iCloud Photos icon 200x200Sync Android Photos to iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream by using an IFTTT applet to upload and automatically transfer camera photos or screenshots taken on an Android device to an iOS device or a Mac. In addition, the Photosync app, available on iOS, macOS and Android, is a versatile tool to transfer and sync android photos to iCloud in bulk or complete albums.

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iMessage_icon_800x800No notification sounds on iPhone when it is locked: Here’s the fix and explanation why your iPhone is not making any sound notifications every time you get a new message. If your iPhone is locked, a text message coming in alerts on the Apple Watch only. If the iPhone is unlocked, then the notification sound is heard.

iCloud Mail logo 2020Apple iCloud Mail blocks outbound emails (silent filtering) and inbound emails (spam filtering) containing specific, blacklisted strings. iCloud Mail screens the content of the email before sending it. If the content or the recipient’s email address contains a specific string of letters, iCloud mail prevents the mail to be sent and/or delivered. In my case the string “miapple.me” was blocked, it did not matter if this string was used in the body of the email, in the subject line or in the email address.

Auto Unlock Apple Watch Mac MacBook macOS watchOSAuto Unlock for Mac with Apple Watch is not working anymore for some users after updating the Apple Watch to the latest main watchOS release, e.g. watchOS 7 and/or the Mac to macOS Big Sur. Auto Unlock feature stopped working on Mac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, reportedly. There are two different ways to fix Auto unlocking with Apple Watch on macOS, e.g. macOS Catalina 10.15 or macOS Big Sur / macOS 11.

Logitech Harmony Hub‘Starting channel not working’ is a common issue on Logitech Harmony Hub after setting up an activity with a device, especially your TV. You fix  ‘Starting channel not working’ by adding a delay of approx. 3-5 seconds to the starting sequence. This gives the Harmony Hub more time for the next task after powering the device on. 

iOS convert HEIF HEIC to JPG automatically_01_Set up PhotoSync on computer

iOS 11 icon 1200x1200Convert HEIF / HEIC photos to JPG format on iOS by using PhotoSync app for converting and transferring complete Photos album folders to your Windows PC, Mac or cloud service. HEIF is a new image format which comes along with a new image container / extension called “HEIC”. Introduced with iOS 11, your iPhone 7 or later model takes pictures in the HEIC extension by default. HEIF photos are high-quality pictures with half the file size compared to other formats like JPG. The downsides of the HEIC container are incompatibilities, e.g. on Windows 10 you need a plugin or app for watching and editing HEIF photos.

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Windows 10 icon_800x800For viewing HEIF / HEIC images on Windows 10 you need a HEIF viewer application for resolving the .HEIC extension. Photos captured with an iPhone or iPad running on iOS 11 are saved in the HEIF format. The .HEIC extension format  cannot be opened and viewed on Windows 10. CopyTrans HEIC for Windows is a plugin which can view, open, print and convert HEIF files with the HEIC extension on Windows 10.
Yet, Windows 10 (Fall Creators Update, October 17, 2017, Redstone 3) does not support viewing HEIF and HEVC files:

iPhone X_fake shipping Apple store_2017-11-12

iPhone X_300x300iPhone X shipping times are displayed at 3 to 4 weeks on the Apple Store (U.S.). Indeed, the real and confirmed shipping date is far later. On November 12, 2017, Putting a iPhone X, silver, 256 GB into the bag at the Apple store shows shipping forecast at 3 to 4 weeks. If you proceed the buying process, the shipping g is dated December 13 to December 20, 2017. This means a shipping in more than 4 to 5 weeks.

tvOS 11 installed over the air on Apple TV 4_dark mode

tvOS logo 320x320tvOS 11 beta can be installed over the air (“OTA”) without using a USB-C cable connected to a PC or Mac. Just download the tvOS configuration profile, install it on a Apple TV 4, restart and then update the Apple TV software. The installed configuration profile directly enables your Apple TV 4 to receive OTA updates. The new features of tvOS 11 are the new TV App with Watch Now section which is also on iPhone and iPad, Directv Now and much more.

tvOS 10 installed over the air on Apple TV 4_dark mode

tvOS logo 320x320tvOS 10 beta can be installed over the air (“OTA”) without using a USB-C cable connected to a PC or Mac. Just download the tvOS configuration profile, install it on a Apple TV 4, restart and then update the Apple TV software. The installed configuration profile directly enables your Apple TV 4 to receive OTA updates. The new features of tvOS 10 are Live Tune-in, Single sign-on to sign in to all apps at once, a smarter Siri with third-party app integration, a Dark mode, and much more.