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“Few of us actually give a fig about what
personal info apps are storing of ours”
I’m sure we’re all guilty of being blasé about our digital
lives in some way. Many of us use the same password
for multiple online accounts simply because it’s easier.
Many of us grant access to certain features of our
devices (the camera, the mic…) to apps regardless of
whether they actually need it, simply to whizz through
the setup process faster. And precious few of us
actually give a fig about what personal information
certain apps are storing of ours and how they intend to
use it. But if anything positive came as a result of the
recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal then it
prompted many of us to question exactly what we’re
signing up to – or rather signing away – when we create
online accounts and generally be a lot more protective
of our personal data. Starting on page 14 you will find
our complete guide to protecting all aspects of your
digital life – from denying access to key personal info to
monitoring what your kids are up to, it should help to
sure up your own personal protection and lessen the
chances of you being hacked. Enjoy the issue!
Ryan Butt Editor
Meet the experts
David Crookes
Shaun McGill
George Cairns
This issue, our iOS expert shows you how to
control your HomePod using your Apple
Watch, use your Apple TV for conferencing
and cancel unwanted digital subscriptions.
Our tech expert has put together the ultimate
guide to protecting your data. From avoiding
malware to limiting which apps can access
personal info, it makes for essential reading.
This month our creative expert demonstrates
how to make the most of creative colours to
enhance your photos and how to clone
people in your Final Cut Pro projects.
The ultimate guide to securing your files,
avoiding malware, preventing online
identity theft and protecting your children
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Inside the world’s
GREENEST company
As Apple announces it is now powered 100% by clean energy, we look in detail
at its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment
Daisy disassembles your iPhone,
retrieving components that contain
high-quality materials.
“We’re committed to
leaving the world better
than we found it,” says
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.
“After years of hard
work we’re proud to have reached this
significant milestone.” That milestone
is of course the news that Apple, the
world’s biggest and most successful
company, is now powered by 100 per
cent clean energy. This achievement
includes retail stores, offices, data
centres and co-located facilities in 43
countries and comes after years and
years of hard work and commitment on
Apple’s part.
Tim Cook continued: “We’re going to keep
pushing the boundaries of what is possible
with the materials in our products, the way
we recycle them, our facilities and our work
with suppliers to establish new creative
and forward-looking sources of renewable
energy because we know the future
depends on it.”
So how exactly does Apple intend
to do that? For a start, Apple and
its partners, have been building new
renewable energy projects around the
world, improving the energy options
for local communities and even entire
countries. These projects make the
most of the cutting-edge of renewable
technologies, from well-known solutions
like solar arrays and wind farms, all the
way to emerging technologies like biogas
fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems
and energy storage.
Perhaps the most famous of Apple’s
projects is Apple Park, Apple’s new
spaceship-like office HQ in California.
It’s easily the largest LEED (the most
widely used green building rating system)
“We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is
possible with the materials in our products”
“Apple Park is easily the largest LEED Platinum-certified
office building in North America”
A global project
And it’s not just in America where Apple is
putting green technologies first. In China,
for example, over 485 megawatts of wind
and solar projects have been developed
across six provinces to address upstream
manufacturing emissions. Similarly in
Singapore, where land is scarce, Apple
adapted and built its renewable energy
on 800 rooftops. And in Denmark Apple
is currently constructing two new data
centres that will run on 100 per cent
renewable energy from day one. In
total, Apple currently has 25 operational
renewable energy projects around
the world, totalling 626 megawatts of
generation capacity, with 286 megawatts
of solar PV generation coming online in
2017 – its most ever in one year. Apple
also recently announced nine additional
Meet Daisy…
Apple’s new Cupertino HQ is powered by 100 per cent
renewable energy, in part from a 17-megawatt onsite
rooftop solar installation.
Platinum-certified office building in North
America and already powered by 100%
renewable energy. Apple Park includes
a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar
installation and four megawatts of
biogas fuel cells, and is controlled by a
microgrid with battery storage. Projects
like this have reduced greenhouse gas
emissions (CO2e) by 54 percent from its
facilities worldwide and prevented nearly
2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from
entering the atmosphere.
manufacturing partners have committed
to power all of their Apple production with
100 per cent clean energy, bringing the
total number of supplier commitments to
23. Altogether, clean energy from supplier
projects helped avoid over 1.5 million
metric tons of greenhouse gases from
being emitted in 2017 – the equivalent of
taking more than 300,000 cars off the road.
This is a highly impressive start, but Apple
isn’t stopping there.
Apple is also innovating when it comes to
recycling. Remember Liam, Apple’s first
disassembly robot launched in 2016? Well,
Liam has morphed into Daisy, a robot that
can more efficiently disassemble iPhone
parts to recover valuable materials hidden
inside. Daisy is made from some of Liam’s
parts and is capable of disassembling nine
versions of iPhone. Daisy can take apart up
to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing
and sorting components, so that Apple can
recover materials that traditional recyclers
can’t – and at a higher quality.
In the lead up to Earth Day on April
30, and as part of its GiveBack recycling
program, Apple made a donation to
Conservation International with every
returned device. Customers got Apple
Store credits to spend on new products
and Conservation International received a
donation to support its efforts to protect
the environment.
“At Apple, we’re constantly working
toward smart solutions to address climate
change and conserve our planet’s precious
resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s
vice president of Environment, Policy and
Social Initiatives. “In recognition of Earth
Day, we are making it as simple as possible
for our customers to recycle devices and
do something good for the planet through
Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to
introduce Daisy to the world, as she
represents what’s possible when innovation
and conservation meet.”
In China, solar panels are mounted high off the
ground to let sunlight shine through, so grass can
grow – and local yaks can eat it.
Apple releases
RED iPhone 8
Special edition iPhone on sale now
Things we learned
this month
New ProRes feature added
to Final Cut
Final Cut Pro X
Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1 includes a new format
called ProRes which enables editors to import,
edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data
from the camera sensor. The update also adds advanced
closed captioning tools that allow video editors to easily
view, edit and deliver captions from right within the app.
Both headline features have been added to Apple’s
secondary apps Motion and Compressor.
Apple has added a
stunning red finish
to its iPhone 8 and
iPhone 8 Plus with
RED Special Edition.
A portion of the proceeds of this
new phone goes directly to global
fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide
testing, counselling, treatment and
prevention programs with a specific
focus on eliminating transmission of
the virus from mothers to their babies.
Deborah Dugan, (RED)’s CEO
explains, “The more than $160
million Apple has donated [to the
RED global fund] in the last 11
years today equates to more than
800 million days of lifesaving ARV
medication… We’re honoured that
Apple has dedicated its resources
to our purpose, and can’t wait to see
customers bring our mission to life
through the purchase of iPhone 8
and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED
Special Edition.”
Google way ahead in home
automation race Siri
Apple lags woefully behind
Google in the number of
home automation services
it can connect to. On its blog, Google
posted: “Over the past year, we’ve
made great progress ensuring that
the Google Assistant can work with
all types of connected devices, and
now every major device brand works
with the Assistant in the US. Today,
the Google Assistant can connect
with more than 5,000 devices for your
home.” In comparison, Apple’s Siri
and HomeKit can connect to just 200.
A portion of the proceeds from sales
of the (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 8 go
towards HIV/AIDS research…
Apple discontinues AirPort
Wireless router range Apple Airport
Time has been called on Apple’s long-forgotten
AirPort (Express, Extreme, Time Capsule)
wireless range. The Wi-Fi router range, which was
optimised for Mac and iOS devices, hadn’t been updated
for five years and development had been stopped in recent
years with little chance for any update. An Apple spokesman
confirmed the news to blog site iMore: “We’re discontinuing
the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be
available through, Apple’s
retail stores and Apple
Authorized Resellers
while supplies
last.” Apple has
since officially
routers that offer
802.11ac, dualband support,
WPA2 Personal
and MIMO or
More record financial Apple results
Apple news
Apple confounded rumours of a dip in iPhone sales with
best-ever second quarter results to March 2018 – $61.1 billion,
an increase of 16 per cent from the year-ago quarter. “We’re
thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue growth
in iPhone, Services and Wearables,” says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in
the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December
quarter. We also grew revenue in all of our geographic segments.”
ne of the most-used apps on our Macs and iOS devices is
Notes. We use it on a daily basis to create to-do lists, capture
random thoughts and to paste things we have copied from
other apps. So this month we figured we’d base our quick projects on
getting the most out of this great app.
Access from
Control Centre
As you never know when
inspiration is going to strike, it
makes sense to always have
your Notes app close to hand
so you never forget a good
idea. Thankfully, in iOS 11, you
can now incorporate it into
your Control Centre…
1Go to Settings
2 Add the option 3 Swipe to access
1Go to Settings
2 Tap the option 3Choose action
Go to Settings>Control
Centre and then tap on the
‘Customise Controls’ option to
configure it your preferred way.
Scroll down and you will see
all of the controls not currently
utilised in your Control Centre.
Tap on ‘Notes’ to add it.
Now you can quickly access
your Notes app by simply
swiping up and then selecting it
from your Control Centre.
Access with
Apple Pencil
If you own an iPad Pro or a
new 9.7-inch iPad then you
can use the Apple Pencil to
access the Notes app quickly
and easily by tapping its nib
anywhere on your iPad’s Lock
screen. What happens next is
down to you though…
Open up your iPad’s Settings
app and then scroll down to the
‘Notes’ section. This lists options
for your account, view and more.
Scroll down and you will see
an option called ‘Access Notes
from Lock Screen’ – tap on this
to see an array of options.
Tap on one of the options
available. For example, picking
the ‘Always Create New Note’ is
handy for capturing new ideas.
on taking notes
One of the best recent
additions to the macOS Notes
app is the ability to share notes
with other people and then
collaborate on them together.
This can be very useful for
fleshing out ideas and you can
easily track all the changes.
1Click on the icon 2 Choose method 3 Set options
When you want to start
collaborating on a note, click on
the icon in the top-right corner of
the Notes interface.
You will now be able to
choose how you would like to
send your invitation. Pick one
and then click on ‘Share’.
When you start sharing, click
on the collaborate icon again and
you will be able to tick an option
to ‘Highlight all changes’.
Available at WHSmith,
or simply search for ‘T3’ in your device’s App Store
Protect your digital life
your data
There are legitimate survey providers online, but be wary of random
questions on social networks asking for personal information.
t is easy to presume that protecting yourself online simply requires
ensuring that your virus protection is up to date and that you are using a
strong password, but there is much more to it than that. Of course those
two things are very important, but when it comes to social networks the
game changes completely. Never underestimate what information criminals can
use for a variety of nefarious purposes.
Your identity is yours
Identity theft does not require a huge
amount of information to occur because
the process is built around using specific
snippets of data and then gradually
obtaining more until the perpetrator has
enough to fool someone in authority that
they are really you. Your name and address
are not too difficult to find online, but if they
can get hold of any account number that
belongs to you the process can start. Add
to this other personal details about you,
such as those used in security questions
like first school, first pet, etc, and these can
all be used by someone who wants to be
you. Even in these days where security is in
the forefront of our minds, the right amount
of specific information can be used to fool
a bank clerk over the phone or others who
could accidentally set up a new account in
your name or withdraw your money.
Think about what you have said online or
on social networks. Have you mentioned
your first school? Your first pet? Favourite
colour? This is just the start of what you
should be thinking about so make sure
that you are vigilant at all times and if you
have posted personal information, of any
type, in the past it is time to delete it. The
crazy part is that this sounds paranoid and
completely over the top, but if you really
knew how sophisticated the people and
systems who steal identities are you would
understand immediately. The bonus is that
it is incredibly easy to keep your identity
safe with very little effort.
Go offline
This is a very simple step to help keep
yourself protected online and on social
networks, but it is likely not one that many
people consider. We live in an age where
always being connected is completely
normal and by association we also have a
habit of keeping our phones, computers
and everything else on standby ready for
action the moment we need them. It has
reached the point where we no longer log
in to most services because we prefer to
either have the login information populated
No one spends their
entire lives online so
there is no reason
why your computer or
online accounts should
stay active.
Don’t get hacked!
Downloading the data an online service holds on
you lets you understand how at risk you are.
by our browsers or we simply stay logged
in for extended periods even when we are
not using the services. This can potentially
make things much easier if your online
device is hacked because it will be primed
to log in automatically and at this point
a huge amount of your information is
available to be viewed. Also, if you happen
to lose your phone and someone finds a
way to access it, again they will be able to
access data that would otherwise require
login details to proceed.
It’s such a simple thing to do, to log in
when you access social networks and other
online services, but those precious seconds
saved seem to be more important for many
people. If you, however, take the time to log
in manually each time to access services
you could just save yourself from a variety
of damaging online problems.
Download your data
Social networks are starting to realise that
users want transparency when it comes to
their information, and ideally a full history of
what the company owning the network can
see. If you are going to go to the trouble
of protecting your information in all of the
ways we are covering, you should know
what exactly you are protecting.
For example, in Facebook you can go to
Settings and then click ‘Download a copy
of your Facebook data’. The process will
take a few minutes, but you will receive
an email with a link that holds all of the
data that Facebook stores about you. The
folder you download contains your photos,
videos and messages and other information
such as events and contacts. This is not a
quick process and it will take time to read
through everything that the company is
storing, but the end result will offer some
understanding of how casual you are with
your information. You may be surprised
at just how much data you have placed in
the hands of a social network and at the
very least it will act as a learning process
for the future.
Other social networks offer similar
services, but not all at this time so if you
feel that your preferred network should do,
feel free to contact them and ask for a copy
of your data. In our opinion everyone should
be entitled to know what any online service
knows about them.
Use strong and varied passwords
A simple password that is repeated on various sites is a very bad idea
It’s easy to presume that any password you use
is secure because only you know it, but if you
knew some of the sophisticated weapons used
by those who want to steal your data you may
think again. These people are able to randomly
generate login attempts using multiple obvious
1 Make it complicated
Whether you’re signing up for a new
account or have a password allocated to
social networks and other accounts, make
them as complex as possible.
passwords and their chances of success are
greatly diminished if you are using a very strong
and lengthy password. It is your main defence
for protecting your data and going to the minimal
effort of making it less obvious will pay dividends
in the long run.
2 Two-factor authentication 3 Don’t duplicate
Most online services offer two-factor
authentication for security now and we
would strongly advise you to use it if it is
practical for you. It really does work well.
Please don’t use the same password
on more than one account, or even similar
ones. If one account is hacked, you could
find that all the others are as well.
Lock all devices
and published
information down
There’s a lot to consider when
protecting yourself online
The temptation to only think about
passwords is great, but you also need to
consider what devices have access to your
accounts and where your passwords could
be stored. There are multiple points of entry
to your accounts and if you don’t secure all
of them, you may as well secure none.
1 Secure your devices
2 The nuclear option
3 Greater security
4 Security questions
5 Always be alert
Educate your children
you can also limit their usage using age
restrictions and by monitoring what they do
in the early stages. At some point, however,
they will get their freedom and will likely
do things you do not approve of, but the
only way to limit that is by educating them
appropriately in the first place.
The internet, apps and social networks
are completely controllable by the
individual and everyone can stay safe if
they know what to do and are rigorous
in the precautions they take, and this is
especially important for children. It is a fine
balance between making the online world
accessible to a child without frightening
them, but with some care and patience it is
relatively easy to do. Check the guidance
from the NSPCC as a good starting point.
Apps like 1Password let you add an
extra layer of security and greatly speed up
the entry of multiple, complex passwords.
They enable more security throughout.
Understanding the dangers online is much
easier for children than adults because the
internet is such a standard part of modern
life. They are happy to learn without fear
and are much more likely to avoid dangers
in the future if you teach them the right
way. Perhaps the best starting point is to
explore social networks, websites and apps
together and to ask them what they think
is appropriate. Chances are that they will
be well aware of what is appropriate, but
A strong password may as well not exist
if you do not secure your phone, tablet and
other devices with a PIN or password. They
could allow instant access.
Only use genuine answers to security
questions for organisations like banks. You
can use different answers for each account,
but make sure you remember the answers!
On some devices the data can be
wiped if multiple incorrect access attempts
are made. If your data is backed up, make
sure you enable it for added security.
Think about what you do online
every single day. Don’t answer Facebook
questionnaires with real information as they
could be gathering genuine data on you.
Some apps look completely
harmless at first glance, but you
should consider the potential of
what they can be used for.
Children need to be taught about internet safety from an
early age so that it becomes second nature to them.
Don’t get hacked!
Know the apps your
children are using
The fashionable communications apps and
social networks that teens and children
use change all of the time, but it is useful
to know which ones your children are
participating on so that you can keep an
eye on their reputations for keeping people
safe and the reasons people use them in
the first place. Standards like Instagram
are very popular among teens because
to be aware if your child is using it. We are
not saying that these apps are bad by any
means, but they do offer the potential for
your child to exhibit dangerous behaviour
so try to be aware of what they may be
using and encourage them to be open and
let you know their activities within reason.
they can communicate with auto-deleting
conversations, but there are others that are
purposefully designed to either encourage
anonymous communication or to hide
what is being said.
Whisper is one example as it is designed
to let people meet new people and share
secrets which could potentially lead to
the wrong behaviour. Yubo takes things
further because flirting is the name of the
game for teens here and so you may want
Limit your child’s activity
Another way to limit the dangers your child
may face online is to ensure that they are
Real friends won’t hack you
On social networks, always remember what the word ‘friend’ means
The reality is that the majority of us have fewer
real friends than we claim to have on the likes of
Twitter and Facebook. The ‘Friends’ tag is still
accurate, but there will be many advantages in
not chasing friends just to boost your numbers
and in being more selective with who you
1 Who is real?
2 Avoid the temptation 3 Keep it manageable
Networks like LinkedIn and Twitter are
designed to connect new people, but still
check each potential connection before
you accept a new request. See who they
are already connected with.
Even if all of your online friends are
known to you, try to keep the number
manageable. If they get hacked your data
could be exposed so make sure you only
connect with people you trust.
4 Avoid the links
5 Don’t check in
6 A small circle
Only ever accept friend requests from
people you know unless you are running a
business online. Ask yourself why someone
you do not know wants to be your friend
before accepting any new request.
Try to avoid clicking links, even if they
have been added by a real friend. You
need to be sure that it really is your friend
adding the post and that their account
hasn’t been compromised.
connect with. There are multiple ways in which
your friends can accidentally put your data at risk
and your thoughts should focus on minimising
the risks at all times, with the benefit of bringing
quality over quantity to your social network party.
Less really is more.
When you ‘check in’ you are
effectively telling people who know your
home address that you are currently not
home. The risks may be low, but it does
increase the potential of criminal activity.
Many services, including Twitter, allow
you to limit the viewing of your posts to
only those who you are already connected
with. This will reduce the chances of
spurious friend requests being received.
Apple offers features that let you easily control what your
child can do with apps and online.
using a family account through iOS devices
or even through your Mac. When they are
logged in as a child they will need to get
your permission to install all apps and you
can also restrict what web content they
view. This may sound draconian at first, but
in the initial stages of online use it can offer
peace of mind for you and subconsciously
train your child about what is appropriate.
When we talk about understanding the
apps children and teenagers use, you can
then use that knowledge to filter the apps
they are allowed to access.
For example, you will want to pay close
attention to apps such as Burn Book which
allows anonymous rumours to be posted,
Hot or Not which lets strangers rate each
other and Calculator% which looks like
a calculator on the surface, but which is
actually a secret photo storage centre.
The list continues with Omegle, an app
designed to promote anonymous chatting,
and so many others that may cause you
concern if your child is using them.
There are many apps that can be
leveraged for negative purposes and the
calmest way to manage access is ironically
to stop your child installing them in the
first place. Knowledge is power when it
comes to children online and you have
options at your disposal that should not
cause traditional parental arguments.
Also, remember that giving access to your
computer or phone to your children could
leave them open to clicking on links that
should not be clicked and letting others see
your system, so share your devices wisely.
privacy policies
Knowing what online services do
with your information is important
difficult to
understand wording
1 The
Most privacy statements and terms of
service are difficult to understand and
can take a lot of time to read, but if you
are serious about your information and
security you should at least try.
Blocking really does work
You can block people on all social
networks, at least all of the most popular
ones, and doing so will stop them from
2 Take a shortcut
There are many ways to circumvent
reading the entire terms online. Lots of
websites will break them down so that
you can read them in a few minutes and
understand the most important points.
3 Be wary of changes
Don’t be afraid to block people you do not know
from seeing your content on any network.
Always read changes to your terms
when they are made. You will want to
ensure there is no glaring amendment
that diminishes your security and that
could make you more likely to be hacked.
Don’t get hacked!
Secure your devices
with the best protection
Don’t forget the threat of viruses no
matter what computer you use
It is true that macOS is secure in comparison to
much of the competition when it comes to virus
susceptibility, but Mac viruses do exist and so you
may want to look at some preventative measures. The
sandboxing in macOS, which effectively stops viruses
from spreading far and wide in the system, does
most of the work for you, but the number of viruses
is now starting to increase as Macs become more
popular. We would suggest that you explore some of
the virus protection titles available for macOS to see if
the included features offer the peace of mind you are
looking for. One example is Bitdefender Antivirus for
Mac which can scan for Windows malware alongside
known Mac threats and it also works very effectively
within the macOS environment, to the point of feeling
invisible most of the time.
Remember that if a virus does take hold you can
be asked for money to remove it and there is the
possibility that your information is exposed to others
which would negate all of the other good behaviour
you are putting in to keep your data safe. Overall,
we would advise you to look closely at macOS virus
protection as one part of your online security toolkit.
contacting you in any way. This is useful
not only for security, but for saving you
a great deal of time in having to manage
messages and communications that you
do not want to see. If you go a step further
and only allow those who you know to
see your content then you really will be
protecting yourself, providing someone in
your friends network does not get hacked.
While we are not suggesting that you
isolate yourself from the outside world, we
do find that asking yourself the question
as to what networks you really need to
use is a good thing, and you can then ask
how many people should have access to
you on said networks. Despite the fact it
sounds extreme, blocking those who you
do not really know from seeing you online is
ultimately a positive thing to do in terms of
your own security.
Who needs to know?
There is almost never a good reason to publish
your location online when adding new content.
Location services are a necessary feature
for many apps and services now because
they are needed to let them run. GPS apps
are an obvious example, but we also see
social networking apps and others allowing
location services to be set up by default
when they are not needed. For example,
does a new tweet need your location
published with it or a new Facebook post?
Chances are that if you need to publish
your current location you can do so in the
content itself meaning there is no need to
let social networks use your location at all.
It is somewhat of a minor risk, but when
you have multiple apps and devices that
are able to find you at any time, you do
increase the risk of losing data and being
hacked. The golden rule is to only ever
publish information, of any type, if it is
really necessary and the same is true for
the computing features you use each day.
Use what you need and no more and never
sign up for apps that have a focus on
sharing your location with others because
they leave you more open to hacking and
diminish your privacy in an instant.
If you leave any part of
your system open or
fail to secure just one
account, you may put
everything at risk.
All or nothing
We cannot emphasise too many times
how a collective approach to security
is a definite requirement to protect
yourself from being hacked. You can use
secure passwords and be selective with
information you post on social networks,
but if you miss virus protection the good
work could be undone in an instant.
This applies every way around as
well because one missing piece has the
potential to bring it all down. An unsecured
social network could give someone access
to all of your other online accounts and
so the process will begin that could cause
multiple issues that can take a long time
to fix and potentially lose you a lot of
money. It may sound time-consuming and
inconvenient, and at times it is, but what
price the security of your data and your
finances? Take time to think about every
device you own and the potential they have
to give access to every other device. From
leaving your iPhone unattended to not
securing your Mac with a password when it
is in your home, there are many things that
can be missed and which will cause huge
problems should a burglary or simple office
theft occur. You wouldn’t lock every window
in your house when going out and then
leave the back door open so you should
think of your entire computing and online
network like a house. Don’t leave any part
unsecured because you really cannot be
too careful.
Third-party social network apps
Consider how third-party apps access and use your information
When you have a social network account, the
easiest way for many app and game developers
to let you connect with others is to use your ID.
The process for connecting and activating your
ID within a game literally takes seconds and it
is easy to not even consider the ramifications
1 Be a guest
If you can still enjoy a game or app
and do not need direct social interaction,
try to use a guest ID if it is available. It is
much safer.
of this, but they can be negative. The recent
controversy over Facebook privacy stems from a
third party seeing and using accounts and if they
are not sensible with your data your information
can be used without you ever knowing. Some
simple rules will help you here though.
2 Never-ending prompts 3 Limit your sharing
You may be prompted from time to
time to connect your social network ID,
but the inconvenience of this may be
worthwhile for the added online protection.
If you do decide to connect your ID,
make sure you check the options available.
You should not, for example, need to share
your contacts with the third-party app.
Don’t get hacked!
Controlling the
There are few things more worrying than
realising that an organisation who stores
your data has suffered a data breach. This
has happened quite a few times now and
in some cases millions of people have been
affected which is less than reassuring and it
does make us all feel helpless in the face of
such sophisticated hacking.
However, you need to remember that
this is your data and you do have some
control over how much is stored with
online organisations. For banks and utility
companies a certain amount of personal
information must be given and there is no
way to avoid that, but even then a very
strong password for your user account can
stop hackers accessing everything. For all
other services that are not business related
you can limit what you post and thus have
an element of control. Think of it as your car
getting stolen with your wallet, laptop and
various forms of ID inside it compared to
just losing your car. It is distressing either
way, but losing a car on its own will not
leave you open to further problems in the
future. Limit the information you have given
to online organisations and you limit the
possibility of a hack seriously affecting you.
You can’t control the outside world, but you can control what information others have access to.
Limit your settings
There are many ways to enjoy social networks and stay safe
Social networks tend to offer a myriad of settings
that you can tweak for your exact needs, but
these are not always easy to find or obvious
in what they can do. There are some areas,
however, that you should check and amend
to greatly limit the amount of data shared with
1 Cut the tracking
Social networks need advertising
revenue to survive, but you can usually
limit the amount of tracking they do in the
privacy settings. Limit as much as you can.
others and the chances of the wrong people
finding your personal information.
It will only take you a minute or two to restrict
your account for added security, and in a way
that will not limit your enjoyment of the network,
so it’s a no-brainer really.
2 Revoke accesses
Locate websites, services and apps
that have access to your social network
account and revoke those you don’t need.
You may be surprised how many are active.
3 Your own group
Disable the ability for ‘anyone’ to
send you direct messages or to view your
content. Try to stick to a group of people
you know if you can.
Learn the basics
At the very least you should follow basic rules online
We are covering all of the different ways in which you
can keep safe online and reduce the chances of getting
hacked or having your personal information shared with
others, but you really do need to start with the basics
at the very least. Some simple rules, which you may
Type, don’t click
If it is practical, make sure
you type in the name of a
social network or online
service you use. You can
of course use bookmarks,
but never click on links to
access them.
not have previously thought about, can help greatly
in protecting yourself and they take virtually no time
to implement. You simply need to remember the rules
and use them wisely whenever you are online, and the
benefits will come to you in the long run.
Stay anonymous
Not all social networks
require you to be
identified as yourself
so feel free to stay
anonymous if you can.
This is a surefire way to
add layers of privacy in
one simple move.
Security is key
Where are you?
When you check in
online you are telling
people where you are.
This is especially true
when going on holiday
for a week or more so
think about what you are
publishing to the world.
From strong passwords to
two-factor authentication
to common sense, take
advantage of all the
security tools available
and think of the worst
case scenario at all times
when you’re setting up
your account.
Get creative with colours
Give your shots a retro makeover using Curves and Selective
Color to make them stand out from the digital crowd
Time needed
igital cameras are designed to capture a faithful
representation of a scene, producing photos with a
healthy contrast and natural-looking colours. This can
make your modern shots look similar to everyone else’s. In
pre-digital days analogue photos were captured on film and
developed using a chemical process. This could result in
unusual shifts in colour hue, especially if you developed print
film in chemicals designed for creating slides (or vice versa).
The Photos app enables us to mimic these old-school ‘crossprocessed’ colours thanks to the Curves and Selective Color
panels. You can also add artefacts such as vignetted edges to
mimic the uneven exposure produced by an older camera lens.
Create retro colours
Adjust colour and tone creatively
Vignette effect
The Vignette tools enable
us to create the uneven
exposure produced by an
analogue camera’s lens.
It also creates a light
leakage effect that could
occur when film strips
were accidentally
exposed to light.
You can apply retro-style tints to any shot to help it stand
out from the crowd…
If you’re in a rush to create
a stylised look you can
apply one-click filters from
the Filters panel. However
this can make your images
look like those produced
by other Photos users.
RGB Curves
The colours in a photo are
created by mixing Red,
Green and Blue channels
together. By changing
the shape of a colour
channel’s curve you can
change the RGB mix and
produce shifts in hue.
Knowledge base
Understanding .CR2
The .CR2 suffix on our start image
indicates that this is a Raw format
file produced by a Canon camera.
Nikon Raw files will have a .NEF suffix.
Raw files are uncompressed, so they
retain more information about a shot’s
colours and tones. This can lead to
better looking results once you’ve
processed the images in Photos.
Selective Color
With Selective Color you
can sample a colour using
an eyedropper and adjust
the targeted colour’s hue
and saturation using the
sliders. Here we’ve given
the sky and sea a crossprocessed cyan look.
To quickly see how your retro makeover is shaping up, press and release the
M key to toggle between a before and after view of your image.
Step-by-step Create a cross-processed look
1 Import file
2 Add anchor point
4 Add a cyan hue
5 Boost master saturation 6 Lighten the shadows
Go to the Color panel. For a more vivid
look, push Saturation up to 0.15. Don’t go too
far or you’ll create unprintable colours. Warm
the shot by pushing Cast to 0.25.
To create a shot that looks like it has faded
over time, go to the Light panel and drag the
Black Point slider left to -0.50. This creates
washed-out shadows and a flatter contrast.
7 Zoom out
8 Add a vignette
9 Share your retro look
Drag our supplied retro_start.cr2 file onto
the Photos icon in the Dock to import it. In
Photos, double-click on the shot’s thumbnail to
make it fill the workspace. Click on ‘Edit’.
Go to Selective Color and use the
eyedropper to sample sea. Drag Hue to -30.00
for a cross-processed wash of cyan. Boost
Saturation to 35.00. Increase Range to 1.50.
Older camera lenses could cause an
uneven amount of light to hit the film, leading to
lighter/darker vignetted edges. Zoom out and
toggle open the Vignette panel.
Go to Curves. Set the dropdown to ‘Red’.
Click on the Select anchor point tool. Click the
eyedropper on the beach to sample this colour.
An anchor point appears on the curve.
In Vignette set Strength to -0.10 to fade
the edges. Push Radius to 0.70 to increase the
spread of the washed-out tones. Set Softness
to 0.15 for a more graduated change in tone.
3 Adjust red hue
Drag the anchor point vertically upwards.
This creates a shift in colour hue that helps give
the shot a warmer, more nostalgic look. It also
warms up other colours in the shot.
Once you’re happy with the look Ctrl+click
and choose ‘Copy Adjustments’. Browse to
another photo and Ctrl+click. Choose Paste
Adjustments to give the shot the same look.
Make your movie flow
Use creative cuts and transitions to move smoothly
from one clip to another
Time needed
lips in a programme may have been shot in a different
order and at different locations, but with some simple
editing techniques you can make a slick sequence in
which the action flows smoothly from one shot to the next. In this
guide we’ll show you how to cut your clips together for smooth
sequences and we’ll also use transitions to indicate a change
in time or location. Although transitions help add texture and
variety to your programme, it’s tempting to overuse them if you’re
a novice editor. In the pre-digital days of video editing transitions
were expensive to create as you needed two video players and a
recorder to create even a simple mix. This is why classic movies
kept transitions to a minimum and relied on creative cuts.
Cuts and transitions
Create continuity of action
Extra transitions
If you choose to edit with
a Theme (such as Travel)
then extra animated
transitions that suit that
particular theme will
appear here at the top of
the Transitions browser.
The rest of the default
transitions will appear
below the dividing line.
Creative cuts and transitions help the flow of your project
and give it a more professional look
Ripple transition
The Transitions browser
contains a range of
transitions, from the
classic Cross Dissolve
(or mix) to more creative
digital effects such as
Ripple, used here.
Match cuts
Transitions help shots flow
together. Match cuts also
help the action flow. By
cutting on your subject’s
repeated movements
you can link two separate
shots together.
Knowledge base
Linear/non-linear editing
Certain camera moves
can mimic the effect of
a digital transition in a
creative way. When we cut
to Shot08 the screen is
initially filled with flowers.
As we move through the
flowers they wipe down to
reveal the location.
In the early days of linear video editing
you had to play unedited footage from
one video machine and record the
best bits on another. Your programme
would be constructed in a step-by-step
linear way. Non-linear apps such as
iMovie enable you to swap the order
of your clips as easily as editing a
text document.
Once your timeline begins to fill up with clips you can quickly zoom out to see
every thumbnail in the timeline by pressing Shift+Z.
Step-by-step Cool cuts and terrific transitions
1 Import clips
2 Create in-camera wipe 3 Cut on the move
Add Shots01 and 02 to the timeline. Trim
a few frames from the start of Shot02 so the
man initially hides the sign. His walk reveals the
sign like a horizontal wipe transition.
Add Shots03 and 04. Trim the end of
Shot03 so his left foot is about to come to a
halt. Trim the start of Shot04 to make the left
leg’s move match. The action flows smoothly.
4 Continuity of action
5 Add a transition
6 Add Shot07
7 Add a vertical wipe
8 Make a mix
9 Finishing touches
In My Media, click on ‘iMovie Library’.
Choose File>New Event. Label the event. Click
‘Import Media’. Browse to Shift-click on our
supplied start clips. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Add Shot05 and trim the start of that clip
so his left leg matches the movement of the
same leg at the end of Shot04. We then pan to
the water, the perfect place to add a transition.
The man doesn’t leave the scene at the
end of Shot07 so we can’t cut to him without
a jarring jump cut. Add Shot08. The flowers
create a natural vertical wipe transition.
Add Shot06. Click on Transitions browser.
Scrub along the Ripple transition to preview it.
Drag it between Shots05 and 06 so that the
water ripples as it mixes to the dome’s interior.
Add Shot09 to timeline. From Transitions
browser use a Cross Dissolve to mix from the
flowers to the last shot. Add a Circle Close
transition to wipe to black at the end.
Go back to My Media and add Shot07
to the timeline. This close-up to the man cuts
perfectly from the end of the wide angle in
Shot06 due to the repetition of his movement.
The in-camera wipes, match cuts and
digital transitions all help make a smooth
flowing sequence. Join the elements together
by adding music from iMovie’s jingles folder.
Final Cut Pro X
Send in the clones
Have fun duplicating friends and family in your Fnal Cut
projects using layers and animated masks
Time needed
ne of the oldest cinematic special effects is the split
screen technique. After filming the same person twice
(on opposite sides of the screen) you can combine both
clips to create the illusion of twins. This classic Hollywood effect
is easy to produce using Final Cut Pro X, but you need to make
sure you shoot your source material carefully. Lock your camera
on a tripod so that it remains static. If the camera moves at all
then the join between the two shots will be misaligned, ruining
the effect. Set the camera to manual so that there’s no change
of exposure. A difference in lighting will give the game away that
you’re combining two clips. We captured our supplied start files
on a GoPro so there was no change in focus or exposure.
Split screen effect
Use animated masks to combine video layers
Multiple layers
In the bottom clip we
filmed our subject
trundling a bin into shot.
In the top clip we filmed
the same subject filling the
bin with branches. Thanks
to masks we can have
both ‘twins’ interacting
onscreen at the same time.
The split screen technique can be used to make the same
person appear twice on the screen
To soften the sharp join in
the split screen caused by
the mask, go to the Mask
section of the Inspector
and drag Feather to 8. This
helps blend detail from
both layers together in a
more seamless way.
The Control Points that
create a mask’s shape
can be animated using
keyframes. When you
reposition a Control Point
a yellow diamond-shaped
keyframe is added here.
Knowledge base
Draw Mask
The Draw Mask effect
enables us to blend
precise parts of the top
video layer with details on
the bottom video layer.
The split between the two
layers can be any shape
(rather than just a straight
vertical line).
Shooting tips
As well as shooting two wide shots
of your subject to combine as a split
screen composite image, capture
some close-ups and cutaways of the
action. These extra shots will help hide
problems with the master wide shot’s
timing and also add visual variety to
your sequence (as you can see with
our supplied video clips).
To find a music track that matches the duration of your split screen sequence,
go to the Jingles folder in the Sound effects browser and click on ‘Time’.
Step-by-step Combine two clips to create clones
1 Import footage
2 Layer your clips
3 Draw a mask
4 Check the join
5 Add a keyframe
6 Animate the mask
Go to File>New Event. Label it ‘Clone
Event’. Click ‘OK’. Click on the Event and
choose File>Import Media. Browse to our start
clips. Shift-click to select them. Click ‘OK’.
Scrub playhead through the action. Once
the left clone overlaps the edge of the mask he
vanishes. We need to animate the mask so it
slides right when he overlaps the bin.
Drag Clone Shot 01 into the timeline. Drag
Clone Shot 02 above Shot 01 so that they are
parallel layers. Scrub the playhead to 7:00 (just
before the left clone overlaps the bin).
Scrub back to 7:00. Shift-click to select
control points on the right of the mask. A white
circle appears in selected points. Click ‘Add a
keyframe’ by Control Points in the Inspector.
7 Fine-tune the animation 8 Create another mask
Scrub through the sequence. If the left
clone on the top layer overlaps the edge of
the mask at any moment, drag a mask control
point to the right. This adds a new keyframe.
Add Shot03 as a cutaway. Place Shot 04
and 05 together as parallel layers. Drag Draw
Mask thumbnail onto top layer (Clone Shot 05).
Click to add Control Points that draw a mask.
In Effects browser click on ‘Masks’. Drag
Draw Mask thumbnail onto top layer. Click to
place control points that draw a red mask.
Place the last point on the first to complete it.
Scrub the playhead to 8:03. Drag Control
Points right so the clone on the top layer is
always visible. New keyframes are added
automatically to animate the mask’s shape.
9 Add the final shots
As the bin doesn’t move in the second
split screen sequence we don’t need to
animate this mask. Add Shots 06/07 to
complete story using different camera angles.
GarageBand iOS
Using the Toy Box sound pack
Delve into a fun new collection of downloadable extras to
add amusing and educational effects to your projects
Time needed
or a while now, the latest GarageBand for iOS has
embraced the in-app purchase model to offer a welcome
level of expandability. Chiefly, users can themselves pick
and choose new sound packs to download, typically containing
loops, instruments or drummers across diverse genres.
With the recent GarageBand release version 2.3.3 came the
Toy Box pack, boasting a more educational array of goodies
ideal for younger music makers including 400 Apple Loops,
three drum kits, ten keyboard instruments and five new live
loop grids. The sounds range from wild animal noises to
various vehicles and a dazzling collection of outer space effects,
all well worth exploring.
World of Numbers
One of Toy Box’s five new Live Loop Grids, we look
closer at this useful option for language learning
The Toy Box sound pack is a fun new addition that comes
with GarageBand version 2.3.3…
Live Loop Grid
World of Numbers is a
Live Loop Grid. Toy Box
has four others with Animal
Kingdom, Planetarium
(Space), Moving Machines
(Vehicles) and Toy
Box itself.
Ten languages
The World of Numbers
is pre-loaded with
vocal loops spanning
ten languages denoted
by each track header,
with English, Spanish,
French, German, Chinese,
Japanese, Arabic, Hindi,
Hebrew and Russian.
Knowledge base
Language loops
Cells are populated
with World of Numbers
vocal loops speaking the
numbers counting one
through to ten in each
language. Tap each along
each row left to right to
perform the loop and
learn the word!
Sound Library
As GarageBand iOS’s in-app ‘shop’,
Sound Library lists all additional sound
packs. Although each is free, this helps
keep the app lightweight in terms of
only installing those extra instruments,
drums and loops most relevant to
the music you make. Aside from
previewing each pack and installing,
they can also be deleted here.
Playing columns
You can start playing all
the cells within a column
by tapping the trigger
arrow at the bottom of
the grid. Doing so speaks
each single number in all
ten languages at once
and in chorus.
Tapping the Loop Browser button while inside Tracks View, allows you to view
and drag any of Toy Box’s 400+ Apple Loops into a project.
Step-by-step Using the new Toy Box sounds
1 Sound selection
2 Get the pack
3 Acoustic Drums
4 Percussion pads
5 Smart Piano
6 Synth sounds
1 Available Grids
2 Adding Loops
To find ‘Toy Box’ scroll to the Sound
Library in the Sound browser menu, the last
item after External and before Keyboard. Tap
to open and view the Sound Library.
These three kits use 12 tap pads to play
each illustrated drum element. The four top
controls cut low/high frequencies, while Drive
adds power and Crush applies distortion.
Tap the Toy Box item in the Sound
Library to open its description. Here you can
read about the contents, preview it and tap
the ‘Get’ button to download and install.
Navigate back to Sound Browser and
Keyboard. Pick first the Smart Piano to play
ten Toy Box sounds from ‘Mini Marimba’ to
‘Plastic Keys’ using the eight chord strips.
Swipe to Drums in Sound browser and
pick Acoustic Drums. In Recently Added, Toy
Box adds the new ‘70s Rhythm Box’, ‘Knick
Knack’ and ‘Pots and Pans’ options to play.
The same ten sounds can be selected
for Synth performance, using traditional
piano keys to play a ‘Toy Glockenspiel’, ‘Xylo
Keyboard’ or ‘Cheap Organ’.
Live Loop Grids
Aside from the various extra instrument
sounds for Drums and Keyboard, the Toy
Box pack adds five Live Loop Grids to
experiment with. Each of these contains
default selections of the animal, space,
vehicle, various toy sound effects and
world language speaking Apple Loops that
you can also drop into Tracks projects.
In total there are over 400 Toy Box loops
to experiment with, and each grid provides
an intuitive way to preview and cue these
sounds. Here we examine where to find
them so that you can start incorporating
them into your projects.
Find the five Live Loop Grids included
with Toy Box by switching to the Live Loops
Template viewer via the top blue tab in
Sound browser.
Live Loop Grid Templates contain
the associated Toy Box loops for quick
performance. Cells can be edited, or new
Apple Loops added using the Loop Browser.
Logic Pro X
Use Logic’s Chromaverb
On reflection, Logic’s new Chromaverb reverb effect
really stands out
Time needed
hromaverb is an all-new algorithmic reverb plugin
introduced in version 10.4 of Logic Pro X (algorithmic
means it uses complex maths to work out the reverb
effects, rather than modelling the reverb on real-world acoustic
spaces) and it replaces the old PlatinumVerb plugin.
Chromaverb’s colourful interface has been designed to be
easy to use while offering versatile control over the sound of the
reverb effect. To that end, there are two editable control curves,
one found on the Main page that affects the amount of damping
of the frequencies within the effect, and another on the Details
page that works more like a conventional EQ, allowing you to
tailor the sound of the effect’s output precisely. So let’s dive in…
Reverb illumination
Logic’s new Chromaverb plugin is easy to use and offers
versatile control over the sound of the reverb effect…
Tone it down
Add sparkle to your tracks with Chromaverb
Size of a …
The size control sets the
dimensions of the virtual
space. Higher values
correspond to a larger
space. Density refers
to the density of the
reverb effect.
Chromaverb’s fancy
colourful fireworks display
is a visualisation of the
reverb effect. If your
processor is suffering
under the strain, you can
turn this off by clicking
this button.
Knowledge base
Send or insert?
Predelay is the time
between the start of the
original signal and the
arrival of the first part of
the reverb effect, known
as early reflections. This
too can be synced to the
project tempo.
Freeze a crowd
Click the Freeze button
to hold the reverb effect
indefinitely at its current
level. Automating this
button can produce some
really cool effects.
Chromaverb can be an insert or a send
effect. Insert effects are inserted into
a channel’s insert slot, with the effect
balanced using dry/wet controls. Send
effects are inserted on their own return
channel, taking their input signal from
other channels’ send controls. The
mix is set to 100% wet, with the effect
balanced via the return channel fader.
Chromaverb comes with a bunch of preset settings, categorised by reverb
type. Flicking through these is a great way to put the plugin through its paces.
Step-by-step Exploring Logic’s Chromaverb plugin
1 Start here
2 Plug in baby
3 Switch pages
4 Go selector
5 Type casting
6 Damp course
7 Decay rate
8 Synchronise
9 All in the details
In a new project, drag the ‘Chroma Gtr.
wav’ audio file from the Tutorial Files folder
onto an empty audio track. Then set the cycle
region to loop the four-bar part.
In the Main window, click on the central
button where the word ‘Room’ is displayed.
This reveals the algorithm selector, where you
choose the reverb type you want to use.
The central Decay control governs the
time it takes for the undamped reflections
in the reverb to die away. Turn the knob
clockwise for a longer decay.
On the guitar track’s channel strip, click
on the Audio FX slot and select Chromaverb
from the plugin menu. You’ll find it listed under
There are 14 reverb types to choose from
– just click on one to select it. Here we’ve gone
for ‘Smooth Space’. Press ‘Play’ to loop the
guitar and hear the effect.
Click this button to synchronise the decay
time to a note value in time with the tempo of
your project. Set to ‘1-bar’, the decay lasts for
exactly one bar of music.
Chromaverb’s interface consists of two
pages – the Main page and the Details page,
selected by clicking the switches in the upper
right of the control panel.
The orange ‘damping’ EQ curve shapes
the frequency characteristics of the reverb
effect’s decay. Adjust it by grabbing a white
control node and repositioning the curve.
The Details page is where you can use
a separate EQ curve to adjust the tone of the
plugin’s overall output, as well as advanced
settings like Width, Quality and Modulation.
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Create standout email signatures
Design unusual and attractive email signatures in the Mail
app using text formatting, colour and emoji characters
Time needed
n email signature is a time-saving way to automatically
add your name and an optional message to the end of
emails you send. It not only saves you having to type it
every time you create an email or reply to one, it also says a lot
about you or your business, so why not make it stand out from
the crowd? Instead of your name in a dull plain text format you
can get creative with email signatures and design fun ones,
business-like ones, and more. It is possible to format the text,
add colour and even emoji characters. Use tables created
in TextEdit to help with the design and place text alongside
images and more. This guide shows you how to ditch your dull
signatures and create more exciting ones…
Impressive email signatures
Get creative with email signatures with TextEdit
Email signatures don’t have to be created within the Mail
app, you can use Text Edit for better results…
Make use of
TextEdit tables
TextEdit has many more
features than the signature
editor in Mail and this
unusual design is an image
with boxed out text on the
right. Create it by inserting
a table to hold the text.
Copy and paste
This signature would be
impossible to create in the
Mail signature editor but
not using TextEdit. You
can then copy it and paste
it. Clear the checkbox
below or the formatting will
be stripped out.
Format table
The first table cell contains
an emoji that looks like
an Apple MacBook and
the border width is set to
zero. The second cell has
a border, background and
text. Experiment with
the formatting.
Emoji and more
Press Ctrl+Cmd+spacebar
to open the character
viewer and double-click
a character to enter it. In
addition to emoji there are
arrows, pictographs and
more. Resize them after
inserting if necessary.
Knowledge base
Character support
The emoji on the Mac are Apple’s and
work across macOS and iOS so they
look the same on all devices. However,
other computers and devices may use
their own emoji. The character you use
in your signature may look different on
other devices and applications.
If your TextEdit email signatures are not copying across to Mail, clear the
checkbox at the bottom, ‘Always match my default message font’.
Step-by-step Have fun with email signatures
1 View Mail signatures
2 Create a signature
3 Format the text
4 Resize the text
5 Insert emoji
6 Add images
1 Use tables
2 Emoji and tables
Open Mail, go to Mail menu and select
‘Preferences’. Click the Signatures tab and
select an email account in the first list. Each
account can have one or more signatures.
The signature editor is similar to the
TextEdit app and keyboard shortcuts work
the same. Select text and press Cmd+plus
and Cmd+minus to grow or shrink text.
Click the ‘+’ button at the bottom of
the middle column and a new signature
is created and named automatically. The
default signature is shown in the editor.
Anywhere you can enter text, you can
usually enter emoji. Press Ctrl+Cmd+space
to open the character viewer and doubleclick emoji to add them to a signature.
Click the signature editor on the right.
Select text by pressing Shift+cursor keys or
click and drag with the mouse. Press Cmd+B
(bold), Cmd+I (italic), Cmd+U (underline).
The MacBook in the signature may
look like an image, but actually it is an emoji
character. Select it and press Cmd+plus to
increase its size till it looks like an image.
Advanced Mail
The signature editor in Mail is like the
rich text editor in the TextEdit app and it
supports many of the same features. The
problem, however, is that it just doesn’t
have the menus and other controls that
enable you to use them all. One way you
can get around this problem is to use the
features of TextEdit to create an email
signature and then copy it to the Mail
signature editor. Here we’ll show you an
example using text in tables…
Open TextEdit. Click Format>Table. Set
the number of rows/columns, and colours/
borders. Select table, Cmd+C to copy, click
in the signature editor and Cmd+V to paste.
This signature uses a 1x2 table. Click in
the first cell and enter an emoji. Select it and
use Cmd+plus to enlarge it, enter text into
the second cell, then copy it to the signature.
Update your Mac using Terminal
How to update macOS and built-in apps using the Terminal
instead of through the Mac App Store
Time needed
pdates to macOS can be installed using the Mac App
Store. In fact, in System Preferences the Mac can be
set to automatically update and this is the best setting
for many people. However, if you travel with a MacBook and
use flaky public Wi-Fi hotspots at cafes, hotels and so on, it
can be a problem when a 2GB update like macOS 10.13.4 tries
to download. For this reason, some people turn off automatic
updates in System Preferences and install updates manually.
Another reason why manual updates can be useful at times is
when there is a problem with the Mac App Store app. If it will not
work for some reason, you can still download and install updates
using Terminal commands and they may fix the problem.
Update with softwareupdate
Master updates from the Terminal
Mac App Store
This notification is from
the Mac App Store and
the number of updates
includes third-party apps
as well as macOS updates
and built-in apps. You still
need to use it occasionally.
Knowledge base
Repair Mac App Store
Use Activity
If Mac App Store isn’t working properly,
it may be possible to fix it by clearing
out the cache used by the app. It saves
temporary information to disk that
may be corrupted for example. Open
a Terminal window and enter ‘open
$TMPDIR../C/’. A
Finder window opens with the cache
folder, which can then be emptied.
The softwareupdate
command provides no
feedback and you may
wonder if it is working.
Open Activity Monitor
and select View>Dock
Icon and choose CPU or
Network Usage to monitor
softwareupdate progress.
Using Terminal to update your Mac software is handy if the
Mac App Store is currently inaccessible
Find updates
Open Terminal and type
‘softwareupdate --list’ to
check for updates. In the
list it shows whether an
update is recommended
and whether restarting the
Mac will be necessary.
Not all updates all the
time are recommended
and it depends on
the nature of the
update. To install only
the recommended
updates, type ‘sudo
softwareupdate --install
--recommended’ or use
‘sudo softwareupdate -ir’.
Want to read the softwareupdate manual? It is built in. Just type ‘man
softwareupdate’ at a Terminal command prompt and read all about it. Q quits.
Step-by-step How to use softwareupdate
1 Disable updates
2 Search with Terminal
3 Download updates
4 Install an update
5 Finishing the install
6 Install all updates
1 Look for updates
2 Update your apps
Updating from the Terminal is only useful
when automatic updates are disabled. Open
System Preferences and click App Store,
then disable all automatic update options.
Downloading an update saves it to disk
and then finishes. It can be installed at any
time by typing ‘softwareupdate -i’ followed
by the name, iTunesX-12.7.4 in this case.
Go to the Utilities folder and open
Terminal. At the command prompt, type
‘softwareupdate --list’ (note two dashes in
--list). The Mac searches online for updates.
Softwareupdate looks for updates that
have been downloaded and it installs from
the disk if there are. If no updates are found
on the disk, they are downloaded first.
The updates are listed; we have three
here but yours will differ. Let’s download the
iTunes update. Type ‘softwareupdate -d’
followed by the update name.
If you don’t want to be bothered dealing
with individual updates, there is a way to
download and install all updates in one go.
Type ‘software update --install --all’.
Missing updates
The softwareupdate command used in
a Terminal window is not the same as
the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.
Softwareupdate looks specifically for
updates to macOS and the default apps
that are bundled with it, such as iTunes,
Photos, Calendar and the others. It
focuses on the core macOS files and apps
and ignores any extra apps that you might
have installed either manually by direct
downloads from websites or bought in the
Mac App Store. It is by no means a perfect
solution but it is definitely good to know.
Before using Terminal to search, check
the Apple menu. This lists updates for
macOS, built-in apps, and apps downloaded
from the store. Click ‘App Store’ in the menu.
All core macOS updates have been
applied using the softwareupdate command,
so only third-party apps are listed on the
Updates tab. Choose when to install them.
Mount and use online storage
Mount online storage like local drives attached to the Mac
Time needed
here are many cloud services that provide online storage
for your files and iCloud is the best known among Mac
users of course. However, there is Microsoft OneDrive,
Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and many more. Add up all the free
storage that these provide and it amounts to tens of gigabytes.
Accessing online storage is easy with iCloud, but not with
other services. However, a utility called CloudMounter enables
online storage to look and work like local drives attached to the
Mac, such as a USB drive. It makes working with online files
as easy as local ones. Open the Mac App Store and search for
CloudMounter. Install the free app and follow this tutorial. If you
don’t have any online storage, get a free account.
CloudMounter makes all of your cloud storage drives as
easily accessible on your Mac as USB drives…
Step-by-step Add Dropbox as a disk drive
1 Set up CloudMounter
2 Free subscription
3 Choose online storage
4 Authorise access
5 Mount the drive
6 Use the drive
The first time CloudMounter is run,
a message box appears. Open System
Preferences>Extensions and enable
CloudMounter. Click ‘Find Out More’.
Each service is slightly different and there
may be one or several steps to go through to
enable CloudMounter to work with the storage.
Enter your username and password.
You are asked to choose a subscription
plan. Select the free one, which is fine for our
tutorial and then click ‘Cancel’. Tick the box at
the bottom ‘Don’t remind me again’.
Once authorisation is complete, the online
drive is listed. Click the ‘+’ button at the bottom
to add more drives or start using this drive right
now by clicking ‘Mount’.
These are the online storage services that
CloudMounter works with. The free plan only
supports Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive
though. Click one, such as Dropbox.
The drive appears on the desktop like
any other external drive plugged into the Mac.
Double-click it to open it and the files can be
accessed like any local disk drive.
Encryption is transparent to you and all files work exactly the same as they
used to. However, to a hacker they appear encrypted and unreadable.
Mount online drives
Make online drives like local drives
or decrypt
Files stored online can be
encrypted or decrypted
from this menu and you
can choose to encrypt all
files or just the ones you
add from now on. Drives
can also be locked with
a password.
Works like local
CloudMounter makes
online storage work like
local drives. Open a Finder
window, drag files to it,
double-click files to open
them and more. Apart
from a slight delay when
accessing files, they work
as normal.
Access preferences
through the menu bar icon.
Enable these two options:
to automatically start
CloudMounter when you
log in to your Mac, and
to automatically mount
online drives.
Knowledge base
Beware of encryption
Encrypting the files stored in online
drives is a great way to secure them,
however only CloudMounter can
access them. If you were to use
another Mac and tried to access your
online files using a web browser, such
as at, you will not
be able to open them because they are
encrypted. Bear this in mind.
Add drives
Every online storage
service here can be added
so they can be accessed
like a local disk drive. Click
menu bar and ‘New Drive’.
Only OneDrive, Dropbox
and Google Drive are free.
Encrypt your files
If your online storage account is hacked
and someone gains access to it, they
can then access all your files, which may
contain personal information you would
not want hackers to see. For this reason,
CloudMounter enables files stored in online
drives to be encrypted. Therefore, if a
hacker gained access to your account they
would see only scrambled data instead of
the proper files. Here we will demonstrate
how to encrypt your online drives using
CloudMounter to ensure that all of your
important files and data remain private.
1 Encrypt a drive
There are a couple of ways to encrypt an
online drive. Ctrl+clicking a drive in a Finder
window reveals an Encrypt menu. Or, click
the menu bar, select online drive and Encrypt.
2 Encryption options
Enter a password and add a password
hint. Store it in Keychain. Instead of
encrypting every file in the drive, there is an
option to encrypt only new files you add.
Customise folders in Finder
Turn ordinary folders into special ones and make them
stand out with colour, text and emoji
Time needed
very folder on the Mac looks like every other folder. Don’t
you wish folders could be customised with your own
designs? They can! It is actually quite easy to replace the
boring blue folder icons with alternative ones and it takes just a
couple of minutes with the Preview app.
Folders could be coloured to make special ones stand out
in Finder windows or on the desktop. Some text on the folders
would be useful and it could describe the contents. Folders that
contain fun stuff like photos, music, and other items could have
fun designs like emoji characters. You will not want to do it to
every folder, but it is great to do it with a few special ones.
It is easier than you may think to create custom icons for
your folders using macOS’s Preview app
Step-by-step Create your own custom designs
1 Create a folder
2 Show folder info
3 Copy the icon
4 Open Preview
5 Grab the clipboard
6 Pick an icon
Any folder can be customised but before
changing anything important, try it with a test
folder to get the hang of it. Create a new folder
on the desktop from the File menu.
Now that we have the folder icon, it can
be edited in a photo editor and Preview is
actually a great app for this. Open Preview and
press Esc when the Open window appears.
Select the folder that you want to
customise by clicking once and then go to the
File menu and select ‘Get Info’. It shows an
icon at the top and larger preview lower down.
The folder icon is on the macOS
clipboard, so go to the File menu in Preview
and select ‘New From Clipboard’. This creates
a new image and Preview opens it for editing.
Click the icon at the top of the Info
window and either go to the Edit menu and
select ‘Copy’ or use the keyboard shortcut
Cmd+C. This copies the icon to the clipboard.
Icons for apps, files and folders are not
single images, but a collection of images at
different sizes from very small to very large.
Select a medium size icon, such as 3.
Change the icons used by your own folders as much as you want. It’s
probably not a good idea to try to change macOS system folders.
Create fun folders
Folder icon
Select a folder in Finder
or the desktop and press
Cmd+I to open this
window. Click this icon
and press Cmd+C to copy
the image or press Cmd+V
to paste a new icon image.
Design your own folders with Preview
Draw on folders
Show Preview’s markup
toolbar and you can begin
customising the folder
design. Add shapes like
lines, rectangles, circles
and stars by clicking this
icon and then size and
colour them.
Knowledge base
Restore customised folders
After a folder has been customised and
the icon replaced with a new design,
you might wonder how to go back to
the original. Is it possible to restore
the default? You could create a new
folder and copy the contents of the
customised one to it. Better still, select
the folder, press Cmd+I, click the icon
and press Cmd+X.
7 Change the colour
Go to the Tools menu in Preview and
select ‘Adjust Color’ to open the colour panel.
Use the slider like Tint, Sepia and Temperature
to change the colour of the folder icon.
Add emoji
Wherever you can type
text, you can insert emoji.
Click the T in the markup
toolbar and then press
Ctrl+Cmd+spacebar to
open the emoji window.
Double-click one to
insert it.
8 Add text
Go to the View menu in Preview and
select ‘Show Markup Toolbar’. Any of the tools
can be used to modify the folder icon. For
example, click the ‘T’ tool and then add text.
Colour folders
If you fancy a change of
colour, open the Adjust
Color panel in Preview and
drag the sliders to change
the colour. It is best to
simply experiment and
see what happens with
each of them.
9 Copy your design
When you are happy with the design of
the folder, click the folder to select it and press
Cmd+C to copy it. Click the icon at the top of
the Info window and press Cmd+V.
Play hidden games in Terminal
Take a break from work with a cool selection of classic titles already available to play
Time needed
here comes a time, during a stressful working day, when
you just want to kick back and have a bit of fun. So what
better way of doing this than firing up a fun game from
yesteryear on your Mac? You may not know that you already
have many titles at your fingertips thanks to Terminal. From Tetris
to Pong and from Solitaire to Snake, you’re bound to love the
nostalgia and instant pick-up-and-play experiences they provide.
Here we look at how you can not only access these free games
but discover what you actually have to play. One of our favourites
is the text adventure Dunnet – mainly because its interface
makes it look like you’re working, when you’re actually typing
commands such as ‘take shovel’ to see what happens next.
Playing retro games is just one of Terminal’s many uses and
it is an app that is well worth exploring…
Step-by-step Launch classic games using Terminal
1 Open Terminal
2 Enable Emacs
3 Press Escape
4 Hit the ‘X’
5 Type a name
6 Play the game
Launch Terminal on your Mac. You will
be able to locate this by opening a Finder
window, selecting Applications from the lefthand column and clicking the Utilities folder.
Now, all you need to do is press the X
key on your keyboard so that the prompt at
the bottom of this window reads M-x. It is now
ready for you to input the name of a game.
Built into your Mac is a family of text
editors called Emacs and it must be launched
in order to get our games working. Just type
emacs into Terminal and press Enter.
It is now time to choose the game that
you wish to play. Look at the boxout opposite
to see how you can discover the games you
have. In our case, we’re typing ‘tetris’.
The screen will fill with text but simply
look out for the highlighted words GNU
Emacs at the bottom of the window. Once
you see this, press Escape on your keyboard.
The game will now appear on the screen
in all of its retro glory, ready for you to start
playing. For many of them, you can use the
cursor keys and space bar to play. Enjoy.
When you list the games, you’ll see games such as Solitaire, Gomoku, Snake,
Pong and Tetris. You don’t need to type file extensions, just game names.
Play the games
Kick back and enjoy some great retro gaming classics for free
screen gaming
What these versions of
age-old classics lack
in size and graphical
prowess, they make up for
with immediate, addictive
gameplay such as with
Pong which dates back
to 1972.
Quitting a game
To leave a game, you must
press Esc and X. This
allows you to type the
name of another game.
You can also quit emacs
on Terminal by holding
the Ctrl key and pressing
X then C.
Keeping score
Many of the arcade games
let you keep score and this
is displayed on the screen,
usually just outside of the
playing area itself.
Knowledge base
Text-based games
As well as arcade classics, you can
also enjoy some text-based games
that need you to type commands.
Aside from text adventures such as
Dunnet, there is even a therapy session
of sorts. Type doctor when inputting a
game name and you’ll be welcomed by
a psychotherapist. You can then have
a conversation. Will it diagnose you (or
even fool you into thinking it’s real)?
Good controls
Depending on the game
you are playing, typically
you’ll be using the cursor
keys and/or the space
bar to control what is
happening on the screen.
Finding games
to play
There are many simple games for you to
play for free within Terminal so you really
ought to take a look at what is available on
your computer. To do this, you simply need
to delve into the appropriate folder and
there are two ways of doing this: within
Terminal itself or via a Finder window. Here
we look at both of those methods. You’ll be
surprised at what wonders lurk deep within
your Terminal app ready to be unlocked
and enjoyed time and again.
1 Look via Terminal
Open Terminal from the Utilities folder on
your Mac and immediately type ls /usr/share/
emacs/22.1/lisp/play A list of available games
is now displayed so make a note of them.
2 View via Finder
Or, open a Finder window and click Go.
Select ‘Go To Folder’ and type /usr/share/
emacs/22.1/lisp/play Click Go and the games
files will appear, so you can note the names.
Make the desktop more exciting
Customise the desktop with the new iMac Pro wallpaper, live
animated images, useful icons and more
Time needed
he desktop is something we use multiple times a day,
but we rarely think about it or change the default settings
and it becomes a dumping ground for files and folders.
It is time you sorted out the clutter, got rid of all the icons,
customised the settings and applied new background images.
There are many ways to change the desktop and the
background image makes an obvious difference, but did you
know it does not have to be static? It can show a live moving
image that runs like a video. Icons can be added for drives, the
size of icons adjusted, text placed at the bottom or side and
more. Let’s take a look at the desktop customisation options.
You will find numerous tools and effects to customise your
desktop in the Mac App Store…
Step-by-step Give the desktop a makeover
1 Change the image
Make your Mac look like an iMac Pro
by opening System Preferences>Desktop &
Screensaver>Desktop. Select the iMac Pro
image. Needs macOS 10.13.4!
2 Schedule the changes 3 Save the screen
While you are here, you might want to
select the option to change the desktop picture
on a schedule. Choose the timeframe from the
menu and see a new image every so often.
Modern screens don’t suffer burn-in
problems, but screen savers are still fun. Select
the Screen Saver tab and choose one. We like
the iTunes Artwork that shows album covers.
4 Customise the options 5 Animated live wallpaper 6 Swim with sharks
Click the Screen Saver Options button to
customise the screen saver settings. Different
savers have different settings and this one lets
you choose the rows and the delay.
Desktop backgrounds can be live like
a video. Search the Mac App Store for ‘live
wallpaper’ and select one. This is Rainfall and
rain constantly runs down the Mac’s screen.
Sharks 3D is another free live wallpaper
from the Mac App Store. Your Mac looks like
it is under the sea and sharks, seaweed and
shoals of fish swim by. It’s a lot of fun!
Why have a desktop that looks like everyone else’s? Be different, be unique,
change the picture, screen saver, icons and make it your own.
Make the desktop great again!
Tweak the desktop appearance and settings
Desktop items
Open Finder preferences
and select the General
tab. Here you can choose
which items appear on the
desktop, such as internal
and external drives, and
connected servers.
iMac Pro
This desktop image first
appeared on the iMac Pro,
but has been included in
the macOS 10.13.4 update.
Put it on your iMac to fool
your friends! It looks great
on MacBooks too.
Knowledge base
Live wallpaper pros
and cons
icon properties
Access your
Desktop anywhere
Select View>Show View
Options and use the
controls to customise the
icons that appear on the
desktop. Choose the size
and spacing and whether
to show item info and
previews of the content.
Store the Desktop and
Documents folders on
iCloud so you can access
your files from anywhere,
including the iPhone and
iPad, other Macs and
even from Windows PCs
through a web browser.
7 Desktop view options 8 iCloud Drive options
Give desktop icons a makeover by
selecting View>Show View Options. Drag the
sliders to set the spacing and the icon size.
Choose the label position and item information.
The desktop on all your Macs can be kept
in sync so all files are available everywhere.
Open System Preferences, click iCloud, tick
iCloud Drive and then click ‘Options’.
Live wallpaper looks amazing and there
can be fish swimming, nature scenes
with parallax effects, burning fires and
more. The benefits are visually obvious,
but there are drawbacks as live
wallpaper requires processing power
and memory. For this reason you might
not want to use one on battery power.
There is often an option in the saver to
disable it on batteries.
9 Enable Desktop syncing
Tick the option at the top, ‘Desktop &
Documents Folders’. This stores the contents
of these folders in your iCloud storage so they
can be accessed anywhere, from any device.
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in schools. And with thousands of
apps available from the App Store,
many free, you can use your new iPad
to make music, realise your artistic
side and create stunning projects and
assignments. The fact that the device
is compatible with the Apple Pencil also
means that you retain all the freedom
of freehand note-taking, sketching and
painting to ensure that your projects
keep that personal element.
To demonstrate how easy it is to use
your new iPad to create projects we are
using the latest version of Pages (4.0)
which includes a wealth of new features
to make it a better fit for the demands
of our student children, including the
addition of Apple Pencil support, a
more expansive array of templates and
‘Smart Annotation’, which can be used
by teachers to provide feedback and
comments that stay anchored to the
relevant text. Let’s get started!
Install the Pages app
Grab the latest version to start creating incredible projects on your iPad
Since the release of the new 9.7-inch iPad, Apple has
updated its iWorks suite of apps that includes Numbers,
Keynote and, of course, Pages. These apps are free to
download for iOS users but don’t come installed on new
iPads as standard. You will need to go to the App Store on
your device and download the latest version.
Download and launch Pages
1 Launch App Store
Tap on the App Store app to open
it and then tap on ‘Search’ and type in
‘Pages’. Once you have located the app
tap the ‘Get’ or iCloud icon.
2 Launch Pages
When the app has finished installing
(you can track its progress in the App
Store) it will be added to your Home
screen. Tap on its icon to launch it.
3 Start creating!
When Pages launches you will
be presented with two options – ‘My
Documents’ and ‘Create a Document’.
Tap on the latter option to get started.
Create A* projects with Pages
Pick a template or start from new
When you are presented with the Template screen you will
be presented with a selection of templates for a variety of
purposes. Either swipe up to scroll down through the various
categories or tap on the ‘Show Categories’ option in the top-
right corner. This will list all of the various template themes
allowing you to jump straight to the one you would like to use
as a basis for your project, in this case we will be using the
‘Report’ template in Books – Landscape.
Picking the
right template
All of the available
templates will be
categorised into different
themes. For school
projects you will find
useful templates under
Reports or Books.
This option lists all of
the different template
categories so you can
instantly jump to the one
that you want to use by
tapping on the title in the
list – saves on the swiping!
Using templates
Tap to use
Most templates provide
basic page furniture in
the style displayed on the
Templates screen. Pick the
rough format that you think
would work best with your
project and you can swap
out elements for your own.
When you have found the
perfect template for your
project, tap on it from the
Templates screen and
a new document will be
created based on the
chosen format. You can
then make it your own.
Start creating your project
When your new document is created from the template
you can press and hold on existing elements and drag
them to reposition, tap and release to bring up a floating
menu of options, including Cut, Copy and Delete, or
double-tap on text to highlight it and then replace it with
your own. Start off by clearing anything you don’t need
off the page and drag the required elements into the
desired locations.
Arrange furniture to suit
1 Replacing text
If you prefer to use the basic text layout
of the template, double-tap a word and then
drag the blue lines to highlight all of the text
you want to replace and then get typing.
2 Drag to arrange
Tap on a text box or image and then
you can press and hold and then drag it to
re-arrange it on the page. Tap the ‘+’ icon on
an image to replace it with your own.
3 Locking down
When you are happy with the
arrangement, tap to select the element and
then tap the paintbrush icon at the top of the
interface then go to Arrange>Lock.
You can unlock locked elements at any time by tapping on the paintbrush
icon and then tapping on the ‘Unlock’ option. It will then be free to move.
Start adding embellishments
It’s easy to throw together images and text in Pages to
create a project that looks decent, but you also have
the tools at your disposal to go that extra mile and
make something truly eye-catching and memorable. A
good way to do this is by lifting your pages with certain
embellishments, such as shapes, charts or graphs. All of
the tools you need for this can be found by tapping the
‘+’ icon in the top-right corner.
Using shapes
1 Tap the ‘+’ icon
Start off by tapping the ‘+’ icon and then
select the third tab, which will have submenus relating to different shapes for a wide
range of topics, such as Animals and Nature.
2 Place and resize
Select a shape and it will be randomly
placed on your page. Press and hold to drag
it to the desired location and then you can
resize it by dragging the blue dots around it.
3 Stacking shapes
If you want to place shapes on top
of other shapes then the most recently
imported will always be on a higher layer
then the one before making it easy to place.
Working with
Anything on your pages, from shapes to
text, can be coloured exactly how you
want. All you have to do is select the object
by tapping on it and then tapping on the
paintbrush icon. To change the colour,
make sure that you are in the ‘Style’ tab and
you will be presented with a palette based
on the template you are using – but you
have full freedom to change it.
3 Match colours
You can even match colours to the
colour scheme of an image. Go to the
colour picker (Style>Fill and then swipe to
the last sheet) and tap the pipette icon
1 Tap on the Style menu 2 Dig deeper
To get started working on the colours,
tap on the paintbrush icon and then the
‘Style’ tab. If the immediate palette isn’t to
your liking tap on the ‘Fill’ box.
4 Tap on image
Now simply press and hold on the
image and move your finger around until you
see the colour that you want to duplicate.
Release and the colour will be applied.
You will now see many more colour
options. Swipe through the various shade
sheets and the final two will present a more
primary palette and a colour picker.
5 Add a shadow
Adding shadows to elements such as
shapes can give them a much-needed lift.
To apply one, go to the Style tab, turn on the
‘Shadow’ option and then pick a style.
Create A* projects with Pages
Changing the text style
Picking a template can be handy for basic layout, but
you’re not tied in to any particular style. You may find,
for example, that a particular font used in a template
doesn’t quite suit your project as it develops so a
wholesale change might be in order. No problem, with
Pages you can change the font, text size, text colour
and character style quickly and easily by tapping on the
paintbrush icon and then selecting the ‘Text’ tab.
Styling your text
1 Change the font
Highlight the text that you want to
change the font of and then go to the ‘Text’
tab in the paintbrush menu and tap on the
‘Font option.
2 Pick a style
Swipe down through the various fonts
until you see one that suits the style of your
project. When you do, tap to select it and it
will be instantly applied to your text.
Using your
Apple Pencil
If you want to add hand-written text
to your projects then the new iPad’s
support of Apple Pencil means that
the process is effortless. As soon as
you touch a paired Apple Pencil to the
screen, Pages will detect it and launch
the new Smart Annotation mode. This
mode is perfect for allowing students
and tutors to add notes to specific
portions of the document. If you do
circle a word, for example, and write a
little note to the side, these elements
will be tethered to the word – so if it
is moved, the annotations go with it.
Although you can sketch and draw
in Smart Annotation mode, this is
best done by going to the specific
‘Drawing’ mode.
Adding more pages
Whenever you need to add an
additional page to your project, tap
on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom of the
thumbnails column and then you will be
able to add another page in the style
of the current template (if you are using
one) or a new blank page.
3 Positioning text
If you want to place text over other
objects, simply highlight the text, tap on the
paintbrush, choose ‘Arrange’ and then drag
the ‘Move to back/front’ slider.
To get a clear idea of how your project is shaping up, tap on the ‘View
Options’ icon in the top-left and enable the ‘Page Thumbnails’ option.
Markup tools
Smart Annotation mode is launched as soon as
you touch a Pages document with the Apple
Pencil and the simplistic toolset that it provides
you with is ideal for writing notes, sketching
images or highlighting key areas. You can
switch writing/drawing utensils by tapping on
the respective tool at the bottom of the screen.
(1) The pen tool is ideally suited for writing
notes and generally drawing fine lines. (2) The
highlighter tool is best used for underlining or
generally marking chunky lines which mimic
those of a real highlighter pen perfectly.
(3) The pencil can be used for sketching and
successfully duplicates the actions of a real
pencil by allowing the user to mix light strokes
with heavy shading depending on how much
pressure is applied by the Apple Pencil.
(4) The eraser tool is used to delete elements
that you don’t want. Unlike the ‘Undo’ tool
you can remove anything at any time simply
by tapping it with the nib of the Apple Pencil.
(5) The lasso tool is used to select and move
specific areas. Simply draw around the area
using this tool and then you can tap and drag
the Apple Pencil to move the selected area to a
new location on the page.
How to add your own drawings and sketches
Although it is Smart Annotation mode that launches
by default when you touch an Apple Pencil to a pages
document, there is a much more versatile and expressive
mode within Pages that you can use for drawings,
sketches and freehand shapes called ‘Drawing’. To
access this, tap on the ‘+’ icon in the top-right, select
the ‘Shapes’ tab and then tap on the ‘Drawing’ option at
the bottom of the window.
Draw in your documents
1 Drawing or sketching
In Drawing mode you are provided
with pen, pencil or crayon tools to help you
sketch out images and colour them in to
make them stand out.
2 Create shapes
Selecting the paint tool will allow you
to draw freehand shapes using your Apple
Pencil that will be filled in with the currently
selected colour when you release.
3 Picking colours
Tapping on the colour circle will bring
up tools for you to choose any colour or hue
you want. You can also use the pipette to
match your colours with images.
Create A* projects with Pages
Working with
your images
We have seen how easy it is to place
images into Pages projects, but now we are
going to look at some of the more advanced
features that you can employ to really make
them stand out, including borders and
shadows. As always, the paintbrush icon
is your friend here as it provides a gateway
to the ‘Style’ tab of options where these
cool effects can be found. Let’s make those
images scream!
3 Adjusting mask
If your image obscures other page
items, select the object (in this case the line),
tap on the paintbrush icon, then ‘Arrange’
and then adjust the ‘Move to’ slider.
1 Placing images
2 Drag to position
4 Adding borders
5 Colour and width
If you have a downloaded image in your
Photos app that you want to import, tap on
the ‘+’ icon and then select the Photos tab
(far-right). Select the image to import it
Borders can help make an image more
eye-catching. Select the image then tap the
paintbrush icon, go to ‘Style’, turn on the
border option and tap ‘Style’ to pick one.
If you want to position the image on a
different page, just press, hold and drag it
to the top of the screen and you will cycle
through the various pages of your project.
After picking a border style you can use
the ‘Colour’ and ‘Width’ options to make the
border stand out more. Try experimenting to
see what works best with your project.
Playing with shadows
Like borders, shadows are cool effects that you can
add to images to help give them more prominence on
the page. To add one, tap to select an image and then
tap on the paintbrush icon. Under the ‘Style’ tab, scroll
down and turn on the ‘Shadow’ option and then you will
see various new options that apply. Try experimenting
with different options but if you don’t like the results, tap
on the ‘Undo’ arrow at the top.
Working with shadows and reflections
1 Pick a shadow
You are presented with six different
types of shadow effect. Tap on one to see
it instantly applied to your chosen image.
Some may work better than others…
2 Add a reflection
By enabling the ‘Reflection’ option you
can add a reflective effect to your image,
ideal for bleeding off into the background.
You can also adjust the opacity of it.
3 Opacity adjustments
If you want to use an image as a very
subtle page background then you can use
the main ‘Opacity’ control to make it barely
noticeable above what else is on the page.
You can delete pages by double-tapping on them in the thumbnail viewer and
then tapping the ‘Delete’ option in the floating menu that appears.
Text and image manipulation
Getting your images and text to work together is key to
creating memorable Pages projects. Thankfully, by tapping
on the paintbrush icon and then selecting the ‘Arrange’ tab
you will find all of the tools you need to wrap your carefully
considered words around your images to give your pages a
professional look.
Text boxes
When you paste new text
into a Pages doc it will
be placed in a text box
on the page that you can
then style up by going to
Paintbrush>Text. Tapping
‘Paragraph Style’ will
match it to the styles used
in the current template.
Flip or rotate
You can flip images by
selecting them and going
to Paintbrush>Arrange.
You can also rotate images
by pressing and holding
with two fingers and then
twisting them to rotate the
image on the page. It takes
a little getting used to.
Extra space
Text wrap
You can adjust this slider
to establish how close
the text sits around your
image. If you want it to sit
quite tight then drag it to
the far left or if you want a
roomier gap then drag the
slider towards the righthand side of the scale.
These options relate
to how the text flows
around an image. It is far
preferable, for example,
to have the text running
around an image as it
gives your pages a more
professional look. There
are three options to try.
Instant Alpha
Select an image and go to
Paintbrush>Image>Instant Alpha and
then drag across an image to make
selected portions of it transparent (like
a white background). This is a great
way to get your text up really close and
personal to your image.
Create A* projects with Pages
Add movies to
your projects
However eye-catching your words and
pictures are, nothing grabs the attention like a
movie, so you should certainly consider them
as an additional feature to make your projects
more memorable. The good news is that you
can capture great movies directly through your
new 9.7-inch iPad and import them into Pages
quickly and easily. Here’s how…
Importing movies
1 Record a movie
Record the footage that you want
through your iPad’s Camera app or thirdparty app. You can also make use of your
iPad’s ‘Screen Record’ Control Centre
widget (enable it in Settings>Control Centre).
2 Select movie
Just like placing images, tap on the ‘+’
icon within your Pages project, select the
far-right tab and then choose the ‘Videos’
category to locate and select your movie.
3 Placing the movie
Once you have selected a video, tap on
the ‘Use’ button and it will be imported into
your project. Press and hold on the movie
and drag it into your desired position.
4 Dress it up
You can apply the same frames,
shadows and effects that you can to an
image, so have fun dressing your movie up
to make it fit the style of your project.
5 Movie options
Tap on the paintbrush icon and you will
see a new ‘Movie’ tab. This lets you apply
various looping effects to your movie to
heighten its impact.
You can re-order pages within your project by pressing and holding on them
in the thumbnail viewer and then moving them up or down.
Linking text to URLs
words with websites that you have used for research.
Just make sure you have the original link to hand and
then be ready to paste it into your Pages document
during the following process.
To keep your Pages projects a manageable size you
can divert readers to external links for more information
if you’re struggling to fit it all in. This is also useful if
you are undertaking assignments and want to link your
Link to websites
1 Highlight text
Select the text that you would like to
turn into a link and then when the keyboard
is displayed, tap the ‘¶’ symbol in the topright corner and choose ‘Link’.
2 Input the link
Ensure that ‘Web page’ is selected for
the ‘Link To’ option and then, next to ‘Link’,
type in the full URL of the web-page that you
want to link your text to and tap ‘Done’.
Altering the setup
If you have section headers and
suchlike that are likely to be repeated
throughout the project then consider
3 Access the link
The linked text will now appear
underlined within the document and if
you tap on it you will be able to see and
access the link.
adding them to the document setup
rather than manually placing them each
time. Tap on the ‘…’ icon and choose
‘Document Setup’.
Collaborate on projects with other people
If you need the input of other people on your project
then it is easy to share it and have other people work
on it. This just involves inviting them to collaborate,
picking a method of sharing and then adjusting the share
options so that they are able to make changes. As soon
as collaborators are invited a new icon will appear in the
top-right corner that allows you to track changes, stop
sharing and more.
Start collaborating
1 Access the option
To start the collaboration process, tap
on the ‘…’ icon in the top-right corner and
choose the ‘Collaborate With Others’ option.
This will bring up another menu of options.
2 Choose share option
You will now be able to choose a way
to send your invitation – via the Messages or
Mail app or via a copied link. Tap ‘More’ for
third-party sharing options.
3 Set share options
Tap on the ‘Share Options’ link at the
bottom and you will be able to determine
exactly who can access your project and
what they can do with it.
Use multiple clipboards
Increase the number of clipboards on the iPhone with a free
app to make copying and pasting easier
Time needed
orking on the iPhone is not as easy as working on the
Mac and when you need to copy information from
one place to another, such as Safari web pages to
Notes or Pages documents, it can involve a lot of back and forth
switching of apps and trying to keep track of everything.
Copied is an iPhone app that boosts the number of
clipboards from one to ten for free and far beyond with a paid
upgrade. This clipboard manager enables many items to be
copied and stored. You can browse previously copied images,
links and text, and select any one to be used for the next paste
operation. Clipboard items can be browsed in the app or on the
Today screen. Install Copied from the iOS App Store.
Explore clipboard options
Edit the contents of saved clipboards
Copy button
From the main screen
listing all the clipboards,
press one to view this
screen. Make the item
the current clipboard by
pressing this button at the
top. A similar menu to the
one shown is displayed.
Copied boosts the number of clipboards for iPhone…
Format the text
Press the three dots in
the top-right corner for a
menu. The options depend
on the clipboard type and
this one has a lot. Press
‘Text Formatter’ to strip
unwanted items from the
clipboard contents.
Edit text
Text copied to the
clipboard can be changed
with ‘Find & Replace
Text’. Standard search
and replace boxes are
displayed and can be
used to change words and
phrases in the clipboard.
Knowledge base
Get to know Copied
Copied is confusing at first and it takes
time to get used to. However, once
you are familiar with it, it becomes
a powerful tool. It does not simply
store copied items on the clipboard, it
enables you to strip out attributes, such
as the URL of the web page text or
images were copied from, or the title.
Open Safari
Once again, it depends
on what the clipboard
contains. If text or URLs
are saved to Copied,
there is an option to go to
the web page they were
copied from. Tap ‘Open
in Safari’.
Copied works anywhere that provides the iOS copy function and it works
within apps, in Notes, Reminders, Calendar, Safari web pages and more.
Step-by-step Manage multiple clipboards with Copied
1 A clean start
2 Begin copying
4 Save to Copied
5 Manage clipboard items 6 Select copy options
After a few introductory screens Copied
appears. It is empty, but soon it will fill with
clipboard items. Use the top-left button to
see the menu screen but return here.
Every time you switch to the Copied app
(double-tap Home), the current clipboard is
saved. Copy and switch, copy and switch,
then look at all the clipboard items saved.
Copied works everywhere, such as
when using Safari to browse the web. Longpress on text and then drag the selection
bars. Press ‘Copy’ to save it to the clipboard.
Swipe left over a clipboard item and
delete it by pressing the first button or make
it the current clipboard by pressing the last
button. It rises to the top of the list.
3 Copy anything
Here is a more complex copy, a table in
the Notes app with emoji in a column of cells.
Press the three dots above the column and
then press the ‘Copy’ button to save it.
When an item is made the current
clipboard you may see a list of options. It
depends on the item type. This was copied
from Safari so there are lots of options.
Add the
Today widget
After copying something to the clipboard
you must switch to the app to save it.
However, there is a simpler method and
there is a Copied widget. Just pull down
the Today screen and the widget saves the
clipboard to Copied.
In the following guide we show you how
this works. To configure it to save, go to
the app’s menu screen and press the
Settings button in the bottom-right corner.
Turn on the switch ‘Save when the Today
widget is activated’.
1 Configure Today widgets 2 View the clipboards
Pull down from the top of screen and
swipe right for the Today screen. Swipe up if
necessary and press ‘Edit’. Find the Copied
app and press the green ‘+’ button.
Copy text/URLs/images and pull down
the Today screen to save them. The Copied
widget shows all the items saved. Tapping
one makes it the current clipboard item.
Check your iPhone’s
battery’s health
Monitor and control your iPhone’s battery health with
the new built-in setting within iOS 11.3
Time needed
very time a new iPhone is released, one of the key
features critics and buyers look at is the battery
life. It’s always frustrating to learn that you’re on
ten per cent power within a few hours of use but now
we have a little more information at our disposal thanks
to iOS 11.3. With this update, Apple tells you exactly
how healthy your battery is. It also lets you know if
performance management is active: this throttles the
CPU whenever the battery is unable to provide peak
power output to help prevent unexpected shutdowns.
You may see longer launch times for apps, lower scrolling
frame rates and backlight dimming. The speaker volume
may be lowered too. This allows you to continue using
your iPhone but it may also point to your device needing
a change of battery.
The Battery Health option is new to iOS 11.3, so make sure
you have updated before trying to access it
Step-by-step View the status of your battery
1 Launch Settings
The Battery Health feature is available in
iOS 11.3 so open the Settings app and go to
General>Software Update to install. On the
main Settings page, tap the option ‘Battery’.
2 Battery Health (Beta)
You will see a new option called Battery
Health (Beta). As the name suggests, the
feature is still in its infancy and will likely be
improved. Tap this option to access it.
3 See max capacity
As your iPhone gets older, the battery will
lose some of the total capacity that it can hold.
You can now see what the current maximum
capacity is. New phones will be 100%.
Sometimes iOS can’t determine the health of your iPhone’s battery. It may be
due to the battery being improperly installed and you’ll need to contact Apple.
View battery-intensive apps
See which of your apps have been consuming the most
power over the last day or week
Select a timeframe
You can reach this screen by
selecting Settings>Battery.
Scroll down and you can select
to see the battery usage by app
over the past 24 hours or week,
including background activity
(when the screen isn’t lit).
battery life
Apple says the amount of
charge that can be held by a
lithium-ion battery changes as
it chemically ages. It means you
need to recharge it more often.
Battery health
The new Battery Health feature
is available in iOS 11.3 for iPhone
6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7 and
7 Plus. The iPhone 8 and X have
hardware upgrades for power
management on demand.
Knowledge base
Replace your battery
If your battery maximum capacity
is low and you’re warned the
performance capability is below
its peak, contact Apple. Defective
batteries are replaced for free within
a year but, out-of-warranty, you’ll be
charged £25/$29 before 31 December
2018. Visit
4 Check performance
If your battery can’t support normal
peak performance, Apple slows the device,
preventing unexpected shutdowns. View the
status under Peak Performance Capability.
Look for problems
If you look down the list of apps
and one that you hardly use
shows a high percentage, then
consider deleting it because its
power consumption may be far
greater than it should be.
5 Disable management
The wording beneath Peak Performance
Capability may say the battery can’t deliver the
necessary peak power. But if you don’t want
iOS to slow your CPU, then tap ‘Disable’.
6 Another shutdown
When you tap disable you can’t manually
re-enable it. Wait for another unexpected
shutdown and then performance management
will be turned on again.
Quickly open Safari
links in a new tab
Discover how to improve your tab management skills
to make surfing the internet on your iPhone easier
Time needed
s you know, browsing the web involves much
clicking on links but you don’t always want them to
open in the current browser window. Sometimes
you want them to appear in a new tab, thereby leaving the
one you were initially browsing intact.
In Safari on the iPad and iPhone, you’ve long been able
to do that. But rather than visit a menu, there is actually an
easier way – one that lets you just tap to instantly open a
link in a new tab or, if you prefer, open it in the background
so that the page you’re on is the one that remains visible.
In this tutorial, we explore both of these options which
will make even lighter work of browsing on your iDevice.
The feature appears to have been introduced under the
radar in iOS 11 so make sure you’re up-to-date.
Tapping with two fingers will open up new links in separate
tabs that are then pushed to the front…
Step-by-step Auto-open links in a new tab
1 Visit a webpage
Launch Safari and navigate to a webpage.
Now look for a link. Most people hard press a
link and choose ‘Open In New Tab’ but we are
not going to do that so tap ‘Cancel’.
2 Tap double-fingered
Instead, we are going to tap that link in
a different way. Simply use two fingers rather
than one to tap on a link at once. You may
need to practise this a few times.
3 Find the page
The webpage will now be opened
within a new tab rather than in the one that
contained the link you’ve just pressed. Safari
will automatically bring this tab to the fore.
It is worth pointing out that the trick of using two fingers together only works
with the Safari browser at the moment.
Load webpages in the background
If you don’t want to tap a link and see it instantly open up on
the screen, you can opt to load it in the background instead
Open Links
By default, the Open Links
option is set to In New Tab
which means tapping with
two fingers will open the
link you tap in a new tab
that will instantly appear.
Using Safari
When ‘In Background’ is
activated and you tap a link with
two links, it rather coolly makes
the URL fly into the air towards
the tab button at the bottom
of the screen so you know it’s
done its job.
In Background
Close all your tabs
By tapping ‘Open Links’, you
have the option to choose In
Background. If you do, then
tapping with two fingers will still
open a link in a new tab but it
won’t take you straight there.
One problem with opening webpages
in new tabs is that you tend to get too
many stacked up after a while. This
occurs whether the tabs have been
opened in the background or not but
there is a way of closing the lot without
having to manually tap the ‘X’ on each
one. Hold down the tab button in Safari
for a menu. Select ‘Close All Tabs’.
You need to open the Settings
app on your iPhone or iPad and
navigate to Safari in the list of
options. That will bring to you
this screen.
Knowledge base
4 View the tabs
You can test it hasn’t just opened in the
tab you were already using by tapping the
screen and selecting the tab button in the
bottom right-hand corner of the display.
Reach this screen
5 Select a tab
As you can see, assuming you have
no other pages open, there will be two tabs
displayed on the screen, the first and the one
you’ve opened in another tab just by tapping.
6 Continue browsing
After tapping the tab you want, continue
browsing, using two fingers to tap to open
more links in new tabs or single-tapping to
open in the one you’re currently viewing.
Edit Word docs in iPhone Pages
When people send you Word documents, view and edit them using the Pages app
Time needed
ike it or not, the Microsoft Word .docx file format has
become a standard for exchanging documents. There
are just so many PC users in businesses using Word
that whenever someone sends you a document it will almost
certainly be a .docx file. Even Mac users send them. What can
you do if all you have with you is your iPhone and you receive a
Word .docx file attachment?
To cope with documents in formats other than those native
to macOS and iOS you need the Pages app for the iPhone. It
works very well with .docx files and you can view them, edit
them, save them and even export them back to .docx so you
can return them or send them to other people.
If you need to open a Word document on your iPhone then
the Pages app can handle them very well…
Step-by-step Edit Word files in iOS Pages
1 Check your email
2 Quick View documents 3 Copy to Pages
Quickly tap on an email attachment icon
to use the Quick View feature to display it on
the screen. Word .docx documents containing
text, images, tables and more look good.
Press the Share/Actions button in the
top-right corner and then swipe left over the
icons and select ‘Copy to Pages’. (Long-press
email attachments to jump straight here.)
4 Import into Pages
5 Edit the document
6 Share, print, export
If someone sends you an email with
attached documents they appear as one or
more icons below the message. Wait a few
seconds and they download to the iPhone.
Copying the Word document to Pages
creates a new file with the Pages file format
on iCloud Drive in the Pages folder. The
original Word document is also saved there.
To edit the document, tap the text to
display the keyboard and type away. Both text
and images can be changed, replaced and so
on. It’s a great word processor.
Tap the three dots at the top for several
useful options. Share the document by
sending it with Mail or Messages, print it, or
export it to Word, PDF and other file formats.
The Pages app is brilliant for those occasions where you are out without your
Mac and need to edit a document. Install it from the App Store.
Work with Pages
Edit Word and Pages documents
Edit the text
Tap in the text of a
document to call up the
keyboard. Press and hold
on text, then tap ‘Select’ in
the toolbar that appears to
select it. Drag the handles
at each end to select more
or less text.
Image effects
Make documents look
great with images. Tap an
image to open a panel at
the bottom of the screen
with image options, such
as styles with borders
and shadows, text wrap
and so on.
Text panel
Position the cursor in the
text or select text and
press the paintbrush icon
at the top of the screen
to open this panel. Slide
up and down to see
all the features, like
heading selection.
Knowledge base
Word compatibility
Format the text
There are features in Microsoft Word
that Pages does not support and
there are also features in Pages that
Word does not support. This means
that some documents do not convert
well from one format to another.
However, most documents are fairly
straightforward ones containing text,
images, tables and so on. These
convert perfectly when editing Word
docs on the iPhone.
Formatting text on the
iPhone in Pages is very
similar to using a Mac.
All the controls are in this
panel, such as text size
and colour, the font,
bold italic and underline,
and so on.
Use Smart
Apple constantly tweaks apps and they
are continually evolving as new features
are added and new ways of working
are introduced. Sometimes features are
slipped in without you even realising and if
you have not poked around in the Pages
app you may not have discovered this
one. There is a beta (test version) of a new
feature called Smart Annotation and here
we briefly explore what it can do. You may
recognise the tools as they are adapted
from elsewhere.
1 Annotate Pages docs
Open a Pages or Word document and
press the three dots in the top-right corner.
Select ‘Smart Annotation Beta’. The first time
you will see this screen. Press ‘Get Started’.
2 Draw with fingers
The document is displayed and at the
bottom is a toolbar you may recognise. It is
the drawing tools available in iOS apps. Draw
with a finger onscreen with pens and markers.
Tweet the best
parts of a live video
Share key moments from a live video with far greater
ease thanks to a new feature introduced by Twitter
Time needed
ave you ever looked to tweet a specific moment
from a live video or one that is being replayed from
earlier? Then you’ll know the hassle of having to
accompany the footage with a written explanation of the
time a juicy part starts.
Not any more. With Timestamps, Twitter now lets you
scroll to any time within the footage and have the video
start at that point when someone clicks on it. It can be
embedded in a tweet as usual, letting you make any
comments you wish before tweeting it.
This makes it particularly good if you’re watching sports
footage, letting you scroll to a goal or a nasty foul. It draws
others’ attention to it without passing on the hassle of
them finding it manually. The feature is also available on
your Mac via a browser at
You can now share only the most interesting parts of videos
on Twitter thanks to the Timestamps feature…
Step-by-step Share live videos at specific moments
1 Find live videos
Open the Twitter app and view your feed
and you may come across live streaming
videos or those replaying earlier shot footage.
You can also see such videos when searching.
2 Watch the video
You can watch the video in the feed or
tap it to see it run on a full screen. If you spot
something interesting and decide to share the
video, then tap the ‘Share’ button.
3 Share from beginning
You can, if you wish, share the footage
from the start by selecting the top option,
‘Share From Beginning’. But you can also find
and share a specific point in the video.
Timestamps is great if you are broadcasting from your phone and want to
draw attention to a highlight. It also supports live videos on Periscope.
Spotting live and replay videos
Twitter doesn’t allow all videos to be timestamped before
sharing: only those which have been broadcast live
Searching for videos
As well as being able to come across
live videos in your feed, you can also
perform a search. Look under Videos
or Periscopes by tapping the tabs at
the top of the screen.
Knowledge base
View a shared live video
When someone watches the video you
have shared, they will be taken straight
to the time you’ve selected it to start
from. They can simply watch from this
point but they can also tap Live at any
point to watch the current stream – as
long as it is still being broadcast live at
that time, anyway.
Sharing videos
Live video
To share a video, you must
tap to open it and share
from there. Tapping the
share button under a video
within the feed doesn’t
give you the option to
Timestamp the footage.
Look out for the red Live logo in the
bottom left-hand corner of the videos
you see. This means they are currently
broadcasting and can be watched live.
Replaying videos
This video has been broadcast live
previously and is now available for a
rewatch. Like all other videos of its
type, it will say Replay in the bottom
left-hand corner.
4 Select a start point
Use the scroll bar beneath the video
thumbnail to select the time you want your
followers to start watching by moving it left or
right. The video will play from this point.
5 Compose a tweet
To compose a tweet containing the video,
tap ‘New Tweet’ and add your description.
You can then send this on its way in the usual
manner by tapping ‘Tweet’.
6 Share the link
Alternatively, you can send the video as a
direct message to someone by tapping ‘Direct
Message’, or tap ‘Share Link’ to send the
footage by SMS, Mail and other social media.
Facebook apps
Quickly delete the third-party apps on Facebook that
have unnecessary access to your personal data
Time needed
ollowing the Cambridge Analytica scandal,
Facebook users have become wary of third-party
apps accessing their data. Many have deleted
their entire accounts but you don’t need to take such
drastic action to protect your information. Instead, you
can remove any offending third-party apps. This has
been made easier thanks to a new bulk-removal option
introduced by the social media giant itself.
While accessing the relevant page is a bit of a faff –
Facebook ought to signpost it much more clearly – it
does make light work of selecting apps for mass removal.
You can do this on your iPhone or iPad as well as on the
Facebook website. You can also make slight changes to
the information an app can gather if you don’t want to
remove an app in its entirely.
Facebook has made it much easier to bulk-remove thirdparty apps that access your personal data…
Step-by-step Select and remove Facebook apps
1 Open the Settings
Launch Facebook and tap the three-line
menu icon in the bottom right-hand corner
of the screen. Scroll down and tap Settings
before choosing ‘Account Settings’.
2 Select Apps
Now scroll down the Settings screen until
you get to the bottom. This is where Facebook
has decided to place the Apps option,
perhaps deeming it to be rather unimportant.
3 Find the list
Having tapped ‘Apps’, you now need to
find the list of the third-party applications you
have connected your Facebook account to. To
do this, select ‘Logged in with Facebook’.
According to figures by Facebook, the data of 87 million users has been
improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, including a million in the UK.
View apps before removing
Check the information Facebook is providing to each app
Public profile
Apps and websites that
use Facebook to log in
will gain access to your
public profile which means
they will see information
such as your age and
profile picture.
App visibility
You may have given
apps permission to share
activity on your timeline/
publish stories about your
experiences. This shows
who can see your activity.
Other info
Some apps go beyond
what you’d expect them to
have access to. This one
accesses your friends list.
Others access your email
address or news feed.
Knowledge base
What is Facebook doing?
Prevent your
being shared
Facebook has introduced new
measures and vowed to review
its platform. Now apps can only
automatically request a user’s name,
profile photo and email address: they
will have to ask Facebook for approval
if they want more. Apps not used in the
last three months will also be stopped
from accessing your information.
4 View the apps
The next screen shows a list of apps and
websites that use Facebook to log in. You can
tap ‘View’ to see what information they have
access to before deciding to delete.
If you don’t want to remove
an app, you can instead
change what information
you provide by tapping the
blue buttons next to each
section of data.
5 Remove unwanted apps 6 Confirm the deletion
Now tap the buttons to the left of apps
that you don’t want and, when you are ready,
select the ‘Remove’ button (top-right corner)
to sever their connection with Facebook.
You may see an option to delete all posts/
photos/videos that the apps have published
on your behalf. Select this if you wish, then
confirm removal by tapping ‘Remove’.
10 ways to...
Cover your browsing tracks
Increase your privacy when browsing the web with Safari on the iPhone and iPad
o you worry who might be able to spy
on your internet activities? Websites,
ISPs and advertisers all want to know
where you have been and what you have been
doing on the web. They use various methods to
track your activities and then they profile you. If
you lend your phone to someone, your partner
knows your phone PIN, or your kids use your
iPad, they could access your history and see
your web browsing secrets.
Fortunately there are several ways to cover
your tracks when using Safari to browse the
web and you just need to configure a few
simple settings to increase your privacy. Many
settings increase your security and are also
recommended for that reason too. You can
never be too careful.
Make Safari more private
Increase privacy and security in Safari
Block All
Turning this on will increase
your privacy by blocking
website cookies but some
features on some websites
require them. Turn off
for website features and
compatibility, turn on to
increase privacy.
Knowledge base
1 Browsing
Safari stores information about you which
can be read by sites you visit. To prevent
this, switch to Private Browsing Mode by
pressing the bottom-right icon in Safari and
pressing ‘Private’. You are not anonymous,
but have no history, nor is any saved.
2 browsing
Have you ever lent your iPhone to
someone? Does your partner know your
PIN? Best delete your browsing history
before they see it! Press the book icon at
the bottom of Safari, press the clock and
tap ‘Clear’. Choose the time frame to clear.
Bad websites
Some websites have been
hacked or set up to steal
personal information. Turn
this on so Safari warns you
if a site may be fraudulent.
watching you?
Does Safari need camera
and microphone access?
What for? If you are
paranoid about websites
watching you or listening to
your private conversations,
turn this switch off.
Use a VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a web
service that acts as a gateway to the
internet. The iPhone connects to the
VPN and the VPN fetches web pages
for you. Websites therefore only see the
VPN and can see very little personal
and identifiable information about you. A
VPN connection is encrypted and your
ISP cannot tell what you are doing.
Clear all data
If you want a fresh start,
tap here and clean all your
history and website data.
Be aware that in addition to
covering your tracks, it will
delete login information for
sites, though. So think twice
before clearing.
A VPN increases privacy and security, but not all are the same. Onavo is
owned by Facebook for example. ‘Nuff said!’
Clear data
Websites can store useful
information like your shopping
preferences/login details, but
also advertising tracking. Go to
Settings>iPhone Storage>Safari>
Website Data. Swipe left to delete
the data a website has in Safari.
search engines
There are several popular web
search engines, but if you don’t
want searches to be tracked, go
to Settings>Safari>Search Engine
and select ‘DuckDuckGo’. It is the
most private one of the four.
Search secrets
Even the DuckDuckGo
search engine tracks you to some
extent but it offers an even more
private search facility. When you
want privacy when searching the
web, go to
10 AutoFill
Close tabs
Tabs have revolutionised web
browsing, but it is easy to forget
they are there and someone using
your phone could see all your
sites. Tap the button in Safari’s
bottom-right corner and close the
tabs to prevent anyone else from
seeing them.
Do not track
Go to Settings>Safari and
turn on the switch ‘Ask Websites
Not To Track Me’. This is just a
polite request and websites are
free to ignore it, but many respect
the setting and when they do, it
can help to improve your privacy
by limiting their tracking activities.
Stop advanced
8 tracking
When forms on web pages must
be filled, Safari can automatically
enter details. Beware, shared
devices can share your credit card
with everyone. Go to Safari>
Settings>AutoFill and turn off or
delete the ‘Saved Credit Cards’.
There is more than one way
to track your activities and
advertisers in particular can be
very devious. Go to Safari>
Settings and in the Privacy &
Security section, turn on ‘Prevent
Cross-Site Tracking’.
Stop search
9 suggestions
When you type into the search
box in Safari, it suggests what you
may be looking for by analysing
your history and other activities.
Go to Settings>Safari and turn off
‘Search Engine Suggestions’ and
‘Safari Suggestions’.
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Schedule Night
Shift on iOS
Discover how to make your iOS touchscreen warmer
and easier on the eye during the nighttime hours
Time needed
ight Shift mode is a handy addition
to iOS that shifts the colour profile of
your iPhone or iPad so that the colours
used onscreen are warmer with reduced blue
light output. Not only is this less-stimulating
screen easier on the eyes, enabling it can help
you get a better night’s sleep too, especially
if you use your iOS device at night. You can
turn on Night Shift mode manually by going to
Settings>Display & Brightness>Night Shift or
by swiping up to access Control Centre, forcepressing on the brightness button and tapping
‘Night Shift’, but here we will show you how to
schedule it so that it comes on at a set time
every day without you having to worry about it.
Step-by-step Schedule Night Shift mode
1 Open Settings
Go to Settings>Display & Brightness and
tap on ‘Night Shift’. You can tap on ‘Manually
Enable Until Tomorrow’ to set it instantly but
for now move the ‘Scheduled’ switch to ‘On’.
2 Choose a schedule
You will now see times next to the
‘From’ and ‘To’ options. Tap here and you
can choose between an automated ‘Sunset
to Sunrise’ option or ‘Custom Schedule’.
3 Set times
With Custom Schedule, tap on ‘Turn On
At’ and ‘Turn Off At’ and pick the times you
want Night Shift mode to kick in/deactivate.
You can even customise colour temperature.
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Control Centre
Use your Watch to control
music on HomePod
Don’t bark instructions at your HomePod to change tracks or crank up the
volume – use your Watch instead
Time needed
or those of you lucky enough to own an Apple
HomePod, one of the best additions in watchOS
4.3 is the ability to use your Apple Watch to control
music playing on one of these wonderful smart speakers.
It lets you play, pause, skip tracks and alter the volume.
But the only problem is that, in announcing the feature
as part of the operating system update for the wearable,
Apple omitted to tell people how it actually works. Which
is where we come in…
The first method is a little clumsy if you start playing the
tune on HomePod. In this instance, you need to kickstart
the process on your iPhone and then see the controls
instantly appear on your Watch. But the benefits are cool:
you don’t need to keep shouting at HomePod just to turn
the volume down and neither do you need to say “Hey Siri,
Pause” when you need a break. The second lets you start
a song on your Watch and then AirPlay it to the HomePod,
before controlling it on your wrist.
In our opinion, controlling your HomePod with your Watch is
far preferable to using your voice
Step-by-step Control Homepod via Apple Watch
1 Play some music
Ask your HomePod to start playing some
music in the usual way, that is by saying, “Hey
Siri, play X” where X is the name of the song.
The tune will play through the speaker.
2 Use Control Centre
Now grab your iPhone and swipe up from
the bottom of the screen so that you’re able
to see the Control Centre. Force-press on the
Music control to view the available options.
3 Select the HomePod
Look for the HomePod control, the name
of which will be whatever you called your
HomePod when you set it up. When you see
this, simply tap to see the play controls.
WatchOS 4.3 also allows you to once again browse the iPhone’s entire music
library and control iPhone music playback from the Watch.
Control HomePod from your wrist
Once you have the controls up and running on your Watch,
being able to play, pause and change the volume is easy
Song name
The name of the song that
is currently playing on
your HomePod will appear
across the top of the
screen. Above that is the
name of the HomePod that
you are controlling.
Play and Pause
This button hardly needs
any introduction but
pressing this will pause
a song, turning it into a
triangle Play button for
when you want to resume.
the volume
Move the Digital Crown
on your Apple Watch to
increase or decrease the
volume. When you make
changes, the circle will
temporarily turn green.
Knowledge base
Using AirPlay
If you ask Siri on your Watch to play a
song, then on the Now Playing screen,
you can tap the AirPlay icon in the
bottom left-hand corner. From there
you can select your HomePod from the
list. The song will then begin playing
from the smart speaker and you
can use the play, pause and volume
controls on your Watch.
4 HomePod controls
When you do this, as long as the Watch
face is active, the controls will appear on your
Watch. You can now press the Home button
on your iPhone and use it for other things.
Skip back
and forth
Use these buttons to
go forward and back
through the music tracks
and they will play on
your HomePod.
5 Control playback
Now suddenly you can control playback
from your wrist. You can play, skip forward and
back and even change the volume and the
HomePod will carry out the instructions.
6 Now playing
If the controls disappear from your Watch
screen, then just press the side button on
your Watch and select the Now Playing music
screen from the carousel that will appear.
Apple TV
Use Apple TV for
Create a professional-looking, customised conference room
display that anyone can potentially share content to
Time needed
s well as being great in
the home, the Apple TV is
also a perfect addition to a
conference room. It provides details
of the Apple TV that’s being used as
well as the Wi-Fi network that needs
to be joined, letting you and anyone
else share content via AirPlay from a
Mac or iOS.
It’s a customisable system,
allowing you to choose an image
– either one provided by Apple or
one you have taken yourself – and
add a message to the screen saver
that appears when conference
room display begins. It can really
make a difference to presentations
by allowing for greater interactivity.
That said, you can also control what
appears by requiring a PIN to be
entered every time a device seeks to
AirPlay. This can allow you to present
without interruption.
Using Apple TV for conferencing is easy and
you can easily block out interruptions…
Step-by-step Activate the conference room display
1 Launch Settings app
To switch to a conference room display on
your Apple TV and allow what’s on your iOS
device or Mac to be sent to it, first open the
Settings app and then select ‘AirPlay’.
2 Make the change
Now select ‘Conference Room Display’.
On the next screen, you need to select
Conference Room Display again to switch it
on. Then other options will come into play.
3 View network details
Before we get to those, look to the left
of the screen. There you’ll see the AirPlay
connection instructions and wireless network
details. Customisation options are to the right.
Apple TV can be connected to a television, as you’ll no doubt already know,
but you can also connect to a digital video projector.
AirPlay images to Apple TV
Beam content from your iOS device to Apple TV
One at a time
As you may expect, you can
only beam one image at a time.
Select more than one and the
AirPlay button will not appear.
Connect to Wi-Fi
It is important that the Apple
TV and your iOS device are
on the same Wi-Fi network.
The Apple TV displays
the network it is using so
hooking up should
be straightforward.
Select AirPlay
If you are looking to share an
image, open the Photos app
on your iOS device, select the
image and tap ‘Share’. Select
AirPlay (note, not AirDrop!) and
you’ll be taken to this screen.
Knowledge base
Lock to conference mode
You can press Menu on the Remote
to leave the conference room display
mode and see the general Apple TV
screens but you can also disable
this function for privacy. To lock your
Apple to the conference mode, go to
Settings>General>Restrictions, turn
Restrictions on and enter a passcode.
Then scroll down and click Conference
Room Display to ‘Restrict’.
Choose Apple TV
Here you can see that Apple TV
appears as one of the options.
If your Apple TV has a different
name or you have more than
one, this will be displayed so
that you know which one you’re
beaming to.
4 Add custom message 5 Select a photo
Select ‘Custom Message’ and you can
write further instructions: perhaps the name of
the presentation or the Wi-Fi password. Click
‘Done’ when you’re finished.
You can also select an image for the
background when Apple TV is in conference
room display mode. Click ‘Select Photo’, then
a category and choose the photo you want.
6 Reset Apple TV
Once you’re happy, go back to the main
Settings menu and select ‘System’. Now click
‘Restart’ and when the Apple TV comes back
to life, you’ll be in conference display mode.
Apple TV
Cancel subscriptions
on your Apple TV
If you’re not using a service very much,
there is no point continuing to pay…
Time needed
any of us have a host of
subscriptions, from Netflix
to Now TV to Spotify, each
of which automatically renews so
you can continue watching, listening
and enjoying. But not all of them
will be providing you with the very
best value. Perhaps you’ve been
signed up to a service for years but
you just don’t use it enough? Or
maybe you began a free trial and
feel it’s best to stop before the first
payment is taken? In either case,
you’ll be looking to manage or cancel
your subscription and luckily Apple
makes it easy. It lets you monitor
and change subscriptions on Apple
TV itself and via iTunes using iOS or
your computer. Sometimes you have
to visit the service provider itself but
it depends on how you began your
subscription and how the payments
are taken.
It is easier than you may think to cancel
your subscriptions through Apple TV…
Step-by-step Manage your Apple TV subscriptions
1 Open Settings app
If you have a tvOS app installed on your
fourth-gen or 4K Apple TV, you will be able to
edit or cancel associated subscriptions. Open
the Settings app and click ‘Accounts’.
2 Manage subscriptions 3 Select a subscription
Here you can edit the options for iCloud,
iTunes and App Store and the Game Center.
But since you want to manage subscriptions,
select this option at the bottom of the screen.
The next screen displays any active and
expired subscriptions for apps that are both
installed on your Apple TV and billed through
Apple. Choose a subscription to manage.
If you have an Apple TV 3rd generation or earlier, then you will have to use
your iPad, iPhone or iTunes to manage and cancel your subscriptions
Cancelling Apple TV subscriptions via iOS
Manage subscriptions taken out via Apple TV on an iPhone or iPad
View the details
Look here to see what your
current subscription status is.
You’ll be told if you’re on a free
trial and you can see the tariff
you are on and when it expires.
Go to this screen
To reach this screen, you
need to open the Settings
app on iOS, tap ‘iTunes &
App Store’, tap your Apple
ID and ‘View Apple ID’.
Enter the password and tap
OK, then scroll and select
Manage your
Managing your subscriptions
works in the same way as it
does on Apple TV. You can click
another option if more than one
is available to move to a lower or
higher tariff, for instance.
Knowledge base
Cancel subscription
Third-party subscriptions
There will always be a prominent
Cancel button so tap that if
you don’t want to go ahead. All
Apple TV subscriptions billed
through Apple appear in the
iOS Subscription settings,
making it a handy way to keep
on top of them.
You can only use your Apple device to
view, change or cancel subscriptions
if you are being billed through the
iTunes or App Store. Look at your bank
statement for iTunes or Apple. If it has
been purchased without your Apple ID,
deal with the service direct.
4 Edit the subscription
Before cancelling the subscription,
consider whether or not there is a better
option. Any alternative subscription tariffs will
be displayed and you can choose them here.
5 Cancel a subscription 6 Confirm cancellation
If you’d rather cancel, simply select
‘Cancel Subscription’ at the bottom of the
screen. Look to the left of the screen and it will
tell you when the subscription will end.
Cancelled subscriptions stop when the
current billing cycle ends so you may still be
able to use the service for a little longer. Select
‘Confirm’ to finish the subscription.
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This stands for Device
Firmware Update and is
a way to update firmware
on your iPhone, jailbreak
your device, install a
previous version of iOS
or rescue and restore an
unresponsive device.
Field Test
This is a hidden mode
within your iPhone
that displays all kind of
technical details about
signal strength, mobile
masts and more. You
can access it by inputting
*3001#12345#* into the
keypad of your iPhone
app and hitting ‘Call’.
It is easy to transfer the WhatsApp
experience to your Mac…
Is there a way to use WhatsApp on my Mac? If so, how can I do
this so that I am not distracted by my iPhone? Sam Shepperton
Night Shift
This mode, which is
accessible by going
to Settings>Display &
Brightness>Night Shift
will automatically adjust
the colours of your
display so that they give
off less blue light – the
purpose of which is to
reduce stimulation and
allow for better sleep.
1 Open the app
Open WhatsApp on your
iPhone and then tap on ‘Settings’
in the lower-right corner. Next,
select the ‘WhatsApp Web/
Desktop’ option and open Safari
on your Mac.
2 Go to website
In Safari on your Mac, go
to and a
QR code will be displayed –
point your iPhone at this and
WhatsApp will scan the code
within a second or two.
3 As if by magic…
As soon as the code is
scanned, all of the content from
your iPhone app will appear within
the WhatsApp web page, allowing
you to monitor your messages
without referring to your iPhone.
Using Terminal to set hidden files to TRUE or FALSE is the best way to display
or hide them. A less powerful method is pressing Shift+Cmd+. (full stop).
As I don’t want to pay out for extra storage, do you have any tips
for freeing up space on my iCloud? Jasmine Greene
You can view hidden files on your iCloud Drive by
launching Terminal and entering ‘defaults write com.
apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE’ and then
relaunching Finder by selecting ‘Force Quit’ from the
1 iCloud Prefs
Open System Preferences
and then click on the ‘iCloud’
pane. Now click on the ‘Manage’
option in the lower-right corner of
the window to start cleaning.
Apple menu, highlighting Finder and then clicking
‘Relaunch’. However, this merely displays and doesn’t
allow you to act on these files. The best course of
action is to clean up via System Preferences…
2 Delete backups 3 Clean storage
If you have upgraded your
tech then the chances are you
still have old backups of old
devices. Select ‘Backups’ and
then delete any unneeded ones.
Now browse through the list
of apps and delete the documents
and data of any that you no longer
use. This should help free up some
extra space for the apps you want.
I recently updated my iPhone iOS and now have the Files
app. How can I use this to manage my documents? Jess Pullen
File functions
Create folders
If you need a new folder to
store files, tap this icon. It
creates a new folder in the
current location. You will
also be asked to name the
folder when creating it.
Press and hold on the
screen and then release
to display the toolbar. It
is different for files and
folders. Tap ‘Favourite’ to
add it to the Locations.
Show recents
One of the best ways
to find files and folders
you recently used is to
tap here. In addition to
showing recent items it
shows any files and folders
organised by tags.
Tagged files
This coloured dot indicates
that this item has been
assigned one or more
tags. Tap ‘Sorted by’ and
select ‘Tags’ to sort files/
folders by their tags.
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column for
Genius advice
I recently got given
an iPad and I want
to reset it but it says
I need to enter an
Apple ID and password
before I can do this. Is
there a way of resetting
it without?
Not really. You can try
turning the iPad off (hold
down the Sleep/Wake
button until the red slider
appears and then slide
it off), connecting it to
a Mac and then holding
the Home button until
the ‘Connect to iTunes’
screen appears. When
iTunes launches it should
detect a connected iPad
in recovery mode and
you will be able to click
on ‘Restore’ to wipe all
of the settings. However,
in all likelihood the iPad
will ask for the Apple ID
and password that it is
linked to (the one used
to originally set it up),
so you won’t be able
to complete the setup
process without these
details. If the iPad was
a gift then the previous
owner should be able to
log in using the original
Apple ID and then reset
the iPad by going to
Reset>Erase All Content
and Settings. Resetting
an iPad used to be
possible without entering
the Apple ID that it
is tethered to but the
heightened security in
place at least means that
stolen devices are no use
to thieves.
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I have just started using Visualizer mode in iTunes and
heard there is a secret debug mode – is this true? Ben Thomas
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column for
Genius advice
I have misplaced my
Apple Watch – how do I
go about locating it?
On a web browser, go
to and then
sign in using your Apple
ID and password. Once
signed in, click on ‘Find
My iPhone’ and then
click on ‘All Devices’.
You should see your
Apple Watch listed, so
click on it and its current
position will be revealed
on a map. If this is your
current location, such
as your home, then
you can click on the
‘Play Sound’ option to
make your Watch ring
to make it easier to find.
If your Watch has been
lost further afield then
click on the ‘Lost Mode’
option and enter a phone
number where you can
be reached and then
tap ‘Next’. You can then
enter a message to be
displayed on the screen
of the Watch so that if
anyone finds it then they
will be able to ring the
number to inform you. If
the Watch isn’t found and
reported then at least
whoever finds it will need
a password to unlock it,
so your important data
will be safe.
My Watch display
is fine indoors but
unreadable outside!
Go to the Settings app on
your Watch (or the Watch
app on your iPhone)
and make sure that the
brightness is turned up.
Options menu
You can access the hidden
menu of options at any
time while in Visualizer
mode simply by pressing
the ‘?’ key. They will
appear in the top-left.
Track info
Handy when listening
to playlists or unfamiliar
music, you can tap the ‘I’
key to display the artist/
album info in the lower-left
corner of the screen. This
will fade before too long.
Sometimes I find it very
hard to find certain
symbols on the Mac
keyboard that I need to type.
Is there a list of all the different
possibilities anywhere?
Mich Channon
You can make it easier to find the
symbol that you need to type by
going to System Preferences>
Keyboard and then clicking on
the ‘Input Sources’ tab. Make
sure that the ‘Show Input menu
in menu bar’ option is ticked and
the keyboard viewer option will be
added to your Mac’s menu bar
in the top-right corner. Now click
on this option and choose ‘Show
Keyboard Viewer’ and you can
hold the various command keys to
show what corresponding symbols
they access.
Frame rate
If you want to get really
nerdy about the info that is
displayed then you can tap
the ‘F’ key to display the
frame rate information. Tap
the key again to hide it.
After upgrading to High Sierra my Spotlight search
doesn’t seem to work. It appears that the index needs
to rebuild but I can’t find any instructions for how to
do so anywhere! Stephen Fiske
Try opening System Preferences and then click on the Spotlight
pane. Once in, select the ‘Privacy’ tab at the top of the window
and then drag your Macintosh HD boot drive icon from the
desktop (go to Finder>Preferences>General to enable it) into this
Spotlight Privacy window. Now wait for about ten seconds before
highlighting the boot drive and clicking the ‘–’ icon to delete it.
Hopefully this should force Spotlight to reindex your boot drive.
Reindexing Spotlight
can prove effective
for improving its
When putting your iPhone into DFU mode, if the Apple logo appears then you
have been holding the Power+Home buttons too long. Timing is crucial.
How do I connect to my Wi-Fi
router online so that I can change
various settings? Christian Murray
This is actually easier than
you think. All you need to
do is open a new Safari web
browser window and then
type in the router’s IP address
straight into the address bar.
The IP address of the router
should be printed somewhere
on the unit and consists of
ten or so digits. Once this
number sequence is typed
into your Safari address bar
you should be presented with
a series of options applicable
to your router, such as current
status, wireless status and
perhaps even a broadband
performance test.
You should also find your
router settings page which
enables you to rename your
router, change the security
password and set up VPNs,
port clamping, etc. To
change your router settings
you will be required to enter
the current password for
your network, so make sure
you have it to hand when
accessing the settings.
I have an iPhone 5c and recently it has become very unresponsive to the point
where it actually feels broken. Is there anything I can do to fix it? Ian Lawrence
When faced with a broken or unresponsive device it is a
good idea to put it into DFU (Device Firmware Update)
mode so that it can communicate with iTunes on your
Mac and be restored with a preferred operating system
1 Initiate DFU mode
Connect your iPhone to your Mac and
then press and hold the Sleep/Wake+Home
buttons for eight seconds then release the
Sleep/Wake button.
(iOS) that isn’t necessarily the latest one – which is what
will be installed if you put your iPhone into recovery mode
(press and hold the Sleep/Wake+Home button). Here’s
how to put your iPhone into DFU mode.
2 Restore iPhone
Don’t be put off by iTunes telling you
that it has detected an iPhone in recovery
mode as it does this for DFU mode as well.
Click on the ‘Restore’ button.
3 Exiting DFU mode
You can exit DFU mode at any
time simply by holding down the Sleep/
Wake+Home buttons until you see the Apple
logo appear on the iPhone screen.
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I may have accidentally deleted apps off my iPhone
while it was in my pocket – how can I check? Louise Wells
I really struggle to get a decent
signal on my iPhone 6 and
wondered if there was any way
I could improve it? I have heard about
a hidden ‘field test’ option but have no
idea what this is! Phil Campbell
Though the hidden Field Test Mode is
still present in iOS 11, one of its best
features, that turned the standard
iPhone signal indicator into a much more
accurate numbers-based system, has
been removed sadly. If you would like to
know how to access this feature (in the
likelihood that you run an older iOS) then
simply type *3001#12345#* into your
Phone app’s keyboard and then hit the
‘Call’ button.
1 Open store
To check which apps
you have purchased or
downloaded, launch the App
Store and then tap on your
profile picture.
2 See apps
Next, tap on the
‘Purchased’ option followed
by ‘My Purchases’ to see
the complete list of every
app you have bought.
3 Re-download
Apps you’ve purchased
that aren’t on your iPhone
will have an iCloud icon
next to them. Tap this to
re-download them.
Is it possible to edit the stock iPhone text responses to
missed calls to something more personal? Clair Thorpe
Go to Settings
I have heard that there is a
mode on my iPhone 7 that
changes the colours used in
the display to enable me to sleep
better. Is this true and, if so, how can I
access it? Sarah Taylor
Indeed it is true. Go to Settings>Display
& Brightness and you will see an option
called ‘Night Shift’. Tap on this and you
will see options to schedule this mode
or enable it manually. Night Shift works
by reducing the amount of blue used
in the display and upping the yellow to
become easier on the eyes during the
nighttime hours.
Simply go to Settings>
Phone and then tap on the
‘Respond with Text’ option
and you will be able to edit
the stock selection of text
responses to messages
that are a lot more
personal to you.
Write your
own message
Tap on a text
You’ll see three stock text
replies that you can use to
respond to an incoming
call. You can change one
or all of these to anything
you like – simply start off
by tapping on one…
After tapping on one
of the messages
the iOS keyboard
will appear and you
will be able to type
whatever message
you want to replace
the standard ones.
You can alter the default volume for different albums by right-clicking,
selecting Album Info>Options and then adjusting the volume slider.
When I imported a double CD album into iTunes it produced
a separate library entry per disc – is there any way that I can
make the album a single entry? Jeremy Franklin
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Genius advice
I recently updated
my iPhone X to iOS
11.3 and it no longer
connects to my car via
Bluetooth, even though
it worked just fine
before. Any advice?
On your iPhone X, go
to Settings>Bluetooth
and tell it to forget your
car (and do the same
in your car). Then try
pairing again but bear in
mind that this can take
up to ten minutes, so be
patient until it connects.
1 Import CD
2 Get info
4 Edit info
5 Merging entries 6 Get artwork
Go ahead and import the
double CD into your iTunes
library as usual, taking care to
pick the right name when the
options come up.
Look at the ‘disc number’
entry and make sure this is right
(eg, ‘1’ of ‘2’) and then click
‘OK’. Repeat the process for the
second disc of the album.
If the album appears in your
iTunes library as two separate
entries (one per disc) then
right-click on the first entry and
choose ‘Album Info’.
After editing the info of the
second disc and clicking ‘OK’,
both entries should then merge
into one that comprises of disc
one and two. Nice and neat.
3 Access and tap
Click on the ‘Edit Items’
option that flashes up and, in the
‘Details’ tab, start by deleting
any text that resembles ‘Disc 1’
in the album title.
If artwork for the album
isn’t sourced, search for it on
the web then right-click, choose
‘Album Info’ and drag it into the
‘Artwork’ tab to add it.
The end of my
iPhone charger was
accidentally immersed
in water for a couple of
hours – should I use it
or just buy a new one?
Make sure that the
lightning cable is totally
dry (it helps if you leave it
in a pot of uncooked rice
in a warm, dry place) and
then try it. If it doesn’t
work then buy a new one.
My AirPods keep
disconnecting from my
iPhone and when they
are connected I can’t
hear anything when
making phone calls!
We suspect that there
is interference at work
here; perhaps you have
another device (such as
a laptop) that is trying to
connect to your AirPods?
Check the Bluetooth
connections on your
other devices and make
sure none of them are
trying to pair. Hopefully
that should resolve it.
New 9.7-inch iPad
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The mission objective for the new
2018 iPad is clear: deliver the best
of Apple’s tablet efforts at a more
affordable price (so as to be a much
more appealing proposition for schools – for
which price concessions are available). But don’t
confuse the word ‘affordable’ with
‘cheap’ because the new
The new iPad is perfect for anyone looking to buy their
first tablet or for professionals who demand more
power to unleash their creativity…
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iPad still costs a lot more than many of the other
tablets out there, but this is fully justified when you
consider that the upgrades in this particular model
successfully bridge the gap between a standard
tablet and the more impressive iPad Pro range.
Pencil support
Top of the enhancements pile, as far as we are
concerned, is the adoption of the Apple Pencil,
a tool previously reserved exclusively for iPad
Pro users. What this brings is a new method of
interaction and with it a slew of cool new apps to
interact with. However, let us not forget that this
tool doesn’t come bundled with the new iPad,
you will have to fork out an additional £99 (roughly
a third of the cost of a new iPad) for the privilege
of brandishing it. But, what it brings to the iOS
experience is awe-inspiring. Notes can be reeled
off with natural fluidity, sketches can be shaded
with pencil-like precision and paint can be heaped
onto a digital canvas with convincing density. The
control that the Apple Pencil gives you makes you
forget that you’re pressing plastic onto glass and
really aids you in going to town with your creativity
– so adding Apple Pencil compatibility to the new
iPad is most definitely a highlight.
With great power…
While we could perhaps be forgiven for thinking
that Apple would stick with the A9 chipset used in
last year’s model and drop the price, it has upped
the ante by including the same A10 Fusion chip
that powers the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which is
close to the A10X chip in the new iPad Pro range.
This, coupled with the 3GB of RAM provides
more power than most of us will know what to do
with. The result is mostly seamless multitasking
across a wide range of apps, although we did
notice slight elements of slowdown in certain
labour-intensive apps such as Photos when
opening multiple images, although this was quite
minor. The hike in power is perhaps a nod to
students who are likely to keep many apps open
at the same time and switch between them as
their work and studies dictate, and such intensive
use is bread and butter for the new iPad, making
it somewhat baffling why you would ever fork out
for a Pro.
Design-wise, the new iPad breaks no new
ground, it simply looks like every other iPad. The
metal back, the well-machined buttons, the Home
button (with TouchID integration) are all there,
present and correct. The display is flanked by a
rather large black bezel, but this doesn’t detract
from the experience at all and gives your fingers
somewhere to sit when using the device.
The two speakers at the bottom of the device
fire downwards rather than booming out of all
four corners as per the iPad Pro range, which
is slightly disappointing, but when you take into
account the power at your fingertips you will
accept that sacrifices had to be made elsewhere.
The screen on the new iPad is bright, legible
in most lightning conditions and perfectly
functional in almost any situation. The resolution
of 1536x2048 pixels (which brings a pixel density
of 264ppi) hasn’t really changed for a while, but
there seems little need to up the pixel count
if you’re not going to be using it at any closer
quarters. It is also worth pointing out that there is
no HDR support like with the iPad Pros, but again
it isn’t massively missed to be honest.
If the new iPad came with an Apple Pencil
then we would recommend everyone sell their
first born in order to buy one, and the lack of
inclusion somewhat taints its appeal. However,
the immense power it provides more than makes
up for this and as such you have a portable
studio/workstation/classroom that matches your
ambition and provides all of the tools you need to
reach for the stars.
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An immensely powerful beast that makes you
realise that – from music to movie-making, art to
AR – anything is possible.
BenQ GW2480
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Simple, affordable HD monitors just don’t
come much better than BenQ’s GW2480. This
compact 23.8-inch unit compliments BenQ’s own
exclusive Eye-Care Technology with Low Blue
Light Technology and Flicker-Free performance
for optimum viewing comfort over a extended
period of time. It even manages to incorporate
BenQ’s industry-leading Brightness Intelligence
Technology to deliver stunning detail and clarity in
any ambient lighting environment.
Sleek design
To look at, the GW2480 is a thing of minimalistic
beauty. It features an elegant profile with ultraslim bezels and provides an internal cable
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management system to help keep your desk as
uncluttered as this monitor’s design. IPS (In-Plan
Switching) technology ensures accurate colour
and image reproduction that can be viewed
by anyone in the room at angles of up to 178
degrees both horizontally and vertically.
Certainly, if you’re in the market for a versatile
desktop monitor to connect your MacBook to in
the office then the GW2480 ticks all of the right
boxes. While we can’t vouch for its effectiveness
in all departments, it certainly holds its own for
graphic design, digital art and light photography
work, providing accurate colour reproduction and
remaining easy on the eyes well into the night.
Highly recommended.
A simple, functional HD monitor that is perfect for home or office use.
It features faithful colour reproduction and is incredibly easy on
the eyes, no matter how late you work.
GoXtreme Vision 4K
Action Cam
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If you’ve always fancied a GoPro camera to
record your high-octane exploits but never seem
to have the spare cash to indulge, we’ve found
the next best thing. GoXtreme’s Vision 4K Action
Cam is a compact video and still image camera
packed full of features that produces stunning
ultra high definition true 4K/24fps video at a
fraction of the cost of a GoPro HERO.
Ultra HD
As well as 4K video, the GoXtreme Vision also
lets you snap still images up to 16MP and it
comes with a 170-degree viewing angle, a built-in
two-inch LCD and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can
stream captured footage to a third-party iOS app
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such as OKCAM, use your iPhone as a remote
control and share your footage straight to social
media. The camera is easy to use with a screenbased menu system to help you switch modes
and it has USB, microUSB and Micro SD ports
built into the shell.
Of course, being designed for active, outdoor
use, the GoXtreme comes with a see-through,
sealable waterproof case and a box-load of
different mounts to enable you to attach the
device on almost anything. You can mount it on
helmets, bicycle handlebars and belts, or you can
strap it over sporting attire to capture the action
from the first-person. It’s a great way to document
your adventure and is excellent value for money.
The side of the camera houses ports
for USB, microUSB and Micro SD for
charging and connectivity
The small digital screen features a menu
system so that you can effortlessly
change mode and connect to Wi-Fi
A versatile little unit that captures stunning 4K footage for a fraction of
the price of the market-leading cams. What a bargain!
Also included is a box-full of attachments
so that you can mount the camera on
virtually anything…
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When sizing up a pair of headphones and
realising that they cost less than £50, the
standard response may be to assume that they
lack quality, but this is certainly not the case
with Groov-e’s Ultra Wireless Headphones. The
cans are reasonably attractive with a simplistic,
brushed metal finish and the cups, along with the
headband, are adorned with thick cushions to
provide ultimate comfort to the listener – so the
build is certainly pleasing enough.
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In keeping with current trends, the headphones
allow the user to swivel the cups to pack them flat
and render them more portable, which is handy
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for travelling, although, this would be even better if
a travel case was included. Most importantly, the
sound quality of these headphones is surprisingly
good. The bass-enhancing 40mm drivers give this
piece of kit a more encapsulating feeling, resulting
in a very pleasant listening experience.
Connecting the Ultras to your smartphone is
straightforward, as is expected nowadays. Simply
give the headphones a three hour charge, turn
the Bluetooth on and you shall be rewarded
with around 15 hours of uninterrupted, wireless
listening. Certainly if you are on a tight budget and
want good, bassy headphones that look serious
without being all blingy then Groov-e’s Ultras are
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listening options, the Ultras boast a surprisingly impressive sound quality
that makes them a decent choice for music lovers on a budget.
KitSound Diggit
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Perfect for summer camp-outs, KitSound’s new
Bluetooth speaker comes with a removable
plastic stake that you can stick into the ground
for optimum outdoor enjoyment. Or you can just
place the cylindrical unit (which measures roughly
16cm high) onto any flat surface – it really makes
no difference because the twin 5 Watt dualopposing drivers within the speaker provide omnidirectional audio that spreads 360-degree sound
evenly no matter where they are placed.
Stereo pairing
If you want to enhance the listening experience
further then a second Diggit speaker can also
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be paired for true stereo sound. The effect is
awesome with double the sound and together
they cover a great distance as they can really kick
it out. The Diggit houses controls on the top for
track selection and volume which are ringed by
LED lights (to ensure that nobody trips over them
at night) and a detachable rubber panel on the
side pulls away to reveal a 3.5mm AUX socket
and micro-USB charge point.
Providing up to eight hours of playback on
a full charge, the Diggit is a great companion
for days out and is resistant to water splashes,
dust and sand. A great speaker that produces
incredible sound for a very low cost.
A simple set of buttons on the top of the
speaker lets you control the music and
they are ringed by attractive LEDS
The speaker is finished in a mock-wood
effect with a smart-looking canvas band
and will look great in your garden
Incredible sound at an unbelievable price, kick-start your summer with
this highly-recommended, 360 degree sound sensation!
A pull-away rubber panel conceals
a 3.5mm AUX port and a microUSB
charging point…
Action Earphones
Designed for sport, hence the activityrelated name, these earphones are
comfortable to wear while out running
and sport an LED neckband so that you
can be easily spotted at night. They
feature Bluetooth connectivity, a handsfree microphone and are sweat-proof,
the ideal listening companion during your
strenuous workouts. Although the sound
they produce isn’t anything to shout
about, you’ll probably not care above the
relentless pounding of your feet.
Gaming Keyboard
We love Apple keyboards. The height of
sophistication and cool, they provide the
perfect arrangement of keys with which to edit
and craft – but they suck for games. Luckily,
if you fancy a session on Rise Of The Tomb
Raider then this more expansive beast from
Roccat provides all of the tools you need to
conquer virtual worlds. It features quick-fire
macro keys, a configurable turning wheel and
the whole thing lights up like the cockpit of the
Millennium Falcon when you plug it in. It also
comes with a detachable palm rest.
Master & Dynamic
Lightning Cable
Master & Dynamic, we can attest, make exceptionally
good headphones, the quality of which you can smell
as soon as you unbox them. However you don’t have
the option to connect them to your updated Apple
devices… until now. This luxurious cable features a
woven fabric surround and features a 3.5mm jack
at one end and a lightning plug at the other so that
you can connect your treasured headphones to your
iPhone. Much-needed and finally available!
Groov-e Wave II Speaker
Measuring approximately 11x7.5x4.5cm, this compact
little speaker fits comfortably into the palm of the hand
and certainly raises an eyebrow with the relatively
decent sound quality it produces. It utilises Bluetooth
4.1 for connectivity up to a distance of ten meters
and provides up to eight hours of playback on a full
charge (charge time around 2.5 hours). Buttons on the
top allow you to control the music and a pull-away
flap provides access to a microUSB charge port and
a 3.5mm AUX line-in. It’s certainly one of the bestsounding wireless speakers we’ve heard for the size.
Groov-e Kidz
Though we dearly love our children, they certainly can’t
be trusted with expensive bits of kit, so the Kidz range
of DJ-style headphones for youngsters from Groov-e
are perfect for enabling them to enjoy mobile movies
and games on long car journeys. These cans feature
40mm drivers, an adjustable headband, soft ear pads
and a 1.2m cable. The sound they produce is actually
rather good too, not that your children will really care….
Templates for everything
From blank maps to pre-filled charts,
MindManager 11 has templates for
every type of project…
Organic mapping
The extensive toolset makes it easy to
grow and expand your ideas so that
they are easy to decipher later
MindManager 11
Publish and share
All of your projects can be published to
your team or shared via a wide range of
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Sometimes, ideas have to be properly
Editor’s incubated in order to bring them to
Choice fruition. Notepads and whiteboards are
all well and good, but they require too
much effort to get everything down in a decent,
legible state to decipher later – enter MindManager,
software purpose built to help you nurture
thoughts, organise ideas, tackle tasks and achieve
your goals.
Getting started is easy thanks to a
comprehensive template screen that presents
seven different map arrangements for you to
choose from. Pick a template and get your initial
idea down and you then you can use the intuitive
interface to branch further ideas, add sub-topics,
define relationships between your ideas to better
illustrate your thought process and even assign
priorities and progress to your mind maps. It’s an
effective way to brainstorm and organise ideas,
communicate knowledge and achieve clear
cohesion throughout.
It is the sprawling toolset that really sets this app
aside from other mind-mappers though. Beyond
the basic construction and branching of your ideas
you can add icons to make it more eye-catching
and relay basic information (such as progress and
priority) at-a-glance, attach images, create sidenotes and add links. You can also collaborate on
charts with coworkers, publish them to your team
and share them exactly as you would any other
Mac file. Although expensive, this is nevertheless
and essential app for fully realising great ideas.
The beauty of MindManager 11 is not only providing all of the tools you could ever need
for mapping out your ideas, but also making them accessible and easy to use.
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Enjoy the ride
Our hero has been sent to a distant
planet to make it safe for human
inhabitation. Good luck with that!
Stop and start
You have a set number of powers to
utilise to get through each section. You
don’t have to use them all…
Perfect placement
The correct positioning of your powers
is key in order to overcome the
hazardous terrain…
hostilities in the
form of traps
and creatures
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Part action, part puzzle game, Magibot follows the
adventures of ILO, a small magician robot sent by
humans to explore a remote planet. As is usually
the case though, there is no plain sailing to be had
and ILO must overcome all manner of hostilities on
his travels in the form of traps and creatures with
more teeth than the brothers Gibb in order to pick
up terraforming beacons to make the planet safe
for humankind.
Initially, ILO’s capabilities are limited to basic
movement alone. However, finding magical blocks
will unlock extra powers that can be used to
conquer the terrain, which is where the game’s
USP comes into effect. A dash power can be used
to run over gaps, a block power can be used as a
ramp to reach higher areas or as a means to block
enemy fire and a special firepower projectile power
can be used to clear out hazards. You are only
given a specific amount of these powers to use on
each level and they can only be positioned once
in any given location, so the correct placement is
key if you are to get through the areas successfully.
When you are called upon to utilise these powers
you can freeze the screen and then drag them
down into position before resuming the action and
establishing if they are positioned correctly to help
you get past the hazards.
There is much trial and error involved and a
good deal of head-scratching – especially if you
want to collect all of the seemingly unobtainable
beacons. But with over 40 levels on offer it provides
a fun challenge and plenty of interplanetary charm.
If you can stomach the stop/start nature of the gameplay then you’ll be
rewarded with a challenging and very enjoyable brain-teaser.
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