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OS X Yosemite Review: First Impressions

by: Mark Reschke | Oct 17, 2014

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Will Apple’s OS X Yosemite Spotlight Search be used by the masses? Will dark mode be the default go-to look and feel? Will Continuity be a must users simply won’t be able to live without? Like test driving a car, once purchased, the owners continued long term use reveals the gimmicky sales tools versus what features are truly useful. In many respects new OS releases are much the same. Widgets once seemed like a great default tool to quickly discover weather, stock prices and flight times. Fast forward a few years and OS X Widgets are rarely developed for or used. Sherlock seemed a sure bet, then morphed into Spotlight, but was limited in only finding things on your local drive. Now Spotlight has been given a rebirth in Yosemite under its new name, Spotlight Search. Long term value of such tools will be discovered over time, thus, here are some initial impressions of Apple’s newly minted OS.

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Apple Special Event: What to expect tomorrow

by: E. Werner Reschke | Oct 15, 2014

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Less than 24 hours until Apple’s October 2014 Special Event. The web and social media are a-buzz with what everyone thinks will be behind door #1, #2 and #3. We have even made our best guesses as to what Tim Cook & Co will announce. Following are the odds of what we can expect tomorrow:

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Apple October 2014 Special Event: Macs and iPadsWe have predicted, and now it comes true — here, here and here. Apple is to hold a special event on October 16, 2014, with the teaser on the invitation stating "It's been way too long." Since the Cook-era at Apple, this is the third year in a row where the company has held a special event in both the months of September and October.

October is a special month for Apple as it is the first month in its fiscal year, which is important on many levels. Most importantly, launching new products at the beginning of their fiscal year sets the stage as to what must happen throughout the next 12 months in order to make internal projections. If a product is given 12 months to succeed, versus 6 months, less panic sets in and clear thinking can prevail. October also allows enough time for newly announced products make their way onto store shelves and into shopping carts for the Christmas season.

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OS X Yosemite: Most Anticipated Release Ever

by: E. Werner Reschke | Oct 07, 2014

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OS X Yosemite, due later this month, is not just a minor update to the long line of OS X updates. It can be said it is the most important OS X upgrade since moving from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X 10.0 (Cheetah) back in 2001, and this not just because it is the next update.

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Apple OS X Yosemite Ahead of Special Event

by: E. Werner Reschke | Oct 03, 2014

Important-apple-dates-calendarNow that iOS 8 is out the door, anticipation is building for the release of OS X Yosemite. The reason this OS X release is so important is due to its tight interdependence on iOS 8, which Apple calls Continuity. Never before have the desktop and the mobile operating systems been so intertwined.

I didn’t think Handshake, which is part of Continuity, was going to be a big deal until I was on a road trip and began to type an email on my iPad while in flight. But I discovered the email needed to be finished on my MacBook Air (due to some files and images that were not on my iPad). At that point I had to do some technical gymnastics. The process was not terribly difficult mind you, but now that I know Handshake is coming the current workflow seems archaic. With Handshake, I would have just opened my MacBook Air and there would have been the email in the same state as it was on the iPad, ready to go.

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OS X Yosemite: Release Date

by: E. Werner Reschke | Sep 17, 2014

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Now that the third OS X Yosemite public beta has been released a clearer picture of when OS X Yosemite’s Gold Master version — the final version — will be ready for download. We continue to predict that Apple will hold true to form and have another Special Event in October. October is a special month on Apple’s calendar as it is the beginning of a new fiscal year, and most corporations like to start their fiscal year by exceeding expectations instead starting behind projected sales and revenue numbers.

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Important Apple Dates

by: E. Werner Reschke | Sep 10, 2014

Important-apple-dates-calendarThis is for reference or if you completely missed the Keynote presentation where Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

September 12, 2014 — you can place an order for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Best New Feature of OS X Yosemite

by: Mark Reschke | Aug 25, 2014

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For many in the U.S., the fall is a season highly anticipated. There is the NFL and college football, and for others it represents the fishing season kicking into full swing. Then there is the tech geeks, and those that look forward to what Apple, Inc. will bring to market. Among the new goodies Apple showcased at their World-Wide Developers Conference in June was the newest desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite. This fall OS X Yosemite will launch with my favorite new feature: dark mode.

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Yosemite: SpotlightIn 2011 the world was introduced to Siri — your personal digital assistant. Siri works on iPhone 4s and forward. Siri lets you use voice, instead of touch, to make appointments, call friends, send texts, and much more. It is the “much more” that is particularly interesting, because this is exactly what a search engine does. You type in a particular request and returned to you are several (hopefully) relevant results. Google has been the king of search for nearly 10 years now. No one, not even Microsoft or Yahoo!, has been able to make a dent in Google’s search dominance. But that may soon change.

Siri could do “much more” such as look up a baseball score or let you know about the nearby dry cleaners. In order to do this, Siri uses partners to return outside-the-iPhone type requests. Siri’s original partners included (info provided by wikipedia):

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When Apple showed off OS X Yosemite (aka 10.10), the Moscone crowd’s excitement grew at the turn of each new slide. OS X Yosemite promises to polish off some rough edges that Mavericks attempted — away from skeuomorphic design and to a more simple, elegant (aka flat) user experience. In addition Yosemite will deliver a host of new features and connectivity with iOS devices.

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