Buying iMac or a MacBook

Wizardgold Mac OS news The other day I was thinking that I would round up as much money as I possibly could and by myself a new iMac. Regards buying iMac, the one I have is mostly working pretty good and not giving me too much trouble. There were some weird happenings and in the end I managed to pin it down to a malfunctioning trackpad. I love using the Read More …

TapCoding iPad Swift Lessons

Learning to code with the application TapCoding TapCoding iPad Swift Lessons – This application was recommended by the Canvas podcast. So far I’ve completed the first module and I am very impressed. I covered some of the ground I’d already covered by following an Xcode playground tutorial. It was useful in any case as this went into a little extra detail. In the previous tutorial the variables were being declared Read More …

Prisma is great with my photos.

Prisma This application was recommended by Adam Christianson of the Maccast podcast and it has quite a good few filters and effects to apply to photos. This is one I applied to a photo I took in Barcelona and gives a very arty farty style of photo. The quality of the images produced are not very high but good enough for sending to Instagram. With Instagram is now possible to do non-square Read More …

Voice First Interaction Talking to computers

Voice First interaction It’s only natural that our interactions are verbal and voice-activated. It’s been that way for thousands of years. Since the computer era has started, we’ve had to work out how to interact with computers. Going from the old days of having to use holes punched in card, moving on through tape and magnetic discs and moving further forward to using keyboards to communicate digitally. More than 98% of Read More …

The future is Artificial Intelligence

With the advent of chat bots and devices you put in your house to listen to you ask questions to do your bidding AI has to be in our futures. Like in the movie back to the future when a version of Marty enters the house and tells the TV wall to put on a load of TV channels. We’ll be able to do that sort of thing and more. Read More …

Swift Coding on the Mac and iPad

Learning to do some Swift coding. I got a book from the Apple website which gives a starter into app development with Swift. It’s fairly simple stuff, but it comes with a Playground which can be opened up in Xcode. Within the Xcode there are instructions for what to do to create some simple coding examples. I’m enjoying using the Playground as a way of immediately seeing what happens with Read More …

macOS Sierra is coming to town

macOS Sierra is coming The big news of the new Mac operating system – macOS Sierra is that we are getting Siri, our favourite personal assistant to help us do our stuff. From what I saw in the Keynote video from WWDC you just have to press a button and Siri will start listening. Maybe it’s the same button as used at the moment to have Siri dictation on your Mac, Read More …