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General Touch Bar Tips

General Touch Bar Tips

The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro lets you do a whole bunch of functions within apps that support it. I’ve put together a few tips for ways you can utilise this and extend what you can do with it!

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IFTTT Triggers with a MacBook Touch Bar

IFTTT Triggers with a MacBook Touch Bar

IFTTT lets you create applets that let you control things like web services with custom triggers (eg. Create a To Do Item if you receive an email).  I’ve been using it to control the lighting in my house based on triggers I’ve put on my Touch Bar.
This guide goes through setting up IFTTT with my Xiaomi Yee Lights and then adding triggers for them on my MacBook’s Touch Bar.

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Identifying Phishing Emails

Identifying Phishing Emails

A Phishing email is an email that’s designed to trick you into handing over information such as bank or login details so they can either send out spam to other people (using your email), identity theft or stealing money from you.
They’re designed to look as close as they can to an official email, so here’s a few tricks on how to work out if they’re actually legitimate emails or not.
This guide is written assuming you’re using Mail.app on a Mac, but it the process is very similar in any other email program.

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AirPods Power In TouchBar

AirPods Power In TouchBar

Here’s a fun little project I did to put the AirPods battery level on my MacBook’s Touch Bar. Heads up: This is a not a guide for beginners!
First part is a quick how to, then I’ll go into detail about how each part works.
Bonus points: I had to work out how to get a lot of bluetooth information via the command line, so there’s some nice shell scripts for it too!
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Fixing Safari Virus Warnings

Fixing Safari Virus Warnings

Some websites will bring up pop up ads that stop you from using your computer. They usually try to convince you to download a program or call a phone number (where they ask you for money to fix the imaginary problem).
They will also try to convince you that there’s something wrong with your computer.  Don’t believe them!

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AirPods Review

AirPods Review

I’ve been on the search for a good set of wireless headphones for a few years now, and I believe I’ve finally found the (almost) perfect set, the Apple AirPods.
In this article I compare the AirPods to the 3 other types of Bluetooth headphones I’ve bought over the years.

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Using Family Sharing with iCloud

Using Family Sharing with iCloud

iCloud is designed to run with one account per person, this includes both adults and children!
If you’re sharing an account with multiple people, you will run into problems like:
* Text messages being sent to all devices on the same Apple ID
* Facetime calls ringing on all devices
* Purchased apps appearing on all devices, whether you want them or not.
* Children having an account with your credit card on it spending your money.

To fix this issue, Apple have introduced Family Sharing.  This will let each family member have their own account, while still allowing you to buy an app once and share it across all family members. It also includes features for finding lost phones, allowing you to use GPS to track where people are, shared photo albums and calendars and allowing accounts for children under 13 years old.

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Recovery USB Sticks

Recovery USB Sticks

One of my favourite tech tools for repairing computers is a bootable USB Stick. This lets me bypass the OS and test the memory and hard drive as well as letting me recover data off a hard drive even if I can’t get into Windows.
This guide goes through how to download, create and use a bootable diagnostic USB.
Before we get started, you’ll need a working PC (usually not the one you want to be testing!) and a spare USB stick (4gb is a good size).
Note that this guide only applies to Windows PC’s and assumes you’ve got relatively good computer skills.

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How to Restore an iPhone

How to Restore an iPhone

When something goes wrong with your iPhone or iPad, one of the first steps to do is to do a factory reset on the device. This involves backing up your data, downloading the latest version of iOS and then installing it.

iTunes makes it very easy to do!

You will need a computer, your device, a USB cable and upto 2 hours (5 minutes of your time, then a lot of waiting around).

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