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. The number of visitors is more dependant on Google’s algorithms than it is on the content. For example macintoshhowto.com was slowly and steadily growing in popularity from 2007 until April 2012, when there was a slight drop. This corresponds to when Google released ‘Penguin’ which changed their search results. In May 2013 there was another rather dramatic drop which corresponds to the release of Google ‘Phantom’. Most of the other changes in the graph correlate to some kind of a Google update.

In one sense it’s really good that Google is trying to tweak its search results to encourage good sites and get rid of spam sites. But there are two ways in which these Google rankings algorithms negatively impact the way people create websites. There may be more, but these are two that I have discovered. 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

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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May 20

I’ve started using Google Sheets a lot lately. You can make a link straight to Google Sheets on your desktop or dock so that you can access it more easily. Read on to find out how.

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May 19

Google pixel phone

Over the past 3 months I have been trialling a Google Pixel Phone. I’m not sure why.  I started getting attracted to the Google apps on my iPhone.  I found myself using Google Inbox for my email, Google Play for my music,  and the Google calendar app instead of Apple’s calendar app. So when Google released their Pixel phone I took the plunge and purchased one to see if it would play nicely with Apple. It’s been a challenging a few months because I can’t get myself back onto my iPhone.  I’ve tried three times and  I simply cannot go back to the iPhone. The Pixel is a great phone and it works very well with OS X. Google have really nailed the cross-platform syncing.  In fact,  when it comes to music and photos it syncs more easily with OS X than the iPhone does.  So this article is not really a review of the Pixel phone. This my experience transitioning from iPhone to  Pixel phone. Continue reading ⟩

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Mar 01

 

It can be a bit of a pain trying to print from you iOS devices or an Android phone.  Apple have helped by introducing Airprint,  but not all printers support Airprint so in some ways this has made the problem worse.  Yet again Google have come to the rescue. Google allow you to set up any of your printers as a ‘Google cloud printer.’  Here’s how.

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