Much like OS X Yosemite’s new Notification Centre widgets, iOS 8 has also gained the ability to add widgets to your Today screen. These come in the form of app extensions, many of which can be found in the App Store. Typically, they are part and parcel of standalone apps (such as Dropbox and Yahoo News Digest), rather […]
Family Sharing is a new feature in iOS 8 that allows you to share all of the iTunes and App Store purchases you make on iOS with your family, even without sharing the same Apple ID. Additionally, there’s a level of built-in protection as children need to ask permission from the designated parent or elder before […]
AirDrop allows you to share files with other nearby Macs, and now in OS X Yosemite you can also share with iOS users. Previously, it only worked with other Mac users which was convenient but rather frustrating for anyone that had an iPhone or iPad. Likewise, on iOS AirDrop was previously limited to other iOS devices, a limitation […]
Apple has enabled developers to create apps that also include “Widget” extensions which populate the Today screen section of the Notification Centre on your Mac. In the past, the Notification centre wasn’t really that useful, but now it’s much more closely aligned with the iOS version because all your important information is displayed, in addition to any […]
When Apple released iOS 8, many people, especially those with 16 GB devices or with lots of apps and other content, found they were unable to install the update because it required 4 or 5 GB of free space. Why does the iOS 8 upgrade need so much free space, when the update is around 1 GB? The reason is […]
iTunes 12 was released as a beta earlier in the year for OS X Yosemite, and is now available for new users and also as an update to iTunes 11. There aren’t a whole host of improvements, but there are some subtle changes which are definitely welcome over iTunes 11. The last version of iTunes was completely […]
With every new release of iOS, Apple adds lots of new features and functionality, as well as some under-the-hood changes and improvements that aren’t always immediately apparent. iOS 8 follows the mould of iOS 7 with the same flat look, and for new users there is also a built in Tips app, which is a great resource to learn the […]
What are Annotations? Mail in OS X Yosemite has several new features that users will find to be welcome improvements. For example, Mail Drop allows you to attach large files up to several Gigabytes in size.
Spotlight has always been a useful tool on the Mac to quickly find applications, contacts, emails and documents. But it was always tucked away in the top right of the menu bar, underused by many Mac users who weren’t really aware of what it could do.
What is an Instant Hotspot? Sometimes when you’re on the road, you need to access the Internet on your Mac but only have your iPhone with you to connect. There aren’t always Wi-Fi hotspots around, and those “free” ones sometimes require you to register or create an account. I am actually writing some of this article […]