Swapping Between Hardware and On Screen Keyboards on iOS

I recently bought the excellent Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard to share between my iPad, Work laptop and iPhone. It’s a great little keyboard, light enough to carry around with a decent layout and spacing that suits my typing style well ( your mileage may vary ). There are however times that I need to switch to the on screen iOS keyboard, typing emojis for example, and I recently discovered this quick tip to bring up the iOS keyboard.
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They just don't make 'em like they used to

Macworld writer Christopher Phin takes a fond look back at what is probably one of the most iconic Macs ever made, the iMac G4. more>This was—and is—Apple at its best: Producing something daring, novel, and utterly desirable. Nobody at the time could fail to be impressed almost to the point of shock by the sheer chutzpah of Apple’s vision for a modern computer, and even today it strikes you as a fresh and exciting design.
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More Problems with iOS 9.3 ?

It seems the recent reported problems with iOS 9.3 and older iPads isn’t the only issue with the latest release. My wife has an iPhone 6 that was working fine until it suddenly stopped being able to open hyperlinks in Safari and Messages… Oddly when searching in Safari with the browser set to use Google as the default browser none of the returned links worked when tapping on them. The links simply refused to load.
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iPhone unlocks - Flood gates holding up... For now...

Not at all surprising to hear reports coming through that there are buckets of iPhones being held by US authorities in readiness for the potential flood gates opening if Apple are forced to back down and provide the FBI with access to the contents of the San Bernadino case iPhone…. I imagine this is exactly what Tim Cook was hoping to pre-empt by taking the stand that he has against the FBI.
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Fresh Background Wallpapers for your Mac

FreshBackMac is a small utility written by Arkanath Pathak, a Computer Science student from eastern India, that refreshes your Mac desktop wallpaper at regular intervals using images from some of the best photo sites on the Internet. You can choose from a range of categories such as Animals, Nature, Technology, Paintings and more and can set the refresh rate from as little as 2 minutes to 12 hours. If you would like a fresh look to your Mac without the effort of searching for new images and setting up as desktop backgrounds this is the app for you.
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TarDisk Pear - Grow your MacBook Hard drive !

A little while ago I looked at a device called the Nifty MiniDrive a neat little MicroSD card carrier that fits completely snuggly into the SD slot on MacBooks adding disk space for photos/documents and other temporary files. They are relatively cheap and can be used with whatever size of MicroSD card you have available. The downside is that the disk space provided is a separate volume to the internal drive and as such you have to manage which files and folders go where.
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Itsycal for OS X - Minimal Calendar Utility

Itsycal is a tiny menu bar application for OS X that gives rapid access to a pop up view of the current month of the calendar. Just click the menu bar icon (the current date by default) and a compact view of the current month is displayed. This is really handy when you want to work out what day a particular date falls on for example. In addition you can configure it to show events from the next few days of your calendar rather than launching the Mac calendar app.
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Microsoft to release curved keyboard for iOS

Ars technica has this interesting article about a planned new keyboard from Microsoft that will potentially make one handed typing on larger iPhones more practical. Looks promising and seems to be yet another sign that the Microsoft of old is long gone and has been replaced by a very different animal…

Nordic Workspace

Todays featured Mac Setup is another simple minimalist style workspace in a Nordic style and comes complete with instructions on how to Do It Yourself ! The slight downside is that the page is in Spanish but thanks to the magic of Google Translate anyone interested in following the guide shouldn’t have too much difficulty converting to English ( or your preferred language ).