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  • October 22, 2012

    Device Tracking iOS

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  • September 28, 2012

    Apple Falls Short On Maps Suggests Rivals

    The rare apology from Apple regarding it’s mapping service. Earlier this month Apple launched the iOS 6 and its iPhone 5.  Apple has been promising a map service of their own since they were dropping Google native support.  Now Apple has admitted to an issue and is urging unsatisfied customers to download alternatives.  Google has a maps app that’s works on the iPhone a long with many other apps for the iPhone (YouTube, Google+, Chrome just to name a few). The new turn-by-turn navigation system is based a Dutch navigation equipment and digital mapmaker TomTom NV’s’s data.  The complaint is the new Apple Maps: Contain geographical errors Gaps in information Lack of features (features that made Google Maps so popular) Missing information like public transit directions, comprehensive traffic data and street view pictures. Cook said in a letter to customers released on Apple’s website (the entire letter can be found here http://www.apple.com/letter-from-tim-cook-on-maps/) “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better,” “we fell short on this commitment.” “While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.” This is very uncharacteristic of Apple to suggest rival services available in Apple’s App store, while the company improves the product.  Apple is typically loathe to tout rival services and the apology by Cook is an indication of how Apple is changing under the chief executive who took over last year from co-founder Steve Jobs just before his death. I think this is a true sign of how Apple is changing I think this was better PR then the way the iPhone...
  • September 19, 2012

    Apple iOS 6 Releases Today

    Apples next major update to the iPhone mobile operating system iOS 6 is due out today.  iOS 6 supports the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 , iPhone 4S , iPhone 5.  Apples iPhone 5 will hit stores on Sept 21st.  The iOS 6 also supports the iPad 2, the new third-generation iPad and the fourth-gen iPod Touch. The iOS 6 will be released sometime around 10 a.m. Pacific time, or 1:00 p.m. Eastern, but perhaps earlier.  Apple has confirmed that the operating system will indeed launch today.  So now it’s just a matter of watching and waiting for an alert on your device telling you the OS is ready to be pushed across. One of the key additions to iOS 6 is a mapping app.  Apple is getting rid of Google Maps which is a big loss for Google.  The update will also have an improved Siri.  Another notable change is the ability to conduct Facetime video chats over a 3G cellular network.  Facetime over 3G has brought up discussion about its impact on metered data plans. The new iOS 6 is said to have 200 new features including tighter Facebook integration, more phone-answering options Apples own Passbook app for storing boarding passes, movie tickets, and other location-based items.  Passbook apps are not new but defiantly being built into the iOS is something new for Apple. Being an iPhone owner and user I have been looking forward to this update and plan to upgrade my phone OS in the next few days. Tips, check this free iPhone transfer software for iOS 6 and above.
  • September 13, 2012

    Apple unveils iPhone 5

    The new iPhone 5 was unveiled today by Apple and will be ready to ship on September 21 with a price of $199 for 16GB $299 for 32GB $399 for 64GB Let’s take a closer look at the iPhone 5. iPhone 5 screen – The new iPhone 5 will feature a screen that is half-an-inch bigger than its predecessors. That means that the iPhone 5 will have an impressive 4-inch Retina display of 326ppi and an 1136×640 resolution. iPhone 5 processor – Apple’s new A6 chip is being introduced first into iPhone 5 the chip has a 2x faster CPU and a 2x faster graphics. All this in a chip that is 22% smaller. Apple claims that the new chip offers 2x better performance across the board. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 – iOS 6 for the iPhone 5 has over 200 new features. Here are a few that stand out for me. A better Notification Center you can post to Twitter or Facebook. Safari now has a fullscreen mode, which looks even better on the iPhone 5. iCloud Device integration Passbook this is the way to collect all your passes in one place: movie tickets, airline boarding pass, coupon, store card with a balance, ticket for a concert, a ticket for a baseball game. Evening Boarding pass automatically appears on the lockscreen when you’re nearby. Photo Stream sharing Do not disturb feature Call back features iPhone 5 Cell Service – Now includes 4G LTE plus Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G iPhone 5 Camera – The iPhone 5 now has an 8 megapixel sensor, which produces 3264x2448n images and video capable of  1080p HD.  Other features include a camera that is backside illuminated, has a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, fast f/2.4 aperture, low light mode. Hardware specs Screen Size: 4 inches Resolution: 1,136 x 640 Weight:...
  • July 26, 2012

    Mac Apps That Need Retina Support

    I was listening to This Week In Tech – http://twit.tv/ and one of the issues they spoke about was the Mac Retina display and how people have issues with the display and app support.  So I decided to do some research. Every one who purchased the Next Generation Mac Book Pro have had apps that don’t use Apple’s system fonts or haven’t had their graphical assets super-sized look terrible.  The Retina Pro’s issues are with up scaling graphics across a compact 15-inch display area that’s harboring well over five million pixels. Words jumbled into Images Still Frames on Websites from bad Slash Animations Applications and Web Pages are fuzzy The issue is Apple has a great product so far ahead of its time that there is no design support for it yet.  Applications are suffering from this as well just to name the few I found from my research Microsoft Office 2011 (This is the product I have heard most of the complaints about) Spotify Winamp Adobe Products AutoCad Products Skype Dropbox AntiVirus Programs Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
  • Apple has just released an update for the Lion OS X 10.7.4 According to the release notes 10.7.4 includes fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This addresses the nasty bug that exposed FileVault passwords in plain text. Here’s the list of fixes from the release notes: Resolve an issue in which the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled. Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards. Addresses permission issues that may be caused if you use the Get Info inspector function “Apply to enclosed items…” on your home directory. For more information, see this article. Improve Internet sharing of PPPoE connections. Improve using a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file. Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server. Improve printing to an SMB print queue. Improve performance when connecting to a WebDAV server. Enable automatic login for NIS accounts. Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras. Improve the reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts. The OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update includes Safari 5.1.6, which contains stability improvements.  
  • The latest Lion security update, Mac OS X 10.7.3, Apple has accidentally turned on a debug log file outside of the encrypted area that stores the user’s password in clear text.  An Apple programmer, apparently by accident, left a debug flag in the most recent version of the Mac OS X Lion.  In a specific configurations applying OS X Lion update 10.7.3 turns on a system-wide debug log file that contains the login passwords in clear text of every user who has logged in since the update was applied.  Anyone who used FileVault encryption on their Mac prior to upgraded to Lion but kept the folders encrypted using the legacy version of FileVault is vulnerable. FileVault 2 will full disk encryption is unaffected by the security flaw.  The Mac OSX patch10.7.3 was released on February 1, 2012.  The good news is that log file are only kept by default for several weeks.  Meaning that users do not have months of unencrypted passwords sitting on there PC.  Apple needs to fix this issue ASAP.  When a patch is released people need to ensure the log file has been deleted and your password has been changed.  I hope Apple takes care of this VERY SOON!
  • The whole Apple Flashback Trojan started with compromised word press blog.  Kaspersky labs confirms this the virus was spread threw a vulnerability in java.  When clicking on the wordpress link or post executed the silent malicious code.  This is the same thing that happened at pwn to own.  Any time you integrate the browser into the OS you are open up security vulnerabilities. Microsoft has had issues like this for years with Internet Explorer.  Apple sacrificed security for useability in there Safari browser and in iTunes.  One major security concern regarding iTunes is since they have designed iTunes as an all in one hub if there is every a security flaw it would be critical do to the integration into every Apple OS.  The flashback malware has infected more than 600,000 Macs worldwide.  There are removal tools available at Apples website http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1517.  There is an update off of Apple’s website to prevent infection http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338
  • August 10, 2010

    Silent Install Quicktime

    Download the quicktimeinstaller.exe from quicktimes site and extract the file into a folder using 7zip or winrar. Inside the extracted folder create a file called quicktime.cmd and drop these to lines into the file msiexec /i %~dp0quicktime.msi ALLUSERS=1 REGSRCH_INSTALL_ASU=0 DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=1 ProductLanguage=1033 /qn msiexec /i %~dp0appleapplicationsupport.msi ALLUSERS=1 REGSRCH_INSTALL_ASU=0 DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=1 ProductLanguage=1033 /qn then deploy the quicktime.cmd as hidden(just so the users do not see the command box)
  • July 1, 2010

    Converting WMA to MP3 on Mac

    As most on you know I recently purchased a Mac and I must say I am very pleased.  Being a big Linux enthusiast I am very pleased with my new Macbook pro the look and feel is great and the easy user interface is great.  The Mac really reminds me of the current release of Ubuntu just better.  Sorry to all you Ubuntu users I am not trying to offend anyone but that’s my feeling anyway.  I still like Linux so you will still see me at the Linux conferences just with my Mac.  But one thing I did struggle with most of my music was in WMA format.  On the Mac only MP3 and up gets recognized.  So I used this tool All2MP3 to convert my library.  I was very pleased everything converted no file corruption or anything.  All you have to do is install the tool.   Just click the add button pick the files you want to convert.  Click convert and the software does the conversion very fast and painless and drops the MP3 in the original folder with the WMA file.  The link be low will allow you to download the app and has a few instructions.