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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Dec 03

Apple TV

I’m a great fan of the Apple TV so I’ve been waiting a while for the release of the new model. The day it arrived I went to the Apple store but just as I was about to add one to my cart, I had to choose between a 32GB or  64GB model. (Apple’s first mistake. This is way over complicating things).  So I went to check out the tech specs and it was there that I noticed something so stupid that it is giving me flashbacks of  1985-97 apple years…  The Apple TV has no audio out.  No I am not making this up. The new Apple TV has no audio output.  No line out. No optical out. The audio signal comes only on the HDMI cable to your TV.

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Sep 02

dragon for mac

Looking for a review of Version 6? Click here!

Today Dragon Dictate Version 5 (renamed “Dragon for Mac”) was released. It’s a major upgrade from Nuance who are the creators of Dragon Naturally Speaking. They have flagged the importance of this release with the name change from ‘Dragon Dictate’ to simply ‘Dragon for Mac’. It looks different and it feels different, my overall my initial response is… it’s the best and worst version of Dragon so far. Worst because it crashes a lot. The best because of the design and accuracy.

SUMMARY: 

The Good: Incredibly accurate. Fast. Looks great. Does not require significant time to be trained.

The Bad: Slow to Load. Problems with capitalisation and spacing.

The Ugly: Crashes a lot. Unstable. Does not work with Microsoft Office 2016.

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Sep 01

Regular readers of Macintoshhowto.com will know that one of my favourite pieces of software is Dragon Dictate for Macintosh. Well the latest version, ‘Dragon for Mac’, appeared today at nuance.com. Check out my review of  here.

I just purchased it but  there are a few different prices around!

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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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Jun 15

You can imagine with a blog like this one that as an author I want a way to write new posts that is both easy and fast.

Macintoshhowto.com is run by a piece of software called WordPress. WordPress is a little bit clunky and so there have been several attempts to write software that will simplify the blogging process and automatically upload your post to WordPress.  Over the past few weeks I have  trialled various pieces of blog writing software and here’s what I found.

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