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Sep

Users Reporting ‘Wrecked Scrolling’ on Logitech Mice After macOS Sierra Update


Some users are reporting performance issues with Logitech’s mice accessories after updating to macOS Sierra, mostly citing problems centered around “laggy” scrolling and some unresponsive customized buttons. Users have specifically mentioned that the M705 Marathon Laser Mouse and Performance Mouse MX are among products affected, but a wider swath of Logitech’s mice lineup is likely included.

The reason behind the problems, and how wide it could reach, is because of an incompatibility issue between the Logitech Control Center app and macOS Sierra. As mentioned by a poster on the Logitech forums, on the latest 3.9.4 software for LCC, the M705’s forward and back buttons were reported as “not working,” while scrolling was being problematic as well.

The M705 Marathon Laser Mouse (left) and Performance Mouse MX (right)
A separate report, posted on StackExchange, detailed a similar issue with Logitech’s mice on macOS Sierra. The user described their mouse as having “soggy inertia” scrolling in native Apple apps, and “choppy” scrolling in third-party apps. Ultimately, they found that updating to macOS Sierra “wrecked scrolling” on the Logitech mouse.

The scrolling behaviour is erratic because I’m actually assaulted by two issues:

In native macOS applications, like Apple Calendar, there is an ”inertia-ish” effect that slows down the scroll and introduces some sort of acceleration-like movement akin to the worst nightmares from Windows 10.

In third-party applications, like Google Chrome, the scrolling is quite fast but not fluid; it’s choppy and non-linear with sudden jumps and stops. Because of this, it feels like the computer is laggy when scrolling a page, but it’s probably due to the way the software scrolls.

The Logitech Control Center Mac app allows users to customize the features of their Logitech accessories — mainly mice and keyboards — along with basic features like notifications for low battery life and when each device has a firmware update. Its incompatibility with Sierra appears to be the source of the problem users are describing online. Unfortunately, Logitech has confirmed that “LCC is not available on Mac Sierra,” and that “there is no release date known” for when it might launch.

Hello all!
Thank you for your feedback. Your comments will be transferred to the appropriate department.

As of right now, LCC is not available on Mac Sierra. And there is no release date known.
Once it is available, it will be posted.

Thank you all.

The same user who mentioned “wrecked scrolling” did appear to find some solutions to the problem, although they noted that everything was just “temporary band-aid tweaks” in the face of Logitech’s lack of support. The user noted that messing around with the scroll and zoom settings in System Preferences > Mouse could help slightly, as well as checking out System Preferences > Logitech Control Center > Vertical Scrolling.

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Sep

UPS Shows Some iPhone 7 Shipments Bouncing Back and Forth Between U.S. and Asia


An increasing number of customers who ordered the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus have noticed irregular movement on their shipments, as confirmed by multiple tipsters who have contacted us. The peculiar UPS tracking information has also been documented by several Twitter and Reddit users.

MacRumors reader Daniel G., for example, has seemingly seen his iPhone 7 Plus order move between Shanghai, China and Anchorage, Alaska, only to end up back in China. The shipment even made a brief stop in Osaka, Japan, before heading to Louisville, Kentucky en route to Long Island City in Queens.

My iPhone got stuck in China, was sent to Alaska, sent back to China, and is now in Japan. I called Apple and they noted I am one of several who has called about this issue. I placed my order on September 11th. Original shipping estimate said the 27th to the 29th. This was soon changed to September 19th, and then 20th. Once it was delayed, it said shipping date unknown. Apple said they would look into it and call me back.

Other MacRumors readers said likewise in discussion topics titled “My iPhone is on a travel adventure” and “Waiting for UPS.”

Reddit user AlphaAnger, too, shared a nearly identical scenario:

I preordered the iPhone 7 from the Apple website and it shipped out at the beginning of the week. Anyone else’s iPhone just taking a tour of China and Korea? My UPS says it just keeps going back and forth between Korea and China with no estimated ship date.

Twitter user Minton, who shared the UPS tracking information pictured above, has seen his iPhone order travel from Zhengzhou, China to Incheon, South Korea to Louisville, Kentucky, at which point it was seemingly sent back to Hong Kong. The entire movement took place within a span of just three days.

My iPhone went from China -> Korea -> United States -> Hong Kong? That doesn’t seem right. @UPS @Apple pic.twitter.com/1CdS4290S2

— minton (@minton) September 21, 2016

Minton is not alone, as several Twitter users have noticed similarly irregular movement on their iPhone orders this week.

According to UPS, the iPhone I ordered keeps flying back and forth between Zhengzhou, China, and Icheon, South Korea. Seems inefficient. pic.twitter.com/r7PaDlZwga

— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) September 21, 2016

My iPhone 7 travel adventure courtesy of @UPS: China > South Korea > Kentucky > Hong Kong > Alaska > ….

— Charlie K. (@callmesailor) September 21, 2016

In some cases, shipments have moved between the U.S. and Asia in only a few hours, which is unrealistic even when accounting for time zone differences. UPS has allegedly told some customers the irregular movement is related to paperwork, but weather and mechanical issues could also be involved.

Whatever the underlying reason may be, the issue appears to be slowing down iPhone deliveries for at least some customers in the United States. Some customers on Twitter have complained that their new iPhone is “stuck in Korea,” while others have vented their frustrations towards UPS’s customer service account.

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Sep

Apple Releases First iOS 10.1 Beta to Public Beta Testers With Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, just under two weeks after releasing iOS 10 to the public and one day after providing the iOS 10.1 beta to developers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 10 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device.

iOS 10.1 introduces a “Portrait” mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, which was first shown off when the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus debuted on September 7. Portrait mode is designed to mimic the kind of shallow depth of field images that can be taken with a high-end DSLR, with a front subject that stands out over a blurred background.

The two cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus capture images, which are scanned by the built-in image signal processor. Machine learning techniques are use to recognize people and/or foreground images, keeping people and main objects in while applying an artful blue or “bokeh” to the background.

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Portrait mode is an iPhone 7 Plus-only feature because it requires two images to create a depth map. iOS 10.1 also likely includes bug fixes and behind-the-scenes updates to address issues that have popped up since release.

iOS 10 offers features like a redesigned Lock screen, a Siri SDK to allow third-party apps to integrate with Siri, and a completely overhauled Messages app with stickers, a full App Store, Digital Touch, Bubble Effects, and more. Other new additions include a dedicated “Home” app for HomeKit users, new facial and object recognition capabilities in Photos, and redesigned Maps and Apple Music apps.

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Sep

Apple Releases First macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta for Public Beta Testers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the beta to developers and two days after releasing the first version of macOS Sierra to the public.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the macOS Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Those who want to be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas should not be installed on a primary machine due to the potential for instability.

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 appears to focus on bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that have popped up since macOS Sierra was first released. It also includes album support in Photos for the new Portrait feature in iOS 10 on the iPhone 7 Plus.

macOS Sierra is a major update that introduces features like Siri support, cross device copy paste, improved iCloud functionality, the ability to unlock a Mac with the Apple Watch, an Optimize Storage option, and more.

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Sep

AC roundtable: How the Note 7 recall has hurt Samsung’s brand


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The AC editors sound off on the Note 7 recall, and how it has hurt Samsung’s brand.

We’re now over three weeks into Samsung’s recall of the Note 7 due to serious concerns over faulty batteries. 1 million phones in the U.S. alone were recalled, and some 2.5 million worldwide had to be replaced. While the day-to-day news of exploding phones has settled down a bit, Samsung now has to deal with the lasting effect this massive recall has on its brand.

Just how Samsung comes out of this Note 7 recall to continue to sell phones around the world will be interesting to follow, and there’s certainly a chance that these cases of exploding Note 7s have a lasting effect on future flagship phone sales. To get a bit of perspective on the situation, we’ve rounded up responses from the editors here at Android Central to see how everyone feels Samsung will come out of this.

So the question is simple: how do you think the Note 7 recall has damaged Samsung’s reputation?

Alex Dobie

With something as unprecedented as the Galaxy Note 7 recall, it’s difficult to map out where things will go from here. Everyone, Samsung included, is in uncharted territory. I’ve said before that I think the Note 7, product-wise, is already basically a lost cause. This will always be that exploding Samsung phone — resultingly a figure of fun, and something travelers are reminded off each time they take a flight. (You may use electronic devices in airplane mode — except for that one made by Samsung that that might explode at any time and kill us all.)

People on planes are being reminded daily that the Note 7 is a fire hazard.

And it remains to be seen how long the Note 7 airline “ban” — which, let’s be clear, includes your safe unit with the green battery icon — will last. My guess would be months not weeks.

Even if consumers were completely rational and accepted that the new, “safe” Note 7s are indeed safe, the phone now comes with legitimate baggage in terms of using it while flying, and in some cases even when taking the train. That’s still a legitimate reason to pass on what’s legitimately a very good phone, and buy another very good phone — like an iPhone 7 Plus or an LG V20 — instead. There’ve been headlines this past week with analysts predicting Note 7 sales will total up to only a fraction of that of the Note 5. That’s just common sense at this point.

But I do think that, barring any more nasty surprises, the lasting damage to Samsung as a brand and other Galaxy products by association will be limited. Samsung’s marketing strategy in many countries has pivoted back to a heavier focus on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge — two great phones that people are still buying. Samsung will have no choice but to mention it at the next big press conference, whether it’s the Galaxy S8 in February or something at CES in January. Expect stats about the speed of Samsung’s response, the vast numbers of phones successfully exchange, and Samsung’s commitment to customer safety. After which the company will hope to draw a line under the whole thing and move on.

The extent to which it’s able to do that will determine how next year’s Note will fare. As Samsung’s pointed out on more than one occasion, Note customers are among its most loyal, and I agree that the hard core of people who love this device will be largely unswayed. But the Note’s success has come from its mainstream appeal too, and only time will tell whether the average consumer will remember Samsung’s exploding phone twelve months on.

Jerry Hildenbrand

It depends on who you ask.

Among the technology-savvy internet crowd Samsung is polarizing. That happens when a company gets so big it influences a market. A large portion of the people doing the talking would back Samsung if it kicked a box of kittens. An equally large portion would fault Samsung if it showered the same kittens with love, affection and catnip instead. Neither of those groups has an opinion that counts for much when looking at the overall picture. For that, you need to look to the buying public.

The regular consumers aren’t interested in history as long as what they buy today works.

Those folks are going to forget and not even have an opinion. The regular folks who work 40 hours a week, go to soccer games on Saturday and have a phone they use to chat with friends or catch Pokemon aren’t interested in history as long as what they’re buying today works for them.

I like to point at Toyota here, because it’s such an extreme example. It had “issues” with the with some models where the cars would accelerate until they reached top speed or hit something to stop them. People died. It took Toyota a while to sort out the problem, much to the dismay of people who make laws and levy fines. But people quickly forgot and now you see Priuses everywhere.

People also forgot that in the end, it was the floor mats and there was nothing wrong with the rest of the cars, but this did bring some major safety improvements to Toyota vehicles. Or they didn’t care about it. Apathy is a hell of a drug.

Samsung will be just fine. The Note 7 is now and forever a dud that you shouldn’t buy. Not because it’s a bad phone or the new models will explode, but because Samsung will be quick to drop support and forget it ever existed. But the Note 8 will be the best (and worst) thing the internet has ever seen, and people that want a bigger phone with a “pencil” who pay no attention to the internet will be happy buying it. The same can be said for the rest of Samsung’s Galaxy models.

Andrew Martonik

The Galaxy Note 7 recall process is damaging, for sure, but I think the biggest pain will be felt simply for this release, and the lingering distrust of Samsung going forward will be minimal. Though it has dragged on for over three weeks now, the public as a whole has a short memory — the immediate future of Note 7 sales isn’t looking bright, but after a couple months with a few price drops they’ll be selling at a solid clip once again; all will be back to “normal.” Note 7 sales won’t reach anywhere near the volumes expected or predicted based on early sales before the recall, but to think the phone is entirely dead is a bit of a stretch.

This will destroy Note 7 sales, but future phones will be just fine.

More importantly for Samsung’s overall mobile business, I honestly don’t see any major issues heading into the next flagship release, be it the Galaxy S8 or something else. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if the company chose to address things head-on during the announcement with extra information about how it’s improved its manufacturing quality control standards since the recall.

Samsung hasn’t necessarily showered itself in glory this past month, and has clearly made a few missteps on some specifics of the recall process, but considering the variables at play it did a pretty damn good job with things. Most general consumers will see from a high level that Samsung did the right thing in recalling unsafe phones, and I don’t see this weighing heavily on their future buying decisions.

Daniel Bader

Samsung is a huge monolithic company stepped in the Korean traditions of honor and duty. But it is also a public entity with a board, shareholders, and hundreds and thousands of employees, many of which worked either directly or indirectly on the Galaxy Note 7. The irony of this whole recall is that the problem lies not with Samsung itself, which didn’t manufacture the affected batteries, but with the culture of unrelenting innovation that strives to win at all and any costs.

The hit to Samsung’s reputation will be short and placid, especially after the holiday marketing push.

The Bloomberg article that claims Samsung pushed its suppliers too hard, too fast in order to beat Apple’s iPhone 7 to market misses the point that the Note has always been an August baby, and that the Korean giant has always been ruthless about its product releases. The Note 7 is but one of dozens of phones the company releases annually, and though it may be the most expensive it is by no means the most popular.

All that is to say any hit to the company’s reputation will be short and placid, especially after the inevitable marketing blitz that is sure to hit the market this holiday season. There may be some folks reticent to pick up a Galaxy for a while but there will be many others eager to pick up the Note 7 at a massive discount, or with generous incentives. Samsung can and will do these things, because being at the top of the world is tenuous, and this is an opportunity too important to fail.

Florence Ion

We can’t ignore the lasting impact that the Galaxy Note 7 recall will have on the Samsung brand. The company is a major electronics manufacturer in the U.S. It doesn’t just make smartphones; it makes appliances, components, televisions, and other sorts of gadgets. It has been a trusted brand for so long. I don’t necessarily believe that this recall will put the South Korean company over the edge, but I can already see a radical shift in opinion.

The best thing Samsung can do right now is focus on delivering quality, responsive customer service.

The narrative across mainstream news sites is that Samsung was slow to react after the initial exploding incident. The Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung failed “to coordinate efforts with U.S. safety authorities,” which in turn “led to delays in providing replacement devices.” And the New York Times wrote of Samsung’s “stumbles” in recalling the phablets. It even reached out to Jennifer Shecter, a spokeswoman for Consumer Reports, who pointed out that Samsung hadn’t immediately notified the government of the exploding battery issue, nor had it initially offered a “clear fix.”

I’d be terrified to use a Samsung product after reading from two major news outlets that the company had failed at recalling a potentially deadly device. Just like Chipotle’s sales suffered after its massive E.coli recall (I haven’t eaten there since), I imagine Samsung will also feel the effects in its sales numbers over time. Its global shares have already been affected and it’s too bad, considering the Galaxy S7 was such a knockout.

The best thing Samsung can do right now is focus on delivering quality, responsive customer service so that its current users feel supported. It’s helped companies like Dell, Toyota, and even IKEA through its own recalls. Samsung also needs to develop a better contingency plan, because as we continue making consumer electronics en masse, this sort of thing is bound to happen again.

What do you think? Has the Note 7 recall hurt Samsung’s reputation beyond repair, or is this something to rebound from? Let us know in the comments!

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22
Sep

Save $100 on a Nextbit Robin for a limited time!


Get yourself a minty cloudphone on the cheap.

For a limited time, you can pick up the Nextbit Robin for just $199, a savings of $100 from its regular price. The unlocked phone has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of local storage that is merged with 100GB of cloud storage. Why cloud storage? Well, the phone can intelligently decide which files and apps you aren’t using frequently and move them to the cloud in order to save you local space for the stuff you are using and brings them right back when you need them.

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Whether you are looking for a new phone for yourself or a family member or a backup to have around, you won’t want to miss this deal. You can pick between the midnight and mint colors. We’ve seen the price jump around the past few months, and this sale brings its back to its lowest price yet.

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22
Sep

Magnetique on Gear VR: Immerse yourself in a comic book


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Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be inside a comic book?

VR allows us to experience the world in a completely new fashion. Unlike the past where places you’d never traveled were available only in photographs, or movies, now you can feel like you’re actually there from within VR experiences. So it makes sense that comic books aren’t exempt from that. Magnetique brings you inside the comic so that you can look around and feel like you are actually inside the story instead of reading it off of a page, and we’ve got all the details.

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22
Sep

This is the safe Galaxy Note 7’s new green battery icon


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This is what your new Note 7 will look like after the update.

Here it is, folks. As promised, after receiving a new Galaxy Note 7 yesterday — with a battery from a different supplier — Samsung is rolling out an update to all Note 7s, pre- and post-recall, separating the haves from the have-nots.

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Specifically, my Note 7, the one with the new, safer battery, has a green battery indicator in place of the traditional white, which Google has forced on all manufacturers since Android 4.4 KitKat. Ironically, before then, all Samsung phones shipped with green battery icons.

Samsung received special dispensation for the change from Google itself due to extraordinary circumstances.

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Not only is the battery indicator now green, but the Note 7 has a handy green battery gauge in the Restart menu, which is accessed by holding down the power button at any time. This is another, more explicit way of Samsung notifying its users, and the public, that this new batch of Note 7s is different from the recalled one, with a battery certified from a different supplier.

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If you are running any Note 7, new or old, your phone should be getting the update starting today in both the U.S. and Canada (we verified this on Verizon and Rogers units). The update blurb succinctly sums things up for us:

For new devices, the battery icon is green after the update. If the battery icon is white after the update, information on the safety recall will be provided.

The update is about 50MB, and shouldn’t take too long to install. It doesn’t affect the security patch level, nor does it add anything else to the operating system; this is strictly to make recalled phones less operable, and new phones more apparent.

More: Everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 7 recall

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When compared to the Galaxy S7 edge, you can see the difference in the battery icon is very subtle, though purists accustomed to the uniform aesthetic of all Android notification shades will balk at the change.

And while it’s unlikely future Galaxy devices will have a green battery icon, it may be a good idea to keep the larger gauge in the Restart menu, since it’s a pretty useful addition on its own.

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So what happens if you are holding on to a recalled Note 7 and receive this forced upgrade? You’ll be warned whenever you start up or power down the device to turn it off, put it in a box, and bring it in for exchange.

There is no reason, especially now that there is ample stock of replacement Note 7s in the U.S. and Canada, to hold onto that device.

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Sep

MacOS Sierra tips and tricks: Maximise your MacBook


Apple has finally pushed out the MacOS Sierra update we’ve been waiting for since WWDC back in June and, with it, some useful new features. They can speed up how you work and find things, as well as helping you save space on your precious hard drive.

Perhaps the biggest new feature is Siri, which is just as useful as it is on iPhone, and the new Messages app has been revamped to make it more compatible with the all-new iOS 10 Messages app.

Read and watch on to discover some of the new features we’ve found most useful and convenient.

MacOS Sierra tips: Siri

Siri on Mac can be used for pretty much anything you can use it for on iPhone, except you can use it to find documents with specific names, or created at certain times and dates and much more.

How to activate Siri: Just like any other app you can launch it by clicking on the icon on your home screen dock, or hit CMD+Space and search for it in Spotlight like any other app. There’s also a small round purple Siri icon in the toolbar at the top of your home screen which you can click to activate the service. How to use Siri to find specific files: Siri is actually a very powerful tool on Mac. You can ask Siri questions like “Find me documents with expenses in the title” and it’ll list any files which match the search.

You can also try “find me any documents I’ve worked on this week/this month/over the last two days”. In fact you can even make it more detailed by asking it specifically for Numbers, Keynote or Pages documents edited in any specified measure of time.

How to use Siri to find specific emails: As with the files, Siri is able to find your emails based on what is in them and who sent them. For instance “find any emails from Chris Hall” would give you a list of any emails sent to you by Chris Hall.

How to pin Siri results to the Today view: Whether you search for weather, sports schedules, or anything else, you can pin your Siri results to your Today view in the Notification Centre tab by clicking on the little “+” button in the corner.

How to drag and drop images from Siri: Give Siri a command like “search the web for images of the original iPhone” then you can simply drag and drop any of the individual pictures that appear in to an email body.

It’s worth noting, the wording the command needs to include “search the web” otherwise, it’ll try looking in your Photos app, or just perform a regular web search. 

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MacOS Sierra tips: Messages

Messages in MacOS Sierra didn’t get as big an update as its iOS counterpart, but it did get a refresh to make it compatible with some of the new iOS app’s features.

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How to react to messages in MacOS Sierra: If you click and hold on an individual message you’ll see a number of talkback/reaction options appear in a separate bubble above the message. Choose the one you want, and it’ll appear next to the message in both the Messages app on your Mac, and on your contact’s screen.

How to interact with effects in Messages on Mac: Effects like Invisible Ink still pop up on your Messages app screen in MacOS Sierra, even if you can’t actually send messages with effects. With Invisible Ink, for example, you can swipe away the glittery layer just by swiping your cursor across the concealed message.

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MacOS Sierra tips: Optimised storage

One of the new features in MacOS Sierra is optimised storage, which frees you from having to worry about how space you have left on your hard drive, by automatically clearing out the dead wood or keeping it in the cloud instead.

Head to “About this Mac” which you can access by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner of your toolbar on the home screen. Then click the “Storage” tab, then click “Manage”.

Delete old files and documents: In the screen you’ve just accessed there’s a list of documents, apps and folders in the sidebar to the left. You can also get to it by clicking the “Review files” button at the bottom of the main menu.

Click on a category, then select any that are taking up large amounts of space then delete any files you don’t need by clicking the little “x” symbol. This can include iMovie, Photos and Garageband libraries as well as documents and apps.

Store photos and videos in the cloud: In the main storage management screen there’s a “Store in iCloud” option. Click “optimise” and it’ll automatically save your photos and videos to iCloud and optimise any photos left to take up less local space.

Get rid of old movies and Mail attachments: The “Optimise storage” option in the main menu deletes any old Mail attachments from your system, and can remove any iTunes Movies and TV shows you’ve already watched.

You can easily download them all again whenever you need access.

Empty trash automatically: To remove the risk of over-filling your Mac with trash, you can set the Mac to automatically remove any files from your trash that you haven’t accessed in 30 days. Just hit the “turn on” button.

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MacOS Sierra tips: Window in window video

One of the cool new features in Safari and iTunes is that you can pop out video so that it appears in its own little window on your screen. You can switch between home screens, and even go to full screen apps and the video stays there, playing in the corner where you put it.

Activating it is simple, just look for the little pop-out icon within the video playing in Safari or on iTunes. You’ll find this on the control bar alongside the usual play/pause/skip/full-screen buttons. It looks like one small rectangle over-lapping another bigger one.

Sadly, this feature doesn’t work on every video on every website. YouTube being the most obvious absence. YouTube still only shows the usual Theater Mode and full screen options.

MacOS Sierra tips: Continuity

MacOS Sierra features a couple of new Continuity features which help when you have iOS or WatchOS devices switched on, signed in to the same iCloud account and nearby.

Copy and paste between devices: If you have an iPhone, it’s possible to copy text or an image on your phone, then switch to your Mac and hit “paste” or CMD+V. Then whatever was copied on your phone will paste on to your Mac.

When it works, it’s magic. It works the other way around too, so you can copy from the Mac and paste to your iPhone or iPad. As long as both are signed in to the same iCloud account it works, you don’t have to do anything else.

Sadly, sometimes there’s a bit of a delay in pasting, especially when it’s a larger file.

Unlock your MacBook with Apple Watch: If you have your Apple Watch on you and unlocked, all you have to do to unlock your MacBook is open it. No passwords.

Get your desktop files on your iPhone: iCloud Drive now has a desktop and documents option. On your Mac, go to System Preferences>iCloud then click on “options” next to iCloud Drive.

The top option is “Desktop & Documents Folders”. With this selected, when you access iCloud Drive on your iPad or iPhone, you’ll get folders with all the files currently present on your Mac Desktop and Documents folders.

22
Sep

ICYMI: Another thing likely to survive with the cockroaches


ICYMI: Another thing likely to survive with the cockroaches

Today on In Case You Missed It: Scientists just mapped the DNA of a microscopic organism that can survive both oxygenless places and the Antarctic. Researchers believe they might help humans survive too much radiation, which is a thing we’ll probably need soon enough so get hyped, people.

Meanwhile a Danish car company is showing off its prototype of a tiny carpooling electric vehicle that will one day be modified for autonomous rides. In case you’re interested, you can see the Japanese Pokemon Go video here. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

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