How to stop iTunes opening when you plug in your iPhone / iPad

iTunes opening when you attached your device is handy to start with but soon becomes an annoyance. iTunes pops up, invariably there will be a dialogue box of some sort when all you wan to do is give your device a quick charge.

iTunes has changed how you stop it launching  when a device is plugged in, before you would open iTunes, select your device, go to the Summary tab and unselect Open iTunes when this iPhone is connected. With iTunes that option has moved.

How to stop iTunes running when plugging in your device.

  1. Open iTunes (or just plug your device in).
  2. Goto preferences
  3. Click devices
  4. Un tick Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from synching automatically.
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and you’re done. The only thing to bear in mind is that now you’ll need to run iTunes manually if you keep your backups on your system.

How to increase the recording time in Garageband for iPad or iPhone

I had this problem when recording “the essential apple show” on my iOS device when using Garageband. When you start to record anything in Garageband you can only record for 8 seconds. For the musical types this might make sense but for those like me who pick up and fiddle about with things, its confusing. Here’s how you increase the recording time in Garageband.

Ready to record your first Podcast in Garage Band that’s longer than 8 seconds? Right then, fire up garageband and get the recording screen. On the top bar where the slider moves along at the top, tap the nicely hidden + button. This brings up the song sections dialogue.

The guide has been updated for the latest versions of Garageband for iPad and it applies to the Mac version of GarageBand as well.

And before we get into the HOW TO if you use GarageBand, produce a podcast or anything at all (within reason) let us know and we’ll be happy to share your creations with the world. Hit the contact us link at the top and go from there.

Garageband Song Sections How to increase the recording time in Garageband for iPad or iPhone

Garageband Increase Recording Time Step 2 How to increase the recording time in Garageband for iPad or iPhone

Slide Automatic toggle to the right and Garageband should look like this.

Garageband Increase Recording Time Step 3 How to increase the recording time in Garageband for iPad or iPhone

Now all you have to do is go back to the recording screen and start recording and you can now record for more than 8 seconds in Garageband for iOS.

What Folders To Exclude From Time Machine Backups

Having never really used Time Machine before now I thought it was high time that I put the spare HDD I have lying about to use. Well more like I’m debating formatting my system to do a clean install of Lion and wanted a local backup for a change.  I’ve also included updated information for what folders to exclude from Mavericks and Yosemite backups.

From a combination of my own Time Machine disk space experiences and putting in some research to make your backups as lean as possible without loosing anything critical, here are my recommended area’s to exclude from Time Machine Backups.

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How To Make Your Podcasts Sound Better With Audacity

As I’m always looking for ways to improve the audio quality of the Rampant Mumblings podcast, I stumbled across this article via giving some handy hints for those of you who use audacity to podcast. A good read and graphics that are clear and right to the point. Granted it’s from 2014 but it stands up from my quick tries.

How To Enable Siri On Apple TV 4 In Unsupported Countries

Siri on the Apple TV has had a somewhat stumbled rollout. The main culprit being Siri needing extra training from different parts of the globe pronounce names being the main culprit. That explanation is all well and good if you happen to live somewhere where that training has happened, and Siri is live on your Apple TV.

Thankfully there is a simple way to enable the new Apple TV’s excellent Siri support but are not in one of the eight supported countries, then you’re not completely out of luck.

Just in case you are wondering Siri is supported in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain or Japan.
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How to Record 4K Video on the iPhone 6s

With each iteration of the iPhone the camera just gets better and better. With the new iPhone 6S you can record in 4K video despite the Apple TV doesn’t support it yet. Although the ability is there it is not enabled by default so you have to go hunting around in the settings to enable 4K video recording. Be warned, this isn’t for those of you who have the 16 GB model.

In its default mode the iPhone 6S records video at 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. This is a good D4 option as it gives you the best quality and frames per second without file sizes going completely crazy.

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10 Handy Tricks For Making The Most Out Of Those Earbud Controls

Apple Earbuds

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The Apple EarPods have three different buttons that help you to perform several tasks in handsfree mode. Here are some of the things you can do when you connect Apple EarPods to your iPhone or iPad.

Fast forward and rewind audio or video
While playing an audio or video, press the middle button of the EarPods twice and hold it down after second press, the audio or video will fast forward. To stop fast forwarding, just release the middle button.

Similarly, you can also rewind an audio or video using the EarPods. To do so, press on the middle button thrice and hold it down to begin rewinding the currently playing media. To resume normal playback, release the middle button.

Skip to Previous and Next tracks
While playing music, press the middle button twice to skip to the next track. Press the same button thrice to skip to the previous track.

Capture photos
If your hands are a bit shaky when taking photos, you can set the iPhone on a stand and use the volume keys of the (connected) EarPods to capture photos.

Activate Siri
You can activate Siri without taking your iPhone out of your pocket. Just press and hold the middle button of the connected EarPods and listen for the familiar chime from Siri. You can then tell it to do anything you’d like it to do.

Answer or reject incoming calls
If someone calls you when your EarPods are connected, simply press the middle button once to answer it. If you want to reject the call, press the middle button and hold it for two-seconds.

Hang up on a call
To hang up a call, press the middle button of the EarPods once during a call.

Switch between calls
If a call comes in while you are already on another call, you can easily receive the other call by pressing the middle button of the EarPods once. While you’re on the second call, the first caller will be put on hold. To switch back to the first caller (and put the second caller on hold), press the middle button once again.

End current call and answer a new call
Sometimes, when a call comes in while you’re already on another call, you might want to end the first call to attend the second one. To do so, press and hold the middle button for two-seconds. You should hear two beeps after which the first call will be terminated and you’ll automatically be connected to the new call.

Updated Guide. Install PopcornTime On iOS without Jailbreaking

It turns out that the original guide on how to install popcorn time for iOS without the need for a jailbreak is in need of a bit of a refresh so here is the updated guide to install what can only be referred to as the torrent-based NetFlix app.

 Updated Guide. Install PopcornTime On iOS without Jailbreaking

The original guide still works for the majority of people but it does require a few pre-requisites. First of all you need to be on an IOS version of 8.2 or lower and make sure that your ISP (see High Courts Block popcorn time usage) isn’t preventing you from reaching their site.

 Updated Guide. Install PopcornTime On iOS without Jailbreaking

Here’s how to download and install it:

 Updated Guide. Install PopcornTime On iOS without Jailbreaking

You can download the custom installer from: and at this current point in time, it only supports Windows. If you have a Mac, then you might want to sit this one out until the OS X version of the installer is released, or you can ask your Windows-toting buddies for a favor on this one.

Remember that if you are attempting to side load PopcornTime on your iPhone or iPad make a backup.

If you have iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4 and followed our guide to installing PopcornTime On iOS without Jailbreaking please comment below if youve had success.