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The iPad Magician

March 2nd, 2015 in General

We all know the iPad has opened lots of doors but here’s one I bet you never considered: close-up magic!

It is a very slick mixture of well-honed magician’s skills seamlessly combined with custom iPad apps to mess with your preconceptions of what an iPad can do. And it’s very, very good.

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iOS 8 Drops Today – September 17th

September 17th, 2014 in Apple,General,iPad,iPhone,Updates

All indications are that Apple will officially release iOS 8 today, possibly at 1PM Eastern time as that’s been the case previously.

Backup First

Before you upgrade make absolutely sure you’ve done a full backup. Backup to iCloud if you’ve configured it (Settings app > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now.) And you might also want to do a full iTunes backup as well (connect to your Mac via USB/Lightning cable, select device in left column, choose Back Up Now from the Summary tab) for further protection.

Hold Off on iCloud Drive Upgrade

Apparently iOS 8 will offer to upgrade your iCloud account to Apple’s new iCloud Drive. YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO DO THAT NOW if you use iCloud to sync your data to desktop Macs as syncing will not work until OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” is available which won’t be for another month or so.

After upgrading leave a comment here with your experience and impressions of iOS 8.

2014-09-17 @ 3pm Update

Apple’s upgrade servers (and probably iPhone activation servers as well) are currently being hammered and may or may not be able to respond when you upgrade. Probably a good idea to wait at least a few hours for the dust to settle. Or a few days.

2014-09-18 @ 9am Update

OK, so I’ve upgraded my iPad 3 (Retina) and learned a few things in the process.

First, this is (understandably) a large update, an almost 2GB download. If you plan to install it over-the-air via Settings on your device be aware that due to the way the install operates you need almost 5GB of free space on the device (about 2GB for the download and probably about the same for the preparing install process.) You get the bulk of that space back when the install is done but if you don’t have that much available it will not allow you to perform an over-the-air update. If you want to go this route remove enough extraneous items (movies, etc.) before you try it. But there is another option.

You don’t need that much free space if you perform the upgrade via iTunes. Connect the device to your computer via a USB cable and when you click the Check for Update button on the device’s Summary tab it should offer to install iOS 8. But do youtself a favor and perform a full backup before applying the update just to be safe.

I’m also seeing recommendations to not install iOS 8 on iPhone 4s devices, the reasoning being that as the lowest supported device performance will probably suffer which could well be the case. I haven’t upgraded my 4s yet but I did upgtrade my iPad 3 which didn’t exactly zip along with iOS 7. So far my experience is that iOS 8 seems a bit better in that respect but your mileage may vary. I would definitely turn OFF animations and such in the Accessibility section of Settings for older devices. It helps performance and saves a bit of time spent on flying icons and zooming windows.

And once again, I’d suggest not enabling iCloud Drive yet if you currently rely on iCloud syncing between your iDevice and a desktop computer. Otherwise you will not be able to sync your contacts, bookbarks, etc. until OS X Yosemite is released in a month or so.

2014-09-19 Update

OK, so I’ve upgraded my iPhone 4s and … no problems at all. If anything it feels a bit snappier but I can’t say that for sure. Also FYI: Camera Roll is gone and essentially replaced by Recent Photos.

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iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple watch

September 10th, 2014 in Apple,Apple watch,General,iPhone

So yesterday’s big event didn’t feature any Wonders of the World replicas but it was about as eventful as we could have hoped. The live stream got cratered by the demand but you can watch the full video here:

Here’s a quick summary but definitely watch the video

iPhone 6

As expected we’e getting two new versions: a slightly larger iPhone 6 and a much larger iPhone 6 Plus. Better processor, improved camera, rounded edges and a bit thinner. Oh, and Near Field Communications support which will be very important for …

Apple Pay

A new way to pay. Very easy to use and, as we tend to expect from Apple, very well thought out especially from a security standpoint. And with the iPhone 6’s Near Field Communications hardware and Touch ID you can quickly and securely pay without opening your wallet or exposing your actual credit card information.

Apple watch

Yep, Apple’s new wearable is indeed a watch. And it looks like an actual watch even down to the stem, now a Digital Crown used as a home button and for scrolling. It is not a replacement for your iPhone, it is an extension of it (5, 5c, 5s or 6.) I haven’t had much interest in wearables, and frankly wasn’t expecting to have any in Apple’s offering other than from a technical standpoint. But I have to admit there is enough utility and potential that when gen 2 rolls out I might be in line for one.

U2 4 U

Oh, and everyone with an iTunes account can get the new U2 album for free for the next month. Go to your Purchased list in iiTunes or on your iDevice and you should be able to download it.

One More Thing: Tim Cook

Cook really seems to have his presentation game down cold. We’re solidly in the post Steve Jobs era now.

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The Allens at Pixar

January 31st, 2014 in ACAMUG,General

the Allens at Pixar For everyone wondering what ex-ACAMUGer Collin Allen is up to, here he is posing with his Mom and son at his new place of employment: Pixar! It’s great to see how well he’s done for himself in his work and his life.

Pixar is definitely the right place for someone of Collin’s imagination, drive and curiosity.

Article originally published by The Current and spotted by Claire.

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Springtime for Quicken

December 23rd, 2011 in General

When Apple announced that they were removing PowerPC emulation support (a.k.a. Rosetta) from Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” most of us were forced to finally go through all of our essential apps and update them from the five year old versions that “still works fine” to something at least released since Apple started shipping Macs with Intel processors. For the most part this was tedious and occasionally expensive.

Except in one common case when it was impossible: Quicken™, which hadn’t seen a major update since the days when G5 processors ruled the Mac roost. Thus were Quicken users force to decide between delaying the “Lion” upgrade, switching to Quicken Essentials or finding a replacement.

Well it seems someone at Intuit has realized it’s time to fix that.

Quoting Aaron Forth, General Manager of the Personal Finance Group at Intuit:

As you may know, Quicken for Mac 2007 does not currently work on Apple’s latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). I understand the frustration this may have caused you and have put a team in place to address this issue. I am happy to announce that we will have a solution that makes Quicken 2007 for Mac “Lion-compatible” by early spring.

Since they’re still talking about Quicken for Mac 2007 rather than calling it Quicken for Mac 2012 it may be that they are rolling their own or licensing someone else’s PowerPC emulation software rather than actually converting the existing Quicken code base to run on Intel Macs. In either case you will be able to run Quicken on the latest Apple OS and Mac hardware.

So you’ve still got a bit of a wait but hopefully a “Lion” compatible version of Quicken will be poking out it’s head along with the next batch of spring flowers.

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