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Getting more touch from your iPhone interface

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 Dale Cardoza would like a unified interface experience among his iOS devices. He writes:

I have an iPad and an iPhone. I’ve become accustomed to using multitasking gestures on my iPad’s screen—pinching with four fingers to return to the Home screen, for example. I then move to my iPhone, try the gesture, and it doesn’t work. Is there anything I can do to have gesture control over some of the iPhone’s features?

In an effort to not begin and end my answer with “No”—thus making this an almost entirely useless waste of a browser page—I’ll instead respond with “Sort of.”

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How to delete Gmail messages so they're truly gone

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Reader Richard Applebaum wants deleted email messages really, truly deleted. He writes:

What I’m trying to achieve is a state where email in my Gmail account that I delete is entirely deleted. I find that when I delete messages they sometimes move to Trash, and sometimes go to Deleted Messages. I’ve also found that when I empty the Trash and Deleted Messages, the messages may still live on in Gmail’s All Mail mailbox. How, in Apple’s Mail, can I really get rid of these messages?

I’m pleased to report that MacRumors regular blairwillis his figured this one out. You’ll want to take a gander at the process as originally outlined but here’s the gist.

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Cure for a corrupt Calendar application

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Reader Charles Enns would like to put an end to his Calendar problem. He writes:

When I started my Mac this morning I launched Calendar. Or, I tried to. Its icon bounced briefly in the Dock, my calendar appeared for a second, and then the application quit. I’ve restarted my Mac but this happens every time. It was fine yesterday but today, broken. What can I do?

This isn’t one of those problems that routinely plagues Macs. Rather, it’s an example of The Kind Of Thing That Can Happen, which provides you with the sort of crack-your-knuckles-and-buckle-down-to-it experience that so many troubleshooters enjoy.

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Friends don't let friends delete shared Dropbox items

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Reader Paul Cramblett has a problem with others who just don’t know how to share. He writes:

I maintain a Dropbox folder that I use to share files with a select group of friends. I've tried to explain how Dropbox works to these people but someone invariably drags all the files out of the folder, which means they’re no longer available to the rest of us. Is there some way to prevent files from being removed by someone who doesn’t understand the difference between “copy” and “move”?

I sympathize. Dropbox is a great way to share files but far too many people don’t understand that when you drag files out of a shared folder, they’re removed from that folder for everyone who has a stake in it. I can offer a couple of ideas—one social and the other technical.

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How to effectively fill your Mac's display when screen sharing

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Reader Earl Andrews is interested in getting the full picture—at least when screen sharing with his Mac mini. He writes:

I have a Mac mini connected to my 720p HDTV via HDMI that I use as a media server. I don’t always want to turn the TV on to configure that Mac. I prefer instead to screen share with it from my iMac. The problem is that I can’t seem to get it to fill my iMac’s display. The screen sharing window is small and even when I switch to Full Screen it won’t fill the screen. What can I do to make this work?

The main issue you have is the HDMI connection and the limitations it imposes on your iMac’s display. Let’s walk through it.

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Backing up and restoring musical instruments

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A musician who wishes to remain anonymous finds his instrument suddenly silent. He writes:

Chris, this is a pretty obscure question, but your blog indicates that you’re a keyboard player so I’m hoping you have an answer. My 8-year-old synthesizer lost power during a gig last night and my custom programs were wiped out. Today I looked on the manufacturer’s website and see that a firmware update is available (which I hope will cure the problem), but it’s in the form of a MIDI file. How can I install this thing? And, is there anything I can do to back up my synth once it’s restored?

Now this takes me back. And it does because what you’ve encountered is a MIDI file full of system exclusive (SysEx) data. In the days before synthesizers had better ways to transfer information (such as a built-in USB port, for example) you had to move raw data between your synth and a computer over a MIDI connection—basically “playing” it from the synth and “recording” it on your Mac. Given your instrument’s age (and the nature of that firmware update file) I’m going to assume that this is the method you’ll use.

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How to view your iPhoto images on an Apple TV

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Reader H.S. would love to see his photos on his Apple TV, but can’t. He writes:

I’ve recently returned from a trip to Australia with a lot of pictures on my camera. I’d like to view those pictures on my Apple TV but I don’t see an entry other than Photo Stream. How can I stream my pictures from iPhoto to my Apple TV?

Although you may believe that iPhoto is key to this process, that’s not the case. Instead, turn to iTunes.

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