Feb 08

iphone

 

Here are some frequency response graphs for the various models of iPhone.

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Jan 09

Today is 7 years since the iPhone was launched. Continue reading »

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Jan 08

alcatel

 

I just purchased this Alcatel phone. It’s a bit of a dud, I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you do end up with one, here’s how  to copy  contacts across from the OSX address book. I assume this will work on any mobile phone. Continue reading »

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Mar 20

handbrake

There’s no easy way to get a DVD onto your iPad or into a Keynote presentation. You need to convert the movie from DVD format into a movie format that the iPad will play. Here’s how to copy a DVD to your hard drive and then convert it to a movie that will play on your iPhone, iPad or in Quicktime on your computer.  Continue reading »

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Mar 13

battery

A lot of people are reporting problems with their iPhone battery life, especially with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

Here are some tips to get longer battery life on any iPhone simply by disabling some of the features of the iPhone.

You might think ‘but I don’t want to turn off any of the features on my iPhone’. Well, do you have every light and appliance in your house turned on all the time? It’s not the best use of energy to do so. Likewise it’s not necessary to have everything running on your iPhone at once either!

It’s a matter of compromising between convenience and battery life. My rule of thumb is that if I use something less than once a week, then I’m happy to turn it on manually, but for things I’m using every day, I generally leave them on.

This article is dedicated to Felicity.

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Mar 01

google

Despite their differences, Apple and Google do work well together when it comes to email.  Gmail is free and it has great spam protection. But the Gmail web interface is a bit clunky. Apple mail is very nice to use and you can set it to use a Gmail account. Here’s how to use Gmail from Apple’s mail app and also how to set up Gmail on your iPhone or iPad.

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Dec 05

addressbook

So you have two computers, one at work and one at home, and perhaps an iPhone or iPad as well,  and you want the same contacts to be available to all of them.  The easiest way  to synchronise all your Address Book contacts is to use iCloud. If you make a contact or edit a contact in one of your computers, it is available almost instantly to all your other computers.  Continue reading »

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Nov 01

iphone

On holidays I don’t want incoming calls on my iPhone but I still want my family to be able to call me. The iPhone has a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode that allows you to filter incoming calls and disable incoming texts. Here’s how it works.

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Oct 16

Telstra has released an iPhone app called ‘Telstra 24×7′ which allows you to check your Telstra account balance. The problem is it doesn’t work for Telstra business accounts!

Telstra also has an iPhone app called ‘Bigpond’. It doesn’t work for business accounts either!

Thankfully there’s a great little alternative called consume. It’s not free, but it could pay itself back very quickly by helping you stay under your monthly call limit.

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Oct 01

This little beauty is called an airport express. You can buy it from Apple for $99 (USA) or $119 (Australia).  It plugs into your home ethernet network (or straight into your ADSL modem) via that little Ethernet connection on the left  next to the power cord. Then it shares your internet connection with all your iOS devices via wi-fi. But it has a few tricks up it’s sleeve. Continue reading »

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Sep 28

3.5mm to RCA

To connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your home stereo you just need a 3.5mm to RCA cable like this cable above. The RCA cable plugs into the rear of your stereo and the 3.5mm plugs into your iPhone headphone jack. Continue reading »

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Sep 20

 

There’s no simple 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 two ways to do it.

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Sep 18

 

Good external microphones for the iPhone/iPad are expensive – not the kind of thing you want to buy and find out they are no good! Here’s a comparison of three external iPhone microphones: The Apogee MiC,  Fostex AR-4i and Tascam iM2.

They were all tested on my iPhone 4s by recording into the FiRE iPhone recording app at full quality. On the microphones that had a volume adjustment, I adjusted it to be at the top of the green range in FiRE, quite conservative, no chance of clipping. I had the mic placed approx 20cm in front of my guitar sound-hole at the same height in all the tests. The Tascam doesn’t give any indication of levels, the Fostex has 4 LEDs on top to show the levels and the Apogee has a single LED on the front. The single LED on the Apogee seemed to give a better indication of input level than the three LED’s on the FOSTEX because the difference in brightness was easier to discern on the Apogee LED.

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Sep 06

itunes

Importing songs into iTunes is easy – you just INSERT the CD, SELECT it in iTunes, and press the ‘Import’ button!

But… the default setting on iTunes is not the best setting to use when importing songs. It’s far better to use the ‘Apple Lossless’ setting which will keep your music at CD quality. If you must compress the music (e.g. you want to fit it on your iPod or a laptop) then use the  bitrate of 320kbps rather than the default 128kbps of iTunes.

This article describes how to import songs into iTunes with the better quality bitrate.
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Apr 02

If you’ve smashed your iPhone and you need a quick reliable place to repair it,  I recommend fixpod. They have the simplest system I’ve seen, you just select your phone model, click on the problem, it gives you a price. You book in your  phone for repair,  and they guarantee to repair it within 24 hours!  You can either drop it in in person, or post it in.  If you want some more views on fixpod check out this forum where there are lots of happy users! Here’s where to find them.

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Feb 02

Apple has introduced a ‘print’ button onto iPads, iPhones and iPods to allow you to print directly to a printer from your iOS device. Unfortunately  you need a special AirPrint enabled printer. Thankfully there is a free application called ‘AirPrint Activator’ that allows you to print to any printer, here’s where to get it and how to use it.

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Jan 05

When you have more than one computer and more than one iPhone or iPod there are various ways to sync your iTunes songs across all your devices.  This article outlines them all.

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Dec 30

Quite often I want to SMS 10 or 20 people at once to let them know something, but it’s painful on the iPhone – you need to select each contact one by one each time. This great little app called ‘Peepo‘ lets you create a group (it calls them ‘peepo circles’) and then easily email OR  SMS everyone in the group.

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Nov 27

I’ve been using 1Password for about 3 years now,  it’s great. A password manager remembers all your web login usernames and passwords on every blog and website you visit. It can generate a random password for you, giving you a different password for every site you need to login to. Continue reading »

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Nov 14

 

The Apple Computer Co. Philosophy – 1977

In 1977 when the Apple Computer company was created they put their principles down in a one-page paper called “The Apple Marketing Philosophy”. It had 3 points. Empathy, Focus, Impute.

Empathy was about empathy with the customer: Truly understanding the needs of the end user better than any other company.

Focus was about eliminating the lots of unimportant things so as to do a good job of the important.

Impute is about having the packaging impute a sense of quality into the product when the person opens the box, because people do judge a book by the cover.  Steve Jobs later said ” When you open the box of an iPhone or iPad, we want that tactile experience to set the tone for how you perceive the product”  (Steve Jobs p78)

Empathy is about understanding people. Focus is about doing a few things well. Impute is about good marketing. I think Apple still do all these things exceptionally well. The iPhone 34 years later embodies this philosophy.

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Jul 26

Yesterday Nuance released to Dragon dictate 2.5.

So what’s it like?

STOP PRESS: Even though initially I wrote this great review, after using version 2.5 for a week I find that  it often crashes when I try to use the correction window. There are a lot of complaints about this in the Dragon Dictate forums. I’d hold off  till the next update comes along . Dragon Dictate 2.5 is quite unstable.

 24th August 2011: Dragon Dictate 2.5.1 was released this week and  all the stability problems seem to be fixed. 

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Jul 06

Apple have built in website filtering into OS X under the ‘System Preferences’ – ‘Parental Controls’ but Parental Control cannot be enabled for administrator accounts (which is probably the account you are running from) and  Parental Controls also becomes hard to manage if you have multiple users because you need to set it up for each one.  Here’s how to set up internet filtering on your whole home network at once using a free service called OpenDNS. Once it’s set up this can help block unsuitable content from reaching any computer, iphone, ipad etc connected to your internet. This approach can be used at home, school, or the workplace. Continue reading »

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May 01

TV

To watch digital TV on you mac you need some hardware to get the TV signal into your computer, and you need some software to decode and display the TV in a window and to record programs etc. Here’s how to get it going. Continue reading »

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Feb 27

Just a quick post:

This is worth getting. Free for a day. It uses the gyroscope so it’s very accurate and doesn’t need calibrating. Only works on iPhone 4.

http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/gyroscope-ship-meter-pro/id417607812?mt=8

This is clever – timed video recording:

http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bluecam-pro-for-iphone-ipod/id335423589?mt=8

This is useful – magnifier:

http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/over-40-magnifier-flashlight/id381663967?mt=8

BBC news highlights:

http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bbc-news/id364147881?mt=8

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