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“Read what HomePod can do and our
opinions on how it can be advanced”
So, how has your new addition to the family been
settling in? It’s been about six weeks since we got our
hands on Apple’s HomePod and we’re still finding cool
new things that it can do, mainly because with it sitting
attentively in the corner of the room, it feels like a much
more natural environment in which to call on Siri. So
starting on page 50, you can read all about how to get
the most out of your HomePod as well as our opinions
on how it can be advanced. Please get in touch to
share your own thoughts and interesting findings too.
Also in this issue we explore the many ways in which
macOS can be used to speed up your everyday tasks
and save you time. Usually by delving into your Mac’s
main System Preferences or the specific preferences of
individual apps you can discover quicker ways to do
things. We’ve rounded up our favourites, as well as our
most-used keyboard shortcuts to possibly claw back
minutes, maybe hours of your working week. All this
plus the usual varied assortment of creative tutorials for
all of your Apple devices. Enjoy the issue.
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Our iOS expert demonstrates how to turn
your iPad into a Mac graphics pad, how to
send money with Facebook Messenger and
how to control iTunes with your Apple Watch.
This month, our tech expert has been putting
HomePod through its paces to discover how
it can be integrated into your daily routine and
entertain you in your home.
Our creative expert demonstrates how to
geo-tag your shots in Photos, create slick
montage sequences in iMovie and apply
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32 GarageBand
฀How to incorporate auto-tune
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34 Logic Pro X
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Improving Apple’s
supply chain
Apple goes deeper into the supply chain to find issues and
fix them than any other company in its industry
Six years ago
Apple became
the unwanted
poster boy for
worker abuse.
The media and human rights
groups drew correlations
between Apple’s huge yearly
profits and the plight of its
workers in factories across
Asia. Such was the horror of
these employees’ working
environments, it actually
threatened to damage
Apple’s long-term prospects.
Along with its suppliers, Apple is
fighting climate change, reducing
water use and eliminating waste.
A 2012 exposé in the New
York Times, Apple’s iPad and
the Human Costs, made grim
reading. It painted a picture of
underage employees working
excessive overtime seven days
a week in crowded dorms,
while suppliers improperly
disposed of hazardous
Explosions at factories over
China had killed employees and
injured hundreds more.
“If Apple was warned, and
didn’t act, that’s reprehensible,”
“Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, understood how
big a problem it was and has made the
welfare of Apple’s supply chain a priority”
Nicholas Ashford, a former
chairman of the National
Advisory Committee on
Occupational Safety and
Health, a group that advises
the United States Labor
Department, said back
then. “But what’s morally
repugnant in one country is
accepted business practices
in another, and companies take
advantage of that.”
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO,
understood how big a problem
it was and has made the
welfare of Apple’s supply chain
a priority. He has done so by
adding greater transparency
to the issue, and every year
Apple releases a Supplier
Responsibility Progress Report.
Now in its 12th iteration,
the Progress Report in 2018
details progress the company
is making to improve working
conditions at supplier facilities,
protect the planet and ensure
responsible sourcing.
Apple is also touting its new
health awareness program for
women at its suppliers. The
program started at facilities in
Asia across India and China
and provides information and
access to services, including
self-examination for cancer
detection, nutrition, personal
care and maternal health.
“We believe everyone making
Apple products deserves to be
treated with dignity and respect
and we’re proud that almost 15
million people understand their
workplace rights as a result of
the work we’ve done over the
Almost 15 million people in the
supply chain have been trained
on their rights as employees.
“We’re committed to raising the bar
every year across our supply chain”
years. We’re going further with
health education programs
and new opportunities for
advancement at our suppliers,”
says Jeff Williams, Apple’s
COO. “A new preventive health
care curriculum is encouraging
women to focus on their
personal health, and hopefully
share that knowledge with their
families and communities.
Our goal is to reach one million
women by 2020. We know
our work is never done and
we’re committed to raising
the bar every year across our
supply chain.”
Apple is also looking to build
a greener supply chain. Already
one of the most environmentally
friendly companies in the world,
around the world have now
products were made using
renewable energy than ever
before, while also reducing
overall energy usage and
their carbon footprint. This
year’s Supplier Responsibility
Progress Report stated that
suppliers working with Apple
improvements that reduced
more than 320,000 annualised
metric tons of greenhouse
gas emissions in 2017. The
company achieved a 37 per
cent average wastewater reuse
rate and saved over 5.1 billion
gallons of freshwater. It shows
how seriously Apple is taking
such matters, but then as one
of the richest companies in
power to make those changes.
It always has a moral obligation
to lead the way, which is what
Apple strives to do.
Apple conducted 756 audits
spanning 30 countries covering
suppliers representing 95 per
cent of total spend. The tech
giant’s efforts to improve the
standards of its supply chain
are having a huge impact.
Last year, just one per cent
of facilities were ranked as
low performing, and where
incidents of bad practice were
the issue. For example, any
policy was put on probation
and made to undergo regular
labour audits.
that, “Apple goes deeper into
other company in its industry
and each year it will do more
to raise the bar and protect
the people who make Apple
products as well as the planet.”
All iPhone final assembly sites
around the world have now been
certified as zero waste to landfill.
Things we learned
this month
First Qi-certified iPhone X
charging case upcoming iPhone
Popular accessory maker Mophie is set to release the
first Qi-certified charging case for the iPhone X after a
Juice Pack Air for iPhone X certification was spotted
on the Wireless Power Consortium’s product database.
There are already third-party iPhone X charging cases available, but
this Mophie offering will be the first with the prized Qi certification. It
means a product complies with the latest Qi specifications and helps
to offer customers peace of mind that they will work with the latest
range of Apple smartphones. No release date or pricing information
has been released by Mophie yet, but keep your eyes peeled.
Bang & Olufsen to transform
vintage speakers Raspberry Pi
Bang & Olufsen has paired
up with HiFiBerry to create
Beocreate 4 Channel
Amplifier, a product that
the customer installs themselves into
vintage speakers to implement wireless
functionalities. Costing £149, the
Raspberry Pi can be plugged easily onto
the Beocreate board without any soldering
and speakers can be connected via screw
terminals. “With technology changing
rapidly a lot of vintage speakers are stored
away not being used, or even thrown
away,” says Chief Intrapreneur from Bang
& Olufsen, Anders Buchmann. “We wanted
to change that, and this initiative is all
about empowering our customers to bring
those products back to life.”
Apple Watch now
tracks snowsports
Hitting the mountains for
some late winter/spring fun?
Well, Apple has updated
its smartwatch software to
enable third-party apps to
track their skiing and snowboarding activities.
Watch users can now record runs, see vertical
descent and other stats, and contribute active
calorie measurements directly to the Apple
Watch Activity app. Apps like snoww and
Slopes can auto pause and resume and users
will get credit towards their Activity rings;
workout information will also be recorded
to the Health app on iPhone with user
permission. “We designed snoww thinking
about quick interactions and glances while
out on the mountain,” says Eddy Healey,
developer of snoww. “These updates have
helped us make it easy to record accurate,
relevant metrics.”
“These updates have
helped us make it easy
to record accurate,
relevant metrics”
iPhone X performs better
than biggest rival iPhone
Early benchmark tests of the new Samsung S9 have
concluded that Apple’s flagship iPhone X handset is
far superior when it comes to performance. In fact,
Samsung’s new superphone comes behind even the
iPhone 7. The iPhone X’s A11 chip comes out on top in
every test when up against its rival’s Exynos 9810
chip. Apple FaceID feature is also a much more
facial recognition tool. Apple didn’t
it all its own way, however, with the S9
coming out on top in picture-taking and
display tests. Plenty of time for Apple to
hit back later this year then…
Apple to release cheap
MacBook Air? MacBook
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a man with an enviable record in
predicting future Apple products, has announced that he expects the
Cupertino giant to release a new MacBook Air late in 2018 at a much
cheaper price point than the current cheapest Mac. The MacBook Air
hasn’t had a major update in three years, during which time its 11-inch model was
discontinued completely. We’ve heard rumours of Apple offering cheaper iPad and
HomePods this year, so this news does make a lot of sense to us. Stay tuned for
WWDC 2018 in June for a potential announcement.
Apps are what keep us transfixed on our Macs and iOS devices
and to keep our interest piqued they are constantly being updated
and improved behind the scenes. The good news is that you will
never have to pay for an update once you have bought the original
app. The bad news is that you could well be using horrendously
out-of-date apps unless you know how to update them. Here we
guide you through the process to keep your apps nice and fresh.
update on iOS
If you only have a
modest number
of apps installed
on your iOS device then
you may want updates to
be installed automatically
as soon as they become
available. This is done
easily by going to your
Settings app…
1 Go to
2 Enable
3 Don’t use
your data
Launch your
Settings app
and then scroll
down through
the various
sections. You
will see a
category called
‘iTunes & App
Store’ – tap it
to adjust the
options within.
Under the
section, turn on
‘Updates’ and
then they will
download and
install without
you having to
lift a finger as
soon as they
are released.
If you enable
the Updates
option then
make sure you
also check that
the ‘Use Mobile
Data’ option
is turned off
so that auto
don’t eat into
your data plan.
individual apps
If you don’t
feel the need
to keep every
app updated all of the
time then you can also
cherry-pick certain apps
to update. Here we show
you exactly how to do
so from within the main
App Store app.
1 Launch the App Store
2 View available updates
3 Update all apps
On your respective iOS device, go to
the App Store and then you will see a
section marked ‘Updates’. If updates
are available, this section will have a
red number next to it. Tap to access.
A list of possible updates will now be
presented that you can scroll down
through. If you have a favourite app
that has an update available, simply
tap on the ‘Update’ button next to it.
If you decide that you would in fact like
to update all of the apps then you will
see an ‘Update All’ option in the topleft corner of the Updates screen. Tap
this and then go and make a cuppa!
1 The manual way
2 Do it automatically
3 Tick the right boxes
Launch the App Store app and then
click on the ‘Updates’ option at the top
of the interface. Any app updates will
be listed here so click on the ‘Update’
button next to any app you want.
To automatically update your apps,
go to System Preferences>App
Store, click on the padlock in the
lower-left corner and then enter your
administrator’s password.
You can now tick the boxes, as
required, that relate to the updates. For
example, ticking ‘Install App Updates’
will ensure that updates will be
installed as soon as they come out.
Updating all of
your Mac apps
The principles of
updating apps
remains the same
on Mac, although the
way to do so is slightly
different. Here we show
you how to manually
update your apps or
get it done behind the
scenes automatically.
Available at WHSmith,
or simply search for ‘T3’ in your device’s App Store
Must-kn and tricks to
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acs never come with
physical instruction
manuals. Perhaps
Apple assumes that if you are
sophisticated enough to buy
an Apple product then you
will be intelligent enough to
instinctively know your way
around it? If you feel compelled
to learn more about your Mac
then everything you need to
know is actually built into the
system software and accessible
from the ‘Help’ menu, but failing
that, we are always here to help!
The beauty of Mac is that
there are different ways of
carrying out everyday tasks. For
example, every command you
need is usually accessible from
the menu bar at the top of your
screen. However, with a bit of
dexterous gymnastics you can
carry out the same tasks in a
fraction of the time by hitting
a combination of keys. We’ll
highlight all of the essential
shortcuts that every Mac owner
should know in this feature.
Then there are time-savers –
cool things that your Mac can
do to make it quicker and easier
to carry out key tasks – like
making simple phone calls, for
example. This is where Macs
really come into their element as
there are ways to use every app
at face value, but by delving a
little deeper you can discover
ways to make them work more
efficiently for you. Read on as
we attempt to enlighten you on
some of your Mac’s greatest
productivity-enhancing secrets.
Top 5 Mac
Essential keyboard shortcuts
that everyone should know!
1 Quit applications (Cmd+Q)
2 Close windows (Cmd+W)
It’s not good to have too many apps open
at once as they may cause your Mac to
run sluggishly as they compete for system
resources. Simply clicking on the red dot in
the top-left corner of an app window won’t
work either as it won’t completely close
down the app. The only way to be sure
that an app is closed is by clicking on the
app menu and choosing ‘Quit’ – or by
using this shortcut.
Your Mac desktop can be a hellish place if
you have lots of apps open as the resulting
windows will be strewn across your screen
making it hard to find what you want. By
using the Cmd+W shortcut you will instantly
close whatever active window you are
using, but if you want to go one better then
you can press Alt+Cmd+W to close all of
the windows relating to the currently active
app (including Finder).
S itch
( md Tab – hold)
4 Copy & paste
(Cmd+C, Cmd+V)
5 Force-quit (Cmd+Alt+Esc)
Iff you have any open apps then it can be
swit between them. Obviously
n the app icons in your Dock is
clicking on
iion, but it is far easier to press and
ho Cmd+Tab, which will bring up a handy
onscreen app-switcher displaying all of your
currently active apps. Simply hover your
cursor over the app-switcher to select an
app and then click on it to select.
Probably the most-used duo of shortcuts
on the Mac! These shortcuts work in any
app and allow you to instantly copy content
to your Mac’s clipboard and paste it into
other apps. You can also toss in the ‘cut’
command too (Cmd+X) to give yourself the
Holy Trinity of Apple shortcuts. We honestly
don’t think that a day goes by without us
using these ones – they will serve you well.
“It’s not good to have
too many apps open
at once as they may
cause your Mac to run
somewhat sluggishly”
Occasionally your Mac apps may stop
responding and attempting the ‘quit
applications’ shortcut proves fruitless.
If this is the case then you can try forcequitting apps by using this shortcut. When
pressed, a small window will appear listing
all of the currently active apps – simply
select the unresponsive one and then
click on the ‘Force Quit’ button to close it
down completely.
Create a digital signature
Easily place your moniker on digital forms
Paper is undoubtedly being phased out in
favour of more environmentally-friendly,
digital forms of correspondence. And since
iOS 11 made it much easier to scan physical
documents, these can easily be opened using
the Preview app on your Mac, whereby you
can add a digital signature too. Follow our
step-by-step to find out how…
1 Open in Preview
2 Start creating a signature
3 Click on signature menu
Drag docs into Preview to open. If you’re
accessing a form online, hover your mouse
near the bottom of the page and click on
Preview to instantly open in Preview.
To add a signature to Preview, click on
Markup to the left of the Search field in the
top-right corner. This reveals the Markup
toolbar that is packed with extra options.
Click on signature for Trackpad or Camera
options. If you have a Trackpad you can
write your signature in using your finger or a
stylus. Alternatively, click on ‘Camera’.
4 Write and scan
5 Safely stored
6 Using your signature
Write your signature on a piece of paper
and then hold it up to your Mac’s camera,
positioning it on the blue line. The camera
scans it. If you’re happy, click ‘Done’.
If you click on signature again you will see
your signature is selectable from this menu.
Now navigate to the point in the digital form
where a signature is required and select it.
Once selected, your signature will appear
on the document in a small box. If you
need to increase or reduce its size click on
any of the blue dots and drag in or out.
Get instant word suggestions
Save time typing long words
Apps such as Text Edit and Notes
have a clever built-in feature that is
rather akin to iOS in that they can
try to predict the next word that you
want to write to save you the time
of actually writing it. To implement
this feature on your Mac, simply
start writing a word and then press
Alt+Esc. A list of possible words will
now be presented and you can just
click on the intended word to save
you having to write out the rest of
it. Sure, in the time it takes to press
the keyboard shortcut and pick
the word you could have probably
finished typing it yourself, but if you
are unsure of the spelling then this
feature can be a big help.
You can easily remove text shortcuts you no longer use by going to System
Preferences>Keyboard>Text, highlighting the shortcut and then clicking ‘–’.
Adding iOS text shortcuts
How to make typing easier – just
like on your iPad or iPhone
Capitalise words
Make sure you tick the ‘Capitalise words
automatically’ box and every time you
start a new sentence the first letter of the
first word will be capitalised without you
having to hold Shift.
Text tab
Start off by going to System
Preferences>Keyboard and then
click on the ‘Text’ tab. Here you
will find a few new iOS-style
typing options for your Mac.
Here are a selection of Mac
keyboard shortcuts for dealing
with text.
+ D
Forward delete
ctrl + K Deletes everything to
the right of the insertion point
cmd + delete Deletes everything to
the left of the insertion point
cmd + ctrl + D Look up word
under mouse position
Add periods
Also make sure you tick the ‘Add period
with double-space’ box. This means
that if you want to end a sentence,
all you have to do is double-tap the
spacebar and a full-stop will be added.
Sometimes, having auto-correct
on can be detrimental as it
changes words that you don’t
necessarily want changed.
Maybe consider turning it off
here to save time changing
certain words back!
cmd + F
Find dialogue
cmd + T
Font dialogue
cmd + G
Go to dialogue
cmd + E
Align Centre
cmd + J
Align Justified
cmd + L
Align Left
cmd + R
Align Right
Text selection
+ alt
Select up to start of
word where insertion point is
+ cmd +
Select up to the
start of line where insertion point is
+ alt
Select up to end of
word where insertion point is
Adding your own text shortcuts
As you can see, the ‘Text’ section of your Keyboard preferences has
a section dedicated to your own personal text shortcuts. Here’s how
to add them…
+ cmd +
Select up to the
end of line where insertion point is
+ cmd +
Select up to start of
doc from insertion point
+ cmd +
Select up to end of
doc from insertion point
ctrl + A Go to start of line where
insertion point is
ctrl + E Go to end of line where
insertion point is
1 Click on ‘+’
2 Add shortcuts
3 Replace with…
Go to System Preferences>
Keyboard>Text and then you
can simply click on the ‘+’ icon
in the lower-left corner of the
window to start adding your own
text shortcuts.
A space in the left column will
now be highlighted for you to
type in a text shortcut. Try to keep
this brief, limiting it to just a few
letters. You’ll see why in the
next step…
Now, in the right-hand column,
write out what you want your
shortcut to say, in full, when
typed. This can be a whole
sentence. Once done, click off the
text to save.
Go to beginning of word
Go to end of word
cmd +
Go to start of line
cmd +
Go to end of line
cmd +
Go to start of doc
cmd +
Go to end of doc
Speed up your web surfing
Here’s a selection of Mac
keyboard shortcuts for
using Safari.
Navigating web pages
+ Tab
Switch to next tab
ctrl + + Tab
previous tab
Switch to
Set favourite site
Set preferences for sites
you often visit so they are
the same every time
Setting preferences
To set your preferences for individual
sites, right-click on the Search/URL bar
and a small menu will appear – select
‘Settings for This Website…’ to bring up
more options.
spacebar Scroll down full screen
+ spacebar Scroll up full screen
cmd + l
Go to Search/URL bar
cmd + t
Open new tab
cmd + click link Open link in a
new tab
+ click link Add to Reading List
Open in Reader
Reader mode strips all of the
unnecessary clutter away from websites
to leave a cleaner viewing experience
and you can open your favourite sites
in this mode by ticking the ‘Use Reader
when available’ option.
Viewing web pages
cmd +
+ r
View in Reader
cmd + +
Increase text size
cmd + -
Decrease text size
cmd + 0
Default text size
cmd + esc
Enter/exit full screen
cmd +
+ h
Open Home page
cmd +
+ l
Mail link
When you visit news sites it can be
annoying when distracting video
starts playing without you clicking
on anything. Use this setting to
ensure that it never happens on your
favourite sites.
cmd + i
Show/hide toolbar
cmd + + b Show/hide
bookmarks bar
cmd + /
cmd +
Show/hide status bar
+ t
Show/hide tab bar
cmd + alt
+ 1
Show Top Sites
cmd + alt
+ 2
Show History
cmd +
+ l
cmd + alt
Allow/deny access
Some sites may want to use your Mac’s
camera or microphone or may wish to
track your location. These privileges will
be listed within the site options so you
can allow/deny them for individual sites.
Change to a private search engine
When you change your internet search engine it will stay changed every
time you use Safari. Why not change it for a privacy-conscious one?
Show Reading List
+ l
1 Go to Preferences
2 Choose new engine
While in Safari, go to the Safari
menu and choose ‘Preferences’.
When the Preferences window
appears, you need to click on the
‘Search’ tab.
Click on the menu next to the
Search Engine option and then
select ‘DuckDuckGo’ from the
list. Once done, close the
Preferences window.
3 Search with
The DuckDuckGo search engine
will block advertising trackers,
keep your search history private
and keep your personal data safe.
Remember that you can place your favourite bookmarks and Reading List
items within easy reach at all times by going to View>View Sidebar.
Surf the web your way
Exploiting the many uses of your Mac’s search engine
We use Apple’s Mac and iOS web-browser,
Safari, every day for a wide range of purposes
and with a few tweaks to the preferences we
can get it running seamlessly to suit our needs.
For example, you can set it up so that it always
opens up on your favourite page, or effortlessly
supplies your personal details when filling in
online forms. Here’s how…
1 Open Safari preferences
2 Set a homepage
3 Using autofill
While in Safari, click on the ‘Safari’ menu
and choose ‘Preferences’. The preferences
will open in the ‘General’ tab and here you
can determine what is displayed when you
launch Safari. Click on the ‘Safari opens
with’ menu and pick an option.
You can also set what new Safari windows
and tabs are displayed when opened. If
you opt for the ‘Homepage’ option, click
on the ‘Homepage’ field below and then
enter the URL for the site you want to set
as your homepage.
Having Safari automatically fill in your
personal details when filling in online forms
can be a big time-saver. Click on the
‘AutoFill’ tab, tick the ‘Using info from my
contacts’ option and then click on the
‘Edit’ button.
4 Edit info
5 Checking passwords
6 Show full URLs
Now fill in as many fields in your personal
contacts card as possible, including email
addresses, postal address, telephone
numbers, and so on. Any Safari fields
that require this info will then draw the
information from this card.
If you forget a password for a Safari
site then it can take ages creating and
authenticating a new one. Luckily all of
your passwords are stored. Click on the
‘Passwords’ tab, look for the site and click
on the password to reveal.
Apple recently introduced a new feature to
prevent phishing scams by only showing
obfuscated URLs. You can disable this
feature by clicking on the ‘Advanced’ tab
and clicking ‘Show full website address’
next to Smart Search Field.
Going private
How to surf online without leaving history
There may be times when you don’t
want to leave footprints of your web
activity, especially if other people
use your Mac. Thankfully there
are steps you can take to cover
your tracks. You can open a new
private window in Safari by going to
File>New Private Window or using
the Shift+Cmd+t keyboard shortcut.
Any tabs that you open in this
window will be private and leave no
record in your history when closed.
Calling and note-taking
Here are a selection of Mac
keyboard shortcuts for Notes
and general formatting
Notes app shortcuts
cmd + N
How to keep all of your important notes close to hand
Pinning notes
Note options
See below for how to pin
your important notes to
the top of your notes list
for easy access under a
section marked ‘Pinned’.
You can right-click on
any of your notes for a
small menu of options. If
you right-click on pinned
notes you will see the
option to ‘Unpin’ them.
New note
+ cmd + N
New folder
+ cmd + A
Attach a file
cmd + K
Save time accessing notes
Add link
+ cmd + T
+ cmd + L
Add a table
Opening notes
Add checklist
If you double-click on any note
then it will be opened in its own
standalone window on your
desktop outside of the usual
Notes interface.
General formatting
cmd + D
Bold selected text
cmd + I
Italicise selected text
cmd + U
Underline selected text
cmd + T
Show/hide Fonts
ctrl + cmd + D Show/hide
definition of selected word
Keep it clean
If you click on the red circle in the
top-left corner of your Notes app
then the main notes interface will
close but your standalone apps
will remain open.
+ cmd + : Display Spelling
and Grammar window
cmd + ;
Find misspelled words
Cut, copy and paste
cmd + X Cut the selected item
(and copy to Clipboard)
cmd + C Copy the selected item
to Clipboard
cmd + V
Paste Clipboard
cmd + Z
Undo any command
cmd + A
Select all items
cmd + F
Find items in a doc or
cmd + H
Hide windows
cmd + M
Minimise windows
cmd + N
Open new document or
cmd + O Open selected item or
open new dialog
cmd + S
Save current document
cmd + Q
Quit current app
Keep track of your important notes
How to ‘pin’ notes for easy-access
As handy as the Notes app is for
jotting down quick thoughts, lists
and, in the High Sierra update,
tables, it can be time-consuming
to find an older note that you need
to refer to – especially if you have
hundreds of the things. There is
a neat way to side-step this issue
though, and it involves pinning
notes so that they always sit at
the top of your list. Here’s how it
is done.
1 Right-click
2 Pin the note
3 Lock notes
Scroll down through your list of
notes to find the one that you
would like to access easily and
then right-click on it to bring up a
small menu of options.
Choose the ‘Pin Note’ option
and it will be instantly pinned
to the top of the list, easily
identifiable by a thicker dividing
line and the word, ‘Pinned’.
You can also lock notes by the
same process. Locked notes will
need a specific password (set by
you) to view. So it is worth doing
for sensitive information.
Don’t forget that you can also collaborate with other people on notes. Click
on the second icon to the left of the Search field and then add people.
Make calls on your Mac
Save time fumbling around for your iPhone and call from your Mac instead!
If you have an iPhone then you can make calls
straight from your Mac without having to lift
your handset. Any calls that you do make from
your Mac will be routed via your iPhone, but
the process is far easier than physically picking
up your handset to make the calls.
Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to
find out how to set it up…
1 Connect to the
same Wi-Fi
2 Enable iOS settings
To start with, make sure that you are
logged into the same Wi-Fi network on
both your Mac and your iPhone. Go to
System Preferences>Network on your Mac
and Settings>Wi-Fi on your iPhone.
On your iPhone, go to Settings>
iPhone>Calls and then tap on ‘Calls on
Other Devices’. Make sure this feature
is turned on and then make sure that
your Mac is enabled as a device to allow
calls on.
3 Set FaceTime
On your Mac, open the FaceTime app
and then click on the FaceTime menu and
choose ‘Preferences’. Now make sure that
the ‘Calls From iPhone’ option is enabled
and you’ll be all set to go.
4 Prepare to call
5 Making a call
6 Other methods
While in the FaceTime app on your Mac,
click on the ‘Audio’ tab in the main window
and you will see all of the numbers that you
have called, or that have called you, on
your iPhone listed. Pick a number and click
on the handset icon.
A menu will appear. Choose ‘FaceTime
Audio’ and your Mac will start calling the
number. Once connected, a small call
console will appear in the top-right corner
of the screen where you can also mute or
switch to video.
You can also make calls on your Mac
straight from the Contacts app. If you
want to do this, just navigate to the correct
contact card and then click on the ‘Call’
button to hook up. Alternatively, just type
names into Spotlight.
Call from Safari
How to call any number on your Mac
Another great time saver is the
option to make calls on your Mac
straight from the Safari app. If you
see a phone number listed on a
website and highlight it, a dropdown arrow will appear next to it. If
you then click on this arrow several
call-related options will appear.
Select the ‘Using iPhone’ option
and a call box will appear in the
top-right corner of the screen. If you
click ‘Call’ here then you will be able
to complete the action and make
the call without having to fumble
around for your iPhone. It takes a
little getting used to be can be used
to save you a great deal of time in
the long run.
The wonder of widgets
Use widgets to perform key tasks
Unless you use it often already it can be easy
to forget all about your Notification Centre
as it is tucked out of the way in the top-right
corner of the screen. However, this feature
is incredibly useful for performing key tasks
quickly. Read on to find out how to view your
active widgets, rearrange them and add or
remove them…
1 Open Notification Centre
2 Change settings
3 Go to ‘Today’
Click on the list icon in the top-right
corner of your Mac display to open up
the Notification Centre. By default this will
display all of the notifications that you
have received recently, presented in an
easy-to-digest list.
If you would like to quickly change the
way in which certain apps notify you
then click on the small cog icon at the
bottom of the Notification Centre and you
will be taken directly to the Notifications
System Preferences.
Now click on the ‘Today’ tab at the top
of the Notification Centre and you will be
able to view all of your active widgets –
shortcuts to apps that allow you to perform
key tasks without actually launching the
main apps.
4 Add new widgets
5 Rearrange widgets
6 Using your widgets
Click on the ‘Edit’ button at the bottom
of the menu and you will be able to add
or remove widgets from your Notification
Centre. Unused widgets will be displayed
on the right (click the green ‘+’ icon to
add them).
You can rearrange your widgets into any
order you choose by clicking and holding
on the list icon to the right of the widget’s
top bar and then dragging it up or down.
So if you’ve added any new widgets you
can move them to a place that suits.
Widgets can be great time-savers,
especially the Social one that lets you
post to social media services such as
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn straight
from the widget without having to go to
the actual website.
Get more widgets
Download and install more time-savers
Your Mac will come with a
decent selection of Notification
Centre widgets by default,
covering a wide range of apps
and services. However, if you
find you want more functionality
from your Notification Centre
then you can shop for more
third-party widgets in the
Mac App Store. Simply open
your Notification Centre, click
the ‘Edit’ button at the bottom
and then click ‘App Store’
to be taken straight to the
dedicated widget wing of the
store to find more.
You can drag emojis and symbols straight from the Emojis & Symbols
viewer into your message, email or document to save time.
Rename files when saving
How to save and make adjustments to your files simultaneously
Rename files
Quick Look
If you click on the
‘Rename’ option then
you will be able to
change the name of
the file from within the
Save As dialog, which
could save you a lot
of time.
Quick Look is a cool trick
for taking a quick peek at
a file to check whether it
is the one that you want.
You can right-click on any
unopened file to see this
option. Alternatively,
simply highlight the file
in a Finder window and
press Spacebar.
Here are a selection of Mac
keyboard shortcuts for when
starting up your Mac.
Start up in safe mode
Start up to Startup Manager
Start up from Apple Hardware
Test or Apple Diagnostics
Start up from compatible
NetBoot server
cmd + R Start up from macOS
Recovery system
+ cmd + P + R
cmd + S
Right-click files
When the Save As dialog
box has been expanded,
right-click on the name of
any file within the box and
you will see a small menu
of options.
your options
When saving a new file you
can expand the Save As
dialog box by clicking on
the arrow icon to the right
of the ‘Save As’ field. Do
this so that you can see
your files and folders.
Start up in single-user
Start up in target disk mode
cmd + V
Start up in verbose
Essential Finder
cmd + D
Duplicate selected files
cmd + E
Eject selected disk or
cmd + F
Start a Spotlight search
cmd + I
Get info
+ cmd + C Open the
Computer window
Quickly find hidden symbols
If you need to type accents, foreign symbols or emojis then
there is a quick and easy way to access them…
+ cmd + D
Open the desktop
+ cmd + F
Files window
Open the All My
+ cmd + H
Open the Home
+ cmd + K
Open the Network
+ cmd + L Open the
Downloads folder
+ cmd + O Open the
Documents folder
1 System Preferences
Head over to System
Preferences>Keyboard and you
will see an option called ‘Show
keyboard and emoji viewers in
menu bar’ – tick the box next
to this.
2 Choose Show
Keyboard Viewer
Click on the new menu bar item
and choose ‘Show Keyboard
Viewer’. You can now hold
combinations of keys to see new
symbols and accents to type.
3 Typing emojis
+ cmd + R
Open the AirDrop
If you want to add emojis to your
messages or emails then select
the ‘Show Emojis & Symbols’
option. You can also press
Ctrl+Cmd+Spacebar for a
handy shortcut.
Ask and you may get
Ask Siri to do it all
Save time performing tasks and adjusting settings…
Here are a selection of Mac
keyboard shortcuts for general
Mac use.
General commands
cmd + spacebar
Open Spotlight
Use Quick Look on
selected item
cmd +
Ask Siri
Type instead
If you don’t want to verbally
converse with Siri then you can
type your commands instead.
To set this up, go to System
and then tick the ‘Enable Type to
Siri’ box.
You can save time adjusting
certain settings on your Mac
and performing tasks such as
setting reminders and making
appointments simply by asking
Siri to do it for you.
Switch to next open
+ cmd + ~
Switch windows
+ cmd + 3
Take a screenshot
+ cmd + ,
Open preferences
for the current app
+ cmd +
ctrl + cmd +
Force restart
Put display to sleep
Quit all apps &
+ cmd +
ctrl + alt
apps & shutdown
+ cmd + Q
Quit all
Log out of user
+ + cmd + Q
user account instantly
Action confirmation
Log out of
Enabling Siri
Whatever action you ask Siri to perform,
you will get a visual confirmation that
it has been performed in the top-right
corner of your screen.
To set up Siri, go to System
Preferences>Siri and then tick the
‘Enable Ask Siri’ and ‘Show Siri in
menu bar’ boxes. You can then click
on the menu bar item and ask Siri to
perform tasks on your behalf.
Discover new Siri commands
If you are unsure of the stuff that you can ask Siri, there is an
easy way to get instant enlightenment…
1 Open Siri
2 Delay or click
3 Pick a topic
Click on the Siri icon in the top-right corner
of your Mac display to open the small Siri
console that will instantly start listening out
for commands.
Now you can either say nothing and wait for
a second or two or you can click on the ‘?’ icon
to bring up a menu of typical things that you
can ask Siri.
Click on an app category, such as ‘System
Preferences’ and you will then be presented
with a selection of things that you can ask Siri
relating to them.
The Spotlight window can be moved anywhere on the screen by dragging it.
Long-click on the menu bar icon to return it to the middle of the screen.
Using Spotlight like a pro
Exploiting the many uses of your Mac’s search engine
Spotlight has steadily grown into a monster
of a search engine that now covers a lot more
ground than simply finding lost files on your
computer (but of course it can still do that!).
Check out some of Spotlight’s other great uses
below, from checking the football scores to
converting currencies. You might be surprised
at just how much it can do.
1 Check the weather
2 Get the scores
3 Quick definitions
If you want a quick weather report for your
local area then you can just type ‘weather’
into Spotlight and within seconds you will
be presented with a ten-day forecast. You
can also get reports for anywhere by typing
‘weather in (insert place name)’.
If you missed the big match then Spotlight
can also help you catch up on the latest
football scores – or scores for any sport
for that matter. Just type, for example,
‘Premier League scores’ into Spotlight and
all will be revealed…
You can also use Spotlight as a stand-in
dictionary. Type in any word preceded by
the word ‘define’ and you will be treated
to a full dictionary definition as well as
illustrative pictures. It’s quicker than
thumbing through a real dictionary.
4 Make calculations
5 Check flights
6 Find businesses
If you have got mathematical calculations
to make and don’t have a calculator to
hand (even though there is a Calculator
app on your Mac) then you can type them
straight into Spotlight and it will do the
calculations for you.
Spotlight can be helpful for all your holiday
needs too. For example, you can type
currencies into it to get them converted and
also type in flight numbers to check on the
progress of your flight to see if there are
any delays.
You can also use Spotlight to discover what
is around you. For example, if you type in
the name of a local business then Spotlight
will collaborate with Maps to bring you
e vvant contact details
directions and all re
for the business.
Enabling all options
How to make Spotlight more efficient
If you are attempting any of the
Spotlight features highlighted
here and they aren’t working
as they should, go to System
Preferences>Spotlight and in
the ‘Search Results’ section
make sure that you have all of the
boxes ticked. There are numerous
categories that aren’t enabled by
default so turning them all
help ensure that you get
the most out of your Mac
Spotlight versatility. Onc
you start going off the
beaten track with what
you ask of Spotlight
you will be amazed byy
what it is capable of.
Geo-tag your shots
Organise photos according to where they were captured and tag them with a location
Time needed
Usually we tend to browse through our photos according to
when they were captured. This means we have to rely on our
memory of an event to access particular pictures. Thanks to
the iPhone’s ability to geo-tag photos (and videos), we can
find assets according to where they were shot. We can then
use Photo’s Places panel to see clusters of snaps on a map.
Gadgets such as the iPhone (or newer GoPro models) can
automatically label a shot with its GPS co-ordinates. Some
cameras (such as many Digital SLRs) don’t have this geotagging feature, though. Fortunately you can manually add a
location to a photograph so it appears in the Places map.
Find assets on a map
Use the Places map to discover what was captured where
The Places panel enables you to
access your photos according to
where they were shot, courtesy of
GPS co-ordinates. It displays them as
groups of numbered thumbnails on a
World map.
Search field
To find photos in a particular location, type in the name
of a town or country in this field. A list of location
options will appear in a dropdown. Click on a location’s
text label to jump to it on the map. Any photos taken
around the searched area will appear as thumbnails.
When viewing photos located in certain
cities you can summon 3D models of various
landmarks. If you display the map in Satellite
mode then the landmarks will be texturemapped for a more realistic display. Drag the
outer ring to horizontally rotate the 3D view.
Clusters of photos
captured in a particular
location will be
represented by a
thumbnail. Click on the
thumbnail to view the
shots. Here we have a
collection of 42 images
taken at this spot.
Knowledge base
When you snap a shot (or clip) on your iPhone, it
records the location of the shot using GPS (the
satellite-based Global Positioning System). Your
Mac’s Photos app then reads this data to display
your shot’s location on a map. Check our boxout
opposite for how to manually geo-tag a photo taken
on a non-GPS supported digital camera.
When using a D-SLR, grab an iPhone snap too. Copy and paste the pinned
Info panel location into the D-SLR picture’s Assign a Location field.
Step-by-step Display photos according to location
1 Import files
2 Go to Places
3 Zoom and pan
Connect your iPhone to your Mac and launch
the Photos app. Click on your iPhone’s icon
in the left panel. Tick the ‘Delete items after
import’ box. Click ‘Import All New Photos’.
While Photos imports your iPhone’s images
click on ‘Places’. You’ll see blue thumbnail
counters increase in real time as images from
specific locations are imported into Photos.
To find the location of geo-tagged shots, click
the zoom out option at the bottom-right. Drag
within the map to pan to a new location and
zoom in for a closer look at thumbnails.
4 Take a closer look
5 View location shots
6 Find more location info
When you zoom in for a closer look, more
location thumbnails will appear. The blue
counter next to each thumbnail indicates the
amount of photos captured in that region.
Click on a location thumbnail to view all
the photographs that were captured in that
particular place. The name of the geo-tagged
location will appear at the top-left.
Double-click on a thumbnail to view it full
screen. At the top you’ll see a more detailed
label of where the shot was taken. Click the
‘i’ button to see the location pinned to a map.
Geo-tag a shot
If you shoot on a camera that doesn’t have a geotagging feature (such as a D-SLR), then you can
manually assign a location to the photo so that it
will appear on a Places map. This enables you to
add photos to a location even if they weren’t shot
on your iPhone. In this example we’ll demonstrate
how to geo-tag a photo taken on a D-SLR so that
it appears in the appropriate place on a map.
1 Search for location
2 Fine-tune location
Double-click to view a photo at full size. Click the
‘i’ button to open the Info panel. Go to the ‘Assign
a Location’ field and type in the name of the
location where the photo was captured.
Click to choose a location and then zoom in for
a closer look at the pin. By holding the mouse
button down on the pin you can drag it to
manually fine-tune the geo-tagged location.
Create a slick montage sequence
Use editing tricks and techniques to give your footage an eye-catching look
Time needed
One way of cutting a series of shots into a snappy sequence
is to make a montage. Car commercials often use short
montages to showcase a vehicle in a series of stylised shots.
Here we’ll show you how to use iMovie to add post-production
effects to your clips to give them more visual impact. You’ll
learn how to add movement to statically-framed clips using
kinetic transitions, and how to give slow-moving subjects an
extra burst of energy with re-timing tools. You’ll also learn how
to grade your footage to enhance colour and contrast so that
it’ll catch the viewer’s eye and keep them watching. You can
apply these montage techniques to showcase any subject.
Montage tools
How to enhance your footage
Dynamic transitions
Unprocessed Source clips
All of our montage’s source clips were
captured using a static, tripod-mounted
camera. To give more movement, energy
and texture to our montage sequence
we used animated transitions such as
Cross Zoom (see Step 4).
Our supplied start clips need a bit of
help to make them cut together into an
attractive montage. We need to boost
their contrast and increase their colour
saturation. We also need to flip certain
clips horizontally to make the car move
in the same direction across a series
of cuts.
Knowledge base
Take a snap
The Flash and Freeze Frame menu
command creates a burst of paparazzistyle camera flash before turning a clip
into a static photo. This is an effective
way to add extra texture to your
montage sequence.
Motion blur
To add motion blur to a moving subject
you can copy a clip and place it on a
parallel cutaway layer. By reducing a
cutaway clip’s Opacity and changing its
speed you can create a ghosted motion
trail, as we can see in the viewer.
Crossing the line
In our montage’s first clip the car travels from left
to right along a road. In the second clip it moves
from right to left because we filmed it from the
opposite side of the road. We ‘crossed the line’. By
flipping the second clip horizontally we can make a
smoother flowing sequence as the car then moves
in the same direction in both clips.
You can enhance a montage using sound effects. Go to the Audio browser’s
Transport section and add Race Car Drive By as Clip 02 car exits the frame.
Step-by-step Creatively combine your clips
1 Import clips
2 Add to timeline
3 Enhance colour and tone
In My Media, click on iMovie Library. Choose
File>New Event. Label the event ‘Montage
Movie’. Click ‘Import Media’. Browse to our
supplied start clips. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Drag Clip01 and Clip02 into the timeline.
Click on Clip 02. Click the Clip filter icon. Use
the Flipped Clip Filter to make the car drive in
the same direction as it did in Clip01.
Click on Clip01. Click Color correction icon.
Increase contrast and boost colours. Choose
Edit>Copy. Click on Clip02 and choose
Edit>Paste Adjustments>Color Correction.
4 Dynamic transition
5 Take a snap
6 Need for speed
Go to the Transitions browser and drag a
Cross Zoom between the two clips in the
timeline. This adds a dynamic sense of
movement to the two statically framed clips.
Scrub the playhead to show Clip02 car in the
middle of the frame. Choose Modify>Flash
and Freeze Frame. Trim the frame to one sec.
This captures the car as a static snapshot.
After the car has been caught on camera you
can make it accelerate and escape the frame.
Click on the last section of Clip02. Next, click
Speed>Fast from the dropdown.
7 Create a cutaway layer
8 Make a motion trail
9 In reverse
Click on the last section of Clip02 and choose
Edit>Copy. Edit>Paste it onto the end of the
timeline. Drag the copied clip onto a parallel
layer above the last clip. Click ‘Video Overlay’.
Set the cutaway layer’s opacity to 50% to mix
both layers together. Drag the cutaway layer’s
speed handle left to slow down clip. This mix
of speeds creates a motion blur effect.
Add clips03 and 04. To make the car drive
forwards into the frame in Clip04, click the
Speed icon and tick ‘Reverse’. Add a Puzzle
Right transition between the last two clips.
Final Cut Pro X
Create wild weather effects
Enhance a clip with dramatic sheets of driving rain and a rippling reflection
Time needed
Rain can add atmosphere and drama to a scene. However, as
natural raindrops don’t register clearly on camera, Hollywood
uses rain machines to produce larger, camera-friendly droplets.
Although we may lack access to Hollywood’s location-based
special effects we can still make it rain courtesy of Final Cut
Pro X’s effect filters. In this walkthrough we’ll show you how
to unleash a digital downpour and how to use effects to
create post-production puddles and add animated ripples
to complement the digitally-sourced rain. We’ll dial up the
dramatic weather effect with some flashes of lightning, and
underscore all the elements with appropriate sound effects.
Here comes the rain again
Create a digital deluge in your clip
and lightning
To add flashes of lightning to specific
sections of a clip you first need to split
the clip into a short section using the
Blade tool (see Step 7).
Effect properties
Once you add an effect to a timeline clip
you can modify a range of properties in
the Inspector to fine-tune its look. Here
we’re increasing the amount of animated
ripples created by the Raindrops effect.
Sound effects
Final Cut Pro X boasts a wide selection
of weather-related sound effects that
can complement your post-production
visual effects. Here we’ve added the
sound of rain and thunder.
Knowledge base
Add lens drips
When shooting in the rain you run the risk of getting
droplets of water running down the camera’s
lens. For a more realistic documentary look you
can mimic this effect in Final Cut Pro X. Go to the
Effects Browser’s Distortion category and drag the
Water Pane effect onto the clip in the timeline. You
can modify the lens drips in the Inspector.
Weather effects
The Effects Browser’s Stylize category
boasts two useful post-production
weather effects – Rain and Raindrops.
The Rain effect creates driving streaks
of dramatic rain. Raindrops produces
reflections and ripples to complement
the rain effect.
To fine-tune exactly when we hear the thunder sound effect in the timeline
tap the ‘,’ or ‘.’ keys to nudge the sound effect’s position frame by frame.
Step-by-step Add rain and rippling reflections
1 Import footage
2 Add raindrops
3 Modify reflection
Choose File>New>Event. Label it ‘Rain
Event’. Choose File>Import>Media and
browse to our clip Click
‘Import Selected’. Drag the clip into timeline.
Click on the Effects Browser icon (or press
Cmd+5). Go to the Stylize category. Drag the
raindrops effect onto the clip in the timeline.
By default the entire clip is flipped vertically.
Go to the Raindrops section. Drag Amount
slider to 9.37 to create a balance between
the original clip and its vertically-flipped
reflection. This creates a puddle or lake effect.
4 Make more ripples
5 Add some rain
6 Enhance the rain
To make the ripples look more noticeable,
increase the Drops slider to 38. Push the
ripples slider up to 3. Tap the spacebar to
preview the ripples in the puddle’s surface.
To add the water that’s creating the puddle
and the ripples, drag the Rain effect onto
the timeline’s clip. Adjust the viewer’s control
handle to create diagonal windblown rain.
Increase the Inspector’s Rain panel Amount
to 80. For stronger-looking streaks of rain,
tick the High Quality box. Increase Density to
90. Drop Colorize to 0 to lose the blue tint.
7 Add a lightning flash
8 Add rain sound
9 Add thunder
Scrub the playhead to 07:00. Press Cmd+B
to make a cut. Move to 07:10 and split it
again. Go to the Light category and drag the
Flash effect onto the small clip section.
Go to the Audio sidebar and click ‘Sound
Effects’. In the dropdown menu go to the
Ambience folder in Final Cut Pro Sound
Effects. Add Rain 2 to the timeline.
From the Ambience folder drag Thunder and
Lightning 1 to the timeline. Place that a few
frames after you see the lightning flash (we
see the lightning before we hear thunder).
Add an auto-tune effect to vocals
Discover how maxing out GarageBand’s pitch correction tool can add a distinctive
auto-tune inflection to vocal performances
Time needed
Once upon a time, it was expected that singers perform in
tune, but today’s pop stars are rarely plucked from obscurity
for their vocal reliability, more how attractively they hold the
mic. This has popularised, shall we say, some recording studio
‘assistance’. Yes folks, we are talking about auto-tune and
that distinctive kaleidoscopic wavering often signposting its
application. It’s weird, but not always undesirable way with
some artists particularly in the EDM genre, such as Daft Punk,
drenching vocals deliberately in auto-tune quite effectively.
In this guide, we look at how GarageBand’s built-in pitch
correction slider can be used to add this effect to a vocal line.
Corrective actions
We find where the pitch correction slider tool resides
within GarageBand’s workspace so you don’t have to
Vocal Track
To auto-tune a vocal you’ll need
some singing! Any audio can in
fact be pitch-corrected but in this
example we’ve used Christy Lyric
15, Christy Lyric 05 and Christy
Background 01 from the Apple
Loops library.
Vocal Transformer
This effect is a useful addition,
accessible via the Plug-ins box
within the Track inspector of the
Smart Controls (B) panel. It not
only has extra pitch shift controls
but also a Formant slider.
Knowledge base
Corrected to key
Limit to Key
This checkbox found directly below
the Pitch Correction slider in the
Track inspector must be toggled
on to apply the auto-tune effect it
produces, even if you don’t alter
the default project key.
Pitch Correction
Found in the Editor’s Track inspector,
the Pitch Correction slider ranges
from zero to 100 and gradually
applies exactly what it says. To get
the most noticeable auto-tune effect
it’s best to max it out.
The auto-tune effect we’re applying via the Pitch
Correction slider works very simply by aggressively
reshaping the audio. This action is wholly nondestructive and can be switched off, but what
GarageBand is doing is adding the harshest pitch
correction the slider allows to limit the track vocal,
or indeed any audio, to fit ‘in tune’ with the currently
selected project key.
The Pitch Correction slider can be applied to any audio not just vocals, and
is found within the Track inspector inside the Editor panel (O).
Step-by-step How to add an auto-tune effect
1 Project start
2 Natural patch
3 Adding vocals
For the purpose of this exercise, launch
GarageBand and create a new project. Here
we’ve picked a vocal one for working with
voice but an empty one is equally suitable.
We only require one vocal track so we’ve
deleted any extra ones from the new project
and switched the vocal patch in the Library
(Y) to Natural, or Classic will do too.
Ordinarily we’d record some singing here –
instead we’ll add vocal loops from the Loops
browser (O) by dragging some of Christy’s
lyric and background samples into our track.
4 Toggling time
5 Slide away
6 Auto-tune adjust
Click its header to select the track and
show the Editor (O) panel. Within the track
inspector here, toggle on the Limit to Key
checkbox below the Pitch Correction slider.
Next, to achieve the most pronounced autotune effect within our chosen project key
we lay it on thickest by dragging the Pitch
Correction slider up to its maximum (100).
Press the Play button to preview the result.
You should now hear that wavy auto-tune
inflection applied to the track vocals, using
the Pitch slider to reduce where desired.
The standard built-in Pitch Correction tool often
delivers just enough of an ‘auto-tune’ effect
depending on how much you apply it. But there is
another way to not only shift the pitch of a vocal
to another key but also shift the acoustic tonality.
Available as a plug-in, the Vocal Transformer has
a similar Pitch shift control, but also a ‘Formant’
slider for adding squeakier, helium-type effects
to a vocal while remaining within key. Here we’ll
examine how this plug-in is used.
1 Plug-in power
2 Pitch and format
Show the Smart Controls panel with the B key. In
the Track inspector, show the Plug-ins stack and
click either a blank slot or the right edge of an
existing plug-in to navigate the popup menu down
to Pitch>Vocal Transformer.
Click the ‘VocalTrf’ plug-in within the stack to
show its floating controls. Here you have access
to Pitch and Formant controls (both default to
zero) that can go up or down to adjust pitch and
also alter the low/high vocal tract.
Logic Pro X
Studio Horns in Logic Pro X 10.4
Bored with your old brass library? This’ll trump it…
Time needed
It’s never been a better time to be a Logic user and, as
if to prove this beyond any doubt, January’s Logic Pro X
10.4 update bestowed a generous helping of new features,
instruments and effects upon a delighted user base. Taking
pride of place among the new instruments is the Studio Horns
plugin, a comprehensive library of sampled brass instruments
covering a range of playing styles or ‘articulations’. Thanks to
the constant evolution of better-sounding and more versatile
sample libraries such as these, programming a convincingsounding horn section is a lot easier today than it used to be.
So let’s see what the Studio Horns instrument can do…
Down to brass tacks
Studio Horns puts super-realistic brass parts at your fingertips
Manual controls
Monophonic mode
You can further customise and improve
the authenticity of the sound with
these extra Auto Vibrato and Humanize
controls. Humanize introduces small
pitch and level variations to mimic
embouchure changes.
Real brass instruments can only
play one note at once, and are thus
monophonic. Enabling this mode
ensures that no notes will cross over,
resulting in a more realistic part.
Knowledge base
Brass roots
Articulation list
Articulations vary from instrument to
instrument, but can include growls,
shakes, scoops or doits. You can use
one articulation for a whole part, or
allocate different articulations to
single notes.
Dynamics via CC
WIth this enabled, the volume of each
note is controlled by MIDI continuous
controller messages, rather than note
velocity. This is done either by moving a
hardware control as you play or drawing
in rises and falls on the controller curve
in Logic’s piano roll editor.
The Studio Horns plugin is based on the three
brass instruments conventionally used in recording
sessions for pop brass – trumpet, saxophone (either
alto, tenor or baritone) and trombone. The section
presets are classified as a 3-piece (RnB Horns),
6-piece (Soul Horns) or 7-piece (Jazz Horns). With
Auto Voice Split mode disabled, all instruments that
share a key range are played simultaneously.
You can also switch articulations remotely with keyswitches accessed via
the Smart Controls (these only operate while actually playing Studio Horns).
Step-by-step Get started with Studio Horns
1 Create a new track
2 Section presets
3 Click the triangle
There are two main ways of working with the
Studio Horns. The first uses preset ‘sections’,
or combinations of instruments. To begin,
create a new Software Instrument track.
The section presets are track stacks, named
according to the number of instruments they
contain. Choose Studio Horns > 3-Piece
Section > ‘Chicago Street’.
This reveals the instruments contained within
the preset. The number of instruments you
hear depends on the number of keys you play
at a time. Play one key to hear a trumpet.
4 Chord on the hop
5 Auto Voice Split
6 Single instruments
Play two keys together and the lower pitch
is played by a tenor saxophone. A third key
adds a trombone playing the lowest pitch.
The trumpet always takes the highest note.
So with this setup, known as Auto Voice Split,
you can play a part made up of three-note
chords, and the instruments will automatically
be assigned to the notes in this pitch order.
The second method involves programming and
allocating parts to single instruments manually.
From the Library, select Single Instruments to
bring up the list of available instruments.
7 You say marcato…
8 Nice one unison
9 Articulation menu
Here’s an example of a single trumpet line
playing brief, clipped, marcato runs of notes.
We’re using the marcato articulation here to
get the right feel for the part.
Here’s the same part built up into a 3-part
section of trumpet, alto sax and trombone, all
playing the same notes in different octaves.
This is known as a unison part.
Articulations are different playing techniques
used to produce a variety of effects from a
real brass instrument. You can apply different
articulations to individual notes using this menu.
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Open All Files
View files with Open All Files
This free app enables you to open, view and extract files
from archives not supported by macOS
Time needed
Open All Files is a free app in the Mac App Store that enables
you to view over 60 different types of files. Although macOS
can preview many files, such as JPEG images, text files and so
on, Open All Files displays detailed information about the files
too. For example, you can see the full image meta information
in images without having to open them in the Photos app.
Open All Files also lets you look inside a zip file without
extracting the contents, whereas macOS does not. Plus it
supports more archived file types than macOS and lets you
view the contents and extract them to disk, which is great if you
have downloaded an unusual archive file from the web.
View multiple files
Open and view almost any type of file
Compressed archives
If you get a compressed archive that
the Mac cannot handle, open it in Open
All Files and extract the contents to a
folder. It works with a wide range of
compressed types.
multiple files
Open All Files is not just
for opening a single file
at a time and you can
select several in a Finder
window and drag them
all to the Dock icon or
target window.
View file information
Some file types, such as
images, contain a lot of hidden
information. Although Quick
Look can be used to view an
image, Open All Files shows the
meta data.
Knowledge base
Supported file types
Open All Files supports over 60 different file types.
Although there is some overlap with macOS,
which can view many file types itself, Open All
Files goes further. It has better support for
compressed archives and a few unusual file types.
It also displays file information which Quick Look
and macOS hide. It cannot display every file
type though.
Drag to Dock
Ctrl+Click to access the Options
menu and select ‘Keep in Dock’.
You can then drag files from Finder
and drop them on the Dock icon to
open them in Open All Files.
Extend the Quick Look file preview feature in macOS and add support for
file types not recognised by macOS.
Step-by-step View files and extract archives
1 The drop target
2 View files
3 Open archives
There are several different ways to use the
Open Any File app and one way is to run the
app. It opens a target window on the desktop
to which you can drag and drop files.
Open a Finder window, find a file you want to
view and drag it to the Open All Files window.
Supported formats, and there are a lot, are
displayed, like this Excel file.
Open All Files supports many file formats and
here we dragged a .7z compressed archive
to it. Try it with .zip, .rar and other archives
and view the files they contain.
4 Extract archives
5 View as text
6 Export text
TFiles in archives can be saved. Click the
Extract button and select the folder to save
the files to. Click the ‘Show’ button in the
status message after extracting the files.
Some files cannot be previewed, however
there are Text and Hex tabs that show the
raw data. This file contains text for example.
Select and copy it using the Edit menu.
If text is copied out of a file, it can be pasted
elsewhere. Open TextEdit for example, and
use the Edit menu to paste it in. It even nicely
formatted the text in this case.
Open All Files
There are no preferences in the Open All Files app
and no menus apart from the defaults given by
macOS. However, there are options and here we
show you how to access them from the Dock. For
example, you might want to automatically open the
app when you log in. Open All Files is able to play
video and audio files and show photos. This works
in a similar fashion to Quick Look in macOS. Use
the Play button to view/listen.
1 View media files
2 Access the options
Videos and audio files can be dragged and
dropped on Open All Files and it is like Quick
Look. However, there is also a panel at the side
that displays useful file information like the video
size and codecs.
Hold down Ctrl and click the Open All Files icon
in the Dock to view recently opened files. Mouse
over the Options menu and select ‘Keep in Dock’
or ‘Open at Login’ to make it quicker and easier
to access.
Customise your Launchpad
All you need to know about Launchpad, from the basics to Terminal commands
Time needed
Launchpad is an alternative interface for macOS that enables
you to browse and open apps in a similar way to iOS. It displays
app icons in a grid pattern that mimics iOS and there can be
multiple screens of icons. If gestures are enabled in System
Preferences>Trackpad, you can pinch with a thumb and three
fingers to instantly display Launchpad.
Launchpad can be customised by moving apps around or
deleting them. However, there are also advanced settings that
can only be accessed using Terminal commands. These enable
you to change the number of rows and columns used to display
the apps. The number may vary depending on screen size, but
you can also manually change the defaults from Terminal.
Step-by-step Give Launchpad a smart makeover
1 Launch Launchpad
2 Create folders
3 Remove apps
There are several ways to open Launchpad.
Pinch with thumb and three fingers on the
trackpad, click the icon in the Dock or press
the F4 key. Swipe left/right for more.
You may want to organise apps into folders
and this works the same way as the iPhone
and iPad. Drag one icon and drop it on
another. Click the suggested title to edit it.
If there are apps you no longer need, they
can be deleted by clicking and holding on an
icon until they wiggle. Alternatively, hold down
the Option (Alt) key. Click the ‘X’.
4 Let’s get geeky
5 Change the rows
6 Change the columns
Click ‘Go’, hold down Option (Alt) and click
Library. Open Preferences, select ‘com.dock.
apple.plist’ and press space. We’re going to
change the springboard values near the end.
Open Terminal and enter ‘defaults write com.
apple.dock springboard-rows -int 7’. The
number at the end sets the number of rows
of Launchpad icons. Try values of ‘3’ to ‘10’.
Now change the number of icon columns.
Enter ‘defaults write
springboard-columns –int 10’ where ‘10’ is
the columns to display. Try ‘5’ to ‘12’.
Try to keep close to the default settings for the Launchpad rows and
columns as the settings won’t work if they are too different.
Launchpad secrets
Customise Launchpad with Terminal commands
Change the rows
The value of springboard-rows
determines the number of rows of
icons Launchpad shows on the screen.
The icons are resized automatically so
that they fit. Don’t try too big a number
or it won’t work.
Kill the Dock
This does not sound like
something you should be using,
but don’t worry, killing the Dock
simply tells macOS to shut down
the Dock and then restart it with
the new settings you added.
Change the columns
Launchpad icon
The value of springboardcolumns sets the number of icons
displayed across the screen.
The number that will fit will
depend on the screen size and
resolution and you may fit 12 or
more across.
Launchpad can be started by
clicking the icon, but really it
is not needed. Drag it off the
Dock and start Launchpad by
pressing F4 or by pinching on
the trackpad with thumb and
three fingers.
Knowledge base
Can’t delete apps?
Click and hold on an icon in Launchpad and they
all begin to wiggle. Some icons have a cross in
the corner and clicking it deletes the app from
the Mac. Some apps don’t have it. Why? These
apps were installed from outside of the Mac App
Store and must be dragged to the Trash from the
Applications folder.
7 Restart the Dock
8 View Launchpad
9 Restore the defaults
The changes will not take effect until the
Dock is restarted. One way to do this is to log
out and log back in. However, it is simpler to
enter ‘killall Dock’ with caps D.
Now that we have changed the number of
rows and columns, how does it look? Press
F4 to open Launchpad and the icons are
smaller and there is space for more of them.
If you want to put Launchpad back the way
it was, just re-enter the commands with the
number of rows and columns you had before.
Remember to ‘killall Dock’ afterwards.
PS4 Remote Play
Play PlayStation 4 on your Mac
Download and install the PS4 Remote Play app and enjoy console gaming on your Mac
Time needed
Download available
If the TV your PlayStation 4 games console is connected to is
being used by another member of the family then you usually
have two options: (A) unplug it and carry it to a different TV in
another room, or (B) sack your gaming session and endure
whatever is on TV with your arms grumpily crossed. However,
there is also a third option: by downloading an app, you can
leave your PS4 hardware where it is and connect remotely on
your Mac to enjoy hours of gaming without bothering anyone
else. All you need to do is download the PS4 Remote Play app
for your Mac, turn on your PlayStation 4 and then ensure that
both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Your Remote Play interface
How your PS4 looks on your Mac
Command bar
If you move your cursor around
the PS4 Remote Play window this
hovering bar of options will appear.
You can click on the PlayStation
buttons, which mimic those of the
Dual Shock Controller, to perform the
same functions.
Connection status
An icon will appear here if the
Wi-Fi connection to your PS4
isn’t particularly strong. This
could mean a lag in the game
and a dip in the frame rate if
you are playing remotely on
your Mac.
Toggle mic
You can click on the microphone
icon to switch between using the
mic on your PS4 or switching to the
one that you’re remote-playing on.
This is particularly handy if you are
playing online games and need to
communicate with others.
Knowledge base
Play PS4 on iPad
You can also play PS4 on your
iOS device. Go to teamview.
com on your Mac and download
the TeamViewer software. Set
this up and then use our tutorial
to remote-play your PS4 on your
Mac. When you have connected,
download the TeamViewer
Remote Control app on your iOS
device and connect to your Mac.
Screen size
Click on this icon to quickly switch between
full-screen and window view mode. You can, of
course, also do this by moving your cursor to the
top of the screen and clicking on the green circle
icon in the top-left corner.
If you install the official PlayStation App on your iOS device you can connect
it up to your PS4 and use it as a second screen in games that support it.
Step-by-step Connect your Mac to your PS4
1 Download the app
2 Auto setup
3 Configure preferences
Go to
remoteplay/lang/gb/index.html and click on
‘Mac’ to download the PS4 Remote Play app.
Then go through the simple installation process.
Turn on your PS4. Using a USB to micro USB
cable, attach your PS4 Dual Shock controller to
your Mac and launch PS4 Remote Play. When
prompted, press ‘Options’ on the controller.
During the connection process you can click
on ‘Open Preferences’ to tailor various options.
Here you can change the resolution (set to
540p as standard) and frame rate of the app.
4 Accessing the interface
5 Start playing
6 End session
Once you have connected to your PS4, you will
be able to access the main interface using the
Dual Shock Controller connected to your Mac.
Here you can launch games as per normal.
With a game disc inserted into your PS4 select
it to launch the game as per normal. You can
hover your cursor over the play window to bring
up buttons of the controller to click on as well.
When you want to wind up your session,
press the PlayStation button, go to the ‘Power
Options’ and you can close down your PS4
remotely before the remote play session ends.
Register manually
If you are having trouble connecting the PS4 Remote Play
app with your PS4 over the internet, you can pair them up
manually. This involves going into the Settings app on your
PS4 and scrolling down to the ‘Remote Play Connection
Settings’ option. Choose this, followed by ‘Add Device’ and
then make a note of the 8-digit code it supplies. Now use the
following steps to get your console connected to your Mac.
“You can also pair up the PS4
Remote Play app with your
PlayStation 4 manually”
1 Manual option
2 Enter the code
On the connection screen in the PS4 Remote Play
app, while it is searching for the PS4, click on
the ‘Register Manually’ option in the lower-right
corner of the box. This will bring up a box into
which the code must be entered.
Type the 8-digit code that was supplied by your
PlayStation 4 console into the space provided
and within a few seconds you should get
connected to your PS4 system and a window of
the PS4 interface will appear.
Play retro games on your Mac
OpenEmu allows you to enjoy games made for a host of consoles
Time needed
Gaming has been a favourite pastime for more than four
decades so it is unfortunate that so many lie forgotten thanks
to the march of time and technology. Thanks to the wonders
of emulation, however, this doesn’t need to be the case. Install
OpenEmu and you can play titles made for a whole host of
older consoles on your Mac. For those unaware, emulators
mimic other systems such as machines by Atari or Sega. They
are legal, although the same can’t be said about downloading
old games online. The good news is that there are also many
public domain and homebrew games to try, some of which are
built into OpenEmu – access them under the Homebrew tab.
Step-by-step Create a library of games
1 Install OpenEmu
2 Select the consoles
3 Getting started
Visit and click
‘Download Now’ for the latest version of
OpenEmu. Launch Finder, locate OpenEmu
in Downloads and right-click. Select ‘Open’.
OpenEmu will launch. Click past the welcome
screens by selecting ‘Next’. We recommend
installing all of the available console system
cores so you have lots of machines to hand.
You’ll now see the OpenEmu screen. All of
the installed consoles are listed in the lefthand sidebar while the main window is where
your games for each system will appear.
4 Find a ROM
5 Import a ROM
6 Manage and play
A ROM image is a file containing a game’s
data. You must obtain one for the game you
want to play. Many websites contain ROMs
and lots will point you in the right direction.
Now you have a ROM – we’re using the
Sega Mega Drive game Bomb on Basic City
– drag the file into the main window.
The game will appear in the library of the
relevant console. Double-click to play or rightclick to see options to download cover art
from a file, rename or delete the game.
You can take a screenshot of a game by pressing Cmd-T. Screenshots are stored in a folder which you
access in Finder at /Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/OpenEmu/Screenshots.
How to play the games
Since OpenEmu lets you enjoy console games, each title is played using a joystick or gamepad.
You can add a USB controller or else use the keys on your keyboard
Select a console
Click this dropdown menu and
you will see a list of all of the
gamepads and joysticks that are
associated with the consoles.
Find the controller for the system
you’re playing.
Discover the buttons
To view the control method
of each of the consoles, click
OpenEmu in the menu at the
top of the screen and select
‘Preferences’. Then click the
Controls icon on this window.
See the controls
The keys you need to play the
game are listed next to the
directions and various other
buttons. For example, press
‘A’ on the keyboard to Fire in a
game. You can click the entries to
change them.
Knowledge base
Play CD-based games
Some consoles in OpenEmu require you to find certain
files before they will run a game. In these situations,
you’ll see a window mentioning the names of the missing
files. All you have to do is obtain those files (legally, you
should own the original system) and then drag them
to OpenEmu. Things become trickier if you try to play
games originally released on CD. There’s a guide to that,
however, at
Different players
Many games allow more than one
player to join in. To see which
buttons each player has to press,
click Player 1 and select Player 2. A
different set of options will show.
Access hidden
game consoles
Although we reckon you’ll be kept very busy
playing the consoles that already appear in
OpenEmu’s standard list, there is a way of
expanding the number of machines available to
you, making this collection of emulators even more
of a retro fest. The method described here allows
you to play games made for the Sega Saturn, for
example, or those designed for the arcades. But
it does entail you having to download a different
version of OpenEmu.
1 Install the experimental version
2 Add to the library
Go to and this time click the
arrow next to the main red ‘Download Now’ box.
This calls up a mini-menu that lets you download
OpenEmu Experimental. Click this and right-click
the OpenEmu file, selecting ‘Open’ to launch it.
Click OpenEmu at the top and select Preferences.
Select the Library icon and look under Available
Libraries. Some are not selected, so tick ‘Arcade’
and ‘Sega Saturn’. You can now find, drag and
play games for these systems.
iGallery for Instagram
Enjoy a complete Instagram
experience on a Mac
It is possible to enjoy many of the benefits of Instagram on a Mac with no financial outlay
Time needed
Instagram is one of the most popular social networks in the
world, but it is not without its quirks. It has no native Mac app
available and there isn’t even a dedicated app for the iPad
which seems unusual for a network so focused on visuals. The
network does of course work well on an iPad and Mac within
the Safari browser, which is a good compromise, but we have
got used to the cleaner app environment and so this is where a
third-party option will come in handy. We will show you how to
use a free app to enjoy the major features of Instagram on your
Mac and it is likely that you will prefer the way it works to the
standard Safari output.
Step-by-step iGallery for Instagram
1 What to choose?
2 Signing in
3 View and resize
Go to the Mac App Store and search for
‘Instagram’. A selection of apps will appear
to choose from with the quality varying wildly.
Select ‘iGallery for Instagram’.
Once installed, you will need to sign in with
your Instagram credentials and you will be
ready to begin. This is the entirety of the
setup process, which is an added bonus.
The small window will display the latest posts
from people you follow, but you can grab
an edge and resize the window to a more
reasonable footprint. It feels familiar.
4 The right place
5 Your notifications
6 A quick tour
You can add comments as you would in the
iPhone app and every feature of the network
should be located in a familiar place. It is
effectively a clone of the web view.
All of your notifications will be displayed as
normal, making the app ideal for checking
the reactions to your images. The only part
missing is the ability to add photos.
Take time to explore the app and you will
find all that you need to know such as the
ability to like posts and full views of others’
comments etc. The visuals just work.
The main omission within the Mac app is the ability to publish new images,
but this is often better done from an iPhone anyway.
Familiar and useful
A quick tour of the app interface
The complete setup
Minimal settings
For account management, this
app effectively offers all of the
features you would get in the Safari
view of Instagram. It just happens
to work in a cleaner and easier to
view environment.
There are almost no settings within
the app itself with the majority of
available changes reserved for the
Instagram environment. This only
adds to the efficiency and simplicity
of the experience.
Bigger and better
Instagram photos will be bigger
and better on a Mac screen and
the experience is greatly enhanced
because of it. They are limited
to how far they can be zoomed,
however, for good reason.
Knowledge base
Explore and browse
You can spend time exploring local and popular
Instagram content within iGallery and also follow
new people if you find their content interesting.
The larger screen makes growing your Instagram
experience more comfortable and effective than
on most other devices, and it allows you to see the
content of others in greater detail which can only be
a good thing.
It is actually quicker to add
comments on a Mac thanks to
the full-sized keyboards and, of
course, adding likes only takes one
click to complete. It’s Instagram in
a completely new environment.
Manage your
Managing your Instagram account in iGallery is
actually easier than doing so on an iPhone. All of
the features you need to play with are present and
you should be able to keep everything updated
and as secure as you need to. Naturally, whatever
changes you make will be mirrored when your
account is accessed on your iPhone or any other
device as well, making your Mac just another
device to use Instagram with, but in a much
bigger way.
1 Your activity
2 Change your settings
Click the people icon to the right to access
your recent activity. You will be presented with
details of your posts, followers and who you
are following, as well as previews of your latest
published images.
Click the cog icon to amend your password,
authorised apps and many other settings with just
a few clicks. You can also edit your profile using
the obviously labelled ‘Edit Profile’ icon within the
main account screen.
Collaborate on a project with
Dropbox Paper
The cloud storage service wants to be your all-in-one work tool
Time needed
Dropbox is no longer content to just be a repository for
documents you make elsewhere. It has launched a new service
called Paper, in which you can create and store documents
in the Cloud. While this might sound like Google Docs, the
big feature here is that you can share these documents with
colleagues so that they can work on them with you. As well
as being able to edit documents, these collaborative features
include a sidebar where users can chat, create to-do lists and
assign tasks to other users. Used correctly, a small team could
use Paper to brainstorm an exciting project or even entirely
replace their existing workflow management tool.
Power up Paper
Dive into some of Dropbox’s hidden features
Presentation mode
Tapping the Play icon in the top-right
will display a full screen version of your
document. You can’t edit text in your
documents in this presentation mode,
but you can still play embedded media.
Add emojis and stickers
Though Paper is a productivity tool,
there’s no reason why you can’t have
a little fun while you work. Add emoji
and interactive stickers to comments
by clicking the smiley face in the
comment box.
Search high and low
Tap the magnifying glass to search the
content of documents, the documents
attached to the documents, and even
by user for those documents that are
helpfully named Untitled.
Knowledge base
Slack off with colleagues
If you’re interested in Dropbox Paper, there’s a
strong chance you’re already using the extremely
popular Slack to manage your work. Despite
technically being rival services, Paper actually
integrates with Slack. Install the plugin from the
Slack App Directory to create and share Paper docs
with co-workers who already use Slack, as well as
search your docs without leaving Slack.
Keyboard shortcuts
Once you become a Paper power
user, there are lots of formatting and
editing keyboard shortcuts that you
can use to save time. View a complete
list by selecting the keyboard icon in
the bottom-right.
While Paper is a web-only service on Mac, there’s a fully functional app for
iPhone and iPad so you can work from anywhere.
Step-by-step Create and share a doc
1 Create a Paper doc
2 Format text
3 Insert images
Paper is accessible via the Dropbox
homepage. Click ‘Create new doc’ on the
right-hand side. Alternatively, select Paper on
the left-hand side to view all your documents.
Give your new document a title, then start
writing. Highlight text and a picker tool will
appear, which includes formatting options to
bold, strikethrough, add hyperlinks and more.
Click on a blank line and an additional picker
tool will appear. Select the pictures icon to
upload images from your computer. Click on
an image to see different layout options.
4 Embed videos and more
5 Import Dropbox files
6 Add code
You can add YouTube videos using the Add
Media tool in the picker. However, it’s faster to
paste links directly into the doc as Paper will
automatically embed a playable version.
If you already use Dropbox to store files, you
can insert previews by selecting the Dropbox
icon from the picker. Text documents and files
are embedded into the Paper doc like a PDF.
To start coding, click ‘…’ and select ‘{}’ to
begin. Change the programming language
by highlighting ‘Code’, clicking ‘Auto’ and
selecting an option from the dropdown.
7 Sharing a doc
8 Adding comments
9 Create tasks
The main feature of Paper is that it is
collaborative. Click the Share button in the
top-right corner to invite others via email. You
can select if they can edit or just comment.
Highlight text or select images and click the
speech bubble icon from the picker that
appears to add a comment. You can tag
collaborators by typing ‘@’ and their name.
Highlight text and click the tick box icon from
the picker to create a task. Again, you can
‘@’ someone’s name to assign the task to
them and send a notification.
From managing
your music to controlling
your home, we find out exactly
what Apple’s new smart
speaker is capable of
HomePod is a product that at first glance looks as if it is behind the curve.
It is a wireless speaker with some smart capabilities and is designed in the most
Apple of ways, which will make it feel aesthetically perfect in a living room, bedroom
or anywhere else. It is not unsubstantial in size, but there is a reason for that because
it needs to pump out music in glorious audio quality, and in this regard it truly
delivers. Some have compared the sound quality to that of dedicated speakers
costing £1,000s, but even this is not enough for HomePod. Apple has used its
experience in many different areas to create a solution that can be used for a
multitude of day-to-day tasks in the home which culminates in a product
that can be many different things to the people who live with it. The cost
is high in comparison to competing products like the Amazon Echo
and Google Home, but it compares well to the Sonos speaker
range which puts it firmly in the centre of a fast-growing
technology genre. You may be surprised at how
versatile and easy to use HomePod is.
5 Things You Can Do With HomePod
Set up your new HomePod
Apple, as is now expected, has
obviously spent a great deal of time
in ensuring that the initial setting up
of the HomePod as seamless and
quick as possible. Provided you have
It just appears
Unpack the HomePod, remove
the high-quality packaging and
then plug it into a power socket. Move
your iPhone close to it and the first setup
screen will appear.
Account access
The same privacy
considerations should be given
to allowing HomePod to access your
iCloud account, Wi-Fi etc from your
iPhone during the initial setup.
your iPhone with you, it will literally
take seconds to have it set up and
connected to the services you want
to use. Here we demonstrate just
how easy it is by guiding you through
the steps required. Just make sure
that you have decided on a suitable
location in your home for the device
and ensure that the environment is
quiet when setting up.
Choose your room
In the next screen, select the
room that the HomePod is
currently situated in. Tap the one you
want and make sure it is placed on a
hard surface.
An audio passcode
is used to initially connect
your iPhone with HomePod
so try to avoid background noise or the
connection may fail. It only needs to be
set up once and it will stay set up.
Personal requests
HomePod cannot differentiate
between voices at this time
so consider whether you want to allow
anyone in the home to send and read
messages and to create new notes etc.
Time to play
Once connected, you can follow
the simple instructions that
HomePod offers through your iPhone
screen. The instructions are interactive as
well which helps a lot.
7 Speak to
While a call is active on
your iPhone, you can
instantly hand it off to
HomePod to continue the
conversation with much
better clarity. It is another
example of how Apple
is using previously built
technologies and software
features in new products
for the benefit of the user.
Play from your iPhone
You can send music from any of
your iOS devices that are close to
HomePod and which are capable of
sending media through AirPlay. The connection
is instant and the sound will retain the excellent
audio quality you expect once you have spent a
few days with it.
If you have an Apple Music subscription,
you will be able to ask Siri on your
HomePod to play music without using
any other Apple device. It effectively becomes a
full music system that takes up minimal space
and which can offer millions of tracks whenever
you want to play them.
Learn your preferences
While playing any song on HomePod,
you can say “Hey Siri, I like this song”
and it will add it to your preferences
for when choosing playlists and music
recommendations for you in the future. At this
point you can let HomePod choose what tracks
to play for you at any time.
Just play music
Music management
HomePod can also be used to manage
your music collection without the need
to touch anything. You can, for example,
say “Hey Siri, add this track to my party playlist”
while a song is playing and it will be added
instantly. If you understand how Siri works, you
will understand HomePod.
Tap to control
The top of HomePod can be used to control
the sound and many other features.
Tap once to play or pause
Double-tap for the next track
Triple-tap for the previous track
Touch and hold to activate Siri
Tap or hold Volume + and - to change
the loudness
8 Control
your home
Once HomePod is set up
and connected to your
Wi-Fi you will be able to use
it to control various smart
devices in your home.
From turning on lights to
changing the temperature
you will be able to manage
your home’s environment
with just your voice and
HomePod – neat!
9 Read your
Play podcasts
If you subscribe, you can also play
podcasts that you enjoy without
moving from your favourite chair. Just
ask HomePod to play a podcast and include the
title, and it will begin immediately. Audio
entertainment involves more than music and
you can play audiobooks as well from your
iPhone to HomePod.
You can also ask HomePod
to read messages when
they arrive on your iPhone
which is useful if you are
doing other things at the
time. Even better, you can
create new messages and
dictate them to Siri on
HomePod without touching
any device at all.
5 Things You Can Do With HomePod
You can manage explicit
content on HomePod by going
to the Home app and tapping
and holding the HomePod icon.
Now tap ‘Details’ and then
scroll down to ‘Allow Explicit
Content’ where you can decide
whether explicit music is
allowable or not.
Add new
Within the Home
app you can use HomePod
within newly created scenes.
It works just like any other
connected Apple product and
can be used within any scene
to save you time and manage
specific aspects of your
home life. It will feel invisible
over time.
Your music genre
HomePod, using Siri, is able
to cope with complex music
choices when asked to play music.
For example, you can ask for soothing,
upbeat or whimsical music and also more
traditional choices such as alternative,
indie and smooth. There are music choices
no matter what your current mood.
Automate your
You can use the
‘Automation’ feature in the
Home app to turn HomePod
on or off at specific times. This
potentially offers the best alarm
clock in the world for waking
up to your favourite tunes
every day. Many other types of
HomePod automation are also
available within Home.
Natural music
Siri can understand natural
language and this works particularly well
on HomePod. You can say “Play the latest
song by Norah Jones” and it will use the
Apple Music functionality to understand
exactly what you need and to then play
the chosen track immediately.
Apple TV and HomePod
You can send audio from your Apple TV
to HomePod by going to Settings>Audio
& Video>Audio Output and choosing ‘HomePod’.
The resulting sound quality effectively turns it into
a very high-quality soundbar for your TV which will
help to justify the cost.
and accents
Changing the accent
and language of Siri is very
easy. Open up the Home
app and then long-press the
HomePod. Tap ‘Details’ and
scroll down to the ‘SIRI’ section.
Here you can play around with
the options and set HomePod
to sound exactly as you
want it to.
Turn off ‘Hey Siri’
You can disable the ‘Hey Siri’
option by saying “Hey Siri, stop
listening”. You will then be asked
to confirm this request to which you
simply say “Yes” and it will be disabled.
To re-start the function, just say “Hey
Siri, start listening”. It really could not be
simpler to use.
Set a timer
Siri’s functionality
will let you do a
lot with HomePod and one
of the most used is the
ability to set a timer. Simply
say “Hey Siri, set a time for
x” and it will start. While it
is running you can turn the
timer off by saying “Hey
Siri, turn off the timer”.
19 playback
You can play around with music
playback in many ways using just your
voice. For example, you can say “Hey
Siri, next song”, “Hey Siri, skip forward
30 seconds” and “Hey Siri, stop”
to manage music without having
to move. It is a hands-free
experience that is a true
joy to use.
Track detail
The fun doesn’t stop with just controlling
your music. While a track is playing, try
saying “Hey Siri, when was this released?”, “Hey
Siri, what song is this?” or “Hey Siri, what is
AC/DC’s latest album?” Siri will then connect
to the internet and provide the information you
require in an instant.
A new
You can quickly set up
a new reminder by saying “Hey
Siri, create a reminder to get
milk at eight o’clock tomorrow”.
It works just as it does on the
iPhone or iPad and will, as with
notes, be available on your
other devices. You can also
mark reminders as completed
with HomePod.
An iPhone
Pull down the Control
Centre on your iPhone and look
for the tiny wireless icon in the
music panel. Tap it and you can
then select your HomePod to
play music through it. At this
point, you can use the music
controls in Control Centre
or Apple Music to remotely
manage music being played on
the HomePod.
the news
Say “Hey Siri, what is the
latest news?” to have
HomePod play back all of
the major events that you
may have missed. You will
be asked for your preferred
source, but the way it
is presented really does
feel as though you have a
personalised newsreader in
your home.
Multiple music
When you open the
music panel in Control Centre
or the Apple Music app, you will
be presented with the currently
playing tracks on your iPhone
and HomePod simultaneously.
This lets you decide what to
play and to transfer playback
with just a couple of taps on
your iPhone screen. Apple has
nailed multiple music streaming
in iOS and macOS.
27 Check
Create notes
If there is something
you need to quickly
note down for future reference,
you can say “Hey Siri, create a
note (title)”. You can then say
what you want in the note and
it will be available in all of your
other devices through the
Notes app.
28 Avoid delays
If you prefer to use
a third-party app for your
reminders, HomePod supports
Things 3, Evernote, Picniic,
Remember the Milk and
Streaks, as well as some
other selected apps.
Recalib ate
HomePod audio
The audio setup
procedure on
HomePod detects the
environment it is in to
offer the best possible sound
quality. It works extremely well,
but if you are unhappy with the
quality there is a simple fix.
Pick up the HomePod, lift it in
the air and replace it to force
audio recalibration.
Apple Maps is used
by Siri and HomePod as
part of the ecosystem
which means that you can
say something like “Hey
Siri, what’s the traffic like
going to Brighton?” to
check that you will not be
delayed on your commute.
All of this can be done
without even getting out
of bed.
29 Specify
the news
Now that you know you
can quickly catch up on
the news with HomePod,
you can also specify what
type of news you need to
know. For example, you
can say “Hey Siri, read me
the sports news” to avoid
anything that you are not
currently interested in.
Business news is
also available.
5 Things You Can Do With HomePod
If you use HomePod
in your bedroom and it is near
to you, dismissing alarms
requires you to do little more
than simply tap the top of it.
This will save you waking your
partner by having to speak to
HomePod and causing even
more disturbance. The same
tapping method works for
pausing and resuming
music playback.
30 Subscribe
to podcasts
While a podcast is playing,
there is an option to
subscribe in an instant
by saying “Hey Siri,
subscribe to this podcast”.
It will then be available
in your podcast library
whenever a new episode
is released which adds
another string to the
HomePod’s bow.
31 Change
What device?
‘Hey Siri’ is used
by all of your iOS
devices and HomePod which
you may expect to cause
multiple devices to respond
when you say the magic two
words. However, HomePod will
respond the majority of the time
with other devices responding
if they are heard best by the
group. All of your devices work
together to decide the best
option for you.
It can be difficult to get the
volume just right for your
tastes, but you can control it
extremely precisely using Siri.
For example, say “Hey Siri, turn
the volume up to 82%” and it
will do just that. Play around a
little until you have the perfect
volume for the tracks you are
currently playing.
the speed
If there is a song that you
cannot remember the title
of, you can play around with
the descriptive elements and
HomePod should still be
able to find the song you are
looking for. If, for example, you
said “Hey Siri, play the Sam
Smith song featuring ASAP
Rocky” it should tee up I’m
Not The Only One for your
listening pleasure.
32 A
The staple services
in Siri work particularly well on
HomePod. For example, you
can ask maths-based questions
or manage quick conversions
when you are writing something
and need information in a hurry.
HomePod will be there waiting
for you to need its help and
over time will feel even more
convenient in a static location.
You can actually change
the speed of the audio that
is currently playing which
is especially useful when
listening to podcasts or
the news. Say “Hey Siri,
play this slower” and the
playback will slow down.
Playing certain audio faster
could save you a lot of
time if you listen to a lot of
spoken word content.
If you want to make sure
that Siri is hearing you,
which it does 99% of the
time, you can enable the
‘Sound when using Siri’
option in the Home app
settings for HomePod. A
bass tone will play to add
a little extra reassurance
that your request is
being understood.
In the Home app you can
access a wide range of
accessibility features including
touch accommodations, hold
duration and ignore repeat. It
will take a few seconds to set
up and could save you much
time in the future whenever you
have a need to use HomePod.
It finds songs
When a song is playing
on another device
that is within audible range of
HomePod, to find out what
song it is you can say “Hey Siri,
Shazam this” and it should be
able to recognise it and then tell
you all of the details you need
to know. You can then play it on
HomePod through Apple Music
and save it to a playlist.
HomePod will
intelligently know if VoiceOver
is enabled on the iPhone it is
connected to and will enable
VoiceOver. You can also enable
it in the Home app by longpressing the HomePod. As
usual, Apple’s dedication to
accessibility shines through in
every new product it makes.
Recognising voices
As it stands, HomePod will take commands from anyone
who says “Hey Siri” which can pose a privacy concern
if you allow it to send messages etc using Siri. It can only be
connected to one account so this slightly limits the ability for
multiple people to use the feature.
AirPlay is currently the only workaround for the lack of
openness in the HomePod setup, but for those who use
Android or any other non-Apple device there is no support to allow
streamed playback where a service is not supported. It’s unclear
whether this will change in the future.
True stereo sound
Room by room
You will be able to
use HomePods in
multiple rooms to play the same
tracks everywhere or different
songs in each room, but it’s a
solo experience currently until
the launch of AirPlay 2 later this
year. Potentially you will have
a brilliant quality sound system
that covers the entire house.
Radio playback
HomePod is a speaker
above all else and it is perhaps
unusual that you are currently unable
to stream audio from any Bluetooth
device that is within range. The lack
of support for Bluetooth is a surprising
omission and one which, if fixed, would add a
huge amount of versatility to the product.
Third-party services
HomePod is locked down to predominately use Apple
Music by default. There is no native support for Spotify,
Audible or iPlayer Radio and, despite the fact that AirPlay can
again be used to play the audio through HomePod, we would love
to see it be made much more versatile with the ability to use such
services natively.
It’s one way
At this time you cannot
send specific results
to your iPhone when they are
presented on HomePod. It would
be very useful to be able to send
the likes of map results or web
searches to your phone for a
more seamless experience and
to integrate better with your
overall iOS setup.
Strangely, HomePod
can control your music
playback from Apple Music and
also let you play podcasts using
Siri, but you cannot currently play
the radio stations available in the
service apart from Beats 1. This,
however, is a feature that we expect
to arrive at some point in the near future.
You can still AirPlay Apple Music radio to
HomePod, but it’s not quite as convenient.
A smarter Siri?
The perception that Siri is not as smart as
rival services from Amazon and Google
is valid to a point. There is no doubt that the
latter services offer a completely different
experience, but Apple has chosen to
focus on privacy which means that
some areas are rightly off limits. A
smarter Siri would be great, but
few things are as important as
your privacy.
The ability to use two HomePods to create a true
stereo audio experience is coming later
this year. The HomePods will interact with
each other and automatically balance
the sound for a much more immersive
experience. It sounds great already,
but will get even better.
Apple products only
HomeKit only
At this time there is support for HomeKit compatible
devices, but not the likes of Nest, Kwikset and multiple
other third-party home-related products. With HomePod offering
such quality and potentially becoming a very important part of your
household technology, it would be good to see more flexibility.
Lirum Device Info Lite
Give your device a health check
Check all the sensors on your device to make sure
they are okay, and monitor the CPU, RAM and storage
Time needed
The iPhone and iPad are highly complex devices that are
packed with the latest technology. They have very sensitive
sensors that monitor everything that is happening to the device,
such as a compass and magnetometer, an accelerometer
that responds to G-forces, a proximity sensor that detects
an iPhone is held to your ear and a gyroscope that detects
twists and turns. Are all these sensors working okay? How can
you tell? Games often make use of various sensors for their
controls, so if you are having problems, it is most likely a bug
in the app, but you could put your mind at rest by testing the
iPhone/iPad sensors using Lirum Device Info. The Lite version
of the app covers all the basics and is the one we will use here.
Monitor the hardware
View your iPhone/iPad hardware activity at a glance
Free storage
The circular blue bar
shows the amount of
memory used and free.
The dark blue portion is
the free storage remaining
on the iPhone or iPad. The
percentage is shown in
the middle.
Menu button
Press this button to open the sidebar
menu. This provides access to
the tools that enable you to test
the iPhone and iPad sensors and
hardware like the responses to touch
and the colour display.
Battery level
The outer green circle is a battery
level indicator. The dark part is the
battery remaining and it shrinks as
the battery level decreases. Check
the battery health in the Tools section.
Knowledge base
Live monitors
There are three live scrolling charts
at the bottom of the screen and
these show the CPU, RAM and
Wi-Fi usage. Switch between
Lirum and another app to see the
usage change.
Battery wear level
As the iPhone is used and grows
older, the battery becomes less able
to store charge. To see the battery
health, tap the menu icon and go
to Tools>Battery>Check Battery
Internal Reports. The Battery Wear
Level shows the current capacity
and the design capacity. On the right
is the percentage health. When this
falls below 80% the battery should
be replaced.
If you find that a sensor is not working, what can you do? Not much
yourself, so head to your nearest Apple Store to get it checked out.
Step-by-step Check your iPhone/iPad hardware
1 Open the menu
2 Tools and options
3 Test the gyroscope
After installing Lirum Device Info from the App
Store, open it and press the menu button in the
top-left corner. In the panel that slides out on
the left, press ‘Tools’.
A collection of tools is displayed as a grid of
icons. Some have a purple exclamation symbol
and these indicate pro features. All others are
free. Tap ‘Gyroscope sensor’.
The gyroscope is used to detect whether the
iPhone is being tilted forward or back or turned
clockwise or anticlockwise. Try it and see the
readings and live chart jump.
4 Proximity detection
5 Check the barometer
6 See battery wear
The proximity sensor detects objects near the
phone, such as your head when answering a
call. Open ‘Proximity Sensor’ and hold your
hand over the top part of the iPhone.
The barometer sensor measures air pressure
and this changes with the weather or altitude.
Open the sensor test when you are in a lift or
climbing stairs and watch it change.
The iPhone and iPad batteries wear out over
time and their health can be checked here.
Open ‘Battery’ and press ‘Check Battery
Internal Reports’ to see the Battery Wear Level.
and storage
You might only occasionally need to check the sensors
on the iPhone and iPad, but Lirum Device Info can also
be used to monitor the processor, the memory and the
storage. The information is quite technical and is not for
novices, but if you want to dig deep into the working of
the iPhone/iPad and iOS, this app can do it. The app’s
home screen shows a summary, but more information is
available from the Tools screen.
“It can monitor the processor,
memory and storage”
1 View the
memory usage
2 Check
CPU usage
Go to the Tools
screen in the app and
press ‘Memory’. Very
simple memory usage
information is shown
but pressing ‘Memory
Details’ shows this
screen. The detailed
information is similar
to Activity Monitor
on the Mac.
The iPhone/iPad gets
hot when working
hard, but how hard
is it working? Open
CPU on the Tools
screen to show
processor activity.
Switch to another
app and use it, then
switch back to see
the CPU usage chart.
Astropad Studio
Turn your iPad into a Mac
graphic pad
With Astropad, you can use your favourite Mac creative tools on an iPad and
benefit from better control over your work
Time needed
For most professional artists, graphic pads are
an essential tool but they certainly don’t come
cheap. Rather than go without, however, you
could turn to Astropad – a fabulous tool that
not only allows your iPad to mirror your Mac’s
display but turns it into a sketch board that
can be operated using your finger or a stylus.
It means you can produce some detailed
artwork while using the power of full-blown Mac
apps such as Photoshop. You’re also able to
access all of the functions of the Mac apps,
switch between them and benefit from a host of
gestures and in-built functions that make light
work of your creations. The only downside is
that it isn’t free: the standard Astropad costs
$29.99 while the iPad Pro-centric Astropad
Studio will set you back $79.99-a-year. We use
the latter here but the principles are the same.
Studio also has a seven-day free trial.
Step-by-step Get started with Astropad Studio
1 Add from homescreens
2 Connect the apps
3 Open a program
Download and install Astropad Studio
for your Mac. Register your email and a
password, then download Astropad Studio
from the iOS App Store.
With your Mac and iPad on the same Wi-Fi
network, ensure you’re signed into the Astropad
Studio apps on both. Now click ‘Allow iPad’ on
the Mac, when prompted, to connect them.
Your Mac’s display will be mirrored on your
iPad. You can now get on with opening an
app, such as Photoshop, on your Mac. This
will appear on both the Mac and iPad screens.
As well as connecting your iPad and Mac via Wi-Fi, you can also hook them
up using a Lightning to USB cable.
Use your iPad to control your Mac’s screen
Here we see the iPad mirroring a portion of the Photoshop screen which
is actually running on an Apple Mac
Ring button
As well as being moveable, this button can
be tapped to reveal the Workspace Sidebar
or pressed down for quick access to a
Move and Zoom mode to pan and zoom
with two fingers.
Zoom in and out
Use your fingers to pull and pinch on the
screen in order to zoom in and out of the
display with ease. You can also tap any
onscreen option to select it.
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Alter pencil and stroke
Workspace Sidebar
Tap Workspace to access other open
apps on your Mac and shortcuts such as
Undo, Redo, Copy Cut and Paste. You
can also call up a keyboard.
You can change the colour of your lines,
alter the pressure curve and adjust Stroke
Stabilisation. Tap Magic Gestures if you
want to edit the way you operate the
eraser, right-mouse button and various
touch gestures.
Using a pencil
Astropad Studio has three Magic Gestures that
make good use of the Apple Pencil. By placing one
finger on the screen, for instance, you can use the
Pencil to erase. By using two fingers, your pencil
can work as a right-mouse click. Finally, with three
fingers, the pencil can be set to a Modifier key or a
middle mouse button.
4 View highlighted area
5 Reposition the area
6 Include the buttons
What you see on the iPad depends on the
section of screen being highlighted on the
Mac. To view that highlighted area, simply
click the Astropad icon in the Mac’s Dock.
On the Mac, use your mouse to move the
highlight window around and use the window’s
handles to resize the area. Selecting Zoom
allows for 100%, 200% or full-screen viewing.
If the highlighted area on the Mac includes
buttons, you can select them on your iPad,
calling up menus and different effects. You can
also, of course, draw direct to the screen.
Turn off your activity
status in Instagram
Instagram now tells other people when you
were last online but you can quickly turn it off
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Instagram is now sharing your activity status by default
so others can see when you were last using the app and
even when you are typing a reply to a message, mirroring a
feature used in other social media apps such as Facebook
Messenger. But the good news is you can turn this one off.
Before you do, consider how it works. Instagram has confined
the feature to the Direct Message section of the iOS app and it
only lets people you follow or message privately see when you
were last active – not everyone who follows you. By turning it
off, you can’t see other people’s up-to-date activity. But that
may be a small price to pay for privacy. It’s your call.
Step-by-step Stop showing your activity status
1 Select your Settings
2 Keep scrolling
3 Turn it off
Open the Instagram app and tap the person
icon, which you’ll find in the bottom-right of
the screen, to view your profile. Now tap the
Settings icon – it looks like a cog.
Instagram has placed the settings option
we’re after about halfway down the Settings
page. Keep scrolling until you see three
toggle buttons, each of which will be on.
If you don’t want Instagram to announce that
you’re currently active or show when you
last used Instagram, simply toggle the ‘Show
Activity Status’ switch by swiping it off.
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Send and receive
money via Messenger
Transfer money to your friends and have them pay the cash
they owe you without leaving Facebook Messenger
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Since it’s more likely you’d leave the house without your wallet
than your phone, the chances of you having to borrow cash
from a friend is higher than ever. If your pals are often in the
same boat, help is at hand: Facebook Messenger allows cash
to be sent back and forth between your friends using its peerto-peer payment system. Simply set it up by following the steps
on these pages and then you’re free to select a recipient, input
an amount and receive money from others. You’re confined
to transferring cash within your country’s own border but it’s
entirely secure. And should anything go wrong, Messenger’s
use of debit cards lets you seek recourse with your bank.
Step-by-step Send money to a friend
1 Start a message
2 Choose payments
3 Input personal details
Open the Messenger app and tap the
Compose Message icon in the top-right
corner. Select a contact and, to start sending
money, tap ‘+’ to the left of the text box.
In the menu that appears, find and tap the
green Payments icon. As you are doing this
for the first time, you will see a welcome
screen. Tap ‘Set Up Payments’ to continue.
You will be asked to verify your personal
information by tapping in your name, date of
birth and address into the relevant field. When
you’re done, tap ‘Submit’.
Facebook says the payment system is secure and encrypted but it is still
advisable to create a PIN during the setup.
Receive money
from friends
Has someone sent you some
cash on Messenger? Here is
how you claim it
Payment details
When a payment notification appears
in a conversation thread in Messenger,
you can select to ‘See Details’. Doing so
calls up this page of information.
The sender
Read the note
The sender of the money is clearly
displayed at the top of the screen. Each
transaction is also given a unique ID.
Paying through Messenger is supposed
to be more personable, which is why
you are encouraged to leave a note for
the recipient to read.
Receive money
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If you want the cash, tap ‘Receive
Money’. You’ll be taken to another
screen to confirm the amount and, if
your debit card details are inputted, the
money will come your way.
Are Messenger payments free?
They are indeed. There are no fees for sending or
receiving money which ensures that nobody is left
out of pocket during a transaction. But bear in mind
that there is a limit of £250 per transaction and it
can take between one and three business days for
the money to be made available to the recipient.
4 Create a PIN
5 Decide on amount
6 Add a debit card
As part of this setup process, you are asked
to create a payments PIN although you
can, if you wish, skip this part. Using a PIN,
however, will boost payment security.
You’re now taken to the payment page,
which you go straight to for future payments.
Input the amount you wish to send, add a
note, tap ‘Pay’ and select ‘Confirm Payment’.
You’ll be asked to add a debit card the first
time you use the service. Input the details and
select ‘Pay’. Money will rain down the screen
and the recipient will be informed.
See which apps
you’re addicted to
Reckon you’re spending too much time using your
iOS apps? Then check for certain with this neat trick
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We know, we know... it’s really hard to put an iPhone down,
simply because there’s just so much you can do with it. From
playing games and engaging with social media to checking
emails and even turning the heating down, it can feel like the
handset is an extension of your body at times. But just how
much time are you actually wasting on pointless apps?
To answer that, head over to the Settings app where you will
find a near-hidden range of useful stats telling you which of your
apps are consuming most of your time. You can then make a
judgement about which are bogging you down and which are
genuinely useful.
Step-by-step Discover your most time-sapping apps
1 Open Settings
2 Wait for data
3 View the apps
If you want to discover which apps are taking
up most of your time, there’s a handy feature
built into iOS that lets you know. Open the
Settings app and select ‘Battery’.
About halfway down the screen, you will see
a section called Battery Usage. It may take
a few seconds for any information to appear
but it will display a list of apps.
By default, Battery Usage will show the
proportion of battery used by your apps.
But we want to know how much time we’re
spending with them so tap the clock icon.
Notifications can prompt you to open an app when you otherwise wouldn’t
bother so consider disabling them by going to Settings>Notifications.
Make sense of
the statistics
Here’s what the figures mean
– they might surprise you into
deleting an app or two!
Ordering of apps
Although it would be great to see the
apps sorted by the amount of time
you use then, they will always be
displayed according to the percentage
of battery consumed.
Stepping back
The information may jolt you into scaling
back on the amount of time you’re
spending with an app. Three hours
spent on Twitter in a week certainly
made us think.
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Reorganise your homescreen
Once you’ve identified which apps are hogging your
time, it’s a good idea to consider why. Perhaps the
most typical reason is accessibility: we tend to put
our favourite apps on the first or second pages of
our homescreen so the temptation to tap is all the
greater. One way to reduce the temptation is to
move time-wasting apps to later pages. That should
reduce the times you open them.
On screen
The figure mentioned next to the words
‘on screen’ shows the amount of time
the app is actively being displayed and
in use. It’s the best indicator of the time
you’re spending with an app.
Background activity
The background activity figure is less
important but it refers to the time an app
is performing a background task such as
downloading, updating or playing media.
4 See the times
5 Seven-day view
6 Removing apps
You will see how many hours each app has
been spent in active use as well as how long
it has been running in the background. They
are still displayed in battery usage order.
As well as being able to see the precise
amount of time you’ve used an app over the
last 24 hours, you can also tap ‘Last 7 Days’
to see a whole week’s worth of app usage.
You can’t delete apps within this section of
Settings but, to remove time-sapping apps,
go back to the homepage, long-press an app
and tap the ‘X’ on its icon.
Alarm Clock for Me
Create alarms and timers
Go beyond the basic Clock app with this free app that adds extra features
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The Clock app bundled with the iPhone is okay, but if you want
more control and more features, Alarm Clock for Me is a great
alternative from the App Store. It creates alarms, but adds a
few extras, such as an option to fade in, flash the screen, and
set custom sound levels. When you wake, the weather forecast
on the screen shows what the day will be like.
A useful extra not in Clock is the countdown to an event,
such as a holiday, birthday, wedding and so on. Multiple events
can be added and it shows the days, hours and minutes until
the next one. If you like to go to sleep listening to music or rain
falling, sleep timers will play your favourite music playlist or
sound effects. Here we guide you through using the app.
Step-by-step Set alarms, countdowns and sleep timers
1 Show the menu
2 Create an alarm
3 Customise the alarm
After adding Alarm Clock for Me from the App
Store, open it and press the ‘+’ button at the
bottom of the screen to display the menu.
Press ‘Alarm’ to add a new item.
This is mostly like the Apple Clock app, but
there are a couple of extras. Tap ‘Snooze’
to set the snooze duration and enable autosnooze. Notes can be added too.
Press the alarm sound to customise it. Press
‘Sound’ again to choose a built-in sound or a
favourite music track from your iTunes library.
Set the fade, flash and vibration.
4 The Time Centre
5 New sleep timer
6 Create a playlist
After saving the alarm you are returned to
the home screen. Swipe left to view the
Time Centre. This shows alarms, timers, and
countdowns. Press ‘+’ next to Sleep Timers.
Let your iPhone send you to sleep! Set the
duration of the sound and the volume as you
prefer. There are built-in sounds, but let’s add
music. Tap ‘Music’ and then ‘Playlist’.
The playlist is empty so press ‘Add Tracks’
to browse the music in iTunes. Press the ‘+’
buttons to select tracks to fall asleep to and
press ‘Done’ before saving the sleep timer.
Countdown timers are a great way to make sure you never miss another
event. Add your family’s birthdays and other dates.
Alarm Clock for Me interface tour
Access all the features from the home screen
Your countdown event
This countdown timer shows the
time until the next event. Press it
to view a larger version or to edit it.
Multiple countdown timers can be
created and set to repeat weekly,
monthly and yearly.
See the weather
A mini weather forecast is shown
at the top of the screen. Tap it to
expand it and show three-hourly
forecasts. Press the gear in the
corner to open settings and set
the location.
Check the alarm
Multiple alarms can be set for
various events and the next one is
shown here. Press it to view it or
edit it. Swipe left across the screen
to view all the alarms and timers.
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Using sleep timers and alarms
After creating one or more sleep timers with your
favourite music, how do you use one? Swipe left
on the home screen to view the Time Centre.
With each sleep timer is the duration, album
artwork, track or playlist name, and controls to
play, pause, stop, jump to the next or previous
tracks in the playlist. Leave the app open, but
turn off the screen.
Menu button
Press this button to open the
menu and add a new alarm,
timer, sleep timer, or countdown.
To see what items have been
set and to edit or delete them,
swipe left.
7 Edit countdown timers
8 Create a countdown
9 Set a picture
A sample countdown timer is displayed on
the home screen, tap it to view it and press
‘Edit’. Alternatively, swipe left to view all the
timers and select the countdown timer.
This screen is for creating new countdown
timers or editing an existing one. There are
many options like time, date, event, picture,
repeat and more, so work through them.
Press ‘Picture’ to choose an image for the
event from the collection provided. Return to
the previous step and then press ‘Save’ to
save it. It then appears on the home screen.
Enhance your kids’
learning with EdPlace
Your child’s education is extremely important and
EdPlace offers great benefits that will last forever
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From time to time apps and associated services appear
that can really make a life-changing difference to the people
who use them. EdPlace is one such service which is designed
to help you educate your child as a top-up to standard
education or even, at a push, as the main solution when
home schooling a child.
EdPlace cleverly builds up the progress and you can check
your child’s development at any time on your iPhone, iPad or
Mac and then assign suitable workbooks for them to work on.
The app will also auto-assign topics which are based on the
national curriculum and appropriate year.
Step-by-step Teach your child through an intelligent app on your phone
1 Trial EdPlace
2 Assign a worksheet
3 Take the test
Go to and follow the
instructions to trial the service. It is easier to
do it this way and to then log in with your
new username and password in the app.
The first thing to do is assign a worksheet.
Look through the available options and select
one that looks suitable. Tap the ‘Assign
Worksheet’ label and select your child.
Your child can now answer each question
in turn with or without your guidance. The
iOS interface is designed well for even the
youngest of children to understand.
A full set of national curriculum worksheets are included from year one all
the way up to GCSE. This can help any child’s learning.
A simple
Trust the service
You can allow EdPlace to auto-assign
worksheets that your child can then
explore and work on. In our tests,
the assigned sheets are relevant and
well matched.
Your child’s progress
in one screen
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Investigate the options
A body of work
We would advise you to take a lot of time
considering what your child needs and to fully
understand what topics you are assigning to them.
If you go to you can
view the full map of available topics and read each
one to ensure that they will be suitable for your
child’s development. You can tailor everything.
Over time you will be able to see, and
be encouraged by the amount of effort
your child has put in to their work. The
breadth of the topics is very impressive.
Set rewards
Check the progress
Rewards can be set to encourage your
child to take more time over their work
and to gain higher marks. The positive
messages they receive really will help.
At any time you can check the progress
of your child’s work to see if they are
improving or making less effort. It is never
demanding, but aims to encourage instead.
4 Browse and select
5 Tap and select
6 Analyse and retake
You can spend time looking for topics that
you feel your child needs more experience
from and then assign as needed. Just tap
and follow the simple assignment process.
Tap the top right-hand menu button to see all
of the available options. You can access all of
the main features and so can your child if you
wish. It’s all logical.
You can analyse in detail the scores your
child achieves and then re-assign particular
topics as needed. The information flow is
complete and easy to understand.
Take control in Search
and Siri Suggestions
If you’re concerned about which apps Siri is
analysing, take control of your privacy
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Whenever you use features in iOS 11 from Search to Photos,
Siri will serve up helpful, personalised recommendations.
But this comes at a price. Siri Suggestions are based on Siri
analysing all of your apps, browsing your web history, reading
your emails, messages, contacts and so on. As well as sharing
this data across all of your devices in iOS 11, it also sends it
to Apple to ‘make your searches more relevant’. While this
information is encrypted and anonymised, you’re entitled to
still be concerned about your privacy. Fortunately, Apple has
bolstered privacy controls on iPhone and iPad for iOS 11 to
give you better control over Siri Suggestions.
Step-by-step Limit Siri Suggestions and App Suggestions
1 Turn off Siri Suggestions
2 Try Siri Suggestions lite
3 Control individual apps
Go to Settings>Siri & Search. Toggle both
Suggestions in Search and Suggestions in
Look Up off to no longer receive personalised
recommendations or send data to Apple.
If you do want Siri Suggestions but don’t
want certain apps to show up as suggested
content, go to Settings>Siri & Search and
scroll down to the list of apps.
This list features all your apps that work with
Siri Suggestions. Select the app you don’t
want to show up. Turn off the ‘Search &
Suggestions’ toggle that appears.
To turn off suggestions in the App Store, go to Settings>[your name]>iTunes
& App Store. Tap Apple ID, then toggle Personalized Recommendations off.
Simplify Siri
Turn off always listening
While Hey Siri is great for hands-free
use, if you find Siri is always interrupting
your day with unintended requests,
swipe ‘Listen for “Hey Siri”’ off.
Control and limit what
your iPhone’s smart
assistant can do
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Delete User Data
Prevent Apple from tracking
your location
If you toggle Ask Siri off and go to
Settings>General>Keyboard and slide
Enable Dictation off, Apple will delete
all the information your device has
collected on you.
As part of some Siri Suggestions, your iPhone
sends your location to Apple along with search
queries to provide more relevant recommendations.
Again, this information is anonymised and
encrypted, but if you would rather it wasn’t
recorded at all go to Settings>Privacy>Location
Services, and tap ‘Siri & Dictation’. Under Allow
Location Access, tap ‘Never’ to go off the grid.
Lock down Siri
Silence Siri
If you would rather Siri didn’t divulge
personal details about you to people that
don’t have your Passcode, swipe Allow Siri
When Locked into the off position.
If you’d rather read Siri’s responses than
hear them aloud, tap Voice Feedback to
switch from Always On to Control with
Ring Switch or Hands-Free Only modes.
4 Remove App Suggestions
5 Adjust widget settings
6 Stripped-back search
Siri App Suggestions might still display
sensitive apps on the widget screen. To
remove App Suggestions, scroll to the
bottom of the widgets screen and tap ‘Edit’.
Find Siri App Suggestions in the list and
tap the red button on the left followed by
‘Remove’ on the right. Don’t forget to tap
‘Done’ to save your changes.
Once these settings are enabled, Search
will no longer display results from apps – or
specified apps, and will only offer results from
the web, App Store and Maps.
Control iTunes using
your Apple Watch
Play music on your computer but control the tunes
and their volume from the comfort of your wrist
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There are many ways of listening to music using your Watch.
You can pair the wearable with Bluetooth headphones and
access your Apple Music library, you can control music on your
iPhone, or you can sync albums and playlists. But if you have
your computer connected up to a pair of great speakers or you
prefer not to listen through headphones, you can also connect
your Watch with iTunes running on a Mac or PC and control
that from afar instead.
It’s a great use of the Apple Watch’s Remote app and the
good news is that you only need to set it up once for each
device meaning it’s something that is certainly worth doing. It’s
a great option for when you next decide to have a fun music
session via your computer. So in this tutorial we look at two
things: how to set up the Remote app with iTunes and how to
control it on your Watch. Neither are hugely complex, which
should be music to your ears.
Step-by-step Set up the Remote app
1 Launch Remote app
2 Add a device
3 Note the code
To connect your computer with your Watch,
you need to use the Remote app. This is built
into your Apple Watch and you can launch it
by simply tapping the blue arrow icon.
Make sure your Apple Watch is on the same
Wi-Fi network as your Apple Mac or PC.
Then, on your Apple Watch, tap the ‘+’ icon
to begin adding the computer as a device.
A four-digit code will appear on your Watch
screen. At this point, you need to launch
iTunes on your computer if you have not
already. The code is used to connect the two.
The method described here works with both Mac and PCs as long as you’re
running iTunes. You can also control multiple libraries.
Control your
music playback
Selecting a song
Even though the Watch screen
is tiny, you will find just enough
functionality to control your
computer’s iTunes libraries
You can’t use the Remote app to select a
library – this needs to be done using iTunes
on your computer. The title of a currently
playing song, however, will appear on the
Remote app screen.
Changing the library
If you have more than one iTunes library,
it is possible to switch between them by
tapping the menu button in the top-left
corner of the Watch screen and making
your selection.
Skip your tunes
Once the library is playing, you can
use the back and forward buttons
displayed on the screen to skip to
the previous or next songs.
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Remove a device from Remote
Change the volume
If you decide that you want to remove the
connection between your Watch Remote app and
iTunes on your computer, you can do very easily.
Open the Remote app and find the list of devices
connected to it. Press and hold the screen before
selecting ‘Edit’. Each device icon will now shake
and you can simply press the ‘X’ icon next to each
device to remove them.
You can turn the volume of the music
playing on your computer up and down
by tapping the ‘–’ or ‘+’ buttons on the
screens or by turning the Digital Crown.
4 Connect with iTunes
5 Wake up fully
6 Establish connection
Look for the tiny remote icon which you
will see to the right of the dropdown menu
towards the top-left of the iTunes screen. This
shows iTunes has picked up your Watch.
Having clicked that icon, you’ll be taken to a
screen within iTunes that asks you to input
the passcode that is being displayed on your
Apple Watch. Enter the passcode displayed.
As long as the two codes match, the Remote
app on your Watch will connect with iTunes
and you will now be able to control it from
your wrist. Click ‘OK’ to finish the setup.
Apple Watch
Get Apple Watch to
speak the time
Have the Watch tell you the time without even having
to stop to look at or touch the clock face
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As you may know, if you set Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse as
your Watch face, you can tap the screen and hear the time. But
what if you don’t want to hear their high-pitched voices? And
what if you’d rather use the Watch face of your choice? Well,
there is a way.
By making use of a set of features aimed at people who
have problems with their vision, you can hear the time on any
Watch face when you raise your wrist. You don’t even need to
touch the screen. The downside is that the Watch will read out
everything you do if you then try to use the interface and apps,
But don’t let that put you off. This method works well if you’re
exercising and don’t want to stop to check the time or find it
hard to see the screen when you’re moving. Just lift the Watch
to your ear and when you’re ready to carry on as normal, turn
the function off. We also look at how Mickey and Minnie do it,
just in case you would prefer that.
Step-by-step Using the VoiceOver function
1 Access Watch Settings
2 Select VoiceOver
3 Turn VoiceOver on
Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
and ensure you are in the My Watch tab by
tapping the icon at the bottom of the screen.
Scroll down and tap ‘Accessibility’.
Under the Vision section is an entry for
VoiceOver. This brilliant tool is aimed at
people with sight issues but it also works well
for the outcome we are after here. Tap it.
There are a number of options on this page
and we will use many of them. First of all, turn
VoiceOver on by tapping the slider at the top
of the screen, turning it green.
You can also turn VoiceOver on via the Settings app of your Watch (General>Accessibility>
Watch). You can’t indicate whether it should speak when you raise your wrist, however.
Let Mickey
or Minnie tell
you the time
Tap to listen
You can hear the time simply by tapping
the screen when the Mickey or Minnie
Watch face is showing. You’ll even be
wished a pleasant day.
By setting Mickey Mouse or
Minnie Mouse as your Watch
face, you can hear the time in a
more chirpy manner
Turn Silent Mode off
To hear the time, always ensure that
Silent Mode is turned off. You can do
this by swiping up to open the Control
Centre and tapping the bell icon.
Select the Watch face
Although you can use the VoiceOver method
to listen to the time on any Watch face,
Apple has also built such an ability into two
of them: Minnie and Mickey Mouse. So
hard-press on a Watch face and swipe to
select either one.
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Entering your passcode
If you haven’t entered your passcode, then
whenever the Watch speaks the time, it will visit the
passcode screen and tell you that it’s gone there.
This can be a pain if you only want to hear the
time and, while you can enter the passcode there
and then, doubling-tapping each number to do
so is cumbersome. For that reason, wear your
Watch and enter the passcode before you turn
VoiceOver on.
Set it up
To hear their voices, you need to
launch the Settings app on Apple
Watch, tap ‘Sounds & Haptics’ and
select ‘Tap to Speak Time’.
4 Alter the volume
5 Choose the method
6 Decide on seconds
You can now turn your attention to the
speaking rate and voiceover volume. Move
the first towards the hare to speed up the rate
of speech. The volume is self-explanatory.
Ideally, the Watch would speak the time
whenever you raise your wrist. So turn this
option on. Since you may only want to hear
the time, we’d also turn Speak Hints off.
The Watch will also speak out the seconds
if they are displayed when you raise your
wrist but this could get annoying. Tap ‘Speak
Seconds’ and you can turn them on or off.
Enjoy YouTube’s new Apple TV app
YouTube has designed its Apple TV app to bring
you new features and easier navigation
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Before now, YouTube’s tvOS app
looked like most tvOS apps. But then its
designers decided to make a change so
that, today, it is consistent with how it
appears on mobile phones, other smart
TV devices and the web. In doing so,
they have made YouTube easier to use
and more functional, with better linking
between the iPhone and Apple TV.
Here we look at some of those
changes and how you can link the TV
and phone over Wi-Fi and via a TV Code.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea
because it departs from the elements that
make Apple TV’s user interface familiar
but it’s nevertheless good to see YouTube
investing time in the app. That said, we
are disappointed that it doesn’t make
full use of 4K Apple TVs. We found it
highlights 4K content but it seems to be
restricted to 1080p.
YouTube now
appears as it
does on mobile
phones, other
smart TV devices
and the web
“YouTube is now easier to use and more
functional, with better linking between the
iPhone and Apple TV”
Step-by-step Cast from the iOS app
1 Connect your iPhone
2 Use a code
3 Link the devices
Log into YouTube on iOS and tvOS. Grab
your iPhone, open the Settings app, navigate
to Wi-Fi and select the network your Apple
TV is connected to. Go to the fourth step.
Alternatively, link your iPhone and Apple TV
using a TV Code. Within YouTube on Apple
TV, navigate to the Settings in the left-hand
menu. Now click on ‘Link TV and Phone’.
You’ll see a code on the Apple TV screen.
Open YouTube on your phone and go to the
app’s Settings. Tap ‘Watch on TV’ and enter
the blue code that you’ve just been shown.
You can remove a station by selecting ‘Delete’ in the Station Settings. You
can also click and hold the station’s icon in the Library and select ‘Delete’.
Get to know the new interface
The revamped YouTube app is much more intuitive on Apple TV, making
it easy to find great content to watch in an instant
Find content
Easy searching
Looking for content is even easier with
this revamped app thanks to a host
of categories from Recommended,
Entertainment and Food to Music,
Gaming, Technology and Comedy.
As well as having a search function in
this new left-hand side menu, the tvOS
YouTube app also has a Search bar at
the very top of the screen.
Video loops
When you highlight a video on the
menu screens, a short clip of it autoplays in a loop to give you a nice
flavour of its content.
Knowledge base
Add videos to your queue
If you use your iPhone to add a video to your queue
of upcoming videos, a message appears within the
tvOS YouTube app informing you of the change.
You can then swipe up using the Apple TV remote
when you’re watching a video and see the videos
that are being queued. It’s another example of the
strong links between the iOS and tvOS apps.
More Settings
Sign in and you can use this menu
to see your history, subscriptions
and library. You can also access
a more detailed and TV-friendly
Settings section.
4 Choose a video
5 Select Cast icon
6 Sit back and watch
Using the YouTube app on your iPhone, you
can now look for a video in the usual way,
scrolling through and searching until you find
something you like. Don’t hit Play though.
Tap the Cast icon which looks like a television
with a Wi-Fi signal coming out of it (it’s at the
top of the screen). If you are requested, select
Apple TV from the list.
The video will appear on the Apple TV screen
and you can use the Remote to control it. Tap
the Cast icon on your phone again if you wish
to disconnect the iOS app from tvOS.
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By adding the ‘Do
Not Disturb While
Driving’ Control
Centre item you will
be able to toggle it
on or off manually…
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3D Touch
Touchscreen technology
first introduced with the
iPhone 6 and 6s Plus
that lets you access new
features depending on
how hard you press down
on the screen.
Not to be confused with
3D Touch that relies on
pressure, long-pressing
simply means pressing
down on part of your iOS
screen for a second or two
to access certain features.
Usually four-digit,
passcodes are a means
of securing your device
and add an extra layer of
security to other methods
of unlocking your device,
such as TouchID.
While I applaud ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’, it kicks in even
when I am a passenger. How can I disable it? Karen Greenland
These are accessible by
swiping right from your
iPhone’s home screen and
provide access to certain
features from built-in and
third-party apps that you
have installed.
1 Go to Settings
2 Add control
3 Access and tap
Go to Settings>Do Not Disturb
and then you will be able to
change the option to ‘Manually’.
Now back out of these settings
and tap on ‘Control Centre’.
Tap on ‘Customise Controls’,
scroll down through the list and
tap on the green ‘+’ icon next to
the ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’
item to add it to Control Centre.
Now, whenever you need to
manually enable DNDWD mode,
simply swipe up to access your
Control Centre and then tap on
the car icon to enable it.
You can turn on ‘Type to Siri’ on Mac too by going to System Preferences>
Accessibility>Siri and then ticking the box next to the option.
While I like using Siri on my iPhone, I
often get self-conscious about talking to
it in public spaces. How do I enable the ‘Type
to Siri’ option? Phil Turner
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Just launch your Settings app and then go to
General>Accessibility>Siri. Here you will find the
‘Type to Siri’ option, so turn it on and then go back
to your home screen. Now, whenever you call upon
Siri you will see ‘Type to Siri’ displayed in a text
window and you will be able to key your questions
into the box, instead of asking them.
I have heard that it is possible to create new ringtones from
songs in your iTunes library. How is this done? Graham Gemmil
1 Select a song
2 Define timestamps
3 Convert the track
In your iTunes library, select a
song, right-click on it and then
choose ‘Song Info’. Then click on
the ‘Options’ tab and you will see
‘Start’ and ‘Stop’ options.
Select the times of the song
you wish to start and end your
ringtone then click ‘OK’. Now
loop your song by clicking the
loop icon twice.
When you are happy, highlight it
and go to File>Convert>Create
AAC Version. Now connect your
iPhone and drag the new version
of the song across.
I heard that iPhones with iOS 11 installed can read QR
codes but mine can’t – help! Sonia Brown
Preserve settings
Scan QR Codes
You have to enable the option in
Settings>Camera. Once it has
been turned on, all you have
to do is point your iPhone at a
code and a prompt will appear.
Tapping on this option
will allow you to save
your settings for various
modes. For example, you
can preserve the last mode
you used, such as Video or
Square, keep the last filter
used and more…
If you toggle on this feature a
grid will be overlaid on your
camera viewfinder to make
it easier to apply the ‘rule of
thirds’ in your photos. It will also
enable a level in the form of thin
white and yellow crosshairs that
change colour to help you get
your iPhone perfectly level when
taking shots.
The iOS Camera app
used to shoot pictures
in .jpeg and videos in
H.264 formats, but iOS 11
introduces new formats to
help you save space. Tap
here to select them.
I am always getting sent
GIFs in text messages,
but is there any way to
save these so that I can
use them myself?
Start off by pressing down
on the GIF image itself. If
you are using a 3D Touch
iPhone on iOS 11, the
image will pop from the
screen – swipe up and
then tap ‘Save’. On non3D Touch iPhones, the
option will appear without
swiping. The GIF will then
be saved to an album
called ‘Animated’, which
is located within the
Photos app.
How can I create notes
with coloured text on
my iPhone? I have tried
everything but can’t find
the option.
That’s because there is
no option! Instead you
have to create the note
with coloured text on your
Mac and then, as long as
the Notes iCloud option is
enabled on both devices
the note with the coloured
text will be synced across
to your iPhone.
How do you share Wi-Fi
passwords in iOS 11?
Just make sure that both
devices are running iOS
11, both have Bluetooth
turned on and the devices
are close together. The
option to share should
then appear on the device
that is already logged
into Wi-Fi.
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Genius advice
How do I turn Live
Photos into GIFs on my
iPhone in iOS 11?
Start off by taking a Live
Photo by tapping on
the small circular ‘Live
Photo’ icon in the middle
at the top of the Camera
app interface. It will turn
yellow to indicate that you
are taking a Live Photo.
Next, open the image in
your Photos app then
swipe up to reveal extra
options, including ‘Loop’
and ‘Bounce’. Simply
select whichever one
works best and then tap
the Share icon to pass it
on to your friends.
I have heard that it
is possible to select
multiple icons at once
from my iPhone home
screen. How do I do this
as I want to impress my
friends with my supreme
iPhone skills?
There used to be a time
when you had to move
each app icon around
individually, but not any
more. All you have to
do is press and hold on
one icon and then, while
still holding that icon in
place, tap on other app
icons to add them to your
selected collection. This
is particularly handy for
when you want to create
folders and move stacks
of app icons into them
quickly and easily. It takes
a little practice to pull off
but the effect is well worth
the effort in the end.
I am having issues with the sound on my MacBook, sometimes
I just can’t hear anything at all! Stephen Rashford
Sound effects
macOS plays sound effects and
notifications when certain system
events occur. The volume control
for these is independent of the main
volume control. Select the ‘Sound
Effects’ tab to check these settings.
Balance control
The Mac plays stereo audio
and the Balance slider
should be in the middle. To
check that both speakers are
working, play some music
and drag the slider to the left
and then to the right.
I have heard that in
iOS 11 it is possible to
take Live photos in
FaceTime. However, I can’t
see any way to do so.
Please can you explain how
this is done? Gemma Fry
As is often the case, the
feature is turned off by
default so you must enable
it to use it. Make sure your
iPhone has been updated
to iOS 11 and then go to
Settings>FaceTime. Here you
will see a new option called
‘FaceTime Live Photos’. Move
the slider to the ‘On’ position
to enable the feature and
then during your FaceTime
conversations you will see a
new button in the interface.
Output device
Check the output device on
the menu bar or in System
Preferences. Could you have
left it on Apple TV or another
external device or software?
Set it to the internal speakers.
Audio devices
If you have other output
devices then you may find
them in this tool. Run ‘Audio
MIDI Setup’ in the Utilities
folder and check each of the
devices in the sidebar. Also,
make sure that the output is
set to your speakers.
How do I clear my Safari cache on Mac? I have never done
this and am worried that all of the unnecessary files could
be having an adverse effect on my computer! Ben Havers
Open your Safari preferences and
then click on the ‘Advanced’ tab at
the top. In the resultant panel you
will see the ‘Show Develop menu
in menu bar’ option. Tick this and
a new menu will appear in Safari.
If you click on this new
‘Develop’ menu you will
see the option to ‘Empty
Caches’ – select this to
instantly clear out your
age-old Safari files.
The Develop
menu has plenty
of other options
to experiment
with as well…
Remember to eject your old iPod from your Mac properly by either dragging
the icon to the trash or by clicking on the Eject button in iTunes.
I have heard that my iPhone can
auto-answer calls – how do I set
this up? John Taylor
Open Settings
Launch your Settings
app and then go to
and scroll down to an
option called ‘Call
Audio Routing’, then
tap to select it.
Auto on
Tap on the ‘AutoAnswer Calls’ option
and turn it on by moving
the slider. You can also
set the duration of time
to wait before the call
is auto-answered. It’s a
very handy feature.
Set to speaker
You will see three main
options which relate
to how the audio is
handled when a call
comes in. If you know
you won’t be picking up,
choose ‘Speaker’.
I used to have my iPod connected to my stereo to play music but have since
switched to a Bluetooth speaker. How can I stream iPod to this? Jason Lewis
Sometimes, saying farewell to old tech can be
heartbreaking – especially in the case of old iPods that
may have thousands of songs stored on them. The
good news is that if the iPod can be connected to your
Mac then the contents can be streamed to any external
speakers. And if the reasoning behind replacing your old
stereo equipment with a Bluetooth speaker was to reduce
wires then you probably don’t want to connect your old
iPod via AUX, so here we show you exactly how to stream
and shuffle songs from your old iPod via Bluetooth.
1 Connect your iPod
2 Select music
3 Stream via Bluetooth
Connect your old iPod to your Mac, open
the iTunes app and then select your iPod by
clicking on the icon in the top-left corner of
the iTunes interface.
In the sidebar, under ‘On My Device’, click
music to choose what to play. You can play
random tracks by clicking on the ‘Shuffle All’
option in the top-right corner.
Now simply go to System Preferences>
Bluetooth, turn on Bluetooth and then pair
your Mac with your Bluetooth speaker by
selecting it from the devices list.
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Apparently you can make your iPhone screen grey to
make it less distracting. How? Natalie Cooper
I have heard that it is possible to
set up a personal panic button
on the iPhone. Please could you tell
me how to set this up for my elderly
mother? Many thanks. James Moir
First, make sure that iOS 11 is
installed on the iPhone and then go to
Settings>Emergency SOS. Here you will
be able to enable the ‘Auto Call’ option.
Once done, if you get into trouble and
need assistance from the emergency
services you can rapidly press the Sleep/
Wake button five times and your iPhone
will immediately call for help. There is a
countdown prior to the call being made
and the call can be cancelled during this
time if it was a false alarm.
1 Go to Settings
2 Colour filters
3 Press Home
Go to Settings>General>
Accessibility and then
select the ‘Display
Accommodations’ option to
see vision-specific settings.
You should now see an
option called ‘Colour Filters’.
Tap on this, enable the
option and then select the
‘Greyscale’ option below.
Finally, press the Home
button and you’ll instantly
see that your iPhone screen
has turned grey. Repeat the
process to disable it.
I have heard that it is possible to record your iPhone
screen without connecting your device to a computer.
How is this done exactly? Neil Westfield
Whenever you finish
recording your screen
using this option, the
video will be saved to
your Photos app and you
will receive a notification
informing you of this.
Is there a way to increase the
haptic feedback on my Apple
Watch as often I simply don’t notice
that any notifications have come
through! Sarah Mason
Go to the Settings app on your Watch
and then scroll down through the list until
you come to an option called ‘Sounds &
Haptics’. Select this and then scroll down
to the next screen where you can view
the haptic settings. Here you should see
a haptic strength bar positioned between
two Watch images – tap on the right
image to increase the haptic strength and
you should immediately feel it on.
Swipe up
You can access your
Control Centre at any
time in iOS 11 simply
by swiping up from the
bottom of your screen.
It is packed full of
useful items…
Adding the item
To add the Screen
Recording option to your
Control Centre, go to
Settings>Control Centre>
Customise Controls and
then tap on the green ‘+’
icon next to the Screen
Recording item. It will then
become selectable.
Press the
Record button
Once you have added
the Screen Recording
widget to your Control
Centre, simply swipe
up and then tap it at
any time to record
your screen.
Password managers like Dashlane, 1Password and LastPass do not store
passwords in keychains so this recovery method cannot be used.
Although I try to keep different passwords for different
websites, I am always forgetting them! Is there a way to find out
what my forgotten passwords are? Justine Granger
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I have heard that there’s
a way to make it easier
to type one-handed on
an iPhone…
A new addition to iOS 11
is a selection of different
keyboard layouts to
facilitate one-handed
typing. You can access
these by long-pressing
on the emoji button in the
lower-left corner of the
keyboard when typing,
after which you will be
able to shift the keyboard
to the left or right
depending on which hand
you are using to type.
1 Open Keychain
2 Check all items
3 Search for items
Open the Go menu and select
‘Utilities’ then double-click on
‘Keychain Access’. This is a
utility that stores passwords.
Select ‘Login’ at the top of the
sidebar and then select ‘App
Items’ to see a list containing
everything. Select ‘Passwords’.
If you can’t find the item that you
need, click in the Search box
and enter a keyword. Here we
entered ‘bt’ to list BTHubs.
4 View the details
5 Authorise access
6 View the password
When you find the item you
want, double-click it to reveal the
details. It shows name, info etc.
Click on ‘Show Password’.
To view the password for an
item you will be asked for an
administrator password. Enter it
to proceed.
The password for this item is
shown in the password box. If
a password is changed you can
enter it here to update it.
I use my iOS Maps app
frequently for navigation
and have heard that
there is a way to
zoom in one-handed.
However, this doesn’t
seem to work when I try
it. Any ideas?
As long as you have got
iOS 11 installed then the
solution is actually very
simple. All you have to do
is double-tap the screen
while in the Maps app and
then you will be able to
zoom in or out simply by
sliding your thumb up and
down the screen.
How do I access the
new effects in the
Messages app?
We presume you mean
the screen effects? Simply
hold down the ‘send’
arrow when composing
a message and then tap
on the ‘Screen’ tab to
experiment with effects.
iMac Pro
Key features
The new FaceTime camera can record
in 1080p resolution, whereas previous
cameras on iMacs were 720p
Ports include SDXC card slot, four USB
3.0 ports, four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
ports and a 10GB Ethernet…
Extra venting on the back of the iMac
Pro allows for almost 75% more airflow
to help keep the components cool
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When Apple unveiled the iMac Pro at its WWDC
event last year, it touted the computer as ‘the
most powerful Mac ever made’ and, while it is
indeed an incredibly powerful machine that has
been built for professional use, it’s not about
power for power’s sake. This is a carefully-built
machine whose powerful components can
help speed up the workflow for professionals –
which goes some way to justify the high price
tag as it could potentially reduce the amount of
time you spend on projects to allow you to take
more work on, you see!
The baseline model costs around £4,899
($4,999) and for that you get a 27-inch 5K
Retina display, an 8-core Intel Xeon W processor,
AMD Radeon Vega 56 (8GB) graphics, 32GB of
error-correcting code (ECC) memory and a 1TB
solid-state drive. These stats are boosted to a
10-core Xeon W CPU, 16GB of high-bandwidth
memory (HBM2) AMD Vega 64 graphics and
2TB SSD for the £7,599/$7,999 model and then
racked up further to an 18-core Xeon W CPU,
128GB of RAM, 4TB SSD and the same AMD
Raeon Vega 64 GPU for the top-of-the-range
£12,279/$13,199 version. You can also tweak
each configuration further by changing the SSD
size, adjusting the amount of RAM or going for
the 14-core Intel Xeon processor – so you can
pick the iMac Pro that is right for you (and your
bank balance).
Considering the boosted specifications of the
iMac Pro compared to the standard iMac, Apple
has done an incredible job of maintaining the
iconic look of the all-in-one machine while keeping
it slim. At its edges, the iMac Pro is an impressive
5mm thick and weighs just 9.7kg, enabling it to
be easily moved to slot into any workspace. Of
course, all of that extra power under the hood
also requires a more sophisticated cooling system
to keep it operating at peak performance – and
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we’re happy to report that the iMac Pro’s dual fan
system does a fine job of circulating cool air over
the components and expelling warm air, even
under the most strenuous of workflows.
The 27-inch 5K screen, described by Apple
as its best ever, has 500 nits of brightness, an
increase of 43% over the brightness of previous
iMacs. The 5,120 x 2,880-pixel resolution is
very impressive and the boost means that video
editors can work on 4K video at full resolution
while also having plenty of room for their editing
tools. In terms of colour reproduction, the screen
supports the P3 wide-gamut colour space,
an RGO colour space that is widely used in
digital movie production. While P3 is wider than
sRGB, it’s not quite as wide as Adobe RGB, so
anyone working in printing or publishing may be
disappointed by the lack of Adobe RGB support.
Being in the company of the iMac Pro, desire
rapidly overtakes practicality. The new Space
Gray finish looks incredible and it also stretches
to the supplied Magic Mouse 2 and Magic
Keyboard (with a matching optional Magic
Trackpad 2 also available) – although, yet again,
the charge port for the mouse is situated on the
underside so you can’t charge and use at the
same time, why Apple? In reality though, the
only people who should be considering buying
this computer are the types of professionals
who have to regularly twiddle their thumbs
while their current iMac attempts to transcode
4K HDR in Final Cut Pro X. Rest assured that
this beast makes light work of such tasks
and if you have a number of apps that you
rely on for work and you’d like them to run
faster than you probably thought possible,
then you should definitely consider the iMac
Pro – otherwise you’d be best off sticking
to a standard iMac with mainstream
components and a more palatable price.
This wonderful iMac is undoubtedly the pinnacle of
Apple’s computing division. But unless you have the need
to wield such power then price can’t justify the want!
The iMac Pro is as stylish and
sophisticated on the outside as it is
immensely powerful on the inside…
AirPulse A200 Active
Speaker System
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Created in partnership with esteemed
audio designer and bass guitar
veteran, Phil Jones, the A200s from
AirPulse come in retro-styled cabinets
finished in a sumptuous cherry wood veneer that
house some formidable audio firepower to bring
fresh life to those classic tunes.
Top of the stack is the A200 horn-loaded ribbon
tweeter (the same used in AirPulse’s flagship
7001 Monitor Speaker), but with an added phase
correction device to improve the frequency
response and enhance the sound dispersion. The
low resistance (approx 0.2 Ohm) of the tweeter
brings more current through the aluminium ribbon,
leading to a wider frequency response. Below
that is a 5.5” aluminium-coned low-distortion midwoofer that uses a neodymium motor to provide
a high magnetic flux to cover the entire voice coil,
resulting in a sweeter-sounding mid-range thanks
to the total loss of inter-modulation distortion.
Finally, the digital amplifiers feature a closed-loop
design for even lower distortion.
With impeccably-researched technology behind
the speakers and the highest-quality components
inside them, the A200s sound incredible and will
undoubtedly help reinvigorate your love of music.
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developed to provide audio of the highest standard – and they
impress on every possible level. Highly recommended.
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Whether you want to project your Keynote
presentation with stunning clarity in the
boardroom or kick back at home and enjoy some
cinema-style entertainment, BenQ’s W1050
1080p Digital Projector is an all-round sound
investment. The unit is easily set up and can be
connected with anything from your MacBook
to your TV or Blu-ray player – and once it starts
doing its thing you’ll be impressed with the
results, especially at 96 per cent Rec.709 (which
is the international HDTV standard that depicts
the colours that the director intended).
Generating 15000:1 high contrast ratio
performance, the W1050 produces deep, true
blacks and resolves subtle layers and fine details
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in dark or bright scenes without washout. Three
distinct modes – Sport, Vivid TV and Cinema –
have been specially calibrated with the optimum
contrast and colours to showcase your viewing
material perfectly. Best of all though is that you
can achieve a 100-inch projected screen size in
just 2.8 metres, so you don’t need to live in an
aircraft hangar to get the most out of it.
Along with the regular features you would
expect, the W1050 offers a few extras that
really set it apart, such as a 3D playback mode.
Although a dying breed, BenQ demonstrates that
3D can work exceptionally well on projectors as
the slightly green cast generated by the lamp
actually works well with the tint of the glasses.
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very reasonably priced for the amount of versatility it offers.
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We have been long-term champions of IK’s
adaptors and gadgets that allow you to connect
your musical instruments to your Mac or iOS
device, and in the iRig Keys we might just have
found our favourite. For bedroom producers on
a budget or for more experienced music makers
who want the versatility of a more portable
keyboard device to realise their ideas on the road,
this 25-key MIDI controller is perfect.
Packed with functionality, the iRig Keys
features a combo 1/4”/XLR input jack for mics
and instruments, a gain control dial and a +48V
Phantom Power toggle switch on the back. Along
the top-side is an array of touch-sensitive ribbon
controls, multicoloured drum/trigger pads and
various other transport controls. The action of
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the keys feels exactly like a professional synth
when depressed and as a whole the unit feels
well-made and sturdy. Although the iRig Keys can
be used with any Mac or iOS device straight out
of the box, the supplied cables are a bit of a joke
in terms of length. Measuring in at around 70cm,
there is very little room for manoeuvre in terms
of positioning it on your desk and, as one end is
pinned, you can’t even swap it out for any longer
alternative that you may have lying around.
Ideal for use with IK Multimedia’s extensive
selection of music-making software, such as
Syntronik Pro-V, SampleTank 3 and T-RackS,
cables aside, the iRig Keys is an exceptionally
cool piece of kit that will undoubtedly aid you
greatly in your digital music making.
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with a very pleasing synth action that will greatly enhance the way you
make music on your Mac or iOS device.
H850 Headphones
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Over the years, Edifier has offered quality and
great value to the headphone market. The H850
pair of cans are no different. The headphones
are certainly pleasing to the eye, with brushed
metal on each cup and an attractive leather
headband. The thick leather cushion on each can,
alongside the leather headband, makes for a very
comfortable listening experience.
The sound quality is far beyond what you
would expect from a cheap pair of headphones.
Admittedly, the bass doesn’t reach out and grab
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The headphones are especially effective when
listening to acoustic or relaxing music as these
particular drivers are excellent at producing soft
and original sounds.
For travelling, the cups swivel and can be
folded to make them more portable. The two
metre cable can be removed to avoid pesky
tangles. The cable can also be locked into place
where it plugs into the headphones to make sure
the wire doesn’t come out while you’re listening.
These headphones offer great value for money with a combination of
good sound, comfort and functionality, all for £35. Recommended
for any on the hunt for premium sound for a budget price.
The ergonomic design of the headphones
is purpose built for wear-comfort and
optimum ambient noise suppression
The headphones feature a removable
cable and retractable cups for easy and
convenient transportation…
Each side of the H850 headphones
contains a 40mm neodymium magnet
driver for crystal-clear true sound…
Summary Laptop
Available in four colours (black,
dark navy, granite grey and royal
purple), STM’s Summary sleeve
features a padded interior to
protect your laptop from knocks
and a water-resistant exterior
to help keep out the elements.
Its slim design means it can be
carried easily under-arm and
the pair of reverse coil zippers
tasked with sealing the sleeve
are specifically designed to
keep out dirt and moisture.
Beoplay E8
Truly Wireless
These premium, truly wireless in-ear earphones
are an enticing alternative to the Apple AirPods
and deliver up to four hours of outstanding Bang
& Olufsen signature sound on a single charge.
They come in a snap-shut charging pod (so they
stay topped up with power when not in use)
and can be easily paired with your Mac or iOS
device via Bluetooth 4.2. Supremely comfortable,
the 5.7mm electro-dynamic drivers deliver
breathtaking audio. Exceptionally good.
Anchor Lightning
The problem with Apple’s lightning
cables is that they’re prone to
stress breakages around the
plugs, dramatically impairing
the connectivity. This cable by
Anchor Laboratories, is as tough
as they come. Consisting of
18AWG cooper cable (for ultrafast charging and data transferral)
coated in steel, the Anchor Cable
is flexible and highly durable.
Detachable magnetic tips also
make it compatible with USB-C
and Android devices.
Vx500 SSD
Made from space grey aluminium
and weighing just 29 grams,
Verbatim’s Vx500 SSD has a very
sleek and sophisticated look and
feel and packs in some serious
space (240 and 480GB models are
also available). With read speeds of
up to 500MB/sec and write speeds
of up to 290MB/sec, it is perfect
for storing, moving and backing up
large amounts of data in seconds
on a device that can fit in your
pocket. A solid and reliable means
of keeping your data safe.
USB-C to HDMI Adaptor
If you own a newer Mac with a USB-C port then
this adaptor enables you to connect it to TVs,
projectors (like the BenQ one reviewed on page
89) and any other device with an HDMI input. It
even supports 4K which, at four times the pixel
count of Full HD 1080p, is much more immersive
and detailed, requiring a higher quality signal
delivery, which this cable delivers. Sturdy and well
made, you can count on this adaptor to deliver
the highest quality signal achievable.
Play and learn
You can interact with key scenes
and models to discover how our
Earth was formed – it’s good fun
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or rather your children, can learn all about how
the Earth was formed, how it works and how it
has been transformed by nature throughout time
to resemble its current state. What’s good about
this app is that it understands the target audience
perfectly by keeping waffling text to a minimum
while ramping up the practical aspect to keep
children entertained.
It consists of chapters, each one focusing on
a different aspect of the Earth – Interior, Surface,
Water and Biomes – and each is divided into
sub-categories that provide easily-digestible
text snippets and hands-on demonstrations that
learners must interact with and complete in order to
drive the narrative forward. Every time a section is
completed a tool will be unlocked that the user can
then play about with in Sandbox mode, accessible
as a bonus fifth chapter in which everything learnt
can be put into practice on a series of models.
It’s great fun and within minutes of opening the
app you can play God by coaxing volcanos out of
the Earth’s surface, sculpting mountains, forming
glaciers and shunting around the tectonic plates, all
with suitably satisfying sound effects.
As a learning tool, Earth Primer gets the balance
spot on, providing snippets of factual information
before challenging the user and asking questions
as to what would happen if… and then providing
the user with the tools to discover the answers by
playing around with the models and the various
elements on offer. If we were to criticise it then it
would be for the black borders in full-screen mode
and the price, which is still a little steep for what the
app offers. But as an educational tool for helping
youngsters learn all about geology then it is a
compelling and engaging app that teaches as well
as enthralls. Well worth checking out.
An engaging and highly enjoyable app for learning all about our planet through
info bites and the clever use of practical tools. Recommended.
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Pick a location
You can view the sky from anywhere
in the world, just enter a location
and you will be taken straight there
Make a date
A handy Sky Diary helps to keep
you informed of all upcoming
celestial events…
Redshift Premium –
Tour of the universe
The best way to discover what lies in
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Redshift Premium allows you to view the night sky
in unparalleled clarity on your Mac and go on a
fantastic journey through our galaxy and beyond,
taking in planets, moons, asteroids, nebulae and
other celestial bodies along the way.
By entering your current location you can get
a real-time representation of what constellations
are currently visible in the sky above and you
can pan a full 360 degrees using your mouse to
get the complete picture. As you will discover
though, real-time astrological information is just a
fraction of what this app offers. You can also take
3D flights into orbit to explore the sun, the moon
and surrounding planets, as well as the stars and
galaxies stretching deep into space – eat that
Richard Branson! When you make the leap to a
different planet you can zoom in or out, spin it like a
basketball and even land on the surface to view our
solar system from an entirely different perspective.
A Guided Tours section presents an in-depth
selection of categories, including Solar Eclipses
and the sky as it appears in any given season and
you can watch a selection of movies that illustrate
each topic perfectly. The attention to detail is quite
staggering but the danger is that you could get very
overwhelmed and not quite know where to begin.
Thankfully, a tidy menu system keeps everything
within easy reach and a handy Sky Diary keeps
you abreast of all upcoming celestial events to help
you get the most out of the app. Although the price
suggests serious astronomers only, the staggering
depth of content makes this a must for everyone.
Friendly, informative and packed with an almost impossible amount of information
presented in a stunningly captivating engine, this oozes star quality!
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