How to get around strange Messages bug that crashes your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

An odd bug that lets ill-minded folk send you a message which causes your iPhone to respring has been making rounds.

In case you missed it, a very specific string of symbols and Arabic characters sent through iMessage or SMS sends an iPhone in an immediate respring, causing the device to crash and quickly reboot, as first noticed on Reddit.

It’s a serious issue which in some instances can break the Messages app on your iPhone so here are a few possible workaround solutions until Apple delivers a proper fix. Read More

 

How to get notifications on Apple Watch when specific accounts post pictures to Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2015

Instagram’s Apple Watch app is pretty nicely done. From your wrist, you can quickly glance at the latest snaps from the accounts you follow, check out recent comments, see likes, view profiles, like photos, send quick emoji replies and more.

Instagram for Apple Watch also lets you receive rich notifications when your favorite accounts post to the service. This useful feature ensures you won’t miss a thing when, say, iDownloadBlog posts new photos to Instagram.

Here’s how to set up Instagram for Apple Watch to receive these rich notifications on your wrist about specific Instagrammers you follow. Read More

 

How to AirPlay music from your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2015

We recently discussed transferring songs from an iPhone to your Apple Watch to enjoy music from your wrist when your phone is out of Bluetooth range or unavailable.

When you actually stored the music on your Apple Watch, you’ll need Bluetooth headphones because the wearable gizmo doesn’t support playing songs through its built-in speaker.

Thankfully, Apple has implemented AirPlay in Watch OS so you can easily send audio to another device. Read More

 

How to fix a “referencing media on the camera” error in Final Cut Pro X

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

Every now and then, you may run into an issue with Final Cut Pro X where a file doesn’t successfully import. Due to this, the media that you’re working with in your project is still referencing the location where the file originally was (i.e. SD Card, Camera HDD, etc.).

When this happens, and you try to share/export a project, you’ll receive an error message that says “This item cannot be shared while it is still referencing media on the camera.”

To fix this problem, you’ll need to reimport your footage from the original source using the File menu. It’s fairly straightforward, but it’s not exactly obvious as to what you should do when you first encounter this issue. Inside, we’ll show you the error message and the quick fix in our brief video tutorial. Read More

 

How to select between miles and kilometers in Workout app on Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

Regardless of whether you’re a modestly active type or a true fitness buff like Tim Cook, chances are you spend some time in the Activity app on your Apple Watch.

If so, you must have noticed that Workout displays the distance when walking, running or cycling in miles or kilometers, your default unit being dependent on the country where you bought your device.

Not everyone thinks in kilometers, or miles for that matter, the latter even more so if you live outside the United States.

Thankfully, it’s possible to change units in the Workout app though not many people take advantage of this setting because it’s somewhat hidden in the Workout interface. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can easily switch from miles to kilometers, and vice versa, when working out with your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to sync playlists and listen to music on Apple Watch without iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

The Apple Watch has eight gigabytes of onboard storage, of which up to two gigabytes can be used to keep music files on the device. You can sync a playlist to your Apple Watch to listen to music when the iPhone is out of range, remove songs from the device at any time and more.

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to make a dedicated Apple Watch playlist and sync it to the wearable device through the companion app on your iPhone, find the playlist on your wrist and enjoy your synced track through wireless headphones or speakers. Read More

 

How to use Apple Watch’s Digital Crown as a remote camera shutter in compatible iPhone apps

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

The built-in Camera Remote app for your Apple Watch turns the wearable device into a viewfinder for the iSight camera on your iPhone. With it, you can see a live preview of what your iPhone sees, snap a photo or set the timer on the iPhone’s camera, all from your wrist.

But did you know that you can also use the Digital Crown as a remote shutter in any iPhone camera application that allows you to use the volume up button to take pictures? According to Reddit, this can be done by rotating the Digital Crown in the Apple Watch’s Music app or Glance. Read More

 

How to add images to Google Docs and Slides documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Pictures play an important part in putting together a compelling business presentation, a detailed school report and what not. As much as I like Google’s DocsSlides and Sheets mobile productivity apps, their non-existent support for adding images to documents directly from an iOS device has been something of a deal breaker for me.

But not anymore. As announced on the official Google Docs blog, users of Google Docs and Slides application can now add images directly from their iPhone or iPad, here’s how. Read More

 

How to calibrate Apple Watch for accurate Workout and Activity tracking

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

I recently listed seven cool things your Apple Watch is able to do on its own, without its connected iPhone, among them tracking your activity and workouts.

In order for it to calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity when its paired iPhone isn’t nearby and available, your Apple Watch must be first calibrated for improved Workout and Activity tracking.

The process is fairly simple and doesn’t require you to do anything specific to start the calibration process. In this post, I’m going to teach you how you can set up your Apple Watch for walking, running or cycling outdoors, using a treadmill or working out, when the GPS and your iPhone are unavailable. Read More

 

How to back up and restore your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

Similar to iPhones, iPads and iPods, settings and data on your Apple Watch can be backed up and restored should, Godforbid, anything go wrong or you’re just setting up a new Watch from a backup.

Restoring from a backup, if you have any, can save you the hassles of setting up the device anew, especially after having it repaired or erased because you’ve forgotten the passcode or have entered the wrong one six times in a row.

Unlike the existing backup options on iOS devices, the process is slightly different on Apple Watch. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can back up your Apple Watch safely and restore it from a backup point, especially after erasing the device or unpairing it from the connected iPhone. Read More

 

How to create a handwritten email signature on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on May 8, 2015

In a recent post, I showed you how to create an HTML email signature on iPhone or iPad, which led some of our readers to come up with a variation of this topic, asking how to add the image of a handwritten signature to an email signature on iOS.

As it turns out, the process is exactly the same and can be done in a few steps. In this post, I’ll walk you through the steps to create a handwritten email signature image to add to your emails sent from iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to create an HTML email signature on iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on May 7, 2015

One of our Twitter followers recently asked us if there was a way to use HTML signatures in the Mail app on iOS, so instead of replying to his tweet and giving him instructions, I thought it could benefit a larger audience if I posted the solution here. With that said, I’m going to show you how to create an HTML signature to be used in the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to transfer your iTunes library to a new computer

By Sébastien Page on May 7, 2015

The best thing about getting a new computer is that, well, you’re getting a brand new computer. It’s exciting to have a shiny new toy to play with, making you wonder how you could have been using that old machine for so long.

To me though, the major downside of getting a new computer is that you have to set it all up from scratch. I’m not going to lie; some of that is part of the fun, but it can also be stressful and time consuming. Take migrating your iTunes library to your new computer for example. There is nothing really fun in that, and if you have a large library, it could take hours.

In this post, I will show you how to move your iTunes library to a new computer. Unfortunately I won’t be able to save you time or stress, but at least, you’ll have simple instructions on how to do transfer all your iTunes songs, albums, album covers, and playlists to a brand new computer. Read More

 

How to view the source code of a webpage in Safari

By Sébastien Page on May 6, 2015

There are people out there who like to see what’s under the hood of webpages they visit. Whatever your reasons might be for that, there is a few simple steps that allows you to see the HTML source code of a website in Safari for Mac. In this post, we’ll show you how to enable Develop mode in Safari in order to view the source code of a webpage. Read More

 

How to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2015

If your Apple Watch is acting up, and turning it on and off or force-restarting does nothing to alleviate problems you may be faced with, you might need to unpair the Watch and iPhone as a last resort.

Or, maybe you’ve forgotten your Watch passcode, in which case you’ll need to erase and restore the device from a backup. Thankfully, unpairing your Apple Watch and iPhone is a simple matter of a few taps in the iPhone’s Apple Watch app. Read More

 

Apple Watch and potential skin irritation

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2015

Apple makes a big deal of the materials with which the Watch and its many bands are made and has even put together a special Craftsmanship webpage and promotional videos highlighting why its materials represent an achievement in itself.

Some people, however, who suffer from allergies or are simply sensitive to certain materials touching their skin should take into account the following tips and guidelines in order to avoid skin irritation, maximize comfort and prevent long-term damage to the device. Read More

 

How to save battery on Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on May 1, 2015

Apple designed Apple Watch with a battery life expectancy of 18 hours per day, and from my own experience, I can definitely attest that it usually far exceeds that number. But of course, it all depends on your usage. Depending on what you do with it, you might see better or worse battery life.

Below are some simple tips to extend Apple Watch battery life. Some of them are obvious, some of them are less obvious. Unless you want to be an extreme power saver, it would be silly to implement all these tips at once. My advice is to look at them, and pick and choose which one would allow you to enjoy your Apple Watch to the fullest extent while not compromising on the best features the device has to offer. Read More

 

How to sync podcasts with Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on Apr 28, 2015

While you can sync music from your iPhone library to your Apple Watch, there is currently no way to sync podcasts, which is something Apple will likely address in a future update. In the meanwhile, podcast listeners must still be tethered to their iPhones to enjoy podcasts on the go with the help of Overcast, which apparently is the only podcast app with support for Apple Watch at this time. But again, it’s not really a solution as you have to have your iPhone nearby to listen to podcasts via Overcast on Apple Watch.

However, there is a workaround that allows you to sync podcasts with Apple Watch. Like all workarounds, it’s not very straightforward, and to be honest, a bit cumbersome, but if you want to listen to podcasts on your Apple Watch without an iPhone, this is currently your only option. In this post, we’ll show you how to sync podcasts with your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How to force restart Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on Apr 27, 2015

Apple Watch is many things, but at its core, it is basically a very small, yet very powerful computer. And just like every computer out there, sometimes things don’t go the way you intend or expect them to. Apple Watch is definitely no exception.

When or if your Apple Watch becomes unresponsive, there is a quick and easy way to get it back on track by simply performing a hard reset. In this post, we’ll show you how to force Apple Watch to restart. Read More

 

Is Apple Watch draining your iPhone’s battery too fast? This may help

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the Apple Watch has a pretty remarkable battery, a notion driven home by even the toughest of critics and reviewers.

Now that first shipments have arrived into the hands of consumers, and people have spent a day or two with their device, reports are coming in that the wearable device is in some cases dramatically draining the battery of an iPhone it’s paired to.

Our own Oliver Haslam has underscored the phenomenon in his hands-on with the Watch based on his first 24 hours with the device, as did others including former Engadget editor Ryan Block. What gives? Read More

 
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