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Travelling with your Mac

Date: 23rd March 2018

Duration: 46:31

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Travelling with your Mac is great - provided that you take proper precautions. There are various considerations you need to be aware of with respect to security, privacy and to minimise the risk of data theft when away from the confines of your home and office.

There are also things to consider when trying to access online services via a slow or unsecured public Wi-Fi access point. What about if the internet connection is great but expensive?

In this episode, we take you through some simple steps to secure your Mac from prying eyes or attack, and take control over which apps and services can use your internet connection. We also show you how you can create both local Time Machine and bootable backups on an encrypted local external drive in case of emergencies. Finally, we cover a simple way to connect with your home or office Mac to retrieve that file you thought you had with you!

Tip - Apple ID 101

Date: 20th March 2018

Duration: 07:55

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Your Apple ID is a crucial part of how you access your devices, apps and all Apple services.

It goes without saying that you really need to look after your Apple ID and make sure that you can regain access in the event of some mishap.

In this week's tip video, we take a look at the website that's designed to help you maintain your Apple ID:

Tip - Messages - Screen Sharing

Date: 13th March 2018

Duration: 06:10

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This week's tip demonstrates how easy it is to share screens via the standard Messages app in macOS.

If you ever find yourself needing to give remote support to friends, family or colleagues, there's no need to have them install third-party software. Just fire up the Messages app and use the built-in screen sharing mechanism.

Tip - Apple Mail Rules - macOS

Date: 20th February 2018

Duration: 06:41

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Apple Mail rules allow you to create and run complex commands on incoming mail, allowing you to filter, organise or even respond automatically to messages.

In this week's tip, I take a look at some simple Apple Mail rules that demonstrate their potential power. The only downside to setting up rules locally on your Mac is that Mail needs to be running and there is no sync mechanism.

In next week's tip video, I will take a look at running Apple Mail rules on so that they're active 24/7, and also trickle down to your iOS devices.

macOS Server Update - Part 2

Date: 9th February 2018

Duration: 48:47

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In Part 2 of our two-part series on macOS Server 5.4, Todd Olthoff takes a look at managing your devices using Profile Manager, the device management tool that is part of Server. As we accumulate Apple devices, it can become challenging to manage each one for the various users, whether in your household or organization.

In this episode we'll talk about some of the things to consider before deploying a device management system. We'll then walk you through the various things that need to be set up in the Server application, so you can take full advantage of the Profile Manager service. This includes enrolling all of your devices and pushing profiles to those, so their various settings can be customized to fit your needs.

Tip - Parental Controls - macOS

Date: 16th January 2018

Duration: 09:13

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Following on from a look at setting up restrictions on iOS in last week's tip video, we turn our attention to the Mac. In a similar fashion, it's possible to setup restrictions on the Mac using Parental Controls inside System Preferences.

Parental Controls allow you to restrict access to apps, web browsing and much more. You can even set time periods as well as time limits of allowed usage.

macOS Server Update - Part 1

Date: 12th January 2018

Duration: 46:20

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With macOS High Sierra came updates to the Server app, now called macOS Server and available on the App Store for USD 19.99. We covered Server extensively in the past, but that was back on OS X Mavericks (10.9). We thought it was time for an update.

This version of Server is different from the previous ones in that Apple has chosen to move three server components to High Sierra itself and make them available to all users. For some, those components might have been the reason they wanted Server in the first place, so there is no longer a need for the macOS Server app when running High Sierra. We will cover each of these services in detail and take a look at a new way to access file shares on iOS devices, due to the removal of the iOS File Sharing service and webDAV sharing from macOS Server. To achieve this, we'll set up the VPN service and use Readdle's Documents app for iOS to access those file shares both locally and remotely.

Tip - macOS - Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Date: 19th December 2017

Duration: 06:06

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Most people know that the keys to enhanced productivity are the mastery of keyboard shortcuts and a good muscle memory!

But what if your most-used command doesn't have a keyboard shortcut?

Well, the good news is that macOS allows you to add your own keyboard shortcuts, either within a specific application, or for all applications on your Mac.

This tip video walks you through the process of setting up custom keyboard shortcuts.

Tip - macOS HS - Further Tips

Date: 21st November 2017

Duration: 06:26

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macOS High Sierra was primarily an under-the-hood upgrade and we covered many of the new features recently in a full ScreenCastsOnline tutorial.

This tip show uncovers some features that didn't make it into that full tutorial.

Tip - macOS - Type to Siri

Date: 17th October 2017

Duration: 05:02

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Siri has been available for the Mac for a while now, but it's not always convenient to talk to your Mac, or have it talk back to you!

Perhaps you're in a coffee shop or a library, or you just don't feel comfortable talking to your Mac.

With macOS High Sierra, it's now possible to type your Siri commands as well as switch off the audio feedback from Siri.

Much more civilised!

macOS High Sierra Release

Date: 25th September 2017

Duration: 36:07

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If all goes to plan, this episode will be published on the same day as macOS High Sierra is formally released to the public.

macOS High Sierra is Apple's latest operating system release for the Mac. In fairness, it's not high on feature count; instead, Apple have been focusing on improving performance and stability in this release.

There are still some subtle changes in High Sierra, however, and some new features to try out. In this episode we take a look at some of these useful additions and changes brought to macOS.

Tip - Getting Ready for macOS High Sierra

Date: 19th September 2017

Duration: 06:28

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macOS High Sierra will soon be here - due for release on the 25th September 2017 - and there are a few things you might want to do before you commit to upgrading.

This tip video suggests one or two critical considerations that may save you a ton of trouble.

Tip - Safari Bookmarks

Date: 15th August 2017

Duration: 04:58

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Use bookmarks in Safari on both macOS & iOS to keep track of all your favourite websites.

In this tip video, we show you how bookmarks are organised and synchronised between all your devices.

We also demonstrate how easy it is to save bookmarks in the location of your choice.

Tip - Customising System Preferences

Date: 1st August 2017

Duration: 04:03

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A quick tip video taking a look at how you can access and customise the System Preferences window to remove unused icons and access commonly used ones.

Tip - Stickies on the Mac

Date: 18th July 2017

Duration: 04:17

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Sometimes you really just want to slap a Post-it sticky note on your desktop. Reminders, to-do lists, notes, keyboard shortcuts - anything you want to be reminded about visually.

Well don't clutter up your monitor with bits of paper, clutter up your Desktop with Sticky Notes!

Stickies is a free app supplied with macOS which can be very useful. Create multi-coloured sticky notes containing formatted text or images, and position them where you want. Arrange them, colour-code them and they'll open in the same position each time you open Stickies.

Tip - Markup Tools on macOS

Date: 4th July 2017

Duration: 05:01

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Need a quick and easy way to edit or annotate images and PDFs?

Both macOS and iOS contain system-wide markup tools that appear in various locations.

In this Tip video, we take a look at annotating your images and PDFs in Preview, Mail and Photos on the Mac.

Tip - Spotlight on macOS

Date: 27th June 2017

Duration: 07:34

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Spotlight is the underlying indexing technology built into both the macOS and iOS that allows you to quickly find various types of information on your Mac and iOS devices.

In this week's tip video, we take a look at configuring Spotlight on the Mac, as well as looking at some Spotlight party tricks, and cap it off with a look at using natural language to invoke Spotlight searches with Siri.

Tip - macOS - 10.12.4 Update

Date: 11th April 2017

Duration: 04:27

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Apple have rolled out updates to all of its platforms across the board in the past few weeks. In this week's tip video, we focus on Night Shift on the Mac, now available in mac OS Sierra 10.12.4.

Night Shift was originally introduced in iOS and is a screen technology designed to make it easier to work with your Mac during the evening hours. It changes your Mac display to overlay a "Sepia" layer which can assist in making it easier on the eyes.

Night Shift isn't for everyone, but it's worth giving it a try.

iOS 10 & macOS Sierra - Update #3

Date: 11th November 2016

Duration: 47:19

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More updates for macOS, iOS 10, watchOS 3 & tvOS.

Some minor changes to Mail on the Mac and iOS, some big changes to Maps on iOS and a first look at setting up Home Automation with HomeKit and the new Home App on iPad and iPhone.

With the recent release of both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, this episode covers some of the new and updated features of both operating systems, as well as some handy tips on migrating your iPhone and Apple Watch to new devices.

macOS Sierra 10.12 Release Show

Date: 20th September 2016

Duration: 39:14

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OS X 10.12 is now available and has been rebranded macOS Sierra.

In this special release show, I walk you through some of the critical elements in making sure your installation goes well. From creating a bootable backup to doing either a fresh install or an in-situ upgrade.

Once installed, I take a look at some of the new features of macOS Sierra including the new integration with iCloud that allows you to store your Documents and Desktop in iCloud Drive, as well as some of the new features inlcuding Storage Management, Safari Picture in Picture, Application Tabs, Music & Messages.

I’ll cover Auto Lock, Universal Clipboard and Siri in next week’s episode.

iOS9 has really improved the ability for iOS Apps to interchange files and documents, but it’s still very confusing.

In this episode, I take a look at iCloud Drive on iOS and the Mac and try to explain how it all works. I also take a look at local storage options in various apps on iOS to explain just what is a “Document Provider”, as well at how the system wide Document Picker can be used in many different scenarios.

With the Apple ecosystem being tightly integrated across all platforms, one update has an impact on all the others. Last month Apple released updates to OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

In this episode, I take a look at most of the major changes and enhancements across the board.

The third and final update on the new features of El Capitan.

In this episode, I do a little catch up, take a look at the new Maps app, explore the changes in Disk Utility as well as a first look at the new Magic Touchpad 2 and the prevalence of Force Touch now available throughout El Capitan.

I covered some of the updates to Photos 1.1 last week, but this week I revisit it to take a peek at Live Photos and more importantly, Photo Extensions. Be sure to check out the time sensitive special offer below.

I also spend some time exploring the much improved and expanded Notes application.

OS X 10.11 - El Capitan - Part 1

Date: 30th September 2015

Duration: 30:24

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El Capitan is just about to be released so it's time to explore all the new features.

In this first part of a multipart series, I take a look at some of the enhancements brought to some of the core applications in OS X El Capitan.

iCloud Family Sharing on OS X

Date: 26th June 2015

Duration: 40:53

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iCloud Family Sharing is a great way to both reduce and manage the costs of buying Apps, Music, Videos and iBooks.

Up to six Family Members can pool their current purchases and share access with each other. With the iCloud Family Sharing "Organiser" in place, all purchases can be made with a single credit card, and if you have kids, you can authorise all requested purchase with "Ask To Buy".

With the soon to be launched MUSIC App, you’ll also be able to get a Family membership plan - six individual accounts for just $14.99.

You may have been putting it off, but now might be a good time to checkout iCloud Family Sharing.