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Will We Use Voice Control on the iPhone 5?

September 27th, 2011 No comments

It looks like the new iPhone 5 will be announced on October 4th. One of the stronger rumors point to ‘deep’ voice command integration with the new iPhone. Accurate voice command of our devices has always been a goal of tech visionaries, so it’s only a matter of time before we get there.

But will we actually want to control our iPhones with our voice?

Voice control exists for simple commands on the current generation iPhone, but how often have you used it? I haven’t hardly at all. Is it that I don’t think the phone can understand my commands accurately? Or is it because I don’t want to talk to my phone?

I think about where I use my phone and if I’d feel comfortable blurting out commands. Standing in line at the DMV do I really want to say, “Open Safari – go to tmz.com.” Or at work, do I need to let the office know that I’d like to, “Text Mom – I’ll call you later when I’m not busy.”

Maybe these are extreme examples, but one of the best things about using a smartphone is their silent nature. Being able to discreetly communicate, play games and browse online without anyone knowing what you’re doing.

Don’t get me wrong, better voice control definitely has benefits. Further enabling visually impaired users and hands free car control just to name a couple. But how often will we use it for everyday applications? If it works as good as I know Apple wants it to, we’ll find out soon enough.

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Essential Mac App – The Unarchiver

September 26th, 2011 No comments

A great app is useful, easy to use and free. The Unarchiver app is all three. This app simply opens almost any archived file.

So why is this even worth noting when the Mac OS and Stuffit already open compressed files? The Unarchiver is faster, works with more file types and handles filename encoding to cut down on garbled filenames from different formats.

The Unarchiver is free from the Mac App Store and works with 10.6.6 and later.

[ The Unarchiver ] [ Developer's Website w/ Supported Filetypes ]

 

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Apple MagSafe Power Adapter – Which One Works With What Mac

September 23rd, 2011 No comments

Apple MagSafe Adapter. "T" style connector (left) "L" style connector (right)

There are currently 3 different US Apple MagSafe power adapters available.

1) 45 watt for the MacBook Air 11″ & 13″

2) 60 watt for the MacBook 13″ &  MacBook Pro 13″

3) 85 watt for the MacBook Pro 15″ & 17″

The higher the watt, the larger the physical size of the adapter body.

All of the latest MagSafe adapters use the “L” style connector (pictured.) The “L” style connectors are backwards compatible with previous Macs that came with the “T” style power adapters. Why the change to the “L” style? Probably because it tucks the cable backwards for a cleaner appearance.

The “T” style MagSafe adapter heads are a little deeper and often work better on the last generation of white MacBooks.

Can I use other watt power adapters on different Macs?

Yes, but there is a catch. You can use higher watt chargers on Macs that came with lower watt chargers without any issues. For example, you can use a 85 watt adapter on a MacBook Air and it will charge and run fine.

Using a lower watt charger on a Mac that came with a higher watt charger can deliver mixed results. For the most part they will all run off of any adapter, but charging the battery may not work. For example, the MacBook Pro 17″ needs the 85 watt adapter to charge properly and a MacBook Pro 15″ will charge slower with a 45 watt adapter.

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MacBook Trackpad Not Working

September 22nd, 2011 No comments

If the trackpad on your MacBook stops working properly, MyService can replace it with a new one.

The trackpad often becomes damaged after a liquid spill. Symptoms can include; one half of the trackpad not working, the clicker not registering clicks and erratic mouse movement.

The trackpad is separate from the top case on all MacBook Airs, Unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros. This includes the last models of the white MacBook (polycarbonate) and any black keyboard 13″, 15″ or 17″ MacBook Pro.

MyService carries a full line of new, original Apple multi-touch trackpads. The cost for the new trackpad with installation and roundtrip shipping is $199. The replacement service is usually completed within 24hrs of arrival at MyService.

If your MacBook has suffered a liquid spill or you’re not sure if the issue is trackpad related, you can select our free diagnostic service.

[ Trackpad Replacement ] [ Free Diagnostic ] [ MacBook Case Parts ]

MacBook Trackpads - Clockwise from top - MacBook Pro 15", MacBook Air 13", MacBook 13"

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MacBook Air Hinge Replacement

September 21st, 2011 No comments

Broken MacBook Air Hinge

The hinges on the first generation MacBook Air are prone to breaking. When the hinges snap the upper section separates from the computer body and is only held together by the display cable. This cable can become severed quite easily resulting in distorted or loss of video.

MyService now has a hinge replacement service for the first generation through mid 2010 13″ MacBook Air. This service includes roundtrip shipping, two new improved hinges and the display cable.

This service is available for $349 and is usually completed within 24hrs of arrival at MyService.

Note: Apple does have a “recall” in place that may replace the entire upper section at no cost. This recall is only for certain MacBook Airs. Apple or an Authorized Service Provider like MyService can check by serial number to see if your MacBook Air qualifies. Checkout our previous post on this issue for more details.

[ MacBook Air Hinge Replacement ] [ MacBook Air Repairs ]

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Apple Accessory Multi Packs

September 20th, 2011 No comments

We now have a new Multi Pack section on our MyService online store.

Battery 5 packs and 25 packs of Apple mice and keyboards are now available at even greater discounts.

These quantity packs are perfect for schools or businesses that purchase batteries and other accessories in bulk.

Schools can pay with purchase orders and these items are available for immediate shipment.

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