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Keeping your messages private

Keeping your messages private

Sending and receiving text messages and pictures on your iPhone and iPad is one of the most common use for smart phone users. But, you don’t necessarily want the people around you to see those messages as they pop up on your phone, or even who the messages are from. To that end, Apple does give you a couple of options regarding how your Message notifications appear on your phone. You can for example, choose to see a message preview when the phone is unlocked, but hide the previews when your phone is locked. That way, no one can read your messages when you’ve left the phone unattended on a desk or in another room. You’ll still get a notification that you’ve received a message, but it just won’t show the content of that message.

In order to choose your favorite notification options, on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Notifications > Messages and look at your Message Options under Show Previews. You have three choices : Always, When Unlocked, and Off. My favorite is When Unlocked, which hides Message Previews when the phone is locked, and I am most likely to be away from the phone.

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Microsoft Outlook updates

Microsoft Outlook updates

Microsoft has consistently been adding new features to their Microsoft Office 365 suite of apps recently, by listening to users, and implementing the most requested features. This week, Outlook has added new features such as email scheduling, read and delivery receipts, and email templates. Overall, it’s just very encouraging to see Microsoft improving their Mac apps on a regular basis as they have been doing of late, and bodes well for the future of Microsoft apps on macOS and iOS.

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Apple’s new ProMotion technology

Apple’s new ProMotion technology

Apple’s newest display technology, which was introduced recently in the new iPad Pro, is going to vastly improve the way you interact with your Apple devices in the future. It manages to really cut down of the latency you feel when doing things such as drawing on your iPad with the Apple pencil, or just scrolling around through web pages, and yet it does not affect battery life. To find out more about ProMotion and why it’s going to be big for Apple, check out this article on iMore.

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Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

Today, Apple made a slew of announcements during their annual keynote event at WWDC 2017. If was full of major announcements including : New iMacs and an upgrade to the entire MacBook line, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, new iPad Pros, and new watchOS and tvOs updates. And in December of this year, they will also release a very powerful new iMac Pro and a new device called HomePod speaker which is expected to compete with the Amazon Echo and Sonos devices.

There is a whole bunch of under the hood technology improvements which will be incorporated into these new products which should greatly enhance the usability and performance of these Apple devices. Overall, this was a fairly impressive Keynote, packed with tons of new interesting products, which bodes well for the future of Apple moving forward.
If you’re interested in finding out more, the Verge has done a nice little 20 minute recap of the Keynote, which can be found here :
Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote in 19 minutes

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Using Snapchat filters

Using Snapchat filters

If you’ve installed Snapchat on your iPhone, but are past a certain age, it’s very likely that you have found the Snapchat interface slightly confusing and not very intuitive. And maybe you’ve seen people posting pictures and videos with all sorts of cute animations going on, and wondered to yourself, how do they do that ? Well, this article explains how you can start using the Snapchat filters and lenses that Snapchat is so famous for :
How to turn on and use the Snapchat filters

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Microsoft OneNote App

Microsoft OneNote App

My favorite note taking application for the Mac is Microsoft’s OneNote, which works on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. It’s a wonderful and full-featured note taking tool that has been around since 2003 on Windows, and since 2014 on the Mac. It allows you to blend text, images, videos, PDF’s, graphs, tables and whatever else you can think of to create notebooks blending all these elements together. You can use it for super basic note taking, or very complex presentations using all types of media. You can create to-do lists, use it for project management, write in it using a touch-screen, and all sorts of other uses. If you haven’t yet tried OneNote, do yourself a favor and download it (it’s free) and play around with it. It’s quite easy to use and you’ll quickly discover all it’s potential.

You can find out more about OneNote here

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Apple releases updates

Apple releases updates

Time to update ! Today Apple released iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and macOS Sierra 10.12.5 updates. These are mainly security and bug fixes, but I would highly recommend that you take the time to do these updates. Particularly the Sierra update as it squashes 30 security holes, some of which were pretty serious. With all the malware going around at the moment, you want to make sure you’re completely up to date, particularly on your computer.

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Maximizing Battery Life

Maximizing Battery Life

With all of your Apple devices, there are certain guidelines you should try to follow in order to get the best performance from your battery. One of the biggest factor is to avoid extreme temperatures. While 62° to 72° F (16° to 22° C) is the ideal comfort zone, anything between 50° to 95° F should be fine. So, as the temperatures begin to heat up this spring and summer, be careful not to place your macs, iPhones and iPads in direct sunlight on really hot days. It can create permanent damage that will lessen your battery’s life considerably. For more information about getting the most out of the battery of your Apple devices, you can read this article on the Apple website.

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The Sweet Setup website

The Sweet Setup website

Over the last couple of years, one of my favorite website to go visit once in a while is the The Sweet Setup. They review and recommend some of the best apps you can get for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. They sort things out in categories such as Productivity, Backups, Photography, Travel, and quite a few other categories. Typically, they will review a bunch of similar products at once and tell you which one they liked best, and why. If you own any Apple products, this site is incredibly helpful in helping you make smart buying decisions for a variety of software and apps available for your devices.

You can check out The Sweet Setup here

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Apple makes iMovie, GarageBand and iWork apps free for all users

Apple makes iMovie, GarageBand and iWork apps free for all users

Today, iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.
Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now a purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years. Today’s app changes will also make it easier for business and educational institutions to download Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie through the Volume Purchase Program store.
It will also make it easier for anyone with an older Mac to download the recent version of these apps, if they didn’t want to spend as much as $20 a piece for the newer versions.

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