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Tip - Mastering Siri - Pt 2

Date : 12th December 2023

Duration: 07:23

Show ref: SCOM1316

Lee is back with more hints and tips on using Siri on your Apple devices, this time focusing on everyday, quick and easy ways to use Siri for a variety of tasks. He is pretty certain that you'll learn a new tip or two in this video!

Tip - Mastering Siri

Date : 5th December 2023

Duration: 10:30

Show ref: SCOM1314

Siri has been around for a long time yet not many people try to leverage it due to inconsistent results. In preparing for this video however, Lee found that Siri can do a lot for you.

In this first of a two-part tip series focusing on Siri, you learn how to assign nicknames to your family, schedule appointments and reminders, open apps, get to key settings on iPhone, and more.

Tip - Actions

Date : 28th November 2023

Duration: 08:27

Show ref: SCOM1312

A partner to Timepage, the app Darcy covered in last week's tip, Actions by Moleskine takes the same simplified approach and applies it to tasks. Join Darcy as he showcases creating and editing actions, saving them for later with lists or scheduling them within your calendar. Actions integrates directly with Timepage, giving you direct access to your events and actions.

Tip - Timepage

Date : 21st November 2023

Duration: 12:10

Show ref: SCOM1310

In the first of two tip shows on apps designed by Moleskine Studio, Darcy walks you through Timepage, their calendar app. It brings a simplified approach to creating calendar events and their clever UI helps untangle multiple calendars into single views quickly and easily. With a wealth of alert and scheduling features, Timepage may very well take the place of your current calendar management application.

MoneyCoach

Date : 17th November 2023

Duration: 23:12

Show ref: SCOM1309

With the rise of Neo banks, users have become acutely aware of how a well-designed app can change their financial organisation and knowledge. But for those who don’t have access to modern-day banking features, MoneyCoach provides a convenient way to track your Apple Pay expenses, recurring payments, as well as income. Join Darcy as he guides you through the app, both on iPad and iPhone, and show you how to set up a budget and use widgets to facilitate entering transactions.

Tip - Tailscale

Date : 14th November 2023

Duration: 13:49

Show ref: SCOM1308

Using Tailscale, you can connect any device securely and easily by creating your own private virtual network. Unlike traditional VPN services, Tailscale is designed to allow you to seamlessly connect your own devices and freely exchange data and remotely access. Using the free plan you can have up to three users and 100 devices connected. In this tip video, Don shows you how to set up your Tailscale account on a Mac and iPhone and share images and files. He also demonstrates sharing remote access to one of your devices.

MacFamilyTree

Date : 27th October 2023

Duration: 33:28

Show ref: SCOM1303

MacFamilyTree from Synium Software is a robust, feature-rich Mac app for building out extensive family trees. Darcy takes you through creating individual people and all the different types of information that can be recorded such as live events, physical details and stories.

Using the built-in demo family tree, you see how you can build one using multiple people and generations, all with their own details. MacFamilyTree has multiple ways of viewing your tree that can be exported with different tree types, reports, lists and even publishing your work as a complete book. It is a comprehensive apps filled with useful features that Darcy invites you to discover with him.

Tip - iOS 17 Closer Look

Date : 17th October 2023

Duration: 07:06

Show ref: SCOM1300

As is traditional this time of year, Apple have released iOS 17 with so many features we couldn’t fit it all into one screencast. Follow along with Darcy as he demos new features for users of dual SIM, such as filtering messages and customising ringtones based on your number. Protect your eyes using Screen Distance, and explore new ways to sign in with your Apple ID using Passkey.

Google Forms

Date : 13th October 2023

Duration: 35:32

Show ref: SCOM1299

With the free Google Forms, you can create surveys, polls or organize events that you can customize, including adding photos and choosing a theme. In this episode Allison walks you through the settings for Google Forms, and then shows you how the answer format you choose affects how people interact with your form. Multiple-choice vs. checkboxes, and grids vs. linear scales can provide a different type of answer and give you the right results. Join Allison and start creating forms easily.

Apple TV and tvOS 17

Date : 6th October 2023

Duration: 30:06

Show ref: SCOM1297

The Apple TV has had a huge update with the arrival of tvOS 17. In this tutorial, Don takes you through some of the major improvements and new features of Apple's set-top box. Most notably, FaceTime and Continuity Camera comes to the Apple TV, allowing you to hand off and initiate FaceTime calls from your big screen. You also get familiar with Fitness+ improvements in managing your workouts.

Tip - Callsheet

Date : 3rd October 2023

Duration: 11:02

Show ref: SCOM1296

When watching movies or TV Programmes, if you are like Lee, you will often find yourselves asking questions about the actors.

"What have I seen them in before?''

"I wonder what else they have coming up?"

Or perhaps you want to know how many series of a particular show there are, or when it was released? iMDB is a common go-to location to get this info, however the interface can be clunky and us full of adverts, or information you don't need. Casey Liss has released Callsheet, a great application that deals with this issue. In this video, you learn how to search for shows, films and actors as well as look at features like Where To Watch, that shows you on which networks or streaming platforms it can be viewed.

Tip - Widgets and Sync in Marvis

Date : 26th September 2023

Duration: 11:26

Show ref: SCOM1294

In show 1285, Lee took the plunge and covered Marvis Pro, arguably the most detailed and configurable Apple Music player you can get. In this tip video, he shows you how to configure widgets that point to the different sections of your Marvis Pro library, as well as sync all of your settings between iPad and iPhone.

Tip - Chronicling

Date : 5th September 2023

Duration: 12:12

Show ref: SCOM1288

Chronicling takes habit and activity tracking quite simply to new heights. Darcy shows you how easy it is to automatically track the amount of times you use certain apps, go shopping or even walk the dog. Using a mixture of in-app design and the built-in Shortcuts app, Chronicling prides itself on providing a simplistic yet thorough approach to tracking across all your Apple devices.

Peakto for Mac

Date : 1st September 2023

Duration: 30:58

Show ref: SCOM1287

If you love to take photos and have done so for a while, it's likely that they're spread out in a bunch of different places: on your Mac, on external drives or within a specific photo application, like Apple's Photos or maybe Lightroom.Peakto by CYME software focuses on bringing all of those sources under one roof, and gives you the tools to manage that collection. Like so many other apps these days, Machine Learning is a bit part of its experience, especially when searching through your various catalogs. If you have trouble organizing your photos, Peakto may be just what you need. Join Todd as he guides you through its many features.

Marvis Pro

Date : 25th August 2023

Duration: 36:56

Show ref: SCOM1285

Marvis Pro has been a popular Apple Music player for power users for a number of years now. Due to the level of complexity that you can go into with the app, Lee has always given it a wide berth. Until now.

Marvis Pro allows you to tailor your Apple Music experience to your own liking, allowing you to create your own sections, groups, tabs and even redesign your Home Page so it only shows the music you want to see. In this video, Lee teaches you all of the basics required to start using Marvis Pro.

Tip - Umbrel Home Server

Date : 15th August 2023

Duration: 12:08

Show ref: SCOM1282

Umbrel have recently released a small, compact powerful home server to host a run your own services in a de-centralised and self-sovereign way. With a beautiful UI, the Umbrel Home Server is optimised for both performance as well as ease of use.

UmbrelOS is based on Linux and allows you to run the server with no keyboard or monitor - just plug it in and access it from your browser. In this video, Don takes you through the initial setup of the Umbrel Home Server, and illustrates its ease of use by setting up a Bitcoin node. You also learn about some of the other apps available in the Umbrel App Store.

Revisiting Bear

Date : 11th August 2023

Duration: 31:51

Show ref: SCOM1281

After receiving an Apple Design Award in 2016 on its first release, Bear has seen a lot of competition from other Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) applications.

With a re-engineered design, Bear 2.0 is here and it's added a number of features that fans of the app have been asking for. These include tables, nested Styles, folding of text and auto-hiding Markdown when it's typed. Add to that support for footnotes, link and PDF previews, image resizing, and more. This is a worthy update and Lee walks you through it in this screencast.

Your Health & Apple Watch

Date : 14th July 2023

Duration: 24:18

Show ref: SCOM1273

To conclude his series on Apple Watch, Darcy showcases many of the health focused apps and hardware available on your wrists. Watch along to learn how to check your heart rate, ECG and blood oxygen in the moment and share that information with medical professionals. And for people who exercise at any level, a full breakdown of the exercise app including custom workouts and mindfulness. All of this information is then shown through the Fitness and Health apps to give you a rounded picture of your health.

Tip - Sleep Cycle

Date : 11th July 2023

Duration: 14:00

Show ref: SCOM1272

If you want to be the most productive version of yourself, getting a good night's sleep is crucial because we all need to recharge. Yet it can be the area of our lives we neglect the most when deadlines are looming. Enter Sleep Cycle, a great app for helping track your sleep patterns, wake you at the most efficient time, and provide information on how you can improve. Join Lee as he walks you through how to set your intelligent alarms, read reports as well as find information to help you improve your sleep.

Tip - TypingMind

Date : 4th July 2023

Duration: 12:07

Show ref: SCOM1270

With all the buzz and noise around ChatGTP it can be hard to really understand its use case. How can this amazing technology help in my day-to-day life? In this tip Darcy walks you through Typing Mind, an app designed to simplify the ChatGPT experience with features and customisations that make it feel even more like interacting with a professional. No matter your goal, Typing Mind will help you on your journey. Besides the macOS version available via a Setapp subscription, you also learn about its web app, along with the various pricing options depending on your needs.