We talk at length about Apple and its products, everything related to Apple, its apps, its functionalities and qualities of its computers, smartphones and other gadgets.
The eleventh major release of the iOS mobile OS by Apple is to succeed iOS 10 this fall. The first beta version of iOS11, announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2017 became available for developers after the presentation, and a public beta set release date is set in mid-2017. (more…)
iTunes Home Sharing allows you to share iTunes media libraries between home computers (no more than 5), and through Wi-Fi network play content on iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad), Apple TV.
iTunes Home Sharing is a great feature, and any user can make the most of it. However it is doubly frustrating when it won’t work. Below we explain how to solve a handful of the problems that crop up most frequently with Home Sharing: (more…)
The iPhone comes with a set of well-designed apps for everything, from e-mailing to keeping track of all the commitments. You can install third-party software that caters to almost every need imaginable.
Your iPhone’s sleek operating system, iOS, makes the incredible computing power hidden in the device easy and intuitive to use, but any system can be vulnerable to external attacks, so Apple introduced a sequence of characters that the user must type each time he or she unlocks the iPhone from the lock screen. This sequence is called passcode which prevents any unauthorized access to the device. To protect their iPhones users can choose between a simple passcode or complex passcodes. (more…)
Siri is the voice-controlled personal assistant which provides an intuitive way to get tasks done on your Apple device without having to open apps and tap carefully at the screen and so on. As you certainly know, you can use Siri for everything from setting reminders and alarms to placing phone calls, taking notes, dictating messages and more.
Apple designed Apple Pencil to allow users work with precision when using iPad Pro. Introduced on November 11, 2015, this pencil lets the user make any number of effects on the screen without any effort. On the outside, it looks like, well, like a disposable plastic pen, but a teardown shows that it’s crammed full of tiny technology. (more…)
Clips is a new iOS app which helps users make fun video on iPhone and on iPad and share them with friends and family members. Clips allows users to add text, graphics, visual and sound effects and more. Adding content with Clips is quick and simple. The user just records it on the spot and grabs a video clip or photo from her or his library. (more…)
With iCloud Photo Library, you can keep a lifetime’s worth of photos and videos stored in iCloud and up to date on your Mac, iOS devices, Apple TV and even your PC, and Photos helps you keep your growing library organized and accessible. Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images… Memories displays the best images from your photo library in beautiful collections. (more…)
Released on October 12, 2011, Apple’s iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service which has about one billion users who can store their documents on remote servers for download to iOS, Macintosh or Windows devices. Users also can share and send data to other users, link accounts via AirDrop wirless, as well as manage their Apple devices if these devices are lost or stolen. iCloud replaced Apple’s MobileMe service as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders, iWork documents, photos, ringtones, Visual Voicemails and other data. (more…)
Introduced with OS X Leopard, Time Machine is an Apple’s backup software application distributed with the Apple macOS. This application is designed to work with the Time Capsule storage product and with other internal and external disk drives. (more…)
Announced on August 30, 2016, Kaby Lake – the new processor by Intel in now available in stores as OEM or as part of desktop and mobile systems. What it means for us, average users, let’s have a glance at it. (more…)
We’ve already posted about the iPad as a second display for a MacBook. The contraption is interesting and reliable but cumbersome and requires an iPad in addition to the MacBook. Besides, working with two displays is a trick to learn and you risk to develop a divergent squint in the process. But tethering a tablet is not the only option. Really, I don’t know why Apple is so touchy about touch screens, but their reluctance leaves the door open for other innovating companies. (more…)
iMessage is a messaging service for exchanging text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Texts, multimedia messages and even your location on the map can be shared with persons or groups. iMessage also supports video chats. (more…)
Additional display for a laptop is not a must-have for most of the time, but now and then an additional screen space will do for multitasking. Like editing video and checking mails at the same time, or displaying some service technical info when overclocking or coding. If you got a standalone display, no problem: you just plug it in and go ahead. But if your only other option is a tablet, it’s a tricky thing to do. The most popular interface for tethering both devices is Wi-Fi. But the wireless connection is unstable at the very least and the interchange between windows in the two screens is slow. The wired connection is much more reliable and developing the relevant iOS app was just a question of time. And a team of ex-Apple engineers now offers Duet Display, a nice app to tether your iPad to a MacBook Pro. (more…)
First things first, so let’s talk about what the Apple file system is and what it means for computers performance. We all know that our files are saved to the storage device, a hard disk drive or a solid state drive or flash drive, whatever. But the computer ‘sees’ it not the way we do. First it divides any file in little pieces and then stacks it on ‘shelves’ or sectors of the drive. The file system determines how large these sectors can be. Going on with the shelves metaphor, imagine bookcases too shallow or narrow to house large thick volumes, but fit for booklets. (more…)