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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:13 pm

This sounds like something you might like when the time comes: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1415

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Carys » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:40 pm

Cool, thanks! I probably will be here asking a few questions while I get started with 'the switch', but I'm sure it'll be fine.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Carys » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:14 pm

Any must-have software or app recommendations? Either things that will keep my computer ticking over, or fun stuff?

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:55 am

Sparrow is a nice email app.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by mightypie » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:19 pm

Here is a good list here of free recommended apps
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Carys » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:43 pm

Can anyone recommend any (preferably free) software for backing up and burning DVDs? Not for any funny business, of course.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Carys » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:44 pm

I should add that I bought my iMac this week and it was really really easy to set up. The only thing we kept from the old PC was the music, and iTunes seems to be working fine, although I've not tried syncing my iPhone yet... So yeah. The switch has been made. I bought a Time Capsule to back stuff up too, which seems to be working fine so far.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by mightypie » Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:20 am

Carys wrote:Can anyone recommend any (preferably free) software for backing up and burning DVDs? Not for any funny business, of course.
Burn is free (open source)
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by northernlight » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:45 am

When using an iphone, I had thought that when you press the 'home' button an app would stop running.

Apparently this isn't necessarily the case - many keep on running in the background - a 'multitask' feature of the iphone..

In order to close it properly you have to double-click your 'home' button, look at a row of apps at the bottom of your screen, press one of the apps until a little red circle with a white 'minus' appears in it...

... and then close each app there by tapping it..

This seems a bit convoluted! A quick blog about it:

http://simpleleapsoftware.com/blog/how- ... one-4/159/

Apparently it catches a fair few people out - and it certainly has done with me! It adversely impacts speed of phone, data MB usage and battery usage.

I wonder is there is a setting that can be activated to actually close an app when you press the menu option rather than inadvertantly having it run in the background..?

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Post by Carys » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:16 am

This hadn't dawned on me either, mainly because battery and speed appear fine. I will be shutting things off fully in the future though - thanks for the heads up.

I like being how I can now spot other iPhone owners (if they've got iOS5) because their messages are blue!

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:28 am

iMessage is also not charged as an SMS too... I believe they go over Wifi or 3Gm depending on what is available. If there is no 3G/wifi the messages go back to being green.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Carys » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:34 am

I'm guessing for most iPhone users, the 'not being charged for SMS' thing is only relevant if you're sending international messages, given that most contracts have a gazzillion free texts... But I gather picture messages are free as well? (Although they do count towards your internet usage if sent over 3G)

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by northernlight » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:21 am

Carys wrote:This hadn't dawned on me either, mainly because battery and speed appear fine. I will be shutting things off fully in the future though - thanks for the heads up.

I like being how I can now spot other iPhone owners (if they've got iOS5) because their messages are blue!
I have already noticed a fair difference in terms of battery life!

I have also been recommended an app for monitoring data usage, called Dataman, which seems very handy.

I didn't realise that messages from other iPhone users (iOS5) would be in blue! I quite like that aspect too.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Carys » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:42 am

Have you got an iPhone 4S or an older version with iOS5. I've heard that the 4S has poor battery life but I have a 4, just with the new operating system.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Trev » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:50 am

I got a 4S a week or so back and it does have a bug in it's OS that drains power. A fix is coming, apparently. You can also 'fix' it by turning off some GPS functions.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by northernlight » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:52 am

Carys wrote:Have you got an iPhone 4S or an older version with iOS5. I've heard that the 4S has poor battery life but I have a 4, just with the new operating system.
I have exactly the same as you - iphone 4 with iOS5. I am also only a relative newbie to this smartphone thing.

Trev - I had heard that iOS5 upgrade is meant to improve battery life for the 4S:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/20 ... sfeed=true

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by Gordon » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:15 pm

northernlight wrote:When using an iphone, I had thought that when you press the 'home' button an app would stop running.

Apparently this isn't necessarily the case - many keep on running in the background - a 'multitask' feature of the iphone..

In order to close it properly you have to double-click your 'home' button, look at a row of apps at the bottom of your screen, press one of the apps until a little red circle with a white 'minus' appears in it...

... and then close each app there by tapping it..

This seems a bit convoluted! A quick blog about it:

http://simpleleapsoftware.com/blog/how- ... one-4/159/

Apparently it catches a fair few people out - and it certainly has done with me! It adversely impacts speed of phone, data MB usage and battery usage.

I wonder is there is a setting that can be activated to actually close an app when you press the menu option rather than inadvertantly having it run in the background..?
In theory it shouldn't affect things. It's not still running, all though it does seem that if they were open recently they may still be using some memory. It's not true multitasking, and it's designed not to be. Even things that are playing music in the background are 'supposed' to only use the core services they need rather running the whole app.
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by northernlight » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:56 pm

It is a bit confusing.

It seems that 'some' apps continue to do work in the background - and some don't.

I have now read about 3 conflicting articles about what this 'multitasking' function does.

One version is that the function does not actually multitask (so why call it that?) - it puts an app on hold, and allows the user to flip between apps, resuming one quickly at the expense of another.

Another report mentioned that when you double click the home key, you just get to see the apps recently used - which is true, irrespective of the multitask/ not-multitask debate... and probably another useful little function!

Anyway - I have definitely seen an improvement in the battery life of my phone - so all good.

I also like the fact that when you drag the little menu of apps to the right at the bottom of the screen, you access some basic controls for the ipod part of the phone.

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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by plath » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:36 pm

I've just got an iphone4s and it's the first smartphone I have, so I can't really compare to other phones in terms of battery life. I think it's dying very fast even if I'm not doing a lot but I don't know if it's the usual or not. I changed the settings to avoid the 'bug' (setting time zone off and other similar things) but still can't be sure. I guess I need a few more days to see how it works but I hope it's okay. Have you tried Siri?
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Re: The Mac Thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:13 pm

I think they are working to correct the ridiculous battery drain.

It's possible that your battery may work better after a few days too.

This is as close as I've managed to get to Siri. Is she any use?

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