Deleting Videos From Your Device Running IOS 7

Like many other things pertaining to IOS 7, the step for deleting videos is different from previous versions. (For versions other than IOS 7 directions are here.) There are more steps involved, but in a way the process is simpler. These are the steps,

Settings > General > Usage > Storage > Videos > Edit > Delete Item

When you get to the last screen, you will see your movies, tv shows, and music videos listed and there will be a minus sign that you just click on.

Screen That Allows User To Delete Videos

Screen That Allows User To Delete Videos


When you get to the Storage screen you may not see Videos as one of the options. That is because you have a lot of apps on your device. Just scroll down to the last one listed and select “Show All Apps.  Then you can select Videos and open the list.

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Some How-Tos For Brand New Mac Users

Everybody has to start somewhere, and if you are a brand new Mac user, you may find the following tips helpful.

Using The Trashcan Icon

There are four ways to discard items to the trashcan. One is drag and drop. The second is to right-click on the item and select “Move to Trash” from the contextual menu. For the third one you must be in the Finder window. Choose Finder > Empty Trash from the menu bar. For the fourth one you must also be in the Finder window. Use the keyboard shortcut Command-shift-backspace.

Items remain in the trash can until you purposefully empty it. Empty it by right-clicking on the trash can icon in The Dock and selecting “Empty Trash”. Should you wish to retrieve something from the trash can prior to emptying it, just click once on the trash can icon and when it opens, find the item you want to salvage. You much drag that item back onto the Finder window before you can open it.

If you are particularly concerned about security, then you can make items deleted from the trash absolutely un-recoverable by choosing “Finder > Secure Empty Trash” from the menu bar.

Using The Dock

The Dock is one of the Mac’s great organizational tools. It primarily serves as an application launcher.

To select an item in the Dock, simply click its icon. For example, if you want to listen to some music, click the iTunes icon (the icon with music notes) to open iTunes. When an application is running, the Dock displays an illuminated indicator light beneath the application’s icon. To make any currently running application the active one, click its icon in the Dock to switch to it (the active application’s name appears in the menu bar to the right of the Apple logo).

As you open applications (or open files to launch applications), their respective icons appear in the Dock, even if they weren’t there originally. That means if you’ve got a lot of applications open, your Dock will grow substantially. If you minimize a window, the window gets pulled down into the Dock and waits until you click its icon to bring up the window again.

The Dock keeps applications on its left side, while Stacks and minimized windows are kept on its right. If you look closely, you’ll see a vertical separator line that separates them. If you want to rearrange where the icons appear within their line limits, just drag a docked icon to another location on the Dock and drop it.


When you quit an application whose icon resides in the Dock (such as Safari or Mail), the illuminated activation light disappears, but the icon remains. When you quit an application whose icon doesn’t reside in the Dock (for example, you just finished playing Chess), its icon disappears from the Dock.

Note: Control-click or right-click a Dock item to see a contextual menu of additional choices.


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Catalyst iPhone 5/5s Case Protects Your Phone In Water

Lost your phone in the pool lately? Ever lost your phone in the pool?  I have a friend who has lost his phone in the pool four times in the past two years. Too many people and too much drinking, equals an expensive experience.

If he used an iPhone I would have the perfect solution for him. The waterproof case and lanyard from Catalyst. The case, which weighs only 1.5 ounces, provides protection in all weathers. It is designed to waterproof to 16.4 feet (5m) and meets military standards for drops up to 6.6 feet (2m). The lanyard includes an adjustable wrist strap, quick access clasp, and case attachment. The products have a 90-day limited warranty against product defect for products purchased from their website.

catalystcase lanyard2The case comes in alpine white, pacific blue, radiant orchid, and stealth black. Each style includes a clear plastic top that fits over the front of the phone. The MSRP for the case is US $64.99. There are protective flaps that fasten when in use, but can be opened to charge the battery or insert headphones.  The wrist lanyard (black only) is sold separately and has an MSRP of US $19.99.

It is very easy to both insert and remove the iPhone from the case – a rarity. What I find with most cases, particularly cases of this style, is that while it is easy to insert the phone, it takes the devils own time and a broken fingernail to remove them.

The beauty of the wrist lanyard is that it will automatically rise to the surface if it is attached to your phone, and you drop it in water. Drop it over the side of a boat, no problem.

I was not able to test this case in any lake or river, but did try it out in a pool. It kept my phone completely dry and I was able to take an underwater photo during the test.

I recommend these two products. They do what they promise to do and, lets face it, $65 is a lot cheaper than a new phone.



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How To Turn A Mac On/Off and Definitions

Continuing with information for the truly uninitiated Mac users, I have posted two additional handouts to my dropbox.

The first is simple instructions for turning your Mac on and off.

The second is a boatload of definitions. The terms that experienced Mac users throw around without even thinking about it, but that can be a blank wall to a true beginner.

Additional definitions are welcome from experienced users. Just drop me a line or comment on this post.

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Review: Octa’s Monkey Kit

Want to hang your iPad from a tree limb?  Too far out? How about on your microphone so you can see your play list, or on the tripod of your camera? Octa has created the Monkey Kit, (69.99) a unique product that lets you safely hang your iPad anywhere you can wrap a heavy duty “tail” to hold it secure. Other uses include attaching it to exercise machines, putting it between cushions on a couch, securing it while working on your car, and using it as a desktop stand.




The kit consists of two parts. There is a Vacuum Dock and a Monkey Tail. The two pieces can be taken apart for storage or travel. The Vacuum Dock is 1.95-in (4.953-cm) at it’s widest point. the Monkey Tail is 36-in (91.44-cm) long and together the pieces weigh 1.49 pounds. The outer surface of the Vacuum Dock is hard plastic and there is a soft rubber dome cap included to protect the connectors when storing or traveling with the dock. The tail is wrapped in soft, grippy silicon. The Vacuum Dock is interchangeable with other products sold by the company.


There is a 30 day money back guarantee and a 90 day warranty.

Using the product

I have only one negative thing to say about this product so let me get this out of the way first. The written instructions that accompany the package are awful. The print is very tiny because they have instructions in several languages on a small sheet and then complicate it further by having color combinations that look good, but are impossible to read. As an example, pale green type on light green background. Fortunately, they have excellent written and video instructions on their website for every aspect of working with the Monkey Kit.

To use the Monkey Kit you attach the Vacuum Dock to the Tail. To do it you remove the protective dome cap, line up an arrow, an unlocked padlock image, and a dot and then turn.


To attach the kit to an iPad (or iPad mini) you place the Vacuum Dock against the back of the iPad, making sure there are no air pockets anywhere, and pump the air pump five or six times. There is no reason to hold down the Vacuum Dock like you would ordinarily have to do with other vacuum seal products. When the pump handle remains all the way in, the seal is set. The instructions note that in some cases, it is wise to check the pump handle periodically to assure the seal is still set satisfactorily, but I did not experience any problems with that.


To release the vacuum seal and remove the Monkey Kit from the back of the iPad you simply pull up on the sealed area or slide a card of some kind under it to release the seal. It will release instantly.

One outstanding feature of this product is that it will work with some iPad covers. The cover must be completely smooth and nonporous and, at least from my testing, have no front cover as the front cover seems to unbalance the vacuum seal. I had two covers available to test this feature, both were smooth, but only the hard plastic one worked. However, that one worked great and it was very nice to be able to use the stand without undressing the iPad.

Using the Monkey Kit as a table top stand works well as long as you follow the directions. You have to create a half or three-quarter circle on the table surface and then make sure the iPad’s center of gravity is lined up with the stand base you have created. It is a very logical formula and after trying it a couple of times it was easy. My son-in-law who has hands three times bigger than mine set it  up with one try and loved it.


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Missing Any Permanent Apps From Your iPad or iPhone?

To day I was reviewing an iPad Air case and needed to check out the camera – does the case allow adequate room for the camera to do its thing. To my great surprise the Camera app was missing from my iPad. I thought, well, I’ll just download it again. No, I couldn’t do that because Camera is a part of the operating system so was not available in the App Store.

I tried restoring the operating system, assuming that wherever it was hiding, it would come back with the restoration. All that accomplished was wasting a lot of time and having to update 35 apps that had previously been updated. I also did an internet search, but didn’t find anything. So, I was reduced to that evil known as asking one of my children. Hate it when that happens.

The answer lay in the restrictions on my iPad. I had turned off the ability to use the camera. As soon as I corrected that problem the camera icon was back on my screen.

Here is how to check yours:

Go to Settings > General > Restrictions. In iOS 7> if the green is showing your item is turned on. In earlier versions it should be set to “On”. It seems kinda backward – one would think that if the title is Restrictions you would only want to mark those apps you want restricted, but notice in the following image that the word “Allow” appears at the top of the list.


Restrictions Screen on iPad Air

Restrictions Screen on iPad Air

That is all it took to solve my problem.

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Basic Info For Beginners

Are you trying to help someone learn to use their Mac?  It’s not always easy, and it is particularly hard if you are a child trying to teach a parent. Been there. My dad was over 80 when I finally got him to try a computer. We wanted him to be able to email everyone. I consider myself a good teacher of Mac skills, but teaching my dad how to overcome his fear and embrace a computer was one of the hardest thing I ever did. It was worth it though because he emailed all of us until he was almost 90. Being of his generation, WWII, he had a hard time getting past the cost of internet service.

In that vein I am in the process of preparing some guides for beginners – people who know nothing or are moving from a PC to a Mac.  At one point in my career I published a beginners guide which I sold through the column I write for The Mac Observer. Over time I found that I could not keep it updated because of other obligations so I stopped publishing it.

In this listing I am offering two documents which may be downloaded and used as desired. The first is about the Finder and mice and trackpads.

The second is about the Mac Desktop.

Very shortly I will make the third part available. It will be definitions. The fourth part will be a summary of the apps that come installed in the OS. If these are of interest, please check back.


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