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Heartbleed Bug – Update

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

For our users that haven’t been in touch with us or reading the latest reports on the serious encryption flaw known as the Heartbleed bug, we are listing some up-to-date information regarding the sites that have been affected. Most of the sites are ones that users frequent the most (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Google, Yahoo), so passwords absolutely must be changed. We really recommend that you change passwords on all frequented sites.

Mashable has a comprehensive (and updated as of 4/15/14) list of affected sites here. For more information on the history of the Heartbleed bug, read the Sydney Morning Herald article here.

As always, if you have any questions about passwords or security, please don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with one of our senior-level Apple certified techs.

Why Are Apple Products So Popular?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Last week I appeared on Jim Blue’s radio show “Keeping Technology Simple,” where Jim and I discussed the popularity of Apple products. We also talked about the increase in the numbers of businesses switching from PC to Mac, the main maintenance issues that confront our clients, as well as why we strongly recommend preventative maintenance visits. Have a listen here for our February promotion!

 

Ashtanga Yoga – There’s an app for that?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

After a year’s absence from my regular Mysore Ashtanga practice, I was finally able to return yesterday! I had a great practice with my amazing teacher, Amy, at goodyoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. goodyoga is a really lovely, peaceful yoga practice space, and the folks who run it are super friendly and helpful.

During my practice, I realized that I had forgotten some poses and also jumbled up the placement of a few poses in the sequence. In retrospect, I probably should have taken a peek at the primary series sequence before practice. I have a great practice manual by David Swenson, but I would have had to really look at it carefully before I walked out the door because it’s kind of a heavy book to carry around. While I’m not a proponent of yoga apps and DVDs in place of actual practice with an experienced teacher, I feel like an Ashtanga app would have been helpful in this instance — just as a reference guide.

I was surprised to find that there are actually two Ashtanga yoga apps for iPhone and iPad, one of which was created by Richard Freeman, a renowned teacher of Ashtanga. While I would never bring a cheat sheet to practice, I don’t think it would hurt to have an app on my iPhone to help jog my memory when I’m on my way to practice.

Cloud Atlas

Monday, August 13th, 2012

As I was sifting through all the Mac-related news today, I came across the trailer for “Cloud Atlas.” It’s probably one of the longest trailers I’ve seen in a while, but if you’ve read the (brilliant) novel by David Mitchell which inspired the movie, then you’ll understand why. You can check out the trailer and commentary from the team of directors – Tom Twyker, Lana Wachowski, and Larry Wachowski – on iTunes here.

Tom Twyker did a brilliant cinematic adaption of Perfume, by Patrick Süskind, and the Wachowski siblings are sci-fi geniuses, so “Cloud Atlas” looks like it could be a visual masterpiece. Looking forward to seeing it when it arrives in theatres on October 26!

 

Apps for keeping up-to-date on the 2012 Olympics

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The London 2012 Olympics are here, and I know a lot of us don’t have time / free schedules to watch the games live, so here are a few apps for iPhone to help you track what’s happening in the Games:

London Official Results App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games – Free

NBC Live Extra – Free

London 2012 Spogger (I’m not making this name up) – $1.99

For me, I think the highlight of the Olympics will be this moment:

 

 

No more free New York Times on the web

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I guess it was inevitable.  Beginning March 28, readers of the online version of The New York Times will be able to read 20 articles a month without charge, BUT as soon as they click on the 21st article, they will have to buy one of three packages in order to continue.

The 3 packages are: $15 every four weeks for access to the website and a mobile phone app, $20 for Web access and an iPad app or $35 for the all-access plan.

Subscribers who get home delivery of The New York Times will have free and unlimited access to the online edition of the Times.

For more info, read the report in The New York Times (while it’s still free).

Diaspora* – A Social Network Alternative to Facebook

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

This might be what a lot of us have been searching for: Diaspora*, which is being designed to be a “personally controlled, do-it-all, distributed open-source social network.”  Developed by four students at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Diaspora* is a social network built on privacy. Essentially, Diaspora* is software that will enable users to set up their own personal servers, called “seeds,” create their own hubs and have full control over the information they choose to share amongst friends.

The project has gained a good deal of support.  The team behind Diaspora* launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter to help them achieve their plan of being able to work non-stop for the next 3 months so that the software can be released by end of summer.  The initial goal was to receive at least $10,000 by June 1st.  As of today, they are fully funded at $189,797.

I’m excited to see how this pans out and will be following the team’s progress this summer.

Apple’s next iPhone found in a bar in Redwood City?

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Apple’s next iPhone found in a bar in Redwood City? For real? Take a look here: http://bit.ly/bVN5Ma (via @Gizmodo)

The Simpsons’ parody of the Apple Store

Monday, December 1st, 2008

For those of you who missed last night’s episode of The Simpsons, enjoy!

Cliff Bleszinksi Profile in The New Yorker

Monday, December 1st, 2008

In times of recession, entertainment is one area of the economy that usually doesn’t suffer as much as others.  I read an article in the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, however, that the major movie studios and DVD distributors have reported that DVD purchases are down.  Interestingly enough, video games sales have been increasing since October.

Last month The New Yorker published a really interesting profile of Cliff Bleszinkski, the Creative Director of Epic Games.  Epic produces Gears of War, one of the most complex and most popular video games on the market.  When Gears 2 was released last month, it sold over 2 million units in the first weekend.

Now that Christmas shopping is officially in full swing, I am curious to see how many of our clients pick up a new video game console, and whether it will be a PlayStation, Xbox 360 or Wii.


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