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 fitbit.com 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!
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.
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.
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)
After a couple of weeks of super hot temperatures here in Utah, it definitely feels like summer. But how do we take care of our shiny iPhone when we’re out having fun in Utah?
Check out the Dirt Proof, Water Proof, Snow Proof, Shock Proof case from Lifeproof.
There are several things I love about this case. It offers great protection (Military Spec MIL-STD-810F-516.5 drop/shock protection at 6.6ft), but its not as bulky as an OtterBox or Survivor case. It has a very clear lens cover so your pictures and videos look great – even under water!
Check out some more videos by clicking here.
I’d recommend this case for anyone headed to the pool or beach this summer. It’s also great for the Utah Apple enthusiast skiers, and snowboarders; or any other construction or outdoor workers.
We’ve got the Lifeproof cases on sale for $10 off – just $69 at Expercom in Sandy and Logan Utah.
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.
So I have to travel for business next week. When I travel, I worry that my iPhone battery won’t last all day. The iPhone (I have a 4S) has great battery life; on a normal day I never worry about my battery; I’m usually on Wi Fi at work and home so I can go all day and into the night before I need to charge my phone.
But when I travel, I have longer days without access to Wi Fi (using 3G or 4G uses more power than Wi Fi). Plus, I’m using my phone more: to check flight status, keep up with what’s going on at work, and entertain me on the flight. True road warriors are probably worried about battery life all the time.
I have a great product that saves my bacon on long travel days. The Mophie Juice Pack. It’s a case for my iPhone that has a rechargeable battery in the case! I slip my phone in this case, and I basically double my battery life. I don’t have to worry about running out of battery on the flight, or finding a place to charge up during a layover. You’d think that this would be a big, bulky case.
My favorite feature is that it can charge up the battery in my iPhone; so when I get to my destination and head off to a meeting, I can pop my iPhone out of the Juice Pack and my phone is fully charged.
Check out this video for more on the Juice Pack Plus and Juice Pack Air:
Okay, your school, church, or business has just bought a bunch of iPads. How do you manage all these devices? That’s a common question that we get asked here at Expercom. In the old days, we would have to connect each iPad one at a time to a computer, sync over the settings we wanted through iTunes, and then move on to the next iOS device. Thats a real pain when we are dealing with 10, 20, or 30 iPads or iPods.
Now we have a great App called Apple Configurator. It’s a free App from the Mac App Store that lets us manage a bunch of iOS devices.
Apple Configurator is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to bequickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users. There are even some home users that have a bunch of iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches in the house that are using Apple Configurator to manage all of the iOS devices.
There are basically three ways this App lets you manage devices:
• Configure up to 30 devices at a time
• Update devices to the latest version of iOS
• Create and restore a backup of settings and app data from one device to other devices
• Import apps into Apple Configurator and sync them to new devices*
• Use the built-in editor to create and install iOS configuration profiles
• Enroll devices with your Mobile Device Management solution for remote management
• Automatically apply common configurations to supervised devices
• Quickly reapply a configuration to a device and remove the previous user’s data
• Import apps into Apple Configurator and sync them to supervised devices*
• Define and apply common or sequential names to all devices
• Restrict supervised devices from syncing with other computers
• Add users and groups
• Check out a device to a user and restore the user’s settings and data on that device
• Check in a device from a user and and back up the data for later use, possibly on a different device
• Apply custom text, wallpaper, or the user’s picture to a device’s Lock screen
• Import and export documents between your Mac and Apple Configurator
• Sync documents between assigned devices and Apple Configurator
You can read more about the features of Apple Configurator here.
FREE, in the Mac App Store.
Expercom opened for business in May of 1997. It has been a great 15 years supporting the Apple community. It’s also a little crazy thinking of how much Apple has changed in those last 15 years.
In 1997, we were selling beige Power Macs, Performas, and even some Quadras. How many of you have even heard of a Quadra? Steve Jobs had just returned to Apple as an advisor, and wasn’t put in as interim CEO until later that year. How have things changed?
|Apple revenue||$7.08 Billion||$108 Billion|
|Desktop||Power Mac G3||iMac|
|Processor||233MHz G3||Quad 3.4GHz i7|
|Memory||32MB||4 to 32GB|
|Screen||640 x 480 CRT||2560 x 1400 LED|
|Laptop||PowerBook 2400c||13-inch MacBook Air|
|Processor||180MHz PPC 603e||Dual-core 1.8GHz|
|Screen||800 x 600 Active Matrix||1440 x 900 LED|
|Mobile Device||Newton 2100||iPad (3rd Gen)|
|Processor||162MHz RISC||1GHz A5x Dual Core|
|OS||Newton 2.1||iOS 5.1|
|Screen||480×320 grayscale||2048×1536 Retina Display|
In 1997 we had never even seen an iMac (came out in 1998), an iPod (2001), Mac OS X (also 2001), an iPhone (2007), or an iPad (2010) before. My, how things have changed in 15 years. Can we imagine life without some or all of those devices?
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The LARK Silent Alarm uses a wrist band that vibrates to wake you rather than using the jarring beeping/buzzing of most alarm clocks. The wrist band also uses an actigraphy microsensor to detect your sleep patterns.
The iOS app is used to set the alarm and keep track of your sleep history easily on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Once you start using the LARK alarm, it will do a 7 day sleep assessment. Once you have done the assessment it will give you an action plan to improve your sleep.
If you would like even more coaching with your sleep, you can get LARK Pro. It was developed with sleep experts and a pro-athlete sleep coach.
I have been using the LARK alarm for a few weeks. I got it because I don’t like the alarm clock jolting me out of sleep in the morning. This does wake me up more gently, which I like. Although I don’t always sleep well, I wasn’t too interested in the sleep assessment until recently. Just this week, I was talking with someone that owns multiple businesses and only gets about 4 hours of sleep per night. He said that the sleep assessment has helped him sleep better. Some of the suggestions it has given him are what time is best for him to go to sleep and what type of pillow to get. After speaking with him, I will probably try the sleep assessment.
Overall I like the LARK Silent Alarm and find it helpful to see my sleep patterns and how much sleep I’m actually getting at night.
It would also be good for anyone that is deaf or hard of hearing and can’t use a regular alarm clock.
The only thing that I didn’t like was how the wrist band felt on my wrist. It wasn’t as soft as I would like and it seemed to irritate my wrist overnight. I found by moving it up higher on my arm, it didn’t bother me as much.
Grilling time is coming up. Here are some suggestions on how to use your iPad or iPhone to grill in style.
This handy device is easy to set up. It comes with one temperature probe and a second one can be added. The temperature of your meat can be read from the iGrill itself or you can use the long-range bluetooth connectivity to connect to a iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and watch the temperature from up to 200 feet away. The free app allows you to set alarms for each probe so you know when everything is cooked just right. You can also set a timer and it will graph the progress of the temperature as well.
On their website, they have recipes for any type of meat. They also have tips on grilling, smoking, picking the perfect steak and food safety.
I’ve had my iGrill for about a year and overall I’ve been happy with it. I have had a few issues that didn’t cause too many problems. When using it with my iPhone, the screen would turn off it would sometimes stop connecting through bluetooth. I would then need to reconnect and restart the app for it to start updating again. When I used it with my iPad and had it plugged in to power, I didn’t have the issue.
This app has a lot of recipes for grilling. There are the recipes for meat as well as desserts, rubs, marinades and sauces. Once you find a recipe you like it will automatically make a shopping list.
The basics section has many how-to guides on the basics of grilling.
Those who grill a lot may find it too basic but for someone that is starting or would like to polish their grilling techniques, this is a good app. The one downside that I found is the iPhone and iPad version have to be purchased separately. They are both $4.99 in the App store. The iPhone version is here and the iPad version is here.
These are two of the apps and devices I use when grilling. There are many more apps, books in the iBooks store and podcasts that cover grilling. If you have a favorite app, book or podcast that you use, let us all know in the comments.
I have two great video cameras right now. One is my iPhone 4S; the video that this iPhone can shoot is incredible in quality. I also got a mirrorless Sony NEX-5n for Christmas. Again, incredible video. Once you go to a nice HD video camera, there’s no going back.
But what about all that video I have sitting around from years gone by? I decided that I want to digitize all that video on VHS, Hi 8, Mini DV — and any other video acronym you can think of — to my iMac.
I wanted to get it digitized before my VHS tapes started degrading too badly. I also want to be able to share those home movies, and that’s tough to do until you get them on your Mac. Once they are on your Mac, its easy to put your home movies on your iPod or iPad, or stream to your Apple TV.
One product that makes this easier is Roxio’s Easy VHS to DVD for Mac. If it has “Easy” in the name, its got to be some easy software, right? Well, this one is, actually, pretty “easy.”
It’s a combination hardware and software solution; so it comes with the cable you need to plug in your old VHS player (don’t have one lying around anymore? borrow one from grandma) or analog camcorder.
You then fire up Roxio’s software, name your video, tell it how you’ve got everything plugged in, hit play on the VHS, hit record on the sofware, and go have dinner. If you’re not hungry, you’ll have to do something for a while. If you want to capture 60 minutes of birthday parties from 20 years ago, it will take 60 minutes. There is no way to speed that part up, so this will take some time. Luckily, Roxio has a nice “auto stop” feature so you don’t have to be around to stop recording.
Wish me luck in digitizing my shoebox full of videos. And don’t tell my mom I can do this; she’ll want me to digitize her movies.
Comes with everything you need; hardware and software
Can go straight to DVD or edit in iMovie
Includes Toast Basic 9 – a nice freebie
Digitizing video is still time consuming
You’ll need a lot of hard drive space if you want to digitize a lot of video