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Mr Mac Update October 12

Hello There Macintosh User!

If you are getting this email you have sometime been a client of mine — Thank you for your past custom! Mr Mac Facebook:

1. Mountain Lion Mac OS X 10.8: Living with the new OS for a few weeks now and the main attractions at this point are built-in system wide Dictation and integration with the Apple TV. Dictation works well but needs the computer to be online as it sends the speech to a remote computer for processing. Also it first needs to be activated in System Preferences/Dictation and Speech. You need Mountain Lion (or Lion 10.7) to use iCloud which keeps your Contacts and Calendars synced across your i-devices. Very nice to not have to plug it into your Mac to do this. It also means that if you turn on Photo Stream any pics you take with your iPhoto or iPad camera will be beamed into your Mac automatically, whether you’re in the same country or not. Magical.

2. Scape by Brian Eno: A very immersive app by legendary musician Brian Eno that gets you very involved in making music.

3. Khan Academy Offers Free Video Tuition: This free learning by video website was created and inspired as a means to offer “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere”. Fantastic resource.

4. Maps+ As a Replacement for Apple Maps: This free app uses Google’s mapping data and offers a few extra features, but the point is that it is like the good old Google Maps instead of Apple’s own I-need-to-be-fixed offering.

5. Video Conferencing for Free: Enabling up to 15 people to video conference for free is pretty cool. Download a small app from the Zoom site and away you go. Read about it in the 2nd link below.

6. XtraFinder: Changing the Finder to be more customisable and more useful is a campaign that many software designers pursue. This freebie lets you change aspects of the Finder to your liking.

7. Frame King: For 99 cents you can merge different images easily, make collages, frame them and share them with friends or your social networks. Creative fun.

8. Analyse Your WiFi Network: NetSpot is another app that is free for non-commercial users that lets you walk around your house (or workplace) with your laptop in hand and find the best areas for signal strength and move the modem if necessary to a better place.

9. Sort Your Streaming Masuic Services With CloudPlay: There are many streaming music services like Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube that CloudPlay lets you search from the menu bar drop down. It also search your iTunes Library. You can listen to them, make favourites and playlists. Cool idea for $4.99 from the App Store.

10. A Reminder of My Rates: I charge $88 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 10 years.

Items for Sale is a free monthly service for my Mailing List. If you want to list something for sale send me the full description/specifications and contact details. Goes out around 14th of the month. Until next time, Thank you Tommi ;>)

Mr Macintosh Tom Hain PO Box 1040 Byron Bay NSW 2481 6685 5504 041 840 8869

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