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The Committed Podcast Looks at Minimal Computing Needs

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths, and I look at what we need to do our work. We discuss how little we can get by with in terms of hardware and software. Listen to The Committed, Episode 66: “Using Word Just for 2-Up”.

Things You Can’t Do with an iOS Device, #67: Copy Audiobooks from One Device to Another

A correspondent wrote with a question. A friend bought an audiobook from the iTunes Store on his iPad, and wanted to listen to it on his iPhone. But he doesn’t own a computer, and this actually isn’t possible. Why? Because, as Apple says: “If you made a backup of these items on your Mac or […]

Four Apps (and Some Audio Recordings) to Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

We live in a stressful world, and, more and more, we’re solicited by our work all day long, thanks to our devices that keep us connected by phone, email, and text messages before and after working hours. It can be hard to relax and to get a good night’s sleep, if you’ve got a lot […]

Duplicate Genres Display in iOS Music App

This is a problem that has been reported to me by many users, and that I’ve seen fairly often. In the iOS Music app, if you browse your music by Genre, you may see some genres display more than once: When this happens, there’s really nothing you can do short of restoring the device, or […]

What Exactly Doesn’t Work on OS X and iOS?

As I wrote the other day, Apple’s software is suffering from many problems, causing much grief among users of Apple products. Glenn Fleishman made a list of the many ailments affecting OS X and iOS, describing the most common problems users are seeing. Naturally, not all users have the same issues; I don’t have many […]

How To: Block Senders in Messages on iOS

If you get unsolicited text messages or iMessages on your iOS devices, you can block the senders, but it’s not easy to figure out how to do it. Here’s how you can block senders in Messages. Tap on a thread in Messages. You’ll see the messages, the name of the sender at the top of […]

Add Audio and Video Files of Just About Any Format to Your iOS Devices

One annoyance with iTunes and iOS is that certain formats, such as FLAC, MKV and AVI, are not supported. The reasons for this are many, but an intrepid developer has released Waltr, an app that converts and copies ad hoc files to an iOS device. It’s pretty nifty. Read my Macworld review.

What Happens When Your iOS Device Runs Out of Storage Space

You may have spotted my recent article about a lawsuit targeting Apple’s way of presenting iOS device storage. One thing that stood out when reading the complaint, which I didn’t mention in that article, was this allegation: “Apple exploits the discrepancy between represented and available capacity for its own gain by offering to sell, and […]

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