Apple Store Purchasing

Whether you’re looking for an iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, MacBook Pro or anything Apple, you can use the link above to purchase. The linked image will take you to the Apple Store for business and let Apple know MacLab, a member of the Apple Consultant’s Network, referred you.

If you’d like configuration assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call. This link is meant for those who know what they want or have spoken to us already.

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(If you don’t see an image, use this link.)

Data Recovery

There are many stages of drive failure and levels of recovery. The first and simplest is directory damage. There’s a file on the drive that keeps track of the location of all other files. This directory can become confused and mis-represent what is on the drive. It can be repaired for minimum cost if caught soon enough.

Physical damage is more serious. Traditional drives consist of spinning “platters” much like phonograph records. Moving parts wear and break down. We’ll remove the drive from your Mac if necessary and retrieve the data carefully. If it needs to go to the next level, we send it to one of our recovery specialists. We partner with the best data recovery companies in the U.S.. If it’s at all possible to get data back, we can do it.

Of course backing up your data is the best practice and we’d be glad to help you with your own personalized plan. Don’t be caught without a backup.

Postbox Tip: Composition Goals

Do you spend too much time writing email? Here’s something I love about Postbox, my favorite email app for the Mac.

Postbox displays a timer at the bottom corner of a new message showing the length of time you’ve spent. After a pre-defined limit, the time will turn red to let you know you’ve past your goal. The default is 5 minutes, which I find perfect. Of course you can keep on typing and pondering since it is just a guide. The timer is smart and pauses if you click to another message or application.

In the other corner is a word or character count (your choice). People tend to read shorter messages so keeping your email succinct has advantages.

For instructions on how to enable and use Postbox composition goals, use this link.

Browser Tech Alert Scam

MacLab has been receiving daily calls and emails from customers who have fallen prey in some degree to browser alert scams. These alerts pop up on your screen and tell you something is terribly wrong with your computer and to call “A Certified Live Technician” or “Apple Support.” The error message may be difficult or seemingly impossible to dismiss. Most importantly, do not call the number. The person on the other end will ask to take remote control of your computer in order to “fix” the problem. Once this unknown person has gained control of your computer, your identity and finances are at risk.

We’ve had customers report that the “tech” opened password files and asked for birthdates. At the same time they are asking the customer to pay to have the computer repaired.

Safari may appear to be stuck and not useable after this, the result of the malware. Until you can get it truly resolved, try Firefox.

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Tip: Yosemite Mail Auto Detect

Apple Mail in OS X 10.10 Yosemite has settings that should be disabled for best compatibility with Kerio Connect (our mail servers) as well as many mail servers. Without changing this setting, sending and receiving mail can be delayed significantly.

Launch Mail, then go to Mail > Preferences.

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Apple Laptop Updates

Apple just introduced the 12 inch MacBook, thinner and lighter than any previous laptop. Similar to the MacBook Air, it has little in the way of connections, in fact it has only one expansion port, which doubles as both power and USB. This MacBook has no fan (a first for Apple) and the keyboard takes practically the entirely width. Apple has worked hard to fit 12 inches of screen space in a small footprint and calls this “the future of the notebook.” Two models are available at $1299 and $1599. Choose processor, drive size and even color (silver, space gray, gold). Check back with us to see how these are doing in the field.

The MacBook Air received processor speed upgrades and Thunderbolt 2, while the 13 inch MacBook Pros now has an upgraded processor and the new “Force Touch” trackpad (also found on the 12 inch MacBook.

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