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Mr Macintosh Update October 11

Hello There Macintosh User!

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

1. iCloud: It works! For those of us who are using Lion 10.7 the latest operating system on our Macs and iOS5 the latest mobile operating system on our iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, the new method for keeping things synchronised is called iCloud. This is Apple’s free services for keeping your devices working together. If you enter a Contact on one device it automatically appears on the other within a few minutes, very handy. It also keeps photos, music and documents synched so if you shoot some pictures with your iPhone they appear in iPhoto, similarly music bought from the iTunes Store is pushed onto the rest of your devices. With Documents it is the work that is made in Pages, Numbers and Keynote that are synched, not all your documents on your computer. For that you can use Dropbox or Google Docs. I have found that iCloud has really simplified keeping it all together.

2. Lion: Al new Macs come with the Lion 10.7 operating system which has few major changes over the previous one, Snow Leopard 10.6. Most Macs are laptops these days and the TrackPad on current models enjoys many more gestures with the new system. Anyone familiar with the iPad/iPhone interface will be at home, swiping and pinching your way around the screen. Lion is the start of Apple moving us towards touch as the way we do our computing, same as on the mobile devices: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Also older applications are no longer supported so make sure before you upgrade that your programs work with Lion.

3. iPhone 4S: Despite the ‘experts’ relative dissatisfaction with the unchanged external appearance of the new iPhone the latest device has sold more than ever since release! It has a much better camera among it’s features, but the most important feature is Siri, the intuitive ‘personal assistant’ that you talk to. Best way to understand it is to watch the video. This is early days for Siri but it is far better simply talking to your phone rather than having to peck away at the keys, specially when you’re driving!

4. Aerobot: These guys are Mac users based in Byron who make and use micro copters to film things from a different perspective. Check out the video on their site, specially the African footage where the copters are able to film animals without disturbing them.

5. Online Accounting Software: This software is free to check out which always helps and then free for 20 transactions per month. By then you should know whether its for you…Saasu

6. Top 50 iPad Apps: According to the UK Guardian…

7. Send and Receive Texts from iPad: A cool app is SMS Magic which lets you send, receive and manage texts, SMS from your iPad even though it isn’t a phone. It costs $2.99 for the app which then needs an account with Text Magic, an SMS gateway which does the work of sending and receiving them and gives you a phone number for other people to text you. Cheapest package to start is $28 which works out at just over 1 cent per text.

8. Lumosity: This brain training software targets the parts of your brain that need a boost with exercises designed to stimulate and tweak. Apparently it works.

9. Mr Mac on Facebook: The Mr Mac Byron Bay Facebook page is running properly now. Pop in and Like the page for daily hints and news.

10. Gramps: Not baby boomers in age denial, Gramps is genealogical research software that lets you research, organise and share your family tree but with much more depth than that description offers. It integrates people’s geography, ancestry and relationships into a whole that could become very useful and interesting. Free.

11. 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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