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Jun 201418

New iMac option released by Apple

by Shane Roberts

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Have you been wanting a new iMac, but would like to pay a little less? Today Apple has given you a great option!

Apple has released a new entry level 21.5″ iMac that will give you the beautiful all-in-one, at a more affordable price.

Here is the run down for the new entry level iMac:

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If you’d like this new iMac, contact your local store about availability!

Jun 201417

Make your Mac easier to use with keyboard shortcuts!

by Shane Roberts

Mac users, new and old, would love to be able to use their computers faster, and make them easier to use!

Keyboard shortcuts can be just the trick to make your computer easier to use, and to get work done faster. For you Windows switchers who are used to the ‘Control’ and ‘Alt’ keys, this may help you with your transition to Mac.

First off, the keys that you’re going to want to familiarize yourself with is the ‘Command’ key,

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the ‘Option’ key, and the ‘Control’ key.

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Other keys that you’ll use a lot are the ‘Shift’ and ‘Esc’ keys, both ones you are likely familiar with. Another key you may have seen as a PC user, but maybe didn’t use much, is the ‘Tilde’ key:

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The tilde key comes in handy for a couple of shortcuts.

The basics: Undo, Cut, Copy & Paste

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Anybody that has ever worked with Word, or any word processing program, has used the above commands – especially undo. When it comes to word processing, these shortcuts are the 101 of fixing, moving, or changing text within a document.

Managing windows and applications

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Instead of rooting around through menus and finding the right button to click, the above commands make life easier when it comes to maneuvering around various applications and  their open windows.

Surfing the web

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Search/Find

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Looking for a specific word or phrase within a webpage or document? Just press Command + F, and type into the search box what you are looking for and it will be presented to you! Similarly, if you’re looking for a specific file, document, image, or anything in general on your Mac, press Command + Space Bar and you can search easily with Spotlight!

 Selecting & Screenshots

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The screenshot portion of the above shortcuts can help a lot of people. If you have ever experienced an issue on your computer, and a quick email-able image of it would be handy, the screenshot shortcuts can be incredibly helpful.

 Boot Up Options (to happen while Mac is booting up)

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Have an issue with your Mac? The above options can help. Whether you want to boot into Boot Camp and Windows while holding ‘Option,’ or if you need to boot into Safe Mode to do some maintenance, these shortcuts can help you get where you want to go.

These shortcuts should make it easier to use your Mac, and hopefully save you some time. If you’d like to see more, click here for the complete list of shortcuts from Apple.

Jun 201416

See Handoff from iOS 8 & Yosemite in action

by Shane Roberts

Jun 201411

Great Gift Ideas for Dad w/ Savings

by Shane Roberts

Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Pro Earphones 

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If Dad loves to workout and listen to music, the Yurbuds Inspire Pro earphones are a gift you need to look into! They has arguably the most comfortable earbuds out there. They lock into place in your ear, making them more secure and much less likely to fall out. They are also water/sweat resistant, so if you work up a mean sweat these headphones won’t cut in and out on you.  I own a pair of these exact same headphones and they are great.

Sale Price: $49.99

Ventev Powercell 6000

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If Dad is constantly on the go and he’s always looking for somewhere to charge his iPhone, then the Ventev Powercell will be a perfect solution for him. It’s a portable battery pack that can give Dad’s iPhone or iPad the battery boost that he needs. It has built in AC prongs, so no need to worry about losing a charging cable, plus it has a 2.1 Amp port that will handle charging an iPad without an issue. When you add that 2.1A port to the regular 1A port, Dad would be able to charge both his iPhone and iPad at the same time!

Sale Price: $64.99

Sol Republic Deck

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If Dad loves his music, and maybe likes to share a little, the Deck from Sol Republic is great. Featuring ‘Heist’ mode, the Deck can allow up to five devices to sync to it simultaneously, and allow people to change the music on demand. So if Dad turns on Heist mode, but he’s not a big fan of what he’s hearing, he can change it to something that more suits him. The Deck also sports up to a 10 hour battery life, and can act as a speaker phone for you when you receive phone calls.

Sale Price: $139.99

LaCie 1TB Rugged Hard Drive

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Hard drives are not the most durable of devices in the world today, with a spinning disk inside them. Well, the LaCie Rugged does all that it can to negate any concerns, by making a great drive that is wrapped with a rubber bumper. You combine the protection of this drive with the speed options of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, and you have the ultimate portable hard drive. So Dad can keep his music, pictures, movies and documents backed up and secure, all with this 1TB external, portable hard drive.

Sale Price: $219.99

Jun 201411

First 3rd-party iOS 8 Keyboard in action!

by Shane Roberts

Keyboards like this will be available when iOS 8 launches this fall!

Jun 201411

The Verge Calls iPhone 5s “The Best Smartphone You Can Buy”

by Shane Roberts

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We all know it already, but it’s nice to see some validation from other websites that the iPhone is the best phone out there.

The Verge ran an article on which smartphone should be your next smartphone, if you’re up for a new one. Of course, they chose the iPhone 5s as the best all-around phone, and suggest if you’re in the market for a new phone, don’t look any farther than the iPhone 5s. Here’s a little of what they had to say:

The 5S’ appeal begins with its design. Its rounded metallic body feels precious and high-end in a way few phones can match. Its 4-inch screen is a little small by today’s standards, but it makes the device much easier to use in one hand and far more pocketable. Its camera is best-in-class, an 8-megapixel shooter that takes crisp and clear photos that no other cellphone camera has ever been able to replicate. Battery life is the 5S’ weakest spot — it’ll last a day but never more — but it’s nowhere near enough to be a problem.

No doubt there are other great phones out there, with some cool features. However, this final paragraph by The Verge nails exactly what the iPhone is all about:

Other devices may have particular advantages — a bigger screen or longer battery life — but they all come with complications and trade-offs. The 5S has none. If you want a smartphone you know you’ll love, that you’ll never have to worry or think about, the iPhone 5S is the best you can buy.

Make sure to go check out the entire article, because the iPhone 5c makes an appearance as well.

Check out all the iPhone models currently available here, and come into your local Simply Mac to get your new iPhone!

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