Jan 15

usb

Here is how to charge your iPhone from your MacBook Air battery. (It  will work for a MacBook Pro as well.)

  1.  Plug the phone into the MacBook Air USB port.
  2.  Open the lid and power up the MacBook Air.
  3.  Close the lid, putting the MacBook Air to sleep and the iPhone  will continue to charge!

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Oct 21

mail

 

Have you ever had the problem in the mail app on the iPhone that when you start to type a person’s name all their past (obsolete) email addresses come up! Even after you have deleted someone from  your  ‘Contacts’ they can appear in the ‘To’ field of Mail app when you are writing a new email.  This is because the mail app remembers  the email address of anyone that you have sent an email to . This is very handy if you have someone  that you want to send an email to who is not in your contacts.  But it can get annoying when someone’s old disused email address keeps appearing instead of the new one.

I have already written about how to solve this  problem on the desktop version of mail app in OS X  here.

How do you solve the problem on the iPhone though?  Here’s how.

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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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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 08

iphone undo typing

Did you know that if you shake your iPhone you can undo your last action to do with typing? This can be really handy. Continue reading »

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May 04

 

pnotos

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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Mar 25

iphone cable repair

The white insulation on my iPhone lightning cable became brittle with age and started to crack, peel and leave the internal wire exposed. Here’s a video of how I repaired it with a cigarette lighter and some heat shrink. It’s a fairly easy and good looking repair as you can see from the photo above.

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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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