I picked up a Nintendo Switch on launch and so far am loving it but I've found a potential issue that I wanted to write about. It's in relation to the Joy-Con controllers, which work fine when plugged into the Switch but have started to disfunction when using disconnected from it.
The problem I've experienced is the left stick either moves on it's own I.e. In Zelda link will run on his own or worse stop working completely.
After trying two different Joy-Con sets and having the same issue I've reached out to Nintendo for help but in the meantime found a workaround that seems to do the trick.
On the Switch, head over to SYSTEM SETTINGS then CONTROLLERS AND SENSORS then CALIBRATE CONTROL STICKS.
Follow the on-screen instructions and once setup you should be back up and running.
It's about this time of year that we see the beta of the next point release in iOS and with it usually comes a few neat new features that I'm hoping are a bit more geared towards the iPad this time.
Here are some of my thoughts on what we might see in iOS 10.3
- Improved split screen on iPad: At the moment side by side apps work well but there are no facilities available to drag and drop between them, I'd like to see this brought in the next release although it is probably more like a iOS 11 feature
- iPad app switching: It's a bit of a nightmare switching apps when in split screen mode at the moment, when you want to switch all you get is a drop down view of all apps that support it. This feels like the first steps to making something more fully featured. I'm not sure of the best UI that could suit this but maybe a good approach would be to go back to the home screen
- Dark mode: Not sure we will ever get one to be honest but some sort of dark keyboard mode in iOS would be nice, seems a relatively simple change and one that could come in iOS 10.3
- Customisable control centre: Making control centre your own is the next logical step in it's evolution, I'd like this sooner rather than later so iOS 10.3 makes sense
That's it as far as I would see, even then it's a stretch to image all of these coming in a point release - I can but hope.
What would you like to see in iOS 10.3?
My most used apps of 2016
Looking back on 2016 I'm struck by the fact that there haven't been any real standout new apps here in my list but improvements to existing ones that have helped them stick in my work flow. Here are some of the apps that have been in my most used app list this year
- Apple Notes
- Apple Music
- Apple News
- Apple Reminders
- Apple Calendar
- Day One
- Google Maps
- MARIO Run
- iA Writer
Going into 2017 I'm planning some changes to my blog and content I'm going to be producing so need a few more beefier apps to help me.
First off I'm going to give Todoist a proper try rather than just in my 30 day challenges. When I have used it I've found sync to be reliable and I can trust them to secure my content with encryption at rest and in transit supported.
I'm also reviewing my app of choice for writing. I've always been a fan of iA Writer but after trying Ulysses I can see me switching to it full time. The organisational structure alone might make it worthwhile for me. I'll keep you updated.
So, best of luck to everyone in 2017 and let me know what some of your most used apps are.
I think this is a great idea and one that I hope they continue after January.
2016 has been a good year for my writing and the blog. I've gained some new readers via the newsletter (thanks everyone that signed up), contributed to The App Factor and I've been linked to by several outlets including The Loop. I'll be planning my 2017 goals soon but I think it's important to take a break every now and then.
So, I wanted to let everyone know that I'm taking a little break from blogging and the newsletter for the holidays.
I'll be back at it in the new year and will be sharing all my news via the newsletter.
Thanks for your support in 2016 and have a Happy Christmas and great New Year.
I wanted to start sharing more about my setup and what I use to get work done.
As a starter here is the wallpaper that I use across all my devices.
There are a few really good articles on how people are dealing with the recent influx of spam iCloud Calendar invites so I won't go over old ground but I did find another way that worked (so far!) for me.
Rather than creating a new 'spam' Calendar I decided to try a different approach.
What I did was to completely remove the iCloud Calendar from my local iOS devices and then re-enable them.
To do this
- DO NOT Accept, Decline or Ignore the invite
- Go to SETTINGS
- Go to iCloud
- Tap the switch next to Calendars, let it delete from your iPhone/iPad
- Once it's deleted your local device go back into SETTINGS-->iCloud and then switch the Calendars back on
I really hope that Apple addresses this quickly as I'm seeing more and more reports each day of this.
If you follow me you will know I'm a big PlayStation fan and with the release of the PS4 Pro I've decided to sell my existing PS4 and go all in on the new model.
To make sure your data is safe you will need to clear down the hard drive and do a restore before selling. Here is what I did to clesr mine down.
- Make sure you are running the latest operating system update
- Deauthorise your PS4
- Do a factory restore
It'll take a couple of hours to do a full restore but it's worth it.
Once you see the "plug in controller" screen you can turn off your console and pack it up.
I'm not a big user of content blockers but when I have done I've used Focus by Firefox. Today brought a new logo and design tweaks including collection of your data by default.
Here's the setting you need to disable if you don't want to send your usage data back to Firefox.