SOLD: 15-inch MacBook Pro // $500

15 MacBook Pro Matte

•15.4-inch LED-backlit Hi-Res matte display

•2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor

•4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory (Upgradeable to a maximum of 16GB)

•750GB (7200-RPM) hard drive

•Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory & AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

•FaceTime HD camera

•SDXC card slot - Two USB ports - One Thunderbolt port & Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI

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For Sale: 15-inch MacBook Pro // $450

15 MacBook Pro

•15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy display

•2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor

•4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory (Upgradeable to a maximum of 16GB)

•750GB hard drive

•Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory & AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory

•FaceTime HD camera

•SDXC card slot - Two USB ports - One Thunderbolt port & Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI

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For Sale: 27-inch iMac // $850

iMac 27-inch 2012

•27-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology

•3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)

•8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory (Upgradeable to a maximum of 32GB)

•1TB (7200-rpm) hard drive

•NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

•FaceTime HD camera

•SDXC card slot - Four USB 3 ports - Two Thunderbolt ports - Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI

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Early iPhone X Reviews

The iPhone X is only a couple days away from the hands of the general public (including myself) but the tech press have begun releasing early reviews of the highly anticipated device. So far all the reviews are mostly positive, even when it comes to FaceID (which ‘failed’ at Apple’s press event). I have yet to get my hands on one so at the moment I am relying on early reviewers for their best impressions.


One of biggest changes coming with the iPhone X is the removal of the Touch ID and home button. The device now unlocks by using Face ID, it will open simply using facial recognition. Face ID ‘failed’ during Apple’s press event, the explanation was that too many other people had handled it so it locked out (a security feature). So far the consensus is that Face ID works well enough to replace Touch ID, has the same if not better consistency. Here are what one reviewer had to say about it:

Geoffrey Fowler of The Washington Post - “In my initial tests, it worked nine times out of 10. You really have to hold it in front of your face like you’re taking a selfie. Too close, in particular, and it won’t work. It recognized me in the dark, and when I put on sunglasses — but not when, in the interest of science, I put on a fake beard. (Apple says it adapts to handle beards when they come on more slowly.)”


Then there’s the new display, an all new Apple OLED edge-to-edge (mostly) display. The entire front of the phone is the screen, minus the ‘notch’ at the top which Apple calls the sensor housing. The sis where the True Depth camera system lives (more on that later). As always, Apple’s display is top-notch (no pun intended). 

Nilay Patel of The Verge - “Apple’s using a Samsung-manufactured OLED panel with a PenTile pixel layout on the iPhone X, but it’s insistent that it was custom-engineered and designed in-house. Whatever the case, the results are excellent: the iPhone X OLED is bright, sharp, vibrant without verging into parody, and generally a constant pleasure to look at.”


Back to that notch, this is where the iPhone X houses the True Depth camera system that powers Face ID. But this system also allows for portrait mode selfies, giving the ability to add depth of field and change the lighting with portrait lighting. A lot of people were worried about how it’s going to look and affect the use of the phone but it seems as it really isn’t that big a deal:

Matthew Panzarino of Techcrunch - “In use, I have to say, the notch is just zero problem for me. I don’t give a rat’s ass about it. I know I’ll probably catch heat but I’m not carrying water for Apple here. I think it is absolutely a compromise but, after using Face ID and the True Depth camera for other stuff, I am willing to deal with it.”


I will definitely be posting some pictures and videos on Friday as soon as I get my hands on the iPhone X. If you have any questions about any of the new iPhones feel free to leave a comment!

10 iOS Safari Tips: Hidden Menus

Most people use the Safari app every day, it’s the built-in web browser for Apple’s iOS. It’s a fairly straightforward and easy to use app but there are a few menus that can make some things easier and quicker to use. Most of these menus are accessed by long pressing the link but some can also be accessed by using force touch.

Webpage Links

Links in Webpages

Pretty easy, right? You see a link in a page and you click on it. But, did you know there are more options if you long press the link? When you long press a link you have the following options: Open, Open in New Tab, Add to Reading List, Copy or Share.

This menu can also be accessed on an iPhone by using force touch and sliding up. If you are on an iPad you will also have the option to Open in Split View.

Images in Webpages

Ever see an image on a website you liked and wanted to save it, maybe make it your background? To save an image simply long press the image and this will give you a menu with the option to Save Image or copy it to you clipboard. If the image is also a link it will give you the link options listed above.

This menu can also be accessed on an iPhone by using force touch and sliding up. 

Bookmarks

Simply tapping on the bookmarks icon in the bottom toolbar will pull up your favorites and bookmarks. But long pressing this icon will give you an easy option to add a bookmark to the webpage you are currently on or add it to your reading list.

Back/Forward

Here are another set of buttons that you probably use all the time. Did you know they had a hidden menu? When you long press either the forward or back button it will pull up a history of that particular tab you are browsing on. 

Tabs

The tabs button is the easy way to access a preview of all your open tabs, located in the bottom toolbar on the far right. Ever suddenly realize you have WAY too many tabs open? When you long press the tabs you get a few options, one of them being “Close All Tabs”. Other options you are presented with are: Close this Tab, New Private Tab & New Tab. 

Add Tab

Ever accidentally close out a tab you wanted to keep open? Now you have to either remember what page you had open or go back through your history. Or, you can long press the + (New Tab) button. When this is long pressed it pulls up a menu that shows you all your recently closed tabs.

Done (Tabs)

Another way to close out all your tabs is to long press the “Done” button in the tabs views. 

Reload

Most websites have multiple versions, a desktop version and a mobile version. When you visit from an iPhone or an iPad it will try to serve you up the mobile version. Sometimes the mobile version lacks features from the desktop version and can be a little frustrating. One way to get around this is to long press the reload button.

When you do this it brings you a menu that allows you to “Request Desktop Site”. This will attempt to reload the website while asking the server to show the full desktop version instead of the mobile version. 

Reader View

Safari has a really cool mode called “Reader View”. This takes a website and isolates only the text and turns it black and white making it easy to read. If there is a website you are always activating Reader Mode on a specific website you can automate this. Long press on the reader icon (in the left in the URL bar) and you can choose to have reader mode automatically activate on a particular website or on all websites.

Search Bar

The URL/search bar in Safari is an amazing tool with the ability to both go to an address or perform a search. One hidden menu is “Paste and Go”. If you long press the URL bar you have the option of whatever you have copied to you clipboard can be pasted and immediately acted on. If it is a URL it will send you straight there. If it is simply words then a search will be performed. This can save you a few extra taps when using Safari.

iOS 11 Release Day

iOS 11

The day is finally here! After a few months of teases and public and developer betas iOS 11 is available to the general public. This version of iOS can be installed on iPhones 5s and newer, iPad Mini 2 and up, iPad Air and up and iPod Touch 6th Gen. There are a TON of new features, too many to list all of them so I am just going to highlight a few for you.


iPad

There are a lot of functionality changes coming to the iPad that bring it closer to a desktop system and may make it even more of an option to be a laptop replacement. 

iPad Multitasking

The Dock

No longer is the dock stuck only to the home screen but can now be accessed from anywhere with just a swipe up from the bottom. The left side of your dock can be customized with whatever apps you want to put in it, just like before and now the right side of the dock will show apps that you’ve recently opened.

Files

There is a new app called Files that gives you easier access to all your files stored on your iPad, on iCloud and even services like Google Drive, Dropbox and Adobe Cloud. From Files you can browse, organize and share all your files. The Files app will also be available on iPhones.

Drag and Drop

Multitasking on the iPad keeps getting better and better. iOS 10 introduced ‘Slide-over’ and ‘Split View’ but now you can communicate more easily between those apps. You can move just about anything anywhere betweens apps. Simply drag a picture into a message or drag a PDF from Files into an e-mail.


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Augmented Reality

ARkit

Probably the most awesome features coming to iOS is improved augmented reality. Apple developed a powerful tool for developers called ARkit and the test videos that have been released over the last few months show amazing potential. From playing games on a tabletop to trying on a new tattoo to redecorating your house, there are endless possibilities. I for one am extremely excited about AR in iOS 11.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

With the iPhone 6 Apple introduced Apple Pay and now they are expanding that to allow person to person exchanges. Now you can immediately pay your friend back for that lunch or movie ticket, right in iMessages. Now, this feature will not immediately be available at launch, it will be coming in a future update.

Live Photos

Ever take a photo at just the wrong time and wish you could choose just a moment right before the photo was actually snapped? Well now you can! One new feature of Live Photos is the ability to choose which image is the key image. No more half-closed eyes or blurry slightly turned heads.

Another cool feature of Live Photos is the option to choose how that ‘video’ loop is played out. By default there is a start and an end, but now you can choose to have it Loop, Bounce (play forward then backward), or to combine all the frames from the Live Photo into a Long Exposure image.

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb While Driving

Your iPhone can now automatically sense when you are driving and silence all notifications for the duration of your drive. People trying to message you can be notified by a custom message that you are driving and will respond when you arrive. I feel like this is a really big one, others may just find it an annoyance. Although if you’re someone who finds it annoying maybe you need to check your texting and driving habits…


More Features

App Store

Apple has also made improvements to Siri with a better, more natural sounding voice, added the ability to provide translations and much more. The App Store has been redesigned to give a more personal connection and allow developers to tell their story about the app they created. Control Center has a all new look and feel, you can now customize the icons that appear, depending on what you use Control Center for the most.

These just scratch the surface of what Apple has introduced with iOS 11. Visit Apple’s website for more detailed information or a full list of what’s in store for your device after you upgrade. As always, **BACK UP YOUR DEVICE BEFORE PERFORMING AN UPGRADE**. Apple does a great job to limit the amount of issues with upgrading but you don’t want to be ‘that guy’ who loses everything.

Apple iPhone Event Announcement

Apple Event

Well, it's official! Apple has set the date for their next event, September 12th. It will be their first even on the new Apple Campus in the brand new Steve Jobs Theater. Apple will (presumably) be discussing the details of the next generation iPhone(s) as well as giving more details on a few more of their upcoming products.

Nothing is ever really 'official' until Apple themselves announce a product so I won't go in to too much detail, but there have been a few rumors circulating about the new iPhones. One rumor is that there will be the normal cycle of iPhone iterations, the 7s and the 7s Plus. But in addition to those there may be a higher end iPhone with a different design and more features. Some of the rumored features are on OLED display, wireless charging, and no home button.

Also being given official release dates will be iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11. These are the next versions of Apple's operating systems for their respective devices. It would be my recommendation to NOT download these new systems for AT LEAST the first month unless you are OK with dealing with potential bugs. And even then, before you upgrade **BACK EVERYTHING UP**!!

The event will be available to live stream, if you are a fan boy like myself and are interested in that sort of thing. Just visit Apple's website on Sept. 12th at 10AM PDT to watch the live stream. If you miss it I'm sure the entire internet will be all abuzz about all the details.

App Highlight - Clips by Apple

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Taking and sharing pictures and videos on an iPhone or iPad can be lots of fun. Sometimes just adding an Instagram filter just doesn’t seem like enough, doesn’t do it justice. That’s where Apple’s Clips app comes in! Clips allows you to quickly and easily create fun and unique videos highlighting moments of your favorite pictures and videos.

Using apps like iMovie can be complicated with tracks and timelines but Clips aim to keep things easy. Simply touch and hold a single button to take video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji, and Disney and Pixar characters. You can also add custom text just by speaking!

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In addition Clips also has built in music to choose from; the music automatically adjusts to fit your video. There are full size titles and posters with animated text and background effects to give your videos just a little more flair. 

Sharing your videos from Clips is just as easy. Simply tap the share button and you can upload directly to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and many other social media platforms you use. You can also share the video through Messages, Clips will recommend users you share with the most. Or if you wish, you can simply save the video to your Photo Library to share later.

Clips by Apple can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

5 Tips For Backing Up Your Data

Computer Backup

Backing up is like insurance for your data, you may not ever need to use it but when you do you are eternally grateful it’s there. I have had so many interactions with people who are desperate to recover any data, any pictures because they were either never backed up or had not been backed up for an extended period of time. Sometimes data recovery is possible but it can be quite expensive, it’s much cheaper to just back it up in the first place.

You need to back up all your devices: computer, phone, and even your external hard drives. Any of your devices may fail at any time either from a defect or an accident. Nothing is 100% safe so the more copies you have of your data the better, especially the most important and most irreplaceable things such as pictures.


1. Back Up Your Data

It may sound silly but the most important thing about backing up your data is remembering to actually back up your data! For any backup that is not automatic you should set a reminder for yourself at minimum once a week (and then actually do it). For any backup that is automatic you need to check it occasionally to make sure it is doing it’s job. Either way, remember to and make sure you are backing up.


2. 3-2-1 Backup

It is always recommend to have a 3-2-1 backup plan. Basically you need to have 3 copies of your data, 2 on-site and one backed up to the cloud. The 2 on-site copies being your primary copy and a second copy on a flash drive or an external hard drive. The 1 cloud backup could even be as simple as keeping it in iCloud, Dropbox, Google drive or some other such service.


3. Backing Up Your iPhone and iPad

iCloud Backup

Backing up your iPhone or iPad can be done in multiple ways, the most convenient being to iCloud. When you set up iCloud on your device the iCloud backup is automatically turned on. Your device will back up every night when the phone is connected to wifi and plugged in to power.

The second way to back up your data is by plugging it in to your computer and backing it up in iTunes. This obviously has the downside of having to remember to do it as well as the data being stored on your computer. If something were to happen to your computer then this data would be lost as well.


4. Backing Up Your Computer

Apple has included a piece of software in MacOS that makes it easy and convenient to keep your computer backed up. This program is called Time Machine and performs a complete backup of everything on your computer to any external hard drive. Time machine will perform continuous backups while your computer is connected the the external drive and plugged in to power.

There are alternatives to Time Machine, other software that can also perform backups to an external hard drive. A program called Carbon Copy Cloner creates a bootable backup, meaning that is needed you could actually boot your computer and run it off of the backup. Another program called SuperDuper does a similar task and is a free application. 


5. Cloud Backup Services

Backblaze Backup

There are many services that offer cloud backup plans to keep a backup of your data. These services are very secure and very convenient but do come with a monthly subscription fee. The top three services and ones that I have had personal experience with are Carbonite, Crashplan and Backblaze. You will have to research them and decide for yourself which will fit your needs the best.