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Jan 201527

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Updates

by Josh C

As expected, Apple has released new updates for Mac’s running OS X Yosemite and iPhone and iPad’s running iOS 8. These updates address a number of issues and bugs.

OS X 10.10.2

Starting with the Mac, OS X 10.10.2 address security issues around the so called “Thunderstrike” exploit for Mac systems equipped with a Thunderbolt port. Other notable fixes include improvements to VoiceOver and a fix for users experiencing Wi-Fi disconnection issues.

The full list of updates in OS X 10.10.2 are as follows:

  • 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

You can download the OS X 10.10.2 update by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen, then on the App Store. In the App Store window, click on Updates in the top right corner. Once your Mac has checked for available updates, click Update next to the OS X 10.10.2 download or click on Update All to download all available updates.

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iOS 8.1.3

The iOS 8.1.3 update also addresses a number of security issues and bugs, while also reducing the storage requirements for downloading software updates such as these. If a lack of space has stopped you from downloading the latest version of iOS, this update solves that problem for you.

The full list of updates for iOS 8.1.3 are as follows:

  • 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 from working on iPad
  • Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing

You can download the iOS 8.1.3 update by visiting Settings on your iPad or iPhone. From there, tap on General then Software Update. Once your device has checked for an available update, tap Download and Install. Please note, your iPhone or iPad may need to be plugged into a power source to complete this update if you are running low on battery.

Jan 201527

Apple TV Gets Sports Illustrated’s 120 Sports Channel

by Josh C

120 Sports app on Apple TV

In yet another in an endless stream of free updates for the set-top box, Apple TV owners now have access to 120 Sports programming. The 120 Sports channel, created in part by Sports Illustrated, promises a wide range of programming from the NBA, PGA, NCAA, MLB, NHL, and NASCAR. Content is updated daily with hours of highlights, recaps, and sports talk without the need for cable subscriber logins or an account of any kind.

120 Sports app on Apple TV

Not seeing the new channel on your Apple TV? Visit Settings, then General and Software Update to make sure you are running the latest version of the Apple TV software.

Jan 201526

Apple Unveils “Free on iTunes” Section

by Josh C

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Who doesn’t love free? Apple’s recently launched “Free on iTunes” section collects more than a dozen free songs and TV shows in one easy to browse location. Current selections include songs from popular artists like Asking Alexandria and Washed Out. Thinking of getting into a new television show? Pilot episodes for Fox’s new show Backstrom, featuring The Office’s own Rainn Wilson, and SyFy’s new12 Monkeys series are both available for free downloading as of this writing.

“Free on iTunes” comes as the unofficial replacement for the highly regarded “Free Song of the Week” program, which was unceremoniously removed from its decade long spot in the iTunes Store just weeks ago. While we’ll always have a special place in our hearts for the “Free Song of the Week” program, expanding the option to over a dozen tracks sure will help us get over it.

Jan 201522

Logic Pro 10.1 Offers Incredible New Features

by Josh C

Logic Pro app for Mac

A free update for Logic Pro X was released today that brings major updates to how musicians work in Apple’s premier music creation software. New features include enhancements for creating different styles of dance music beats and new synthesizer options. Other improvements have been made to features like the Piano Roll Editor and new options to remotely control Logic Pro via an iPad.

Coming in at just $199.99, Logic Pro X is a full featured music creation software used by musicians and artists around the world to create the music we hear every day. Since it’s 2013 release, Logic Pro X has seen a steady stream of free updates, improving the workflow and interface of the software based on feedback received from everyday users.

Existing Logic Pro users can get this free update by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your Mac. Choose “App Store” from the menu and then click on “Updates” in the top right corner of the App Store window. Then click on the “Update” button next to the Logic Pro X 10.1 update.

Here are just a few of the over 200 improvements included in the 10.1 update:

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in for customizing electronic drum kits
  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices
  • Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes allow classic drum machine style techniques for creating beats in realtime
  • Automation can now be part of a region, not just the track
  • Relative and Trim Automation modes extend the options for fine-tuning existing automation
  • Manage large-scale mixes more easily with the addition of console-style VCA faders in the mixer
  • Mixer now allows remote control of microphone and other input settings for compatible audio interfaces

The complete (and extensive) list of notes and updates to Logic Pro can be found here (http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203718).

Jan 201508

Rollover Data Comes to AT&T

by Josh C

AT&T and iPhone customers rejoice! Rollover Data is here. Starting as early as January 25th, you can expect to see any unused data from your plan automatically rollover into your next billing period. What do you need to do take advantage of this incredible benefit? Not a thing. Mobile Share Value customers will automatically be enrolled.

How does it work?

Let’s say you have used 1 gigabyte of your 3 gigabyte data plan during the current billing period. The unused 2 gigabytes of data would then automatically rollover into the next billing period.

The math breaks down a bit like this:

February Billing Period

3GB data plan – 1GB used = 2GB rollover

March Billing Period

3GB data plan + 2GB rollover = 5GB data

When does AT&T use my rollover data?

When you’ve exhausted all of the data in your regular data plan.

How long can I keep my rollover data?

AT&T allows you to rollover unused data for one billing period. In short, that means that data from two months prior will not be available. If it’s March, January’s rollover data is no longer available to use.

How do I track my data usage?

By calling *3282# or by downloading the My AT&T app.

How do I find out more?

AT&T have put together an in depth list of frequently asked questions on this new feature and how it will change your existing plan.

Dec 201410

Free Update Brings UFC, DailyMotion, and more to Apple TV

by Josh C

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The hits just keep coming. Another free update to Apple TV brings four new options to the already stellar lineup of channels. UFC.tv will be familiar to fans of ultimate fighting with free and paid video options starting at $54.99 for 6 months of hard hitting fights. The Scene offers digital shorts from major outlets like Forbes, GQ, The Weather Channel, and many more, all free and right on your television. Fusion offers a variety of content from pop culture to news, while DailyMotion bring streaming video from the service to Apple’s favorite little hobby device.

Not seeing the new channels on your Apple TV? Visit Settings, then General and Software Update to make sure you are running the latest version of the Apple TV software.

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