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Bitcoin Primer - Part 2

Date: 8th December 2017

Duration: 57:40

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Following on from last week's tutorial, we take a further look at the fascinating world of cryptocurrencies, more specifically Bitcoin.

In this second and final episode of our two-part series, we take a look at an alternative method of purchasing Bitcoin using the GDAX exchange. In addition, we learn how to use a dedicated offline hardware wallet to secure your valuable Bitcoins.

Bitcoin Primer - Part 1

Date: 1st December 2017

Duration: 46:25

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general are one of the most misunderstood and, to many people, mysterious areas of technology. Despite a chequered past, Bitcoin is on the cusp of becoming mainstream and has seen its value soar over the past few years.

So what is Bitcoin, what is the blockchain, and why is it important?

In this first of a two-part series, I'll try and unravel the mysteries of Bitcoin and show you some of the common services and software that allow you to gain entry into the world of cryptocurrency.

Although Bitcoin is not Mac-or iOS-related, I explore Mac and iOS software that help you manage your Bitcoins, and take a look at one of the most popular web-based exchanges for converting USD and Euros into Bitcoins or fractions of a Bitcoin.

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2016 Announcements

Date: 31st December 2015

Duration: 09:38

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A special short show describing how to subscribe to the new 2016 feeds, as well as some announcements for 2016.

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 4 - Continuity

Date: 7th November 2014

Duration: 21:20

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Continuity is a new feature in OS X and iOS that integrates features and blurs the line between both operating systems.

In this episode I take a look at Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Phone Relay and SMS Relay.

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iOS 8 - #9 - Mail & Calendar

Date: 7th November 2014

Duration: 12:06

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Both Mail and Calendar have received minor updates in iOS8 and in this episode I pick out the most significant.

One of the best new features in iOS 8 Mail is the ability to triage your email with configurable gestures - swipe left or right to action your email.

I take you through the not so obvious way to re-configure the swipe gestures to suit your way of working.

I also take a brief look at Family Sharing in iOS 8

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 3 - Updates to Apps

Date: 31st October 2014

Duration: 33:11

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Onwards and upwards as we cover even more new features in OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Many of the standard applications have had a tweak, not just cosmetically, but functionally with the addition of some cool new features.

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iOS 8 - #8 - iCloud Drive on iOS

Date: 31st October 2014

Duration: 19:51

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iCloud Drive opens up iOS to previously unimagined flexibility.

No longer constrained by individual document silos, iOS 8 introduces a system wide Document Picker that gives you almost free range when browsing files across multiple applications.

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 2 - UI Changes & iCloud Drive

Date: 24th October 2014

Duration: 30:31

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Enough with the installation! Time to start exploring the new features of OS X Yosemite.

In this week's episode I take a look at some of the significant changes to the user interface in Yosemite as well as the brand new iCloud Drive.

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iOS 8 - #7 - iCloud Photo Library (Beta)

Date: 24th October 2014

Duration: 16:42

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iOS 8.1 is out and with it some new functionality, as well as public access to the iCloud Photo Library (Beta).

As I only covered Photos on iOS last week, and the iCloud Photo Library is causing a lot of confusion, I thought it best to put it through its paces today and explain some of the functionality.

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iOS 8 - #6 - Camera and Photos App

Date: 17th October 2014

Duration: 16:02

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Continuing on from last week as promised - A look at the new Camera app as well as the new editing controls in the new Photos App.

The Camera App has been updated with some new features (depending on your iOS device) but the main changes are in the Photos App. iPhoto for iOS is no more and photo editing has been enhanced in the Photos App. You can switch between "easy" editing or open up controls for fine grained adjustments for light, colour or B/W.

The new Photo Extensions in iOS 8 also allow you to utilise the photo editing capabilities of other installed photo editors, right from within the Photos App. I demonstrate by using Camera+ on the iPhone.

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Part 1 - Installation

Date: 16th October 2014

Duration: 28:12

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OS X Yosemite 10.10 is here!

There's lots to cover in Apple's latest operating system but let's start at the beginning.

In this episode we start off with the basics, preparing for OS X Yosemite and installation. The installation section covers both a standard upgrade as well as a fresh install.

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FileVault - Security Through Encryption

Date: 10th October 2014

Duration: 24:35

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If you have sensitive data stored on your Macbook, you may want to consider installing FileVault.

FileVault is a encryption tool built into OSX.

Rather than encrypting individual files or folders, FileVault encrypts the entire bootable volume, with the option to encrypt other volumes as well. Using a strong encryption password, you can prevent access to your data if your Macbook is lost or stolen.

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iOS 8 - #5 - Photo Management

Date: 10th October 2014

Duration: 17:50

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Photo management has changed in iOS8 with some radical changes. Camera Roll has gone (for now) and Photostream view has also gone.

iOS8 is currently in an interim phase with the launch of iPhoto Cloud Library not yet announced, and its absence is causing some confusion.

This episode takes you through the current state of photo management on iOS8 with an update of how it works at the current release.

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iOS 8 - #4 - Mobile Safari, Sharing & Extensions

Date: 4th October 2014

Duration: 22:10

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In this episode I take you through the new features in Mobile Safari.

Most of the changes in Mobile Safari are "under the hood" but there are still some welcome changes to the UI and how it works.

I also take a look at two third party extensions - Pocket and 1Password

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iOS 8 - #3 - Home Screen, QuickType & Keyboards

Date: 3rd October 2014

Duration: 24:24

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Starting to build up some steam now as we take a look at some of the basic mechanisms of iOS 8 and explore QuickType as well as the new custom keyboard options including Swype and TextExpander keyboards.

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iOS 8 - #2 - Lock Screen, Today, Notifications,

Date: 27th September 2014

Duration: 16:26

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Enough with the installation, let's see some of the new iOS features!

This episode covers some of the basics and some of the subtle changes to iOS 8 as far as the lock screen and notification panel is concerned.

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iOS 8 - #1 - Installation & Activation

Date: 20th September 2014

Duration: 16:01

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The first full iOS 8 show (and the second iOS show in 4 days!)

As I mentioned in the previous show, no quick fixes or short fluff pieces on iOS 8, I'm going to take my time in reviewing each element in depth. As a result, progress may be a bit slower than you might want as I go over stuff that may be obvious to existing iOS users.

This week, I'm going through the whole install from scratch, as if you just had a new iPad and cover all of the decision points during the install. I want to see some of the third party apps be released before delving too far into iOS 8 basics.

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Special iOS 8 Launch Episode

Date: 17th September 2014

Duration: 19:16

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It's finally here! The most significant release of iOS since the iPhone launch itself - iOS 8

This special episode takes you through some of the decision points of deciding to upgrade to iOS 8, and walks you through the upgrade process.

I'll be covering iOS 8 extensively over the next month or so, as well as looking at iOS 8 impacts and influences the top third party apps.

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iOS Mini Montage

Date: 13th September 2014

Duration: 14:07

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It's an iOS mini montage this week, covering five simple but fun to use applications:

Hyperlapse - Generate super smooth animated timelapses.

Streets - Get Google street view back on your iPad or iPhone

Hanx Writer - Turn your iPad into an old school typewriter

Rules - An addictive game

Percentages - Maths not your strong point? Use Percentages

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TotalSpaces2 & Screens

Date: 15th August 2014

Duration: 37:55

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Two desktop utilities in this week's show:

TotalSpaces2 - Spaces are a way of organising your desktop and has been in OSX for many years. However, you may have given up on standard Spaces in Mavericks due to it's limitations and inflexibility. TotalSpaces2 could be said to be what Spaces should have been originally. TotalSpaces2 gives you back full control of managing your virtual desktops, with many useful configuration options. TotalSpaces2 finally makes desktop spaces usable!

Screens - A neat solution to control and access your Mac desktops locally or remotely using both Macs and iOS devices. With a fully featured Mac client, Screens allows you to setup remote access via its elegant UI and includes a number of easily configurable options such as Quick Connect and custom keyboard shortcuts. Install ScreensConnect and use iCloud to sync your settings and also access your Macs remotely via the separately available Screens for iOS application.