Aug 15

android to mac

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

You can download the app from here.

 

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Aug 03

Google pixel phone

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

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

Here’s what I’m finding are the most noticeable differences after 6 months of use. Continue reading ⟩

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Jul 29

 

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

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

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

 

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Jul 24

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

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Jul 19

 

Apple Pay allows you to pay from a credit card by swiping your phone instead of the card.  There are 2 steps. 1. Set it up on your phone. 2. Swipe your phone to pay.

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Jul 13

Apple have introduced the ability to send a group SMS from the messages app. I don’t know when they did this but it is a very handy feature that you may not have noticed. Previously you needed to download a 3rd party app (e.g. ‘Connect’) to send group messages but now you can do it from Apple’s SMS app. Here’s how.

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Jul 09

Despite Apple TV not having a Google Play App, you can still purchase or rent a movie from Google and watch it on your Apple TV.  Google suggest a way to do it by streaming the movie from your phone, but a far better way is to watch the movie directly in Apple TV via  the YouTube app. You can find previously purchased or rented Google Play movies in the Youtube App if you search for them.

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Jun 10

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Combining pdf documents on an Apple computer is easy.

There are lots of websites offering software to merge PDF files, but you don’t need a third party program to do it. It’s built right in to OS X for free.

OS X comes with a¬†free application called ‘Preview’ that will open automatically whenever you click on a pdf file. It turns out that Preview can edit and merge pdf files!

Preview app

You can merge PDF files using the built in ‘Preview’ application that comes for free with OSX.

Exactly how you do this varies depending on which version of OSX that you have. The concept is the same but the step by step pictures will look slightly different.

Please click on the version of OSX that you have to find out how to merge a pdf file:

How to merge PDF files in Mountain Lion 10.8 (2012)

How to merge PDF files in Mavericks 10.9 (2013)

How to merge PDF files in Yosemite (10.10) (2014)

How to merge PDF files in El Capitan (10.11) (2015)

For all versions of OS X prior to Mountain Lion (10.7 and earlier)  just follow the instructions below.

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