Super Mario Run: First minute of gameplay movie

Thursday December 15, 2016

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Here you go! Click to watch the video in your browser. The first minute is basically a tutorial. Give it a moment or two to load because my poor server may well be getting busy…


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Get quick access to iPhone system settings (free app for a limited time)

Thursday December 15, 2016

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For reasons unknown the only way Apple lets you access all of the system settings is to unlock your phone, open the Settings app, and navigate to each individually.

Luckily, there’s an app – free for a limited time (Dec 2016) – that brings a choice of the most popular tools within the Settings app to the Today section of the swipe-down notification center on the iPhone or iPad. If nothing else, this means you can add a button for quick access to Wi-Fi settings, for example, so you can switch from one network to another in seconds.

The app required is called Magic Launcher Pro and usually it’s $2.99 but is free right now (Dec 2016). In addition to quick access to popular options in the Settings app, the app also lets you configure your choice of apps for quick launching. However, here we’re going to focus on settings.

  1. Install the app, and then open it. Tap the pencil icon at the top right when the app has launched.
  2. Tap the Edit Quick Settings button.
  3. At the top of the list that appears are the existing settings options that Magic Launcher Pro shows, and beneath in the second list under the Do Not Include are all the others. You can drag any in or out of the main listing by dragging the three-bars icon at the right of each entry. Once you’re happy with the select, tap the Back button.
  4. Click the Home button, and then drag down the notification center. Scroll to the bottom and tap the circular Edit button.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the Add Widgets listing and tap the green plus icon next to the Magic Launcher 1 entry.
  6. This will add it to the main list of widgets at the top of the screen, and you can again drag the three bars icon at the right to reposition it nearer the top of the list so it’ll appear at the top of the actual notification center when it’s viewed each time.

Your new settings bar will now appear in the notification center, and tapping any icon will take you straight to that section within the Settings app.


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Waiting for Super Mario Run? Try this trick to refresh the App Store

Thursday December 15, 2016

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EDIT: Hammering the Notify button in the App Store repeatedly got it to download on my iPhone just now! I’ve no idea why but it’s now downloaded and installed! Original article below.

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It’s Super Mario Run release day today, although nobody knows what time it’ll be released into our grubby little hands. If you’re anxiously opening and closing the App Store waiting for it to appear, you can try this old trick to clear and then reload its cache – thereby providing the very latest updates.

Just tap one of the icons at the bottom of the screen 15 times in quick succession. The screen will blank and then renew while it reloads. (Note that technically you need only tap 10 times, but tapping 15 times ensures this trick works in case you mis-tap.) If Super Mario Run has become available, you should see the animated banner and tapping it will take you to the download and install screen as usual.

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Have you spotted the new wallpaper in macOS 10.12.2?

Thursday December 15, 2016

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If you’ve updated to the new macOS 10.12.2 update you probably haven’t spotted the all-new default wallpaper images. They’re the ones used in recent Apple advertising, so include a wider color gamut for the new MacBook Pro models that support it. In other words, they should look magnificent on the screens of those models – although they look pretty good on any screen.

Nice!

To get to ‘em, just open System Preferences, click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon, and then ensure the Desktop tab is selected. Then scroll right to the bottom of the thumbnail listing of wallpapers. Note that if your Mac has a trackpad you can use the pinch-expand gesture to make the wallpaper thumbnails bigger.

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