Yosemite and iOS 8 – Changing your Phone Dialer

So you’re able to make calls through your Mac, but for some reason you keep defaulting to Skype and you say to yourself, “But I want to use my iOS device that’s talking back and forth with my Mac through Low Power BlueTooth darnit!”

Well, there’s an app for that… or rather setting configuration.

Similar to the way that you can use Facebook Audio in Mavericks to place calls with other Mac users, there’s a setting in the FaceTime Audio for “Default for Calls”.  If you set Skype as your default dialer in the past, well then you’re probably noticing that your outgoing calls are still trying to use Skype.

So how do you fix this? Open up FaceTime (Command + Space, FaceTime, Enter)


And your lovely camera kicks on and your FaceTime app starts


From there open up Preferences, either by going to File -> Preferences or using the keyboard shortcut of Command + , [yes, that’s Command and the comma key at the same time).

Note that I’m still set to Skype for call routing…


So simple click the selector and change over to FaceTime.app


Just close the Preferences and the FaceTime app and you’re good to go…

And just like that, you click on a Phone icon in a Contact Card and you’re making calls through your iPhone through FaceTime.

Mind you if you don’t want to use your iOS 8 device with your OSX Yosemite machine, just check the checkbox for “iPhone Cellular Calls”.


Yosemite and iOS 8 – Making Calls

So you’ve recently installed Yosemite (OSX 10.10) onto your MacBook Pro or other Mac device and you’ve got an iPhone running iOS 8.0.2 and you’re thinking, “Gee, I wish I could make phone calls with OSX through my phone… can’t believe I have to wait til iOS 8.1.”

Actually you don’t. You have to wait for iOS 8.1 for SMS text messaging through Messages and Apple Pay and a couple other things. You can make calls today through your phone on your OSX machine.

How you ask? Simple. Step one, open up Contacts… if you’re me, you double tap the command key which pops up the Alfred App and then type in the contacts.  Type in the individuals name and bring up their contact card. Next to the individuals name, click the phone icon like here:


So you click on the phone and your iPhone running iOS 8 happens to be nearby and boom, you see this pop up in the upper right corner of your screen:


And you hear a dial tone and it’s like your MBP is now your phone – spiffy.  And then the person on the other end picks up. 😮


And you have your call and life is good.

But then suppose someone calls you… and your phone is around. Well, if you’re not expecting it, you might be a little surprised when you hear your MBP ringing and you see this pop up in the upper right hand corner…


Pretty spiffy.

But what if you miss a call… no worries, OSX lets you know and it gets posted in your notification center. So after that coffee break, you walk back in and you see this in the upper right hand corner:


But what if you’re about to make a presentation to stockholders or colleagues or you’re busy and you don’t want to be bothered?

Just enable Do not Disturb within the Notification Center – just like you would so that you don’t get messages popping up and such… and walla, no phone calls ringing.

So no need to wait for iOS 8.1, sure there are some gems that come with that as well, but make your calls using your MBP to your hearts desire 🙂

Curly… Straight… Curly… Straight…

A few weeks ago I was giggling to myself about the Simpsons episode from a long time ago where Homer is sitting there with a pig, curling and uncurling its tail, whereupon Bart merely says, “I don’t think he likes that…” and then the pig loses it and goes nuts.

What’s that have to do with this post? Nothing really. Just that I happen to have gotten back into using my Feedly account (RIP Google Reader) with the Reeder 2 app and revisited my Uncrate feed and noticed something called the Tethercell.

At first glance, reading through the information about the device I read the words “tether, remote, battery.” Three words. Three words that may eventually work themselves into a password schema (reference XKCD 936).

At second glance though, it started to make a little more sense after going to the Tethercell website, reading through the actual site and watching the video and going, “Oh wow that’s actually kind of cool.” The ability to swap out a AA battery for a tethercell loaded with a AAA battery to remotely control whether or not the device is turned on, in addition to what the battery power left is. Cooler yet is the coming ability to detect proximity to the device.

Sure, this is a novelty item in some regard… but if you think about the number of times where you’re sitting there and frowning because a device is no longer working because the battery died because you inadvertently left it on all night, you’ll see this as a life saver.

The device costs about $30 per tethercell, so the buy in price is a little hefty – hopefully this price will come down over time. Hopefully.

Anyone out there using this handy little device yet? If so, leave a comment!