Help! Pictures I didn't take keep appearing in my camera roll!

9 December 2016, 10:00

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Recently I’ve been seeing reports from people who find that mysterious pictures are turning-up in their camera roll. They don’t recognize the picture, and certainly didn’t take it. So what gives? If this is a job for the Ghostbusters?

A big clue is in the fact that the pictures occasionally involve friends or acquaintances…

Have you figured it out yet?

What’s happening is that some instant messaging apps have introduced a new setting to automatically download any pictures you’re sent to your device’s camera roll. You don’t even have to view that particular chat for this to happen! Whatsapp appears to be a particular culprit here and you can turn off this feature by opening it, tapping the Settings icon, then Chats > Save Incoming Media.

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Muffled, water-logged iPhone speaker? Try this trick

8 December 2016, 10:00

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Although the iPhone 7/7 Plus is waterproof to a degree, water can still get inside the speaker. It can’t get out if this happens because of the mesh design behind the speaker holes that’s there to keep water out – but also keeps water in! As a result the sound is muffled or just generally distorted.

Thanks to one canny Redditor, one possible fix that could work for any iPhone with water in its speaker is to use a tone generator app to force the water out. Tone generators create basic pure musical notes and essentially you’re attempting to vibrate the water out using sound waves.

Just install the Sonic app and then set it to make a low frequency noise around the 165Hz range, although be prepared to lower or raise the frequency to get the best effects (just swipe up or down on the screen to change the frequency). Hopefully you’ll see the water start to come out as bubbles or a film of water across the speaker grille. Use something like rolled tissue paper or q-tips to CAREFULLY dab it up.

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Show invisible files in Finder via a built-in keyboard shortcut

8 December 2016, 09:30

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If you develop apps on your Mac, or work on websites, then being able to view “invisible” files is useful – although viewing them all the time can clutter-up Finder and make it hard to find what you’re looking for. Therefore, being able to switch on and off viewing them is a God-send.

It seems that macOS Sierra brings a keyboard shortcut to Finder (and file open/save dialog boxes) that lets you switch on and off viewing hidden files instantly, with no prior setup required. It’s this:

Shift+Cmd+period

If you live outside the US, you might describe the shortcut as Shift+Cmd+full stop. This keyboard shortcut has always worked in file open/save dialog boxes to show invisible files, but the fact it works within Finder windows is entirely new to macOS Sierra.

Thanks to Quinn Taylor for discovering this, and further thanks to MJ Tsai’s blog for bring it to the world’s attention.


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Silent clicking not working on Force Trackpad

8 December 2016, 03:20

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Recently I had a curious few days where the trackpad on my 2015 MacBook Pro became noisy, which is to say the clicks became audible. This is actually the default setting for the Force Trackpad in the device but I have “silent clicking” turned on in the Trackpad section of System Preferences. This lessens the clicking noise to a kind of quiet small thud noise. However, switching this setting off and on again many times didn’t return the quiet clicking. Nor did rebooting.

The solution was to hold one finger at the top of the trackpad, and then click with another further down. I’ve seen some people suggesting that the use of various multi-touch gestures will fix this too, but I didn’t need to try them.

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