Rick Stawarz

The Newsletter | October Issue

Rick Stawarz

Expect new iPad and Macs this month

This fall is busy for Apple! The new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s were released last month, and October will see the introduction of a new iPad and Macs. We can expect the next iPad to have a completely new design – it will be thinner, lighter, and faster.

As for the Macs, I suspect Apple will finally release the next Retina MacBook Pro that will sport an “all day” battery and better graphics performance. If you’re in the market for a new iPad and Mac, you might want to skim over what’s coming down the pipeline.

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OS X Mavericks around the corner

The next major software update for the Mac is also expected to come out next month. We do not know how much it will cost, but it wouldn't be too unreasonable to expect $20. Most Macs that are about four years old will be able to install it, and it will bring better performance and battery life to your Mac, as well as some new features. Once Mavericks is released, I will send you a short video tour. If you'd like a sneak peak, click the link below.

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Evernote Essentials 4.0

Brett Kelly has released the fourth version of his acclaimed Evernote tutorial. If you're a daily user of Evernote, you owe it to yourself to pick up Brett's book and make sure you're mastering this powerful service.

For those unfamiliar with Evernote, it is a robust note-taking app for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Windows computer. Nearly every kind of reminder and document can be saved to it, and because it's web based, all your notes sync between all your devices. Many schools, businesses, and individuals use Evernote to make managing information a lot easier.

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iPhone Speed Comparisons

Ever wonder how your phone compares to older or newer iPhones? This YouTube video does a side by side comparison of each iPhone. It's just 2.5 minutes.

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How to use iPhone 5s Slo-Mo videos on the Mac

The iPhone 5s can capture videos in slow motion. Here's how to edit those videos on your Mac.

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1Password 4 for the Mac is here

"Ever forget a password?" That's the motto of the password management app, 1Password, and it's fairly accurate. This handy app is your secure place to store all your sensitive information, and they just updated their app for the Mac. If you already have 1Password for the Mac, the update is free. Just click on the black Apple in the upper left corner of your screen, and choose "Software Update." If you don't yet have it, it's on sale and be downloaded from the Mac App Store.

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Free up iCloud storage

Last week, Apple downgraded many people's iCloud storage from 20GB to 5GB. This means that many users will be getting notified that their iCloud storage is now full. Here's a support article from Apple detailing how to free up additional space.

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I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.