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Spark: The Social News Network

photoSpark is working to make strides to revolutionize the consumption of news. The new app allows users to share and read articles posted by friends from sources such as The New York Times and Medium.com. Spark’s aesthetically pleasing interface takes a minimalist approach allowing the user to focus on the content and easily navigate through the application.

This application divides articles into timelines (home, spark, fire) promoting articles within the network of users followed as well as trending articles. Users are encouraged to post intriguing articles, the more likes and comments brings the possibility of an article to catch “Fire” on the Fire timeline.  Overall, Spark offers an intuitive user interface and personalized news. Download Spark on the App Store today!

For more on Spark visit thesparkapp.com

How to use OS X Mavericks 101

 

 

OS X Mavericks Intro

 

The latest version of OS X has brought even more comfort to Mac Users. The powerful OS X Mavericks has so many new features that you may miss some of them if you’re not careful. So to help you become a Mavericks expert, we’ve decided to provide you a few tips and tricks for more efficient use of the new operating system.

Finder

By pressing Command + T, now you can open tabs in your finder, a lot like browser tabs in Safari. Furthermore, the previous Mac OS X Lion Finder could label folders and files with various colors. Now with Mavericks, these color labels could be assigned specific meanings under Finder Preferences.

Notifications

Few years ago, Apple enabled notifications from websites on Safari. Now, these notifications can be delivered even without having to be on the website that is sending the notification. These notifications can be managed under Safari preferences. Mavericks also allows a Do Not Disturb Mode which can be set under System preferences. This allows you to be free from notifications disturbing you for a certain period of time. In addition, Update notifications can be delayed through clicking the Later button on the Update notification.

Performance

App Nap  is a new feature that aims to extend battery life while enhancing overall performance. The App senses windows behind others and slows them down until they are switched back in to main focus. For example a video will stop playing once it is not visible in the window, to save power. In addition, the new OS X automatically frees up memory space when needed and compresses memory of other applications when inactive.

OS X Mavericks App Nap

Want to learn more about the OS X Mavericks?

Check out: http://www.apple.com/osx/advanced-technologies/

 

 

iPhone 6 Rumor Roundup (Screen)

With the release date coming around the corner in Fall 2014, Apple’s next innovation has analysts guessing as to what features Apple will end up implementing in the iPhone 6.

 Here we will look together at some of the most popular rumors surrounding the screen on the upcoming iPhone:  Screen Size: Reports expect a larger screen. Ranging from 4.5 inches to 5.7 inches, rumors speculate that the screen size must be upgraded in order to compete with other top smart phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4.  If the screen is to be bumped up to size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (5.7 inch screen) it would be at the midpoint between the iPad Mini and the current iPhone 5s/5. According to analyst Brian White, Apple’s iPhone 6 will be a 5 inch screen after meeting with an Apple supplier, he is confident such a screen will appear on the 2014 model of Apple’s iPhone. Other rumors suspect that Apple may release two different size models, with one close to the 6inch range and one much closer to the 4 inches sported by the current iPhone.  Materials: There are also reports of Apple deciding to use sapphire for the screen material. 9to5Mac.com reports that“Apple just procured enough sapphire crystal furnace to make 100-200m five-inch iPhone displays in Arizona”. If they were to use sapphire, the screens would be scratch-resistant, as well as far more expensive due to the cost of sapphire.

Some also believe that the screen will be curved rather than flat.  If Apple were to carry out such a feature, they would be running a large risk that many other cell phones have taken and have not seen much success with (see http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/316700/samsung-galaxy-round-and-5-other-curved-phones)

As the release date comes closer, we will continue to update you on the newest rumors circulating. Give us your opinion on what Apple may include in their newest iPhone          

50 Billionth Download for the Apple App Store

Say The Same ThingOn May 16th, Apple announced that customers had downloaded over 50 billion apps from the App Store. To commemorate the 50 billionth app downloaded, which was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, Apple gave Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio a $10,000 App Store Gift Card. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services also noted that it took less than five years to hit this momentous milestone and that Apple thanks all its customers and developers for making the App Store what it is today.

The App Store has been consistently growing, with downloads over 800 apps per second. Customers are downloading over two billion apps per month on the App Store. The App Store offers more than 850,000 apps to iOS device users in 155 countries. Apple has revolutionized how we use mobile devices with the creation of app ecosystem. Apple also noted that the App Store paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. The App Store provides opportunities for developers to mold their ideas into apps, while at the same time providing users the opportunities to use these apps. It’s whole different way of doing business, right from your iOS device.

An important note is that this article is in regards to the App Store for iOS devices and does not include the Mac App Store, which provides apps for OS X.

Feel free to leave questions and comments. One question we have at The Real Mac Genius is: “What is your favorite app?”

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Apple Increases PC Marketshare with iPad

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Apple’s iPad mini

According to a report released by the research firm Canalys on February 6th, one in six PCs shipped in Q4 2012 was an iPad. iPads make up a third of worldwide PC shipments in Q4 2012. The worldwide PC shipments also increased to 134 million units, a 12% year-to-year increase.

Apple, like before, continued to lead the PC market, shipping 27 million units and holding a 20% share of the PC market. Apple is followed by HP, which shipped 15 million PCs and took an 11% share of the PC market. Lenovo also shipped about 15 million PCs and also took an 11% share as well. Samsung shipped 11.7 million PCs and took a 9% share. Dell is in fifth place, shipping only 9.7 million PCs. Dell is declining but the potential buyout may change things.

Apple showed strong demand for the iPad mini, but Apple’s pad share dipped to 49% in Q4. Amazon’s worldwide pad shipments grew 18% to 4.6 million along with Samsung’s shipment increasing 226% to 7.6 million pads. With Amazon and Samsung’s increase in popularity, 46% of the pad share is Android-based pads.

With Android increasing it’s tablet market share, Apple has more to worry about in terms of competitors. Nonetheless, Apple’s iPad mini has helped Apple remain competitive and not lose its popularity in the tablet market.

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