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6 Mac tips that will make you way more productive

Apple’s entire user interface paradigm can be summed up as “reveal as required”. You can use its products productively from the moment you power them up out of the box, but as you become more familiar with its systems you can achieve much more. What follows are six handy Mac hints and tips that I hope will help you get things done faster and more effectively.

Command-Space

My favorite Mac shortcut, Command-Space opens Spotlight search. Use this when looking for a document, an image, a website, contact, folder, app or almost anything else – just start typing the first few letters of the name and hit Return when the correct item is found. If you don’t use this yet, you should. Here are 18 more keyboard tips.

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6 Mac tips that will make you more productive

Apple’s entire user interface paradigm can be summed up as “reveal as required.” You can use its products productively from the moment you power them up out of the box, but as you become more familiar with its systems you can achieve much more. These six handy Mac tips will help you get things done faster and more effectively.

Command-Space

My favorite Mac shortcut, Command-Space, opens Spotlight search. Use this when looking for a document, an image, a website, contact, folder, app or almost anything else – just start typing the first few letters of the name and hit Return when the correct item is found.

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6 reasons iMac Pro is ready for the enterprise

I’ve been inspired to make a few predictions after spending the morning looking at some of the powerful applications you can now run on a mid-range iMac Pro.

Enterprises need this machine

Apple sees the way the industry is going. It’s decision last year to recommit to the pro Mac market followed years of criticism, but now it has made that declaration it seems deadly serious in its determination to ensure that if PCs are going to be trucks, then it wants some of the most powerful trucks on the road to be Macs.

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Mac: What does ‘System Scan is Recommended’ mean?

Many Mac users may have come across a small window that appears on top of their browser when surfing the Web that warns them, ‘System Scan is Recommended’. So, what is this message, and what should you do if you see it?

TL;DR: Don’t panic

The first thing to learn is that this is not a Mac system message. If you ever come across this message you can be utterly certain that it is a scam. Whoever is behind the message (and it may not be the website owner, but some poorly policed ads network) wants you to agree to something that will probably cost you money, leave your data at risk, or otherwise cause you unwanted problems. While scams like these are nowhere near as widespread on Macs as they are on other platforms, they do appear sometimes.

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How to use iCloud Keychain: The guide

Apple’s password manager for Macs, iPhones and iPads, iCloud Keychain is designed to keep passwords, credit card details, Wi-Fi logins and lots of other critical data safe while also making it much easier for you to create and recall complex passcodes.

What does iCloud Keychain do?

When you enter a new password in Safari, you’ve probably seen iCloud Keychain ask if you would like it to save it for use across all your devices. So long as you are running iOS 7.0.3 or later or OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later, iCloud Keychain will store the following items securely in iCloud. Once secured in iCloud Keychain, you will be able to access all these items securely from any Apple system logged into your Apple ID.

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How can Apple’s HomePod stake space in the enterprise?

Apple’s HomePod ships today. If you have one, I believe you will be thrilled at the presence and sound stage delivered by the diminutive device, but the product also has some potential as an enterprise product, as business tech migrates to iOS.

Collaboration is complicated

Collaboration is a big word. It spans everything from email to presencing systems, conferencing and document sharing, team management, scheduling, secure messaging and more.

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Why Apple needs HomePod to be as safe as houses

I’ve been using a HomePod system this week. I’m planning to write more about it, but today I wanted to discuss what everyone considering connected smart home devices should think about first: privacy and security.

Your life on view

Smart home devices communicate with each other.

They also communicate with their manufacturers, and this means significant insights can be gathered by anyone who succeeds in monitoring this informational flow.

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iOS 11.3: How to use Apple’s iPhone Battery Health tool

In response to public demand, iOS 11.3 introduces a new battery management system that puts users back in control of their iPhone.

Background noise

Apple faced fury (and multiple lawsuits) when it was revealed that the company has been throttling device performance on older devices.

Apple said this was to prevent unexpected shut downs as the batteries inside its products inevitably fade. However, many of even Apple’s most loyal users felt that this built-in obsolescence was a step too far from the firm.

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What the internet is saying about iPhone X

Apple’s iPhone X has been a thousand-dollar gamble that has paid off for the company, but while we seem to know lots about what analysts and media pros think, we don’t appear to have too much feedback on what everybody else is thinking when it comes to the next-gen smartphone. I thought I’d find out.

The global conversation

Twitter is the global conversation center for just about every topic you can imagine. Sure, some people take it too far, but so long as you have a Block button you can filter the bots and fools right out. So, what has Twitter been saying about iPhone X?

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Apple sells around 10 iPhones a second, mainly iPhone X

Apple is selling more iPhones and generating higher profits with each sale than ever before, the company has confirmed.

Ten sales a second

iPhone sales hit 77.316 million units in Apple’s 91-day Q1 FY 2018 quarter. That compares with 78.29 million sales in the year-ago quarter.

You’d imagine those figures meant that sales shrank, but it’s not the case: Last year’s quarter extended over 98-days (14-weeks), while this year Apple saw a more traditional 91-day (13-week) quarter.

That means Apple sold around 849,600 iPhones every day in Q1 2018, in contrast to 798,877 iPhones it sold each day across Q1 2017. In other words, Apple is selling ten iPhones every second of the day, at least, it was in Q1 2018.

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How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage

No matter how many iOS or macOS devices you own, Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users – a paltry amount given what rivals offer. But there are ways you can avoid paying for more storage space, or at least limit how much extra you pay.

Here are easy-to-follow tips on how to put some of the biggest iCloud data-consuming features on a diet and save money on iCloud storage.

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Microsoft’s Office on iOS improvements puts enterprises everywhere

When it comes to enterprise productivity, Microsoft has two feet in the future and just one in the past, and that’s why it has chosen to significantly improve Office on iOS for every user with the kind of collaborative tools enterprises need.

Microsoft gets mobile

Microsoft may have lost the war to dominate mobile hardware, but (like Apple) its future business plan is increasingly based on services, not beige boxes.

The company’s OS may lurk inside a huge number of PCs, but the company knows where things are going, and that’s why it has diversified to provide the kind of enterprise productivity and core infrastructure solutions it now provides, from Lync to Skype, Office to OneDrive and beyond.

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Apple’s iPhone X drives gains in key markets

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Apple is about to help save thousands of lives

Apple has decided to enable a new iPhone feature that promises to save thousands of lives and billions of dollars by making it much easier for emergency services to find you when you contact them to request aid.

Introducing, Advanced Mobile Location

Apple announced some exciting future iOS 11 features this week, including key improvements for ARKit, Health, Siri, enterprise users and more.

Hidden among these announcements lurked promise of support for Advanced Mobile Location, a powerful technology that gathers accurate location data about a person’s location when they place an emergency call.

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Apple reveals 6 huge iOS improvements for 2018

We’ve just learned several important details around some of the key iOS improvements Apple hopes to make available to the rest of us in the coming weeks.

ARKit is about to improve

Apple wants to energize ARKit development with a range of powerful new features in ARKit 1.5 and iOS 11.3, which are currently in beta testing. These important improvements will clear even more space between the company and competitors in the mobile space. They include:

  • The capacity to recognize vertical surfaces (walls, doors, and such like). Until now, ARKit could only recognize horizontal surfaces.
  • Image detection for signs, posters and other artwork
  • Higher-resolution (1,080p instead of 720p), enabling more realism in AR experiences.

These improvements should mean ARKit developers will be able to build better games (such as bouncing balls off of walls) and more immersive VR experiences, particularly in the education and museum sectors.

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Is this the new iPhone Xi?

Well, that didn’t last long – no sooner are we coming to terms with learning that millions of people are indeed prepared to spend over $1,000 on a new Apple smartphone than the rumor machine begins to think about what’s coming next to the world’s most advanced mobile device.

Meet the iPhone Xi

We think we know that around 20 percent of iPhones sold in the last quarter were iPhone X models, as that’s what Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) claims. We recently heard Apple may have sold six million units of the iPhone X over Thanksgiving alone. The device drove resurgence in China and the UK.

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Apple still wants to teach the world to code (with Swift)

Apple continues to drive forward in its attempt to teach people how to develop with Swift with a massive European expansion of its Everyone Can Code scheme.

Tomorrow’s world

Apple has been putting a huge amount of effort into evangelizing its open source Swift development language.

It has announced a range of initiatives with which to achieve this, ranging from child-focused coding lessons in stores to provision of a wide swathe of educational and other learning materials.

Downloaded over 1.4 million times, Swift Playground remains an easy and accessible way to learn some of the principles of coding with Swift.

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iPhone addiction? You ain’t seen nothing yet …

iPhones and other smartphones truly are addictive, and we’re spending more time staring at them than ever. Meanwhile, Q4 smartphone sales utterly eclipsed PC sales. But where is this going?

Heavy haulage

Summarizing current analysis:

  • PC sales have fallen from their 2011 365 million per year peak to 263 million in 2017.
  • Smartphone sales have grown from a figure hovering around nothing in 2007 to 1.5 billion last year.
  • China is the biggest smartphone market, followed by India and then the U.S.

“Soon consumer PCs will be extinct (only used by pro and semi-pro users),” claims mobile industry analyst Tomi Ahonen.

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iPhone addiction? You ain’t seen nothing yet…

iPhones and other smartphones truly are addictive and we’re spending more time staring at them than ever – meanwhile, Q4 smartphone sales utterly eclipsed PC sales, but where is this going?

Heavy haulage

Summarizing current analysis:

  • PC sales have fallen from their 2011 365 million per year peak to 263 million in 2017.
  • Smartphone sales have grown from a figure hovering around nothing in 2007 to 1.5 billion last year.
  • China is the biggest smartphone market, followed by India and then the U.S.A.

“Soon consumer PCs will be extinct (only used by pro and semi-pro users),” claims mobile industry analyst, Tomi Ahonen.

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How Apple Developer Enterprise license works

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CES 2018: Apple’s CarPlay wins friends and frenemies

Apple may (or may not) have scaled-back its ambition to build its own connected vehicles, but at CES 2018 we still saw lots of news around its CarPlay system. Here’s a brief run-down on what happened:

What they’re saying

CES 2018 saw lots of conversation on the topic of connected cars, but the big truth remains that as the industry digs deeper into the attempt to create automated and semi-automated transport, it’s becoming clearer that the challenge isn’t only technical – regulatory, privacy, safety and a host of other puzzles also need to be resolved.

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Apple is getting very, very serious about enterprise IT

Late one Friday when no one was looking, Apple quietly updated the business support section of its website, Apple at Work. The move wasn’t widely advertised, but it reflects the growing importance the company places in the enterprise markets.

The times they have a-changed

It wasn’t long ago that saying Apple products have a place in enterprise IT would open you to acres of ridicule.

That’s not the case today, as Apple becomes an essential item in every enterprise tool kit. IBM calls Apple “pervasive in the enterprise,” while Jamf CEO Dean Hager notes that his own internal company research suggests 75% of enterprise users would choose a Mac for their next computer if given the choice. 

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5 printing secrets every Mac user needs

Everyone knows how to print from their Mac, right? You just hit the Print button (or Command-P) – but are you using these print-related tricks?

How to print from the Dock

What if you didn’t even have to open documents to print them? What if you could just print from the document icon in Finder using drag-&-drop? You can, here’s how:

  • Open System Preferences>Printers & Scanners.
  • Look to the Printers list and select the printer you want to use.
  • Drag-&-drop the printer icon from the list to your Dock.
  • You should see the icon for that printer appear in your Dock.
  • Quit System Preferences.

In future, you’ll be able to print items just by dropping them on the print icon in your Dock. When you drop you won’t see the usual print tools, but will see the printer’s management window, in which you can cancel printing if you want.

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Life after iTunes: Apple’s big media challenge

Like all the big tech firms, Apple is spending billions to produce original video content as it builds its place in the future of media, but it faces lots of challenges in its attempt.

The revolution will be televised

Big players, including Google, Apple and Facebook want a slice of the $170 billion/year U.S. TV market.

They are willing to invest deeply to grab their piece of the pie. That’s the thinking of Needham & Co analyst, Laura Martin in an extensive client research note provided to me, ‘The Future of Media – an Epic Battle’.

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