Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Apple To The Core: Episode 6

In this Episode of Apple To The Core, Ricardo takes a tour of the Mac app, Audio Hijack Pro.  A powerful system sound recorder.

The Apple Scripts talked about in the podcast can be downloaded Here.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Apple To The Core: Episode 5

join Ricardo Walker as he goes over some new features in the latest operating system for the Mac, Mountain Lion.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

How to get the most out of the battery in your Macbook.

Hi folks,


Here are some Tips to get the most out of the battery in your Macbook.  First things first, screen brightness.  If you don't use your screen, why have it on, right?  You can decrease screen brightness on your Macbook by pressing FN F1 and increase by pressing FN F2.  Note: you might not need to use the FN key depending on if you have "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys" checked or unchecked in system preferences/keyboard which is  found under the keyboard tab.  Turning the screen brightness all the way down to 0% completely turns off the display.  Keep in mind, sighted people won't be able to see anything on the screen.  When you restart your Mac, Screen brightness will default back to 100% if screen brightness was set to 0% before shutdown.  Make sure to lower it again upon restart.


Another thing we can do to squeeze  a few more precious minutes out of our Macbook batteries is to fiddle with keyboard illumination.  First, go into system Preferences/ Keyboard, and select the keyboard tab.  Now, uncheck Adjust keyboard brightness in low light.  After that, press FN+ F5 to lower keyboard illumination.  Press FN F6 to increase.


Another thing you can do is turn off the infra red receiver on your Macbook for remote controls if you don't use it.  To disable this, open system Preferences and go to Security & Privacy, and select the general tab.  You will need to navigate to the lock, Press control option spacebar, and type in your password to gain access to the settings.  Now, press the advanced button.  In this window, navigate to  Disable remote control infrared receiver and check it and press enter.  Your all set.


There are a few other things you can turn off like bluetooth for example if you don't plan on using it.  Hopefully, some of these tips will help you squeeze a little more battery life out of your Macbook.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Customizing Settings On An iPad

Listen in as Garth Humphreys shares some tips on customizing your experience on an iPad.

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New iPad Unboxing: Voiceover Style

Listen to Garth Humphreys unboxing of the New iPad and more.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

How to add your favorite MLB teams schedule to your IOS device

Want to keep your favorite Major League Baseball teams schedule on your IOS device?  No problem.  There's a few ways you can go about doing this.  From your Mac, or straight from your device.  If you want to do it straight from your IOS device, launch safari and do a google search for "(team X) 20012 schedule download".  The link to your teams 2012 downloadable schedule should be the very first result.  To get to the result, I suggest turning your voiceover rotor to headings and swiping down until you reach the first result.  Then double tap on it.  Once the page loads, turn your rotor to form controls or buttons.  Now swipe up or down until you come to the "Download iCal button" and double tap.  Of course, you don't have to use the rotor like I suggested.  You can find the Download iCal button the way you are most comfortable navigating your device.


Once you have double tapped on the Download iCal button, you will be asked where you would like to open the iCal file.  Double tap the "Open in calendar button".  From here, you will be presented with the options to cancel or, add the events to your calendar.  Double tap the add button.  The next step is to choose a calendar the events will be added to.  You can choose home, work, a calendar you've previously created or, create a new calendar which is the last option.  If you double tap "New Calendar", you will need to name the calendar, and select a color.  When finished, double tap done.  Or cancel if you decide not to create a new calendar.  If you decide to go with a Calendar all ready created, just double tap it to select it and then double tap done.


And there you have it boys and girls.  Your favorite MLB teams schedule in the Calendar app on your IOS device.  If you have iCloud turned on, it will also be pushed to iCal on your Mac.  No fuss.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Apple To The Core: Episode 4

In this episode, Ricardo demonstrates a workaround to select text from web pages with Voiceover.Listen Now!

Apple To The Core: Episode 3

Join Ricardo as he shows off some new features in Voiceover found in Mac OSX 10.7 Lion and more.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apple To The Core: Episode 2

How to enable, and use, home sharing in IOS.

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Apple To The Core: Episode 1

In the first episode of Apple To The Core, Ricardo shows a workaround to gain access to third party icons in the status menu with Voiceover in Snow Leopard.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Getting started in Garageband 6 with Voiceover: Part 4

A review of working with regions.

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Getting started in Garageband 6 with Voiceover: Part 3.5 Bonus

A little Bonus footage.  Listen to Ricardo editing the third installment of his Garageband tutorial.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Getting started in Garageband 6 with Voiceover: Part 3

Ricardo shows how to create ringtones, as well as, import and use soundfonts in Garageband

Getting started in Garageband 6 with Voiceover: Part 2

Ricardo goes over regions and effects in garageband.

Getting Started In Garageband 6 With Voiceover: Part 1

An introduction to using Garageband with Voiceover

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Pairing the Bear motion bluetooth keyboard to an IOS device

Ricardo shows how to pair the Bear Motion mini bluetooth keyboard to his iPhone as well as go over the layout of the keys.  group editable