Posted in Commentary, Opinion

iOS Battery Issues ? Try These Tips

Battery Percentage

If you find your iPad or other iOS device won’t charge or hold a charge, here are some tips from Apple.

Will Not Charge – Change Power Sources, Adapters or Cables

Plug into the USB power adapter that came with your device. A third party adapter may not work properly. If that still does not work, try plugging into a different source of power: wall power outlet, computer, etc. Also, consider trying another cable in case the one you are using is bad.

As your device charges, you should see a battery icon with a little lightning bolt next to it in the status bar or a large battery icon on the lock screen.

Will Not Fully Charge – Force Restart, Try Again

Try this: force restart your device by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo. Then, let your device charge for another half hour or longer and see if it will fully recharge.

Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan

  • Software Update

Always make sure you are using the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If one is available, you can plug in your device to a power source and wirelessly download and install the latest version.

  • Screen Brightness

Optimize your screen brightness settings to help preserve battery life. You can dim the screen or turn on Auto-Brightness. To adjust your brightness, while your device is on, swipe up from the bottom of any screen to open the Control Center and drag the Brightness slider to the left. You will see your screen get dimmer. You can drag the slider to the right to make the screen brighter.

To turn on Auto-Brightness which will adjust your screen to lighting conditions automatically, go to Settings > Display & Brightness and set Auto-Brightness to on.

  • Use Wi-Fi

Using Wi-Fi to access data uses less power than a cellular network connection. So, turn on and use a Wi-Fi network. You can turn on your Wi-Fi by swiping up to open the Control Center and tap on the Wi-Fi icon and log into a Wi-Fi network.

Low Power Mode

When your battery power starts to get low, you can turn on Low Power Mode. You may receive an alert when your battery is low and turn it on then or in Settings > Battery. Apps may then begin to perform less background tasks to save power.

The chart below shows many of the battery functions discussed in this article.

Battery Settings

What’s Using The Power?

If you phone is not charging, you can view which apps are using the most power. To view the power usage, go to Settings > Battery and then you can tap on Last 24 Hours or Last 7 Days to see a list of the guilty apps.

You can read more about maximizing battery performance on this Apple Support page.

Posted in Tips

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Your iOS Device (Up to 30 Days Later)

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Sometimes, when using an iOS device, you may quickly go through your camera photos and delete an image or video by accident. It may even be a few days before you realize you want the image or video back. There is a quick and easy way to recover recently deleted videos, photos and images on an iOS device for up to 30 days.

First, tap on the photos icon. Next, tap on the Albums icon at the bottom right next to the Shared icon.

The last album on the right is called “Recently Deleted.” It has a trashcan icon. Tap on it.

Recently Deleted Album


Then, you will see photos that have been deleted and the number of days remaining before it is permanently deleted.


Photos Deletion Days Remaining

To recover the image, tap on the photo(s) you want to restore and then, at the bottom right, tap on “Recover.”

The image is now restored to your camera roll available in Photos.

You can read more about deleting and recovering photos on this Apple support page.


Posted in App, Tips

Make iPad External Display via Duet Display

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Recently, I was traveling to speak at a seminar out of state with my MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. While putting the final touches on my Keynote presentation, I realized I missed my external monitor to give me the extra room to also work on an Acrobat document for work.

Enter Duet Display, an iOS app you can download to make your iOS device an external monitor for your computer. You buy and download the app from the iOS store on your iOS device and then download the free app for your computer (Mac or PC) from the developers.

You will need the cable you usually use to connect your computer to your iPad. For the MacBookPro TouchBar and other Macs that use USB-C, you may need the cable that goes from USB-C to Lightning.

Once you have your device connected and have installed Duet Display on both your iOS device and computer, you can control various settings.

Duet Settings

Your iOS device resolution can impact what you see and how much. The higher the resolution you set, the more you can see. There is even a setting to allow you to use via touch, your touch bar on your iPad.

Duet Display Display Arrangement

To control the location of your display (whether it appears to the left or right of your computer), tap on the Duet icon at the top of your screen and then tap on the gear icon to make additional settings. For a Mac, you can read this Apple Support article.

So, if you have an iPad that you carry around with you and your Mac and want the benefits of an external monitor, you should definitely consider Duet Display.

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iOS 10.2 Released

iOS 10

Today, Apple has released iOS 10.2 including new features like the TV app for United States only. The app provides a “new and unified experience for accessing your TV shows and movies across multiple video apps.” Also, Apple claims the “emoji have been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail and over 100 new emoji have been added including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions.”

Before any iOS update, you should make a backup of your iOS device.

To obtain the download, connect to Wi-Fi then tap on Settings > General > Software Update. The update weighs in at over 300 MB.

This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.


Use Up Next to see the movies and shows you’re currently watching and pick up where you left off

Get recommendations for new movies and TV shows in Watch Now

Discover new apps and the latest iTunes releases in the Store

Access the Library for your iTunes purchases and rentals


Beautifully redesigned emoji that reveal even more detail

Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions


Improves stabilization and delivers faster frame rate for Live Photos

Improves accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person in the People album

Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts

Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus

Additional support for RAW digital cameras


Adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages

Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages


Swipe up the Now Playing screen to more easily access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next

Choose how to sort Playlists, Albums, and Songs in Library


Stories you’ve saved for later now appear the new Saved section

The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You

It’s now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading


Fixes an issue that caused the Move sheet to persist after filing a Mail message

Addresses an issue with long press activating copy and paste in Mail

Fixes an issue in which the wrong message would be selected after deleting a Mail conversation


Adds BraillePen14 support to VoiceOver

Fixes an issue where the braille table could switch unexpectedly with VoiceOver

Fixes an issue where sometimes Siri enhanced voices were unavailable to VoiceOver

Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists

Fixes an issue where Switch Control was sometimes unable to delete Voicemails

Other improvements and fixes

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors

Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available to HomeKit accessories

Improves Bluetooth performance and connectivity with 3rd party accessories

Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime participants to appear out of focus

Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime calls to appear with incorrect aspect ratio and orientation

Fixes an issue that prevented some Visual Voicemail from completing playback

Fixes a Safari Reader issue that could cause articles to open as empty pages

Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List.

Posted in App

DocreviewPad Update

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DocReviewPad has been updated to include many helpful features. This app is used to help you organize and review all your litigation documents quickly and efficiently, create production sets, and Bates stamp all your documents.

The latest update includes:

• NOTES! Added the ability to have multiple notes on every page. Notes appear as numbered “stickies” and can be moved around the page.
• Totally revamped reports for better clarity and information. Notes for each page are displayed in their own column, and associated with their own page and Bates number.
• Notes for pages are included on a separate page in an export allowing you to read the notes as you look at the document.
• New Documents, Speed Review, Tags / Issue Codes tabs at the bottom of the documents list (similar to TrialPad) for easier navigation and review of documents.
• Tags / Issue Codes tab allows you to view a document and see what annotations and notes were applied to what pages.
• Totally revamped the Export and Reports dialogs to be much more visual, easier to select documents, and granular in determining what to include and exclude.
• Added option in Settings to Remember Document Position so that when you switch between long documents you’ll always come back to the same page (defaults to On).
• Added Current Page as a share option (in addition to Entire Document) for all the export options (email, print, upload, etc.).
• New and updated User Guide within the app, and available as a PDF with bookmarks and hyperlinks.
• Many other minor new features, improvements, and fixes.

You can watch the app in use here.

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If you need manuals for the apps, you can download them here.

DocReviewPad is one of three apps that are part of a litigation bundle you can get. The bundle includes TrialPad and TranscriptPad.

TrialPad is used to present information, documents and videos from your iPad during trial, mediation or hearings. TranscriptPad is used to help organize, tag and work with transcripts.



Posted in App

Ulysses Update Makes Great App Better


Ulysses by the Soulmen is a great writing app for getting thoughts down and organizing articles, notes and more.

Ulysses Themes

The latest update includes the following long list of new features and fixes:

## New Features
– Added editing of TextBundle files in Dropbox
– Added import of TextBundle and TextPack files
– Added reading time goals

## Fixes: WordPress
– Generally improved compatibility with various WordPress blogs
– Improved error detection on sign-in and when uploading posts and images
– Publishing status is now stored for each account
– Fixed sign-in failure when a blog does not have a favicon
– Added a limit on the number of tags and categories downloaded from a blog
– Fixed a bug where tags and categories where not properly refreshed
– Improved help texts when preparing a post for upload

## Fixes: External Folders
– Fixed a crash when using fenced code blocks in external sources
– Fixed a crash when searching inside external folders
– Fixed a bug when using long CJK file names in external folders

## Fixes: Editor
– Focus mode is now disabled when scrolling to improve readability
– Fixed a crash when pasting from the app ‘Copied’
– Type writer mode now stays in line when using arrow keys
– Fixed dictation on iOS 10
– Fixed a bug where images could not be taken from the camera on iOS 10
– Fixed several drawing problems
– Fixed several crashes while editing sheets

## Fixes: Export
– Updated Medium preview style to latest version
– Fixed several compatibility issues with DOCX and latest versions of Word and Pages
– Added support for importing CSS files as HTML styles
– Fixed wrong font display in HTML export preview
– Fixed a crash when rotating the PDF preview
– Fixed a bug where the ePub exporter duplicated image files

## Fixes: Dropbox
– Generally improved reliability and performance of the Dropbox sync
– Added support for using the Share Extension with Dropbox
– Fixed an issue when authorizing Ulysses to use an existing Dropbox account
– Improved handling of server-side errors in Dropbox
– Fixed a bug where sheets created via X-Callback used the wrong filename

## Other Fixes
– Fixed a crash when moving several sheets
– Fixed a wrong error message when browsing backups
– Fixed a crash when emptying the trash
– Fixed a bug where upload/download indicators did not disappear on iCloud/Dropbox
– Reduced CPU usage when indexing files for search
– Fixed a bug that crashed Ulysses when going to background
– Fixed a crash when removing a Dropbox folder
– Fixed dozens of other crashes

This app is especially powerful and useful with the iPad keyboard. Using the external keyboard give you much more space to type out your thoughts as the software keyboard is not in the way.

The app synchronizes quite well using iCloud with the Mac app so you can take your work with you and always keep up to date.