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It’s Here!! It’s Here!! iOS 7 Is Here!!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 | Author:

iOS 7Well, the moment you’ve been waiting for since WWDC is here: iOS 7 is now available for download!

But before you upgrade your iDevice, make sure it’ll work on your model; nothing will put the brakes on iOS-Mania faster than finding out it won’t work for you.

iOS 7 is compatible with the following: 

  • iPhone 4 and later
  • iPad 2 and later, including the iPad mini
  • 5th Generation iPod touch.

If your device is listed above, you’re ready to upgrade! If your device skews to the “older” end of this spectrum, however, you should keep in mind that some features (like newer camera options and Siri) may not be available.

To upgrade, first upgrade iTunes to the latest version vis Software Update. Then, simply connect your iDevice to your computer, open iTunes, make a backup of your data, and then go ahead and click that Upgrade button.

And, while you’re waiting to upgrade your software with the latest and greatest, why not do the same for your hardware and check out the Newer Technology NuGuard KX case.

Category: Apple News

Use Disk Images To Keep Private Data Private

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 | Author:

Globe-BondI always figured I’d make a great secret agent. I’m a pretty good shot (at least with my Red Ryder BB gun), I’m nearly unnoticeable in a crowd (especially at “singles” events), and I know how to keep a secret (I’ve never told anybody that story about OWC Michael, the ferret, and the jar of strawberry jam). It’d be a pretty sweet gig, too: you get a spiffy wardrobe, are accompanied by attractive women with double entendres for names, and—of course—the quartermaster gives you a load of awesome gadgets to play with.

Alas, for a myriad of reasons, it’s not to be. But I can at least act all super-sneaky and such by encrypting data that I want to keep “private” using an encrypted disk image for my data. (Hey, Katie, how’s that for a roundabout, tangental introduction to an article? Ha!)

All kidding aside, though, there are a number of reasons you may want to have encrypted files on your hard drive(s). How about: Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

Be Careful Where You Plug that USB Cable.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 | Author:

Globe-Shield-USBI really like my iPhone 5, but it feels like it’s always running low on power and I’m rushing to find an outlet so I can plug it in. Most of the time, I either plug it into the Power2U we have in our studio, a standard wall outlet with the little plug that came with the phone, or into my laptop. I’ve never been in the habit of plugging my iPhone (or any devices of mine) into any USB port I don’t have direct knowledge of.

As it turns out, my minor paranoia may have been a pretty good instinct. According to a recent Reuters article, there’s apparently an exploit in iOS 6 (and probably earlier) that allows a computer connected to an iPhone (ostensibly via a “fake charging station”) to actually take over and control the phone. In theory, this could be extended out to being able to inject some sort of “virus” into your iPhone, giving ne’er-do-wells remote access to your information.

Admittedly, the jury is still out on exactly how likely this scenario is to actually exist in the real world (probably somewhere between “completely non-existant” to “they’re all out to get you”) and reports are that this particular exploit has already been patched in the latest preview release of iOS 7. However, it’s still not particularly wise to simply go plugging your iPhone into random USB slots like… umm… I can’t really think of a workplace-appropriate analogy here, but you get the idea. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

One Simple Tip To Improve Your iPhone Videos.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 | Author:

For the most part, if you know you’re going to be taking pictures or video, your best bet for high-quality results is to use the proper camera for the job. With that said, though, there are times when you’ll need to get that shot then and there. After all, the Loch Ness Monster isn’t going to sit in your neighbor’s kiddie pool while you run inside to grab your camera, and Elvis’s shift at the toll booth may very well end by the time you circle back around to the plaza again.

Okay… that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but suffice it to say that there are some shots that just aren’t going to wait until you get the proper equipment. You either need to use your iPhone’s camera, or not get the shot at all. In that case, as the saying goes – “the best camera is the one you have with you.”

One thing you need to keep in mind is the orientation of the camera. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips

WWDC 2013 Keynote Highlights

Monday, June 10th, 2013 | Author:

Ever since Apple stopped attending the Macworld Expo, we’ve had to rely on various “Apple Events” during the year to get our fix of new Mac hardware. For the last few years, they’ve been fairly regular, and you kind of had an idea of what hardware was coming out when.

There is one event, though, that still features an Apple keynote presentation: the World Wide Developers’ Conference. For the most part, this keynote is concentrated on the software aspects of the Apple ecosystem. This is usually where we find out about new features of OS X and they expand on the new upcoming editions of iOS.

However, there have also been numerous instances where we were graced with new or updated hardware, the most recent being last year’s MacBook Pro with Retina display.

So with a mixture of curiosity of the next iteration of OS X and iOS and the anticipation of new hardware to to run them on, here is our rundown of the keynote and some thoughts on what we’ve got. Article Continues…

Category: Apple News