Oct 15

calendar

I have been keeping an eye on three iOS apps that Google have been playing with over the last few years,  and they have all come to age at the same time.  I’m not sure if the timing is coincidence or some kind of subversive move by Google but Google have nailed these three wonderful iOS apps all in the last few months: Calendar, Inbox, and Google Play.

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Apr 08

delete

This is a crazy oversight by Apple, but there’s no obvious way to delete all the photos off your iPhone. Digital Cameras usually have a ‘delete all photos’ option but the iPhone doesn’t.

If you don’t delete them when you sync them to iPhoto, it’s hard to get rid of them. Here are 2 ways to do it.

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Mar 15

motorola

In this article I reviewed 3 bluetooth headsets for audio quality:  the Motorola Roadster Pro, the Parrot Neo HD and the Jabra Freeway. I didn’t like any of them. They sounded fine to the driver of the car but the driver’s voice sounded bad to the person on the other end of the phone.

Since then I have been trying them on the road and it’s been a little different.

In real life there is a clear winner: the Motorola Roadster Pro.

I’ve made a little video so you can see how good it sounds!

 

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Jan 18

lowpower

You may have noticed with the new iPhone update that when your iPhone gets to 20% of its power it will prompt you to enter ‘ low-power mode’.

But did you know that you can enter low-power mode when your iPhone battery is not low? This is a great way to extend the battery life of your iPhone!

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Jan 13

parrot

I recently decided to buy a hands-free Bluetooth speaker for my iPhone so that I could make calls while driving.  I read some reviews and decided to go for Motorola Roadster Pro.   All over the web reviewers are singing it’s praises. 9/10, 9.5/10, I even saw a 9.63/10!  Unfortunately, when it arrived, I discovered that the voice quality of the outgoing calls is woeful.

Most reviews are misleading because the reviewers only listen to the quality of the sound out of the driver’s speaker –  they don’t check the quality of the sound that the person at the other end of the phone call hears. So I ordered another 2 highly rated Bluetooth units and did a comparison.  They were almost as bad!  Here’s a comparison of the three.

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Jul 15

1keyboard

By default there is a world globe symbol next to the dictate button on the iPhone keyboard, the second key in from the left on the bottom row.  I sometimes press the world globe button when I want to press the dictate button. You can remove the globe button, here’s how.

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May 04

 

icloud

Apple has updated their iPhoto app to ‘Photos’ and included some pretty cool iCloud syncing.  All your photos are available everywhere all the time.  It keeps smaller copies of the photos on your iOS device while allowing the larger original ones to stay in the Cloud and it can download the larger files to your computer if you want. It’s easy to email a photo to someone from iCloud, even big movies. All in all, it’s very nice.  There are some major drawbacks with this approach though, and you need to be aware of them.  All your photos are now going to the internet, not just to your computer, and this can use a lot of bandwidth.  So here are 3 reasons why iCloud syncing of your photos might be a bad idea, and how to disable it and go back to manual syncing if you’d like to.

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Jan 15

From using a drop of water on your iPhone for a macro lens to filming under-water with a drinking glass, this video has some great ideas!

 

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