If the For You section of Apple’s iOS News app overwhelms you with stories that are boring, depressing, or offensive, you can clamp down on it with a new setting in iOS 11. Go to Settings > News and enable Restrict Stories in For You. From then on, most stories in For You will come only from channels you follow. That setting also removes Top Stories, Trending Stories, and Featured Stories, since they rely on publications you may not like. (To follow a publication’s channel, in the News app, tap the publication’s name at the top of a story and then tap its heart icon. Verify your selections in the Following section, accessed by tapping Following at the bottom of the main News screen. Be aware that News may still suggest unwanted topics; you can delete those in Following too.)
What do you spend the most amount of time doing on your Mac or iPhone? The real answer might be play games, text, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest, but let's pretend that it's surf the web. You might even find yourself reading blogs like this one, or catching up on the news. And because you spend so much time on the internet reading, you might like the Safari Reader Fonts option. If you're not familiar with Reader in Safari, it's allows you to view news stories and other articles in a layout that’s optimized for easy reading. Reader lets you focus on the text without being distracted by ads. Reader is available where there is a 4 line icon on the left side of the search bar.
And now you can customize your view by selecting your font size and style, and choose Sepia and Night themes. Simply select "Reader" and then select the "AA" on the right side of the search bar.
Apple is adding new gestures to the Mac that lets you do things like jiggle you mouse cursor to make it larger. The idea being able to jiggle our mouse to find our cursor, so making it temporarily larger will make it easier to find. I can see myself liking that now that I’m over 40. El Capitan includes improvements for running apps in full screen mode, and also offers a split view for working with two app windows in full screen mode at the same time.
Safari can now “Pin” sites in the toolbar, kind of like little bookmarks, by just dragging them to the left. You can even see what tabs have audio playing in the background and mute them from within Safari.
Spotlight in El Capitan will dig deep into not just the computer but into the web. You can even type out a though for searching, as an example, “show me pictures from June last year when I was in Indianapolis” and it finds it!
While there was no exact release date, there will be a free upgrade coming this fall. No announcement telling us what Macs will support the software.
Apple sent an email to Aperture customers today to reminder them about the impending removal of the professional grade photo editing software from the Mac App Store. The email confirms that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the release of Photos for OS X. When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app. You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for OS X, including your photos, adjustments, albums, and keywords. After migrating, your Aperture library remains intact. However, Aperture and Photos do not share a unified library, so any changes made after the migration will not be shared between the apps.
Aperture users will be able to continue using the software on OS X Yosemite after its discontinued. Aperture users can migrate their photo libraries to Photos for OS X, including photos, adjustments, albums and keywords.
Photos for OS X will be available this spring for OS X Yosemite.
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.
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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.
More on GateKeeper: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5290
*** UPDATE: Oct. 7th *** Apple has added the new iWorm definitions to detect this malware.
The short list of the Apple Event yesterday. Those of us that were watching struggled with the video feed., but we pushed through and learned of all the new “killer” products.
Apple announced that they want to control of your wallet with Apple Pay, a contactless payment technology coming this October.
They announced 2 new phones, the iPhone 6 with a 4.7” screen, and iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5” screen. We have a full comparison of the iPhone line.
iOS 8 will be available on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
But wait there’s more. The new wearable, Apple Watch. With three models available and prices starting at $349.
The 2 hour event was ended with U2 playing the first track from their new full length album, “Songs Of Innocence”, released with a free download at iTunes.
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How to pin an app to a specific Mission Control Desktop
You can assign an app to a specific desktop in Mission Control—perfect for keeping your programs in their proper “spaces,” particularly when you’re booting up your Mac.
Before we begin, something to keep in mind: this trick applies only to apps running in standard “windowed” mode. Programs running in “full screen” automatically get assigned to their own desktops.
Are you ready to start “pinning” your apps to specific desktops? Here we go…
▪ First, navigate to the desktop where you’d like a particular program to call home. If, for example, you want Calendar to sit in Desktop 2, launch Mission Control, then click on Desktop 2 from the overhead Mission Control view (or create a second desktop if there isn’t one already).
▪ Launch the app you want to assign to the desktop—again, let’s use Calendar as our example.
▪ Go down to the Mac desktop dock at the bottom of the screen, find the icon for Calendar, and right-click it.
▪ In the menu that appears, select Options, then select “This Desktop” under the “Assign to” heading.
Now, let’s test. Go ahead and close the app you just assigned to a desktop, navigate to Desktop 1 in Mission Control, then launch the app again—and when you do, it should launch in the desktop you assigned it to.
Also, if the app you’ve pinned to a desktop opens automatically when you start up your Mac, the app will now launch in its assigned window.
OK, but what if you want to “unpin” an app from a desktop? Just right-click its icon in the dock, select Options, then select “None” under “Assign to.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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Yosemite, the next OS X along with iOS 8 coming this fall will have a great feature, that I look forward to. Answering my iPhone on my Mac.
That’s right, you can now make and receive phone calls on you Mac. According to Apple,
“When your iPhone rings, you’ll get a notification on your Mac showing you the caller’s name, number, and profile picture". When clime the notification to answer, your Mace suddenly becomes a speakerphone. But it doesn’t end there, you can also dial out by clicking a phone number see in Contacts, Calendar, Messages, or Safari. Simply make sure that your iPhone and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Messages, in iOS 8 will be getting a number updates that will make the most used app in iOS even more useful. Here the skinny of what users can look forward to.
One of the more ground breaking additions to Messages is the ability to seamlessly send voice messages without having to leave the app itself. Apple calls this "Tap to Talk."
There's now a microphone icon located to the right of the message window. Users simply need to tap on the icon, record their message and send. Also worth noting is that users can listen to voice messages by simply raising their iPhone up to their ear. In addition to audio, Messages also allows users to quickly send short video messages.
Because voice and video messages are larger than standard messages, they will self-destruct as to save storage space. Message recipients, though, can keep selected audio and video messages of their choosing. Kind of like Snapchat meets iOS.
Another improvement to Messages in iOS 8 is that it finally gives users more control over group text conversations that they're a part of. You will finally have the ability to leave group texting threads (I hate it when my phone is blowing up in a conversation I don't care about), add or remove other participants, and elect not to be disturbed every time a group text flies in.
The new Messages app gives you the ability to see all the photos and videos ever sent in a particular conversation without having to hit "Load Earlier Messages". For anyone who has had to press that button 365,241 times to find a photo sent weeks if not months earlier, this feature is a godsend.
Speaking of photos, Messages in iOS 8 now supports the ability to send multiple photos and videos concurrently.
And lastly, a add-on to the upcoming Messages feature set is the ability to quickly share your location with friends.
Apple describes the feature as:
"Where are you?" Answer that question more clearly than ever with a map showing your location. You can also share your whereabouts with people you choose for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. And you can see people in the message thread on a map if they've shared their locations.
This will make connecting with friends easier than it's been with "Find My Friends."
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Dear Dad, Mom, and children, Do you ever get frustrated with your Apple Devices sharing content, pictures, texts, and apps with other family members? We examine a few scenarios and give some sound advice to solve these conundrums.
[quote author="Mom" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]Every time my daughter downloads an app, it shows up on my phone too. How do I prevent that?[/quote]
[quote author="Dad, Mom, and Teens" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]I have a warning on my phone that says there is not enough space to back up. What does this mean? How do I take care of it?[/quote]
I get questions like these quite often from families that visit our stores. I almost always reply with a question, “Do you share the same apple id”? Usually the answer is yes.
I’m a husband of one and a father of three. We’ve gone through this headache as well. I’ve discovered, along the way, a 3 simple steps that can be done to keep everything easy and uncomplicated.
[toggle title="1. New ID for Jr."] Create an Apple ID for each person in the house. In order to do this, each person will also need an email address. [/toggle]
[toggle title="2. Protect the Password"] Do not tell your child the password to the apple ID. This does a few things. First, it forces them to have to come to you for approval of purchase. This is really nice if you have your credit card attached to the Apple ID. Secondly you know what they are viewing, listening to, and playing. Some of you may not want to have your credit card associated with your child’s Apple ID. That’s fine, set them up with an iTunes gift card. You can even pay your children for work performed or reward them, with iTunes gift cards. Then, when they run out of money on that gift card, but want to purchase something, you have an opportunity to teach them something that even the government should learn. That you can’t spend what you don’t have. [/toggle]
[toggle title="3. Take it With You"] When your child grows up and leaves the house, they can take their music, apps, books and a financial understanding with them, and there is no arguing over who owns what. [/toggle]
I know that to some this may seem like a hassle, but when you set this up early, you can avoid headaches later. Each person has their own iCloud backup so you wont be trying to connect 5 devices to one iCloud that would eat up the 5GB of free space extremely fast.
[quote author="Husband and Wife" bar="true" align="left" width="full"] I don't want to separate our Apple ID's, it's just the two of us. [/quote]
Some of you just don’t want to go that route, perhaps there is only two of you in the house and that’s fine. The question still remains though, how do you separate who gets what on which device? There are some steps that actually work.
[toggle title="Scenario #1 My wife or child gets all of my text."]
Let’s clear the air just a bit so there is no confusion. Text Message and iMessage are not the same thing. The typical text message is sent through a cellular data service provider (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or whoever), and is transferred to the recipient. Depending on your cell phone plan, you could be charged for the text message. But then there is iMessage, when you send a text message to someone that has an Apple ID, the Messages app automatically recognizes that person’s Apple ID and routes the message through Apple’s servers instead of using the cell phone carrier and avoids texting charges from the carrier.
To be clear, your wife or child is not intercepting all text messages, just the iMessages. To prevent that from continuing, we need to make an adjustment.
On your device go to
Settings > Messages > Send & Receive
Then select or deselect how that device can receive iMessages. You can choose the phone number associated with the phone, the Apple ID, or any email address you choose. If you do decide to use a different email follow the instructions on our Alternate iMessage Email guide.
[toggle title="Scenario #2 When my child/husband downloads an app, it appears on my device."]
Simply turn off automatic downloads option. On your device select
Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads
[toggle title="Scenario #3 We want to share music, but not all of it."]
Like Scenario 2, you need to turn off automatic downloads first. There are two ways to go about this. First you can stream via the cloud. Your music will not actually be on your device, but is available to stream if you have a wifi connection or a cellular connection. Remember though, rates may apply. The second choice is to sync the music you want through itunes on your computer. See our Syncing via iTunes blog for further instructions.
[toggle title="Scenario #4 (Almost Explicit Content) My 7-year-old son has seen questionable pictures of us. What do we do?"]
First, flush your sons eyes out with water. Second, explain that this is what married couples only do. Third. Turn off photo stream on his iPad. Then set up a shared stream for only you and your wife.
Settings > iCloud > Photos
Make sure that photos are turned off here on the device you do not want your Almost Explicit Content to go to.
To create a shared stream for you and you spouse go to your photos on your device. Then select Shared at the bottom followed by the + new shared stream… Name the stream and select next. You will be prompted to invite someone to view these photos. Note that in order for them to participate, they must have an apple ID.
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Punxsutawney Phil might be a weather forecasting groundhog but who has time to wait on him. Lets look as some great iPad apps that will keep you informed of what to wear when you go outside.
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Magical Weather gives a balance between beautiful presentation and informative content. Displaying a week’s worth of temperatures in a transparent pane over an animated background and users can swipe to reveal an hourly forecast. Magical Weather focuses on the important information, like highs, lows, chance of rain, wind, humidity, pressure, and UV index. A top pick for an app that shows you the weather and still offers something lovely to look at.
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Intellicast HD includes a lot of impressive information and features for a free app, with only a small advertisement to mar the display. This app display a full forecast for the next 10 days, charts, graphs, and hourly forecast for the current day, sunrise/set time, moonrise/set time, moon phase, a dada, storm cell tracking, wind direction, and a wether blog making it an app you can’t afford to miss.
Weather Live [button href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weather-live-reloaded/id749078962?mt=8" target="_blank" size="small" left_icon="" color="#4bb048" caption=""]$1.99 Buy[/button]
Weather Live can be used on iphone and ipad and should appeal to users with basic and more advanced weather needs. Open the app to a single customizable screen with basic weather info such as temperature, feels like temperature, weekly forecast, humidity, precipitation, pressure, visibility, etc. An animated background relevant to current conditions is displayed behind the “widgets” with the temperature information. The app also includes a section with maps displaying clouds, radar, satellite, and rain. Making this the app to beat.
It’s been one week since Apple developers, fanboys and fangirls left the Moscone Center and WWDC13, hurrying home to download the beta versions of the company’s new operating system, Mavericks, and the freshly redesigned iOS 7. And in the week that has past, the Internet had its chance to debrief. The reviews are in. What did we learn and what did we like?
People aren’t sure what to make of iOS 7’S new icons.
Across Apple fan sites, a spate of anything-Jony-Ive-can-do-I-can-do-better screen shots of tweaked iOS icons popped up. "Critics are upset with how the new iOS was designed, being a mix of flat with a dash of something else," the design site Enfuzed noted.
But GigaOM tried to put things in context for naysayers and Apple’s chicken littles:
“It’s true that there are some changes that are a bit off-putting, and plenty of details and elements that are not quite right yet — as several designers have told me,” GigaOM’s Erica Ogg wrote. “But remember: it’s been eight months since iOS 6 came out and iOS 7 is a pre-release beta. It’s a good bet that what Apple unveiled Monday is going to be tweaked and adjusted as needed over the next few months.
Apple put more into redesigning iOS 7 than Mavericks.
Although Mavericks, Apple’s newest iteration of its OSX named after a popular California surfing spot, has roughly 10 new features, it sticks closely to its predecessor for the most part.
“The most interesting thing to me about OS X Mavericks is that it largely sticks with the old OS X design,” observes the Apple Gazette. “Calendar and Game Center are getting upgrades to look more like their iOS counterparts, but the rest of OS X looks the same way it always has. Will OS 10.10 or 10.11 boast a flat design more like iOS 7? I’d bet on it. Apple simply didn’t have time to overhaul both operating systems yet.”
The new Mac Pro tamps down “can’t innovate anymore” talk.
Among the most striking revelations at WWDC 13 was the new Mac Pro (which the world agreed looked like anything but a computer, and closer to Darth Vader’s helmet, for what it’s worth).
Still, the machine’s design, size and computing power—Intel XeonE5 processors, 60 GB of ram—received rave reviews.
"[It’s] much smaller than you'd think — though pulling the cover off reveals that it's absolutely packed inside," said The Verge. "It's one of the tightest packages we've ever seen."
iTunes Radio could be competitive with other online music streaming solutions.
Apple might be late to the web radio trend, but they came out swinging. The new service, which includes no ads for people who already subscribe to iTunes Match and ad-supported free version for those who don’t, is designed to compete with Spotify and Google Play Music.
“iTunes Radio is most similar to Pandora, allowing users to create custom radio stations based on songs and artists, while also discovering new music through "featured" radio stations,” Mashable says.
And they made a cool infographic to compare the features of the most popular streaming services.