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Apple SVP Phil Schiller says iPhone 5′s scratching and scuffing is ‘normal’

September 25th, 2012

Source – Linky

iPhone 5 Aluminum Scratching

With more than 5 million iPhone 5 handsets in the hands of customers in launch weekend, the iPhone 5 can easily be considered a success, if not for some minor complaints and a botched Maps app. Almost immediately after iPhone 5 units hit the wild however, owners started reporting how prone to scratching and scuffing the smartphone’s aluminum casing and chamfered bezel is. Apple’s (AAPLSenior Vice president of Marketing Philip Schiller fired back at the complaints in an email obtained by 9to5Mac, insisting that scratch marks on aluminum is “normal” for “any aluminum product.” The full email exchange follows below.

It would appear that a recall won’t be happening any time soon. Along with the scratches and scuffing, BGR reported that certain iPhone 5 models also have a “light leak” problem.

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So the iPhone 5 has been announced – nothing new

September 12th, 2012

Source – Engadget

Apple may be notoriously secretive and tight lipped, but the company appears to be getting worse and worse at actually keeping things under wraps. The iPhone 5 appears to be the most leaked handset in existence. Thankfully, the suspense is over, the next-gen iPhone is finally here and it does, in fact, go by the numerical title of 5. Just like the parts that have been circulating this is a glass and aluminum affair and, at 7.6mm it’s a full 18 percent thinner than the 4S. It’s even a full 20 percent lighter at 112 grams. It’s all those amazing things and it packs a larger 4-inch in-cell display. The new version of Apple’s Retina panel is 1136 x 640, which clocks in at a more than respectable 326ppi. It also sports better color saturation with full sRGB rendering. That new longer screen allows for an extra set of icons to be displayed on the home screen, and first party apps have already been tweaked to take advantage of the additional real estate. The iWork suite, Garage Band and iMovie have all been updated. Older apps will still work too, though they’ll be displayed in a letterbox format until an update is issued. The tweaked ratio puts the iPhone 5 display closer to 16:9, but it’s not quite there.

The most exciting news is likely the addition of LTE. There’s still HSPA+, EV-DO, EDGE and all that jazz on board, but it’s the true 4G that is really generating excitement. In the US Sprint, Verizon and AT&T will all be able to take advantage of the single chip data and voice LTE solution inside. And, if you’re stuck on one of those tiered data plans, the 802.11 a/b/g/n antenna should help you keep your wireless usage in check.

If the brand new radios weren’t enough of a raw spec update to get your geek blood pumping, the new A6 CPU inside should push you over the edge. Apple claims its a full two times faster than the chip inside the 4S, but we’ll have to wait and see how accurate that assertion is. The A6 is reportedly 22 percent smaller than its predecessor, which probably helped Cupertino achieve such slim dimension on the iPhone 5 and it’s also more energy efficient — allowing the handset to chug along for 8 hours of talk time, despite the addition of LTE. Keeping your data usage to Wi-Fi will allow you to milk up to 10 hours out of the device.

As for the camera, it’s more or less the same as that in the iPhone 4S, just a little bit slimmer. It’s a backlit 8 megapixel sensor with a 5 element lens and an f/2.4 aperture. The biggest improvement in the image capturing department is the “shutter” speed. Apple is claiming the new set up is up to 40 percent quicker at turning a beautiful sunset into a cold hard series of 1s and 0s. There’s also a new panoramic shooting mode that stitches together an effective 28 megapixel photo. And, what camera update would be complete without the ability to capture 1080p video. The front facing cam has also received a might boost, getting its own backlit sensor capable of capturing 720p clips. Even better, that iSight cam can be paired up with FaceTime for high-res video chats over that fancy new 4G network you’ll be surfing on.

If you thought there wasn’t anything else that could possibly be improved, you’re wrong. Apple even gave the microphone an upgrade to a five-magnet transducer that should improve voice quality on networks that support it and enable Siri to better decipher your mumblings. And, as expected, the dock connector has gotten a long-overdue revamp. The eight-pin plug is 80 percent smaller and all digital — it even has a catchy marketing name: Lightning.

Obviously, no new iPhone would be complete without a new version of iOS, and the 5 will be rocking iOS 6 right out of the box.

Show Unread Emails in Mac Mail – Solutions

September 12th, 2012

So you use a mac and you use the mac mail app but you don’t have a nice unread folder like outlook….

It’s quite simple, Mac Mail supports smart “search” folders

I’m working from the Lion Mail view and not Classic with these instructions.

Show the Mailbox list (button on toolbar or View menu in Mail), if it is not already.

Click the plus ( + ) button at the bottom of the list and choose New Smart Mailbox:

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Set the criteria as follows:

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Click OK. It will show up under Smart Mailboxes.

I dragged it up to my toolbar so that it was handy. I generally keep my Mailbox List closed.

I can select which mailboxes I want to view from the toolbar:

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Another option that I don’t like as much is to switch to classic view

Switch to Classic view in the Mail Viewing Preferences. Check the box to display unread messages in bold.
As well you can sort by unread emails but it’s kinda lame….

Some more ideas on Smart Mailboxes.

 

Please note that a Smart Mailbox does not move any email. It is just a search that collects matching email and displays them all together. You can move emails from the Smart Mailbox, and it will move the email from wherever it happens to be, into the folder you drop it into (except another smart mailbox)

 

You can create smart mailboxes to group emails by date, also. I’ve got Last Week, This Week, and This Month set up. Notice how you can drop smart mailboxes on top of one another to group them. It doesn’t affect the search that is conducted, just puts them together. You can also add that group of Smart Mailboxes to the toolbar.

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Found this somewhere an apple forums

 

CheatSheet Best Keyboard Shortcuts Preview for Mac Apps

July 2nd, 2012

When moving from a PC to a Mac or just being a Mac user keyboard shortcuts are a must to learn, this nifty application will solve all your issues!

CheatSheet shows you the available shortcuts of the active application after holding the command-key for 2 seconds.

Then a panel will show up displaying the shortcuts of the application you are currently working in.

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After the panel shows up you can either type the shortcut or click the item in the panel to execute the command.

Please note that access for assistive devices has to be enabled in System Preferences / Accessibility

CheatSheet has no further user interface and won’t appear in the Dock. You can quit the application in the action menu on the bottom right corner of the panel. If you like to uninstall it, remove it from your applications folder after terminating it.

Best of all it’s – FREE

Appstore – Linky

Windows to Mac keyboard shortcuts – a quick guide

April 26th, 2012
This is just a great re-post for a great post about keyboard shortcuts on the MAC OS – original post – Linky
Again POST is brought to you as is no changes what so ever

In the nearly three months I’ve been blogging about switching to Mac I’ve had countless times that readers have made comments about my posts, recommending specific techniques, tricks or applications that have helped me improve my Mac experience. Yesterday it was n45800’s turn as he pointed me in the direction of a list of the default key bindings for OS X. This little gem was exactly what I needed to get past some of the keyboard issues I’ve been trying to adjust to.

As a touch typist I’ve really struggled at times to use the Mac keyboard; not necessarily the keyboard itself but the navigation shortcuts while editing text in a text editing surface. Here is a list of the most commonly used keystrokes on Windows XP for text editing and navigation and their Mac OS X equivalents:

Purpose Windows Mac OS X
Clipboard Commands
Copy Ctrl+C Command+C
Cut Ctrl+X Command+X
Paste Ctrl+V Command+V
Selection Commands
Select All Ctrl+A Command+A
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y Command+Y
Text Navigation Commands
Beginning of current line Home Command+Left Arrow
End of current line End Command+Right Arrow
Top of editing area Ctrl+Home Command+Up Arrow
End of editing area Ctrl+End Command+Down Arrow
Next word right Ctrl+Right Arrow Option+Right Arrow
Previous word left Ctrl+Left Arrow Option+Left Arrow
Beginning of next paragraph Ctrl+Down Arrow Option+Down Arrow
Beginning of previous paragraph Ctrl+Up Arrow Option+Up Arrow
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means but if you are new to Macs and coming from Windows you should consider bookmarking this post or printing it out as a reference because it will save you lots of time. These key stroke combinations should work for most Cocoa based applications that include a text area to type in, including Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc.
Notice that the Ctrl key is the only modifier used by Windows while OS X uses Command, Control and Option modifiers. Now I know why I’ve been struggling so much.
Want more keys?
Here are a couple of links to pages I’ve found that have more complete lists:
If you are making your way to Mac from Windows it’s a really good idea to immerse yourself into the keyboard shortcuts because they really will save you some time and improve your experience. Make an effort to use them and commit them to your “muscle memory“- it will really help you be more productive.

Steve Jobs – I’m going To Kill Android – And More

October 21st, 2011

So I was reading about this on BGR.com, here a few bullets from Job’s biography, and as much as I admire him this looks like BS and More BS…

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said, according to Isaacson’s book. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

My Thoughts – Stolen from who? come one it might do the same thing in the end but it doesn’t look alike, as well if this is the case I think you stole from Microsoft and Palm…. (WM 6 looked like crap but did everything the basic iPhone does)

Jobs would later meet with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt to discuss settling the lawsuit. That meeting, according to the book, did not go well. ”I don’t want your money,” Jobs is said to have told Schmidt. “If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”

My Thoughts – Maybe Apple should stop stealing form their developers and other mobile OS’s (especially Android with iOS5) before he opens his mouth like that, when the first iPhone came out and all Cydia developers did amazing things with the iPhone apple simply stole from them even the GUI of iBooks was stolen!!! come on….

Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook has made clear his intention to continue running Apple as Jobs did, and it appears a major part of his legacy is the fight against Google’s actions with Android, which Jabs said amount to “grand theft.”

My Thoughts – Again another stupid comment, instead of vesting time against a Company that innovated put the money towards more innovation…. bottom line is WE the customer will get more out of it.

Posted from my MacBook Pro (Sorry no more iPhone)

OS X – Love and Hate….

September 27th, 2011

So a few months ago I decided to go out and but a new laptop….
Unfortunatly as I’m not loaded (although that would solve a few issues in my life) I wanted to buy a strong machine that would last me a few good years as my old IBM X41 and Asus G50VT-X6 did so I’m willing to put out a few extra $$$ more on something that would fit my needs.
As my budget was around $1000 not too low not too high I could not afford the machine I truly wanted.
My plan was to get a laptop with the following specs
13.x” screen (I could do with a 12″ but not 14.1″)
Core i5 and up processor
Good battery life
And Backlit keyboard
Let’s say everything I wanted was in the $1,500 range X220, X1, Serieas 9 Samsung, Vaio Z (wasn’t even out yet)
So I stumbled upon a Microcenter deal with SlickDeals.Net (Best and Worst site on earth hands down) for a 13″ MacBook Pro Core i5 with thunderbolt (bla bla)….
Then I thought you know what why not, I’ll simply price match at best buy and get some points + they had some deal on buy a $1000 laptop get $35 for accessories (Magic Mouse, Extra Charger…) but I’m getting off topic here with this….

So I got my MacBook and the Love and Hate started.
Hands down Apple make amazing products, the build quality, the look, the feel, the overall experiance and their service are amazing but here comes the OS part… it’s a love and hate.

OSX is a nice OS but after being a windows user for so many years Mac OS just puts me back to the old days that everything was not so simple and not so easy.
The OS itself looks amazing, it’s quick especially after upgrading to 8gb of RAM,  it’s simple to use and the apple eco system with it’s own software is great.
Things you would find simple on Windows like cup/paste/move for folders simply does not exist on OSX you can make copy’s but not move.
As well OSX does not support Exchange very well but there are work arounds like DavMAIL.
Working with NTFS drives will cost you a few $$$ especially if you can’t afford a nice G-Drive.
And unlike the iPad and iPhone where apple simply lead the way with applications OSX is light years behind Windows Applications making it very hard to switch to a Mac in the business world as Microsoft run the world right now….

But on the other hand what does work works like a charm, fast and quick with a nice touch to everything.
VMWare does solve most issues you might need with running something on Windows but again it will cost you a few $$$

More to come on this topic.

 

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