Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Don’t Forget! Apple Media Event Tomorrow!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Today was back-to-school day here in New York City, for which we’ve all been gearing up, but we’ve also been looking forward to Apple’s media event, which happens tomorrow, Tuesday, September 10! We expect to see the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, along with a final look at the new iOS 7 before it’s released later this fall (rumors say the middle of September).

You can check out the live blog of the media event tomorrow at 1:00pm NYC time on Macworld or engadget.

Bento Discontinued

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Yes, it’s true — FileMaker has discontinued its home user/consumer-geared database application.  The company announced its decision to do away with the iOS and desktop version of Bento at the end of July, but has decided to keep it available for purchase until September 30.

We just want to let our Bento users know that FileMaker does have a migration tool that allows you to move your data from Bento to FileMaker Pro, so your info is still safe.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re unsure about which FileMaker product to purchase or if you need help migrating.

WWDC 2013 Keynote Highlights

Monday, June 10th, 2013

We tweeted this link earlier today, but we bet most of our users were busy with work and weren’t able to watch the full WWDC 2013 keynote video. Well, now you can view the whole keynote at your leisure on Apple’s site.

And if you don’t have time to sit through the video, here are some of the highlights from this year’s WWDC keynote:

1. OS X Mavericks.  The next OS, 10.9, is named after the famous big wave surf spot in Northern California (see the great documentary Riding Giants by Stacy Peralta), and will be released this fall. Finder Tabs, Tags (in Finder, Apps, and iCloud), and iCloud Keychain are just some of the great new features of the new OS.

2. iOS 7. Some cool improvements have been added to the new iOS, which is also arriving this fall. Here are just a few:

  • Maps – night mode, turn-by-turn walking directions.
  • FaceTime Audio – ability to skip the video and use audio only through FaceTime.
  • Control Center – much easier access to controls and apps.
  • Camera – filters and formats (including a new square format) can be applied with a simple swipe!
  • Activation Lock – this one should hopefully help to decrease the number of iPhone thefts that have been occurring in our fair city.

3. New MacBook Airs! An 11-inch model and a 13-inch model, both of which start shipping TODAY. The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs have options for 128GB of flash storage or 256GB of flash storage. More info on the pricing and new features can be found on Apple’s site.

4. The new Mac Pro! So many of our clients have been waiting for this. The design is gorgeous and around one-eighth the size of the current Mac Pro tower. The new Mac Pro features a 12-core, 256-bit Intel Xeon E5 processor, flash storage (Apple didn’t state the amount of storage available), and 1866MHz ECC DDR3 RAM (capable of 60 GB/s data transmission). There’s no date set for the new Mac Pro, but Apple says to look for it “later this year.”

5. New AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule? Yes! Surprise, surprise. Both the AirPort Extreme and the new Time Capsule have 802.11ac, which allows the devices to boost a constant Wifi signal in all directions. The 2013 Time Capsule is available with either 2TB and 3TB storage and are available for pick-up in an Apple store starting Wednesday, June 12.

Adobe News: Last boxed version will be Creative Suite 6

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Adobe announced this week that Creative Suite 6 is going to be the last boxed version and all of Adobe’s design products will henceforth be available only through its subscription service, Creative Cloud.

Creative Cloud pricing varies as follows:


Complete package: $49.99 per user (one-year subscription commitment). If you are currently a CS 3 or later user, you can get Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month for the first year.

Single app: $19.99 a month (one-year subscription commitment).


Separate packages exist for businesses and education at discounted rates.

Businesses: $69.99 per month, per user Team edition, which includes 100 GB of cloud storage per user for file sharing and collaboration. For businesses using CS3 or later, Adobe is offering a special offer of $39.99 per user per month.

Students and Teachers: $29.99 per month, but Adobe is currently offering a special for $19.99 per month, which is good through June 25, 2013. Education Teams have an annual plan for $39.99 per person per month.

More information on purchasing Adobe Cloud products can be found through Adobe’s site here.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to help set up Adobe Cloud for your home or business, or help you transition to the Cloud subscription service.

Safari 6.0.4 and 5.1.9 Updates

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Apple released updates to Safari today that allow users to enable the Java plug-in on a per website basis.  We generally recommend that users keep Java disabled, but in the event that you do need it, you can now choose when you want to use it.

When using Safari 6.0.4 (Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8) and Safari 5.1.9 (Mac OS X 10.6), if you should go to a site that attempts to load a Java applet, a dialog box will appear on your screen to ask if you want to block or allow the Java applet.  You can also view a list of websites that have attempted to load Java applets by going to Preferences in Safari, clicking on the “Security” tab, and then clicking “Manage Website Settings…” You can then choose to block or allow these sites to use Java plug-ins.

There’s also a Java for OS X 2013-003 update that provides improved security by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_45.  Per Apple’s notes:

“On systems that have not already installed Java for OS X 2012-006, this update disables the Java SE 6 applet plug-in. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled “Missing plug-in” to download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.”

Apple Security Updates: Apple TV 5.2.1 and iOS 6.1.3

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Another round of security updates were released by Apple a couple of days ago, and clients have been asking if they should update.  Yes, yes, please!

The iOS 6.1.3 update fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the the passcode (and also adds improvements to Maps in Japan) .  The Apple TV 5.2.1 update fixes a number of security issues that are addressed by Apple here.  The Hulu interface has also been redesigned so users will see this after the update.

Yes, please download Java for OS X 2013 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 13

Monday, February 25th, 2013

We always encourage our clients to contact us if they are unsure about an Apple (or any other) software update that has been released. A lot of calls and emails have come in regarding the security update that was released by Apple last week, and we just want to say, yes, please download Java for OS X 2013 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 13. More information can be found on Apple’s site here.

Security updates should almost always be run, but this update is particularly important because it disables the Java plug-in on all Mac browsers. Apparently, hackers used a hole in Java to infect the employees’ machines at Apple (more info on this story here).

Halloween Apps

Monday, October 15th, 2012

I have to admit that I’m kind of getting into the Halloween spirit this year. I found a collection of old monster movies on Netflix Instant, and ended up watching “The Mummy’s Curse” and “Son of Frankenstein” recently. This, of course, made me start thinking about fun Halloween iPhone apps, so I started doing a little bit of research and found the following goodies:

1. Monster Dash – A fun and addictive game from Halfbrick, the makers of Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja. While Jetpack and Fruit Ninja are ok for little kids, Monster Dash (like Age of Zombies, which is also a Halfbrick creation but not as fun IMHO) is definitely an age 12+ game due to some of the adult themes.

2. Pumpkin Creation – Here’s a free app that the kids can enjoy. Dress up and illuminate your pumpkin! Different types of pumpkin, eyes, noses, mouse, lights, skin and ornaments are available so you can be as creative as you like. Spooky background music makes the experience extra fun.

3. ZombieBooth – This one is just goofy fun. With this app you can instantly make your face into a 3D, animated zombie. You can even record and share videos of your zombified friends! Or, as shown in the image below, zombify your pet.

4. Make A Zombie – If you’re not content with just zombifying your friends, you can always make your own little zombie.

5. Scary Sound Effects + – This free app has a lot of fun, freaky, and frightening sound effects that you can use to scare trick-or-treaters or friends at the touch of a button.

Happy Halloween everyone!


Should you update to iOS 6?

Friday, September 21st, 2012

For those of us who aren’t rushing out to get the new iPhone 5 today, I know there’s been an overwhelming temptation to upgrade to iOS 6. While there are a lot of great new changes, there are also a few features that have gone away:

1. Maps

Not sure that this is change for the better. It’s missing Google’s transit directions, street view images, and as TUAW reported, it’s also missing several landmarks and streets making for some seriously inaccurate cartography. You can still use Google Maps from Safari, but we’re hoping that Google will publish a Google Maps iOS app soon.

2. Facebook

You can now directly link your Facebook account with the iOS, which enables you to post photos directly from you photo album to Facebook, update status from the notification center, and sync your contacts with their FB account.

3. Siri

It works much better. Full stop.

4. FaceTime

Consider this improved ONLY if you have AT&T. If you do, then you can now make video calls on 3G –  no need for WiFI.

5. Passbook

Looks neat, but haven’t yet had a chance to use it. Users who travel a lot will no doubt love being able to have boarding passes on their iPhones.

Also, we’ve had reports from some users who have encountered problems while updating to iOS 6 via iTunes and Software Update. The upgrade just flat out failed and they had to do the update via WiFi. Before you upgrade, please make sure that your phone (or other iOS 6 eligible device) is backed up! Macworld has published a handy “how to” upgrade guide here that is very helpful!

iPhone 5 is finally here!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Surprise, surprise! The existence of Apple’s iPhone 5 was officially confirmed today. Pre-orders start this Friday, September 14, and the launch date is the following Friday, September 21. Pricing remains the same at $199 for the 16 GB, $299 for the 32 GB, and $399 for the 64 GB. The iPhone 5 is available in black and white. The white iPhone has a raw aluminum back, while the black iPhone has black anodized back.

So what’s new with the iPhone 5? Lots and lots of cool wizzardry:

  •  Thinner and lighter than previous iPhones: 7.6mm thick, weighs 112 grams.
  • NEW 4-inch Retina display with 326 pixels per inch. 44% more color saturation. Touch is integrated into display, which makes it thinner and sharper with less glare.
  • FIVE (5) rows of icons + shortcuts.
  • Wireless added: HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE.
  • NEW A6 chip CPU 2x faster than A5 chip.
  • BEAUTIFUL new 8 megapixel camera, f/2.4, with new Panorama feature. You can also take photos while recording video!

The Apple site hasn’t yet updated with photos and full details, but you can visit engadget’s live blog to see images and get more info. on Twitter