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Four times the Fun As recently As two years ago, Apple’s fall season of software updates included just two operating systems: OS X and iOS. (And OS X wasn’t even a yearly update until Mountain Lion). When OS X moved to a yearly update, some people worried about Apple being able to maintain its high standards across two operating systems working to strict deadlines. After all, according to reports, Apple had to pull OS X staff to help finish iOS 7 on time, delaying Mavericks. But while some people do have criticisms of Apple’s current software output, generally the transition has been smooth. But it’s not two operating systems any more. Last year added a third to update in the form of watchOS, and this year adds tvOS to make four. All on a yearly schedule! And yet, early signs are that the betas of all Apple’s new operating systems are stable and fast – and betas are where you expect to find problems. It’s an impressive feat, and certainly not an easy one pull off. Sure, Apple has enough money to take on a huge number of staff to help, but that’s no silver bullet for the problem: the whole concept of “The Mythical Man-Month” was written about software engineering, after all. It looks like Apple is partly managing the workload by spreading out the release of new features more. The launch of iOS 10 is no longer the only time your iPhone gets some new tricks; we saw this with iOS 9.3 this year, which added Night Shift, new Notes features, and more. We also saw it with tvOS, which fixed problems and added great new features in tvOS 9.1 and 9.2. I think we’ll see more of it this year: iOS 10 has been fairly light on iPad-specific features, yet iPad is a big focus for the company. I think we might see an iOS 10.1 release that includes some more iPad changes – perhaps announced along with a new iPad Pro later this year, since they may well be productivity focused. I’m a big fan of this approach, since it also gives developers the chance to spread out their own workload adapting to the features, meaning better software for us users all round. Plus, it’s fun to have new features to explore the whole year round!
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I just wanted to point out a slight error that I noticed in the “What We Want from iOS 10” story in the latest issue of Mac|Life (#116): You stated that you want to see more keyboard shortcuts than we currently have in iOS 9 (which I totally agree with; hello play/pause, fast-forward, rewind, and volume). Regardless, you mentioned specifically that you’d like to see the ability to use Spotlight. We can now! If you haven’t discovered it since the story was written, ç+Spacebar (just like the Mac) invokes it! I know it’s only a minor niggle, but I want to make sure we’re all properly informed! maTT SmiTHErS You’re totally right, Matt – this was bad phrasing on my part. Spotlight control with ç+Spacebar is present in iOS, but it causes your current app to close, and was awkward to navigate due to poor keyboard controls, though Apple has improved that recently. What I want is a Spotlight that doesn’t interrupt my work, and is easier to use – it could appear in iOS’s Slide Over view, and open whatever I select in Split Screen mode, perhaps.
You can remove or reinstall Apple apps at will in iOS 10.
I’m thinking of getting a new iPad Pro 9.7-inch. I am delighted to see that Apple has finally dropped the 16GB hard drive and now has 32GB as minimum. However, in addition to the already mandated Apple apps that we are forced to live with and which cannot be deleted, I see that Apple has now added a whole bunch more including apps like Pages, Numbers, and others which take up additional drive space. Is this just a gimmick on the part of Apple to sell me a 64GB drive? I would be very happy with just 32GB. Why does Apple think it knows best about what apps I want on my iPad? I want as near 32GB space as possible for my own stuff. I currently gather all of my “unwanteds” into one folder labeled “Unwanted.” I think this is fairly common practice for iOS
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users. When is Apple going to give us the capability in iOS to delete some of their apps? bob lynd in ioS 10! well, sort of: you’ll now be able to hide apple’s built-in apps, claiming back around 150mb by doing so, according to apple. This doesn’t technically delete them, but it appears that way, and they can be re-installed from the app Store. it’s worth noting that Pages, numbers, and keynote aren’t built into the operating system like the other apps, though, so can be deleted at will, clearing around 1.5gb of space.
icloud and office I’ve been patiently working with Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 and waiting for the day that iCloud and
In the past, only App Store apps could use iCloud – but that’s changing.
all that it is will be compatible with Microsoft Office for Mac. I really thought that was going to happen with Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac so I bought it! Sadly, this sync conflict has not been worked out and it’s really about time. Frankly if you can’t sync your calendar and contacts in Outlook then there is no reason to upgrade to 2016. Microsoft Office is the most widely used productivity suite on the planet and although we love our Macs we have to earn a living too. To do that, we have to work with the business community and we all know whose computers and software they use. Come on Apple, get with it, and give us what we need to be productive with Microsoft Office on our Macs. TEd lodigEnSky well, i’ve got some (potentially) good news, Ted: this will be possible for the first time in macoS Sierra. in the past, apple only allowed apps distributed through the app Store to sync via icloud, but in Sierra, any app can include icloud syncing. microsoft will have to add in the feature, but it’s been very generous about supporting cloud services recently, so we’re hopeful.
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Apple’S MAc OperAting system is getting a name change for the first time in 15 years, from OS X to macOS, with the release of the latest version (10.12) this fall. This brings it in-line with the company’s other platforms – iOS, watchOS and tvOS – completing a set of product names that appear rounder, friendlier and more welcoming. The change to macOS isn’t purely cosmetic – it also highlights Apple’s ultimate goal of four individual platforms each with their own personality that, through clever interoperability, feel like a single operating system sliced and diced onto different hardware. Whether used on its notebook, tablets, watches or on a big screen, its devices’ buttons and icons are similar, the apps feel familiar and you can retrieve your data no matter which one you’re working on. The new Continuity features introduced in Sierra offer a compelling blend of time-saving and productivitydriving capabilities. They’re bite-sized pieces of
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Meet ApFS: Apple’s new file system A new underlying file technology makes a subtle debut in macOS Sierra BY leiF JOhnSOn functionality that together make owning an Apple Watch, iPad, or another Mac more appealing. Auto Unlock, for example, lets your Apple Watch unlock your Mac if you’ve already authenticated with it and are sat within range. Like the most useful innovations, it has the potential to make you wonder why we ever had to be without it. Similarly, the ability to access what’s on your desktop from any device introduces convenience while nudging Mac owners into splashing the cash (on more cloud storage in this case, rather than buying a fancy smartwatch). Before Sierra, the Mac was the only one of Apple’s platforms not to have Siri. Apple has now baked its personal assistant into its computers, and while it hasn’t quite brought all the commands that we would like to see on there, it brings added weight to Continuity. Information retrieved by Siri on the desktop, for example, such as search results or movie times, can be copied to a new Universal Clipboard that lets you instantly paste it into apps running on an iPad, iPhone or other Apple device – or vice versa. With MacOS 10.12 Sierra, Apple has only reiterated its commitment to interoperability and has further positioned the Mac as a vital part of its device line-up. In a post-PC era of declining computer sales and trends toward mobile devices, that’s only good news for Mac fans everywhere, and suggest that Apple expects macOS to be around for a long time yet.
the File SYSteM is a vitally important part of any operating system – as it sounds, it’s the layer responsible for handling the raw files, and the operations around them. This leads to a dilemma for companies like Apple: you don’t want to to change it often, because getting it wrong can potentially break… everything, really. But you also don’t want to be stuck with an old one that makes it difficult to implement important features. Apple has been using its current file system, HFS+, for nearly 20 years – but its time is running out, because macOS Sierra includes a preview of a system named APFS. One of APFS’s primary purposes appears to be to make features that Apple is already doing easier on the system. For example, it includes support at the file system level for “snapshots” and “clones.” The former can identify differences between files and folders, meaning that Time Machine could become faster and use less resources to run. The latter can seamlessly copy a full version of a file, enabling the Versioning feature to run more smoothly. Right now, OS X handles these tasks at a higher level, which is inherently less efficient. One of the biggest additions is native support for encryption at the file level, which can replace FileVault, once again offering a much faster and less processorintensive solution. It’s also more
granular: instead of encrypting the whole disk, you can secure just one folder, or a single user’s files. It will make having your files encrypted just a normal part of owning the machine, like it is on iOS. Other useful features include “fast directory sizing,” which means you won’t have to wait for lengthy checks to see how much space a giant file or folder uses, and “sparse files,” which make more efficient use of disk space. There’s also a feature that protects files from damage if there’s a crash or a power outage while they’re being written to. The reason Apple didn’t make a bigger deal of it is that it’s not ready yet. Its inclusion in Sierra is very limited (it can’t be applied to your boot drive or a Time Machine drive) – just for testing purposes. Apple needs to get it right, because a bug in a file system can lose gigabytes of data at a time. It’s expected to be in full use in 2017. Apple is also planning an open source release of its code next year, making it available to other companies to implement.
One of macOS’s creaky older parts is getting replaced.
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Apple is opening up Siri, iMessage and Maps – here’s why that’s a great thing iOS 10 not only brings improvements for users, but also opens up access to developers so that built-in Apple tools can integrate with third-party apps BY JAMeS PeckhAM
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One OF the biggest changes coming from Apple in iOS 10 later this year isn’t what it’s included, but what it’s opened up. A number of Apple’s apps won’t just have new features developed by Apple: the company is also handing over the keys to developers. Maps, Phone, Messages, and even Siri are being opened to third-party app creators, so they can develop tools to give them all new features that work with other apps and services. Craig Federighi even said on stage, “iOS 10 is a fantastic release for our users, it’s also a gigantic release for our developers… notifications, the phone, Maps, Messages, every major area of iOS now open to developers.” This is a big step - bringing Apple closer to the open platform that Google provides with Android, without sacrificing Apple’s commitment to quality control. Developers can now pair their apps with Siri to allow you to speak to your assistant and let it do the talking to third-party apps. It will only be allowed for certain app types at the moment, but you can be sure that when Apple is confident that this toe in the water is working, more options will become available. Similarly, developers will now be able to create apps that work alongside Maps’ software. An example given in the Apple conference was Uber working within Maps. If this takes off, it may mean you won’t need to have the Uber app downloaded to your phone to make use of its services. You can use the functionality within the company’s Maps plugin, instead of having the full
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Uber app taking up valuable storage space on your phone. Apple’s end game is unclear right now, but it seems as though it might be looking down the same road that Google is with its forthcoming Instant Apps feature in Android. Instant Apps allows you to use apps without having to wait for a full download – it grabs just a few basic parts to give you a simple experience of the app, without all the extra features. It’s designed to solve the problem of people not wanting to download one-use apps (such as a parking app) to their phone and then have them hanging around, taking up space. Right now, apps designed for use within Maps still need to be downloaded and installed, but maybe Apple could make them work “on-demand” in the future. Perhaps this could even be possible with Siri-connected functionality. It would make iOS a lot more flexible and capable “out of the box” if so. APPle’S Own Phone app is also being opened to developers, in a manner. VoIP calling apps can now take over the Lock screen when a call comes in, looking like a normal phone call that would come through to your iPad or iPhone. An unfamiliar or awkward interface is one thing that puts people off using apps like WhatsApp to make phone calls - Apple is now giving third party developers the ability to fix this. If that’s using your Wi-Fi, why would you ever use your minutes again? Making it fit inside the Phone app software is a great idea and developers will be sure to make use out of it now it’s open to them. Similarly, you can now specify a default messaging app for different people in the Contacts app, so you don’t need to hunt down the right app for each person. By being more open, Apple is giving these apps extra room to flourish and
become the standard for people, meaning a better experience for us. This feels like Apple not only accepting that its apps aren’t perfect, but also that in a world of interconnected services getting more complex by the day, it could never make them do everything people want anyway. Now it doesn’t have to: devs can do that themselves, while Apple just focuses on approval and management of the experience, which it’s pretty damn good at by this point.
Developers can create a wide range of app types for Messages, from the fun to the productive.
In iOS 10, you’ll be able to book an Uber car ride without leaving the Maps app, or book a restaurant through apps such as OpenTable.
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crank anD GoGGles $6.99 This is a top-down racing game set in the ’20s and ’30s, which looks chunky and arcadey, but actually controls with something approaching a level of simulation – careful with your braking round the corners or you’ll find yourself flipping easily. It plays well on weaker machines, and has a nice selection of races already. Version testeD: UpDate #1
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WayWarD $7.99 The genre of survival games taking place in a procedurally generated world is packed already, but Wayward puts some fun spins on it. You control a guy in a top down view, and must explore to find resource and build tools if you’re going to survive. It’s got a cool line-of-sight system that adds atmosphere and tension. Version testeD: 2.0.5
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at WWDc, Apple debuted several new features – such as image identification in Photos and better predictive features for typing and Siri suggestions – that require collecting large amounts of user data to do well. But it promised that it would still protect users’ anonymity and privacy, using a littleknown technique known as “differential privacy.” This technique stops Apple (or anyone with access to the data) identifying you based on the data, by making each individual piece of data unreliable. Apple
doesn’t need to look at data for each user for its purposes (knowing whether more people choose suggestion x over suggestion y in Maps, for example), only the average data for all users. So the data it collects could include intentionally false results uploaded by iOS, for example – as long as Apple knows the statistics of how much false data is included, it can adjust the averages to compensate for it, and still know roughly how many people are choosing x over y. But if you look at any
individual piece of data, you have no way of knowing if it’s false. That’s one way differential privacy can work, and is admittedly an oversimplication – Apple hasn’t detailed its exact methods, but has said that it includes turning data into hashed obfuscated text strings, and that it adds “noise” (extra junk data), as well as a “privacy budget” meaning no one person has too much data collected about them. This is a huge step forward for privacy, and we’re delighted to see Apple leading the way.
>the shift Every app an assistant? david Chartier looks at how Siri integration might mean big changes to the fundamentals of many apps in the future
ontrolling our devices using voice ceased to be sci-fi some time ago, but we still have a lot of work to do before we give Star Trek a run for its money. Still, at its developer conference in June, Apple took a large leap towards the undiscovered country by opening Siri to third-party apps. The voice inside your iPhone, iPad, and (soon!) Mac is about to get much, much more useful, and it’s probably time for nearly every app to start thinking like an assistant. Now, it’s important to note that Siri is not open to every kind of app, at least not yet. Apple is being cautious and restricting this initial third-party Siri support to apps for messaging, searching photos, starting workouts, booking rides, and sending/receiving payments. But it’s a very safe bet that this is just the beginning, and many more kinds of apps will join the ranks in the next year or two. The implications here are enormous. “Hey Siri, get me a Lyft home.” “Ask my spouse on Telegram what movie should we watch tonight,
“hey siri, send Michelle $40 for dinner and drinks”
question mark.” (Tip: that’s how you add a question mark via Siri). “Turn the living room lights on.” “Send Michelle $40 for dinner and drinks last night” (though, to be fair, that one requires you to verify with Touch ID before sending money). Considering Apple’s iterative process, it’s probably time that most apps start thinking about how they can be useful as assistants – part of the Siri ecosystem Apple is now building. While talking to our devices is not always convenient or socially acceptable (at least, not yet), we should probably get used to the idea, too. For example, talking to Siri might be useful at home, but many US states and countries have been passing strict hands-free driving laws with steep penalties. I’ve also met a surprising number of regular folks – not us early adopters and tech-magazine-reading enthusiasts – who use Siri for everything from searching the web, to texting and replying, and opening apps, even while walking down city streets. Siri and third-party app support will surely be a boon to those with disabilities which make it difficult, sometimes even otherwise impossible, to use an iPhone. People who are blind, have multiple sclerosis, and myriad other conditions will no longer need
to tap buttons and small keys – they can just talk to Siri. One of my physically challenged clients nearly burst into tears when I showed them how Siri worked on an iPhone, and mentioned that Siri will come to the Mac this fall. That’s how tech makes a dent in the universe. Of course, these expanded powers for Siri and third-party apps present a whole host of new questions to
From banking to controlling your home, Siri’s about to get a whole lot more helpful.
answer. If we begin using our apps with just our voice, how do developers connect with customers or build loyalty? What are Siri’s limitations? Will people even use Siri when it can only work with some apps and not others? As with many things related to the App Store, this might just take time for us to explore.
>>> David Chartier is a content strategist and writer with vast experience analyzing the tech world. He runs the website Finer Things in Tech (finerthings.in) and hosts its podcast, The Finer Things In.
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6 console-quality games on Apple TV Some awesome console games have made the jump to Apple’s TV box BY MATT BolTon
Lumino City’s world is made from real models, hand-crafted in wood and card.
Geometry Wars conjures up the heady rush of 1980s arcade gaming, but with the luxury of decidedly 21st century-standard visual and audio effects. A steady hand is still required, though.
When The fourTh-generATion Apple TV was announced last year, lots of people expected it to be a big push into console-style gaming for Apple. This hasn’t really come to pass, partly because Apple required games to be playable with the Siri remote (a rule that’s changing with the new tvOS release in the fall), and partly because the Apple TV isn’t powerful enough for many console games to be adapted. But there are still some console games that have made the transition to Apple TV, bringing an experience akin to that of the PlayStation or Xbox, if you’ve got an Apple TV game controller (one of these games even comes with a controller if you buy its Starter Pack of accessories). These are our pick of great, high-end experiences to try.
lumino City This beautiful adventure game has environments made from real materials and photographed, letting you explore
a tactile paper-andcard world as you try to find your missing grandpa.
Transistor A sci-fi action and roleplaying game,
Just what’s really going on in the mysterious Transistor? You’ll need to finish it to find out.
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Transistor offers clever strategic battles using a giant talking sword (it’s less goofy than it sounds, we promise) in a cool neon-soaked city.
octodad: Dadliest Catch Dedicated husband; loving father; secret octopus. Octodad just wants to be a normal dad, doing normal things, but his gangly limbs are a nightmare to control, leading to destructive results.
guitar hero live You’ll need an accompanying instrument add-on to play this, but
playing along to your favorite tracks perfectly to reach a high score is massive fun.
geometry Wars 3 A bright, explosive, fast-paced shooter set on various floating 3D shapes. Shoot the shapes; don’t die; enjoy; play again.
Skylanders SuperChargers Skylanders games (and figurines) are a massive hit, and the latest game adds vehicles to the mix. A starter set includes a gamepad and portal for scanning figurines into the game.
>game lOOp Apple’s future operating systems bring evolution, not revolution for apps and games, says Brianna wu, but at least things are moving forward
ardware announcements are rare for WWDC, so my expectations were in check for Apple’s big announcement in June. Instead, as a games developer, I was hoping for signs from Apple of a more serious effort in 3D games. On that front, we came up empty. No big news about Metal, no signs for virtual reality tools in Xcode – it was a mostly quiet week for Apple game news. The biggest news for gamers was Apple dropping the requirement that Apple TV games must support the Siri Remote as a controller. While this made sense for the first year of the tvOS App Store, action games like Zen Pinball and Galaxy on Fire are extremely frustrating experiences with Apple’s Remote. However, when you play with a SteelSeries Nimbus controller, which is similar to an Xbox One controller, it’s a much better fit. Some games on tvOS approach the quality of consoles. Duck Tales Remastered is a good example of the kind of game that will benefit from this policy. On iOS,
with the right controller, tvOS is a lower cost alternative to a playStation
Duck Tales was frustrating – the virtual touchscreen joysticks are imprecise and lead to frequent deaths. On tvOS using the Apple remote, Duck Tales was nearly unplayable. But, with the SteelSeries Nimbus, tvOS is suddenly a lower cost alternative to a PlayStation. All of these changes bode well for tvOS and the gaming ecosystem there. One of the very best games on the platform is Zen Pinball – which licenses properties like Star Wars, Portal and Marvel. I was recently struck by the fact that its Aliens expansion didn’t debut on PlayStation first, but rather on iOS and tvOS. The best way to play one of the very greatest Aliens games in the last 20 years was on tvOS. These kinds of exclusives matter, and I’d like to see Apple secure more of them. On the developer side, most of the big news from WWDC was changes to Xcode. Consumers won’t see them, but they will notice their games running more efficiently and having fewer bugs. Apple’s new memory leak detection tools are a great example. Hunting down memory issues is a pain for most developers, but Apple’s new approach is the best I’ve ever seen. Similarly, Apple’s new code signing tools are a fantastic solution
to a problem every developer has faced. Code signing is a necessary but cumbersome security precaution, requiring code executed on your machine to have a certificate. This proves the code is from the expected developers, preventing malicious third parties from impersonating an Apple or an Adobe to get malware onto your machine. I’ve wasted more workdays than I would care to admit troubleshooting code signing
Apple TV games will be able to require a gampad to play in the future.
problems in iOS. Apple’s new solution is well thought through. This year’s WWDC was like redoing your home’s foundation. It’s not a project that makes your blood race, but it’s quite necessary for the long-term health of the structure. It’s good to see Apple taking some of the recent critique of the bugs in their tools to heart and making smart changes.
>>> Brianna Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat, developer of Revolution 60 on iPhone and iPad,
and is a regular speaker at industry events, as well as host on the podcasts Isometric and Rocket.
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Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ buydeeper.com From $190
>>> Fishing: the relaxing pastime that’s been around since prehistoric people (possibly). Just a rod, some bait… and the Deeper PRO+. This Wi-Fi gadget uses smart imaging technology to provide feedback on your aquatic prey. The little device weighs just 3.5 oz, so it’s easy to pop in your tackle box, then just attach it to your line and throw it in the water. It can scan depths of up to 260 ft, providing information on water temperatures, fish activity, and more. High-accuracy sonar produces clear shots of your fishy targets, and the app will advise you on the best fishing times.
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>>> This bike puts security and convenience foremost. The bike frame incorporates anti-theft nuts and screws, making it almost impossible for a thief to dismantle it. However, if a persistent purloiner does make off with your wheels, you simply activate the antitheft facility through the app, and thanks to GSM and Bluetooth tracking technology, the guys at VanMoof can pinpoint its location. The company does charge a small recovery fee if the bike is found, but they’re so confident in their ability to track a bike that if they haven’t found it after two weeks, they’ll replace it. The bike can even be locked without keys – you use the app to lock/unlock it.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone hasbro.com $199
>>> This is Nerf all grown up. Kind of. Nerf has already produced a roaming, remote-control shooter with the Attacknid, but the Terrascout RC Drone boasts a camera for a live video feedback to the controller. You get 18 foam darts, which can be fired one at a time, or you can hold the trigger down for a rapid-fire annihilation mode. The all-terrain vehicle certainly looks the part, with its tank-style caterpillar tread and sturdy bumper. The Drone also takes an SD card so you can record your victories in 720p HD. The drone should be out in the fall, so while the price may seem a little steep for a foam missile gun, you can start saving now!
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10 Cloverfield lane John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead $14.99 Though this film’s name and producer (J.J. Abrams) tie it to 2008 monster blockbuster Cloverfield, this is no sequel. It’s a slow-burning exercise in paranoia, mistrust, and mystery. After a car crash, Michelle (Winstead) wakes up in a bunker, occupied by Howard (Goodman) and Emmet (John Gallagher Jr). Howard explains that there’s been some sort of attack on the country, and that the three of them must stay in the bunker to avoid fallout. But Michelle becomes increasingly unsure about Howard’s honesty and sanity, and plans to escape. It’s tense, brilliantly acted stuff.
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Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun $24.99
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Ladyhawke is an obscenely talented musician from New Zealand who has a habit of taking four years to perfect her albums. Man, that feels like a long time when you wait on them as eagerly as we do. Wild Things has been worth it, though, and is the perfect summer soundtrack, full of ’80s synth-popinspired songs that feel as bright and warm as the evening sun. From the bouncing drums of The River to the oscillating synths of opener A Love Song, it all feels made to be fun – even when it gets soulful on tracks like the titular Wild Things. Check out her first album too, which has some great Stevie Nicks-inspired tracks.
Preacher is a loose adaptation of a comic series, but don’t expect bright superheroics. Cooper plays Jesse, a disenfranchised Texas preacher with a violent past; Negga plays his gunslinging ex, Tulip; while Gilgun is an Irish vampire named Cassidy who arrives having bloodied up a plane full of vampire hunters. Jesse’s having a hard enough time living in a town full of as many terrible people as good ones… but then he’s inhabited by an ancient alien entity that imbues him with a strange new power. Horror and violence are balanced with dark comedy and personal drama.
To celebrate Iconfactory’s 20th anniversary, the venerable Apple software house has released a modern camera app designed with the constraints of 1996 technology. No animations, color is a paid upgrade (a $1.99 In-App Purchase for the “Color Graphics Card” that adds… eight colors), and it produces chunky pixelated images. Iconfactory even limited the speed of the iPhone’s processor, to make high-res options run slowly.
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All your Apple devices are about to take big leaps forward - here are the new features you’ll love by MAtt bOltOn, ChriStiAn hAll, AlAn StOnebridge
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pple’S Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) once again brought us major software announcements. This time around, updates were announced for each of Apple’s four operating systems, and their names were brought into line too. All of their names now end in “OS,” and so our beloved OS X made way for macOS, the new name for your Mac’s operating system. That wasn’t the only naming update: macOS is actually version 10.12, and carries the more
casual-sounding name Sierra. If El Capitan felt like Yosemite enhanced, Sierra looks like it’s really going further, introducing a whole new way to control your Mac with Siri, more Continuity features, the ability to shop securely online with Apple Pay, copy and paste between macOS and iOS, and some tweaks to the interface. iOS 10 goes even further in what looks like the biggest update in years. There’s a drastically redesigned Lock screen, and more customizations in Messages than you’ll know what to do with! Siri has also been enhanced, Maps gets a redesign, and Photos will now organize your pictures in a way that can only be described as magic. It’s all due for release this fall, but see right for how you can get it early.
Meet macOS & iOS 10
iOS 10 Introducing Apple’s new OSes tvOS Not the biggest update, but it’s good to see Apple TV getting a dark mode and a smarter version of Siri.
watchOS This is looking like the version that will make the Watch the desirable wearable we hoped for. Fastloading apps!
iOS If iOS 9 felt like a tweak to iOS 8, iOS 10 is the overhaul you’ve been waiting for, with major upgrades to many key features.
macOS Although it’s no longer called OS X, it’s still the OS you know and love. Now with Siri, Apple Pay, Auto Unlock and much more.
Try the beta… >>> A publiC beta of macOS Sierra should be available by the time you read this, just like last year. And Apple is also making iOS 10 publicly available for beta testing, too. Sign up to participate in the public beta at beta.apple.com.
If you choose to test out either system, remember that you could encounter some issues so make sure you back up your data. Also, for macOS it’s wise to put it on a separate drive away from your existing installation of OS X.
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lock screen & widgets Notifications have a subtly different look on iOS 10’s Lock screen.
There’s more information at your fingertips in iOS 10 ne big feature we really wanted to see in iOS 10 is a more useful Lock screen, and that’s exactly what we’re getting. One of the new features is that you’ll be able to access much richer instant responses for notifications. For example, you can press on a notification from Messages to see the larger conversation in a view that looks just like the Messages app, instead of just the last message, complete with the option to reply. If you press on an event invitation, you’ll be shown your calendar for the proposed day, with options to accept or decline – all without unlocking your phone or opening the full version of the notifying app. App developers can make these incredibly useful, and they can even have live elements, such as a ride share service showing your hired car moving live as it approaches. Having the extra information and quick options to hand can really help you get meaningful things done fast. These capabilities only work with 3D Touch devices in the developer beta (you need to hard press to activate the richer notification options), but Apple says they’ll be available on all devices for iOS 10’s launch. Apple’s changing a few other things about how the Lock screen works: you’ll swipe right to left on it to open the camera, for example. Swiping in the other direction opens a new widget screen, a bit like the Today view in Notification Center. You choose which widgets to show here, including those installed by third-party apps, to see your most important information at a glance. This screen also includes a search function and Siri app suggestions, a bit like the Spotlight feature, so you can use it to unlock your phone straight to an app it think you’ll want to use at that time. And, you can get to all this stuff faster
Swipe left to right on the Lock screen to access the widgets view.
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Meet macOS & iOS 10
Maps goes to new places
Widgets can include streaming video, so you could watch the highlights of a play right after the widget tells you something happened.
You’ll be able to view a conversation thread in Messages right from the Lock screen.
thanks to the new Raise to Wake feature: when you pick up your iPhone, its screen comes on automatically, just like when you raise your wrist to look at your Apple Watch. A tOuCh Of widgetry The extra info from rich notifications and widgets shows up elsewhere in iOS, too. When you 3D Touch an app on the Home screen, it can now show a widget as well as Quick Actions, so you could get a quick glance at sports scores, for example. Widgets in Notification Center can include live elements too, such as notifications or even streaming video, so a widget for the same sports app might allow you to expand it to view a recent highlight, or a news app might show a clip for an event.
>>> MApS has been redesigned in iOS 10, now opening to just a large map and a search bar. Apple has added proactive suggestions from Siri, so if there’s an event with a location in your calendar, it’ll suggest directions to it – or it might tell you what the traffic’s like on your route to work, or where the nearest shops are. In turn-by-turn navigation, you can take a detour to amenities without breaking your overall route, with a live traffic view the whole way. Another feature places a pin at your car’s location when you park up and get out. The really big news is that developers can create apps that run inside Maps, enabling you to book a restaurant table based on searches, or call for a ride-sharing service, all without leaving the Maps app.
You’ll be able to see how an invitation fits in with your schedule and deal with it right from its notification.
You can 3D Touch an app’s icon to see a widget view, as well as some useful task shortcuts.
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Messages Apple’s chat app gets animations, stickers, add-ons and more he MeSSAgeS app is getting a huge boost in iOS 10, turning it into a truly modern chat app. The key thing to know is that the app is getting much more fun and interactive. Conversations shown as simple, colored speech bubbles decorated with emoji will be a thing of the past. Sadly, at the time of writing, Messages for macOS is only able to view these new features, not create them – though that could change by Sierra’s release.
AniMAtiOnS You can make a message bubble appear with an effect, such as growing huge to seem like shouting, shrinking like a whisper, or slamming down. Fullscreen animations play for certain phrases, such as confetti falling down the screen for “Congratulations.”
interACtiOn You can now “Like” a message with a little “thumbs up” icon (or pick from a few others, including a heart). You can also send messages obfuscated with a blur effect, which the other person must wipe away in order to see the message, giving things a dramatic flair.
eMOji Emoji characters will appear larger when used on their own, and will also be suggested by the QuickType keyboard. The best bit? Switch to the emoji keyboard and any word that has a corresponding emoji will be highlighted – tap to replace it!
StiCkerS Messages for iOS 10 supports stickers. You can stick them to images you’ve been sent, which the other person will then see too, or even outside of message bubbles. Apple includes some stickers, and more will come through add-ons (see below).
drAwing You can send handwritten responses (the app even provides preset phrases). You can import photos and draw on them – your lines are recorded and play back to the recipient in the order you drew them, like Apple Watch drawings.
Extending Messages with add-ons >>> Apple iS enabling developers to build apps that work within Messages, from simple sticker pack add-ons to much more advanced features. These apps can help you to create messages that are fully interactive, for sending content or data. Apple has highlighted payment apps and food ordering as key possibilities,
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so you might collaborate on a takeaway order, then pay whoever placed the order. The developer documents point out that even games can be played within an iMessage conversation. There’ll be a dedicated App Store to browse within Messages to get new apps for it which can be paid or free, like regular ones.
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photos Your devices now recognize faces, places and even objects pple’S ChAngeS to the Photos app in iOS and macOS this year are focused around organization, but without you having to put in any effort. Expanding on the facial recognition technology that’s been available for a while on the Mac, the Photos app on both platforms will now scan your photos, using “machine learning” (the same kind of rudimentary AI Google uses for its Google Photos platform) to automatically identify not just who is in your photos, but what else is: objects and animals can be identified, and even types of places, such as a beach. This will make your library searchable in amazing new ways: by location (the type of scene), people, dates, or other vague things you remember from it. Want to find that nice photo of you, your dad and the family dog in Central Park? You can now search for any of those things. The identification is done on your device, too – Apple doesn’t need all your photos to be stored in the cloud for it to work, unlike Google. The information generated is available everywhere your photos are, though, so you can take photos
using your iPhone, then view the categories created in Photos on your Mac, iPad or Apple TV. Apple is also organizing your photos using a new feature called Memories. It will collect groups of photos and videos that seem connected: if you went somewhere new for a weekend, if you took lots of images of a group of people at a party, and so on. It creates albums that are a bit like smart folders for these collections, then presents them to you in the Memories tab. After you open one, you can create a video from its contents – you pick an audio theme and the app edits your photos and videos into a fun movie that matches it. Choose another theme and the video is re-edited.
Apple says analysis of faces, scenes and objects in your photos is done ondevice with your privacy in mind.
Moments seems like a great way to revisit memorable times in your life and share them with others.
Camera and editing >>> when it comes to taking and editing photos, updates iOS 10 is light on changes. The Camera app will open faster, so you’ll be able to grab pics you might have missed otherwise, and it has a new interface on iPad. The Photos app has
a new adjustment slider for Brilliance, and the auto-enhance feature has been improved. Live Photos now have stabilization to make them smoother, and you’ll be able to edit them and apply Live Filters to them.
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Continuity All your Macs and iOS devices working in harmony pple Added Continuity to the Mac and iOS two years ago. It’s a set of features rather than a single one, revolving around the theme of reducing the friction you feel as you switch from one device to another. It’s already easy to switch to your iPhone to finish writing something on the
Apple’s demo showed a MacBook auto-unlocking between lifting its lid and laying hands on the keyboard.
go, take phone calls on your iPad, or send text messages from your Mac. In macOS Sierra and iOS 10, a few new tricks have been added to Continuity’s repertoire. AutO unlOCk You may never need to enter your login password again! If you read our tutorial on MacID (see Mac|Life #113), this won’t sound revolutionary, but it’s good to see it built in to macOS. Where that app lets you unlock your Mac using Touch ID on iPhone, Apple only mentioned Auto Unlock in the context of making your Mac ready to use in an instant based on you wearing your Apple Watch. univerSAl ClipbOArd There are already Clipboard tools that enable copy and paste between devices, but Apple has deemed it useful enough to bake into Sierra and iOS 10. Copy something on either system – using the existing Copy command, not a new one – and it’s sent to your nearby devices, ready for you to paste wherever it’s needed. Universal Clipboard works with text, images and video.
Your desktop in the cloud >>> fOr yeArS it has been considered good practice not to save too much stuff to your desktop, but we all do it from time to time, if not habitually, despite there being performance consequences. It is, after all, a quick destination to reach with a keyboard shortcut. In recognition of this, Sierra puts your desktop’s contents in iCloud Drive, and
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it makes your Documents folder available there, too. As both of these locations are just folders, they‘re accessible in the iCloud Drive app on iOS devices, so all the files you need to carry on working on a document there will be available to you. If you work on a Mac and an iPad, in particular, the sheer convenience of this could well
Things you’ve saved to your Mac’s desktop are available on iOS too.
be a convincing reason to upgrade your iCloud storage quota beyond the measly free 5GB allowance and pay at least 99¢ per month for 50GB.
Apple didn’t mention new iCloud storage tiers at WWDC, though we’d really like one between its 200GB ($2.99) and 1TB ($9.99) monthly subs.
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Siri app types
Third-party app developers can now work with Siri hough Siri can be extremely helpful, it’s always felt contrained by its reliance on only a few sources of information, and compatibility with only Apple’s apps. Ever since we saw it working with third-party apps on the Apple TV, we’ve been hoping that functionality would come to iOS, and in iOS 10, it will. For the first time, developers will be able to make certain commands and information within their apps available to Apple’s voice assistant, so you can ask it to perform tasks without having to fiddle your way through the app itself. It can work in a very simple way, such as just to trigger a call using an internet voice service: tell it “Call Jo using WhatsApp” and it can begin the call through WhatsApp’s VoIP feature. It can also bring up more complex options: ask it “Get me a Lyft to SFO” and it will access the Lyft app, ready a booking for a car to the location you requested, and give you the option to confirm the booking, while pulling live data from Lyft’s app, such as the ETA of the car and the exact location of nearby cars, which will be show on the map, and will update live in front of you as they drive around. Only certain apps will be able to work with Siri in iOS 10, though the range includes some useful options, including messaging, payment, and fitness apps. Exactly how these work will be up to the individual developers, though Apple has guidelines to follow, as ever. We expect that this just represents a toe in the water, though: assuming Siri works great with these types of apps, Apple will hopefully be confident to expand it to more types in 2017, until Siri becomes capable of doing almost anything on your phone without you having to tap the screen even once.
for the first time, App Store apps can connect with Siri
vOip CAlling Ask Siri to call people using apps such as Skype.
MeSSAging Ask Siri to send a message via apps like WhatsApp.
phOtO SeArCh Search for pictures in apps that support it.
Need a ride? Just tell Siri what service you want use and where you want to go.
ride ShAring Request a car through apps such as Lyft.
wOrkOutS Start activity tracking in fitness apps with Siri.
You can now dictate a message to someone no matter what platform they like to use.
pAyMentS Tell Siri to send money to friends via payment apps.
CArplAy Control things like a car’s climate or radio. Car makers can enable Siri control of things like a car’s heating with iOS 10.
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Siri on the Mac Now the way you use your Mac has really changed… e hAd hoped for Siri to debut in Yosemite, then expected it in El Capitan, so frankly it just had to happen in Sierra. The voice-controlled assistant has been a central part of iOS since 2011, debuting in iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S. As macOS and iOS continue to converge, Siri’s appearance on the Mac needs to add real productivity gains if it’s to be anything more than a nice bolt-on. Judging from Apple’s demo, users of Siri for the Mac will be able to interact with Siri using their voice to give a much more intuitive way of performing everyday computing tasks. Sports results, making appointments, checking the weather; sure, they’re all there, as you would expect, but what really makes Siri work on the Mac is how it works with your files.
Can’t remember where you saved that report? Just ask Siri to search your Mac and dig it out.
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“whAt CAn yOu dO?” By adding Siri to the Mac, Apple is offering the same service across all its key devices, including Apple Watch and Apple TV. That said, the pace of development is out of kilter with iOS 10, which will includes SiriKi, to enable third-party apps to add voice control (see p29). Siri’s reach on the Mac might be more limited due to its infancy, but its intelligent search facility is why it’ll be an instant hit with Mac owners come the autumn. On the WWDC stage, Senior Vice President of software engineering Craig Federighi demoed how Siri can help with sophisticated queries for files on your Mac, such as: “Show the files I worked on last week about the off-site.” That command brings up a list of found files (under a Finder Search window), and from there users can narrow down their search based on specific words such as “annual”, “just the ones Marc sent me” or “the ones I tagged with draft.”
What’s more, you can pin Siri’s results to Notification Center, so you can go ahead and close Siri’s window but still keep the results near at hand. Federighi says this facility works with many results, from which we infer that it’s not for everything. It certainly will work with lists of files, Twitter feeds, and sports schedules, though. Siri can access other parts of macOS, including apps such as iTunes, making personal requests such as playing a particular genre or playlist a hands-free experience. It integrates with Safari web searches, too. Federighi showed this off by using Siri to search for falconry images, and then dragged one of the results into a Pages document he was working on. One popular use for Siri on the iPhone and iPad is to quickly send messages to your contacts. Well, by saying something like “tell John we should meet somewhere later,” Siri on your Mac will
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“Hey Siri…” “Show the PDFs in my downloads folder” “play the top 20 jazz songs” “What’s the weather looking like tomorrow?” “Show the photos i took yesterday” “What time is it in Paris, France?”
Siri lives in Sierra’s Dock and displays all results in the top-right corner of the desktop.
compose that message and display it for your approval. You can then speak back to Siri to confirm that it should be sent, at which point the message is passed to the Messages app. SySteM COMMAndS Siri will be incredibly useful in making searching for information more convenient. Federighi even demoed how to search for “new movies playing this Friday” and completed a booking using the new ability to buy things on the web using Apple Pay (see p32). However, Siri can also be used for simple commands that would normally require you to press a key, such as “increase brightness” or “increase volume.” Say those things and you’ll get a slider control in the results window. It’s been noted that there’s no “always on” mode for Siri on the Mac, (the “Hey Siri” command), but it’s unknown if this will filter
down to the final version in the fall. You will be able to tweak how Siri sounds, however. As on your iPhone and iPad, you can pick an accent in its settings, and if you like you can add a Siri icon that triggers interaction with the feature to the menu bar as well as the Dock. So, Siri is Sierra’s headline feature but will it become your favorite way of searching for files and the web? There’s a lot of crossover with existing, more manual methods – Finder and Spotlight – but we think that once you get used to speaking to your Mac (perhaps just at home) it’ll help you to be genuinely more productive. One interesting take on Siri for the Mac is that unlike Microsoft’s Cortana there’s currently no text interface, just voice control. Perhaps that isn’t surprising given its absence on iOS and watchOS, but for Mac owners who make extensive use of a keyboard, it might have been useful.
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iTunes and Music changes
Apple pay for websites Making online checkout a touch simpler to do pple pAy comes to the Mac in Sierra – well, sort of, and only on websites that add an Apple Pay button to their checkout process. You’ll be able to click that button to tell a site you want to pay for your basket’s contents using Apple’s system, after which you’ll authenticate the payment by putting a finger on your iPhone’s Touch ID sensor or double-clicking your Apple Watch’s side button. Apple says this will work in Safari, but makes no mention of it being possible in other browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox. Apple Pay will also be available on websites viewed in Safari on iOS 10, and you’ll also be able to use it to buy physical goods and services in apps.
>>> fOllOwing navigational changes in iTunes 12.4, Apple’s revamping the way iTunes for Mac and Music for iOS present your aural entertainment. In Music for iOS 10, the My Music tab is renamed Library and redesigned to explicitly list the different ways you can view your music – by artist, album, genre and other attributes – rather than expecting you to know to tap a specific item to uncover these options, as you must in iOS 9.
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nO MOre hunting high And lOw The app structures information more clearly by presenting text in very different sizes and weights, alongside better use of cover art. The benefit of this is
seen clearly in the For You page, where large headlines make it clearer what’s in each row and quicker to scan down the various recommendations offered by Apple Music. Added to that, you no longer have to tap See All to explore all of the recommendations under a heading, as each row can be scrolled by swiping it, just like those in the iTunes Store app. Searching has moved from a tappable magnifying glass icon at the top right to a tab at the bottom of the screen, which seems sensible given its usefulness. Tapping it still shows trending searches immediately, but you no longer have to tap another icon to access your previous searches as they’re listed alongside.
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Optimized storage Let macOS and iCloud handle the hassle of tidying up files hOugh the cost of flash storage looks destined to drop further given time, most MacBooks still come with a paltry amount of it as standard. The prices Apple asks you to pay for more are expensive when you get into the realms of a hard-drive-rivalling 1TB capacity. The result, on portable Macs in particular, can feel like stepping back in time as it puts a burden on you to clear out old files. Sierra can take on this burden of manually archiving or trashing old files, which should avoid the situation where free storage space runs low. Its Optimized Storage feature puts documents you haven’t touched in a while, Mail attachments and even photos in the cloud. However, the files will appear to you like they’re still in their original locations, and they’re downloaded on demand when you next try to use them. This sounds like the sort of zero-friction experience Apple already pulled
off in Photos for iOS, which downloads full-quality originals from iCloud Photo Library when they’re needed. Apple also says Sierra will prompt you to delete app installers you’ve already used, clear out duplicate downloads, caches, logs and other stuff, and that trashed items older than 30 days will be removed – much like the Recently Deleted album in Photos. Apple says that when it tested this on a Mac with 20GB free storage, turning on all of Optimized Storage’s settings took it back up to 150GB. Just like the Continuity feature that puts the desktop and documents in iCloud, Optimized Storage depends on you being content to pay Apple a monthly fee to increase your online storage, in order to ensure there’s enough space to store a potentially larger amount of data there than at present. You may also want to take into account your internet connection’s upload speed, and any monthly limits of your internet service.
Apple knows how pinched storage can feel on MacBooks, so it’s using intelligence and the cloud to remedy it.
Enhancements for managing your workspace >>> SAfAri, finder and some other Mac apps let you gather multiple windows in one by displaying them in tabs, but currently this isn’t possible in a lot of apps. We’ve all seen what Mission Control looks like as a consequence. In Sierra, support for tabs will be a system-wide feature, and developers don’t even have
to update their apps for you to benefit from it. (Apps that draw windows in nonstandard ways may need their makers to be willing and able to rework things.) However, using tabs isn’t compulsory; you can still use separate windows if, say, you prefer to jump straight to a document using Mission Control. To help you keep an
eye on video while tending to tasks, Sierra follows in iOS 9’s footsteps with Picture in Picture, so you can pop video out of iTunes or Safari
so it floats on top of everything – including fullscreen and Split View apps. Video can be resized and put in any corner.
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watchOS 3 Some nice new features, but this update is mostly about speed here wAS A strong theme in Apple’s watchOS 3 presentation, and that was speed. Apple’s idea for the Watch was always that is should be a quick way of doing light tasks, but it only ever really met this ideal for notifications. Even in watchOS 2, apps are slow to load, and can be fiddly to use. It’s clear that watchOS 3 is designed to tackle all of this, making the Watch faster from a technical standpoint, but also from a usability one. It’s back to basics stuff for making the Watch more enticing to use, and it looks great. Apps load data from your phone in the background, meaning you don’t have to wait
Always-on personal trainer >>> fitneSS fanatics will love the new watchOS – especially that you can now share your activity to compete with friends. You can also see more workout
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metrics on the display at once, add new watch faces with larger activity rings, and your Watch can track your workouts in the background. There’ll also be
activity tracking support for wheelchair users for the first time, for which Apple has written an algorithm tailored to the different movements.
for them to open and then pull information from it, which Apple says makes opening an app seven times faster. This also means that Glances are gone: instead there’s a new “Dock,” accessed by pressing the side button (replacing the contacts dial from watchOS 2), which lets you quickly scroll through screens of your apps. These screens are live views, so you get the same quick view you got with Glances, and they act as your route into the app, too. Many of Apple’s apps have been subtly redesigned as well, with more immediately tappable options – for example, the Timer app provides preset durations, instead of forcing you to set one using the Digital Crown. wAtCh yOur wellbeing The updated watchOS will support many of Messages’ new features, and you’ll even be able to write text replies on the Watch for the first time if you need to, drawing one letter at a time on the screen. There will be more support for HomeKit-enabled devices too, and there’s a helpful new SOS feature that calls the emergency services after a countdown – and it can notify your emergency contacts too – when you hold the side button. There’s also a new wellness app, Breathe, that takes you through breathing exercises to help you manage stress. And, of course, there are new watch faces and complication options, too.
Meet macOS & iOS 10 >>> Feature
tvOS 10 It’s a small update for Apple’s newest platform this fall he first big update to tvOS focuses on developing the existing platform, rather than adding all-new features. Siri remains central to the experience, and gets a few new tricks. For a start, there are new apps it will work with, and it can now access live TV streams through apps for you. It also now knows about more types of movies, so you can ask it for recommendations in new ways. It will work with your HomeKit devices too, so you can tell your Siri Remote to turn down the lights before you ask it to find the latest blockbuster. You can even then ask it to switch to tvOS’s new dark mode, turning the background black. Improved features across Apple’s range are present here as well, most notably the new Photos options, including Memories, so you can play its easy-to-start slideshows right on your big screen, for maximum effect. And there are extra features for app developers too, including ReplayKit for games, meaning that you can stream your gaming directly to the internet for people to watch. One last, very useful, feature is a single sign-in for your cable provider details. Enter them in Apple TV’s settings and every app that’s included in your package will give you access automatically.
Apple TV’s new dark theme makes it a little less glaring when you’ve got all the lights off for a movie.
Photos’ new Memories feature will be available on Apple TV, if you have iCloud Photo Library signed in.
Siri on the Apple TV has had subtle improvements, including the ability to search for certain types of movie.
Remote app >>> Apple will release an all-new remote app in the coming months to work with Apple TV. It will include all of the Siri Remote’s functions, including voice control, as well as a swiping interface that matches how you use the remote. You’re not
limited to that, though: when you watch a movie or TV show, you’ll get a different set of controls that offer a little more granularity, and look more like standard iOS controls Plus, you can type searches using a full keyboard.
In fact, when you enter a search field on the Apple TV using the Siri Remote, if you have iOS 10 and tvOS 10, a notification will appear on your iPhone right away. Tap into it and it brings up the keyboard, so you can type into the search field!
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Blinds Don’t waste time in the morning: have HomeKit open the blinds for you.
The easy Guide To
HomeKit Turning your house into a smart home used to be a difficult and expensive undertaking. Not any more, thanks to Apple’s HomeKit technology. Rob mead-Green explains all…
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The easy guide to HomeKit
tHeRmostat Keep your home at a comfortable temperature, right from your iPhone.
liGHts Automate your lights so they’re on when you come home.
>>> most Homes aRe pretty dumb when you think about it: you have to physically lock and unlock the doors, manually switch lights on and off, use timers to fire up and shut down your central heating… it all seems kind of archaic now. Thanks to home automation, your home can go from simple to “smart” without the need to call for an expensive team of professionals – Apple’s HomeKit does away with all of that. HomeKit not only enables you to control the heating and lighting from your iOS device, but also enables these and many other types of device to work together, making your home truly clever. Although HomeKit first appeared in iOS 8, it has taken smart device makers a little while to catch up. The great thing about it is that it’s so simple to set up and use, and you can use it in more than one location – your home and your office, say. Let’s get started…
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manaGinG youR smaRt Home There’s a lot more to home automation than simply switching lights on and off He tHinG tHat really turns an ordinary home into a smart home is the ability to create custom actions. In old school computer-speak you might call these macros – triggers for a series of commands that are carried out together or in sequence. Imagine that you’re driving home and want to be assured of a warm welcome. You could simply say, “Hey Siri, I’m coming home” to have Siri relay that command to HomeKit-compatible devices in your house, switching on the lights and the heating so that everything is ready for you when you walk through the front door. HomeKit also includes support for geofencing – a GPS-based “boundary” around your home that can be set so it automatically locks the doors, closes the windows, switches down the heating and turns off the lights whenever you depart – and it can be set to carry out the opposite actions when you arrive home too. HomeKit, like most smart home systems, offers different levels of granularity. You can create a “home,” comprising every
Elgato’s Eve app is a great example of the complete control you can now get of your home’s systems.
room and all of the smart home systems contained within them; “rooms,” which can be tailored to control devices in different rooms in your home individually – you could have one called “kitchen” or “bedroom,” for example; and you can also have “zones,” which can comprise whole areas of your home – “upstairs” and “downstairs,” for example. Another smart home feature is something called a “scene.” Scenes, made up of the commands mentioned earlier, are incredibly powerful and can be both time- and locationbased. Instead of having to wander around the house turning down the heating, switching off the lights and locking all your doors when you’re about to turn in for the night, you could simply create a “bedtime” scene
scenes are incredibly powerful and can be time- and location-based
using the smart home app, then tap it or just say “Hey Siri, bedtime” to perform all of these things for you. Clever, eh? HomeKit devices usually rely on Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth Smart) and/or Wi-Fi to relay the actions that you want to carry out, which is fine when you’re at home. But what if you’re away? Well, iOS 9 can access HomeKit devices remotely using iCloud. Go to Settings > HomeKit and switch on Use iCloud, then to Homes > [your home name] > and switch on Allow Remote Access. You’ll also need a third-gen or later Apple TV, to have iCloud Drive and iCloud Keychain enabled, and for the devices to be on the same network as your Apple TV, or within 25 feet if triggered using Bluetooth.
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The easy guide to HomeKit
How to ADD HomEKiT GEAr To yoUr HomE
add youR accessoRy To add an accessory, click the cog in the top right corner of the accessory’s app then tap add accessory to home. The app detects nearby accessories, provided they are powered up and close to your iPhone or iPad.
use tHe code once found, your accessory should pair. in elgato’s eve app, you can capture the setup Code by pointing your device’s camera at the sticker on the device. Then assign it to the “room” where it’s located.
cHoose youR location you need to set the location of the accessory – this could be your home or office. We’re using elgato’s eve app, but similar steps will apply to any other apps or devices you are using. The default setting is “home.”
Give it a name For siri to work with your homeKit accessory, you need to give it a unique name. our eve Room air sensor here will be the only one in our living room, so we’re giving it a simple name, but you could be more specific.
cReate a zone if you have multiple homeKit devices, you can assign zones. here we’re adding a smart plug to a zone called “downstairs.” so, when we say, “hey siri, turn off the lights downstairs,” it will do exactly that.
cReate a scene homeKit can also create scenes: macros that trigger certain homeKit actions. here we’ve made a “Good Morning” scene, which automatically switches on the lights when we say “hey, siri, good morning.”
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tHe Home app With the new home app in ios 10, and more devices available, homeKit will become even more convenient pple’s effoRts to give you control of your home – alarms, cameras, window locks, lighting, and more – are set to become even easier to use starting this fall. A new app in iOS 10, named Home, consolidates control for all HomeKit-certified devices in one place, rather than you having to learn your way around various apps. While home automation has been exciting us for some time, and though Apple has been selling HomeKit-compatible devices in its retail and online stores for a while now, this app really brings it all together and makes it really tempting to invest in a range of home automation – especially as Apple is adding support for new types of device to HomeKit in iOS 10, including air conditioners, purifiers, and humidifiers. The Home app’s opening page displays a list of your favorite scenes and accessories, with a customizable wallpaper behind them. Tapping an accessory in the grid of icons toggles its status,
The Home app will let you control an ever expanding range of HomeKit-compatible devices with ease.
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so you can quickly turn on a light, say, or you can use 3D Touch on the latest iPhones to press a little harder and pop up a slider, which you can then drag to make finer adjustments to lighting levels, for example. If all that tapping sounds like too much work, you can give instructions to Siri to control the current scene, or you can open Control Center and then swipe across it to reach a panel of your favorite home accessories and a button for accessing scenes. Streamlining the whole experience extends to iOS 10’s improved interactive notifications system. So, you might tap a notification that informs you someone just rang your doorbell to see a video feed from the bell’s camera, along with buttons to start talking over your intercom or unlock the door for your visitor, all from the Lock screen. If you want remote control of your smart home devices, you’ll still want to add an Apple TV to your setup. With your Apple TV signed in to your iCloud account, turned on and connected to the internet, it provides a conduit for communication with your HomeKit devices even when you’re away – securely, using end-to-end encryption, Apple says – by remotely controlling them over the internet. You can also control your HomeKit devices using Siri on the Apple TV with the release of tvOS 10 later this year. Controlling your home doesn’t even have to be manual. Just as you can ask the Reminders app to prompt you about a task upon arriving at or leaving a location, you can set up a geofence that activates a HomeKit scene within the app, rather than through individual accessories’ apps. The Home app will be available on iPad too, and watchOS 3 also has Home controls built in. However, if you’re thinking of using an older second- or third-generation 9.7-inch iPad or the first-generation iPad mini as a controller to leave around the house for your whole family to use, forget it: iOS 10 doesn’t support those models, nor the iPhone 4S.
The easy guide to HomeKit
don’t tire yourself out tapping – control your devices with voice commands.
siRi commands Need your smart home to do something? Just ask siri >>> GoinG Hand in hand with HomeKit, of course, is Siri, ioS’s virtual personal assistant. This means that instead of opening an app and tapping to get your smart home gear to do something, you can ask Siri instead. Before you start using Siri to control your home, you need to give every HomeKit-compatible device in your home a unique name that Siri will recognize. you can’t just say, “Hey Siri, switch the table lamp on” if you have more than one table lamp. The good news is that you can also use Siri to action any Scenes you’ve set up, so saying “Hey Siri, i’m home” will automatically trigger lights, heating and anything else that you have included as part of your “Home” scene. Creating a “Goodnight” scene will also enable Siri to switch off lights and turn down your heating, simply by you saying “Hey Siri, goodnight”. The complete list of HomeKit
commands is at apple.co/1mAVC5V, but here are a few examples: “turn on the lights” “turn off the lights” “set the temperature to 72 degrees” “turn on the printer in the office” “turn on the living room lights” “turn off the living room lights” “set the home to 68 degrees” “set the thermostat downstairs to 64 degrees” “Goodnight” As more HomeKit-enabled devices become available, the more capable Siri will become. At of ioS 10, HomeKit and Siri will be able to control lights, garage doors, thermostats, doorbells, electrical outlets, air purifiers, fans, door locks, humidifiers, cameras, security systems, air conditioners, window shades, and various types of sensors – all with your voice.
The ability to take control of smart devices in your home may seem like a recent development, but the technology has been around for many years – and apple is far from alone in wanting to command this space. one-time apple store darling Nest (nest.com) was snatched up by Google in 2014, with the company creating its own “Works with Nest” system that gadget makers can harness for their own devices, and it’s ioscompatible. Rivals also include ZigBee (zigbee.org), an open standard, cross-platform wireless technology that’s been around since 2002. There’s also Z-Wave (z-wave. com), a proprietary home automation technology that’s already been integrated into hundreds of devices, and is iosand apple Watch-compatible. For ios users, homeKit naturally offers the easiest way to get started, but rivals such as savant (savant.com) have deeper integration with older home automation systems. Nest’s products work with ioS, but not HomeKit.
HomeKit GeaR to Buy RiGHt now ready for some smart home action? Start here… Honeywell lyRic Round tHeRmostat
$229 manufacturer honeywell, yourhome.honeywell.com
$199 manufacturer Withings, withings.com
features automatic temperature adjustment, simple touchscreen, geofencing capability
features 1080p Full hd recording quality, live streaming, air quality sensor
With a smart, simple glass face and motion-sense illumination, this thermostat is easy to use but packed with features. it’s appcontrolled, of course, can use geofencing with your phone, and tracks humidity.
This neat security camera from Withings includes motion and sound sensors and can automatically start recording when it detects movement, and you can use it as a baby monitor – with push-to-talk – too.
pHilips Hue wHite staRteR Kit
elGato eve weatHeR
$79 manufacturer Philips, philips.com
$52 manufacturer elgato, elgato.com
features automated light schedules, preset and custom lighting modes
features Temperature, air pressure and humidity data; no hub required
This kit of two white bulbs and a homeKit-compatible bridge is Philips’ cheapest option. For $199, you can get a pack with three full-color bulbs, letting you adjust the ambience of your rooms as part of your scenes.
Need to know whether to take an umbrella or a sweater with you before you head out? The waterresistant, battery-powered eve Weather sensor can relay the essential info, both right now and over time.
insteon HuB pRo
elGato eve dooR & window
$75 manufacturer insteon, insteon.com
$35 manufacturer elgato, elgato.com
features schedules and scenes, works with insteon and homeKit devices
features Wireless contact sensor, open/closed states with time and duration data
insteon is famous for its range of smart home devices, which include sensors, door locks, fans and security cameras. The app enables scenes and the hub makes most of its products compatible with homeKit.
did you remember to close that window before you left home? This contact sensor can tell you if you did, by transmitting its state to the eve app on your iPhone. you’ll still have to go back to shut it, though.
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Become an OS X expert with these smart secret tips and tricks that help you get more from your Mac
Words: craIg grannell, cHrIstIan Hall, HoWard oakley, cHrIstopHer pHIn, alan stonebrIdge
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macs don’t come with a manual – they’re so easy to get started with, it’s barely necessary. However, there’s much more to os X than just the basics. It’s full of keyboard shortcuts, organization methods, and settings that can make day-to-day use of your mac easier and faster, but that may not be obvious at first. We’ve collected some of the best here.
OS X hidden features revealed
Work smarter within Finder Discover the many powerful productivity shortcuts in the Mac’s file manager
select multIple Items or a range >>> You can select a sequence of files in two ways: either drag through them, or click the first, hold ß, then click the last one to select them and all between – this is handy if the latter is initially out of sight and you need to scroll down. To select a scattering of files, hold ç and click each one you want to add to your selection (in any order you want).
cHeck a folder’s locatIon >>> Turning on the path bar (View > Show Path Bar) shows the current folder’s location across the bottom of its window. Double-click a folder in the bar to jump to it, ç-click to open it in a new window, or drag and drop items onto one to move them there.
copy and paste or move fIles >>> The title bar shortcut doesn’t allow for drag and drop, so it can be helpful to memorize an extra keyboard shortcut. Naturally, ç+C and ç+v copy and paste items, but you can instead press Alt+ç+v to move files you’ve copied to the Clipboard.
open In a neW tab or WIndoW >>> When you hold ç and double-click a folder, it opens in a new tab or window. Which one you get depends on a setting at the bottom of Finder’s General preferences.
sprIng open a folder >>> When you drag items over a folder (or a tab or window in Finder), it springs open. If the delay in doing so is too long, press Spacebar to instantly open it. You can adjust this in System Preferences.
copy tHe patH to an Item >>> When you need to point someone to an item on a network drive, you don’t need to type its path. Select a file or folder, then press Alt+ç+C to copy the full path to it to the Clipboard, switch to a messaging app, say, then press ç+v to paste the path.
QuIckly focus a save dIalog >>> Saving a file for the first time means digging down to the folder where you want to put it. If that folder is already open in a Finder window, just drag the icon from that window’s title bar onto the Save dialog to switch the dialog to that location.
cHeck locatIon from a tItle bar >>> You can save space when you’re working on a small display by right-clicking the folder name in a Finder window’s title bar – this is another way to jump to a higher folder.
keyboard sHortcuts >>> Finder’s sidebar contains shortcuts to various commonly used folders. Each of the default selection has a keyboard shortcut, listed in the Go menu, that you can use to jump to the corresponding place (in Open and Save, too).
set tHe default scope for searcHes >>> When you type in the search bar, or press Alt+ç+Spacebar to create a Smart Folder, the window’s options bar lists This Mac, the current folder (or Desktop), and Shared as search locations. In Finder’s Advanced preferences, you can specify whether it should default to either of the first two or your most recent choice from here on in.
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type folder patHs more QuIckly >>> Finder’s Go to Folder command (ß+ç+G) has a great productivity shortcut: type part of a folder name, then press † to complete it. If there are multiple matches, this fills in the first one by alphabetical order.
cHeck icloud drIve’s progress >>> If files saved to iCloud Drive aren’t soon available on another device, look for an indicator next to Drive in Finder’s sidebar, or press Alt+ç+I and choose View > Show Status Bar for details.
alter tHe sIdebar >>> Sidebar categories can be dragged to reorder them, or hidden by clearing checkboxes in Finder’s prefs.
arrange and sort >>> The View > Arrange By menu contains options that group files and folders by attribute. You may want to organize files according to the apps used to create them, for example. Open the View menu, hold Alt and you’ll see that Arrange By changes to Sort By, which contains similar options. These allow for sorting items on a secondary attribute within Arrange By’s initial visual groupings.
adjust columns >>> In Column view, if a column is too narrow to show filenames in full, double-click the divider to its right to extend it to the required width. Hold Alt and doubleclick a divider to snap all columns to their required widths. Alternatively, hold Alt and drag one divider to set all columns to the same width. If these are hard to remember, hold right-click a divider, then pick an option from the contextual menu.
add attrIbutes >>> In the List and Cover Flow views, hold ç and click a column heading to see a few extra columns you can add, or to turn off any unwanted ones. The Date Added and Modified attributes are helpful in folders such as Downloads, and for the All My Files view that’s automatically provided. Remember, you can click any column heading in these views to sort items based on it, in descending or ascending order.
prevIeW column >>> Each view can have a column added to its righthand side to preview whatever single file is selected. Choose View > Show Preview Column to switch it on for the current view. This can give you a clue to a file’s contents without having to use Quick Look – you can even scroll through PDFs and some other file types. The column can be resized by dragging the line to its left, and by adjusting the window’s height.
navIgate searcH suggestIons >>> The suggestions shown when you type in the search bar are categorized. Rather than reach for your mouse or trackpad to choose an item lower down the list, use ç+æ to jump down a category at a time. This also works with Spotlight results.
set a default vIeW >>> Finder can present the contents of your Mac’s storage in four ways: Icon, List, Column, and Cover Flow views. Switch between them using ç+1 through ç+4. Each view offers a degree of customization: press ç+J to change how the current view displays the folder you’re in, now and as a default for the future. To apply your choices to all folders, press “Use as Defaults” at the bottom of that window.
sWItcHIng vIeWs >>> You may want to view one folder in a particular view and deeper ones in another – your Home folder in Icon view and Documents in List view, for instance. To do this, go to the enclosing folder, set its view as you want it, press ç+J and put a check mark next to “Always open in,” but not “Browse in.” Next, open a subfolder of that one, set its view as you want, press ç+J and clear both of those aforementioned options.
QuIck look >>> Select one or more files, then press the Spacebar to open a Quick Look window, which you can resize. To go straight into a fullscreen slideshow of the items, press Alt+Spacebar. With a multiple selection, the button that shows four squares displays an index sheet, so you can jump straight to another item. If an image doesn’t fill the view, hold Alt to zoom in.
combIned Info >>> Pressing ç+I opens one Get Info window for each item selected. Press ≈+ç+I for a combined Get Info. Press Alt+ç+I to open a similar window that summarizes everything that’s selected, but the total here updates as your selection changes. To see size totals in List view, press ç+J and turn on “Calculate all sizes;” this info can take a while to appear, especially on a traditional hard drive.
smart folders >>> Smart Folders (File > New Smart Folder) find all files and folders that match criteria. When specifying rules, hold Alt and click an ellipsis (…) button to the right to add a nested group of rules to match against (“Any”) or to exclude results (“None”). To amend a saved Smart Folder, open it, click the cog in the toolbar and pick Show Search Criteria. Click Save to keep changes.
add tags to a neW fIle >>> When you first save a file, many apps offer a field where you can add tags. Should you neglect to add any, you don’t need to find the file in Finder to do so retrospectively. Just click the open document’s name in the app’s title bar. You can quickly move the file here too, if you saved it to the wrong location.
tag eXIstIng Items >>> There are several ways to tag files and folders in Finder. First, you can ≈-click an item and choose from seven favorite tags near the bottom of the contextual menu. Those seven can be changed in Finder’s preferences: in the Tags tab, drag one from the top pane onto a position in the Favorite Tags box. In the top pane, click the circle to the left of a tag to assign it a color. Put a check mark to the right of one to pin it to Finder’s sidebar. Click a tag to rename it (which affects files tagged with it), or select it and click the – (minus) button to delete it, which also removes it from files.
favorIte tags >>> You can drag items onto tags in the sidebar to assign them. Alternatively, choose Tags in the contextual menu or click the Edit Tags button in the toolbar, then type one’s name; matches appear as you type, so you may not have to type the whole thing. Select a match using the arrow keys and ®.
searcH on a tag >>> Type a tag name in a Finder window’s search bar and the suggested results will include matches. Select one and the window will show items that carry that tag. More complex criteria based on tags can be constructed by choosing Other as the attribute for a Smart Folder criterion, then by selecting Tags in the list of all available ones.
turn a tag Into a stack >>> Tags are a helpful way to keep track of all the files associated with a project. Often you’ll just click a tag in Finder’s sidebar to see all the files that have it attached, but there’s another way that doesn’t depend on you having a Finder window to hand. Drag a tag from Finder’s sidebar to the right-hand side of the dividing line in the Dock to turn it into a stack, then right-click the stack to set its presentation and sort options.
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Master Safari Top tips for getting more from Apple’s web browser
manage tabs >>> Although you can have loads of browser windows on the screen, it’s tidier to use Safari’s tabs. Pressing ç+t gives you a new one. You can drag tabs around to rearrange them or move them between windows. To merge a web page from a window that has only one tab with another window, you’ll need to make the tab bar visible (choose View > Show Tab Bar). Window > Merge All Windows gathers all tabs into a single window.
favorItes >>> If there are sites you visit constantly and always need quick access to, pin them to the tab bar. To get started, open a site in any window, then choose Window > Pin Tab. The site’s icon will slide to the left end of the tab bar and subsequently appear in every Safari window. There’s no escape! Okay, there is: drag pinned tabs away from that end of the tab bar to unpin them. You can rearrange pinned tabs simply by dragging them left or right.
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suggestIons >>> In Safari’s preferences, in the Search tab, turn on Include Safari Suggestions. Now Safari’s Smart Search Field (address bar) works rather like Spotlight in responding to certain search terms with more than just website suggestions. Type “weather” and you’ll get a local forecast. Enter a major sports team to get its latest result. Suggestions also include Wikipedia articles.
searcH sItes >>> If Quick Website Search is enabled in Safari’s Search preferences, you can bypass a website’s homepage to search its contents. All you have to do is search on the site once. After that point, start typing the site’s address in the Smart Search Field, tap Tab when it’s suggested, then type your search term. Press ® and you’re sent to the site’s results.
full address >>> Safari no longer displays a web page’s full address in the Smart Search Field by default. Click around apple.com, say, and the field’s contents will stay unchanged throughout your visit. If that’s unnerving or annoying, check “Show full website address” in Safari’s Advanced preferences. The field then shows addresses in full. (Even with this setting off, the full address is shown when you click in the field.)
subscrIbe >>> Choose View > Show Shared links Sidebar and then click Subscriptions. Here, you can add and track feeds from your Favorites, so you don’t miss important posts. If you get the bug, consider a full-on RSS client such as Reeder (reederapp.com) and a service like feedly.com.
notIfIcatIons >>> Websites, as well as apps, can ask permission to send alerts your way. It’s all too easy to accidentally allow this when a site first asks permission, so it’s worth periodically checking out Safari’s Notifications preferences. There, you can allow or deny a site’s ability to trigger notifications. If you never want any site to even ask you for permission, there’s a switch here that prevents them doing so.
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top sItes >>> apple seems quite keen on the Favorites view for new tabs, but you can click the grid button at the top-right corner of it to switch back to the old Top Sites view, which shows large previews of up to 24 regularly visited sites. Put the pointer over one for options to pin or remove it.
icloud tabs >>> If you’re all connected up to iCloud, you can access tabs that are open on your other devices. Either click the Show all Tabs button and scroll down to see them, or click the iCloud Tabs button. If either of these is missing, add it by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.
neW focus >>> Safari’s general prefs let you
favorItes >>> If you open the same set of
separately set what’s displayed in new windows and new tabs. They can be set to Top Sites/Favorites, a user-defined Homepage, or nothing. New windows can automatically open a folder of bookmarks, but be wary that this can be slow.
sites often, open them all in a single window and then go to Bookmarks > add Bookmarks for These Tabs. Put them in the Bookmarks menu and the folder there will contain an item at the bottom that lets you open the lot in just two clicks.
manage doWnloads >>> In Safari’s General preferences, you can choose where file downloads are sent. If you don’t want them to go to your Downloads folder, select Other in the pop-up menu. Should you want Safari to ask where to save each one, you can specify that. There’s also a checkbox regarding opening safe files. Clear it if you don’t want your Mac to open docs and distracting you from what you’re doing.
QuIck sHortcuts >>> In Safari’s Tabs preferences, there’s a checkbox labelled “Use ç+1 through ç+9 to switch tabs.” If this is filled, you can switch to any of the first nine open tabs in a window (including pinned ones) by pressing ç and a number.
access passWords >>> In Safari’s Passwords preferences you can enable or disable AutoFill for usernames and passwords, and check the details it uses to sign into sites. Doubleclicking a hidden password requests an administrator username and password to reveal it.
local keycHaIn >>> The idea behind iCloud Keychain is to save time on devices which you approve to use it by storing account credentials, bank card details, and known Wi-Fi network information. By default, this information is backed up to iCloud, but by skipping the creation of an iCloud Security Code, it’s stored locally only on approved devices. Apple can’t help recover your keychain in this scenario.
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mInImIze Into app Icons >>> The more icons you add to the Dock, the shorter its height becomes. This is apparent if you minimize windows to manage your workspace, which puts them in the Dock’s right end. A setting in the Dock’s preferences helps to avoid this by minimizing windows into their app icon instead.
stacks >>> Make any folder you need to regularly access available as a stack in the right part of the Dock: drag it there from Finder. Right-click a stack to set how it’s presented (as a fan, grid or list of icons) and how its contents are sorted.
Icon sIze In grId-based stacks >>> When you open a stack that you’ve set to Grid view, use ç++ and ç+- to adjust the size of icons in it.
App and window management Take control of your workspace with these desktop, Dock and Mission Control tips
open a recent Item’s contaIner >>> OS X keeps track of recently used apps, documents and servers for you in > Recent Items. Hold ç and the document links in that menu change to open their location in Finder.
get your bearIngs >>> The Spaces and fullscreen apps in the top bar of Mission Control rearrange based on which ones you’ve used most recently. If you find this disorienting, turn off the corresponding option at the top of System Preferences > Mission Control. Items in the top bar then stay in the positions you drag them to.
keyboard menu access >>> You can keep your hands on the keyboard to use the menu bar. Press ≈+& (and ƒ on some keyboards), then use the arrows to browse the entries and ® to choose one.
resIzIng WIndoWs >>> As well as having the ability to resize a window from any edge or corner, you can constrain the way they change by holding modifier keys. Hold å to grow the window in both the direction you drag and its opposite. Hold ß to resize while keeping the window’s proportion of width to height the same as before you started dragging. You can hold both keys together to apply both effects.
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pIn tHe dock >>> If you have multiple displays and have the Dock set to be hidden, you can call it up on any display. The app switcher appears on whichever display the Dock last appeared. If you have the Dock set to be permanently visible, it always appears on your primary display: to set this, in the Displays pane > Arrangement tab, drag the menu bar on the previews to the desired display.
tHe app sWItcHer >>> The quick way to switch between your two most recently used apps is to press ç+†. If you hold ç and press † once, the app switcher opens, showing additional apps; press † until the one you want is highlighted, then let go of ç to switch to it, or move the pointer over an app’s icon and let go of ç. With an app highlighted or under the pointer, ç+q will quit it.
focus on an app >>> If you find managing multiple Spaces is overkill, there’s an older method for hiding apps you don’t need right now. Switch to one you want to use, then press Alt+ç+H to hide all others, or hold Alt and click that app’s Dock icon; the other windows still exist, but they’re invisible until their app is brought to the foreground. To hide one app, switch to it and press ç+H.
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splIt vIeW >>> If you find you can’t merge two fullscreen– capable apps in a Split View Space, their minimum widths can’t be squeezed into the current display resolution. If your Mac has a Retina display, try increasing the “looks like” resolution in its Displays preferences pane to fix this.
QuIckly open >>> Opening Mission Control manually makes sense to thoroughly rearrange your workspace, but if you only need to move one window, it’s faster to drag it to the top of the screen, then keep draggin up – Mission Control will open, so you can drop the window into a new Space instantly.
see a space >>> Swiping horizontally with two fingers on a Magic Mouse, or three on a trackpad, moves through your spaces one at a time. To save time, hold alt and then click a space’s thumbnail in the top bar to jump to it without also exiting Mission Control.
app eXposé >>> Apple’s multi-touch trackpad and mouse provide gestures to open Mission Control, so you can see all windows in the current Space, but often you’ll want to focus on windows from one app. In the Trackpad preferences pane, turn on the App Exposé gesture. You can then swipe down with three fingers to see only the current app’s windows.
more app eXposé >>> You won’t find an App Exposé gesture in the Mouse preferences pane, but there is a way to trigger it without reaching for its keyboard shortcut (which is ≈+æ). Put the pointer over an app icon in the Dock, then use the same gesture for Mission Control – double-tapping two fingers on the highest point of the Magic Mouse’s surface avoids an accidental click.
group by app >>> In El Capitan, Mission Control presents windows without any overlaps, just like older versions of OS X. When dragging windows around to organize a busy workspace, you may find it quicker to (temporarily) turn on “Group windows by application” in Mission Control’s pane in System Preferences, then drag from the app icon at the bottom of a group to move all of that app’s windows at once.
assIgn to a space >>> With multiple spaces created, exit Mission Control, then right-click an app’s Dock icon. Under Options, the three items under Assign To determine the space where that app appears: on all desktops; in whichever space you place it manually (None); or always in the space you’re currently viewing (This Desktop – there’ll be an instance of this for each display that’s connected).
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System maintenance Indispensable tools for fixing problems and keeping data secure
at startup >>> The most commonly useful startup key combos are: ß to enter Safe Mode; Alt to select an alternative startup disk; D to start a hardware diagnostics test, if available, or hold Alt as well to start it over the internet; ç+r to enter OS X Recovery, or hold Alt too for the online version; ç+Alt+p+r to reset NVRAM (see bit.ly/mf-nvram); ç+s or ç+v for single-user or verbose mode (bit.ly/mfsuverb); and t for target disk mode.
cHeck logs >>> When your Mac keeps spinning the wait cursor, if apps quit unexpectedly, or if it just isn’t working right, browse the logs immediately in Console. In it, select All Messages and look for clues to explain what went wrong. Entries are chronological. Many processes are named as if they are websites in reverse – com.apple. WebKit, for example, which refers to Apple’s WebKit components that support Safari and other internet connectivity. This could give you a clue.
cacHes >>> Apps store temporary data in cache files in /Library/Caches, ~/Library/Caches, and hidden system folders such as /tmp. These can get overburdened, orphaned, or corrupted, losing free disk space and causing unwanted behavior. Starting in Safe Mode cleans some caches, including fonts. Go through each folder trashing caches, but be careful of what you remove. Tools such as TinkerTool System can clean caches – see bit.ly/mfcac for more about this utility and how it can help with caches.
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go to sleep >>> Macs should sleep when inactive for the delay set in the Energy Saver pane, or when you shut a MacBook’s lid. If yours won’t, it may be because a process is preventing it. Open Activity Monitor, and add a column to the table of processes by rightclicking the column header row: select the Preventing Sleep item in the contextual menu, which helps to identify what’s preventing sleep, and then quit those processes.
HIde folders >>> Keep private documents from prying eyes by putting them in a folder in Documents, then enter in Terminal: chflags hidden, type a space, then drag the folder onto Terminal’s window and press ®. You can still use Finder’s Go > Go to Folder command to open the folder again.
repeat keys >>> If you don’t want to see accented key options when you hold a key, but want the key to repeat, enter in Terminal: defaults write -g applepressandHoldenabled -bool false then log out and in. To return to accents, replace false with true.
lock keepers >>> Protect important files from inadvertently being trashed by locking them when not being edited. Select them in Finder, press ç+I and put a check mark next to Locked, under General. Attempting to trash locked files prompts you for confirmation.
HIdden tools >>> The /System/Library/ CoreServices folder and Applications within it contain valuable tools for solving problems: Archive Utility, with more compression and decompression options than Finder; Network Utility, with various graphical network tools, Wireless Diagnostics for testing Wi-Fi; and Network Diagnostics for general network testing. All but the last can be opened from Spotlight.
cHeck tasks >>> Some of the tasks running on your Mac may be puzzling or suspicious. To check which are genuine or might result from adware or malware, use TaskExplorer (objective-see. com). It checks network connections, code signatures, and more, and returns a malware risk assessment from VirusTotal (virustotal.com).
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Images >>> When moving sensitive data and
Image type >>> When most disk images get backed up by Time Machine, the whole image is copied no matter how small the changes to it. “Sparse bundle” disk images start out small and grow as you add to them – Time Machine only backs up the changed parts to be more economical.
documents around, particularly those covered by data protection legislation, store them in encrypted disk images. When the image contains personal information protected by law, choose 256-bit aES encryption.
secure dIsk >>> Volumes on external hard disks and SSDs, and non-bootable internal ones, can be erased to a format with encryption to store sensitive or personal data. In Disk utility, select a volume, click Erase, and select OS X Extended (journaled, Encrypted) as the format.
complete backup >>> Keeping a complete backup of your startup volume enables you to get up and running as quickly as possible in the event of disk or other hardware failure. Time Machine is easy to set up and use, but takes a while to restore to another drive. You can use Carbon Copy Cloner (bombich.com) or SuperDuper! (shirt-pocket. com) to periodically update a bootable copy of your system.
rotate backups >>> If you use your Mac in two or more places, such as at home and work, and want to use Time Machine at each, click Select Disk in Time Machine’s preferences pane and add two volumes to use. When asked, opt to use both and not replace the existing disk. The first backup to each destination will be complete, after which it’s incremental, rotating through the disks.
fIlevault >>> a Mac that could be lost or stolen, and which contains sensitive data, particularly that covered by any privacy laws, should be encrypted using FileVault. Turn this on in the Security & Privacy pane, and keep copies of the keys separate for recovery purposes.
burn a cd/dvd >>> Burning optical discs has been removed from Disk Utility, but still works just fine in Finder. Put files in a Burn folder, or select them all and choose File > Burn to Disc (or its equivalent in the contextual menu).
burn dvd-vIdeo >>> Use Burn (burn-osx.sourceforge.net) to author discs in DVD-Video format on recent Macs.
test restore >>> Never just assume that Time Machine backups are working okay. Every few weeks, enter Time Machine, browse through your backups and restore an old document and folder to check. Ensure you don’t overwrite any current work in the process.
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APP LIFE THIS MONTH’S MOST INTERESTING iPHONE & iPAD APPS
Bez Vector drawing for iPad Free ($7.99 for all features) Developer JuicyBits, juicybitssoftware.com/bez Platform iPad Requirements iOS 9 or later
Dragging sliders by touch can be imprecise, so you can enter values numerically too.
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This vector-drawing app – named after Bézier curves – provides all the tools you’d expect in a basic desktop app, and does a very neat job. The Bézier pen tool worked as expected for creating perfect curves, but it can be tricky to hit the first point on a path again to complete a closed shape. There’s a reason why vector artists use a mouse or a graphics tablet, not a touchpad. Apple Pencil support makes this easier, but there’s no support for third-party active styluses on older iPads. If you’re not too familiar with Béziers and prefer to draw freehand, you can – a pop-up control lets you smooth out wobbly paths, and
you can auto-convert approximations of shapes such as circles to clean vectors. There’s no Direct Selection tool (the white arrow in Adobe Illustrator), and no way to temporarily invoke its Selection tool, which left us floundering with some edits, especially minor corrections to paths. We couldn’t find an equivalent of the Shift key modifier to constrain shapes or build selections. Smart Guides are available to help position objects, though, and you can display a graph-paper grid and snap to it; a very useful starting point. The essential combine and align operations are all provided. A Layers panel works like Illustrator’s, listing every object in your drawing in a tree structure. You can adjust each item’s visibility, clipping and opacity here, and change its stacking order, but you can’t select it by tapping its name. On the artwork itself, you can tap an item repeatedly to select items below, but the ability to edit grouped objects is limited. You can also quickly undo and redo by tapping with two or three fingers, which is useful.
You can do a lot with the basic vector tools, plus simple strokes and fills.
All of the objects in your drawing are listed in the Layers panel.
Fills are limited to solid colors and simple gradients, but those will get you a long way with transparency and blending, as the example files illustrate. Text formatting is very basic, though. A single In-App Purchase adds vector export (to iCloud Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive), albeit in SVG format. the bottom line. A great choice for no-nonsense vector drawing. ADAm bAnks
BEZ Neatly presented and fast Includes all the core tools Better with Apple Pencil No advanced typography, warp, or mesh tools GREAt
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VideoSoap 5 Make your videos sound less noisy Free (with IAP) Developer Soundness, soundness-llc.com Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8.1 or later
One of the biggest problems when recording video using an iPhone or iPad’s built-in mic is unwanted noise. Whether it’s cars passing by on a busy road or the background hum of a rowdy office, it’s an undesirable distraction. VideoSoap aims to solve that by removing that noise from your videos – but that’s not all it does. It can boost audio that’s too quiet, or dampen audio that’s too loud. New to version 5, the app also allows you to use your iPhone as an external mic and cancel noise before it’s recorded. You need to run a cable between your iOS device and the microphone socket on
a DSLR or camcorder. The app then picks up the audio from the iOS device’s microphone, processes it – canceling noise and enhancing the audio if you choose – before routing it to the headphone jack for the cable to carry it to the camera. The interface is clear and easy to use so you don’t need to be a technical wizard to use it, and the app does a good job of eliminating high frequencies in background noise. Lower sounds such as wind noise are muffled, but remain. The live mic feature is similarly less effective with lower-frequency sounds. We found the best results came from a combination of the Denoise, Enhance and Boost controls.
VideoSoap’s controls are simple, but lack fine control over noise removal.
While the app itself is free, saving, exporting or using the external mic features requires an In-App Purchase, which costs $9.99. the bottom lIne. Quick and easy noise removal, but lacking proper fine control over the audio in your videos. kenny hemPhIll great
GetSpace Photo Gallery Cleaner PRO Get shot of your blurry shots $1.99 Developer Igor Khmurets, getspace.me Platform iPhone Requirements iOS 8.1 or later
Do you really need every photo in your Camera Roll? After all, some are probably duplicates, accidental screenshots, or just too blurry to be usable, and take up valuable storage space. GetSpace Photo Gallery Cleaner PRO eliminates unwanted pics. Launch the app, and the learning algorithms scour your library, sorting bad photos into Duplicates, Blurred, and Screenshots categories. You then select images to delete. In the case of duplicates, GetSpace attempts to identify
the best version, although we found it wasn’t accurate enough to be trusted on its own. In general, the app is better suited to detecting blurry images and screenshots. With nearly 20,000 images in our iCloud Photo Library, the scanning process took over an hour and consumed a good deal of battery, but subsequent scans completed in seconds and worked directly on optimized versions saved to our iPhone 6s Plus, rather than forcing images to download at full res. There’s no way to “forget” flagged photos you’d prefer to keep (GetSpace has zero
GetSpace is better suited to blurry photos, but it was never 100 percent accurate.
settings), and face detection rarely takes similar poses into account. As a result, we couldn’t prune many photos, but it helped to highlight some less impressive shots. the bottom lIne. GetSpace works best for blurry images and screenshots, but isn’t accurate enough at flagging potential duplicates. J. R. bookwAlteR solid
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Being able to add checklists is really useful.
Sorted A reminders app for anyone who likes gestures $3.99 Developer OneReminder, staysorted.com Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8 or later
It’s easy to move a reminder to a different date – just swipe the entry so it turns red, then hit the date required.
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There are many scheduling apps available on the App Store, all claiming to offer a comprehensive solution. This app certainly seems to have taken some inspiration from one of the App Store favorites, Clear. However, the developer claims that “Sorted helps you stay organized faster than ever before.” Like Clear, the app is gesture-based. Creating a reminder is a cinch – just drag down from the top of the app window, let go and a colored bar appears for you to type in text. You can also simply press and hold anywhere on the screen. Use a timer scroller to amend the time (scroll slightly to the left of the dial to change the hour,
to the right to change the minutes), label the reminder, and set it to repeat if required. Other gesture-based operations include pinching a list of reminders apart to insert a new one in the middle. If one appointment is delayed – which will then affect the rest of your day – you can highlight a number of entries and delay them, or stretch them out and give yourself a bit more time between each. You can also easily move your reminder to a different day; just swipe it, hit the calendar at the bottom and tap the new date. It took us a while to find completed reminders; a timerstyle icon takes you to a window showing completed tasks. You can delete past reminders from here, or usefully, you can use the details again to set a new one. You can label your reminder with a text category but, like
Clear, Sorted lists reminders in shades (according to the theme you’ve selected), and the shade used is down to the order of the entry, not its label. Tasteful? Yes. Immediately obvious as to the category? No. Obviously, if you just need reminding and don’t need an overview of task categories, this isn’t a problem. There’s a Settings area (for sounds, week start day and time, 24-hour clock and so on), but you can’t color-code according to labels. Having said that, it’s easy to go into labels and create any text category you want. Another quirk is that when adding subsequent reminders using the press and hold technique, they default to the same start time as the last entry; we would like to have been able to set a gap time between each reminder. Sorted syncs via iCloud, but you can’t link it with other calendars. Although that – and Siri integration – is apparently in the pipeline. And reminders are time-based only, not locationbased. There’s a bit of a learning curve to the app too, but a Help section is on hand. the bottom line. As with Clear, we like the interface, and if you use Sorted a lot, you’ll get increasingly efficient at using it. Jo membeRy
sorted Good-looking interface Gesture-based controls for quick entry Bit of a learning curve for some elements No color-coding according to label good
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SPACE by THIX They say SPACE is empty, and they’re right… $3.99 Developer Thix, thix.co/space Platform iPad Requirements iOS 8 or later
SPACE is billed as an educational app/game, but we’re not convinced. It’s hard to understand what exactly about SPACE is educational: you are in space, you can add celestial bodies (stars, planets, black holes, etc.) to your own personal space, and you can watch as planets get vaporized because you placed them too close to the sun and stars turn supernova because… well, that’s what they do sometimes? The minimalist, sparse controls mean that you’re not entirely sure what you’re doing or why, and the tutorial is finicky – if you do the wrong thing halfway through
the tutorial, it will start up from the beginning next time you open the app. There’s certainly an appeal to it – seeing planets and stars crash together is fun when you don’t have to think about the human (alien?) cost – but the actual visuals usually involve a large circle spinning around a bigger circle for a while, followed by a big flash. Not quite the intergalactic fireworks you’d hope for. Unsurprisingly, some iPads aren’t up to the challenge of rendering the universe, and the app suffers from slowness and occasional crashes on older models. This can be even more frustrating when the tutorial then reloads. Again.
Supernovas are bright, and they take up a lot of the screen. Not exactly Cosmos, is it…
All in all, it’s difficult to discern what SPACE offers in terms of education or entertainment. It’s too simple to be a game, too sparse to be educational, and overall has just too little to offer. the bottom line. SPACE is just not as breathtaking as being in actual space. Well, we imagine so, anyway. Kate GRay weak
Ummo An easy public-speaking coach $1.99 Developer Anshul Bhagi, bit.ly/getUmmo Platform iPhone Requirements iOS 9 or later
Ummo is a rudimentary speech coach on your iPhone, helping you to cut out filler words (such as “um” or “y’know���), and it’s worth trying even if your only public speaking is in meetings or with customers. The app listens while you talk, and flags up the filler words; it’s got a solid preset range, but you can add new ones. By transcribing your speech as you talk, it tracks not just banned words, but your overall pace and any pauses. By default, it plays an alert when you say a filler word, which is great for pointing out your reliance on them at first, but can be distracting if you’re practicing a speech –
you can turn it off, though. Once you finish speaking, you can review graphs of the data, and match points on the graph to the transcription, so you could see which sections you struggled with… At least you could if the transcription wasn’t mostly nonsense. This concerned us, but actually it’s not that important: it’s good at flagging up the words it’s supposed to, and its overall data is still useful. However, it doesn’t record your progress for later review, which would be really useful for seeing your progress at practicing a particular speech, say. It also doesn’t work in the background, so you can’t read notes from your iPhone
Ummo shows words as you go, with data after. The graphs are useful; the transcription is not.
while talking. The app also failed on us once without fully crashing, so we talked away, not realizing we weren’t being tracked. the bottom line. Despite some issues, we like Ummo, and recommend it for anyone looking to polish their speaking. But it could be a lot better. matt bolton Solid
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We don’t remember reading about werewolves in our history books.
Lost Frontier Gunfight at the Pretty Good Corral $2.99 Developer Mika Mobile, mikamobile.com Platform Universal Requirements iOS 6 or later
Catci provide cover, so you’re harder to kill.
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When it comes to turn-based strategy games, we don’t see many cowboy-based offerings. It’s a shame, because the genre’s well suited to small-scale shoot-outs fought on open expanses of desert. The theming is cutely and imaginatively incorporated – gunslingers’ abilities are boosted by infusions of snake oil; your
outriders take the form of cavalry on horseback and your ranged units tote old-fashioned shotguns. That’s not to say you won’t also come up against the odd supernatural element, but these add enough variety that they feel like worthy additions. Rather than putting you in the midst of epic battles lasting hours, play is split into levels – each topping out at 10-15 minutes of play. Your objectives? Kill everyone who isn’t on your side, before they kill you. Level layouts differ enough to force you into changing your approach, so good luck if you were hoping to find one tactic that worked and then use it throughout. Some might require your units to surround a saloon (these serve as your spawn points, and can be captured by foes) and hold firm against the onslaught; others will need you to summon up
your derring-do and ride forth, flanked by as much shotgunpowered backup as your boys can muster. What’s more, your cabal of units have very definite strengths, weaknesses and purposes, and uncovering how these dovetail offers a large chunk of the fun. A posse, for example, is hefty enough that when they’re not on your side they feel like a genuine threat, not to be taken on by any less than two, preferably three, of your men. A posse of your own, backed up by a snake oil merchant and a trusty doctor? Darn nigh unstoppable – you’ll come in like a wrecking ball. The animation is cutesy (all bobbing, Habbo-esque sprites) and the interface pretty simple, but the difficulty here is stern enough to see you frequently replaying stages until you get your tactics fine-tuned enough to survive your last stand. It’s a decent challenge that will satisfy any strategy nut, and a welcome newcomer in town. the bottom line. By going back to the lawless Wild West, Lost Frontier serves up a fresh take on the turn-based strategy genre. emma Davies
Lost Frontier Interface is easy to understand, even for genre newbies Wild West theme has been brilliantly tailored to the gameplay Losing feels fair rather than overly frustrating Difficulty spikes fairly sharply great
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Imbroglio No move’s right; we’re torn $3.99 Developer Michael Brough, mightyvision.blogspot.co.uk Platform Universal Requirements iOS 6 or later
Damn, David Bowie’s labyrinth had nothing on this place. Imbroglio plops you down in a four-by-four maze of tiles, split up by walls placed at random. Monsters are spewed forth from any of the four corners at regular intervals, and every tile is a weapon you can use against them. The systems are complex in explanation, yet surprisingly intuitive after a few short games of practice. Damage is split into two types: red or blue. You start with an equal amount of life points for each, and enemies attack either one or the other. Monsters’ life points are unequally weighted between the two, so some are best attacked from
red tiles while others are best taken on from blue. Is it worth attacking this horror from your current red-tinged vantage point, or leading them a merry jig to the nearest blue tile where you’ll defeat them at less harm to yourself? With each move bringing the next foe’s spawn ever closer, it’s a fine tightrope to walk. Don’t get too used to the layout of the labyrinth, either. Each time you collect a star (which replenishes one of each variety of life point, as well as adding to your score tally), the walls shift about. While once you vulnerable only from one direction, you could suddenly be left open to attack from any angle afterwards.
It’s no contender for the “best graphics” crown, we’ll agree, but Imbroglio shines elsewhere.
It’s tense, but also means it’s always possible to claw back vital health at any point. It’s certainly no looker, but this is a quickfire, compulsive curio. the bottom line. We’re not sure if this is an actioner, a roguelike or a card game… we just know that we can’t quite put it down. emma Davies excellent
Warp Shift Puzzling your way to the portal $2.99 Developer Fishlabs, warpshift.com Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8 or later
Remember those puzzles you had as a kid, where you had to slide about tiles on a grid until they formed a picture? Well, Warp Shift is the adventure video game equivalent of that – both in mechanics and levels of satisfaction. You start in one square room, with an exit portal in another. Rooms can have exits on any – or even all – of their four sides, and you need to shift the rooms about on their grid so that the exits align for you to make your escape. As you move through the game, things of course get more complex: different colors of exit that can only be aligned together,
switches, a perky sprite buddy-cum-key who needs to be collected before the portal will open its turquoise majesty for you. The puzzles themselves are fairly simple – you’re not going to be left scratching your head for hours or even minutes on end, nor are they above a bit of trial and error on the rare occasion you do get stumped. The problem is, the star rating awarded to you upon completion of a level ticks down so quickly as to be truly punishing. We found occasions where we replayed a level until we’d memorized an efficient solution, yet still couldn’t swipe fast enough to get more than two stars. It feels like a slightly artificial means of
Blocks can be shunted from one edge to the other, plus horizontally and vertically.
padding out what could otherwise be a somewhat insubstantial game. Still, we can’t quite deny the tactile pleasure of those childhood sliding puzzles. the bottom line. A puzzler that delivers some charm and enjoyment, but with a serving of frustration in equal measure. emma Davies solid
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When you get it right, you’ll feel like the smartest person alive. (You’re not though, sorry.)
Human Resource Machine Warning: this game contains math and hard thinking. Wait, come back, it’s really good! $4.99 Developer Tomorrow Corporation, tomorrowcorporation.com Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8 or later
You’ll be glad just to complete the levels… then it tempts you try to do it better.
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Some people love logic puzzles. They love the way they can feel their brain working, the cogs grinding and crunching until the answer pops out at the end. They love to look at the result and see the workings they made to get to that point, and it makes them feel smug and self-satisfied and smart. This reviewer is one of those people. Human Resource Machine is the latest game from the mad scientists at Tomorrow
Corporation. The studio, founded in 2010, specializes in experiences that range from the depressingly nihilistic dystopia in Little Inferno – a game about setting fire to all of your possessions – to this one, which is… well, also a depressingly nihilistic dystopia. But this time it’s in an office – which pretty much embodies that description. It’s a logic game, but a logic game in the purest sense of the word, as it asks you to perform mundane tasks - take numbered box from Inbox, put it in Outbox - with different iterations and objectives each time, according to what is essentially simplified computer programming. One, for example, asks that you only put zeroes in the outbox. Another wants you to put the largest of every two numbers in the outbox, and discard the others.
The way you do this is with commands - just like computer code, you see - that start off as simple as “go to inbox” and “go to outbox” and gradually get more complicated, such as “jump if negative to…” and addition and subtraction commands. Pure logic. But it can take a fairly specific type of person to enjoy this kind of logic. Someone with no knowledge of programming but a good grasp of math might love it, but someone with neither of those things might be curled up in a ball weeping by level five. Or maybe you’ll love it anyway – it’s just logic, after all! Human Resource Machine is weirdly fun, fascinating, and so satisfying when it clicks, if a little confusingly worded for the average player with no programming experience at all. Rewards such as extra marks for elegant (short and smart) coding add a little frisson of competition for more experienced players, but for those that enjoy the ride, not the speed, there’s still an interesting plot to follow behind the whole game. the bottom line. Brainhurtingly taxing at times, incredibly rewarding when the logic finally clicks - but steer well clear if you hate math. Kate GRay Human ResouRce macHine More of the same humor as Little Inferno Really smart and well-executed Demands a certain mindset So much math. Maybe too much math gReat
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7 iOS apps for doing more with your photos From adding text to creating collages, these apps let you do more with your images By david CHarTier Using filters to add that certain look to your photos is just the tip of the fun editing iceberg. The App Store is full of great photo tools that can do everything from add text overlays to combine multiple photos into impressive works of art. Over (Free, Universal) is a simple yet powerful tool for turning photos into everything from backdrops for inspiring quotes, to greeting cards, to event promotions. It’s free and comes with a core set of tools to enhance photos with text, filters, graphics, and so on – but things get even more interesting with the add-ons (from 99¢), which add more advanced tools, stock photo directories, and a world of fonts. When a single photo won’t do, MixgraM (Free, Universal) is a popular collage and layout app. It has a ton of templates for combining photos in just about any way you can imagine, as well as a respectable array of filters, fonts for text overlays, and stickers. Mixgram is
Editing images and playing with layouts is easy with Mixgram – as is sharing your work.
Give your images the “kapow” factor and use Halftone to bring a little comic fun to shots.
a free download, and you can disable ads and start adding tools and content for just 99¢. For fans of blurring the lines between photography and abstract art, TangenT ($1.99, Universal) is packed with a bunch of unique filters, 3D objects, and blending tools, allowing you to turn your photos into otherworldly landscapes and inspiring vistas. You get a lot with the $2 price, and more packs and styles can be had for just 99¢. If you’ve ever wanted to create that effect where a wilderness scene appears in the silhouette of a person or a cityscape, Fuzed (Free, Universal) is the app for easily combining two photos in interesting ways. The free version has a bunch of blending modes and tools, and a variety of textures and photo packs can be unlocked starting at 99¢. If your life sometimes seems straight out of a comic book, or maybe you just wish it was, HalFTOne 2 ($2.99, Universal) is the
answer. It has a bunch of comicbook-like layouts, filters, and BAM! POW! BONK! text and stamp tools. If you’re feeling ambitious, it can even handle video. Halftone 2 includes all tools and content for its price. If word art is more your thing, WOrdFOTO ($1.99, Universal) is worth a look. With a few simple color and text tools, you can overlay sentences or entire bodies of text onto your photos to create something unique and perhaps inspirational. There are no In-App Purchases – you get all the tools with the app. Part Over and part Tangent, PHOTO Candy (Free, Universal) has great tools for adding text, quotes, and filters, as well as a modest selection of art and abstract objects. Each item you add is on a separate layer with its own individual adjustments, allowing for a powerful level of control. The free version has plenty of tools and art to get started with, and has a handful of add-on packs available at 99¢ each.
If you’ve found blending images too tricky before, try Fuzed, the “double exposure” app.
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watch apps and guides to get more from your watch
iTranslate 10 Going away? Get iTranslate first Free Developer Sonic, itranslate.com Platform Universal, watchOS Requirements iOS 8 or later
Many of you may have traveled through foreign countries during the dark days before smartphones, missing out on the convenience of having a translation app to communicate with locals. But no more: one of the best around is iTranslate, which recently released a big update that makes it easier to travel abroad, especially in regions where cellular data is spotty or unavailable. We’re talking about offline mode, which allows translations between the most popular
On your side Here’s one for you travelers: After removing Apple Watch for the night and connecting to the charger, tip it sideways with the digital crown facing up. Now it’s a perfect nightstand clock displaying
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the current time and date, as well as an indicator for notifications that arrive while you’re snoozing.
languages, no internet connection necessary. There’s also a voice conversation mode available for over 40 languages, and the ability to translate websites using Safari or the in-app browser on iPhone. But the coolest part is that you can initiate translations directly on Apple Watch, using voice dictation for text entry. Many translations can be played back in their native tongue, and there’s even Time Travel support to scroll through previous entries from the watch face complication, as well as saving recently used languages for faster access next time around. While most of the features (including support for more than 90 languages) are free, it’s worth noting iTranslate 10’s coolest new stuff is only available with a paid, recurring Pro subscription ($2.99 per month or $19.99 annually). That’s technically a step back for existing customers who invested in the previous version’s Pro upgrade, although Sonico provides a seven-day trial for all users, and you can always subscribe before heading
overseas, then cancel once you arrive back home. the bottom line. Offline, voice conversation, and website translation make iTranslate 10 a must-have, especially if going for the subscription option. J.R. bookwalteR
itranslate 10 Offline, voice conversation, and website translation Voice dictation from Watch Support for more than 90 languages Monthly or annual subscription required for Pro features (even for owners of previous Pro upgrade) great
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Watch the Snake A bit slippery in places Free Developer Tagrem, tagrem.com
How to Preserve watch battery life
Platform Universal, watchOS Requirements iOS 8 or later
If you owned a Nokia phone in 1997, chances are you were playing Snake, the addictive little game where players maneuver an ever-growing line around the screen in four different directions, all to avoid your own “tail.” There have been many variations in the nearly two decades since, including this latest arrival for Apple Watch. Watch the Snake (get it?) uses the Digital Crown to turn left of right, and push the snake to consume its prey. There are two modes (Easy or Hard), although
both are fairly difficult considering how fast the snake is moving around on such a tiny screen. Although there’s a setting option to recognize taps instead of the Digital Crown, you can’t actually enable it yet. (On iOS, you can switch between taps or device motion.) Gameplay takes a bit of time to get used to, but otherwise it’s hard to complain when the app is free. the bottom line. Resurrected for the smartwatch era, this snake is not nearly as playable as the original. J.R. bookwalteR okay
Cardiogram Get up to speed with your heartbeat Free Developer Cardiogram, cardiogr.am Platform iPhone, watchOS Requirements iOS 9 or later
Living with a heart condition is a bit like driving with a blindfold – you don’t know you’re in trouble until it’s too late. A new iPhone app called Cardiogram helps pull back the shroud of mystery about what’s going on inside your chest, turning the Apple Watch into a mobile heart-rate monitor. With Cardiogram, it’s easy to visualize how your heart reacts to intense workouts, and compare your resting heart rate against a trio of scenarios (average runner, average biker, and couch potato).
taPPeD oUt If your Apple Watch won’t make it until the day’s end, press and hold the side button along the right edge, directly underneath the digital crown.
Resting heart rate is used as a key indicator of cardiac health, so being able to record data automatically throughout the day helps illuminate potential problems before they arise. From the Apple Watch app, Cardiogram provides a real-time look at current and past heart activity. There’s also the option to enable a complication that displays beats per minute (BPM) on any compatible watch face; tapping the screen switches to the app’s full heart-rate chart. the bottom line. A useful heart rate checker. J.R. bookwalteR great
SliDe RiGht Slide a finger across Power Reserve. Once activated, all Watch features will be disabled, except for displaying the current time (24-hr format) for up to 72 hours.
PoweR UP To exit Power Reserve mode, hold the side button until the Apple logo appears, and then wait for your Watch to restart.
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Philips 275P4VYKEB Massive resolution in a well‑designed but costly case $1,410 manufacturer Philips, philips.com Resolution 5120x2880 Connections 2x DisplayPort, 3x USB 3.0, headphone out
PhiliPs 275P4VYKEB 98% Adobe RGB Huge resolution Sturdy build Only works with a few Mac models GrEat
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his 27-inch display has a massive 5120x2880 resolution, the same as Apple’s 5K iMac, which equates to 14.7 megapixels. The result is more space for tool palettes, multiple documents side by side, or the ability to show 4K video plus editing tools on a single screen. Physically, this is a well-designed screen. The display is substantial, unsurprisingly, and the stand allows tilt, swivel, and height adjustments with more-or-less fingertip control. Philips calls it the “SmartErgoBase,” and it does its job well. The display has a few extras including three USB 3.0 ports – one with fast charging – plus a two-megapixel webcam, microphone, and couple of 2 watt speakers. The display controls are touch-sensitive, but the labels are positioned where they’re easy to see, so it’s simple to tweak settings as needed. This 5K display is something of a beast; we don’t mean so much its overall size, but rather in what it demands from your Mac. First of all, if you don’t have a Mac that can support dual-cable 5K output, forget it – you might be able to use this at a much lower resolution, but you lose the entire point of this device. What that boils down to is the Mac Pro from late 2013, the Retina 5K iMac from late 2014, or the MacBook Pro from early 2015 – or newer, of course. It needs two DisplayPort sockets to run, or two Thunderbolt ports and a couple of DisplayPort adapters. Philips says the monitor achieves 99% of Adobe RGB color space and 100% of sRGB, and it comes near-as-damnit to this: DataColor’s Spyder Elite pegged it at 98% Adobe RGB, making it an excellent display for critical color work as long as you keep it freshly profiled. It has the same ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle as Philips’ 4K display, and it can even be rotated 90 degrees to portrait orientation. This is obviously not a budget device, and it does cost substantially more than a 4K display. Also bear in mind that the 5K iMac starts at $1,799 for an entire computer. But if you absolutely, positively need to have the most pixels in the room, and need them to be delivering highly accurate color, get your wallet out – assuming your Mac can handle the dual-cable requirements of this demanding monitor. the bottom line. It’s only compatible with some of the latest Macs, but it works extremely well when paired with the right models, and offers a superb picture with exquisite color for just about any purpose. Keith mARtin
not only is the display great, but the monitor is easy to adjust for comfortable use.
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Airmail 3 Hot on the heels of the last update, does this offer enough? $9.99 Developer Bloop, airmailapp.com Requirements OS X 10.8 or later; 64-bit processor
Despite a ton of new features, Airmail 3 retains the same user interface, with limited options for changing the look and feel.
AirmAil 3 New VIP and Smart Folders Deep integration with other apps, services Messy conversations view Broken sync for iCloud Rules, VIP, Smart Folders good
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Since we last reviewed Airmail in late 2015, there’s been a flurry of activity with the third-party Mac email client. First came the promised iOS app (and Universal support for iPad), which nicely complemented the existing desktop version. Now the developers have gone “back to the Mac” with a significant update that narrows the feature gap with competitors, but fails to address several unresolved issues. At first glance, Airmail 3 doesn’t look much different from the previous 2.5 release. That’s because most of the changes are initially squirrelled away out of sight – like VIP and Smart Folders, two features borrowed from Apple Mail that respectively make missives from important contacts easier to find, and automatically sort messages based on predefined search criteria. Airmail 3 also claims to sync existing iCloud VIP and Smart Folders (as well as Rules), but we could never get this feature working properly. One convenience that does work as expected is customization – at least for the menu, gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and folders. We prefer to archive emails into designated folders for better organization, and Airmail 3 includes a “Move to Folder” gesture for this very purpose. Swipe across the message in the
assigned direction, and up pops a list of folders for that email account, ready to serve. For an app that prides itself on its configurability, Airmail 3 does little to improve user interface readability. Even on our swanky new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display, sidebar icons, mailboxes, and message list previews look entirely too small. There are a few list theme options, but unfortunately no actual settings; thankfully, you can zoom in and out on the message body using keyboard shortcuts. Equally irksome is the way Airmail handles conversations. In Apple Mail, it’s easy to expand or collapse an entire stack of messages from the same thread from the list view, making it easy to select the one you want. By comparison, Airmail stacks everything in an unintuitive and confusing way in the main message panel. We can’t help but feel like the developer is focusing more on an impressive list of new features rather than refining what’s already there. the bottom line. Airmail 3 is one of the best Apple Mail alternatives around, but a number of ongoing usability issues are taking a backseat to the introduction of new features. J.R. bookwalteR
One thing we love about Airmail 3 is the ability to customize the menu, gestures, shortcuts, and folders.
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Gemini 2 Weed out your duplicate files $19.99 manufacturer MacPaw, macpaw.com requirements OS X 10.10 or later
Hazel Keep your Mac tidy with some ground rules $32 manufacturer Noodlesoft LLC, noodlesoft.com requirements OS X 10.10 or later
Hazel is a housekeeper for your Mac, tidying behind you as you work. You select specific folders to target and rules to apply, setting up conditions and specifying what should happen. Hazel ships with basic rules to get your started, which act as examples. These place specific media types into relevantly named folders, or flag documents of a certain age with a label. Through carefully constructed multi-condition rules, you can craft surprisingly complex actions, involving importing content into apps, archiving, and uploading. For example, you could have Hazel root around Downloads for music, put it into iTunes, and trash the original files. Construction of rules is now simplified through being able to preview them and discover where they fail. This update also adds rules search, and rules sync between Macs. For Hazel power users, we’ve no doubt these additions will justify the tiny upgrade fee. As for newcomers, Hazel remains astonishingly good value, on account of how much time it can save, even if you only have it perform the most basic and tedious of tidy-up tasks. the bottom line. Useful – if perhaps not revolutionary – updates build on what was already an essential Mac utility. Craig grannell
Duplicate files are a pain to stay on top of, but thanks to Gemini they’ve become more manageable. The original app targeted duplicates only, but version 2 can flag up similar files, making them easy to compare and remove through its clear interface. It also promises to learn from your decisions, such as which folders you favor when choosing files to keep, to ensure its one-click “Smart Clean” is safer to use. Gemini can search iTunes and Photos libraries as well as folders. You can choose to trust the scan’s findings and click Smart Clean, or exercise the more cautious option to review each entry. Duplicates and similar files are listed separately, and only the former are selected for deletion (you can choose Duplicate > Select > Deselect All to clear what’s preselected before review). The app provides built-in safeguards – files are moved to the Trash rather than deleted instantly, and a list of what’s been removed is shown with options for restoring. Throw in innovative tools and options (the app can be configured to replace duplicates with hard links, for example) and you’ve got a genuinely useful tool. the bottom line. A powerful duplicate finder with plenty of tools and safeguards to justify the price. niCK PeerS
gemini 2 Fast, effective scans Files moved to Trash (so they can be restored) Can replace copies with hard links to save space Slow file previews great
hazel Rules are flexible and now offer previews Sync options streamline multi-Mac usage Can also manage trash and app deletion Invest a little time and save significantly more excellent
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FileMaker Pro 15 The veteran database software keeps up to date $329 ($197 upgrade) Developer FileMaker, filemaker.com Requirements OS X 10.10 or later
There’s not a whole lot of “wow,” but the redesigned status toolbar icons are a welcome improvement.
FileMaker Pro 15 Small interface tweaks make it easier to use Better performance WebDirect support for Android smartphones Modest improvements for Mac, Windows users excellent
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Although old-timers consider FileMaker to be the granddaddy of Mac database applications, over the years the Apple subsidiary’s flagship software has spread its wings and become something far more expansive. In particular, the Go mobile apps introduced in 2010 have helped turn FileMaker into a more impressive and complete platform. If that wasn’t abundantly clear before, FileMaker Pro 15 certainly gets the message across. Thanks to Touch ID, 3D Touch, iOS file sharing, and iBeacon support, databases run on the companion FileMaker Go apps now feel more like native iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software. Plus, for the first time, WebDirect delivers hosted databases to the Chrome browser on supported Android smartphones as well as desktop computers and tablets. With the focus on mobile, there’s not a whole lot of spotlight left for the traditional Mac (and Windows) applications to shine. Indeed, most of the FileMaker 15 buzz is focused on
performance, saving time, and small tweaks to streamline the software for new and veteran users alike. For example, errors are now highlighted in red from the Script Workspace, making it easier to spot problems after importing existing scripts. FileMaker Pro’s user interface has also received a few meaningful improvements, with redesigned status toolbar icons, a refreshed layout inspector, and new Getting Started window. You can also – finally! – use the Undo command from the script editor. Last but not least, Help is now web-based, but can optionally be downloaded for offline access. Version 15 also doesn’t take the security of your data for granted, with the option to conceal edit boxes. Developers creating custom apps used to capture sensitive data such as passwords, PIN codes, or credit card numbers can now obscure characters from view as they’re being entered. Coming so closely on the heels of last year’s more feature-packed release, many users will opt to dodge the $197 upgrade by just skipping ahead to the next version – especially when there’s still no way to sync database files between desktop and mobile using iCloud or another cloud service. the bottom line. FileMaker Pro 15 takes a backseat this year, allowing mobile and server enhancements to shine. J.R. bookwalteR
No matter what kind of database solution you want, FileMaker Pro 15 makes it easy to do – and looks great, too.
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Chronicle 6 Take the stress out of paying your bills $9.99 Developer LittleFin, littlefin.com Requirements OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor
As long as personal computers have existed in the home, consumers have relied upon financial software to keep tabs on which bills are due and when. Chronicle 6 (a free upgrade for owners of the previous version) is laser-focused on bill management. This isn’t a replacement for money management apps such as Quicken, but is used to log expenses and alert users before they come due. Chronicle doesn’t hook into payment services, although each bill can include web links to make payments within the integrated browser. The main window displays a list of active bills, payment amounts, balances, and due dates, along with a preview of what’s coming up. Logging payments is as easy as entering a few details; the clean layout visualizes what’s owed at a glance, while the search field provides quick access to specific bills. Bills can be assigned a due date (with optional reminder), fixed or variable amount, repeat interval, payment method, and tags. Each is assigned to categories with corresponding custom icons, making them easier to spot in the list. Chronicle 6 adds new categories such as music subscription and cleaning services, but all of the icons have been desaturated in the process. They’re a better fit in the modern OS X aesthetic, but are harder to differentiate
The new vacation mode in Chronicle 6 makes it easy to take care of upcoming bills so you can relax and have fun on your trip.
with everything now the same shade of drab gray. A more welcome new addition is vacation mode, which temporarily adjusts due dates for bills that need to be paid in your absence. Click the airplane icon, enter start and end dates, and you’ll be reminded to pay those bills prior to your departure – without affecting future payments. Chronicle users can also track monthly income against expenses with the optional balance sheet feature, which has been redesigned to include sources alongside bills. It’s a bit buggy, with repeat entries showing up even when the interval is set to Never. We preferred the less cluttered approach from previous versions, which worked better for freelancers whose income is spread out all across the calendar. the bottom line. A fresh coat of paint to Mac bill management, but drab category icons and revamped income functionality are a step back.J.R. bookwalteR
Bill management on the Mac doesn’t get much easier or intuitive than Chronicle 6, available as a free update for owners of the previous version.
ChroniCle 6 Mac bill management software with iCloud, Dropbox sync support Clean, redesigned user interface Income sources now managed alongside bills Colorless category icons great
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Art Text 3 Paint a thousand words $49.99 developer BeLight, belightsoft.com/art-text Requirements OS X 10.10 or later
Art text 3 3D effects look great Lots of customization Some bugs and small output glitches Results ultimately limited solid
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his app simply applies effects to text, but the effects are something special. Dozens of presets range from 2D textures to bevelled 3D extrusions with bump maps and lighting. You can apply 3D warps on top – an excellent way to add drama or a cartoonish feel. Once you’ve finished clicking through all the options while muttering “Wow,” you’ll start to see the limitations. The painted effects are just fills; there are no brushed strokes, and switching your text into a cursive font isn’t fooling anyone. The 3D options are where the real action is at, even if bump maps don’t quite work as they ought to on objects’ edges. As long as one of the presets is roughly what you need, there are plenty of controls to tweak it into shape. You can also import your own artwork to create new effects, but if you have the skills to do that, this probably isn’t the app for you. It’s a shame the shadow options aren’t properly 3D, and loosely resemble a wall shadow, when you’d more likely want a floor shadow. Although you can use any installed font, there’s little in the way of formatting. Altering kerning – the spacing between individual letters – only works across all the text at once (and thus is more properly called tracking), so we often had to split words to sort out the spacing, and then we couldn’t warp them as a group. Finally, there’s a selection of 2D and 3D buttons and icons, but the interesting elements aren’t editable, and the editable elements aren’t interesting. The app feels a bit like it’s been padded out to justify the price. A small bug, which BeLight told us would be fixed shortly after we reported it and certainly by the time you read this, made the initial document resolution tiny. It was easy to change this in Edit > Document Size, and the app then remembered our preference. Document Size works a bit oddly, though: if you select physical dimensions rather than number of pixels, they’re converted at 72 dots per inch (dpi), which means low-res output. In theory you can use Document Size later to enlarge the canvas or resize your artwork, but when we did this our text usually just vanished. (Fortunately, there’s multi-step Undo.) You get a “dpi” setting when you export your finished work as a GIF, JPEG or PNG, but this only affects the file’s metadata, not how many pixels are output. Disappointingly, exporting to PDF still saves as a bitmap, not a scalable vector file. the bottom line. Great fun and surprisingly flexible, but not robust enough for proper text design work. AdAm bAnks
Art Text 3 applies 3D effects with one click, which you can then tweak.
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Exhibeo 2 Make your photos stand out online with this gallery-creation tool $29.99 Developer Softpress Systems, softpress.com/exhibeo Requirements OS X 10.10 or later
Imported images can be cropped, rotated and have aspect ratios adjusted.
ExhibEo 2 Easy to create and customize galleries Seven varied themes to choose from Some issues with layout across devices Settings vanish after selecting another theme solid
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In a world of social networks and WordPress, Mac-based web-design tools feel oddly quaint. Exhibeo is further elbowed into niche territory by being designed purely to create galleries rather than entire websites. This sense of focus has resulted in a simple, usable app. Drag photos to Exhibeo (from Finder, since Photos proves uncooperative), select a theme (seven are included), customize elements (background color, thumbnail size, and so on), and send the results to Finder or Softpress’s own Freeway web design tool, to integrate into a website. Exhibeo’s interface is usable, if a bit heavy on slide transitions. You can reorder photos in Images View, add titles and descriptions in Metadata View, and see how everything looks in the app’s preview. It’s worth noting that switching themes removes any customization settings, which is irritating. Delving deeper, code output has some issues regarding semantic structure, but is clean,
minimal and easy for hand-coders to edit. For copy/pasters, a document named ExhibeoExport.html is generated with instructions regarding manually integrating output with your site; however, it advises you to upload generated folders without warning about overwriting existing ones with the same names – that’s a black mark from us. The most important aspect of Exhibeo for many, though, will be the galleries themselves. You can see demos of what you can expect at softpress.com/exhibeo. There’s some good aesthetic variation in evidence, with Slide and Showtime looking particularly smart. We did find some layout bugs, though, which we imagine may be beyond the abilities of the target audience to fix across various platforms. Usability also varies across devices. We’re also not sure who Exhibeo is for. With home users increasingly wedded to sharing photos on social networks, Exhibeo feels an odd ask as a standalone purchase; for Freeway fans, it’s a smarter buy, acting as an extension of sorts for producing visually rich galleries. the bottom line. As a serviceable gallery creation tool, it’s a good bet for Freeway users, but less essential for others. CRaig gRannell
Seven themes are included, providing wide scope for your galleries.
Galleries can be fine-tuned in various ways, to make them better fit your site.
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Paragon Hard Disk Manager Take control of your drive $39.99 Developer Paragon Software, paragon-software.com Requirements OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor
ShottyBlur A better screenshot tool $3.99 Developer Elena Drozhzhina, imagestudiopro.com Requirements OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor
Ever wished that you could take a screengrab of multiple windows on your Mac, then be able to edit those windows after? ShottyBlur is the app you need. It captures all of the windows (and other elements) on your screen, or just from the currently active app, in separate layers – even including windows that are behind others. You can then open the grabs ShottyBlur takes in Photoshop (or anything else that supports PSD files) with every element on its own layer, and adjust them however you want. Delete that window, move that one up, remove the icons from the desktop, and so on. You can also open individual layers as PSDs, or export elements individually as PNGs or JPEGs. In the app, all you do is view the grabs (or their individual layers in a nested list) and save or export them. The app needs to have a window open (though not on top) for its shortcuts to trigger, but at least it’s easily removed from the results… You can also change the app’s preset shortcuts, which you’ll want to do, because one is set to ç+ß+s, which many apps use already. It also has a small problem where if you select a few specific layers to open in Photoshop together, only one arrives. the bottom line. An extremely useful app for people who do anything complex with screengrabs. matt bolton
This app offers sector-level drive backup, allowing volumes to be migrated to another computer or virtual machine with the operating system, applications, and files intact. And unlike Apple’s Migration Assistant, Paragon’s Snapshot feature works without a system restart. It can also be used for day-to-day backup, with incremental imaging that excludes duplicate data. The interface is clear, with complete information about each drive. Clicking the gear icon displays a list of actions, such as wiping data, redistributing free space, or restoring a deleted partition. And it’s not just for Mac-formatted disks – it works with NTFS, ExtFS, FAT, or exFAT partitions. Last but not least, if the new System Integrity Protection (SIP) Apple introduced with OS X El Capitan has become a thorn in the side of your older applications, it can be enabled or disabled with a click from a bootable recovery drive created by the app. the bottom line. For maximum control over storage devices, forget Disk Utility and install Paragon Hard Disk Manager instead. J.R. bookwalteR
ParaGon hard diSk ManaGer for Mac Sector-level backup and restore with Snapshot Works with drives formatted for other file systems Cumbersome Apply Operations safeguard Volume names not displayed during some modes eXcellent
ShottyBlur Capture hidden windows Layers for all windows and screen elements Easy to send or save layered PSDs or PNGs Can’t open selected layers as PSD together Great
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Canon EOS-1D X Mk II The 1D X Mk II looks set to wow the pros shooting this year’s Olympic games $5,999 (body only) manufacturer Canon, usa.canon.com Features 20.2 megapixel images, 14 fps with AF/AE tracking, 4K 60 fps video capture
Canon EoS-1D X Mk II Excellent control layout and handling 4K recording at 60fps Brilliant autofocus system Only a small increase in resolution over the 1D X EXCEllEnt
he EOS-1D X Mk II is Canon’s new high-end model for photos and video, replacing not just the original 1D X, but also the EOS-1D C pro video camera. In some areas, the Mk II seems like a modest upgrade of the tech in the 1D X; in others it breaks entirely new ground. It has a brand-new sensor, for example, but with a relatively modest resolution of 20.2 million pixels. That may seem low in comparison to the 50 million pixels of Canon’s cheaper 5DS and 5DS R, but the 1D X Mk II is all about speed and sharp low-light shooting – it’s a workhorse for sport and news photographers, capturing any moment with clarity. In addition to a new sensor design, the use of two Digic 6+ image processors helps keep noise levels down by enabling the 1D X Mk II to apply complex noise-reduction algorithms. But the main reason for this mighty processing power is to facilitate fast continuous shooting speeds. The 1D X II can shoot at up to 14 frames per second with full exposure metering and autofocus operation (however, it drops to 10fps at its maximum 102,400 ISO). Canon has made lots of changes under the hood, with an expanded AF area and a new AI Servo AF III+ system, which improves the tracking sensitivity for erratic movement.
All this means that the 1D X Mk II’s images don’t disappoint. The level of detail is excellent through much of the sensitivity range, and both exposure and colors are generally highly accurate and pleasing. Its ability to focus quickly in dark conditions while getting lots of detail means it captures images most other cameras simply can’t, just as with its crisp shots of even the most fast-moving subjects. The autofocus is MVP here, but the sensor itself impresses hugely with its accuracy in all situations. So the EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot stills faster, and for longer, than ever before, but it also takes 4K video. Interestingly, the Mk II shoots “cinema” 4K at 4096x2160 pixels, rather than the slightly smaller UHD format, but most editing suites have no problem with this. Crucially, it produces beautiful, pro-level video, thanks partly to the excellent autofocus again. The Canon EOS-1D X Mk II looks and feels like a modern camera that’s designed for use by photographers who need a camera they can rely on, even in bad weather and bad light. We love it. the bottom line. In the EOS-1D X Mk II, Canon has created a powerful and versatile camera that’s a great choice for sport and news photographers, as well as videographers. AngelA nicholson
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The Porsche drive packs 4TB storage into a compact aluminum casing.
LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive USB-C Portable drive with USB-C interface and 4TB capacity 1tb $119; 2tb $159; 4tb $224 manufacturer LaCie, lacie.com features 4TB hard drive (5,400 rpm), USB Type-C (with USB 3.0 adapter included)
T LaCie PorsChe Design MobiLe Drive Usb-C Compatible with USB-C and USB 3.0 4TB capacity in compact, portable design Expensive Modest performance soLiD
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he slimline MacBook introduced USB-C to the Mac range more than a year ago, but hard drives that use this new high-speed interface are only now becoming common. LaCie’s latest version of the Porsche Design Mobile Drive adds USB-C to the drive’s smart aluminum design, along with a USB 3.0 adapter so that you can use it with other Macs and PCs too. The Porsche drive also stands out by providing up to 4TB of storage. That’s more than enough for backing up files from most laptops, and will also provide plenty of storage for owners of desktop Macs and PCs too. And, unlike most desktop drives, it won’t need a separate power supply, either. There are three versions available. The 1TB and 2TB models measure just 0.39 inches thick and weigh 6.8 oz, but the 4TB model that we tested is larger, at 0.83 inches and 11.1 oz. However, it’s still small and light enough to carry
around quite easily, and for many people the 4TB storage will be worth a little extra weight. It’s not perfect, though. The USB-C versions of the Porsche drives are quite a bit more expensive than the standard USB models, and they’re not particularly fast either. LaCie has opted for a basic 5,400 rpm drive, which produced unremarkable read and write speeds of 135MB/s and 75.8MB/s respectively. At these prices we’d have liked LaCie to use a 7,200 rpm drive for higher performance. But, as we’ve mentioned, there aren’t many 4TB portable drives around - especially with USB-C interfaces – so the Porsche Design Mobile Drive is worth considering if you need lots of back-up storage combined with a really portable design. the bottom line. It’s expensive, but the Porsche drive’s 4TB capacity and USB-C interface make this a good back-up option for both laptop and desktop Macs. Cliff Joseph
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Western Digital My Cloud EX2 Ultra A fast file server that offers a few extra features From $159 manufacturer WD, wdc.com Features 2x drive bays, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0
Netgear ReadyNAS 212 A powerful and flexible network storage solution where you can provide the disks From $329 manufacturer Netgear, netgear.com Features 2x drive bays, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 3x USB 3.0
Netgear’s ReadyNAS drive can be bought with two 2TB ($537) or 3TB disks ($619), or empty for your own (up to 12TB per bay). Beware the caddy if you do supply your own, though – it needs to be pushed in firmly. Browser-based setup is straightforward, but not as easy as some NAS options. You get twin Gigabit Ethernet ports with support for link aggregation, but make sure your switch supports the 802.3ad protocol. There are three USB 3.0 ports (one on the front) and a legacy eSATA port, too. There’s support for Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) and Time Machine (with individual user quotas), cloud access and a repository of almost 80 apps to choose from. The operating system (ReadyNAS OS 6) is standard across Netgear’s range, so it’s well supported with feature updates and fixes. The transfer speeds are impressive – 58MB/s in our standard read and 47MB/s in standard write tests. Its quad-core CPU and 2GB memory are capable of transcoding media streams pretty handily, though it’s less nippy to perform operations than the similarly priced Synology DS216+. the bottom line. The RN212 is feature-packed and powerful, but can cost a lot if you add your own disks. Having said that, we think the extra cost is worth it (just). niCK PeeRS
The EX2 Ultra is a network drive that can take two hard disks – you can supply your own, or buy it with up to 16TB. It’s easy to set up, and the interface is simple to navigate. Annoyingly, there are no power or backup buttons on the drive. The Ethernet and USB ports are on the rear, with the latter accepting drives for backups or extra network shares, but not printers. Mac-focused features include AFP support, Time Machine backups and an iTunes audio server. There are only 14 apps in WD’s store, but they’re good quality and cover most bases, though not everything. Our review unit came with with two 4TB drives configured as a RAID 1 mirrored array ($555). The dual-core ARM processor offers okay performance, but the drive’s file transfers impress: 55MB/s reading and 44MB/s writing in our standard test. the bottom line. The EX2 Ultra is well priced, but lacking in advanced features and raw performance. niCK PeeRS
WesterN digital My Cloud eX2 ultra Easy to set up Solid file transfer speeds Dual-core ARM processor fairly average Lacking in advanced features solid
Netgear readyNas 212 Impressive read/write speeds Support for AFP, Time Machine and cloud access Caddy is a little fiddly Expensive when you add disks great
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Audeze Sine Audeze opts for Lightning sound – even before Apple does $499 manufacturer Audeze, audeze.com Features 10Hz-50kHz frequency response, 6 watt power, leather design
Audeze Sine Awesome all-in-one Lightning cable Leather design Excellent sound Expensive greAt
he Audeze Sine, unlike most other headphones, are ready for a future that actually may not come to fruition. Specifically, that’s the possibility of an iPhone 7 devoid of the traditional 3.5mm headphone socket, and how Apple’s move could signal a big change in the way manufacturers make headphones. If Apple does decide to juke the decades-old standard, Audeze will be prepared with the Sine. If you’re an iPhone user, you should really be listening to them through the Cipher Lightning cable, which features an amplifier, digital signal processor and digital-to-audio converter. It houses all of these components because the Lightning port bypasses the iPhone’s default audio system, which means that the data coming out of the iPhone to the Sine hasn’t yet been converted and processed. While wireless is certainly the trend, Audeze is keeping things a little more old-school with its cable-only approach. When you first plug the Sine into a Lightning port, you’re prompted to install the app. This is recommended, because it will keep the hardware up to date with the latest firmware, and also because it lets you tune two equalizers to your taste. These are stored on the cable, and usable on multiple Audeze devices.
The Cipher Lightning cable gives the Sine all of the modern powers we love to see in a set of wired headphones. There’s a multifunction inline remote that can adjust volume, pick up phone calls and switch songs. It also features a microphone so your phone can remain in the pocket. The audio is excellent, too – full of attack, warmth, and detail. Everything sounds neatly balanced in the closed-back cup and, to our ears, nothing seemed out of place or disproportionate in the presentation. If you have an Android phone, or are just listening through a non-Lightning port, the 3.5mm cable option is appreciated and totally serviceable, too. But by comparison, audio coming through the 3.5mm cable sounded more reserved and didn’t have the immediacy or the warm quality that we loved from the Cipher cable. When it comes to use with a Mac or nonApple phone or tablet, there’s not much to see here other than a nice set of fancy headphones. But on your iPhone, they’re pretty great. the bottom line. The Audeze Sine are excellent headphones, with a big feature that rewards listening on iPhone or iPad, but they’re less impactful elsewhere. Cameron Faulkner
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Naim Mu-so Qb Big sound and stylish looks in a petite package $999 manufacturer Naim, naimaudio.com Features UPnP, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Internet radio; USB. 3.5mm and optical digital; Spotify and Tidal
T Naim mu-So Qb Stylish looks Small form factor Full and vibrant sound Really, really expensive great
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he original Mu-so was a phenomenalsounding speaker with a great control scheme, but its form factor didn’t quite make sense – it was too large and deep to fit comfortably on most people’s shelves or tables at home. The Qb is just as good, but much smaller, so is a better fit in many people’s lives. The Qb’s connectivity ports are on the rear; you’ll find analog, optical and USB inputs, with an Ethernet port and power connector. However, you’re likely to connect to the Qb wirelessly, and here the speaker is compatible with most standards, including AirPlay. Supported files range from MP3s to hi-res WAV, FLAC, and AIFF tracks at 24-bit/192kHz (note that any Wi-Fi streaming will result in these tracks being downsampled to 24-bit/48kHz). Naim has done a fantastic job squeezing five drivers (two tweeters, two mid-range and a single subwoofer)
into a speaker of this size. Combined, you get 300 watts of amplification. The bass has punch without overwhelming the soundscape, and sound separation is impressive. You’ll get the best results if you hardwire your music directly via a USB cable, but the trade-off between portability and sound quality using AirPlay or AptX Bluetooth is fine. Streaming over standard Bluetooth is also supported, but the audio takes a noticeable hit. You can tweak the Qb’s sound using an app; for the most part, the speaker’s built-in controls are aesthetic, since you’re going to mostly be controlling the Qb with your phone. the bottom line. The Mu-So Qb has a lot to like about it: it sounds fantastic, and its design means it fits well into a modern living space. But at a thousand bucks, this is one expensive piece of gear. Jon Porter
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Twelve South TimePorter The Watch gets its own luggage $49 manufacturer Twelve South, twelvesouth.com Features 180° case hinge, magnetic closure, clips
Logi Base Powering your Pro the smart way $99 manufacturer Logitech, logitech.com Features Smart Connector, 70° viewing angle
Smart Connector accessories are generally limited to keyboards, but Apple’s connector happens to be the perfect port for a charging stand too. Logitech’s Base is for 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pros, giving you a great way to stand either tablet in landscape orientation and charge it without having a Lightning cable sticking out. It certainly looks as “smart” as the connector’s technology, and there are magnets near the Smart Connector to help snap the iPad into place. We love the firm feel, aided by the sticky pad on the Base’s bottom, which makes it an excellent desk companion and ideal for using apps such as Status Board to keep an eye on what’s going on. You’ll still need to plug a Lightning cable in to the Base’s rear, but it’s very discreet and we’ve no complaints about how Logitech has made it look. We even admire the angle, which holds your iPad more upright than most stands. Sadly, with Base being a fixed piece of aluminum, there’s no way to change its angle, but the biggest issue is the $99 price tag. That’s a lot of money for a sliver of aluminum and some cabling. the bottom line. A good cable-tidying option for keeping an iPad Pro charged and upright on your desk, but an expensive add-on for its purpose. christian hall
Traveling with an Apple Watch means traveling with yet another charger, so we’ve been eagerly waiting on a good way to pack it and its cable away with the rest of our luggage. TimePorter is a Watch charging stand and carrying case all-in-one. Pack your magnetic charging cable by wrapping it around the rubber loop at the case’s edges and hold it neatly in place with the three clips – or go straight ahead and poke the charging disc through the hole at the top. The center of the case allows you to put in a spare strap and even has space for a portable battery pack for charging on the go, provided you get one that’s the right size – or you can just fill the space with the Watch’s power adapter. As a stand, TimePorter is superb: just pull the rubber stopper out of the top, poke the cable’s disc through, attach your Watch magnetically, and the strong hinge holds it steady. the bottom line. A unique and useful travel solution for your Apple Watch when you’re away for a few days. christian hall
Twelve souTh TimePorTer Nice travel solution Pretty good price Fairly easy to fit everything in… …though may be a bit inflexible for some extras good
logi base Solid, and holds iPad at a pleasant angle A tidy and convenient solution No angle adjustment Alarmingly expensive solid
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Duskers Space junk – with added tension $19.99 Developer Misfits Attic, games.misfits-attic.com Requirements OS X 10.8 or later, SSE2 Instruction Set Support
The only good infestation is a dead one, and a turret guarding a chokepoint is a good way to do that.
Duskers Tense, claustrophobic atmosphere Randomly generated abilities and events keep the game fresh Ambiguous objectives and command interface make intital play overly complex Dying can be dispiriting until more familiar with enemy behavior excellent
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You’ll hear it before you see it: the clang of a brute barreling through the air ducts, the incessant gnawing of a swarm behind a blast door, the groan of an airlock ready to burst… In Duskers, you play as a drone operator aboard the Justice Ryder, sole survivor of some cosmos-wide calamity. Using remotely piloted bots, you’ll scavenge abandoned cargo scows, combat vessels, and space stations looking for fuel, spare parts, and information. Garbled ships’ logs and crew records piece together a patchy timeline of cosmic anomalies and AI gone rogue. Duskers’ galactic mystery takes shape over several playthroughs, and objectives become more focused than meager survival. Once inside a ship, you can pilot individual drones through a scratchy video feed or pull up a wireframe schematic and shepherd your flock through a console command line. Duskers’ text parser combines well with lo-fi aesthetic and is robust enough to execute complex strategies using your drone’s swappable analog upgrades.
Drone abilities, randomly generated at the start of each run, dictate your tactical approach. With Motion installed, Duskers is abstract and remote, a game about watching a low-tech radar for signs of trouble; with Stealth or Turret, you can scout more aggressively. Alternately, you could lure enemies into traps or isolated rooms, for example, or pry open doors for a hasty retreat. But for every skulking monster successfully flushed out of an airlock, a ruptured pipe irradiates your hold; for every delicately placed proximity mine, a ravenous space bug slips through an air vent and devours a hapless bot manning the generator. There’s never enough scrap to repair every drone and never enough fuel to scout for more. Risks and rewards have to be assessed: preemptively venting a room will clear it of enemies but also destroy valuable loot. Each mission is a terse vignette of creativity, desperation, adaptation, and learning not to overstay your welcome. Your star-hopping rust-bucket is held together by odds and ends, fueled by the knowledge that the next infested hallway, hull breach, or panicked mistake could end it all. Duskers isn’t survival horror as much as survival dread; after a panicked escape from an infested freighter, it’s survival triumph. the bottom line. Richly textured, original, and unpredictable, Duskers is vital playing for anyone interested in sci-fi, survival horror, or strategy. Joseph leRay
With two drones disabled and radiation flooding the ship, this routine fuel run has gone totally Nostromo.
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The cosmic bonus area contains Lumo’s best levels, accessible only by magical transporter.
Let there be nostalgic and refreshing light $19.99 Developer Triple Eh?, triple-eh.net requirements OS X 10.6, Dual-core 2.4GHz or faster processor, 4GB RAM, 1GB graphics
Lumo uses a fixed isometric perspective to create a series of interlocking dioramas packed with platforming puzzles and traps, reintroducing a genre that hasn’t been in vogue for a quarter-century with style. Lumo’s great strength is its simplicity: you play as a sorcerer’s apprentice armed with a meager wand. You’ll jump, push blocks around, and navigate hazards: a spike pit here, a deadly pool there. Creator Gareth Noyce weaves ideas together gradually and deftly until, by the end of the game, players are racing across ornate, multi-step obstacle courses, flipping switches and deflecting lasers in search of some secret nook or collectible rubber duck. But Lumo is a difficult game, requiring timing and precision, and made tougher by the isometric camera, which can make it nigh impossible to line up jumps or to differentiate between foreground and background. Thankfully, there’s no limit to how many times your intrepid wizard can be
burned, impaled, fried, or poisoned, and the only penalty is to rematerialize at the beginning of the room. (Although “Old School” mode limits your lives.) With patience comes nuanced mastery, and Lumo’s subtle rhythms reveal themselves. Retro callbacks and competent design aside, Lumo stands out as an imaginative game, full of hidden jokes and weird surprises. One-off set pieces and mini-games abound – a slalom down an ice sheet, a quick game of air hockey, a ghostly maze – providing a few minutes of fun. Entire hubs are cordoned off, optional levels available only to those adventurous enough to seek them out. Rather than feeling unfocused or scattershot, these lighthearted diversions add to and indulge in Lumo’s overarching sense of carefree wonder. the bottom line. Even for those unmoved by nostalgia, Lumo combines stringent action and breezy puzzle solving. Joseph leray
lumo Isometric platforming is pleasingly nostalgic Difficulty and complexity ramp smoothly Camera angle makes some jumps frustrating to gauge Depends slightly too much on collectibles to provide depth great
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SMART HEALTH It’s now easier than ever to track your performance, your body stats, sleep patterns and general health BY CLIFF JOSEPH
pple devices have been part of many people’s health and fitness regime ever since Apple released the first iPod, way back in 2001. The iPod could only play music, of course, but just having a playlist of workout tunes helped many people to get motivated as they pounded the pavement or thrashed away at the gym. The arrival of the iPhone took things further, thanks to Apple’s HealthKit software, which allowed other companies to develop apps that could calculate the distance you run, the calories you burn, and even connect with specialized devices for monitoring your blood pressure or sugar levels at home. Just recently, a teenager in Massachusetts was alerted to serious medical issues when his new Apple Watch detected his abnormally high heart rate. Apple continues to take a lead in this area with its recently announced CareKit and ResearchKit software, so here’s our guide to the latest home tech that can help to keep you fit and healthy. For many people, modern fitness technology arrived in the form of the iPhone, with its built-in accelerometer and GPS features that allowed it to track your location, distance and speed while you were out jogging around the local park. But running around with an iPhone strapped to your arm isn’t an ideal solution – especially if you own one of the latest Plus-size iPhone models. That led to an explosion of new fitness tracker devices that are small and light enough to be worn on your wrist while you’re
The TomTom Spark Music watch can hold up to 500 motivating tunes for your workout!
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Monitor your activity and sleep in style with the Fitbit Blaze.
rivals to flourish. The new Go from Withings has a simple black-and-white “E-Ink” display and costs just $80, but it’s also water-resistant up to 50m, which makes it an affordable option for swimmers. At the other end of the market is the Fitbit Blaze, priced at $200. The Blaze looks a lot like the Apple Watch and includes similar features, such as a heart-rate monitor and a colorful touchscreen that can display notifications for calls and texts. Some of the latest fitness trackers also include built-in storage, which allows them to store and play music without having to be connected to a smartphone. The TomTom Spark fitness trackers start at around $150, but for $200 you can get the Spark Music, which has 3GB of storage and can hold up to 500 songs for your workout. sleeP on it The motion sensors used in fitness trackers have another use too, as they can monitor your movements while you’re asleep at night in order to produce a kind of “sleep diary” that tracks your sleeping patterns. However, for greater accuracy,
exercising. These fitness trackers are a lot less expensive than an iPhone too, as they tend to focus on just a few specific activities, such as measuring the distance you run, the calories you burn, or even just the number of steps that you walk during the day. FlicK oF the Wrist The simplest and smallest devices – often known as “fitbands” – tend to have a very simple digital display that just shows a few key statistics for your daily workout. In fact, one of the most popular fitbands is the Jawbone UP2, which at around $100 (or cheaper if you hunt around online) doesn’t even have a screen at all, but allows you to transfer all your fitness data into the UP app on an iPhone or iPad. The more sophisticated fitness trackers tend to be a bit larger, with a screen that looks more like a traditional watch. Needless to say, the Apple Watch is one of the the Jawbone UP2 leading products here, although has no screen but all its $299 starting price has left your data’s available plenty of room for less expensive on the app.
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some Fitness tracKers i n c l u d e B u i lt- i n sto r ag e , s o yo u c a n s t o r e a n d P l ay m u s i c you can also buy specialized sleep monitors that can be attached directly to your mattress. Serious athletes can use the Emfit QS, which is a bit pricey at around $299 but aims to improve your sleep in order to reach peak levels of fitness. Another option for more general use is the Aura from Withings, at around $300. This two-part system includes a sensor that goes under your bed to track your nocturnal breathing and movement patterns, along with a digital alarm clock that can play you soothing music at night, and also monitor temperature and light levels to see if there are external factors affecting your sleep. scaling doWn One health device that can be useful for your entire family is a set of smart scales. There are several of these available at the moment, starting at around $130 for the Fitbit Aria, which is an obvious choice for people who are already using one of Fitbit’s
the Qardioarm blood pressure monitor keeps an eye on your health.
the withings Go tracker is water-resistant, so works well for swimmers.
popular fitness trackers. Other companies, such as Garmin and Under Armour, also make digital scales that can be used in conjunction with their fitness trackers. All these scales allow you to measure body fat as well as just your weight, and you can create profiles for several different family members that you can upload to an app on your iPhone or iPad. However, the heavyweight when it comes to scales is Withings, with its Smart Body Analyzer ($150). As well as checking
your weight, body fat and BMI, the Analyzer includes sensors that can monitor air quality and can even measure your heart rate through the soles of your feet. If you need to make regular checks on your heart rate, then you could also look at the Kito+ from Azoi. This versatile sensor costs just $160 and is actually housed in an iPhone case – though only for the iPhone 6 and 6s ranges – so you can keep it with you at all times and check your heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and respiration rate whenever you need to. If blood pressure is a particular problem for someone in your family then Withings makes a dedicated blood-pressure monitor priced at $130. There’s also a company, aptly named Qardio, that makes a number of specialist products for heartrelated issues, including the QardioArm blood pressure monitor ($80) and a high-end ECG monitor called QardioCore, priced at around $650. That’s expensive, but obviously a good investment if you have a heart condition that needs regular monitoring. With Apple’s new CareKit and ResearchKit software now available, you’ll soon be able to monitor your condition and send regular updates to your doctor, pointing the way forward to much more personalized healthcare.
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elgato eve room $80 elgato.com
FitBit Blaze $200 fitbit.com/blaze
JaWBone uP2 $100 jawbone.com
Withings aura $300 withings.com
> Most air-quality sensors simply measure the level of CO2 in the air, but the Eve Room includes additional sensors that can detect fumes from paint and cleaning equipment, and other chemical compounds. It works with Siri as well, so you can ask your iPhone for a quick update whenever you feel the need to.
> Fitbit’s range of fitness trackers are really popular, and the top-of-the-range Blaze can give the Apple Watch a run for its money (if you’ll pardon the pun). It provides GPS fitness tracking, heart-rate monitor, sleep tracking, touchscreen controls, and you can even play music from your iPhone to help get you fired up.
> The UP2 is a really slim, lightweight fitband that you can wear all day like a little bracelet. It’s somewhat basic – in fact, it doesn’t even have a proper screen – but it can monitor running or walking activity and then send the data to your iPhone. It’s also really stylish, with different band types and colors to choose from.
> You can buy the Aura alarm clock on its own for $190, but it works better with the optional sleep sensor that you attach to your mattress. This can monitor your movement and breathing at night in order to provide a really detailed analysis of your sleep patterns, and what might affect them.
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c hecK your B lood s u gar levels Diabetes is now one of the biggest health problems around the world revention is always better than cure, and using mobile tech to monitor your weight and fitness levels is one of the best ways of avoiding type 2 diabetes, which is often described as an “epidemic” in many Western countries. Digital technology can also help you to manage diabetes after diagnosis. Kits for testing bloodsugar levels at home have been available for many years, and there are now several iOS apps that let you
5 Withings smart Body analyzer $150 withings.com
enter test results in order to keep regular records and spot any patterns in your sugar levels. A more recent all-in-one option is the BG5 Wireless Smart GlucoMonitoring System from iHealth Labs. You still need to prick your finger, unfortunately, but you can then insert your blood sample into the BG5 sensor so that it can analyze the results and transmit them to your iPhone. The BG5 is one of the few such devices that has been approved by the FDA, and costs $30.
> Probably the smartest of the current generation of smart scales, the Body Analyzer can check your weight, body fat, BMI, heart rate, air-quality, and – with its built-in Wi-Fi – even the weather forecast. The companion Health Mate app also works as a fitness tracker on your iPhone.
For a mere $30, the Bg5 Wireless smart could well be indispensable.
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u s e t he Wi t h i n gs s mart Bo dy analyz er JARGON BUSTER Many digital scales can measure your BMI (body mass index), which is the ratio of your weight to your height. A BMI between 18 and 25 is normal for most adults. Above 25 is considered “overweight,” while over 30 represents “obesity,” with increased risk of diabetes and other illnesses.
weight watchers when you stand on the Body Analyzer its display will initially show your weight, and then cycle through a number of additional readings. it can check your fat levels, BMi, heart rate, and even air quality. that data is transmitted via wi-Fi to the health Mate app.
on target You can set up personal profiles for each member of your family, and if you want to lose some weight you can set a target weight that helps the app to track your progress. the app also displays your BMi to indicate the sort of weight you need to aim for.
ExTRA iNfORmATiON The Health Mate app can also work with your iPhone’s accelerometer, enabling it to act as a basic fitness tracker. You could also use one of Withings’ own fitness trackers and combine all your data in one app.
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Vital statistics this timeline view shows a quick summary of your progress at the top of the screen – and, thankfully, our weight’s gone back to normal. You can also tap the graphs below to see more detailed data for your weight and heart rate.
doctor, doctor the health Mate app even allows you to send important data to your doctor. You can share your withings data with Apple health, and Apple’s new CareKit and researchKit will make it even easier to customize healthcare for your individual needs.
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>>> The original Pulse was a bit of a headscratcher – a bulky LED lightbulb controlled by an iPhone app via Bluetooth, with a speaker built into the bulb as well. To be honest, the speaker wasn’t all that great either. Undeterred, Sengled has refined the idea with this latest addition to the Pulse range. Available with either silver or gold casing, the Flex uses a power-efficient LED bulb that is rated at 470 lumens. That’s roughly equivalent to an old 50W light bulb, so it should be bright enough for use in most rooms around your home. You can use it out in the garden too, as Sengled says that the Flex has an IP43 rating for water resistance (though your outdoor electrical
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wiring will also need to be protected from water). Bluetooth is out this time around, as the Flex now connects to your home network over Wi-Fi. This allows you to connect together multiple Flex bulbs in order to create a multi-room system, with different lighting and audio settings in each room. We’re still not convinced that the built-in speakers are good enough to replace a good set of standalone speakers, but it’d be quite cool to have one of the Flex bulbs outdoors for some mood music and soft lighting on a lazy summer evening, or perhaps to play some gentle music in a child’s bedroom at night – all controlled from your iPhone.
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>>> At first glance, the Nuimo just looks like a big button that sits on the table in front of you. However, that button is packed with smart tech, such as touch-controls and motion sensors that can detect hand gestures from a distance. It’s also programmed to act as a remote control for lots of different devices, including the Nest Thermostat, Philips Hue lighting, and Sonos audio systems. You can even control apps such as Photoshop on your Mac too. The Nuimo has only just emerged from Kickstarter, but will cost around $160 when it goes on sale in the summer.
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D-link DCS-960l us.dlink.com $140
>>> D-Link’s new security camera stands out by providing a wide-angle lens with full 180-degree viewing angles for maximum coverage. As well as its 720p video recording and motion-detection features, D-Link also claims that the infra-red sensors in the Wide Eye can provide a 16 ft viewing range even in complete darkness at night. There’s a 16GB memory card included for storing your videos, so there’s no need to pay a subscription in order to store videos online. And, of course, you can stream video and send alerts straight to your iPhone, or access it through a browser.
>>> “DiD you just turn on the lights with your phone?” asked a guest, pointedly, just last week. Yessir, yes I did. I live in uneasy coexistence with my husband’s beloved Philips Hue lightbulbs. To me, they may as well be magic — I could no more explain to you how they work than I could explain crop circles, or the Mary Celeste, or the continuing employment of Ryan Seacrest. I know it’s great to sync the bulbs with our TV and trip out to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s certainly useful to switch on the lights in the house before I arrive home alone on a dark night. And when the rain is lashing outside, I like that I can conjure up a tropical-style sunset or a cosy wood-cabin glow in seconds. But… there are downsides. My husband failed to mention that he’d set the lights to turn off when he left the neighborhood, plunging me into panicky, phoneless darkness the first time he went out for the evening. Worse, they’ve randomly malfunctioned on occasion; if you’re freaked out by the thought of being thrown into sudden darkness, try sitting in a room where all the lamps are spontaneously changing color and flashing on and off for minutes on end. My nerves are shot. Yet I’ll forgive the Philips Hue system everything for one little mercy: it allows me to fool my little daughter into sleeping in the dark. She gets into bed with the bedside lamp glowing gently. As she gets sleepy, I turn it down a little. And a little more. A little more. There’s no scary “Lights out!” moment – she just doesn’t notice. (Sucker.) By the time I get to bed, the house is perfectly dark. Totally worth it.
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Cord-cutters everywhere breathed a sigh of relief at WWDC 2016 when Apple’s Eddy Cue announced Sling TV was finally winging its way to Apple TV – and with it, a dizzying array of more than 65 live television channels including ESPN, Disney, HGTV, AMC, TNT, and more. Apple TV owners start with a seven-day free trial to see what the hype is about, with two different live television packages available priced at $20 per month. Whether it’s movies, news, sports, or kids’ shows, Sling TV offers a robust line-up of the most popular channels – and best of all, you’re not limited to watching in your living room, because the service also works from your iOS or Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast as well as Mac and PC. Of course, not everything is available on Sling TV – there’s still no ABC, CBS, or NBC, although an on-demand version of FOX is now included in the core multi-stream beta package. J.R. BookwalteR
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Part storybook, part game, Batman Unlimited: Gotham City’s Most Wanted is a puzzle adventure pitting the Caped Crusader against the most infamous members of his rogue’s gallery. Players must hone their detective skills to clear the names of Bat-colleagues by piecing together clues and discovering which villain is responsible for the crime.
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the surprise inside Kinder eggs that are so popular across europe. If it’s related to toys, you’ll find it all in one place, in bite-size videos perfect for little ones to binge on. But be forewarned: This year’s Christmas list is likely to be a whole lot longer as a result. J.R. BookwalteR
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If the sound of constantly running water doesn’t make you have to run to the bathroom all the time, you’re probably a big fan of waterfalls. And if you can’t make the trek to one of the many international locales where the real thing exists, why not spend a few bucks to bring them to your living room instead? FromWaterfall is packed full of high-definition videos of waterfalls taken all around the world. The first one, the Spodnji Waterfall in Slovenia, comes free when you install the app, but nine others are available via In-App Purchase for 99¢ each. (There’s a background preview, so you’ll know what to expect.)
The sound of water cascading down… The dash of feet as you run to the bathroom.
Whether it’s Misiones Iguazu Diablo Gorges in Argentina, Shrimp Waterfall in Guadeloupe, or Anatalya Falls in Turkey, the greats are here (with the exception of niagara and Horseshoe Falls!). Daytime footage is great quality, so sit back and go with the flow! J.R. BookwalteR
iPhone lightning Dock $39 APPLe.CoM Just because it’s made for iPhone doesn’t mean this affordable Lightning Dock can’t be used with your Siri Remote instead. Sure, the remote lasts three months on a single charge, but why not top off in style? It’s also a great way to repurpose an old Apple USB power adapter you might have lying around.
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contents in an iTunes library are likely to be unchanged over time. One potentially efficient solution would be to keep your current drives, each operating as a 6TB volume, and use Carbon Copy Cloner ($39.99, bombich.com) to maintain a back-up set from one drive to the other. This provides 6TB, so your library can grow, but it’s prone to data loss if one disk in each array fails at the same time (compared to up to three in your current, less capacious arrangement). Unless the library changes daily, you may only have to run that back-up routine every few days or so.
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Trusty Carbon Copy Cloner can maintain a copy of a drive’s contents, and a history of changed files.
3tB itUneS LIBrAry BACKUP How do I back up a 3TB iTunes library? I keep my iTunes library on a 6TB WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo, which is set up as a mirrored RAID array that gives me 3TB of actual storage capacity, but the drive is running low on free space. I also have a LaCie 2big Thunderbolt drive with two 3TB disks set up as a RAID mirror. How should I use these to ensure my library is properly backed up? To implement a solution, you need a strategy that meets your need to be able to restore the contents of a failed drive containing your whole library. If the library’s contents were bought from the iTunes Store, they could all be downloaded again; devoting expensive
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storage to backups may not be a good use of those resources. However, redownloading 3TB of tracks would normally take a very long time. Frequency of backups, an important factor in determining required capacity, depends on how often files change. Most
I’ve just replaced my old Mac mini with a brand new 27-inch iMac Late 2015 model, which is running OS X 10.11.4. Whenever I’ve started it up, Bluetooth is unavailable in System Preferences, which stops me using my new Magic Keyboard and Mouse, and I’m stuck with using my old USB peripherals. I’ve tried resetting the SMC and trashing the com.apple.Bluetooth.plist file, but neither of these actions has helped. Apple Diagnostics reports the hardware is fine, and the only fix which does work – at least until I shut the iMac down – is to start up in safe mode. Is my new iMac a dud? It may sound suspiciously like your iMac’s logic board is defective, particularly after all that you’ve tried. Sometimes a bad solder connection can result in an inconsistent fault, which is most likely when starting a Mac up from cold. However, that Bluetooth works in safe mode suggests that the root cause of your problem is more likely to be in software or firmware. The one thing you haven’t tried yet is to reset the NVRAM (non-volatile RAM – called Parameter RAM, or PRAM, on older Macs, hence the following key combination). Hook up your USB keyboard to the iMac and then shut down the computer. Turn it on again and keep ç+Alt+P+R held down from when you hear the startup sound until you
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hear it a second time, then release the keys and let your Mac start up normally. It’s good practice to do this after resetting the SMC. If that doesn’t help, take your iMac to a Genius Bar or return it for an inwarranty repair.
System Info only gives info about Bluetooth hardware when the driver is loaded.
Apple ID passwords and email addresses A friend of mine forgot the password for her Apple ID. She used to live in France, and when she initiated Apple’s Forgot Password procedure, instructions were sent to her old French email address. She can still access that, but not for much longer, so she now uses a Gmail address instead. Can she change her Apple ID’s registered email address so that, should she need a password reset in the future, she’ll still be able to receive the message? She can change her registered email address, and she must do so as a matter of urgency, before her French one shuts down. Apple provides detailed instructions for changing an Apple ID’s email address at bit.ly/AppleIDaddy. Many Apple ID accounts are associated with an @icloud.com (or @me.com or @mac.com) address, which is readily accessed using Apple’s Mail or another email app. This is the simplest way of maintaining your Apple ID, but you may not want another email account to manage, so you can use an existing address, such as one from Gmail, as your Apple ID. Ensure you’re able to read
> My MacBook’s fans are always on After I updated my MacBook Air to OS X 10.10.5, its fan has been running almost as soon as I’ve started to use it, reducing its battery life pretty drastically. the only thing I can see wrong is that one process in Activity Monitor is using around 200% of the CPU capacity, even without any apps running. What is wrong? Try an ordinary restart, or safe mode by holding ß at the startup sound. If the fan doesn’t behave itself then, reset the SMC and NVRAM. Shut down the MacBook Air, keeping its power adaptor connected with the supply
on. On the MacBook’s builtin keyboard, press and hold the (left-hand) ß+≈+Alt keys and the power button all at the same time, then release them. Press the power button to start up the MacBook, and hold down ç+Alt+P+R when you hear the first startup sound until you
any messages that Apple may send to that address. Although it’s a tad more complex, it’s much safer to have at least two addresses: one used solely for Apple ID messages and associated with that ID, and one for general messages. This helps you tell real messages from
hear it a second time, then release the keys. If that doesn’t help, restart with the d key held to access Apple’s diagnostic utility, and check out your hardware: it – specifically one of the fans – might need repair, or just some maintenance if it has become clogged up.
phishing attacks, as any genuine messages from Apple about your account will go to that private address. We also strongly encourage everyone to enable Apple’s two-factor verification (bit.ly/appletfa) system for their Apple ID, which makes it much harder for someone to break into your account, even if they know your password.
Make sure the email address associated with your Apple ID is correct to ensure access.
Why won’t a particular Wallet pass appear on the Lock screen of my iPad? Location Services needs to be turned on, and that pass’s Suggest on Lock Screen option has to be enabled too. If the pass still doesn’t appear, it may be the merchant that provided it doesn’t support the Lock screen suggestion feature: check with its support site to find out.
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should be able to source an appropriate drive, and will reuse the plastic inserts from the old one in order to keep dust out of your iMac. If they can’t manage that, you’ll need to locate a suitable USB 2.0 drive that’s sufficiently compatible with your iMac. Apple’s external SuperDrive works with Macs from 2008 that don’t have an internal one, but not with other Mac models. However, you should have no problems using a drive from another manufacturer – we’ve used drives from Buffalo (buffalotech.com) with our Macs in the past, with no problems.
Apple’s external SuperDrive doesn’t work with all Macs, but many thirdparty ones work fine these days.
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Temp agency Is there any way I can monitor temperatures and fans in my Mac? I can’t seem to find anything in OS X which does this. Several apps can do this, but TG Pro ($16, bit.ly/tunatg) is the most comprehensive. An easy way to get it is to buy Temperature Gauge ($14.99) from the Mac App Store, run it once, then go to bit.ly/tgproupd to upgrade it for free.
What can I do about my iMac’s dying optical drive? the internal optical drive in my 27-inch iMac (Late 2009) has stopped working properly. It now rejects CD-r discs, even those which it burned itself. I took it to a Genius Bar, where they told me
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that it’s considered obsolete and that they couldn’t replace the optical drive because they’re no longer stocked. A friend’s Apple USB SuperDrive doesn’t work properly on the iMac. How can I provide it with a fully-functional optical drive again? The first solution to try is to give the drive a gentle and fairly dry clean using one of the better optical drive cleaning kits available from good audio and electronics retailers. It mustn’t be abrasive, nor too wet, which could damage the rest of your iMac. If that doesn’t fix the problem, or the issue recurs soon after, the optical drive will need to be replaced. This can be either another internal unit if you can get your hands on one, or an external drive. A good, Apple-certified engineer
When I bought my iMac a couple of years ago, I used Migration Assistant to set it up from my old MacBook. But that laptop used my wife’s account as its primary user, and that was transferred across to the iMac. each time I start up my iMac, it opens in my wife’s name, and I have to log out and back in to access my account. How can I adjust the iMac so that mine is the main account, and my wife’s account is removed? The first admin user account that’s created is special in OS X, so although it’s possible to fudge things in the Users & Groups pane and in Terminal, it’s always far better to make the necessary changes by setting up from a clean installation of OS X. Ensure that your iMac is fully backed up using Time Machine to an external drive, preferably keeping an extra copy of important documents, including your keychain. Keep the Time Machine backup ready with a high-speed connection to your iMac, then restart in OS X Recovery (hold ç+R at startup) and use Disk Utility to erase the startup disk, then install OS X on it, making yourself the sole and admin user. During setup, use Migration Assistant to transfer just your documents and settings from the backup – when you use the assistant, you’ll see that you have the option to select an individual set of user data only.
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> Dictation with Smart Keyboard attached
The primary admin user account, created during setup, has particular importance.
Dashboard will no longer load any widgets for my user account Dashboard has suddenly stopped working properly on my iMac, although the same set of widgets installed on my MacBook Pro still works fine, and they also work in the other account on the iMac. restarting the iMac in safe mode makes no difference, and I’ve tried repairing permissions and the startup disk without any joy. What’s causing this, and how can I fix it? This is a sporadic problem that most commonly occurs when one or more installed widgets won’t load properly, and blocks others from loading. The best way to tackle it is to uninstall your widgets, then add them back one at a time to find the culprit. Create a couple of folders in your user account’s Documents folder to contain all your widgets during this process. Move everything from /Library/Widgets into one of them, and the contents of ~/Library/Widgets into the other, then start to restore one at a time until you discover which causes the issue you’re having. If you can, immediately obtain an updated version or a fresh copy of any widget that’s problematic, then continue restoring the remaining widgets into
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My iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard have a failing: it’s impossible to use iOS’s dictation feature at the same time. I can only dictate with the Smart Keyboard removed. How can I fix this? There’s a solution for this in iOS 9.3, so make sure your iPad Pro’s running at least that version by checking in Settings > General > About. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to get the latest version of the operating system. Once you’re on the latest version, connect your Smart Keyboard and tap in a text field or a document’s body. The Shortcut Bar should then appear across
the bottom of the iPad’s display. At the right end of the bar is a downwardspointing arrow that you’d normally tap to dismiss the bar and free up a bit of screen space. Instead of tapping it, hold a fingertip on it for a moment and the full software keyboard should appear, complete with microphone key, enabling you to once again speak the text you want to appear. This can be a little cumbersome thanks to the short delay before the software keyboard appears. When you’ve finished dictating, tap Done, then tap the software keyboard’s bottom right key (which shows a keyboard and an arrow) to slide it off the
their correct folders one at a time, in case more than one’s at fault. Because this problem is confined to a single user, it’s most likely to be an issue with a widget in ~/Library/Widgets (the tilde, ~, signifies the path to the logged-in account’s folder). Sometimes moving them all out and back again sorts things (it’s like turning them off and on…).
Driving hacks Can I hack Apple’s USB SuperDrive to work with any Mac? I’d heard there’s
screen, once again leaving only the Shortcut Bar visible at the bottom of the screen. Search for “Hardware keyboard improvements and fixes” at bit.ly/ios9info for details of other keyboard enhancements that were introduced in iOS 9.3.
some way to make this work, but I’m slightly nervous about doing it, not being particularly techy. Before the release of El Capitan, you could edit /Library/Preferences/ SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot. plist to recognize it on any Mac. That file’s now protected by System Integrity Protection, but the necessary change can be made from OS X Recovery: restart and hold ç+R from the startup sound, then follow the instructions at bit.ly/extsdhack.
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Master iCloud Music Library Put your music online to stream or download on demand at any time
REQUIRES > iTunes 12.4 (earlier versions may include critical bugs) LEVEL > Medium IT WILL TAKE > At least 15 minutes
If you want to sync your music collection between your Mac and iOS devices, set up iCloud Music Library. You’ll also need a subscription to either Apple Music (from $9.99/month) or iTunes Match ($24.99/year). Subscribing to either service turns on iCloud Music Library in iTunes’ General prefs. Music bought from the iTunes Store or added from Apple Music’s catalog is added to your iCloud Music Library and appears in My Music. Existing content in your local library is then processed to make it available online. The same process is followed when you add new music, whether it’s from CD or other physical media, or an audio file free of digital rights management (DRM) from a store such as Amazon Music.
Music from other sources is checked and, if a match is found, Apple’s version is added to your iCloud Music Library, though the original version will remain on your Mac. Tracks for which Apple has no match go through checks; if one is encoded in Apple Lossless, AIFF or WAV format, a temporary 256kbps AAC file is created. A song won’t be uploaded if it’s over 200MB, more than two hours long, or it’s an MP3 or AAC file encoded at 96kbps or less (see bit.ly/mtchRstrct). With Apple Music, matched songs that you redownload have DRM applied, and can only be played while your subcription’s active. Matched tracks from iTunes Match download free of DRM, so you can play them even if you let your subscription lapses. aLan StonebrIdge
Quick look iCloud Music Library Online music An item stored online displays a cloud icon. Doubleclick its row to stream it, or click the icon to download it.
Local music Items without a cloud are stored locally. To free up some space, select some item(s), press ∫, then click Remove Download.
Add tracks After searching Apple Music, click the ellipsis on a result and pick Add to My Music to put it in the library.
Offline music When you’re offline, use View > Only Downloaded Music; you’ll see that a colored bar appears, with a link to show everything again.
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JARGON BUSTER iTunes in the Cloud is an older term Apple used to describe the ability to download iTunes Store purchases across all your devices – much simpler than the way iCloud Music Library works.
Sign up for iTunes Match
Sign up for Apple Music
If you don’t care about Apple Music and only want to put your existing music online, open iTunes and choose Account > View My Account, sign in, and click Learn More next to iTunes Match. Follow the sign-up process, then skip to step 3.
If you want access to Apple Music’s catalog as well, select Music (top left), click For You to the right, then follow the sign-up process. It’s a little more involved as you must give guidance about your tastes to aid recommendation features.
Let the matching begin Once you’re signed up, iTunes will start matching your tracks to Apple’s catalog. The time this takes depends on how many obscure tracks are in your iTunes library, as well as your internet connection‘s upload speed.
Keep your library pure By default, Apple Music items added to a playlist also end up in your library, but disabling “Add songs to My Music when you add them to your playlists” in iTunes’ General preferences can help to ensure your library only contains what you own.
Augment your library After you use the search bar to find content in Apple Music’s library, you can add items to your library: click the ellipsis (three dots) next to one – for an individual track, put the pointer over it first – and choose Add to My Music from the contextual menu.
Hide Connect At the top of iTunes’ General preferences are settings for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library. Turning off the former also disables access to iCloud Music Library. To hide things such as Connect without this happening, use the Restrictions tab.
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create animations in Keynote Go beyond boring business and make eye-catching animated videos
REQUIRES > Keynote 6 LEVEL > Easy IT WILL TAKE > 30 minutes
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Want to create a video with animated information to share with people? You can in Keynote! We’ll look at three of its effects: drawing lines, creating magical charts that animate the display of data, and the Magic Move transition. Magic Move compares attributes of two adjacent slides – their size or position, say – and, over the transition’s duration, morphs them from the first state to second. By setting effects to play when a slide or object is shown, you can build up an amazing sequence of animated objects and layouts. You’ll want to play with the duration of each effect and transition, and test everything well as you’re going along. When finished here, pick File > Export To > QuickTime. If any part of your “presentation” requires a click to advance, the export dialogue box lets you set how long the rolling animation will hold. Also note its Format option, which determines the exported video’s resolution; before you build any slides, open the Document inspector and check the slide size is correct for the kind of video you want. Keith Martin
Quick look Keynote’s animation controls The Navigator This panel on the left gives you a bird’seye view of your slides, which helps with Magic Move creations.
Sequencing Use Keynote’s Build Order window to group objects’ animations and to set delays between them.
Animate This sidebar shows options for the chosen effect. “Build In” will have some differences to “Build Out.”
Preview/Play Use the Preview buttons to test effects, and the toolbar’s Play button to check a longer sequence.
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How to Use Keynote’s animation tools
Draw a sketchy line Animating lines can be a subtle way of adding movement. Use the Shape button in the toolbar to create a line, select the line, then open the Format inspector’s Style pane to give the line arrowheads and a hand-drawn look.
Dynamic data Interactive charts bring data to life. Click the toolbar’s Chart button, choose Interactive, and pick column, bar, scatter or bubble. Each comes with sample data; select the chart, then click Edit Chart Data to provide your own.
Magic Move Copy and paste objects from one slide to the next, then change their looks and position – or duplicate the first and change the copy. Select the first slide, open the Animate inspector and set Magic Move as the slide’s transition.
Animate the line Open the Animate inspector from the toolbar, go to its Build In pane, then click the Add an Effect button. Select Line Draw from the list and tweak its settings; try setting a duration under one second. Add a few more lines like this.
Animate together The Animate Inspector’s Build Order tool works with interactive charts too. Try animating a chart alongside other objects. With thought and practice you can produce effective combinations of movement for infographics.
Magical text effects If there’s a text box present on both slides, the options to match by word or by character can fade or slide things around. You can use the latter to reveal the solution to an anagram, say. Try them out to get a feel for their behaviors.
Set the build order Click Build Order to show all of the objects on the slide that have animations applied. Select the first line and set it to draw automatically (After Transition), then select the other lines and set them to build with the first one.
Split into steps Change a chart’s Delivery setting in the Build In pane. You can choose to build all sets continuously, or specific sets from your data. Use the latter to focus on a particular set, pausing the animation’s progress till a later slide.
Effects sequence In the Animate inspector, set the slides to start automatically. Build effects on the first one will play, then the Magic Move transition, then any build effects on the second slide – tailor their durations, as most are a little long by default.
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Power up AirPlay on Mac Go beyond AirPlay to stream any individual Mac app’s audio
ReQuiReS > OS X 10.9 or later, Airfoil for Mac, an AirPlay receiver LeVeL > Medium it WiLL tAKe > 20 minutes
One Of the biggest benefits of Apple’s ecosystem is the built-in ability to stream music to speakers on your local network. AirPlay enables you to send your Mac’s audio output to an AirPlay-compatible device. This can be an Apple TV, whether the latest version or the third-generation model; an AirPort Express router, which includes a 3.5mm mini-jack that can output an optical or analog signal; or various third-party AirPlay-compatible devices costing from about $30 up to several hundred for high-quality speakers. The drawback is that selecting an AirPlay receiver in your Mac’s Sound preferences (or by Alt-clicking the speaker icon in the menu bar) results in all sound from your computer being sent to the receiver. That’s fine if you’re just running Spotify, but start a YouTube video and its sound will be beamed as well. If you’re using AirPlay to stream audio from a background app on an iOS device and you start to
play a video in another app, the former’s sound will cut out and the video’s audio component is sent instead. Sadly, there’s no way to overcome this limitation on iOS. You get slightly more control in iTunes for Mac, because only sound from that app will be broadcast, and you can send it to multiple AirPlay receivers. You can use this to build a multiroom sound system around your Mac. If you want to beam music from another app in isolation, though, you can come unstuck. It’s here that Airfoil ($29, free trial available rogueamoeba.com) comes in useful. This software enables you to choose an app that’s running on your Mac and send its audio – and nothing else – to any AirPlay speaker on your network. It can even send audio to multiple receivers at once, and the recently released Airfoil 5 lets you create groups of speakers for easy selection. Here, we’ll show you how to use Airfoil and its iOS counterpart app. DAve stevensOn
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connection timeout Airfoil can be set to automatically disconnect from remote speakers after a certain amount of time, which is useful for freeing them up when you’re no longer using them.
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Set up an AirPort Express If there are one or more AirPort Express units on your network, go to each one’s settings in AirPort Utility (for Mac or iOS), enable AirPlay, and give each speaker a sensible name so you know where your music will be heard in Airfoil.
Get Airfoil Go to rogueamoeba.com/airfoil and download Airfoil 5 for your Mac. There’s a trial version if you want to give it a whirl first, which adds static after 10 minutes of playback to encourage you to put up the bucks for the full version.
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Open Airfoil When you open the app, you’ll see a list of all available AirPlay devices. Of course, your Mac and your AirPlay receivers need to all be on the same network, but they can use a mix of wired and wireless connections without problems.
Make some groups Press ç+, to open Airfoil’s Preferences window and click Groups. Here, you can click the + button to create a new group, then put a check mark next to the speakers you want to stream to when that group is selected.
Choose a source app At the top of Airfoil is the name of the app it’s currently streaming sound from. Here, we’re using Safari to beam an internet-based radio station throughout our home. Lots of different apps work very well with Airfoil.
JARGon BuSteR Airfoil Satellite enables you to turn different hardware into Airfoil receivers. Linux and Windows PCs, Macs, plus iOS and Android devices are supported.
Get Airfoil Satellite Airfoil’s companion app for iOS is free, and enables your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to be designated as an AirPlay target. It lets you pick from every Airfoil-controlled speaker on your network, and adjust each’s volume.
Control from an iPhone Airfoil Satellite for Mac lets you perform the ultimate trick: simultaneously controlling audio playback on multiple devices running Airfoil. To do this open Airfoil Satellite on your Mac, then start broadcasting to it from an iOS device.
Pick Satellite as the source Next, open the main Airfoil app on your Mac and choose Airfoil Satellite as its source. Select the AirPlay speakers you want, and voila: you have control of music throughout your home without being tethered to your Mac. So get listening!
If you’re using Airfoil with Spotify, don’t forget Spotify Connect, which lets you control Spotify’s playback from any device signed in to the same account.
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turn paper docs to digital Scan high-quality documents using your iOS device’s camera
REQUIRES > iOS 8 or higher, Scanbot LEVEL > Easy IT WILL TAKE > 20 minutes
scanbot uses your iOS device’s camera to snap documents, barcodes, QR codes and even photos, and then saves them as PDFs or JPEGs ready to share on a wide range of cloud-based services, on a WebDAV or FTP server, or by email. While the free version of Scanbot provides access to almost all of its features, we recommend the Pro ($7.99) or VIP ($9.99) version. You’ll then be able to create folders, annotate and sign documents, and use optical character recognition (OCR) to search or copy a document’s text. You’ll soon find all kinds of uses for Scanbot, and it’s by far the easiest way to digitize your documents. On the opposite page we’ll explore the main ways you can use the app, but before you start there are a couple of things you should know. The first is to make sure your document is well lit, and that it’s lying on a flat surface or at least placed
parallel to your iOS device’s camera. Next, make sure you place your document on a background of suitably high contrast. Scanbot will attempt to frame the document’s edges and straighten things out, but it can’t perform miracles. It’ll warn you if the document is too dark or too light, or if it’s having problems detecting the document’s edges, giving you the opportunity to try again. However, you can also capture a document manually, and then use Scanbot’s built-in editing tools to square up the document’s edges, correct its colors, and so on. Scanbot also lets you choose how a document is captured. You can either get the app to capture it automatically as soon as it recognizes there’s a page in front of the camera, or you can control it manually. Either way, Scanbot’s features are so useful that you’ll soon wonder how you ever managed without it. rob Mead-Green
Visual guide Finding your way round scanbot Color Adjust your scan’s colors by tapping here. Use the Magic Color feature to optimize them automatically.
Crop Scanbot’s good at detecting edges, but you can adjust them yourself: tap the crop icon, then drag the handles.
Rotate Change your scanned document’s orientation by tapping the icons to rotate left and right here.
Remove If you discover shadows or other unwanted artefacts on your scan, tap here to trash it and start over.
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How to use scanbot to digitize documents
Choose settings Open Scanbot, tap the cross if it tries to scan a document, then tap the cog at the top left corner for a pop-up menu where you can change settings, such as whether to auto-upload your scans or enable Text Recognition (OCR).
Be ready to scan Go back again, then tap Advanced Settings. You can opt to autosave scans in your device’s photo library as well as in Scanbot. Set Start With Camera based on whether you want the camera’s open and ready to scan when you start the app.
Annotate and more If you’re happy with the scan, save it. Tap the document preview and then the Pencil icon to perform actions: highlight key sections, add a password to protect it, add comments, or even add a signature by drawing on the screen.
Get the text To capture text from documents, tap Text Recognition (OCR), turn on the switch, and then choose the languages you want to capture. It’s best to pick only those you’ll actually use as this enables the app to deliver more accurate results.
Scan your document Tap the +, then position the camera over your document. The app should auto-capture and straighten it, then ask whether to save it. If the capture fails, Scanbot will warn you, so you can take action, such as adding more light.
Document actions Alongside the Pencil icon are further actions you can take with your captured document, enabling you to create custom workflows, add pages, move the doc to a folder within Scanbot’s storage, or to delete it from your device.
Feel the quality Tap the back arrow (top left), then tap Scan Quality & File Size. Scanbot can capture documents at 200dpi or higher; for optimum results, set the slider to High or Best. Below will be confirmation of quality and relative file sizes to expect.
Capture settings Use the five icons near the capture button to tell the app whether you’re scanning a multi-page document, and to toggle automatic snapping, QR code detection and OCR. On an iPhone, the lightning bolt toggles the flash.
Actions Tap the three dots (top right) for even more actions, including the ability to show and copy recognized text (to paste from a business card into Contacts, say), search the text, or share the document on a cloud service such as Dropbox.
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Use Pages’ layout features With Pages on iOS, you can do much more than word processing
REQUIRES > Pages, an iPad, text and some images LEVEL > Medium IT WILL TAKE > 20 minutes
Pages is often described as a word processor – even by Apple – but word processing is just part of what it can do. It includes powerful graphics tools that enable you to create very complex designs with very little effort, and its text layout features give you complete control over even the smallest details. It’s the ideal app for designing a flyer or a newsletter, a brochure or a catalog, or anything else your creativity demands. Of all the things Pages offers, our favorite is simplicity. Pages has an uncanny ability to know what you’re trying to do and to help you do it. For example, if you’re dragging images or shapes around, it provides alignment guides for perfect positioning – and as we’ll see in our tutorial, it can do some incredibly clever things with a couple of taps on the touchscreen. In our tutorial we’ll create two kinds of publications: a newsletter and a flyer. We’ll
explore some of Pages’ text layout features including text wrapping and alignment, bring in images and make their backgrounds transparent, and we’ll show you how to create commonly used items such as pull quotes and text flashes. One of the downsides of the early desktop publishing days was a rash of bad design: given access to lots of different fonts, shapes and image tools, some people attempted to use every single one of them on their one-page posters, with terrifying results. We’re sure you’ve seen plenty of similar examples over the years. When it comes to designing documents, less is usually more: one great image and headline will be much more effective than a huge lump of text peppered with tiny pictures. That’s particularly true with flyers, posters and anything else that needs to attract people’s attention. Pages’ tools are great – just try not to use all of them at once. gary Marshall
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How to Make text more interesting
Simple styling To change the formatting of anything in Pages, tap it and then tap the paintbrush icon. Here we’ve tapped the Layout tab, changed our single column of text to make two columns and increased the line spacing.
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Box clever With multi-column text, headlines wrap to the columns. To avoid that, tap the Plus icon and choose the shape tab. Tap Text and you can now create a text box. Press and drag the corners to resize the text box.
Add images Images make a huge difference, and you add them by tapping the plus icon and selecting the image tab. You’ll see that the text automatically moves out of the way, which is clever – but it’s not the effect we want in this case.
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Add alpha Tap the paintbrush icon, then the Image tab, and you’ll reveal our favorite feature, Instant Alpha. Tap it and then tap the image’s background to turn that color transparent. Drag over a wider area to include more colors.
Add images A picture paints a thousand words, especially if you’re trying to draw attention to a poster or flyers We’re going to take advantage of Pages’ styles to create the effect of layered photographs on a background. First, we’ll import our photos.
Add background Sometimes you want to add an image to be your background. No problem: just bring in the image you want to use and then tap the paintbrush icon. Select the Arrange tab. Tap and drag the slider to move the image towards the back.
Tighten up You’ll see that the text automatically wraps around the shape that you’ve added. You can change how or if the text wraps, and how closely it hugs your image, by tapping the paintbrush icon, choosing the Arrange tab and tapping Wrap.
Get stylish Tap the image you want to change and then tap the paintbrush, choosing the Style tab. Here you’ll see various effects to make your images more interesting. We’re going to use the slightly curved photo at the bottom right.
Move it With each step your image will move further to the background until it’s actually sitting behind everything. Now it’s just a matter of resizing it to get it perfect. We’ll finish the job by adding a text box with our headline in it.
Wrap everything The same wrapping that hugs our image can also be used to create pull quotes, which break up dull-looking blocks of text. Simply create a text box and drag it where you want it to go. The text then flows around the box.
Twist it Rotating images on a desktop computer can be tricky, but not on an iPad; with a two-fingered twist you can turn it around – and if you go slowly you’ll see the exact angle of the image, so you can position it perfectly.
Twist again The same rotation trick that we used on our three photographs works on text boxes too – and so does the wrapping, so you can flash text diagonally across a page and see the body text flow around it automatically.
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Get around with Google maps Never get lost again with the help of Google’s brilliant free app
REQUIRES > iOS 7 or later, Google Maps app LEVEL > Easy IT WILL TAKE > 15 minutes
Want a comprehensive mapping tool that doubles as a route planner and makes it easy to access local amenities and places of interest? Google Maps is perfect for the job. It trumps Apple Maps in a number of ways: first, there’s comprehensive support for public transport, so you don’t need to be a car driver or living in Los Angeles to get the most from it. Just tap a station or stop for a list of departure times and stops for your selected service. Next there’s Street View: tap the photo beneath an address and you’ll be taken to an interactive 360° view. Shift position using the arrow controls, or drag your finger to look around. It’s a great way to visualize key landmarks, such as how a junction is laid out or what your target bus stop looks like. Google Maps also supports voice commands: when searching, tap the mic button and speak
Visual guide Google maps interface Find a place Tap here, then start typing a place name, ZIP code or street address to jump to its location.
Place info Your location appears here, with contact details, reviews, opening times and access to Street View.
Map controls Pinch to zoom in and out of the map, tap and drag to move, or use two fingers to rotate the view.
Tap for details Tap on a public transport stop or place of interest – such as a store, bar or museum – for info.
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your search terms, such as “Directions to [place].” Following a carefully plotted route only to find you’re low on gas or need a rest? You can use Google Map’s stop-off feature to add in a diversion (Apple Maps is getting a very similar feature in iOS 10 in the fall). You can download maps for offline use too – just tap the three dots button from the main screen and choose “Download offline area” before choosing what area to save. Manage your settings by tapping the three lines at the left of the search bar, which is where you can set home and work locations as well as link to your Google account. Google Maps is constantly evolving, which brings us to our last tip: the app recently introduced a Travel Times widget, accessible via Notifications. This provides a way to quickly estimate travel times between your current location and both home and work. nick peers
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How to Find your route
Set destination Open Google Maps and tap to enter the place (ZIP code or street address) you wish to go to. As you type you’ll see recent searches and nearby amenities pop up as suggestions – tap one to select it if it’s relevant.
Pick route If you’re traveling by car, the current quickest route will be shown in blue; alternative options are in gray. Tap on a gray part to switch to that route – traffic bottlenecks are highlighted in yellow and red, with estimated delays.
Choose transport The place will appear with an estimated journey time from your current location. Tap the white travel icon next to its name to view directions or choose an alternative form of travel, such as public transport, cycling or walking.
Follow route If traveling from home and you have GPS, tap the blue arrow icon to follow directions – Google Maps offers turn-by-turn directions. Tap the More button to change view and navigation settings, or to mute the voiceover.
Refine choices Tap the From box to choose a different starting point, and tap the three dots button next to this to choose Route Options, if you want to pick a preferred mode of public transport or avoid specific roads.
Take a diversion To add a stop-off to your route when following the directions, tap the search button to look for a specific place or perform a general search for nearby gas stations, restaurants, stores, or coffee shops.
Once selected, suitable stop-offs are shown on the map. Tap one and choose Add Stop – the directions will update to send you via your chosen diversion. When you leave, tap X and choose Remove Stop to continue.
If you manually set a start location, Google Maps works differently: tap the two arrows to preview the route – this allows your passenger to manually follow it using the left and right arrows. Tap More to change view settings.
Going by public transport? Select your departure time and Google Maps provides detailed instructions for all the buses, trams, trains and other public transport modes (including walking) you’ll need to follow.
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The end of skeuomorphism After iOS 6 proved a bit of a let-down, iOS 7 went completely flat. Adam Banks remembers why
of previously functional structures. Since the first iPhone, Apple’s mobile software had featured highly detailed graphics. As screens got bigger and sharper, the designs became more intricate. Notes had a yellow paper background with ruled lines. iCal showed the torn-off edge of an imaginary page. The Podcasts app beautifully but pointlessly depicted a reel-to-reel tape recorder. According to Fast Company, the stitched leather effect seen in several apps was based on the interior of Steve Jobs’ private jet. It may have been Jobs, in fact, more than Forstall, who championed the excessively literal mimicry. Either way, with both gone from Apple, hardware chief
Jonathan Ive took over responsibility for software design, and iOS 7 appeared with a new “flat” look. It immediately drew criticism for abandoning even the most basic visual cues, such as indicating which items were tappable. But this was more of a tectonic shift than a personal battle. Microsoft’s Windows 8 had already adopted flat graphics, and Google’s Material Design followed. Forstall, less predictably, went on to co-produce a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about a dysfunctional family. Make of that what you will.
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UNlikE MaNy SilicON Valley rivals, Apple is not known for a high turnover of senior executives. Seven of its current managers, including CEO Tim Cook, have been at the company for a total of 140 years. So the industry was shocked when its Vice President of mobile software, Scott Forstall, left suddenly on October 29 2012, a month after the launch of iOS 6. There were plenty of possible reasons: two of iOS’ latest features, Siri and Maps, had disappointed users, and a book by Fortune journalist Adam Lashinsky had suggested Forstall had his eye on Cook’s job. But his departure came to symbolize the end of a trend in user interfaces: skeuomorphism, the illustrative imitation
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