How to set up and use iPhone VoiceOver for Periscope

Do you want to drive and Periscope at the same time but feel it is unsafe (let alone it being illegal in some places)? Well, there is a solution. It is called VoiceOver.


1. Set up VoiceOver
Firstly, go to
Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut
and check VoiceOver


2. Start a broadcast
Now start a Periscope broadcast as you normally do. Once you have set the orientation triple-click the Home Button. Tap once where the comments usually appear on the screen. All comments should now be read aloud as they appear.


3. To stop a broadcast
When you want a broadcast, stop VoiceOver by triple-clicking the Home Button. Then exit as you normally do.


Bonus – To tweak VoiceOver
You can change the voice and speed of the VoiceOver in
Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver

How to get sub 1-minute times for timer in iOS Clock

One of the annoying features in the iOS Clock is that the minimum time for the timer is 1 minute. There are no ‘seconds’ increments that you can select from. For that most people download non-proprietary apps to get this feature. However, if you don’t want to download anything more you can still get sub 1-minute times on the Clock timer.

The work-around for this is to use Siri.

For example, bring up Siri voice command and say, “timer forty-five seconds,” and the timer will countdown from 45 seconds as commanded. Simple as that.

You can also get “in-between” times (such as 1 minute 30 seconds) as well by using the same method.

Byword – Short Review

This app is great for text-oriented content blog posting. It directly links to WordPress, Tumblr, Evernote, Blogger and Scriptogr.am. You can also export as HTML and PDF to the Cloud, iTunes or share through various means in another app, Twitter or Facebook email and Message as well as copy as HTML.

Byword also supports Markdown and allows you to preview it. Some more other important features include being able to post images to WordPress, sync through iCloud and TextExpander extensibility.

Non-English external keyboards now work perfectly with Byword (tested with Japanese layout keyboard and iOS8).

Byword is free but publishing cost 500 Yen (in-app purchase). Single purchase for all iOS devices.

UX Write – printing troubleshooting

There are two methods which work for printing .docx documents created in UX Write.

Method 1:

  1. from the Export Menu select ‘Create PDF’ (check your typesetting is set to ‘Webkit’)
  2. once the PDF is created from the Export Menu select ‘Open in’, then select your printer app
  3. print from within the printer app

Method 2:

  1. save it into the cloud (or send it to your Windows computer)
  2. open it in Microsoft Word
  3. print it from within MS Word

Both methods work well with minimal style differences between the iOS and Windows printed versions.

Is it really GoodNotes vs Notability?

I have been using both GoodNotes and Notability for a bit now. Both purchases were made after recommendations and some research. Most people seem to pit these two against each other as if they are rivals. But I beg to differ. I’ll tell you why at the end.

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iPhone mobile projector

Here is a nice portable projector for your iPhone 4/4S.

As usual Jetdaisuke gives an entertaining review. Here are the key points:

  1. bright at 35 lumens
  2. maximum projection size 1524 cm (yes, centimitres)
  3. 120min battery life
  4. works as a OHP (overhead projector) with your camera

With external speakers you can add sound to your presentations.

Check out his youtube video (sorry, in Japanese, but you can get an idea of the product).

Apple Digital AV Adapter for iPhone/iPad

Wow. Who needs a computer anymore when you have an iPhone or iPad. With this digital AV adapter you can do your powerpoint presentations from your igear. Check out jetdaisuke‘s video on YouTube (sorry, in Japanese but you can get an idea of how it works).

Manage your extensive reading lending library with BookBuddy

Do you run an extensive reading (ER) course? Do you have trouble keeping track of book in your lending library? If you said yes, to both questions then this may be the solution for you.

BookBuddy 4.0 is an iPhone and iPad, iPod Touch app. Features include:

  • barcode scanning
  • online ISBN search and save
  • backup database to the cloud (only Dropbox at the moment)
  • organize into customizable categories
  • keep track of when and to whom your books have been lent to
  • keep track of books you have borrowed from friends
  • ‘star’ books for easy access
  • status sharing on your social networks

The simply designed interface is very easy to use and navigate. The BookBuddy Lite does everything the paid version does except for a limit to 50 books. Purchase the full version for cataloguing more than 50 books. There is only one drawback: the app is, at, the time of writing USD$4.99. This is expensive when compared to other similar apps but still cheaper than many desktop-based solutions.

From an academic standpoint also it is worth the money. it means you can also use it to keep track of your personal and academic book lending libraries at the same time.

My rating:  4 out of 5

It is comparatively expensive and no barcode scanning for non-English books (you need to do a Search Online for finding book info here … hopefully for now).