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As I mentioned last week, I've purchased an 11-inch MacBook Air. I've got a soft spot for great tech that was superseded and I've been using the MacBook Air (dubbed The Flash as all my devices are named for members or parts of the DC universe) over the weekend and today. While it's a decent computer, even though it's a few years old, it was never made to be a primary workhorse. And that means making a few sacrifices in what I install on it. Here's my minimal set up.
Whether you've seen it in action or received more than a few intrusive notifications from Apple, you've probably been directed to install the company's new macOS High Sierra on more than one occasion. Features such as improved photo management and the Apple File System are definitely enticing, but, as with many of the company's upgrades, the operating system isn't exactly optimised to run on the Mac you acquired back in 2012.
If you're curious about whether or not you should upgrade your Mac, here are a few factors to consider (as well as a way to make using your updated Mac a bit more appealing.)
iOS: We already know that for various users, iOS 11.1 makes media playback stutter, breaks audio control on the lock screen, and autocorrects the word "I" to an unrecognisable character. But there's more! It also breaks the Calculator app.
iOS: Having some trouble sending an office email on your iPhone? You downloaded iOS 11, didn't you. Sure, it has some dope upgrades inside, but it's also the first version of the new operating system, and that means bugs. True to form, a software issue in iOS 11 is preventing Exchange email servers from sending and receiving messages, affecting Outlook, Office 365 and Exchange Server 2016 users. The good news is that Apple's latest iOS update, 11.0.1 fixes the issue, along with some other unspecified bugs.
Google cleverly designed Chrome to prevent inevitable website crashes from bringing down the entire browser. But that stability comes at the cost of tremendous RAM usage when you have countless tabs open. There are tools you can use to help curb Chrome's memory appetite, but turning tab maintenance into a game might be the best solution.
Mac: When it comes to email clients, there are a ton of options out there. For the past week, I've been using Boxy. Originally launched in late 2015, the company put out version two this time last week, which adds a lot of new features to the original product while maintaining the stuff people loved about the company's initial offering.
At its press event yesterday, Apple announced a slew of new products, including a trio of new iPhones (such as the $1579 iPhone X), an LTE-equipped Apple Watch, and an Apple TV capable of displaying movies in 4K HDR. The announcements also coincided with some software update news, namely release dates for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, updated versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems, respectively.
After being made available to developers back in March, and then more broadly through a public beta in May, the eighth major release of the Android operating system finally arrives today with Google revealing that the mysterious "O" actually stands for Oreo: A sandwich cookie suffering from a terrible identity crisis over the past few years.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of American teenagers compete to be the best at Word, Excel and PowerPoint and win up to $US3000 ($3907) in the Microsoft Office Specialist US National Championship. It's organised by Certiport, a testing company that offers certifications in software such as MS Office, AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite. We asked this year's first-place winners for their best Office tips.
Over the past three weeks, the /r/ProgrammerHumor subreddit has reinvented the on-screen volume controller hundreds of times over. Starting with one user's sideways slider, users have created funny volume controls based on laptop screen angle, fidget spinners, battery power, latitude and longitude, and the digits of pi. I've gathered some highlights here. For maximum appreciation, imagine how each one sounds.
While I was in the US recently, I was surprised by a billboard I saw, that was overlooking Canal Street in New Orleans. It was advertising a company whose entire business was built around selling APIs. Tech advertising in the US is always interesting - I've saw ads on TV discussing IoT three or four years ago and when you drive through parts of California advertising for tech companies is common.
But the move towards APIs is fascinating as it signals a major change in how software development happens and what the next generation of applications will bring.
I'm currently testing the fourth Windows laptop in my quest to find a replacement for the iPad Pro. After trialling a Lenovo MIIX 510, Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and now a HP Spectre, I'm remembering one of things that really annoyed me about Windows computers. All the extra software that I didn't ask for.
Cloud-based ERP software company NetSuite has just finished their annual user and partner event, SuiteWorld. This year's event is significant as it's the first one after the company's acquisition by Oracle last year. That US$9.2B purchase is Oracle's largest ever acquisition and will drive some changes in how NetSuite operates.
I'm currently attending SuiteWorld. This is the annual customer event for cloud-based ERP software maker NetSuite (which was acquired by Oracle late last year). During the opening keynote today, given by Executive Vice President of Oracle + NetSuite Jim McGeever, it was announced that a new piece of the NetSuite product pie would become available this June. The new HR module, SuitePeople, brings HR functions into the suite. But this had me thinking. Is a single software solution that brings everything to you in one neat package the way to go? Or should you buy best-of-breed apps for each function and integrate them?
Although I'm a multi-platform user - I flip between a Mac, iOS on an iPad Pro and a Windows 10 system - my days as a Windows power user are probably behind me. So I'm still discovering features that many people would know about. One of those is Windows Hello which allows you to complete secure authentication through facial recognition.