How Cloning a Mac Hard Drive Benefits the Users

Cloning a hard drive simply means creating an exact copy of hard drive; the copy consists of all contents of the drive. Now, imagine a situation when you are working on a Macintosh computer system and all of a sudden OS or hard drive crashes. In such situations, cloning the hard drive is the best solution. If you are an aware user, backing up the data must be your priority. Data backup includes cloning as an important backup plan, which also benefits when your system software, applications etc. get corrupt.

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As mentioned above, the term ‘clone’ is typically referred to backing up the boot drive of a computer system, which is indeed one of the most important tasks. Below is a closer look at the advantages of cloning hard drive on a Mac based computer system:

Backup the Entire System

Cloning helps you keep a copy of your computer system that clearly implies that you are taking a functional backup of your system. The backup includes OS files, structure of partition table and the home directories. Apart from this, you can use the clone copy as boot drive because it is a replica of Hard Drive of your Mac computer. To do this, you need to plug in the Clone Drive and during boot-up, keep the ‘Options’ key pressed. Cloning differs from the conventional backup systems (for example, Time Machine) that keep more than one versions of files, whereas cloning creates a single copy of files on disk.

Test and Troubleshoot the Problems

With the help of the Clone Drive, you can perform the testing of new software, their updates and applications before their installation on your Mac system. Moreover, if there are issues with the system, you can troubleshoot them by booting off the Clone.

Stay in Touch with your Work

Not surprisingly, you could face problems with the Hard Drive that may lead to its corruption or failure. Subsequently, your work may grind to the halt for hours or days. To prevent such situation, you can boot off the Clone Drive to get back to your tasks.

As a frequent Mac user, you must know that your Mac computer offers an inbuilt utility named ‘Disk Utility’ to clone the Hard Drive. However, the method to use the utility requires a sound understanding, and you might not find it easy to perform the task.

Not to worry! In this case, you can use a commercial software program that facilitates cloning in an easy way. These software are written by Mac experts using comprehensive algorithms. Moreover, you can also image a hard drive on Mac system using such application. Imaging the Hard Drive includes creating image of any volume or the entire Hard Drive in order to restore the data if data loss occurs.

Apple Releases Second Patch for iOS 11

Apple has just released iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. This marks the second bug fix update since iOS 11 launched in September. The build number is 15A421.

It looks to be another round of bug fixes and performance improvements, including a fix for crackly audio during phone calls on iPhone 8, a bug that caused some photos not to show up in user’s libraries and resolves an issue relating to attachments in encrypted email.

Apple states that iOS 11.0.2 brings various ‘bug fixes and improvements for iPhone and iPad’.

The minor update is available now for all iOS 11 devices (including the sixth-generation iPod touch).

Apple released iOS 11 on September 19, followed by iOS 11.0.1 a week later. iOS 11.0.1 addressed problems relating to Microsoft email accounts not being able to connect to the server in the stock Mail app.

To update, open Settings on your iOS device and navigate to General → Software Update. You will need at least 50% battery to perform the update, or be connected to a power outlet.

Recording Your iPhone Screen

One of the new features is iOS 11 is the ability to record your screen. This is not available by default but you can easily add this ability. You can record your screen for many reasons.

Enable Screen Recording

  • The first thing you need to do is add the screen recording button to your iOS 11 Control Center:
  • Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
  • Under More Controls, scroll down to Screen Recording and tap the green plus button to add it to the controls included in the Control Center.

Create a Recording

  • To create a recording, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to pull up the control center. You’ll now see a record button among your controls.
  • Tap the button and you’ll see a three-second countdown before your phone starts recording.
  • If you want to record audio while doing a screen recording, long press the button in your control center and you’ll see an option to record with or without audio.
  • While recording, the network/clock bar at the top of your screen will be red.
  • To stop recording, you can either tap the red bar at the top of your screen or by bringing up the control center.
  • When you tap the stop button, the screen recording will be saved to your iOS photos.

So with that in mind here is a screen recording of my iPhone setting this up.

 

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Saving Your Battery in iOS 11

Like many people, I noticed a decrease in battery life after I installed iOS 11 on my iPhone.

This is actually a very common problem on all iOS versions. However it does seem that each new version of iOS brings complaints about faster battery drain. Some say it’s because you’re using the phone more as you explore all the new features and updates. I have also heard the argument that the new OS is doing a bunch of rewriting or caching or something, and that battery life will even out after the first couple days.

With iOS 11, however, there may be another culprit.

Email Drag

If you’ve ever searched for tips on prolonging iPhone battery life, you’ve almost certainly encountered this one: turn off email fetch. The reasoning is that battery life suffers if your phone automatically checks for new mail every 15 or 30 minutes.

That’s why I always kept my accounts set to “manual,” as I prefer to retrieve mail when I want to retrieve mail.

However, after installing iOS 11, I noticed there were frequently new messages waiting for me each time I opened the Mail app. So I checked my email account settings (which, incidentally, are no longer found in Settings > Mail and, sure enough, all my accounts had been set to Fetch!

Needless to say, you are better off disabling Fetch. Here’s how: tap Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Fetch New Data and change it to Manually. You can also change this to check for email hourly, every 30 minutes or every 15 minutes. Try one of these if you iPhone battery is suffering.

 

iOS 11 Gets a Fast Patch

Apple today issued a small update to the millions of iPhones and iPads that have already upgraded to iOS 11. It fixes an Exchange connectivity bug in that release.

“You might not be able to send email with an Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange account until you update to iOS 11.0.1,” an Apple support document notes.

The bug impacts email hosted by Microsoft on Outlook.com or Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016. You’ll know you have the problem if you see the error message “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.”

As with all iOS updates, iOS 11.0.1 will be offered to you automatically. But you can install this update immediately by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update.

Windows 10 Shines with These 11 New Features

K – I admit it. I am a Windows 10 apologist. I believe Windows 10 is the future of the modern operating system. Although there is still much to improve Windows 10 is well on it’s way to being the first truly modern operating system. I can prove this by talking a little bit about 11 great new featured brought to us bu Windows 10.

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Groove Music Player

It looks like Microsoft will compete with Apple’s Garageband home music creation software with a new Groove Music Maker app. The sizzle reel showed an app for mixing instrumental and vocal tracks, plus apply basic effects like reverb.

A Better Windows Defender

Microsoft has been focused heavily on improving the security of Windows 10, and it looks like that’s getting a further upgrade with a redesigned Windows Defender coming in the Creators Update.

In addition to virus protection, the app also includes firewall and network protection, computer performance and health, and family safety features.

Rich Tab Previews with Edge

Microsoft Edge will get a feature designed to make it easier to flip through a bunch of browser tabs. The video shows a user able to scroll through a horizontal carousel of rich tab previews that show the contents of pages before they’re opened.

Tabs in Edge

In a similar tab management vein, Edge will also get a feature that looks like a way for users to save their browser tabs to access later. It’s reminiscent of features like Apple’s Reading List in Safari, which also lets users keep a list of articles and sites they want to hold on to for later.

Collections of Maps

Microsoft’s Maps app is getting a new section called Collections, which appear to be exactly what they sound like — groupings of places. It also seems like there will be some mechanism in the app for sharing those collections between friends, but it’s not immediately clear how that will work.

New Live Tiles

The new Start menu shows a new Cortana live tile, along with an icon for a Battery Level Live tile.

The former seems like a good way for people to get contextual information from Microsoft’s virtual assistant, and the latter seems like a useful tool for people with laptops and tablets.

Customizing Accent Colors

People who want to further customize the way Windows looks will be able to pick from a full palette of accent colors, rather than the handful of swatches that Microsoft allows today. It also looks like Windows will tell users when the color they picked might be unreadable.

Windows Store

It looks like the Windows Store will get support for selling in-app purchases directly from its home screen. Microsoft is showing both Minecraft IAPs and digital items from League of Legends in this screenshot, which could mean that there’s a partnership afoot between the two firms.

That would make sense, considering that Windows and Devices Group chief Terry Myerson name-checked the League of Legends World Championship on stage at the event on Wednesday.

Gaming Limits – Yes Gaming Limits

It looks like the Windows Store will get support for selling in-app purchases directly from its home screen. Microsoft is showing both Minecraft IAPs and digital items from League of Legends in this screenshot, which could mean that there’s a partnership afoot between the two firms.

That would make sense, considering that Windows and Devices Group chief Terry Myerson name-checked the League of Legends World Championship on stage at the event on Wednesday.

Better Quick Actions

 It looks like the Action Center, which houses notifications and quick access to settings, will also start giving users the chance to get access to files they have been working with on other devices.

It seems like an attempt to better compete with Apple’s Continuity features in MacOS and iOS, which also let people pick up where they left off on their iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs.

Turn Your Smartphone Upside Down

Even with today’s advanced batteries, the quest for better battery life rages on. With the bigger screens of modern devices, you might have trouble getting through half a day with your battery.

Developers have come up with all sorts of tricks to squeeze a bit more life out of device batteries. Here is one tip for saving battery life that you may not be aware of.

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Turn Your Smartphone Upside Down

The secret is that when your iPhone is face down, incoming notifications don’t turn on the screen. This means that when you’re sitting at your desk for hours not looking at your phone anyway, setting it face-down can be a big battery booster. Of course, there are times when you want to glance at notifications, and can certainly keep your phone face-up when that’s the case.

Screens are one of the biggest battery drainers, so you should see an improvement in battery life when practicing this nifty little tip. It does require motion sensing to be turned on in your Settings. Browse to Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness and make sure Fitness Tracking is enabled. If it’s turned off, your iPhone will turn the screen on no matter if it’s face-down or not.

iOS 10 beta 5 Arrives on My iPhone 6S

After a very bad experience with the first incarnation of the iOS 10 beta I downgraded back to iOS 9 back in early July. Yesterday I decided to give iOS 10 beta 5 a chance and “upgraded” my iPhone 6S. So what did I find? Is it more stable that beta 1? Was it worth the 2 hours of install and setup time? Will iOS 10 bring new excitement to the iPhone user? Well lets take a look at what I have found so far during the past day with iOS 10 beta 5.

While the new update is still a bit buggy, there are some improvements over the beta 1.

If you have been on the beta for a while and have been fidgeting with the iOS Photos app, you will have noticed the new facial recognition feature that groups images based on faces. Well, if you have arranged everything on your iPhone in a long list of groups, it’s all going away. This is because the new update will scan through your folders once again and rearrange whatever is currently available.

If you noticed that your iPhone 6s Smart Battery case was misbehaving after the last update, this has now been fixed. The case that is available for the iPhone 6 and 6s should now work properly.

Bored of the iOS 9 lock sound when you lock the phone? Well, there is finally something new in iOS 10 beta 5 for you. The new lock sound seems to have moved on from click to sound of door closing.

The output icon seen in the Control Center gets an update as well. The same goes for the Music app, and other locations in iOS, that seem to be slightly tweaked.

The date now appears in the swipe to the right from the home screen and even in the notifications panel (swipe right in there again).

All-in-all it’s just some minor fine-tuning taking place in iOS 10 beta 5 compared to what we noticed in the earlier betas. While it iOS 10 may be a bit annoying in the notifications area and the Control Center for some, it may seem like a good move that spaces things out for others. Like it or hate it, the bolder new look is here to stay.

Apple’s iPhone 7 Brings Small Changes

In case you missed it Apple’s new iPhone, appropriately named, the iPhone7 will be here soon. What can we expect from Apple with the new model? Will it be worth an upgrade?

Here are some of the changes that I have found are coming.

The new iPhone will reportedly feature a longer ear speaker. Also the ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness based on the surrounding light, will swap positions from the left to the right side of the phone.

The proximity sensor, which detects the distance between the phone and your ear, will adopt a “dual specification”. This could mean the phone will have two such sensors to provide faster and more accurate readings. The rear camera face on the iPhone 7 will become larger. And the iPhone 7 Plus (the larger phone) may sport a dual rear camera which has been rumored for some time so it will be nice to see if this actually does happen. This upgrade could push sales the Apple’s plus sized phone.

Oddly this year’s iPhone will apparently only offer these minor physical changes, and that it will be next year’s model that will bring much bigger design changes.

This is also apparently going to be a 256GB model available which will also make many happy as well.

You can expect the iPhone7 to arrive this September.

 

It appears if you can wait another year you will be able to skip this one.

RIP Quicktime for Windows

QuickTime for Windows has dangerous security vulnerabilities that let attackers take over your computer, but Apple refuses to provide updates to fix them. Because of this it is time to uninstall it.

Annoyingly, Apple only announced this in a statement to Trend Micro. Apple hasn’t announced this on its own website, and doesn’t seem to be making a real effort to warn people about this outdated program. Apple is still offering it for download on their website with no warning which is inexcusable.

If you’re using a Mac, don’t worry. Apple’s QuickTime for Mac is still supported with security updates. Only the Windows version is dead and dangerous.

Why You Should Uninstall Quicktime for Windows… Now

QuickTime for Windows is vulnerable to two security attacks that would allow an attacker to run code on your computer if you visited a web page or played a downloaded file. It’s particularly exploitable thanks to its browser plug-in. If you’re using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, which still support the plug-in, you can be compromised just by visiting a web page. Google Chrome no longer does supports these old plug-ins, but Chrome users shouldn’t get too complacent. Even downloaded video files could exploit the desktop version of Apple’s QuickTime.

Unfortunately, Apple is no longer updating QuickTime for Windows, so these flaws–and any future ones–will never be fixed. QuickTime for Windows will just become less and less secure over time.

This is the same stunt Apple pulled with Safari for Windows. Apple simply stopped updating its Windows application without properly informing its users. Although Apple hasn’t asked directly asked you to stop using QuickTime for Windows, you definitely should. Even the US government is advising this.

Follow These Steps

To uninstall QuickTime, open the Control Panel, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs, select “QuickTime” in the list, and click “Uninstall.” The QuickTime uninstaller will remove both the QuickTime desktop application and the QuickTime browser plug-in. If you don’t see QuickTime in the list here, you don’t have QuickTime installed. Problem solved!

A Bad Apple

Apple’s Windows security has been beyond bad. While Apple is battling the US government over the security of its iPhones, Apple can’t even be bothered to inform users of QuickTime for Windows–and Safari for Windows before it–that they’re using old, out-of-date software that won’t receive security updates. Apple should be handling this a lot better.

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