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 〉
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.
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 〉
There is no Google Play App for the original Apple TV, but you can still watch Google Play movies using Youtube. When you do a search in Youtube, any movies that you have purchased in Google Play appear in the Youtube search results. So even though Apple TV does not have 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. Here’s how.
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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 〉
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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Google calendar is Google’s calendar app for your iPhone. I like it. Continue reading 〉