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Four Ways to Use Launch Center for iPhone

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Thomas Wong

Launch Center is one of those $0.99 apps that you could easily form an entire iPhone workflow around – you just need a bit of time to think one up. I decided to give the app a shot after seeing it mentioned recently on MacStories. On the surface, Launch Center …

Tip: Preventing the iOS 5 Music App from Crashing on iPhone 3GS

Posted on 08 Nov 2011 by Jay

 Image courtesy of iPhoneheadlines.com If you’re an iPhone 3GS owner running iOS 5, you may have encountered the same problem that my wife and I have: you’re walking, running, or generally enjoying life while listening to your favorite song in your 3GS’s playlist when, at the completion of a song, there’s …

iOS Gamers: Make Sure You Tie an E-Mail Address to your OpenFeint Account

Posted on 15 Jun 2011 by Thomas Wong

OpenFeint, one of the cross-platform social gaming networks, has the good sense to perform automatic log-ins on my iPhone 3GS, but not on my iPad. As it turns out, you have to manually tie your OF account to an e-mail address if you want to log in from any of …

Check Out These Pro Alfred App Tips From Don Southard

Posted on 19 May 2011 by Thomas Wong

Don Southard at dirtdon.com has been posting some absolutely killer Alfred app tips. I loved the Alfred productivity app when I reviewed it earlier this year, but, apparently, I was only scratching the surface. The tips at dirtdon will help you do things like auto-upload to Picasa, shorten links with …

Quick Tip: getting Twitter 2.0.1 for Mac to temporarily behave properly with Spaces

Posted on 13 Jan 2011 by Thomas Wong

Twitter for Mac received a quick update on the Mac App Store (MAS) yesterday, which added an altered (blue) icon, a couple of crash fixes, and better compatibility with Spaces…and by “better compatibility with Spaces”, I mean that this update broke Twitter’s compatibility with Spaces. I tried quitting and restarting …

Use Get Lyrical for Mac to add lyrics to your iTunes library

Posted on 30 Dec 2010 by Thomas Wong

I’ve been adding a fair amount of new music to my library over the past few weeks, and all of these new songs needed to be tagged with the correct lyrics (so sayeth my OCD). I’ve used a number of tools over the years to auto-add lyrics to my songs, …

Use Notational Velocity to strip plain text from PDFs

Posted on 28 Dec 2010 by Thomas Wong

Here’s a quick Notational Velocity tip from @sabbatical (Adam King) that I just got from Minimal Mac: Select multiple PDF attachments in Mail, drag to “Notational Velocity” icon, and presto! 1 note per PDF w/ full, stripped plaintext. Handy. I have yet to really use this tip this  holiday season …

Making Toodledo bearable with userscripts

Posted on 22 Dec 2010 by Thomas Wong

Toodledo makes for a pretty decent, free task manager: it’s based in the cloud and syncs over-the-air with a number of different iOS apps (2Do, Toodledo, ToDo, etc.), but the appearance of the web app, by default, is enough to make angels weep. Luckily for us, there are user scripts …

Quick iOS 4 Tip: block Game Center notifications by force quitting the app

Posted on 09 Sep 2010 by Thomas Wong

I haven’t updated to iOS 4.1 because I don’t think it’s incredibly pertinent to my 3GS experience (and I like my current jailbreak – thanks), but those of you who have made the leap to 4.1 and Game Center accounts may find Marco Arment’s tip useful. This is really just …

Quick Tip: sharing Google Calendars across iPhones

Posted on 04 Sep 2010 by Thomas Wong

My friend just got an iPhone 4 and his work schedule can be pretty erratic, so I thought we’d try sharing Google Calendars for a little bit to see if it would make scheduling easier. He shared his schedule with me and I saw it instantly on the desktop, but …

iBooks tip: set your eBook’s language to activate the dictionary

Posted on 02 Jul 2010 by Thomas Wong

A huge thanks to commenter Muero for this information. He corrected the mistake I had made in my original sarcastic post about how the dictionary feature of iBooks simply didn’t work in Canada. Apparently, it has nothing to do with how many maple leaves are on your flag, but, rather, …