Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stop Your Mac from Inserting a Period When the Space Bar Is Pressed Twice -- Mac Assuming End of Sentence

In Mac OS Sierra, you may have become annoyed that your Mac inserts a period, as if it assumes a user is at the end of a sentence when pressing the spacebar twice. Users may be working with data or other formatting, an often don't want the period inserted.

This is another example where Apple changes behavior of the Mac operating system without notification for end users.

Fortunately the automatic insertion of a period can be disabled.

Go to ...

Apple Menu >> System Preferences ...

If necessary, select the LEFT ARROW or ICON for the front panel for preferences.

Select Keyboard

Select the Text tab

Uncheck "Add period with double-space"

Close System Preferences

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ten Apple iPhone and Apple iPad Gestures You Might Not Know

Zollotech shows 10 gestures that you may not be aware of and can speed up using your iPhone or iPad every day.

Monday, January 2, 2017

How to Reset Apple Magic Trackpad or Apple Magic Keyboard; Connecting to a New or Different Computer

If you connected your Magic Trackpad or Magic Keyboard with one Mac and want to use it with a different Mac, you have to reset each one of the input devices.

First, confirm that Bluetooth is activated on the Mac. Go to System Preferences => Bluetooth. Check "On

Turn off the Trackpad. Hold down the Power Button on the trackpad or keyboard. A green light will go on, and then will go off as you hold down the button.

From the Bluetooth menu in the menu bar, click Set Up Bluetooth Device... or Open Bluetooth Preferences...

A panel will open with a list of nearby discoverable Bluetooth devices. A Pair Button might appear at the right of each listing.

Next turn on the trackpad or keyboard ...

Hold the Power Button on the Magic Trackpad down for five seconds until the green light starts flashing.

As soon as the trackpad or keyboard appears, click on the Pair button for the appropriate listing. You might not see a user-friendly name listed. Instead, you might see an address number for the trackpad or keyboard appear on the list. Your clue is the icon on the left, which will show a trackpad or keyboard.

Sometimes timing the green light flashes with the clicking of the Pair button are a little tricky. You might get a message that reports the trackpad or keyboard failed to connect.

If the input device (trackpad or keyboard) fails to connect with the computer, power it down by holding the power button for about 5 seconds. The green light will activate and then turn off.

Next power on again by pressing the power button for 5 seconds, and be ready to click the Pair button for the respective device while the green light flashes. The trackpad or keyboard should connect by the second or third attempt.

When the keyboard connects, the user is prompted to enter a series of characters (letters and numbers) to further confirm the connection or pairing between the computer and the keyboard.

On newer versions of MacOS, battery power is indicated for each device. Battery life for the Apple products is not the greatest. Rechargeable batteries are recommended. Changing the batteries does not require a repeat pair process.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Siri Can't Hear Me, or Webcam Doesn't Have Sound Input on Mac Mini

If you have a Mac Mini and Siri doesn't work on MacOS Sierra, the first reason might be that there is no built-in microphone on the Mac Mini. The easiest way to capture audio is by using a webcam attached to a USB port.

You have to make sure your audio input is set for the webcam, and not "Line-in" when you are using a webcam ...

Go to System Prefs -> Sound. Click the "Input" tab. Then select your webcam. The webcam might show as "unknown audio device" in the preferences panel.

If you attach a webcam after the Mac Mini has booted, there is a possibility that audio input from the webcam won't work until the Mac Mini is booted while webcam is connected.

Simply reboot the Mac Mini with the webcam attached. Check for success by testing with Siri.

If the audio still doesn't work, there is probably a problem with the webcam. Try another webcam.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What's New on Apple iOS 10.2 Upgrade

Apple released iOS 10.2 on December 12, 2016, available to the public.

Still no toggle off for Handwriting Mode in landscape mode, the feature that's aggravating thousands of Apple users.

Here is the screen that pops up countless times when you don't want it -- like when you are showing a photo in a text to someone standing next to you, or when you place your phone on a desk and the phone detects you're in landscape mode.

This has to be one of the worst features Apple has ever released in its' entire history because it accidently activates.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gas Buddy Says: Sorry But We Can't Find You Right Now" While on GasBuddy.com on Safari on Apple iPhone

When you visit GasBuddy.com on Safari instead of using the app, you can touch a button that says "Find Gas Near Me" ... When you touch the button for the first time, you get a message asking for permission to tell Safari your location. If you say no, the next time you use GasBuddy.com, you might get a message that says, "Sorry but we can't find you right now." You get this message because Safari remembers that you didn't give the website and Safari permission to look up your location.

Lost Sound on iPhone: Speakers are Silent on Apple iPhone

Losing your sound on an Apple iPhone can be very frustrating. You might discover you are not hearing your phone ring or you are not hearing any type of sound coming from the speaker(s). You might not be able to hear the person you are trying to talk to on a phone conversation, or you might not be able to hear music or a streaming app.

The first obvious item to check is the Ring/Silent switch.  Unfortunately Apple uses a poor design for the switch and it is very easily accidentally turned off. If you find it is off, and you turn it on, and you have sound ... good, you're done. That was easy.

Still no sound. Check the up or down volume buttons on the side of your phone. If the volume is all the way down, move up the volume up and down and see if you have sound. If you have sound, good.

Still no sound? Now you have to try a few things.

Go to Settings > Sounds and drag the Ringer And Alerts slider to turn the volume up.

Still no sound?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Comcast Xfinity Remote Volume Button Doesn't Work, But Channel Change Buttons Work

You may have discovered one day that your Comcast Xfinity Remote XR2 version R1 Remote doesn't work property. The symptoms might include the following ...

The change channel buttons (up and down) work,

the numbers work to change channels,

setup buttons work and you can even pair the remote; but

the volume button (up and down) doesn't work.

Here is the fix ...

1) Press the Setup button (lower left) until the top All Power button illuminates and changes from red to green.

2) Immediately after the All Power button turns green, enter 9-8-1, using the number keys.

3) Next, check the volume button (up and down), which should now work, indicated by hearing the volume change and the TV display showing the horizontal volume slider indicator with movement.

If it doesn't immediately work, check the Comcast instructions below -- related to battery life -- repeating the process. If it still doesn't work, return the remote and exchange the remote for a new remote at a Comcast Xfinity location.