Beware of iOS 8.4

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One of the biggest reasons I never apply an OS update from Apple as soon as it is released is because I don't want to lose functionality. Sometimes an Apple update just breaks things. This has happened often enough to make me wait until it's discovered and fixed. But increasingly, Apple has secretly eliminated features or functionality in order gain a financial benefit. It appears this has happened again with the iOS 8.4 release. Home Sharing has been quietly cut from iOS 8.4. If you update, you will no longer have the ability to stream audio from iTunes from your Mac OS X computer to iPhones, iPads, and iPods for free. Rumors are that … [Read more...]

The iPhone 6 After Four Months

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I've now had my iPhone 6 four months and I'm ready to give a balanced review. First, it should be noted that 4 months ago I upgraded from an iPhone 4s. My philosophy with Apple products in general has evolved from a "got to have the latest" mentality into a "I will upgrade when the improvements are significant" mentality. In the past 5-8 years, Apple has provoked me to upgrade it's products on roughly a ever-other-generation schedule. And the trend seems to be towards an ever-widening gap between upgrades. The Hardware The jump from an iPhone 4s to the iPhone 6 was significant, and it felt that way in all respects. The sleek and refined … [Read more...]

Apple Watch

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I'm excited about Apple's new iPhone 6. I will probably upgrade my iPhone 4s in a few weeks when they become available. I'm not sure about the iPhone 6 Plus. I don't think I want to be carrying around a small iPad mini in pocket. I am especially excited about the new 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and the ability to capture 1080p HD and 60-fps and 240-fps for slow motion video. (I wish the 240-fps worked at 1080p, but sadly it's only at 720p.) I am also eager to see how well the video stabilization works. The disappointment for me today was the Apple Watch. I'm not sure that this is really a market that Apple will be able to … [Read more...]

How To Fix Startup Problems on Your Mac

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I'm getting more and more calls and emails from friends and family regarding startup problems with their Macs. This seems to be especially true for the iMacs. So I've put together a list of the best ways to fix these problems. If your Mac hangs on a white screen or just won't start up normally, there are a number of things you can do to try to fix the problem. It should be noted that if you have a hardware problem (e.g., bad hard drive, bad memory, bad power supply, etc.) these fixes won't help. If you have a hardware problem, the best course of action is to visit your Apple dealer for a diagnosis. Zap The PRAM The first and easiest … [Read more...]

Animation on the iPad with iStopMotion

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I remember fondly my first animation class when I was eight years old. There was the excitement of creating a story with inanimate objects and bringing them to life with a Super-8mm camera. I also remember how agonizing it was to wait for the film to be developed so I could view the fruits of my labor. If only I had an iPad and iStopMotion back then... iStopMotion ($9.99) is a well-design app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad. The interface is simple and intuitive, allowing young and old animators alike to get to the task at hand. You can use either the front or rear camera to create your masterpiece. And, with the free iStopMotion … [Read more...]

Mac Sage Redesign

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It's finally happening! I can no longer neglect the very real need for this website to be redesigned. I have always been a big fan of very simple and clean design that puts an emphasis on the content. I still have this belief. However, I am also a big fan of beauty. I think this website could be more beautiful. So, over the next week or so, you'll be seeing the transformation of MacSage.com in terms of the design and usability. You may also notice that the content subject areas will be broadened over the next year. I will still bring you great posts on Apple hardware and software and peripherals. But I will also sprinkle in posts … [Read more...]