iOS 8 Messages Expiration

This is a good article on how to set text, audio and video messages to expire in iOS 8’s Message app. I only have a 16 GB iPhone and cannot afford to retain a lot of this stuff for very long. Give it a read. It is one way to clean up your iPhone in iOS 8 and gain some much needed space.

Doug

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Using Mission Control

This is a good article on how to use Mac OS X’s Mission Control feature (formerly referred to as “Spaces”). I use Mission Control from time to time, but it is not integrated into my workflow as much as this article describes. It is a cool feature and can be a real productivity booster if used properly.

Doug

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Yosemite Thumb Drive

A Mac Tech friend sent me a good article on how to make a USB Thumb Drive installer for OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Why would you want to do this? If you have to install Yosemite on several machines this is the only way to go. It is 5GB in size and takes forever to download.

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Yosemite Machines

This is the kind of article on what Macs will run the upcoming Yosemite OS X that usually comes right before or after a new OS X release. I am glad my 2012 iMac and 2011 MacBook Air are on it. However, some of the older qualifying machines will not run all the Yosemite features, YMMV.

Doug

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Yosemite Upgrade


Well, Apple released Yosemite just recently. I have been using the beta for a few months and it seems that it is pretty ready for prime time. So, I decided to download and upgrade both my 2012 iMac and 2011 MacBook Air. This is a major upgrade so here is what I did.

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iOS 8 Text-to-Speech

This video presentation is an excellent tutorial for using the enhanced Text-to-Speech functionality in iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad. I can think of all kinds of ways I can use this from time to time. 

Doug

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Apple’s Latest Updates

Apple announced a bunch of new stuff today. A new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, 27” iMac, Mac Mini and a bunch of other stuff including Yosemite and iOS 8.1. I would love a new iPad Air 2, but alas the budget does not permit it. If you get a chance check out the keynote from Apple’s campus, fun to watch.

Doug

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iOS 8 Sharing Pane Icons

Now this is very cool! This article explains how to rearrange and modify your Share Pane Icons in iOS 8. I like it because I do not use some of those icons very much when I am sharing a photo. Give it a read, I think you will find it to be very handy information.

Doug

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