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5 super hot tips for iOS 8!

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Apple have released their latest and greatest operating system for their mobile devices but many people have been experiencing issues with the early iOS 8.0 release. All sorts of complaints from the device not powering off, to being unable to send text messages and the list goes on.  We've decided to put together a list of 5 things that you absolutely have to know about iOS 8 in order to get the most from it!  So here we go:

5 super hot tips for iOS 8

Tip #1 - Update to iOS 8.0.2 before you do anything else!

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 12.29.01Make sure you update to iOS 8.0.2!  The initial bugs as reported with iOS 8.0 have been addressed and resolved in the iOS 8.0.2 update.  I didn't update to iOS 8.0 myself, especially after the initial problem reports, and having waited for iOS 8.0.2 I've now updated my iPhone and other devices and all is well!

Tip #2 - Quick Reply

replyA super new feature has been added that allows you to interact with notifications without actually needing to unlock the device or go to the app.  For example, if you receive a text message, just swipe to the left and click the "Reply" button.  You can enter your message and send it immediately!

Tip #3 - Hey Siri!

heysiriThis is a really cool feature, but it only works while your device is connected to mains power.  You need to enable "Hey Siri" by going into Settings -> General -> Siri on your device and choosing to "Allow Hey Siri".  Now, when your device is connected to mains power, just say "Hey Siri" followed by your command or question and Siri will activate immediately and respond!  You should say "Hey Siri" followed by your question in one fluid sentence, don't wait for Siri to start listening or it'll actually not hear what you say!

Tip #4 - Voice & Video in Messages

videoJust like in WhatsApp, you can now send voice and video messages from the Messages app directly. For voice, tap and hold the microphone icon next to the typing space while you speak. For video or photo, hold the camera icon on the left and swipe across then choose the photo icon, or press the red button to record video.  Couldn't be simpler 🙂

Tip #5 - Time Lapse & Slow Motion Video

timelapseYou can now shoot time-lapse and slow-motion videos using the Camera app. When you're about to record a video, scroll to the time-lapse or slow-mo feature and start recording. This is a really fun feature and after a while you should be able to get some really great clips with this. Spend some time experimenting, it's really awesome!

Team Treehouse!

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For the past year now, I've been using Team Treehouse as an excellent learning tool for many different technologies.  It's based on video tutorials that are very high quality and easy to follow. Real views for better search results were provided by professional and trusted The Marketing Heaven. Except that, they provided also real followers for YouTube channel, so you can now find it, follow and stay posted with all news. Each tutorial is followed by a quick quiz to make sure you were paying attention and they courses are designed cleverly so that you follow a clearly defined path to success.

I can't recommend this service highly enough and as they are running a special offer at the moment, I thought I'd share it with you all.  You can use the link below to get 50% off your first month's subscription and they offer a full 30-day money back guarantee in case you aren't fully satisfied.  I don't think you'll need that though!  Have fun 🙂


Windows to Mac made easy – training course at!

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imageExciting news! We've just finished a brand new video course which is now available at!

The course is aimed at users that currently use Windows and are considering moving to Mac. It covers such things as:

• Why you should switch to Mac
• Commonly asked questions and concerns
• Similarities & Differences between Windows & Mac
• Super cool Mac features that you MUST know about

The course contains over 3 hours of content, delivered using high-tech screen recording technology to allow us to present both Windows and Mac operating systems side-by-side, delivering the best comparison available!

If you are a Windows user, or you know people that use Windows and that should be using Mac, this course is for you! It's even possible to gift the course to a friend if you wish.

To all our Facebook likers & Twitter followers, we are offering a very special promotional discount - you can use the link below to get a whopping 25% off the list price! For a limited time, you can also share this link with your friends and they can benefit from the discounted price also!

So get clicking and we'd be delighted to hear your feedback

iMac running very slowly

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Apple has determined that certain Seagate 1TB hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems may fail. These systems were sold between October 2009 and July 2011.

Symptoms can include your iMac running very slowly - much more slowly than normal.  Also read/write errors occurring while copying files, backing up, migrating etc.  It can also cause the iMac to suddenly no longer start up, showing a "no-entry" symbol on the screen instead.  While using your iMac, you may also notice that you see the spinning "beach ball" much more frequently than normal and it stays for much longer than expected.

Apple have accepted that there is an issue with a particular batch of hard drives used and they have extended the warranty on affected iMacs to cover the replacement of the hard drive.  If you think you have been affected, you can check your iMacs eligibility for the hard drive replacement program here:

Moving from Windows to Mac OS X – eBook

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It's lovely to see so many people making the move from Windows to Mac these days and rightly so!  It's probably the best decision most people will ever make with regard to their computer needs.

It can be challenging from some people though, since they've always used Windows and are a little reluctant (dare I say nervous or even afraid!) to make the change because they think they'll have to start all over again, learning a whole new operating system and way of working.  What they don't realise is that it's just not like that anymore!

Mac OS X has been absolutely revolutionary in terms of its features, stability, security and overall usability.  In the past 5 years or so, I have not met one person that has made the move to Mac and regretted it.  In fact, the majority tell me that it's the best thing they've ever done and they wonder why they ever used Windows.

One thing that most of these people have in common though, is a difficulty in equating the way Windows used to do things to the way the Mac does them, or rather how you do something on the Mac that you used to do on Windows.  To be honest, the differences are not that great.  But there are some, and without the proper knowledge and a simple explanation of the differences, it's easy to get frustrated.

That's why I decided to write an eBook on the subject.  It's not going to be a massively thick book with millions of pages, it's going to be concise and cover the core issues that people face when moving from Windows to Mac OS X.  Keep it simple, but solve the problem.

If you are thinking of changing to Mac, or you know someone that is, and you're interested in pre-registering so that you can be informed as soon as it's released, just click through to the following page:

Moving from Windows to Mac - Made Easy!

Not only can you register your interest in being notified when the eBook is ready, but you will also receive a Free PDF which will explain why I believe moving to Mac is the best thing you will ever do.  Take a look - I think you'll enjoy reading the free PDF either way!

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 with Lockscreen Security Fix

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Apple has an unfortunate history of lockscreen vulnerabilities with iOS and version 6.1 has suffered the same fate. People are finding random combinations of actions to unlock the display using emergency calling in iOS 6.1 (meaning that iPads and iPods probably aren’t affected). These actions can unlock the home screen of an iPhone running iOS 6.1 and give access to important user data.

Apple today released the iOS 6.1.3 update which apparently has a fix for this glitch as well as some map improvements for Japan in its Maps app.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

The New Mac Mini – Rocks!

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So just a few days ago I've taken delivery of my new Mac Mini.  My old Mac was just running too slow and I need to upgrade to something powerful.  The trouble is, the MacPro towers are expensive and bulky.  For now, I needed something more portable and economic.  The iMacs are beautiful but not really practical for my needs.  I want multiple monitors and loads of speed.

So I've done some research on the Apple Store and much to my amazement, the new Mac Mini is a powerful little tyke 🙂  Configured with a Corei7 2.3Ghz Processor, 8gb of RAM, a 1Tb Fusion drive incorporating 128gb of Flash Memory, this baby is now eating up everything I give it and more!

Furthermore, it's tiny.  You'd hardly know it was on the desk.  It's quiet too.  Almost silent in fact.  I've connected my two 23" monitors to it and with the desktop spread across the two I can now get back to work.

Mountain Lion too is an excellent product.  Of course, it has a few bugs still as you would expect, but overall I love it.

Well done Apple, hats off to you.  You've just provided me with exactly what I was looking for!

Rumours of imminent iPad Mini release

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Apple are rumoured to be on the verge or releasing a new smaller version of the iPad.  The suggested release date of October 17th, with the devices potentially shipping just two weeks later, would put them on the shelves well in advance of the Christmas shopping period.

While Apple have not confirmed the rumours, as is their usual style, the rumours surrounding the iPhone 5 have turned out to be pretty accurate and the rumour of the iPad Mini has been confirmed by a major Apple investor who claims to have heard the news from various sources.

It is suggested that the new device, possibly to be called the iPad Mini or iPad Air, will be have a less than 8" screen size and a housing made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic.

The price is expected to be around half that of the existing iPad range in order to complete with the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7.

We'll all be waiting anxiously to see if this rumour proves to be as accurate!

iOS6 is here

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Apple have released the latest version of their mobile operating system iOS 6.  

It claims to have a much improved Maps interface which now has the appearance of a SatNav and not of a simple maps application.  Siri has been improved and expanded to allow opening of apps and instant posting to Facebook from many parts of the iOS.

Facetime is now available over cellular networks making it a great choice for on the go communication.  New Phone features include the ability to hang up and send a message to the caller (via SMS) with either a default message or a custom message of your own.

The Mail app has been redesigned and Safari now has iCloud integration.  The camera now has the possibility to take a panoramic photo which looks very interesting!

All in all there do seem to be some very nice new features in this version, I'll be keen to update and see it for myself!

iPhone 5 Pre-orders Smash Records

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The iPhone 5, which features a bigger screen, faster chip and a lighter body, sold 2 million units in first-day orders, more than double a record set by the previous model, Apple said.

Since its 2007 debut, the device has become Apple's top-selling product, accounting for about two-thirds of profit. Apple surpassed Exxon Mobil to become the biggest company in the world by market capitalization last year after overtaking Microsoft as the most valuable technology provider in 2010.

"It leaves me in awe," said Rex Ishibashi, chief executive officer of Callaway Digital Arts, which develops games for the iPhone. "It's reflective of how important these devices and these digital technologies have become in our lives."

Before his death in October, co-founder Steve Jobs mastered a strategy of pushing Apple beyond its core business of selling computers into new markets, including digital music and mobile phones.