Tips and Help

What Are QR Codes and How Do You Use Them in on the iPhone or iPad?

QR Codes

You’ve probably seen one of those odd-looking white squares that include a bunch of smaller square dots thus making up a random pattern inside…that’s a QR code. QR stands for “Quick Response,” and a QR code is a type of barcode, just like what you see on the packaging of nearly everything in grocery stores.

For the most part, QR codes are used to store Web links, or URLs. This way an ad can display just the QR code instead of an unwieldy and hard-to-type URL. When you scan the code, you are sent to the webpage. But QR codes aren’t just for ads. They’ve appeared on business cards, in magazines and books, on coins and bills, and even on tombstones, any place it would be nice to help someone load a Web link into a smartphone but where there isn’t enough room for a URL or in situations where viewers won’t remember the URL later. And the links? They can display anything that can appear on the Web: text, photos, videos, games, and more. My wife is a runner and in order for her to check her time at the end of a run, she scans a QR code on her running bib.

QR Codes

So how do you scan a QR code? Only one built-in iPhone app can scan QR codes – the Wallet app – but it understands only QR codes associated with Wallet passes, things like airline boarding passes, concert tickets, and iTunes gift cards. For QR codes that encode any other sort of data, Wallet shows an error. It would be nice if Apple would add general QR scanning capabilities to Wallet or the Camera app, but until that happens, you’ll need another app.

There are numerous QR code scanning apps in the App Store, but if you need a recommendation, give TapMedia’s QR Reader for iPhone a try. It’s free with ads (remove them with a $1.99 in-app purchase), scans both QR codes and traditional barcodes on most commercial products, and displays the associated information within the app. It can even help you create your own QR codes. Also, the iOS version of the Google Chrome Web browser just added the capability to scan QR codes.

To use a QR code scanner, launch the app you downloaded, allow it to access the camera when it asks, and then point it at the QR code. Good apps will scan nearly instantly, but if not, move the camera so the QR code is centered between the guides. If even that doesn’t work, move forward or back so the camera can focus on the centered code.

After scanning the QR code, the app will usually bring up an in-app Web browser to display whatever was encoded. For certain kinds of data, like books or grocery items, the app may go right to Amazon or a price comparison site. Good apps will also keep a record of sites you’ve scanned, so you can go back to them later, even if you can no longer scan the QR code.

So download a QR code scanning app and keep an eye out for QR codes. Once you start looking, you’ll find them everywhere—it’s a modern-day treasure hunt!

Tips and Help

Extend iPhone Battery Life with Low Power Mode

Quick Tip-Low-Power-Mode

There is nothing worse than your iPhone running out of battery when you need it most. Beginning in iOs 9, Apple added a Low Power Mode. This is offered to you when your battery charge drops below 20%, and it’s automatically disabled or turned back off when once your iPhone is charged back up to 80%. You can also enable it manually in Settings > Battery if you anticipate a day when you might run out of power. When you’re in Low Power Mode, certain iPhone features are disabled or turned off, including automatic app downloads, background app refreshing, email fetching, iCloud syncing, and some visual effects. It also reduces display brightness and optimizes device performance to conserve as much power as possible. You can easily see when Low Power Mode is on, the battery icon at the top of the screen turns yellow.

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Tutor For iPhone - Beyond the Basics

New Tutorial – Tutor for iPhone: Beyond the Basics

Tutor For iPhone - Beyond the Basics

I have a new tutorial available online and for download – Tutor for iPhone: Beyond the Basics. In this tutorial we go beyond the basics of the iPhone and cover multitasking on the iPhone, sharing files using Airdrop, using the keyboard, text replacement options, cut and copy, adding restrictions or parental controls, customizing sounds and vibrations, zooming in on your iPhone, setting up a hotspot with your iPhone, using 3D Touch, and more. If you want to learn a little more about you iPhone and how to customize it, we can help with Tutor for iPhone: Beyond the Basics.

This tutorial is available for Premium Members only. Curious on how much it is to become a Premium Member? You decide what you want to pay!

Tutor for iPad: The Basics
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All New Tutorial for the iPad now Available

Tutor for iPad: The Basics
Tutor for iPad: The BasicsI’m happy to announce I have a new tutorial for the iPad available. Tutor for iPad with iOS 10. This is an all new tutorial showing the basics of how to use the iPad with iOS 10. In the past, this tutorial demonstrated the basics with iOS 8. Even though most of the lessons in that tutorial are still relevant, I thought it was time to update the tutorial using the latest iOS. This tutorial is great for new users to the iPad, although I believe even seasoned users will find something in the lessons that will help them.

This tutorial is free for you to help you learn more about your iPhone! If you like what you see, I ask that you consider becoming a Premium Member to learn more about your Apple devices and help support the site.

For a limited time I have a special offer – you Pay What You Want for Premium Membership. Read more about why I am trying this new pricing model and Pay What You Want to become a Premium Member!

– Dan

Dan Wassink
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Noteboom News

Pay What You Want Pricing

Pay What You Want PricingI am trying something new – Pay What You Want for Premium Membership. Yes, you decide what you want to pay for membership. This is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while, so I thought ‘why not now?’ You decide what you want to pay for an annual membership or a monthly membership. This is the same Premium Membership as I’ve always had – just with a different pricing structure. When you join, all the tutorials, lessons, and tips are unlocked. This also comes with a 14-day free trial. Sound interesting? Read more about why I am trying this and, if you’d like to become a member, Pay What You Want for Premium Membership.

As always, I hope the tutorials help!

– Dan

Dan Wassink
Noteboom Tutorials

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All New Tutorial for the iPhone with iOS 10

Tutor for iPhone with iOS 10

Tutor for iPhone: The BasicsI’m happy to announce I have a new tutorial for the iPhone available. Tutor for iPhone with iOS 10. This is an all new tutorial showing the basics of how to use the iPhone with iOS 10. In the past this tutorial demonstrated the basics with iOS 8. Even though most of the lessons in that tutorial are still relevant, I thought it was time to update the tutorial using the latest iOS. This tutorial is great for new users to the iPhone, although I believe even seasoned users will find something in the lessons that will help them.

This tutorial is free for you to help you learn more about your iPhone! If you like what you see, I ask that you consider becoming a Premium Member to learn more about your Apple devices and help support the site.

For a limited time I have a special offer – you Pay What You Want for Premium Membership. Read more about why I am trying this new pricing model and Pay What You Want to become a Premium Member!

– Dan

Dan Wassink
Noteboom Tutorials

Tutor for Mac with Sierra
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Tutor for Mac with macOS Sierra added to the site

Tutor for Mac with macOS Sierra

Are you new to the Mac and you are looking for a tutorial to help you get around and understand your Mac with macOS Sierra? We can help with Tutor for Mac. Lessons include getting around the Mac, using the Finder, setting up the default behaviors of your Mac with the System Preferences, and working with applications and documents. We then move to macOS Sierra specific features including new iCloud features, opening documents in tabs, optimizing storage, and more.

This tutorial is split up into two different parts.

The first part, Tutor for Mac: The Basics, is designed to get a new user of the Mac up and running. Even though it is designed for the new user, even the experienced user may find something in it.

The second part, Tutor for Mac: Beyond the Basics, includes tutorials to help the user go further with their Mac including customizing it with System Preferences and more advanced features such as grouping documents and folders and using split-view. You must be a Premium Member to view Tutor for Mac: Beyond the Basics. Join today

Tutor for Tap Forms 5
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Tutor for Tap Forms 5 for the Mac is now available on the site

Tutor for Tap Forms 5

I have an all new tutorial on Tap Forms 5 available on the site. If you aren’t familiar with Tap Forms 5, this is a nice app that makes creating simple databases easy. It reminds me of the now discontinued Bento from Filemaker Pro, which I loved. What can you do with a database manager like Tap Forms 5? Create and manage lists, lots of them. In Tap Forms 5 these lists are called forms and it comes with a number of form templates such as Home Inventory, Frequent Flyer Numbers, Software Licenses, Health Insurance, Home Insurance, and many more. You can even create your own. I personally have a number of old albums and I created a form to help me manage which albums I have. You can also download a free trial of Tap Forms 5 from the developer. Check it out along with our tutorial. It may help in keeping you organized.

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Tips and Help
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New Tutor Tip: Show Hidden Events in the Calendar app

Tutor Tip: Show Hidden Events in the Calendar App
Have you ever entered an event in your calendar on your iPad or iPhone and once you tap on Add it disappears? In these Tutor Tips we look at how this can happen after adding an event. In most cases this is because the event was added to a hidden calendar. We have it for both the iPad and the iPhone. We hope it helps!

Tutor Tips for iPad: Showing hidden events in the Calendar app

Tutor Tips for iPhone: Showing hidden events in the Calendar app

Tutor for watchOS 3
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Tutor for watchOS 3 now available

Tutor for watchOS 3
We are happy to announce our getting started tutorial for watchOS 3 on the Apple Watch is now available. Designed for the beginner user but not limited to first time users, you will learn how to get more out of the Apple Watch. We cover everything from getting around the Apple Watch with gestures, to accessing and rearranging the Apps on the Apple Watch, to looking at various settings using the Watch App on the iPhone, to measuring your activity and working out with the Apple Watch. If you are new to the Apple Watch or even an intermediate user of the Apple Watch, we can help you get more out of your Apple Watch with Tutor for watchOS 3 on the Apple Watch.

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Apple News

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: Keyboard chameleon

Curious on what the Touch Bar is all about and how it works? Check out Jason Snell’s review of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar on his site Six Colors.

He also created a great video showing how it works. Highly recommended to watch if you want to see the Touch Bar in action.

Apple News

Jimmy Lovine Is Officiating a Marriage of Tech and the Arts


Hannah Karp from the Wall Street Journal has a nice short interview with Jimmy Lovine.

We were trying to hire people for Beats, and it became apparent that there was a big hole when it comes to merging the arts, business and technology. When you go to college, one side of your brain usually gets shut off. Dre and I talked about it a lot. We thought what was needed was an undergraduate program that prized arts and culture and also demanded a strong ability in math, science and technology—a program where both sides of the brain are nurtured equally.

Apple News

Does the Mac still matter?

Does the Mac still matter?

Shara Tibken and Connie Guglielmo of cnet got an exclusive interview earlier this week with Apple. It’s an interesting read.

“The calendar isn’t what drives any of the decisions,” Schiller says in a 90-minute briefing at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. “We challenge the teams to do great work and sometimes that great work can be done in one year, sometimes it takes three years… What we really care about is creating new innovations in the Mac and continuing the story that has really defined Apple for so many years.”

Noteboom News
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What’s New in iOS 10 on the iPad now available

Tutor for iOS 10 on the iPad

I am happy to announce that my tutorial on What’s New in iOS 10 on the iPad is now available! This all new tutorial includes 24 video lessons on iOS 10 on the iPad. Lessons cover the new features in Messages including how we can send reactions and full-screen effects with messages. The tutorial also covers new features in Photos including how we can view our photos in Memories and markup photos. It also looks at how to remove Apple apps, control our HomeKit devices with the new Home app, use one-tap filtering in Mail, as well as other iOS 10 features introduced on the iPad. Almost 2 hours of training and help for iOS 10 on the iPad.

Take a look at the lessons included in What’s New in iOS 10 on the iPad.

What's New in macOS Sierra
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New Tutorial: What’s New in macOS Sierra

What's New in macOS Sierra

I’m excited to share the news that I have my tutorial on What’s New in macOS Sierra available! This tutorial covers major features of macOS Sierra including Siri on the Mac, new features in Photos including Memories and Places, opening documents in Tabs, optimizing your hard drive, using one-click filtering in Mail, sharing your desktop and documents using iCloud, and using Picture in Picture. The tutorial also covers some minor features as well including rearranging third party menu items, keeping folders on top when sorting by name in the Finder, and  selecting an output device from your volume control in the menu bar. If you are thinking of upgrading to macOS Sierra, we’ll show you what’s new in our latest tutorial.

View which lessons are included with What’s New in macOS Sierra.

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