Category : Mac

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.

First Twitter, now Facebook & Apple

It was just a couple of weeks ago that BVA wrote about Twitter being the latest victim of a sophisticated hacking scheme. This last week proved to be testing for some of the biggest names out there, Facebook and Apple.

Facebook had issues on Friday after some employees went to a mobile developer’s website which ended up being compromised. They said they found an employee’s laptop that contained a malicious file after they traced a suspicious domain.

Just today Apple reported that a handfull of employee owned Mac’s were breached as well. They also stated they were working with law-enforcement agencies regarding the issues.

Unlike this seasons fashion, there are some trends I do not like seeing, and this is one of them. Facebook and Twitter are the biggest names in social media and Apple, well, it’s Apple. Do you think the hackers are part of the same group or do you believe this to be a trend of who can hack who out there?

Price Decrease on MacBook Pro

Today Apple announced that the price of the 13″ MacBook Pro Retina display would drop by $200. The 128Gb laptop is now $1,499 but don’t fret if you wanted to spend $1,699 on, Apple solved that problem by introducing an upgraded model with 2.6GHz processor and 256GB of storage.

Apple dropped the price of the MacBook Air $100 as well leading some people to wonder why the sudden price drop. “When prices of components come down, they are willing to lower prices when they can. We don’t expect Apple to make the cheapest products on the markey, but they are committed to being affordable in the market.” says Ben Bajarin, a principal analyst at Creative Strategies.

With the rise of tablets in the workforce it no surpise that the MacBook line is decreasing in sales. Last quarter it dropped 1.1 million when comparing it to the same quarter the year before. Regardless all of us at BVA like to see the prices drop instead of increase.

 

Office 2013 Release- End of Month

Rumors are the Microsoft will be launching Office 2013 to customers at the end of this month.  It has been available to business customers since November 2012 and had a preview earlier than that. Now they are ready for everyone else to buy it and use it. Microsoft 2013 has many of the options we have loved for awhile along with some more options to personalize your Windows experience.  Office 2013 will have the standard Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. Like normal it can be placed on up to 5 Macs, PC’s, or mobile devices as well. The nice thing about this version is it have been tested on Surface RT tablets too. One thing that I like about the newer Office products is it has adapted to the ever evolving cloud computing world. Customers are able to save work in SkyDrive or SharePoint where it is easy to do what you please with it. Social Networking is no stranger to Microsoft Office either, you can view Facebook updates and LinkedIn feeds using Outlook with ease.   There are many variations of Office 365 including Home Premium, Small Business, ProPlus, and Enterprise to customize what suites you best.  To get a better idea of what is the best for you follow this link from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en/whats-new

iPhone 5 Has Some Issues

The new Apple iPhone5 does not really meet expectations from an technical perspective.  I suppose we have high expectations of what Apple puts out but there are some issues with the new phone.  It is still a very impressive unit that is fast with an impressive interface.  Some of the issues that we see from our user community is a Purple Haze with photos that are taken with the new iPhone5.

It’s a similar problem that,was seen in iPhone 4S photos but was few and far between.  We would not see it that often and for the most part was not that present in that older model.  Another issue is battery life in some of the units.  There are some users that have no issues with the battery life but there are others that are experiencing  9 hours of life with limited talk time and limited application running on the IOS.  This is a common issue documented in the web which I would assume is a hardware issue. With some users that are complaining that their battery life was good at first but over time it is getting worse and not holding a charge properly.  More to come….

We are also seeing that this unit scratches a lot easier.  I feel that Apple prides itself on making products that aren’t just functional but beautiful as well and have a good track record of this but I can see that they missed the mark here. Users are reporting that after having their iPhone 5s for a short time, the sheen on the sleek, aluminum phone is getting scratched up very easily.  There is another issue that we are seeing related to weird screen bubbles that surface when using the unit.  It does not happen that often but with certain screen backgrounds there are small bubbles that appear when your finger is touching the screen.  As displayed in this video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4kYbiygU6A&feature=player_embedded#!

Setup iCloud

How to setup iCloud on your iPhone

iCloud doesn’t just store your content, it allows you to access your content from all of your apple devices with iCloud setup. This includes music, phones, calendars, contacts and documents.

To set this up on the iphone

1. Make sure you’re running the latest iOS 5
2. Turn on iCloud – you will need an apple ID, this is what you use as a login into your Apple account. To turn on iCloud tap on SETTINGS and select iCLOUD then enter your Apple ID.
3. Customize your settings. You can turn on or off different iCloud Services.
a. You can also get a free iCloud email account
4. Setup up Automatic downloads so your store purchases are automatically downloaded to your various devices.
5. After you complete the initial setup, turn on iCloud on your other apple devices with iCloud (ie: ipad, iphone, ipod, ect…)

Use Apple Configurator to deploy iPhones and iPads

Apple’s Configurator tool allows you to configure and deploy up to 30 iOS devices at a time.  The free app allows you to configure settings like Wi-fi and Exchange ActiveSync, and well as restrict access to features like the webcam and even internet browsing.

 

Apple support: http://help.apple.com/configurator/mac/1.0/#cadf1802aed

Download here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12

Air Display – User your IPad as a Second Monitor

As more and more users become mobile the need for mulitple screens on the road has become invaluable. Now if you have an iPad, using wifi, you can use it as a second monitor with your laptop.

You’ll have to install the app on your ipad for $9.99 as well and download and install the app on your laptop.

http://avatron.com/apps/air-display

Key features:
– An instant second monitor
– Touch your desktop
– Display it the way you want (ie Landscape or Portrait)
– No wires needed