Posted in Commentary

Tim Cook Interview

My daughter interviewed Tim Cook recently.

Here is the article.

I will be updating the site with more iOS apps and ideas soon!

Posted in Accessories

Setting up your new  Watch from the old one

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So, you got a new watch for the holidays and want to make sure to transfer your information to you new watch from your old watch.

In the end, the process takes a while and you should take the time needed to accomplish it. Don’t plan on cracking open your new watch, transferring the data and be ready in 10 minutes or less.

Apple has put together several different pages which do not make the process very clear.

According to Apple, “Apple Watch content backs up automatically to your companion iPhone, so you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup. When you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, your iPhone backup will also include your Apple Watch data.”

You can read these different Apple pages to get a sense of the process. However, plan on spending at least an hour to make sure it is right.

If your watch uses cellular data, the directions may be slightly different.

Make sure you have your iCloud password, your iPhone near, your watch and phone charger and have made a back up of your iPhone in case something goes wrong.

The Apple pages describe the process as follows:

  1. Update the iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  2. Backup Your Apple Watch
  3. Unpair Watch – Backs Up (cellular choose to keep your plan)
  4. Back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  5. Switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone
  6. Set up your Apple Watch

In English, on your iPhone,

  1. tap Watch app
  2. Tap your Watch Name
  3. Tap on the “I” next to the watch
  4. Tap Unpair Apple Watch – The process is supposed to make a back up to your iPhone.
  5. You may need to type in your iCloud Password.
  6. The unpair process begins – it may take a while.

When its finished, you can Start Pairing with your new watch.

  1. Start pairing process
  2. You should be presented with choice of Restore from Backup or Set up as New Apple Watch.
  3. Choose Restore from Backup
  4. Choose the Backup you want from the choices presented
  5. Type in your iCloud password if needed.

You may need to transfer additional content like music and some apps to your watch even after the initial re-pairing.

Indeed, I found that some apps needed to be uninstalled from the iPhone and then reinstalled to work properly. e.g. Nike+ Run Club. Make sure to save the data if requested.


Posted in App, Commentary

iOS 11.1.1 Released

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Apple has released an update to iOS 11 to address an issue with the keyboard auto-correct and where “Hey Siri” stops working.

To update, connect to a Wi-Fi network and tap on Settings > Software Update and download and install. As usual, it is always best to back up your device first. You can read more about the update process here.

Posted in App

Workflow Automation Tool

Workflow is an app that lets you string together steps or actions you may perform on your iOS device into a single tap. The steps allow you to manage your media, share content, create and send notes, tweets and more. The app is now an Apple product.

There are 3 basic concepts for the app. Creating, running and managing workflows.


A workflow is a series of actions that accomplish a task.

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The app allows you to organize the actions and tap once to begin them with each step like a falling domino that leads to the next until the task is complete.

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A single action could be Get Latest Photo, Edit Image or Post on Facebook. If you combine the three, you can tap once and perform all three together to get an image, crop it and then post on Facebook.


You can run a workflow from within the app or from outside the app by using Spotlight, the Today Widget, your Apple Watch and more.


Each workflow is represented by a button like icon.

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You can arrange or rearrange them similar to your home screen. You can even choose to have workflows appear in the widget.

Advanced Steps

You can learn about more advanced steps, like using variables, choosing from a list or menu in the advanced workflow documentation.

The “documentation” for Workflow can be found here.

A YouTube video posted by AppChasers walks through the process in about 12 minutes.

The app had a bunch of updates recently that include:

  • Optimized for iOS 11 and iPhone X
  • Drag and drop content onto a workflow to run the workflow with that input
  • Added HEIF support to the Convert Image action
  • Added HEVC support to the Encode Media action
  • Added support for iOS 11 Health data types: Insulin Delivery, V02 Max, Waist Circumference, Resting Heart Rate, Walking Heart Rate Average, and Heart Rate Variability
  • Added the ability to retrieve and save multiple files at a time in the Get File and Save File actions
  • Added the ability to specify a default “From” address for the compose sheet in the Send Email action
  • Add TaskPaper to OmniFocus now supports adding TaskPaper under specific folders, projects, and tasks

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the Tweet and Post on Facebook actions on iOS 11
  • Fixed an issue where text items could unexpectedly be converted to image metadata dictionaries
  • Fixed an issue where granting access to Ulysses may not work
  • Fixed an issue where workflows launched from the Complication would not run on watchOS 4
  • Fixed an issue where the Text action may randomly scroll to the top while typing
  • Fixed an issue where the Send Message via WhatsApp action contact field did not work properly
  • Fixed an issue where the Convert Image action may crash in the Today Widget or Action Extension
  • Fixed an issue where the Show Directions action may not use the correct travel mode when opening Google Maps
  • Fixed an issue where messaging the attendees of an event may include yourself
  • Fixed an issue where VoiceOver may not focus on an action after it’s added to a workflow
  • Fixed an issue where the Select Photos action did not work with VoiceOver when “Select Multiple” was turned on
  • Fixed an issue where a Workflow Input variable may not be editable after being added from the variable bar
  • Fixed a crash when inserting variables into the List and Dictionary actions
  • Fixed an issue where some files may not be selectable in the Dropbox and Box file pickers
  • Fixed an issue where a ghost workflow may appear while workflows are being reordered
  • Fixed an issue where passing a comma-separated list of email addresses into the Send Email action did not work
  • Fixed an issue where the Get Contents of URL action did not support passing a JSON body in DELETE requests
  • Fixed an issue where saving a file to Dropbox when a file already exists with the same name did not properly append a number to the filename
  • Other bug fixes and minor additions
Posted in App

Track Your Time with OfficeTime

If you are looking for an app to keep up with and help you bill your time, consider OfficeTime. There is an app for your iOS device and Mac that can sync. There is a free version and a paid version that costs $7.99 that allows wireless syncing.

You can create invoices and view graphs to see how your time is spent.

The developer lists the features of the pro version as follows:

* Track your time from your home screen or any app with the OfficeTime widget.
* No monthly fees.
* Increase your billables
* Know if you’re on budget
* Improve your productivity by knowing where your time goes
* Easy, intuitive, flexible.
* Pay once. Get for both iPad and iPhone
* Work offline. No need for WiFi or cell connection.
* Export to Numbers, Excel and tab delimited.
* Get cross team reports on your Mac or PC (sold separately)
* Work with cross platform offices (sold separately): PC, Mac , iPhone, iPad
* Run multiple timers
* Rapidly switch tasks
* Time in the background
* Free Apple Watch version! Quickly start and stop timers and see where your day’s at.

The Mac version costs about $47. The developer advertises a 120 day refund policy. You can learn more about the app here.

This slightly dated video gives you some idea about the app.

Posted in App

Fantastical for iPad 2 – Your Digital Calendar Hub

Fantastical 2 for iPad is like a digital hub for your calendar, reminders, and contacts. This is a place where you can organize and plan events or tasks to be performed on a particular day with ease. Fantastical allows you to enter the information in plain English (or other supported language) and the event will be created in your calendar(s).

If you have not already done so, take a moment to adjust some preferences in the app. For example, in settings (the gear icon), under New Events, select default alerts you would like to receive before an event – like 1 hour and 2 hours before. Choose your default calendar there too so when you enter an event, it will automatically be placed there.

Another thing that is helpful is to turn on the Share feature. This allows you to be in another app, tap and select information and then share it with Fantastical.

To do this, in an app like Mail, select the text you want to send to Fantastical and then tap on the Share… pop up. Scroll along the apps visible and select Fantastical. If the app is not there, scroll until you see More, tap on it and slide the selector to turn on the Fantastical app. Now, Fantastical will be available to share your selections to create events, etc.

For example, lets say you get an email reminding you about a dinner meeting.

First, select the language you want to send to Fantastical.

Then, from the pop up share menu, tap Fantastical.

Then, tap Add on the top right.

Last, make any modification that may be necessary.

As seen below, Fantastical automagically, created the event, time, etc. from the selected text.

Other tips and tricks for using Fantastical 2 for iPad can be found here.

Posted in Opinion, Review

iPhone X – Way Cool


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I have been playing around with my new iPhone X since the Friday launch date. Here are some quick thoughts about using it.

  • No Home Button – No Problem – I have forgotten about missing a home button. Opening the phone is as easy as picking it up, tilting it towards you and swiping up with your thumb. The phone automagically opens with the facial recognition.
  • Quitting Apps – One thing that I could not figure out was how to quit apps. On older phones, you double tap on the home button and then slide the open apps up to quit them. To accomplish this now, from the home screen, you slowly slide your thumb up and leave it about half way up the screen for a moment. Then, you will see your running apps in a stack to the left. Tap and hold on one and a red “-” will appear at the top left of each app. Tap on the red “-” over each app you want to quit that and the app will quit. If you are in an app, at the bottom, you will see a small line. Tap on that line and swipe up to the middle to accomplish the same thing.
  • Battery Percentage – I am used to seeing the percentage of battery at the top left. There appears to be no way to make that percentage number appear and stay. The 2 work arounds are to plug your phone into a charger and you will see the charge. The second way is to swipe down from the top right to access your control panel. There, you will see the battery percentage.
  • Update Apps – Make sure you update the apps for compatibility with the new iPhone. A few apps did not work. I also found that if I had a problem that deleting the app and reinstalling seemed to help.
  • QI Charger Not – Last, I chose not to get a QI charging pad to lay the iPhone on at this time. All of my cables currently work and I think I will hold out until Apple comes out with their version that will allow the Air Pod, Apple Watch and iPhone to charge.

If you happen to be near an Apple store, check the availability with the Apple Store app. An iPhone X may be closer than you think.