20 February 2015

Apple Initiates 2011 MacBook Pro Repairs Over Video Issues (Finally)

The wait is over finally. After signing a petition with thousands of signatures, flooding Apple Discussion Forum with thousands of posts and even few lawsuits, Apple has responded. It has offered repair of MacBook Pros from Early 2011 to Early 2013 which are experiencing GPU related issues. All 15" and 17" MBPs are included. According to Apple, the symptoms are

An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
  • No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on
  • Computer restarts unexpectedly

You can find more on this issue at http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/
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18 February 2015

Best Plugins For Safari

When you use Safari as your primary browser, you must take the advantage of some essential plugins or extensions. They greatly enhance the power of Safari. Here I will discuss some notable plugins which are great for day to day use.

1. AdBlock

Almost everyone wants to get rid of annoying ads. They take valuable space and bandwidth. They even downloaded first when you open a web page. Here AdBlock comes to rescue. It blocks all the annoying ads without compromising the readability of the webpage. It is very customisable. If you want to unblock ads on a webpage or a specific domain, you can do that too.

2. ClickToFlash

The name says it all. It blocks all the Flash content in the browser. It puts a placeholder in place of Flash content. You can click to play. The Flash content will be automatically converted to HTML5 content. This is great for Macs as Flash is a CPU hogger. You have the option to play up to 4K(!) resolution. It also provides numerous features.

3. Pocket

Pocket is a extension of the popular iOS and OS X app Pocket. It lets you save and sync webpages with iOS and OS X app, so that you can read it later. If you are in a hurry, then it's must have.

4. Franker

Franker is a very clever plugin that lets you translate texts in a webpage. You just select texts and click Franket. It will inject the translation right next to it. Very useful if you are visiting a foreign language website.

You can get the above mentioned extensions from https://extensions.apple.com 

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12 February 2015

How to Copy Text in Quick Look

Quick Look is an awesome feature in OS X. It lets you preview the file contents without opening the associated app. But normally, we cannot copy from that Quick Look window. With a nifty trick we can enable that so that you can copy from that window. To enable copying, just execute the following code in Terminal.

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true;killall Finder

Now you would be able to copy from Quick Look. And if you want to disable it you can do it by executing the following command

defaults delete com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection;killall Finder
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25 September 2014

Fix For iOS 8.0.1 Update Issue

The new iOS update 8.0.1 has some serious issues for the newest iPhones. Not only the phone looses cellular connectivity also access to TouchID features. Apple has apologised for this inconvenience on their website and promises for a fix within next few days.

Message Apple support page.
We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it's ready in the next few days.

It seems that the issue is a major one that will take them days to fix. Apple has provided a workaround for this. According to their website, the following steps are the only way to make your iPhone work.

Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0.
  1. Make sure that you're using the latest version of iTunes.
  1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes.
  1. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC. iCloud backups won't restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0.
  1. Download the file below that corresponds to your device:
  1. Select the file you just downloaded by doing one of these in iTunes:
  • Mac: Press the Option key and click Check for Update.
  • Windows: Press the Shift key and click Check for Update.
  1. Press Update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone.
The Health app won't work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.
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iOS 8.0.1 Update Bricks iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The new iOS 8.0.1 update from Apple which was pushed on 23rd Sept has wrecked havoc on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners. Many users complained about loss of cellular connectivity and TouchID. The update was supposed to fix the Health app in iOS 8. After few hours, Apple pulled the update due to heavy complaint.

However the users of iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S were unaffected. Apple has promised to fix the issue in next few days. It seems that it's a major issue that will take days to fix it.
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18 September 2014

Apple Pushes OS X 10.9.5 Update

Apple has released 10.9.5 update for OS X Mavericks. This update is recommended for all Mac users and it includes bug fixes and security updates for Mac

The update fixes the reliability issue of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication and reliability of accessing files located on SMB servers. It also includes a updated version of Safari 7.0.6.

For enterprise users, it has fixes for group membership in large networks and it allows authentication when roaming on 802.1x networks which use EAP-TLS.

You can update it through Mac App Store or downloading a standalone installer fro Apple Support page.
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10 September 2014

Apple Introduces Watch.

After lots of rumours, finally the Apple watch is here. And it's simply called Watch. It comes in three variants, Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition. It was unveiled by Tim Cook on 9th September 2014 at Flint Centre, Cupertino.

The Watch has a specially designed face and it is covered with Sapphire glass. Apple understands that, one size won't fits all. So the are offering in two sizes with 38 mm and 42 mm. It comes in various colours including 18K real gold. It has a specially designed user interface. You can chose from variety of watch faces to suit you.

In the back side of the watch, there are infrared and LED sensors present, which calculates your pulse . the back side also houses the charging port via beautifully designed MagSafe charger.

The watch will be available in Early 2015 and cost $349.

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I am Pratika Kumar Rana, a software engineer by profession. I have been using Mac from OS 9 days. You can get new tips and tricks here to get the most out of your Mac. You can follow me on Twitter to get the latest updates as well as some amusing stories.
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