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April 28, 2016
by richard

Chess.com – Nice App, Nice site

Anyone out there using the Chess-With-Friends app?  It’s pretty basic.  Not exactly an exciting app.  It servers the purpose – but native resolution on the iPad would be nice – the 2x magnification on the iPad looks pixelated, and the layout looks like waste of space.  The board colors seem monotonous. It would be nice to select different board colors every once in a while. I’ve been waiting on a Chess-With-Friends update for quite a long time now.

News Flash!  It’s not coming!

Want a breath of fresh air?  May I recommend the Chess.com app?  Here’s some iPhone screen shots of come of the hundreds of available board styles, or “themes”Continue Reading →

April 11, 2016
by richard

iOS Tip of the Day … Removing Auto-Suggested Chat Contacts

I’ve used iPhone for so long now … I’ve had to update several friend’s phone numbers in my contacts list.

What happens when you go to text a friend with a changed number?  Auto suggestions will pop up your friends name … without displaying the number behind the name.  If you’re not careful, you’ll deliver a text to your friend’s old number without even knowing it.

Those auto-suggested names come from your Recent Text History list – and, so long as the number hasn’t changed, it makes life easy.  You don’t have to type out the whole name.  But, what happens when someone has a new number?   How do you stop iOS from using an old number?  If you’re not careful, you can deliver a text to the wrong person without even knowing it.

So, there’s good news to fix things … you can remove (and even inspect the actual number used) by tapping on the circled information “i” on the right side of the suggested contacts. Tapping the “i” shows the contact info used, and offers a link to Remove From Recent Chat History.

The odd thing is … if you are using a Mac computer to text – there’s no way to delete recent contact from that platform.  Seems to be a mistake on Apple’s part.  It must be deleted from an iOS device.



January 21, 2016
by richard

Traditional Computer-Only Realted Tasks are Migrating to Tablets/Smartphones

As a proud owner of one of the latest iPad Pros …


Being caught up up in tracking the latest news articles related to this fantastic device – (especially in the wake of critical articles related to Tim Cooks’s promotional statement describing the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement for many, many people) …

I’ve stepped back to simply survey how times are changing in the way we are using computers.   Continue Reading →


November 30, 2015
by richard

Handwriting on the iPad Pro

So … Love the Apple Pencil writing experience.  It’s so close to a pen-and-pad experience, it’s quite a joy.  Although I’m still waiting for some of the apps I’ve used in the past to support Apple pencil, I can certainly recommend Adobe Sketch for handwriting.  Although it is primarily an app used for art, penmanship is a joy.   Just toggle the grid lines to on, resize them to a line spacing that suits you, and select either a pencil or pen tool, with the color, size and opacity attributes – and your off and running.   Optionally, you can watercolor an interesting paper background, or go for a clean white page.   Here’s some of the first pages I’ve written with this app.  

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November 24, 2015
by richard

Wireless Keyboard Options with the iPad Pro

I’ll admit – I did not purchase the iPad Pro for document editing.  Rather, I was more interested in art and photography capabilities.  However, after considering the amount of available screen space and the ease of viewing – I’m intrigued with the possibility of light keyboard editing tasks on the iPad Pro.  (I’m writing this article on it now.)

Physical keyboards certainly add to the functionality of these devices. But can’t we do better than the two popular options?  Continue Reading →