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May 201419

Own a piece of Apple History

by Shane Roberts

Apple Rainbow Logo signs going to auction

Courtesy of Cult of Mac

One of the most iconic versions of the Apple logo can be yours to own, kinda. At the Apple headquarters in Cupertino used to hang some fiberglass or styrofoam rainbow Apple logo signs. Well, those signs have found their way to the auction block, and could go for as high as $15,000.

Apple changed out this logo in 1997 when they switched to the monochromic Apple logo.

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May 201415

Apple Releases Mac OS 10.9.3 Update

by Shane Roberts


Apple has released the latest update to Mavericks, putting us now at 10.9.3.

The OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. 
This update: 

- Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013) 
- Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection 
- Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec 
- Includes Safari 7.0.3 

For detailed information about this update, please visit: 
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:

Now just under three weeks until WWDC, it will be interesting what route Mavericks takes over the coming weeks.

To update your Mac, just head to software update!

May 201414

Improve story time with the Disney Storytime app!

by Shane Roberts

Disney Storytime for iPad - simply mac

Adults and kids alike love Disney movies. Well, now you can bring those beloved Disney characters into story time for your kids with the Disney Storytime app.

Here is the description from the App Store:

Disney Storytime features the largest collection of Disney stories right at your fingertips! Join the adventure as Rapunzel and Flynn travel the kingdom, Aladdin and Jasmine search for Rajah, Remy cooks for a big party, and so much more! Read at your own pace, follow along as each story is read to you, or record your own voice! And don’t forget to visit the “Me” section to create and personalize your very own Storytime avatar. 

Featuring delightful illustrations and animation, professional narration, original music and hundreds of sound effects, as well as an innovative credits system for seamless story downloading, Disney Storytime offers hours of immersive reading fun.


When you download the app you receive three free Disney stories, everything after that would cost money with in-app purchases. You can get two stories credits for $3.99, six for $9.99, 12 for $18.99, and 32 for $36.99.

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Kids can also create and personalize their own avatars within the app, to give an added level of interaction.

This app has received high reviews from users, averaging 4 out of 5 stars.

It’s a free app (again in-app purchases are necessary to add more than the three stories it comes with), it works on both iPad and iPhone, and if you’d like to give it a shot and see if your kids would enjoy it, click here. 

May 201412

How to re-download your purchases on the iTunes or App Store

by Shane Roberts


The great thing about having an iPhone or iPad is the fact that you have an AppleID. For whatever reason, if you need to restore, and re-download your purchased apps, music, or movies you can do it easily with just a couple of taps.  Here’s how:

Re-download your purchases from iTunes

Go into your Music app on your iPhone or iPad.  In the bottom right hand corner, you’ll see a ‘More’ button – tap on that (see image below)

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Once you are in the ‘More’ area, you’ll see the options in the image below. From here, tap ‘Purchased.’

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Once you’re in ‘Purchased,’  just select which category you want to re-download from! In each respective category you’ll see your purchases, just tap on the ones you want back.

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Re-download your apps from the App Store

Similar to before, go into your App Store app, and tap on the ‘Updates’ area that’s at the bottom right of the screen.

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Once you’re in the ‘Updates’ area of the app,  you’ll see a ‘Purchased’ button to tap.

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When you’ve done that, you can organize the apps via ones that are not on your phone, or you can see all the apps you’ve purchased.

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From here, just find the app you’re looking for and re-download it, and that’s it!

May 201408

iPad tops JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey

by Shane Roberts

Just like the iPhone, the iPad has been ranked highest in customer satisfaction by JD Power. The latest rankings were released earlier this week.

Here is an interesting excerpt from JD Power’s report, discussing some of the cheaper tablets that have been released:

“Price has significantly impacted the marketplace. The average purchase price continues to drop and consumer expectations of tablet performance and features are different than they were for past products. Subsequently, overall satisfaction has declined, especially with ease of operation, as navigation features and functions have changed.”  said Kirk Parsons, senior director of telecommunications services at J.D. Power. 

Basically, as the prices on competing tablets continue to drop, the customer satisfaction on those tablets are dropping as well. This just reinforces the point, you get what you pay for.

The study was fielded between September 2013 and February 2014. The study measures satisfaction across five factors (in order of importance): performance (28%); ease of operation (22%); features (22%); styling and design (17%); and cost (11%). 

To no real surprise, people that have an iPad, love it!

May 201406

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by Shane Roberts

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