Mac users are accustomed to updating their software when reminded by the operating system's automatic update software. However, this changes with the introduction of OS X Lion. Users will still be alerted about certain software updates through "Software Update", including operating system revisions, iTunes and security updates. Those software products now available to be purchased through the App Store will be updated only through the App Store. If you are using OS X 10.6.6 or later, the App Store icon will be present in your Dock, through the icon shown above. If there are updates available for your installed Apple Apps, you will see a small red circle in the upper right had corner of the App icon. Click on the icon in the Dock and you will be guided through the update process. You may be asked for your Apple user ID and password during this process.
Are you considering upgrading to OS X Lion? If so, you have a choice as to how to obtain Apple's newest OS. You can download Lion from the APP Store, at a cost of $29.99, or you can purchase it from Apple on a thumb drive for $69.00. If you choose to download Lion from the APP Store, we recommend that you download Lion DiskMaker before you begin. Lion DiskMaker is a free application programmed with AppleScript that can be used with Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 to make a bootable DVD or to build a USB bootable install disk of Mac OS X Lion's installation program. Once you begin the download of Mac OS X Lion, the Lion DiskMaker application will ask you if you want to build a DVD or create a USB bootable install disk. For more information about upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, call QuadStar at 440-546-9911 or email us.
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FlashFrozen is a menu item that allows you to quit the Flash plug-in in a browser if a Flash animation is using a significant amount of your Mac's processor cycles or freezing the loading of web pages, which reduces your battery life. FlashFrozen is designed to avoid this issue by providing warnings and a "kill switch" when this happens. Residing in your Mac OS X menu bar, the icon sends a warning by turning red when Flash is using too much power. You may then click on the menu bar icon and chose "Kill Flash Plugin" to quit the Flash plug-in. It will also keep you informed as to what percentage of your processor's power is being used when Flash is active. FlashFrozen works with Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome. Click here to download FlashFrozen.
As our subscribers begin to migrate to OS X Lion for their Mac and iOS 5 for their iPhone and iPad, they are becoming more aware of iCloud storage. We believe that Apple is taking its first step toward having users feel more secure about where their digital assets are, whether they be Word documents, spreadsheets, images, movies, calendars and more. By saving in "the cloud", files are remotely saved and backed up. Whether you have your iPhone, iPad or Mac with you, your documents will be accessible.
We are in a transitional period regarding "cloud" storage. However, we believe that over the next few years users will become more comfortable with letting go of their control over the location of their data. We suggest that you can start experimenting with iCloud storage using one Mac App so that you can build a confidence level with the technology. Features will become more robust over time as third party software developers learn how to take advantage of cloud storage within their applications.
Users should know that before they convert an existing MobileMe account to the new iCloud account, several features of MobileMe will be eliminated, including iWeb publishing, Gallery, iDisk, and OS X syncing of Dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items and System Preferences. For more information about upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, call QuadStar at 440-546-9911 or email us.
Providers have published tips on how their iPhone and iPad customers can minimize significant international data charges when traveling overseas. For the unknowing user, these charges can be incurred without their knowledge. Be certain that Data Roaming is turned "OFF." To verify this, tap on Settings>General>Network and turn Data Roaming "OFF." Utilize a Wi-Fi connection instead of 3G/GPRS/EDGE to browse the Web, download data, or check email. Wi-Fi hotspots are available in many international airports, hotels and restaurants. If you will be traveling for an extended period of time, consider checking with your provider for a short-term international data plan. iPhone users might consider downloading applications such as Line2 from Toktumi, Inc. This free application allows users to talk on their iPhone through Wi-Fi without incurring any charges.