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Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 update

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Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 11:01
Category: iOS, News, Software


Hot on the heels of muchos other updates, Apple has released iTunes 12.1.2.

The new version, a 120 megabyte download, improves syncing to your iOS devices from the newly-released Photos for OS X. The update also adds several improvements to the Get Info window and improves overall application stability.


MCE launches Fovea Extreme 3 USB 3.0 Blu-ray recordable drive

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Date: Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 08:19
Category: Hardware, News


This could be nifty.

MCE Technologies has begun the shipping Aluminum Fovea Extreme 3, an Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac and is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.


Apple releases iOS 8.3 update

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Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 15:39
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software


It’s a day of muchos updates for OS X and iOS users.

On Wednesday, Apple released version 8.3 of its iOS operating system.

The new version, a 487 megabyte download, contains a massive helping of fixes and changes. Among them are more than 300 new emoji symbols, a scrolling keyboard, additional languages for Siri and improvements to unknown number filters in iMessage.


Intel, Micron 3D NAND partnership could allow for larger, faster memory modules in Macs, iOS devices

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News


Via the combined forces of Intel and Micron, NAND flash memory could get even faster.

This, in turn, could make the memory in your iOS devices even faster and allow for more storage space.

The two companies are apparently working on a 3D NAND flash technologies wherein 3D NAND is stacked in 32 vertical layers. According to Intel this can potentially triple capacity, for example allowing “gum-stick sized” solid state drives with over 3.5 terabytes of storage space, or conventional 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that surpass 10 terabytes. Even the SSD in a custom-configured iMac or Mac Pro currently tops out at 1 terabyte.

Ulysses 2.0 writing app in works for Mac, iPad

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 08:03
Category: iOS, iPad, News, Software


If you were a fan of the Ulysses writing app for Mac and iOS, version 2.0 is just around the corner.

Major changes to Ulysses 2.0 for the Mac include the following:
– New name: Ulysses for Mac is now called just that. No more Roman numerals.

– Seamless sync with Ulysses for iPad: That’s right. Ulysses is now also available on iPad. It’s the full monty. And it syncs via iCloud.

– Updated interface: Redesigned almost every aspect based on Yosemite’s fresh new look. Cleaned house in the process.

– Attachment bar: Attachments now have their proper place. Again.

OS X malware on the rise, tips posted as to how to remove it

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Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 08:33
Category: News, security, Software


This is worth a gander.

A recent piece on How-To Geek points out the dramatic rise in malware for Mac OS X, the article highlighting a spike in spyware, adware and overall malware that comes with clicking the wrong items during an installation.

Once installed, the adware injects itself directly into your browser, analyzing your Web traffic, email and sending data back to company servers. The overall message is this: even though you’re a Mac user, there’s additional malware on the rise and it’s time to form some better habits where security is concerned. In the meantime, the Mac App Store is still secure thanks to Apple vetting what goes through there, although not all vendors distribute their software through this store front.


Hacker group may have hidden within the NSA for 14 years, successfully compromised OS X, iOS devices among other efforts

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Date: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, 06:40
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


This goes into the category of “man, it’s long, but you’ve got to read it”.

An article on Ars Technica discusses the Equation Group, a group of hackers that had an incredible amount of success, were able to use revolutionary methods in their work and may have been embedded within the National Security Agency.

In addition to the findings, researchers within the Kaspersky Group found “redirects that sent iPhone users to unique exploit Web pages. In addition, infected machines reporting to Equation Group command servers identified themselves as Macs, an indication that the group successfully compromised both iOS and OS X devices.”


Happy President’s Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, February 16th, 2015, 06:27
Category: Announcement


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s President’s Day and the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be spending the day with friends and family and will return tomorrow with more Mac and iOS mobile news and features.

Stay warm, enjoy the holiday and we’ll be back tomorrow with more news that will ROCK YOUR SPLEENs and keep you up to date!


How Apple could improve the awesome VIP Sender feature

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:29
Category: iOS, Mail, OS X

Apple Mail: Could not add VIP. A maximum of 100 VIPs is allowed. Please remove any unused VIPs and try again.

TL;DR I love the VIP Sender feature in OS X and iOS and use it all the time, but it needs to be expanded.

It works like this: click a sender’s name/email address in either OS X Mail or Mail.app and select “Add to VIPs.” Doing so prioritizes email from that sender and when new mail arrives, you’ll see an alert in notification center.

It’s super-convenient when you’re waiting for an important email from a client, colleague or your spouse. You can’t help but notice the email’s arrival on your iPhone lock screen and VIP Sender has saved my bacon many times. I’m using a VIP Sender this week to correspond back and forth with my account, for example, because I’d like to know immediately when he emails me.

The problem is that Apple caps the number of VIPs at 100 and once you’ve reached the cap your only option is to remove some VIPs. Removing a VIP Sender involves, navigating to the “VIP” folder in Mail, then clicking on senders individually, then on “Remove from VIP.” While not difficult, it can be time consuming.

While we should all endeavor to curate, organize and better tend to our email, but who has the time?

Here are two simple enhancements that would make VIP Sender infinitely more valuable…


Steve Jobs biopic release date announced

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Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 08:33
Category: Fun, News


The Steve Jobs biopic has a release date.

Universal Pictures will release the long-anticipated Steve Jobs movie on October 9. The upcoming biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography of the late Apple co-founder, is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Universal took over the film in November.