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Nancy Solomon and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Calendar

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Nancy Solomon is not the first person I’ve heard complain about the size of iOS 7’s text or the way the Calendar app is put together. She writes:

I have an iPad mini and have upgraded to iOS 7. I have a question about the Calendar app. When I select an event in Day view, the background color darkens and the type turns to white, which makes it hard to read the event’s title. I have light colors for all my calendars, and this makes me crazy. Would it be easier to read if I make the print bigger? Or do I need to make the calendar colors darker?

Honestly, neither is much of an option. Allow me to explain why.

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How to set up a FaceTime 'picture phone'

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Bob Kadarauch isn’t interested in a do-it-all device. He writes:

Does anyone manufacture hardware specifically, and only, for using FaceTime? I want to give my 90-year-old mother a “picture phone.” If I tell her it’s a computer, she won’t use it!

If you specifically want to use FaceTime, you’ll have to employ some kind of Apple device. And, as you’re likely aware, Apple devices aren’t one-trick ponies. So the short answer is “no.” The longer answer goes a little something like this.

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Bugs & Fixes: When iTunes warns about untransferred items

Ted Landau Senior Contributor, Macworld

When I attempted to update my new iPhone 5s to iOS 7.0.2, I got an error message in iTunes that claimed there were purchased items on my iPhone that had not yet been transferred to iTunes on my Mac. It warned that I should transfer these items before updating (see image above).

This seemed a bit odd, as I did not recall purchasing any items on the iPhone since buying it. “Never mind,” I thought, “Just sync the phone in iTunes and all will be well.”

Wrong. The irksome message popped up when I again selected to update to iOS 7.0.2.

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Dealing with the quirks of iOS 7

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Lately I’ve been bombarded with questions regarding tiny problems too small to consume an entire column space. But that cup now overfloweth, and so, onward.

The unrotatable Remote

Since I upgraded to iOS 7, Apple’s Remote app won’t rotate. What setting have I got wrong?

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Adding subscribed calendars to your iOS device

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader John Lufkin would like to stay up to date on all his devices. He writes:

I subscribe to a number of Google calendars and while those calendars appear on my Mac, they don’t show up in my iPhone’s Calendar app. How can I configure the iPhone so the events are added automatically?

As you’ve likely noticed, in OS X’s Calendar application you can select Calendar > Preferences > Accounts, select your Gmail account, click on the Delegation tab, and then enable any calendars you’re subscribed to. This option doesn’t exist in iOS. Thankfully, with the help of your iPhone’s copy of Safari, you can add these calendars.

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When iOS 7 isn't really the worst thing in the world

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Whenever an operating system or application changes appearances in a radical way, people can get lost. Such is the case with iOS 7. In the past week I’ve read complaints that can be addressed simply by having a better understanding of what goes where. Let’s walk through a few.

In iOS 6 I was able to choose a time zone when creating a calendar event. I now can’t. I hate iOS 7!

You’ll find that you hate it less when you go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and, way down in the Calendars section, switch on Time Zone Support. When you do you’ll find that when you create a new event in the Calendar app a Time Zone entry is present and accounted for. Without Time Zone Support toggled on, this entry is missing.

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Restoring a "bricked" Apple TV

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Reader Drew Isaacs is unhappy with the latest Apple TV update. He writes:

After reading your first look at the Apple TV 6.0 software I was anxious to upgrade. Unfortunately something went wrong and my Apple TV became unresponsive. I’ve since unplugged it, plugged it back in, and now I see an iTunes icon on my TV screen. What should I do?

You’re not alone. Several people reported that updating via the Apple TV’s over-the-air mechanism caused similar unanticipated results. Apple pulled the update for awhile because of this problem but reissued it a couple of days later in a working condition.

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