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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Outside the US? Let Apple Show You What is Available in the Cloud

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:30 AM

"Apple has finally made it very clear exactly which media content can be made available in the cloud in which countries for Automatic Downloads and Apple TV streaming, as well as where iTunes Match is available."

If you are outside the United States, you can head over to this support document at Apple and find out which countries are supported by iTunes match and iCloud capability. The chart on the page shows the countries alphabetically and also what kind of iTunes content will be available in the "Cloud" for you. As a general rule of thumb, applications and books are available in all the countries, but only four countries (Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.) off all options.

Is Your Favorite Browser the Best Browser?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:38 AM

"When you purchased your Mac, you probably wanted the best web browser offered, whether it be Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, or some other worthy candidate. After all, quality hardware should also contain quality software. There has been much controversy on what truly is the best browser available for a Mac. Some say that Chrome is, and always will be, the best ever."

For me, I switch between Safari and Chrome. If I want to look at a site that has flash then it's Chrome. Otherwise pretty much going the Safari route due to the functionality it offers with OS X. Regardless, this article gives a pretty good run down on the positives and the negatives of a variety of browsers. Which browser is your browser?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quicken for Lion, Meh...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:30 PM

"Intuit announced to customers on Thursday that it plans to release a "re-engineered" version of Quicken for Mac 2007 that will be compatible with the latest version of Apple's Mac operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion."

I gave up on Quicken long ago, mainly due to the inattention they were giving OS X. If they jump back in and really wow me (which would include having a mobile app that syncs wirelessly and can update your running totals in all account for two examples of what I mean by wow) then I might consider trying it out. Then again, there are so many good options out there. What are your thoughts, willing to give Quicken another try or have you moved on?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Decorate Your Mac, It Is The Holiday Season Right?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"The first of December is here, and while your neighbors may have already overdone it with the Christmas decorations, you might want to join in on the holiday fun."

If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, then you might like to try some of these ideas to spruce up your desktop. Personally, I don't get too much into altering my screen since I have it how I like it now, but if you like to change it up for the holidays, here ya go!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Use GarageBand to Create Custom Ringtones

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Apple's iOS devices come preloaded with a handful of alert sounds that you can use for ringtones and, as of iOS 5, for text messages, voicemails, reminders, and more. But maybe you want something more distinctive: a snippet of your favorite song, a clip from a classic movie, the whoosh of a materializing TARDIS?"

Well fear not reader, as this primer will have you creating your own custom ringtones in no time. Detailed with optional written step-by-step instructions, the video takes you through the process and is actually quite simple to do.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mossberg Gives His Opinion on MusicMatch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"One of the more interesting ideas in the new wave of cloud-computing services is the music locker. This is a service that lets consumers store their music collections on a remote server and access them from any device, either by streaming the tunes or downloading them."

And Mossberg appears to like it, having all the music in his collection available on all his devices by using MusicMatch. I've subscribed and I too am pretty pleased with it. In my opinion, especially with all the various tips that are coming out from a variety of sources to make it even more useable, it is well worth the convenience to pay roughly 30 bucks per year for this service. What are your thoughts on MusicMatch?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Upgrade Your iTunes Music Painlessly to Music Match

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"So you've bought iTunes Match, which gives you access to shiny new 256kbps AAC versions of your audio files. But by default your iTunes library is still packed with your old files. So how best to upgrade all of those old files, in place, to the new versions?"

So simple, and fast. I did this just as he describes and it works flawlessly.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Safari Updated to 5.1.2

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple has released an update to their desktop Safari browser; the new 5.1.2 software brings a couple of bug fixes with some other improvements within the browser itself."

Done via Software Update on your computer or by going here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Just What Do Those Music Match Symbols Mean?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"If you don't know by now, Apple has officially opened up their iTunes Match service to the public, bringing with it 256-kbps AAC DRM-free copies of your non-iTunes purchased music for $25 a year."

And what you also might not know is what all the new symbols mean. Well, ease your fears since this article gives you the run down on what they all mean. You can also find a handy chart at Apple. Apple has also posted several guides about troubleshooting, subscribing, adding computers and deleting songs from iCloud. Now if they would only make deleting pictures from the photostream easier I'd be happy!

iTunes Match, A Review

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Earlier today, Apple finally released iTunes Match, about one month later than the service was originally expected. Now that it is here, consider this our first look at Apple's highly-anticipated new product."

Here is a brief run through of how the service works, the main point being you have to update iTunes to 10.5.1 before you even get started. I don't have a huge amount of music, but for those that do, this might take some time to run before it is complete. I wonder how many will hit their data cap while using this service? Or is that even a concern?

iTunes Music Match Arrives

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:20 AM

"Two weeks late, Apple's match-and-mirror music in the cloud service iTunes Match has finally launched while retaining its beta status. In the meantime, iTunes 10.5.1 for both Windows and Mac has been released, so get downloading if you intend on using iTunes Match."

The bonus here, is that if you sign up for the beta, you get an extra 3 months of the service for free. The downside is that once the beta period is over, you will have all of your files deleted by Apple so you will have to start the process over again. Not sure I want to go through the hassle, but I sure would like to see how it is all going to work so I think I'm going to go ahead and bite the bullet, what are your thoughts?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

iCloud's Hidden Drop Box-Like Feature

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"While Apple advertises iCloud's 'Documents in the Cloud' service as a way of keeping iWork files in sync across devices, its been discovered that Mac OS X Lion users can also leverage the service to sync all types of files across multiple Macs."

I wonder if this will be like it is at the place I work. We get used to using a feature of our system, then the developers tell us that it wasn't a feature, it was a bug. No matter that it was a cool feature and worked extremely well. I hope not, this seems like a handy feature, but then again, you can always use Drop Box.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Step by Step to iCloud Success

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:41 AM

"Some of you may have been able to download iOS 5 and the latest Lion update, so we're sure you're wondering how to get started with iCloud, the new backup service in the sky from Apple. If you're still getting errors, just be patient."

I was one of those having problems, but at 5am this morning I was finally able to get it installed on my iPhone. iOS 5 that is, I still had to set up iCloud and this was a handy setup guide provided by Apple. As with anything, make sure you back up all of your Contacts, Calendars and Bookmarks are all backed up and that you have the latest and greatest version of iTunes (10.5). After that follow the steps and let's hope it goes smoother than the iOS 5 install right?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Who is King of the Hill at iTunes U? The Open University in the UK

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"Last month we reported that Apple's iTunes U service had surpassed the 600m downloads mark, 300m of which were in the past year alone. And now it seems that The Open University in the UK is leading the university pack, notching over 40m downloads, reports the BBC."

Founded in 1969, The Open University is now the top school in iTunes U. This is saying quite a bit I think, since they have courses from the likes of Stanford, Yale, MIT and many others. Beginning French and Chinese were the most popular downloads and at least 1/5 of all downloads was done on an iPad. iTunes U is a gem in my book, and you can find out more about iTunes U right here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sorry Educators, Apple Says "No More Boxes!"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Apple is telling its educational resellers not to expect any more packaged software in the future, ZDNet reports. This includes boxed copies of Mac OS X, iLife, iWork, Apple Remote Desktop and Aperture. Each of these programs has been available on the Mac App Store for months."

Not a big surprise, since Apple has done this for the regular consumer. Logic Express and Logic Studio will still be available but that is about it. It really makes sense though, distributing this stuff digitally. Saves money and that gets passed on to the consumer in lower prices. Or at least that is the theory.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Safari Web Browser Hits 5% of Global Browser Usage

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"With Macs making up a record high percentage of computers accessing the Internet, Apple's browser is also reaching new heights."

5.02% to be exact, according to Net Applications. Also according to them, it's the first time Safari has broken that 5% barrier. The breakdown is Internet Explorer at the top with just under 55%, followed by everyone else. No big surprise there really. Also, in similar news, Mac Web access is at 6.45% worldwide, up from 6% in August, which is also a first. This is pretty small potatoes when compared to Windows, since Windows has 92% of the worldwide market cornered. Also, not a big surprise. But improvement is improvement so kudos to Apple.

iCloud Recap, How Accurate is it?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"Although we still don't know when Apple will flip the switch on iCloud, the company finally announced a media event for its new iPhone next week, which likely means the fateful day is just around the corner -- so here's a recap on everything we know about it so far."

And that media event is starting in just a few hours, so we shall soon see what parts of all this iCloud business are actually true. What are your thoughts on iCloud? Something you are going to use? Personally I'm looking forward to the iTunes Match part of iCloud.

Tags: software, os x, icloud

Monday, October 3, 2011

Bing Adds Airport Maps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"I've gotten lost at JFK Airport more times than I care to admit. But Bing Maps now offers full maps of airports so you make it to your flight without getting turned around."

Nice addition to the maps! They don't have every airport but they do have the major ones. Just do a search for a specific airport and it will give you the option for terminal map once you click on the main map.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Why Yes Apple, You Can Restrict OS X to Your Own Hardware

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:30 PM

"Apple has the right to continue restricting its operating systems to its own hardware thanks to a decision handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder wrote in her opinion that Apple's Mac OS X licensing agreement was indeed enforceable against Psystar, which had sold non-Mac computers with Mac OS X installed."

Image Credit: AppleTell

Of course, the home enthusiasts can still "do-it-yourself" with kits that companies sell or by going online at any number of sites to get the how to instructions. At least it is very doubtful Apple would go after individuals, unless they started doing it commercially I suppose. Personally I'm glad for this since it keeps the ecosystem closed, so I know, for the most part, that software and hardware are going to mesh together well. Unlike with that other software know the one. What are your thoughts?

Track Your Packages Via Apple Mail

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Tracking shipped packages is fast and easy in Mac OS X Lion due to Apple Mails tight integration with WebKit. It is also one feature that Apple brought to Mac OS X from iOS that I actually like."

Handy tip if you get emails with tracking numbers. Just mouse over the number and if OS X Lion recognizes it as a tracking number, you will see a dotted line around the number. Just click on it and you will get the option to Track Shipment or Copy. If you track it, OS X will open up website with all of your tracking data. Pretty slick! They also discuss how to shut this off in Terminal, but why would you want to right?

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