Useful Information On How To Use Alfred App On Mac

Here you will find useful information on how to use Alfred app. This app is among that relatively new category of Mac productivity apps that allows users to control Macs from the keyboard. You could use Quicksilver, Launchbar and Spotlight, but the Alfred remote app is really the best one.
It is app-launching tool, but it can do so much more. You can click on an icon in your dock or search through your Applications folder, but with this app tool you can simply type a key-combination (Cmd+Space) to bring up a text input window.

After that you begin to type the name of wanted app, Alfred starts displaying you matches, narrowing down the list as you continue to type. To open the selected item you can hit the Return key or select a Command-key option.

capabilities

Launching apps is not the only feature. You can open files, folders, emails and contacts, copy/move files and folders, perform web searches, and dump of other actions. Alfred updated app works almost with anything that’s stored on your Mac. More often you use it, the more Alfred learns about your actions with the aim to help you work more quickly and efficiently.

Alfred 2.6 can be purchased for a free download from the developer’s website. The app gains several basic features, including the app launcher, calculator, dictionary actions and Web search. Now you know how to use Alfred app on Mac.

powerpack

But in case you want to get more abilities with app-launching tool you need to buy the Powerpack. The most important Powerpack feature is the ability to create workflows. These are multi-step actions that can include AppleScripts, shell scripts, Ruby or Python code, and so on. You can build your own workflows or download Alfred workflows that other users have shared. Powerpack also brings you many options such as searching your contacts, controlling iTunes playback, accessing clipboard history, and integrating with 1Password.

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Apple Focuses on iOS 9 Improvements, Optimization, Stability

What do iOS 9 rumors suggest to iPhone users? The first original mobile system was released by Apple in 2007. Then the company has been updating it every year. The latest version, iOS 8, was presented in September of 2014, and the new iOS 9 release date will be in 2015.

This brand new update will most likely be unveiled at WWDC this year with developers getting a chance to test it in the summer. The next iOS 9 is believed to be focused on various fixes and multiple tweaks with the Cupertino-based company trying to improve and enhance its experience for iDevice owners.

Developers who might see the new programming language Swift can focus on different under-hood optimizations and better performance. The iPhone giant will have to think about the smaller size of its updates so that the iOS 9 firmware can be installed on older gadgets. Users had a lot of problems with early iOS 8 release because their 16GB models just couldn’t handle the updates that well without deleting apps, games and other files beforehand.

The company is trying to add more features to its mobile platform. It has already brought Touch ID option, nice look, Notification Center, Apple Pay support, Control Center. It is believed to add new options after Apple Watch release in the spring of 2015 and should provide better stability or nicer experience in iOS 9 release.

It does make sense for the iOS giant to focus on overall performance because customers wish to enjoy using their gadgets and don’t like when something is slow, buggy or requires further improvements.

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Can I Still Downgrade iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2 on iPhone and iPad?

Users who are running iOS 8.1.3 and know that Apple is working on the next mobile firmware updates are still wondering ‘Can I downgrade to iOS 8.1.2 or not.’ We know the truth and we are eager to share the real facts with you about the downgrade iOS 8.1.3 to 8.1.2 possibility.

Apple was signing the previous version for a while and users who were fast to downgrade were able to complete this procedure by following a step-by-step how to downgrade instruction. Sadly, Apple has already stopped signing iOS 8.1.2 which means that you can no longer finish the process and run that version.

If you happened to have updated to iOS 8.1.3 which cannot be jailbroken yet, you just have to stay on it and wait till there is a new solution or Apple releases another operating system update. You can’t do much about the situation so just let it go and wait.

It is impossible to downgrade from iOS 8.1.3 to iOS 8.1.2 from now on. You can download official App Store apps and games, but you can no longer access Cydia and tweaks if you are on version 8.1.3. Still TaiG, PP and other jailbreak groups might soon present a new tool that will be capable of installing Cydia store on your iDevice.

We promised to provide you with some facts. Here they are. There is a special ipsw.me website where you can look up the status of current and future iOS files. It was created by Callum Jones to help jailbreakers and users follow the news and control which versions are signed by Apple and which are not. Well, according to this site, Apple stopped signing iOS 8.1.2.

You have to be careful while installing different apps if you have on a jailbroken 8.1.2 smartphone or tablet because in case you will have to restore your gadget you will lose the jailbreak and have to update to 8.1.3.

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iOS 8.3 Beta Update with Direct Download Links without Developer UDID

This week Apple has seeded iOS 8.3 beta 1 to developers. Thanks to people who like to share direct iOS 8.3 beta download links with ordinary users who don’t have a registered dev account and can’t use UDID for update, anyone who likes to risk is able to upgrade to the testing version right now.

The official iOS 8.3 release date should be coming soon. Why? Apple should launch the Apple Watch product in April. Experts believe that the company should unveil iOS 8.4 sometime before or after this big product release which means that the final iOS 8.3 must be unveiled in February or March.

iOS 8.3 Beta Download Links for Users without Dev UDID

iPhone

iPhone 4S model A1431 or A1387

iPhone 5 model A1428 GSM

iPhone 5 models A1429 and A1442 CDMA

iPhone 5c versions A1456 and A1532 GSM

iPhone 5c four models A1507, A1516, A1526 and A1529 CDMA

iPhone 5S models A1453 and A1533 GSM

iPhone 5S four versions A1457, A1518, A1528 and A1530 CDMA

iPhone 6 models A1549 and A1586

iPhone 6 Plus versions A1522 and A1524

iPod

Only one iPod touch is supported, it is iPod Touch 5G

iPad

iPad 2 WiFi Rev A

iPad 2 WiFi 3G A1397 CDMA

iPad 2 WiFi 3G A1396 GSM

iPad 2 WiFi A1395

iPad 3 WiFi model A1416

iPad 3 WiFi Cellular A1403 CDMA

iPad 3 WiFi Cellular A1430 GSM

iPad 4 WiFi A1458

iPad 4 model A1459 GSM

iPad 4 version A1460 CDMA

iPad mini WiFi model A1432

iPad mini A1454 GSM

iPad mini A1455 CDMA

iPad mini 2 WiFi A1489

iPad mini 2 WiFi Cellular A1490

iPad mini 3 WiFi model A1599

iPad mini 3 A1600 CDMA

iPad mini 3 A1601 TD-LTE

iPad Air WiFi model A1474

iPad Air WiFi A1475 Cellular

iPad Air 2 WiFi

iPad Air 2 WiFi Cellular

The new version that came as a surprise to devs and users comes with some new icons, enhanced UI, simpler navigation through Emoji library, Google 2-factor authentication and support for wireless CarPlay.

After you download iOS 8.3 beta 1 you can install this .ipsw file using iTunes program. Just create a backup copy of your iPhone or other device. Launch iTunes and keep holding Shift key on Windows PC or Alt on Mac while you press on Update feature. The program will ask you to select the ipsw file for iOS 8.3 beta which you have downloaded using the links above. iTunes will restore you to this testing firmware version.

Everything is free and you don’t have to register your UDID to be able to upgrade though you will do this at your own risk.

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Finally Steve Jobs Biopic Got A Solid Release Date

Steve Jobs biopic launch date was announced by Universal Pictures to be settled on Friday, October 9, 2015. The movie, which apparently still doesn’t have a title, written by Aaron Sorkin.

The film, which will outline Jobs’ early years alongside Steve Wozniak and plenty of other high-profile names connected to the men and Apple in general, is based on the best-selling biography by Walter Isaacson.

The film, which has seen a rough road to begin filming, features Michael Fassbender playing Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak role, Apple co-founder. First such famous movie star as Leonardo DiCaprio was invited to play the major role, unfortunately, he soon refused. And the company decided to set Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.

tweet

According to a tweet that was published by CNBC on February 4, Universal Pictures has decided to settle a date to officially release the movie. Steve Jobs biopic launch date will be on October 9, 2015.

Directed by Danny Boyle, the movie is finally getting a solid release date after setbacks and filming has begun at Jobs’ childhood home in Los Altos, California. There are some pictures that leaked in internet from the first filming scenes with Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen.

Originally, Sony had been set to produce the biopic, but the company dropped it and Universal Pictures took a challenge. All the filming process will be centered around three pivotal moments in Cupertino’s giant history: the original Macintosh debut, the unveiling of the NeXT computer, and the iPod introduction.

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Twitter Blames iOS 8 Problems for Loss of Millions of Users

No firmware goes smooth at its launch no matter how hard the company is testing it and improving while it is available in beta. Twitter iOS 8 problems surfaced when Apple released iOS 8 back in September 2014. This was an ‘unforeseen bug’ in the new operating system and it reportedly caused the company lose 4 million of users in Q4.

Twitter now blames Apple’s firmware for everything [and there was a time when Apple wanted to invest in Twitter]. It believes that Twitter iOS 8 bugs resulted in the loss of new active users. According to the company, it could boast 288 million users in Q4 2014 [which is 20 percent more than in the same quarter of 2013] however this was less then Twitter expected to see.

As Twitter said it wanted to add 4 million users which didn’t happen and the company announced that the reason for this is the bug in iOS 8 firmware. It is interesting that the company’s CEO Dick Costolo said nothing about the bug [no details or how it could influence users] but it still blamed iOS platform.

Were you using Twitter on iOS 8 or not? Did the firmware really affect this network? Experts note that there was an issue with early OS release that forced iPhone and iPad owners to remove their account and later re-add it because of the bugs with authorization. Did you have this problem?

The buggy iOS 8 is not a surprise but this is the first time a big company publicly blames Apple for its fails.

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Kodi iPhone Remote Controls Feature Installation Guide

If you need help to install Kodi iPhone remote controls feature added , here is quick guide. This media center application is the XBMC’s successor. The app itself is likely the same but with new fresh name. It features a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. This media center application lets users to play and view most music, videos, podcasts, and other digital media files from local or network storage media and the internet.

With support for hundreds of remote controls, CEC-compatible TVs, or one of the new Smartphone and Tablet Apps, Kodi lets user to control owned media with own way.

You can install it on iOS, OSX, Linux, Windows, and Android. Follow these guide to setup Kodi on iPhone 6 Plus and on other iOS devices with ease.

Step 1: First, launch Cydia.

Step 2: Click on Sources option.

Step 3: Then click on Edit

Step 4: Now click on Add option

Step 5: Type the following text in the Enter Cydia/APT URL box: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/apt/ios/ and tap Add Source

step5

Step 6: Now click on Return to Cydia

step7

Step 7: Click the team Kodi source

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Step 8: Now you need to tap on Multimedia. In case you don’t see Multimedia, click on Edit option, enable the Multimedia switch, and click Done

step8

Step 9: Click on Kodi-iOS

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Step 10: Now click on Install option

After the installation will be completed, you will see the Kodi app on Home screen of your iOS device. No resprings are required.

This media center application can be used on iPhone 6 to do various great things, especially with its Kodi iPhone remote controls feature.

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Rumors About iOS 8.2 Release Date Settled In March

According to reliable sources the next major release of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8.2 launch date will be not this month but is planned to be on March.

The new update will contain all of the frameworks required in order for Apple Watch to function. Due to this fact the software has to come to our iPhones before or alongside the Apple Watch that will hit store shelves this April.

The reports say that the public will see iOS 8.2 ahead of the wearable device, being available for download in March.  As iOS 8.2 launch date is not settled, it can mean that the upcoming update could be launched just a week or so ahead of the Apple Watch, or over a month, depending on the specific Apple Watch date of release.

wearable device

Tim Cook has recently stated that the wearable device will be launched in early April, but he did not narrow down the month-long timeframe. It is not clear why Cupertino company might choose to release the new update ahead of the Apple Watch, as it is heavily focused on iOS the device aside from some bug fixes and minor improvements to the iOS 8 software.

Cupertino giant has already pushed five iOS 8.2 betas to developers, and the most recent beta was launched just yesterday. To look in the near future the net Apple’s software update will focus mainly on enabling Apple Watch apps and other functions. Tim Cook stated that he was positively impressed with the amount of developers creating app experiences for Apple Watch and the innovation taking place.

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iOS 8 GMT Problem Reportedly Fixed for iPhone and iPad

A lot of users had iOS 8 GMT problem that prevented them from using the stock Calendar application. The issue has been reportedly fixed. Some iPhone and iPad users have already shared their impressions on the web.

As noted by some users, they no longer see iOS 8 GMT Calendar bug when they launch Google Calendar. The same information has been twitted by this application developers. What was iOS 8 GMT bug about? It just entered your time zone and secondary time to your Calendar event and this led to confusion among users as their iDevice couldn’t sync properly because of the incorrect time / time zone.

Were all iPhone users affected by the iOS 8 problem? No, not all people faced the issue. It mostly occurred to users who were using Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange while working in the iOS Calendar program.

This was an unpleasant problem, but no app updates were released to fix it. It looks like Google did something on its backend and the problem has been gone for a lot of people.

It is worth to mention that the new iOS 8.2 beta 5 released by Apple for developers for testing also seems to solve the problem with GMT bug. The issue still exists and but it affects a smaller number of users.

Maybe Microsoft will also roll out something on their backend to fix the bug for Microsoft Exchange fans.

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Tim Cook Says When You Can Buy Apple Watch Online

The official Apple Watch release date for the U.S. has been confirmed by the Cupertino-based company’s CEO Tim Cook. According to him, Americans who wish to purchase this new Apple product will be able to do so in the spring of 2015.

The details on the upcoming release were shared by Tim Cook in the end of January. The development of the gadget is on schedule, and Apple Watch U.S. release date is planned for April. This is when its shipping should begin.

Apple Watch Buy Online

As soon as the company starts to ship its device customers will be able to pre-order or order it online. When Apple was only announcing this product it was talking about ‘early 2015’ release but it wasn’t clear when the watch would start shipping. Some reports mentioned March for the official launch and now Tim Cook says it will be April when consumers can get their hands on the new gadget.

As noted by Apple company, right now developers are creating some great applications for the Watch. As Cook also noted he just couldn’t live without this new device.

It is great that the company’s shipping date for the upcoming gadget will be within the plan dates for its release. Are you excited to see this new device launch? Are you planning to get yourself the Watch or a couple of them?

We still don’t know the cost of this product [some rumors mention the price of $349 on a lower-end model] and how good its battery life will be, but these questions are to be answered soon.

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