Monthly Archives: January 2015

Inside A Wilson Football Factory

Are you  ready for some football?! Well, with the Super Bowl being this Sunday and all the recent “Deflate-gate” media hype, I thought it’d  be interesting to take a look into the factory that makes these balls. Here we have a short video from the New York Times that goes behind the scenes of the Wilson Football Factory. The video includes a interview with a sweet older woman, that worked there for many years and took pride in what she did. If only we all took this much pride in what we did, the world would be a better place.

Software Updates: iOS 8.1.3 and OS X 10.10.2

ipad settings iconApple released two big software updates yesterday, OS X 10.10.2 for Mac users and iOS 8.1.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod users. Both software updates bring with them multiple improvements and stability fixes.

Fixes included in the Yosemite update 10.10.2:

  • Resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect
  • Resolves an issue that might cause web pages to load slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Spotlight to load remote email content when this preference is disabled in Mail
  • Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
  • Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
  • Improves VoiceOver speech performance
  • Resolves an issue that could cause VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
    Improves stability and security in Safari

Improvement and fixes included in iOS 8.1.3:

  • Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
  • Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
  • Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures working on iPad
  • Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing

One of the notable iOS updates being the the reduced amount of storage required to perform a software update. The slow adoption of iOS 8 has been due in part to users complaints of the large storage requirement to update from iOS 7. The OS X update is available for download from the  App store and the iOS update is available for download right from your device under settings > general > software update.

Apple’s First Quarter Results Conference Call

Apple will be streaming its FY 15 First Quarter Results Conference Call on January 27 at 2:00 p.m. PST.  Earnings and figures for the companies first quarter of 2015 will be announced. Investors, stockholders, and Apple fans alike should be eagerly awaiting the news.

Apple set sales records during last year’s first quarter, selling roughly 51 million iPhones worldwide. That record is likely to be broken this year with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus having been released this past September.

global iPhone sales by quarter

Quarterly iPhone sales from 2007-2014

 

The event can be viewed here starting at 2:00 p.m. PST, and will be available for reply approximately two weeks thereafter. Streaming the broadcast requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or above, a Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or above or a PC running QuickTime 7 or later.

 

 

Essential Hotkeys For Mac To Make Your Life Easier

Mac-logoHotkeys exist to make your life easier, but often go unused  or forgotten by many users. Hotkeys make things like managing files,applications, and other system task a mere tap of the fingers. I’ve compiled a list of the many useful hotkeys I use on a daily basis when working on my Mac.

These following hotkeys are useful for managing windows and open applications. They can help to reduce onscreen clutter or quickly move between programs.

Command-W — Close the current window

Command-Q — Quit the current program

Command-M — Minimize the current window to the Dock

Command-H — Hide the current program but keep it running

Command-Tab — Cycle through open programs

Command- Tilde — Cycle between open windows for current program

 

This set of commands is useful when working with the Finder application or otherwise managing files.

Command-I — Get information on a file or folder such as timestamps, file size, or file type

Command-N — Create a new Finder window (can also be used with programs like Safari)

Shift-Command-N — Create a new folder in the current window

Command-delete — Move any selection to the trash (hold Shift with this hotkey to empty the trash)

 Command-P — Print the current document, or any selection of documents in the Finder (works with most applications as well)

Command-O — Open any document, or any selection of documents in the Finder

 

Save your self the trouble of having to drag and drop multiple files from place to place.

Command-C — Copy the current selection to the clipboard

Command-V — Paste that selection, copying it to the specified location. Include “Option” here to move the item instead of copying

Command-Space — Open a new Spotlight window

Command-F — Open a Finder Search starting at the current location (useful for quickly finding specific info in a word document or on a webpage)

These final hotkeys are especially useful when troubleshooting or trying to solve a problem with your mac.

Option-Command-Esc — Show the force-quit window to close frozen applications

Control-Eject — Shut down

Command-R— hold while starting your computer to boot to the recovery partition and access options for repairing your Mac like Disk Utility or reinstall OS X

Again, these are just hotkeys that I find exceptionally useful and help to make my work easier. Are there any  other useful ones that you use that you didn’t see on our list? Let us know down in the comments below.

Watch Super Bowl XLIX from Your iPad or Mac

Don’t miss out on any of the action this SuperBowl Sunday. NBC Universal just announced that it will be offering a free live stream of the event to promote its “TV Everywhere program”.

From NBC Sports blog:

SuperBowl49_EMR0100a_2014_SCC_SRGBThe special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during “Super Stream Sunday” will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.

Viewers can watch over 11 hours of live coverage including the pre-game, post-game, and half time show via the NBC Sports Live Extra app for iPad and nbcsports.com/liveextra from desktops. No cable subscription or sign up is required, just download the app or visit the website to watch. However, Verizon has exclusive streaming rights to smartphones through its  NFL mobile app.

Why You Should Switch To A Solid State Drive

SSDs (Solid State Drives) are leagues ahead of traditional HDD (Hard Disk Drives) in terms of performance.

hdd displaying platter and read/write head

An open HDD showing its platters and read/write head.

The performance difference of the two types of drives is due in part to their configurations. HDD use spinning magnetic metal platters (the disk) that the data is stored on and a head that reads and writes the data to the drive. With this type of drive, the disk must spin up to operating speed and the head must move across the platter to read or write the data to the drive. This all takes time. HDD surfaces work best with larger files that are laid down in contiguous blocks. Over time, as files are rewritten and erased from the drive,  their data becomes scattered around different blocks on your HDD. This process is referred to as fragmentation. Which means the head of the drive has to spend more time traveling across the platter to read the fragmented parts of the data as your system accesses a file.

SSD outside of case displaying its IC chips

A SSD outside of case displaying its IC chips

SSDs on the other hand have no moving parts, and are comprised of integrated circuits (referred to as IC chips). The technology used to store data on SSDs is similar to the flash memory that is used in a common USB thumb drive. When reading or writing to a SSD, your system simply sends signals to the drive, and the data is retrieved or stored almost instantaneously at times. These drives aren’t subject to fragmentation, as separate blocks of data scattered across the drive can be accessed simultaneously without the need of a read/write head to move across the disk.

So what does this mean in laymen’s terms? Well because of the overall technology employed in SSDs and the lack of moving parts means more durability and resistance to physical shock, less maintenance, runs silently (no spinning disk), and faster access times. If you moved from a HDD to a SSD you benefit from much faster boot times, quicker response when launching or using apps, and overall improved performance.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is certainly worth more. Take a look at this video demonstration of the speed of a SSD.

DIY: Dock Port Charging Issues

We often have customers come into our store experiencing dock port issues with their iPhones. Issues such as their phones not charging properly, not connecting to their charger, or not staying connected to the charger.  More times than not, if there’s no physical damage to the device, the culprit of the is in your pocket. It’s lint!

Lint builds up in our pockets and over time our charging ports get jammed with lint. Take a look inside yours and you may see what I mean. Fixing this issue is simple, something you can do at home in less than 5 minutes.

What you’ll need:

iPhone (this fix works for all iPhone models, with 30-pin and Lightning connectors)

Tweezers or toothpick

 

What to do:

First, turn your phone off. Look into the dock port and see if you can see debris or physical damage. If the pins seem bent or broken then it’s likely that’s what causing the issue. The dock needs to be replaced, and you should stop right here.

dock port with lint

Look closely and you can see debris jammed in there

If you do notice debris, take your tweezers or toothpick and carefully pick it out. Be careful to not damage the pins.

removing lint from dock port

Lint being removed from dock port

 

Once all the debris is removed turn your phone back on and connect it to your charging cable to test it out. If all went well and lint was indeed the issue, your phone should be charging and connecting as it once was.

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If that didn’t work for you, then our Master Technicians will be happy to figure it out for you. Visit our website to send in a repair or walk right into our store if you’re local.

iPod Dominoes

This is one our older videos, made purely to have some fun with the products we service. We use 215 iPod Nanos as dominoes, which were valued at $35,035 at the time of filming.

What do you think? Should we do more videos like this in the future? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Beautiful Photos Captured With iPhone

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture a picture that is stunning and leaves a lasting impression. Many people have the power in their pockets. These pictures are some of the 2014 winners from the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA), all photographs were taken with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Julio Lucas- Photographer of the Year

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Micheal O’neal- Animals

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Yilang Peng- Architecture07-yilang-peng-1starchitecture

 

Danny van Vurren- Children10-danny-van-vuuren-1stchildren

 

Jenny Anderson- Flowers13-jenny-anderson-1stflowers

 

Felicia Pandola- Nature25-felicia-pandola-1stnature

 

 

Brandon Kidwell- Lifestyle22-brandon-kidwell-1stlifestyle

 

Elena Grimailo- Landscape19-elena-grimailo-1stlandscape

 

Alexa Seidl- Food16-alexa-seidl-1stfood

To view more of the winning photos and galleries, visit the IPPA website. You may even think about entering into their 2015 contest, first place winners receive a solid gold bar.