Tag Archive | OS X

How to have an actual chance of getting your MacBook back if you lose it

One of the handiest features of iCloud is Find my iPhone; if you lose track of it you can easily see its position on a map if its connected to the Internet. Chances are that you left the cellular connection on, so as long as there is signal and turned on you can see where it is. Lock it, emit a sound and remotely erase its data.

While it works for basically every Apple device configured with iCloud, retrieve a lost MacBook is trickier. You can only connect it through WiFi, and if its password locked there is no way someone can connect it to the web.  One can try through LAN cable, but since 2012 Retina MacBook Pro no Apple laptop ever had a LAN port anymore. Additionally there’s no way to identify the owner, and everybody is pretty much free to factory restore it.

What we’re going to do here isn’t anything that has to do with black magic or adding a GPS module inside it to track the Mac even in Siberia or other remote lands: we’re adding a way to let somebody know whose Mac it is if retrieved without the need of unlocking it. Read More…

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Apple’s discontinuing its professional photos editing software, Aperture

Aperture 3 logo

After nine years of activity, Apple’s ceasing development of Aperture with a press release to The Loop, its professional photo editing software that, since some time, has been falling back to the competition, first and foremost Adobe Lightroom.

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” – “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

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How to install Windows 8.1 Preview on a Mac using Boot Camp 5 drivers

Windows 8.1 logo

Windows 8.1 is available as a free Preview for those who wants to try out the new version without waiting for autumn to come. although the simplest way to update your computer is through Windows Store, there is the option to do a clean install using the .iso file. Thanks to this, it’s possible to try Windows 8.1 on a Mac using Boot Camp 5. The following tutorial has been made with an iMac 27″ mid 2011. Macs that supports Windows 8 are the following ones; if yours is not listed, it means is not compatible.

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
  • iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011 or newer) Read More…

Apple WWDC 2013: a fresh start for everything with iOS 7, OS X Mavericks and more

With iOS 7 in the hands of Jony Ive, designer of most of the Apple products, we had to expect a complete change for iOS, which more or less remained the same as its first edition released in 2007. iOS 7 is visually different, the best representation of “minimal”.

iOS 7

iOS is based on three levels of hierarchy made visible because of translucency. The home screen now is responsive to tilting and background moves along for tridimensional effect. On top of them we have the translucent Notification Center and the brand new Control Center, allowing to toggle on ‘n off the most important settings like Airplane, WiFi, Bluetooth, Orientation Lock by opening in with a swipe from the bottom. Apps now look totally different than before with simple and concise looks among with their respective improvements. Read More…

Challenge with Skype is open; Viber is now available for OS X and Windows

With over 200 millions of users registered for mobile devices, Viber is a major threat for Skype and other VoIP applications. Until today, Skype always had the lead for computer calling, but the newly released Viber for OS X and Windows will surely give it a run for the money (Linux version is planned for a future release).

The newly released version for desktop is completely integrated with the mobile app. At the first log-in Viber will require your cellular number to verify the account and will require to update (not upgrading, nda) the mobile application first. No harassments about remembering passwords or emails; everything is directly connected with your number. Existing and new contacts & chats will be synchronized with all your devices and available everywhere either for calling or messaging.

Follows the official video on YouTube explaining at a glance what we explained in this article.

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