Nov 15

If you plug an Android phone into your computer the Photos app will open like it does with an iPhone, but it may not see the photos on your Android Phone. This happened for me on my Nexus 5X phone and I needed to give the phone permission to share the photos with my computer. Then all the Photos appeared for me to import in the Photos app. Here’s how to do that. Continue reading ⟩

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Oct 04

If you watch TV on your Macbook or iMac here’s a great tip. I’m not sure what happens in the rest of the world, but in Australia when you stream TV on demand from stations like channel 10 or SBS you get between 30 seconds and 2 minutes of ads every 10 minutes or so. The same happens if you watch TV on demand via Apple TV.

But you can avoid those ads! If you watch TV on demand using the Chrome browser in OS X with the ‘Ad Block’ plug-in enabled, all the ads disappear!  It completely skips all the ads and just plays the content. Continue reading ⟩

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Oct 04

In this Google Pixel review I commented that one of the frustrating things about the Google Pixel phone was that sometimes it missed incoming text messages. In fact this was so critical to me that it caused me to switch back to my iPhone. I have since discovered that this was not a problem with my Google pixel phone at all, but rather a problem with Apple messages. If you are changing phones from an iPhone to a different brand, make sure you turn off iMessage first.

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Sep 20

I have now been running macintoshhowto.com for 10 years. Here is a graph of visitors over the last 10 years:

You will notice that there are some turning points on the curve. Most of these changes correspond to Google changing their Page Rank algorithms.  For example macintoshhowto.com was slowly and steadily growing in popularity  until April 2012, when there was a slight drop. This corresponds to when Google released ‘Penguin’ which was a change in the way they show their search results.Most of the other changes in the graph also correlate to some kind of a Google update.

Google is trying to tweak its search results to encourage good sites and get rid of spam sites. But I have discovered two ways in which these Google rankings algorithms negatively impact the way people create websites.  Continue reading ⟩

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Aug 15

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

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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 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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May 27

I’ve been trying out the world of Android Phones recently with a Google Nexus and more recently with a cheaper LG Nexus 5X.  The best way to sync Android phones with OS X is over the web.The sync is not done via wifi directly to your computer.  Each App syncs its own data across the internet. From your phone, to the web, to your Mac.You don’t need to plug your Google phone into your computer.

Here’s a list of Apps that will share data between OSX, iOS and Android over the web.

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