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Must-Have Accessories

Must-Have Accessories
Must-Have Accessories

Did you get a new device this holiday season?  Perhaps it was something that you purchased for yourself - a tablet, a phone, a TV, laptop, etc.  But your question is: now what do I do with this?  How can I accessorize my new favorite device and utilize it for all its worth? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite accessories for your holiday devices.

Cables

Most of your devices came with a cable, but let’s face it, you can never have enough of them. If it’s for your phone, you need one in your bedroom, the car, your purse, next to the computer, and an extra one because you know one of them might grow legs and simply walk away.

Getting extra lightning cables for your iPhone/iPad is a no brainer, but consider trying out the Moshi lightning cable for a little style and have the same one-year-warranty as the Apple brand.

You got the new Apple TV but it didn’t come with a HDMI cable and you need one to make it work. Did you know that when you AirPlay to the AppleTV it doubles your local traffic? Get yourself an ethernet cable to connect your AppleTV directly to your router for the fastest speed.

Battery Pack

Your new iOS device has a nice battery life, but it won’t always be like that. If you plan on going camping, traveling on a plane, or going beyond the range of an outlet, then you’re going to want to get some power on the go. The Moshi Ionbank 5K comes with an integrated Lightning cable to charge your iPhone, and a USB cable to charge itself. The extra USB port on IonBank 5K allows for a second device to charge, whether it be another iPhone or even an Android device.

Protection

Your new device looks pretty sweet and you should keep it that way.  With the i10 Pixel glass you can keep the glass scratch-free as it reaches to the top corners of your phone from the bottom corners. For full phone protection, look at the cases from Moshi.  They range in design from sleek to rugged, and even offer a wallet folio case. These cases keep your devices safe and in style.

Your computer should be protected from scratches as well. The Speck see-thru lets your Apple logo light glow through the case and gives it the protection needed from daily wear and tear, like sliding it into your full backpack.

What about a folio for the businessman/woman to look professional and have protection? The Tucano Palmo and Leggero are a great protective solution with a style that says, "Look out, I look good, I look important, I am successful." If you are looking for a folio that has a keyboard, look no further than the Moshi Versa Cover with keyboard; this bad boy turns heads.

Headphones

You’re probably going to lose these in a pocket, in the wash, in the car, leave them at a friend's house... you get the idea, you're going to lose them. And the headphones that came with you iPhone are average at best. The Moshi Mythro headphones are your answer to the average headphones; they're only $29.95 and according to CNet, they are the best headphones under $50.

Cleaning

No one likes fingerprints on screens, and the germs on your computer aren’t very attractive either. Apple Juice screen and device cleaner provides you with cleanliness, and it smells like apples.

Learning curve

You have the devices but don’t know all the ins and outs of how to utilize them most effectively. Understanding the benefits of iCloud seems beyond your grasp, and how to make a document look like you hired someone to make it is something weighing on your mind.  ME.Training can give you the advantages you’ve been looking for. Sign up for a private class with a trainer and get the undivided attention you deserve.

Sign PDFs with TrackPad

Ever had to sign documents quickly and return them to a sender? No matter the type of document that you're trying to sign, if you can avoid a printing, then sign, then scan, and send back workflow, it's always appreciated. Mac OS X's Preview application has long allowed for digital signatures, but in Yosemite you can sign documents using the trackpad, too.

Create a Signature with your TrackPad

  • Step 1: Open PDF that you wish to sign in the Preview App.
  • Step 2: Click View
  • Step 3: Click Show Markup Toolbar (Command + Shift + A)
  • Step 4: Chose the Sign button in the tool bar that appears, then click "Create Signature"
  • Step 5: In the Signature popup that appears, choose the Trackpad option , and click the "Click here to begin" button.

Once in this mode, sign you name using your finger on the trackpad.

When you are done with your signature, press any key on the keyboard to exit editing mode, and then press the Done button in the popup to save the signature in Preview.

You can also get a signature without the trackpad. To do so, follow the same steps as above, but choose the Camera option in step 5. Create a physical signature using black ink on a white piece of paper (for best results), then hold this signature up to the iSight camera on your Mac.

Use your Signature

When you are ready to use the signature in your document, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click View.
  • Step 2: Click Show Markup Toolbar (Command + Shift + A ).
  • Step 3: Choose the Sign button, then click on one of the saved signatures that appears in the list.

Once you do this, you'll see the signature inserted into the document. You can then resize and move the signature around on the PDF to make it look just right and fit over the signature area of the document you're signing.

Don't forget you need to save the signature inside of the document using Command + S (or get advanced save options by pressing Option + Command + Shift + S to open the Save As... panel).

I Love my Leader

Love is a pretty strong word to use about your leader.  We use the word pretty flippantly any more though. We’re quick to use “love” when are talking about a movie, a book, pizza, a car, a cup of coffee, a beer, or our new smartphone.  But we are slower to say “love” about a person.  I guess that is because we don’t know if the other person loves us back.  We know the frosty mug of beer or a movie is not going to love us back, so who cares if we say we love them? So do I love my Leader.  Some of my leaders I genuinely do love.  I love parents, I love my Pastor and the Elders of my church. Those are some of the easier leaders to confess my love for.  But what about my government leaders, police, teachers, or boss.  I’m happy that I live in the USA and I would defend America to the end.  I’m thankful for police that they are here to serve and protect me.  But for the most part, my government leaders and policemen are at a distance.  It’s hard to love them because I don’t feel loved back.  I know that they are concerned for me, but that is about as far as it goes.

Teachers are in closer contact to me.  They see me regularly, so I interact with them, sometimes on a personal level.  But we rarely discuss personal things.  I don’t know what is going on with their lives nor them about me.

Then there is my boss. This guy knows my kids' names and I know his.  He is genuinely invested in my life.  Yes, he asks me to work, and work hard for the company, for him.  But it’s easy for me to do, not because of the paycheck (although I’m thankful for that as well), but because I want him to succeed.  I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great bosses in the past.  Don't get me wrong, I’ve had a few jerks as well.  But the attention and concern my boss gives to me and to all that are around him, makes me want to give back.  I see how he wants our customers to succeed without being selfish about his own company growth, and that speaks loud to me as a man, not just an employee.

Do I love my leaders?  Not all of them, but the owner of MacExperience, Joel Read… Let’s just say he knows how I feel.

Time Keeps on Slippin...

…. in to the future…. (digital arpeggios)  We love to spend time with friends and family.  We love to spend time relaxing at the beach. We love to spend our time with a good book. Time is a commodity and we spend it like we do money. You’ve even heard it said “time is money”. We pinch pennies when we need to with research to make sure that we don’t waste our hard earned paycheck.  We search for the cheapest gas prices, we even drive to multiple grocery stores to save a few bucks.  We spend a lot of time and effort to save money.

Would you be willing to trade $50 a month for 4 hours of time with a loved one? I would.  The time it takes to drive from one store to the next, plus the time in the store waiting in line at the checkout, adds a lot of time and effort.  (side note: are you really saving money after you add gas and vehicle maintenance driving from store to store)

Here is a thought. Stop spending time and effort on crazy things that really don’t save you that much money.  Go to one store.  Make it a local store to support your community. Take that precious time you save and spend it where you want.  Like that yard project, or book you’ve been meaning to read, spend time with your kids over a board game, or catching up on sleep (your complaining of being tired is getting old).

For the businesses out there: Learn to love your job again by spending your time and effort on what you do best.  Hire someone else to design the website, to do the bookkeeping, to clean the toilets.  It’s not an easy thing to just jump into when the pockets are empty.  But I’m sure that if you spend your time and efforts on what you love, you will reap the benefits and be able to outsource the things you hate.

Stoke the Fire with Love and Passion

FireLovePassionLet’s be honest. It’s cold enough to freeze the tail off a brass monkey! You and all your friends have made it known on Instagram, Twitter, and every other social site. I know it’s hard for me to even get out of bed in the morning. Winter is also a time of year when our businesses can suffer. Fewer feet, slower sales, and an overall slump in morale can cause any business to sing the winter blues.

How are you going to heat things up right now? How are you going to shake off the winter blues? Whatever business you’re in, you have ownership in making it successful. You have to take the first step to stoke the fire with the love and passion of what you do.

Like the guy who throws gasoline on a fire, maybe you need to pitch that crazy idea to your boss.

Or the guy that fans the flame, you should make that call to the client who’s been MIA for a few months.

Perhaps you’re the person that adds another log to the fire, and invites that colleague out for a beer and brainstorm.

Now’s the time to get your creative juices flowing and think forward. What are you going to do differently today to make your company warm up in a cold season? Are you going to stoke the fire or let it die from being cold.

Security Alert: Backdoor iWorm

Hello Mac Users, MacExperience wants to keep everyone informed and updated on the latest Mac OS Security issues.

Most Mac computer users know malware is less common on Macs than on Windows. Even though Apple provides built in security such as GateKeeper and File Quarantine, Mac users should not take their OS X security for granted

Macs aren’t immune to malware. Recently, there have been many issues of Malware infecting Mac computers like Genieo. Additionally, a new Mac Malware called Mac.Backdoor.iWorm is making rounds infecting Mac computers to be used as Botnets.

Therefore, MacExperience recommends some steps you can take to improve your security on Mac computers. Here are some easy ways you can improve your Mac security.

1. Keep your OS X software updated with the latest patches and OS software updates.

2. Set GateKeeper to only run digitally signed apps from the Mac App Store. This setting is in System preferences under Security and Privacy. 

3. Run anti-virus/anti-malware software on your Macs.

Mac computers have become very popular. As a result, more malicious code is being written to take advantage of unprotected computers.

4. Limit the use of Administrator accounts

Allow only necessary admin accounts to install and modify system settings. Don’t share administrator names and passwords. Log out when you leave your Mac so unauthorized people don’t use your Mac with administrator privileges. Require a password to wake your Mac from sleep or screen saver.

Contact MacExperience

For more information on Mac Security solutions for home or your business. MacExperience offers solutions to protect your personal or business assets.

 

Other recent OS X security news:

Also in the news was the known security issue regarding the Bash exploit. The OS X bash update can be found directly at Apple.com.

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1769

More on GateKeeper: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5290

*** UPDATE: Oct. 7th *** Apple has added the new iWorm definitions to detect this malware.

We're So Busy, We're Moving

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We're relocating our downtown location to our existing Castleton location, on November 1st.

We're also bringing back someone you might remember from our past. No, it’s not Steve Jobs. We can’t bring back the dead, but we are bringing back a powerhouse of a player. One of the originals: Tom Egan. Boom!

Thank you for your continued support.

On November 1st, downtown customers will be able to find us at:

 6609 E 82 St Indianapolis, IN 46250

Located near Castleton Mall, at the intersection of 82nd and Craig.

Mon—Fri: 9am to 6pm; Sat: 10am to 5pm

(317) 217-1610

Desktop "Spaces" in Mission Control

Mission Control 103 Did you know that there’s more than one desktop on your Mac? Yep, it’s true, you can pretty much have as many desktops as you want, each filled with its own assortment of open documents and applications.

Most of us are used to having a single desktop on our systems—you know, the one that’s directly in front of us. The idea of have more, “virtual” desktop spaces with open windows that you can’t see can take a little getting used to. Once you get the hang of it, these additional desktop spaces—which you manage in Mac OS X with a new feature, dubbed “Mission Control”—can become addicting, even essential. Let’s take a quick tour of the desktop spaces in “Mission Control”—and keep in mind that older versions of the Mac operating system also have the “spaces” feature, which you can manage in the System Preferences panel under the Apple menu.

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1. First, activate Mission Control by clicking its icon in the Mac OS “Dock,” or swiping up with three fingertips on your MacBook trackpad. You can also turn Mission Control on by hitting the F3 key on your keyboard.

 

2. Now, you’ll see an overhead view of all your open applications, windows, and spaces. On your desktop, you may have five applications open—Mail, iPhoto, iCal, iTunes, and Safari, not to mention a total of three Safari open windows at once. Things may start to get a little crowded.

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3. Time to spread out a little bit. Activate Mission Control again, click and hold the app window you want to move to a different “desktop”, and then drag it up and over to the upper-right corner of the screen—where all of a sudden, a new “space” with a big “+” sign appears.

4. Drop the app into your new space, and presto! Now you have another desktop with just the one application open. To visit your new space, just activate Mission Control and click the Desktop icon, which immediately zooms in and fills your screen.

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5. Now go ahead repeat with more open applications. To switch between your desktops, open Mission Control and click the desktop space you want to jump to. You can also scroll though them one-by-one with a sideways three-finger swipe on your trackpad, or by tapping a left or right arrow key on the keyboard while holding down the Control key.

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6. Want to clean up your spaces? Activate Mission Control, then hold your mouse over the space you want to close until a circle with an “x” appears on its corner. Click the “x,” and the space will disappear, with any open windows safely sliding over to one of your remaining spaces (so don’t worry, you won’t lose any work).

Give it a try!

Paste Text Without Keeping Its Formatting

When you copy text from some applications, and especially from the web, you tend to copy its formatting, such as the text size, font choice and so on. When you then paste this into other text fields, like in an email, it looks funky or out of place, and can make things hard to read. To paste the text without its original formatting (so it formats in the same way as the rest of what you're pasting into), instead of pressing Command (⌘) +V, press Option+Shift+Command (⌘) +V.

Shortcut Your Most Used Phrases

If you find yourself typing the same things over and over, whether it’s a single Unicode character that doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut, or an entire phrase or chunk of text like an email signature, use the built-in Text Replacement feature in OS X.  

Go to the Text tab of the Keyboard pane of the System preferences and click the +. Put the shortcut you want in the left column and the text you want it to expand in the right.

Keep Your Hands at 10 and 2

Did you know that you can switch between apps with a key command.  Command (⌘) + Tab then release allows the user to switch to the previously used application.  If you are doing research between two applications this simple step is great.  This interface is more flexible than it seems at first. For instance, if you bring the App Switcher up and hover your cursor over an icon then release “Command (⌘)”, it will go to the application you highlighted. App Switcher

Also, when you have an application highlighted, you can do a few other things: press Q to quit an app instantly; press H to hide an app from view; or press the up or down arrows to see the highlighted app’s open windows in Mission Control.

 

One last thing that I find helpful with the App Switcher is that you can scroll back and forth to choose the app you want with your left pinky.  Command (⌘) + Tab goes left to right and Command (⌘) + Tilde ( ~ ) will go right to left once the App Switcher is activated.

MacExperience is a Boring IT Company

Did you know that MacExperience has been in business since 2001? In that time we have had, several retail relocations, from Bloomington to HTC and from E Washington to W Michigan. But one thing that has not changed is our service to companies that need our expertise to manage their IT needs. We have a team of System Engineers that could bore you to death with their amazing technical skills and wizard-like knowledge. We could talk about Layer 7 traffic classification and control, integrated intrusion detection engines and scalable management architecture. We could help you fall asleep with a bedtime story about geographically dispersed switches, CMX and API.

We’ve been boring people with our nerd talk for years and that’s OK. We’ll continue to be the Boring IT Company if it allows you to concentrate on creating, building, connecting and producing. We’ll keep our taped glasses on our face with the help of a finger pushing them up, and geek out about keeping your system running like you would expect.

If you’ve never heard that we offer professional services, that’s OK. We don't expect our customers think about us when everything is running so smooth. They don’t have to because we keep them safe, secure, running and up-to-date.

Dictate text using Enhanced Dictation

We all know we aren’t supposed to text and drive.  Reason being, people take their eyes off of the road for 5 seconds at 60 miles and hour and you’ve just driven 1 1/2 football fields.  So we’ve use Siri to read the text to us and to dictate a text back without ever taking our eyes off the road. But what about when your on the computer and you just want to get your thoughts out, but your fingers can keep up.  Did you know that your Mac OS 10.9 has enhanced dictation?  That right, talk to your computer and let it do the typing for you.

If this is something you would like to use, we recommend downloading the 800MB option, which moves the voice recognition to you local computer without the need of an internet connection, making it must faster and more reliable.

Enough of the mumbo jumbo.  Let’s turn this on so that we can use it already.

Setup. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Dictation & Speech. Turn on Dictation then check the box for “Use Enhanced Dictation”. Once it has downloaded you are ready to rock-n-roll.

How to Use. This is difficult so pay attention.  Place your curser where you want to insert your text.  Then press the function key (fn) twice. Speak. Press the function key (fn) again (but only once) to end.  OK, maybe it wasn’t that hard.  You can use words like “period” “exclamation mark” and “new paragraph”.  If there is a question about the dictation, it will be underlined in purple. Right click the purple underlined words to see other things dictation thinks you might have said.

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5 Reasons Macs Are Great for Small Businesses

Apple LogoFor decades, it’s been a rule of thumb that’s ruled the business world: PCs are for business. Macs—not so much. But the conventional wisdom is changing. In recent years, Apple has positioned itself as a more business-friendly machine. In 2010, for instance, the company began an effort to hire engineers with experience in networking hardware to help small business customers make the transition from PC to Mac.

That and similar moves seem to be making a dent in Windows’ use. In 2012, purchases of Windows devices declined 31 percent from 2011, and Windows tablet sales were essentially “non existent,” according to data from NPD, a global research firm.

Why the shift? From quality support to high security, here are five reasons why your small business should consider making the switch to Macs, something that MacExperience is more than qualified to assist you with.

1. Local help and support.

While every Apple retail store has at least one employee on site dedicated to helping local small businesses, the MacExperience covers you with a team to make the most of Apple products. We feature same or next day metro-Indianapolis delivery on thousands of available products. We offer equipment leasing, which allows you to pay for new computers, software and accessories over two or three years. And our professional Apple Certified engineers can visit your small business to help you set up or troubleshoot your products.

2. Awesome apps.

The Apple ecosystem features more than 1 million apps that can help you run your business with ease. No matter where you are, as long as you can access 3G or Wifi, you can also instantly access essential business apps like Freshbooks, Quickbooks, Skype, Square and Salesforce. As a small business owner, you can get discounts by purchasing these apps in bulk, too.

3. The iPad.

In an increasingly mobile marketplace, the iPad offers a great user interface and the ability to run your business remotely for small business owners. Across the nation, small firms are finding innovative ways to implement the iPad in their business, from collecting payments through apps like Square to making presentations to potential clients.

4. The iPhone.

Last year, the popular iPhone accounted for 68.2 percent of new small and medium business smartphone activations, according to data from Intermedia. Why? In addition to thousands of excellent apps, small business owners love the usability and interface that the iPhone offers. Better yet: It integrates seamlessly with your data on your computer and iPad.

5. Security.

From iPhone to Mac Pro, all Apple products are designed with powerful advanced technologies that work together to constantly scrutinize, encrypt, update and ultimately keep you Mac safer. Small businesses report more uptime using Macs vs PCs

Do you use a Mac in your small business? Why or why not? Want to get started today? Contact us with your questions and solution needs and we'll be happy to begin the discussion.

Should Your Company Embrace BYOD?

The D isn’t for dessert, drinks or dog, it’s for device. As in, bring your personal device like an iPhone or iPad into the workplace. BYOD is a hot trend among many businesses large and small. Until recently, many employers had sought to limit employee devices for work due to legal reasons (privacy), security (data and apps) and financial (employees expect you to cover some or all of the cost if they use their personal device for work).

But with millions of iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices on the market and employees expecting to be able to be mobile with their work whenever possible, a BYOD strategy may be right for you.

Quick BYOD tips to consider:

  • Pay for some, but not all, of the bill. Set data and phone call boundaries or agree to pay for 50% of a monthly use to avoid employee misuse.
  • Check your network for security issues and create a separate WiFi account for BYOD use.
  • Don’t let your IT department drown in BYOD problems, and set the expectation that employees are responsible for the maintenance of their device.
  • Don’t set unnecessary rules for use. After all, one study found that playing Angry Birds boosts employee productivity and morale.
  • Be clear about if and how you will track the device. Seventy-five percent of employees don’t want to be tracked by their employer, even if there is sensitive information on their device.

For more, check out this BYOD: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly infographic.

The MacExperience helps customers find the right Apple device and gear for their home every day, but we also offer incredible business consulting from data management and migration, to helping create a productive workforce with solutions like BYOD.

Learn more by contacting one of our Indiana locations about how we can bring Apple solutions to your business.

Meraki for Mac Business Security Solutions

As the wave of wireless access grows your business infrastrcture or organization needs to respond. Especially if you provide wireless services to guests in your network. MacExperience is an Authorized dealer of Meraki products and services and would be happy to help you maximize your wireless offerings while providing the most efficient and secure use of your business network. Meraki LogoIdentify hundreds of applications, from business apps to BitTorrent and YouTube. Prioritize critical apps like VoIP, and limit or block wasteful bandwidth consumption such as P2P file sharing. Apply policies by device type, automatically assigning VLAN tags, traffic shaping rules, bandwidth limits, and firewall policies to iPads and other device types. And user fingerprinting with Google-like search allows administrators to easily identify and control individual users, iPads, Androids, and other devices.

Meraki provides complete out-of-the-box enterprise class security. Segment wireless users, applications, and devices; secure your network from attacks; and enforce the right policies for each class of users. Meraki’s built-in stateful policy firewall, 802.1X/RADIUS support, and native Active Directory integration deliver fine-grained access control, while Meraki’s Guest Access Firewall provides secure, Internet-only guest WiFi in just one click.

With built-in features like Network Access Control (NAC) and Air Marshal, a real-time scanning intrusion prevention system (WIPS), Meraki enables secure wireless environments without complex setup or systems integration. Meraki WLANs are fully HIPAA and PCI compliant.

Contact us to find out how you can receive a free access point or demo test products.