How to delete several contacts at the same time on iPhone

By Sébastien Page on May 21, 2015

If there is one app that hasn’t changed much since it was released along the first generation iPhone, it is the Contacts app. Besides a fresh coat of iOS 7 paint, it didn’t see any noticeable features added to it, leaving room for third-party apps to come in and offer more functionality.

If you’re wondering how to delete several contacts at the same time on your iPhone for example, then don’t waste your time playing with the Contacts app, because it won’t let you do that. You can painstakingly delete one contact at a time, but you’re not able to delete several of them at once.

That’s where App Store apps come in handy. 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 update your Apple Watch software

By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015

The very first Apple Watch software update launched today, bringing Watch OS from version 1.0 to version 1.0.1, this update, as we reported earlier, is a fairly significant upgrade to Watch OS, and every Apple Watch owner should update.

But since no one in the public has ever updated an Apple Watch prior to today, you may be a little hesitant to update due to being unfamiliar with the process. Don’t worry, as we have you covered. In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to update your Apple Watch from A-Z. Read More

 

How to access Apple Watch diagnostic port

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

Contrary to some reports, shipping Apple Watch units do feature a hidden diagnostic port inside the groove of the bottom strap connector slot. It looks a lot like Lightning I/O, bit it’s not Lightning.

Featuring a six-dot brass contact, it’s believed to be aimed at service technicians for diagnostics purposes, while potentially providing direct access to the Watch OS and demo software installation on demo units in Apple Stores.

This tutorial explains how you can access the 6-pin port using just a sewing needle. Before we get to it, keep in mind that doing so could impact the water resistance of your Apple Watch and might void your warranty. 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 change the default image viewer on Mac

By Sébastien Page on May 15, 2015

The default image viewer on Mac is Preview, a stock OS X app that actually originated at NeXT. Preview does many things. On top of letting you view, edit, and annotate images and PDF documents, Preview can also import and export documents to various file formats. It is, for many, a staple.

Being a default photo viewer, Preview will launch automatically if you open any image or PDF document on your Mac. As useful as it is, some users with specific needs will find this behavior more of an annoyance than a helpful feature, and would like to default to other apps for opening images. For example, you might want to make Photoshop your default image viewer and editor. Or maybe you want Pixelmator to be that go-to app.

Fortunately, you can easily change the default image viewer on your Mac. This is how to do just that. 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 transfer your iTunes library to a new computer using iTunes Match

By Sébastien Page on May 8, 2015

iTunes Match is a paid service from Apple that allows you to store all your music in iCloud, regardless of where it originated from. For example, it could be music imported from CDs, downloaded from online music stores, or even music that was downloaded in ways that go against copyright laws. In short, iTunes Match matches or uploads all your music to iCloud so you can stream or download it from any of your Apple devices, including Mac, iPhone, and Apple TV.

With that said, iTunes Match offers an easy way to move your iTunes library to a new computer without having to deal with transferring files from one hard drive to the other. In this post, I will show you how to transfer your iTunes library to a new computer using iTunes Match. 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 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

 

Apple offering online Personal Setup for new Apple Watch users

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2015

Apple on Thursday night began emailing Apple Watch pre-order customers (whose orders have already shipped), informing them that their wearable would be arriving soon and that they can get help setting it up in “the comfort of their own home.”

The online “Personal Setup” service is essentially a video session in which you get instructions on setting up your Watch and an overview of key features. As with in-store Personal Setups, online sessions require you to schedule an appointment. Read More

 

How to disable WhatsApp Read receipts

By Sébastien Page on Apr 22, 2015

You probably already know the two blue check marks you see next to your messages in WhatsApp conversations are Read receipts indicating your contact has indeed read your message. This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it can be very helpful at times, when you want to make sure your friend read your message for example. It can also be a curse, because you can’t really pretend you didn’t read a message if you actually have.

These problems are now a thing of the past with WhatsApp recent update that lets you disable and enable Read receipts at will. In this post, I’ll show you how to disable WhatsApp Read receipts. Read More

 
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