Force Quit Applications on Mac

Force Quit Applications on Mac

Quick Mac tip for Apple users!

If an app becomes unresponsive, press Command-Option-Esc to bring up the force quit application box; much like Control-Alt-Delete on a PC.

Simply select any app from the “force quit application” box and click on force quit.

If the app still does not quit, you may need to take it one step further.

If all else fails, search for “Activity Monitor” on your Mac and open it.  Once open search for the app you wish to quit and right-click on it for an option to force quit application.

Use your Chromebook touchpad

You can use your Chromebook’s touchpad to move the pointer, right-click items on the screen, and more. Here’s how it works:

Move the pointer: Move your finger across the touchpad.
Click: Press the lower half of the touchpad. You can also tap the touchpad to click.
Right-click: Press the touchpad with two fingers, or hold down the Alt key while clicking with one finger.
Scroll: Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.

Swipe: Quickly move two fingers left or right to go backward or forward on web pages or while using apps.

See all open windows: Swipe down with three fingers.

Switch between tabs: If you have multiple browser tabs open, you can swipe left and right with three fingers to quickly move between tabs.

Drag and drop: With one finger, click the item you want to move. With a second finger, move the item. Release both fingers to drop the item at its new location.

 

iPhone 6s Review

iPhone 6s Review

For those of you who didn’t know, the iPhone 6s has been released.  The biggest question is what could possibly be the difference between the iPhone 6.  In terms of performance, the Processor (that which has to do with how fast your phone runs and reacts) is now running an A9 chip with 64-bit architecture included with an embedded M9 motion coprocessor.  Using the phone is much faster and responds to touch in an instant with no delay.  Realistically, it’s twice as fast as the iPhone 6.  The other major hardware upgrade is the camera which now comes with a 12-megapixel iSight camera which is an extra 4 megapixels from the iPhone 6 which has an 8 megapixel camera.  The only other noticeable feature on the iPhone 6s is that it now comes in Rose Gold alongside the original colors of Gold, Space Grey, and Silver.  The iPhone 6s is also supposed to have a few extra hours of battery time which we all know is much needed.

In terms of software enhancements and features, Read more

Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10

 

Microsoft Windows just released Windows 10 which is their last Operating System they are going to release according to their statements.  They will continue to upgrade it and patch it but it will remain Windows 10.  I’ve installed in and I have to say am very impressed.  They lost A LOT of people on Windows 8 but they took the best of Windows 7 and the best of Windows 8 to make Windows 10 so you will see a lot of both in Windows 10.  It also comes with a personal assistant named Cordana which makes using Windows 10 very simple.  All you have to do is say her name and what you want to do and she will give you a list of options or take you directly to where you requested.  So for those of you looking to save some money who purchased Windows 8, Microsoft is letting everyone upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE which is the rarest thing Microsoft has ever done.  This will last for about 1 year before it expires so if you are ready to make the upgrade on your current device, you can click on Read more

BBB Accreditated A+ Logo

BBB A+ Accreditation

We wanted to share with you that upon our celebration of 4 years in Business on 9/1/2011, we also found out our Better Business Bureau Accreditation got bumped up from an A- to an A+ which is rare for business that have only been established for four years.  Normally it takes 7 years of exemplary service without complaints and contribution to the community.  Therefore, we could not have asked for a better gift than receiving an A+ from the BBB!  For those of you who debate on whether or not to acquire a BBB Accreditation, definitely consider it.  It not only has provided us with several leads that pays for the cost of the Accreditation each year but it also establishes stability, trust and loyalty to not only our clients but also our community.  Establishing a BBB Accreditation leaves a track record of your company that shows potential customers how well you treat your clients, how important they are to you, and that you are dedicated to your community by leaving a positive impact on it.  I say this because of the BBB core standards which can easily be found on their website.  Not all customers will refer to the BBB before they conduct business with you but a lot will and if you don’t have an accreditation then customers may wonder why and look for another company who does have a BBB accreditation.   You don’t have to have an A+ to gain customers because as a young company, customers realize that it takes time to receive an A+ so establish an accreditation early and let it built up.

Couple with Laptops sitting back to back on the beach

Keeping Your Electronic Devices Safe Throughout the Summer

Summertime is great, but sometimes the heat can get the best of us—especially our electronics. It is completely normal to forget yo ur phone and/or other electronic devices in the car as you venture from place to place throughout the summer, and it is also common to leave them on the deck as you take a refreshing dip in the pool.  You may also enjoy working outside in the sun with Laptop and phone by your side sitting in the sun. But what you may not realize is that a scorching 100° day can mean the worst for your gadgets.

Your vehicle can easily exceed 160° F when left out in the sun while not in use, which surpasses the standard operating range for any electronic (between 32° and 95° F). Even the iPhone, which can operate up to 115° F, experiences technological discomfort under such conditions and will alert its user with a red warning flash across its screen. If disregarded, it will undergo a complete shut down until circumstances normalize, meaning it cools down to a temperature that allows it to turn back on. Read more

OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

These Mac OS X shortcuts have saved me so much time over the years and I wanted to share them with all of you in hopes you can find them just as useful.

Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, & Redo
* Use Cmd + X to cut (text, pictures, music, and more)
* Use Cmd + C to copy (text, pictures, music, and more)
* Use Cmd + V to paste (text, pictures, music, and more)
* Use Cmd + Z to undo an action
* Use Cmd + Shift + Z to redo an actionMinimizing Windows
* To minimize an active window without closing it, press Cmd + M on your keyboard.Quitting Applications
* In order to quit an application completely, press Cmd + Q on your keyboard.

Closing an Active Window
* If you don’t want to completely quit an application but just close the current active window, press Cmd + W on your keyboard.

Opening a New Tab
* To open a new tab, press Cmd + T on your keyboard.

Application Switching
* By pressing Cmd + Tab, a window containing all open applications will appear. While keeping the command key pressed down, press the tab key repeatedly to browse between the applications and when the right one is selected, release the keys and the application will appear in front of the others. Read more

Secure browsing on Public WiFi

How to keep your Computer safe on a Public WiFi

Public WiFi is absolutely great to have for traveling and working from your local coffee shop.  The problem with public WiFi even if it is password protected is that all of your information is passed through the WiFi for anyone to intercept.  Someone with minimal computer knowledge can download aprogram that collects all the traffic on a WiFi network and then search that traffic for account information such as usernames and passwords.  Every time you enter your username and password to a website while on a Public WiFi, this information passes through the Public WiFi acces point allowing anyone else on the Public WiFi to grab it and use it against you.  This goes for banking information, account information, etc.  Albeit most people don’t know how to actually use the information they collect let alone collect it but the threat is very real.    Read more

Wiping your devices

Erasing your personal information from old Mobile Devices and Computers

What do you do with your old Smart Phones and Computers? In a study by TechHive, they purchased 13 Smart Phones to see if they could recover any personal data from them. 5 of the 13 phones still had all of the data on them. This includes pictures, phone calls and messages. All of the items that you would never want anyone to have. The question we are going to answer is how to securely wipe all of your personal data from your Smart Phones and Computers.

Apple

Level of expertise required to perform these steps: Beginner

Apple devices make it very easy to erase your personal information however you must follow a few specific instructions to ensure your personal information is removed from the device. The following instructions were taken directly from Apple’s website.

Before you sell or give away your iOS device, make sure that you’ve removed all of your personal information. Follow these steps to protect your data and get your device to its factory default state for the new owner: Read more

Import your Google Contacts into Apple's iCloud Contacts

Import your Google Contacts into Apple’s iCloud Contacts

Importing Google Contacts into Apple’s iCloud Contacts

Do you use Gmail combined with an iPhone or any Apple products? Well, Google has made it much easier to sync your Google contacts with iCloud now by simply adding another account known as a CardDAV account.  Follow these simple steps to add the account and your contacts will show up in your Contact list and sync with your iCloud contacts. Read more