iPhone and iPad How-Tos

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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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
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!
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
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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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)

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