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Apple Park Visitor Center Officially Opens to the Public!


Apple Park officially expanded its campus today to include the newly-designed Apple Park Visitor Center. Located in Cupertino, CA, this innovative addition to the campus is an experience unlike any other, allowing its guests to experience the inventive technology that Apple has to offer in one conveniently-public location. The structure itself has a carbon fiber roof that is supported by stone clad cores, giving it a floating-like illusory appearance, and is being named as one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world.

To ensure that guests are getting the best experience out of the Apple Park, a three-dimensional model of the campus is given life through augmented reality technology, an immersive experience of what the Visitor Center has to offer. Guests may learn about the structure itself, as well as have the ability to get a unique look into the office pod layout.

The sights are also stunning on the roof terrace of the Visitor Center, and there is much to be seen. Guests may get a glimpse of the Apple Park and its scenic landscapes, as well as the thousands of native and drought resistant trees on the campus grounds. Guests may also visit the café on the first floor, and purchase official Apple Park branded merchandise.

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Tek Tip of the Day!

Tek Tip of the Day!

Did you know that you can customize Control Center on your iPhone?

Navigate to Settings > Control Center

In addition to what is already set by default, you can pick from a variety of useful applications that can be accessed instantly!

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Apple: The World’s Only Trillion Dollar Company?

It’s a great time to be an Apple user! Apple is currently just shy of becoming the world’s only trillion-dollar company.

Crazy right? Not really. From their user-friendly products, to their successful track record of innovations, it’s easy to see why this makes sense.

In order for Apple to make this major accomplishment happen, Apple shares must increase to the $195 mark, which ultimately depends on the rate of its share buybacks, according to Wall Street analysts. Interestingly enough, these analysts have predicted this success for Apple since early 2012.

Only time will tell! Stay tuned.

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Tek Tip of the Day!

Need more storage space on your iPhone?

Simply go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage

You can easily free up space by deleting old conversations in Messenger, as well as review and delete any large attachments.

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Apple to Unveil “Airpods” with iPhone 7?

As we inch closer and closer to Apple’s much revered fall press conference, more exciting rumors are making their rounds on the internet regarding the iPhone 7. While it has long been speculated that the iPhone 7 would ditch the headphone jack, more surprising suppositions have been made in terms of how it would be replaced.

According to this alleged leak out of Hong Kong, the new iPhone will be shipped with a set of “Airpods”, Apple’s first standard set of Bluetooth earbuds. Also, along with the new wireless buds they will include an adapter for standard 3.5 mm jack to lightning port.

While this evidence alone might not be so compelling, the “Airpod” headphones are also named on another document filed by Apple to the Eurasian Economic Commission, a regulatory body responsible for trademarks and patents.

All of this combined with the announcement that Apple would be announcing new Beats technology at the same conference is intriguing to say the least.

Credit Synkami/twitter
Credit Synkami/twitter

Air Dre’s? Dre Pods? Only time will tell.

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WWDC 2016: iOS 10 Preview

Last week Apple held their annual WWDC keynote, and as to be expected there were a ton of exciting developments for iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and OS X. This week we are going to break down some of the new technology announcements concerning the mobile platform and what to expect with the launch of iOS 10.

iOS 10:
The long-awaited tune up of Apple’s mobile operating system has finally been announced for a fall release. While not a complete overhaul, iOS 10 offers several great new features that will make an immediate impact, including opening APIs of several existing features to developers, simplified styling and notifications, and more.

Rise of Siri
One of the most anticipated features will be the opening of Siri’s API to developers. While seemingly not so exciting out of the box, this will allow full integration of Siri’s voice recognition technology into limitless third-party apps. This will greatly increase the power of Siri, and the functionality of the iPhone as a whole. Now apps like Uber will be able to facilitate Siri commands instead of only native apps.

iMessages Sweet New Suite 

Apple has always been at the forefront of changing the way we communicate, and the new features in iMessage will do just that. iMessage will now feature bubble animations, in-line drawing for hand written messages, link previews, invisible ink, and more. Better yet, following in line with their recent trend they are opening API to third-party developers for iMessage as well, allowing for endless enhancements. Check out techboi6000’s great visual recap below.

Maps to Success

 

Aside from opening the API, which will allow for integration of many popular third-party apps (think Yelp, Opentable) maps is also getting a couple other great upgrades. You will now be able to easily change view during navigation, i.e. zooming out or observing ahead in your route along the map. My favorite feature announced however will be the ability to search for specific points of interest along your route. Need to stop by a car wash on your way to visit a client? Maps can now search and implement for most direct routes with options to make multiple stops. Lastly, road trippers rejoice as maps will finally locate gas stations as well, especially convenient when added as a stop on a trip.

Automated Everything with HomeKit

With the rise of home-automation systems, Apple has now formally thrown their hat into the ring with the announcement that the HomeKit app, now called simply “Home” will come standard with a download of iOS 10. Now you can control lights, climate, cameras, door locks, and more directly from your iPhone. While this app will require extra equipment for any practical use, Home can be used across several additional platforms (TV and OS X) and could end up being an important step for Apple.

Photos

In a step that looks very similar to Google Photos, iOS10 will now feature facial recognition, as well as object and location recognition to sort and group photos. They call this new technology “Computer Vision”!

Check out MacRumors Photos feature review here:

Check back next week for a functional review of OS X 10.12 Sierra!

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Apple Introduces New Look MacBook

This Tuesday Apple introduced a refresh on the iconic MacBook. Features announced include a faster processor, extended battery life, and a head-turning selection of new colors. Now users can expect an extra hour of web browsing battery time. Also highlighted are greatly improved graphics from the new Intel Skylake processor. This second generation MacBook will be made available in rose gold, silver, gold, and space grey. Just bought a MacBook last month before this announcement? No sweat! Apple is offering a 30-day price guarantee for recent 1st gen MacBook purchasers.  Find out more at Wall Street Journal.BN-NP689_MACBOO_P_20160418204318

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Highlights from WWDC 2015

Highlights from WWDC 2015

WWDC is Apple’s worldwide developer’s conference where Apple’s developer community comes together to learn about the future of IOS and OS X. Members of Apple’s all-star-staff reveal new products and services that will roll out to the public during the course of the next year. So many announcements were made, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight key points while linking out for more information below.

An Improved OS X, El Capitan

OS X 10.11, otherwise known as El Capitan, is more about tweaking the OS X experience and improving performance than redesigning the whole interface. Safari, for example, now allows you to “pin” sites, so they’ll load instantly from the landing page. It also lets you mute audio in tabs without entering specific pages. Spotlight allows you more extensive and integrated search capabilities: you can look up sporting event tickets, weather, and upcoming events using natural language. Improved windows management means that you can automatically split your screen between apps and store multiple desktop layouts in a navigation bar on top. And Metal, the optimization tool Apple first introduced for mobile processors last year, will supposedly now give El Capitan a performance boost.

http://www.apple.com/osx/elcapitan-preview/

Introducing iOS 9

Much like the new version of OS X, iOS 9 is less about radical change than making refinements. The Notes app is gaining more functionality (like drawing!), while Passbook has become “Wallet.” Newsstand has become “News.” HealthKit tracks more data, including UV exposure and menstrual cycles. iOS 9 is supposed to even take up less space on your iPhone, and it offers a “low power mode” to squeeze three extra hours out of the battery. The iPad, meanwhile, has new productivity options — among other things, users can open two apps side-by-side on a single iPad Air 2. Developers can get their hands on all the new features when Apple drops the public beta — its first ever for iOS — in July. The final version will be available in the fall.

http://www.apple.com/ios/ios9-preview/

Say Hello to watchOS 2

Less than two months into its life, the Apple Watch has a new operating system: watchOS 2. It has some more options for watch faces, including the cutely named “Time Travel,” which gives you an overview of upcoming events in addition to what’s going on at the moment. There’s a little bit more interactivity overall — you can, say, reply to emails instead of just reading them. Developers will have more control; they can make apps that play back video and audio using the watch speakers, and there’s full support for HealthKit and HomeKit. Naturally, some of the latest improvements to iOS 9 — like transit directions in Maps — cross over to the Apple Watch as well. Developers have access to the latest watchOS today; like iOS 9, it’s coming to consumers in the fall.

http://www.apple.com/watchos-2-preview/

One More Thing… Welcome to Apple Music.

Apple saved its new music service for the end of its keynote, and even dusted off the Jobs-era saying for its debut. At first blush, it sounds like Apple Music has all the necessary features. You can stream your favorite artists, watch music videos and exclusive clips in HD, and listen to curated playlists. There’s also a feature (called “Connect”) that lets unsigned artists upload their music. Apple’s even created a global radio station called Beats 1 and hired Zane Lowe to run it. You get all that for $9.99 per month, and there’s also a $14.99 family plan option that lets you share Apple Music with up to five other people. That gives Apple a slight edge when it comes to pricing, but Jimmy Iovine, Drake, and Tim Cook didn’t mention much else that sounds all that different from the services Apple Music will compete against. It will be available on iOS starting June 30th and — maybe most importantly — it’s also coming to Android this fall.

http://www.apple.com/music/

 

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Mac Users Advised Not to Update to Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.0

There appears to be a widespread issue with the critical update released today for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, version 14.5.0. The problem is with Outlook specifically, causing users to no longer be able to open a window for email, contacts, etc. Apparently, this is a bug that has already been fixed once, that has resurfaced somehow in this update.

We do not know if this affects Windows users, but we do know that Microsoft is aware of the matter. So, it’s safe to assume that Microsoft is already working on an update to this update. That said, we advise all users not to update to 14.5.0 to avoid any problems in workflow until the patch is available.

We will keep you all posted once there is more information available. In the meantime, feel free to monitor the discussion about this topic over at the Apple message board here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7040301

UPDATE: Microsoft has finally released an update to the problematic update here: Office Update 14.5.1

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