Category : Mac

Coolest MacBook Pro Touch Bar Features

Sitting just above the keys, the Touch Bar displays an array of color changing functionalities. Check out just a few of the cool things the Touch Bar can do!

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Just like texting on an iPhone, the Touch Bar allows for predictive text. For even faster email responses.

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You can Preview and Edit your photos with it too, all of the edit features appear just by double clicking a picture in the Photo Application.

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I think by far my favorite of the Touch Bar capabilities is switching between tabs visually in Safari. But it can also help coordinate your calendar and contacts by showing open times and days for you to choose from. It can also help you save documents and access keys no longer on the keyboard. Rather than lifting your hand and moving it to the track pad to save your document, just hit Command + S and watch Don’t Save, Cancel, and Save, appear. You may also notice that the F1 – F12 keys are missing from the new Pro. Not to worry, simply bring them up by holding the Fn key at the bottom of the keyboard and watch 1-12 appear on your Touch Bar.

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You can even choose Emojis with the Touch Bar!

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It can account for Touch ID as well. The first time you power up you will have to manually enter your password, but every time after that Touch ID is fair game. Just place your finger on the Touch Bar when you wake your machine from sleeping. Touch ID also means Apple Pay!

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Answer calls just like you would on your iPhone or iPad!

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Soon we will be asking ourselves how we ever lived without it!


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Best Mac Dock – Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter

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The Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter (that is one heck of a name) allows you charge or attach two USB devices to your Mac while also supporting a 4K display. This dock is part of a new wave of docks that finally do more than just drain your battery. Affordable at $60 on Amazon, this dock is attractive in both appearance and functionality. It has a higher level finish, with rounded edges and aluminum case that is available in four colors that perfectly match your Mac.

The built in cable has reinforcement at the dock connection and the head for durability. The USB-C jack is in an aluminum case for durability as well, and fits perfectly into a MacBook. The dock also has an HDMI port that supports 4K video at up to 30Hz.

At $60 this dock is $20 less than the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter alternative which is less capable, awkward in design, and has one fewer USB 3 Type-A port. Satechi is a great competitor device is you just want to charge and connect to a 4k display.


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Transmission BitTorrent App Infects OS X with First Ransomware…

If you recently installed the Transmission BitTorrent App, most likely you are one unhappy user.

WP15The recently released version of Transmission BitTorrent for OS X contained the embedded KeRanger ransomware, the debilitating program designed to lock and encrypt files in order to extort money from consumers. In case you didn’t read our previous post about ransomware, this malware is extremely debilitating to consumers and business owners alike. It locks files and infiltrates all external hard drives and shared networks, making external hard drive back up prevention useless in protecting sensitive data.

The March 4th version 2.90 of the application contained the malware. The Transmission’s website is encouraging all users who have downloaded this version to upgrade to version 2.91 or at a bare minimum delete the 2.90 version from their computers. If you would rather, wiping and restoring your system to an earlier time period is also an option. Make sure if you utilize this option, that you restore your device to a period before the Transmission 2.90 installation.

Now if you find yourself infected, resist paying the $400 asked to restore your files. There is no guarantee that paying this fee will result in any data retrieval and could possibly be a complete waste of your money. If you decide to do nothing, at least remove the malware installed. Leaving the installation only allows the ransomware more opportunity to further exploit your system.WP14

If you would like to do a little investigating of your own, a new blog post from Palo Alto Networks’ threat intelligence team lists the steps for finding out if you have been infected with the KeRanger ransomware.

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Three Unbelievably Tiny Computers

The market for a device that can easily replace the standard PC has taken a new approach to size. Don’t be fooled, you may be surprised when you find out what is hiding inside these small machines.

Zotac Zbox Sphere

This computer not only breaks the mold in terms of size, but shape. The Zbox is in fact, not a box, but a sphere. Simply twist the circular top and feast your eyes on the interior powerhouse of the computer. The top half of this tiny PC houses an Intel Core i5-42WP 300U motherboard and 4GB of memory. The back panel provides six USB ports, as well as an HDMI and DisplayPort. In addition, the Zbox includes a 802.11ac WiFi module and a spot for an Ethernet cable if preferred. This almost bowling ball like computer packs a serious punch in terms of creativity and power. WP 4

 

 

 

 

Intel Compute Stick

This tiny PC resembles a USB thumb drive, and has stirred massive attention since its release in early 2015. The Intel Compute Stick plugs into any monitWP 5or’s HDMI port, an added bonus for anyone working in tight spaces. Concerned about over heating? Fear not, this tiny machine has a fittingly tiny fan inside, ensuring fast performance without
overheating. Unfortunately the stick does not have an internal battery and thWP 6erefore must run off micro USB power at all times in order to function. What the Intel Compute Stick lacks in battery capabilities it makes up for with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, with micro SD support for up to 128GB of storage. That’s a lot of power crammed into 4.5 inches.

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse Box

The tiniest computer of the three is cleverly disguised as a computer mouse. The Mouse Box device contains a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM processor, a 128GB solid-state drive, and built-in b/g/n WiFi. The wireless image transfer module allows for easy visual transmitting in addition to the convenient micro HDMI port. The coolest part? Sticking with the mouse motif, the Mouse Box doesn’t need to be plugged in. The inductive charging mat doubles as a mousepad. Although the Mouse Box is not up for public release quite yet, they most certainly have our attention.  WP 8

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How to Create a New Profile for Office on Mac 2016

 

Open Finder app and locate Microsoft Outlook in the Application folder.

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Hold the CTRL key and click Microsoft Outlook to bring up the menu and select Show Package Contents.

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Click on the Contents folder.

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Click on the SharedSupport folder.

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Once in SharedSupport folder, double-click Outlook Profile Manager.

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In Outlook Profile Manager window, click the Add (+) button and type a name of the profile, then select the gear icon and select Set as Default. You can then close out of the Outlook Profile Manager and re-configure your email within Outlook.

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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

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.

Online Recovery – Mac OSX Re-install

One of the coolest things Mac has come up to re-install the OS is the Online Recovery menu options. You don’t need to have a copy of the OS to do this. This works on Mac models from late 2010 and current models.

Important: To reinstall Mac OS X, you need to be connected to the Internet.

1 – Choose Apple menu > Restart, and then hold down the Command (⌘) and R keys while the computer restarts.

2 – Select “Disk Utility,” and then click Continue.

3 – Select your startup disk from the list on the left, and then click the Erase tab.

4 – From the Format pop-up menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled), type a name for your disk, and then click Erase.

5 – After the disk has been erased, choose Disk Utility > Quit Disk Utility.

6 – If you’re not connected to the Internet, choose a network from the Wi-Fi menu in the right corner of the menu bar (in the top-right corner of the screen).

7 – Select Reinstall Mac OS X, click Continue, and then follow the instructions.

How to Remotely Find and or Wipe Your iPhone

Did you know that if you ever lost or had your iPhone stolen you can remotely find your phone and or wipe it? You simply need to make sure iCloud is activated on your phone. You can then log into the website www.icloud.com From there go to Find My iPhone. You would then select the device, and as long as its turned on you can locate where the phone is presently by selecting the phone… then you can select to have it play a sound…you can select Lost Mode which locks the phone or you can simply click on Erase iPhone. You will have to enter you apple ID and password to perform the erase but its that simple. Now if the phone is offline, the phone will be erased the next time its online.