Think twice before you upgrade to iCloud Drive


iCloud Drive is a brand new feature in iOS 8 that changes iCloud from an invisible storage system into something similar to Dropbox or Google Drive. When you upgrade to iOS 8, you’re asked if you want to activate iCloud Drive. You might want to think twice before tapping the “Upgrade to iCloud Drive” button.

Before iCloud Drive, apps are using the “Documents & Data” framework for documents in iCloud.  When you upgrade to iCloud Drive, documents managed under “Documents & Data” will be migrated to use iCloud Drive, and it is not backward compatible.

iCloud Drive is available only in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. In order for documents to sync under iCloud Drive, all your iDevices and Macs needs to be running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

If you’re using only one device, if all you devices have been upgraded to iOS 8 and you do not have a Mac, it is safe to pull the trigger to upgrade to iCloud Drive. For Mac users, hold off a few weeks until the release of OS X Yosemite which is expected end October.

Visit simple version of Wikipedia article to read the layman’s version

Simple version Wikipedia article

If a topic in a Wikipedia article is too complicated with jargons that are foreign to you, you can visit the simplified version of the article by replacing the “en” in front of the Wikipedia link with “simple”.

For example, the normal Wikipedia page for Stem Cells ( are full of scientific terms and is not an easy read for most people. Change the URL to “simple” ( to get a “layman’s version” of the article.

Not all Wikipedia article have a simplified version. The “simple” version is not meant for any sort of in-depth research on the topic, but is useful to get a quick grasp of basic understanding on difficult topic.

How to quickly open all regularly visited sites in Safari for OS X

If you always start your day with the same set of web sites to visit, you can open each website one at a time. It becomes tedious if you have lots of sites to open. It is not uncommon for many to have more than 10 sites that are required visit each day. You can set up Safari to quickly open all the sites at once. 

First you need to save your frequently visited sites into a bookmark folder. You can create a bookmark folder manually and add those sites into the folder. 

If you’ve opened all the sites as tabs, you can quickly create a bookmark folder by using the menu Bookmarks > Add Bookmarks for These x Tabs.

Quickly open all regularly visited sites in Safari for OS X

You will be prompted to enter the location and name for the folder. Click the Add button to create the new bookmark folder.

Quickly open all regularly visited sites in Safari for OS X bookmark folder

When you right-click on a bookmark folder, you will see an “Open in Tabs” option in its contextual menu. Select this option will open at once all bookmarks in the folder as tabs. Please note that this will replace all the existing tabs in current window with the tabs in the folder. If this is not what you want, you can open a new window before selecting “Open in Tabs”.

Quickly open all regularly visited sites in Safari for OS X open in tabs

If you’ve created your bookmark folder on the Favorites Bar, Safari has a nifty feature that allows you to open all bookmarks in tabs with a single mouse click.

quickly open all regularly visited sites in Safari for OS X automatic one click

Right-click on the bookmark folder on the Favorites Bar. On the pop up menu, make sure the option “Automatically Open in Tabs” is checked. Bookmark folder with this option checked will have a square icon after the folder name. One mouse click will open the bookmarks inside the folder as tabs. This is the same as “Open in Tabs” but it takes just one click.

6 notably hyped apps in first half of 2014

Hype for an app can be a result of it being good, bad, addictive or disruptive. Irregardless, we highlight 6 such apps that caught our attention in the first half of 2014.

Flappy Bird

 notably hyped apps in first half of 2014 angry bird

Angry Bird is undoubtedly the most talked about mobile game so far this year. It was released in 2013 and received huge rise of popularity in early 2014. It is additive but was also criticised for its difficult level and alleged plagiarism in game arts. The Vietnam-based developer Dong Nguyen had removed the game from App Store in February due to “his guilt over the additive nature of the game”.  This take-down did not stop the demand for Flappy Bird download, and resulted in a dozen or so Flappy Bird clones occupying the App Store game chart days after the removal. 


notably hyped apps in first half of 2014 2048

2048 is a puzzle game that is compared to Angry Bird for its addictiveness and numerous spinoff clones. Created by 19-year-old Italian Gabriele Cirulli, the game design is inspired by Threes! and was initially available as a web app with its source code readily available to the public. Cirulli has since ported the game to iOS and Android.


notably hyped apps in first half of 2014 secret

Secret allows you to share picture and message anonymously with your circle of friends, friends of friends or the public. Founded by ex-Googlers David Byttow and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, the app is one of the leading app in the anonymous sharing space. Such apps oppose the openness of sharing platform such as Facebook or Google+. The ethicacy of anonymous sharing is debatable, just be cautious of what you share or who you trust if you intend to try out the app.

Monument Valley

notably hyped apps in first half of 2014 monument valley

Monument Valley must be one of the most beautiful looking puzzle games on the App Store. In the game, you direct Princess Ida to unlock mechanics and clear the path through to each levels map exit. Monument Valley is a winner of Apple Design Award 2014. 


notably hyped apps in first half of 2014 tinder

Tinder is a location-based app that uses your Facebook profile for match making. The app analyses your social graph and select potential candidates who are likely to be compatible to you. With a simple tapping or swiping, you select or reject those you like. If two users like each other it is a match and Tinder then introduced each other and open a chat room for both.  


notably hyped apps in first half of 2014 yo

Yo is an app with the sole function of sending your friend the word “yo”. It is so simple and brain-dead that one might wonder how could it be popular. It has over a million downloads and was able to reach number 3 in App Store chart ranking. Truly hyped.

Automatic correct your spelling as you type in OS X

Many of us have the habit of keying in the same wrong word as we type, for example enter “don;t” when meant “don’t”, or key in “teh” for when we want “the”.  Here a quick tip that makes use of OS X’s text replacement feature to make your Mac automatically correct your spelling mistakes as you type. 

Automatic correct your spelling as you type in OS X

Go to System Preferences > Keyboard and select the Text tab. Click on the (+) to add entry. For each entry, type the text to replace (such as “don;t”) in the Replace column, and its replacement (such as “don’t”) in the With column. Once setup, text that you type in most OS X edit window that matches the entries will be automatically replaced.

Keyboard shortcuts to toggle different Finder views in OS X

Keyboard shortcuts to toggle different Finder views in OS X

Here’s a keyboard shortcuts in OS X Finder that you might missed even if you’ve been using the Mac for ages. 

Command-1 – display files and folders in icon view (View As Icon)
Command-2 – display files and folders in list view (View As List)
Command-3 – display files and folders in column view (View As Columns)
Command-4 – display files and folders in Cover Flow view (View As Cover Flow)

Instead of using the menu or clicking on the toolbar icon, these keyboard shortcuts could come handy for a quick change of Finder view.

How to kill or disable the Dashboard in OS X

How to kill the Dashboard in OS X

You either use Dashboard regularly or you hate it. Dashboard is one of those system utility that is started when OS X boots up and it is always running. Which means it consumes CPU and memory, but the usage could be negligible if you’ve added no widgets.

If you have no use for Dashboard, you can disable it through Terminal with the following command:

defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean YES && killall Dock

After issuing the above command, the Dock will be restarted. 

To re-enable, do the reverse by using the following command:

defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean NO && killall Dock

How to quickly scroll through a long web page or document in OS X

How to quickly scroll through a long web page or document in OS X

When you’re browsing a long web page in Safari or reading a PDF in Preview app, you can use the Page Up and Page Down keys to move roughly one page up or down for quick and easy reading.

But most keyboards in the MacBook or Apple Wireless Keyboard do not come with Page Up and Page Down keys.

Instead you use Fn-Up Arrow (Fn key together with Up Arrow) for Page Up, and Fn-Down Arrow for Page Down.

Or you can use Space key for the Page Down, and Shift-Space key for the Page Up.

Working with background window with Command key in OS X

Users coming from MS Windows might be surprised that in OS X, you can work with background windows without bring them to the front.

One obvious example is the ability to scroll the web page content in Safari window in the background, while you compose a message in Mail app in the foreground. This allows you to reference content in another app without having to switch window.

With the Command key, you have greater control working with background window other than scrolling window content.

You can move a background window by Command click and drag on the title bar. Command click and drag on corner and edge of background window will allow you to resize them. You can also close a background window by Command click on the close button.

When Safari window is in the background, Command click on a link on the web page will open the link in a new tab.

Command + right-click on a background window will popup the contextual menu the background window supports. Lets see how we can use this to perform a basic copy and paste of content in background window.

Working with background window with Command key in OS X

With Safari in the background and a word processor TextEdit window open in the foreground, hold down the Command key and click and drag to select the text in Safari. Command + right-click on the selected text to bring up the contextual menu, select Copy from the menu. The text you want is now on the clipboard ready for you to paste into TextEdit.