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Archive | January 2013

Apple releases iOS 6.1 update, extending support for LTE and more

With the last beta released just yesterday, Apple surprises everyone by releasing the new iOS 6.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Let’s see the most important things introduced today.

LTE support extended
The most important feature is that LTE has been extended to even more carriers worldwide, supporting the new technology which is spreading like a wildfire. The full list of the supported carriers for each nation, can be found here.

New buttons for lock-screen
Then we have new buttons for the lock screen. Instead of big ones which needs the entire clock space we have more minimalistic ones conform to the stock Music app.

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Whatsapp Messenger may have some privacy problems

Whatsapp Messenger (horizontal logo)

Whatsapp Messenger is currently the most used cross-platform messaging application ever used worldwide. Even the launch of iMessage in iOS 5 didn’t stop it, since the limit of Apple-only devices was too strict to make it a true contender if you weren’t a regular Mac user.
Best of all, it does everything you need for a minimum price compared to the cost of a single SMS (there were many chains about it going “paid”, but they weren’t true at all).

In order to work properly, Whatsapp Messenger needs you to grant the access to your contact list, and that’s the problem for Dutch and Canadian data protection authorities, since there isn’t to option to select individual contacts, so the user wouldn’t have the control of the data sent to servers.

Whatsapp, which introduced data encryption in fall 2012, declared that they’re going to change the privacy settings in order to avoid some serious legal problems and heavy fees by both authorities, which meanwhile will continue monitoring the situation.

 

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Whatsapp Messenger è attualmente l’applicazione di messaggeria istantanea multi-piattaforma più usata al mondo. Addirittura il lancio di iMessage con iOS 5 non è riuscita a fermarla, dovuto al limite troppo restrittivo riguardo ai dispositivi esclusivamente Apple, impedendo quindi di diventare un vero contendente se non siete utenti Mac abituali.
Il punto di forza risiede però nel prezzo, minimo in confronto al costo di un SMS (ci sono state molte catene di Sant’Antonio riguardo al fatto che sarebbe diventata a pagamento, ma erano tutti falsi).

Per poter funzionare correttamente, Whatsapp Messenger necessità l’autorizzazione per accedere ai contatti, ed è qui che risiede il problema per le autorità garanti per la protezione dei dati dell’Olanda e Canada, dal momento che non esiste l’opzione di selezionare quali contatti devono essere inviati ai server impedendo all’utente di scegliere quali informazioni condividere.

Whatsapp, che già a fine 2012 aveva introdotto la criptazione dei dati, ha dichiarato che cambieranno le impostazioni a riguardo per prevenire l’arrivo di multe anche molto salate da entrambi gli enti che nel frattempo continueranno a monitorare la situazione.

How to enable the root user on OS X; what is it and when you should use it

OS X is a UNIX-based system which needs a password in order to work properly. You may want to don’t type it when the Mac starts up, but it’s necessary when it comes to administration tools and installing new software from .pkg files. Some actions though requires an even higher level of privileges, which even the standard Administrator account don’t have; they are allowed only to the root user, also called superuser. In this tutorial we’re going to see how to enable it and if you should activate it on your system.

1. First, open your System Preferences, and go to Users & Groups. Unlock the panel from the lock icon at the bottom left by typing an Administrator name and password. Then, click on the “Login options” button and select “Join…” from Network Account Server. A popup window should appear and select “Open Directory Utility…”.

Enable the root user on OS X (1)

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Google Images will totally change in a few days; all you need to know about it

When you need to search for something you use Google. If you need an Image, you go on Google Images. Today on the Webmaster Blog, Google announced that in the next few days, Google Images will totally change look, focusing on providing more information about the photo you’re looking at instead of the source itself, giving metadatas a bigger relevance in the search. Keyboard shortcuts were enabled for a faster browsing, and results will appear in a inline panel in order to give a more reliable experience. (You may recall this from iTunes 11 and the Album View)

The upcoming Google Images

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Napkin is the ultimate app for communicating visually on a Mac

The most known software on the Mac for quick editing images, is the “stock” Preview app. Everything that you need to do for applying last-second effects are Napkin logo
summarized in a little bar. Although Preview is not enough when you really want to highlight something or to communicate visually using shapes and drawings. If this was your question when you stumbled upon here, then look no further than Napkin, a newly released application on the Mac App Store, which is really simple to use and yet remarkably powerful developed by Aged & Distilled.

Napkin opens up with a blank canvas and a full sized toolbar, which includes all the commands you are going to use. Right, everything is there, but don’t be fooled by the simplicity of Napkin. At your first launch, there are some quick tips and video tutorials to help you get started.

The greatest feature of Napkin is that the mouse is like a pencil. If you want to draw a circle, simply (try) to do one and Napkin will automatically create one based on the dimensions you gave to it. Same thing happens for lines and strokes, which are drawn instantly on the canvas. The toolbar provides quick access to the most common functions you’re going to use. Start adding text, images and edit them later. If you encounter some trouble, Napkin provides a quick help showed as a small “?” icon, just in case you need to remember something.

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If you already think that Napkin is fantastic, then you still have to see one more thing, called Call-Out. Call-Outs allows you to zoom a certain part of an element on the canvas. Just drag and drop the icon inside the Call-out on any element, and Napkin will automatically highlight it.

Going to the right side of the toobar, we have our common commands for the overall layout; group them, send them backwards or onwards and lock them to prevent accidental movements. Then we find the Mountain Lion’s Sharing Sheets and the .png pip, which you can drag and drop anywhere to create immediately a file of your work without the need of saving in somewhere.

Napkin is available on the Mac App Store for 40$ (36,99€). Price might look high for you, but this is definitely the best, most simple to use yet ultimate app to communicate visually your thoughts and ideas to the world within minutes.

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