A Look At What’s New With Mavericks
Oct24

A Look At What’s New With Mavericks

Computer users have recently been swamped with updates, whether you are a Mac or PC user. After Microsoft released Windows 8.1, a software update to their recently released Windows 8, for free, Apple responded. Mavericks adds new apps, improves Safari and increases organization and security. Read for more of the best features to check out. Mavericks was released on Tuesday and for the first time, the update was free rather than sold for $19.99. Just because it was free doesn’t mean the update isn’t filled with premium features that many avid users are fans of. The changes may seem slight to some, but according to Apple, more than 200 features have been added. Some users favorite mobile apps from Apple have been added to Mavericks. These apps are iBooks and Maps as well as a much-improved Calendar app. The iBooks app is meant to rival Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook and is still behind in the amount of books available. This is sure to change and improve over time, though. Safari has also improved with a faster speed and a new look that is in line with the recent iOS7 update. The new version of Safari now has better capabilities to show HTML5 sites, which may make it more of a front-runner in the competitive browser market. Maybe one of the best organizational features that Mavericks has added is Finder Tabs. It is easy to open about five different Finder windows everyday while working on your computer and that makes for a cluttered desktop. Now, you can create a tab to keep all of your finder windows in one window. Mavericks has also added Tags to help organize your files. The principle is the same as tags you use to organize your photos. With Tags, you can make a text description for a file as well as add a color to it.  The color tags will be on the left side of your Finder window for easy access. Between the new Finder Tabs and Tags, organizing is much easier now with Mavericks! If you are a fan of having two screens, it is time to download Mavericks. There is increased multiple display support, which makes it easier to manage the screens. To mimic Windows 8.1, which boasted about being able to use task bars on more than one screen, Apple also added that feature. Mavericks also improves the use of a television as a second screen if it is set up with HDTVs connected with Apple TV. The Calendar app has been updated and has become more intuitive. It easily allows you to search for addresses in...

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Apple May Have New iPads, MacBooks, and Maybe an iWatch?
Oct16

Apple May Have New iPads, MacBooks, and Maybe an iWatch?

Two Apple events in two months! A person could get used to this. With the words “We still have a lot to cover,” Apple fired up the masses when they sent out their invitations confirming the October 22nd event that was first leaked by AllThingsD. Yes, that’s right, Apple will host their second event in two months.  This one will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater located in San Francisco.  It is set to commence Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific, noon Central.  This time it will not be about the phones. The invitations, as seen to the right, are a very fall-like and contain the image is of the traditional Apple logo found at the bottom.  In the background one can see many multicolored leaves (the iconic Apple leaf) floating up to the top.  The tagline “We still have a lot to cover”is found at the bottom and suggest that this event will unveil a lot of new products. Rumors have it that these products include their new iPads, the features and availability of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and the new MacBook Pro. Speculations are also floating around that they may introduce a smartwatch (the iWatch) as well as an update to Apple TV. It is projected that the “belles” of this ball will be their two new iPads, reports say both will support the new 64-bit A7 chip.  The first is the second generation iPad mini that will likely feature Retina display.  It will also reportedly have additional power and a longer-lasting battery that will make it a little heavier than its predecessor.  The other is their fifth generation iPad, which will get a makeover and boast a thinner and lighter design as well as an improved camera.  It is uncertain as to whether or not the new iPads will contain the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner that was first introduced in the iPhone 5S. Improvements to the MacBook Pro will include more battery life – possibly hitting the 12-hour mark – as well as a better processors. Unfortunately, we were not on the invitation list and will not be able to attend the event in San Francisco to either confirm or debunk the rumors firsthand.  But we will keep you updated with all the latest ‘tech-gossip’ revolving around the event as that day approaches as well as a complete summary following the event including what and when the products will hit the marketplace. Thanks Loop  for the image.      ...

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Specs on Google’s Nexus 5 Are Leaked
Oct07

Specs on Google’s Nexus 5 Are Leaked

Smartphones have been constantly growing in popularity and nowadays it is nearly impossible to walk down the street and not see someone who has their face glued to a–wait who notices that anymore, let me rephrase.  Nowadays it is nearly impossible to surf the web or go on your social media accounts and not see posts, comments, or photos that were uploaded via a mobile device. Many technology companies are hopping on and perpetuating the smartphone craze whether it be Apple, Samsung, or Google.  Yes, if you haven’t heard, Google has released smartphones. Almost one year ago today, Google launched the Nexus 4, their take on a smartphone that “puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand; all with no carrier commitment or contract.”  Fans raved at its release. The LG made Nexus 4 featured a revamped Google Maps option, Google Play, and the Photo Sphere Camera.  Now they are expected to release their newest smartphone. One year separations seems to be the going rate between companies releasing their newest and most updated smartphones, and Google is no exception.  Questions have been flying around the internet on what Google’s next smartphone will feature, look-like, and be called.  This has sparked countless rumors, one of them being the name; the Nexus 5. Now with the recent development of a leaked service manual many of the questions have been answered and rumors confirmed. Google has decided to stick with the Nexus 4 builder, LG, for their new smartphone.  Claiming to boast a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, nearly a 5-inch screen, 1080p display, and 2GB RAM the Nexus 5 is essentially an upgraded Nexus 4. Arguably, the most impressive feature on the Nexus 5 is the new MEMS (which stands for a mouthful, microelectromechanical technology) camera.  This is a first of its kind camera.  It will be able to  focus seven times faster than current cameras and capture images extremely fast.  This will allow smartphonotographers to take a quick succession of shots of a fast moving object and focus later. This leaked information has fans biting at the bit as the wait for Google’s actual announcement of the Nexus 5 release, which is expected to happen within the month. Whether you feel that leaked information is beneficial to you as a consumer or you wish that the tantalizing information would just stay secret until you can have the ability hold that beautiful smartphone in your hand, it will continue to happen. Now the only thing to wonder about is the when it will be released and for how much will the Nexus 5 be?...

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LinkedIn For Mobile Gets A New Feature
Aug05

LinkedIn For Mobile Gets A New Feature

The amount of time we spend online has become an incredible number that more than likely outweighs the amount of time spent reading a book. The internet isn’t all bad though. With the growth of the Internet, the ability to find and land jobs has increased with the amount of users, and a lot of this increase can be attributed to the popular job finding site, LinkedIn. As people who use the popular site know, LinkedIn can be used as an online résumé for companies to use when you apply for a job or just for companies to find and perhaps contact you if they like what they saw. The site released all the way back in 2003, but didn’t begin to gain notoriety until 2008-2009 when the rise in social media sites began to grow. The online version grew and the mobile app was born along with that. Like most sites though, the mobile app has always been a little bit behind in terms of updates and look, but today marks another step up for LinkedIn’s mobile app. You now have the ability to apply for job postings, instead of just being able to save a search, just as you can do on the full desktop site. This update gives people who may be looking through LinkedIn while in the car with friends, out to lunch or if they are just sitting around the house on the hunt for a new job the opportunity to do so quickly. People aren’t always around their computer, but more often than not, are around their phone. By having the ability to apply for a job from your smartphone, you speed up the process of job hunting. This is especially true when you are doing so from LinkedIn alone. Instead of having to bounce around from job posting site to job posting site, LinkedIn has made it easier for job seekers to find what they are looking for in one simple place. The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to have your résumé on file either. Since it is already in the LinkedIn system on your profile page, just hitting “apply” will automatically link your public site to the companies job posting. For many, this may seem as though the job of “job hunting” itself is becoming a thing of the past, but you can’t get a job, without first putting yourself out there. LinkedIn is merely acting as a middle man, in lieu of a physical job application. Photo via LinkedIn Press...

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