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MikeSel.info was born in July 2006, designed and built by Mike Hudson, Staffed by a team of tech evangelists from all over the globe focused on spreading knowledge and expertise.

Originally a home for bespoke applications Lync (Skype for Business) Custom Status, Time2Epoch, Random File Generator and general blog posts, the site quickly morphed into the information portal it is today.

Covering a vast array of subjects: Android News, Apple News, Apple Reviews, Apple Rumours, Gaming NewsGaming Reviews, Gaming Rumours, General News, General Rumours, Microsoft News, Microsoft Reviews, Microsoft Rumours, Software Reviews, iOS How-Tos, Linux How Tos, OS X How Tos, AppleScript How-Tos, Automator How-Tos, PHP How-Tos, Powershell How-Tos, VBA How-Tos, vbscript How-Tos, .NET How-Tos, Windows How-Tos, WordPress How-Tos

If you'd be interested in getting involved or have tips, tricks, help or rumours to offer then get in touch using the contact us form.


Intelligent Apps Releases LaunchCode Shortcut With Notification Center

If you love your iPhone and your Apps so much so that your iPhones pages are crammed full with many apps, you’ll know how painful it can be searching all those icons for that app you’re after. Sure you can use Spotlight to quickly search and launch your app, but if it’s a collection of apps you launch all the time check out LaunchCode.

Using LaunchCode you can launch Apps from iOS Notification Centre, or by drawing predefined custom symbols inside the launch pad of the app.

The ultimate goal of LaunchCode Shortcut Center is for users to use their iPhone as an extension of themselves and not as the focal point of their attention. They will be able to complete tasks, call contacts, listen to their favorite radio station, and even open Maps with directions to their home all without looking at their phone. Muscle memory will take over. All that is required is for one to draw their symbol on the screen and the phone will obey their command.

With the ease of this user interface, this is the only app iPhone users will ever need in their iPhone dock. Unlike other productivity apps, LaunchCode injects the human interface into the iPhone. Humans communicate nonverbally in ways such as with gestures, letters and symbols, and now can communicate with an iPhone the same way.

Intelligent Apps plans to release two versions of LaunchCode. A free version which users can program with up to 5 app shortcuts and 5 action shortcuts and a paid version with which users can program unlimited app shortcuts and action shortcuts.

For more LaunchCode information, including more features, screenshots and videos, check out the official LaunchCode website.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone and iPod touch
  • Requires iOS 6.0 or later
  • Size: 40 MB

Pricing and Availability:

Full version is available for £2.99 while the lite version is available for Free. Both apps are available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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I was recently approached by one of my blog readers John Ott, to help out with a bit of a technical challenge he had. John used a fairly complicated filing system for keeping track of lots of documents, blue prints and photos for projects him and his team work on. This included many subfolders with deep subfolders following a strict naming convention. When John starts a project, he used to copy and paste his top-level folder, then work his way through all its subfolders updating the folder names with the new project code. John reached out to me to see if I could help out, so I put together this Bulk folder rename AppleScript which takes user input for source and destination folders and the latest project code, it then traverses the folders and their subfolder and updates the names as required.

You can download a zipped up copy of the above script by clicking 

Free – here
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If you’ve a project and you’d like to see if I can help, get in touch using my Contact Form.



iTunesApple have today released iTunes 12.2.1, the latest in a recent flurry of updates to their desktop media management software. Version 12.2.1, which is a 226 MB download (on OS X Yosemite) promises to deliver a couple of improvements around both match and Beats 1.

The official release notes outline the following changes and improvements:

  • Fixes an issue for iTunes Match users where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music
  • Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting formed iTunes match subscribers
  • Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1

iTunes 12.2.1 is available to download now using the build in App Store update method. Alternatively by selecting iTunes > Check for updates, from the menu bar once iTunes is launched.

Apple have also released a support document for users who have been affected by the Matched music switching to Apple Music issue.

Many users have posted concerns over the performance of iTunes 12.2 and Beats 1, some finding there ability to access the station and iTunes 12.2’s new streaming media services as a whole intermittent. This should now be resolved in the latest software update.

There are also posts starting to circulate the forums, suggesting that the issues first discovered in 12.1 with Matched music showing as Apple Music has not yet been resolved for some users. Also users who noticed issues with metadata on some of their matched tracks are reporting the issue does not intact clear. If you apply the update, and it doesn’t work for you – let us know using the comments section below.

 



FrustrationBack in July 2006 I decided to set up my website, a purchased a domain name and some hosting from Free Virtual Servers. I soon started to work my way up through their hosting packages, as I published more and more content and attracted more and more hits. Through nothing but organic growth my website soon started attracted more than 1000 unique hits every day. This meant shared hosting was not really an option, so I upgraded to my very own VPS!

VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers) are not cheap, and as the site is more of a hobby then I business I needed help to balance the costs. I reached out to Google, and signed up for advertising for my site.. I dislike adverts on websites as much as the next guy, however on impression adds helped me carry on with my hobby for a good two years!

Then out of the blue, my hit count fell through the floor, my ads where no longer bringing me much if any revenue. So I started to investigate it and soon realise Google had introduced a service called “Google Direct Answer”. This essentially tries to answer your googled question without you having to browse to any sites. Now, the premise is great. It’s a great time saver, and it does make Google stand out from the rest. However as a blog poster, I rely heavily on the traffic to help pay the bills! Seeing the hit count drop lower and lower meant a call for action…

Even though the site was already costing money, I decided the best thing I could do was reach out to SEO experts, and try to bring in some more much-needed traffic. I decided to get in touch with Free Virtual Servers sister company 123-Ranking we are now working together to help me help more people with my posts, and hopefully reverse some of the damage Direct Answer has caused. 123-Ranking have written a post which you can find here on Direct Answer and how it’s hurting many other sites just like mine.



iPhone ProvisionApple have just released the public beta of iOS 9 for those of you who just can’t wait until the official release. Unlike the developer beta of iOS 9, the public beta means you do not have to have an Apple developer account.. What’s more, you get the update over the air, and all future updates in the same way going forward. Signing up to the public beta program is pretty straight forward, once you’ve signed up all you have to do is download a provisioning profile on your iPhone, reboot then check for updates!

Obviously as this is a beta, is wise to try and avoid installing it on your primary hand set. Before you do so, its also wise to take a full backup of your device and it’s contents. Just incase you decide to roll back from the installation.

Once you’ve got your full backup, head over to beta.apple.com/profile on your iPhone. Once signed in with your iCloud credentials you’ll be presented with a ‘Download Profile’ button. Tap on this, accept the terms and conditions, and then follow the on screen instructions.

If you decide to roll back from iOS 9 all you need to do is connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or, put it in recovery mode, and restore it to the backup you made before biting the bullet… You made a backup.. Right?? If not, you can use an iPSW from iOS 8 you can grab the relevant files from http://www.ipswdownloader.com





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