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WWDC 2020 Apple CarKey, Is your Phone or Watch Compatible?

Apple CarKey became official at WWDC 2020 but the list of devices compatible might surprise you. The Apple Watch Series 4 is near identical to the Series 5 but omit’s CarKey features. Watch on (pardon the pun) to see what devices are compatible with Apple CarKey.

Fingers crossed that Tesla will support Apple CarKey someday.

How to Level Your Audio for a Better Sounding Podcast

If you are new the the world of podcasting or looking to record audio for a Youtube review and don’t quite understand compressors, equalisers and how to get your audio levels to sound the same there’s good news in the form of Levelator.

Normalise your audio the easy way with Levelator.

Having laid dormant as of the end of 2012, the Levelator program was abandoned apart from an update to get it working with El Capitan. Rather than try to explain what Levelator does here’s the blurb from the website.

So what is The Levelator®? It’s software that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It’s not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It’s much more than those tools, and it’s much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler’s application window, and a few moments later you’ll find a new version which just sounds better.

You Can Now Use Your Canon Camera as a Webcam on Your Mac

Wondering how to use your Canon camera as a webcam on your Mac? Good news, Canon have released their EOS Webcam Utility Beta software for the Mac.

Not every Canon camera will work but there is a compatibility list and with the software being in the beta stages it’s likely more will be added. Be warned tho this is beta software and from my experience, could cause system instability. Also be warned that to install the Canon utility you will have to reboot your Mac,

Video resolutions are limited and during my limited testing time I couldn’t get anywhere near 30fps yet the image looks more than passable during a quick setup and test review.

You can now download the EOS Webcam Utility Beta software directly from Canon and be sure to read the release notes.

How to stabilise your iPhone or iPad video

If you’re looking to up your video game and remove some of the bounce / stabilise your video footage, we’ve taken a look at Emulsio for iOS. We look at how well it performs and if you even need it with a newer Apple device with in built image optical stabilisation.

Emulsio is available on the App Store for free but does require an in app purchase for some features. The video stabilised in my youtube review was done with the free version.

Apple Fan Tries Out Amazon Echo Dot For The First Time

As an Apple fan of course I’ve coveted the Apple HomePod and whilst it’s an expensive smart speaker, that’s not the only reason one hasn’t made it into my household.  Nothing much as happened with the HomePod since it’s release and HomeKit products are scarce, those which do exist seem to be disproportionately expensive when compared to Amazon Alexa compatible home automation equipment.

So I’ve dusted off my Amazon Echo Dot to give it a try and see if Alexa, despite all the privacy issues, can convert me away from my Apple idealism.

Originally this was supposed to be a plain ol’ run of the mill review but it’s ended up as more of a voyage and discovery of setting up and using the Amazon Echo Dot v2.

Smarty Mobile Internet £20 Unlimited Data Reviewed

Smarty is a relative newcomer in the mobile data provider space, shaking up the industry with it’s £20 for unlimited data offering.  Having been on the road for the last few months I decided to do a small video to see how it performs.

This is not a sponsored but…

If you fancy a FREE month on your mobile, use this code to sign-up with SMARTY. Here’s my link: https://referme.to/3aG1OLe with the added bonus of I will also receive a month free.

Is there a contract?

What I failed to get across in the video is that it’s a one month rolling contract.  If you look at the competitors quite a few of them will try to tie you into a 12 or 24 month contract.  Feel free to cancel at the end of the month and there’s no penalty.

Finally, facebook has decided to show me nothing but adverts for other mobile data deals and on the face of it some of them look a lot cheaper but, as always, be savvy.  Check the terms and conditions as some work as a cashback scheme which is ok if you have the cash to start with.

 

Not all Magic Mouse 2 gestures work on iPadOS 13.4

Before you get all excited about the new, exciting trackpad & mouse support and go ahead and order a Magic Mouse 2, you might want to hold on.  As exciting as it might be to use all the gestures on your mouse it appears not everything is supported.

iPadOS 13.4 only supports vertical and horizontal scrolling gestures. Just wanted to let you know.

Can you connect a Magic Mouse to an iPad?