iOS 11: Should you install it? (No, not yet)

UPDATE November 9th, 2017: Apple released version 11.1.1 to address the weird “type the letter I and get an A and a box” bug. This update does not fix the calculator bug and it does not add Person to Person Apple Pay. However, the bug that it fixes is a real annoyance, so If your iPhone or iPad is on 11.0, 11.0.1, 11.0.2, 11.0.3, or 11.1, go get the 11.1.1 update. Settings/General/Software Update. Otherwise, wait for 11.2. Executive Summary: Some day, iOS 11 is going to be really cool but today, even after three updates,… Continue Reading iOS 11: Should you install it? (No, not yet)

Christian Boyce on the radio

I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 discussing Apple’s new iPhones. The Digital Village show starts at 7 pm Pacific time; my part of the show starts around 7:30 pm. UPDATE: here’s a recording of my part of the radio program. You can listen to the show live by tuning to KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles using something called “a radio.” (Kids, ask your parents.) You can stream the live show using this link on your computer or phone. And, if you miss the show, or just want to hear me… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the radio

Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

UPDATE (9-12-2017): Apple introduced an updated Apple Watch, an updated Apple TV, and three new iPhones. You can watch the entire presentation using this link. You can watch the special iPhone X video, featuring Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, using this link. UPDATE 2 (9-12-2017): I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program talking about the new iPhones on Wednesday September 13th, 2017. Read about how to listen to the show (they do record it). It’s that time again– time for Apple to announce something exciting in one of their big Special Events. This event… Continue Reading Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Apple launched their annual “Back to School” promotion this morning, offering free Beats Wireless Headphones with purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad Pro. You have to purchase between July 12th and September 25th, 2017 and to be eligible you have to be a college student, a parent buying for a college student, or a faculty or staff member at any grade level. If you’re an elected or appointed member of a school board, or an elected or appointed officer of a PTA or PTO, you’re also eligible. Buy through the Apple Online Store for… Continue Reading Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Free 4th of July Fireworks Apps for your iPhone and Mac

— Happy 4th of July — It’s the 4th of July, and that means fireworks. Here are some fireworks apps for your iPhone (or iPad) and Mac. Note: in the spirit of Freedom I am only recommending apps that are free. A fireworks app on your iPhone will help you pass the time as you wait for the sky to get dark enough for the real show to begin. Fireworks Arcade is the iOS fireworks app that I like the best. And it’s free. Fireworks Arcade is free. You can let the app launch fireworks… Continue Reading Free 4th of July Fireworks Apps for your iPhone and Mac

How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 3)

Looking for the first two parts? Here’s How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 1) and here’s How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 2). This post focuses on the WordPress.com Dashboard. Let’s work our way down. At the top you’ll find a button labeled My Sites. Once clicked, it stays clicked. You need to click it once to get the rest of the options in the Dashboard. The next button down is Switch Site. I didn’t tell you this before, but you can have multiple WordPress.com websites under a single account. If… Continue Reading How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 3)

How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 2)

Looking for Part 1? Here it is: How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 1). You’ve created an account, you’ve given your blog a theme, and you’ve chosen a URL. At that point, WordPress shows you a sample blog post, or a mocked-up home page, depending on choices you made when first setting things up. Let’s write our first blog post, add a picture, and categorize it. Start by clicking the “Write” button. The button may have the word “Write” on it, or may simply be a picture. See below. It depends on how… Continue Reading How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 2)

How to make a free WordPress blog (Part 1)

Got something to say? Want to show off your pictures? Want to document your vacation, or the 4th grade, or comment on your favorite sports team’s season? You need a blog. Here’s how you make a free blog using WordPress. All you need is a web browser and an internet connection. WordPress is a very popular platform for blogging, and it’s free, and you can learn how in a hurry by reading this article. (The screenshots here are from a Mac using Google Chrome, but you can use Safari or Firefox or any other modern… Continue Reading How to make a free WordPress blog (Part 1)

How to fix poor iPhone cell reception in your home and office

Do you have poor cellular coverage in your home or office? When you call people from your iPhone, do they ask you to repeat what you said, because the sound dropped out? Do they ask you to quit walking around– even though you’re sitting still? Do they say it sounds like you’re in a tunnel when actually you’re in your home? If you answered Yes to any of the above, you know how irritating these problems are. Fortunately, there is a solution, and it’s easy, and it’s free. The solution to your problems is WiFi… Continue Reading How to fix poor iPhone cell reception in your home and office

How to use the Memories feature in iOS 10’s Photos app

How to use the Memories feature in iOS 10’s Photos appThe Photos app in iOS 10 introduces a great new feature called “Memories,” and it’s a ton of fun. I think you’ll like it and use it a lot. The idea behind Memories is this: you’ve taken a lot of pictures, too many to manage, yet you’d like to go back and view your photos in a nice and organized way. The Memories feature does the organization for you automatically, behind your back, every day, producing mini-movies of your best photos grouped by date, place,… Continue Reading How to use the Memories feature in iOS 10’s Photos app