Reading How to send balloons and other screen effects in iOS 12 (and 11 and 10) Messages
Know when it will rain, down to the minute- 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… Continue Reading Know when it will rain, down to the minute
iOS 10 logo 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”… Continue Reading Should I Upgrade my iPhone to iOS 10?
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 putting the NFL schedule onto your iPhone.   Please leave a comment if you this article helped you. Or share it with your Facebook friends. That helps me too. Thank you. Did… Continue Reading Best Online Calendars for College Football
Blue and Gold footballs 2018 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad- UPDATE: Looking for the Bowl Games calendar? I’ve created the 2018-2019 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. Or click here and read all about it first. When asked whether you want to subscribe, the answer is YES, you want to subscribe. That… Continue Reading 2018 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Black Apple logo 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… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 7th Event
iOS 9.3.5 icon 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… Continue Reading Should I install the iOS 9.3.5 update on my iPhone?
iOS 9.3.4 Update 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… Continue Reading Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.4?
iOS 9.3.3 icon 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… Continue Reading Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.3?
How to restrict your Google search to a single website- — How to restrict your Google search to a single website — First in a series of Google search tips. Read them all: How to restrict your Google search to a single website How to search Google Images by color How to search Google for different kinds of pictures How to search Google for the… Continue Reading How to restrict your Google search to a single website
RepairPal logo RepairPal.com helps you when you need car repairs- — RepairPal.com helps you when you need car repairs — I don’t know much about cars. When the mechanic says “You need a new alternator” all I can say is “OK… but how much is this going to cost?” At that point, as long as he doesn’t say something outrageous I tend to give him… Continue Reading RepairPal.com helps you when you need car repairs
WWDC Logo 2017 How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote- How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote UPDATE: The keynote is over. Here’s a link to the entire recorded keynote (139 minutes). Watch and enjoy! UPDATE #2: Here’s a link to a seven-minute condensed version of the keynote from our friends at MacRumors. Can’t get enough of Apple’s presentations? Neither can I! Here’s a link to… Continue Reading How to Watch Apple’s WWDC Keynote
OpenDNS How to Block Porn Sites and Phishing Sites AND Speed Up Your Home Network- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Improve your home network by using OpenDNS. Web pages will load more quickly, and dangerous/inappropriate websites will be blocked. All you have to do is change your router’s DNS numbers. Read the whole article to know which numbers to change them to. If you could protect your home network, blocking porn sites and… Continue Reading How to Block Porn Sites and Phishing Sites AND Speed Up Your Home Network
Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?- — Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update? — Easy answer: yes, unless you are thinking of updating an iPad Pro 9.7 inch. In that case, don’t. The iPad Pro 9.7 inch can, in some cases, become “bricked” (completely unresponsive) when the 9.3.2 update is applied. UPDATE:Apple has recognized the problem and for now the… Continue Reading Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?
Boom for iOS logo How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone- — How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone — No, not that Sound of Music. I mean the sound of songs that you buy from iTunes and play on your iPhone. UPDATE: Boom for iOS had an update 6-8-2016. Interface improvements, more options for shaping the sound, and a built-in Help page.… Continue Reading How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone
WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug- — WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug — An iOS bug can cause iPhones and iPads and iPods to essentially self-destruct under certain conditions. Contrary to some of the more sensational headlines (This iOS date trick will brick any device from 9 to 5 Mac, and Setting the date to 1… Continue Reading WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug
iPhone to printer How to Print from an iPhone- Printing from an iPhone (or iPad) is handled by iOS, which means printing should be, could be, might be, available anytime you need it. Turns out it doesn’t work everywhere; app developers have to do a bit of work to add the printing feature, and they haven’t all done it. Nonetheless, a lot of iPhone… Continue Reading How to Print from an iPhone
iOS 9.3 icon Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3?- — Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3? — If your iPhone or iPad is already on any version of iOS 9, the answer is simple: YES, you should update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3. (Actually, you’ll be updating to 9.3.1 because Apple discovered a problem with 9.3 after it… Continue Reading Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3?
Here's a tip How to delete an email from your iPhone with a single swipe!- — How to delete an email from your iPhone with a single swipe! — All this time I’ve been doing the Texas Two-Step when deleting iPhone Mail messages: First, I’d swipe from right to left in the email message list, exposing the Trash button (and others) Then, I’d tap the Trash button. See below. That… Continue Reading How to delete an email from your iPhone with a single swipe!
iPhone phone icon How to forward a voicemail message from your iPhone- How to forward a voicemail message from your iPhone — I’ll bet you didn’t know you could forward a voicemail message from your iPhone. (If you did know why didn’t you tell me? I didn’t know until a few days ago.) Sometimes you have a voicemail that you want someone else to listen to. Maybe… Continue Reading How to forward a voicemail message from your iPhone
Apple Special Event Loop You In How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote- — How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote — Apple will hold a special event keynote Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 10 AM PDT. UPDATE: here’s the link for my June 13th, 2016 WWDC how-to-watch article. Watch the March 21st, 2016 keynote using your iPhone, iPad or Mac by clicking the big blue button.… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote
Three cool things you can do with your iPhone, using apps that came with it- Three cool things you can do with your iPhone, using apps that came with it Part of the fun of the iPhone is discovering “new” features that were there all along. Here are three that might be new to you. 1. See if something is level. Believe it or not, you check for level using… Continue Reading Three cool things you can do with your iPhone, using apps that came with it
iPhone and iPad Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store- Hot on the heels of the Mac App Store’s 50% off sale on Productivity Apps, Apple’s put iPhone and iPad productivity apps on sale too. Choose from: Things: (to-do list/project organizer– syncs with Mac version) Clear: (another to-do list organizer– simpler than Things, syncs with Mac version) PCalc: (advanced calculator) … and several more. This… Continue Reading iPhone and iPad Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store
How to recognize phony virus scams on Mac and iPhone- Most of the blog posts I write are positive, upbeat, “Looky what you can do with your Apple thing!” articles. Lots of how-tos, lots of reviews, all designed to help you do more with your Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Basically, I show you what to do. This time, I’m going to show you what not… Continue Reading How to recognize phony virus scams on Mac and iPhone
How to know when it’s going to rain- UPDATE: forecast.io has changed. It’s still great, but it’s now called darksky.net. Read my new article about darksky.net, written in October 2016. When it comes to rain, most of us have questions like these: “Do I have time to walk the dog before it rains?” “Can I put off cutting the grass until tomorrow?” “Do… Continue Reading How to know when it’s going to rain
How to Track your Mileage Automatically, Using the MileIQ app on your iPhone- — How to Track your Mileage Automatically, Using the MileIQ app on your iPhone — UPDATE: MileIQ will give you $40, and give your friends 20% off an annual subscription, when you refer them using your special link. You could pay for your own account through referrals, assuming you have enough friends. MileIQ is an… Continue Reading How to Track your Mileage Automatically, Using the MileIQ app on your iPhone
Pile of old phones How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card- — How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card — Apple is offering a trade-in program for old smartphones via this link. Just go online, click a few buttons, and see how much your old phone is worth. It doesn’t have to be an Apple iPhone (though it can be) and… Continue Reading How to Trade-in your old Smartphone for an Apple Store Gift Card
2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac- — 2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac — UPDATE: I’ve created the 2016-2017 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you. Click here to get it. When asked whether you want to subscribe, click YES. UPDATE: here is the 2016 College Football schedule, for each team in America. The nice people at… Continue Reading 2015-2016 College Football Bowl Game Calendar for iPhone and Mac
The Clever Coffee Dripper- I think of The Clever Coffee Dripper* as an essential Mac accessory because it makes the coffee that fuels this here website (and a lot of other stuff that keeps me up all night.) The beauty of The Clever Coffee Dripper is the water doesn’t just run though the cone and into your cup. Instead,… Continue Reading The Clever Coffee Dripper
How to password-protect a Numbers document on your iPhone or iPad- You can password-protect a Numbers document on your iPhone or iPad. No one can open it without the password. This way, if your iPhone or iPhone is unlocked, your document is still protected. It’s really easy to do.(If you know how to do this for a Pages document on your iPhone or iPad you already… Continue Reading How to password-protect a Numbers document on your iPhone or iPad
How to password-protect a Pages document on your iPhone or iPad- You can password-protect a Pages document on your iPhone or iPad. No one can open it without the password. This way, if your iPhone or iPhone is unlocked, your document is still protected. It’s really easy to do.With a Pages document up on your iPhone or iPad, look for the wrench at top right and… Continue Reading How to password-protect a Pages document on your iPhone or iPad
Six Ways to Use Touch ID on iPhones and iPads- If you have an iPhone 5s, a 6, or a 6 Plus (or an iPad mini 3, or an iPad Air 2), your device’s Home button has a little metal ring around it. That means it has Touch ID, Apple’s technology for identifying you by your fingerprint. Touch ID lets you substitute touching the button… Continue Reading Six Ways to Use Touch ID on iPhones and iPads
Easy Way to Move Apps from Screen to Screen on the iPhone- Rearranging apps on your iPhone is easy: you tap and hold on any app’s icon, then all of the apps start jiggling, and then you drag the apps to place. Nothing to it, as long as you’re not trying to move things from one screen to another. Yes, you can drag an app to the… Continue Reading Easy Way to Move Apps from Screen to Screen on the iPhone
Why Don’t My Photos Sync?- I get a lot of interesting Mac, iPhone, and iPad questions. Even with 25 years in the business I encounter new problems all the time. I hate to keep the solutions to myself so I thought I’d write them up from time to time, hoping to help someone else with a similar problem. (These will… Continue Reading Why Don’t My Photos Sync?
Turn Your iPhone Sideways- Many apps rotate to match the iPhone’s orientation, so if you happen to hold it sideways, those apps will still be right-side-up. But some apps do more than simply rotate. For some apps, turning the iPhone sideways gives a completely different view. Here are three such apps. 1. Calculator Here’s how the Calculator app looks… Continue Reading Turn Your iPhone Sideways
How To Track Your Steps for Free with Pedometer++- — How To Track Your Steps for Free with Pedometer++ — A lot of people wear sleek, high-tech bracelets on their wrists these days. (A smaller group of people wear less sleek, high-tech, non-removable bracelets on their ankles.) Either way, they’re tracking their steps. Here are some of the bracelets that you might see being… Continue Reading How To Track Your Steps for Free with Pedometer++
Season’s Greetings, and a Present for You- — Season’s Greetings, and a Present for You — It’s been a super year for me and my blog. I published my 400th article, doubled the blog’s readership, and connected with readers from around the world. With your help– comments, suggestions, and encouragement– I turned this blog into a forum for helping a whole lot… Continue Reading Season’s Greetings, and a Present for You
How to Fix Yosemite’s Spotlight Search- I get a lot of complaints about Yosemite’s Spotlight search. Generally the complaints are “Spotlight finds everything except what I’m looking for!” Actually, what often happens is Spotlight does find what you’re looking for, but it finds so many other things that the thing you’re looking for gets lost in the soup. For example, here… Continue Reading How to Fix Yosemite’s Spotlight Search
icon for myCardLists How to Print Mailing Labels from your iPhone or iPad (2014 Edition)- UPDATE: I’ve updated my how-to article on printing mailing labels from your iPhone or iPad. Please click here to see the 2015 version. Thank you. You can use your iPhone or iPad to print mailing labels for any or all of your iPhone/iPad’s contacts. It’s December already– if you want to get those Christmas cards… Continue Reading How to Print Mailing Labels from your iPhone or iPad (2014 Edition)
iOS 8.1.1 Update: Something to be thankful for- Thanksgiving is more than a week away, but Apple’s given iPad 2 and iPhone 4s owners something to be thankful for today: a fresh new iOS update, with performance improvements galore. It’s iOS 8.1.1, the best version yet, and if you’re on 8.anything it behooves you to get the iOS 8.1.1 update now. iOS 8.1.1’s… Continue Reading iOS 8.1.1 Update: Something to be thankful for
Easy Automation with IFTTT- Weren’t computers supposed to make things easier, doing all sorts of work for us while we sit on the porch drinking lemonade? It hasn’t exactly turned out that way, not for most of us. A free service called IFTTT (IF This, Then That) aims to change that. I use it and it’s great. IFTTT is… Continue Reading Easy Automation with IFTTT
iOS 8.1 Update: Do It. Here’s How.- The iOS 8.1 update came out yesterday. I’ve installed it on my iPhone 5s and iPad 2 and it’s solved some iOS 8 problems for me, including performance issues which were very evident on the iPad 2. If you’ve already installed 8.0, 8.0.1, or 8.0.2 on your iPhone or iPad (or iPod touch) the 8.1… Continue Reading iOS 8.1 Update: Do It. Here’s How.
How to Edit Photos Using iOS 8’s Photos App- Apple’s packed some great photo-editing features into iOS 8’s Photos app. It’s not quite Photoshop but it may be all you need. Plus, it’s already on your iPhone, assuming you’re on iOS 8. Plus it’s a ton of fun. Here’s how you can use these features to quickly improve your pictures. Mom, and others on… Continue Reading How to Edit Photos Using iOS 8’s Photos App
My Four Favorite Money-Saving Shopping Websites- Our friend Ben Franklin said “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Actually, there’s some debate about whether he actually said that, but the thought is a good one. You can’t always bring in more money but if you buy stuff at a discount it’s almost the same thing. The four websites described below will… Continue Reading My Four Favorite Money-Saving Shopping Websites
iOS 8 Tip #8: Make and Answer Phone Calls From Your iPad- Eight for 8, Day Eight. I make a point of turning off my iPhone’s ringer when I am in someone else’s office or home. Occasionally I forget to do it, and when a call comes in I rush to slide the switch to “mute.” That’s what happened last week, but when I muted the phone,… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #8: Make and Answer Phone Calls From Your iPad
iOS 8 Tip #7: Set the Camera’s Focus and Exposure Independently- Eight for 8, Day Seven. Feeling lucky. Some of iOS 8’s new features are more like refinements of old features, and some of them are a little on the subtle side. In fact, some of them are so subtle you might not notice them– but that’s why I’m here, to point them out for you.… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #7: Set the Camera’s Focus and Exposure Independently
iOS 8 Tip #6: See the Battery Usage, per App- Eight for 8, Day Six. Let’s get rolling. I get a lot of calls asking how to prolong the battery life on iPhones and iPads, so many that I’ve written a couple of blog posts about that already: here, and also here. But iOS 8 gives us a new tool in our quest for longer… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #6: See the Battery Usage, per App
iOS 8 Tip #5: Hands-Free Siri- Eight for 8, Day Five. iOS 8 gives us a new, hands-free way of controlling Siri. Here’s how it works. iOS 8 Tip #5: Hands-Free Siri Used to be, to use Siri you held the Home button down until you heard “beep beep,” and then you let go and then you started talking, and when… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #5: Hands-Free Siri
iOS 8 Tip #4: Faster Typing, Thanks to the Predictive Keyboard- Eight for 8, Day Four. iOS 8 Tip #4: Faster Typing, Thanks to the Predictive Keyboard iOS 8’s keyboard looks a lot like its predecessors, except now it has a little strip across the top row. It uses that strip to present its three best guesses for what you want to type next. Tap a… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #4: Faster Typing, Thanks to the Predictive Keyboard
iOS 8 Tip #3: Audio Texts and Video Insta-Selfies- Eight for 8, Day Three. Why do we say that half of eight is four, when anyone can look at the picture and see that half of 8 is 3? Must be the New Math. Before we get to today’s tip I want to thank those who’ve been sending in tips, questions, and thanks. Those… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #3: Audio Texts and Video Insta-Selfies
iOS 8 Tip #2: Actionable Notifications- Eight tips! Eight days! This is Day Two, so let’s get down 2 it. iOS 8 Tip #2: Actionable Notifications In the olden days (that is, before last Wednesday), if someone texted you, and your iPhone was locked, you’d have to unlock it and go to Messages if you wanted to reply. Similarly, if you… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #2: Actionable Notifications
iOS 8 Tip #1: The Two-Finger Down-Swipe- If you’d have asked me, I would have said “No, I wouldn’t recommend installing iOS 8 on the first day. Wait for Apple to iron out the wrinkles.” But some of you didn’t ask me, and some of you that did ask me went ahead and installed it anyway. Actually, I did too, not because… Continue Reading iOS 8 Tip #1: The Two-Finger Down-Swipe
400 blog posts How to Write 400 Blog Posts, Part 1- I recently published my 400th blog post. I thought you might want to do something like that yourself. Here’s how I did it, and how you can do it too. If you’ve ever thought “I’d like to make a blog but I don’t know where to start” you are in the right place. THIS is… Continue Reading How to Write 400 Blog Posts, Part 1
Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014- I will be on the Digital Village radio show tomorrow, September 13th, 2014, talking about Apple’s announcements from this Tuesday. The program starts at 10 AM Pacific time and my part will begin around 10:15. Should be about a fifteen minute interview. I’d tune in right at 10 AM as it is always interesting to… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, September 13th, 2014
Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch- The big day has come and gone, and the new iPhones and the Apple Watch are all anyone wants to talk about. I can’t count how many people have written to ask me “So which one do I get?” and “What do you think about the watch?” so I am going to answer the questions… Continue Reading Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch
Black Apple logo Apple’s Special Event- Apple will stream live video of its special event TODAY via this link. The show starts at 10 AM Pacific time. If you have an Apple TV look for a new “Special Event” icon on the main screen and watch the show from there. Here’s the fine print (from Apple):Live streaming video requires Safari 5.1.10… Continue Reading Apple’s Special Event
How to Make a Good Password- — How to Make a Good Password — UPDATE: even though your passwords aren’t stored as plain text at places like LinkedIn and Target it isn’t terribly hard to figure out what those passwords are should there be a data breach. This video shows you how password cracking gets done. You’ve no doubt been hearing… Continue Reading How to Make a Good Password
Top Three iPhone and iPad Tips- Even beginners can do amazing things with iPhones and iPads. And, because it’s so easy to do so much, a lot of people don’t look for ways to make it even easier. I am here to tell you: there are ways. Here are my three favorite time-saving, effort-reducing, better-result-producing iPhone and iPad tips, things that… Continue Reading Top Three iPhone and iPad Tips
How to Send a Group Email from Your iPhone or iPad- (And a mini-introduction to Launch Center Pro.) Ever send a message to a group of people from your Mac? If you have, you know it’s easy if you’ve created a “Group” in your Contacts app, and then addressed the email to the Group. (Even better: address the email to nobody, and put the Group’s name… Continue Reading How to Send a Group Email from Your iPhone or iPad
iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program- Maybe there’s something wrong with your iPhone 5’s battery after all. Apple has found that a “very small percentage” of iPhone 5 units (the 5, not the 5s, and not the 5c) “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” If that sounds like your iPhone, check out Apple’s serial… Continue Reading iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program
World Cup Brazil 2014 2014 World Cup Soccer Calendar for Mac, iPhone, and iPad- UPDATE: here’s a link to the 2018 knockout stage World Cup calendar, for your Mac, iPhone or iPad (in ics format). The World Cup is fast approaching. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the World Cup schedule on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad? Or maybe all three? Turns out it’s just a couple of clicks… Continue Reading 2014 World Cup Soccer Calendar for Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Get Faster Internet Just by Asking- I get my internet service through Time Warner Cable. I think the speed originally was 5 Mbps. Somewhere along the line I upgraded to Time Warner’s “Turbo” internet and got it up to 20 Mbps. I thought that was pretty fast. (I test the speed at www.speedtest.net. Avoid clicking the links that install MacKeeper.) A… Continue Reading Get Faster Internet Just by Asking
Macworld/iWorld 2014 Wrap-Up- I’m back from Macworld/iWorld, having spent three days searching for the newest and grooviest Mac, iPhone, and iPad stuff. Although Apple remained a no-show, I am happy to say that Macworld/iWorld appears to have found its post-Apple stride. The crowds were fairly large, the exhibition floor was full of interesting stuff, and almost everyone was… Continue Reading Macworld/iWorld 2014 Wrap-Up
Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 29th, 2014- It’s Springtime, and a young man’s thoughts naturally turn to Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco. The show starts Thursday, and I’ll be there, keeping my streak alive (I’ve never missed). On Saturday I’ll tell you all about it via the miracle of radio. All you have to do is tell Siri to remind you to listen… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 29th, 2014
iOS 7.1 Update: Get It- Apple continues to refine iOS 7. The 7.1 update is the latest and in my experience it’s something you ought to install. The easy way to do it is through the air. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is plugged in and charging before starting, just to be safe. Then Settings, General, and Software Update.… Continue Reading iOS 7.1 Update: Get It
Christian Boyce Speaking at Macworld/iWorld- Macworld/iWorld (formerly “Macworld Expo”) is coming soon to San Francisco’s Moscone Center. I’ve been selected as one of the speakers in the “RapidFire” session on opening night (March 27th, 2014), starting at 5 PM. Each RapidFire speaker (I think there are 15) gets exactly five minutes to impart some pearls of Mac or iPhone wisdom… Continue Reading Christian Boyce Speaking at Macworld/iWorld
How to Erase an iPhone (or iPad)- Looking to pass your old iPhone (or iPad) down to your sister, your cat, or maybe your sister’s cat? You’ll need to erase it before you do, and it’s easy when you know how. Here’s how. First, make a copy of everything that’s on the iPhone (or iPad), just in case. If you have a… Continue Reading How to Erase an iPhone (or iPad)
Get at least $200 for any working iPad at Target- Target is offering at least a $200 gift card for ANY working iPad (newer iPads get more). The iPad can’t have any scratches on the screen, and it has to turn on. Do what you want with the gift card (though I recommend spending it on either the iPad Air or the iPad mini, or… Continue Reading Get at least $200 for any working iPad at Target
iOS 7: Get the iOS 7.0.3 Update- If you’re still using iOS 6 that’s fine– stay there if you want. But if you’re on any version of 7 lower than 7.0.3, get your device updated to 7.0.3 pronto. There are lots of improvements in iOS 7.0.3, but here are the most important ones: 1. iOS 7.0.3 introduces the iCloud Keychain feature that… Continue Reading iOS 7: Get the iOS 7.0.3 Update
How to Find an iPhone 5s- UPDATE (November 5th, 2013): Apple’s legal department has asked that the Apple-Tracker website be shut down as it violates terms of use of the Apple.com website. So now it’s gone. Too bad– it was rather handy. Thanks, Apple-Tracker. Looking for an iPhone 5s? Of course you are. And are you discovering that the iPhone 5s… Continue Reading How to Find an iPhone 5s
iOS 7: Reset Your iPhone (or iPad) and Fix Mysterious Problems- I’m getting a lot of calls about things that don’t work right after the iOS 7 upgrade. Two of the oddest: the camera wouldn’t take pictures, and email could not be sent even though the settings appeared to be correct. When faced with this kind of issue you have two great chances to make things… Continue Reading iOS 7: Reset Your iPhone (or iPad) and Fix Mysterious Problems
iOS 7: How to Turn Off an Unused App- I am getting this question a lot lately, and understandably so: the way we turned off unused apps in iOS 6 (and further back) was a little different, and you can’t do it that way in iOS 7. For review, here’s how it worked in iOS 6: Double-tap Home button. The current app slid up,… Continue Reading iOS 7: How to Turn Off an Unused App
iOS 7: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life- iOS 7: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life UPDATE: Apple has found that the batteries in some iPhone 5 units drain too quickly. They’ll replace those batteries for free. Read all about it on my post “iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program.” My iPhone 5, with iOS 7, ran out of power today. I don’t know exactly… Continue Reading iOS 7: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life
iOS 7: First Look, First Tips- Last week I cautioned against being among the first to install iOS 7. The main reason for that was concern that unknown bugs in iOS 7 could surface, either during the installation or after, creating inconvenience and maybe worse. Of course not everyone reads this here blog so the message did not have a global… Continue Reading iOS 7: First Look, First Tips
iOS 7: Coming Soon, and Why You Should Wait to Install It- Yes, iOS 7 is coming soon. Very soon. Tomorrow, in fact. Assuming your iPad/iPhone/iPod can handle it (more on that later), you can download and install iOS 7 through the air— for free! The question is, should you install iOS 7? The answer is “probably.” But not right away. My advice: wait. Wait for others… Continue Reading iOS 7: Coming Soon, and Why You Should Wait to Install It
Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud– Please!- There are two ways to back up your iPhone (and iPad). The first way used to be the only way: connect your iPhone (or iPad) to your computer with a USB cable and let iTunes take care of it. It’s not a lot of trouble, and it’s reasonably fast, and your iPhone/iPad will charge a… Continue Reading Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud– Please!
Clone Your Hard Disk– Automatically- (Thanks to Jana L. for inspiring this blog post. Jana wins a limited-edition Christian Boyce and Associates coffee cup, and so can you. One question (or suggestion) will be chosen (and written up) each week, and the author of the question will get a coffee cup. We only have so many cups, and when they’re… Continue Reading Clone Your Hard Disk– Automatically
The Daily Tip: Automate ebay Searches with SearchDome- Automate ebay Searches with SearchDome ebay is great, but if the thing you’re looking for isn’t available the first time you search for it you’re going to have to come back and search for it again. That’s a bit of trouble, and half the time you forget to do it anyway. So you either put… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Automate ebay Searches with SearchDome
The Daily Tip: Google Translate- Do you ever need to translate something into another language? Of course you do. Here’s how you do it quickly and effortlessly, using Google Translate. 1. Go to translate.google.com. Here’s what you’ll see: In this case the box on the left is set for English, which is what I’m going to type in. The box… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Google Translate
The Daily Tip: iPhone Camera Tips- The iPhone camera isn’t perfect but it takes pretty good pictures. Use it right and it’ll take even better pictures– much, much better pictures. Here are the most important things to know. 1. You can take a picture by pressing either of the volume buttons. This lets you hold the iPhone more like a “real”… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: iPhone Camera Tips
The Daily Tip: Shake to Undo Typing- Every so often, I make a big mistake on my iPhone, like when I’m writing a long email and somehow accidentally delete everything I’ve written. That’s when I’m glad that I know about “Shake to Undo Typing.” When this sort of thing happens to you, just shake your iPhone (or your iPad) and you’ll get… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Shake to Undo Typing
The Daily Tip: How to take iOS Screen Shots- My friend Jay suggested I post a daily Mac or iPhone or iPad tip, big or small, doesn’t matter to him. Great suggestion. Let’s see how many days in a row I can do it. Every so often there’s something on your iPad’s screen, or on your iPhone’s screen, and you want to take a… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: How to take iOS Screen Shots
Siri Tip: Add Item to a Reminder List- Apple’s Reminders app for iOS is super handy. It is even handier when you use Siri to add items to the Reminders by voice. All it takes is the keyword “Add.” So, Kate (this is for my sister Kate who recently joined the iPhone Club), you press and hold your iPhone’s Home button, wait for… Continue Reading Siri Tip: Add Item to a Reminder List
Forecast.io: Great Weather Website- UPDATE October 2016: Forecast.io is now Darksky.net. See my article about Darksky.net and the Darksky app. Forecast.io is the nicest, cleanest, and most useful weather website that I’ve ever seen. It’s from the same people who made the excellent Dark Sky app for iPhones and iPads, and like Dark Sky it’s all about presenting data… Continue Reading Forecast.io: Great Weather Website
Best of Macworld/iWorld 2013- I’m back from Macworld/iWorld 2013, my 25th Macworld show in a row. Unless it’s my 26th in a row. Anyway, regardless, here’s a brief rundown of the best stuff at the show. Rage Software previewed “EasyWeb,” their website creation program for the Mac. It has a lot in common with Apple’s Pages and they are… Continue Reading Best of Macworld/iWorld 2013
Macworld/iWorld 2013- I’ll be speaking at Macworld as part of the RapidFire session. It’s a lot of fun for everyone: each of ten speakers gets 5 minutes to demonstrate something cool. I’ll be covering Moom, Desktop Curtain, and Typinator (and speaking very quickly). Here’s a link to my PDF handout. Macworld/iWorld 2013 runs this Thursday through Saturday.… Continue Reading Macworld/iWorld 2013
How to Use Dropbox’s Previous Versions feature- Or, How Dropbox Saved the Day when My Customer Somehow Lost a Very Important Document You probably know about Dropbox, the best way to keep your files in sync across Macs, iPhones, iPads, and even PCs. I put all of my current projects into my Dropbox folder and that lets me access my stuff from… Continue Reading How to Use Dropbox’s Previous Versions feature
Coming Soon: Macworld/iWorld 2013- It’s the most wonderful time of the year… That’s right, it’s time for Macworld/iWorld! The show runs January 31st through February 2nd, 2013 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. I’ll be there all three days. Look me up. There are two parts to the show: the Expo, which is a giant space filled with software programmers… Continue Reading Coming Soon: Macworld/iWorld 2013
How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad (2012 Edition)- NOTICE Things have changed since this article was written in December 2012. The Avery Templates Everywhere app is no longer available. The Avery Design & Print app is still available, but it’s terrible (bad interface, crashes, buttons don’t work– you name it). Use myCardLists* instead. It prints labels perfectly. Here’s a link to my how-to… Continue Reading How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad (2012 Edition)
How to Use Safari’s Reader- Every so often I show my Mom something on her iPad (or her iPhone, or her Mac) and her reaction is incredibly enthusiastic. Actually, sometimes it’s more along the lines of “I wish you’d shown me this before.” Either way, when that happens, I write it up for everyone. This is one of those times.… Continue Reading How to Use Safari’s Reader
How to Use Safari’s iCloud Tabs- (No, that’s not the official iCloud logo, but I thought it would be fun to build one from Safari icons.) Safari’s iCloud Tabs is a feature I didn’t think I’d be interested in, and now I use it all the time. Give it a try and see if you’re not hooked, same as me. iCloud… Continue Reading How to Use Safari’s iCloud Tabs
Big Day of Updates: iOS 6, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, and Lion 10.7.5- Who says there’s nothing new under the sun? I don’t, especially after today. All in one day, Apple released: iOS 6 OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion OS X 10.7.5 Lion The short story: back up your devices, then go ahead with the updates.(Click here for an excellent and exhaustive Macworld article on how to back… Continue Reading Big Day of Updates: iOS 6, Mountain Lion 10.8.2, and Lion 10.7.5
How to Make Your iPhone and iPad Read Out Loud to You- The iPhone and iPad will read out loud to you. This is more than a party trick; it’s very handy to let your iPhone or iPad read a news article or a long email to you while you drive home, or while you pour yourself a bowl of Captain Crunch cereal (for example). It’s also… Continue Reading How to Make Your iPhone and iPad Read Out Loud to You
Type Faster on iPhones and iPads with Text Shortcuts- If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, and you type the same things over and over, this tip is for you. This technique saves me a lot of time, all the time, as it works every place that text can be entered on an iOS device. That includes Mail, Messages, Notepad, Safari, and many, many… Continue Reading Type Faster on iPhones and iPads with Text Shortcuts
Four Tips for New iPad Owners- Are you new to the iPad? Here are some tips that will help you get more from this amazing device. Get an Apple iPad dock. It will hold your iPad at the perfect angle for use as a digital picture frame (more on this later), or for viewing any kind of information that you’d like… Continue Reading Four Tips for New iPad Owners
Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, March 17, 2012- I’ll be on the Digital Village radio show at 10:30 this morning talking about the new iPad. In Los Angeles you can listen on your radio by tuning to 90.7 FM. If you’re not in Los Angeles, or you’d rather listen through the internet, you can click here. If you missed the show you can… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Digital Village radio show, March 17, 2012
What’s New in the iOS 5.1 Update- Apple released iOS 5.1 last week and if you’re already on 5.0 or 5.0.1 this update will come to you automatically, through the air. You’ll be asked whether or not you want it– the answer should be “yes.” Be sure your iPhone (or iPad or iPod) is connected to a charger, and on a WiFi… Continue Reading What’s New in the iOS 5.1 Update
The New iPad- Apple introduced the new iPad (and that’s what they call it– “the new iPad”) a couple of days ago. It looks a lot like the previous model, the so-called “iPad 2.” I think they could have called the new one “iPad 2.5” or something like that because of the many similarities. Basically, the new iPad… Continue Reading The New iPad
Black Apple logo Apple Event Predictions- As seemingly everyone knows, Apple has some announcements to make this morning. I don’t have any inside information about what they’ll have for us, but if you really want me to guess, here’s what I wouldn’t be surprised to see. A new and improved iPad. Personally, I find the iPad 2 so fabulously useful that… Continue Reading Apple Event Predictions
Built-in Siri Tip Sheet- iPhone 4S users: if you have trouble remembering what Siri can do for you, try bringing up Siri’s built-in tip sheet. I don’t know why it took me so long to find it but you know me– as soon as I find something, I write it up so you can know too. All you do… Continue Reading Built-in Siri Tip Sheet
Macworld|iWorld 2012 Wrap-Up- I’m back from Macworld|iWorld, and apart from the awkward name change the show was great. This was the first show in the “Apple isn’t here” era where the feeling was more about who was there than who wasn’t. It’s not the same as it was when Apple had a giant booth but that doesn’t mean… Continue Reading Macworld|iWorld 2012 Wrap-Up
Hear the Christian Boyce Macworld|iWorld Report on the Radio- I’ll be giving my annual “State of the Mac (and iPad, and iPhone)” address this Saturday on the Digital Village radio program, hosted by Ric Allan and Doran Barons. The show starts at 10 AM this Saturday, January 28th, 2012 and in Los Angeles you can listen to it live on the radio, 90.7 FM… Continue Reading Hear the Christian Boyce Macworld|iWorld Report on the Radio
Apple’s iBooks Textbooks Announcement- Apple’s out to fix another broken industry, same as they did with music and cellular phones. This time it’s textbooks, and I’ll let Apple tell you why it’s needed, and why the Apple solution is the right one. Here are a couple of links that tell the story: this one is a promotional video, and… Continue Reading Apple’s iBooks Textbooks Announcement
Win a Free Pass to Macworld | iWorld- Macworld Expo will be held January 26th through January 28th, 2012 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. This year, the show has a new name (Macworld | iWorld) which more properly reflects the show’s split focus. If you’re anywhere near San Francisco you ought to check it out. I will be speaking at Macworld | iWorld… Continue Reading Win a Free Pass to Macworld | iWorld
Ten Tips for New iPhone Owners- So, Santa Claus brought you an iPhone! Great news. I hope it’s an iPhone 4S, with Siri. Here are ten tips that will help you take advantage of the iPhone 4S’s amazing capabilities. Make your address book as complete as possible. Don’t stop with names and phone numbers– fill that thing up with email addresses,… Continue Reading Ten Tips for New iPhone Owners
More Siri Tips- I’ve discovered some interesting Siri features that I didn’t find in the manual, which isn’t surprising since there isn’t a Siri manual. In no particular order, here are the tips: “Set a timer for 20 minutes.” Everyone knows how to do that. But, after a bit, the timer is off the screen, as you switch… Continue Reading More Siri Tips
Happy Thanksgiving 2011- Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. I’ll spend my Thanksgiving cooking a turkey in the Primo Kamado cooker on the balcony, doing a little online shopping, and keeping an eye on the key football games. Here is how I do it. You can do it too. Cooking a turkey in the Primo Kamado A Primo… Continue Reading Happy Thanksgiving 2011
Apple Airport 7.6 Update- Apple put out a firmware update (version 7.6) for its Airport wireless routers. It helps with AirPlay (that amazing feature that lets you show your whole iPad 2 or iPhone 4S screen on your TV, provided you have an Apple TV), and with network performance. Apple doesn’t say much more about it, but I’ve installed… Continue Reading Apple Airport 7.6 Update
iPhone 4S: First Impressions- I’ve had my iPhone 4S for a couple of weeks, long enough to know what I like and don’t like. What I Like It’s fast. I didn’t think my iPhone 4 was slow, and it isn’t, but the iPhone 4S is faster. Siri is handy and fun. I use it all the time, especially to… Continue Reading iPhone 4S: First Impressions
iOS 5.0.1 update– I like it- Apple released iOS 5.0.1 today. It supposedly fixes the issues that the iPhone 4S has with the battery draining much too quickly. As such, it is just what I’ve been waiting for. I installed it through the air via Apple’s new iOS software update system: 1. Go to Settings2. Tap General3. Tap Software Update You… Continue Reading iOS 5.0.1 update– I like it
iPhone 4S: Siri- My iPhone 4S arrived and of course I had to start experimenting with Siri. Here are some tips: You have to turn Siri on! Siri is initially switched off. Settings/General/Siri. Hold the Home button down until the iPhone beeps twice– then start talking to Siri. You can also pick the iPhone up, hold it to… Continue Reading iPhone 4S: Siri
“He Cared the Most”- Apple’s posted a video of the company’s recent celebration of Steve Jobs’ life. It’s beautiful, and moving, and I recommend watching it all the way through. In it, Jony Ive (lead designer on Apple products including the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad) absolutely nails what made Steve Jobs so great. Here are the essential four… Continue Reading “He Cared the Most”
Use Google to Search One Website- Right when you think you know everything, you learn something new. At least that’s what happens to me. Yesterday, I learned how to restrict my Google searches to a particular site. This can be very handy when you know that you read something on the internet, and you are sure you know the name of… Continue Reading Use Google to Search One Website
First Look: iOS 5- Apple released iOS 5 October 12th, 2011 and I installed it here on an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 right away. It works great on both. You can read quite a bit about the new features on Apple’s site. Here, I’ll point out some key features that are especially important. Let’s take it from… Continue Reading First Look: iOS 5
Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs- Steve Jobs is dead, and the tributes are everywhere. I’ve read as many of these tributes as I could and at the end of this article are links to some of the best. I’ve especially enjoyed reading personal recollections from people who knew him, though I’m not sure that I’ve seen any from anyone who… Continue Reading Some Thoughts on Steve Jobs
iPhone 4S Introduction- In case you spent the day in a cave, let me tell you about the new iPhone that Apple introduced today. They call it “the iPhone 4S“. You could call it a disappointment because it’s not an “iPhone 5,” whatever that was imagined to be, but it would be better to call it a refined… Continue Reading iPhone 4S Introduction
Accept Credit Cards on Your iPhone, with Square- Being able to accept credit cards is good for business. It’s convenient for customers, and it’s fast for the vendor. Unfortunately, for the small businessman, accepting credit cards has been an expensive hassle. Not anymore– thanks to Square. Square provides, for free, a credit card reader that fits into your iPhone’s headphone jack. Use the… Continue Reading Accept Credit Cards on Your iPhone, with Square
Save Money on Your AOL Bill- (This one is for AOL users. If you are one, read on. If you aren’t one, read on anyway. I’ll bet you have at least one AOL-using friend that can put this information to use.) Actually, I could have called this “Eliminate Your AOL Bill.” Keep reading. Once upon a time, AOL (America Online) was… Continue Reading Save Money on Your AOL Bill
Favorite Steve Jobs Links- I thought I’d put a few of my favorite Steve Jobs links here, all in one place. Enjoy. Playboy Interview, February 1985. Long, meaty, written interview with Steve Jobs, head of Apple (at the time). Fantastic reading. Three months after this interview was published, Jobs was out of Apple, fired from the company he started. MacWorld… Continue Reading Favorite Steve Jobs Links
Christian Boyce on the Radio September 3rd, 2011- I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program Saturday, September 3rd 2011 at 9 AM, talking with hosts Doran Barons and Ric Allan about Steve Jobs and his legacy. Should be an interesting program. Click here to listen live. If you miss the show, use this link to listen to a recording. Did this article… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Radio September 3rd, 2011
NFL Prime Time Calendar for 2011, in iCal Format- Here is an iCal calendar showing the times and teams for every prime-time NFL game for the 2011 season. The calendar is provided by Scott Crevier of South End Zone and if you’re a football fan I strongly urge you to visit his site. In years past, I’ve modified Scott’s full NFL schedule using AppleScript,… Continue Reading NFL Prime Time Calendar for 2011, in iCal Format
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple: My Thoughts- This is Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone at MacWorld Expo in January 2007. This is Steve Jobs introducing the iPad three years later. I don’t know of another big-time CEO who so obviously loves his products. Look at his face. He can hardly contain himself. I can’t decide which picture I like more. So here… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple: My Thoughts
The iMom Project, Day Ten- Ten tips in ten days. It’s the iMom Project, Day Ten. Tonight: the iPhone’s Settings app. That’s what it looks like: three gears, in what has become the international symbol for settings, or preferences, or tools (or gears). I don’t know why three gears means “Settings” on the iPhone but it does. And, in a… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Ten
The iMom Project, Day Nine- Ten tips in ten days. It’s the iMom Project, Day Nine. You already know how to take a picture and email it: take the photo, get to the Camera Roll in the Photos app, and then touch the little curvy arrow flying out of a rectangle. I circled in red the little curvy arrow flying… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Nine
The iMom Project, Day Eight- Ten tips in ten days. It’s the iMom Project, Day Eight. If this were Jeopardy! they’d call it “Potpourri.” But, it’s not Jeopardy!, so I’m calling it “My Favorite iPhone Tips.” Try ’em all. Favorite Tip #1: The Home Button.The Home button is very important. If you’re using an app (Mail, maybe) and you press… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Eight
The iMom Project, Day Seven- Ten tips in ten days. Day Seven. (Note: we didn’t say “Ten tips in ten days in a row.“) Today we’re going to learn about the Maps app. You will find it very handy. Start it up and work along with me. The items circled in red are important. The Maps app has two modes:… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Seven
The iMom Project, Day Six- Ten tips in ten days. Day Six. One of the things that we’ve grown used to on the Mac is Undo. Make a mistake, and if you catch it soon enough you can go to the Edit menu and choose Undo. Super powerful, and super handy. I use it all the time. Turns out the… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Six
The iMom Project, Day Five- Ten tips in ten days. Day Five. Let’s talk about the Calculator app. I am sure that you have tried it already, and you are probably thinking it’s a little simplistic for a Math major like yourself. Which it is. But, sometimes you just need to do a little quick addition or division or whatever.… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Five
The iMom Project, Day Four- Ten tips in ten days. Day Four. Today’s tip: use the “search” screen. It looks like this: Once you get to this screen (I will tell you how in a minute), you can search for just about anything on your iPhone (or iPad). Here’s a partial list: Apps People Notes Emails Calendar events I say… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Four
The iMom Project, Day Three- Here we go. Day Three. The iPhone clock app. So simple. Yet, so fabulous. I use the clock every day and so should you. Here are some ideas for you: Use it as an alarm clock. It’s way way WAY better than the alarm clock you use now, because with this one you can set… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Three
The iMom Project, Day Two- Ten tips in ten days. Day 2. When taking a picture with the iPhone, remember that the picture is taken when you take your finger off of the button, not when you touch it. So, get the camera app going, compose your picture, put your finger on the button and keep it there waiting for… Continue Reading The iMom Project, Day Two
The iMom Project- I set Mom up with an iPhone 3GS this week, and she’s getting the hang of it. I thought I’d speed up the learning process by teaching her a tiny bit about the iPhone every day. My plan is ten tips in ten days. Figuring that a lot of other people are new to the… Continue Reading The iMom Project
Search Google Images by COLOR- I know, everyone knows how to use Google… but not everyone knows how to use Google IMAGES to search by COLOR. They will if they read this blog entry. Suppose you go to Google and you search for something. Here, I’ve searched for Yoda. I want pictures, so I’ll click either of the three red-circled… Continue Reading Search Google Images by COLOR
Radio Interview: WWDC Wrap-Up- I talked Saturday with with Digital Village, a terrific radio program based in Los Angeles, about Apple’s recently concluded World Wide Developers’ Conference. We talked about iCloud, iOS 5, and Mac OS X Lion. This link will take you to Digital Village’s archived audio page– my part is right at the top (or, if you’re… Continue Reading Radio Interview: WWDC Wrap-Up
How to type accented characters, umlauts, upside down question marks (for Spanish), and more– on an iPad- How to type accented characters, umlauts, upside down question marks (for Spanish), and more– on an iPad Here are a bunch of nifty shortcuts that will have you typing accented characters, umlauts, Spanish punctuation (upside-down question marks, upside-down exclamation points) in no time. These shortcuts involve holding down a key on the iPad’s onscreen keyboard… Continue Reading How to type accented characters, umlauts, upside down question marks (for Spanish), and more– on an iPad
Steve Jobs Keynote at WWDC 2011- Steve Jobs will give the keynote speech at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference today at 10 AM. It is sure to be all over the news. I will post a link to the official keynote video as soon as it is available (it does not appear that we will be able to watch it live… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Keynote at WWDC 2011
VIDEO TIP: How to Add PDFs to Your iPad- Recently I hit upon the idea of gathering up as many of my PDF manuals as I could– manuals for my printer, for software, for my camera, etc.– and putting them onto my iPad for reading in the iBooks app. The way I do it is easier than what I’d seen described online, so I… Continue Reading VIDEO TIP: How to Add PDFs to Your iPad
iPhone as Magnifying Glass- I don’t know why everything seems to be printed in itsy-bitsy type these days but armed with my trusty iPhone I can read almost anything. It’s ridiculously easy. I don’t know why it took so long to come up with the idea but it did. All you do is use the iPhone’s camera app to… Continue Reading iPhone as Magnifying Glass
Scammers Everywhere, and They Know Where You Live- UPDATE: check out this great ScamWarners site. This post in particular exposes many of the common scams. I was in Round Rock, Texas last weekend and while there I used my MacBook to bring up the Los Angeles Times website. I noticed a couple of ads that mentioned a “Round Rock Mom” and wouldn’t have… Continue Reading Scammers Everywhere, and They Know Where You Live
How to Get an iPad 2- A friend sent me a link to a New York Times article called “How to Procure an iPad 2.” The article was very interesting and made it sound like you could get one at Best Buy with minimal effort. Unfortunately, the article is wrong. So, read it if you want, but with a grain of… Continue Reading How to Get an iPad 2
Quick Fix for a Facebook Security Issue- Facebook has a nice little security hole, and someone has already done a “proof of concept” hack to show that it’s easy to get into someone’s account. The hack involves “listening” as people log into Facebook using an open network (such as what you’d find at Starbucks) and capturing names and passwords. Once that happens,… Continue Reading Quick Fix for a Facebook Security Issue
Best Buy’s iPad 2 Availability Checker- Best Buy sells the iPad 2, and they have a handy online iPad 2 availability checker where you can tell it which iPad 2 you want, enter a zip code, and find out whether Best Buy has it in stock at a store near you. They are not currently accepting iPad 2 orders online so… Continue Reading Best Buy’s iPad 2 Availability Checker
QR Codes: the Next Big Thing- Qrafter icon (QR code reader). QR Codes: the Next Big Thing This is a business card. So is the black-and-white mess below. And the messy one is easier to put into your address book. That’s because it’s a “QR code,” and it turns out it contains all of the information in the card above– and… Continue Reading QR Codes: the Next Big Thing
iPad Guided Tours- If you have an iPad, or think you might want an iPad, you ought to have a look at these videos. As usual, Apple’s made it look easy (and with the iPad, it really IS easy). Watch even one of these short videos and you’ll think “I could use one of these things! I could… Continue Reading iPad Guided Tours
Google Instant Previews- It’s not easy keeping up with Google— they make changes all the time, and they almost never make a big deal about them. Google Instant Previews is a good example of that. What it does is show you “Instant Previews” (hmmm!) of each website in search results, which makes it a little easier, sometimes, to… Continue Reading Google Instant Previews
iPad 2 Unveiled- No better way to find out about the iPad 2 than to watch Steve Jobs introduce it himself. Watch the unveiling. You’ll want an iPad 2 before the video’s anywhere near finished. Worth watching to the end though so you can hear Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, say “Aluminium” (1:04:15). Certainly nice… Continue Reading iPad 2 Unveiled
Nifty Time-Saving iPhone Tip- Ever get an email on your iPhone, and for whatever reason you would rather call the person than email him back? You can do it in a couple of taps. For example, let’s say you get this email on your iPhone. If the email contains a phone number, like this one does, just touch it.… Continue Reading Nifty Time-Saving iPhone Tip
RetailMeNot.com: Money-Saving Website- Ever buy something online, and right at the end you see a little box that says “Enter your promotional code here”? Ever wonder how you’re supposed to get those codes? I get them from RetailMeNot.com. RetailMeNot.com provides discount codes for use on other websites (and printable coupons for use in stores, and news about special… Continue Reading RetailMeNot.com: Money-Saving Website
Instant Access to Websites with your iPhone and iPad- The iPhone’s Safari browser is nice and quick. What isn’t quick is typing in a web address– it takes longer to tap-tap-tap https://christianboyce.com into Safari than it does to read the articles when you get there. There are ways to make getting to websites in Safari quicker; here are two of the best. The second… Continue Reading Instant Access to Websites with your iPhone and iPad
iPhone’s Greatest Hits- To my new-to-the-iPhone Verizon-subscribing friends, first of all WELCOME. We are glad you’re here. The party is three and a half years old and it’s just getting started. You’re late, but in six months no one will remember. Second, you can learn a lot about the iPhone in three and a half years. But, lucky… Continue Reading iPhone’s Greatest Hits
Introducing “The Daily”- From the press release: New York, NY, February 2, 2011 – Today Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation, unveiled The Daily — the industry’s first national daily news publication created from the ground up for iPad.   “New times demand new journalism,” said Mr. Murdoch. “So we built The Daily completely from… Continue Reading Introducing “The Daily”
Macworld Round-Up: Stuff I Bought- I’m back from Macworld 2011 and as usual, it was a lot of fun. Also as usual, it was a lot of walking but this year I wore tennis shoes instead of cowboy boots. It took a while but I’m getting smarter. There was plenty of cool stuff to look and play with and you… Continue Reading Macworld Round-Up: Stuff I Bought
Macworld Expo This Week!- Macworld Expo 2011 begins today in San Francisco. Historically the largest annual Mac-related love fest held near a large body of water, Macworld has evolved over the years to a smaller show, with iPods and iPhones pushing Macs aside. However, it is still held near the same large body of water. I think I’ve been… Continue Reading Macworld Expo This Week!
Steve Jobs Can’t Read Your Mind, but He Doesn’t Have To- Steve Jobs is a lot of things, but he’s not a mind-reader. I mention this because article after article tells us: • “For years, and across a career, knowing what consumers want has been the self-appointed task of Mr. Jobs” (New York Times) • “Jobs’ greatest gift hasn’t been for invention as much his uncanny… Continue Reading Steve Jobs Can’t Read Your Mind, but He Doesn’t Have To
A Little Google Tip- When you search with Google you sometimes get MORE than what you want, and it clutters up the results. For example, suppose you’re looking for Mac help in Austin, Texas. You type in… Mac help Austin Texas … and you get a pretty good list. But, there are a lot of repair places listed, and… Continue Reading A Little Google Tip
iPhone on Verizon- Well well well. As predicted, you will soon be able to use an iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network. You can read all about it on Verizon’s website but they leave a few things out. Here’s the stuff they don’t come right out and say. Verizon’s version of “3G” is not as fast as AT&T’s… Continue Reading iPhone on Verizon
New Strategy for iPhone App Organization- If you’re using iOS 4 on an iPhone you’ve no doubt seen “Folders” as shown above*. Folders are great for grouping apps (here, I’ve put a bunch of weather-related apps into their own folder), but they’re also great for giving you quick access to a lot more apps in a lot less time (and a… Continue Reading New Strategy for iPhone App Organization
Top 3 iPhone Games- Note: I am honored to present this special Guest Expert blog post, written by my friend Zach, a Macintosh and iPhone gaming expert. — Christian BoyceTop 3 iPhone Gamesby Zach, age 9 First Place: Ancient WarPoint of the game: destroy a totem pole without your own totem pole being destroyed tooCost: $1.99 Ancient War is… Continue Reading Top 3 iPhone Games
NFL Prime Time iCal Calendar for 2010- Note: this is a repeat of a blog entry from last year, with updated data for 2010. Preseason games are not included. I wanted an iCal calendar of the prime-time NFL games (Monday Night Football, the Sunday night game, the occasional Thursday night game) but I couldn’t find one online. I did find the entire… Continue Reading NFL Prime Time iCal Calendar for 2010
Pile of old phones How to trade in your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards- — How to trade your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards — RadioShack’s Trade-and-Save program is no longer. But there are plenty of other options for trading in your old cell phones and computers and other electronic equipment, including: Apple’s Trade-in Program Amazon’s Trade-in Program Gazelle and It’s Worth… Continue Reading How to trade in your old cell phones, computers, and other electronics for cash or gift cards
How to Save Money on iPhone Apps- — How to Save Money on iPhone Apps — AppMiner Some iPhone apps are free. Some aren’t. Except when they are. Turns out that iPhone app pricing changes all the time. That app that you didn’t buy because it cost too much might suddenly cost half as much– or maybe even nothing at all. The… Continue Reading How to Save Money on iPhone Apps
iTunes University- Apple’s iTunes university offers more than 250,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other materials— from universities, museums and art institutions, and libraries all over the world. You’ll find courses from Stanford, Michigan, and Cal (and many, many more); lectures about past and current exhibits from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA (the Museum of Modern… Continue Reading iTunes University
Quick Way to Enlarge iPhone’s Emails- Someone (Dave) asked me how to make the text bigger on his iPhone, specifically for emails. I told him how to do it: Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then scroll way do to the Mail section, then change the Minimum Font Size. That works, and Dave’s happy, so that is that. Except that I found… Continue Reading Quick Way to Enlarge iPhone’s Emails
FaceTime to the Rescue- No doubt you’ve heard about FaceTime, Apple’s groovy new video-chat feature built into the iPhone 4. It’s pretty cool the first time around– in fact, it’s better than that. It’s incredible. Mind-blowing. Astounding. That’s how it was for me. But then it wore off, becoming sort of a novelty instead of a game-changer. Until tonight.… Continue Reading FaceTime to the Rescue
iPhone 4 Antenna Song- Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference is going on right now. They started it by showing this YouTube video. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac on my One-Minute Macman website!Also visit my iPhone In a Minute website!
Free Admission to MacWorld Expo- MacWorld Expo 2011 is six months away, but if you plan ahead a little you can save major buckos on admission. In fact, if you use this link before the end of the day on July 26th, you can get in for free. San Francisco in January isn’t exactly balmy but who cares, it’s SAN… Continue Reading Free Admission to MacWorld Expo
Epicentral iPhone app- UPDATE 1-17-2018: the Epicentral app is no longer available, but an even better one is. Check out QuakeFeed Earthquakes. Includes customizable alerts. It’s the one I use now. Free, with in-app purchases. (the following is provided for historical reference) Here’s a handy iPhone app, especially if you were in Southern California at 4:53 pm today.… Continue Reading Epicentral iPhone app
iPhone 4 FaceTime- People ask me all the time “What does the new iPhone 4 do that my old iPhone can’t?” Here’s one thing: FaceTime. Only on iPhone 4. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac on my One-Minute Macman website!Also… Continue Reading iPhone 4 FaceTime
Free Fireworks App- In case you didn’t get enough fireworks tonight here’s an iPhone app that lets you make fireworks anytime you want. It’s called “iLoveFireworks Lite” and it’s free.I can’t find any written directions but through trial and error I’ve discovered a few things. First, tap on the screen to make a small firework. Second, drag your… Continue Reading Free Fireworks App
iPhone 4 signal strength- You’ve probably heard about problems with Apple’s iPhone 4— specifically, there’s something about the antenna that makes the number of AT&T signal bars go down when you hold the phone in your hand “in certain ways.” It turns out that “certain ways” includes the way I’d normally hold it (in the palm of my left… Continue Reading iPhone 4 signal strength
iPhone Software Update (iOS 4)- Somewhat overlooked in last week’s iPhone 4 pandemonium is the updated operating system for iPhones called “iOS 4”. It’s available as a free download for existing iPhone and iPod Touch users. (Sorry, it is not available yet for the iPad.) I put it onto my iPhone 3GS and it’s working fine. Here’s what you’ll get… Continue Reading iPhone Software Update (iOS 4)
iCal calendar for World Cup matches- UPDATE: here’s a link to the 2018 knockout stage World Cup calendar, in ics format (for your iPhone, Mac, or iPad). In the “better late than never” category, here’s a calendar for your iCal with the time and date of every World Cup match. Click here to get the calendar. All you do is click… Continue Reading iCal calendar for World Cup matches
Free iPhones- Radio Shack will be selling the new iPhone 4, and will be offering $200 as a trade-in for iPhone 3GS owners. Since the new iPhone is $199, you’re basically getting it for free. Worth checking it out. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60… Continue Reading Free iPhones
iPhone 4- yes please- When the first iPhone came out I got one, but I didn’t really “get it.” Now, though, I get it– and I’ll be getting the new iPhone the first day (June 24th, 2010). Here’s a link to Steve Jobs introducing the new iPhone (“the iPhone 4”) at the World Wide Developers’ Conference two days ago.… Continue Reading iPhone 4- yes please
iPhone Sliiiiiiide Technique- If you’re an iPhone user you know that accurate pointing leads to efficient use. Actually, it’s the other way around: inaccurate pointing leads to inefficient use. It’s not easy to be accurate when your finger’s bigger than the buttons and keys and controls on the iPhone’s screen, but it turns out there’s a useful technique… Continue Reading iPhone Sliiiiiiide Technique
My Favorite Shopping Site- (Note: last week one of my customers– Tom Nevermann,AKA “The Moving Doctor“— asked me to help him find a good deal on USB-powered speakers for his Mac. I took him to www.dealnews.com and set up an email alert for him, and now every time a good deal on USB-powered speakers comes along, Tom gets notified… Continue Reading My Favorite Shopping Site
Handy iPhone App: Gorillacam- I’ve been experimenting with a free iPhone app called “Gorillacam.” It comes from the people who make the GorillaMobile iPhone tripod* but you don’t have to have the tripod to use it. Gorillacam improves upon the standard iPhone Camera app in several ways, including the handy features shown in the picture below:Of these, I like… Continue Reading Handy iPhone App: Gorillacam
About That Stolen iPhone…- It sounds like a joke– “Guy walks into a bar…”– but it’s pretty serious stuff: Apple engineer loses prototype iPhone in a bar, someone finds it, leaves the bar with it, and sells it to tech/rumor/news site Gizmodo.com for a cool 5 G’s. Gizmodo takes it apart, writes about it, gets lots of attention. Apple… Continue Reading About That Stolen iPhone…
Putting It Another Way- I’ve thought quite a bit about this Apple, Adobe, and Flash issue. I think it comes down to this: Adobe is saying “Hardware doesn’t matter.” They have an idea for an app (for a smartphone) or an idea for a desktop application (for a Mac or a PC), and then they try to make it… Continue Reading Putting It Another Way
Apple, Adobe, and Flash- You may have heard that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch do not run Flash. Flash is Adobe’s plug-in software, used by web designers for animations and video. Apple doesn’t like Flash because it’s buggy and slow, and– I suspect– because it leads to sloppy, cheesy websites with gratuitous rollover action. Adobe gives away the… Continue Reading Apple, Adobe, and Flash
How to Make Your iPhone Battery Last All Day- — How to Make Your iPhone Battery Last All Day — When it comes to the iPhone, I hear two complaints over and over:1. AT&T is the pits, and2. The battery runs down too quickly. I’m not thrilled with AT&T either but I can’t solve that problem for you. I can, however, help you make… Continue Reading How to Make Your iPhone Battery Last All Day
iPhone Photo of the Week- Here’s a picture of bluebonnets, taken with my iPhone in Austin, Texas. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac on my One-Minute Macman website!Also visit my iPhone In a Minute website!
iPhone OS 4 Coming Soon- Apple showed off its upcoming iPhone software update, the so-called iPhone OS 4. It really looks great but to most people, it won’t “look” at all because it’s mostly under the hood, which is how it ought to be. All you’ll know is your iPhone (and iPad) will be easier and more fun to use.… Continue Reading iPhone OS 4 Coming Soon
Apple’s Sold 300,000 iPads- 300,000 iPads sold so far. Pretty impressive for something that no one thought they wanted or needed– really, an extra device, not a replacement for anything else– until Apple showed it to us in January. Correction: it’s 300,000 iPads as of midnight Saturday April 3rd (the first day they were available). That’s even better. Did… Continue Reading Apple’s Sold 300,000 iPads
Nice iPad Video- PCMag.com reviewed the iPad and produced this very nice video that tells you all about it. Yes, the narrator speaks too rapidly, but you’re in control– put your mouse over the video and pause it if you need to (I did). Or grab the time (above the little stripe showing how much you’ve watched) and… Continue Reading Nice iPad Video
First iPad Review(s)- David Pogue reviewed the iPad. Actually, he reviewed it twice. Worth a quick read. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac on my One-Minute Macman website!Also visit my iPhone In a Minute website!
iPad Video Tutorials- You may not have heard but Apple has something new called the iPad and it’s coming out April 3rd (this Saturday). They’ve made some sales tools, I mean instructional videos, and you can watch them via this link. Warning: the videos are very well done and you may find yourself ordering an iPad after watching… Continue Reading iPad Video Tutorials
iTunes App Store Wish List- All of a sudden, the iTunes App Store has a “wish list” feature. Didn’t used to, and it made shopping for apps a little harder than it had to be because you had to write down the names of apps that you thought you might want to go back to. Now (as of a week… Continue Reading iTunes App Store Wish List
A Few of my Favorite Apps- UPDATE: appsfire.com does not function any more. Sorry about that. No, I’m not finished with the Option key Tip-a-Palooza. I just thought this iPhone appsfire thing was too cool not to share. You can find some neat apps by clicking here and going to the appsfire.com website. Or you can just do everything exactly the… Continue Reading A Few of my Favorite Apps
Nice Deal on 1Password touch- You can get 1Password touch for your iPhone or iPod Touch for free right now. It’s usually $4.99. Go get it while it’s free. You can figure out whether you want it or not later. I think you want it. Here’s the link. And here’s a video that shows how it works. In a nutshell,… Continue Reading Nice Deal on 1Password touch
Dropbox– cboyce says “Thumbs Up.”- This is Dropbox. You want it. Here’s the link. They have a little video there, right on the first page. It’s worth watching– it explains the whole thing. However, if you’d rather have ME explain it for you, read on. Suppose you have a laptop and a desktop Mac. There is bound to be some… Continue Reading Dropbox– cboyce says “Thumbs Up.”
Apple’s first iPad ad- Apple showed its first iPad ad last night, during the Academy Awards. (I think they showed the first iPhone ad during the Academy Awards three years ago– that worked out pretty well.) Here’s a link to the ad. I’m not sold on the iPad, nor on the ad. It’s a bit noisy for me– I… Continue Reading Apple’s first iPad ad
Christian Boyce Radio Program Archive- Radio station KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angeles had me on their show March 6th, 2010. Here are links to the audio archive: one link for the first half hour, and another link for the second. It’s an interesting show so I recommend you listen to both. However, the interview with me is in the… Continue Reading Christian Boyce Radio Program Archive
iPads coming soon- (from Apple’s press release) Apple today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the… Continue Reading iPads coming soon
Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 6th, 2010- There’s a terrific radio program called “Digital Village” on Saturday mornings in Los Angeles. The hosts (Ric Allan and Doran Barons) discuss technology and its impact on communication. It’s always interesting. You should check it out. This Saturday, March 6th, I’ll be Digital Village’s featured guest. I’ll be talking about last month’s Macworld Expo, and… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the Radio, March 6th, 2010
NBC Olympics Cheer App- Cheering on the Olympians is fun, but you need tools if you want to do it right: cowbells (for Alpine ski racing), Alpenhorns (for ski jumping), irritating airhorns (for no sport, not ever). NBC has thoughtfully provided an iPhone app that plays all of those sounds, and more– see below. Here are the standard sounds.… Continue Reading NBC Olympics Cheer App
AT&T’s Mark the Spot app- AT&T might not have the best phone and data services (might not?), but at least they’re giving us an easy way to let them know when and where we experience problems. The idea is, when something goes wrong– dropped call, no service, slow internet, etc.– you fire up AT&T’s Mark the Spot app and tell… Continue Reading AT&T’s Mark the Spot app
iPhone Photo of the Week- Taken February 9th, 2010, 5:30 PM, after the rain in Los Angeles. No special lens, no special tricks, just a steady hand. Remember, the iPhone takes a picture when you take your finger OFF of the camera button, not when you touch it, so put your finger on it and hold… and when you are… Continue Reading iPhone Photo of the Week
Macworld Expo Report- I’m back from Macworld Expo. I spent about a day and a half there, plenty of time to see all of the exhibits once and many of them twice. The show was much, MUCH smaller than last year. We knew in advance that Apple wouldn’t be there, but we were all wondering how many others… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report
Macworld Expo is this week!- The big Macworld Expo show starts this Thursday in San Francisco. For the first time in Macworld’s history, Apple will not be there. (In case you didn’t know, Macworld Expo is put on by the people who own Macworld magazine. Apple was never the host of Macworld, only an attendee.) It should be an interesting… Continue Reading Macworld Expo is this week!
My Top Five PAID iPhone Apps- Christian Boyce’s Top Five PAID iPhone AppsHere are five iPhone apps that I bought with my own money. I use them all the time. Definitely worth your consideration. Live Cams, 99 cents. (Note: replaced by Live Cams Pro.) In combination with EvoCam ($30) on your Mac and a cheap webcam, Live Cams lets you see… Continue Reading My Top Five PAID iPhone Apps
My Top Five FREE iPhone Apps- Here are five free iPhone apps that I use all the time. Click the links to get more info via the Apple iTunes Store. Christian Boyce’s Top Five FREE iPhone AppsNYTimes (Best app for news, reviewed by me here)Mint (Best app for keeping track of your credit card and bank balances, reviewed by me here)eReader… Continue Reading My Top Five FREE iPhone Apps
Apple iPad Info- You may not have heard but Apple introduced something called the iPad today. There are plenty of places for you to read about the not-shipping-for-two-months iPad, and I haven’t had my hand(s) on one yet, so rather than write about it myself I’m just sending you a few links. Apple’s iPad pages Engadget’s iPad pages… Continue Reading Apple iPad Info
Save Time and Trouble with Tripit.com- You know that feeling you get when you suddenly discover that there’s a much easier way to do things? That’s the feeling I got when I “discovered” Tripit.com, because Tripit makes one of my more tedious tasks go away. Which task is that? The one where I type flight information into my calendar so I… Continue Reading Save Time and Trouble with Tripit.com
Apple’s new i-thing- Everyone’s asking me about this new “thing” from Apple, so I thought I’d answer all of you at once. First of all, no one outside of a select few at Apple know anything about Apple’s not-yet-announced thing. We don’t know what it’s called, we don’t know what it looks like, we don’t know when it… Continue Reading Apple’s new i-thing
Blog from anywhere!- There’s a nifty little iPhone app called BlogPress and it lets you add and edit Blogger and Blogspot blog entries. If you have a blog on either Blogger or Blogspot you simply must try it. I’m using the free version (there’s a fancier not-free version) and it works like a charm. Another couple of great… Continue Reading Blog from anywhere!
Lower Prices for AT&T’s iPhone plan- This just in: AT&T is cutting the price of their unlimited voice and data plan for the iPhone to $99. The old price was $129. There is no word (yet) about whether they will cut the price on the other, not-unlimited plans. Existing iPhone users can switch to the cheaper plan by going to AT&T’s… Continue Reading Lower Prices for AT&T’s iPhone plan
Even More Stuff I Like: Cameras preference pane- One of the things I like about iPhoto is it kicks in automatically when I connect my camera. One of the things I don’t like about iPhoto is it kicks in automatically when I connect my iPhone for synching or charging (iPhoto kicks in because it thinks of the iPhone as a camera, and wants… Continue Reading Even More Stuff I Like: Cameras preference pane
Introducing Managed Service from Christian Boyce- We’re introducing something new today: Managed Service from Christian Boyce. In a nutshell, you get the same great service as always, but you get it sooner and it costs you less. Click this link to read all about it. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund.… Continue Reading Introducing Managed Service from Christian Boyce
Google Stuff You Didn’t Know- — Google Stuff You Didn’t Know — UPDATE: I’ve written a new series of articles on Google search. Read this one, and then use these links. How to restrict your Google search to a single website How to search Google Images by color How to search Google for different kinds of pictures How to search… Continue Reading Google Stuff You Didn’t Know
iPhone Stocks App Tips- There’s this thing called “The Stock Market” where people with extra money place bets on companies, and if things go right they cash out with more than they went in with. It’s sort of like betting on the NFL, except it’s legal in every state, and harder to handicap, and if you lose you can… Continue Reading iPhone Stocks App Tips
Best Free iPhone Dictionary- You really ought to have a dictionary on your iPhone. You can get this one– Dictionary.com– for free, and it’s terrific, so what are you waiting for? Click this link and start the download. It’s big (35 megabytes, not that it will make much of a dent in your 8 or 16 or 32 gigabyte… Continue Reading Best Free iPhone Dictionary
Anti-Glare Film for the iPhone- Power Support Anti-Glare Film is the best $14.95 you can spend on your iPhone. It does a great job of cutting glare, it protects your iPhone’s screen, it cuts down on fingerprints, and it feels great as you tap and drag. You ought to get some. They come two to a package so find a… Continue Reading Anti-Glare Film for the iPhone
iPhone 3.1.2 Update- Apple released updated iPhone software, version 3.1.2, this very afternoon. The previous version was 3.1 and no I don’t know what happened to 3.1.1. This update takes a lot less time than the 3.1 version and it is supposed to help the iPhone to wake up from sleep more reliably, to connect to the AT&T… Continue Reading iPhone 3.1.2 Update
NFL Prime Time iCal calendar- I wanted an iCal calendar of the prime-time NFL games (Monday Night Football, the Sunday night game, the occasional Thursday night game) but I couldn’t find one online. I did find the entire NFL schedule, but that was way more than I wanted. Solution: I imported the entire NFL schedule, then wrote an AppleScript to… Continue Reading NFL Prime Time iCal calendar
MMS iPhone Update- MMS: noun. Abbreviation for Multimedia Messaging Service, an enhancement to the SMS (Short Messaging Service). In English: with MMS, you can still “text” someone, but now you can send a picture, or a video, or a sound. This feature was part of Apple’s 3.0 upgrade a few months ago, and lots of people have been… Continue Reading MMS iPhone Update
Your Photo on NationalGeographic.com- Hey, photographers: National Geographic wants YOU. Rather, they want your pictures. Only if they’re good though. Every day they publish “The Daily Dozen” online, twelve photos submitted by regular people. Maybe even you. Some of the photos selected for the Daily Dozen will also be published in National Geographic’s print edition. Here’s the link to… Continue Reading Your Photo on NationalGeographic.com
Sports Calendars for iCal and iPhone- — Sports Calendars for iCal and iPhone — UPDATE: here is the 2017 College Football schedule, for each team in America. It’s really handy to have the schedules of your favorite teams on your Mac and iPhone. But, it’s no fun at all to have to type them all in. Luckily for us, someone else… Continue Reading Sports Calendars for iCal and iPhone
iPhone 3.1 Update- Last Wednesday’s iPod/iTunes lovefest marked the introduction of the iPhone 3.1 update. I installed it on my iPhone 3GS without a problem though the process was very time-consuming. Figure on at least an hour to get this done. Of course it’s completely automatic: connect your iPhone to your Mac, and when iTunes launches click on… Continue Reading iPhone 3.1 Update
Apple Special Event Recap- Apple’s special event came and went yesterday– pretty interesting stuff, especially if you spend your time rearranging your music. The highlights: a new version of iTunes, and iPod nanos with video cameras. Details follow. The new iTunes (version 9) is easy to navigate if you’ve used any previous version. New features include the ability to… Continue Reading Apple Special Event Recap
Apple Event September 9th- Apple will hold a special event, centered on iPods and iTunes, Wednesday September 9th in San Francisco. The event is called “It’s only rock and roll, but we like it.” As usual, there are plenty of people guessing at what Apple has up its sleeve. I can guess too, but why bother? We’ll all know… Continue Reading Apple Event September 9th
iPhone Tip of the Year- Having your entire address book with you, always up to date, is mighty handy. Being able to search your address book is also mighty handy as it keeps you from scrolling through hundred of iPhone screens to get to the name you want. The problem is, sometimes you find yourself way down deep in your… Continue Reading iPhone Tip of the Year
iPhone 3G vs. iPhone 3GS- In the market for an iPhone? Tempted by the 3G at $99? Wondering whether the 3GS is worth an extra $100? Wonder no more. The answer is yes, it’s worth it. Here’s what you miss by not getting the 3GS. Better camera for still pictures (3 megapixels vs. the 3G’s 2 megapixels, autofocus, exposure control)… Continue Reading iPhone 3G vs. iPhone 3GS
It’s “iPhone 3GS,” not “iPhone 3G S”- I don’t know if it’s official or not but it appears that the new iPhone– previously known as the “iPhone 3G S”– is now known as the “iPhone 3GS.” The space between the “G” and the “S” has disappeared. Not sure when this happened but I’m glad of it, as it was awkward to type… Continue Reading It’s “iPhone 3GS,” not “iPhone 3G S”
Take better pictures with your iPhone- iPhone pictures often look shaky. People blame the iPhone, and get used to lousy results. That’s a drag, because the iPhone can take really good pictures. Here are some very nice pictures that were taken with an iPhone. Here’s another iPhone photo gallery. Turns out that shaky pictures aren’t caused by the iPhone. Shaky pictures… Continue Reading Take better pictures with your iPhone
Charge your iPhone the RIGHT way- You’re probably thinking “what a waste of time– what’s so hard about charging an iPhone? Just plug it into the wall, right? Right?” Wrong. Well, technically “right”, except my way is even more right. And my way is “plug it into the computer.” Here’s why. Plugging into the wall charges the iPhone. That’s all it… Continue Reading Charge your iPhone the RIGHT way
iPhone Maps Super-Tips- They don’t give you much of a manual when you buy an iPhone, and that’s too bad because there are lots and lots of cool features that aren’t obvious right off the bat. The Maps app is a case in point. Here, then, are some hints for using the Maps app. Try ‘em. Tip #1:… Continue Reading iPhone Maps Super-Tips
New York Times iPhone news reader- I still prefer a “real” newspaper to any electronic version, and if you ask I’ll get all poetic and tell you why. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite iPhone apps: The New York Times reader. By the way, it’s free. It would be a bargain at twice the price. Heh. You can click… Continue Reading New York Times iPhone news reader
Barcode Scanner app for iPhone- I just learned of an iPhone app called “Snappr.” It’s amazing. UPDATE: Snappr’s been discontinued. Try RedLaser or ShopSavvy instead. Launch Snappr, then “scan” a barcode by taking a picture of it using your iPhone’s camera. The picture is sent to Snappr’s servers, where the code is actually read. In a few seconds they tell… Continue Reading Barcode Scanner app for iPhone
iPhone 3.0 software– go get it- If you buy a new iPhone you get the latest iPhone system software (iPhone OS 3.0) and that software lets you do some pretty cool things: Cut, copy, and paste Landscape keyboard for email, text messages, etc. Spotlight search of email, address book, etc. Voice memos … and lots more. The neat thing is, you… Continue Reading iPhone 3.0 software– go get it
iPhone 3G S– it’s great!- I bought a new iPhone last week-– the 3G S, 16 gigabytes of storage, in vivid black. It looks just like the 3G it replaces but has a few new doodads inside. And it has “S,” which stands for “Speed.” Here are some pictures. Here’s a list of the things I like about my new… Continue Reading iPhone 3G S– it’s great!
iPhone App of the Day- Here’s a great application from AAA, otherwise known as the American Automobile Association. This little beauty shows where to use your AAA card for discounts— and it’s free. Here’s what it looks like when it starts up. Here’s a list of AAA discounts near me. Here’s the same information on a map (the green dot… Continue Reading iPhone App of the Day
Two ways to get a free iPod Touch- Apple’s giving away an iPod Touch with purchase of a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac. Actually, it’s a rebate thing, so you have to pay for it first, then submit the receipt, and wait for your money to come back. And, you can only take advantage of the deal if you’re going to… Continue Reading Two ways to get a free iPod Touch
Stuff I Like, part 2- It’s taken nine months but here, finally, is Stuff I Like, part 2. (Stuff I Like, part 1 was about PowerSupport Anti-Glare Film— now called “Tru Protection”* Anti-Glare film.) You can read all about these programs at their websites, so I’m not going to go into great detail here. I will give you a short… Continue Reading Stuff I Like, part 2
Billion Apps contest- Apple’s iPhone App Store is closing in on one BILLION downloads. From now until the billionth download, everyone who downloads anything from the App Store will be entered into a drawing for a gob of cool prizes ($10,000 iTunes gift card, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro, lunch with C. Boyce, etc.). Click here for the details.… Continue Reading Billion Apps contest
iPhone Super Tips- Here are some of my favorite iPhone tips. Try ‘em and let me know what you think. Press the Home button and you go to the “Home” screen you were most recently on. Press the Home button again and you go to the FIRST PAGE of the Home screens. Capture whatever’s on your iPhone’s screen… Continue Reading iPhone Super Tips
iPhone app of the week: eReader- Surely you’ve heard of the Kindle, the electronic book-reading device from Amazon. It can hold thousands of books in its memory and you can download new ones through the air. That’s the good news. Here’s the bad news: it costs $359, the screen isn’t color, and it’s another thing to carry around (and it’s not… Continue Reading iPhone app of the week: eReader
OmniFocus: To-do list for Mac and iPhone- There are many to-do list programs for the Mac. And there are many to-do list programs for the iPhone. But there aren’t many to-do list programs for the Mac that synchronize with the iPhone, an essential feature if you ask me. Actually, there are two Mac to-do list programs that have synchronizing counterparts on the… Continue Reading OmniFocus: To-do list for Mac and iPhone
Macworld Expo Report 2.0- Macworld Expo’s over-– hopefully, just for this year, but possibly forever. Rumors are swirling that Apple will go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year (which means that I might get to finally attend that show, since it’s always conflicted with Macworld). In fact, some sources say that Apple’s already paid for… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report 2.0
Macworld Expo Keynote- Well, it’s come and gone– the 2009 Macworld Expo keynote speech. You can watch all 90 minutes of it, including a couple of songs by Tony Bennett, including “I left my heart in San Francisco.” Here’s the link. I have to say that Phil Schiller did an admirable job, considering what he was up against.… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Keynote
Macworld Expo Report 1.0- Coming Soon (January 10th, 2009 at 10 AM): it’s the Christian Boyce Macworld Expo Report, live from San Francisco. I’ll tell you all about the groovy stuff I saw at Macworld and I’ll tell you what I found out about Steve Jobs and I’ll tell you whether there will be a Macworld Expo next year… Continue Reading Macworld Expo Report 1.0
iPhone idea of the Week- So brilliantly simple, today’s idea is this: use your iPhone to take a picture of where your car is parked. When you return, have a look at the picture, and that’s that. It’s a huge help in those huge parking structures– just get a photo showing “B45” or whatever the sign is next to your… Continue Reading iPhone idea of the Week
Make mine Mint (dot com)- Wow, what a cool website: www.mint.com. They call it “the best way to manage your money.” And it’s free. Anyone can sign up for a mint.com account. You then enter information about your financial accounts– savings, checking, investments, credit cards. Do that, and at a glance you can see ALL of your financial information in… Continue Reading Make mine Mint (dot com)
iFixit.com- What a cool website, and gee don’t I wish I’d found it before I took apart that iBook and couldn’t put it back together again. Click the picture and have a look. How-to manuals. Parts. Friendly tips. cboyce says “Check it out.” (Here’s the manual I should have read before taking apart the iBook): Did… Continue Reading iFixit.com
AppShopper website- Here’s a handy website for you iPhone users. It’s called “AppShopper.” With more than 10,000 iPhone applications available it’s getting harder and harder to find just the one you want via the iTunes Store. AppShopper makes it easy. Here’s a screen shot. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian… Continue Reading AppShopper website
Free AT&T WiFi for iPhones- Maybe they got tired of hearing us complain about how slow the AT&T Edge network is and how 3G isn’t so much better. Regardless, AT&T is now providing free WiFi connections (many times faster than the Edge and 3G networks) in “thousands of hotspots nationwide” including airports, McDonald’s, and Starbucks. Click here for a map… Continue Reading Free AT&T WiFi for iPhones
iPhone Goodies- Sorry to have been gone so long. I had a million things to write about and couldn’t decide which one to do first. You might call it a “blogjam.” Today we have more in my short-yet-continuing series of Things I Like. Specifically, we have some iPhone applications. So here we go. 1. i.TV It’s a… Continue Reading iPhone Goodies
iPhone 2.1 Software- Thumbs UP to the iPhone 2.1 software. It’s working perfectly here. According to the documentation, the 2.1 update provides: 1. Faster backing up of the iPhone2. Faster synching3. Faster Contacts browsing4. No more crashes Other than that, it doesn’t do anything. If you are on any other version of iPhone software starting with a 2,… Continue Reading iPhone 2.1 Software
iPhone, uPhone, we all scream at our iPhones- Especially if we’ve installed the 2.0 software, which you can’t avoid if you bought a 3G iPhone. Basically, the software’s not ready, but we’re using it. And that leads to very bad behavior. I spent most of the weekend with my iPhone connected to my iMac, trying to get it iworking again. And still it’s… Continue Reading iPhone, uPhone, we all scream at our iPhones
Uncle Steve says “We’ll fix it”- I hear that Steve Jobs sent “someone” an email saying he knows about the iPhone problem reported here– the one where all applications (except the default Apple ones) open for two seconds and then slam shut. He says the problem will be fixed in September, via a Software Update. Yahoo! Did this article help you?… Continue Reading Uncle Steve says “We’ll fix it”
New iPhone Software! Yahoo!- Apple put out iPhone software 2.0.2 last evening. I of course installed it, and I of course am still having problems. If you were hoping (as I was) that everything would be fixed the next time Apple put out new iPhone software, you will be disappointed. Apple doesn’t say much about this release. All they… Continue Reading New iPhone Software! Yahoo!
My iPhone Adventure- When YOU have Apple troubles, you call me. When I have Apple troubles, I call… actually, I call me too. At the moment, I am trying to figure out what makes the iPhone crash, and more importantly, how to make it work again. The kinds of crashes I’m talking about are the ones where an… Continue Reading My iPhone Adventure
Stuff I Like- Here’s something that I really like: anti-glare film from Power Support. The film is exactly the right size for whatever it is you want to cover– in my case, my iPhone and my MacBook. The glare on my MacBook screen, especially, was a constant irritation– but not any more! Wow, does this stuff work. Took… Continue Reading Stuff I Like
iPhone software 2.0.1, part 2- The good news: iPhone software 2.0.1 didn’t make anything worse. The bad news: applications still crash the iPhone, and once you’ve crashed with one application you can’t open any of the others- just like before. Turning off the iPhone and turning it back on doesn’t solve the problem- also just like before. I’m working here… Continue Reading iPhone software 2.0.1, part 2
iPhone software 2.0.1- It’s here! They say it fixes some bugs. We’ll see. Do yourself a favor and wait until I’ve tried it and given it a thumbs-up. Look for info here within 24 hours. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the… Continue Reading iPhone software 2.0.1
eBay on the iPhone- If you’re an eBayer, having eBay on your iPhone is about the handiest thing ever. Here’s what it looks like on the iPhone. Click this link and get it. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac on my… Continue Reading eBay on the iPhone
iPhone Improvement of the Day- The iPhone lets you program the Home button so that a double-click takes you either to the Home screen, to your favorite phone numbers, or to the iPod application. The first choice is simply what a single click does, so that’s not really “a choice” at all. The other two are OK, but wouldn’t it… Continue Reading iPhone Improvement of the Day
I Thought I Was Going Nuts- All this week I’ve been showing people my iPhone and how to do cool stuff with the applications that I’ve downloaded. And all this week I’ve had trouble finding the applications. None of them seemed to be where I thought they were. I wasn’t sure, but it seemed to me that they moved overnight. (And… Continue Reading I Thought I Was Going Nuts
Groovy new search engine- There’s a new search engine– www.cuil.com. It’s really cool. In fact, that’s how you pronounce it. Give it a whirl. UPDATE: they’re out of business. Did this article help you? Maybe you'd like to contribute to the Christian Boyce coffee fund. Got 60 seconds? Learn something about the Mac on my One-Minute Macman website!Also visit… Continue Reading Groovy new search engine
And Another Thing- Speaking of making big improvements to the iPhone via some VERY simple changes: wouldn’t it be cool if you could scroll past the last page of your iPhone apps, and have it wrap around to the beginning? Currently, going from page 1 to page 7 takes six swipes to the left, and from page 7… Continue Reading And Another Thing
If I Were King- Why can’t I be in charge for just a few minutes? I know everything would be better for everyone. Here’s what I’d do to improve the iPhone (and I’ll bet it could be done in a day): 1. Provide the OPTION to sort applications by name. Or by date downloaded. A to Z, or Z… Continue Reading If I Were King
iPhone Stuff I Like- If you have an iPhone, even an old one, you surely know that (as of July 11th) there are gobs of new programs that you can add to an iPhone to make it do cool stuff. Being a “cool stuff” person, and also a “I would rather not pay for something if I don’t have… Continue Reading iPhone Stuff I Like
More iPhone stuff- I hate to say that I’m disappointed in the new iPhone, but I’m disappointed in the new iPhone. And in the new 2.0 software. The new phone just isn’t very much better than the old one. If you don’t have an iPhone at all, I say go get one. But if you have one of… Continue Reading More iPhone stuff
iPhone 3G- I don’t have one yet. Based on what I’ve read, I don’t really need one. The 3G network is nicely fast, when you can get it to work. I’ve read about a lot of people being surprised (disappointed) that 3G doesn’t seem to be in effect in their area even though AT&T’s map says it… Continue Reading iPhone 3G
iPhone 2.0 software- Well, it’s here: the new 2.0 software for the iPhone. It comes installed on the new iPhone 3G, but it can be downloaded for free and installed on ANY iPhone. So I did it. You should too. You get a couple of improvements: 1. It’s easier to delete a bunch of emails now.2. Your iPhone… Continue Reading iPhone 2.0 software
Football picture I love football, part 1 (of hundreds)- — I love football, part 1 (of hundreds) — UPDATE: here is the 2016 College Football schedule, for each team in America. UPDATE: click here for the 2011 NFL Prime Time calendar in iCal format. I love football, and I especially like the “glamour” games on Monday Night, Sunday Night, and now Thursday Night. I… Continue Reading I love football, part 1 (of hundreds)
iPhone 3G musings- You probably know that Apple is coming out with a new iPhone, the “iPhone 3G,” this Friday. It looks like the original iPhone. It’s actually a little thicker. It costs less to buy, but the service costs more. What’s a guy with an original iPhone to do? Here’s what I’m going to do. 1. Download… Continue Reading iPhone 3G musings

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