IOS 10

If you’ve upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, here’s a tip on how to open the Camera App quickly when you’re on the lock screen: just swipe from the right edge of the screen to the left. Voila! The moment the screen first comes on you can quickly access the camera.

Jim Hamm

iOS 10 reviewed: There’s no reason not to update | Ars Technica

If you’ve updated to iOS 10, or plan to, the following article is quite comprehensive about all the changes incorporated therein. Although complete, it is lengthy and you might feel as though you’ve started a course of learning that will take a semester to read and comprehend.

Jim Hamm

iPhone 7 Plus

As I’ve said previously, I’m not a camera buff, but I can appreciate a good photo. Sports Illustrated took the new iPhone 7 Plus and took pictures at a football game. Take a look at the clarity of the photos here. Amazingly sharp, huh?

Jim Hamm

Apple Pay Guide

If you occasionally use Apple Pay instead of a credit card to pay a bill, here is an article with updated info on the current status of Apple Pay. The list of establishments and banks using Apple Pay continues to grow, but there are notable holdouts — eg., Walmart.

Jim Hamm

Upgrading to macOS Sierra

It won’t be long before Mac users are faced with the decision on whether to upgrade to macOS Sierra. If you decide to do so, here is an article you will want to read to learn more about how to prepare for the update.

Probably nothing will go wrong with the update, if you do it, but it’s a great idea to have a bootable clone of your existing OS to fall back on if something should go wrong. The article mentions one such app, and I use Super Duper, although I’ve never had to try and use it to see if, in fact, it actually works.

Jim Hamm

Gmail Tips

If you use Gmail as your email client, here are many tips to help you get the most from this program. Often you may get a notice from a friend that they are going out of town for a few days and to please hold emails. What a pain to remember (for me, anyway). If they used Gmail they would never have to send out that notice again.

Gmail can hold all your emails, and keeps them for a long time.
Among other advantages, Gmail isn’t tied to one OS or to one device or to one mail program. It can run on any browser, in any OS, and on practically any device. You don’t even need to be connected to the internet to read your emails (see tip #65).

These tips are a little over a year old, so there may have been some changes in the interim. Anyway, you might read them just to see what’s available in Gmail. A bit overwhelming, eh?.

Jim Hamm