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.

How To Learn Video Editing With Online Video

Video Editing KeyboardWith digital cameras that record high-resolution video becoming increasingly popular, many people are starting to see the value of video editing software that will allow them to add titles and music, and give them the ability to trim video to the most essential parts. Kids’ football games or dance recitals, baby’s first steps, family reunions and more are being filmed and shared with family and friends. That’s not even mentioning the thousands of aspiring young filmmakers, some even in grade school, who are creating their own movies. Video is increasingly popular, inexpensive and easy to share. But how do you get started?

No matter what software you choose for your video editing needs -- iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro/Light, etc. -- the most difficult part is knowing how to make it all work.

There are many helpful books on video editing, but they can be cumbersome and are not beneficial to people who really need to see what is happening onscreen.

One of the best ways for a novice to learn video editing is with online video tutorials. There are many options for this, including simple YouTube searches. But one site stands out as being the easiest to use and understand for beginning video editors. is a subscription-based service that let’s you go through the steps from first opening the program and starting a project, all the way through exporting and saving, with as much or as little additional information in between as you like

You simply select the program you want to learn from a drop-down menu and select where you want to start -- either beginning, intermediate or expert techniques. Instruction is done with onscreen capture of a project being completed with narration from expert users.

While you can find much online for free, Lynda will offer you the easiest and most effective way to learn video editing software programs, as well as helpful programs like Photoshop and After Effects to help make your movies even more stylized.

So when you’re getting ready to start cutting your video, first get the right Mac machine, storage and software from The MacExperience and then head over to Lynda to learn how to unleash your creative potential.

Getting “Instagram” Effects From Your iPhone

Why do Instagrammers get to have all the fun with filters? The great appeal of Instagram, besides the sharing feature, is that ordinary pics can be transformed into interesting vintage photographs with one of the many ready-to-use filters.

As it turns out, Instagrammers don’t get to have all the fun. Now, you can get cool filter effects to use with video. YES!

The iPhone comes with easy video trimming capabilities built-in, and there are apps like iMovie that let you add music, layer audio and add text with ease. But one of the joys of filter apps is that the hard work is done for you already. You just have to select the filter you want and, voilà!, you have something funny, artistic or more intriguing.

Here are a couple of the better video-filter apps that will give you an Instagram feel:


CinemaFX for Video ($1.99) allows you to give your vids everything from a magenta hue to a 1920s dusty news reel aesthetic with a tap of the finger. Simple interface allows for quick loading and saving to your Camera Roll.

Cincam (Credits) adds the ability to throw bold text onto your video in addition to the frames and filters. You can share your videos easily as well. While the app is free, the lens and filters cost credits, but it is worth checking out.

iSuper8 ($1.99) is a really cool vintage filter. It’s not as intuitive as some of the other apps, but the capabilities are there. This is a fun and really cool app.

Get the enjoyment out of your videos that Instagram gives with your photos. Don’t waste your iPhone’s capabilities with boring video!