When I ordered the MacBook just before midnight on Black Friday, the projected delivery date was Tuesday, December 10. However, by Friday morning, it had reached the UPS terminal at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, about 140 miles from the patch of boonies where I live. I figured it was going to beat the estimated TOA, but I didn’t expect UPS to be knocking on the door at 6:32 Friday evening with the box in hand—more than four days sooner than promised.
One of the most vexing frustrations cumbering those of us who use the iPad for content creation is iOS’s lack of support for file level directory access. This makes even some relatively civil tasks much more time consuming and complex than they would be with OS X on a Mac. MobiFolders is a file manager tool and PDF viewer that can mitigate some of the iOS’s document access and handling shortcomings.
Hard copy greeting cards are now the exception rather than the rule, due to the cost of postage and the proliferation of computers (even though surveys indicate most people prefer receiving greeting cards hand-delivered in the mail, considering a physical card to be more meaningful than the electronic alternative). Whichever sort of greeting you decide to send, here are some more ways your Mac or iOS device can help.
In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, GivingTuesday’s organizers want the giving community to come together and take part, asking that partners create and commit to a project for/on #GivingTuesday, and then help spread the word to their networks. A day of atonement perhaps for the commercial and consumer excesses of Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Apple doesn’t offer many product discounts, and it occurred to me on Friday evening that—being in the hunt for a new Mac system to replace my faithful late-2008 aluminum unibody MacBook—it would make good sense to take advantage of Apple’s Black Friday promotion. If I went with a new machine I could apply the $150 gift card deal to a new iPad, and would also get Apple’s iWork productivity suite bundled for just $50 more than a refurb unit.
Researchers at the University of Twente have published an academic paper claiming that of five personal Cloud storage services studied—Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Cloud Drive and Wuala—Dropbox implements most of the checked capabilities, and its sophisticated client clearly boosts performance. However, there is still potential for some protocol tweaks to reduce network overhead.
One Advent tradition, not limited these days to practising Christians, is the Advent Calendar; usually a laminated card or poster with windows that can be opened, one for each day of Advent, revealing symbols or images associated with anticipation of coming Christmas. However, Advent calendar apps to be viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone are increasingly popular.
Infovole’s fleet of iPad text processor apps are in many respects the most feature-packed in the business, for productivity-oriented users especially. If you miss desktop app capabilities like one-key case changing and Forward Delete on your present iOS text app, you owe it to yourself to check out Textkraft, Easy Writer, or the multilingual Shreibkraft, which henceforth will be known as “Textkraft Multilingual.” All are available on the Apple App Store.
I’ve been an unhappy camper since up(?)grading to iOS 7 a few weeks back. My iPad 2, which had been a smooth, quick, and slick performer in iOS 6, was transformed into a ragged and unrefined, underperforming slug with the change of OS versions. Unhappily, Apple has provided no provision for reverting to iOS 6; installing the iOS 7 upgrade lights the bridge behind it on fire. Happily, I can report that the iOS 7.0.4 update has helped with this substantially.
I’m a fan of small, nimble, fast, and focused applications that just work, and Maxim Gapchenko’s Inpaint Pro qualifies on all counts. Inpaint is a program—a graphics utility really—designed to do just one thing: remove unwanted elements from your photos. Inpaint can be used to repair old photos, remove watermarks, remove unwanted objects, do digital facial retouching and erase wrinkles and skin blemishes, remove watermarks and date stamps, and so forth. It’s really straightforward and easy to use. Fun, even.
New York-based RESCUECOM’s 2013 Q3 Computer Reliability Report (which includes tablets) was released November 20, in which Apple finished second behind Samsung. What’s different with this survey is the margin between the top two’s respective reliability scores; Samsung’s metric of 694 is nearly three times that of Apple, which finished barely ahead of the runner-up pack, scoring 259 to Lenovo’s 250, Asus’ 212, Toshiba’s 69, HP’s 66, Dell’s 50 and Acer rounding out the top eight with a dismal 16 reliability score.
TenFourFox—Floodgap’s port of Firefox for Power PC Macs—is a game-saver for those of us who still have PowerPC Macs in service, and it brings the great features of Mozilla.org’s latest browsers to these older platforms, literally extending their useful service life by years.