Mr Mac Update June 15
Hello There Macintosh User! If you are getting this email you have sometime been a client of mine — Thank you for your past custom!
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1. Mac OSX 11 La Capitan Coming Soon:
Coming later this year are revisions and updates to both the systems we use daily. The Mac operating system, although sporting a new name, is really an update to Yosemite 10.10 with many fixes and a couple of major changes. The biggest has perhaps slipped under the radar so far: search with Spotlight. Up until now Spotlight has been for searching your computer for files that you need and know are there somewhere. It is about to include searching the internet right from Spotlight. Think about that for a moment… Google? Won’t need it. No need to open a browser and go to a search engine when you can do it right from wherever you are on your computer. This is a revolution in the making. If it gets too popular then Google will see a big bite into it’s revenues. Google meanwhile has morphed from being a great search engine into a search that actually offers paid advertising masquerading as search! This is not good. They also sell your buying and browsing habits to other businesses to sell you more ads. People don’t like this do we?! This guy explains it rather vitriolically: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/apple-launching-search-engine-destroy-google-jason-calacanis
2. iOS 9 Coming Soon: The impending iOS update to version 9 will bring all sorts of goodies including much better search via Spotlight, but also some little fixes. http://www.macworld.com/article/2933322/6-headaches-apple-is-fixing-in-ios-9.html The new iOS 9 will also let you install ad-blockers for the first time:http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/apples-ios-9-will-let-you-block-ads-on-iphone-ipad-20150612-ghm8tw.html
3. Security of Your Data: Not an easy sell but very important: Apple has a different take on our data to it’s major rivals. Google and Microsoft (and FaceBook) harvest your surfing and buying habits and sell this information to other businesses. They are quite open about it. Apple on the other hand has a policy of the data being anonymous, which is fine by me! http://www.wired.com/2015/06/apples-latest-selling-point-little-knows/
4. Consider Changing to DuckDuckDo from Google:We have all been using Google as our default search engine forever. Or Yahoo! Or Bing. But these companies collect and sell your data to other advertisers. Google makes billions from doing it – it’s got so bad that their search pages are mostly paid advertising content! Along comes DuckDuckGo who don’t collect and sell any data. The site includes a button to make it your default search engine.. https://duckduckgo.com
5. Apple Music Takes On Spotify and Pandora: Also set to launch at the end of the month is Apple’s take on streaming music. This is the growing way that people are listening to music. Don’t bother with acquiring tracks, just listen via streaming to your iDevice or on your Mac at home. Other services use free ad-funded or pro subscriber-funded models as a means to pay for the music. But of course the artist doesn’t really get much of the income stream… Apple eschews the free model, instead trying to add value with ways to let you ‘discover’ music and artists. It’s pretty much the same as Spotify but we hope better and there is a 6 person ‘family’ offering for $15 per month rather than the standard $10 each. https://www.apple.com/music/discover/ Comparison of Apple Music and Spotify: http://www.cnet.com/au/news/apple-music-vs-spotify-whats-the-difference/
6. Mrs Mac Can Help You With Social Media: Are you still thinking…I must get a FaceBook page? Should I be doing Pinterest? Instagram? Twitter? What’s a hashtag? Book a one hour session with Jannine who will have your page/s up and running within the hour. But more importantly, she helps you identify which of the many choices in social media is best for your business and how will it really help you anyway? Your one hour session will be billed at same rates as Mr Mac. Call her for a FREE quick chat to see if you would benefit from a visit. Jannine Barron 0400484021
7. Skim for PFDs: There are lots of PDF apps out there but not many free ones. Skim is Open Source and does all that Preview and more. It can create notes from PDFs, let you colour highlight, annotate and heaps more. http://skim-app.sourceforge.net
8. Remotely View iOS Device Cameras on your Mac: AirBeam does that thing. You need the app for your Mac which is free and then a similar app for you iOS device which is $4. The reviews say that it can occasionally be a bit unreliable but for 4 bucks what the hell! Mac: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airbeam/id442963716?mt=12 iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airbeam-live-hd-video-surveillance/id428767956?mt=8
9. Print Windows in Finder: If you need to print the lists of files and folders, perhaps down several levels, well hard luck! Not possible on the standard Mac OSX which is a little strange. Enter Print Window which lets you do just that, with a lot of options in terms of how far down you want to go and what formatting you need. Free for the standard version and $20 for more features. http://searchwaresolutions.com/default.html
10. A Reminder of My rates I charge $110 per hour including GST. No call-out fee or travel charge in the Byron Shire. Half hour minimum. Telephone support costs the same in 15 minute increments Email support is still free! Please include plenty of detail in your email inquiries.
Serving the Byron Macintosh community for over 14 years. Until next time, Thank you Tommi ;>) 0418 408 869