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New Apple iPad Pro Announcement – iPad Pro With Larger Screen and Apple Pencil Review | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Chief executive of Apple Tim Cook unveils the new 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” at its special event in San Francisco. The new and larger model features a faster processor as well as two major accessories-the “apple pencil”, the first Apple stylus-like device utilized for writing and drawing, and the “Smart Keyboard,” an attachable keyboard.  Not only is the new iPad Pro larger, it is more powerful and dyiPad Pronamic as it is the third size iPad that Apple has produced with a new A9 chip that Apple has said made it 1.8 times more stronger than the most recent iPad Air.

The new iPad Pro features a 10-hour battery life and also includes four speakers.  It is marginally thicker than the iPad Air and weighs approximately as much the original 9.7-inch iPad.

The 32GB model will cost $799 when it is released in November.

 

 

Troubleshooting Lync for Mac Sign-in Fails with Apple OSX Yosemite | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

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There is a known issue with Lync clients with new Apple OS called Yosemite.  The Lync for Microsoft Office 2011 (with Office 365 or Lync on premise) no longer will sign in, the potential fix is listed below.

Primary Symptom: when you attempt to log into Lync, it appears to sign you in just fine, but after briefly displaying your Lync contacts, it immediately signs you out and gives you a generic error message that either the server is unavailable or some unknown error has occured.

Recommended Resolution:

  • Make sure you have all Mac for Office updates and are running the very latest updates
  • Go into Settings, Language & Region
  • Change the language from “English-Primary” (or whatever the language is set to) to “English-US”
  • Reboot
  • Go back into Settings, Language & Region
  • Change the language back to “English-Primary”
  • Reboot
  • Open Lync and you should be able to log in just fine this time

What are your thoughts on Phablets?

We had the smartphone, and then we had tablets, and now we have phablets. These oversized phones that double as a tablet, or if you prefer tablet that doubles as a phone, are here but will they stay? Currently smart phones larger than 5 inches currently only consist of about 2% of the total phones out there. Yeah it’s great to have this huge phone in which you can make calls and watch movies but what often suffers on these types of devices is the battery life. It’s hard to run such a large screen on a thin device and have ample power to run them. I had the first DroidX and although the battery was great for a while, I’m now two years in and the battery does not last a whole day. I know I should probably upgrade right. Phablet? Probably not.

Google now hits iOS devices

Google now has been on android devices for over a year now and just today it was announced that it is now available on iOS devices. Google now basically helps you manage your day to day tasks. From boarding passes, to appointments, weather, reservations, and more.  It essentially syncs with your desktop as well and you can see it on your phone for hours to come.

Check out the short video.

http://youtu.be/pPqliPzHYyc

Bootcamp – Windows on a Mac?

Mac’s are really popular because of the design of their laptops. The metal casings are pretty steamlined and very durable. Because of this people are using Mac’s more and more. However many businesses are still using Windows as their dominate OS. So when you find a Mac user, they are trying to do many of the things a Windows machine does, but with great difficulty. Because of this Macs allow users to install Windows on their machines. This can be done in two ways. You can use software such as VMWare or Parallels to install a virtual machine consisting of the Windows OS, the issue is that is that your splitting your hardwares CPU and RAM thus making the speed less than what it could be. Your other option is to use Apples native software Bootcamp, and create a dual boot system so that you can use either OS and maintaining your hardware’s full powers.

Requirements
To use Boot Camp, you need:

1 -An Intel-based Mac with a built-in or external USB keyboard, and a built-in trackpad or USB mouse.
2 – Mac OS X v10.5 or later.
3 – The latest firmware updates available for your Mac.
4 -At least 10 GB (for Windows XP or Windows Vista), 16 GB (for 32-bit Windows 7), or 20 GB (for 64-bit Windows 7) of free space on your startup disk (for the Windows partition).
5 – Boot Camp Assistant, which is located in /Applications/Utilities/ . You can also open Launchpad and type Boot Camp Assistant in the search field.
6 – Supported Windows installation media. Boot Camp does not include Windows

LogMeIn App for the iPhone

LogMeIn is an application many of use to remotely access our computers either home or at work. Did you know that there’s an app for that as well that you can use on your iPhone or iPad? The app works the same way as the desktop application. You can use the free version called LogMeIn or the paid version called Ignition.

Key features of LogMeIn:• Access your home and work computers on the go.
• Control your Mac or PC as if you’re sitting right in front of it.
• Get to your computer files and edit them from your iPad or iPhone.
• Remotely run any application on your computer from your iPad or iPhone.
• Fix computer problems remotely for business or personal IT.

Key features of Ignition:
• Remote access to all your computers, files and applications
• File manager for transferring files remotely and saving files to your device
• Wake-On-Lan for waking a sleeping computer remotely
• Print to AirPrint-compatible printers
• Attach files to emails directly from Ignition
• Photo management for transferring photos from/to photo library
• HD video and sound streaming from your remote computer to your mobile device (available for Windows, Mac coming soon)
• My Cloud Bank integration that links Ignition with popular cloud services

iPad Mini vs iPad 4

If your in the market for an ipad and aren’t sure what to buy, your choice really comes down to what you want to do with it on a daily basis. I have both models. I use the iPad 4 for work as it has a bigger screen and is a bit faster. I have a bluetooth keyboard that I use with it. For work this is an excellant mobile device to remote into computers, write emails and a few other things I do for work. I also have the iPad mini. You may wonder why I have both, well simple, the mini was a birthday present and I mainly use it when I travel, its smaller, fits in my purse easily (that is when I carry a purse) and for reading books (this is what I use it mostly for) it its in they hand nicely. Bottom line, there is a pretty good cost difference so you but in the end you need to decide if it its for work or play. Below are just basic difference that might help you decide.

iPad Mini
1. Cheaper
2. Smaller
3. Works the same as the larger model.
iPad 4
1. Bigger
2. Faster
3. Better display.

Mac Shortcuts

For those of us who use a Mac, here are some cool shortcuts that can be useful to you…

1. 1.Control + Option + Command + Eject = Used to instantaly shut down your mac
2. Command + Shift + A/U/D = Opens the finder menu, using A opens Finder, U opens the Utilities folder and D opens the desktop folder.
3. Command + D: Used in any text area on your Mac to delete from the front of the cursor.
4. Control + Command + D = A dialog will then pop up with the word defined by the built-in Mac OS X dictionary. While holding down the keyboard combination, you can mouse around to different words in the document.
5. Command + `= This keyboard combination will cycle through all of the opened windows in the currently active application.
6. ⌘ + Q = Quit
7. ⌘ + W = Close window
8. ⌘ + O = Open a file in your application
9. ⌘ + P = Print
10. ⌘ + C = Copy
11. ⌘ + V = Paste
12. ⌘ + X = Cut
13. ⌘ + S = Save
14. ⌘ + Z = Undo
15. ⌘ + A = Select All
16. ⌘ + Y or Space = Quicklook
17. ⌘ + Tab = Cycle through windows

Siri – Creating Notes

Siri can easily create new notes, modify your existing notes, and find old ones. This is tied to the native Notes app.

Creating New Notes
– Make a note about (topic)
– Create a note about (phrase or topic)
– Note that (some event happened)

Add to Existing Notes
– Add (item) to (topic) note
– Add (item) to my notes about (subject)

Searching Notes
– Find my notes from (day, month, year)
– Find notes about (topic, subject, phrase)

Mac Tips and Tricks

Navigating in the Mac OS can be very daunting to users who aren’t familiar with the OS, or for those whose primary OS is Windows. Here are some simple tips and tricks to help you get around.

1 – Show Hidden Files in Open & Save Dialog Windows
Have you ever wanted to access a hidden file from an Open window or Save dialog? You can easily toggle hidden files by hitting Command+Shift+Period in any dialog window.

2 – Go To Folder
Hitting Command+Shift+G in the Finder brings up a Go To Folder dialog, this is without a doubt the fastest way to navigate deep into the OS X filesystem. The next best part? Tab completion works, so you don’t even have to type out the full paths. It also works in Open & Save dialogs too

3 – Hide Current Application & Current Windows
Your boss is coming, quick, hide that Facebook window! Whether you’re trying to keep a secret or just want to do something else, you can instantly hide the currently active app or windows by hitting Command+H

4 – Instantly Lock the Screen
Control+Shift+Eject instantly locks the screen and summons the screensaver, just remember that the password lock feature must be enabled separately before you’ll get use out of this one, otherwise the display simply turns off.

5 – Make ~/Library Visible Again
OS X Lion and later defaults to hiding the user library directory, it’s still accessible through a variety of ways, but you can make it always visible in the home directory again with the following terminal command: chflags nohidden ~/Library/

6 – Cycle Through All Open Applications
Command+Tab the application switcher gets a lot of use by power users for good reason, it’s one of the quickest ways to move between open apps there is, without your hands ever leaving the keyboard. Combining this with cycling through active windows is a big time saver.

7 – Quickly Force Quit the Currently Active App
Hold down Command+Option+Shift+Escape for about 2-3 seconds to force quit the currently active application without any confirmation dialog, and without having to kill it through activity monitor or the Force Quit menu.