Recent Articles By Michael Johnston [RSS]

iOS 7: Set Turn-By-Turn Voice Volume in the Maps App

9:40 AM, Oct. 10th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

Turn-by-turn navigation in Apple's Maps app on the iPhone is a great feature, but changing the volume so you can better hear those directions hasn't been exactly an easy process -- at least it wasn't until iOS 7. Now changing the voice volume for Maps navigation is fairly simple. Read on and Michael Johnston will show you how.

iOS Passwords for People Who Don’t Like Passwords

8:32 AM, Sep. 11th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · Tips

Some people consider the passcode lock on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be more hassle than it's worth, and that includes Michael Johnston. Turns out he found a simple way to secure his iPhone with a code, and he's ready to share the tip with you.

iPhone: Send a Single iMessage as a Text Message

8:31 AM, Sep. 3rd, 2013 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

Typically when you send an iMessage from your iPhone to another, if it doesn't get to the recipient in a timely manner, it will automatically be sent as a text message, but sometimes that fallback just doesn't work. Thankfully, there's a way to force your iPhone to comply with your desire to send a message with SMS. Michael Johnston shows you how.

iPhone: How to Use “Raise to Speak”

9:40 AM, Jul. 19th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

Siri's an excellent personal assistant, and she's just a long home button press away. She can place a call for you, send a message, add items to your calendar, and more. And while I typically perform these actions for myself, there are times when it's more convenient for her to take care of a quick task for me while I give my attention to something else -- and you can make Siri do your bidding without pressing any buttons. Michael Johnston shows you how.

OS X: Working with Windows in the Background

8:50 AM, Jul. 18th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

OS X is great at running lots apps at once, many of which can interact with one another. Of course we have Exposé to handle switching between windows, but what happens if you don't want to switch to another window, but rather maintain the focus of your current window while doing something in another. Michael Johnston has some tips on working with background windows, and he's happy to share.

Mac & iOS Basics: Play Next & Previous Tracks Using Your Earbuds

11:00 AM, Jul. 5th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

Apple has sold earbuds with a wired remote for many years now, and if you've purchased an iPod touch, iPhone, or a pair on their own, you might not realize how much you can do with that little bar of plastic hanging from your ears. Of course you can play and pause music with the center button, and, if you have them, you can use the top and bottom buttons to control your volume. However, there are several other things you can do with that center button, and Michael Johnston shows you how.

SelfControl: Block Time Wasting Sites While You Work

10:06 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2013 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

Staying on task while every distraction the Web has to offer is just a mouse click away might not be difficult for some of you, but for me it's a challenge. It's especially bad if you're a student or a knowledge worker whose office isn't shared with others who are also getting things done. So I set out to find a way to keep myself from tasting temptation and avoiding the work I had to do. The answer is the aptly named SelfControl.

OS X: Un-Group Mission Control Windows for Quicker Window Switching

8:30 AM, Jun. 27th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · Tips

Just like earlier versions of OS X, Lion and Mountain Lion lets users see all of their Mac's open windows with the press of a button. Mission Control groups all of those windows by application, but some long-time Mac users prefer the old show-ever-open-window-in-a-grid style view instead. Michael Johnston shows you how to choose which view Mission Control uses, and it's easy to do.

OS X: Application Switcher Power Tips

5:28 PM, May. 10th, 2013 · Michael Johnston · How-To

If you're like Michael, you probably have lots of apps running on your Mac at any given time. Using the Application Switcher is a great way to jump between open apps, but there's a lot more than meets the eye. There are four other keys that, when combined with Command and Tab, will help you deal with running multiple apps better than ever.