Mac Kung Fu LinkList: Thursday 22nd Oct 2015

22 October 2015, 09:00

So nearly 48 hours ago I wiped and setup my iPhone 6s Plus as a brand new device and thus far I have not experienced a shut down with the phone at all. It’s very possible one of the many apps I had installed was causing these random shut downs or very possible my backup was corrupt in some way. Either way, it’s been nice not having my phone shut down once or more a day.

Is Your New iPhone Shutting Down On Its Own? This Might Fix It [Tip]

Unfortunately, it’s not just your iPhone that’s being overworked by Facebook. Facebook runs rampant when its website is loaded in your Mac’s web browser, too, using more RAM than just about every other app – and definitely every other web page – you have open.

Facebook is a Background Resource Hog on Your Mac, Too [Tip]

If you’re a parent, this can be a little nerve-wracking to say the least, but an app called Track & Treat by developer Glympse is aiming to help ease that worry. The app allows you to keep track of where your child is and how fast they’re moving through their hunt with map locations and more.

Track & Treat lets you keep tabs on your kids for Halloween [App]

We’re used to cruft accumulating in all sorts of unwanted places in our lives, but among my least favorite is the Finder’s Open With contextual menu. You’ve probably run into this: you go to open a file with an app that isn’t the default, and you’re presented with a list of options as long as your arm—many of them duplicates (see above, left).

Clean out a messy Open With menu in the Finder [Tip]

Apple has updated its iCloud website, adding a section for Find My Friends. This lets iCloud users locate their friends on a desktop should they not be able to use their iOS devices. It’s icon is on the second row, right next to the Find iPhone icon.

Find My Friends pops up on [Tip]

My writing tool of choice on iPad and Mac is Ulysses. It’s an amazing app from German developers The Soulmen that lets you just type (in plain text or Markdown) with few distractions, see what your document will look like, and then export it in a number of formats. I use it for all of my drafts of AWT posts, sometimes going between iPad and Mac depending on where I am writing. Well, the Soulmen are making Ulysses for Mac free to use for NaNoWriMo participants until December 7, 2015.

The Soulmen want you to use Ulysses to write your NaNoWriMo novel — for free [App]

On two occasions recently our Mac has ‘helpfully’ saved a Word document in the Office 2011 AutoRecovery folder. This would not be an issue, except for the fact that when we then access the folder (just a quick search in Spotlight for Office 2011 AutoRecovery) the files were nowhere to be seen.

How to find lost files in Office AutoRecovery folder [Tip]

Apple has released the iOS 9.1 update for iPhone and iPad, which includes 184 new emojis. This makes iOS the first operating system to include every single emoji in the Unicode Standard. Popular requests included in this release include the volleyball, taco, middle finger and champagne bottle; as well as new faces for sickness, thinking, and rolling eyes.

Every new emoji in iOS 9.1 [Fun]

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