Sunday, October 19, 2014

OS X Yosemite: How to activate 'Dark Mode'

How to enable Dark Mode on OS X Yosemite:
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Go to General
  • Check Use Dark Menu Bar and Dock

Mac OS X Yosemite should now be running in Dark Mode. The Menu Bar and Dock background change to a darker color, and black Menu Bar text inverts to white. The Dock the pale translucent background becomes much darker.

You can also use the General Settings to change other parts of Mac OS X from Blue to Graphite. This removes much of the colour from the Mac OS X Interface and we think it sits well with Yosemite.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

How to find out if your Mac is compatible with Handoff OS X Yosemite

There are a lots of cool features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. One of the most anticipated is Handoff, which enables you to pick up where you left off in an email, a document and other work between iOS and OS X devices. Handoff is relying on short-range Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity If your Mac is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, LMP Version will say 0x6.

To determine your Mac's Bluetooth version
  • Go to Apple menu
  • Click About This Mac
  • Click on the System Report
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Find "LMP Version."
LMP Version should say 0x6. Anything lower than that is an older version of Bluetooth.

You can also access this information with a terminal command. 

Open up a terminal and type:

system_profiler SPBluetoothDataType | grep LMP

The Bluetooth 4.0 requirement would make the following Mac models Handoff-compatible: the mid-2011 MacBook Air, mid-2012 MacBook Pro, late-2012 iMac, mid-2011 Mac mini and late-2013 Mac Pro and above.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Setup Handoff / Continuity on OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Your Mac device had updated to OS X Yosemite. Also your iDevice runs iOS 8. All devices should support Bluetooth 4.0 (LE).

Setting up Handoff on OS X Yosemite:
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Be sure you login the same iCloud account.
  • Go to General
  • Enable - Allow Handoff Between this Mac and iCloud devices.
  • Turn on Bluetooth and Wifi

Setting up Handoff on iOS 8:

  • Go to Settings
  • Check iCloud account if the same as on Mac
  • Go to General > Handoff & Suggested Apps
  • Enable - Handoff
  • Turn on Bluetooth and Wifi

Done. You've setup the devices for Handoff.

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    OS X 10.10 Yosemite is now available to download

    Apple's next-generation OS X Yosemite Mac operating system is now available for download through the Mac App Store. It's a free update, It presents a whole host changes, most notably a revamped visual style that's a lot more colorful OS X. The enhanced look includes transparencies, minimized skeuomorphic assets and reduced shadowing.

    Apple also points out Continuity features that let users place and receive phone calls, send and receive SMS texts and create instant hotspots with a connected iPhone.

    Download OS X Yosemite for free through the Mac App Store. The update comes in at 5.16GB and is compatible with OS X 10.6.8 or later.
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    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6

    How does the Apple iPhone 6 compare to Google's current Nexus 6?
    Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus
    Credits to : Phone Arena

    Here's the spec sheet of each device side-by-side:

    ComponentNexus 6 SpecsiPhone 6 Plus Specs
    Screen size5.96 inches5.5 inches
    Screen typeOLEDIPS LCD
    Resolution2560 x 14401920 x 1080
    Pixel density493 ppi401 ppi
    SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 805Apple A8
    Speed2.7 GHzNot given
    GPUAdreno 420Not given
    Storage32GB or 64GB16/64/128GB
    Camera13MP optical stabilized8-megapixel iSight with 1.5ยต pixels and optical stabilization
    FlashDual LEDTrue Tone flash
    Front-facer2MP with 1.4 um pixels1.2-megapixel FaceTime
    Battery3220mAh14hr talk time/10 day standby
    OSAndroid 5.0 LollipopiOS 8
    BandsVaries by country/carrierVaries – includes UMTS/HSPA+ DC-HSDPA LTE and CDMA EV-DO
    SIM typeNano-SIMNano-SIM
    BluetoothBluetooth 4.14.0
    WiFi802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    SensorsAccelerometer / gyro / magnetometer / prox / ambient light / haptics / Hall effect / barometerFingerprint barometer gyroscope accelerometer proximity ambient light
    BuildAnodized aluminumAnodized aluminum
    Size82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06mm / 184g158.1mm x 77.8mm x 7.1mm / 172g
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    Apple accidentally leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on Official iPad User Guide

    An official iPad user guide for iOS 8 in the iTunes Store accidentally reveals the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensing home button. Aside from the addition of Touch ID, it seems these latest iPads will look nearly identical to their predecessors.

    Further information within the guide suggests the iPad Air 2 camera will gain a new burst mode for taking pictures with the rear iSight camera.

    Apple will introduce the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini tomorrow, at an event held on its Cupertino campus. Along with Touch ID, the iPad Air is said to be gaining an A8X processor, a new anti-reflective display, and a gold color option.

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    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    iPad Air 2 Part Leaks Point to A8X Chip, 2GB RAM & Touch ID

    Dummy leaks by Vietnamese blog

    Ahead of next Thursday’s Apple event, a newly leaked logic board claimed to be from a 2014 iPad Air purports to show an A8X processor, as well as an Elpida RAM module with 2 gigabytes of memory and Touch ID.

    The new image published by seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip.

    Long rumored for the 2014 iPad update, these new images seem to confirm that Touch ID will be making its way to Apple’s tablet line for the first time. Above, you can see an image of the iPad’s Home button with the stainless steel detection ring.

    Apple is planning to introduce a second-generation iPad Air in October, at a media event that will be held on October 16.

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    Monday, October 13, 2014

    How to Update to iOS 8 Without Deleting Anything

    iOS 8, Apple's newest software operating system for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch, launched on the evening of 17 September, bringing a plethora of great new features.

    In order to install iOS 8 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you’ll need free space up to 5.8 gigabytes depending on the phone model. 

    Instead of installing Over-the-Air, iPhone and iPad users with limited storage space will need to install via iTunes. iTunes doesn’t require users to have free space to download. Installing iOS 8 over iTunes is far less convenient but it’s the only way you’re going to be able to install iOS 8 without deleting apps, music, and other files.

    To install the iOS 8 with iTunes, plug the iPhone or iPad into the proper computer and sync. Users will be prompted to make a backup, something that is key before installing a large update like iOS 8, and users will also be required to enter the passcode if one is active. Once those are taken care of, the installation process will begin.
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    Dropbox Hacked? Over 7 Million Accounts

    An unnamed hacker group is claiming that it has accessed 6,937,081 Dropbox accounts. Hackers posted the accounts with plain text passwords onto, in what appear to be working logins according to a significant number of social media reports and Reddit users confirming working logins.

    The Pastebin message at the top of one of the leaks is as follows:
    “Here is another batch of Hacked Dropbox accounts from the massive hack of 7,000,000 accounts
     To see plenty more, just search on pastebin for the term Dropbox hack. More to come, keep showing your support”

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    iPad Air 2 Concept with iPhone 6 design

    Martin Hajek has asked the question “What if the new iPad’s were to borrow the design language from the iPhone6/6+?” on his site.

    You can view samples of Hajek’s design concept below. 

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    How to Turn On Grayscale Mode

    Grayscale mode is a new accessibility feature available in iOS 8. It's a useful option for anyone who is color blind. If you enable grayscale it will replace all colors with a range of gray shades from white to black.
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