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Search within a webpage on your iPhone

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Searching for information is great! We have it right at our fingertips with a web search engine on our smartphones.  But have you ever wanted to look for something specific inside of a webpage itself on your iPhone?  Safari, the web browser on your iPhone can do just that. Let's say you want to find Sarah Connor mentions from within a Terminator: Genisys review. Just visit the page in Safari, tap the address/search box at the top of the screen, tap the little “x” button to clear out the URL, then type “Sarah.”

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At the bottom of the search results, you’ll see an “On This Page” heading. Tap “Find ‘Sarah’” to highlight every mention of the word on the page. From there you can tap the arrows at the bottom of the screen to cycle through each mention.

Safari Reader Fonts

What do you spend the most amount of time doing on your Mac or iPhone? The real answer might be play games, text, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest, but let's pretend that it's surf the web.  You might even find yourself reading blogs like this one, or catching up on the news. And because you spend so much time on the internet reading, you might like the Safari Reader Fonts option. If you're not familiar with Reader in Safari, it's allows you to view news stories and other articles in a layout that’s optimized for easy reading. Reader lets you focus on the text without being distracted by ads. Reader is available where there is a 4 line icon on the left side of the search bar.

And now you can customize your view by selecting your font size and style, and choose Sepia and Night themes.  Simply select "Reader" and then select the "AA" on the right side of the search bar.

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The Hidden Trackpad

There are a lot of cool features but I love this one.  I use this one all of the time. Turn your keyboard into a trackpad on your iPhone 6s and 6s plus with ease. Of course this only works with Apple’s keyboard and not third-party keyboards and you must be on iOS 9. But what did you expect, Apple has to keep the really cool features for themselves.

STEP 1: Open any app that uses a keyboard

STEP 2: Press and hold firmly on the keyboard to activate the trackpad

STEP 3: Slide your finger around to move the cursor

STEP 4: Press harder to select whole words

STEP 5: Release to return to keyboard

Here is a video of it in action.

What is Wi-Fi Assist and do I want it?

You’ve downloaded iOS9 and seem some fancy new tricks right? But did you know that Wi-Fi Assist is one of those new features? For most users it’s a great addition to Apple’s mobile operating system, to others, maybe not. What is Wi-fi Assist and why is so great? Did you know most users experience a few moments of connectivity loss as they walk or drive away from their Wi-Fi network? This happens as the last wisps of Wi-Fi connectivity fail but before the iPhone can recognize and switch to the cellular data connection. With Wi-Fi Assist, the iPhone will detect that the Wi-Fi network signal is degrading and actively switch over to the cellular connection before a complete loss of the Wi-Fi signal. This should create an experience that is seamless to the user and allows them to continue their Internet use without interruption as they leave the house or office.  Pretty cool right?

However, there may be times in which Wi-Fi Assist may “booger up”  the user experience. In terms of data usage, Wi-Fi Assist doesn’t just help maintain interruption-free connectivity when the user leaves home; it also activates the cellular data connection whenever a user’s Wi-Fi signal gets weak. If you have a large data cap you may not mind this, but for those on a more limited data plan, might not want their cellular data connection kicking in without some kind of warning. If a Wi-Fi signal is still available, even a poor one, you might want to continue using it to save your limited data.

Then there are some mobile apps that require a connection to a specific Wi-Fi network for security and functionality purposes, particularly in enterprise settings. In this case, Wi-Fi Assist may switch the user to a cellular connection sooner than they want or anticipate, resulting in a total loss of connection for a particular network-dependent app, instead of just having slow speeds on the existing Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi Assist, by default, is enabled when a user upgrades to iOS 9, without providing any prompts or warnings that it has done so. Thankfully though, it’s easy to disable Wi-Fi Assist if you decide it’s not right for you.

To disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9, head to Settings > Cellular. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see an entry for Wi-Fi Assist. Tap the toggle switch to set it to Off (white).

Watch this short video to see how to disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS9.

Sign PDFs with TrackPad

Ever had to sign documents quickly and return them to a sender? No matter the type of document that you're trying to sign, if you can avoid a printing, then sign, then scan, and send back workflow, it's always appreciated. Mac OS X's Preview application has long allowed for digital signatures, but in Yosemite you can sign documents using the trackpad, too.

Create a Signature with your TrackPad

  • Step 1: Open PDF that you wish to sign in the Preview App.
  • Step 2: Click View
  • Step 3: Click Show Markup Toolbar (Command + Shift + A)
  • Step 4: Chose the Sign button in the tool bar that appears, then click "Create Signature"
  • Step 5: In the Signature popup that appears, choose the Trackpad option , and click the "Click here to begin" button.

Once in this mode, sign you name using your finger on the trackpad.

When you are done with your signature, press any key on the keyboard to exit editing mode, and then press the Done button in the popup to save the signature in Preview.

You can also get a signature without the trackpad. To do so, follow the same steps as above, but choose the Camera option in step 5. Create a physical signature using black ink on a white piece of paper (for best results), then hold this signature up to the iSight camera on your Mac.

Use your Signature

When you are ready to use the signature in your document, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click View.
  • Step 2: Click Show Markup Toolbar (Command + Shift + A ).
  • Step 3: Choose the Sign button, then click on one of the saved signatures that appears in the list.

Once you do this, you'll see the signature inserted into the document. You can then resize and move the signature around on the PDF to make it look just right and fit over the signature area of the document you're signing.

Don't forget you need to save the signature inside of the document using Command + S (or get advanced save options by pressing Option + Command + Shift + S to open the Save As... panel).

Apple Notifies Aperture Users of Upcoming Removal From App Store

Apple sent an email to Aperture customers today to reminder them about the impending removal of the professional grade photo editing software from the Mac App Store. The email confirms that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the release of Photos for OS X. When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app.  You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for OS X, including your photos, adjustments, albums, and keywords. After migrating, your Aperture library remains intact. However, Aperture and Photos do not share a unified library, so any changes made after the migration will not be shared between the apps.

Aperture users will be able to continue using the software on OS X Yosemite after its discontinued. Aperture users can migrate their photo libraries to Photos for OS X, including photos, adjustments, albums and keywords.

Photos for OS X will be available this spring for OS X Yosemite.

Must-Know Tips & Tricks for OS X Yosemite

If you have upgraded to Yosemite you've seen some changes visually but may not know the benefits of the update. If you haven't upgraded to Yosemite, we recommend backing your computer up before you upgrade. There are a ton of new features included in this update that make life a little sweeter and make your friends looking through windows jelly.  Here is just a pinch of what you can now do.

#1. Answer and make phone calls

If you have an iPhone (5 or later), you can now make and receive phone calls on your Mac computer. Simply make sure you're on the same Wi-Fi network and are using the same iCloud account on both devices.

When you're in the Messages app, go to Preferences -> Accounts and make sure your number is checked. Now, anytime you receive a phone call, you'll get a notification at the top right of your computer screen where you can choose to accept or decline it.

To make a call, go to FaceTime and either enter the number you want to call or hit the phone icon next to a recent number under the Audio tab.

Bonus: In addition to Yosemite, Wi-Fi calling via iPhone also works on the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.

#2. Receive & Send SMS Text Messages

While you've been able to send iMessages to other iOS users directly from your computer, regular text messages were still relegated to your iPhone. Now, thanks to SMS Relay, you can send text messages directly from the Messages app on your Mac.

Set up the iMessage app on your Mac with your iCloud credentials. Leave the app open on your Mac and, on your iOS device, navigate to Settings -> Messages -> Text Message Forwarding. Once you see your device listed, toggle it on. You may also be required to input a verification code, so make sure to leave iMessage open on your Mac to receive it.

#3. Name Your Group Messages When we’re talking with a group of friends, it’s usually about something specific, you can now label your conversations accordingly. Click the Details button inside a group message and you’ll see an option to give it a name. It’ll also sync the title with all of your other devices, so you won’t lose track of it.

#4. Stop blowing up my phone Sometimes you just don't want to be bothered by the onslaught of a back-and-forth group message. In Yosemite you won’t have to anymore. Inside the Details window are two ways to put a stop to the distractions: Turn on Do Not Disturb to stop getting notifications every time someone has a reply, or leave the conversation entirely. And like everything else, whatever you decide will be reflected on all of your devices.

#5. Smarter Spotlight Search Spotlight has been greatly enhanced in Yosemite, evolving from a simple system searcher to a full-fledged information center always at the ready. Just press Command-Space and the behemoth search field will automatically pop up in the middle of the screen. You can use it to hunt for long-lost files hidden in dark corners of your hard drive and it can find just about anything else you may be looking for: maps, trailers, definitions, songs, phone numbers... even pictures of The Fonz on his Triumph, if you're looking to be cool like him.

#6. New Tricks for Spotlight Spotlight can help you in a variety of new ways: Need currency conversion? Or maybe you need to know how many miles are in 24 kilometers or what 211 degrees Fahrenheit looks like in Celsius? How about movie times? Spotlight's got you covered.

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#7. Find your Safari Favorites Apple has ditched the bookmark bar in Safari 8 for a cleaner browsing experience. Of course, you can still get to them with the dropdown menu or the sidebar, but Apple has given us a much easier method in Yosemite: just click inside the address bar and a "grid" of your favorites magically appear. If you want, you can still have the "old-fashioned" bar, bring it back in the View settings.

#8. See All of Your Open Tabs is Safari Tabs have always been a part of our multitasking workflow, but Yosemite will make us more productive than ever.  With a nod to iOS, a click on the new tabs icon or keystroke "Command + Shift + \",  instantly brings you into a screen where you can see all of the open tabs on your machine, arranged neatly and grouped by site so you can quickly switch between them.

#9. Send Links to Social Media and Recent Recipients Share a link with the world with the share icon (the box with an arrow pointing  up) or, If you’re constantly sharing links with your friends, Safari will help you send them out even faster. At the bottom of the sharing menu, you’ll find a list of recent recipients; just click one and it’ll open the appropriate message with the “To” field already filled out.

#10. Safari Sync History When we you a bookmark on your iPhone you expect it to pop up when you log into Safari on our Mac, but in Yosemite Apple has a new trick up iCloud’s sleeve. No longer do we have to leave tabs open to access sites between devices; when you browse using Safari in Yosemite, your history will automatically sync with your other devices, including anything you may have cleared. Now that's cools.

 #11. Annotate Attachments in Mail Mail is a versatile message manager, and things only get better in Yosemite. If you want to highlight something on a photo, or make a note on a PDF, you no longer need to do your work in an image editor first; after attaching it, click on the small arrow in the top-right corner of the photo and you’ll get a menu of editing options, including type, lines, shapes, and drawing tools.

#12. Fix Your Crude Drawings in Markup It's not easy to make neat lines using a trackpad is it? So, rather than letting you send scribbles that look like they were done by a monkey, Markup will instantly recognize what you're trying to draw. To use it, click the menu button that appears in the top-right of the attachment when you mouse over it.

#13. Sign PDFs in Mail While OS X has offered the ability to sign PDFs since the days of Leopard, Apple has streamlines it with Yosemite. Users previously had to open documents in the Preview app to sign a PDF, now it's part of Markup in Mail; simply click the new "add signature" icon in the pop-up menu and you’ll be able to sign your document, either by using the trackpad or scanning your Herbie Hancock with the camera.

#14. Pick up Where You Left off with Handoff Apple has integrated iOS and OS X like "Bam!", and nowhere is that more evident than in the Handoff feature. If you're working on something in a supported app on your iPad or iPhone, you'll see an icon appear on the left of the Finder; click on it and your work will instantly be beamed to your Mac, letting you pick up right where you left off. And when you're done, you can send it right back.

Quick Access to Draft Emails on iOS

Have you ever been interrupted while composing and email on your iPhone or iPad. You hit cancel, and then propted with “Delete Draft or Save Draft” But getting to that draft can be overwhelming.  

Step 1: Hold down the compose button.  You will be prompted with "New Message" and PREVIOUS DRAFTS.

 

That's it.  Lesson over.

 

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Share a list in Reminders

Share Reminders 1 Not only is it easy to create and edit reminders, but you can also share and collaborate on lists with anyone else in the world, even if they don’t have an Apple Device with them. All they need is an iCloud account.

To be clear, you cant invite others to share your Reminders lists from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You have use your Reminders app on the OSX version 10.8.2 or later. If you don’t use a Mac computer, you can access Reminders from iCloud.com. Just log in using your iCloud account information. Most people’s iCloud account is the same as their Apple ID (the account info and password used to buy music and apps).

The steps:

1. Launch Reminders app on OSX or iCloud.com

2. Create a list you want to share with others.

3. Hover over the right side of the list you want to share and select the broadcast icon that appears

4. Enter the iCloud connected email address for anyone you want to invite to the list.

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Once you’ve shared a list, the person or people you are sharing with can see all of your archived items, plus the current list. They can also edit the list. So, if you share a grocery list with your spouse, the two of you can add or remove any items. It is as if you are sitting in the kitchen together while making the list.

When a person accepts your invitation to share a Reminder list, you will receive an alert on all devices that feature the Reminders app.

All changes that are made to your list will be immediately viewable in our iOS Reminders app. So, if your spouse makes a note on one of your items, you’ll know about it before putting it in the cart.

You can remove someone just as easily as you invited them. Hover over the broadcast icon again and click on their name. Select “Remove” and you're done. They will no longer have access to your list. However, all of their changes will remain on your list.

 

Bump Your Apple TV

Did you know that you can setup an Apple TV by simply bumping your iPhone to your Apple TV? It's true. If your iPhone is already connected to your home wifi network and logged in to your Apple ID, you can simply bump your iPhone to your Apple TV during the setup process on the language select screen and the Apple TV will automatically import your wifi and Apple ID settings from your iPhone.

What is required?

A WiFi network Apple TV 3rd Gen using Apple TV software 6.0 or later One of the following iOS devices running iOS 7 or later:

  •    iPhone 4s or later
  •    iPad 3rd gen or later
  •    iPad mini
  •    iPod touch 5th gen

The steps:

  1. Connect your Apple TV to your television and power and wait until you Apple TV displays the setup screen.
  2. Unlock your iOS 7 device and ensure that Bluetooth is enabled. Also ensure that you are connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to use with Apple TV.
  3. Touch your iOS device to your Apple TV and wait for the prompts to appear on your iOS device and Apple TV.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password on your iOS device.
  5. Choose if you want Apple TV to remember your Apple ID password, and if you want Apple TV to send data to Apple.
Note: This does not change your iOS device preferences.
  6. Your Apple TV will start the configuration process, including connecting to your Wi-Fi network, activating Apple TV, and setting up your iTunes Store account.
  7. When complete, your Apple TV is ready to use.

Note: While configuring your Apple TV, keep your iOS device within 10 to 15 feet of your Apple TV until the configuration process completes.

How to pin an app to a specific Mission Control Desktop

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You can assign an app to a specific desktop in Mission Control—perfect for keeping your programs in their proper “spaces,” particularly when you’re booting up your Mac.

 

Before we begin, something to keep in mind: this trick applies only to apps running in standard  “windowed” mode. Programs running in “full screen” automatically get assigned to their own desktops.

 

Related: Desktop "Spaces in Mission Control

 

Are you ready to start “pinning” your apps to specific desktops? Here we go…

Just select “This Desktop” to pin an app to a specific Mission Control desktop.

▪ First, navigate to the desktop where you’d like a particular program to call home. If, for example, you want Calendar to sit in Desktop 2, launch Mission Control, then click on Desktop 2 from the overhead Mission Control view (or create a second desktop if there isn’t one already).

▪ Launch the app you want to assign to the desktop—again, let’s use Calendar as our example.

▪ Go down to the Mac desktop dock at the bottom of the screen, find the icon for Calendar, and right-click it.

▪ In the menu that appears, select Options, then select “This Desktop” under the “Assign to” heading.

 

Now, let’s test. Go ahead and close the app you just assigned to a desktop, navigate to Desktop 1 in Mission Control, then launch the app again—and when you do, it should launch in the desktop you assigned it to.

 

Also, if the app you’ve pinned to a desktop opens automatically when you start up your Mac, the app will now launch in its assigned window.

 

 

OK, but what if you want to “unpin” an app from a desktop? Just right-click its icon in the dock, select Options, then select “None” under “Assign to.”

Desktop "Spaces" in Mission Control

Mission Control 103 Did you know that there’s more than one desktop on your Mac? Yep, it’s true, you can pretty much have as many desktops as you want, each filled with its own assortment of open documents and applications.

Most of us are used to having a single desktop on our systems—you know, the one that’s directly in front of us. The idea of have more, “virtual” desktop spaces with open windows that you can’t see can take a little getting used to. Once you get the hang of it, these additional desktop spaces—which you manage in Mac OS X with a new feature, dubbed “Mission Control”—can become addicting, even essential. Let’s take a quick tour of the desktop spaces in “Mission Control”—and keep in mind that older versions of the Mac operating system also have the “spaces” feature, which you can manage in the System Preferences panel under the Apple menu.

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1. First, activate Mission Control by clicking its icon in the Mac OS “Dock,” or swiping up with three fingertips on your MacBook trackpad. You can also turn Mission Control on by hitting the F3 key on your keyboard.

 

2. Now, you’ll see an overhead view of all your open applications, windows, and spaces. On your desktop, you may have five applications open—Mail, iPhoto, iCal, iTunes, and Safari, not to mention a total of three Safari open windows at once. Things may start to get a little crowded.

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3. Time to spread out a little bit. Activate Mission Control again, click and hold the app window you want to move to a different “desktop”, and then drag it up and over to the upper-right corner of the screen—where all of a sudden, a new “space” with a big “+” sign appears.

4. Drop the app into your new space, and presto! Now you have another desktop with just the one application open. To visit your new space, just activate Mission Control and click the Desktop icon, which immediately zooms in and fills your screen.

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5. Now go ahead repeat with more open applications. To switch between your desktops, open Mission Control and click the desktop space you want to jump to. You can also scroll though them one-by-one with a sideways three-finger swipe on your trackpad, or by tapping a left or right arrow key on the keyboard while holding down the Control key.

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6. Want to clean up your spaces? Activate Mission Control, then hold your mouse over the space you want to close until a circle with an “x” appears on its corner. Click the “x,” and the space will disappear, with any open windows safely sliding over to one of your remaining spaces (so don’t worry, you won’t lose any work).

Give it a try!

Paste Text Without Keeping Its Formatting

When you copy text from some applications, and especially from the web, you tend to copy its formatting, such as the text size, font choice and so on. When you then paste this into other text fields, like in an email, it looks funky or out of place, and can make things hard to read. To paste the text without its original formatting (so it formats in the same way as the rest of what you're pasting into), instead of pressing Command (⌘) +V, press Option+Shift+Command (⌘) +V.

Shortcut Your Most Used Phrases

If you find yourself typing the same things over and over, whether it’s a single Unicode character that doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut, or an entire phrase or chunk of text like an email signature, use the built-in Text Replacement feature in OS X.  

Go to the Text tab of the Keyboard pane of the System preferences and click the +. Put the shortcut you want in the left column and the text you want it to expand in the right.

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Did you know that you can switch between apps with a key command.  Command (⌘) + Tab then release allows the user to switch to the previously used application.  If you are doing research between two applications this simple step is great.  This interface is more flexible than it seems at first. For instance, if you bring the App Switcher up and hover your cursor over an icon then release “Command (⌘)”, it will go to the application you highlighted. App Switcher

Also, when you have an application highlighted, you can do a few other things: press Q to quit an app instantly; press H to hide an app from view; or press the up or down arrows to see the highlighted app’s open windows in Mission Control.

 

One last thing that I find helpful with the App Switcher is that you can scroll back and forth to choose the app you want with your left pinky.  Command (⌘) + Tab goes left to right and Command (⌘) + Tilde ( ~ ) will go right to left once the App Switcher is activated.

Dictate text using Enhanced Dictation

We all know we aren’t supposed to text and drive.  Reason being, people take their eyes off of the road for 5 seconds at 60 miles and hour and you’ve just driven 1 1/2 football fields.  So we’ve use Siri to read the text to us and to dictate a text back without ever taking our eyes off the road. But what about when your on the computer and you just want to get your thoughts out, but your fingers can keep up.  Did you know that your Mac OS 10.9 has enhanced dictation?  That right, talk to your computer and let it do the typing for you.

If this is something you would like to use, we recommend downloading the 800MB option, which moves the voice recognition to you local computer without the need of an internet connection, making it must faster and more reliable.

Enough of the mumbo jumbo.  Let’s turn this on so that we can use it already.

Setup. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Dictation & Speech. Turn on Dictation then check the box for “Use Enhanced Dictation”. Once it has downloaded you are ready to rock-n-roll.

How to Use. This is difficult so pay attention.  Place your curser where you want to insert your text.  Then press the function key (fn) twice. Speak. Press the function key (fn) again (but only once) to end.  OK, maybe it wasn’t that hard.  You can use words like “period” “exclamation mark” and “new paragraph”.  If there is a question about the dictation, it will be underlined in purple. Right click the purple underlined words to see other things dictation thinks you might have said.

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Families and Apple ID's

Dear Dad, Mom, and children, Do you ever get frustrated with your Apple Devices sharing content, pictures, texts, and apps with other family members? We examine a few scenarios and give some sound advice to solve these conundrums.

[quote author="Mom" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]Every time my daughter downloads an app, it shows up on my phone too.  How do I prevent that?[/quote]

[quote author="Dad, Mom, and Teens" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]I have a warning on my phone that says there is not enough space to back up.  What does this mean? How do I take care of it?[/quote]

I get questions like these quite often from families that visit our stores.  I almost always reply with a question, “Do you share the same apple id”?  Usually the answer is yes.

I’m a husband of one and a father of three.  We’ve gone through this headache as well.  I’ve discovered, along the way, a 3 simple steps that can be done to keep everything easy and uncomplicated.

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[toggle title="1. New ID for Jr."] Create an Apple ID for each person in the house.  In order to do this, each person will also need an email address. [/toggle]

[toggle title="2. Protect the Password"] Do not tell your child the password to the apple ID. This does a few things. First, it forces them to have to come to you for approval of purchase. This is really nice if you have your credit card attached to the Apple ID. Secondly you know what they are viewing, listening to, and playing.  Some of you may not want to have your credit card associated with your child’s Apple ID. That’s fine, set them up with an iTunes gift card.  You can even pay your children for work performed or reward them, with iTunes gift cards. Then, when they run out of money on that gift card, but want to purchase something, you have an opportunity to teach them something that even the government should learn.  That you can’t spend what you don’t have. [/toggle]

[toggle title="3. Take it With You"] When your child grows up and leaves the house, they can take their music, apps, books and a financial understanding with them, and there is no arguing over who owns what. [/toggle]

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I know that to some this may seem like a hassle, but when you set this up early, you can avoid headaches later.  Each person has their own iCloud backup so you wont be trying to connect 5 devices to one iCloud that would eat up the 5GB of free space extremely fast.

[quote author="Husband and Wife" bar="true" align="left" width="full"] I don't want to separate our Apple ID's, it's just the two of us. [/quote]

Some of you just don’t want to go that route, perhaps there is only two of you in the house and that’s fine.  The question still remains though, how do you separate who gets what on which device?  There are some steps that actually work.

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[toggle title="Scenario #1 My wife or child gets all of my text."]

Let’s clear the air just a bit so there is no confusion.  Text Message and iMessage are not the same thing.  The typical text message is sent through a cellular data service provider (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or whoever), and is transferred to the recipient. Depending on your cell phone plan, you could be charged for the text message. But then there is iMessage, when you send a text message to someone that has an Apple ID, the Messages app automatically recognizes that person’s Apple ID and routes the message through Apple’s servers instead of using the cell phone carrier and avoids texting charges from the carrier.

To be clear, your wife or child is not intercepting all text messages, just the iMessages.  To prevent that from continuing, we need to make an adjustment.

On your device go to

Settings > Messages > Send & Receive

Then select or deselect how that device can receive iMessages.  You can choose the phone number associated with the phone, the Apple ID, or any email address you choose.  If you do decide to use a different email follow the instructions on our Alternate iMessage Email guide.

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[toggle title="Scenario #2 When my child/husband downloads an app, it appears on my device."]

Simply turn off automatic downloads option. On your device select

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads

This section has the option to have Automatic Downloads turned on for Music, Apps, Books and Updates.itunesAppstore-iconibooksAppstore-icon[/toggle]

[toggle title="Scenario #3 We want to share music, but not all of it."]

Like Scenario 2, you need to turn off automatic downloads first. There are two ways to go about this.  First you can stream via the cloud. Your music will not actually be on your device, but is available to stream if you have a wifi connection or a cellular connection.  Remember though, rates may apply.  The second choice is to sync the music you want through itunes on your computer.  See our Syncing via iTunes blog for further instructions.

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[toggle title="Scenario #4 (Almost Explicit Content) My 7-year-old son has seen questionable pictures of us. What do we do?"]

First, flush your sons eyes out with water. Second, explain that this is what married couples only do. Third. Turn off photo stream on his iPad.  Then set up a shared stream for only you and your wife.

Select

Settings > iCloud > Photos

Make sure that photos are turned off here on the device you do not want your Almost Explicit Content to go to.

To create a shared stream for you and you spouse go to your photos on your device.  Then select Shared at the bottom followed by the + new shared stream… Name the stream and select next.  You will be prompted to invite someone to view these photos.  Note that in order for them to participate, they must have an apple ID.

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Alternate iMessage Email

How to set up an alternate iMessage email address. From an iOS device:

1. Select the device you wish to change.

2. Go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > add another email

3. type the email you want to add.

4. Wait for a verification email from Apple.  In the verification email you will need to follow the Link.

 

If you are wanting to change the email address for messages on your computer...

1. Launch Messages.

2. choose messages from the menu bar.

3. Select Preferences

4. select accounts

Syncing via iTunes and iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup

iTunes Backup is how users have backed up their iOS devices before iCloud was available.  It is still a method that many users continue to use and serves them well. Let’s see if this is the best way for you.

  • Do you regularly use the computer that has your iTunes Backups?
  • Do you not have an iCloud account or don’t want to use iCloud?
  • Do your photos and videos on your device’s camera roll regularly exceed 1 GB in size?
  • Do you tend to have very large backups?
  • Would you like a manual or secondary backup solution to use with your iCloud back up?

iCloud and iTunes Backup together

For those of you who want that extra level of backup for your data, we suggest that you use iCloud Backup and iTunes Backup together.

When you use iCloud backup, it doesn’t disable iTunes backup completely, it just stops the automatic backup via iTunes.  You can manually backup via iTunes yourself whenever you want to create a new one.

The Steps for Manual iTunes Backup 

1. Plug your iOS device into your primary computer via the cable provided.

2. Open iTunes

3a. For iTunes 11, click the iOS device button on the right, then in the backups section, click back up now under “manually backup and restore”

3b. For iTunes 10.7, right-click or control click on your iOS device in the iTunes source list, then choose back up from the itunes device shortcut menu.

4. Allow the backup to complete.

We recommend backing up with iTunes on a weekly basis or more often if there is important data.  If your going to use the two backups together, and you want to speed up your iCloud Backup and Restore functions, you can save iCloud storage by turning off very large data types. Example: You have a 7 GB Camera roll on you iPhone, and you already have it manually backed up to iTunes.  Disabling the backup of any items can be done on your iOS devices.

Settings > iCould > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Backups > Backup Options

These items, after doing so, will only be backed up manually to itunes.

Automatic iTunes Backup.

1. Open iTunes

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer with the included USB cable.

3. Select the iOS device in the upper right corner. If your don't see your device, choose View > Hide Sidebar.

4. In the Summary tab, select "Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi"

5. When the computer and the iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network, the iOS device will appear in iTunes. The automatic syncing will commence when the following conditions are true:

  • The iOS device is charging
  • iTunes is open on the computer
  • The iOS device and the computer are on the same Wi-Fi network.

 You can also backup via iCloud

Weather Apps

  Punxsutawney Phil might be a weather forecasting groundhog but who has time to wait on him.  Lets look as some great iPad apps that will keep you informed of what to wear when you go outside.

 

 

Magical Weather

Magical Weather [button href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magical-weather/id396179545?mt=8" target="_blank" size="small" left_icon="" color="#4bb048" caption=""]$0.99 Buy[/button]

Magical Weather gives a balance between beautiful presentation and informative content.  Displaying a week’s worth of temperatures in a transparent pane over an animated background and users can swipe to reveal an hourly forecast. Magical Weather focuses on the important information, like highs, lows, chance of rain, wind, humidity, pressure, and UV index.  A top pick for an app that shows you the weather and still offers something lovely to look at.

 

Intellicast HDIntellicast HD [button href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/intellicast-hd-weather-radar/id408451987?mt=8" target="_blank" size="small" left_icon="" color="#4bb048" caption=""]$free Buy[/button]

Intellicast HD includes a lot of impressive information and features for a free app, with only a small advertisement to mar the display.  This app display a full forecast for the next 10 days, charts, graphs, and hourly forecast for the current day, sunrise/set time, moonrise/set time, moon phase, a dada, storm cell tracking, wind direction, and a wether blog making it an app you can’t afford to miss.

 

Weather LiveWeather Live [button href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weather-live-reloaded/id749078962?mt=8" target="_blank" size="small" left_icon="" color="#4bb048" caption=""]$1.99 Buy[/button]

Weather Live can be used on iphone and ipad and should appeal to users with basic and more advanced weather needs. Open the app to a single customizable screen with basic weather info such as temperature, feels like temperature, weekly forecast, humidity, precipitation, pressure, visibility, etc. An animated background relevant to current conditions is displayed behind the “widgets” with the temperature information.  The app also includes a section with maps displaying clouds, radar, satellite, and rain.  Making this the app to beat.