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Open the Camera app

As you line up your shot, look for the magnification indicator (1x) and camera selection close to the shutter button
Make sure it’s oriented in the same way you’re holding your phone

If you are holding it so that you are taking a shot holding the iPhone vertically, the icons should look like this:

If you are holding it sideways, they should look like this:

If it’s not, try rotating your phone back to another orientation and back to the one you want

As shown in the images above, you can quickly tell if your orientation will be off if the zoom indicator and camera selection is rotated 90-degrees from how you’re holding your iPhone.

If you’ve already taken a photo in the wrong orientation, just tap Edit, then choose the square frame icon next to cancel. Finally, tap the square icon with the rotate arrow to rotate your photo.

Tap Done when you’re finished.
Here’s How to Make Sure It’s Enabled

Apple Watch Fall Detection:


While the ECG and other heart monitoring features on the Apple Watch seem to get the lion’s share of credit for saving lives, the Apple Watch Series 4 boasts another very important sensor that’s often overlooked: fall detection.

It was this feature that was credited with coming to the aid of an 80-year-old woman in Germany this weekend, detecting her fall and connecting her with emergency services, as reported by the Munich fire department.

According to the report, the Apple Watch automatically placed a call to 112, the German equivalent of “911” and played a recorded announcement to emergency dispatcher telling him that a person had fallen heavily and transmitting the GPS coordinates to the scene of the accident.

The police were able to use that data to identify an address and send an ambulance and render aid. The woman’s son was also simultaneously notified, since he was registered as an emergency contact, and he also came to her aid.

Although the elderly woman was shaken up enough that she was unable to answer the door when emergency workers arrived, requiring the fire department to enter the apartment by force, she was not seriously injured, and the paramedics were able to release her into the custody of her son.

However, the Apple Watch has already saved lives in considerably more serious situations, such as the case a Swedish man last fall who passed out from crippling back pain while cooking with the stove on and a young daughter in the house, or a 67-year-old Norwegian man who was found bloody and unconscious on his bathroom floor after emergency crews responded to an automated Apple Watch Emergency SOS call.

How to Make Sure Fall Detection Is Enabled

While Fall Detection is a great feature on the Apple Watch Series 4, what you may not realize is that it’s only enabled automatically for users who are over 65 years of age — based on the data entered by the user when the Apple Watch is originally setup. It’s also unclear whether it will be automatically activated on your 65th birthday, so either way, if you want to be able to take advantage of this potentially life-saving feature, you’ll need to take a trip into your Apple Watch settings on your iPhone and make sure it’s enabled:

Open the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone
Ensure the My Watch tab is selected
Scroll down to Emergency SOS and tap it
Look for the Fall Detection setting and ensure it’s switched on

Enabling Fall Detection


Note that there are valid reasons why you may want to leave Fall Detection disabled, especially if you regularly participate in high-intensity workouts. This may be why Apple has chosen to only enable it automatically for older users, however it’s also worth keeping in mind that Fall Detection will not send an emergency SOS signal immediately — you have to be immobile for over a minute before the fall detection even kicks in, after which a very noticeable and loud alarm will sound along with 30-second countdown before the emergency call is made, during which the process can be cancelled.

Add Emergency Contacts

When triggered, Fall Detection will automatically place a call to the emergency services number for your country (i.e. 911), but if you want to also notify family members or friends, you’ll also want to set them up as emergency contacts. This is done from the iPhone’s Health app:

Make sure the person you want to add an emergency contact is already in your Contacts app.
Open the Health app
Tap the Medical ID tab in the bottom right corner
Tap the Edit button in the top right corner
Scroll down to the Emergency Contacts section
Tap Add Emergency Contact
Select the person from your list of contacts (note that only contacts that include phone numbers are selectable)
Tap the person’s mobile phone number (if they have more than one)
Select your relationship to the person from the provided list
Tap Done in the top right corner.

Health App Medical Id Setup


If you have one or more emergency contacts listed, they will each receive a text message notifying them that there’s a problem, along with a link to your current location, so you’ll want to ensure that you use a mobile phone number for each of your emergency contacts.
In my never-ending quest to simplify my photographic workflow (and also my life workflow) — I’ve discovered that Apple Photos is actually a very strong alternative to Adobe Lightroom (or perhaps– even superior?)

Faster: Loads photos faster when scrolling through images
Simpler: Superfluous functions are taken away; stripped down to the essentials.
Simpler workflow: I like the simple ‘heart’ or ‘favorite’ ❤️ icon as a way to quickly ‘flag’ (select your best photos).
Simpler ways to process your photos (I really like the Apple Photos ‘Light’ function to adjust the brightness of your images– it works very well!)
Free: Included with Mac, iPhone, iPad. The frustration with always having to login to Adobe Lightroom — and having to pay a monthly subscription fee.

Importing Photos

Looking at photos in a new ‘My Albums’

Why not as much love for Apple Photos?

How to flag (favorite) photos in Photos

My theory:

A lot of people look down on Apple photos because it isn’t “pro” enough.

Truth be told, it seems that Apple Photos does at least 85% of what Adobe Lightroom can do, but it simplifies your photographic workflow process, while allowing you to view, post-process, and export your photos faster and simpler!

I honestly think that Apple Photos is one of the most underrated tools for Apple/Mac/iPhone/iPad. This piece of software alone is worth the investment in any Apple device — and it’s free!

I plan on using more of Apple photos for my photographic workflow, and will keep you updated!

Find out much more about Photos from Apple by clicking on the below link:
Toddler Locked You Out of Your iPad? Here's What to Do

Everyone punches the wrong passcode into their iPhone or iPad at some point, either on accident for because they forgot it. It might make you anxious for a second, but you only need to reenter the correct code and, voila, you're back in.

Unfortunately, your Apple iPhone or iPad isn't as forgiving when you enter the wrong password multiple times. Do it enough, and the device will be locked out for days and even years.

This isn't just hypothetical --- in fact, it happens more often than you'd think. Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker tweeted in April 2019 that his 3-year-old locked him out of his iPad for 25,536,442 minutes, or around 48 years. This can happen to anyone who kicks on an Apple security feature that lengthens the lock-out time the more you input an incorrect password.

If you find yourself on the wrong end of this scenario, don't worry: Here the steps you should take when iPhone or iPad becomes disabled into the 22nd century.

This is another reason why it is so important to have an iCloud backup for your iPhone and iPad...

How to Unlock a Disabled iPhone or iPad

You'll first need to download iTunes onto your laptop. Connect your bricked device to your laptop and open iTunes.
You will now need to force a restart. If you own an iPhone 8 or later or an iPad Pro 12.9 or iPad Pro 11, then press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then tap and hold the side (or top) button until you see the recovery mode screen.

If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, complete step 1 then hold the side and volume buttons down until recovery mode appears on your phone.

On an iPhone 6s or earlier or an iPad with a home button, press and hold the Home button and top (or side) buttons at the same time.

Once you've completed this step, an iTunes pop-up should appear on your laptop that asks you to restore or update your device. Choose "Restore."
iTunes will then download software onto your device (this will take several minutes) so you can set up your phone as new.
In a best-case scenario, you have an iCloud or iTunes backup you can use to store your iPhone or iPad. If so, select "Restore from iCloud Backup" or "Restore from iTunes Backup" and follow the prompts (you'll be asked to sign in to your accounts).
(Some of these work on the iPhone as well)

Apple has made it much easier to multitask on the iPad in recent years by adding new features that let you run two apps at once and watch video while using other apps.

Whether you've just purchased a new iPad Air or have been an iPad user for years, there are bound to be a few capabilities you haven't heard of.
See the below PDF document for tips and tricks that will help you save time, from covering the basics like how to take a screenshot to learning how to use split screen mode.
But first, make sure your iPad is running the latest software by navigating to "Settings," tapping "General," and selecting "Software Update."

Here is a pdf document to show you how:

Automated calls that offer unwanted or illegal products or that attempt to defraud you are known as robocalls. And they have risen into the billions in recent years. The FCC is trying to fight it as are the telephone carriers, who waste large sums of money trying to block such calls legally from their networks and have to field millions of angry questions from subscribers.

(Some robocalls are legal and desirable: school announcements, doctor appointment reminders, and automated messages from companies that you do business with and gave permission to call you.)

Part of the problem is that FCC rules limit the way in which telcos can prevent calls from passing over their networks. That’s to prevent phone operators from blocking competitive companies. But it also ties their hands a bit regarding fraud.

But if you opt into call blocking of scams and spam, the phone companies have your permission and it’s just fine. (The FCC and telcos are working on a comprehensive solution called STIR and SHAKEN that will block forged Caller ID messages, too.)

Protect yourself from robocalls

nomorobo ios

Telephone Science Corporation
iOS apps like Nomorobo can identify robocalls.
Apple added the option in iOS 9 for third-party apps to annotate incoming calls based on Caller ID. Several of these are available, some with free tiers and some with paid options. The best of them, such as Hiya and Nomorobo, show a message alongside an incoming call that matches their databases that reads “robocall” or “scam or fraud”—or the great “neighbor scam,” in which the area code and prefix (next three numbers) of the incoming call are changed to match your number, making you think it might be a call from someone you know.

You can also turn to free services that can be enabled via apps or your account from three of the four biggest U.S. wireless carriers. Because these work at the network level, you’ll have fewer calls pass through to your phone that are problematic.

AT&T Call Protect.

The free flavor installs as an app, and blocks calls before they hit your phone as well as identify ones that are sketchy. You can also create a personal block list. A paid flavor adds reverse-number lookup and a few other security features. (I’m an AT&T customer, and have had this installed for years; I receive nothing like the volume of robocalls most people I know complain of.)

T-Mobile ScamID and ScamBlock.

These two services don’t require apps, and block calls identified as scam and mark ones via Caller ID that T-Mobile isn’t as sure about. A paid service, NameID, uses an app to offer more ID features for regular calls and provide other call-handling options, and lets you set up a personal block list.

Verizon Call Filter.

This Verizon app can be set to block and mark calls. A paid version adds a separate personal spam and block list. Verizon joined AT&T and T-Mobile with the free version just a few days ago, and it has fewer features than the free tier of the other two carriers.

Are you fed up with the contant interruptions, of spam calls, emails, and social media messages?
Here is a PDF document to help get your life back:

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You've been able to make a PDF out of any document on Macs for years. We take it so much for granted, though, that we don't know what extra options we've got —nor noticed how Apple is trying to change the way we're supposed to make PDFs. we walk you through making a PDF, with only the tools that come with macOS.

Why make a PDF document, you ask? It is a universal standard and will keep all formatting in tact no mater what device or fonts you have.
So lets get to it...

We just do not appreciate what we've got. After a brief period in the '90s when PDFs could only be generated through costly software, the document format was added a core feature of macOS. For a while after that, it would only be when you had to use a client's PC that you realized how integral PDFs are to Macs, how easy they are to use. And, how exasperating it was that just to print out a PDF on Windows you had to buy extra software —if the client's IT department would let you.

Things have changed, and now Windows 10 has some of the PDF features that we're used to on the Mac. Yet still, our familiarity means we can miss out on some of the finer PDF details and features our Macs can do for us.

There are third-party tools with features that Macs —and especially the Preview app —don't have. But, the giant majority of what you can use a PDF for is covered right there in Mojave.

Making PDFs

For years and years, the way to make a PDF out of any document in any application on the Mac was exactly the same. You printed it. Go to File, Print and click on the PDF button at the bottom left of the Print dialog. It looks like a button but it's a drop-down menu. Choose Save as PDF from the list and then you're shown a regular Save dialog that lets you choose where you're going to put the PDF document.

It's easy to miss but every Print dialog has a PDF dropdown menu

That's it. Before you choose that Save as PDF option, you could make some minor adjustments in the print dialog. You could set it to make the PDF out of just pages 10-15, for instance. Or change it from portrait to landscape. Anything that you can adjust for a document printing on paper, you could adjust here for the PDF, but that's all.

Apple would rather you did this another way, however. The company would prefer that your apps offer you something like the File, Export to PDF option that Pages, Numbers and other Apple apps have.

Right now it's anybody's guess whether a particular app will ever adopt this or not. Microsoft Office ignores it, for instance, and sticks to the old way —but there are times when this export approach is useful. True, that's partly just because it saves you a step hunting through that Print dialog but it also gives you the option to save the PDF in different qualities. It's not a precise tool, but Apple's giving you the choice of Good, Better and Best get you significantly different quality and file sizes of the resulting PDF.

Top L-R: a Good, Better, Best text PDF. Bottom: the same with a photo

You can be hard-pressed to see any difference in text when you've chosen Good, Better or Best quality in Export to PDF. It's not always a dramatic difference when the PDF has photos, too, but it can be. In this example case, the Good quality has slightly distorted the walls of the theater in the first image.

Close up on the difference between Good and Best quality. Notice how the brickwork between the windows is distorted

Similarly, you will get differences when the PDF has charts or illustrations but they may be small. With pen and ink illustrations, you'll see areas of cross hatching look less distinct, for instance.

There's no way to measure how much difference there is going to be, and actually there's not even a way to know in advance how much smaller your file size will be. It depends on the length of your PDF document and the number of photos or illustrations in it. For example, though, the PDF document in the image above is 115KB at Good quality, 168KB at Better and 197KB at Best.

That's not a difference that is going to concern you. Yet with a much larger and complex document, a reduction in file size could be the difference between being able to upload it to a service like MailChimp or not.

Preview isn't just for viewing

The document in the examples above was created in Pages, exported to PDF and then opened in Preview. The Preview app is an excellent PDF reader —but it is also much, much more than that.

Preview has two oddly similar yet importantly different options. In the File menu, you'll see both Export... and Export to PDF.

The first Export... lets you produce a PDF just as the second option does, but it gives you more controls along the way. Choose Export... and Preview will display a regular Save As dialog with certain automatic settings. There's a Format setting, for instance. This lets you save any document as PDF, JPEG, PNG and so on.

Underneath that, though, there are settings that vary depending on what format you've chosen. For PDF, you get an option called Quartz Filter. The name Quartz comes from macOS's internal Core Graphics features and what you're really setting here is how the Mac will render the PDF. You can make a monochrome PDF, you can lighten up the images —and you can reduce the file size.

Left: the full-size PDF document. Right: the same after using Preview's Reduce File Size

However, you get no options for specifying the reduction, you can just turn Reduce File Size on or off. You also can't choose two of the Quart Filter options or at least not at the same time. You could produce PDF that was, say, black and white. Then you could open that up and export it again with the Reduce File Size.

Again, there's no way to predict the difference all of this will make to your PDF document's size. However, for example, taking that same Pages document with a photo and using Reduce File Size turned the 197KB original into a 92KB PDF.

Going back to the Pages PDF and choosing to make a black and white version in Preview made an 86KB file. And then using Reduce File Size on that version we ended up with an 87KB document.

You can really squeeze the life out of your PDF. Left: a monochrome version. Right: that version also put through Reduce File Size

So we made the document as poor as possible and we also increased its size, if just fractionally. Perhaps this is why Apple only allows you to choose one Quartz Filter at a time.

Nonetheless, even though you have to fiddle a little to get a combination of small file size and a document that's acceptable to read, you can do this. You do have more options for PDFs on the Mac before you consider third-party apps.

It's exactly the same with the next issue. Most of the time you will just be reading PDFs and only some of the time will you be making them. And then, there's some smaller amount of time when you'll be editing the PDFs instead of the original document.

You can do some large-scale edits on your Mac such as adding and removing whole pages. And you can annotate or mark up any PDF to within an inch of its life just using what comes with Mojave.

Let me know what you think by adding a comment to this post. Enjoy...
The old Stationery function is gone in macOS Mojave, but you can still create email templates you can easily access. The trick is to build draft email messages and then move them to a custom mailbox. Then you can grab one of those messages and send it, customizing it as you see fit. In addition, you can use Pages instead of Mail to compose your templates as some features like tables are only available this way.
Check out the below video:
Okay someone ask me to show them a simpler way to use their iPhone as a scanner.

First open the app Notes.
Then ceate a new note by tapping on the little icon in the bottom right corner.
Now that you have a new note, I recommend you replace the title "New Note" with something more meaningful, like, Magazine, then press the return key. This creates a title for this note.

Now tap on the little icon that looks like a circle with a plus sign in it

You should see a popup menu like this:

Tap on the Scan Documents choice, point camera at document and make sure all the document is visible on the iPhone screen. When it turns yellow, it is ready to scan the document automatically. After you hear the camera click, tap on save to save the document or just scan another document to add it to the existing note.

Look at this scan of a magazine, very readable:

Happy scanning...