Six Second Tech is a weekly series of short how-to video tutorials to help you be more productive with your time and your technology.
How-to videos on YouTube are too long
Let’s say you need to find out how to zoom in on Snapchat, how to take a screenshot on a Mac, or how to turn off Twitter notifications. You might go straight to YouTube to search for these kinds of instructional videos. But tutorials and how-to videos on YouTube can often be anywhere from a couple of minutes to half an hour, or more!
What if you could consume this information much more quickly, in just a few seconds?
Are you wondering if your old iPad 2 will run the latest operating system from Apple, iOS 8.2?
I stopped upgrading my iPad 2 at iOS 7.1 fearing that the iPad 2’s hardware was not up to running the more modern versions of iOS as they became more demanding. After reading that iOS 8.2 was running smoothly for many others who had an iPad 2, and not finding many negative reviews, I went and did it, I updated.
I’m very surprised by how well iOS 8.2 does run so I wanted to tell all of you who have an old iPad to try it out. Here’s a video demonstrating how there is no lag or delay when using iOS 8.2 on the iPad 2:
Don’t hesitate go and update now!
Do you like my Australian accent in the video and would like to give your iPad an Aussie accent? Check this video with Sarah Lane featuring a tip from Vintuitive on iPad Today!
Here’s another scam email that arrived in my inbox this morning, this time attempting to gain access to my Apple iCloud account.
You may recall the news sensation from August when a large number of nude photos of celebrities were taken from their iCloud accounts and posted publicly online. It turned out that these images were obtained by hackers using a targeted attack to extract account information, that is, their Apple ID and password.
As we’ve seen in similar incidents, these types of email phishing attempts are often launched from non-western countries and as such, almost always contain incorrect grammar or spelling mistakes that give the game away. Read More »
Watch out for more scam emails. Here’s one I received this morning pretending to be from Apple.
You’ll need to update your apple account
It appears I have been logged out of my apple account and to get back in I need to update my account. Hmmm…my “apple” account? I think they mean my “Apple” account.
Lets have a closer look at the contents of the email:
Don’t take the bait! Hover first
The unsuspecting recipient of this email would click on the ‘Update Now’ link, be taken to the scammer’s website, which probably looks identical to the Apple website, and enter their Apple ID and password.
Hovering over the link pops up the destination URL.
Identifying the sender
We can also determine who the sender is. Just click on the little downward pointing arrow to the right of the sender’s name and a drop down menu appears. And look at that – the sender’s domain is not apple.com but iapple.com.
Note that the domain of the sender is iapple.com
Dear Costumer, please update your account informations.
Though I do enjoy dressing up occasionally, I don’t think that is what the author of this email intended. Nor did they realise that the plural of “information” is… “information”.
Be on the lookout for emails like this arriving in your inbox. One day these scammers will learn proper grammar, making it less obvious.
Always remember though, don’t click on links without hovering over them to check them out first.
This week we explore the ⌘L shortcut, useful for changing the URL in the browser’s address bar and one that can be used in conjunction with earlier Keyboard Kung Fu tips such as Cut, Copy & Paste and Switching Between Open Apps.
Address the Situation with Command L
Throughout the course of a general work day I regularly need to access a website’s URL, that is, a website’s address. Sometimes I need to copy the URL and paste it into another field or application, often into an email so that I can share the website with a colleague. Other times I want to paste a URL that I have obtained from elsewhere into the address bar of the web browser.
This is where the ⌘L combination is a very useful weapon in your repertoire of Keyboard Kung Fu moves.
Highlight the URL ready to either paste over or copy
How to Select the URL in the Address Bar
Whenever you are using a web browser, be it Safari, Chrome, Firefox or other, simply holding down the ⌘ key with your thumb and then tapping the L key highlights the URL in the address bar, ready to either paste over or copy.
Exercise: Copy & Paste a URL from one browser to another
Now that we have a few Keyboard Kung Fu lessons under our belt let’s consolidate our learning by combining some of these techniques to achieve a practical task.
Task: In this scenario you have opened a website in Firefox but the page is not displaying properly so you want to see what the same website looks like in Safari. How would you do that using as many of the keyboard shortcuts we’ve already learned?
Here’s one way we could do that:
Assuming that you already have both browsers open:
1. While in Firefox use the ⌘L technique to select the URL in the address bar.
2. Use ⌘C to copy the URL.
3. Using ⌘tab will allow you to then move from Firefox to the Safari browser.
4. The ⌘L combo is then used to select the URL in the address bar of Safari.
5. Finally, use ⌘V to paste the URL into the address bar and tap return to load the website.
All of this is achieved without ever needing to take your hands from the keyboard to touch the mouse.
Clear your view, move your focus to the task at hand with ⌘H.
Command-H = Hide application
Put simply, the ⌘H shortcut will make the current application disappear from view. It remains open and running, but invisibly in the background.
Clear your view with Command-H
This is a handy keyboard shortcut when you have many applications running and you want to hide some of them from view without actually quitting the apps. Try repeatedly tapping ⌘H and one by one the open apps will disappear leaving you on the desktop.
Combine two Keyboard Kung Fu moves to swiftly refocus attention
The ⌘H combination is very useful when used in conjunction with the Command-Tab action that we covered in a previous Keyboard Kung Fu lesson. Any app that is open can be selected and hidden quickly & easily, and any hidden application can be brought back into view by Command-Tabbing to it. These two actions, hiding an app and then bringing it back into view, replace the need to minimise applications to the dock and then restore them using the mouse.
Use the ⌘tab / ⌘⌥ key combination to open an application that has been minimised or closed. These apps can be brought up by taking your finger off the tab key, moving it to the ⌥ key, and then removing your thumb from the ⌘ key.
Switching between open apps with the ⌘tab, ⌘⌥ move.
In the image above I have already tried to switch to the Mail app but found that it is closed. So I have then used ⌘tab to select the Mail app and then taken my middle finger off the tab key and put my index finger onto the ⌥ key. Then when I removed my thumb from the ⌘ key the Mail app popped up into the foreground.