iPhone Flashlight Brightness: I am forever using the Flashlight, (or Torch) within Control Center on my iPhone. When i say ‘Flashlight’, it’s really just the camera LED flash doubling up as a flashlight. But with a baby that keeps getting me out of bed in the middle of the night, having this ‘Flashlight’ to hand is really useful! The problem is that the Flashlight is really bright and previously could not be toned down. iOS 10 has now added a nice new update to the Flashlight : The ability to adjust the Flashlight Brightness! The bad news. Like some of… read more →
iOS 10 Wi-Fi Tips: Fix connection problems in your device Have you ever connected to a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone and wondered why it’s not working? Unless you’re an IT technician you may not know what you can try to resolve the issue. The good news is that iOS 10, (released recently), has incorporated new Wi-Fi network status notifications within the Wi-Fi settings menu. For example, if you try and connect to a Wi-Fi network which cannot connect to the internet, you will see the error ‘No Internet Connection’ : If you then select that Wi-Fi network, you will… read more →
During the June WWDC conference during a “What’s New in Security” session it was made known that Apple were changing the default options of Gatekeeper for macOS Sierra. This can cause some troubles installing programs so I’m writing this blog to show you how to disable Gatekeeper in OSX Sierra. As you can see the main change in the GUI was to remove the “Anywhere” option that had been available since it’s introduction in OS X Mountain Lion. Now why I don’t condone using the Anywhere option you may find on the very rare occasion as a user you are… read more →
Whilst travelling on a train up north to deliver another onsite training course, I decided to connect my iPhone to the train’s free Wi-Fi service. Shouldn’t be a problem should it? It’s easy to connect an iOS device to Wi-Fi networks and I’ve been doing it for years. I simply launched the Settings app and selected ‘Wi-Fi’ and waited for the train’s Wireless network to appear : I selected the Trains’ Wi-Fi and… waited and waited and waited. A blank white screen was all i ended up with : I noticed my iPhone was trying to load a captive network… read more →
I’m sure you must have used the Force Quit command at one time or another with an application that is not responding. The keyboard shortcut to display the Force Quit dialogue is Command + ALT + ESC which brings up a list of open applications you can choose to Force Quit. If the application that has become unresponsive is the application in the foreground, then a faster way to quit it would be to hold down the ALT + SHIFT keys while clicking on the Apple Menu () menu and select Force Quit. Much quicker!
Even though it has been a feature of OS X for several years now Screen Sharing doesn’t get the recognition I feel it deserves especially considering this is an inbuilt feature. In 10.7 Apple added some nice new features which make it even better but during training courses I still find delegates that did not know about them. They have now added the ability to use, per user Screen Sharing. This means that if your machine has multiple user accounts and is currently being used by someone else, you can simply log in with your account credentials when selecting screen… read more →
We have covered the notification centre in a few blogs in the past, including how to temporarily disable, expand and toggle “do not disturb” on the notification centre. Recently, however, a student attending our Advanced deployment course asked me how to disable it completely and permanently. As usual, with the mac systems, we will be using the launchctl command to unload it but we’re going to use -w to override the disabled key and set it to false: launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.notificationcenterui.plist It worked for me without it, but you may have to run: killall NotificationCenter You can always revert… read more →
If you want to quickly organise your files, you can create a new folder that contains all the files you have selected! There are a couple of ways in which you can do this: Option 1 Select all the items you want to combine, Ctrl and click then select, “New Folder with Selection” then just name the folder. Option 2 Start by selecting the items you need, then use the following key combination to create the folder: CMD + Ctrl + n
Picture the scene: It is late at night, not a sound to be heard, pure silence.. Except for that highly annoying little sound your Macbook Pro’s track-pad makes each time you click it. If, like me you would like to put an end to the click, simply follow these instructions: Go to the Apple menu and select System preferences Select “Trackpad” Choose Point & Click Make sure “Tap to click” is checked. Voila! It may take a little time to get used to, but now you can work quieter and happier in a click-free utopia.
I have spoken to a few people recently, who have called the Amsys Helpdesk, that find the default feature in 10.7 and 10.8 which removes the scrolling bars in different windows, such as Mail and Safari, a bit frustrating. However, it’s not as difficult as you would think in order to turn it back on… Simply load System Preferences from either the applications folder or the logo and select General. Within General there are some different settings you can use regarding your custom requirement with the scrolling bars, pick which option you would like and from then on you… read more →