Mary’s X Files, December 2016

Using Photos on macOS Sierra for People Recognizing
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When you’re not using the Photos app, leave it open so that it has time to scan all your images for recognizable people.

Set up and use Magnifier on iOS 10
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Read anything by pressing the Home button three times. There will be times when the fine print in a document or on a product is hard to read, and this is a particular problem for those with less than ideal eyesight. Fortunately, Apple has come up with a solution that is not only very quick to use, but which will render any difficult object or text in a magnified fashion that can be read instantly. The process for setting it up is very easy and it is even easier to use, with the option being available any time you find yourself struggling to see or read something. You may find yourself using it every day.

1. Find the settings – Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and look for the Magnifier option. As with many settings in iOS, it is not easy to find unless you are specifically looking for it.
2. Set it up – Tap the button next to Magnifier at the top to enable the feature and then do the same for Auto-Brightness if you want the camera to sense the ambient light conditions.
3. Nothing changes – The feature can be enabled and you will see no change at all until you triple-press the Home button. In day to day use, it is there waiting for you until you need to use it.
4. Magnify something – You can now magnify any object with a Home button triple-click and you will also be able to take a photo of it. The image can be blurred unless captured for referencing after.

Copy & Paste between Devices with Universal Clipboard
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You can send text and images anywhere using Universal Clipboard. Provided your iOS device and Mac are signed in to the same iCloud account, you will be able to take advantage of the new Universal Clipboard feature to copy and paste across devices. You must have macOS Sierra installed on your Mac, and iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and provided Bluetooth is enabled on both devices it should just start working with no problems. Simply copy something on one device in the usual way and then past it on the other. it really could not be more straightforward.

To use Universal Clipboard, the two devices must be within local range of each other, but they can be connected to different Wi-Fi networks.

iOS – Activate Larger Dynamic Type
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It’s a fact of life that our eyes deteriorate over time. Looking at small computer screens all day does us no favors at all. Did you know that you can increase the font size in iOS to stop you straining? Here’s how to activate it.

1. Larger text – In the Settings app, tap on General and then Accessibility. Navigate to Larger Text and tap on that option.
2. Activate feature – Before you do anything else, you need to flick the Larger Accessibility Sizes switch to green. This lets you adjust the text size via the slider.
3. Drag the slider – Now it’s up to you how big you want the system font to go. Drag the slider until you’re happy – the text on the page will update as a live preview.

macOS Sierra – Undo Closure of Tabs in Safari
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I like some of the simplest tricks in Safari, such as the ability to undo the closure of more than just one tab by pressing command+z multiple times.

macOS Sierra -Annotate a Photo in Photos App
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Double-click a photo so it fills the app’s window. Then, click the “Edit Photo” button (its icon is one of the three sliders) at the top, right of the window. Click Extensions at the bottom of the list of tools down the right of the photo. Then, click “Markup”.

You can write text, add shapes or symbols, draw freehand, or even add a magnifying glass effect to draw attention to an area. Click “Save Changes” when you’re done. To remove annotations, edit the photo and click “Revert to Original”.

iOS Uses for Siri
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1. Use the speaker – When making a call using Siri, you can enable the speaker to make the experience truly hands-free. Saying “Call Jo on speaker” will initiate the call through the speaker.
2. Deal with settings – Many people do not realize that Siri can access most iOS settings. For example, if you say “Open Mail settings”, you will be taken straight to the area you need.
3. Take a chance – When you want luck to play a part in a decision, you can say “roll dice” or “flip a coin” to Siri and he/she will offer a random result.
4. Correctly pronounce names – If Siri pronounces a name incorrectly, you can say “that’s not how you pronounce…” You can then say it again and Siri will offer alternative options for you to choose.
5. Deal with dates – Asking Siri when a public holiday is will bring up the date you need, but you can also say some like “How many days until…” followed by a date.