Aug 25

looqdg

I was skiing last week and noticed quite a few people using ‘selfie sticks’. You may love selfies, you may hate selfies, but these selfie sticks are actually quite a cool piece of hardware. They plug into your iPhone headphone socket and the button on the selfie stick acts as the shutter button for the iPhone camera. They work on Android phones as well.

The winner is the Looq DG ($20 from Amazon). Continue reading to find out why.

I’m giving one away so if you’d like to be in the chance to win your own Looq DG selfie stick just leave a comment below letting me know where I’ve hidden a picture of a green looq DG selfie stick. (It’s hidden in an old article!) The first person to find it will win it.

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Aug 25

safari

This is a bit of an advanced tip for web developers. Safari used to have a menu item called ‘View Page Source’. If you selected this you could see the HTML code of the website you were viewing.  This option has been removed from recent versions of Safari but you can re-enable it by turning on Safari’s Develop menu.

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Aug 14

clock

I just found a real cool screen saver that my brother is using. After a preset time of inactivity your computer screen switches over to an old style flip-over clock. It looks great and is functional. Here’s how to get it going.

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Aug 11

browser

There are web applications that will allow you to preview what your website will look like on different browsers. You type in your website (e.g. macintoshhowto.com) and the site shows you what your website will look like in almost any browser you can think of. One such website is http://browsershots.org It’s free to use,  but there is a daily limit as to how many times you can use it.

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Aug 07

10app

Over at  Stack Social there’s a great deal running.

Stack Social have put together a bundle of 10 Mac apps from various developers, you choose the price you want to pay.

For me personally  the only app in this bundle really worth paying for was WALTR. (It lets you put any movie easily onto your iPad. A few readers have suggested it in comments here. WALTR is usually $29). If nothing else it’s a cheap way to get WALTR.

There’s also Crossover which lets you use some (not all) Windows apps on your Mac. I tried using it with Windows Explorer to browse the web and it didn’t work! RapidWeaver might be useful (RRP $89) if you do website design.

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for a full list of all the apps.

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Jul 29

yosemite

OS X has a built in application that lets you open and read pdf files. It is called Preview. If you click on a pdf file it will automatically open in Preview.

Thankfully with OS X Yosemite (OSX 10.10) it’s really easily merge 2 pdf files with the built in OS X Preview app.

From within preview you can add more pages to the pdf file. When you save the pdf file these extra pages are combined so that all the extra pages are merged with the original pdf.

 

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Jul 22

hero

This is the latest craze: google cardboard. It’s real fun. Here’s a quick introduction and how to get it working on your iPhone.

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Jul 20

bad

Repairing a broken OSX.

There have been reports of OS X Yosemite freezing after a software update. This can happen to any version of OS X.   If your Macintosh won’t boot up firstly I’d leave it a few hours, maybe even overnight, and see if it comes good. If not, you should ring Apple as they will be able to talk you through how to fix it. Otherwise, if you are outside of your Applecare,  or want to have a go at it yourself, here’s what I’d do.

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