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Get ready for iOS 10 How best to prepare your device for its new update It’s that time of year again when we start getting excited about the latest Apple update hitting our iOS device. iOS 10 is much the same as previous updates, requiring us to search for a bit of free space and prepping our device for a major internal makeover. There are plenty of things that people will advise you do before downloading the new update, but here are five of the most important things you need to consider and complete before iOS 10 hits your device.

Back up everything to iCloud Backing up your various data, files and photos should be your top priority before updating to iOS 10. It’s not uncommon for updates to hit only to find certain files missing from your device, and unfortunately there’s little you can do to stop it. However, by backing up the contents of your device to iCloud, you can easily restore your data

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once the iOS 10 update has arrived. The best way to back up your iOS device is to head through to the iCloud section in Settings, open the Backup tab and select the Back Up Now option provided. Be warned, depending on how much stuff is stored on your device, this process can take a while to complete. If you’re more accustomed to maintaining your iOS device via your desktop computer, you can also back up your device via iTunes. Open iTunes and right-click on your device listed on the left side of the menu. Choose the Back Up option, which will now be shown, and wait for it to finish. Be careful not to accidentally disconnect your device during the backup, as it can lead to files and software being corrupted.

media hoarder, it’s easier than you think to use up your internal storage. Start by going through all of your downloaded apps and uninstalling anything you haven’t used recently. This is also a handy way of cleaning up your home screen. Alternatively, go ahead and delete any old and unwanted photos. Due to the ease of iCloud Photo Library, it’s highly recommended you move your photo library to the cloud. Another quick fix for freeing up some storage is to clear unneeded app data. Head across to the Manage Storage section in Settings and find the Documents & Data tab. Within here, you can now slide unwanted data to the left and tap Delete. If this seems like too much work, use an app like PhoneClean to scan your phone and remove unused files and app data.

Free up crucial storage Let’s face it, many of us have had problems with running out of space on our devices. Whether you’re an avid app downloader, photo taker or

Keep your apps updated Before the update hits, it’s a good idea to also go ahead and upgrade many of Apple’s core apps.


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How to wipe your iOS device clean Reset your device ready for selling it on Resetting your device will wipe all contents from it, but it can be a good idea if you want to start afresh with iOS 10. While some will manually try and wipe their iPhone of its contents, Apple provides a simple solution that does the work for you.

1 Find Reset option Head to Settings on your iOS device and open up the General tab. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this menu to find the Reset option.

Head across to each app’s App Store listing to see if there’s a new update waiting for you. Without the necessary updates, you can find the occasional compatibility issue when the software update hits. It’s also important to make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes, especially if you manage your device primarily through your desktop computer. An out-of-date iTunes can lead to potential syncing issues once updated.

Moving from beta to official update One important thing to mention is that if you’ve been using the beta of iOS 10, you won’t find the over-the-air update that many others will end up receiving. Instead, you’ll need to manually find the update yourself. The easiest way to do this will be to go through the Software Update section of the Settings app, while you can also manually search through it by connecting your device to your desktop computer.

Charge your device When it comes to update day, the only thing left to do is to keep your device charged. Initially you won’t be able to install the update unless your device is at a suitable battery level, but once the update hits, it can take a while to install. If your device ends up cutting out as the update is being applied, it can cause some major issues – so keep it charged! If you’re wondering why the OTA update has yet to hit your device, there’s no need to panic; you can go ahead and use the Software Update section in Settings to manually apply it yourself. A lot of what we have covered here may seem like common sense, but they’re all integral parts of prepping your device for the upcoming iOS 10 update. If you follow our advice and keep an eye on your phone for the update, you’ll be enjoying iOS 10 in no time at all, along with the plethora of amazing features it is set to bring with it.

2 What to reset? There are a myriad of choices here relating to areas of your device that can be reset. To do a full reset, select Erase All Content and Settings.

3 Confirm and reset You’ll now need to enter your passcode as a security measure. Your final step is to press the confirmation button, and the reset will begin.

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Things we learned this month Is this the exact launch date of iPhone 7? We’re used to seeing rumours about the release date of the iPhone 7, but this latest one is more believable than most. Stemming from serial leaker @evleaks, it’s rumoured that the iPhone 7 is set for a launch week from 12 September, with the actual retail release date believed to be on the Friday of that week, the 16th.

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Compared to previous years, the release date is earlier than we’d usually expect, with both the release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 happening towards the end of September. Despite the claims, the date of Apple’s media announcement is still not known, but it’s likely we’ll see it during the first week of September. We’ll update you once we have concrete information on the date of this event.

iPhone 7 will ship with a headphone dongle iPhone Much to the dismay of many users, it’s likely we’ll see the iPhone 7 ship without a 3.5mm audio jack. However, according to credible reports, each iPhone 7 will instead ship with a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle, enabling users to still take their music with them without having to fork out for pricey Lightning headphones. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Apple ships a pair of 3.5mm headphones, or plumps for a new pair of Lightningconnected headphones in their place.


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2016 has been a great year for Apple’s mobile payment service. It’s proven to be massively popular, usage problems have been kept to a minimum and there’s more outlets than ever incorporating it into their workplace. Three new countries have joined the Apple Pay revolution – in Europe, France and Switzerland have opted in, while Hong Kong has also given the nod to the service. With these countries on board, there’s now a staggering ten million locations worldwide that support Apple Pay.

Apple is rolling out the popular iTunes Match audio fingerprints to its Apple Music user base. The previous version of Match led to import problems, with certain songs being replaced by others and consistently wrong metadata. The new update has eradicated most of the issues regarding metadata, as well as a lack of DRM being applied to a user’s music library. The rollout of the update is hitting up to one to two per cent of users every day, with the finished release aimed for the end of September.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has confirmed that its seventh generation processors, Kaby Lake, are now shipping to the first wave of buyers. Kaby Lake chips are Intel’s most sophisticated yet and include native Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 support. Due to their build, it’s believed that the first Mac that will get the Kaby Lake treatment will be the anticipated update to the Retina MacBook Pro. An exact release date is unknown, but most signs point towards an end of 2016/beginning of 2017 release.

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Apple Music is one year old already, and is about to receive a major update. It’s had its critics, but we have really enjoyed having a genuine alternative to Spotify. The For You service is worth the subscription fee alone! It’s amazing how many unknown features there are to Apple Music too, so this month we’ve put together guides to connect to Shazam on iPhone, make For You even more personal and create a ‘Loved’ playlist on your Mac.

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Connect Shazam to Apple Music 1

Shazam, the best free music identification service for iOS devices, recently updated to include support for connecting with Apple Music. So if you want to listen to a song you’ve just heard, you can almost instantly.

1 Open My Shazam

2 Alter settings

3 Listen in Apple Music

Launch the Shazam app on your iPhone and head to the My Shazam tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap the cog in the top-right corner.

The app’s Settings menu opens. Under the Streaming Music heading tap on Connect to Apple Music and OK the permission boxes.

Tap Done. This opens up a whole host of possibilities, including listening to a track in full by tapping the new Listen in Apple Music option.

1 Personalise For You

2 Tap and hold

3 Fix permanently

Apple Music’s For You tab is great, but admittedly it can sometimes provide some dodgy recommendations. You can stop these though.

When you see something in your For You tab that you don’t like, don’t just scroll past it. Tap and hold on it and hit I Don’t Like This Selection.

The offending album or playlist will still be there temporarily, but it won’t appear again. It’s a great way to personalise the For You suggestions.

1 Make a Smart Playlist

2 Set rules

3 View on iOS

Ensure that you’re logged in to your Apple Music subscription in iTunes and then navigate over to File>New>Smart Playlist to get started.

Choose ‘Loved’ in the first drop-down box and then ‘is true’ in the second. Click OK and then give your playlist an appropriate name.

Now, as long as you have iCloud Music Library activated on both devices, you’ll see your ‘Loved’ Smart Playlist appear on all devices.

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For You is easily our favourite Apple Music feature, providing users with an everchanging selection of music based on their listening habits. But did you know there’s a secret way to make suggestions even better?

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It’s one of the most frustrating parts of Apple Music. You tap the heart button next to tracks, albums and playlists that you love, but there is no way to view them all. Until now – with the help of iTunes and your Mac.

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Ever since Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh for the first time in 1984 – or rather, the Mac introduced itself – the dream of being able to talk to your Mac and have it answer back has lived in the minds of Apple fans. With the release of macOS Sierra, that dream has finally become a real and powerful reality. When Sierra launches as a free download later this year, you will be able to use Siri on your Mac for the first time ever. But that’s not the only exciting prospect for those eagerly awaiting the all-new operating system, because this year’s update is packed with new features, tricks and technology to make your life easier, faster and far more fun. There are changes from the moment you wake up your Mac from sleep thanks to Auto Unlock, which allows your Apple Watch to automatically log you back in to your user account. But those with multiple Apple devices will also benefit from other great Continuity features, like a Universal Clipboard and cross-device folders that take iCloud Drive to the next level. How many times have you dropped something on your desktop, but then had to fiddle around trying to send it to your iPhone? Now, thanks to iCloud Drive, all of the documents on your desktop will be available to you, wherever you are. And that’s just the start. With new Apple Pay features, Optimized Storage technology, Picture-inPicture video and more, macOS Sierra is shaping up to be an incredible release for Apple. Here’s everything you need to know about the new operating system.

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The all-new macOS Sierra will be a free upgrade for Mac users when it is released this autumn. You’ll be able to download it through the Mac App Store.

Will my Mac run macOS Sierra? iMac As long as your iMac is from late 2009 or later, you’ll be able to run macOS Sierra – however, older machines may not benefit from all of the newest features.

How different is macOS?

MacBook

OS X has a new name but the operating system still runs on the same core systems. Aside from some small design tweaks it will be very familiar to OS X aficionados.

The original plastic MacBooks won’t run Sierra, but aluminium models from late 2009 or newer will have no problems. Of course, the new Retina MacBooks will get it too.

Mac Pro and Xserve The older, silver Mac Pros will be upgradeable to Sierra as long as they were produced in 2010 or later. Owners of the new, cylindrical Pro will also get the update.

MacBook Pro

MacBook Air

Mac mini

The earliest MacBook Pros that will run Sierra are those from 2010. Check the age of your Mac by clicking the Apple logo and choosing About This Mac.

MacBook Airs from 2010 or later will be upgradeable this autumn, but older machines may start to see reduced performance due to power-hungry new features.

As long as you own a Mac mini that was made since 2010 you will be able to download Sierra, although once again older machines may not get all the new features.

What’s new in macOS Sierra?

Auto Unlock

Siri

Apple Pay

If you own an Making its debut Finally, Apple Apple Watch, on the desktop Pay comes to logging in to your as an integrated the Mac. When Mac will soon system in you see the icon, be as simple as macOS Sierra, click the button moving close to Siri will have and authorise your machine new specifically the payment with it on your designed with Touch ID wrist. Voila! capabilities. on your iPhone.

Universal Clipboard

Tabs upgrade

Optimized Storage

Copy and paste can now work across all of your devices. Copy on your iPhone, paste on your Mac. Simple!

A new system built-in to Sierra allows any app on your Mac to support tabbed browsing, including thirdparty apps.

This cool new feature will store your least-used files in iCloud, and automatically delete old files you don’t need.

In the cloud

Photos

Picture-in-

iCloud Drive A new Memories Picture is expanding tab will collate Now an available to include photographs feature on your files stored in from holidays Mac, make a Documents and and days out video ‘float’ on your desktop, using smart over your so they will soon algorithms, while other windows be available on Places makes a so you can every device. welcome return. keep watching.

Messages iOS 10 gives Messages a major upgrade, and while the Mac can’t do all the same things, it’s still getting some awesome new updates.

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Siri

Apple’s personal assistant debuts on the Mac

Siri has grown up a lot in the last few years. Apple’s personal assistant has learnt about sports scores, gained new accents and even allowed activation by voice. And in macOS Sierra, Siri is appearing on the Mac for the first time ever, with some nifty new features on show. Of course, Siri will still be able to complete all of the same tasks as on your iPhone and iPad, like checking weather, setting alarms and contacting your friends, but there are some new, Mac-specific features that are being added to make working with your Mac easier than ever…

Ask for specific files by saying something like “Show me

the files I worked on last month about the Development presentation.” Siri will find these files and present them to you.

How to access Siri In the Dock A new Siri icon will soon be sitting in your Dock as a default in Sierra. Click it and Siri will slide in from the top right of the screen, ready to help you.

Up top Alternatively you will be able to click the Siri icon up in the menu bar. To move the icon across, hold down the Cmd key and drag the icon across the bar to reposition it.

Tap it out In Sierra you’ll be able to create a Siri keyboard shortcut to make the personal assistant easier to activate. Something like Function+Space is a good option for this.

Siri’s Mac-specific commands

This will filter your search results accordingly.

Siri will present you with an update on your storage situation.

me all the images in my Downloads folder”

Siri works just like on iOS, but there are some special commands for your Mac Siri will still be able to search the web, but now you’ll have the option to drag and drop image results into a document – just say “Search for pictures of…” and you’re good to go.

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much free space is there on my Mac?” and

Saying something like “Show

You can even refine a search – so, after that first query, you could say “Just show me the

files Phil sent me that I tagged as important.”

If you want to check in on your Mac’s status, you’ll be able to do just that with Siri too. Ask “How

will quickly bring up a list of any image files you’ve downloaded recently, so you can instantly use them in other apps.

If you want to use Siri more creatively, you can say something like “Show me the

photos I took last month” and you’ll be able to

browse through your shots instantly.


Interestingly, the default shortcut for activating Siri is Cmd+Space, which was previously used for Spotlight. You can change this in System Preferences.

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Notifications

Which Siri searches can you pin in Notification Center? Is it just like the old Mac voice? No way! Siri is far quicker, more accurate and more powerful. The old Speakable Items option is long gone, and Siri enables you to speak naturally to your Mac to control all kinds of things.

Did you know that you can pin Siri searches and have them automatically update in your Today menu? One of Siri’s new abilities to appear on the Mac is the option to add results to the Notification Center. In the top right of some Siri search results you’ll find a ‘+’ icon. Click this and the window will be added to your Notification Center’s Today view, so you can quickly access it.

File searches If you ask Siri to find a particular file but want to save it for later, click the ‘+’ icon, and when you need the file you can just open Notification Center and drag it over to wherever you need it.

Tweak Siri’s settings How to change language, voice and more Open up System Preferences in Sierra and you’ll find an all-new section available for Siri. Here you’ll be able to activate and deactivate the whole app, as well as adjust some of the settings for your Mac’s personal assistant. You’ll have options to alter your language, which will help Siri understand your accent better; there are plenty of settings, so find the best one for you rather than just leaving it on the default option. You can also adjust the voice Siri uses, choose whether or not Siri gives vocal feedback on every command, alter the microphone input and change the keyboard shortcut used to activate it.

Export Siri content Drag and drop Siri searches into apps When you search for something in Siri, you can drag and drop the results from the Siri window into the application you’re using. This includes both documents and images on your Mac and results from online searches. Simply ask Siri to find something for you, like “Search for pictures of ice cream cones,” and Siri will bring up image search results. From here you can drag any image you like from the Siri window into your document. This works in any app across your system, and can also be used to open files by dragging them into the relevant Dock icon, or add images on your Mac to documents quickly.

Sports updates Ask Siri about an upcoming game from your favourite team and you’ll see all the details. You can then add this to Notification Center to keep an eye on the score while you work.

Weather If you want to check the weather in a certain location, just ask Siri and it’ll look it up for you. Even better, you can add this search to Notification Center and save it for regular checks.

Tweets To find the latest tweets about a specific subject or from a certain person, just ask Siri to find them. Save them to Notification Center and you’ll be able to check on the updates whenever you want.

Wolfram Alpha results If you’re studying and need to keep checking equations or other facts, get Siri to check them with Wolfram Alpha, then save them to Notification Center so they’re there when you need them.

Web searches Looking for an image is simpler with Siri, and now you can save your results. So even if you don’t need the results right away, they’re there when you do come to use them later.

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Copy & paste between devices Use Universal Clipboard to copy images, video and text from iPhone to Mac How many times have you been reading something on your iPhone or iPad, or found a photo online, and wanted to add it into a presentation or document you were working on over on your Mac? Well, with macOS Sierra and iOS 10, you’re going to be able to copy text, images and more from one device, then switch over to the other device and paste it in. It really is as simple as it sounds – no extra menus or messing about with tabs in Safari. Just copy on one device, and paste on the other.

Unlock your Mac with an Apple Watch Be more secure, but keep things simple We always advise that people add a password to their Mac for when they step away from their machine, but really secure passwords are long, difficult to type and hard to remember. That’s why this new feature is so welcome – in macOS Sierra, simply sitting down at your Mac while wearing your Apple Watch will unlock it so you can do what you want instantly.

Can I turn this off if I have no need for it? You certainly can – it will be an option in System Preferences on the Mac if you don’t want to use it, like many of these new features in macOS Sierra.

1 Wear your Watch You’ll need to have your Apple Watch on your wrist, and if you have a passcode you’ll need to have entered it so that the Watch knows that you are the one wearing it.

2 Wake your Mac Walk up to your Mac and either open the lid to wake up the screen, or tap any key (or the mouse) to wake it from sleep and make the lock screen appear, with the passcode prompt on-screen.

3 You’re in! Simply move your Watch close to your Mac, like you were about to type something. Your Mac uses time-of-flight networking to securely confirm that it is you unlocking the device by being that close.

Will my Mac unlock from across the room? No – you will need to be close enough to your Mac that you can physically use it for it to unlock, so you don’t need to worry about others jumping on without you knowing.

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Let your Mac save space automatically Optimized Storage keeps rarely used files in the cloud We store loads of stuff on our Mac, whether it’s hundreds of thousands of photos, dozens of movies in iTunes or old iOS device backups that we’ve long forgotten about and no longer need. In macOS Sierra, Apple can help you free up space on your Mac by storing your least-used files in iCloud, and deleting the ones you really don’t need any more. Here’s how it works.

Photos

Movies

Mail

Apps

Store in iCloud How effective is this? Pretty damn effective! Apple turned everything up to maximum and saved 130GB on its example machine. This is obviously an extreme example, but could still work wonders for your Mac.

You can choose how your Mac deals with old files here, by storing old photos and files in iCloud when your Mac starts running low on space, and keeping only the most recently-used files.

Optimize Storage Things like iBooks that you’ve read, movies that you’ve watched and email attachments just take up valuable space, but with a few clicks you can let your Mac clean these up for you.

Scheduled Trash removal How full is your Trash right now? Ours had 330MB when we just checked. Thankfully, Sierra can automatically

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Audio

Backups

delete files when they’ve been in there for more than 30 days, saving you a great deal of disk space and the hassle of you periodically doing this yourself.

Reduce clutter Old files dotted all over your Documents folder can be hard to find and delete. In Sierra, your Mac will group them all for you, so you can quickly sort through and delete those you don’t need.

Preview effectiveness On the left of the window you can take a look at how much space has been saved by using the settings you’re currently using. Click each one to see more options.

Access your Mac’s desktop anywhere iCloud Drive is now more powerful and useful than ever before iCloud Drive is great – it helps users store important files in the cloud and access them anywhere, on Mac, iPhone and iPad. But when we’re working on our Mac, where do we put all of the things we’re working on? Often it’s our desktops that become the easiest place to drop items, which is why Apple is upgrading iCloud Drive to now include your entire desktop as well as your iCloud Drive folder. Now, when you forget to move that important presentation or document into the right folder, it’s not a problem – you can just grab it from your iPhone.

Is it just my desktop that’s uploaded? No, you can also choose to upload all the files in your Documents folder if you want, so that everything you could ever need will always be available to you.

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Rediscover memories in Photos A rundown of what’s new in macOS’s most popular image editor Photos is getting a big upgrade this autumn when iOS 10 and macOS Sierra launch. The photo browser and editor has always offered a great way to save and organise your shots, but in Sierra, Photos is getting clever new tools that will help you store, edit and share your photos unlike ever before. It starts with advanced artificial intelligence that can analyse your entire library and work out where every shot was taken, who was in the photos and what sort of scene you captured. It can then use this information to sort your photos in new ways, and cluster together similar photos in Memories. Photos can have special images ready for you at the click of a button.

New Memories tab

Intelligent search

This new tab enables you to see a selection of curated photos that have been gathered for you based on things like location data, the people involved and the images themselves.

Places album

Photos now analyses every photo, so you can use intelligent searches to find the image you’re looking for. Search ‘horses’, for example, to find images that Photos thinks contain horses.

People album Places makes a welcome return to Photos after being dropped from iPhoto, and it enables you to view all your images on a map. This will be great for reminiscing over your trips and holidays.

Advanced facial recognition now automatically recognises people in every photo and works out which shots contain which people. Find these shots in the People album.

Are these features just for Mac? No way! All of these features will also be making their way over to iPhone and iPad with iOS 10, and they will even have extra features you won’t find on the Mac.

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Inside your new Messages app How Messages is livening up the way you communicate In-line videos

Get drawings If your friend has an Apple Watch, they’ll soon be able to send you a Digital Touch drawing, and it will appear in the Messages app like any other short video!

Special messages Friends using an iPhone running iOS 10 will be able to send messages that affect the whole window for more impact – and they’ll certainly look great on a Mac!

When your friend sends you a link to a funny video, you’ll be able to just click the video to watch it within the Messages app, rather than having it open in Safari.

Bigger emoji If you’re sending between one and three emojis to a friend, they will now automatically be sent in a much larger format when you hit send for extra impact.

Respond with feeling You can use the new Tapbacks feature in Messages, which puts one of six icons on a message – such as a thumbs up or a question mark – to make responding faster.

Find and discover your favourite songs Apple Music has been completely redesigned for Mac While Apple Music is great if you want access to hundreds of thousands of songs with a click, the interface in its first iteration could sometimes be a little confusing. Now though, Apple is reworking its Apple Music interface to make it easier for you to discover new songs and find your favourites. The revamped For You tab gives you access to new songs and playlists, curated for you by Apple Music’s team. You can take a tour through the biggest songs on iTunes in the Browse section, including new releases, exclusives and top charts. Add to this a streamlined MiniPlayer that lets you view lyrics as you listen, and the end result is a much more accessible, user-friendly interface that makes listening to your favourite music so much easier.

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Use your Mac’s new Picturein-Picture mode Float a video window from Safari or iTunes over your desktop or a full-screen app Picture-in-Picture came to the iPad last year, and proved invaluable. On the Mac it’s always been possible, but fiddly to get the same effect. In macOS Sierra though, Apple is making it easier for you to keep watching the big game while you work. The process is really simple too – here’s how it works.

1 Safari or iTunes You’ll be able to use Picture-in-Picture mode for videos from iTunes, as well as many videos from Safari. Websites will need to use Apple’s API for it to work though, so it won’t work everywhere right away.

2 Click the button A new small Picture-in-Picture button will appear on the video. Click it and the video will shrink down into the corner of the screen, and an icon will appear where the video was previously playing.

3 Drag and resize You can resize the video window as you would with any other window, and drag it around the screen. Bear in mind it will snap to the corners, rather than floating freely, however.

Which websites will be available? Right now it’s available for Vimeo, but it’s likely that over the next few months many more websites, including YouTube, will add this to their feature set ready for Sierra’s public release.

Pay for goods with Apple Pay on Safari Apple Pay is the easiest and safest way to pay for goods Check the receipt When you click the button this summary will appear, showing you the things you’re buying, the selected delivery address, the shipping method and the price.

Touch to authorise On your iPhone, a notification will appear prompting you to authorise the payment from your Mac using your fingerprint on the Touch ID button. Simply scan it and you’re done!

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All in Wallet Because your payment goes through Apple Pay, you can track all of your spending within the Wallet app on your iPhone to see what you’ve bought and when.


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Run the beta version of macOS Sierra

Five tips and tricks to run the beta safely

Can’t wait till autumn? Get your hands on the update now We know, we know – reading through all the cool new features of macOS Sierra has made you want to get your hands on it right now. And with good reason! Well, the great news is that you don’t actually have to wait until autumn to have a go with macOS Sierra. Apple has a public beta set up, which enables users to try out the new features early, and also helps Apple fix problems in the system based on the feedback of those users. It’s important to note that the operating system isn’t finished, so there will be bugs in the software and missing features. It’s not recommended to run it on your everyday Mac, but if you want to get involved, here’s how…

Why doesn’t everyone just get it now? The betas are unfinished versions of the OS. They’re still full of bugs and will crash frequently, which is why Apple isn’t releasing the software for a few months.

Follow these steps and make sure nothing goes wrong

1

Back it up

Before you start the installation process, do a full backup of your Mac. That way, if the worst does happen and something goes wrong, you won’t lose all your most important files.

Set up Time Machine

2

Get a drive set up and have Time Machine back up your Mac regularly when it’s running the beta. That way, you’ll always have a recent backup on hand if anything happens.

Get updates

3 1 Sign up

2 Read the guide

Head over to the website for the beta program (beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram) and click the Sign Up button. If you’ve previously registered, you can sign in on the top right.

Apple is very clear that the operating systems in the beta are not final. Read the guide before continuing, and note that you can’t share details about the beta with anyone.

Check the Mac App Store regularly for updates. New versions of the beta will usually remove bugs, fix crashes and generally make the operating system more usable, so staying up to date is very beneficial.

Read the notes

4

Before you start (and when updates roll out) read the release notes and make sure you’re aware of what’s new, and what still isn’t working in the latest release of the system so you know what to avoid.

Give Apple feedback

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You can give Apple feedback on anything about the beta by selecting Send Feedback from the Help menu. Do this when you find a bug and the team is likely to fix it before the final release of the OS.

3 Back up

4 Redeem and download

Before you install, back up your Mac to an external drive with Time Machine. If something goes wrong with the new system, you don’t want to lose every document, photo and video.

You’ll see a code for the beta. Redeem it on the Mac App Store to download the beta, then follow the instructions to install it. You’ll get notifications when updates are available.

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Photos

Get better monochrome images Use the Tonality CK extension to create convincing film-style monochrome prints Difficulty

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Creating an effective black-and-white image is more than simply removing the shot’s original colours. By desaturating a photo you may end up with a drab wash of greyscale tones. Apps such as Tonality CK enable you to selectively lighten or darken specific tones to make various objects stand out more in contrast. This helps emphasise the shape and form of objects in your monochrome prints. Tonality is part of Macphun’s Creative Kit suite of apps. These will run as stand-alone apps or as plug-ins for Photos. Check out our guide across the page to install a free demo of Tonality CK, then follow our six-step tutorial to put the app through its paces.

Step-by-step

Create better black and whites

1 Choose a shot

2 Apply a colour filter

3 Boost clarity

To make an effective monochrome print, start with a colourful image. Click Edit>Extensions and choose Tonality CK. The app will create a greyscale version of your picture.

To darken a blue sky and make clouds pop out in contrast, go to Color Filter and click the red button. This drags the cyan and blue sliders left to darken these colours.

Click the compare icon at the top (next to the eye symbol) for a before-and-after version of your image. Drag Clarity right to boost midtone contrast and reveal delicate textures.

4 Dehaze detail

5 Add a vignette

6 Apply split-tone effect

The Micro Structure panel’s Boost slider helps add more impact to hazy areas such as the wispy clouds. This acts a bit like Lightroom’s Dehaze slider. Zoom in for a closer look.

Vintage lenses were prone to adding artefacts such as darkened (vignetted) and blurred edges. You can mimic this retro look using the sliders in the Vignette and Lens Blur panels.

You can use the Split Toning panel to add delicate washes of colour to shadows and highlights. Here we’ve tinted the shadows blue and the highlights a contrasting sepia.

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Before and after Click here to compare images. Tonality CK starts off by desaturating the shot. This creates a bland greyscale version, which you can see in the left ‘before’ panel. After manually tweaking various sliders you get a more striking ‘after’ version on the right.

Create striking monochrome conversions Knowledge base Colour filters Traditional black-and-white film photographers could place coloured filters over their camera’s lens to create a range of different blackand-white looks. A red filter would darken blues, creating darker and more dramatic monochrome skies. Tonality mimics this effect using filter icons and sliders. Here we could drag the green slider to darken the bus so that it would stand out in contrast.

Adjust luminance Coloured filters enable you to instantly darken the luminance (brightness) of the mono conversion’s greyscale tones based on the shot’s original colours. Here we’ve darkened the blues of the sky to help the clouds stand out.

Split toning One way to make your mono conversion stand out is to add delicate washes of colour to its shadows and highlights. The Split Toning panel’s sliders help you choose contrasting tints and tweak their saturation for a subtler look.

Filmic artefacts Here we’ve blurred the edge of the frame to mimic the soft-focus look produced by vintage film lenses. We’ve also darkened the edges to recreate the effect of uneven amounts of light entering the lens.

7S\NPU;VUHSP[` Apps such as Tonality dramatically extend what you can do when processing your images. Although Tonality will work as a stand-alone app, it makes sense to plug it into Photos. By accessing Tonality from within Photos you can do your importing, black-and-white converting and sharing all under one roof, instead of having to jump back and forth between separate apps. Here’s how to get Tonality to appear from within Photos as a handy plug-in.

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Photos

Create stunning panoramic images Use Photos to overcome common problems with your panoramic iPhone shots Difficulty

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10 Download available

Photographs of a landscape are often disappointing to look at when compared with our memory of the photo’s subject. On location we can look left and right to take in the splendour of the scene. However, a typical photo’s aspect ratio is much narrower, so only a section of the scene is recorded. Fortunately, thanks to your Camera app’s Pano mode, you can capture a much wider panoramic view. This can be a challenge though – if the location has contrasting light and dark areas then some sections will be under or overexposed, or if you fail to keep the camera panning horizontally you’ll notice ugly black edges with missing data. Here’s how to use the Photos app to overcome these problems.

Step-by-step

Edit panoramas using Photos

1 Find Panoramas album

2 Edit image

3 Counteract tilt

After downloading a panoramic image from your iPhone to your Mac, launch Photos. Click on the Albums tab and then Panoramas to access your super-wide panoramic image.

Double-click on an image’s thumbnail to view it. Click the Edit button at the top right. Our example panoramic shot has a tilted horizon and is missing data bottom left and top right.

Click the Crop icon. Drag the angle wheel to counteract the tilted horizon. A grid will help you get the horizon looking straight. This will automatically crop the edges of the frame.

4 Fine-tune the crop

5 Adjust exposure

6 Improve colour and detail

When straightening the horizon you may lose important details near the edges. Drag inside the crop window to reveal missing detail (while cropping out any black bands).

Our example image has correctly exposed highlights but the shadows are too dark. By clicking Adjust we can selectively lighten the shadows without overexposing the highlights.

Click Add and choose Definition. Increase the Definition amount to bring out more midtone detail. Boost Saturation to give the newly revealed shadow details more colour.

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By default you have to pan your phone left to right to capture a panorama. If you tap the arrow you can then pan right to left.

Produce perfect panoramas Remove unwanted artefacts and reveal missing detail

Tilt and crop These jagged black edges are caused when the camera is tilted as you pan to capture a panoramic image. They feature no image data. If you drag the Crop tool’s angle control you can counteract tilts and crop out jagged black edges at the same time.

Adjust colour and tone If the panorama contains contrasting highlights and shadows then some areas will be underexposed. The Adjust tools enable you to selectively lighten shadows without overexposing healthy highlights.

Knowledge base Shoot more effective panoramas

Overlay grids When adjusting the angle control you’ll see this densely packed mesh to help you keep the horizon looking horizontal. When cropping you’ll see a Rule of Thirds overlay grid, which helps produce a classical composition.

Although you can use Photos to crop out jagged black edges caused by a tilted camera and clone over disjointed seams, you’ll produce a better panorama if you don’t have to do much cropping and retouching. In Pano mode, pan the iPhone smoothly and slowly and make the arrow’s point stay in contact with the horizontal yellow line.

Remove seams As your panorama consists of a series of stitched-together moments in time, you may notice jagged seams. The Retouch tool lets you smooth out jagged areas (such as the moving ripples here).

7 Look for artefacts

8 Smooth out jagged bands

9 Click Done

Use the Zoom slider to take a closer look. Drag with the hand tool to spot artefacts. Our example features jagged lines where the rippling water hasn’t been stitched smoothly.

Click the Retouch icon. Press Alt to sample a clean ripple, then click to spray the sampled ripple over an adjacent jagged line to create a smoother blend.

Zoom out to see your processed panorama with its more balanced composition and extra colour and detail. It should feature less stitching artefacts and be free of jagged black edges.

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iMovie

Create a custom moonlit scene Turn day into night by grading colours and tones Difficulty

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10 Download available

It can be a challenge to capture an atmospheric nocturnal spectacle. Unless there’s a strong moon bathing the scene in reflected sunlight your subject may disappear into darkness. The quality of nighttime footage may also suffer due to the camera’s need to increase ISO speed to make it sensitive to low light, which can make the clip look too grainy. To avoid this, most moviemakers will shoot their subject in daylight and then grade the clip’s colours and tones to create a more effective moonlit scene. A Day into Night filter is offered in iMovie, which adds a nocturnal hue to a clip, but we can produce a more convincing and unique nocturnal look by tweaking colours and tones manually.

Step-by-step

Transform day into moonlit night

1 Try the filter

2 Click cancel

3 Increase contrast

Download our Day to Night_start.mp4 clip and import it into an iMovie project. Add it to the timeline. Click the Clip Filter effects icon and choose the Day into Night preset.

The filtered version doesn’t look convincing. The blue colours are too strong and the clouds have a pinkish hue. Your filtered footage will also look just like everyone else’s.

Click on the Color Correction icon. Drag the Increase Contrast slider left to make the shadows look darker in contrast with the castle’s brighter sunlit (or ‘moonlit’) surfaces.

4 Reduce brightness

5 Decrease saturation

6 Add moody blues

Drag the central Reduce Brightness slider left to create a more dimly lit scene that mimics the weaker reflected sunlight bouncing off the moon onto the subject.

The scene’s daylight colours are still too vibrant, so drag the Reduce Saturation slider to the left to create a more subdued and atmospheric colour palette.

The colours are still too warm. For a cooler wash of moonlit blues, drop the Temperature slider to the left until only a hint of the red brick and green grass colours remain.

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Produce a moonlit effect Use creative grading effects to turn day into night Knowledge base Shoot it for real If you do want to shoot a location at night, set your camera to Manual. Keep the ISO speed quite low (around 200) to avoid adding nasty noise. Set the aperture as wide as it will go to let in enough light for a decent exposure. You’ll also need to use a slow shutter speed, which means that a tripod is essential if you’re going to avoid capturing shakeinduced blur.

Adjust contrast The Color Correction panel’s Adjust Contrast slider enables you to create more starklooking shadows and moonlit highlights to enhance your day-to-night look. When you drag this Shadow slider left, the corresponding Highlights slider shifts an equal distance to the right.

Changing temperature The Color Temperature slider is designed to counteract warm or cool colour casts. You can also use it creatively to add a cold blue nocturnal hue to your day-tonight makeovers.

Extra effects If you use the Day into Night filter to create a nocturnal scene then you won’t be able to add a vignetted edge as well, as you can only use one filter at a time. By grading the clip manually we can drop a vignette effect onto it to complete the moonlit look.

Master brightness This slider reduces the overall brightness in a scene, which helps produce the look of weaker reflected sunlight bouncing off the moon at night.

7 Apply a vignette

8 Insert sound effects

9 Export your clip

To add extra atmosphere to the nocturnal scene and make the darkness close in around the edge of the frame, click on the Clip Filter effects icon. Choose the Vignette preset.

To help enhance your moody moonlit dayto-night scene, experiment by adding atmospheric music. We’ve added the Timely track from the Audio browser’s Jingles folder.

After grading your shot to create a more effective day-to-night scene, choose File>Share>File. This lets you create an MP4 file that you can share with family and friends.

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iMovie

Duck music under speech in iMovie Discover a host of tips to help you nip, tuck and duck your project’s audio components Difficulty

Time needed

10 Download available

While using iMovie’s grading tools and filters to get a perfect picture we may forget to give our project’s audio components equal time and attention. This can lead to inaudible interviews that are drowned out by competitively loud music tracks or ambient sound. Fortunately, iMovie boasts an audio tool that automatically ensures that your main subject’s vocals are louder than any overlapping background music or sound effects. You can also manually duck a soundtrack’s audio levels by adding multiple control points, so the sound is loud or quiet as required. These professional audio tricks and techniques will help your project sound as good as it looks.

Sound advice Manually and automatically adjust sound levels

Auto-duck audio By clicking this icon in the Volume tool panel you can get iMovie to automatically duck the levels of any clips that overlap the selected clip in the timeline. This will help your subject’s voice be heard above the volume of parallel music and ambient soundtracks.

Knowledge base Quick fix You may find that your interview clips’ audio levels are a little weak. You could lift a clip’s horizontal control line upwards to increase its volume. Alternatively, go to the Volume control tools and click the Auto button. This will increase the volume of the selected clip. You’ll notice that the loudest parts of the waveform will now peak in yellow, indicating a stronger sound level.

Fine-tune levels Once you set parallel tracks to automatically drop their volume, you can fine-tune the level of the auto audio drop using this slider. Drag it right to decrease a competing track’s volume, or left to increase it.

Rubber bands By holding down the Alt key you can click to add multiple control points to a clip’s volume control line. You can then drag these points up or down to manually adjust the volume of the sound at specific times.

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Fade handle At the start and end of any clip you’ll find a fade handle. This enables you to fade out the sound so that it doesn’t end abruptly.


Audio waveforms are very handy. If you can’t see them, click on Settings (at the top right of the timeline) and tick the Show Waveforms box.

Step-by-step

Take control of sound levels

1 Have a listen

2 Click Volume

3 Duck music

Here we have an interview on one layer with cutaways and music running on parallel tracks. The competing music and cutaway sound levels make the interview inaudible.

One way to hear the interviewee more clearly is to make the other tracks’ audio levels duck when the interview overlaps them. Click on the interview clip, then the Volume icon.

Tick the ‘Lower volume of other clips’ icon. Any music or cutaway clips that overlap the interview clip will dip in volume and then return to their full levels when the clip finishes.

4 Tweak sound

5 Make manual adjustments

6 Add audio control points

Play the programme to hear the new mix between interview sound and background audio. If the background sound is still too loud, drag the adjacent slider to the right.

Alternatively you can duck a clip’s sound levels manually. Hold down R and drag to select a range. Drag the horizontal volume control down to make the sound dip in this range.

Hold the Alt key as you click on a soundtrack’s volume control line to add multiple control points. These can be dragged up or down to manually duck (or lift) the sound at any point.

Create a sound bridge When you cut from one noisy clip to another, the abrupt change in ambient sound can emphasise the jarring nature of the cut. To rectify this you could add a Cross Dissolve transition between the two shots to mix the sound and picture in a softer way. Alternatively, you can detach a clip’s audio channel and use it to overlap the visual cut in a less jarring fashion. Here’s how to create a subtle but effective sound bridge between two adjacent noisy clips.

“Detach a clip’s audio channel and use it to overlap the visual cut in a less jarring fashion”

1 Detach your audio

2 Fade the sound

In this example we have two adjacent clips. The sound cuts when the clips do. Right-click on a clip and choose Detach Audio from the pop-up menu. This places the clip’s audio waveform track on a separate layer.

Drag the end of the sound clip to extend it under the following clip. Use the Fade handle to make the sound fade out. This creates a softer audio transition and helps blend the two clips together.

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arageBand

View instruments in notation view Learn how the Score Editor enables you to write and export sheet music Difficulty

Time needed

20

Many of us already know that GarageBand does an incredible job of making music editing very simple. The beauty for novice users is that they needn’t have technical knowledge to assemble loops creatively or even start editing individual notes within regions. However, GarageBand still offers expert-level users the choice of utilising music theory where they have it via the Score Editor. Here you view MIDI regions in notation or sheet music form instantly, while allowing notes to be placed and manipulated directly within the stave or staff. In this guide we’ll look specifically at notation view, the various tools available and also how notation can be printed or exported to PDF.

Step-by-step

View and edit software instruments in notation view

1 Choose track

2 View Score Editor

3 Select and drag

You can only view Score Editor for software instruments or MIDI regions, coloured green. With a project open, select such a track and show the Editor with the button or E key.

By default the Editor panel shows the Piano Roll. Instead, switch to the Score Editor by clicking the Score tab above. The region is now shown as musical notation.

Region notes are shown on a staff and can be clicked to select. Drag them left or right to alter position, up and down to change the pitch or hit Delete to remove.

4 Change the length

5 Draw new notes

6 Print notation

Notes can be clicked and held to sound a preview, plus you’ll notice a trailing green bar to denote duration. Drag the right edge of this bar to increase or reduce note length.

You can add new notes to the staff by first selecting the desired note value from the Insert menu in the inspector. Draw them in using Cmd+click and the pen tool.

Finalised music from the Score Editor can also be printed. With the notation for a chosen track visible and Score Editor active, choose File>Print or press Cmd+P instead.

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The Time Quantize pop-up also enables you to quantise note timings within a selected region, providing a slider to decrease the applied change’s strength.

Inside the Score Editor Picking out the key areas and tools within GarageBand’s notation viewer

Knowledge base Note values explained The Insert pop-up begins with a row of six common note value symbols for you to choose from. These include whole (1), half (1/2), quarter (1/4), eighth (1/8), sixteenth (1/16) and thirty-second (1/32) notes, differentiating relative durations by their stems and flags. Notes in dotted forms indicate a further increase in duration by half the original value.

Insert pop-up menu This selects the various value notes and symbols available for insertion. These range from whole to thirty-second notes, dotted equivalents and ‘Ped’ or pedal markers. Selected notes are then drawn on the staff with Cmd+click.

Selected notes Individual notes are selected by clicking the note head to highlight green. Drag them left or right to move position and up or down to shift pitch. Use the duration bar to lengthen or shorten.

Score display area

Quantise notes

Musical notation for the MIDI region is shown here. A continuous staff is provided, onto which notes are plotted to reflect the selected region and to which new notes can be inserted.

You can use the Time Quantize control to correct the timing of selected notes and bring them perfectly in time with the project. The Velocity slider defines how hard the note was struck and how loudly it should be played.

7 Edit page setup

8 Save as PDF

9 Export notation

This prompt appears if you’ve yet to set these options. Here you choose formatting for certain printers including paper size, orientation and scaling before clicking OK.

The Print prompt offers extended details when shown, but principally allows Printer and Copies to be chosen. Here though we’ll create a PDF via the Save as PDF drop-down.

After naming the PDF, adding Title, Author and choosing save location, the document is exported and can be opened to preview – all ready for sharing your sheet music!

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Logic Pro X

Mix your tracks using Logic’s Mixer In the first of a three-part series, we demonstrate how to mix in Logic Difficulty

Time needed

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Part 1

Logic’s Mixer window is where you balance the volume level and adjust the tone of each track in your project, add effects and use automation to produce a final master version of your song. Designed to resemble the kind of mixing desk found in recording studios, the Mixer shows the channel strips for every track in your project, including audio, software instruments and master output channels. Over the next three issues, we’ll take you step by step through some of the most common mixing techniques you’ll encounter, beginning with an unmixed project and ending up with a finished mix. To follow along with the steps this month, just load the LPX Mixer Pt1 project located in the Tutorial Files folder on FileSilo.

Mix and match Channel your inner producer with Logic’s powerful mixer

Knowledge base

Track view buttons These determine the types of track shown in the Mixer. The adjacent buttons select the width of each channel, so if you have loads you can squeeze them all up to show more on-screen at once.

What does it all do? As with their real-life counterparts, mixers can seem a bit daunting at first. However, most of the knobs and buttons are merely repeated vertical strips, one for each channel, each with its own volume fader, mute, solo, EQ, pan and auxiliary sends. In a DAW that supports up to 760 channels such as Logic, that’s a lot of buttons to keep track of!

Naming channels To rename a channel strip, simply double-click on its current name tab at the bottom of the strip and type in a new name.

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Output selector This governs where the audio from each channel is sent after passing through the fader. Unless you have a multi-output audio interface connected, you can leave these set to Stereo for the most part.

Input Monitor/Record buttons Only audio or guitar/bass channels have these. They enable you to monitor the channel’s input signal during playback (I) and arm the channel for recording (R).


You can select which channel strip components are shown in the Mixer by choosing the option from the Mixer’s local View sub-menu.

Step-by-step

Working with Logic’s Mixer window

1 Open Mixer

2 Mute everything

3 Unmute drums

Either click this button in the toolbar to open Logic’s Mixer pane, or use the Cmd+2 key shortcut to open the Mixer in a separate window that can be enlarged to fill the screen.

The channel strips for each track in your project are laid out horizontally. Click the M button below any fader while holding down the Cmd key. This mutes all channels.

Click the M buttons on the Stereo Out and Master channels to unmute them. Then unmute the Drums channel and set the track playing so we can hear the drums in isolation.

4 Open EQ plug-in

5 Compress drums

6 Set tambourine volume

Double-click the blank EQ panel at the top of the channel to open the Channel EQ plug-in. Load the provided LPX Mixer Drums preset to boost the low frequencies.

To make the drums sound punchier, click the Audio FX slot and select Dynamics> Compressor. Load the Drum Kit Compression preset and set the threshold to -15dB.

Next, unmute the Tambourine channel. Use the fader to turn down its volume to -11dB and set the pan control slightly to the left, around -31. This places it to the left of the stereo image.

7 Adjust bass level

8 Balance

9 Set Limiter

Click ‘S’ to solo the bass channel and insert a compressor as for the drums in Step 5. Select Keyboards>Light Bass Comp compressor preset and set the threshold to -14.0dB.

Unsolo the bass, then use the faders on these first three channels to balance the drums, tambourine and bass volumes to the levels shown here. That’s the rhythm section mixed!

The Stereo Out channel is now going into the red, so insert the Dynamics>Limiter plug-in into its Audio FX slot. This will prevent any digital distortion when you bounce your finished mix.

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Final Cut Pro X

Add creative lighting effects in Final Cut Enhance a scene by adding light-related artefacts like bokeh spots and heatwave ripples Difficulty

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If you shoot a subject that is backlit by the Sun then you may notice lens flares appearing (as you’ll see in our downloadable source clip). Final Cut Pro X’s collection of lighting effects can enhance a clip’s existing lens flare effects or add new lens-related artefacts from scratch. Lighting effects such as bokeh circles can help fill empty space in the frame and add a dreamy feel to your footage. We’ll show you how to use keyframes to make your lighting effects temporarily fade when a subject (such as our source clip’s horse rider) passes in front of the Sun. We’ll also help you add a rippling heat haze effect to make the tarmac become baking hot, adding extra texture to the scene.

Step-by-step

Incorporate interactive light effects

1 Import a clip

2 Apply lighting effect

3 Summon the Inspector

Choose File>New Event. The dated Event will automatically come with a new Project. Click OK and choose File>Import Media. Browse to our Lighting_start.mov file and import it.

Select the 14-second clip and drag it to the timeline. Click the Show Effects Browser icon (or press Cmd+5). Click the Light effects label and drag Bokeh Random onto the clip.

Tap the Spacebar to play the clip and see the bokeh circles of light float over the subject. To modify the look and position of the circles choose Window>Show Inspector.

4 Change shape

5 Add a keyframe

6 Drop the Opacity

Set the Type drop-down menu to Hexagons. This mimics the iris shape of a traditional SLR camera to give your bokeh shapes a retro look. Increase Size to 71 and Number to 55.

Scrub the playhead to 7:22 (just before the foreground rider blocks the Sun). Click on the diamond-shaped keyframe icon to the right of the Opacity slider to add a keyframe.

Scrub the playhead forward to 8:04. To make the rider appear to block the Sun, drag Opacity to 0. A new keyframe will be entered and the keyframe icon will turn orange.

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Inspector Each effect has a list of editable attributes that modify its default look. These attributes can be edited in the Inspector window. You can toggle an effect on or off by clicking the blue square next to its name.

Logical lighting Lighting effects or artefacts can be overdone, especially if there’s no reason why they’d feature in a clip. The windblown trees in our source clip swish back and forth, which makes it more appropriate for the bokeh circles to flicker and float as the Sun is temporarily occluded by the swaying trees.

Keyframes When changing a specific slider to alter the look of an effect you can click here to add a keyframe. Keyframes record the changes that you make to an effect’s slider at specific points in the timeline.

Effect collections

Layers

To locate a specific effect, click on a category label to reduce the amount of effect thumbnails that you need to scroll through. The Bokeh Random effect used in our walkthrough can be found in the Light section.

Drag an effect layer up or down to change the way it is applied to the clip. If we drag the Heat effect layer to the top of the stack it will cause the bokeh hexagons to ripple as well as the clip.

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System Preferences

Configure Language & Region settings Set your Mac up to work flawlessly across any language and country with a few tweaks Difficulty

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Whether you’re lucky enough to spend your time in different countries or simply work with colleagues overseas, setting your Mac up to work with other languages and regions has never been easier. Tucked away in System Preferences is the Language & Region preferences pane. In here you’ll find everything you need to switch time zones, work with different currencies or type in an entirely different language on your keyboard. For a quick change, you can add a new country to your preferred languages or change the region setting, which will update almost every other detail for you. If you’d rather, though, you can dig down into the more granular settings in the Language & Region preferences pane.

Step-by-step

Edit your Language & Region preferences

1 Locate the pane

2 Change your region

3 Begin on Sunday or Monday?

Open up System Preferences on your Mac and take a look for the Language & Region preferences pane with its flag of the UN. If you can’t find it, take a look in the View menu.

Switching your region will update how dates, numbers, times and currencies are displayed on your Mac, based on the region you select, without changing each setting manually.

If you’re from the UK and working in the US or with a US team, it might be easier to follow convention and start your calendar week on a Sunday. Scheduling will feel easier!

4 Switch to 12-hour clock

5 Add a language

6 Restart and change

If you’d prefer your Mac’s clock (and everywhere else on your Mac) to display the time in 12-hour format with an am or pm indicator, untick the 24-Hour Time setting.

Adding new languages to your Preferred Languages list will translate apps and (where possible) websites into the ones you choose. It might even help you learn a new language!

If you decide to change your Mac’s primary language, you’ll be prompted to restart your machine so that every app can take full advantage and display your selection correctly.

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Don’t forget the Date & Time preferences pane in System Preferences if it’s only your Mac’s time zone you want to change — it’s the easier option!

Advanced options explained Explore the controls in Language & Region settings for the perfect setup

Dates and times We’ve not covered dates and times here, but if you’re living in the UK and prefer the US date format, this is where you’ll want to go to switch the date and month around.

Knowledge base Trackpad writing When it comes to writing Chinese characters, you might find it easier to add your Mac’s trackpad as an input source under your keyboard settings. Then you can use your finger to draw the characters you want to type and let your Mac guess the closest match. It’s a useful feature that could save you a lot of time and avoid even more typing.

Format language Selecting the format language, much like your region, sets that country’s currency, number and measurement preferences as a default for you to review and tweak away at as you set up your perfect set of preferences.

Going metric? The single currency

Whether you want to work in pounds, ounces, grams, kilograms, feet, inches, or miles and metres, you’ll select your preferences for measurements using the drop-down menu here. Going metric is easier than ever.

If you’ve ever wondered what life would be like in the single currency, this might be your best shot. Choosing a different currency will apply that setting across your Mac and make it easier to work abroad.

Keyboard options Although your Mac’s keyboard has its own preference pane within System Preferences, the language section is still linked up with your Language & Region settings. For example, adding a new keyboard language will automatically add it to your Preferred Languages list. To type in a different language to your main keyboard language, you’ll need to jump to your keyboard’s preference pane and add it as an input source. Get started by clicking Keyboard Preferences from Language & Region.

“Adding a new keyboard language will automatically add it to your Preferred Languages”

1 Select a language

2 Switch it easy

Under the list of input sources on the left, click on the plus icon to bring up a list of languages that you can type with using your keyboard. As you select different options, you’ll see a preview of your keyboard below.

In order to make a quick switch between keyboard languages, you’ll want to ensure that the ‘Show Input menu in menu bar’ option is selected at the bottom of the pane. This will place a small flag in your menu bar to switch input sources.

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OS X

Get more from your Mac’s menu bar Top tips and secrets to make the most of menus Difficulty

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The menu bar at the top of the screen has been there forever and is a constant feature of the Mac’s operating system. Using it is obvious, but there are hidden features and settings that you might not be aware of that can make using the menu bar quicker and easier. For example, you can access many menu commands using keyboard shortcuts, hidden menus can be exposed by holding down a key, the menu can be set to hide when it is not being used, its colour can be changed and so on. We cover the best ways to use and configure the menu bar here, but don’t forget that there are some great apps in the Mac App Store that are able to add amazing features to it too.

Step-by-step

Discover cool menu bar secrets

1 Use keyboard shortcuts

2 Show extra menus

3 Find more hidden menus

Many menus have keyboard shortcuts that save time and effort. Pull down a menu and look at the shortcut to the right so that you can memorise the ones you use the most.

Click a menu and then hold down the Alt key. Many menu items switch to different, but usually related, items. Try this in all your apps and discover the secret options.

There are icons on the right-hand side and some display different items when you click compared to when you Alt+click them. The Wi-Fi icon shows network info for example.

4 Check the battery

5 Get help

6 Add menu items

If you use a MacBook, Alt+click the battery indicator in the menu bar and at the top of the menu is the battery’s health. It will say Condition: Normal if it is okay.

Use the Help menu to discover more features in OS X and the apps you use. Type a word into the Search box or even just a single letter. There are menu items and help topics.

Open System Preferences and type ‘menu’ into the search box to see a list of all items concerning the menu bar. A lot of menu bar items can be shown or hidden from here.

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Expert Mac users should take a look at BitBar (getbitbar.com), a utility that enables you to put the output from scripts into the menu bar.

Customise the menu Configure and extend the menu bar

Add apps This menu bar item is a favourite app of ours that adds an indicator showing the upload and download internet speeds and the amount of data transferred. Search the Mac App Store for other menu bar tools.

Knowledge base Expand the menu bar There are some really useful tools in the Mac App Store that add great features to the menu bar. Just open the Store and enter ‘menu bar’ into the search box to find them. There are menu bar items that enable you to select screen resolutions and monitors, show internet usage and upload/download speeds, control iTunes and more.

Secret options Alt+click everything! There are secret and hidden menu options that can be revealed by holding down the Alt key as you click on the menu bar icons. This is the expanded Bluetooth menu.

Add optional icons

General preferences

Go through System Preferences and look for options to add items to the menu bar. This is the Accessibility icon and there are many more. They make accessing preferences easy and convenient.

Go to the General section of System Preferences, and at the top are several customisation options that enable you to change the colour scheme and visibility of the menu bar. Select your favourite settings.

7 Select sound options

8 Change the appearance

9 Set Accessibility options

Open Sound in System Preferences and tick the box to show the volume in the menu bar. Alt+click the icon to access this handy menu for selecting the audio output.

The General section of System Preferences has options to change the menu bar’s appearance. Select a dark or light look, and select Graphite or Blue for the menu highlight.

Select Accessibility in System Preferences and then select Display on the left. Set the two options here as you prefer: Increase contrast and Reduce transparency.

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iTunes

Convert music file formats in iTunes Learn how to switch file types on imported audio Difficulty

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Within its role as your Mac’s main media library, iTunes isn’t merely where your songs are kept, played and shared. In fact, the application is rather sophisticated when it comes to converting audio file formats to maximise performance and also manage storage space effectively. Typically this process relates directly to converting uncompressed formats such as AIFF or WAV to compressed files such as MP3 and Apple Lossless. Where there is often a slight reduction in resolution or quality, file sizes are reduced so you can store more. Songs can be converted from the library itself, from files in folders or from the disk, while keeping an original version alongside.

Step-by-step

Change your music’s file formats

Cause for conversion Confused over which file format to pick? We take a look at the available audio types and why they should be used

1 Open iTunes Preferences

2 Decide import options

Conversion starts with changing import settings and navigating to iTunes>Preferences from the menu bar (or using the Cmd+comma shortcut) to open the Preferences dialog.

From General, click the Import Settings button. Here you choose your desired import encoder and quality for any new file conversion, before clicking OK to save.

1 Compressed MP3 is the default here, while AAC offers better quality at similar bitrates. Apple Lossless Encoder (ALE or ALAC) compresses slightly without quality loss, saving as M4A.

3 Convert library songs

4 Import with ease

2 Uncompressed

Select songs within your library before choosing File>Convert, then Create [format] Version to create a new file. Hold the Alt key to toggle Convert instead.

If you create a new version of the file, it appears alongside while Convert overwrites the original song. Any new song imported to the Library will follow the format settings.

AIFF and WAV offer no quality loss and no size reduction. Use this when the source is uncompressed, using Setting to pick custom parameters. These files are not iPod-friendly.

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Measure and manage your broadband How fast is your internet connection? How much data are you using? Time to find out! Difficulty

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How good is your internet connection? Is your broadband quick and responsive? A poor connection causes slow software downloads and OS X updates, and it can cause movies and other streaming content to stutter. Measure your home broadband speed at websites like fast.com and speedof.me and then compare the results with friends to see if there is a problem, or if you need to speak to your ISP about an upgrade. Download speed, upload speed and responsiveness can be tested too. A high download speed means that several people in your home can watch movies, play games and work online at the same time. Here we cover the tools you need to effectively monitor your broadband.

Step-by-step

Test and monitor the internet

1 Assess performance

2 View the results

3 Monitor internet usage

Open Safari and go to speedof.me. This is one of several popular sites for testing the speed of an internet connection. Wait for it to finish loading and click Start Test.

First the download speed is tested (blue) then the upload speed (yellow). A download speed of 5Mbit/s is sufficient to watch online movies, but higher figures are better.

Go to the Mac App Store and get Bandwidth+. This free app adds a menu bar item that shows the amount of data transferred over the internet for each network you use.

4 Split usage

5 Change display options

6 Set monthly limits

Click Bandwidth+ and click Split to start a new recording of uploads and downloads. A new section in the menu is created so you can see how much data is being transferred.

Hold down Opt and click Bandwidth+ to toggle between downloads and speed. This can also be selected on the General tab in Preferences. Click Bandwidth+ then the gear.

If you have monthly download limits, select the Monthly tab in Preferences. Select the network and enter the quota. Each network is monitored separately, which is useful.

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Bandwidth+ best bits A tour of the key features of Bandwidth+

Usage vs speed Hold down the Alt key and click Bandwidth+ in the menu bar. It switches between the total amount of data transferred and a live data upload/download speed that shows internet activity.

Knowledge base Move your router The position of the router in your home can seriously affect the internet performance. Some rooms in your home may have poor Wi-Fi signal and this reduces the broadband speed. Use the speed test (Steps 1 and 2) in each room in the house and see if there is a difference. Try moving the router if Wi-Fi is poor.

Network usage stats Each network you connect to, whether at home or travelling with a MacBook, is shown here. It displays the network name, downloads, uploads and total data transferred.

View your usage

Set monthly totals

This bar shows how much of your monthly data allocation has been used. It is really useful if you travel with a MacBook and set your phone up as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

In the Monthly tab you can select each network in turn. For any that have a data limit, enter it into the box here and set the billing day below.

Check responsiveness You need an internet connection that is both fast and responsive. The speed of response affects the performance of the internet connection and is especially important if you play online games. Ping is used to measure response speed, and the lower the figure the better. The time taken to respond is also a measure of a web server’s speed, so you’ll get different results with different websites.

“The speed of response is especially important if you play online games”

1 Ping a website

2 Use Activity Monitor

Go to the Applications>Utilities folder and open Terminal. Type ‘ping -c 4 google.com’ to see how fast Google responds. Try it with other websites. No response or long times mean a slow internet or that the website is down.

Run Activity Monitor in Applications>Utilities and click the Network tab. Select Windowed Processes in View to see internet usage by app. You can spot bandwidth hogs here and the network speed and data transferred is shown below.

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Memory Clean 2

Free up your Mac’s memory in seconds How to speed up your Mac in less than a minute Difficulty

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Generally speaking, your Mac’s OS is very good at keeping things ticking. Behind the scenes, thousands of processes are running to keep your machine from slowing down, and we’ve even seen a few made a big deal of in recent years (think App Nap at WWDC). However, there’s still a place for great third-party apps to help make your Mac feel even snappier, and Memory Clean 2 is a great example. It keeps a close eye on your Mac’s RAM and how much of it is used, breaking down used RAM into its different components so you can see exactly what’s going on. Memory Clean 2 isn’t just a monitoring tool, though – with a click of the button it’ll free up even more RAM. Here’s how it works.

Explore the interface Understanding the different stats inside Memory Clean 2

App Memory This is the amount of memory used by apps you have running or have recently had running. In theory, this should be the largest number of your total used RAM.

Knowledge base Extreme Clean If you’re struggling to find extra space using Memory Clean 2’s free features, or your Mac is lacking in RAM to begin with, you could consider upgrading to unlock the app’s Extreme Clean feature (£3.99/$4.99). This uses a more advanced algorithm that takes longer to process, but could potentially unlock more free space than the standard clean offers.

File Cache Sometimes your Mac’s OS will choose to store file data in the RAM for recently accessed files so that you can reopen them quickly.

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Wired memory This refers to RAM that’s specifically being used by your Mac’s OS itself to help keep your Mac running smoothly. This figure doesn’t fluctuate too much.

Memory Hogs Certain apps use a lot more RAM than others, so Memory Clean 2 handily points them out and displays their icons in their own section.


@V\»SSZLL[OLTVZ[KPќLYLUJL^P[O4LTVY`*SLHUPM`V\»]LYLJLU[S`\ZLK a memory-intensive application, such as a creative tool or a game.

Step-by-step

Clear out your Mac’s RAM

1 Grab the app

2 Start it up

3 Check your RAM

Fire up the App Store and search for Memory Clean 2. The app is pretty lightweight and free to download, although there is an optional in-app purchase.

When you first launch the app, you’ll be presented with a screen promoting some of the developer’s apps. To skip past all of this, click the Launch Memory Clean 2 button.

In the app’s main window, you’ll see a breakdown of how the RAM installed in your Mac is currently being used. There’s even a section highlighting the worst offending apps.

4 Click to clean

5 Let it work

6 See the difference

The app’s beautifully simple interface means that getting started and cleaning up your RAM is as simple as clicking the blue Clean button in the bottom left of the window.

Depending on the age of your Mac and the scale of the job at hand, Memory Clean 2 could take some time to work, and things may slow down slightly while it makes progress.

At the end of the cleaning process, Memory Clean 2 will let you know how much RAM has been freed. This number will vary depending on the apps you’ve had open recently.

7 Use the menu

8 Tweak the look

9 Set and forget

By default, Memory Clean 2 presents itself as a simple menu bar icon. Right-clicking on it will give you quick access to the Clean Memory option and the app’s key stats.

Memory Clean 2 gives you a few options to change how the app looks. Specifically, you can simplify the menu bar icon down to just a percentage of RAM available with no icon.

The app’s Auto Clean feature enables you to set a threshold for where the app will kick in and clean your RAM automatically. Setting it around 500MB seems to work well.

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Eject a disk safely Did you know there’s a right and wrong way to eject disks? Difficulty

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When you plug in an external disk drive or a USB flash memory drive, OS X mounts them and makes them available to use, and they appear in Finder and on the desktop. When you have finished with disks they should be ejected properly, which unmounts them. You’ll need to take care though, because files can be corrupted if you don’t follow the right procedure. One of the main causes of problems is pulling out the plug when files are open. This leads to corrupted files and you might be unable to save work you have open. Files must be closed and applications quit before drives can be ejected safely. This is to ensure that all the data is written to the drive.

Step-by-step

How to eject disks safely

Top disk tips If you are having problems ejecting a disk there are several ways to solve the problem, including logging out and using Disk Utility.

1 Do not unplug

2 Eject a disk

Don’t pull out the USB flash drive or USB disk drive plug, or OS X will inform you that you have done it incorrectly. You will be told to eject the disk before disconnecting it.

If there is an icon on the desktop, drag it to the Trash. It’s not deleted, it is ejected. You can right click disks in Finder or click the Eject button in the sidebar.

1 Log out You can log out to swiftly quit all applications that are running and close all files. You can then safely unplug the drives. Alternatively, shut down the Mac and unplug the drives.

3 Eject partitions

4 Avoid common problems

2 Use Disk Utility

If a disk is a partition on a drive, you are asked if you want to eject just this partition or all of them. Click Eject or Eject All. Keyboard shortcuts can do this too.

A frequent cause for the failure to eject a disk is because an application has a file open. Close all the files and quit all applications, then try ejecting the disk again.

Open Disk Utility in the Applications>Utilities folder and the disks are listed on the left. Select a disk and click Unmount in the toolbar or the icon next to the disk.

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APPLE ESIGN AWARD Discover the most impressively designed apps of the year

Apple offers a range of APIs and other helpful tools to help developers design great apps and games, but a lot of work and ingenuity is still required to make a solution that stands out above the rest. In an App Store that boasts millions of offerings, even coming up with an original idea is tough, but there are some who can create marvels of miniature interfaces and control mechanisms that are a breath of fresh air on any device they are used on. Apple announces its Design Award winners each year, selecting the best of the best in terms of design and technological innovation. Areas that are considered include the way an app works with the software and hardware that it can run on, and consequently how well it takes advantage of the latest advancements from Apple. The latest Original design and controls are also hardware very important, because the very Many apps work on best have the potential to spur other multiple generations of Apple products, but it is not unusual developers on to create top-class for award-winning apps to apps, which of course benefits need the latest hardware us all because we end up with a or software versions, better day-to-day experience on our especially on iPhones devices. We will highlight the apps and iPads. that have been chosen this year and explain why they merit inclusion in the list, allowing you to pick and choose the ones you like depending on your needs and interests. Design is a very tricky area and some developers are certainly much better at it than others, as this showcase will demonstrate.

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Apple Design Awards

A virtual body Complete Anatomy Free

A perfectly designed learning tool for students and the curious

Personal annotations You can annotate any part with text and drawings in a variety of colours to aid your own learning. These annotations can then be instantly shared with others.

Learning visually is often the Detailed explanations most effective way to work, and When you click on any part of the especially so with something as body, full data is available for you to complex as the human body. In read and learn from immediately. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Complete Anatomy you can see the complete solution. entire structure of the body, access specific areas and then share your learning with others. There are useful lectures built in as well as an in-app cloud sharing platform so that you can work alongside others. It will improve your knowledge of Muscle Innervation the human body in The app goes as far as no time at all. letting you visualise Muscle Innervation. You can follow the nerve supply to any muscle and then track it back to its origin with a few simple taps. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all visual.

The full setup

In depth

In-app purchases let you pay to take advantage of the complete feature set. No matter what speciality you need to learn, it is available within the app.

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The level of detail in this app is astonishing. No matter how far you zoom in on the bones and muscles, the clarity remains razor sharp.

Make your own annotations to aid your learning process

1 Open the tools

2 Draw away

3 Add some colour

Tap the Tools icon in the right-hand column and select Pen. You can also choose Labels or Textbox if you want a more professional markup of the area. Take time to play with the different tools on offer.

You can now simply draw on the screen with a stylus or your finger to highlight areas that are of interest to you. The range of options for drawing alone is varied, so find which works best for you.

Tap the circle at the bottom for extra drawing tools, including a range of colours and different widths for the pen. You can choose to draw in 2D or 3D, both of which offer positive results.


The speed of the animations and colourful environments are what make Chameleon Run so brilliantly designed. The controls are also an added bonus.

Manage your habits Streaks £2.99/$3.99

Jump & switch Chameleon Run

Keep your good behaviours going with a simple app

£1.49/$1.99

Managing useful habits can be extremely timeconsuming and at times makes the entire process feel prohibitive. With Streaks, however, all of that changes thanks to the simplistic and colourful interface. Great care has been taken throughout to ensure that creating new habits only takes a couple of taps, and there is an emphasis on bold visuals, which means that updating each activity is obvious and efficient every single time. Indeed, the design is so clean that it is hard to think of any area that needs improvement, which is clearly the mark of careful and considered development.

There’s a lot of frantic thinking involved here

Doing two things at once doesn’t sound too hard, but you’d be surprised how difficult it actually is to think on your feet while running and jumping in Chameleon Run! That’s a good thing though, as the end result is a colourful and exhilarating experience.

1 How to play The game offers a few help screens when you first open it that are designed to help you understand the basic controls. Experience and muscle memory are required thereafter.

1 Pick a task On the main screen, tap the Add Task option and select the type of habit you want to track. There are many already included, from exercise to drinking water, and some can use the iOS Health data for readings.

2 Add some specifics You can then decide what target you want to reach as your initial goal; we would advise to be lenient at first so that you can gain some much-needed willpower. Start slowly and then improve.

3 A detailed overview

4 Completed tasks

All of your tasks are displayed on the main screen, and you can tap any to see your progress over time or to see a quick calendar view. Controls and taps are simple and kept to a minimum.

You can note completed tasks by tapping and holding an icon until it turns white. Notice the lack of colours throughout, which brings a helpful simplicity and crispness to the design.

2 Run, jump, switch When you play, you have to jump over black colours of varying lengths and tap again to switch to alternative coloured blocks while in the air. It’s much harder than you might think.

3 Collect rewards At the end of each level you will see what rewards you have gained. They range from smoking crystals to collecting all of the marbles. Your score will increase very quickly.

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Apple Design Awards

Ulysses £34.99/$44.99

Complexity made simple

A writer’s toolbox Manage simple and complex writing projects

Write and organise within the digital environment you prefer The genius of Ulysses is that it can take what would normally need to be done by multiple apps and house it all in one place. With a design that has been honed over many years, we now have a writer’s solution that offers a focused and minimal environment to create within, a simple interface to keep various documents visible and organised at all times and the ability to export your work in almost every format imaginable. There is consistency in the Mac and iOS versions with support for images, notes and keywords topping off what is a considerable feature set. If you have a need to write, Ulysses is likely the only tool you’ll need.

1 The features An example project is displayed when you first open Ulysses, detailing most of the common features. There is a lot to explore, which makes it perfect for handling complex work.

2 Your first project Ulysses is able to handle anything from work projects to creating a novel. You can build your characters and keep every specific piece of data in view while creating the book itself.

3 Time to focus There is also the ability to open and customise the writing pane. This means you can focus on the actual creation of your documents without the need to worry about all of the extra data.

Keep it safe As you work, Ulysses will automatically back up your work locally and also keep multiple versions for good measure. This means you can rest easy and focus on creating the best work you are capable of.

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Initially, Dividr feels like a game that only requires surviving for a few seconds, but with practice you can play for a very long time.

Virtual brainstorming

Share with others

Take the video review meeting out of the office Frame.io

For creative projects, collaboration is vital, and with Frame.io we have an app that is capable of letting you gain instant feedback on any video clips you have created. The design is remarkably simple and the interface is incredibly easy to navigate, with the clips and comments pushed front and centre. The way the interface elements become invisible is very clever indeed and highlights how well it is made, as well as Apple’s understanding of the visual simplicity throughout.

Videos can be shared over a variety of services, and again the icon for this is instantly recognisable. No task requires more than a couple of taps.

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Analyse a clip The playback controls are obvious and will feel familiar instantly. They are kept standard so as to remove any learning curve at all, which is a refreshing touch.

Add a comment

Review changes

Comments can be shared to solely the group with access to the video clip. Privacy has clearly been a focus in this app’s development and the collaboration setup is simple.

This icon lets you watch previous versions of the video clip to see if the latest changes have actually improved the movie. It’s an evolving and collaborative process.

A complete DJ toolkit djay Pro £14.99/ $19.99

A huge range of features and flexibility is included here

With djay Pro, the developer has taken care to ensure that you have everything you need to be a top-class DJ. There are many desktop-class features built in that take advantage of the iPad hardware, such as high-definition waveforms, and with iPad Pro keyboard shortcuts, cloud syncing and superb multi-tasking you will be asking for nothing. It’s the perfect example app to evidence that an iPad can be just as powerful as a laptop in 2016.

Touch and split Dividr

Brilliant controls make this a fun and efficient game

Free

Design is of course about much more than mere visuals, and here we have a game that simply requires you to hold your thumb on the screen and swipe up to split the dot that you are controlling. Visually it is very simple, which complements the superb control system, and the end result is a game that is both as frustrating as it is addictive to play. If you have a spare five minutes or a free afternoon, this is definitely a fun little game we recommend.

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Apple Design Awards

Zova Free

Fitter, healthier, stronger Understand Linum

Fit your personal workouts around your busy day Linum

Working out with a personal trainer is the ideal scenario to get fit, but they are expensive and not always convenient. Zova gets around this by offering a variety of exercise routines that are displayed clearly on an iPhone and which can be used even if you only have a few minutes spare. The clever integration with the Apple Watch ensures that you have full access to the workouts – and your heart rate – at all times, and it all comes together to offer a solution that is blissfully simple at heart. This will get you fit in no time.

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Free

Get to grips with angles, distances and space

The idea behind Linum is simple, but playing it requires more mental dexterity than you may expect. You are taken through some helpful levels initially and once the controls click, you will be left to succeed at your own pace. It may look easy, but don’t be fooled.

1 Select a level

1 Have a browse

2 Try a workout

Take some time to scroll through the exercises on offer and make yourself familiar with the interface. This won’t take long, as it is incredibly simple to navigate and easy to access the workouts on offer.

Watch the preview video to understand what you need to do, then follow the timer as closely as possible. You can also use the controls at the bottom to pause at any time, should you need a breather.

3 Make it personal

4 See the results

Tap the music icon at the top of the workout screen to choose which music to listen to as you exercise. Choose some motivational music to drive you on so that you fully benefit from the exercises.

The results for each workout are displayed as soon as you finish, and you can also set a schedule to remind you to workout at specific times each day. Simple and complete.

The level progression in Linum is varied and at times quite surprising. Always expect the unexpected, as surprises will pop up continually.

2 Cover the circles Simply tap a line to choose which part of the shape to move and tap a circular link to spin it around. Hold a circular link in order to make it turn the opposite way.

3 Catch the stars Your goal is to cover each circle, which depends on manipulating the shape in many ways. You need to keep the red star alive at the top of the screen for the best score.


The canvas that is left after each level of INKS. tells the story of exactly what happened, and you can share the beautiful imagery with others.

An immersive environment Lara Croft GO £3.99/$4.99

A beautiful setting The staging of this game is sumptuous to say the least. Everything from the carefully crafted shadows to the plants and trees has been rendered for clarity and captivation.

The much-loved adventurer gets a challenging new iOS game

Realistic characters No game is worth your time without realistic characters, and here we have some beautiful animation used to create Lara and her enemies in a nearperfect style.

Time to interact This is more than a simple GO game because you have to interact with different objects and spend time considering what each does. Some are useful, some are not.

INKS. £1.49/$1.99

It’s not easy

A deep experience With more than 100 puzzles you are certainly getting your money’s worth, and if you can discover the secrets you are likely to succeed quicker. Take your time and you will be more successful.

If you’re struggling to get to grips with the game, you can purchase puzzle solutions for each level. Of course, you’ll get a much greater sense of achievement if you can avoid this!

Play with colours

1 Aim straight

2 Create and win

A clever, artistic game overflowing with colourful pixels

The idea is to flick the ball from the bottom paddles in the perfect direction to touch each colour in the pinball table. Some practice will be required to complete each level in as few moves as possible.

After completing a level, you will be left with a unique design and tracks showing where the ball has travelled. Fewer tracks and a bigger colourful design equals success. It really is a completely unique game.

INKS. is unlike any game you’ve ever played before. Being part pinball and part artistic experiment, INKS.’s style is far from what you’d expect from a classic electrical pinball table found in arcades. Oozing with creativity, it doesn’t feel digital at all thanks to the use of natural ink-style graphics, bringing a truly immersive quality rarely seen in today’s mobile games. The end result is an addictive game that you want to play again and again.

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Apple Design Awards

Auxy Music Creation Free

Automated talent Create new music with some well-timed taps

Auxy Music Creation lets you create complex music by simply tapping on the iPad screen in different places. It sounds random, but you will find that it doesn’t take long to start to understand what should go where. It’s a useful tool for learning the basics of song structure or for simply having fun, with the added bonus that the end results are almost always worth showing off to others. The design is also incredibly simple and logical on every level.

A musical assistant

The entire premise of Auxy is based on simplicity, but there are useful instructions that pop up when you initially start using it. It will only take about five minutes to understand it all.

1 Create some notes

2 Tap Done

3 Select a sound

Tap anywhere on the screen and sounds will start to play. The more you tap, the more beats will sound and you may be surprised at what you can quickly create.

The riff you have created so far appears on a larger grid with a pop-up offering some advice to change the tone of your creation. As you can see, complex music can be created.

Tap one of the top tabs to change the tone for the riff that is listed directly below it. Previews will be played so that you can make an instant decision on what to choose.

4 Produce a song

5 Alter Song Settings

6 Tweak advanced settings

Repeat the steps to create a riff and each will be displayed in the larger grid. When played they will all sound together and potentially create a multi-layered tune to enjoy.

Tap the bottom-left icon to change the tempo, key and swing of the tune. You can also manage how each individual riff sounds within the song as a whole. It’s all very simple.

Tapping the centre-left icon lets you alter the volume and other characteristics for each riff. An example of advanced settings made intuitive by clever and careful design.

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iOS

10 ways to free up iPhone data and storage

Change backup settings It’s important to get a handle on what will be saved to iCloud and this is done via Settings>iCloud. You’ll see a set of sliders and, by moving any or all to the off position, you can stop certain services from backing up their data to iCloud and taking up unnecessary space.

Ensure that you always have plenty of room for the things you want to do and keep No matter how much storage you have available on your iDevice, it’s likely that you’ll start to run out of space at some point. Whether you’re an avid gamer, music lover, frequent visitor to the App Store or someone who uses an iPhone like a mini-computer for all your creative work, there comes a time when you can’t squeeze much more on, meaning little room for that next update or must-have app. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to freshen up your iPhone and regain lots of space, and the same goes for iCloud too. The free 5GB iCloud plan only lasts for so long before you’re gnashing your teeth with frustration at the thought of having to pay for extra storage, but some simple tricks will pull you back from the brink and save you some cash too.

Delete unwanted apps It is likely you’ll have many unused apps on your iPhone eating up valuable space, so delete the lot by tapping and holding their icons before hitting the Xs on each one you want to remove. This will instantly free up space and make your screens far less cluttered too.

Check data-guzzling apps How to tell if an app is storing too much information Documents and data Look at the size shown next to Documents & Data. In this case, we can see data taking up a staggering 2.2GB. Given the 7.4MB app, it is clearly storing a lot of files.

App size Having gone to General>Storage & iCloud Usage>Manage Storage and clicked on an app, you will see this info page. Beneath the version number, you will find the size of the app.

Remove data hoggers

Make a decision This app is not likely to be saving data that we’ll need in the future, so we’d be inclined to delete it and re-download it if necessary. That way, we’d save more than two gigabytes of space.

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Some apps bloat your storage with cached files. You can see how much they use by going to Settings>General> Storage & iCloud Usage>Manage Storage. Delete and reinstall them to clear away the clutter. Don’t remove apps if you may need their data later, though.


Messages saves a lot of attachments, so open a thread, tap Details and scroll. Tap and hold on any of the photos and videos and select Delete.

Remove old media It’s likely you’ll have podcasts, videos and books stored in their relevant apps that you don’t use. So remove any re-downloadable media: iBooks will store purchases in the cloud, for instance, and iTunes lets you download videos again.

Do some admin If there are apps that contain data you want to keep – such as presentations in Keynote – delve into the app itself and do some pruning. Remove the documents you don’t need and save those you do to iCloud. The same goes for images in Photos, which can eat a lot of space.

Switch services You don’t actually need to use iCloud to store all of your data. For example, you can use Dropbox to save your photographs and have Gmail save your contacts. Rather than pay for the extra iCloud space, you can simply sign up to the likes of OneDrive and Google Drive for free.

Check out iCloud You need to keep an eye on your iCloud storage as well, so go to Settings>Storage & iCloud Usage and tap on Manage Storage under iCloud. Look at how many backups you have stored on iCloud and remove those you don’t need. It may be that you don’t even own one of the devices any more.

Delete browser cache Safari will store your history, cookies and browsing data as well as your temporary files. Remove these and clear your cache by going to Settings>Safari>Clear History and Website Data. You should get an instant space boost, especially if you have never done this before.

Cancel Photo Stream

Auto expire messages

When you use Photo Stream, the last 1,000 images are stored across your devices – but do you really need that? Go to Settings>Photos & Camera and turn Upload to My Photo Stream off. You should only save HDR images too, so deselect Keep Normal Photo.

Messages take up a lot of space, but you can tell your iPhone to delete them after a certain time period. Go to Settings>Messages>Keep Messages and select 30 days or a year. Audio and video messages can also be set to expire after set times.

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Settings

Disable animations to speed up your iPhone Prevent iOS from needlessly zooming when opening and closing apps Difficulty

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It’s fair to say that both the parallax effects on the home and lock screen, and the animations and transitions that you see whenever you open or close your apps, are not to everybody’s liking. But whether they make you feel sick or simply offend your aesthetic tastes, there’s another reason to get rid of them: they can slow down your iPhone, especially if you’re using an older model. Thankfully, Apple has a way of reducing the motion that will make your phone feel more responsive and immediate, especially on older models. You won’t be able to disable all of the animations in their entirety – to do that, you’ll have to jailbreak your device – but if you can live without the eye candy, it’s worth a try.

Step-by-step

Make your iPhone less dizzying

1 Launch Settings app

2 Select Reduce Motion

3 Turn it off

Once you open Settings, go to the General tab and scroll down in order to select Accessibility, which is an area that is packed with options for users with disabilities.

Now if you scroll down, you should be able to see the entry for Reduce Motion. Tap on this and you will be taken to the page that lets you toggle the feature on or off.

Move the slider so it shows as green. When you go back, you’ll see that Reduce Motion is now off and you will notice a lack of animations when opening and closing your apps.

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Prisma

dd funky filters to mages with Prisma Reinvent your iPhone photos and transform them nto impressive and realistic works of art Difficulty

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If you’re fed up with the overused image filters offered by the likes of Instagram, Prisma may be the perfect solution for you. The app will completely transform even the most mundane amateur capture into an impressive artistic masterpiece. Using a powerful AI, Prisma will redraw your chosen image to make it look like it was painted by hand, transforming any picture on your smartphone using styles from a selection of famous artists. Through the user-friendly interface you’ll be able to create an exciting piece of art in just a few simple steps. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use and make the most of Prisma, from image selection and capture all the way to exporting and sharing.

Transform photographs with artistic filters

1 Select an image

2 Crop your photo

3 Choose a style

First of all you need to choose an image that you’d like to transform; you can shoot one from scratch in the app or select a pre-existing shot from your Camera Roll.

Prisma will prompt you to crop your image into a square format. Simply pinch to zoom in and out, or slide the image into the desired position with your finger.

You’ll be presented with a selection of artistic filters to choose from. These include styles inspired by famous and well-known pieces of art, such as The Scream by Edvard Munch.

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Upon opening the app you can alter settings using the icon on the right-hand side, including enabling or disabling watermarks and autosaving options.

Navigate the Prisma app

Adjust the effect Change the strength of the art effect by sliding your finger to the left or right. The strength is measured in percentages.

Why this creative app is extremely easy to use

Square format Whether you shoot an image in the camera or choose one from your Camera Roll, they’ll be cropped in the square Instagram style format – 1:1.

Knowledge base Intelligent AI What makes Prisma unique is that, instead of overlaying basic filters on top of the original image like Instagram and other similar apps do, it completely redraws your picture in the way that an artist would through various layers, using intelligent AI technology to transform it into an elaborate piece of art.

Export or save Prisma lets you share your newly created piece of art instantly to either Facebook or Instagram, or save it to your iPhone.

Art styles The various art styles run along the bottom of the screen, with a thumbnail showing what the effect looks like. You can scroll through the effects with a simple swipe of the screen.

4 Apply the filter

5 Change the strength

6 Export and share

Simply tap your preferred filter and Prisma intelligently re-creates your image in the chosen style. Some styles will work better with certain genres of photography.

Depending on how you want your image to look, you can alter the strength of the art effect. Simply swipe your finger across the image to the right to strengthen it or left to lessen it.

Once you’re happy with your artwork, you can easily export and share it directly to either Facebook or Instagram. You can also save the picture to your phone or email it from the app.

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GarageBand

Capture sounds with the Audio Recorder Record any sound and apply some outlandish preset effects to achieve wacky results Difficulty

Time needed

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Step-by-step

Touch Instruments are at the very heart of GarageBand on iOS. These are the app’s software-based instruments you can play in a variety of engaging ways when recording track regions into your projects. However, within Touch Instruments can be found a slight exception in the form of the Audio Recorder. Here, you don’t actually play an instrument but instead capture external sounds via the iPad or iPhone’s built-in microphone. The background recordings are of course then added automatically to a new track, typically to provide vocals or whatever you wish. In addition, these new ‘dry’ sounds can have eight preset effects applied to create some stylised results in just a single tap.

Record your own sounds in GarageBand

1 Tap the microphone

2 Hit OK to begin

3 Alter Input Settings

On GarageBand’s Touch Instrument menu the Audio Recorder is found between the Amp and Sampler options, within the Tracks tab. Tap the microphone icon to start using it.

The Audio Recorder opens with an initial prompt. GarageBand reminds you to point the iPad near enough to the source sound when recording, so do so and tap OK to begin.

You can also check the Input Level via the Input Settings button. Tap this to set the level with the slider or switch on automatic control before adjusting Noise Gate settings.

4 Choose a preset

5 Record some sounds

6 Play to preview

The initial preset effect is set to Dry meaning no effect at all. Tap any of the other eight effects to toggle on, using the two sliders below to shape the overall result.

With preset chosen, recording sound is simply a case of pressing the red control bar Record button. Tap the Play button after a desired duration to cease the recording.

Hit the Play button to preview the recorded audio in the track timeline. You may still switch the effect preset and adjust the sliders again during this playback time.

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Audio Recorder records native sounds, but to capture audio snippets and play them with the keyboard, choose the Sampler Touch Instrument instead.

Record with the Audio Recorder

Knowledge base External microphone monitoring

Capture crazy sounds and edit them with presets

GarageBand supports additional recording peripherals, including guitar interfaces, MIDI keyboards or even footswitches. In this instance however, Audio Recorder acknowledges any external microphones, headsets or audio interfaces with support for monitoring signal input. Toggle this on by tapping the Input button and then the Monitor switch.

Input button Tap here to view sliders for setting Input Level or choose Automatic via the switch. Toggle on the Noise Gate to reduce noise, setting threshold level via the slider.

Add some presets A set of eight preset buttons toggle on a variety of effects, ranging from reverbs to much more overtly processed sounds. Upon selection, preset sliders appear below to control effect level.

VU meter

Record away

The big circular VU meter relates directly to the Input Level. It is here you can visualise the signal level or volume currently being picked up by your active microphone.

The Record button for the Audio Recorder is the main one located within the control bar. Tap it to start recording your sounds before tapping the Play button to stop, then again to preview.

Exploring the effect presets

Instant reverbs

Telephone and Bullhorn

Chipmunk or Robot?

More like a monster

Three reverb effects in the form of Small Room, Large Room and Dreamy are available. Each adds Compression, Track Reverb, Original Volume and Chorus sliders for adjustment.

These presets give your sound some artificial speaker tones. Here the sliders include Compressor, High Mid Frequency, plus Overdrive and Distortion respectively.

These presets are probably only usable in small doses! Chipmunk adds that high-pitched squeakiness to voices particularly, while the Robot option layers on Phaser and Chorus to digitise things.

Last but not least, we have the Monster preset for ramping up the wacky effects! Here, sliders are available for tweaking Pitch and Gain, ideal for shifting vocals and layering on some â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;scaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tonal bite.

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Music

Sync music from iPhone to Apple Watch Need music on the go? Put your iPhone to one side and turn your Watch into an iPod instead Difficulty

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There are times when you just don’t want to be tied to your iPhone. Maybe you’re on a run or heading into the gym, or perhaps you simply don’t have any spare pockets. But if you still want to enjoy your songs as you put yourself through your paces, you can. By syncing a playlist on your iPhone to your Apple Watch, this stores the music on your Watch and enables you to listen to your tunes via a pair of Bluetooth headphones. While syncing is a simple enough process, it is also time-consuming, taking a few hours to sync a full list of some 250 songs to your Watch. As such, you may want to follow this tutorial just before you hit the sack so that it can do its thing overnight.

Use your Watch as an iPod

1 Launch Watch app

2 Charge your Watch

3 Select and sync

Create a playlist within the Music app on your iPhone if you haven’t done so already and then, with Bluetooth enabled on your phone, head over to the Watch app. Tap Music.

You will see two entries: one showing the playlist storage limit and another stating Synced Playlist with the word None next to it. Make sure your Watch is on its charger.

You will see the available playlists on your phone. Tap on the Playlist you want to use and it will begin to sync. A percentage indicator tells you how long you have left.

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You can control your songs in the usual manner. Tap the on-screen controls to play and pause, move back and forth between tunes and toggle the volume.

Altering the playlist limits

Playlist Limit Open up the Watch app on your iPhone and select Music>Playlist Limit. By default, you can store 1GB of music, which is around 100 decent-quality songs. Your Watch has 8GB of storage overall.

Decide how much music you want to store on your Apple Watch Knowledge base

Storage

Pending for too long?

You can set a limit based on the amount of storage that you want to allocate to your tunes, from a minimum of 100MB to a maximum of 2GB.

If the Watch app shows Sync Pending for too long, then you have a problem. It could be that you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t placed your Watch on its charger or it may be that the music has not downloaded to your iPhone in order to be transferred to your Watch. It could also be that you are syncing a playlist that is too large for your Watch too.

Songs

Select allocation

Alternatively, you can set a song limit from 15 songs to 250 songs if you prefer to work in those kinds of numbers. Just tap the Songs option and make your choice.

A tick will appear next to the option that you select. When the playlist reaches its limit, further songs will not be synced and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to remove a few of them.

4 Go to Watch

5 Choose your playlist

6 Play your songs

Once the syncing is complete, you can turn to your Watch. Make sure that your Watch is selected as the source for your music by Force Touching and selecting Apple Watch.

Tap on the Playlists function and scroll down until you find the playlist you have just synced. You will see which are available on your Watch and which are on your iPhone.

You can now tap around on your Watch until you find the song that you want to play. You can listen to the tunes via Bluetooth headphones or send the music to a speaker.

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Top 10 ways to master the Siri Remote There may only be a handful of buttons, but Apple’s engineers have made clever use of them When you look at your Siri Remote, you will see six functions: a menu button that you can press once to take you back a screen, the Home button that returns you to the main display, the volume controls, your personal assistant Siri, the Play and Pause options that are great for manipulating media and – the largest of all – the touch surface. But did you know that you can use those buttons to perform all manner of different functions? There are lots of shortcuts and little tricks you can pull off to make the most of your Apple TV experience. Whether you want to use the apps or enjoy a full home theatre setup, you will find that the Siri Remote puts everything you need at your fingertips.

App switcher By pressing the Home button twice in quick succession, you are able to open up the app switcher. Just like its counterpart on the iPhone and iPad, it will let you quickly move between the apps that you currently have open. To remove one, just swipe up.

See Siri suggestions Are you at a loss for things to ask Siri? Just tap the microphone button once and wait for a few moments. It will start to make a host of useful suggestions. You can then press and hold Siri in order to ask it a question.

Accessibility shortcuts Head to the Accessibility menu by pressing the Menu button three times. This will give you options for VoiceOver, Zoom, Closed Captions and Audio Descriptions. Ensure it’s available by going to Settings> General>Accessibility> Accessibility Shortcut.

View song options When you are in Apple Music, select a song and hold down on the touch surface to call up the related options, such as the ability to start a station using the tune or select a different set of speakers.

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Skip through content Time to sleep Hold down the Home button and you will be given the choice of putting your Apple TV to sleep. Just tap the touch surface on Sleep and it will take a nap until you awaken it again. Obviously, you can also cancel the option if you want.

You can click the right or left side of the touch surface if you want to quickly jump ahead in a movie by ten seconds at a time, making it simple to move back over something that you may have missed, or skip a particularly boring bit.


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Use the keyboard more effectively Some tricks to make it easier to input letters and words See keyboard accents If you want to see extra punctuation, hold down the touch surface. Slide across and tap the touch surface again to select the character you’re after.

Speed things up Of course, you can slide your finger across the touch surface too: the faster you do this, the quicker the cursor will move between the letters on the keyboard. You can get it to slide right along if you wish.

Move between letters

Knowledge base

Rather than slide your finger across the touch surface in order to move forward and back between the various letters, you can tap either side of the surface to go back and forth instead.

Restart your Apple TV If you would like to restart Apple TV, then you don’t need to get off your sofa. Just press and hold the Menu and the Home buttons at the same time and wait for the light on the front of the device to begin flashing. It will then go through the process of restarting.

Change keyboard case When inputting text, you don’t have to swipe and tap to select upper and lower case. Press the Play button on your Siri Remote to automatically flick between the two for you.

Activate the screensaver If you tap the Menu button twice in quick succession, you are able to instantly call up the screensaver, meaning there is no need to wait for a period of inactivity anymore to see those lovely animations appear on screen.

Control your TV

Enable subtitles As well as being able to ask Siri to activate the subtitles on a movie, you can also wait for it to play and then swipe down on the touch surface to reveal the info panel. From here you can then swipe right to select the option you want.

Rearrange the apps By pressing and holding the touch surface when highlighting an app icon, you can make it wobble. From this point, you can press Play/Pause to delete it or move it around the screen to rearrange the order to your liking, putting your favourite ones at the top perhaps.

You can use the Siri Remote to control the power and volume of your television and speakers (it uses HDMI-CEC or IR). Go to Settings>Remotes and Devices, look under Home Theater Control and activate both settings if they are not already.

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Genius Bar Our Apple devices and the software on them are some of the finest computing products on the planet, but even they have their moments. That’s where we come in; to give you expert advice and get you back up and running in no time Facebook iCreateMagazine

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Glossary The place to come for key technical terms made easy to understand WhatsApp An instant messaging app for iPhone and iPad that enables you to call, text and share photos and videos with other users. Public beta A program that lets you download test versions of new software for Mac and iOS devices. Remote access The ability to connect to and use another Mac or PC from within your current Mac or PC. Ethernet adaptor A portable Ethernet connector for Macs without Ethernet ports, like the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.

Follow our three-step fix to get the App Store running again

Since I updated OS X El Capitan, the App Store loads to a blank screen. How can I fix this? David Marshall

Lightning cable A cable that connects to your iPhone and newer iPad/iPod device to charge it and sync data. Cookie A small preference file generated by a website that stores useful information about you, such as your login details.

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1 Find Library cache

2 Trash folders

In Finder, press Cmd+Shift+G. Type in ‘~/Library/Caches/’ and press Go. Locate the folders titled ‘com.apple.appstore’, ‘storeaccount’, ‘storeassets’, ‘storedownload’ and ‘storeinapp’.

Move these folders to the Trash. Next, press Cmd+Shift+G again and type in ‘/private/var/ folders/’. Click the folder ‘_n’, then the next subfolder and finally the ‘C’ folder.

3 Restart your Mac Move the folder called ‘com. apple.appstore’ to the Trash. Lastly, restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.


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Is there any way to broadcast part of what’s displayed on your Mac’s screen as a live webcam stream? Emma Hudson Check out an app called GrabberRaster (b-l-a-ck-o-p.com/GrabberRaster.html). The Screencast edition, priced at $29.99, enables you to select and broadcast anything on your screen to your live audience. It’s a great tool to have if you like to game live to an audience or demonstrate an app or tool to students or friends. Once installed, simply choose GrabberRaster as your camera input on your chosen screen-casting or web-streaming app.

The one-stop column for Genius advice Broadcast your computer screen live to the world wide web!

I am unable to add a Face in Photos. I right-click a photo and choose Get Info, but Faces isn’t an option. Gary Butler

1 Find your photo

2 Get the info

3 Add your face

Launch the Photos app. In the main Photos library, locate and double-click on the photo that you want to add a Face link to.

Click the ‘i’ icon. A pop-out Get Info window will appear – move this out of the way of the face or faces to be added.

Click on the Add Faces button in the Get Info window. A circle will appear around the faces. Click to add the name of the person.

Can you recommend an app or a way to be able to log in to multiple Twitter accounts at the same time? Abdul Basit Twitter OS X app

TweetDeck by Twitter

Head to the App Store and download the Twitter app for free. This enables you to log in with multiple accounts and switch quickly and easily between your different Twitter accounts.

Alternatively, you could install TweetDeck – an app designed for professional Twitter users – which lets you view all of your Twitter feeds and responses side-by-side. TweetDeck is available as a free download from the App Store.

Swap My Cookies If you have Google Chrome installed on your Mac, head to the Chrome Web Store and install the Swap My Cookies extension. It enables you to log in to several accounts with the same website.

CookieSwap If you have Firefox installed, you could choose to install the free CookieSwap addon from the Firefox Add-ons store, enabling you to simultaneously log in to multiple accounts on one website.

Is there a way to stop Safari creating a new tab every time I click a link on a webpage? Head over to the Safari menu and choose Preferences. Click on the Tabs option and uncheck the box labelled ‘a-click opens a link in a new tab’. Then quit Safari and relaunch for your change to take effect. How do I stop my remote Mac’s display from switching off when I disconnect the Screen Sharing client from my other Mac? Launch System Preferences and click on the Sharing icon. Untick Screen Sharing in the lefthand column, and tick the Remote Management option instead. Finally tick all the boxes in the pop-up window and click OK. Photos keeps trying to log in to Facebook with an old email address. Where can I change this incorrect login to the correct one? Click on the Internet Accounts icon in System Preferences, and choose your Facebook account from the left-hand column. You can either delete it and set it up again, or simply click Details to verify the sign-in details.

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Genius Bar Somewhere along the line, my iPhone has learned some silly misspellings. Can I get my iPhone to ‘forget’ certain words? John Theobold

The one-stop column for Genius advice My Mac is displaying green vertical stripes on-screen when it begins to boot up. Any idea what could be the problem with it? It sounds like it could be a hardware fault with the GPU or logic board (motherboard) in your Mac. Your best bet is to head to your nearest Apple Store or Apple Authorised Service Provider for a thorough diagnosis of the problem. They’ll be able to help you quickly. How do I install a third-party Ethernet adaptor to work with my new MacBook Pro with Retina display? Head to the manufacturer’s website to see if there’s a driver available for your Mac. If there is, install it to get your USB adaptor working. If not, it’s likely that it isn’t compatible with your Mac. What’s the best way to store my MacBook while I’m away on an extended holiday? It’s my pride and joy and I want it to be safe! The simple way to keep your Mac safe is to shut it down completely, pop it in a protective case and stow it away in a cupboard or on a high shelf to protect it from accidental knocks and drops.

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Reset Keyboard Dictionary The quickest way to take control of your iPhone’s bad language is to reset the Keyboard Dictionary. Do this by heading to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

Set Text Replacement Go to Settings>General>Keyboard> Text Replacement. Tap the ‘+’ icon and add the misspelling in the Phrase field and the correct spelling in Shortcut.

Disable auto-correct

Disable predictive text

A more drastic measure, depending on how widespread the problem is, is to turn off Auto-Correction. Do this in Settings>General>Keyboards and toggle Auto-Correction to off.

I’m keen to get my hands on the new features of iOS 10. Is the public beta too unstable to install? Rae Gibson It depends how attached to your iPhone you are. Is it an extension of your arm or your business? If it is, then I would avoid installing the public beta – it’s simply too buggy at this early stage and many apps currently don’t work with it, including Facebook and Twitter. Fear not though, as once we get within a few weeks of the official release date, the beta releases will be a lot more stable, so you’ll still be able to get your hands on the new features before everyone else!

Your iPhone learns to guess what you might type next. To stop this, turn off predictive text. Do this in Settings>General>Keyboards and toggle Predictive to off.

Share your location with Notes to display your co-ordinates

I need to send the longitude and latitude co-ordinates from my current location in Apple Maps. Where will I find these? Tim Jones Launch Maps and tap the arrow in the bottom lefthand corner to pin-point your current location. Tap on the pin to bring up the name of the location and then tap the arrow next to it. Hit the Share icon and choose the Add to Notes option. In Notes, tap and hold the underlined address and select Copy from the pop-up menu. Paste into the same Note and the co-ordinates will be displayed for you at the end of the link.


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How do I insert a bullet point list into a table in the Pages app? Riley Roberts

1 Open Pages document

2 Choose your location

3 Insert bullet list

Launch Pages and tap to open the document containing the table that requires a bullet point list.

Tap on the table where the bulleted list should be inserted into. Tap the .?123 button in the bottom right-hand corner.

Press and hold the hyphen key. Tap the bullet option to insert a bullet. Insert your text and press enter to create another bullet underneath.

I’ve just discovered that WhatsApp can make phone calls. Where is the WhatsApp call history logged in the iPhone app? Mark James It depends which version of the WhatsApp app you’re using. You might want to head into the App Store and check for any new updates for the app – tap the Updates icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the App Store to do this – as the newest version of WhatsApp has a Calls icon in the bottom menu bar. However, if you’re using an older version, look out for the Recents option in the bottom menu bar, as this is where WhatsApp will store details of your WhatsApp calls.

How can I delete saved data from the Rival Knights game? Deleting the app doesn’t help! Indya Gray Delete and reinstall First, delete the Rival Knights app (press and hold on the app icon and tap the ‘x’ in the top right-hand corner) and reinstall it.

Find iCloud storage Head to System Preferences and tap on the General option. Next, scroll down and tap on Storage & iCloud Usage. Under iCloud, tap Manage Storage.

WhatsApp logs incoming and outgoing calls

Can I access Numbers spreadsheets on my iPad when I have no internet connection for iCloud? David Forsyth Absolutely. When spreadsheets are stored in iCloud, they can be accessed offline once you open that spreadsheet on your iPad when you have an internet connection. A copy of that spreadsheet is then downloaded and stored on your iPad – this is known as a local copy. If you’re worried that it won’t work, open the file on your iPad and then switch into Airplane Mode to disable the internet connection – or switch the Wi-Fi off – and try to access the file again. Once your iPad reconnects to the internet at a later date, it will upload any changes to iCloud Local copies of your documents are available once you open them

Manage app backup Tap on your most recent backup under the Backups heading. Under Backup Options, tap Show All Apps and locate the Rival Knights app in the list.

Turn Rival Knights off Toggle the Rival Knights backup option to off. When asked whether you want to delete the app and its iCloud data, tap the Delete option.

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Genius Bar My MacBook Pro makes a grinding noise when it heats up. Is this repairable? Freya Goddard

The one-stop column for Genius advice What’s the difference between Restore iPhone and Restore Backup in iTunes? Restoring your iPhone sets it back to factory settings – as if the phone was brand new. Restoring a backup adds all of your files, apps and data back to the iPhone in the event of being erased. Are there any cheaper, third-party Apple Lightning cables that you would recommend for purchase? We love the AmazonBasics Lightning cables. They’re long-lasting, certified by Apple, super cheap at £4 to £7 per cable and come in a variety of lengths from ten centimetres to six feet. What more could you want? What is the optimal OS X that I can install on a MacBook Pro Mid 2010 that makes the most of the hardware? It depends on how much you value new features over the overall performance of your Mac. Newer versions of OS X offer loads more features compared to Snow Leopard, but will cause your hardware to struggle. Upgrading your RAM will enable you to run the latest OS X without compromising on performance too much.

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Heat and noise issues can be caused by lots of factors, but your first – and most cost-effective – port of call would be to replace the fan. If your fan isn’t working well, it can’t effectively draw away the heat generated by your logic board, processors and CPU, making your computer heat up and not cool down. The grinding noise sounds like one of the bearings inside the fan has come loose, although it might be worth removing the bottom case and turning your Mac on to see if that eases the sound. Luckily, replacing the fan on your Mac is cheap and easy, and thanks to our friends at iFixit.com, we can walk you through the steps you need to take to complete a fan replacement yourself.

1 Switch off your Mac

2 Remove bottom case

Before you get started, switch off your Mac and disconnect your power adaptor. Unscrew the ten screws holding your Mac’s bottom case in place.

Next, pry the bottom case away by placing your fingers between the vent (at the top of the bottom case) and the bottom case itself.

3 Disconnect the battery

4 Lift fan connector

Use the end of a nylon tool to lift the battery connector from its socket. Make sure you lift the connector directly upwards.

Use the end of a nylon tool to lift the fan connector away from its socket on the logic board – these are delicate cables!

5 Remove the fan screws

6 Take out the fan

Take out three screws from the fan – one long T6 Torx screw and two shorter T6 Torx screws, as shown here.

Lift the fan up and away from the logic board – the fan cable can sometimes get caught on the recess, so lift carefully!


Some Macs have two fans inside. Is it a left or right fan you need? It’s the location of the fan when looking inside your Mac.

I’m thinking of buying a new iPod touch, however I’m pretty clumsy and want to know what can be repaired in the event that I damage it. Ben Hicks The new 2015 iPod touch is the biggest refresh it’s received since 2012 – and it packs a punch, with most specs on par with its big sister, the iPhone 6. The iPod touch has always been difficult to repair, simply because it’s so tough to get inside as a result of the heavy-duty adhesive that Apple uses to seal the devices together once they’ve been assembled. Our friends over at iFixit.com have spent some time tearing down the latest iPod touch to see what the repair possibilities are, and the outlook isn’t as bleak as you’d expect. If your clumsiness results in broken screens, a replacement display is a definite possibility, while if you’re planning to take your iPod poolside, I’d recommend steering clear of water full stop. Let’s take a closer look at your repair options should the worst happen.

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If you would like more help with upgrading your Mac, visit the gadget surgeons at iFixit.com, who kindly contributed these photos.

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olloclip 4-in-1 Lens

Kitvision 4-in-1 Lens Set

£69.99/$79.99 www.olloclip.com Weighing less than one ounce, the olloclip combines four lenses in one, making it ultra portable. It will fit easily into a pocket or the handily supplied carry pouch, which also doubles up as a lens cleaner. The clip fits onto the top of an iPhone and is simple to position, however when attached it does make changing the settings at the top of the screen rather difficult – the clip has to be moved slightly in order to turn live shooting on or off, for example. The clip includes a fisheye lens, a wide-angle lens and two macro lenses (10x and 15x). The fisheye lens suffers from much less distortion than the Kitvision lens did around the edges, but the wide-angle lens can warp straight lines, which is a problem. Considering this, the olloclip’s price does seem a little high compared to the others on test.

£34.99/$46 www.kitvision.co.uk Another four-in-one set, this offering from Kitvision is presented in a sturdy but portable pill-shaped zippable case, complete with lens cleaning cloth and multiple lens caps. The clip feels sturdy and comfortably fits onto the top of the iPhone. All of the lenses are simple to screw into the main clip and the zipped case ensures they are kept safe and scratch-free when not in use. The results from the fisheye lens can have quite a lot of distortion around the edges with only the very centre staying sharp – but often the aim of using a fisheye lens is to distort a scene, so this might not be a huge problem. Apart from this, the Kitvision lenses are high quality and definitely not just a novelty add-on. It’s half the price of the olloclip, and if you aren’t too fazed by extreme fisheye distortion, then this kit is certainly worth it.


lenses Olixar 3-in-1 Universal Clip Camera Lens

bitplay SNAP! PRO add-on lenses

£9.99/$13.49 www.olixar.com Olixar’s three-in-one lens clip enables fisheye, wide-angle and macro shooting. The fisheye lens screws onto the clip easily, however the wide-angle and macro lens proved more difficult – one rotation too far and the wideangle lens will part with the macro lens, which is then difficult to reattach for wide-angle captures. Fisheye images suffer from a lot less distortion than the Kitvision, but the clip is difficult to position centrally and, just when we felt that the lens was in the perfect place, we found there was actually a great deal of light leaking into the top of the frame. The Olixar is not the best quality offering here – the clip doesn’t feel particularly sturdy, but results are passable; if you are just after the novelty of interchangeable lenses, then at just £9.99/$13.49 you can’t go far wrong.

Prices vary www.int-store.bitplayinc.com The bitplay lenses ideally need to be used with the SNAP! PRO professional camera case. We tested the full-frame fisheye, the ultra-wide plus macro and the wide-angle plus macro lens. All three can be directly screwed onto the lens case, making it the least fiddly of the four on test. Each lens comes with its own labelled pouch, making identifying the lenses easy. The fisheye lens is impressively sharp and, because the lenses are all screwed directly onto the case, there are no issues with ensuring the lenses remain central. It might be the most expensive offering in the test, but if you are a keen photographer looking for a professional and high-quality lens to really take your smartphone photography to the next level, then bitplay is the way to go – definitely the most photographer-friendly set on test.

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Verdict The woofer consists of two 65mm Vifa units mounted back to back for more precise bass, and two passive radiators

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The Oslo is undeniably visually stunning with minimal fuss. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good system for a few situations, but any audiophile looking for more flexibility and consistent sound should look elsewhere.


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You charge the H5 earphones in a stylish, magnetic charging station. It’ll take two hours to fully charge

Wear the H5s as a necklace when you’re not listening to them, thanks to the magnets that clip them together

Verdict Once they’ve warmed up, these are best-in-class earphones. You need to get the right fit, but once you do, performance is outstanding. They come at a price, but you’re getting good value.

The cord is covered in a braided textile to ensure it is durable, but it could fray slightly over time

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Booq Saddle Pro £250/$295 Key features +LKPJH[LKSHW[VWJVTWHY[TLU[‹0UKP]PK\HSWVJRL[ZWLYMLJ[MVYP7HKZ‹>H[LYWYVVMJV]LYPUN Learn more booqbags.com While the rest of the bag is built for strength, the handles are wrapped with leather for comfort on your hands

The YKK zips are larger than you might expect, and the laptop compartment has a rubber cover to strengthen further

If you’re a traveller who carries a laptop, perhaps even in a briefcase, you’ll know the importance of having a bag that can not only carry everything you need, but will keep your valuables safe. While some people probably opt for the bag with the most space when buying a laptop case, it’s sometimes worth thinking about whether your valuables could still get broken. The Saddle Pro from Booq looks far more durable than the average case. It’s a similar shape and style to an over-the-arm bag or briefcase, but consists of a tougher, waterproof, rucksack-type material; coupled with the oversized zips and leather handles, this is a bag that gives an impression of heavy duty. There’s rubber coating over the zips to stop them from getting stuck, and there’s also a heavy material on the insides of the case to protect your laptop from any kind of contact.

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In terms of compartments, the Saddle Pro has more than enough space to fit all the accessories you need to carry along with your laptop. There are pockets and compartments perfectly sized for iPhones and iPads, zips down both sides for expanding and placing drinks bottles into, and the entire case can expand even further via two more zips either side of the case should you need even more space. It’s a deceptively large bag; there’s plenty of space within the bag itself and even room on either end for you to place folders or documents with two smaller pockets. Despite the spacious nature of the Saddle Pro, it still retains a feeling of compactness. It’s less than 20 inches wide, and even when expanded doesn’t take up too much space. The bag may feel a little heavy, but that aside it’s the perfect option for the frequent traveller, such as a businessman on the go or a student who commutes.

Verdict

This bag is suitable for anyone seeking the ultimate protection when transporting a laptop. It’s durable and tough, but has pockets for all kinds of needs.

The Saddle Pro is tough and durable, made from 1680 denier ballistic nylon, meaning that it’s waterproof too

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As well as the inline DAC and amplifier, the Audeze Sine comes with volume controls and Siri compatibility

Verdict Its laser-focused sound quality is almost unrivalled, as you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find magnetic planar drivers cheaper or in a more portable size. The headphones are future-proof, even if they do suffer from some early-adopter niggles.

For even greater control, a free companion app enables you to adjust the EQ and create different presets

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Penclic NiceTouch T2 Â&#x2030; Ă   The buttons are positioned beneath the trackpad, but may have been more comfortable to use were they above it

NiceTouch is designed so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to reach back and forth between your trackpad and your keyboard

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Verdict The scroll wheel is a delight to use, and requires little effort to turn thanks to its concave surface

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Accessories Adidas Originals Slim Case for iPhone SE £19.99/$29.99 www.amazon.co.uk On the surface, this Adidas case looks and feels the part. It has a soft leather finish and the type of classic, minimal design you’d expect from the clothing giant. Sadly, when it comes to performance and protection, it isn’t up to much. The frame of the case bent too easily, leaving horrible gaps between the edge of the case and the iPhone SE – it wouldn’t be long before dirt and all manner of things got inside. The case sits flush to the phone too, which leaves us worrying about protection in the event of a drop from height.

Cobra CDR 875 G Drive HD £149.99/$179.95 www.cobra.com Dash cams are becoming more and more popular. By recording the road ahead in full 1080p HD with an ultra-wide 160-degree viewing angle – as the new Cobra CDR 875 G does – you get the ultimate in peace of mind in knowing you have video footage of any incidents that may occur. Some insurance companies will even offer reduced premiums if you have one installed. The Cobra dash cam will connect to your iPhone and alert you to upcoming speed cameras and live police locations. It has a new Parking Mode feature too, which detects motion and automatically wakes up and starts recording.

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Onkyo H500BT £169.99/$229 www.argos.co.uk Hi-Res Audio (HRA) is a big deal, with mainstream manufacturers clamouring to get the sonic seal of approval. The Onkyo H500BTs do achieve HRA, but only when they’re wired – and at quite a price. You also need to be playing the correct type of audio file. But even without HRA in full swing, Onkyo has produced a comfortable pair of on-ears that really do sound the part. You need to be careful with the placement to get the best results, but we adored the well-rounded sound – punchy bass when it matters and crisp high notes.


Vifa Helsinki £319$449 www.vifa.dk What a wonderful thing Scandinavian design is. Libratone, B&O and now Vifa all treat us to beautifully designed audio products that we lust over, and the Vifa Helsinki doesn’t disappoint. The fabric casing (you get plenty of colour choice) is specifically created to let sound pass perfectly through, and the unibody aluminium frame is beautifully crafted. Essentially, every part is built to last and age nicely over time. Connection is Bluetooth 4.0 aptX and output is crisp and balanced, powered by six driver units. Don’t be fooled by the small size – this speaker packs a great-sounding punch.

Shark Proof Liquid Screen Protector £14.99/$19.99 www.shark-proof.com Screen protectors look ugly. You can normally spot the edge of one from across the room, and more often than not they’ve bubbled from poor application. Step forward Shark Proof’s ingenious wipe-on liquid solution. Clean your screen with the provided cloth, before applying a cleaner wipe until dry. Then add the nano applicator evenly across your screen, wait for at least 15 minutes for it to dry (don’t use your phone!) and then buff your screen until the smear marks are gone. Now your smart device is protected when coming into contact with nasty keys and the like.

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The firewall NetBarrier enables you to easily block or allow connections as well as create exceptions and rules

Safe Browsing The settings are checked in Safari and other web browsers and Safe Browsing protects you online

Mac Internet Security X9 £31.99/$42 Requirements 6:?VYSH[LY‹.)KPZRZWHJL

VirusBarrier This can check for Windows and Linux malware, malicious scripts, hacking tools and keyloggers

“Protect your Mac from various types of malware using real-time protection” 92

Intego has recently updated its security software and has a number of bundles available. Here we focus on Mac Internet Security X9, and this bundle contains VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9. The VirusBarrier component is itself a bundle, and you get antivirus, antispyware and antiphishing features. These protect your Mac from various types of malware using real-time protection that runs in the background and checks files to make sure they are virus-free. A scan of the Mac’s disk can be performed manually or on a schedule, and there are quick and full scans; scanning is pretty slow on an old hard disk and even a quick scan can take an hour, but it’s much faster on a modern Mac with an SSD. Although OS X already has a firewall, NetBarrier offers more features and options. It really locks down the Mac and nothing can access the internet until you give it permission. When an app tries to

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gain access, NetBarrier warns you and gives you the option to allow or block it, unlike OS X’s firewall. Another great feature is that it has separate profiles with their own settings for home, work and public Wi-Fi hotspots; the security is high when in public. After the first use, it automatically switches to the right profile. You can view apps that are accessing the internet and a live display shows when they are sending or receiving data. You don’t need to individually allow Apple apps and NetBarrier lets them work normally, with only third-party software triggering a warning. Among the new features in this X9 version is an updated interface – the controls for accessing features and settings are easy to use and navigate, and everything works well. Add to this improved antiphishing, and it’s certainly fair to say that this latest version of Intego’s security software is the best yet.

Verdict If you are looking to add security to your Mac, Intego Mac Internet Security X9 goes much further than many of its rivals.


Funter

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Free Requirements OS X 10.11

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There are hidden files and folders on your Mac’s disk, and you can’t see or search for them. Where are they and what do they contain? Funter enables you to view these hidden items and to hide files and folders yourself. Experts will know that you can do this by opening a Terminal window and entering a ‘defaults write...’ command, but this can be a bit of a hassle – the command is often hard to remember and it is easy to make a typing slip. When Funter is running, it makes showing hidden files a simple, two-click process. Click the Funter menu bar icon to open the menu and click Show Hidden Files. Hidden items appear in Finder and on the desktop in lighter coloured icons and filenames, so you can easily tell them apart from normal ones. Files are hidden again by turning off the switch. It is simple, but useful if you ever need to poke around the disk and see what’s really there. Many apps hide configuration and data files, and it can occasionally

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be handy to be able to access them. Spotlight searches won’t find any hidden items, so Funter provides a search facility that enables you to locate files and folders among the hidden items on the disk. There are some extras, and files and folders in Finder windows can be right-clicked; a menu item added by Funter enables you to hide your own files and folders. You might want to use this to add an extra layer of security to any sensitive or personal files. Funter also displays memory usage and provides a clean-up button to release more memory. For some reason it reported our 4GB Mac as having 4.29GB, but the cleanup still worked though. This may be a free app, but to access some other, more-useful features you will need to invest further. For example, you can see the amount of junk, duplicate and unnecessary files on the disk, but to clean them you need to purchase the paid apps.

View extra functions Expand the Funter menu to display the memory and disk usage. Memory can be cleaned up

Hide your files Right-click a file or folder in Finder and there is a new menu option to hide it

Verdict This is a useful free utility for showing hidden files and hiding your own for security and privacy. It’s other functions are less useful.

Perform hidden searches Spotlight won’t search for hidden or secret files, but Funter can be used to do just that

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Reviews 3 Key Features

Magic Cleaner for WhatsApp Free Requirements P6:VYSH[LYÂ&#x2039;*VTWH[PISL^P[OP7OVULP7HKP7VK[V\JO

Image analysing Your photos will be analysed in batches of 500 and the process may take time to complete

The idea behind Magic Cleaner for WhatsApp is a good one, because it is attempting to take a lot of the manual work out of locating and deleting photos that you no longer require. It is very easy to build a photo library that takes up the majority of space on your iOS device or within your iCloud allowance, and so any help in reducing this is certainly welcome. The app will scan your entire photo library, in batches of 500 if you have that many stored, and will then offer previews of the images it has considered to be potentially deletable. This process, while a little slower than it could be, ensures that you get fair warning of what will be deleted and gives you the opportunity to manually select each and every photo to be removed from your library. We tested the app with a large photo library and were impressed with the speed at which it scanned each batch of images, and also with the way it

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displayed them so that we could make our choices. We were slightly less impressed with the images it chose on the whole, because approximately half of them were standard photos that we would not have considered removable. It is possible that the age of the photos was a factor, and so we look forward to an update that considers older photos at a lower resolution to be just as important as newer ones. The app did, however, spot a few images that were obviously not required and thus we were able to select the ones we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need and remove them forever. When you consider the amount of time it would take to analyse and delete photos manually from a large library, this solution is no doubt a big timesaver. If it were slightly more accurate in the analysis, we could see it being an essential install for any iOS device owner.

Verdict This app has the potential to save a lot of space, but does require extra work to ensure important photos are not deleted.

Check the photos You get the chance to check each photo through some handy thumbnails before they are deleted

Safeguards are included Ample warnings are given to ensure that you know exactly which photos you are deleting

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3 Key Features

Vignette effect You can draw attention to a subject by darkening the edges of the frame

Tilt-shift effect Turn a train into a toy by creating the narrow band of focus you get when shooting small objects

ÂŁ0.79/$0.99 Requirements 6:?VYSH[LYÂ&#x2039;IP[WYVJLZZVY

One of the properties that can elevate a professional photograph above an amateur snapshot is the presence of bokeh. This term refers to the soft background blur that complements a photoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharply focused foreground subject. Bokeh blur can create an abstract background texture, and it can also hide distracting details (such as the trampoline in our main image). Creating a bokeh in-camera can be a challenge to the novice photographer, as you need to set the camera to use a wide aperture value. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re snapping a shot with your iPhone then you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to choose a wide aperture setting, making a background bokeh less likely to appear. Fortunately, the Bokeh app has all the tools you need to take a totally sharp shot and add convincing background blur effects. The blur effects in the Bokeh app are stored in handy categories such as Portrait and Buildings. The Portrait category gives you access to circular

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control handles that enable you to manually position the point of focus so that key areas are nice and sharp, regardless of the main subjectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position in the frame. The Buildings category lets you add blur effects in vertical bands, and you can then drag a control handle to make the background blur effect increase sharply or gradually. The Aperture slider enables you to mimic different camera aperture settings, so this saves you the hit-and-miss hassle of trying to produce different bokeh effects in-camera. A Glance at Original button enables you to toggle between the original photo and the blurred version so you can see how your effect is shaping up. This app gives you access to a suite of tools that are similar to filters found in Photoshop CCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blur Gallery, but with Bokeh you can enjoy adding attractive blur effects to your photos after a single low price payment, rather than subscribing annually to the more expensive Photoshop CC.

Verdict Bokeh enables you to easily add a background blur to your photos without the need for an expensive DSLR or advanced photography skills.

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Neon Drive ÂŁ7.99/$9.99 The gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening menu wears its influences on its sleeve, complete with a shiny fembot

Each of the seven levels can be played in any order at the easiest setting

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If you were a young gamer growing up through the Eighties, arcade machines would have enchanted your imagination. These flashing coin-guzzling cabinets were always at the cutting-edge of the scene, delivering an experience no home console or computer could match. Neon Drive is a love-letter to this era, celebrating not just arcade games but also a styling synonymous with shoulder pads and big hair. Taking control of a suitably DeLorean-like set of wheels, the game might be best described as a rhythmic-based reaction exercise and certainly not a driving challenge in the traditional sense. Tracks strewn with Tetris-like block obstacles hurtle at your car, demanding that you swerve between them using no more than the left and right arrow keys. This commitment to a limited level of playability is at once a blessing and a curse as levels get progressively tougher and more infuriating. The reliance on timely dodging makes Neon Drive little

more than a keyboard reflex test that demands patient repetition. That patience is then strained of course by the continuously looping synth pop music and stream of constant visuals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both so essential to the gameplay, but eventually pretty monotonous. Luckily checkpoints enable you to resume progress after particularly tricky sections, while a range of difficulty modes should provide an adequate challenge for players of varying ability. Even in Normal mode however, this is not an easy proposition and the unforgiving approach to relentless swerving is designed to frustrate. Ultimately, though, for fans of this kind of oldschool arcade experience, Neon Drive borrows from other titles to engineer an unmissable homage. Its glorious unoriginality and joyful cherry-picking of Eighties iconography is backed by addictive gameplay that does just enough to justify the impressive art and audio style.

Verdict Neon Drive delivers an uncompromising hurtle down memory lane with a hypnotic blend of retro-fuelled visuals, arcade addictiveness and pulsing synths. The stunning art style can distract you from the track â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a problem when you can only fail twice

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