Microsoft rolled out a new version of Outlook for Mac users. Outlook has a fresh new look to the inbox as well as updates to the performance and reliability. You will get a consistent experience on you PC, web and mobile devices, as well as a new threading model that will make your email less of a hassle. Office 365 will be provided to commercial and consumer customers at no extra cost. To boot Microsoft also announced that there will be a new version of Office for Mac users next year as well that will include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. For more information click on this Link.
If you have updated your Mac desktop to Apple’s latest free upgrade OS X Yosemite, here are a few tips and tricks to navigate with ease.
- Sign a PDF using your trackpad- open the PDF document, go to tool bar, click on annotate, signature, then manage signature.
- Switch to Dark Mode will change your grey menu bar to black. Go to System Preferences, General and select “Use dark menu bar and Dock.”
- Screen share within the messaging app by clicking on “Details” on the upper right corner then select “screen share”.
- Find Movie showtimes and locations with Spotlight
- Create a personal Wi-Fi hotspot
- View all open tabs in Safari
You can do all of the above and much much more. For more information click on this link.
Last week malvertising also known as malicious advertising made it’s way onto popular websites such as Yahoo finanace, Fantasy Sports sites, realestate.aol.com, theatlantic.com, 9gag.com and match.com. The malvertising was discovered by Proofpoint and had an impact on visitors who were potentially exposed to this malvertising. The sites themselves were not compromised but the malvertising ads were able to push their way through three major advertising networks and exchanges. The ads were impersonating legitimate ads such as Microsoft Bing, Fancy and Case Logic. If your computer has outdated plug-ins the malvertising ad puts a ransonware program called CryptoWall 2.0 on the user’s computer. Then you are asked to pay a ransom in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. These attacks received about $25,000.00 a day in Bitcoin. For more information on this blog click on this link.
Have the ability of signing in once for all web-based applications is valuable. All we have is passwords for everything, email, personal and business applications, document shares…. The number of Web services will only increase, and keeping them all straight and secure things s only going to get worse. Trying to manage all these individual passwords is a major problem for security. Many end users cope by re-using their passwords, which exposes all sorts of security holes. One solution is a single sign-on (SSO) tool to automate the logins of enterprise applications and also beef up password complexity, without taxing end users to try to remember dozens of different logins. What is exciting is that there are several products now combine both cloud-based software as a service logins with local desktop Windows logins, and add improved two-factor authentication and smoother federated identity integration.
On Thursday VisionTek announced their new SSD pocket sized storage device. This new thumb drive has a ton of useful features like:
- Comes in two capacities of 120 GB and 240 GB
- LSI SandForce Controller enabling read speeds of up to 455 MB/s and write speeds up to 440 MB/s
- Comes with USB 3.0 connector, giving you faster file transfers when connected to a PC’s USB 3.0 Port
- Encased in aircraft-grade aluminum
- Plays host to a copy of Window 8 or higher
- and much much more
For more information on this new gadget click on this link.
Apple has announced their new 27 inch iMac with 5k retina display, iMac Mini, along with two new tablets today. The new iMac has 67 percent more pixels than the 4k iMac. You can purchase this new computer on the apple website for $2,499 for a 3.5GHZ quad-core Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB of memory, 1TB fusion drive, and much more. For more information on this product click on this link.
Today Apple introduced the new thinnest tablet on the market, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. These latest iPads come in three different colors silver, grey, and gold. The iPad Air 2 will start pricing at $499 for a 16GB Wifi version and $399 for the iPad Mini 3. Both tablets feature the Touch ID finger scanner. You can pre-order today October 17, and will start shipping at the end of next week. So hurry and get your iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 now!!
Apple plans to launch its latest OSX 10 aka Yosmite operating system October 21, 2014. Once again expect this to be a free update to your current OSX. Apple is known for being a hardware vendor and releasing their updates for free. Its also mentioned that the version of the OSX will take its queues from the latest iOS update streaming Apples products to look similar from one product to the next. AirDrop is expected to work on this version of the operating system as well. iCloud is also expected to reside in finder making it easier to store your files and documents in the cloud.
Microsoft has an event planned for September 30th, 2014 where many expect the latest Windows operating system, possibly named Windows 9 will be announced. Lets face it Windows 8 was not widely accepted. Microsoft’s grand plan to get rid of the Start menu and integrate touch-screen with basic computing functions was flawed. There is a lot of speculation in regards to Windows 9, mostly that the Start bar will be returned, and the possibly the Charms removed. The Beta version is expected to be announced during this event. Its also expected that the final release of Windows 9 will happen sometime in April of 2015.