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We talk at length about Apple and its products, everything related to Apple, its apps, its functionalities and qualities of its computers, smartphones and other gadgets.

Apple’s Clips iOS App

Clips is a new iOS app which helps users make fun video on iPhone and on iPad and share them with friends and family members. Clips allows users to add text, graphics, visual and sound effects and more. Adding content with Clips is quick and simple. The user just records it on the spot and grabs a video clip or photo from her or his library. (more…)

iCloud Photo Library

With iCloud Photo Library, you can keep a lifetime’s worth of photos and videos stored in iCloud and up to date on your Mac, iOS devices, Apple TV and even your PC, and Photos helps you keep your growing library organized and accessible. Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images… Memories displays the best images from your photo library in beautiful collections. (more…)

iCloud

Released on October 12, 2011, Apple’s iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service which has about one billion users who can store their documents on remote servers for download to iOS, Macintosh or Windows devices. Users also can share and send data to other users, link accounts via AirDrop wirless, as well as manage their Apple devices if these devices are lost or stolen. iCloud replaced Apple’s MobileMe service as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders, iWork documents, photos, ringtones, Visual Voicemails and other data. (more…)

Time Machine

Introduced with OS X Leopard, Time Machine is an Apple’s backup software application distributed with the Apple macOS. This application is designed to work with the Time Capsule storage product and with other internal and external disk drives. (more…)

Kaby Lake Processor

Announced on August 30, 2016, Kaby Lake – the new processor by Intel in now available in stores as OEM or as part of desktop and mobile systems. What it means for us, average users, let’s have a glance at it. (more…)

Airbar Touchdown

We’ve already posted about the iPad as a second display for a MacBook. The contraption is interesting and reliable but cumbersome and requires an iPad in addition to the MacBook. Besides, working with two displays is a trick to learn and you risk to develop a divergent squint in the process. But tethering a tablet is not the only option. Really, I don’t know why Apple is so touchy about touch screens, but their reluctance leaves the door open for other innovating companies. (more…)

iMessage (Messaging Service)

iMessage is a messaging service for exchanging text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Texts, multimedia messages and even your location on the map can be shared with persons or groups. iMessage also supports video chats. (more…)

Duet Display

Additional display for a laptop is not a must-have for most of the time, but now and then an additional screen space will do for multitasking. Like editing video and checking mails at the same time, or displaying some service technical info when overclocking or coding. If you got a standalone display, no problem: you just plug it in and go ahead. But if your only other option is a tablet, it’s a tricky thing to do. The most popular interface for tethering both devices is Wi-Fi. But the wireless connection is unstable at the very least and the interchange between windows in the two screens is slow. The wired connection is much more reliable and developing the relevant iOS app was just a question of time. And a team of ex-Apple engineers now offers Duet Display, a nice app to tether your iPad to a MacBook Pro. (more…)

Apple File System

First things first, so let’s talk about what the Apple file system is and what it means for computers performance. We all know that our files are saved to the storage device, a hard disk drive or a solid state drive or flash drive, whatever. But the computer ‘sees’ it not the way we do. First it divides any file in little pieces and then stacks it on ‘shelves’ or sectors of the drive. The file system determines how large these sectors can be. Going on with the shelves metaphor, imagine bookcases too shallow or narrow to house large thick volumes, but fit for booklets. (more…)

Photo Booth

Developed by Apple, Photo Booth runs on OS X and is a software application for macOS and iOS built in iPads and MacBooks. This app is used for taking photos and videos with an iSight camera. (more…)

Apple Time Machine

If your computer contains valuable documents, even if they are important only to you (irreplaceable photos, library of music and so on) it’s unquestionably worth regularly backing up your files to some kind of external media, as any computer file can be accidentally deleted or become corrupted. Besides, though it’s generally possible to recover files that seem to have been erased or overwritten, all this is of no use if your computer gets stolen or destroyed. Apple Time Machine feature makes both backing up and recovering data very straightforward, so let’s take a look at how it works. Let’s also outline a few backing up strategies. (more…)

Mac: Privacy and Passwords

Anyone with a little bit of know-how and physical access to your computer – an unpleasant colleague, a thief, or whoever – could probably access all your data. You can protect yourself against these unfortunate events. (more…)

Threats and Protection

Mac users are just as prone to scams, viruses and hackers as anyone else, even when some people think that the comparative lack of Mac security threats is down to Apple’s small market share. Here’s a quick breakdown of what users need to know about hackers, viruses and scammers.

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Mac Laptop Batteries

Mac laptops and all today’s Macs (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro) are powered by lithium-ion batteries that can keep going much longer than the batteries found in most PC laptops. However, over the years all lithium-based batteries gradually lose their ability to hold a decent charge. Finally, the batteries give up completely. If you run your Mac laptop from the battery every day, you may find that it needs to be replaced after some time. This is, unfortunately, quite normal, and is true of PC laptops, iPods and Macs. Here you can learn more about the battery in your Mac notebook including how to optimize the battery life, troubleshoot, and get service. New batteries can be purchased from the Apple Store. (more…)

iWeb

Publishing your website with your Mac can be easy or hard, depending on what you want to do. If you want to share photos, open a blog or publish a podcast, you can use one of infinite options available. But if you are after more flexibility and want to build a real Website, you can use your Mac. Developed by Apple, based on Mac OS X and launched in January 10, 2006, iWeb was a template-based Website creation tool. It was part of the iLife ’06 suite of lifestyle apps. Its first version was presented at the Macworld Conference & Expo, on January 10, 2006, while the last release (iWeb 3.0.4) took place on July 11, 2011. It was discontinued on June 30, 2012, when Apple pulled the plug on MobileMe. (more…)

Apple’s GarageBand

Apple’s GarageBand is a multitracking tool, bundled with your Mac (multitracking means mixing and editing several separate audio recordings or tracks in one piece of music. GarageBand can be used for basic audio recording, and whatever the tracks contain, each track can be individually chopped and changed, made louder and softer, and generally played around with. (more…)

Mac Computers: Sound Basics

Mac can handle sound in many ways. As everyone knows, Macs chirp on start-up and grunt when the user hits a wrong key. They can offer congratulatory whistles when people save documents; they play digital music files through programs such as iTunes and they can record your performances. You can speak to your friends around the world using your Mac and you can even talk directly to your computer! (more…)

How to Use Email and Mail Application

On your Mac email works in much the same way as on any other computer. You get an account from an online company (such as Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft’s Hotmail, etc.) or from your Internet Service Provider. Then you send and read messages either through a special email program or via a webpage. In fact, most ISPs provide at least one email address as part of any Internet access package. These accounts are reliable, they are free and they don’t send you ads along with your messages. The disadvantage is that if you ever switch ISP, you’ll lose the address. (more…)

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