Saturday, December 31, 2022

Dark Sky App Ends for iPhone

Dark Sky
Dark Sky, the ground-breaking weather app for Apple iPhone, comes to an end on December 31, 2022.

Dark Sky became famous for its micro weather forecasting.  Users would receive an alert that weather conditions changed based on the user's exact location. Usually much faster and more accurate than any other weather service.

This sad news is not new.  Apple bought Dark Sky in 2020 for its technology and integrated it into the core operating system.  And Apple removed the app from the App Store several months ago.

But fear not, Dark Sky continues to live on -- as part of the iPhone's improved built-in weather app.

But it's still a sad day that the app will no longer work on January 1, 2023.

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Friday, December 30, 2022

Realign the Start Button in Windows 11

Windows 11 is Microsoft's latest operating system and it is full of changes - both big and small.

Long time users of Windows won't have a problem adjusting to the new system.

However, there's one small change that is annoying.

The Start button has moved from the far left of the task bar to the center. 

 It looks odd and out of place.

Here's how to move it back to the left, just like in the earlier versions.

  • Right-click the taskbar
  • Open Taskbar Settings
  • Select the Taskbar behaviors drop-down
  • change Taskbar alignment to Left

Realign Start Button Windows 11
fig.1 - Realign Start Button Windows 11

This will move all your taskbar icons to the left and put the Start button back where it belongs. 

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Dictate Your Masterpiece in Microsoft Word


Microsoft 365 Dictate Are you a poor typist or need extra assistance when typing?   

Microsoft 365 offers the ability to use your voice to type into its applications.
Here's how to do it in Microsoft Word:

  • Open Microsoft Word 365
  • Tap the Dictate icon from the Home menu
  • Wait for the Dictate function to be ready.

  • Start speaking!

Note: You need to use a mic-enabled device.  Headphones with a mic work best but even using the mic on a laptop brings good results.

Besides Word, you can dictate in other 365 apps.  Just look for the Dictate command.

Besides typing words, you can also issue commands for punctuation.  For example, you can say period (full stop), comma, question mark or similar other punctuation marks. 

You can also edit by saying backspace [1 - 100], delete [word or phrase], insert space or undo.

Finally, you can say Select word, characters, para, or select [phrase] to navigate and select.


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Search Chrome Tabs, Bookmarks and History

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Do you remember visiting a site but can't remember the web address?  

Do you bookmark great sites but now can't find the right bookmark?  

Do you open many tabs but can't find the one you want?

Google's Chrome browser now lets you search your Tabs, Bookmarks and search History to quickly find your information.

Here's how to do it.

Chrome Search Tabs Bookmarks History


  • Type @tabs in the address bar and then type a few characters of the tab title to see matching suggestions. 


  • Type @bookmarks to find a bookmark that you previously saved.


  • Type @history to search through your browsing history.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

How to Edit a Sent Text on an iPhone


Apple now allows iPhone users the ability to edit text messages sent on the iPhone.

Using the latest IOS 16 for iPhone, users can edit iMessages even after the message has been sent.

Here's how to do it:

  • While in an iMessage conversation, press and hold the message you want to edit.
  • Press Edit and make your text changes.
  • Press the checkmark when you are done.

A few things to remember:

  • After you send a message, you have 15 (fifteen) minutes to edit the message.
  • You can edit a message no more than 5 times.
  • Recipients can read the message before you edit it.
  • Recipients can view the message's edit history.
  • Recipients on earlier versions of IOS and Android users will see all versions of the messages.

#iphone #IOS16 #apple #edit #text #imessage

How to Unsend a Message on iPhone

iPhone Screen

With the latest iPhone operating update, IOS 16, users can now "Unsend" an iMessage.

To Unsend a message:

  • While in an iMessage conversation, press and hold the message you want to "Unsend".
  • Tap "Undo Send"
  • Your message will be unsent.

A few notes:

  • You can only Unsend a message within 2 (two) minutes of sending it.
  • The message can be read by the recipient before you unsend it.
  • While the message will be gone from the recipients phone, the recipient will see that you unsent a message.
  • If the recipient is on an older version of iPhone (15 or before) or on another devise such as Android, the message can not be unsent.  The recipient will still be able to see the original message

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