Paul Stone


iOS 7: Why does software update always turn bluetooth on?

Posted on December 3rd, 2013

I’m not sure of this happens to everyone, but whenever I update iOS 7 to the latest version it turns Bluetooth on? It obviously doesn’t have any terribly consequences, but it always takes me a while to realise and turn it off again (I still have an iPhone 4 so every little bit of battery saving helps!)

iOS 7: Inconsistency in ‘actioning’ notifications

Posted on December 3rd, 2013

One thing that keeps getting me about iOS 7 is an inconsistency in the notifications.

If you get a notification on the lock screen you have to swipe to the right to action it, i.e. open the app that generated the notification.

However, if you pull down from the top of the screen to display the notification centre and swipe on the same notification it just switches you over to the ‘Today’ screen.

Use speech in Mac OS X to catch errors in your writing

Posted on December 2nd, 2013

If you are struggling to get an email or document to flow correctly, use speech in Mac OS X to help.

Sometimes when I am writing a detailed email or document I struggle to get the wording correct, or the flow of the text just doesn’t feel right. One way that I often use to try and get back on track is to use the built-in speech facility of Mac OS X which will read the text back to you.

Simply select the text you are having difficulty with and right-click, or Ctrl-click to bring up the contextual menu. Choose ‘Speech > Start Speaking’ and your computer will read it back to you. Bear in mind though that if you are in an office with other people around you will need to plug your headphones in or you will feel a bit stupid!

Do you have any other tips for helping with crafting your emails or documents?