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Publisher Plus Review

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Desktop publishing is emerging, and more and more today we are tasked with creating appealing documents on our computers. Whether you’re promoting a new menu, wanting to showcase a new poster, or create a new brochure, finding a decent application on Mac isn’t easy. With MS Publisher on the PC, and even greater options such as Adobe InDesign, these applications are expensive, but Publisher Plus for Mac hits at a good price point.

Publisher Plus is developed by PearlMountain Technology, and their new app already has been recommended by Apple. The app features a suite of professional templates, which include brochures, magazine layouts, flyers, adverts, and reports to name a few.

The layout of the application is simple to use, with your document in the middle and editing options on the side. To complement your document, there are a variety of options of built-in images. Not all of the images are great, but most of them are fairly decent. As well, you have the ability to import your own photos from Finder, as well as iPhoto.

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Editing your document was quite good. I really enjoy how the application includes guidelines when moving your images and text boxes, which help you to align document elements. From a visual standpoint, this addition really helps to give your documents a sense of professionality. As well, they include a good number of photo editing tools, such as opacity, built-in colour filters, as well as detailed positioning options.

Just a few small complaints arise about the application. The diagonally scaling button for text boxes are at a fixed diagonal angle, so you won’t be able to free-scale the text boxes as you see in Microsoft products. Not a big issue, but just something minor. As well, many editors allow you to move your image at a fixed vertical or horizontal position while pressing the shift key, but this program doesn’t allow for that.

Overall, Publisher Plus is a great option for your Mac. While it may be a tiny bit expensive at $19.99 in the Mac App Store, this application certainly is a good choice to complement your Mac if you need to create a stunning document. With an easy-to-use interface, and a stunning choice of templates, make sure to consider this app!

If you want to check it out, click on this link. 

9.0/10

Disclaimer: The product reviewed was provided by PearlMountain Technology as a review copy

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iOS 8 Compatible Devices: Check If You’ll Get The Update

 

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Today at WWDC 2014, Apple released quite a lot of info on the upcoming version of their signature iOS operating system for mobile devices. New features such as the ability to install third-party keyboards, better notifications, and a ton of new developer capabilities will make the update to the new OS more intriguing.

Read more: Apple Unveils iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 & Apple Showcases OS X 10.10 Yosemite

However, not all devices will be receiving the update. The list of compatible devices are:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5/5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPod Touch 5th generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad with Retina Display (3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini/Mini with Retina Display

That means if you have an iPhone 4 or below, the first generation iPad, and iPod Touch 4th generation or below, you seem to be out of luck.

With one of the most exciting WWDC’s in recent years, Apple seems to be moving well forward this year. iOS 8 and Yosemite will be available today for developers, and will have a public release in fall of this year.

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Apple Unveils iOS 8

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WWDC 2014 showcased the new iOS 8. And it brings brand new features that users have been asking for many years.

The new notifications will allow you to reply within notifications. For example, if you get a SMS notification, you can reply within the notification. Same with a calendar, you can delete or accept with a swipe. Spotlight search gets similar features to Yosemite, as well as search in Safari.

The keyboard also gets a new design, as Apple unveils Quicktype. Similar to Google Keyboard, when you start typing, it will suggest words. But Apple takes it one step further and suggests actual words based on your typing type. For example, it could suggest the word “epic” if you keep typing “epic” in a conversation.

SMS gets better group messaging capabilities, such as allowing you to silence SMS threads. There’s also location sharing, but that feature probably won’t be used that often. As well, there’s a new “type-t0-talk” which allows you speak to your phone and send that voice recording instead of text SMS.

Enterprise features have now expanded, with more security capabilities for enterprise users.

Apple also showcased new health features, called HealthKit. With this, you can monitor your health activity, and will connect to third-party apps.

Family sharing was also featured. You can now share calendars, reminders, and other multimedia. You can slo share music, movies, and TV shows for up to 6 members if you share the same credit card. For parents, this will be excellent, as now if a kid wants to buy a paid app, you have to get a request from a parent first before it’s purchased.

Siri gets new features such as Shazam song recognition and purchase it direct from iTunes from Siri.

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Apple Reveals OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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At WWDC 2014, Apple’s Craig Federighi unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Again, Apple decided to name it after another Californian city.

The new OS X features a new design, with a fresh new look similar to iOS. Your windows have a translucent effect, and they adapt to your background and desktop. All Apple programs has an iOS 7-esque design, as well as the notification centre takes design notes from the phone software.

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Spotlight takes on a new design too, as well with a bigger window on your screen. Spotlight will allow you to better search for documents, contacts, online documents such as Wikipedia, and other files on your Mac. As well, Spotlight now allows you to do conversions, such as miles to kilometers.

Cloud Drive will allow you to sync documents across devices, such as other Macs, iOS and Windows.

Mail gets some behind-the-scenes work, allowing for better functionality in mail.

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Safari gets a new design, with your favourites bar in the address bar. This will also allow for Spotlight search in the spotlight bar. This will allow you to take images for instance, and send it to mail to send to someone else. As well, there’s a new “markup” feature, and allows you to draw on (for instance) that image. And the feature is smart enough to detect what you draw such as arrows or speech bubbles.

Big changes come to AirDrop now, as now you can AirDrop between your Mac and iOS devices. Apple also unveiled that if your iOS device is in close proximity to your Mac, you can “pick up” what you’re doing and finish the task on the other device.

A brand new feature of OS X Yosemite is going to make users quite happy! Your Mac can now be a caller ID, as callers on your iPhone will show up on the Mac. And what more is that you can use your Mac as a speakerphone now!

The software will be released to developers today, and to the public in the fall!

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Doctor Who Series 8 To Debut In August

The Doctor is coming back! (Image Credit: BBC)

The Doctor is coming back!
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Get ready Whovians! After months of waiting, the hit BBC series Doctor Who will be returning! Earlier today, BBC teased the upcoming series with a video to the official BBC YouTube page.

Series 7 ended in December on Christmas Day, with Matt Smith as the 11th doctor regenerate into the older Peter Capaldi. The new Time Lord will again be accompanied by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) along with a new, expected companion played by Danny Pink. The new series seems to be going back to its roots, recruiting an older actor to play the Doctor. While some fans may have not particularly liked the selection of actor, we will see in a few months whether this new direction will keep the fans of Smith and Tennant.

Doctor Who Series 8 will premiere sometime in August on BBC One in the UK. We also anticipate it to air on Space Channel in Canada, along with BBC America in the United States.

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad 2 and iPad (3rd and 4th Generation) Review: Light Weight Keyboard for on the Go!

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Logitech is a well recognized technology company in the industry. From webcams to iPad cases and keyboards, they are constantly striving to catch up with the new and innovative tablets. Logitech’s products are simple to use and does the job, not to mention they are at a reasonable price. The Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad 2 and iPad (3rd and 4th generation) is part of the lineup for iPad cases/keyboards.

DESIGN/FEATURES:

 

This light weight keyboard also acts as a cover for the iPad screen. With instant on/off, it saves the battery when I’m not using it, just like the Apple Smart Case. The keyboard also turns off/goes to sleep itself if you forget to turn it off to save batteries. As a University student with a laptop that cannot stay on for longer than 4 hours, this keyboard is really useful to me. I am able to charge my iPad the night before and clip on the cover the next day and go to school. When I first received this keyboard, the instructions told me to charge it until the light on the right corner turns green. Since then (which was 2 weeks ago), I am still able to use the keyboard. My old keyboard case could not last for more than 1 day, which really is worse than my Acer laptop.

The keyboard features many useful buttons that works with the iPad, such as return to home screen, lock, and mute or turn the volume up/down. The keyboard almost resembles the keyboards on Apple computers, which makes it feel like I’m using a Macbook instead of an iPad. The keyboard links to the iPad via Bluetooth, which is handy because Bluetooth is already in the iPad and bringing an extra USB cord just to link the two together would be a hassle.

The keys on this keyboard is easy to type with and the clicking noise it makes while I type really attracts me, as it sounds like a gaming keyboard (if only I can play MMORPG games on iPads!!). The keys are quite close together, which ensures that typing is fast since all the keys are reachable without stretching your fingers too far.

THE BAD:

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One few things I did not like about this keyboard cover was that the slot to hold the iPad does not guarantee the protection of the iPad. If you do not place the iPad securely in the slot, it can just topple over. Not to mention that the iPad does not have a back cover with this keyboard. Another thing I do not like is that the magnetic strip that clips onto the iPad isn’t strong, which also shows minimal protection for the iPad, even if it is in your bag. Finally, there is no way of telling how long the battery will last. There is only a light that tells you if the keyboard is on or off. It would be better if there was a battery meter to show how much battery was left to ensure it is enough for the day.

PRICE:

The price for this keyboard cover is $99.99 USD/CAD and there is free shipping because Logitech provides it for anything over $49.00. For this price for a light weight and portable keyboard is very reasonable. It is cheaper to buy it on the site than buying it in any other store such as Futureshop or Best Buy.

OVERALL:

Overall, I really do enjoy using this keyboard and I would recommend it to anyone that has an iPad and is willing to spend some money for something really useful for school. This keyboard now only comes in black (white and purple has been sold out).

RATING: 9.0/10

Disclaimer: This product was sent as a review sample by Logitech

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Apple Unveils New Programming Language “Swift”

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A big shock at WWDC 2014, Apple unveiled their new programming language “Swift.”

A bridge between Object C and C, this new programming language will help to reduce the syntax errors that developers face. It is also designed for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch.

Swift will integrate with complete Xcode support, and will integrate with the new developer SDK and APIs to create new and more powerful applications.

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Third-Party Keyboards & Touch ID Capabilities Unveiled

Apple today unveiled that third-party keyboards will be available to users in the next version of iOS. Users will be able to install other keyboards from developers. These keyboards will not be allowed network access unless you allow it too, to protect your privacy.

As well, Touch ID will be available for third-party apps, such as Mint. Developers can now integrate Touch ID into their apps, which will allow for greater capabilities.

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eBay Accounts Hacked: Change Your Password!

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Popular internet website eBay has just announced that the company has fell victim to a cyberattack that has compromised user’s encrypted passwords along with non-financial data. However, eBay has stated there is no evidence of unauthorized activity on user accounts, and no financial or credit card information was compromised.

In a statement, eBay said: Information security and customer data protection are of paramount importance to eBay Inc., and eBay regrets any inconvenience or concern that this password reset may cause our customers. We know our customers trust us with their information, and we take seriously our commitment to maintaining a safe, secure and trusted global marketplace.

eBay also owns PayPal, but PayPal information has not been compromised. The PayPal information is stored on a different network. The company will begin to notify users via email, their website, and other channels to encourage users to change their password.

The breach comes after some bigger hacking stories this year. With the Heartbleed bug which affected millions of users, it serves as a reminder to always be vigilant and not use the same passwords across multiple services.

If you use the same password for PayPal and other websites (which we highly do not recommend), please change your password immediately.

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Five Features iOS 8 Needs To Move Forward

Apple’s iOS 8 is set to be released to the public in the fall of 2014, and most likely to be showcased at WWDC next month. Apple’s flagship mobile operating system is good with new features being updated every year, but it seems to be lacking finesse lately. Apple brought a major redesign last year, giving a “fresh” look to the operating system, but Apple needs to continuously evolve their operating system to stay competitive in the market.

Widgets:

One of the features lacking in the iOS system is the lack of widgets, which allows users to give a more personal touch to their phones, and is something I have been hoping Apple would introduce for many years. Allowing for third party widgets, something which Android strives well to do, will elevate the operating system Apple currently has. With the introduction of their fresh new look, further enhancing the system with widgets will be a welcome feature (if they do introduce this) to many users. Giving users the ability to quickly check their emails, SMS messages, or even the weather directly on their home screen without opening an app would be embraced greatly by users. Apple has been known to be quite restrictive in terms of the core design essence of iOS, and if they were to introduce this, I believe they would only allow their stock apps to have widget designation.

Better Siri Integration:

Siri has been on Apple devices for a while now. While Apple is slowly adding new features and abilities, allowing developers to integrate a Siri SDK within their apps would be a good step forward. Just allowing you to check sports scores, open apps, or look up locations on a map is good, but opening it up to developers would be necessary to move this feature from a “gimmick” to something with actual purpose. And Apple should change Siri quickly to risk being left behind with the expanding features of Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortona.

Expanding the Capabilities of Touch ID:

The fingerprint scanner introduced in the iPhone 5S by Apple last year could also be evolved with more capabilities. It seems really kind of pointless if the only features of Touch ID is to unlock your phone and purchase items from Apple’s stores. And while I do see the challenges of integration into third-party apps, it would be nice if Apple will expand the capabilities in future iOS builds, as well as integrate it into more of their devices in the future.

Multi-User Support: 

Especially with the iPad, most families find this device as a more shared device rather than an individual one. Allowing user accounts will give that touch of personalization for each person of the family, and will allow for more privacy of apps. Simply adding multi-user support for iPads should help to improve the software. Even the iPhone do with multi-user supports by adding a “kids” mode.

Pick Your Own Default Apps:

One of the ways Android has shined is the ability to choose your own default apps, and Apple has always been restrictive about this issue. For example, opening a link from an email app will open in Safari, yet I choose Chrome as my browser of choice on the iPad. For me, I don’t even utilize the default mail app on the iPad; I use the Gmail application. So Mail isn’t my default mail app…Gmail is. Allowing to pick your default apps would be something nice Apple could include in the next version of iOS. Forcing default apps on users is something Apple should stop doing in the near future, and opening up control to the user by allowing them to choose their own default apps would allow for a better and more intuitive user experience.

What do you think Apple should include in their next version of their operating system? Leave a comment below. Be sure to connect with us on FacebookTwitter & Google+ also!