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Fitbit Aria

We love finding new gadgets that improve our lives, and especially love it when they work with our iPhones. The Fitbit Aria scale is one such exciting device. It’s a wi-fi scale that tracks your weight, percent body fat, and BMI, and gives it all to you in a handy graph. The scale will report to the website, as well as your phone after you install the free app. It also can automatically recognize up to 8 users, so the whole family can track their health. Come in and check it out, we’ve got it in stock for $99!

Trim your videos in iPhoto!

Did you know that you can edit a video clip in iPhoto? This is pretty slick! In iPhoto ’11 you can trim (cut) a video clip, so that the movie will stop when you want it to end. This is a quick and easy way to get rid of unnecessary fluff in your videos, without having to work in iMovie. You can quickly shorten a video of your recent trip and start a slideshow to show your friends.

Another great thing about this is that your edits don’t have to be permanent. Trimming a video clip doesn’t delete footage; it just divides the footage into two clips. To cancel the cut, choose Reset Trim from the Action pop-up menu.

Follow these few steps or watch the video below to see how to trim your clips.

To trim a video clip:

1. Do one of the following:
▪ Double-click the video clip.
▪ Select the video clip, and then press the Space bar.
2. Play the movie until you reach the point at which you want to insert a cut.
You can drag the slider at the bottom of the movie controls panel (shown below) to go to a specific point in the movie.

Choose Trim from the Action pop-up menu.




Enjoy the ease of editing!

Everything you need to know about Mountain Lion

Now that Mountain Lion has been released, we have put together a short list of the most talked about new features you should know about.

There are over 200 new features in Mountain Lion. If you want to see the whole list, head over to Apple’s site and check it out. Check out all the new features in OS X Mountain Lion.

If you have an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad these first few features will be familiar to you.


Allows you to set up a list of things to remember. You can set due dates and get alerts when they are due, or set a location from your Mac and get a reminder on your iPhone or iPad when you get there.


Take notes of anything you want. You can now add photos, images and attachments. Share notes through Mail or Messages or pin your notes to your desktop for easy access.


Send messages from your Mac to anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can also continue your conversation from your own iOS devices. You can also send photos, videos, documents and contacts.

Notification Center

Like the notification center on your iOS devices you can easily get updates when you get an email or message, a software update is available or a calendar alert. Pull it up when you want to see what has changed and then it will disappear so it isn’t cluttering your screen.


With the new features from iOS added to Mountain Lion, iCloud will know keep all your devices synced. Set up a Reminder, create a Note, send a Message or see what is new in Notification Center. iCloud will make sure it is the same on everything.


Talk anywhere you can type and Dictation coverts your words into text. The more you use it the better it is.


Built-in Facebook support so you can share what you are doing right from the app you are in. It will also add Facebook friends to your Contacts and update information when it is updated on Facebook.


As with Facebook, Twitter is integrated into Mountain Lion. Tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth.


The feature that I am most excited about. AirPlay Mirroring will allow you to display what is on your Mac to your HDTV. All you need is an AppleTV. Pick up your AppleTV at the Sandy or Logan store and start sharing your photos and videos.

Game Center

Sign in with your Game Center account and see all the game you’ve played and get new ones. Check leader boards and see how you rank. You can also start multiplayer games with your friends.


Gatekeeper helps protect you from malicious software. With Gatekeeper enabled, you can install apps from identified developers and it is the best way to make sure the apps are safe.

Now that you know you want Mountain Lion, check and make sure your computer can take it.

You need OS 10.6.8 or newer to purchase it through the App Store.

You will also need 2GB or more of RAM. You can check how much RAM you have by going under the Apple menu and selecting About this Mac. If you have less than 2GB of RAM come in and get upgraded.

To see if your computer can install Mountain Lion go under the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen. Click on About this Mac. If you have Snow Leopard click the More Info…. button. If you have Lion click the More Info… button and then the System Report button. In the Hardware Overview window you will see a system identifier. The Model Identifier is your computer model.

Your Mac must be one of the following models:

iMac7,1 (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook5,1 (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro3,1 (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air2,1 (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini3,1 (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro3,1 (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve3,1 (Early 2009)

Get me out of here!


Bad Date Rescue – eHarmony, Inc.

Bad date? Or do you just need to excuse yourself from an annoying commitment? There’s an app for that! Published by eHarmony, this free app is a hilarious (and quite effective) solution to remove yourself from boring situations.

With just the push of a button, you can set a planned rescue phone call from “Mom,” your boss, or any other funny custom contact. The rescuers come up on your phone just like a regular phone call would! Who can say no to you helping your mother out? It even gives a “repeat after me” option, to walk you through excusing yourself.

Try it out!

How to sign a document using Preview!

From time to time we have to sign documents we receive digitally, and it can be a real pain to have to print the document out, sign it, and scan it back in. Instead of having to go through all that trouble, any Lion user can use Preview to create a signature and store it for future use. (This is a really cool feature.)

In order to create your signature, open Preview, and in Preview in the menu bar (at the top.) Navigate down to “Preferences.”

Select “Signatures” and hit the button that says “Create Signature”

This will instruct you to sign a clear white sheet of paper with your John Hancock (or your Herbie Hancock,) and hold it up in front of your iSight camera. Align it in the window and hit “Accept” when it looks good.

You can access your signatures in the “Annotate” toolbar in Preview when you select the signature button. It will give you a drop down menu of saved signatures. You can then resize and position it as needed on your document, and then all you have to do is go find something to do with all of the time you’ll be saving with this cool trick!

Organizing your iPhoto Library

Last week in our iPhoto class, I got a lot of questions about what the best ways to organize your iPhoto Library are. When you import photos, they are automatically organized by date into Events, such as a birthday party or a picnic, and placed in the iPhoto library, which is visible at the top of your Source list (at the top left of the iPhoto window). But if you want to organize your pictures into more of a filing system, you will want to work with albums and folders.

A photo album in iPhoto is just like one you create with paper and print photos: It’s a collection of photos you select from your library and arrange in the order you want.

Creating an Album is simple. On the Menu bar in iPhoto, choose File > New Album. Or click the “Create” button on the bottom right corner and select Album (see photo). Type a name for your album where it appears on the Source list under “Albums” and press Return.

You can make as many albums as you like using any images from your photo library. You can also include the same photo in several albums without making multiple copies of it. Just drag and drop the photos into your album.

As you create more albums, you may find it helpful to group them into folders. For instance, you could put all albums about birthday celebrations into a single folder named “Birthdays,” which would then appear in your Source list. You can add folders to the iPhoto Source list to better organize your albums. You cannot add individual photos directly to a folder.

In the video below, I create a folder called “2012″ and add albums that were already in my source list in the folder. So here’s how the filing system works: Photos go into Albums. Albums go into Folders. Now your iPhoto Library can be beautifully and conveniently organized!

How to print from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

With the explosion of iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches, we often get asked, “How do I print from my iPad?” Granted, we don’t print as often as we used to. E-mail and PDF have made printing more rare, but occasionally we still need – or want – to have a hard copy.

AirPrint is Apple’s solution for printing from any iOS device. It’s an elegant solution. There is no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect. With just a few taps, you can go from viewing something on the screen to holding a printed copy.

To use AirPrint, you need to have one of the following, and you need to have your iOS up to date.
iPad (all models)
iPhone (3GS or later)
iPod touch (3rd generation or later)

You’ll also need a printer that supports AirPrint. Many new wireless printers now support AirPrint. You can see if your printer supports AirPrint here.

Now you’re ready to go. When you are viewing something that you want to print, tap the action icon, select your printer, and tap Print. Pretty easy, huh?

Here’s an online setup guide for AirPrint if you need help setting it up.

If your printer doesn’t support AirPrint, we sell AirPrint printers starting at just $79.

There is also a way you can make your existing printer support AirPrint. There are a couple of software programs that install on your Mac and use your Mac as a print server. So when you tap Print on your iPad, the print job goes to your Mac, and then to your printer. One is called AirPrint Activator. It’s free, but not incredibly reliable in our tests. We like Printopia. It’s 20 bucks, but it is a very polished piece of software that has easy setup and some cool features.

Cool, useful calculator

I’ve recently been using a very cool calculator that can be accessed in Terminal.

To open the calculator, open Terminal and type “bc”, then hit “return.”

When in bc, +, -, *, and / all act as you would expect. ^ is used to raise something to a power.

The thing I love here is that you can assign variables. just use an = in between the two values.

I just tried a making up quick interest calculator (as pictured.) We’d love to see what you come up with. Let us know if you find any cool ways to use this command line calculator!