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Welcome
iCreate 189
?With iOS 12 imminent, we celebrate
what our devices can do NOW!?
Technology is advancing at such a rate that sometimes
we find ourselves craving the next big thing without fully
appreciating what we currently have at our fingertips.
We have recently been showcasing the new features
offered by iOS 12, such as its power in making our old
devices run faster and the ways in which it alters and
enhances how we use our mobile devices? But what
about all of the great things the previous iterations of
iOS can do? So with iOS 12 just around the corner, we
wanted to celebrate what our iOS devices are capable
of NOW ? check out all the hidden features and cool
tricks you can employ, starting on page 48.
This issue we also get hands-on with macOS Mojave,
the major new update that adds Dark Mode, new Mac
apps and an all-new Mac App Store. Should you get
excited? Turn to page 14 now to find out. Elsewhere you
will find the usual insightful array of tutorials designed to
help you get the most out of your Apple devices,
whether it?s for photography, music, movie-making or
just to improve the way you use your device. Enjoy!
Ryan Butt Editor
Meet the experts
David Crookes
Shaun McGill
George Cairns
This issue our iOS expert shows you how to
use Alexa as a worthwhile Siri alternative and
how to find out exactly what information
Apple holds on you.
Our tech genius has got hands-on with
macOS Mojave this issue to help you get
acquainted with all of the excellent new
features coming to your Mac this autumn.
Our creative expert demonstrates how to use
your iPhone to capture sound like a radio mic,
which is handy when you?re on location
working on iMovie and Final Cut Pro projects.
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GREATEST
iOS TIPS
The best-ever tricks and
shortcuts for your
iPhone & iPad
Tutorials
Get more from your devices
24 Photos
??How to create a stunning
black and white print
26 iMovie
??Capture clear sound from a
distance using your iPhone
28 Final Cut Pro X
42
How to find out what Apple
knows about you!
??Mimic the view from an
analogue SLR stills camera
30 GarageBand
??Learn how to set up aggregate
input and output devices
32 Logic Pro X
??Discover how to use the
Transposer MIDI plugin
36 macOS
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How to get your Mac ready for
macOS Mojave
??How to give your Mac a full
health check
??Get the best sound from your
imported music CDs
??Get the most out of Preview
??Request data files from Apple
??Move downloads to iCloud
??Get your Mac ready for Mojave
60 iOS
??How to use Google?s Gboard
keyboard on iOS
??Master iPhone call secrets
??Become a Safari genius
??How to ask Alexa for help on
your iPhone
??Use and get the most out of
YouTube Music
??10 ways to speed up an old
iPhone or iPad
??Download new ringtones
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Discover and master the essential
iOS call secrets!
74 watchOS
??Prepare your Apple Watch for
watchOS 5
??Prevent ?Now Playing?
78 tvOS
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full-screen formats
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#Trending
Are the
2018
MacBook
Pros
the update
we were
waiting for?
Controversial range
refreshed ? only for more
controversy to ensue...
Can you remember the
last time Apple released
a new Mac without at
least one controversy?
Of course, when the
MacBook Pros were updated in 2016
to their current design, the lack of
connectivity sent Pro users into a frenzy.
They argued that in the age of iPhone,
Apple didn?t really care about Mac. The
USB-C port may be the future, but like
the end of the headphone jack before,
it continues to polarise opinion. Then
there was the trouble with the keyboard,
and more specifically, how dust and
crumbs could single-handedly break it.
More on that later?
No surprise then that Apple decided to
refresh the MacBook Pro lineup to little
fanfare last month. No conference slot,
no ?one more thing? reveal and very little
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The 2018 display now features True Tone technology for a more natural viewing experience
pomp. Nevertheless, Apple were straight
on the offensive. ?The latest generation
MacBook Pro is the fastest and most
powerful notebook we?ve ever made,?
said Philip Schiller, Apple?s senior vice
president of Worldwide Marketing. ?Now
with 8th-generation 6-core processors,
up to 32GB of system memory, up to
4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True
Tone technology in its Retina display and
Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced
security and a third-generation quieter
keyboard packed into its thin and light
aluminium design with all-day battery life,
it?s the best notebook for pro users.?
The first thing to note about Schiller?s
handy summary is the third-generation
?quieter? keyboard. Essentially Apple
has masked the need to stop anything
getting into your keyboard and rendering it
unusable by saying it?s now much quieter.
Our friends at iFixit have already instigated
a teardown that shows a silicone layer
protecting the key parts of the Mac?s
assembly from crumbs and the like. A good
start, but an odd way of dealing with a
problem without acknowledging it.
Impressive speed
The controversy doesn?t end there.
A software bug, which has now been
patched, caused the new machines to
throttle their speed down under thermal
distress. Not ideal for Pro users, but
?The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and
most powerful notebook we?ve ever made?
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we stress this has now been fixed.
But, controversies aside, this is still a
phenomenal Mac and one that remains one
of the best available to buy.
The new MacBook Pro is now faster
and more powerful, with 8th-generation
6-core Intel Core processors on the 15inch MacBook Pro and 8th-generation
quad-core Intel Core processors on the
13-inch model. That?s up to 70 per cent
faster performance on the 15-inch model,
and twice as fast on the 13-inch model.
Mightily impressive figures, especially
when you consider how razor-sharp the
2016 models were.
With the option to add up to 32GB of
memory on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, users
can run more apps simultaneously or load
larger files. And with up to a 2TB SSD on
the 13-inch model and up to a 4TB SSD on
the 15-inch, these machines give you the
flexibility to work with large libraries and
projects wherever they go. You?ll still need
those dongles because the Thunderbolt 3/
USB-C ports are the only connectivity ports
built into a MacBook Pro. This shouldn?t
come as a surprise to anyone.
The other major development concerns
the display. With 500 nits of
brightness and support for
the P3 wide colour gamut,
Apple is claiming this is the
best Mac notebook display
ever. It now comes with
True Tone technology,
meaning the display
delivers a more natural
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Developers can compile code faster and more easily run multiple virtual machines and test environments
viewing experience for design and editing,
as well as everyday tasks like browsing the
web and writing emails. There?s also space
for Apple?s T2 chip, which first debuted
in the iMac Pro. This delivers enhanced
security and brings ?Hey Siri? functionality
to the Mac for the first time.
You can get your hands on a 2018
MacBook Pro today via all the usual
avenues. The new range also heralded the
start of Apple?s brilliant Back to School
campaign, which offers great discounts for
those in education and a free pair of Beats
headphones to boot. With macOS
Mojave just around the corner,
now seems like the perfect
time to upgrade your
MacBook. No keyboard
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issues, just a high-calibre
Pro machine that still puts
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Check the specs
13-Inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
? Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7GHz with
Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and double the eDRAM
? Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
? Up to 2TB of SSD storage2
? True Tone display technology
? Apple T2 Chip
? Touch Bar and Touch ID
? Prices from �749/$1,799
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#Trending
The App Store
turns 10
Apple celebrates a decade of innovation
Things we learned
this month
Apple celebrated
the App Store?s
major landmark
by reminiscing
about a decade
of innovation that ignited a
cultural, social and economic
phenomenon and changed how
people work, play, meet, travel
and so much more.
In the ten years since Steve Jobs
declared apps the future, more than
2 million apps now exist. Phil Schiller,
Apple?s senior VP of worldwide
marketing says: ?In its first decade,
the App Store has surpassed all of
our wildest expectations ? from the
innovative apps that developers have
dreamed up, to the way customers
have made apps part of their daily
lives. We could not be more proud of
what developers have created and
what the next ten years have in store.?
Speaking of innovations, the App
Store has shepherded in many since
its launch. In-app purchases, for
example, have completely changed
the way in which people access and
pay for software and services on
their mobile devices. As such, many
apps are free to download, allowing
users to try out ?lite? versions before
committing to a full purchase. Here?s
to the next decade of success.
Apple launches clean energy
fund in China Apple news
Budget iPhone X coming
later this year iPhone
Reports from a source close to Apple?s supply
chain that has previously successfully predicted
launch details suggests that Apple will release a
budget version of the iPhone X later in 2018. Phone case
manufacturer Ghostek has released scamps of its soonto-market iPhone case, and it shows a budget iPhone
X-style handset. Rumoured to be $300 (and probably
�0 too based on the weakness of the pound) cheaper
than the iPhone X, the budget option will be complete with
the bezel-free design, Face ID and super-fast charging.
However, we?ll have to wait and see what compromises
are made to reach the new price point.
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Apple has launched a
first-of-its kind clean energy
fund in China with a host
of suppliers aimed at providing clean
energy to more than one million
homes. Apple will invest $300 million
in the fund over the next four years.
?At Apple, we are proud to join with
companies that are stepping up to
address the climate challenge,? says
Lisa Jackson, Apple?s vice president
of Environment, Policy and Social
Initiatives. ?We?re thrilled so many of
our suppliers are participating in the
fund and hope this model can be
replicated globally to help businesses
of all sizes make a significant positive
impact on our planet.?
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Expect a massive influx of augmented
reality apps to play a big part in the
continued success of the App Store
Apple reveals its vision for
the future of retail Apple news
Apple has opened a new retail store in Milan, Italy,
showcasing its latest vision for retail. Located just
off one of the most popular pedestrian streets
in the city, Apple Piazza Liberty features a dramatic glass
fountain that serves as the entrance to the store.
?To work within one of Italy?s historic piazzas is both a
great responsibility and wonderful challenge,? says Jony Ive,
Apple?s chief design officer. ?We combined two fundamental
elements of the Italian piazza ? water and stone ? adding
a glass portal that creates a multi-sensory experience as
visitors enter the store through a cascading fountain that
seems to envelop them.?
Apple deepens partnership
with the Malala Fund Apple news
Apple has launched a new collaboration between its ten Apple
Developer Academies in Brazil and the Malala Fund to advance
girls? education opportunities. The Malala Fund works to provide
safe, quality secondary education and opportunities for girls and Apple is
unlocking the knowledge of Apple Developer Academy students and alumni
to help. ?We share Malala?s goal of getting more girls into quality education
and are thrilled to be deepening our partnership with Malala Fund,? says Tim
Cook. ?We can?t wait to see what our creative student developers come up
with to help Malala Fund make a difference for girls around the world.?
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5 TO TRY TODAY
MINUTE PROJECTS
1
2
W
e all lead such busy lives that it is easy to forget things, miss
appointments and lose track of what we?re supposed to be
doing, which is why your Notification Centre is so important.
It relays all the important information for the day ahead and you can
tailor it to meet your needs, as we?ll demonstrate.
How to edit
your Today view
1
You can swipe down and then
right to see what?s happening
on your Today view and you
can also determine what is
displayed and the order. The
process is much like the Mac
version (see below) and only
takes a minute to edit.
1Tap Edit
2 Edit items
3 Arrange items
1Open Settings
2 Turn it on
3Select style
1Click Edit
2 Add/remove
3 Re-arrange
Swipe down and then right
and then scroll to the bottom of
your Today view where you will
see the ?Edit? button ? tap it.
You can add or remove
items by tapping the green ?+?
icons and the red ??? icons. Only
add ones you need.
Press and hold on the list
icons next to an item and drag
it up or down to change the
running order.
Edit your
notifications
2
You have full freedom to
determine exactly which apps
send you notifications and how
they are displayed. Every app
that wants to send you alerts
will be listed under Settings>
Notifications and you can tap
on them to tailor the alerts.
Go to Settings>Notifications
and all of the apps and services
that send you notifications will be
listed. Tap on one.
Make sure that the app is
enabled and then make sure
the ?Show in Notification Centre?
option is turned on.
Now select the style of
notification (for example,
?Banners?) and they will flash up
in your Notification Centre.
Customise
what you see
3
Your Mac Notification Centre,
accessible by clicking on the
list icon in the top-right corner,
displays new notifications
and what?s going on for the
current day. You can edit the
info displayed and arrange it to
meet your needs.
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Click on the icon in the topright corner of the menu bar to
access your Notification Centre
and click ?Edit? at the bottom.
Click on the red ??? icons
to remove existing items and
the green ?+? icons to add new
content to your feed.
You can change the order
in which items are displayed by
clicking, holding and dragging on
the list icons next to each item.
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Hands-on
with
macOS Mojave
macOS Mojave will
not be catching many
headlines, but it will
certainly catch your
heart when you start
using it and realise the
power that it holds?
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pple?s macOS Mojave
has been built to offer
a faster, more reliable
and even more useful
experience than ever
before. With minor
tweaks to so many areas that come
together to offer better security within
a more efficient environment, it is
obvious that Apple is concentrating on
what is really important in an OS that
you will likely be using for long periods
throughout each day. The ability to
leverage the hardware and software in
tandem has until recently been unique to
Apple, but even with strong competition
from Microsoft there is little doubt that
Apple will not be moving from its core
philosophy any time soon.
There are no obvious clues to macOS
and iOS becoming more intertwined
in the Mojave changes, even if the
A
and efficiency are key factors. This is good
news for Mac users as it means they will
potentially be able to use their device for
much longer, and of course the update
will be free for all users. Compatibility with
all that has come before is more wideranging than ever and almost all third-party
apps will perform exactly as they should
in Mojave. You should thus have little to
worry about by the time the public release
becomes available. Our early tests show
that the classic ?It just works? line is truer in
Mojave than previously and while some may
see this as unambitious, it takes courage to
make changes that are not obvious rather
than adding features that catch the eye.
This is why Apple is Apple.
A more complete Finder
Finder is a staple of macOS and in Mojave
strides have been made to make it even
more useful. The new Gallery View stands
?It takes courage to make changes that are not
obvious rather than adding features that catch
the eye. This is why Apple is Apple?
inclusion of Apple News, Stocks and
other apps may suggest so, and there
is not one new feature that could be
considered superfluous in any way.
Apple is concentrating on getting the
core user experience right and reliability
out, but there are other tweaks that come
together in a fashion that maintains all of
the familiarity you are used to. The new
sidebar is cleaner and more logical and
the amount of metadata on show is greatly
enhanced which will help you find specific
Mojave boasts an improved sidebar in Finder,
helping you locate your files with ease
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Hands on with macOS Mojave
In Mojave you can set a random screensaver to
add variety to your downtime?
objects for projects. You can now keep
folders on the desktop and your recently
used apps will be displayed in the Dock for
accessing at any time. When you combine
these with quick actions and the ability to
make changes to files without leaving the
app, it is likely that Finder will receive even
more use than it does already.
New preferences
There are new preferences in Mojave that
may be overlooked unless you are pointed
to them. For example, you can now select
to use a random screensaver in System
Preferences to add a little
variety to your downtime.
In the General settings
the accent colour can be
changed which works well
with Dark Mode to give
a personal environment
to work within. Software
updates have been added
to System Preferences
and when a new update
is available it is a lot more
obvious now. Bearing in
mind that the updates
often include crucial
security features,
this is a small, but
sensible development. Aligned to this
there are now more updating options
which are a little more flexible than
previously. Some options have,
however, been removed such
as Facebook and Twitter logins,
but these are made up for by
improvements to the international
keyboard, remote platform switching
and a new typing tab in Accessibility.
interface and the ability to enjoy calls with
up to 32 people at a time. Audio and video
calls can be grouped together in the same
conversation and all of the main Apple
devices are supported such as iPads,
iPhones, Macs and Apple Watches. If you
have not used FaceTime much in the past,
you may find that these changes go a long
way to making it part of your daily Mac
usage from now on.
iOSification?
The consistency between iOS and macOS
has increased in Mojave to offer almost all
FaceTime grows up
You can now FaceTime
with up to 32 people!
FaceTime has received a much
needed boost with an updated user
Your new portable Mac camera
Your iPhone can now snap and insert photos into Mac docs in an instant.
On occasion new features arrive that make you sit up
with your faith restored in the ability of technology to
impress in ways that it has not before and one feature
in Mojave does just that. Historically Macs do not
include cameras of the same quality as iPhones,
1 A simple option
While in a document, within most
apps, navigate to Edit>Insert From Your
iPhone and then click ?Take Photo?. Your
iPhone camera automatically opens.
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which is perfectly understandable because you would
usually not want to take photos with a larger device.
But Apple has found a way around the problem by
seamlessly allowing you to take iPhone snaps using
your Mac in seconds.
2 Capture the moment 3 Insert and edit
Take the photo you need on your
iPhone and then tap ?Use Photo? in
the bottom right-hand corner. It will be
automatically inserted.
The photo will immediately be
inserted into the document you are
editing and you can now use it as you
need to. So clever.
Hands on with macOS Mojave
Dark Mode
Dark Mode is about much more than simply changing the colour of the
macOS interface. It is about creating an environment where the important
aspects shine through only when needed to aid your workflow.
1 Turn it on
2 A new perspective
3 Every shade works
4 Every view works
5 The foreground
6 Never a contrast
Enabling Dark Mode simply requires
going to System Preferences and then
clicking the Dark Mode icon at the top.
Dark Mode works in every view and
each app you use. It is system-wide and
designed for consistency throughout.
of the apps and features that you need no
matter what Apple device you are using
at the time. New Mac apps include Home,
Apple News, Stocks and Voice Memos plus
there is support for HomeKit and Xcode
10 has been redesigned to make for an
improved programming experience.
Being able to control your smart devices
from your Mac is a boon for those of you
who work on your Mac often at home and
it finally means that you will not need to
have your iPhone next to you at all times. It
sounds strange to talk about making a Mac
autonomous, but it is also true that many
of the technological advances over recent
times have gone to iOS and it is great to
see some of these changes transferred
back to the Mac. Perhaps the greatest
achievement is how the apps feel almost
The moment you click the icon
everything changes. The difference is
stark, but subtle enough to work well.
When you are working on images
or within documents Dark Mode sends
everything else subtly to the background.
You will notice how artefacts stand
out. Apple has considered very carefully
how each colour and shade is presented.
At no point does any aspect
dominate the experience, even when
images are focused on. Amazing.
identical whether used on
an iPhone, iPad, MacBook
or iMac. Apple has nailed
the interface on all of
these apps to the point
that they can be used
without thinking thanks to
the careful way they have
been designed.
More secure
Focus has been given
to security which makes
a lot of sense with user
privacy and the fear of hacking paramount
in the minds of many, but Apple has made
changes in ways that add little load to the
effort you need to put in. Building on a
reputation and feature-set that is way ahead
Now the apps feel almost identical, whether used
on an iPhone,iPad, MacBook or iMac
of the competition in how your data is
handled, some of the small security tweaks
in Mojave will pay big dividends.
Apps now need your approval before
they can access the microphone or camera
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Hands on with macOS Mojave
experts and these little nudges will not only
enlighten, but give every Mac user a more
secure environment to work and play within.
which may save you from putting tape over
your MacBook lens. Enhanced tracking
prevention should stop websites following
you from page to page as you browse the
web. Passwords are now automatically
made stronger when suggested and Mojave
will flag up new passwords that have been
used on other sites. Even if you are very
careful with your online usage it is true
that the majority of us are not computer
Safari gets a boost
Safari has been boosted in a variety of
areas and is now more powerful and usable
than ever. Besides the favicons in tabs
option, passwords can now be shared
via AirDrop and it is easier to change a
password in preferences. Some tweaks
have been made to the preferences panes
including the removal of both the option
to block pop-up windows and the plug-in
section. AutoFill ability has been added
for one-time security codes and there are
other small changes such as being able to
view password information and see reused
passwords in preferences. Fundamentally
Safari will look and feel identical to the
The Gallery View
Gallery View in Finder not only lets you view files in great detail, you can mark them up as well.
1 It works, but?
The traditional Finder views do exactly
what they need to, but they are designed
as much to offer file information as
detailed previews.
2 A better view
When you click the Gallery View icon
you will see the image or other file format
displayed with previews of other files
displayed below.
3 Mark it up
The option to mark up an image is
also displayed at the bottom. Click it and
use the tools to add your own thoughts
and annotations.
Mark up screenshots
You can do more with screenshots in terms of control and
editing without needing to fiddle with the resultant file.
If you have taken screenshots on an iPhone in iOS 11
then you?ll find the new screenshot setup in Mojave will
already feel familiar. For starters, when you use the key
combination to take a shot you will see a small thumbnail
in the bottom right-hand corner (1) which can either be
left alone, at which point it will disappear, or you can
click it to do more with it. As soon as it is clicked it will
appear in a bigger window with a selection of useful tools
positioned at the top, including the ?Signature? option (2)
which is very useful for signing documents. If you wish to
mark up the image or document, there are a host of tools
available for highlighting, circling (3) and even adding
shapes and text to the screenshot itself. It?s familiar, easy
to use and will likely enable you to capture a shot, make
the edits you want and then share it (4) without ever
touching any other apps. It?s a one-stop solution that
makes a task that some people use very often indeed
more efficient than ever before, and without sacrificing any
of the quality output that macOS screenshots have always
provided in the past.
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Apple News arrives
Some mobile apps work even better on a bigger Mac screen and Apple
News is the perfect example.
Apple often introduces new apps on iOS that
are designed to help you understand what is
happening around you and to let you get things
done, but it seems as though in Mojave some
of these apps are making their way to macOS
and the way they have been converted works
perfectly on any Mac. Apple News is a sleeper hit
and millions of people are now using it every day
in preference to other options, and now we all get
to experience it on any Mac running Mojave.
3 Longer reads
1 A perfect presentation 2 Make it yours
Apple News puts the stories front
and centre every single time and the
minimalist interface has been carried over
very well from iOS.
The visuals take a further leap when
Apple News presents longer articles. The
end result is a splendid visual that works
brilliantly on Mojave.
When you click ?Browse Channels
and Topics? you get to choose which
subjects you want to read. The news is
then curated for you.
browser you already know and love with
some subtle tweaks around the edges to
improve security and to make use just a
little more convenient. For many Mac users
the thought of using another browser will
feel alien and this is justified because Safari
is becoming more stable and enjoyable to
use with each new macOS release.
Apple Books
iBooks has been replaced by Apple
Books and is essentially the same service
You can now see when passwords have been reused so
that you can re-evaluate your security?
Changes have been made to the Safari preferences to make
surfing the web much more of a personal experience?
as before, but it
has a completely
redesigned interface
and feels more
competitive with the
likes of Kindle now.
It may not seem
as though reading
a book on a Mac
is logical, but with
the MacBook now
being so portable
the enjoyment you can get from the bigger
screen is actually compelling. When you
open full-screen mode and sit back there
is never a sense that you are reading
a traditional paper book, but there are
advantages to having your device resting
on your lap and taking in the words and
images this way.
It is not all about the interface though
because the improved books experience
in Mojave means that you are more likely
to purchase new titles and then read them
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at home or if you
need a break while
working on your
Mac, Apple Books
now offers more than
enough content and
reading chops to
keep you informed
and entertained in any
given situation.
There?s more
Apps such as Apple Books (formerly iBooks)
have been given a makeover?
on whatever device you have handy at
the time. Whether it be your iPhone while
waiting for a train, your iPad when relaxing
There are some
other significant
changes in Mojave
that are not directly related to users, but
which can offer benefits over time as
developers take advantage of them to
create more advanced apps that fit
within the macOS environment. They
can offer a wealth of entertainment and
productivity and generally offer an
improved experience no matter what you
do with your Mac.
Metal 2 and Core ML 2 are significant
advancements that bring a new level
of capability to app developers and the
improved CSS colour support will make
apps and games pop no matter how
complex and animated they are. You will
notice the redesigned lock screen which is
a little more refined than before and the new
save and open panels. You may also notice
the Touch Bar automator shortcuts and
?Metal 2 and Core ML 2 are significant advancements
that bring a new level of capability to app developers?
The Mac App Store is reborn
The Mac App Store has long been derided
for offering a lacklustre experience that some
developers have struggled to monetise. In
Mojave, however, that has all changed and it now
looks like a modern online place which users will
enjoy perusing and which is much more likely
to generate revenue. The changes are largely
aesthetic, but as any retailer will know the visuals
form a hugely important part of the shopping
experience, whether it be in a store or online.
Obvious highlights
Improved categories
The categories have grown
in number and now offer
more variety so that you can
find the solutions you need in
the most efficient way. They
fit with the macOS way of
working perfectly.
It?s all there
All of the original features
remain in place and the Mac
App Store is still the most
convenient place to buy and
install new software, and in
particular to receive seamless
updates in the future.
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Chosen apps will be highlighted
at the top which always gives
you something new to look at
and explore. The end result is
that you will be more likely to
make a purchase on a whim.
A deeper experience
New topics and apps that
relate to them are continually
added and the content is deep
and rich enough to make the
new store more than just a
place to view apps. It?s an
enjoyable experience.
Hands on with macOS Mojave
everyone will benefit from the faster waking
up when in sleep mode.
Of all the under the hood changes APFS
support for older fusion and hard drives will
bring faster and more reliable performance
no matter what you are doing on a day
to day basis and this will be especially
advantageous on older Macs. This again
shows Apple?s commitment to supporting
its customers over the longer term even
if it means less short-term gain in terms
of product purchases. The longer view
here appears to be to build brand loyalty
by offering exceptional
performance over many
years and this can only
be a good thing for the
company, its users and
the computer industry
as a whole.
And the rest
It would fill a full magazine
to cover all of the changes
in Mojave, but there are
many other tweaks that are
What would a new update be without
a new wallpaper, or two?
Stacks
Your desktop just became a little friendlier and more organised thanks to Stacks.
One of the main advantages of macOS is its
ability to let you concentrate and focus on
the app you are using at any given time. You
will not be distracted by countless screen
artefacts and really can get on with your work.
But the disadvantage is that the desktop can
become somewhat redundant and at times
hard to organise. With Stacks, however, all that
will change and you can enjoy your desktop
environment again. It is very easy to use and
is likely to become one of the Mojave features
that you use more often than any other.
1 It?s a mess!
2 The right-click
3 And? organised
4 Folders are exempt
5 Expanding Stacks
6 It?s still yours
The desktop is a blank canvas and the
temptation to dump files and images on
to it without thinking is great indeed. Over
time, it becomes more likely that the mess
will get even messier.
Your desktop folders will not be
grouped and will remain separate, but
they will be moved to the right-hand side
to keep the desktop clean. Much thought
has gone in to the way Stacks works.
Right-click anywhere on the desktop
and then hover over ?Group Stacks By?
to see some options appear in the submenu. To demonstrate Stacks we will
choose ?Kind? and will see what happens.
Click on any Stack and the files will
be instantly expanded so that you can
view and work with them. Click again and
they will revert to their previous Stack
which makes everything feel efficient.
All of your files will automatically
group themselves by type and will be
pushed over to the right-hand side to
leave the desktop clean ready for you to
work properly with it in the future.
You can decide how you use your
desktop going forward and Stacks will
not take over the entire experience. The
subtlety of the feature is impressive and
efficient in equal measure.
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Quick Look
Quick Look takes the idea of viewing files
in Finder and pushes it to a whole new
level by letting you make quick changes
without ever leaving the environment you
are in. Potentially, it will let you do most of
the simple editing you require and save you
a huge amount of time because you can
make the changes and then carry on with
whatever else you were doing.
1 More than previews
2 Simple tools
4 Quick changes
5 Video trimming
When you are viewing any file or image
in Finder you can hit the spacebar and a
new window will appear ready for you to
make the changes you require.
3 Rotate and go
Think how often you have had to rotate
an image before you can view it properly or
use it in another document. Now you can do
this simple task in seconds.
Marking up images and PDFs just
became much easier and hugely more
convenient. For some Mac users, this will
save them lots of time every single day.
worth covering so that you know what is
available now that was not previously.
Levels and curves swap spots in Photos
will likely make you more willing to edit
your snaps so that they are as perfect as
they possibly can be. In Mail, folders will
be suggested for moving individual emails
to just as you see in iOS. The DVD player
app has received many tweaks including
64-bit support, Touch Bar support, a new
icon and a brand new
user interface plus
there are a host of
advancements in Siri.
HomeKit requests can
be handled by Siri
on a Mac and he/she
can also locate saved
passwords for you.
There is more
flexibility included
as well with Siri
now having an
understanding
The Photos app is a much friendlier place to edit your images?
of motorsports,
celebrities and food
which may come in
useful on occasion.
The other changes
are indeed worthy and
?It is safe to say that Mojave is a
competent, fast and impressive update
that ticks all the boxes we?d like ticked?
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You will see icons at the top including
ones for marking up, sharing and rotating
images. Compatible apps will also be
available to use for more complex changes.
The sophistication of Quick Look runs
to trimming video and audio clips as well
and you can then share the changes within
the Quick Look window.
you will discover them over time, but it is
safe to say that Mojave is a competent, fast
and impressive update that ticks all of the
sensible boxes we would like to see ticked.
It is worth noting how Dark Mode
actually works because it would be a huge
understatement to say that it is just a dark
covering where there was light before. The
sheer effort that has been put in to creating
the new environment is astonishing and
everything from the accents and casts to
the glyphs are perfect examples of design
that truly works. It is often said that good
design has to be about much more than
the visuals and that it has to work well to
succeed and in Dark Mode this is true in
every way.
Interestingly, when you switch between
Dark and Light Mode there is no sudden
visual change that makes you sit back
and have to adjust to the changes. The
consistency between the two is perfect
the whole way through and you will notice
nothing but the subtle colour changes when
the switch is made. Again it highlights the
Hands on with macOS Mojave
And there?s more
There are other changes in Mojave that are not always
to lighten the experience.
Schoolwork is a cloud-based app that allows
easy
to spot,
but
they
all help
teachers
to closely
monitor the
progress
of their
students.
There are some standout features in Mojave
that grab the headlines, but most of the longterm benefits will be seen by the myriad of
tweaks that have been implemented in a less
obvious way. Many of these changes work over
much of the macOS operating system and offer
benefits that will be felt, but not often seen. We
will show you some of the changes that will bring
new presence to your Mac and some that you
may not have previously been aware of. It is
safe to say that the implementation is typically
Apple throughout.
1 Safari Favicons
2 Email emoji
3 Stronger passwords
4 Language support
5 Voice Memos
6 Dynamic Desktop
In Safari you can go to Preferences
and enable Favicons in the Tabs section.
The subtlety of the icons could easily be
missed, but the end result is an added
touch that improves browsing.
There are more language options
built into Mojave including Australian, UK
English, Canadian French and Traditional
Chinese. There are other changes too
designed to help in certain countries.
Apple approach which makes Macs feel
less like computers than personal tools
designed to work with you.
Mojave supports a wide range of Macs
all the way back to models from 2010
which is somewhat remarkable when you
consider the longevity Apple products can
offer. The mid 2010 Mac Pro is supported
as is the mid 2012 MacBook Air and the
late 2012 iMac. For any company to be
Inserting emoji into emails has been
streamlined in Mail and the end result
means you will be more likely to add
imagery and personality to your future
messages. A simple, but useful change.
Capturing voice memos while
working on your Mac feels like a logical
thing to do and the implementation in
Mojave is easily as good as the new and
improved Voice Memos app in iOS.
able to offer its latest operating system for
free with support for products dating back
more than eight years is perfect evidence
that the higher price you pay for a Mac
initially is in fact excellent value for money
when the level of long-term support, the
ability to work at full pace over many years
and the sheer quality of the materials
are considered. Mojave builds on all of
this perfectly and will add to your Mac
There are few things more secure
than strong passwords and now in
Mojave they can automatically be
created stronger than ever. It requires no
extra effort from you at all, but it works.
The Dynamic Desktop feature will
change the desktop wallpaper to match
the current time of day. It may not offer
a specific advantage, but matching the
current environment may help you focus.
experience and offer reassurance that you
will be able to use the same Mac for many
years to come. It is also quite possible that
the next version of macOS will work on
exactly the same Macs that Mojave does
now and with just a few new features and
more security and power than ever before.
Mojave is an excellent update and will feel
familiar right from the start so you can start
enjoying it today.
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Photos
Monochrome makeover
Create a striking film-noir style black and white print
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hen deprived from the distractions of colour, a black
and white photo helps draw attention to shapes and
textures in a scene. High-contrast monochrome
images also add a dramatic look that harks back to the days of
classic Hollywood film-noir movies. A monochrome portrait will
stand out from the colour crowd too, making more of an impact
on social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.
However, by simply desaturating a colour image you may
end up with a wash of dull greyscale tones. An effective mono
conversion should possess some strong white highlights and
contrasting black shadows. Here we show you how to combine
preset adjustments with manual ones for a striking contrast.
Create a noir look
Combine filters and manual adjustments
Filters
Click here to access the
one-click Noir filter. This
creates a high-contrast
mono conversion that you
can use as a springboard
to creating your custom
monochrome makeover.
The key to a good mono conversion is obtaining strong
white highlights and contrasting black shadows
Black & white
This panel enables you
to fine-tune the greyscale
tones of your black and
white conversion. Drag this
slider to lighten or darken
tones based on the original
shot?s colours.
Vignette
The Vignette panel
mimics the darker edges
produced by vintage
camera lenses, which
helps add a retro look to
our film-noir inspired
mono makeover.
Curve control
By pushing the RGB curve
upward we can lighten
the midtones and reveal
detail that was missing in
our under-exposed start
image. Curves also help
create more contrast.
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Knowledge base
Clever Curves
A photo?s tones are displayed in a
series of levels between 0 for dark
black shadows and 255 for bright white
highlights. The Curves tool works by
re-mapping the photo?s original levels
so that they are brighter or darker. By
pushing up the middle of the curve we
brighten midtones and highlights. This
helps give the shot more contrast.
For film-noir lighting use a light source that illuminates the subject from a side
angle (such as a remote-controlled flash gun) for harsh contrasting shadows.
Step-by-step Creating a high-contrast mono image
1 Import image
2 Make it mono
3 Brighten it up
4 Selective tone tweak
5 Modify options
6 Selective colour
7 Add a vignette
8 Copy and paste
9 Fine-tune the look
Choose File>Import. Browse to our start
file: noir_start.jpg. Click the Review for Import
button. Double-click on the imported shot?s
thumbnail. Click the Edit photo icon.
In the Black & White panel drag the slider
over the preview thumbnail. This lightens or
darkens greyscale tones using the photo?s
original colours. We lighten the red clothing.
Go to Vignette and drag Strength and
Radius to 0.60. This darkens the edges of
the frame and adds a film-noir style mood of
menace and mystery to the portrait.
Click the Filters button at the top. Click on
the Noir preset to remove colour information
and create strong black shadows. Click ?Done?,
then click the Edit photo button.
Toggle open Black & White Options. Push
Intensity to 0.60 for more contrasting highlights.
Drag tone to -0.15 to restore highlight detail.
Set Grain to 0.50 for a retro film texture.
Once you?ve spent time crafting a film-noir
style monochrome look you can quickly apply
the custom noir look to other colour photos.
Go to Image and choose ?Copy Adjustments?.
Toggle open the Curves panel. Set the
dropdown menu to RGB. Click in the middle
of the diagonal line and push the control point
upwards to create a curved line.
Go to the Selective Colour panel. Click
on the red swatch icon. Drag Hue to -30. This
helps darken her originally red lips for a more
dramatic femme-fatale look.
Browse to noir_start2.jpg. Choose
Image>Paste Adjustments to apply the custom
noir look. Drag the curve control point down to
restore highlight detail in the brighter shot.
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iMovie
Create a radio mic
Capture clear sound from a distance using your iPhone
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igital cameras can capture great quality video, but
your programmes can be let down when it comes to
recording sound. If you record a subject?s voice close to
the camera then they will sound clear enough, but if you shoot
them from a distance then their voice may be drowned out by
other location sounds, or obscured by wind noise. Professional
film makers use a radio mic to transmit their subject?s voice to
a receiver. You can reproduce the radio mic effect by recording
your subject?s voice on an iPhone via the in-ear headphone?s
mic. This enables people to wander freely and at a distance
from your video camera and still be heard. You can then replace
the camcorder?s poor quality sound with a cleaner and clearer
iPhone audio recording in iMovie.
Use your iPhone as a mic
Replace your camcorder sound with iPhone audio
Marker
By tapping ?M? we can
add a marker at the point
where the iPhone clip
starts recording. This
helps us sync the iPhonesourced audio track with
the inferior sound from the
main video clip.
Your iPhone and a headphone mic are all you need to record
superior sound for your video projects
iPhone clip
We?ve captured the subject?s voice
by recording a video clip using
the iPhone?s Camera app. Most of
the video clip shows the interior of
the subject?s pocket. That?s not a
problem as we?re only interested in
the clip?s audio.
Radio mic
After popping a headphone mic
into your subject?s shirt they can
record audio onto the iPhone in
their pocket and wander freely
away from the main camera. The
iPhone will pick up clear sound
wherever they go.
Knowledge base
Improve audio
Sound track
By dragging the iPhone
clip below the main video
clip we?re only using its
audio information in this
green bar. Drag the volume
control bar upwards until
the loudest sections peak
as yellow spikes.
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Once you?ve replaced the camcorder?s
inferior audio with your iPhone-sourced
sound, click on the green audio track
and click the Noise reduction and
equalizer icon. By choosing Loudness
you can automatically boost the levels
of the quieter parts. You can also tick
?Reduce background noise? to help
reduce traffic or wind noise.
If you plan to do a lot of audio syncing then consider upgrading to Final Cut
Pro X. This app can sync a video and audio clip together automatically.
Step-by-step How to create a radio mic
1 Set up the iPhone
2 Hit record
3 Import assets
4 Turn Waveforms on
5 Set a marker
6 Add iPhone sound
7 Fine-tune sync
8 Adjust levels
9 Test the sound
Tuck your headphone cable into the
subject?s shirt with the mic near their mouth.
Pop the iPhone on Airplane mode to stop
calls or texts from interrupting the recording.
Add the Main Camera clip to the
timeline. Tick ?Waveform? in Settings. The
audio waveforms will help you sync up the
iPhone sound with the Main Camera sound.
Drag the Settings slider right to zoom in
on the clips. Drag the audio clip left or right
to fine-tune its start position. When the echo
disappears your two tracks are in sync.
Set the iPhone?s Camera to Video. Tap
Record. Pop the iPhone in a back pocket.
Set your main camera to record too. You can
now walk/talk with both gadgets recording.
Play the clip. At around three seconds
he says ?in the iPhone?. Place the playhead
just before the word ?in?. Tap ?M? to add a
marker. This will help sync the iPhone sound.
Drag the Main Camera clip?s volume
down to 0. This hides that camera?s poor
quality sound. Drag the volume of the iPhone
clip up to 126% for louder sound.
Import our project clips. We shot on
a Canon D-SLR (Main Camera.mp4). The
sound on that clip is poor. The iPhone
recording in iPhone sound.m4v is clearer.
Add the iPhone Sound clip as a parallel
audio track ? start at the marker. Tap space
to play the clips. You?ll hear a slight echo if
the two audio soundtracks aren?t in sync.
Tap the spacebar to test the synced
sound. The subject should sound clear as
we?ve replaced the distant on-camera mic
audio with superior iPhone sound.
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Final Cut Pro X
View life through a lens
Use editable effects to mimic the view
from an analogue SLR stills camera
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ost-production effects can imitate the looks produced
by a range of viewfinders. Final Cut Pro X?s effects can
recreate the views through a camcorder, binoculars or
even a CCTV screen. You can use these viewfinder effects to
enhance footage in creative ways. One of the most sophisticated
effects is SLR. This makes the subject look like they?re being
viewed through an analogue SLR still camera?s viewfinder. SLR
has a range of editable attributes that you can animate, courtesy
of keyframes. You can adjust the focus of your footage and
trigger the camera?s shutter to take a shot. We?ll also show you
how to freeze the footage after the shutter is triggered to create
the photo captured by the SLR camera.
Use camera effects
View the world through a retro analogue camera?s
viewfinder and snap a shot
Keyframes
The SLR effect has a range
of attributes that you can
customise in the Inspector.
You can set keyframes for
each attribute by clicking
this diamond-shaped icon.
Once you?ve added the first
keyframe manually, the next
ones will be set automatically.
Turn video into stills using the SLR effect
Aperture
The SLR effect adds an
animated camera aperture
that closes when you snap
a shot. When the aperture
opens you can cut to a
freeze frame to create a
still photograph from the
moving footage.
Knowledge base
Find effects fast
Final Cut Pro X ships with 125 different
effects. Effects are collected into
themed categories, such as Looks
or Nostalgia. You can also type in a
name (such as SLR) into the search
field at the bottom of the Effects
browser. To preview an effect on a
timeline clip, slide the cursor across
the effect?s thumbnail.
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Sound effects
You can enhance the
animated shutter effect
by adding an appropriate
camera trigger sound from
the Audio effects browser.
The Stylize section of the
Effects browser contains
a variety of camera effects
including SLR. This adds
an analogue camera
viewfinder?s focus ring and
animatable shutter to your
video clip.
To make your virtual SLR camera look handheld, go to the Stylize section and
drag the Handheld effect onto the first section in the timeline.
Step-by-step Add animated camera viewfinder effects
1 Add SLR effect
2 Set a keyframe
3 Change focus
4 Back to 0
5 Take the shot
6 Make a cut
7 Freeze the moment
8 Trim the still
9 Sound effect
Add sunset.mov to the timeline. Go to the
Effects browser?s Stylize section. Drag the SLR
effect onto the clip. This adds a focus ring and
a vignetted camera gate border.
Scrub forward to 02:00. Drop Defocus to
0. A new keyframe is added automatically. Play
the clip. The viewfinder starts sharp, blurs and
then re-focuses at two seconds.
Click on the second section of the split
clip. In the Inspector, un-tick the SLR effect to
remove. Choose Edit>Add Freeze Frame. This
creates a static photo after the shutter clicks.
Go to the SLR section of the Inspector.
Place the Playhead at the start of the clip and
drop the Defocus slider to 0. Tick the diamondshaped ?Add a keyframe? icon. It turns orange.
Park the playhead back at 02:00. Set a
keyframe next to ?Take A Picture?. Scrub to
02:10 and set Take A Picture to 100%. The
shutter closes between the two keyframes.
By default the freeze frame lasts four
seconds. Trim it down to two seconds in the
timeline. The action will then unfreeze and
continue as the remaining footage plays.
Scrub the Playhead to 01:00. Set Defocus
to 15 to add blur. This automatically creates a
new orange keyframe that makes the focus
shift from sharp to blurred in the first second.
Scrub forward to 02:20. Reduce the Take
Picture slider to 0. This adds a new keyframe
that causes the shutter to open once again.
Choose Trim>Blade to cut the clip at 02:20.
To complete the SLR effect go to the
Audio browser. In the Mech:Tech folder, drag
the Camera2 shutter sound into the timeline
and place it under the animated shutter.
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GarageBand
Set up aggregate
input and output
devices
Use the Audio MIDI Setup utility in macOS to create
amalgamated input sources
Difficulty
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W
e?ve highlighted previously GarageBand?s
ability to capture multiple sound signals from
various inputs simultaneously. This concept
of ?multi-tracking? allows you to cue several tracks
before recording microphone vocals and guitar inputs
etc at once. However, GarageBand only allows for a
single audio input and output source to be universally
selected, so how do we select multiple ones?
Creating an Aggregate Device allows you to record from
several input sources into one GarageBand selection?
Well first, it requires the creation of what?s called an
?Aggregate Device? within a macOS system utility called
Audio MIDI Setup. Here you can amalgamate several
available subdevices into a single one for GarageBand
selection, with constituent inputs assignable
independently across tracks. In this guide we reveal
how this is achieved by hopping between Audio MIDI
Setup and GarageBand itself to explain the process.
Aggregates acknowledged
Aggregate device creation in Audio MIDI Setup
Audio devices
An aggregate device is
created and listed within
the Audio MIDI Setup
utility using the ?+? button
in the bottom-left corner.
Select it to view the
parameters for the device
on the right.
Aggregate subdevices
Shown below the Clock Source
and Sample Rate dropdowns is a
colour-coded annotation detailing
the selected Audio Devices within the
aggregate, providing a useful guide to
how the input and output channels are
divided and numbered.
Knowledge base
Channels combined
An aggregate device combines
several pieces of equipment, inputs
or interfaces to raise the collective
number of discrete audio inputs or
outputs. This joining of existing devices
eliminates the need for extra, bigger
multichannel audio equipment and
provides more channels. For example,
three separate 2-channel devices
can be aggregated to work as one
6-channel audio input device instead.
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Device selectors
Input sources
Back within GarageBand,
the created aggregate device
can be selected as the input
source for the project. The
constituent audio devices or
subdevices are then assigned
across multiple tracks by
picking the various aggregate
input channels.
The available detected
system devices are listed
for selection within a
checkbox list, toggling
them for inclusion within
the aggregate device
itself. Drift Correction
toggles synchronisation
or ?resampling? of other
devices to the selected
Clock Source.
It is advised that for an aggregate device to function correctly, the combined
devices selected must all adopt the same sample rate, typically 44.1kHz.
Step-by-step Create an aggregate input device
1 Preferring more
2 Utility launch
3 Audio MIDI Setup
4 New aggregate
5 Including devices
6 Source selection
1 Multi-output device
2 GarageBand output
GarageBand, via its Audio/MIDI settings
in Preferences, lets us select just one input
device from those detected by macOS, so
we need to create an aggregate to use a few.
A new empty aggregate device is
created and added above. Clicking its label
in the list lets you rename, while the ins/outs
will show zero until subdevices are selected.
This is achieved via Audio MIDI Setup,
which you can find in macOS?s Finder bar
under Go>Utilities. Double-click the app icon
in the Finder window and launch.
To then build your aggregate, select
each desired input device by checking each
box in the list to the right with the very first
defined as the Clock Source by default.
With the utility launched, you?ll see your
system?s audio devices listed on the left.
Below these, click the ?+? button in the corner
and select ?Create Aggregate Device?.
In GarageBand, this new device can
be selected as the input source, assigning
the subdevices to multiple tracks by their
channel numbers within the aggregate.
Multiple outputs?
Generally, the creation of an aggregate
device in our context is for purely
expanding our number of available input
channels. However it?s plausible you
may also wish to send your GarageBand
sound to multiple outputs beyond say the
system?s ?Built-in Output? device, perhaps
to another interface with headphones or
extra monitors connected. This is also
possible via the ?Create Multi-Output
Device? option instead, which uses the
exact same principal as before and we?ll
examine this here in a short example.
Click ?+? in Audio MIDI Setup and pick
?Create Multi-Output Device?. Output devices
can be selected as multi-output subdevices.
We pick Built-in Output and a GiO interface.
Visit the Audio/MIDI tab in GarageBand
Preferences or, if you have it, switch to your
multi-output device via macOS?s Sound in
System Settings. Select from the dropdown.
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Logic Pro X
Logic?s Transposer MIDI plugin
Using the Transposer MIDI plugin to
quantise scales in real time
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L
ogic is such a powerful music-making tool it might appear
rather intimidating to those just starting out on their
musical journey. However, it does contain several nifty
features designed to make things easier if you don?t have loads
of musical experience. One of these features involves a builtin MIDI plugin called the Transposer. This examines the pitch
of incoming MIDI notes and alters them to a predetermined
alternative value, all in real time. The great thing for nonmusicians though, is that it contains preset scales that ?quantise?
whatever comes in from your MIDI keyboard ? so you can
play whatever notes you like, and what comes out will always
conform to the note pitches within your selected scale.
Scaled up
Logic Pro?s Transposer MIDI plug-in makes it easier to
create music if you aren?t musically-minded?
Preset menu
Always stay in key with the Transposer MIDI plugin
Dual purpose
As it is placed in the FX chain between the
output of the Software Instrument track
and the MIDI input to the instrument itself,
Transposer works with both real-time
playing and prerecorded MIDI parts.
Custom user scales can
be stored as presets and
recalled via the Preset
menu in the window
header, just like any other
Logic plugin.
Knowledge base
Modes
Some preset scales (Lydian, Mixolydian
etc) are modes. The C major scale ?
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C ? (Ionian mode)
sounds the way it does because of the
pattern of intervals between the notes.
If you start on D instead of C, you get
another pattern (Dorian mode). Each
mode is the new pattern of intervals
when you use a different start note.
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Clearance scale
Even if you?re a skilled player,
Transposer?s real-time scale
quantise ability is a fun way of
coming up with melodies and
parts you may well not have
thought of otherwise
Custom order
At any point, you can click
notes in the display to remove
or add them to the current
selection of available notes,
making it easy to construct
your own custom user scales.
The great thing is that you don?t need to know the scales you?re working with
? just click around on the display until your part sounds right with the track.
Step-by-step Using the MIDI Transposer Plugin
1 Import MIDI file
2 Insert Transposer
3 Major change
4 Play it back
5 Get the blues
6 Import audio
7 For the record
8 Oh dear
9 Minor surgery
Import the MIDI file ?LPX Chromatic Scale.
mid? into a project and assign it a Software
Instrument track. Hit ?Play? to hear all 12 notes
within one octave of the MIDI keyboard.
That?s because these notes aren?t in a C
major scale. Play the chromatic scale now and
we only hear the white notes ? the black notes
have been ?quantised? to the white keys.
Back on the synth track, click the
Transposer?s bypass switch to disable it for
now. Press record and play in a random set of
notes, like the one above.
In the track?s channel inspector, click
on the slot that says ?MIDI FX? and choose
Transposer from the list. The control panel
window pops up.
Try another scale ? such as Minor Blues.
The display shifts to highlight the notes in this
scale that our MIDI part will be corrected to ?
C, D#, F, F#, G, and A#.
On playback, it?s obvious that this doesn?t
fit with the audio track, as there are loads of
notes that aren?t in the scale of E minor, and it
just sounds wrong!
Switch the Scale selector to Major. Notice
how the black keys have gone dark, meaning
that they?ve now been removed from the
available selection of notes.
The plugin works as you play in real time
too. To demonstrate, import the file ?LPX Em
Backing Track? to an audio track. This is a
basic track recorded in the key of E minor.
Now re-enable the Transposer and
change the scale?s Root note to ?E? and the
Scale to ?Minor Pentatonic?. Hit play now, and
things suddenly sound a whole lot better!
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macOS
Give your Mac a full health check
Check the hardware and software in your Mac to ensure
it is running smoothly and error-free
Difficulty
Time needed
15
A
pple Macs are very reliable and they often last for many
years. In fact, some people have had their Macs for
ten years! However, you do need to pay attention to
maintenance tasks to keep the hardware and software running.
If your Mac is slower than it should be, if adverts appear when
they should not, if apps or devices do not work correctly, it could
be because of a hidden problem. A health check can identify
errors and help you to fix them. Use this guide to check and
maintain your Mac. The tests, which range from checking fonts
to getting a full diagnostic report from specialist software, are
most useful to Macs that are more than a year old and well used.
There is a wide range of software, both pre installed and
third-party, to diagnose problems and fix your Mac?
Step-by-step Make sure your Mac?s okay
1 Add security software 2 Scan for malware
The Mac is more secure than other types
of computer but it is not completely impervious
to malware/adware. Get Intego VirusBarrier
Scanner free from the Mac App Store.
Start a scan. It found malware on our
Mac but because it is an app from the Mac
App Store it may be a false positive. Investigate
anything found and delete to be safe.
3 Validate fonts
4 Remove bad fonts
5 Use software update
6 Check battery health
For various reasons problems can occur
with fonts. After the check, select all fonts
with errors and then click ?Remove Checked?.
There?s no point in keeping damaged ones.
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Open the Mac App Store and select
?Updates?. Many macOS/app updates include
bug fixes and keeping your OS software up to
date is the best way to avoid problems.
Open Font Book and select File>Restore
Standard Fonts if any are missing. Click one
font to select it and then press Cmd+A to
select them all. Click File>Validate Fonts.
If you have a MacBook it is useful to
monitor the battery health. Run coconutBattery
(www.coconut-flavour.com) and check the
second bar is greater than 80% for best health.
How often should you perform these health checks? A couple of times a year
is sufficient, but straightaway if a problem is suspected.
Check your Mac
Scan for malware
Viruses are rare but the Mac
can get adware and other
irritations. Scan the Mac
using Intego VirusBarrier
Scanner once a month just
to check that everything is
okay. Delete any bad apps.
Run tests and checkups
Activity Monitor
Is your Mac hot? Is it
unresponsive? Open
Activity Monitor and select
the CPU, Memory and
Disk tabs to see if there
are bad apps that are
using too much of the
Mac?s resources.
Knowledge base
EtreCheck health checks
Check the POST
Open System Information
in Utilities and then select
?Diagnostics? on the left. It
shows the result of POST
(Power On Self Test) and
it should say ?Passed?.
Investigate if it does not.
Remove bad fonts
Use Font Book to check the
health of the fonts installed
in macOS because there are
sometimes bad ones that are
corrupted. Verify all fonts,
select the ones with errors and
then remove them.
7 Use System Information 8 Check the disk
Open System Information in Utilities and
some categories on the left display status
information on the right. Select ?Memory? for
example and check the status says ?OK?.
Is the disk drive or SSD working properly
and in full health? To find and fix problems,
open Disk Utility and select each drive and
partition and click the ?First Aid? button.
There are a few things to bear in mind
with EtreCheck and one is that it can
only be run five times for free. However,
you won?t often need it. It produces
a very detailed and visual display of
the results but disables screenshots
(hence no pictures). Use the Share
icon to copy the report and paste it
in TextEdit.
9 Use EtreCheck
EtreCheck (etrecheck.com) is a brilliant
tool that checks everything in your Mac. Only
five runs are available in free mode, so use
them wisely. Run it and save the report.
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iTunes
Get the best
sound from
imported CDs
How to get the best possible sound quality
when importing your CDs into iTunes
Difficulty
Time needed
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Importing your old CDs to your iTunes library is easy, but there are
tweaks you can make to maximise the sound?
T
he compact disc is slowly becoming old-hat ? in
fact most modern Macs don?t even have CD
drives, nudging you towards Apple Music or
another online streaming service for your music fix. But
if your Mac does have a CD slot then importing your
old CDs to your iTunes library is easy and you have
probably done it many times by now.
Your CD import options
Everything you need to know when importing CDs
CD shortcut
Whenever a CD is inserted
into iTunes a handy
shortcut will appear here
in the form of an icon that
you can click on to see
the import screen. Other
connections, such as iOS
devices will have their own
shortcut icons too.
However, did you know that you can tweak the settings
for each CD that you import so as to obtain the best
possible sound quality on your Mac? If not then the
following tutorial should be of interest. Go and grab
some CDs that you haven?t already imported (or delete
your faves from your iTunes library in order to do again),
launch your iTunes app and get ready to fine-tune.
Import settings
Rather than having the
CD import automatically,
change the ?When a CD
is inserted? option in
iTunes>Preferences>General
to ?Show CD?. You will then be
able to set the AAC Encoder
settings manually.
Knowledge base
Getting album artwork
EQ settings
If you click on Window>
Equaliser you can bring up
an EQ console to make fine
adjustments to the sound once
the CD has been imported,
although the levels should be
just about right by default.
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CD Info
This option will bring up a CD Info
box that lists the artist, album,
composer, genre and year of
release. Check this info is correct.
If not then you may need to make
manual adjustments to get the
right track listing, artwork etc.
Artwork will only usually be sourced
once the CD has been imported into
your iTunes library. If this doesn?t take
place automatically, right-click on
the album and choose ?Get Album
Artwork?. If this fails to yield results then
right-click again, choose ?Album Info?
and ?Artwork?. Grab the artwork off the
net and drag it into this window.
If the CD track names don?t appear automatically on the CD import screen
click on the cog icon in the top-right corner and choose ?Get Track Names?.
Step-by-step Tweak CD import settings
1 Open preferences
2 Show CD
3 Import CD
4 Import settings
5 Change setting
6 Complete import
1 For rock, pop, etc?
2 For classical?
While in Mac iTunes, click on iTunes>
Preferences from the menu bar and select
?General?. Ensure that ?Automatically retrieve
CD track names from internet? is ticked.
In the Import Settings, set ?Import Using?
to ?AAC Encoder? (sounds best regardless of
the file size) and ensure ?Use error correction
when reading Audio CDs? is ticked.
Click on the ?When a CD is inserted?
menu and change this to ?Show CD?. This
means you can easily tailor the import
settings for each. Click ?OK? to save changes.
While the Import Settings are displayed,
click on the ?Setting? menu and change
to ?Custom? to display the AAC Encoder
window. You can now tweak the settings.
Insert a CD and iTunes should present
the content. On this screen you should see
an ?Import CD? button in the top-right corner
of the interface ? click it.
When you are happy, click ?OK? and your
CD will be imported into your iTunes library
whereby you can add album artwork (if it isn?t
applied for you automatically).
Best settings for
music styles
As we have discovered, you can apply
import settings to each individual CD to
obtain the best possible sound, but what
are the recommended settings for the style
of music you are importing? Of course,
you can ramp up the Stereo Bit Rate to
the max in all instances but if you are
concerned about the size of the files then
the following settings will help keep the file
sizes down, but also help you obtain the
best sound from the style of music that
you want to import.
For most music, including rock, pop,
funk, jazz, EDM and reggae, set Stereo Bit
Rate to 128kbps, Sample Rate to 44.100KHz
and tick ?Use Variable Bit Rate Encoding?.
Bump up the data rates to capture all
the stereo information. Set Stereo Bit Rate
to 160kbps, Sample Rate to 44.100KHz and
tick ?Use Variable Bit Rate Encoding?.
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Preview
Get the most out of Preview
Get reacquainted with your Mac?s highly versatile image manipulation app
Difficulty
Time needed
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P
review is a very unassuming app that is easy to overlook.
Many of us probably only use it after double-clicking on
an image to view it, but if you scratch away at the surface
of Preview you will discover that it is a highly versatile app that
is packed full of features to help you save images to a different
format, make basic edits and annotate them with a wide range
of shapes and lines. You can also add signatures digitally to
documents and then share them quickly and easily in-app with
the minimum amount of fuss.
We thought it was high time we celebrated Preview and so
have decided to showcase some of its very best features to help
you utilise this Mac essential to the max!
Get the most out of Preview
How to access and use its handy features
Preview is very easy to use and you can even customise the
toolbar system to suit your creative needs?
Save settings
Click on the dropdown menu next to the
image title to bring up the instant option to
rename it and save it somewhere else on
your Mac. You can also lock it from here to
prevent any further changes being made.
Access
the toolbar
Most of the really cool
annotating and colouring
options can be accessed
via the Markup Toolbar.
If this isn?t displayed by
default when you open an
image then go to View>
Show Markup Toolbar.
Knowledge base
Customise Markup Toolbar
You can add, remove or rearrange
icons within Preview?s Markup Toolbar.
Go to View>Customise Toolbar and
then you will see that you can add
icon shortcuts to tools such as the
Inspector or a Magnify button. You can
also determine if they are displayed as
icons, text or both. Click ?Done? when
you have finished arranging.
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Annotate images
Using the various menus
in the toolbar you can add
shapes, lines and more
to your images. You can
also edit the style, colour
fill and the font ? so you
can get really creative with
your pictures.
Adjusting colours
If you want to make quick adjustments
to the colours in your image then
clicking Tools>Adjust Colour will allow
you to do that. You can also click ?Auto
Levels? to have Preview adjust the
levels for you.
You can choose whether to open batches of images in one window or
separate windows by going to Preview>Preferences>Images.
Step-by-step Discover Preview?s best features
1 Open documents
2 Convert files
3 Get image metadata
4 Edit images
5 Adjust colours
6 Annotate images
1 Apply a signature
2 Position and resize
Preview can open PDFs, Images,
Photoshop, RAW files and more. Drag docs
into Preview to open them or right-click on a
file and choose Open With>Preview.
Though not as feature rich as specialist
image editing apps, Preview lets you perform
basic edits. Go to View>Show Markup
Toolbar for cropping and colouring tools.
Preview can also convert files into
different formats. Open a file in Preview,
go to File>Export and click on the ?Format?
menu to choose an alternative when saving.
In the Markup Toolbar adjust colour
levels (click on prism icon) or remove
backgrounds ? click and hold on the Instant
Alpha (wand) icon, and drag across image.
Preview?s Inspector tool lets you view
detailed metadata for any image, including
the size, resolution, colour mode and more.
Go to Tools>Show Inspector (or Cmd+I).
Click on the Shapes icon to add shapes,
lines and speech bubbles. Then explore the
menus on the right that allow you to edit the
lines, border, colour and text.
Sign and share
documents digitally
If you need to sign a document, scan and
send it digitally then this is made easy with
Preview?s built-in toolset. But in order to
sign documents digitally you must first
create a signature. Go to View>Show
Markup Toolbar and you should see a
signature icon ? click on this and then
choose the ?Create Signature? option that
appears. You should then be able to add
a new signature by either using a trackpad
or signing a piece of paper and then
holding it up to your Mac?s camera.
When you have a saved signature, open
the PDF and click on the Sign icon in the
Markup Toolbar and choose your signature. It
will be automatically placed in the document.
Click and hold on the signature to move
it into the desired location, and then click and
drag one of the corners to resize it, scaling it
down to fit if need be.
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Safari
Request data files from Apple
Get Apple to share all of the information it holds about you on its servers
Difficulty
Time needed
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R
emember that spell when your inbox became clogged
with companies sending you opt-in emails? They were
due to the introduction of the European General Data
Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which aims not only to protect
your personal data, but lets you request detailed information
held about you. In order to better comply with the changes,
Apple launched a Data and Privacy portal. It allows EU citizens
to request a copy of their data, with everything available except
your Apple Online Store transactions, marking communication
history and app, book, television or music purchases. Here we?ll
show you how you can obtain your data from Apple. We?ll also
highlight what you?ll receive and how you can view it all.
Viewing your personal data
Once Apple informs you that your files are ready, you
can get on with taking a look at their content
File formats
Most of the data is saved
within .csv files, allowing
them to be opened in
a spreadsheet such as
Apple?s own Numbers.
Other file formats include
.json (or JavaScript Object
Notation) and many
folders are zipped.
Discover how much information Apple knows about you by
requesting a copy of your data file?
Many files
Depending on what
you selected when you
requested your data, you?ll
receive a host of files to
look through. Each set of
data has to be individually
loaded and opened.
Knowledge base
Should I be worried?
The fact that Apple holds data about
you is not alarming in and of itself.
The concern is exactly what picture
Apple is building up of you. Of all of
the data, the accounts and transaction
history is the one some may be
concerned about. Entries include your
name, address, email, phone number,
payment card type and more.
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Clear data
Keep scrolling
It can take a while to read
all of your data, especially
because there?s so much
of it. Move this scroll bar
to the right to see the
full extent of most of the
spreadsheets you open.
All of the data is clearly
presented. Here we see
our subscription history
and it informs us of the
date, reference numbers,
descriptions, device
identifiers, device IPs and
device details.
You may need to be patient after you request your data because it can take
up to seven days for it to arrive.
Step-by-step Get a copy of your stored data
1 Visit the portal
2 Manage your data
3 Obtain a copy
4 Scroll down
5 Select file sizes
6 Sit and wait
1 Check the list
2 Open the data
Launch the Data and Privacy portal by
going to https://privacy.apple.com in Safari.
Sign in with your Apple ID and password and
enter a verification code sent to your devices.
Scroll down and view the final three
options. Apple says these files may be
large and take a long time to download. To
proceed, select them. Now click ?Continue?.
You will see a screen telling you that
Apple is noting your IP address, time,
security level and sign-in history. Click
?Continue? for the Manage Your Data page.
Your data will be huge so Apple can split
it across a number of files. Let Apple know
how large you want these files to be. Too
large and they?ll take ages to download.
If you want to see what Apple holds on
you, start by clicking ?Obtain A Copy Of Your
Data?. You can now select the data you?d like
to download. We suggest ?Select All?.
Click ?Complete Request? and Apple will
process your application. You?ll be sent an
email when it?s done, at which point move to
our instructions below.
How to download
your data
Once Apple has processed your
application, you?ll receive an email
informing you that your download is ready.
Simply click the link within the message to
open Safari and sign in to your Apple ID
account. As you do so, note the timings
at the top of the screen. You must view
your data within 14 days of being told it?s
available, otherwise it will be removed. If
this happens, you?ll need to make a followup request to see it again.
The data you?ve requested will be shown
in a list on the left-hand side of the webpage.
To download a specific set of data, click the
downward-pointing arrow next to an entry.
Depending on how large the file is, it
may take a while to download. Once it?s
complete, go to your Downloads. You may
need to unzip compressed folders to view.
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Safari
Move downloads to iCloud
Access downloads and screenshots from
anywhere and save on disk space with iCloud
Difficulty
Time needed
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D
o you want to access files downloaded on one Mac on
another? You need a downloads folder that is synced
across all your Macs and even iOS devices. And you
can do the same with screenshots. Having downloads and
screenshots folders synced across all your devices is more
than just convenient, it can save disk space if they are stored
on iCloud. When the Mac is set up to use iCloud in System
Preferences>iCloud>iCloud Options, files are stored online when
the disk is short of space. The 5GB free iCloud storage is soon
filled but 50GB is only 79p a month so upgrade if necessary.
Moving files to iCloud is a great way to save space on your
Mac while still being able to access them
Step-by-step Move downloads and screenshots
1 Choose a location
2 Create the folders
3 Open Safari Preferences
4 Move to iCloud
5 Check it works
6 Open Terminal
Where do you want Safari to store
downloaded files and macOS to save
screenshots? Open a Finder window and
select iCloud. We will use iCloud root.
We can now select a different location to
store downloaded files, so select iCloud in the
sidebar and then select the Downloads folder
you created earlier, like this.
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Ctrl+Click an empty space or use Finder?s
File menu and select ?New Folder?. We need
two: one called Screenshots and one called
Downloads. Create them where you want.
Close Safari Preferences and go to a
website with downloads, like gutenberg.org.
Download a file and open a Finder window to
check the file is saved to the new Downloads.
Open Safari, click the Safari menu and
select Preferences. Select the General tab,
click ?Downloads? next to File download
location; then select ?Other? to change location.
Downloads are done and now we want
to set the location screenshots are saved to.
Open the Utilities folder and then run Terminal.
We must set the location with a command.
Set your Mac to store files on iCloud before you start. This is done from
System Preferences>iCloud or About This Mac>Storage>Manage.
Use iCloud storage
Set new locations for screenshots and downloads
Set Safari
downloads
Click here in Safari
Preferences and a
different location to store
downloaded files can be
selected. There is also an
option to ask you where
to save a download every
time, which may
be preferred.
Set a location
The location macOS uses
to save screenshots can be
set using the defaults write
command at the Terminal
command prompt. Any
location on the disk or on
iCloud can be used.
Downloads
on iCloud
A downloads folder on iCloud
means that files you save
from the web are uploaded to
iCloud Drive so they can be
accessed on other Macs and
even the iPhone and iPad.
Knowledge base
Avoid big downloads
When Safari downloads a file and
saves it to the iCloud Downloads
folder, it is then uploaded to iCloud
Drive. You may not want to do this
if you download very large files that
are hundreds of megabytes. In Safari
Preferences, select the download
location to ?Ask for each download?.
You can then choose iCloud or the
Mac?s disk.
Organise
screenshots
Screenshots are saved to
the desktop by default but
this makes it untidy and
disorganised. Create a folder
on iCloud to store the images
and then use this command
to set the save location.
7 Use defaults
The defaults command in a Terminal
window is used to change system settings not
available elsewhere. Type: ?defaults write com.
apple.screencapture location?.
8 Add the path
Instead of typing the location, drag and
drop from Finder. Make sure there is a space
after the Terminal command then drag the
Screenshots folder to the Terminal window.
9 Check it works
Press Enter and when the command
prompt returns, press Shift+Cmd+3 to save a
screenshot. Open a Finder window and check
that the image is saved to the iCloud folder.
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macOS
Get your Mac ready for Mojave
Perform these essential maintenance tasks to prepare your
iMac or MacBook for the macOS Mojave upgrade
Difficulty
Time needed
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here is a new version of macOS coming soon and it looks
like one of the best updates yet. It has some amazing
new features and we will be among the first in the
download queue as soon as the final release goes live at the end
of the summer. It will transform the Mac in many ways and the
update is eagerly anticipated.
Don?t be too hasty to download macOS Mojave though.
There are some important maintenance tasks and preparation
jobs to be done to make sure that the upgrade goes smoothly.
You could just cross your fingers and hope everything turns out
okay, and it probably will, but it is best to make sure your Mac is
in good shape before attempting the install. Here?s what to do?
Back up and check
Updating to Mojave should be straightforward enough, but
there are steps you can take to ease the process?
Is it too old?
Back up your files and check the disk
Apple says that Macs that were
built from mid-2012 onwards are
compatible with macOS Mojave
so this one just makes it. Any
older than this and you may run
into problems.
Back up first
Set Time Machine to
automatically back up
the Mac?s internal disk
to an external drive.
It will save your files
every hour so you?ll be
ready to install Mojave
when it is released.
Knowledge base
Try the public beta
If you have performed all the backups,
space checks and disk first aid and
want to try macOS Mojave before the
public release, you can sign up for the
public beta. Go to beta.apple.com and
click the ?Sign Up? button. Sign in with
your Apple ID and agree to the terms
and conditions. You can then enrol
your Mac and get the upgrade.
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Free disk space
Disk first aid
Use Disk Utility to check that all of
the disks and partitions connected
to the Mac are working properly.
It would be unusual to find a disk
problem but you never know.
You don?t need this much free
disk space but you will need
several gigabytes free in order to
upgrade. You will need to clear
some space if there is less than
20GB free.
It is tempting to install the beta of Mojave but remember that it is not yet
finished and may still contain bugs or missing features.
Step-by-step Get High Sierra ready for Mojave
1 Check the specs
2 Check the space
3 Clear the junk
4 Check for updates
5 Use Disk Utility
6 Check the health
1 Backup the disk
2 Check the backup
Is your Mac capable of running macOS
Mojave? In the Apple menu click ?About This
Mac?. Any model from 2012 onwards is fine
but older models are incompatible.
Some apps may need updating to work
with Mojave and so before installing it, open
the Mac App Store, select the Updates tab
and update any apps that are listed.
Is there sufficient space on the Mac?s
disk to download and install macOS Mojave?
Select the Storage tab and make sure there
is plenty of free storage space on the disk.
Go to Utilities and open Disk Utility. This
shows drives and partitions and you can
check free space, check external backup
drives for space and so on.
If the storage is nearly full (less than
20GB for instance) get Startup Disk Full Fixer
from the Mac App Store. Use this free app to
scan the disk and clear out junk and caches.
For each drive and partition listed in
Disk Utility, select it and then click the First
Aid button in the toolbar. Problems are rarely
found but will be fixed if they are.
Back up everything
on your Mac
It is very unlikely that there will be
problems upgrading to macOS Mojave,
but it is better to be safe than risk losing
files and so a full backup is essential.
There are third-party utilities to do this and
SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner are
popular choices. However, Time Machine
can be used instead. It does not create
bootable backup drives, but it does make
a copy of every file on the Mac and they
can be restored easily enough.
If you do not have a backup of the disk,
plug in a USB drive at least twice the size of
the used space on the Mac?s internal drive.
Select in System Preferences>Time Machine.
If Time Machine is in the menu bar, hold
down Option, click the icon and select verify
Backups. To restore from a Time Machine
backup hold Cmd+R just after powering on.
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GREATEST
iOS TIPS
With iOS 12 looming large on
the horizon, discover all of the
great things you can do with
your iOS device NOW!
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pple doesn?t generally do
instruction manuals. Traditionally,
the mastery of Macs relied on
its inquisitive users clicking and
probing at their machines until
every keyboard shortcut was ingrained in their
muscle memory, and this is often the case with
iOS too. Sometimes we get set into a routine
on our iPhones and iPads, with them set up,
seemingly, to our specifications and only using
the apps that we?re used to using as part of our
daily rituals. But there is more?
When a new iOS update is rolled out, there
are usually a dozen or so marquee features ?
the big, crowd-pleasing enhancements or apps
that really sell the update. But there are usually
many additional, low-key tweaks that provide
more flexibility for how you set up and use your
device, and also provide additional functionality
to the apps that you use every day.
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So on the eve of iOS 12, we wanted to
present a quick refresher course on all of the
great things your iOS device can do presently.
The chances are that you will know a lot of
this stuff and have used it to enhance your iOS
experience already. Brilliant! But maybe you
have never had the time to delve deep into your
Settings app to discover features that could
change the way you use your device for the
better? Or perhaps you simply haven?t updated
to the latest version of iOS to unlock many of
the latest cool features? If so then this feature
should serve as a tasty reminder of exactly what
your iPhone or iPad is capable of and celebrate
all that is currently great about iOS.
To guarantee that the following tips work
for your device, make sure that your device is
running the very latest iOS. You can check this
by going to Settings>General>Software Update
and installing the update if one is available.
Type to Siri
If you don?t like talking
aloud to your iOS device
then you can type instead.
Go to Settings>General>
Accessibility>Siri and then
toggle on ?Type to Siri?. Now,
whenever you use Siri, type
your commands into the text
box provided and then tap
?Done? and the results will be
pulled up. You can also adjust
the voice settings to ?Control
with Ring Switch? ? which
means that Siri will only show
you query results and not speak
them out loud.
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Mark up screenshots
You can edit and mark
up screenshots as soon as
you take them, which can be
a great time-saver. As soon as
you have taken a screenshot
(press and hold the Sleep/Wake
and Home buttons together),
a thumbnail of the image will
appear in the lower-left corner.
Tap on this and the image will
be opened in markup mode in
which you can add annotations
and more. And, for the record,
the thumbnails don?t show up
in any subsequent screenshots
that you take.
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Customise your Control Centre
A staple in iOS for several iterations, your swipe-up Control Centre
can now be customised to only house controls that are applicable
to you. To add or remove controls, head to Settings>Control
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Centre>Customise Controls and then tap on the red ??? icons to
remove existing controls, the green ?+? icons to add them and press
and hold on the line icons and drag them up or down to re-arrange.
Airplane mode
remembers
Do Not Disturb
While Driving
This mode disables all incoming
notifications while you are behind the
wheel so that you don?t get distracted
by your phone and are tempted to
break the law. Enabling it in Control
Centre will allow you to access it
instantly when you need to.
Schedule
Night Shift
Mode on
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Night Shift is a fantastically
useful feature that warms
the colours of your iPhone
screen and reduces
blue light, making it easy
to use late at night. Go
to Settings>Display &
Brightness>Night Shift and
you will be able to toggle
the ?Scheduled? switch
on and then set times for
the mode to start and
end. Alternatively you can
manually enable it until the
next day.
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Change intensity
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Record your screen
You can change the intensity
of the flashlight or the brightness
and sound levels using 3D Touch or
long-pressing on some icons in the
Control Centre. A fourth brightness
increment has been recently added to
the flashlight.
This function was improved with the
release of iOS 11. Previously, when
you turned Airplane mode on, off and
then on again it wouldn?t remember if
you enabled Bluetooth or Wi-Fi while
it was on ? but now it remembers and
adjusts the settings for you.
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There is a screen recording tool
that can easily be added to the Control
Centre. Tap it and a three second
countdown will start at which point
everything you do on your iOS device
will be recorded ? there is no need to
connect it to a Mac anymore!
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Save GIFs
If you receive a GIF in the Messages app then long-press on
the image and swipe up to reveal the Copy, Save or Forward options.
Tap ?Save? and the GIF will be saved to the special Animated album
within your Photos app.
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Enhance Live Photos
You can add effects to Live Photos and also edit them
in a variety of different ways. Of particular note is the ability to
choose a specific frame to use as the thumbnail for your Live
Photo. Select a Live Photo (go to Photos>Albums>Live Photos)
and then tap ?Edit? to start making changes and enhancements.
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iOS Insight
Unlock a hidden
?Dark Mode?
Quick tips for mastering
your device
While not a publicised dark mode
as such, it is still possible to invert
the colours on your iOS display
so that they are a lot easier on
the eyes in low-light conditions.
To toggle it on, simply go to
Settings>General>Accessibility and
tap on ?Display Accommodations?.
You can then toggle on ?Invert
Colours? from there.
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If you own an Apple Watch,
you can create new watch
faces using the sharing
function in Photos. This
is a very efficient way to
add some personalisation
to your watch display and
also to give you a chance
to try the Kaleidoscope
feature in watchOS.
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Share Wi-Fi passwords
To ensure that only
one member of your
party has to go through
the hassle of typing in a
password to access a
wireless network, Wi-Fi
passwords can be shared
with nearby devices. As
long as both devices are
running iOS 11, go to
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Type one-handed
As many iPhone users like to type onehanded then there is a secret way to facilitate
this. When the standard Apple keyboard is
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Enable Messages in
the cloud
Although announced at WWDC2017, the option
to store all of your messages in iCloud and
sync them across all devices was only added
with iOS 11.4. To make use of this feature, go to
Settings, tap on your profile at the top and then
choose ?iCloud?. You will now be able to toggle
the ?Messages? feature on in the long list of
iCloud services.
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Create new
watch faces
Settings>Wi-Fi and tap
on the wireless network
that you want to join ? the
?Enter Password? screen
should now be displayed.
Now move your device
closer to the connected
one and a prompt should
appear on their screen to
?Share Password?.
displayed on screen, long-press on the globe
icon in the lower-left corner and, below a list
of keyboard layouts, you will see right, left or
central key keyboard orientation icons.
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Charge quicker
This tip seems to work across every iOS
device, regardless of what iOS it is running. If
you want to reduce the amount of time your
device spends connected to a power source
then simply swipe up to Control Centre and turn
on Airplane mode (make sure all connections
are off). With no power-hungry services on, it
will charge noticeably quicker. Handy to know if
your time at a plug socket is limited.
Set screen time
If you want to limit how much time
you, or someone else, spends on certain
apps then you can set a screen time. Go to
Settings>General>Accessibility and then scroll
down to ?Guided Access?. Turn the feature on
and then select ?Time Limit? to choose an end
tone before quitting out and opening the app you
wish to limit. Triple-tap the Home button, choose
?Options? and then set a time limit. When this
expires you can no longer use the app.
Make banners
persistent
There is a persistent type
of banner notification,
which is proving beneficial
for some users who no
longer miss important
events because they
disappear too quickly. Go
to Settings>Notifications,
select an app and then
choose the ?Persistent?
type of banners.
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AirPod
skipping
If you own a pair of
AirPods then you can
use them to skip tracks
in your Music app with a
single a tap. This should
prove extremely useful in
situations where Siri-style
communication is not an
ideal option.
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Check flight
statuses
Typing in a flight number
in the Safari search bar
will populate the exact
flight status before you
even confirm the search
parameters. This also
applies to certain other
data so try it and see
what other information is
returned by Safari.
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iOS Insight
Set up an
emergency SOS
Quick tips for mastering
your device
Your iPhone can double up as
a distress beacon if you find
yourself in times of trouble. Go to
Settings>Emergency SOS and then
turn on the ?Auto Call? option. Now,
when you press your Sleep/Wake
button five times in quick succession a
three second countdown will precede
your device automatically calling the
emergency services. You can cancel it
during the countdown by pressing ?X?.
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There?s no longer any need
for third-party translation
apps on your device.
Simply call up Siri and then
ask it to translate words
or phrases from English to
German, Italian, French,
Spanish and Chinese.
Siri will even speak the
phrases for you.
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Delete batches of photos
If you want to
delete large batches
of photos on your iOS
device then there is
a handy shortcut. In
Photos, go to Albums>All
Photos and then tap on
the ?Select? button in the
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Zoom using your thumb
You have always been able to zoom in or
out on locations in the Maps app by pressing
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Delete digits in
Calculator
If you accidentally enter the wrong
digit while inputting figures into the iOS
Calculator app then you don?t have to
press ?C? to start again. Simply swipe
one finger either left or right across the
display and the last entered digit will be
instantly deleted.
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Use Siri to
translate
top-right corner. Now
swipe across the bottom
four images and hold
your finger on the fourth,
then tap the top of the
screen using a different
finger. All photos will now
be selected for removal.
and holding your thumb on the screen and
sliding it up or down. The process makes
navigating one-handed much easier.
Move multiple icons
If you want to organise your Home screen then
there is a way to move multiple items at once. Longpress on an app icon until all of the icons shake and
display ?X? icons then press and hold on an icon. With
your finger still depressed, use a second finger to tap
on the other icons you wish to include and then drag
them to reposition somewhere else.
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Drag and drop images
It is possible to drag and drop photos from one
album to another ? even on your iPhone running iOS
11. Locate an image to move and then lightly press
on it to select it (not too hard or you?ll initiate the
?Peek? 3D Touch action), then drag it away from the
thumbnail and tap on ?Album? using a different finger.
Now drop the thumbnail on top of an alternate album.
Speed-delete
attachments
There is an easy way
to delete message
attachments to quickly
free up space. Go to
Settings>General>iPhone
Storage>Messages, tap on
a type of media (Photos,
Videos, etc), then swipe
left on items to reveal the
option to ?Delete?.
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Define words
in Safari
If you type ?define? followed
by a word into the Safari
search bar but don?t press
?Go? then a definition will
appear underneath. Safari
will use the New Oxford
American Dictionary for
definitions by default.
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Prevent cross
tracking
If you are concerned about
advertisers tracking your
actions and preferences
in Safari then go to
Settings>Safari and enable
the ?Try to Prevent CrossSite Tracking? option to
add an additional layer of
privacy to your everyday
web surfing.
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Enhanced Camera options!
If you go to Settings>Camera then you?ll find a
selection of enhanced iOS 11 options for your iPhone
Camera app, including some handy time-savers. For
example, video can be recorded on your iPhone from
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720p right up to 4K, but the quality will eat into your
storage. Thankfully, it tells you exactly how much
space each format takes up if you tap on the ?Record
Video? setting.
Preserve
Settings
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By enabling the ?Grid? option
in the Camera settings a
grid will be overlaid on your
camera feed to help you
apply the ?rule of thirds?. If
you?re doing overhead shots
the crosshairs will appear
to help ensure your device
is level.
If you use particular settings
frequently in Camera then
these settings allow you to
store your preferred modes
so that they?re automatically
selected when launching the
app. You can preserve Mode,
Filter and Live Photo settings.
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Scan QR
Codes
Make the text bolder
If the default text style on your iOS
device is a little too lightweight for your
liking then you can bold it all up by going
to Settings>Display & Brightness and then
turning on the ?Bold Text? option. You will
need to restart your iPhone or iPad after
doing so in order to see the effects.
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FaceTime Live Photos
During FaceTime calls you can tap the
camera icon to quickly snap a Live Photo
and then carry on the call as normal. The
resulting mini-movie will be saved to your
Camera Roll ready for you to view and edit
later. The other person will be notified that
you have taken a snapshot.
Save Storage
There is a feature built
into iOS 11 that allows you
to reclaim vast swathes of
storage simply by changing
the picture format. Tap on
?Formats? and then switch
to ?High Efficiency? for the
space-saving High Efficiency
Image Format (HWIF) and
High Efficiency Video Coding
(HEVC) formats.
By enabling this option you
can empower your iPhone
to read QR codes. Simply
launch your Camera app,
point your iPhone at a QR
code and the camera app
will scan it and then open the
content for you to view.
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Secret
spirit level
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Send/receive money
The Apple Pay Cash feature lets
you send money to family and friends
straight from the Messages app. Go to
Settings>Wallets to add your debit or credit
card as payment and then in Messages, tap
the Apple Pay Cash icon in the app drawer.
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Disable review
prompts
If you get annoyed by prompts popping
up while using a third-party app that
invite you to submit a review at the App
Store then you can stop them by going
to Settings>iTunes & App Stores and
disabling ?In-App Ratings & Reviews?.
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Make GIFs
Your iOS Camera app has
different Live Photos settings, including
Loop and Bounce. The first loops the
Live Photo like a GIF and the second
bounces the video back and forth
repeatedly. Select the effect while
viewing a Live Photo.
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Master Messages
In iOS 11 the way we can express ourselves with text messages has
been greatly enhanced. Effects, sound recordings and hand-written
messages provide more creativity while the Messages app itself is full
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of tricks. You can mute conversations by sliding to the left within one
and selecting ?Hide Alerts?. You will still see the messages when you
open the app, but you won?t be bothered by overly talkative people.
Send content
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Cure your
addiction
The colours displayed on
your iPhone screen are
sometimes too alluring and,
without realising it, you
can become hopelessly
addicted to staring at it.
You can counter this by
going to Settings>
General>Accessibility
and tapping on ?Display
Accommodations?. Now
tap on ?Colour Filters? and
select the ?Greyscale?
option. As if by magic
your screen won?t be as
appealing to look at!
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Track your family
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Use effects
Record messages
You can send audio messages
by pressing and holding on the mic
icon to the right of the text field.
Release the icon to stop recording and
you will then be able to listen to it by
pressing Play, send it by pressing the
up arrow or discard it by tapping the
?X? icon.
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Ensure that family members
have ?Share My Location? activated
in Settings>Privacy and then you
will be able to tap on the ?i? icon in a
message thread and see their location
on a map. Tap on the map then hit
?Directions? to get a route mapped out
straight to them.
Tapping on the App Store icon
will not only allow you to shop for
stickers, games and apps to decorate
your messages, it will allow you to
share songs, GIFs and third-party
app data too. Just swipe through the
options in the app drawer and select
the option you wish to use.
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When you tap on the ?iMessage?
field and start writing, the mic icon
will change to a blue arrow. Press
and hold on this and you will be able
to apply all manner of effects to your
message, both to the text itself or the
background. These only work iPhoneto-iPhone, though.
Listen to your
music on a
countdown timer
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If you enjoy listening to music
as you try to fall asleep then
you don?t have to worry about
it blaring unattended when
you nod off because you can
set it to end on a timer. To do
this, open the Clock app,
select timer and then, under
?When Time Ends?, choose
the ?Stop Playing? option.
Now, if you set a timer for, say,
20 minutes, any music will
stop playing when it expires.
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Record anything!
Not all Apple apps come pre-installed on your
device ? some must be searched for in the App Store.
One such gem is called ?Just press Record? and you can
use it to record anything at the tap of a button. It will even
transcribe dialogue for you.
Create
custom
vibration alerts
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To monitor how much mobile
data you use every month, go to
Settings>Mobile Data and scroll
down to the Mobile Data section.
The stat called ?Current Period?
is the one to keep an eye on. At
the start of each month, go to
Settings>Mobile Data and tap on
the ?Reset Statistics? option and
note how much you use.
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You can create custom
vibration alerts to let you
know when specific people
from your contacts are trying
to call you. Open Contacts
and choose a person, then
tap ?Edit? in the top-right
and select ?Ringtone?. Now
go to Vibration>Create New
Vibration and then tap out
the new pattern. When done,
name and save it.
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Hide notification
previews
If you don?t want preview text from messages
and emails being displayed on your screen
for all to see then you can switch to a simpler
notification. Go to Settings>Notifications>Show
Previews and change it to ?Never? to prevent any
text from being displayed.
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up menu of foreign variants
(this applies to other letters
too). Best of all is the fullstop, which you can hold
to access URL suffixes.
Take still images while
recording video
If you have experienced moments when you are
capturing video but want to take a still image as
well then your luck is in. Simply tap the shutter
button next to the video button and a still image
will be captured alongside the video and saved
to your Photos app.
this, go to Settings>iTunes & App Stores
and tap on ?Video Autoplay?. You can set it to
Wi-Fi-only or turn it off completely.
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Create more personal
response texts
If someone calls your iPhone and for
some reason you are unable to answer,
you can respond instantly with a stock
text that can be sent with a single tap. To
create your own custom alternatives, go to
Settings>Phone>Respond With Text.
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Access
spirit level
Explore in VR
The Maps app has steadily improved with
each new update and iOS 11 added the option
to explore the world?s major cities in virtual
reality with a fully navigational Flyover feature.
Just search for the city then tap ?Flyover? to start
the fun. You can move your device to look
around, just as if you were there!
Close multiple
apps at once
You can close apps by
double-tapping the Home
button and then swiping
up on an app, right? But
did you know that you
can close three apps
simultaneously by swiping
three fingers upwards? It
takes a little getting used
to so start practising!
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Disable auto-play
Sometimes, when you open an
app or game?s App Store page then it will
automatically start playing a trailer. To stop
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Type web addresses quicker
The iPhone keyboard
is a trove of hidden
shortcuts. For example,
press and hold on the ?E?
key and you?ll see a pop-
Quick tips for mastering
your device
If you?re new to iPhone
then you probably don?t
know that it comes with
a useful built-in spirit
level ? why would you? It
comes disguised under the
Compass app, which you
probably never use. Simply
launch that and then swipe
to the left.
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Monitor your data
iOS Insight
Take pictures
more easily
You probably already know
that you can take photos
on your iPhone using the
volume buttons (which
feels more natural), but
did you know that you can
also do it by hitting the
volume button on a pair of
compatible headphones?
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Change the
Home button
The Home button on
modern iPhones isn?t
actually a button; haptic
feedback (or vibrations)
just gives you the
impression that you?re
pressing it. You can alter
the level of vibration on the
Home button by going to
Settings>General>
Home Button.
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iOS Insight
Take Long
Exposure shots
Quick tips for mastering
your device
Long exposure shots are taken when
the camera keeps the shutter open for
an extended period to create blurry,
trail-like movement. To take a long
exposure shot, enable Live Photos in
Camera by tapping the ?Live? icon in
the top bar so that it turns yellow, then
take your shot. Next, open it in your
Photos app, swipe up and then tap
?Details? to reveal the effects screen.
Now scroll down to ?Long Exposure?.
popular, simply tap on
the ?Search? field at the
top of the interface and,
without having to type
anything, a Trending list
will be displayed.
Make music
Another good Apple app that doesn?t come
pre-installed on your device is Music Memos. If you
are in any way musical then this app can be used to
record basic ideas and riffs. What?s more, you can
edit the tempo and add drums or bass ? the app
examines your piece and adds suitable basslines and
rhythms accordingly.
Save websites as PDFs
Saving websites as PDFs was made much
easier of late and now you can annotate them,
share them or store them in a location of your
choice. Simply navigate to a site in Safari then tap
the share button. Select ?Create PDF? from the
bottom row and it will be opened in markup mode.
Tapping ?Done? allows you to save it to your iCloud
Drive or device.
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Find anything
It is easy to forget
about Spotlight, your
iPhone?s most reliable
search engine for finding
content on your iPhone
and beyond. Swipe down
from the top of your
Home screen to access
Spotlight at any time.
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Find out what?s hot
If you find yourself
heading to the App Store
in search of some new
apps to download but
you don?t really know
what?s good or what?s
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Return to top
This is a little-known
iOS classic, but if you
want to quickly return to
the top of a web page
or any other scrollable
content then simply tap
on the time display at the
top of the screen. You will
be taken there instantly.
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Check battery health
As long as you have iOS 11.3
installed you will be able to check the
current battery health of your iPhone. Go
to Settings>Battery and you will see the
?Battery Health? option ? tap this to view
the maximum capacity and other useful
battery-related information.
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Stop vibrations
If you don?t want to waste battery
power on having your iPhone vibrate
whenever you receive a new notification
or call then you can disable it by going
to Settings>Sounds & Haptics. Go to
the ?Sounds and Vibration? section and
disable it for the various features.
Shake
to undo
Another golden oldie that
you may not be aware of,
but if you make a typo
or accidentally delete
something then simply
shake your iPhone and the
last action you performed
will be undone.
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Cursor
navigation
If your iPhone supports
3D Touch then there
is a far less fiddly way
of moving your cursor
to a specific location
when typing. Just press
and hold on the screen
and you will be able to
manually place your
cursor anywhere.
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Get more from Notes
The Notes app has improved massively of late, giving
you far more freedom to add content, such as tables
and images. You can also lock notes by swiping left on
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Pin notes
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Add tables
a note in the folder screen. Doing so will reveal a strip
of icons to Delete, Move or Lock the note ? tap the
padlock icon to secure them.
Save parking
locations
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To clear your web history, go to
Settings>Safari and then tap ?Clear
History and Website Data?. You can
also disable camera and microphone
access and block cookies from here to
boost your security.
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You can create new folders
in which to store groups of apps if
your Home screen is becoming too
cluttered. Press and hold on an app
until the ?X? icons appear and then
drag one icon over another to create a
folder. You can also name it.
If your car is modern enough to
have Bluetooth or CarPlay then go
to Settings>Maps and ensure that
the ?Show Parked Location? option is
enabled. Now, if you forget where you
have parked it will be clearly marked
on a map for your reference.
Cover your tracks
Write or draw
Doing away with old third-party
scanning apps, iOS 11 allows you to
scan straight into your Notes app.
Tap on the ?+? icon and then choose
the ?Scan Documents? option. This
is especially handy for making quick
copies of receipts.
To add a table to a
note, position your cursor
where you want it to go and
then tap on the grid icon
above the keyboard. You
can edit rows or columns by
tapping the ??? icon next to a
row or above a column.
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To write freehand notes or make
sketches or drawings, tap on the
marker pen icon and you will be able
to use the markup tools interface to
draw or write on the screen using your
finger. Obviously a good stylus helps
for this feature.
Previously you had to
move notes of importance to
a separate folder to access
them easily, but in iOS 11 you
can swipe right on a note in
your list and then tap the pin
icon to keep it pinned to the
top of the list.
Transfer files easily
With the Files app you have the iOS 11
equivalent of Finder on the Mac, a place where you
can access and organise files stored on your Mac,
other iOS devices and third-party cloud services
such as Google Drive. Files can be dragged and
dropped between folders or shared by longpressing on a file then choosing the ?Share? option.
If you wear headphones to listen
to music from your device and want
to protect your hearing then go to
Settings>Music>Volume Limit and then
turn on the ?EU Volume Limit? option.
This will then prevent the volume from
going above a certain limit.
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Control your storage
If you are running iOS 11 then it is much easier to keep track of how
much storage space you have consumed on your device and how
much free space remains. To do this, go to Settings>General>iPhone
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Storage and then wait for a few moments for the chart at the top to
populate. This will provide an at-a-glance breakdown of the full storage
capacity of your device.
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The way to manage your iCloud
storage is different. Go to Settings
and tap on your profile at the top, then
select ?iCloud?. Choose it again under
the Storage section and then tap on
?Manage Storage? to see what you do
and don?t need.
Within the iPhone Storage settings
will be recommendations from Apple
on how to save space on your device.
This may range from deleting old
Message attachments to offloading
apps that you no longer use?
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Create shortcuts
If you find yourself writing long words
or phrases repeatedly then you can create
handy shortcuts that will insert the phrase in
full simply by tapping a letter or two. Go to
Settings>General>Keyboards and then tap
on the ?Text Replacement? option. You can
start adding your own by tapping ?+?.
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Siri News suggestions
Siri now pops up in many of your native
apps to offer suggestions based on your
activity and interests. One such app is News.
Check out the ?For You? pane and Siri will
post up suggestions on stories of interest
based on your reading history. It?s a good
time-saver in finding the news you want.
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Offload old apps
Speaking of which? The Offload
feature is a way of removing apps that
you rarely use from your device so that
they don?t take up space, but keeping
the documents and data backed up so
that if you re-download them from the
App Store you will be able to pick up
where you left off.
By tapping on the various
recommendations you will see options
specific to that app. For example,
you can mine down through your
attachments by type and only remove
specific ones rather than all of them.
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Auto-answer
phone calls
If there has been a time when you
can?t take a call on your iPhone
because your hands are dirty then
there is a hidden way to have it
automatically answer the calls.
Go to Settings>General
>Accessibility and you will see an
option called ?Call Audio Routing?.
Tap this and choose ?Auto Answer
Calls? and you will be able to
adjust how many seconds elapse
before the call is automatically
connected. It?s certainly a useful
feature to be aware of.
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iOS Insight
Use AssistiveTouch
Quick tips for mastering
your device
AssistiveTouch is a feature that puts key
functions within easy reach on your Home
screen. You can toggle it on by going to
Settings>General>Accessibility and tapping on
?AssistiveTouch?. You can now turn the option on to
place an icon on your screen that, when tapped,
reveals a menu of options that you can customise.
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Block notifications
If you want to see new notifications
coming in but don?t want them clogging up
your History/Recent Notifications section then
you can prevent them from appearing. Go
to Settings>Notifications and then select the
app you wish to hide. In the app?s notification
settings, turn off the ?Show in History? option.
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Disable app refresh
When apps are constantly refreshing
content in the background then it can be a
huge drain on your battery. To turn this off
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If you accidentally close
your Safari tabs then help
is at hand. Tap on the tabs
icon and then hold down
the ?+? icon. All of your
recently closed tabs will
appear in a list. Simply tap
on one to re-open it.
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Write emails
Like with Messages and Notes, it is
entirely possible to send hand-written emails
thanks to the simple markup interface. To take
advantage of this, tap on the text field and, in
the toolbar that appears, tap the right arrow until
you see the ?Insert Drawing? option. Select this
and you will be able to write and sketch.
for all but the most important apps, go to
Settings>General>Background App Refresh
and then review which apps use it. You?ll be
surprised by how few apps really need it.
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Flash to notify
If you want a more visual alert from your
iPhone when a new notifications comes through
then go to Settings>General>Accessibility
and then activate ?LED Flash for Alerts?. Your
iPhone?s flash will now illuminate to herald a new
notification, making it even harder to miss. This
will drain your iPhone battery faster, though.
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Use iCloud Tabs
If you start reading a web article on your
Mac and want to continue on your iPhone later,
as long as both devices are connected to the
same iCloud account then you can tap on the
bookmarks icon while in Safari and then scroll
down to iCloud Tabs showing the pages open
on your other devices.
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Get Message receipts
If you want to check that the text
messages that you send are being read then go
to Settings>Messages and toggle on the ?Send
Read Receipts? option. You will now get visual
confirmation within a Messages thread that
your text message has been received and read
(they?re just ignoring you!).
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Disable predictive text
The bane of many of our lives, predictive
text sometimes turns words you are writing into
something else without you asking it to, which
can lead to much mirth. To disable it altogether,
go to Settings>General>Keyboards and turn
off ?Predictive?. You can now write freely but any
mistakes are purely down to you!
Change
search engine
If you want to change
your default Safari
search engine, go to
Settings>Safari and tap on
the ?Search Engine? option.
You can now choose an
alternate search engine,
including the more private
DuckDuckGo engine.
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closed tabs
Swipe pages
In Safari, while
viewing web pages you
can swipe left or right to
go backwards or forwards
a screen respectively. This
is certainly quicker than
using the onscreen arrows.
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Save for
offline
Web pages can be saved
for you to read later offline
by tapping on the share
icon and choosing the
?Add to Reading List? icon.
Tap the bookmarks icon
and select the middle tab
(Reading List) to view
saved content.
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Settings
Use Google?s
Gboard keyboard
Ditch the built-in iOS keyboard for Google?s fabulous
alternative and make use of its extra range of features
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ou don?t have to stick with the iOS keyboard.
Instead, you can swap it for a host of third-party
alternatives, one of which is Gboard which has
been made by Apple?s rival Google. Many reckon it?s the
best keyboard out there and it certainly works well. Not
only is it seamless but it adds some cool functions that we
reckon you?ll make use of.
Ever fancied incorporating drawings into your emails,
for instance? By tapping the emoji symbol on Gboard and
selecting the pen icon, you can do just that, pasting it into
your message. Need to search the web for a URL? Do it
from Gboard not Safari. You can also search for GIFs and
even create your own and there?s instant access to the
settings, too, so you can toggle between auto-correct,
character preview, number rows and even a convenient
one-handed mode.
You?ll be surprised how much functionality Gboard can add
to your iPhone, such as GIF creation!
Step-by-step Install and set up Gboard
1 Download Gboard
To use Gboard, you need to download
it first so go to the App Store and search for
Gboard. After you have installed it, open the
Settings app and go to General>Keyboard.
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2 Add a new keyboard
Tap the option Keyboards at the top of
the screen and the settings will show you the
keyboards you currently have at your disposal.
To include Gboard, tap ?Add New Keyboard?.
3 Select Gboard
Since you have just installed it, you
should now see Gboard within the list of your
third-party iOS keyboards. Simply tap this
entry to begin using it.
When a smiley face appears next to the space bar, tap it and you can search
for emojis and GIFs by typing terms such as ?wow?.
Make good use of Gboard
Gboard has lots of cool features that are not only
convenient but also save you lots of time
Search for visual content
Tap YouTube to include a video. Should
you need an image or GIF, use the Search
option and tap the photo and GIF tabs
that appear at the bottom of the screen.
Type without
lifting your fingers
Find websites
To speed up your typing,
use the glide option which
lets you input your words
by tapping the first letter
and leaving your finger on
the keyboard for the rest.
Tap the ?G? icon in the top left-hand
corner of Gboard and this search facility
appears. Tap Search and enter some
words to view and use webpage URLs.
One-handed mode
Knowledge base
Make your own GIFs
Tap this Globe key and you can switch
to one-handed mode, selecting left or
right as needed.
Want to use your iPhone camera to
make GIFs? Tap the emoji button on
the Gboard keyboard, select ?GIF? and
choose ?My GIFs?. Tap on the ?Make A
GIF? icon and allow access to your iOS
camera before pointing at a subject,
holding the shutter button for three
seconds, tapping ?Send? and pasting it
into a message.
Hold down the spacebar on the keyboard
and you can input words using your voice.
Allow access to the keyboard and be
aware that Google sends your words to its
server for transcribing.
4 Allow full access
The keyboard will now appear under your
main keyboard list. Tap the entry again and
toggle the option ?Allow Full Access?. You will
be prompted to confirm this so select ?Allow?.
Voice type
5 Alter the settings
Press the Home button and open
Gboard. There are lots of settings available to
you here so go down the lists under Keyboard
settings, Search settings and Themes.
6 Use the keyboard
Now press Home to quit and open any
app that makes use of a keyboard such as
Notes. When a keyboard appears, tap the
globe icon and select Gboard from the list.
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Phone
Master iPhone call secrets
There is more to calling and receiving calls on your iPhone
than you might think?
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aking and receiving calls on the iPhone is easy and
there is nothing to it but it is possible to customise the
settings and tweak them a little. In both the iPhone
settings and Accessibility settings there are a few features that
you can play around with. For example, you can enable autoanswer and direct incoming calls to the speaker, and you can
get Siri to call people. These are great when your hands are dirty
and you don?t want to transfer that dirt to the iPhone.
You can also hide your phone number when calling
people, listen to your own music when on hold, create custom
responses for when you can?t take calls, flash the light with calls,
and more. Let?s dive in to the iPhone?s settings.
iPhone tweaks
Customise the Accessibility settings
Good vibrations
Vibration can be on or off
and it is a global setting for
everything. It is useful to have
vibration on when the phone
is in silent mode so you can
tell when someone calls.
You can do a lot with your iPhone?s
Phone app, like listen to music?
Call Audio Routing
Press here and there are
options to always answer on
Bluetooth or speaker.
Auto-answer can be enabled
and you can choose the
number of rings to wait
before automatically
answering a call.
LED alerts
Press here and set the iPhone
to flash the light when there
is a call. There is a separate
option to flash when the
phone is set to silent and this
is useful for spotting calls.
Knowledge base
Field test your iPhone
There is a secret mode that can be
accessed by entering the following
code, *#3001#12345#*. A screen
appears with the title Field Test and
it provides a lot of detailed technical
information organised into categories
like SIM Info, Serving Cell Info and
several more. The information will not
mean much to most people, but it is
interesting to see.
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Noise cancellation
The iPhone can use the
microphone on the back side
to listen for noise around
you and then automatically
reduce it in the call. You
and the receiver will hear
more clearly.
You can tell who is calling you without taking your phone out of your pocket.
Go to Settings>Phone>Announce Calls and set it to ?Always?.
Step-by-step Customise the iPhone?s call settings
1 Call with Siri
2 Call on speaker
3 Hide your number
4 Listen to music
5 Dial extensions
6 Custom responses
1 Auto-answer calls
2 Always use speaker
Instead of typing numbers or searching
for contacts, just ask Siri to call people. Say
?Hey Siri? or long-press the Home button and
say ?Call...? followed by their name.
Plug earphones in and you can listen to
music during a call, which is handy when you
are on hold for ten minutes. Press Home, tap
?Music? and select a track. Only you hear it.
Siri can do more than just call contacts;
it can direct the output to where you want
it. For example, say ?Hey Siri, call Bob on
speakerphone? or whoever the name is.
Automatically dial an extension after
calling someone. Open the contact and tap
?Edit?. After their number, tap +*# and press
Pause or Wait, then the extension.
When you call someone your number
appears on their screen, but it can be hidden.
Type #31# on the keyboard followed by the
number. The call is displayed as private.
When you don?t have time to pick up,
use a custom text response. Go to Settings>
Phone>Respond with text. Tap a response
and change it to your own text response.
Explore the secret
phone settings
Not all of the call settings are in
Settings>Phone ? some come under
the different subject heading of
Accessibility. The options here include
where to send the output from the caller
and the choices available are Automatic,
Bluetooth Headset and Speaker. Add
the option to auto-answer incoming calls
and you can control when to answer and
how to receive the call. There are more
Accessibility settings, such as vibration
and phone noise cancellation.
If your hands are dirty and you don?t
want to touch your iPhone, go to Settings>
General>Call Audio Routing>Auto-Answer
Calls and turn it on.
Another tip is to always answer calls on
the speaker. Go to Settings>General>
Call Audio Routing and select ?Speaker? and
you can auto-answer calls on speaker.
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Safari
Master Safari on the iPhone
Learn iOS Safari secrets and access functions that you didn?t
know it had with these top tips
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afari looks straightforward and it is but hidden behind the
simple controls are a lot of features you may not realise it
has. It has more menus, functions and options than you
might think and unlocking the browser?s secrets is easy. Many
hidden features can be accessed by using 3D touch on newer
iPhones which can detect how hard you press on the screen.
There are two levels and a firm press accesses hidden features.
If you have an older iPhone or iPad without 3D touch, just press
and hold instead.
Hidden menus pop up with 3D touch and provide additional
functions and you can discover a lot by 3D touching everywhere.
Almost everything responds.
Customise Safari
Change search and suggestions
Get search
suggestions
When typing into Safari?s
address box the selected
search engine will suggest
popular searches. Is this
useful, an irritation, or even
a privacy issue? Turn it on
or off as you prefer.
Knowledge base
The Safari app has more hidden features than Apple?s other
bolt-on apps and is well worth exploring?
Select your
search engine
Choose the search engine to
use from Google, Bing, Yahoo
and DuckDuckGo. If you
value your privacy, set Search
Engine to use DuckDuckGo
because it has less tracking
than the others.
Quick Website
Search
When website searches are
used, such as at Wikipedia,
Safari stores the details when
the Quick Website Search
setting is on. You can then
search sites like Wikipedia by
typing ?wiki steve jobs?. Tap
the search suggestion.
More Safari secrets
Hidden features are everywhere and
there are even more waiting to be
discovered. 3D/long-press the ?Done?
button on the tabs view to close all the
tabs with one tap. 3D/long-press the
reload button next to the address box
to request the desktop website. Longpress the icons in the favourites view to
edit or delete them.
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Preload Top Hit
When typing into the address
box Safari suggests sites and
queries. When this setting is
on, Safari loads the page you
most likely want for speed.
However, it can increase
mobile data usage.
Long-press an image on a web page to display a menu of actions, such as
opening it in a new tab, saving or sharing it.
Step-by-step Top browser tips and tricks
1 Close Mac Safari
2 Show link options
3 Open closed tabs
4 Quick tab menu
5 Jump back
6 Search options
1 Add shortcuts
2 Customise the activities
If you left your Mac or iPad with Safari
open you can close the tabs from the iPhone.
Press the tabs button, swipe up to show
iCloud tabs, then swipe left to close them.
Tap Safari?s tab button and normally
open tabs are displayed. 3D or long-press it
and a menu is displayed that enables you to
close this or all tabs or open new ones.
3D touch or long-press a link on a web
page to display a menu with options to open
it, open in a new tab, add to your reading list,
copy it or share it. This is so useful.
Safari?s back button takes you to the
previous web page, but 3D touch/long-press
it and the complete history is shown. Tap any
page in the list to jump straight to it.
Press the tabs button and close tabs by
tapping the cross in the corner. To see a list
of tabs you recently closed, long-press the
plus button. Tap a tab to reopen it.
Type into the address box and,
depending on Safari?s settings, several items
are displayed. At the bottom is On This Page.
Tap it to search the current web page.
Exploring the
Safari activities
Like many iOS apps, Safari has an
?Activities? button at the bottom of the
screen and pressing it displays two rows
of actions. Swipe across each row to view
them all. Some of the activities are built
into iOS and are always present but others
are added by apps that are installed, such
as Facebook, Twitter, Notes apps and
so on. Both of the activities lists can be
customised by tapping the ?More? button
at the far right-hand side.
Some websites can be as good as apps.
For example, go to Twitter in Safari, tap
Activities>Add to Home Screen and a Twitter
Lite icon is added. Delete the Twitter app.
To customise the activities menu press
More at the right and use the on/off switches
to show/hide icons. Press and drag the three
lines to move items up or down the list.
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Amazon Alexa
Ask Alexa for help
on an iPhone
Siri?s virtual assistant rival Alexa can now be called
upon direct from within its iOS app
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lthough you are almost certainly acquainted
with Apple?s virtual assistant, Siri, it is not the
only service which allows voice control. Its rivals
include Google Assistant and Microsoft?s Cortana, but
Amazon?s Alexa has arguably taken the lead, not only
answering most queries you throw at it but proving
expandable thanks to the availability of a huge number of
third-party skills.
Alexa on iOS now gives you access to its entire featureset so anything you can do on an Echo device can be
carried out on your iPhone or iPad. It means you can
listen to music, make use of skills, ask questions and
even control your smart devices. But it goes further. If you
ask for the weather, for instance, it will show the results
onscreen rather than just inform you verbally.
If you have room for another virtual assistant in your life
then you can now access Alexa on iPhone?
Step-by-step Set up Alexa interactions
1 Update Alexa app
Go to the App Store and install or
update the Alexa app on your iPhone. Tap
?Open? to launch the app (or tap on the Alexa
app icon from your Home screen).
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2 Tap Alexa button
If you have an Echo device, you?ll be used
to saying, ?Alexa? before your commands.
With the app on your iPhone, you need to tap
the blue button at the bottom of the screen.
3 First time setup
Since this is your first time with Alexa on
iOS, you must set it up first. You do this by
tapping ?Allow? when prompted and agreeing
to allow Alexa to access your microphone.
Looking for things to do with Alexa? Tap the top-left menu button within the
app and select ?Things To Try? for lots of suggestions.
Find and use Alexa skills
Amazon has given Alexa the ability to carry out many tasks
but third-party developers have created some additional skills
Skills screen
You can reach this screen
by tapping the menu button
in the top-left corner and
selecting ?Skills? from the list
of options.
View your skills
You can look for skills using
the search engine and if you
tap ?Your Skills? you can see
which ones you have enabled.
Tapping an unwanted skill
here lets you disable it.
Enabling skills
If you like the look of a skill,
you can tap to see exactly
what it does and how to use
it. You can then tap ?Enable?
and it will be added to
Alexa?s repertoire.
Knowledge base
Make phone calls
Categories of skills
Alexa allows you to make calls as well
as send and receive messages. To set
this up, you need to tap the message
icon in the app and input your mobile
number on the next screen. You?ll be
sent an access code to input. After
that, you can enable ?Drop In? and use
Alexa as an intercom. You can also
allow Alexa to access your contacts.
There are many skills
categories ranging from
food and drink to health and
fitness. Tapping ?Categories?
helps you discover skills more
easily. You can also view
new arrivals.
4 Allow location access 5 Issue a command
You should also let Alexa access your
location if you?d like it to give you area-specific
responses. Once you?ve done this, a list of
suggested phrases will appear. Tap ?Done?.
Now you?ll see a flashing line at the
bottom of the screen. It appears whenever you
press the Alexa button and it shows the app is
listening for a command. Ask for something.
6 See the response
If Alexa is able to answer your query then
it will appear on the screen. You can now
press the Alexa button again to ask something
else or tap the ?X? in the top-right corner.
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YouTube Music
Master YouTube Music
Apple Music has a serious competitor in YouTube Music.
Get to know Google?s new audio app?
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any Apple Music rivals would hardly be worth
mentioning but Google is different and it is worth taking
a look at this alternative music service. Google has
dabbled with audio with the Play Music app for iOS and while
it is not dead, it must surely be just a matter of time. YouTube
Music is the future for Google. The app gets to know you when
it is first run by presenting a long list of artists and asking you
to select your favourites. As you listen to music you can also
indicate your likes and dislikes and this information is then used
to recommend and suggest tracks, albums, artists and playlists
you might like. YouTube Music has an excellent range of features
in free mode but also a few limitations.
Explore the interface
The buttons and menus you need
Next track
When playing music take
a look at the bottom of
the screen to see the next
track to be played. Swipe
up to see a full list of the
upcoming tracks and
change the play order.
If you?re tempted to explore alternate music services then
YouTube Music is a potential contender?
Show hidden buttons
Tap the image at the top to show
hidden buttons. This one sends
the output to other devices, like
an Apple TV or HomePod. A
button at the top sends it to a
Chromecast TV.
Menu icon
This icon is everywhere! Press it
to show a menu which changes
depending on the item it is
associated with. This one lets you
share the track, add it to playlists
and more.
Knowledge base
Free vs paid
The biggest limitation of YouTube
Music in free mode is that you cannot
turn the screen off or listen to music
while you use another app. YouTube
Music has to be visible on the screen.
The Download option is another
subscription-only feature and in free
mode the app has to be online to
stream music. You?ll find there are
occasional ads too.
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Like and dislike
Buttons either side of the play
controls enable you to show
whether you like or dislike the
current track. The app learns
what sort of music you prefer and
shows you more.
There are buttons and gestures everywhere, so tap everything and swipe
everything to discover even more features than we have covered here.
Step-by-step A quick guide to the interface
1 Browse the suggestions 2 Search for music
YouTube Music?s home screen is packed
with suggestions and it is different every time
the app is started. Swipe up and down and
left and right to view albums and artists.
Google is the search king and the
search box at the top is a great way to find
music. Tap it and start typing. Tap a search
suggestion or press the Search button.
3 Browse search results
4 Open the menu
5 Create custom radio
6 Explore song options
1 Open your library
2 Access playlist options
Every search result has a three dots
icon on the right to display a menu. The
options depend on the item and if an artist is
selected there is an option to start radio.
Start a radio and a music playlist is
automatically created based on music similar
to that from the artist. Swipe up to see the
playlist and drag tracks to reorder them.
The search results screen is excellent
and is organised into sections. Press the
buttons at the top or swipe up/down to see
everything. Press a song to begin playing it.
Back on the search results screen, tap
the three dots next to a song and this menu
appears. Queue it, add to liked songs and
playlists, and swipe up to see more options.
Creating Playlists
and adding likes
There are several ways to build up your
music collection and pressing the three
dots next to items lets you add to playlists,
albums, songs and artists. Browse the
music suggestions on the home screen,
use the search facility to find music,
use the like and dislike buttons, and tell
the app what you prefer to listen to. An
interesting feature is that music video
playlists previously created on the YouTube
website also appear in the music app.
Press Library and at the top are recently
played albums/tracks/artists. Swipe and tap
to listen. Press the Last Played arrow for
music played today, last week or last month.
Press Playlists and press one to see the
tracks and play it. Press the three dots next
to a playlist to play it, shuffle the tracks, edit
it, start radio based on the genre and more.
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10 ways to...
Speed up an old iPhone or iPad
Recover lost performance on your iPhone or iPad with these top tips
O
ld iPhones and iPads slow down over
time and there are several reasons why,
but the number one has to be a weak
battery. Go to Settings>Battery>Battery Health
(beta) and make sure iOS is not limiting the
performance of the device ? if it is, replace the
battery to speed it up.
Assuming the battery is okay, what else
might cause the iPhone or iPad to run slowly?
Running short of space, constantly checking the
location, poor Wi-Fi, too many apps running in
the background, and so on. Here we take a look
at some of the many tweaks that help to keep
older iPhones and iPads running smoothly. Each
one in itself does little, but the combined effect
of all of them can make the device noticeably
better. Get tweaking!
Boost iOS performance
More speed-up tricks for your iOS device
Check settings
There are even more settings
to boost performance if you
back up a level. For example,
go to Settings>Notifications
and turn off notifications for
apps that are unimportant.
Less work for iOS means
faster speed.
1
Delete unused apps
2
Swipe away apps
Old iPhones and iPads struggle
for storage space and may run more
slowly when it is nearly full. Free up
some storage space by going to
Settings>General>iPhone Storage. Tap
apps and then either offload them or delete
them to free up space.
Double-tap Home to show the task
switcher and see how many apps are
suspended in the background. Swipe up to
dismiss them. Some people say you don?t
need to do this but we find it helps on very
old iPhones and iPads with limited memory.
Avoid VPNs
Many speed-up tips
involve reducing the
amount of work the iPhone
or iPad has to do and
avoiding VPN software.
VPNs offer security and
privacy but can be slow.
Reset options
There are two reset
options and all settings
can be reset ? useful if you
get into a muddle. All the
content and settings can
also be erased to make
the device faster.
Knowledge base
Battery power and apps
There is no single thing that causes the
iPhone or iPad to slow down ? it is a
combination of many little things. Make
sure the battery is in good condition and
check the status every month when the
device grows old. Try to keep apps to
the minimum and avoid filling the device
with apps you hardly ever use.
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Shut down
It can be beneficial on
old iPhones and iPads to
close all apps from the
task switcher screen and
then to shut down. Do this
once a week and see if it
improves the performance.
A factory reset is one of the best ways to boost the speed of an iPhone or
iPad. It resets everything, clears out junk, and more.
3
Background
5 activity
6
Restart
After freeing up space and
closing suspended apps, restart
the iPhone or iPad. Press and hold
the sleep/wake button until ?Slide
to power off? appears and then
slide and shut down. Wait a few
seconds and then press and hold
sleep/wake to restart the device.
Some apps refresh in the
background which can affect the
performance. Go to Settings>
General>Background App
Refresh and only allow apps that
are essential like Mail, Calendar,
Maps and so on.
Faster internet
When the Wi-Fi network has
a poor signal or when you are
using public Wi-Fi and there are
too many people on it, it may be
faster to use mobile data. Go to
Settings>Mobile Data and turn
on Wi-Fi Assist. Take care not to
exceed your data limit if it is low.
Remove
4 widgets
If there are a lot of widgets on
the Today screen (pull down and
swipe right), they could contribute
to the device?s workload. Scroll
down to the bottom and press
?Edit?, then remove any widgets
you do not use.
Disable
services
7 location
10
Get iOS 12
iOS 12 is only available
as a beta right now but it will
soon be available and those
testing it say it noticeably boosts
the speed of old devices. Go
to Settings>General>Software
Update and install iOS 12 as soon
as it becomes available.
The iPhone can constantly
monitor its location using GPS,
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and, while a
few apps need to know your exact
location, many do not. Turn off
Location Services in the Privacy
section of Settings.
Reduce
8 motion
Graphic effects and animations
may look nice, but the extra time
they take and the increased
workload for the iPhone or iPad
makes it a bit slower. Go to
Settings>General>Accessibility>
Reduce Motion and turn off.
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Factory reset
Resetting an iPhone or iPad
erases everything which can
breathe new life into an old device.
Only do this if you have backed up
everything to your Mac or iCloud.
Go to Settings>Reset>Erase All
Content and Settings. Log into
your Apple account afterwards.
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iTunes Store
Download new
ringtones
Discover where to find the latest ringtones in the
iTunes Store and install them on your iPhone
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ew iPhones come with a wide range of
ring and alert tones as standard, but if
you want to personalise your device and
apply ringtones that are a little more unique, be
they quirky or cool, then there is a dedicated wing
of the iTunes Store full of the latest ringtones. You
can jump there quickly from your Settings app (go
to Sounds & Haptics>Ringtone>Tone Store), but
if you are browsing in the iTunes Store anyway
then we will show you how to access the Tone
Store from there. You can also provide even easier
access to the Tone Store within the iTunes Store
app by tapping on More<Edit and dragging the
Tones icon down into the Dock. Tap ?Done? to
complete the edit and then you can access the
latest tones straight from your iTunes Store Dock.
Step-by-step Shop for new ringtones
1 Tap on Genres
Open the iTunes Store app and make
sure ?Music? is selected at the bottom. You
should now see a ?Genres? option in the topleft corner of the screen ? tap on this.
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2 Browse tones
In the genres is a ?Tones? category. Tap
on this to display all of the tone genres and
then select one (such as ?Comedy?). Tap on
the price to purchase and download a tone.
The Tone Store is a specialist wing of the iTunes
Store that is packed with the latest ringtones.
Ideal for personalising your iPhone
3 Install ringtone
Your ringtone will download. Now quit
the iTunes Store and go to Settings>Sounds
& Haptics and tap on ?Ringtone?. Select your
new tone from the bottom of the list.
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Apple Watch
Prepare Apple Watch
for watchOS 5
It?s not long until Apple releases the latest update for
its Watch but how do you ensure a smooth upgrade?
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A
pple unveiled watchOS 5 at WWDC 2018,
injecting fresh love for its popular wearable. It?s
been available as a beta for a few months, letting
developers and the curious take a sneak peek. But it?s
being rolled out to everyone around September so it?s time
to consider taking action.
Ultimately you want to ensure you can get your hands
on the new operating system as soon as it is released and
you can do this by freeing up space on both your iPhone
and Apple Watch. That?s because installing watchOS 5 is
dependent on a successful upgrade to iOS 12. One thing?s
for sure, you won?t want a message telling you there?s not
enough room come watchOS 5 launch day.
Instead, when the time comes, you?ll want to be able
to simply open the Watch app on your iPhone, navigate to
General, tap ?Software Update? and get going. Just make
sure your Watch is on its charger when you do and juiced
to at least 50 per cent.
Updating your Watch is easy, but there is still prep work you
can do to make the transition run smoother?
Step-by-step Get ready for watchOS 5
1 Check your iPhone
Apple Watch upgrades via an iPhone, with
watchOS 5 requiring iOS 12. It means you?ll
also need to upgrade your iPhone so check for
space at Settings>General>iPhone Storage.
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2 Free up room
The iOS 12 public beta has required 4GB
of free storage space so if you don?t have
this much room, begin cleaning up. Scroll to
identify the space hoggers and note the sizes.
3 Check Watch space
Tap the apps you don?t need and select
?Delete App?. Go to the Watch app on your
iPhone, tap ?My Watch? and go to General>
About. Note how much space is available.
Don?t forget, your Apple Watch automatically backs up to your companion
iPhone, allowing it to be restored if anything goes wrong when upgrading.
What can you expect to see?
The official release of watchOS 5 is due in September
so what awaits you when you upgrade?
Upgrade with ease
Looking set for a busy day? You
can schedule Do Not Disturb so
that you won?t be bothered for a set
amount of time, or until you leave
your current location.
Siri updates
The updated Siri watch face will be
more intelligent, predicting when
you will need certain features such
as the football score following your
favourite team?s match.
Walkie-Talkie
If you?re about to set off for work
and you want to know if a colleague
is ready to be picked up, open a
Walkie Talkie app, choose a contact
and press to talk via your wrist.
Knowledge base
Can I upgrade my first-gen
Apple Watch?
New activity features
Simple answer: no. Unfortunately for
early adopters, Apple?s forthcoming
watchOS 5 release is not going to be
compatible with the first-generation
Apple Watch (those purchased at
launch in 2015). It is only going to be
available for the Series 1, Series 2 and
Series 3 models released from 2016.
4 Remove Watch data
Ideally have at least 300MB free. Remove
unwanted apps under My Watch by scrolling
to the section ?Installed on Apple Watch?. Tap
an app and toggle Show App to off.
As well as being able to compete
with others in Activity competitions
and have the watch automatically
detect when you?re exercising,
watchOS 5 has new workouts and
new running features.
5 Limit photo storage
Remaining in the My Watch tab, select
Photos>Photos Limit and reduce it to free
space. Remove music by tapping ?Music? and
turning off unwanted auto-added playlists.
6 Clear up Messages
Now grab your Watch. Open Messages
and identify messages you don?t want. Swipe
left and tap ?Delete? to remove them. This will
free space and spring-clean your device.
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Apple Watch
Prevent Apple Watch
launching Now Playing
Stop your Watch from automatically displaying the
currently playing song
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A
lthough watchOS 5 is almost upon us, some
features from watchOS 4 have not been touched.
One of them is the default setting that ensures
audio apps playing songs or podcasts will always appear
when you wake the screen. This can be handy since it
lets you adjust audio without opening the relevant app. At
the same time, it can be annoying if all you want to do is
check the time, the date or your current Activity data ?
you need to clear them from the screen before accessing
such things.
So here we look at how you can change the situation
and prevent Now Playing from appearing automatically.
Of course it also means you?ll have to open the Music
app if you do want to alter the volume or access the play
and pause controls but there is a nice little workaround to
ensure you don?t need to scour around the app-launcher
to do so. Over these pages, we show you the simple steps
needed to achieve all of this.
There is a workaround to ensure that Now Playing isn?t
displayed every time you wake your Watch up?
Step-by-step Ensure the time always appears
1 Play some music
When your Apple Watch plays music, the
Now Playing screen will automatically appear
when the screen is woken. If you don?t like
this, press the Digital Crown.
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2 Select Settings
This will take you to the home screen of
your Apple Watch. You can now go ahead and
tap the Settings icon which is where the ability
to prevent auto-launching is located.
3 Begin to stir
We?re now on our way to ensuring that
the time rather than Now Playing appears
upon waking. Scroll down the Settings screen
until you are about halfway and tap ?General?.
The Now Playing screen will also appear if you are playing audio through a
third-party iPhone app with an Apple Watch extension
Now Playing complication
How to retain easy access to Now Playing
Lots of information
When you raise your wrist and the
watch face appears, you will be
able to see what audio is currently
playing as well as other information
such as the time and date.
Find a flexible
Watch face
Press down on your Watch face
and swipe left and right until you
discover one that allows text-based
complications (such as Modular).
Press ?Customise? to reach a screen
such as this.
Highlight area
Locate the area of the screen that
you can use for text complications
and turn the Digital Crown until you
arrive at Now Playing. Press the
Digital Crown twice to set it.
Knowledge base
Disable music autolaunching on iPhone
As well as disabling auto-launch on
your Watch, you can do the same on
your iPhone. Open the Watch app on
your handset and select ?My Watch?.
Select General and tap ?Wake Screen?.
As with the settings on your Watch,
you?ll see Auto-Launch Audio Apps.
Ensure the button is toggled to off.
4 Tap Wake Screen
Within the General settings screen, you
should see an option marked Wake Screen (it
is three entries down). Tap this and you will be
taken to a list of related options.
Select Now Playing
You will be able to access the
controls for the currently playing
audio by tapping its name on
your Watch face. This prevents
you having to access the applauncher first.
5 Check auto-launch
You will notice the button next to AutoLaunch Audio Apps is green which means
Now Playing will appear when you raise your
wrist if music or a podcast has been selected.
6 Toggle the switch
To prevent this ? and to ensure the time
will display instead of Now Playing ? toggle the
button so that it is greyed out. You can now
press the Digital Crown to exit.
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iTunes
Switch between letterbox
and full-screen formats
Make better use of your television display by eliminating the
black bands at the top and bottom of the screen
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P
icture the scene: you?re
settling down to watch
a movie, you?ve got your
popcorn to hand and a cool
refreshing drink and suddenly you
find your blood boiling. Two, big,
ugly black bands fill up the top
and bottom of the screen and you
wonder why you ever invested in your
otherwise gorgeous widescreen TV.
They are, of course, there for a
reason. Our 16:9 ratio tellies are
unable to display the wider formats of
cinema, so if you want the full picture
? particularly those breathtaking
vistas of the 2.39:1-ratio blockbusters
? then you may have to put up with it.
If, however, such things are less
important than making full use of your
screen, then Apple has introduced
a simple feature that lets you switch
between the formats. Here we look at
how it?s done and the difference
it makes.
We show you how to remove those pesky
black borders from your favourite films
Step-by-step Toggle Apple TV?s letterbox mode
1 Launch iTunes
When you?re ready to watch a film you
have a number of choices. One of the most
popular is iTunes which lets you buy or rent a
host of movies. Launch this app on Apple TV.
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2 Choose a movie
Search through the available films and
select one you?d like to watch. Decide whether
you?d like to preview, buy or rent the film. It will
then play on your TV screen.
3 Check the format
If the movie has been filmed with an
aspect ratio higher than your TV display (Black
Panther, shown here, was released at 2.39:1),
black bands will appear above and below.
In order to use the function, ensure that your Apple TV has been upgraded to
at least tvOS 11.3 via the Settings app.
See the difference between the two modes
How does expanding a movie to fit your television screen affect the way the film looks?
Black bands
Television screens today have an aspect ratio of 1.78:1
(or 16 wide by nine high). If a movie or programme has
been filmed in a higher ration (typically between 1:85:1
to 2.39:1), black bands will appear.
Cutting the edges
The movie Logan has an aspect
ratio of 2.39:1 so when we
toggle the full-screen mode,
it has an effect on the picture.
Most notably, the sides of the
picture are cut away.
Knowledge base
Use the Zoom option
Or rather, don?t! The Zoom option in
Apple TV?s Settings (General>
Accessibility>Zoom) is not made for
displaying letterbox-formatted films
in full-screen on your TV. Trying to do
this will place a pan box in the top-left
corner and mess up the screen. It is for
people with visual impairments.
4 Tap your remote
In order to fit the picture to your screen,
thereby removing the letterbox format, you
need to grab your Siri remote and lightly
double-tap the touchpad. Don?t click it.
Make a decision
The debate over whether
you should remove the
bars has raged for years.
Film buffs will tell you that
retaining them ensures
you?re watching all of
the movie in the way the
director intended.
5 View full-screen
You will now see that the film is filling the
full screen, with the black bars removed. If you
don?t like what you?re seeing then just lightly
double-tap the touchpad again.
Top and bottom
The top and bottom of the
picture in the full-screen mode
is not affected, so you don?t
lose anything from this area of
the screen.
6 Altering side bars
This Siri Remote feature also works if you
are watching a film that is displaying with black
bands to the sides of the screen, as we found
when viewing the amazing Toy Story.
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products on the planet, but even they have their moments. We?re here
to give you expert advice and get you back up and running in no time
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Activity
Monitor
This app is installed on
all Macs and lets you
view all of the processes
running on your Mac,
including apps and
background processes,
to highlight significant
drains on the CPU.
Handoff Mode
This is a feature of iOS
and macOS that lets you
start something on one
device and then pick
up where you left off on
another. Both devices
must be running the
latest operating systems,
have Bluetooth and
Handoff mode enabled
and be running on the
same Wi-Fi network.
Using the new Rounded Corners option in
Pages gives your charts a friendlier feel
I recently updated Pages and the ?new? rounded charts just look
the same as normal ? am I missing something? Jo Moss
Recovery
Mode
Introduced with OS X
10.7 Lion, Recovery
Mode is an HD partition
that makes it possible to
troubleshoot issues with
your Mac and run First
Aid. You can initiate it by
restarting and holding the
Cmd+R keys.
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1 Add a chart
When you first add content
from the ?Chart? menu it will
appear as standard, with the
familiar square edges. Open up
the Format sidebar by clicking on
the paintbrush icon.
2 Start smoothing 3 Outside only
Ensure that the chart is
selected on the page and you will
see the new ?Rounded Corners?
option in the sidebar. Simply click
and hold on the slider to adjust
the curvature of the chart.
If you tick the ?Outside
Corners Only? option only the
tops of the bars will be curved.
It adds a certain warmth to your
charts which they may have been
lacking previously.
To prevent Safari from building a search history, open the iOS app, tap the
tabs icon and then select ?Private? to open a new private Safari tab.
Is there a way to delete cookie data from individual
websites without affecting the entire cache? Chris Norgrove
Delete data
Stored data
When you identify data
you?d like to remove, tap
the red icon to the left of
its name and then a red
?Delete? option will appear
to the right ? tap this.
Lots of data will have been
stored given the amount
of browsing most of us do.
Go to Settings>Safari>
Advanced and then tap on
the ?Edit? option in the topright corner of the screen.
Clear all data
Select a site
Scroll to the bottom of the
screen and you can select
to remove all of the website
data by tapping this
button. It does not affect
your browser history.
The entries are shown in
order of data size with the
largest at the top. To see
everything, you will need to
tap on the ?Show All Sites?
option and keep scrolling.
My iPhone SE thinks that there are headphones connected and
as such I can?t hear my music or alarms ? why? Ellie Wordsworth
It may be that there is a bit of debris stuck in the
headphone port? If not then you could try these
possible fixes, although if they don?t work then you
may have to take it to your nearest Apple store is see
if any of the geniuses there can fix it. If your iPhone is
quite old then it may be time for a trade.
using other
putting it in
hard-resetting
functions
Airplane mode
the device
1 Try
2 Try
3 Try
Is it only music you can?t hear?
Try setting an alarm and check if
you can hear that. It might be a
problem with the hardware.
Swipe up to access your Control
Centre and then tap the Airplane
icon to kill all connections. Leave
for a few minutes and disable.
If that fails then try hard-resetting
your device. Press and hold the
Sleep/Wake and Home buttons
until the Apple logo appears.
Apple
Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
How can I copy my
favourite bookmarks
to a flash drive and
then transfer them to a
different computer?
They should all be
synced automatically if
both Macs are running
High Sierra and Safari is
turned on in your iCloud
System Preferences. If
you wish to manually
copy the bookmarks
across then you can by
going to Users>Home>
Library>Safari and
then dragging the
?Bookmarks.plist? file to
your flash drive. On your
other Mac, just drag this
file to the same location.
I?m trying to find my
StickiesDatabase file
using macOS High
Sierra 10.13.6, but
even when I search my
computer it doesn?t
appear. Do you know
what I am missing?
Performing a
?StickiesDatabase?
search in Spotlight
doesn?t reveal this
file, but you can find
it yourself by going to
Users>Home>Library>
StickiesDatabase.
Is there a quick way to
get general help with
using my new Mac?
There is. Click on the
Apple menu bar item
and then go to About
This Mac>Support. Here
you will see a range of
general topics to help you
get started.
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Apple
Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I used to have an
iPhone but now use
a Samsung Galaxy 6.
The problem is that I
don?t get messages
from one of my friends
any more, even though
my number is the
same. And when I try
to include him in group
chats I get a message
saying that the number
isn?t valid, even though
I know that it is. Help!
It might be an iMessage
issue (presuming that
your friend is using an
iPhone?). If you still have
your old iPhone, put the
SIM card back in, make
sure you?re connected
to a mobile network and
then go to Settings>
Messages and turn off
iMessage. Then go to
Settings>FaceTime
and turn off FaceTime.
Alternatively, if you
no longer have your
iPhone, go to https://
selfsolve.apple.com/
deregister-imessage/ and
follow the instructions.
After you complete the
deregistration process
your phone number will
be removed from the
iMessage services. Now,
if someone sends an
iMessage to your Apple
ID, you?ll get it on your
other Apple devices, but
if someone sends a text
message to your phone
then it will only appear
on your phone. We hope
that this resolves your
issue and your friend gets
back in the loop!
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I have heard that you
can copy text from
your Mac documents
and paste it into apps on your
iPhone, but I can?t seem to get
this to work. Rosemary Ives
This is called Universal Clipboard
and is a Continuity feature,
meaning you must be signed
into the same Apple ID across
all of your devices, so that this is
the case on your Mac and your
iPhone. You must also make sure
that Bluetooth is turned on, so
head to System Preferences>
Settings>Bluetooth and enable
it. If you have met these
requirements and are attempting
this, it may take a couple of
seconds for the copy to register
and you only have a window of
about two minutes to perform the
task before you need to repeat it.
I want to colour code my Mac desktop folders to
match my High Sierra wallpaper. Do you know how I
can go about doing this? Rachel Brady
Create a new folder on your desktop and press Cmd+I to ?Get
Info?. Now click on the folder icon at the top of the info panel and
then paste it into the Preview app. Now go to Tools>Adjust Colour
and then you can tweak the colour of the folder to pick shades in
your wallpaper. You can also use your Mac?s handy (but probably
seldom-used) Digital Colour Meter app. Open this and you can
place your cursor on a colour in the desktop you want to recreate
and then press Cmd+L to lock it in place and get the formula.
There are tools and apps
built into your Mac to help
you personalise it?
How can I find out what music is playing in YouTube videos
as I am constantly hearing things I like? Mark Alexander
Download the
Shazam app
Shazam is an audioidentifying service that
can detect any music and
provide details on the song
and artist. Download it for
free from the App Store.
Click for more
If you click on the song
in the list then you will
open a link on the Shazam
website along with videos,
lyrics and more songs by
that particular artist. It is a
handy way to learn more.
Turn on
The Mac Shazam app
takes the form of a menu
bar item. Click on this
and then make sure that
Shazam is turned on, then
start playing music or
watching videos.
Song list
When Shazam hears any
music on your Mac or
nearby it will identify the
song and present it in a list
in the menu bar item along
with a link to listen to the
song in Apple Music.
Be aware that if you usually receive a lot of notifications in a day then having
your Haptic strength ramped up to full will cause a drain on your battery.
Is there a way to keep apps open on my Apple Watch?
They keep closing when I lower my wrist! Marcus Hansraj
We?ve all felt that pain, when you?re using an app on
your Apple Watch, you lower your wrist for a moment or
two and then the screen goes black ? and then you have
to manually re-open the app to continue where you left
off. Luckily there is a way to automatically launch your
last app used on the wake screen instead of it displaying
the time and it can be done straight from your watch or
via the ?Wake Screen? settings in your iPhone app.
Scroll down
In Session
Scroll down slightly to
this section of the ?Wake
Screen? settings screen
and you will see the same
four options that are
viewable via your iPhone
Watch app?
Some apps will always
re-appear when you raise
your wrist regardless of
what you choose here.
They include Workout,
Maps, Remote Timer and
some third-party apps.
?Always? apps
To effectively extend the
same In-Session wake-up
to all apps, not just the
ones we mention here,
simply select the ?Always?
option from the list.
Go to Settings
To get to this screen you
need to launch the Settings
app on your Watch. Tap
?General? and then select
the ?Wake Screen? option
to arrive here.
I have started receiving emails telling me that I recently made a request to reset
my Apple ID, even though I haven?t. Is this a scam? Mark Frater
It certainly sounds like it. If you haven?t made any
attempt to reset your password then there is no reason
why Apple would send you emails regarding the matter
so we suspect it isn?t legit. In all likelihood there will be
1 Go to website
Launch Safari and then go to https://
appleid.apple.com. Do not click on any
links in the actual email itself, regardless of
how official it looks because it might just be
a very official-looking scam.
links within the email that you can click on to reset your
password? If so, ignore them and do nothing. If you are
worried and want to reset your password anyway for
piece of mind, then follow these easy steps that are legit.
2 Log in to Apple ID
The website will ask for your Apple ID
password. Input it into the space and then
you will have to answer a couple of security
questions, the answers of which you should
know, as you originally set them!
3 Change password
When you have successfully logged
in you will be presented with all of your
account data. Scroll down to the Security
section and then click on the ?Change
Password? link to reset it.
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How can I let people who try to contact me know that I
am using Do Not Disturb While Driving? Belinda Bankcroft
Whenever I type something
while using my iPhone it
wants me to use the American
spelling of words instead of the
English way that I am used to. How
can I stop it from offering American
spelling suggestions? George Fry
It sounds as though the default
dictionary that your iPhone uses for
word suggestions is set to an American
version. Open your Settings app and then
Go to General>Dictionary and make sure
it is set to ?British English?. You could
also go to Settings>General>Language
& Region and make sure the iPhone
Language is set to ?English (UK)? and the
region is set to ?United Kingdom?.
1 Open Settings 2 Set response 3 Write message
Open your iPhone
Settings app and then tap
on the ?Do Not Disturb?
section. Now scroll down to
the bottom of the page.
Set the ?Auto-Reply To?
option to ?Recents? to ensure
that everyone who tries to
contact you is notified and
then tap on ?Auto Reply?.
A standard response
message is set by default,
but you can change this to
something more personal if
you prefer?
I like the effect that Night Shift mode adds to my
iPhone screen. Can I enable it all the time? Jen Collins
Different option
I know it sounds funny but
sometimes I feel queasy while
using my iPhone and have no
idea why. As a result I try to limit how
much I actually use it. Do you know
what is causing this? Tessa Brown
You could be experiencing some kind
of motion sickness relating to the user
interface and the parallax effect of the
icons. There is actually an option to
reduce this, which may help. Go to
Settings>General>Accessibility and then,
under the Vision settings you?ll see an
option called ?Reduce Motion?. Enable
this and see if it works for you.
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While you can go to the
Night Shift settings in
Display & Brightness and
schedule it constantly or
keep flicking ?Manually
Enable Until Tomorrow?,
there is a slightly different
alternative to try?
Control the
tint intensity
Apply a tint
Go to Settings>General>
Accessibility>Display
Accommodations and
then tap on ?Colour Filters?.
Enable the option and then
scroll down and select the
?Colour Tint? option.
Use the Intensity
and Hue sliders to
adjust the screen
tint to something
desirable to look
at and it will make
using your iPhone
easier on the eyes.
Smart Folders can be saved to the sidebar, meaning you can access them
quickly and easily just by opening a new Finder window.
I have heard about something called ?Smart Folders?, which
aren?t really folders at all. So what exactly are they and how do
I go about using them? Kevin Creese
Apple
Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I was showing my
friend how to do
something on their
iPhone and I noticed
that the on/off
switches for various
options in Settings
looked different. I
checked and his
iPhone is definitely
running the same iOS
(11.4.1) as mine, so
what?s the deal?
When you say ?looked
different?, we presume
that you mean that the
buttons are displaying
their on/off labels. You
can actually toggle this
feature in Settings. Go
to General>Accessibility
and then scroll down to
see the ?On/Off Labels?
option that you can
enable to apply a slightly
different look.
1 What it is
A Smart Folder is basically a
saved search, but macOS saves
these searches as folders so that
they?re easier to find and access
when you need them.
4 Drill down
You can keep clicking ?+?
to add additional criteria to mine
down to the exact content you
want. Select ?Other? under Kind
for plenty of other possibilities.
2 Smart creation 3 Start adding
To create a new Smart
Folder, open a new Finder
window and then go to File>New
Smart Folder. A new window will
appear on your desktop.
5 The purpose
The best thing about Smart
Folders is that they don?t move
content, they just display it from
various places in one central
folder for easy access.
To start adding to your
Smart Folder, click on the ?+?
icon in the top-right corner.
Menus will now appear from
which you can add criteria.
6 Save it
Smart Folders can be saved
by clicking the ?Save? button in
the top-right corner. Give it a
name and then set the location
before clicking ?Save? again.
I have heard that it is
possible to use bullet
points in the macOS
Stickies app ? how is
this done?
Just click on a Stickies
note and then press
Cmd+Alt+Tab.
How do I type emojis
on my Mac?
Hold down Cmd+Ctrl
and then press the
spacebar to bring up the
emoji type menu. You
can cycle through the
various collections by
scrolling down through
the menu or by using the
icons at the bottom of the
window to fast-track to
the desired theme.
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Marshall Stanmore
�9/$349
Key features
Learn more
Available from
50-20,000Hz?frequency?range???Bluetooth???AirPlay???RCA?input??
marshallheadphones.com
amazon.co.uk
Despite being a British innovation,
Editor?s Marshall amps are synonymous
Choice with loud American rock and roll,
ripped denim, long hair and cruising
down the open highway listening to music
at dangerously high volumes. The Marshall
Stanmore brings that feeling into your home by
retaining the classic look of its iconic guitar amps
in the form of a Bluetooth speaker that sounds
incredible as a standalone or can form part of
a multi-room setup along with the
Style and extreme audio clout,
the Marshall Stanmore
has it all?
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smaller Acton (reviewed on page 89) and the
larger Woburn models.
Lust at first sight
Let?s start with the finish. After unboxing the
Stanmore you feel compelled to gently place it
down, take a step back and just stare at it for a
while. It boasts the same hard-wearing
casing as the guitar
amps but with more curvature, with the grill and
logo on the front, framed by gold lam� trimming
and a golden lozenge of knobs on the top. The
back of the unit sports a bass reflex hole, microUSB port and RCA input. The only way that the
design could have been
better, in our opinion,
is if Marshall had cut
away sections in the
side for indented
handles, similar to
some of its amplifier
heads. Its lack of
handles means
it is ill-suited to
portability. But
you?ll never want
to take this fine unit out of your home anyway. The
aesthetics also improve greatly when you power
the Stanmore up and get connected because
each increment of the Volume, Bass, Treble and
Source knobs lights up with red LEDs. It?s a very
nice, premium-quality touch.
Connectivity options
There is certainly little danger of not being able
to hear the Stanmore as you can connect it
to anything. You can connect wirelessly with
AirPlay, Bluetooth, built-in Chromecast or Spotify
Connect, and it also comes with a 3.5mm
input as well as the aforementioned RCA for
wired connections. Up to seven presets can be
accessed instantly via the Source knob, meaning
that you can play your favourite Spotify playlists,
internet radio stations or podcasts effortlessly.
And if you are intending to use the Stanmore
as part of a multi-room setup then the free
iOS Marshall Multi-Room app lets you control
everything from your iPhone or iPad.
Turn it up to 11
Coming from Marshall, purveyors of all things
loud, you can rest assured that the Stanmore
doesn?t hold back on the decibels. What?s most
impressive is how the 50 Watt Class D amplifier
for the woofers and the twin 15 Watt Class
D amplifiers for the tweeters hold everything
together, especially at the higher end of the
volume range. The bass rumbles and the tweeters
punch out the mids with barely any noticeable
distortion ? it?s like having your own personal
Woodstock in your living room.
As a standalone, the Stanmore has the style
and sound to drown out any wireless speaker we
have sampled of late. And as a multi-room setup
it is definitely up there with the market-leaders.
A?golden?lozenge?of?control?knobs?which?
provide?LED?control?to?the?volume,?bass,?
treble?and?source?
A?bass?reflex?hole?in?the?back?of?the?unit?
channels?that?rock?and?roll?rumble?out?
into?your?living?room
The?iconic?Marshall?logo?takes?pride?of?
place?on?the?front?of?the?speaker?and?is?
framed?in?gold?lam�
Verdict
Adding a louder, harder edge to your music and
housed in a unit that screams rock and roll, the
Marshall Stanmore is our dream wireless speaker!
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Mixcder E8 ANC
The?left?casing?houses?an?easilyaccessible?ANC?toggle?switch?and?the?
headphones?ooze?style?throughout?
�.99/$59.99
Key features
Learn more
Available from
Bluetooth?and?ANC???40mm?drivers???Hard?case
mixcder.com
amazon.co.uk
Somehow managing to incorporate active noise
cancelling (ANC) smart technology for a very
reasonable price, Mixcder?s E8 headphones offer
a superb-sounding set of cans that shut out the
external noise and cocoon you in a warm audio
bubble ? perfect if you only have a limited budget.
Noise be gone
The?right?casing?houses?the?main?power?
button???hold?this?down?while?firing?them?
up?to?pair?them?with?your?iOS?device
The ANC technology that the E8s utilise is
actually a hybrid that works in a wider range in
the low to midrange frequencies than most ANC
designs, and provides an improved degree of
noise cancellation. It also provides improved
isolation for better noise cancellation outside of
the active range ? when a noise is detected, a
digital signal processor analyses the sound waves
and creates inverse waves to cancel out the
ambient sound. It sounds complicated but all you
really need to know is that if you flick the small
ANC switch on the left case then the outside
world will be gone.
The E8s are equipped with 40mm drivers that
deliver a powerful, wideband frequency response
from 20Hz to 20,000Hz with impactful bass, a
detailed midrange and clear, extended treble.
They sound slightly cushioned but very clear. With
a battery life of around 18 hours, they?re perfect
for daily commutes and the stylish, sleek all-black
design is sure to turn heads. Comfortable to wear
with a great sound, these are a bargain.
Verdict
A?soft,?cushioned?headband?sports?the?
Mixcder?logo?and?the?foam?pads?provide?
supreme?comfort?on?long?journeys
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Perfect for audiophiles on a budget, Mixcder?s E8 headphones blend
style with a supreme sound, all the while keeping all outside noise
suppressed. Exceptionally good value for money.
Marshall Acton
Multi-Room Speaker
�9/$249
Key features
Learn more
Available from
52-20,000Hz?frequency?range???Bluetooth???AirPlay???3.5mm?input
marshallheadphones.com
amazon.co.uk
Every inch the baby brother to the Marshall
Stanmore (reviewed on page 86), the Acton is
a slightly scaled-down version boasting a nearidentical design that is designed to sit bellowing
out loud rock music in the smaller rooms of your
home. Despite its smaller size (10.45x6.3x5.9
inch compared to the 13.77x7.28x7.28 inch
dimensions of the Stanmore), the Acton does an
equally impressive job of filling every crevice of the
room with punchy sound.
Perfectly formed
Externally, the Acton doesn?t have the RCA
inputs ? understandable given that this is
designed to operate as a satellite speaker with
the connections being handled by the Stanmore
in your main living room ? and it doesn?t emit the
same satisfying bass burp when you connect it
to Bluetooth. Inside the power amps are scaled
down to one 30 Watt Class D amp for the woofer
and twin 10 Watt Class D amps for the tweeters.
Listen to both speakers alternately in a small room
and you?ll not be able to tell the difference.
Aside from RCA, the connectivity is the
same as the Stanmore, with Bluetooth, AirPlay,
Chromecast and Spotify Direct representing the
wireless options with just a 3.5mm input for wired
connections. You just need to weigh up whether
you need a small speaker for a small room or a
big speaker that?s suitable for any room.
If you are using the Acton as part of a
multi-room setup then you can control
your speakers via a free iOS app
Like the Stanmore, the knobs all sport
aesthetically-pleasing red LED increments
and lovely smooth turning actions
Verdict
Brilliant as a standalone wireless speaker or as part of a multi-room
setup, the Marshall Acton produces a sound much bigger than its size.
The back of the Acton houses a bass
reflex sound hole and a single microUSB
port for connecting a source
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Inputs?include?HDMI,?VGA,?headphone?
jack?and?audio?line?in/out.?Strangely,?there?
are?no?USB?ports?
Controls?on?the?underside?include?
power,?HDR?and?buttons?to?navigate?the?
onscreen?menu?system
BenQ EW277HDR LED
Backlight Monitor
�1/$269
Key features
Learn more
Available from
27?inch?display???High?Dynamic?Range?(HDR)???Eye-care
benq.co.uk
amazon.co.uk
Designed for the home office, BenQ?s EW277HDR
is a 27 inch monitor that uses vertical alignment
panel technology and BenQ?s own Brightness
Enhancement technology to enable High Dynamic
Range (HDR) by increasing the luminance by
33 per cent while viewing HDR content for a
significantly higher contrast performance. HDR
increases the overall dynamic range between true
black and bright white to resemble what our eyes
see in the natural world and in testing there was
a noticeable improvement in the colour accuracy
when viewing HDR content.
Although the monitor plays in HDR mode when
it detects a source, a button on the underside
enables HDR emulation for standard content, as
well as Brightness Intelligence Plus mode (BI+),
which uses an ambient light sensor to adjust the
brightness and colour temperature based on the
current light conditions.
Set the controls?
As well as HDR, the EW277HDR also provides a
plethora of other picture modes, including Game,
Photo, sRGB, Rec.709, ECO, M-Book and Low
Blue Light (which comes with additional modes
in the Eye Care settings menu). It?s a fabulous
monitor and great value for money. The only
downside is that there is no adjustment for height,
swivel and pivot (only tilt), which may prove a little
too restrictive for some users.
Verdict
The?stand?only?allows?for?20?degrees?of?tilt?
and?it?isn?t?possible?to?adjust?the?height,?
swivel?or?pivot?the?screen?
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A cool-looking HDR monitor that does an excellent job of displaying
colours and blacks, making it a good choice for movie-lovers, gamers
and digital photo editors. Shame you can?t adjust the height though?
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Accessories
Rocketbook Everlast
Rocketbook Wave
�.99/$39.99
getrocketbook.co.uk
If you like to keep your life relatively low-tech with a pen and
paper to scribble down notes and ideas then Rocketbook
has just released an item that forms a bridge between the old
and the new ? a wipe-clean notebook! You can write or draw
what you want with the supplied pen and then, via a free app,
scan them in and automatically upload them to a connected
cloud storage service to store them digitally. You can reuse
the notebook by erasing the contents with a damp cloth later.
�.99/$29.99
getrocketbook.co.uk
Similar to the Everlast, the Rocketbook Wave uses a
microwaveable method of erasing content. Each page features
a QR code and a series of icons at the bottom. If you assign a
cloud service to an icon then all you need to do is mark it and
the document will be uploaded as soon as you scan the page
using the app. Just pop the book in your microwave with a
mug of water when it is full and you can erase all of the pages
in one fell swoop. What witchcraft is this?
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BakkerElkhuizen
S-board 840
�.99/$69.99
bakkerelkhuizen.co.uk
According to research about 90 per cent of computer users rarely
use the numeric pad on a keyboard, so BakkerElkhuizen has done
away with it completely on its S-board 840 USB keyboard. The
ergonomic design helps to reduce the symptoms of RSI and the
spongy action makes typing feel smooth and comfortable. The
S-board 840 also sports a pair of feet to raise it up, two USB ports
and a neat set of multimedia keys, and pressing Play automatically
launches iTunes and starts playing tracks ? a big time-saver if you
like to listen as you work. Though offering nothing like the same
build quality, this is a decent alternative to your standard keyboard.
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive
�.99/$35.99
sandisk.com
Apps, photos, music ? they all greedily tuck into our iPhone
and iPad storage space, but there is a way to get more without
upgrading your device. SanDisk?s iXpand Flash Drive is available in
five sizes (256, 128, 64, 16 and the 32GB version, reviewed here)
and is one end USB and the other end Lightning Connector, so you
can plug it straight into your iOS device and enjoy an expanse of
extra storage and automatic backup for the contents. Its titchy size
also means it can be easily stowed in a bag or pocket when not in
use. The perfect holiday accompaniment that lets you take more
photos than your friends and neighbours could possibly stand.
Audio-Technica LS70iS
In-Ear Headphones
�5/$131
audiotechnicashop.com
Based on the in-ear monitoring (IEM) design used by musicians
when performing live, Audio-Technica?s LS70s bring that same
level of professional sound and comfort to everyday use with a
spacious ?live? sound that?s low on distortion levels and high on
noise-isolation. They come wired with a 3.5mm jack, sadly not a
Lighting Connector, and the dynamic 8.8mm drivers sound brilliant.
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Perfect symmetry
The app brings plenty of new tools to
the table, including one that lets you
apply symmetrical overlays
Instant effects
The filters menu is a gateway to
all kinds of creative effects, such
as Radial Blur?
Artstudio Pro
A Photoshop feel
�.99/$39.99
If you have used Photoshop before then
you should be able to easily find your
way around this interface
macOS?10.11?or?later???64-bit?processor???44.3MB
?Anyone familiar
with Photoshop
will be able to
dive straight
into this app?
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Requirements
Learn more
Available from
luckyclan.com
Mac?App?Store
The successor to Lucky Clan?s original Artstudio
app, the Pro version boasts a powerful GPUaccelerated ArtEngine that is up to ten times faster,
allows for working with multiple documents and
supports larger canvas sizes with an unlimited
number of layers. Certainly anyone looking for a
versatile painting and image editing package will
delight at the many elements Artstudio Pro places
within easy reach.
Anyone familiar with Adobe Photoshop will
be able to dive straight into this app. A very
Photoshop-esque strip of quick tools runs down
the left side of the interface and menus at the top
allow you to adjust everything from the brightness/
contrast to the gradient map, add layers and
masks, and apply all kinds of outlandish filters to
your images. More content seems to be added
with each new update too, expanding your creative
possibilities with each new iteration.
The app is also available for iOS and boasts a
very similar interface, certainly on iPad. And the
fact that you can save your projects to iCloud and
then pick up where you left off on your Mac makes
this ideal for professional photographers and digital
artists on the move. The app also comes with
screen-recording capabilities, so you can use it to
record your own step-by-step tutorials or just to
recap on all of the processes your image has been
through to reach its current state.
With a friendly, intuitive interface and plenty to
discover once you start scratching away at the
surface, this is a must for photo aficionados.
Verdict
An affordable, portable art studio that is rammed to the hilt with features to
take your photo manipulation and digital art to another dimension.
Reviews
Save your faves
Click on the star icon next to a location
to save it to your favourites and access
it easily any time
Pop-up predictions
Hover your cursor over any hourly
increment and a pop-up window will
display humidity, wind speed etc
Weather Guru
�99/$9.99
Switching themes
Requirements
Click on the Settings (cog) icon to
see options to, amongst other things,
change the theme?
macOS?10.8?or?later???64-bit?processor???7.6MB
Available from
Learn more
Mac?App?Store
fiplab.com
If you want a bigger, more informative weather
app for your Mac, rather than relying on the
brief meteorological overview supplied by your
Notification Centre, then Weather Guru fills that
spot nicely. When launching the app for the first
time it will request access to your current location
and then exist primarily as an unassuming menu
bar icon. Click on this and a window appears on
your screen providing an altogether more in-depth
overview of the weather in your area, including
a seven-day forecast and hourly updates for
the current day.
If you want to add extra locations, for example
if you want to track the weather at an upcoming
holiday location, then type keywords into the top
bar (where it displays your current location) and
pick a match from the list. You can then click on
the star icon to the left of the top bar to add it to
your favourites list, which itself is accessible by
clicking on the list icon to the left of the star.
The app also comes with an extensive
preferences pane, including options to change the
way in which the temperature and wind speeds
are displayed and to set a theme (Light, Dark or
Automatic, based on your System Preferences).
We would certainly have liked to have seen more
of these ? perhaps seasonal themes ? just to make
the weather window more attractive when it is on
your screen. Maybe this will come in an update?
Not that Weather Guru needs gimmicks, it does
a highly competent job of relaying the weather
anywhere in the world in a single click.
Verdict
The price makes it hard to recommend to everyone, but if you want a more in-depth
weather report that is easy to access and tracks multiple locations then this is it.
?Does a highly
competent
job of relaying
the weather
anywhere in the
world in a
single click?
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Mission: very possible
Before you make a vie for the throne
you have to win the trust of your troops
and get them onside
Green, green grass
The map of Britain is excellently
realised and at times the terrain can be
as challenging as the battles
Thrones of Britannia
Watch the action unfold
�.99/$39.99
The in-game cinematics can be
engrossing to watch, often more
exciting than the game itself?
macOS?10.13.4?or?later???Intel?Core?i3?1.80?GHz?processor???11.21GB
?You may not
have your
most effective
units available,
forcing you to
make tactical
decisions?
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Requirements
Learn more
Available from
feralinteractive.com
Mac?App?Store
A standalone game in the Total War saga, Thrones
of Britannia challenges you to reshape the British
Isles during a very volatile time in its history. The
year is 878 AD and English king Alfred the Great
has just mounted a heroic defence at the Battle
of Edington to thwart a Viking invasion, but now
the country resides in a fragile state of peace as
ten playable factions, including the Anglo-Saxons,
Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes and Viking settlers, plot
to make their move for the throne.
In a new saga development, you recruit your
armies from a global pool that refills semi-randomly
over time. The result is that you may not have
your most effective units available at the time you
want to mount an attack, forcing you to make
tactical decisions on where to deploy your troops
to effectively hurt your rivals rather than just
steamrolling them with your strongest units. Sadly,
this was the only element of the game that really
worked. Most other stuff, like the War Fervour
stat, that gauges your army?s appetite for battle,
is too easy to maintain, and the food needed to
keep your troops well nourished is straightforward
to come by making it all feel a bit simple. We also
found it strange that every turn you take equates
to three months, regardless of the actual action
you are performing ? meaning it can take years to
march from one end of Blighty to the other!
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s and asking you
to select your favourites. As you listen to music you can also
indicate your likes and dislikes and this information is then used
to recommend and suggest tracks, albums, artists and playlists
you might like. YouTube Music has an excellent range of features
in free mode but also a few limitations.
Explore the interface
The buttons and menus you need
Next track
When playing music take
a look at the bottom of
the screen to see the next
track to be played. Swipe
up to see a full list of the
upcoming tracks and
change the play order.
If you?re tempted to explore alternate music services then
YouTube Music is a potential contender?
Show hidden buttons
Tap the image at the top to show
hidden buttons. This one sends
the output to other devices, like
an Apple TV or HomePod. A
button at the top sends it to a
Chromecast TV.
Menu icon
This icon is everywhere! Press it
to show a menu which changes
depending on the item it is
associated with. This one lets you
share the track, add it to playlists
and more.
Knowledge base
Free vs paid
The biggest limitation of YouTube
Music in free mode is that you cannot
turn the screen off or listen to music
while you use another app. YouTube
Music has to be visible on the screen.
The Download option is another
subscription-only feature and in free
mode the app has to be online to
stream music. You?ll find there are
occasional ads too.
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Like and dislike
Buttons either side of the play
controls enable you to show
whether you like or dislike the
current track. The app learns
what sort of music you prefer and
shows you more.
There are buttons and gestures everywhere, so tap everything and swipe
everything to discover even more features than we have covered here.
Step-by-step A quick guide to the interface
1 Browse the suggestions 2 Search for music
YouTube Music?s home screen is packed
with suggestions and it is different every time
the app is started. Swipe up and down and
left and right to view albums and artists.
Google is the search king and the
search box at the top is a great way to find
music. Tap it and start typing. Tap a search
suggestion or press the Search button.
3 Browse search results
4 Open the menu
5 Create custom radio
6 Explore song options
1 Open your library
2 Access playlist options
Every search result has a three dots
icon on the right to display a menu. The
options depend on the item and if an artist is
selected there is an option to start radio.
Start a radio and a music playlist is
automatically created based on music similar
to that from the artist. Swipe up to see the
playlist and drag tracks to reorder them.
The search results screen is excellent
and is organised into sections. Press the
buttons at the top or swipe up/down to see
everything. Press a song to begin playing it.
Back on the search results screen, tap
the three dots next to a song and this menu
appears. Queue it, add to liked songs and
playlists, and swipe up to see more options.
Creating Playlists
and adding likes
There are several ways to build up your
music collection and pressing the three
dots next to items lets you add to playlists,
albums, songs and artists. Browse the
music suggestions on the home screen,
use the search facility to find music,
use the like and dislike buttons, and tell
the app what you prefer to listen to. An
interesting feature is that music video
playlists previously created on the YouTube
website also appear in the music app.
Press Library and at the top are recently
played albums/tracks/artists. Swipe and tap
to listen. Press the Last Played arrow for
music played today, last week or last month.
Press Playlists and press one to see the
tracks and play it. Press the three dots next
to a playlist to play it, shuffle the tracks, edit
it, start radio based on the genre and more.
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10 ways to...
Speed up an old iPhone or iPad
Recover lost performance on your iPhone or iPad with these top tips
O
ld iPhones and iPads slow down over
time and there are several reasons why,
but the number one has to be a weak
battery. Go to Settings>Battery>Battery Health
(beta) and make sure iOS is not limiting the
performance of the device ? if it is, replace the
battery to speed it up.
Assuming the battery is okay, what else
might cause the iPhone or iPad to run slowly?
Running short of space, constantly checking the
location, poor Wi-Fi, too many apps running in
the background, and so on. Here we take a look
at some of the many tweaks that help to keep
older iPhones and iPads running smoothly. Each
one in itself does little, but the combined effect
of all of them can make the device noticeably
better. Get tweaking!
Boost iOS performance
More speed-up tricks for your iOS device
Check settings
There are even more settings
to boost performance if you
back up a level. For example,
go to Settings>Notifications
and turn off notifications for
apps that are unimportant.
Less work for iOS means
faster speed.
1
Delete unused apps
2
Swipe away apps
Old iPhones and iPads struggle
for storage space and may run more
slowly when it is nearly full. Free up
some storage space by going to
Settings>General>iPhone Storage. Tap
apps and then either offload them or delete
them to free up space.
Double-tap Home to show the task
switcher and see how many apps are
suspended in the background. Swipe up to
dismiss them. Some people say you don?t
need to do this but we find it helps on very
old iPhones and iPads with limited memory.
Avoid VPNs
Many speed-up tips
involve reducing the
amount of work the iPhone
or iPad has to do and
avoiding VPN software.
VPNs offer security and
privacy but can be slow.
Reset options
There are two reset
options and all settings
can be reset ? useful if you
get into a muddle. All the
content and settings can
also be erased to make
the device faster.
Knowledge base
Battery power and apps
There is no single thing that causes the
iPhone or iPad to slow down ? it is a
combination of many little things. Make
sure the battery is in good condition and
check the status every month when the
device grows old. Try to keep apps to
the minimum and avoid filling the device
with apps you hardly ever use.
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Shut down
It can be beneficial on
old iPhones and iPads to
close all apps from the
task switcher screen and
then to shut down. Do this
once a week and see if it
improves the performance.
A factory reset is one of the best ways to boost the speed of an iPhone or
iPad. It resets everything, clears out junk, and more.
3
Background
5 activity
6
Restart
After freeing up space and
closing suspended apps, restart
the iPhone or iPad. Press and hold
the sleep/wake button until ?Slide
to power off? appears and then
slide and shut down. Wait a few
seconds and then press and hold
sleep/wake to restart the device.
Some apps refresh in the
background which can affect the
performance. Go to Settings>
General>Background App
Refresh and only allow apps that
are essential like Mail, Calendar,
Maps and so on.
Faster internet
When the Wi-Fi network has
a poor signal or when you are
using public Wi-Fi and there are
too many people on it, it may be
faster to use mobile data. Go to
Settings>Mobile Data and turn
on Wi-Fi Assist. Take care not to
exceed your data limit if it is low.
Remove
4 widgets
If there are a lot of widgets on
the Today screen (pull down and
swipe right), they could contribute
to the device?s workload. Scroll
down to the bottom and press
?Edit?, then remove any widgets
you do not use.
Disable
services
7 location
10
Get iOS 12
iOS 12 is only available
as a beta right now but it will
soon be available and those
testing it say it noticeably boosts
the speed of old devices. Go
to Settings>General>Software
Update and install iOS 12 as soon
as it becomes available.
The iPhone can constantly
monitor its location using GPS,
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and, while a
few apps need to know your exact
location, many do not. Turn off
Location Services in the Privacy
section of Settings.
Reduce
8 motion
Graphic effects and animations
may look nice, but the extra time
they take and the increased
workload for the iPhone or iPad
makes it a bit slower. Go to
Settings>General>Accessibility>
Reduce Motion and turn off.
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Factory reset
Resetting an iPhone or iPad
erases everything which can
breathe new life into an old device.
Only do this if you have backed up
everything to your Mac or iCloud.
Go to Settings>Reset>Erase All
Content and Settings. Log into
your Apple account afterwards.
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iTunes Store
Download new
ringtones
Discover where to find the latest ringtones in the
iTunes Store and install them on your iPhone
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N
ew iPhones come with a wide range of
ring and alert tones as standard, but if
you want to personalise your device and
apply ringtones that are a little more unique, be
they quirky or cool, then there is a dedicated wing
of the iTunes Store full of the latest ringtones. You
can jump there quickly from your Settings app (go
to Sounds & Haptics>Ringtone>Tone Store), but
if you are browsing in the iTunes Store anyway
then we will show you how to access the Tone
Store from there. You can also provide even easier
access to the Tone Store within the iTunes Store
app by tapping on More<Edit and dragging the
Tones icon down into the Dock. Tap ?Done? to
complete the edit and then you can access the
latest tones straight from your iTunes Store Dock.
Step-by-step Shop for new ringtones
1 Tap on Genres
Open the iTunes Store app and make
sure ?Music? is selected at the bottom. You
should now see a ?Genres? option in the topleft corner of the screen ? tap on this.
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2 Browse tones
In the genres is a ?Tones? category. Tap
on this to display all of the tone genres and
then select one (such as ?Comedy?). Tap on
the price to purchase and download a tone.
The Tone Store is a specialist wing of the iTunes
Store that is packed with the latest ringtones.
Ideal for personalising your iPhone
3 Install ringtone
Your ringtone will download. Now quit
the iTunes Store and go to Settings>Sounds
& Haptics and tap on ?Ringtone?. Select your
new tone from the bottom of the list.
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Apple Watch
Prepare Apple Watch
for watchOS 5
It?s not long until Apple releases the latest update for
its Watch but how do you ensure a smooth upgrade?
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A
pple unveiled watchOS 5 at WWDC 2018,
injecting fresh love for its popular wearable. It?s
been available as a beta for a few months, letting
developers and the curious take a sneak peek. But it?s
being rolled out to everyone around September so it?s time
to consider taking action.
Ultimately you want to ensure you can get your hands
on the new operating system as soon as it is released and
you can do this by freeing up space on both your iPhone
and Apple Watch. That?s because installing watchOS 5 is
dependent on a successful upgrade to iOS 12. One thing?s
for sure, you won?t want a message telling you there?s not
enough room come watchOS 5 launch day.
Instead, when the time comes, you?ll want to be able
to simply open the Watch app on your iPhone, navigate to
General, tap ?Software Update? and get going. Just make
sure your Watch is on its charger when you do and juiced
to at least 50 per cent.
Updating your Watch is easy, but there is still prep work you
can do to make the transition run smoother?
Step-by-step Get ready for watchOS 5
1 Check your iPhone
Apple Watch upgrades via an iPhone, with
watchOS 5 requiring iOS 12. It means you?ll
also need to upgrade your iPhone so check for
space at Settings>General>iPhone Storage.
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2 Free up room
The iOS 12 public beta has required 4GB
of free storage space so if you don?t have
this much room, begin cleaning up. Scroll to
identify the space hoggers and note the sizes.
3 Check Watch space
Tap the apps you don?t need and select
?Delete App?. Go to the Watch app on your
iPhone, tap ?My Watch? and go to General>
About. Note how much space is available.
Don?t forget, your Apple Watch automatically backs up to your companion
iPhone, allowing it to be restored if anything goes wrong when upgrading.
What can you expect to see?
The official release of watchOS 5 is due in September
so what awaits you when you upgrade?
Upgrade with ease
Looking set for a busy day? You
can schedule Do Not Disturb so
that you won?t be bothered for a set
amount of time, or until you leave
your current location.
Siri updates
The updated Siri watch face will be
more intelligent, predicting when
you will need certain features such
as the football score following your
favourite team?s match.
Walkie-Talkie
If you?re about to set off for work
and you want to know if a colleague
is ready to be picked up, open a
Walkie Talkie app, choose a contact
and press to talk via your wrist.
Knowledge base
Can I upgrade my first-gen
Apple Watch?
New activity features
Simple answer: no. Unfortunately for
early adopters, Apple?s forthcoming
watchOS 5 release is not going to be
compatible with the first-generation
Apple Watch (those purchased at
launch in 2015). It is only going to be
available for the Series 1, Series 2 and
Series 3 models released from 2016.
4 Remove Watch data
Ideally have at least 300MB free. Remove
unwanted apps under My Watch by scrolling
to the section ?Installed on Apple Watch?. Tap
an app and toggle Show App to off.
As well as being able to compete
with others in Activity competitions
and have the watch automatically
detect when you?re exercising,
watchOS 5 has new workouts and
new running features.
5 Limit photo storage
Remaining in the My Watch tab, select
Photos>Photos Limit and reduce it to free
space. Remove music by tapping ?Music? and
turning off unwanted auto-added playlists.
6 Clear up Messages
Now grab your Watch. Open Messages
and identify messages you don?t want. Swipe
left and tap ?Delete? to remove them. This will
free space and spring-clean your device.
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Apple Watch
Prevent Apple Watch
launching Now Playing
Stop your Watch from automatically displaying the
currently playing song
Difficulty
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A
lthough watchOS 5 is almost upon us, some
features from watchOS 4 have not been touched.
One of them is the default setting that ensures
audio apps playing songs or podcasts will always appear
when you wake the screen. This can be handy since it
lets you adjust audio without opening the relevant app. At
the same time, it can be annoying if all you want to do is
check the time, the date or your current Activity data ?
you need to clear them from the screen before accessing
such things.
So here we look at how you can change the situation
and prevent Now Playing from appearing automatically.
Of course it also means you?ll have to open the Music
app if you do want to alter the volume or access the play
and pause controls but there is a nice little workaround to
ensure you don?t need to scour around the app-launcher
to do so. Over these pages, we show you the simple steps
needed to achieve all of this.
There is a workaround to ensure that Now Playing isn?t
displayed every time you wake your Watch up?
Step-by-step Ensure the time always appears
1 Play some music
When your Apple Watch plays music, the
Now Playing screen will automatically appear
when the screen is woken. If you don?t like
this, press the Digital Crown.
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2 Select Settings
This will take you to the home screen of
your Apple Watch. You can now go ahead and
tap the Settings icon which is where the ability
to prevent auto-launching is located.
3 Begin to stir
We?re now on our way to ensuring that
the time rather than Now Playing appears
upon waking. Scroll down the Settings screen
until you are about halfway and tap ?General?.
The Now Playing screen will also appear if you are playing audio through a
third-party iPhone app with an Apple Watch extension
Now Playing complication
How to retain easy access to Now Playing
Lots of information
When you raise your wrist and the
watch face appears, you will be
able to see what audio is currently
playing as well as other information
such as the time and date.
Find a flexible
Watch face
Press down on your Watch face
and swipe left and right until you
discover one that allows text-based
complications (such as Modular).
Press ?Customise? to reach a screen
such as this.
Highlight area
Locate the area of the screen that
you can use for text complications
and turn the Digital Crown until you
arrive at Now Playing. Press the
Digital Crown twice to set it.
Knowledge base
Disable music autolaunching on iPhone
As well as disabling auto-launch on
your Watch, you can do the same on
your iPhone. Open the Watch app on
your handset and select ?My Watch?.
Select General and tap ?Wake Screen?.
As with the settings on your Watch,
you?ll see Auto-Launch Audio Apps.
Ensure the button is toggled to off.
4 Tap Wake Screen
Within the General settings screen, you
should see an option marked Wake Screen (it
is three entries down). Tap this and you will be
taken to a list of related options.
Select Now Playing
You will be able to access the
controls for the currently playing
audio by tapping its name on
your Watch face. This prevents
you having to access the applauncher first.
5 Check auto-launch
You will notice the button next to AutoLaunch Audio Apps is green which means
Now Playing will appear when you raise your
wrist if music or a podcast has been selected.
6 Toggle the switch
To prevent this ? and to ensure the time
will display instead of Now Playing ? toggle the
button so that it is greyed out. You can now
press the Digital Crown to exit.
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iTunes
Switch between letterbox
and full-screen formats
Make better use of your television display by eliminating the
black bands at the top and bottom of the screen
Difficulty
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P
icture the scene: you?re
settling down to watch
a movie, you?ve got your
popcorn to hand and a cool
refreshing drink and suddenly you
find your blood boiling. Two, big,
ugly black bands fill up the top
and bottom of the screen and you
wonder why you ever invested in your
otherwise gorgeous widescreen TV.
They are, of course, there for a
reason. Our 16:9 ratio tellies are
unable to display the wider formats of
cinema, so if you want the full picture
? particularly those breathtaking
vistas of the 2.39:1-ratio blockbusters
? then you may have to put up with it.
If, however, such things are less
important than making full use of your
screen, then Apple has introduced
a simple feature that lets you switch
between the formats. Here we look at
how it?s done and the difference
it makes.
We show you how to remove those pesky
black borders from your favourite films
Step-by-step Toggle Apple TV?s letterbox mode
1 Launch iTunes
When you?re ready to watch a film you
have a number of choices. One of the most
popular is iTunes which lets you buy or rent a
host of movies. Launch this app on Apple TV.
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2 Choose a movie
Search through the available films and
select one you?d like to watch. Decide whether
you?d like to preview, buy or rent the film. It will
then play on your TV screen.
3 Check the format
If the movie has been filmed with an
aspect ratio higher than your TV display (Black
Panther, shown here, was released at 2.39:1),
black bands will appear above and below.
In order to use the function, ensure that your Apple TV has been upgraded to
at least tvOS 11.3 via the Settings app.
See the difference between the two modes
How does expanding a movie to fit your television screen affect the way the film looks?
Black bands
Television screens today have an aspect ratio of 1.78:1
(or 16 wide by nine high). If a movie or programme has
been filmed in a higher ration (typically between 1:85:1
to 2.39:1), black bands will appear.
Cutting the edges
The movie Logan has an aspect
ratio of 2.39:1 so when we
toggle the full-screen mode,
it has an effect on the picture.
Most notably, the sides of the
picture are cut away.
Knowledge base
Use the Zoom option
Or rather, don?t! The Zoom option in
Apple TV?s Settings (General>
Accessibility>Zoom) is not made for
displaying letterbox-formatted films
in full-screen on your TV. Trying to do
this will place a pan box in the top-left
corner and mess up the screen. It is for
people with visual impairments.
4 Tap your remote
In order to fit the picture to your screen,
thereby removing the letterbox format, you
need to grab your Siri remote and lightly
double-tap the touchpad. Don?t click it.
Make a decision
The debate over whether
you should remove the
bars has raged for years.
Film buffs will tell you that
retaining them ensures
you?re watching all of
the movie in the way the
director intended.
5 View full-screen
You will now see that the film is filling the
full screen, with the black bars removed. If you
don?t like what you?re seeing then just lightly
double-tap the touchpad again.
Top and bottom
The top and bottom of the
picture in the full-screen mode
is not affected, so you don?t
lose anything from this area of
the screen.
6 Altering side bars
This Siri Remote feature also works if you
are watching a film that is displaying with black
bands to the sides of the screen, as we found
when viewing the amazing Toy Story.
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Activity
Monitor
This app is installed on
all Macs and lets you
view all of the processes
running on your Mac,
including apps and
background processes,
to highlight significant
drains on the CPU.
Handoff Mode
This is a feature of iOS
and macOS that lets you
start something on one
device and then pick
up where you left off on
another. Both devices
must be running the
latest operating systems,
have Bluetooth and
Handoff mode enabled
and be running on the
same Wi-Fi network.
Using the new Rounded Corners option in
Pages gives your charts a friendlier feel
I recently updated Pages and the ?new? rounded charts just look
the same as normal ? am I missing something? Jo Moss
Recovery
Mode
Introduced with OS X
10.7 Lion, Recovery
Mode is an HD partition
that makes it possible to
troubleshoot issues with
your Mac and run First
Aid. You can initiate it by
restarting and holding the
Cmd+R keys.
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1 Add a chart
When you first add content
from the ?Chart? menu it will
appear as standard, with the
familiar square edges. Open up
the Format sidebar by clicking on
the paintbrush icon.
2 Start smoothing 3 Outside only
Ensure that the chart is
selected on the page and you will
see the new ?Rounded Corners?
option in the sidebar. Simply click
and hold on the slider to adjust
the curvature of the chart.
If you tick the ?Outside
Corners Only? option only the
tops of the bars will be curved.
It adds a certain warmth to your
charts which they may have been
lacking previously.
To prevent Safari from building a search history, open the iOS app, tap the
tabs icon and then select ?Private? to open a new private Safari tab.
Is there a way to delete cookie data from individual
websites without affecting the entire cache? Chris Norgrove
Delete data
Stored data
When you identify data
you?d like to remove, tap
the red icon to the left of
its name and then a red
?Delete? option will appear
to the right ? tap this.
Lots of data will have been
stored given the amount
of browsing most of us do.
Go to Settings>Safari>
Advanced and then tap on
the ?Edit? option in the topright corner of the screen.
Clear all data
Select a site
Scroll to the bottom of the
screen and you can select
to remove all of the website
data by tapping this
button. It does not affect
your browser history.
The entries are shown in
order of data size with the
largest at the top. To see
everything, you will need to
tap on the ?Show All Sites?
option and keep scrolling.
My iPhone SE thinks that there are headphones connected and
as such I can?t hear my music or alarms ? why? Ellie Wordsworth
It may be that there is a bit of debris stuck in the
headphone port? If not then you could try these
possible fixes, although if they don?t work then you
may have to take it to your nearest Apple store is see
if any of the geniuses there can fix it. If your iPhone is
quite old then it may be time for a trade.
using other
putting it in
hard-resetting
functions
Airplane mode
the device
1 Try
2 Try
3 Try
Is it only music you can?t hear?
Try setting an alarm and check if
you can hear that. It might be a
problem with the hardware.
Swipe up to access your Control
Centre and then tap the Airplane
icon to kill all connections. Leave
for a few minutes and disable.
If that fails then try hard-resetting
your device. Press and hold the
Sleep/Wake and Home buttons
until the Apple logo appears.
Apple
Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
How can I copy my
favourite bookmarks
to a flash drive and
then transfer them to a
different computer?
They should all be
synced automatically if
both Macs are running
High Sierra and Safari is
turned on in your iCloud
System Preferences. If
you wish to manually
copy the bookmarks
across then you can by
going to Users>Home>
Library>Safari and
then dragging the
?Bookmarks.plist? file to
your flash drive. On your
other Mac, just drag this
file to the same location.
I?m trying to find my
StickiesDatabase file
using macOS High
Sierra 10.13.6, but
even when I search my
computer it doesn?t
appear. Do you know
what I am missing?
Performing a
?StickiesDatabase?
search in Spotlight
doesn?t reveal this
file, but you can find
it yourself by going to
Users>Home>Library>
StickiesDatabase.
Is there a quick way to
get general help with
using my new Mac?
There is. Click on the
Apple menu bar item
and then go to About
This Mac>Support. Here
you will see a range of
general topics to help you
get started.
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Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I used to have an
iPhone but now use
a Samsung Galaxy 6.
The problem is that I
don?t get messages
from one of my friends
any more, even though
my number is the
same. And when I try
to include him in group
chats I get a message
saying that the number
isn?t valid, even though
I know that it is. Help!
It might be an iMessage
issue (presuming that
your friend is using an
iPhone?). If you still have
your old iPhone, put the
SIM card back in, make
sure you?re connected
to a mobile network and
then go to Settings>
Messages and turn off
iMessage. Then go to
Settings>FaceTime
and turn off FaceTime.
Alternatively, if you
no longer have your
iPhone, go to https://
selfsolve.apple.com/
deregister-imessage/ and
follow the instructions.
After you complete the
deregistration process
your phone number will
be removed from the
iMessage services. Now,
if someone sends an
iMessage to your Apple
ID, you?ll get it on your
other Apple devices, but
if someone sends a text
message to your phone
then it will only appear
on your phone. We hope
that this resolves your
issue and your friend gets
back in the loop!
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I have heard that you
can copy text from
your Mac documents
and paste it into apps on your
iPhone, but I can?t seem to get
this to work. Rosemary Ives
This is called Universal Clipboard
and is a Continuity feature,
meaning you must be signed
into the same Apple ID across
all of your devices, so that this is
the case on your Mac and your
iPhone. You must also make sure
that Bluetooth is turned on, so
head to System Preferences>
Settings>Bluetooth and enable
it. If you have met these
requirements and are attempting
this, it may take a couple of
seconds for the copy to register
and you only have a window of
about two minutes to perform the
task before you need to repeat it.
I want to colour code my Mac desktop folders to
match my High Sierra wallpaper. Do you know how I
can go about doing this? Rachel Brady
Create a new folder on your desktop and press Cmd+I to ?Get
Info?. Now click on the folder icon at the top of the info panel and
then paste it into the Preview app. Now go to Tools>Adjust Colour
and then you can tweak the colour of the folder to pick shades in
your wallpaper. You can also use your Mac?s handy (but probably
seldom-used) Digital Colour Meter app. Open this and you can
place your cursor on a colour in the desktop you want to recreate
and then press Cmd+L to lock it in place and get the formula.
There are tools and apps
built into your Mac to help
you personalise it?
How can I find out what music is playing in YouTube videos
as I am constantly hearing things I like? Mark Alexander
Download the
Shazam app
Shazam is an audioidentifying service that
can detect any music and
provide details on the song
and artist. Download it for
free from the App Store.
Click for more
If you click on the song
in the list then you will
open a link on the Shazam
website along with videos,
lyrics and more songs by
that particular artist. It is a
handy way to learn more.
Turn on
The Mac Shazam app
takes the form of a menu
bar item. Click on this
and then make sure that
Shazam is turned on, then
start playing music or
watching videos.
Song list
When Shazam hears any
music on your Mac or
nearby it will identify the
song and present it in a list
in the menu bar item along
with a link to listen to the
song in Apple Music.
Be aware that if you usually receive a lot of notifications in a day then having
your Haptic strength ramped up to full will cause a drain on your battery.
Is there a way to keep apps open on my Apple Watch?
They keep closing when I lower my wrist! Marcus Hansraj
We?ve all felt that pain, when you?re using an app on
your Apple Watch, you lower your wrist for a moment or
two and then the screen goes black ? and then you have
to manually re-open the app to continue where you left
off. Luckily there is a way to automatically launch your
last app used on the wake screen instead of it displaying
the time and it can be done straight from your watch or
via the ?Wake Screen? settings in your iPhone app.
Scroll down
In Session
Scroll down slightly to
this section of the ?Wake
Screen? settings screen
and you will see the same
four options that are
viewable via your iPhone
Watch app?
Some apps will always
re-appear when you raise
your wrist regardless of
what you choose here.
They include Workout,
Maps, Remote Timer and
some third-party apps.
?Always? apps
To effectively extend the
same In-Session wake-up
to all apps, not just the
ones we mention here,
simply select the ?Always?
option from the list.
Go to Settings
To get to this screen you
need to launch the Settings
app on your Watch. Tap
?General? and then select
the ?Wake Screen? option
to arrive here.
I have started receiving emails telling me that I recently made a request to reset
my Apple ID, even though I haven?t. Is this a scam? Mark Frater
It certainly sounds like it. If you haven?t made any
attempt to reset your password then there is no reason
why Apple would send you emails regarding the matter
so we suspect it isn?t legit. In all likelihood there will be
1 Go to website
Launch Safari and then go to https://
appleid.apple.com. Do not click on any
links in the actual email itself, regardless of
how official it looks because it might just be
a very official-looking scam.
links within the email that you can click on to reset your
password? If so, ignore them and do nothing. If you are
worried and want to reset your password anyway for
piece of mind, then follow these easy steps that are legit.
2 Log in to Apple ID
The website will ask for your Apple ID
password. Input it into the space and then
you will have to answer a couple of security
questions, the answers of which you should
know, as you originally set them!
3 Change password
When you have successfully logged
in you will be presented with all of your
account data. Scroll down to the Security
section and then click on the ?Change
Password? link to reset it.
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How can I let people who try to contact me know that I
am using Do Not Disturb While Driving? Belinda Bankcroft
Whenever I type something
while using my iPhone it
wants me to use the American
spelling of words instead of the
English way that I am used to. How
can I stop it from offering American
spelling suggestions? George Fry
It sounds as though the default
dictionary that your iPhone uses for
word suggestions is set to an American
version. Open your Settings app and then
Go to General>Dictionary and make sure
it is set to ?British English?. You could
also go to Settings>General>Language
& Region and make sure the iPhone
Language is set to ?English (UK)? and the
region is set to ?United Kingdom?.
1 Open Settings 2 Set response 3 Write message
Open your iPhone
Settings app and then tap
on the ?Do Not Disturb?
section. Now scroll down to
the bottom of the page.
Set the ?Auto-Reply To?
option to ?Recents? to ensure
that everyone who tries to
contact you is notified and
then tap on ?Auto Reply?.
A standard response
message is set by default,
but you can change this to
something more personal if
you prefer?
I like the effect that Night Shift mode adds to my
iPhone screen. Can I enable it all the time? Jen Collins
Different option
I know it sounds funny but
sometimes I feel queasy while
using my iPhone and have no
idea why. As a result I try to limit how
much I actually use it. Do you know
what is causing this? Tessa Brown
You could be experiencing some kind
of motion sickness relating to the user
interface and the parallax effect of the
icons. There is actually an option to
reduce this, which may help. Go to
Settings>General>Accessibility and then,
under the Vision settings you?ll see an
option called ?Reduce Motion?. Enable
this and see if it works for you.
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While you can go to the
Night Shift settings in
Display & Brightness and
schedule it constantly or
keep flicking ?Manually
Enable Until Tomorrow?,
there is a slightly different
alternative to try?
Control the
tint intensity
Apply a tint
Go to Settings>General>
Accessibility>Display
Accommodations and
then tap on ?Colour Filters?.
Enable the option and then
scroll down and select the
?Colour Tint? option.
Use the Intensity
and Hue sliders to
adjust the screen
tint to something
desirable to look
at and it will make
using your iPhone
easier on the eyes.
Smart Folders can be saved to the sidebar, meaning you can access them
quickly and easily just by opening a new Finder window.
I have heard about something called ?Smart Folders?, which
aren?t really folders at all. So what exactly are they and how do
I go about using them? Kevin Creese
Apple
Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I was showing my
friend how to do
something on their
iPhone and I noticed
that the on/off
switches for various
options in Settings
looked different. I
checked and his
iPhone is definitely
running the same iOS
(11.4.1) as mine, so
what?s the deal?
When you say ?looked
different?, we presume
that you mean that the
buttons are displaying
their on/off labels. You
can actually toggle this
feature in Settings. Go
to General>Accessibility
and then scroll down to
see the ?On/Off Labels?
option that you can
enable to apply a slightly
different look.
1 What it is
A Smart Folder is basically a
saved search, but macOS saves
these searches as folders so that
they?re easier to find and access
when you need them.
4 Drill down
You can keep clicking ?+?
to add additional criteria to mine
down to the exact content you
want. Select ?Other? under Kind
for plenty of other possibilities.
2 Smart creation 3 Start adding
To create a new Smart
Folder, open a new Finder
window and then go to File>New
Smart Folder. A new window will
appear on your desktop.
5 The purpose
The best thing about Smart
Folders is that they don?t move
content, they just display it from
various places in one central
folder for easy access.
To start adding to your
Smart Folder, click on the ?+?
icon in the top-right corner.
Menus will now appear from
which you can add criteria.
6 Save it
Smart Folders can be saved
by clicking the ?Save? button in
the top-right corner. Give it a
name and then set the location
before clicking ?Save? again.
I have heard that it is
possible to use bullet
points in the macOS
Stickies app ? how is
this done?
Just click on a Stickies
note and then press
Cmd+Alt+Tab.
How do I type emojis
on my Mac?
Hold down Cmd+Ctrl
and then press the
spacebar to bring up the
emoji type menu. You
can cycle through the
various collections by
scrolling down through
the menu or by using the
icons at the bottom of the
window to fast-track to
the desired theme.
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Marshall Stanmore
�9/$349
Key features
Learn more
Available from
50-20,000Hz?frequency?range???Bluetooth???AirPlay???RCA?input??
marshallheadphones.com
amazon.co.uk
Despite being a British innovation,
Editor?s Marshall amps are synonymous
Choice with loud American rock and roll,
ripped denim, long hair and cruising
down the open highway listening to music
at dangerously high volumes. The Marshall
Stanmore brings that feeling into your home by
retaining the classic look of its iconic guitar amps
in the form of a Bluetooth speaker that sounds
incredible as a standalone or can form part of
a multi-room setup along with the
Style and extreme audio clout,
the Marshall Stanmore
has it all?
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smaller Acton (reviewed on page 89) and the
larger Woburn models.
Lust at first sight
Let?s start with the finish. After unboxing the
Stanmore you feel compelled to gently place it
down, take a step back and just stare at it for a
while. It boasts the same hard-wearing
casing as the guitar
amps but with more curvature, with the grill and
logo on the front, framed by gold lam� trimming
and a golden lozenge of knobs on the top. The
back of the unit sports a bass reflex hole, microUSB port and RCA input. The only way that the
design could have been
better, in our opinion,
is if Marshall had cut
away sections in the
side for indented
handles, similar to
some of its amplifier
heads. Its lack of
handles means
it is ill-suited to
portability. But
you?ll never want
to take this fine unit out of your home anyway. The
aesthetics also improve greatly when you power
the Stanmore up and get connected because
each increment of the Volume, Bass, Treble and
Source knobs lights up with red LEDs. It?s a very
nice, premium-quality touch.
Connectivity options
There is certainly little danger of not being able
to hear the Stanmore as you can connect it
to anything. You can connect wirelessly with
AirPlay, Bluetooth, built-in Chromecast or Spotify
Connect, and it also comes with a 3.5mm
input as well as the aforementioned RCA for
wired connections. Up to seven presets can be
accessed instantly via the Source knob, meaning
that you can play your favourite Spotify playlists,
internet radio stations or podcasts effortlessly.
And if you are intending to use the Stanmore
as part of a multi-room setup then the free
iOS Marshall Multi-Room app lets you control
everything from your iPhone or iPad.
Turn it up to 11
Coming from Marshall, purveyors of all things
loud, you can rest assured that the Stanmore
doesn?t hold back on the decibels. What?s most
impressive is how the 50 Watt Class D amplifier
for the woofers and the twin 15 Watt Class
D amplifiers for the tweeters hold everything
together, especially at the higher end of the
volume range. The bass rumbles and the tweeters
punch out the mids with barely any noticeable
distortion ? it?s like having your own personal
Woodstock in your living room.
As a standalone, the Stanmore has the style
and sound to drown out any wireless speaker we
have sampled of late. And as a multi-room setup
it is definitely up there with the market-leaders.
A?golden?lozenge?of?control?knobs?which?
provide?LED?control?to?the?volume,?bass,?
treble?and?source?
A?bass?reflex?hole?in?the?back?of?the?unit?
channels?that?rock?and?roll?rumble?out?
into?your?living?room
The?iconic?Marshall?logo?takes?pride?of?
place?on?the?front?of?the?speaker?and?is?
framed?in?gold?lam�
Verdict
Adding a louder, harder edge to your music and
housed in a unit that screams rock and roll, the
Marshall Stanmore is our dream wireless speaker!
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Mixcder E8 ANC
The?left?casing?houses?an?easilyaccessible?ANC?toggle?switch?and?the?
headphones?ooze?style?throughout?
�.99/$59.99
Key features
Learn more
Available from
Bluetooth?and?ANC???40mm?drivers???Hard?case
mixcder.com
amazon.co.uk
Somehow managing to incorporate active noise
cancelling (ANC) smart technology for a very
reasonable price, Mixcder?s E8 headphones offer
a superb-sounding set of cans that shut out the
external noise and cocoon you in a warm audio
bubble ? perfect if you only have a limited budget.
Noise be gone
The?right?casing?houses?the?main?power?
button???hold?this?down?while?firing?them?
up?to?pair?them?with?your?iOS?device
The ANC technology that the E8s utilise is
actually a hybrid that works in a wider range in
the low to midrange frequencies than most ANC
designs, and provides an improved degree of
noise cancellation. It also provides improved
isolation for better noise cancellation outside of
the active range ? when a noise is detected, a
digital signal processor analyses the sound waves
and creates inverse waves to cancel out the
ambient sound. It sounds complicated but all you
really need to know is that if you flick the small
ANC switch on the left case then the outside
world will be gone.
The E8s are equipped with 40mm drivers that
deliver a powerful, wideband frequency response
from 20Hz to 20,000Hz with impactful bass, a
detailed midrange and clear, extended treble.
They sound slightly cushioned but very clear. With
a battery life of around 18 hours, they?re perfect
for daily commutes and the stylish, sleek all-black
design is sure to turn heads. Comfortable to wear
with a great sound, these are a bargain.
Verdict
A?soft,?cushioned?headband?sports?the?
Mixcder?logo?and?the?foam?pads?provide?
supreme?comfort?on?long?journeys
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Perfect for audiophiles on a budget, Mixcder?s E8 headphones blend
style with a supreme sound, all the while keeping all outside noise
suppressed. Exceptionally good value for money.
Marshall Acton
Multi-Room Speaker
�9/$249
Key features
Learn more
Available from
52-20,000Hz?frequency?range???Bluetooth???AirPlay???3.5mm?input
marshallheadphones.com
amazon.co.uk
Every inch the baby brother to the Marshall
Stanmore (reviewed on page 86), the Acton is
a slightly scaled-down version boasting a nearidentical design that is designed to sit bellowing
out loud rock music in the smaller rooms of your
home. Despite its smaller size (10.45x6.3x5.9
inch compared to the 13.77x7.28x7.28 inch
dimensions of the Stanmore), the Acton does an
equally impressive job of filling every crevice of the
room with punchy sound.
Perfectly formed
Externally, the Acton doesn?t have the RCA
inputs ? understandable given that this is
designed to operate as a satellite speaker with
the connections being handled by the Stanmore
in your main living room ? and it doesn?t emit the
same satisfying bass burp when you connect it
to Bluetooth. Inside the power amps are scaled
down to one 30 Watt Class D amp for the woofer
and twin 10 Watt Class D amps for the tweeters.
Listen to both speakers alternately in a small room
and you?ll not be able to tell the difference.
Aside from RCA, the connectivity is the
same as the Stanmore, with Bluetooth, AirPlay,
Chromecast and Spotify Direct representing the
wireless options with just a 3.5mm input for wired
connections. You just need to weigh up whether
you need a small speaker for a small room or a
big speaker that?s suitable for any room.
If you are using the Acton as part of a
multi-room setup then you can control
your speakers via a free iOS app
Like the Stanmore, the knobs all sport
aesthetically-pleasing red LED increments
and lovely smooth turning actions
Verdict
Brilliant as a standalone wireless speaker or as part of a multi-room
setup, the Marshall Acton produces a sound much bigger than its size.
The back of the Acton houses a bass
reflex sound hole and a single microUSB
port for connecting a source
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Inputs?include?HDMI,?VGA,?headphone?
jack?and?audio?line?in/out.?Strangely,?there?
are?no?USB?ports?
Controls?on?the?underside?include?
power,?HDR?and?buttons?to?navigate?the?
onscreen?menu?system
BenQ EW277HDR LED
Backlight Monitor
�1/$269
Key features
Learn more
Available from
27?inch?display???High?Dynamic?Range?(HDR)???Eye-care
benq.co.uk
amazon.co.uk
Designed for the home office, BenQ?s EW277HDR
is a 27 inch monitor that uses vertical alignment
panel technology and BenQ?s own Brightness
Enhancement technology to enable High Dynamic
Range (HDR) by increasing the luminance by
33 per cent while viewing HDR content for a
significantly higher contrast performance. HDR
increases the overall dynamic range between true
black and bright white to resemble what our eyes
see in the natural world and in testing there was
a noticeable improvement in the colour accuracy
when viewing HDR content.
Although the monitor plays in HDR mode when
it detects a source, a button on the underside
enables HDR emulation for standard content, as
well as Brightness Intelligence Plus mode (BI+),
which uses an ambient light sensor to adjust the
brightness and colour temperature based on the
current light conditions.
Set the controls?
As well as HDR, the EW277HDR also provides a
plethora of other picture modes, including Game,
Photo, sRGB, Rec.709, ECO, M-Book and Low
Blue Light (which comes with additional modes
in the Eye Care settings menu). It?s a fabulous
monitor and great value for money. The only
downside is that there is no adjustment for height,
swivel and pivot (only tilt), which may prove a little
too restrictive for some users.
Verdict
The?stand?only?allows?for?20?degrees?of?tilt?
and?it?isn?t?possible?to?adjust?the?height,?
swivel?or?pivot?the?screen?
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A cool-looking HDR monitor that does an excellent job of displaying
colours and blacks, making it a good choice for movie-lovers, gamers
and digital photo editors. Shame you can?t adjust the height though?
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Accessories
Rocketbook Everlast
Rocketbook Wave
�.99/$39.99
getrocketbook.co.uk
If you like to keep your life relatively low-tech with a pen and
paper to scribble down notes and ideas then Rocketbook
has just released an item that forms a bridge between the old
and the new ? a wipe-clean notebook! You can write or draw
what you want with the supplied pen and then, via a free app,
scan them in and automatically upload them to a connected
cloud storage service to store them digitally. You can reuse
the notebook by erasing the contents with a damp cloth later.
�.99/$29.99
getrocketbook.co.uk
Similar to the Everlast, the Rocketbook Wave uses a
microwaveable method of erasing content. Each page features
a QR code and a series of icons at the bottom. If you assign a
cloud service to an icon then all you need to do is mark it and
the document will be uploaded as soon as you scan the page
using the app. Just pop the book in your microwave with a
mug of water when it is full and you can erase all of the pages
in one fell swoop. What witchcraft is this?
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BakkerElkhuizen
S-board 840
�.99/$69.99
bakkerelkhuizen.co.uk
According to research about 90 per cent of computer users rarely
use the numeric pad on a keyboard, so BakkerElkhuizen has done
away with it completely on its S-board 840 USB keyboard. The
ergonomic design helps to reduce the symptoms of RSI and the
spongy action makes typing feel smooth and comfortable. The
S-board 840 also sports a pair of feet to raise it up, two USB ports
and a neat set of multimedia keys, and pressing Play automatically
launches iTunes and starts playing tracks ? a big time-saver if you
like to listen as you work. Though offering nothing like the same
build quality, this is a decent alternative to your standard keyboard.
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive
�.99/$35.99
sandisk.com
Apps, photos, music ? they all greedily tuck into our iPhone
and iPad storage space, but there is a way to get more without
upgrading your device. SanDisk?s iXpand Flash Drive is available in
five sizes (256, 128, 64, 16 and the 32GB version, reviewed here)
and is one end USB and the other end Lightning Connector, so you
can plug it straight into your iOS device and enjoy an expanse of
extra storage and automatic backup for the contents. Its titchy size
also means it can be easily stowed in a bag or pocket when not in
use. The perfect holiday accompaniment that lets you take more
photos than your friends and neighbours could possibly stand.
Audio-Technica LS70iS
In-Ear Headphones
�5/$131
audiotechnicashop.com
Based on the in-ear monitoring (IEM) design used by musicians
when performing live, Audio-Technica?s LS70s bring that same
level of professional sound and comfort to everyday use with a
spacious ?live? sound that?s low on distortion levels and high on
noise-isolation. They come wired with a 3.5mm jack, sadly not a
Lighting Connector, and the dynamic 8.8mm drivers sound brilliant.
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