Mac20Q Podcast 114 featuring Mike Reed

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Mac20Q Podcast Interview with Mac User Michael King from Texas

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River God book by Wilbur Smith and my tutorial for encrypting emails

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Dublin Airport

I did a time lapse video of people passing by in the airport in Dublin. I used my iPhone 6 to do the video and used the Apple Camera app. It worked a treat and I got a good video out of it.

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Girona Airport leaving for Dublin on a Ryanair flight

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Last few days of the season at the campsite

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I had an iPad Air 2 day with setting up the new toy

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A good day to do an upgrade to Yosemite and to iOS 8.1

I quite like OS X Yosemite

I took a little while to decide whether I should upgrade to the latest version of the Mac operating system OS X Yosemite. My main concern was whether the speech to text dictating engine DragonDictate would work or not. This is an application that I use every day and it is an application that I could not do without. I heard a couple of reports from two different sources to say that DragonDictate was working in the latest operating system from Apple and so I decided that I would just give it a go. Of course I did make sure that I had a number of backups done before I did the deed. For the first 24 hours of using Yosemite was not completely happy, but I think it was all working a little bit slow because of the things happening in the background as part of the upgrade. Today, one day later things do seem to be a little bit better although I have noticed that when I move from one screen across to the other there is a little bit of menubar icon jiggle. I did a restart of the system and it is starting to look a little bit better. That jangling of the icons also seemed to happen at the same time as everything went a little bit slow for a second or two. That wasn’t good either, but I think it is recently improved. There is a lot more testing to be done.

Apple iPad Air 2

Phone calls on the Mac with OSX Yosemite

I didn’t think that the phone and the Mac were going to be able to synchronise so that I could take a phone call on my Mac. So I was quite surprised when while sitting at my computer and a call came in I was given the option of answering it on the Mac. In fact I think it was also ringing on the iPad. I was using the microphone on my Mac to do some dictating and so I was a little bit slow to answer and I missed the call. I will have to get somebody to ring me and give it a try again. I really thought that it was going to be the absense of the Bluetooth 4 with low-energy on the iMac that was going to stop that from working. Although I did also get a message to say that I needed to be logged in with the same account on both devices. I thought I was logged in with the same credentials on both but maybe not. Ah! The joys of computing.

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Report from the beach – New iPhone case arrived, Drafts app problems, iPhone chewing the battery up quickly

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Apps for fitness and recording audio on the beach

Fitness applications on the iPhone 6

Lately, I have been successfully using the iPhone 6 and the application Map My Walk. It has been recording my walks using GPS. It tells me how far I have walked, my walking pace, how long I have been walking for and the calories I have used. It also shows the elevation above sea level so that it knows when I am walking up or down hills. It tells me my pace in terms of minutes per kilometre and there is even a graph which shows the pace versus elevation. That way you can see if you are getting slowed down by walking up hills. MapMyWalk is one of the applications that will link into other applications such as My Fitness Pal. In the settings you can connect it up to other applications and devices. The iPhone 6 itself is a fitness calculator using the specialist M7 chip. I might buy the FitBit and then again I might wait until the Apple Watch is available.

A bundle of fitness applications

I got five applications in the ‘Map My’ group of health applications and today I decided to try and use the MapMyRide as I was out on my electric bicycle. I used to use the application Noom on my android phone to record the details of my rides and I was quite happy with the way that worked. The iOS application Noom is not quite as advanced and I am changing over to use applications better suited to use on iOS. I’m not quite sure what is going on, but the Map My Ride didn’t record where I was with the GPS. I have had a look into the settings and so far I have not found out what the problem is. I am sure I will get to the bottom of the problem in time. I will try it out again the next time I go out with the bicycle. It is handy to have these things working automatically so that I don’t necessarily have to remember to set it up for recording the details. I do have the application Moves and that does some automatic recording of the number of steps I take the day. I aim to get 10,000 steps done daily to keep up my level of fitness. When I look into the Apple Health application I get a different number of steps than I get from the Moves application. So one of the applications is wrong or both of them and it is tempting to use the one that gives me the highest number.

Recording an Audioboom on the beach

It was quite windy when I was on the beach, but I still managed to record audio that was usable. I recorded into the application TwistedWave. The microphone that I used was the microphone that came on the headset and it did a good job of recording my voice. I didn’t need to use my lapel microphone made by Giant Squid that I often use along with TwistedWave.

Looking forward to Yosemite OSX

I am wondering how it is going to work out with DragonDictate working on my Mac when the new operating system from Apple it’s the streets. With the last update to Mavericks there was a few months where DragonDictate didn’t work properly and I had to upgrade to a new version. This time I will have to wait until DragonDictate works well with the latest operating system before I upgrade.

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