Monday, 15 September 2014

Apple's iWatch Benefit

Apple's iWatch is the first smart watch that will soon hit the market in the coming year i.e. 2015. Moreover, it will splash the consumers with the innovative and wrist worn apps, which will further resolve most of the tasks. This iWatch will soon be there in the market in multiple sizes.

iWatch Apps

Apple's iWatch is the first wearable product with the powerful technology in it.This new Watchkit consist lot of functions to perform the tasks. Lot of applications are there in it to make most of the task easier. iWatch apps can track the fitness level with heart rate measurements, send and receive messages, calls and audio recordings etc. Also it is regarded to do the payments as well via Apple pay. Not only this, but it can also play music like an iPod does.

Working of an iWatch

The Apple's iWatch consist of a scroll wheel digital crown that is a multifunctional input device. It let us to
scroll, zoom and select without obstructing the screen. Also its touch display entitles us to touch and swipe, in order to communicate or speak to its microphone. This astonishing watch runs on a brand new S1 processor that can connect easily with the WiFi and GPS settings. Also its taptic processor helps to give the vibrational feedbacks for messages, notifications, alarms and other messages. Moreover, Apple Watch has NFC (near-field communication), which enable the users for 'Apple Pay' payments.

Benefits of using an Apple Watch

1) Support Payments:

Apple Watch is the first wearable product that will supports mobile payments. It makes the task of online payments easier.

2) Monitor health status of the consumer:

This Apple iWatch has more than 10 sensors to monitor wearer's health status. This app monitors and track heart-rate measurements. The four-lens sapphire beneath the iWatch gives more accurate results than the other smart watches.

3) Support latest iPhones

This Apple iWatch support latest iPhone 5, 5C, 6 or 6 plus. With this facility, it can work on large number of apps.

4) Quick information for the Busy people:

Nowadays, in this busy life, who have the time to take the phone out of the pocket to look for messages and notifications on it. But with this Apple iWatch, it will become easier for a person to have a glance on the watch for reminders and notifications.

5) Inductive wireless charging:

Apple is also looking for wireless inductive charging for the iWatch. It has been said that Apple is yet to include inductive charging and solar panels like technologies to increase battery life with the intent to ease the charging process.

Therefore, iWatch will soon be in the market with its incredible features that will make our life easier.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

7 tips to Speed up Mac Computer

1.    Restart OS X Mac

Whenever, I find myself in the midst of a slow & freezing Mac, I try to close all applications and give the OS X a needy ‘RESTART’. Doing this refreshes OS X and the next time I boot into the desktop, everything works fine. The point is ‘restarts’ are important to refresh the OS X. It is just like ‘Humans’ taking a 5-minute break.  A restart will generally resolve the slowness of the Mac if the OS X is not having some any other issue.  

Next time do give Mac a Restart before you leave for Lunch so that when you return you login to a fresh desktop.

2.    Organize Mac

Human race is famous for being organized in all sorts of forms. It’s our tendency to organize which differs us from ‘Monkeys’. The more organized you are the more great human being you could become. Even we are taught to organize our rooms, office, workstations and everything else. Likewise organizing a Mac files & folders can help you navigate through Mac in fewer clicks.

I am afraid if you have cluttered desktop, cluttered browsers then definitely Mac OS X will become painfully sluggish.

Everything on computer consumes memory to survive. Even small folders, files, widgets, browser add-ons live on hard drive spaces. They consume small bytes of memory. A large population of such useless entities will begin to eat Megabytes of memory. It is utmost safe to cut down the add-ons on browser and start eradicating clutter lying on desktop or partitions.

3.    Quit Process’ on Mac

You have closed an application but did you check if it’s still eating OS X memory? You can get sure through Activity Monitor, the place that gives insight on application behavior. At times a stubborn app tends to consume much of RAM & HDD and works in background even after closing it down. Use ‘Quit Process’ button to kill such application and later either remove or update the app.

4.    Clean Startup drive

Even on traditional drives Mac can attain fast boot. All you have to do is reduce clutter on OS X startup disk. Further you can cut-down the number of items from the ‘Login-Items’ tray. Startup disk is where your systems files are saved. Once you reach out of space the OS X will start troubling you with a message, which is “Your Startup disk is almost full”. Get al-least 15-20% of free spaces for the boot drive in order to get rid of this message. Take note of the OS X boot interval from time-to-time.  If you are unable to make more space for the boot drive, then I recommend you use a Speed Up Mac tool.  Without adding costly SSD, you can give Mac a fast boot by eliminating junk data from the boot drive.

5.    Upgrade RAM

Nowadays, Mac desktops & notebooks are coming with heavy amount of RAM (4-16GB) depending upon the model. However, the older Macs still might have 2-4 GBs of RAM mounted on them. Once they are updated to a new OS X, they begin to run sluggish. If you are facing such problem with a little older version of the RAM then it is high time you must update the RAM asap.

6.    Verify & Repair the boot drive

Disk Utility empowers users to analyze their Mac disk. The question is how many times you run ‘Verify Disk Repair’. The sluggishness of the OS X Mac can be cured right from the disk utility itself. At times, a corrupt files or preference file causes the system to crawl. Disk Utility helps you identify & repair these corrupt files. Running disk utility on regular intervals is beneficial since it will warn you if the drive is approaching towards a possible failure. You can then back up as much data as possible to safeguard your interests.

7.     Add a SSD

If you want lightning speed and have the right budget then give your Mac a SSD. The boot time is reduced by margins when SSD gets mounted on the system. It also transfers data more rapidly as compared to traditional drives. Moreover, SSDs don’t require defragmentation as the traditional drives.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

How to transfer files from-to Nexus 5 to Mac OSX?

Google Nexus 5 is a great smarthphone to operate these days. Like all advanced smartphones, Nexus 5 comes in two builtin memory options - 16 GB & 32 GB. Though, both are sufficient memory spaces to accumulate good amout of data on a palm devices. However, it makes extremely difficult to transfer data from Nexus's memory to my lifeline 'Mac Mini' computer. Unlike earlier smartphones, the memory card of Nexus 5 doesn't appear as a drive on the OS X to transfer files from.

Download Android file transfer
  • Search for 'Android file trasnfer app'' through search engine.

  •  Doubli-click the downloaded file 'androidfiletransfer.dmg'. Drag & drop Android app to Application folder.
  • Connect Nexus 5 to Mac and launch Android File Trasnfer app from the Application folder.
  • App reads the files from Nexus 5 and displays in tree view to user.
  • You can navigate through Camera, Music, Movies folder to view files. However, you can only open the files once they are copied to Mac hard drive.
Files can't be launched in the app interface.
  • You will have some trouble finding a copy or move to button in order to transfer files from-to Mac. So, use drag-drop option to move files between Nexus & Mac.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Essential non-Apple utility for Mac OS X

All Macs are bundled with essential utilities to perform basic & advanced operations. For Instance, Utilities>>Application folder holds bunch of sophisticated apps to run smoother tasks on OS X.
  • Disk Utility: - Report & Maintain disk drive integrity.
  • Activity Monitor: -Get to know CPU & RAM consumption on OS X
  • Boot Camp: - No emulator required running Windows on Mac.
  • Keychain Access: - Password management utility for OS X.
  • Terminal: - Execution of high end tasks through low line languages
  • Migration Assistance: Transfer of data between Mac-Mac & Mac-PC
Likewise, Mac possesses other useful apps that make it a self-dependent Operating System.

However, adding exceptions or considering some specific environment, user may move towards a non-Apple utility to get the job done. Let us list some of those apps that come into the line of accomplishing tasks better (or may be some time better) than OS X built-in utilities.

Parallels for Mac: OK so you can run Windows through Boot Camp assistance, then why need Parallels for Mac? While the Boot Camp is free bundled with OS X, parallel on other side costs around $80. Reason is simple, you don’t need to partition your drive so to run Windows. Like, myself who have 4-5 partitions of a single drive on OS X would have to merge all into 1 so as to create boot camp partition. While Parallels is an virtualization software which runs on the current partition i.e. (OS X in background). Data between OS X and Windows could be easily shared using drag & drop. You can run PC games, MSOffice and all great windows apps using Parallel for desktop. Also, the headache for appropriate drivers needed to install Windows is much comfortably resolved in Parallels.

Clone Software
: Much before Time Machine came into existence, users were depended on clone & imaging software to take timely backups. Though TM reduced the burden of backup to a greater extent, still clone software hasn’t lost their relevancy. Cloning Mac hard drive is still one of the most recommended activities to safe your data from a sudden hard drive crash or failure. To backup a troubled hard drive it is the cloning & imaging that will work out and not Time Machine. No matter how good & essential Time Machine is, still it can’t create bootable backups for OS X Mac. As a Mac user, I would recommend both to clone OS X drive & to take Time Machine backups. Some of the best clone utility for OS X are:
Data Savage tools: Like others, OS X is vulnerable to data loss through file deletion, formatting and loss of data through corruption. Any time a file is deleted from trash or formatted, it will be beyond the reach of the user. Adding more worse to the situation, a user might not have Time Machine backup or clone backup of the file, forcing user to hunt for data savaging software. Since, OS X doesn’t incorporate any data recovery tool, web is the best place to look out for trusted Mac data recovery software. Among the genuine software for Macs, fall in:-
Most of the data recovery software including the above ones will work in a similar fashion. They let you select the drive, scan the drive, preview the lost, formatted files and lastly to recover those files. There are few software that are available for free, most of them requires around $100 registration to get back files.

Drive Recovery: Alongside data loss & recovery, drive repair is another most important thing to be jotted down by the user. A hard drive (old or new) can quickly become a victim of logical corruption. Such drives are to be repaired with the help of disk utility immediately. Though, disk utility sometimes will fail due to occurrence of directory structure corruption. At this moment, user having the backup of the troubled drive will be at ease to those who hadn’t backed up the data on the drive. One can always make use of Mac disk repair software to scan & repair drive from logical corruption. You may opt below utilities:-
The above-mentioned tools possess algorithms to analyze a bad directory structure and replace it with new one, thus removing those cryptic errors.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Tips to speedup slow Mac startup

Is your slow Mac start up is irritating? What happens if it become unresponsive? So, maintaining the Mac computers or notebooks is a very efficient task which needs to be performed in an effective manner. Lets see some of the main reasons behind this hurdle and try to rectify it:

Managing StartUp items

At the time of installing apps, these apps automatically get loaded when you boot up your Mac. So, to manage your startup items, click on the Apple logo and then System preferences. Then click on the icon named Users and Groups. After that choose Login items and remove the items from the list. There is another way of removing the Startup items manually. Just open a new Finder window, press Command + Shift + G and type directory path i.e. /library/startupitems. After doing this, reboot your Mac and analyze the changes.

Cleaning up the hard drive

Hard drive is the main reason for the slow Mac startup. Removing old files and unnecessary items will lead to regain disk space which ultimately results in faster booting of the system. If there is large amount of data on the hard drive, then the amount of memory will be lesser for the smooth functioning of the background applications.

Upgrade RAM and SSD

Upgrading RAM will solve most of the issues related to slow start up. If your background applications need more memory to run, so you need to have more RAM to ensure the faster working of the Mac. It depends completely on the Mac about how much memory your Mac can support. Just discuss this issue with the professional as it completely depends upon the applications that you are using. For graphic editors such as Adobe Photoshop, usually 4 GB of memory is recommended, but using more than 4 GB of memory will enhance the overall system speed. So RAM is a major issue to be discussed. Another extremely important issue is to replace the hard drive to an SSD. SSD are the smarter choice for the faster boot up and load time to boost up the performance.

Corrupt Preferences file

Corrupt preference file is one the major cause of slow Mac startup. In such a case, delete your corrupt preference file and relaunch the application. But before deleting the files, just ensure the Time Machine back up of the data, so that in case you lost some file, you can easily restore it.

Permission conflict and many widgets on Dashboard

Widgets on the dashboard uses memory. So, managing them properly is an efficient task. Repairing permissions is an important task to be carried on, as it makes the system slow and sometimes applications runs weirdly also. Every file in Mac OS X has a set of permissions and permissions can be incorrect or not according to the guidelines of the operating system. So, to repair the permissions, one needs to select the Disk Utility first aid option to repair it.

CPU utilization

If the processor is utilizing lot of space, it will drastically slow down the Mac. Open the Activity Monitor to analyze the usage history. Just check the culprit, which are the topmost items and free up the space in CPU.

Older OS X

OS X upgrade is required time to time to eradicate the chances of slow Mac. If the Mac OS X is updated frequently, it will surely resolve the issues related to start up.

So, the above points of managing the Mac ensure the faster speed and reliability. But if still the Mac is slow then there must be some duplicate files, hidden files etc which can only be removed with the help of some good software available in the market. Today, lot of freeware & shareware software are there to perform this task in minutes. These software helps to clear all the junk automatically, reducing the effort to clean up the files. So, try to manage your Mac effectively for the faster speed.