Mac

How to easily encrypt folders using Password Protection in OS X?

We provided a few tips for creating an encrypted disk image from a certain folder. It may have happened more than once to wish that you had password protected folders in your Mac for keeping other away from your personal things.

  • Firstly, go to Applications -> Utilities and open Disk Utilities
  • Select “File” -> “New” -> “Disk Image from Folder”
  • Afterwards select the folder you wish to be transformed into an encrypted drive and click “Image”
  • Change the settings to Image Format to “read/write” and Encryption to128-bit AES”
  • For finishing the procedure you need to select a strong password or generate one by the Black key icon. Remember to uncheck the option with “Remember password in my keychain” and press OK

*Note: Read/Write is mostly used for adding and removing documents from the encrypted file so if you just want to keep it under secret choose another Image Format

The encryption process may take a while if the folder is lager or if you possess a Mac that is not that advanced. Check the encryption by locating the file and trying to mount it in the Finder and you’ll need to enter your password. Always uncheck the box with the option “Remember password in my keychain”.

Accessories, iPhone, iPod

Bloombox – iPod & iPhone docking station and sound amplifier

Introducing the iPhone and iPod mixture of charger and natural acoustic amplifier that makes your day.  The gadget is made out of ceramic models from Mudshark Studios, being painted with a light matte glaze. 

Bloombox may be seen as an accessory for your room where you simply dock your iPhone when arriving home. It may also come in handy when making video calls, for not holding the device all the time but merely lie down on the couch and talk to dear ones. By docking the iPhone in the magic box when arriving home, you’ll never risk the chance of looking for it all through the house when you’re in a hurry.

What captured our attention was the fact that it comes with a simple design and a useful usage for the home. So, instead of providing a simple dock connector you now get the advantage of charging your device and listening to good quality sound. If you like Bloombox, you could make a pledge at KickStarter for helping the developer acoomplish its project.

Mac, News/Rumors

Curiosity’s Landing on Mars was monitored by Lots of Macs and iPads

Last night, MSL Curiosity successfully landed on Mars, a NASA’s new historical event that held everybody breathless. And who else to better deal with such a bold mission than Apple’s powerful products.

NASA scientists and engineers managed Curiosity and monitored the landing using lots of Mac Book Pro laptops and iPads. All around the NASA offices and laboratories was a bustle of scientists dressed in blue tea-shirts and of glowing Apple logos.

This overwhelming presence of Mac Book Pros on NASA’s desks tells us that Apple needs no more to advertise for its products. The fact that Apple’s products are present and needed at such great events replaces any commercial that inspires no feeling at all, such as the Martin Scorsese and John Malkovich Siri commercials, or the Mac Book geek boy commercial. Apple should leave the advertising for big customers that count on its devices.

Apple, News/Rumors

New iPad Smart Cover to Have Its Own Display and Controls

A patent filled by Apple about a year ago unveils a new, cutting edge iPad Smart Cover. Apple’s new Smart cover will use a multi-touch based flexible AMOLED Display and solar energy collectors, and may integrate a flexible keyboard. The communication between the cover and the iPad will be fulfilled either by a Wi-Fi connection or by a wired data connection and a customized connector will be able to send data and power both to the iPad and the Cover.

The aim of the next Smart Cover is to have a more interactive role with the iPad and to be more functional. For example, one can use the iPad as a screen and the cover as a keyboard that can have integrated also a drawing digitizer. The digital parts of the cover can include also touch sensitive areas. Opening documents, handling multiple apps, or adding extra icons will be much easier.

Patently Apple describes the patent as follows: “This future Smart Cover will include the following: a flexible flap having a size and shape in accordance with the size of the iPad’s display where at least a portion of the flexible flap is covered by a flap display configured to present visual information; and a connecting portion, the connecting portion arranged to provide at least a communication channel arranged to convey information between the iPad and this future Smart Cover where at least some of the information is presented visually on the flap display.”

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Is it more useful to Sleep, Shut Down or Stand On a Mac when not in use?

You may have wondered more than once if it’s better to sleep, shut down or stand on your Mac when not in use so we provided pros and cons for doing what’s best for your device.

Sleeping a Mac

Sleeping a Mac is one of the most popular and most used ways of resuming your activity on the device. When you return to the gadget after a period you’ll encounter the apps, documents, web pages and window arrangements just as you left them.

  • Pros:  quick access to your work
  • Cons:  system temperature and cache files are not cleared out during the reboot process; system updates that require reboots need a manual rebooting for installing.

If you choose the first option for your Mac device, you should remember to regularly reboot for allowing system software updates to install.

Shutting your Mac Down

Those that cope with their devices round the clock choose this possibility very rarely. You will hear developers go for this one if they don’t use their Mac for more than 4 or 6 days. It requires a few seconds for all the apps and software to end their process while shutting down.

  • Pros: possibility of major system updates to install, power saving and not to mention system temperature, memory, swap and cache files are cleared out during boot
  • Cons: takes a while for booting up and resuming previous running apps; one of the strongest uses of a hard drive is powering On and Off the device and most hard drive damage comes not from intensive usage but from continuous powering On/Off and reboots; constant stopping the drive from spinning shortens the life of the gadgets (also the dust can’t make way if the drive is spinning all the time)

It’s the most suitable possibility of saving power so if you don’t need your device for a couple of  days it’s advised to choose this option. Tip: In case of heat and component usage, turning Off the display is a good trick for the iMac.

Always Keeping your Gadget Turned On

Last but not least, other users always keep their Macs turned on, especially those that function as servers. Since everything is still running, the backup tasks can be scheduled to function in the system inactivity period.

  • Pros: instant access to all software and sites to the exact process that you left them, servers running with constant accessibility , scheduling backup and system maintenance tasks can be scheduled for the off period
  • Cons:  continuous power consumption and heat of the hardware
Mac

Mountain Lion Tips and Tricks/ How To’s

Only four days have passed since the release of Mountain Lion and downloads already scored 3 million. OS X 10.8 is full of surprises; lots of hidden features that can make a Mac user’s life easier are hidden all over the system. This article will help users discover practical features and other tips and tricks for Mountain Lion.

  • Restore older OS X UI elements in Calendar and Contacts using Mountain Tweaks. You can download the app from the producer’s site.

Read more

Apple, News/Rumors

Apple Proves with 2005 iPhone Prototype that it didn’t Copied Sony

Lately, the trials between Apple and Samsung concerning patent infringements have brought into the open some of Apple’s early iPad and iPhone prototypes and the design samples continue to loom.

During a trial that took place in a federal district court in San Jose, Calif., Samsung’s lawyers accused Apple from stealing design patterns from a Sony product. Thus, according to Samsung, Apple’s iPhone is inspired from a Sony smartphone.

To clear the false blaming, Apple has released today the images of a “purple” iPhone from 2005 that looks fairly similar to an iPhone 4. The “Purple” iPhone is labeled as iPod and it has lots of design elements of an iPhone 4, including the shape and the screen.

The filling includes also the chronological progression of the 2005 iPhone and of Sony’s smartphone, proving which one came first.

Source: The Verge

Apple, News/Rumors

A Step Closer to iWallet: Apple Buys Fingerprint Sensor Maker AuthenTec

Apple prepares something big for its users, as big as its latest investment. Apple Inc. will buy AuthenTec Inc. in a deal that value about $356, as AuthenTec unveiled in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Melbourne, Florida-based company, AuthenTec produces chips for fingerprint recognition and NFC (near-field communication), chips for mobile phones and security software. Its products are licensed to companies such as Samsung Electronics, Lenovo Group, Fujitsu and Dell.

The fact that Apple just received the patent for a Point-of Purchase System with an NFC interface, camera, biometric sensor, and scanner and that it has agreed to buy a company that makes chips for NFC is no coincidence. The Cupertino Company’s plans for iWallet are getting serious.

Apple received the patent for iWallet few months ago and with the new patent for an NFC interface, we can clearly state that mobile payments are on their way to our iPhones. Yet,  I wander how long the road will be.

Source: Reuters, Patently Apple

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Mountain Lion 10.8 Available at the Mac App Store

The ninth release of the “world’s most advanced desktop operating system” is now available at the Mac App Store as download for $19.99. Mountain Lion comes with more than 200 new features and is available only as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard.

In case you don’t have the latest versions of Lion or Snow Leopard, check out what you should do in order to upgrade to 10.8.

This time, Mac users will be able to purchase the new OS X only via the Mac App Store and not through CD’s or USB sticks. Mountain Lion’s price is $10 cheaper than Lion’s and a single purchase can be used for up to five Macs.

Mountain Lion 10.8 comes with the already announced iCloud integration, iMessages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center. The Facebook integration is not available yet and it will be included with a future update to 10.8.

So, open the Mac App Store, click to purchase and let your Mac do the rest.

Mac, News/Rumors

One Step Closer to Wednesday Mountain Lion Release – Upgrade Facts

Apple will release today, Wednesday, July 25, its new OS for Mac computers. The Gold Master update of Mountain Lion 10.8 was already released for developers on July 10. The rest of the Mac users are today only one step closer to OS X Mountain Lion’s purchase from the Mac store.

The new OS X will be sold as a downloadable upgrade and users that bought a Mac after June 11 can upgrade for free. Mountain Lion 10.8 comes with new features that are specific to iOS, such as iMessage, Notification Center, Power Nap, Dictation, and Game Center and with Facebook and Twitter integration. Also, a new iCloud, a Gatekeeper and an AirPlay mirroring feature will make Mountain Lion more safer and more interesting.

Get ready to make your Mac work like iPads and iPhones. Here’s what you should do to upgrade if you have a iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, or Xserve.

  • First, check if your Mac is compatible with the new OS; only the most recent versions of Lion and Snow Leopard can be upgraded. To find out, click the Apple icon at the left corner of the scree, choose About This App and then More Info.

  • In case you don’t have a 10.7.X version of Lion, click the Apple icon again and select Software update.
  • Click the Mac App Store and buy the upgrade for $19.99.

Also, check out the most important steps to follow before upgrading to Mountain Lion.

Source: Apple.com