Everything Apple, Windows, Mobile, Gaming & Tech

This site contains the latest in tech news, cybersecurity, Internet resources, tips, tricks and software reviews for mobile as well as the Mac and PC operating systems.

Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How

Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has reportedly turned the GrayKey hacking device into an expensive doorstop. Law enforcement around the world has taken to using GrayKey to break into locked iPhones but it appears Apple has finally gotten ahead of the device’s crafty manufacturers. For now.

Read More

Affinity Photo for Windows and Mac (iPad app available)

Affinity Photo

If you use Affinity Photo for Windows or Mac, the 400-page hardback, Affinity Photo Workbook will be discounted by 40% until Wednesday, 24 October, meaning you can purchase a copy for just US$29.99 (plus shipping and handling).  This workbook contains illustrated instructions, guides and expert tips to assist you in using this full featured photo editor.

About Affinity
Professional photo editing, design and publishing software

Affinity is a next-generation suite of award-winning software for creative professionals, comprising Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher.

Affinity Designer, winner of an Apple Design Award in 2015, and Affinity Photo, named Best Imaging Software by the Technical Image Press Association in 2016, were a result of the vision of the development team at Serif’s headquarters in Nottingham, UK.

Created with the emphasis on speed, power, accuracy and lack of bloat, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo received a stream of glowing reviews from Mac users around the world, before being launched for Windows and iPad.

Their creation marked a change of focus for Serif which, since 1987, had grown a reputation for quality and reliability based on the award-winning Plus range of software for PC – low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages, putting professional effects and demanding publishing tasks within the reach of PC users around the world.

Now the winner of over 200 awards internationally and with more than 6.5 million customers worldwide, Serif has around 70 employees.

Apple has released iOS 12.0.1 for the iPad & iPhone

This iOS release is an update to Apple's iOS 12 which was released September 17, 2018 and was perhaps the most notable update than previous generations; it offered more stability, was faster and packed with a lot of goodies. Apple's iOS 12.0.1 release will work on any iPhone which is iOS 11 compatible, meaning it will work on the iPhone 5S and later, iPad mini 2 and later and the 6th generation iPod touch and later.  If your device is iOS 12.0.1 compatible, you should receive a notification there is an update available.  If you do not have this feature turned on, you can trigger the update by going to "Settings", "General" and "Software Update". 

If you have updated your device to iOS 12 and are experiencing no issues, you may want to wait a week and see if there are any bugs reported, but if you are have problems related to one of the issues noted below, update your device and see if it resolves your issues.  I was extraordinarily happy to see that Apple decided to restore the original position of the ".?123" key on the iPad keyboard.  I found the switch to be very awkward and was spending more time correcting errors made as a result of the reverse of the ".?123" and the "emoji" keys with iOS 12.

iPad Keyboard

Here are Apple’s official release notes: 

  • Fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices did not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable 
  • Resolves an issue that could cause iPhone XS devices to rejoin a Wi-Fi network at 2.4GHz instead of 5GHz 
  • Restores the original position of the “.?123″ key on the iPad keyboard 
  • Fixes an issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps 
  • Addresses an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable 

For more information, Apple software and security updates can be found here.

Mojave macOS and the transition to 64-bit technology

macOS Mojave was released Monday, September 24th and it is amazing. I have been waiting for a very long time for a "dark mode" because I must admit, my eyes need relief since I spend many hours a day on the computer working and gaming.

Apple has been encouraging developers to develop 64-bit software since 2017 and it possible that Apple will prohibit 32-bit software from running on macOS as soon as 2019. Starting with High Sierra version 10.13.4, users will be alerted to update said software to a 64-bit version in preparation for compatibility with future macOS.   So, if you have a 32-bit version of your favorite software, you might want to consider contacting the software developer and asking if and when they will be providing an update.  You can find contact information for your app (when opened) by going to the Menu Bar and clicking on the application name and then "About".  In the meantime, you will be able to use your applications but will receive the following alert every 30 days when you open the app.

64-bit on Mac

How do I find out what applications are 32-bit or 64-bit on my Mac?
  • Go to the Apple Menu and select "About this Mac".
  • Click the "System Report" button.
  • From the "System Report" scroll down to "Software" in the left sidebard and then select "Applications".
  • The right pane is split horizontally into two panes. You can scroll through your applications in the top pane. The bottom pane will contain several fields of information. If the field, "64-bit (Intel)" says "no", the software is a 32-bit version; if "yes, the software is a 64-bit version."
  • If you have already upgraded to Mojave, scroll down to "Legacy Software" in the left sidebar to see all apps which have not been updated to 64-bit processes.

About

Fuller Enterprises specializes in front end web development and desktop publishing.

Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash

@MiniBrownRabbit

minibrownrabbit