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Tip - Wallet of Satoshi

Date : 4th April 2023

Duration: 15:14

Show ref: SCOM1244

Following on from his recent series on the Lightning network, Don explores the Wallet of Satoshi Lightning wallet. This is an easy-to-use custodial wallet, ideal for beginners to BTC and sats. Download the app and start receiving and sending sats in a flash. With Don as your guide, you learn the basics of setting up and using the Wallet of Satoshi, including registering so you can back up your sats and use your wallet on multiple devices. You also get to see the sending and receiving mechanisms in real time.

Lightning Network Primer - Pt 2

Date : 24th March 2023

Duration: 43:04

Show ref: SCOM1241

This is the second part of a two-part series covering some real-life use cases of the Lightning Network.

"The Lightning Network" enables a global payment system that works instantaneously and for little or no cost. With this new technology and infrastructure, we finally have a working method of dealing with micropayments, which are payments of a fraction of a cent that can be sent anywhere around the globe using just the internet and a mobile device. And for the first time, we can even stream money in real time to pay for services as we use them.

In this second part, Don focuses on both trivial and world-changing examples of the Lightning Network in action.

Create Projects with Apple Photos

Date : 10th March 2023

Duration: 31:45

Show ref: SCOM1237

One of the ways you can save your memories is by creating physical books, calendars, and more out of your photos. In Apple Photos, you can create projects using extensions from different companies to do just that. In this tutorial, Allison uses her Mac to explain how to install these extensions from the App Store to make projects, and then takes a closer look at two of them: Mimeo Photos and Motif. For her project, she creates a photo book and walks you through the many options each service offers to make your photo book memorable.

Tip - Pocket Casts

Date : 28th February 2023

Duration: 09:43

Show ref: SCOM1234

Darcy takes you on a discovery, that of the podcast listening app Pocket Casts, an alternative to Apple's Podcasts which has been around for some time. Darcy focuses on iPhone in this video, and shows you how Pocket Casts can import an existing podcast library, and how it uses folders and filters to organize your shows for easier access. This also gives you a taste of the advanced features offered by Pocket Casts Plus, their subscription model.

Mastodon Update

Date : 24th February 2023

Duration: 35:41

Show ref: SCOM1233

Following on from the recent Mastodon tutorial, this update show brings a new announcement from ScreenCastsOnline plus a look at some new innovative clients for iOS and the Mac.

ScreenCastsOnline members can now join a safe, moderated Mastodon instance run by ScreenCastsOnline - you'll find an invitation link in your member profile on the ScreenCastsOnline website. In this episode, Don takes you through accessing the new instance as well as giving optional instructions on how to migrate if you so desire. In addition, Don introduces you to three Mastodon clients: Mastonaut for the Mac along with Ice Cubes and Ivory for iOS.

Mac mini Setup

Date : 10th February 2023

Duration: 30:40

Show ref: SCOM1229

As suggested in the weekly newsletter (and subsequently requested by many members) Don demonstrates in this week's show how he has set about configuring his new Mac mini and Apple Studio Display. And rather than trading in his 2017 iMac Pro, he is utilising both machines in his desktop setup and shows you how they’re connected to work together.

Tip - Siri Tricks

Date : 17th January 2023

Duration: 07:35

Show ref: SCOM1222

We've all come to know Siri over the years, but today Darcy is focusing his lens on the lesser-known commands you can use with the automated assistant. You learn how to perform actions on calls and text, general knowledge, and your parked vehicle. Darcy thinks you might just pick up a new trick or two, as he did while preparing for this tip video.

Under My Roof for Mac

Date : 6th January 2023

Duration: 36:49

Show ref: SCOM1219

Allison this week tells you about an application that she's been using for years, and that's Under My Roof (né Home Inventory, which Allison covered back in 2014). The purpose of Under My Roof is to help you keep track of everything to do with your home. This includes all of the items that you own, from your car to your computer equipment, right down to your stamp collection. It also excels at keeping track of related documents, such as receipts, insurance policies, certificates, and the like. It is truly a fully-featured app and with Allison as your guide, you discover how it can assist in your quest to document everything under your roof.

Tip - HomeDash

Date : 3rd January 2023

Duration: 14:31

Show ref: SCOM1218

If you are looking for an elegant dashboard-style app for controlling your HomeKit devices, Todd has got you covered in this week's tip. HomeDash brings a dashboard filled with widgets to your iOS device. Those widgets are customizable and create a look and feel that is not only beautiful but also quite functional, especially on iPad. Todd walks you through HomeDash's features and how to set up a dashboard. He also shows you his setup so you get a better feel for what this app can bring to your smart home experience.

Tip - Mastodon Clients for iOS

Date : 27th December 2022

Duration: 07:56

Show ref: SCOM1216

In this tip video, Don looks at two excellent Mastodon clients to run on your iPad or iPhone: Metatext and Mammoth. You learn how they work and what features they offer to make your Mastodon experience fluid.

Tip - SongCapsule

Date : 20th December 2022

Duration: 10:53

Show ref: SCOM1214

Earlier in the year, in show 1134, Lee covered an app on iOS called Albums that centred around recommending and playing albums in Apple Music in their entirety. Whilst this is great for looking at individual albums, we all love to have that shuffle factor that a playlist can bring. SongCapsule (formerly known as Next) fills that gap. A cross-platform application, it uses a feature called MagicDJs to look at your play history and creates a number of different playlists based on artist and genre automatically, as well as offering the ability to create your own. In this video, Lee walks you through the iOS version of the app.

Mastodon Overview

Date : 16th December 2022

Duration: 31:41

Show ref: SCOM1213

Due to recent changes to Twitter, many people have started looking for alternative social media platforms. The one that looks to be most popular is Mastodon. In this introduction, Don takes you through the basic structure of Mastodon, how to set it up and how to use its standard features. You also learn how to discover people to follow and configure your notifications so you get the most out of your experience.

Book Tracker

Date : 18th November 2022

Duration: 37:06

Show ref: SCOM1205

Book Tracker for iPhone, iPad, and Mac helps you manage your reading list. If you like to read, this handy little app will help you catalog your library, track your reading progress, save your favorite quotes, and more. Mike demonstrates why he feels this is an essential utility for all bookworms, regardless of the type of books they read.

Tip - iCloud Shared Photo Library

Date : 8th November 2022

Duration: 07:32

Show ref: SCOM1202

One of Apple's welcome new enhancements to the Photos app is the ability to share selected photos automatically with people you choose, using the newly introduced iCloud Shared Photo Library. This goes beyond Shared Albums in the way it's designed with important differences and advantages. Darcy shows you how to set it up, then goes over the useful features of the iCloud Shared Photo Library, including setting up the Camera app for automatic sharing.

Tip - Morpho Converter

Date : 28th October 2022

Duration: 12:19

Show ref: SCOM1199

In this video, Lee takes a look at a really useful multi-platform unit conversion application, Morpho Converter. Using the iPhone as his device of choice, he shows you how to perform simple conversions and configure the home screen with quick access conversions of your choice. You also learn about accessing country-specific units and currency information to help with your travels, and much more.

Home App (New Look)

Date : 14th October 2022

Duration: 26:58

Show ref: SCOM1195

Once upon a time, having a smart home was something people only dreamed about. Having the option to have devices run on their own or be fully customizable in your house is the perfect blend of real life and tech. This week, Todd shows you Apple's Home app's new look. He walks you through basics of the application from initial setup to adding devices, and goes over some of the control and automation features that take your smart home experience to the next level.

Tip - HomeCam for HomeKit

Date : 11th October 2022

Duration: 09:47

Show ref: SCOM1194

In this tip you learn about another app that assists you in making your smart home and HomeKit experience a lot smoother, and that's HomeCam for HomeKit, by indie developer Aaron Pearce. It focuses squarely on your Wi-Fi cameras and allows you to monitor them as a group, as well as control other HomeKit-compatible accessories alongside your camera. HomeCam adds some unique features and functionality as well, which Todd covers in this video.

Tip - Shazam

Date : 6th September 2022

Duration: 10:36

Show ref: SCOM1184

As a music lover, there are lots of apps that Lee has recommended here at SCO to help you build your music library. However the most used app has gone uncovered—until now. Shazam allows you to identify the title and artist of a song that is currently playing. More than this, it can automatically add this track to a playlist in either Apple Music or Spotify, as well as view similar music, track concert information for artists, and more.

Synology Update

Date : 2nd September 2022

Duration: 30:39

Show ref: SCOM1183

After using his original Synology NAS for about 5 years, Don decided to upgrade it to a newer model when his unit started exhibiting some performance issues. There have been a lot of changes and improvements since we first covered Synology hardware back in 2017, so in this episode Don takes a fresh look at features that are part of the operating system. After going over the basics, you discover options like setting up Time Machine backups, as well as setting up Synology Drive on both Mac and iPad.

Tip - ReelTime

Date : 23rd August 2022

Duration: 13:50

Show ref: SCOM1180

As a productivity coach, Lee has always been mindful of the fact that downtime is as important as uptime. He loves applications that allow him to make the most of this. Reeltime is a movie and TV show tracker that keeps a log of everything you have watched, informs you of upcoming releases, and helps you discover content from your favourite stars. In this video, Lee show you how to set up the app on iPhone, sync it with a Trakt account, and maintain lists of your preferred media titles.