The Dropbox 1.5 update offers iOS users the option of automatically uploading photos and videos taken with an iPhone, iPad and many cameras to iCloud. You can select whether to allow auto uploads over either Wi-Fi or cellular, as well as whether to download an iPhone's entire library or just new media. Connected to this new feature is the opportunity to add bonus storage to your account. DropBox will match every megabyte of data uploaded through the photo upload feature - to be awarded in 500MB blocks up to 3GB. In addition, Dropbox 1.5 comes with a Gallery section that collects uploaded image files in a central location so you can see thumbnails of all the images stored with the service. Users can also tag favorite pictures, download photos to the iOS Camera Roll and send out a public link to the file that can be viewed in any web browser.
Apple has released OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which introduces many new features inspired by the iPad and re-imagined for the Mac. Features include tight synching and integration with iCloud and iOS devices through shared documents, notes, reminders and much more. AirPlay, Apple's wireless audio and video distribution system, is updated and offers modern Macs with compatible hardware the ability to wirelessly mirror the screen to an Apple TV-attached HDTV display. For more information and to check for software compatibility, call QuadStar at 440-546-9911 or email us.
The electronics industry and its consumers can together protect and preserve the environment. In keeping with the spirit of Apple's plan, "A Greener Apple," QuadStar's electronic recycling program will accept your out-of-date technology, including computers, laptops, printers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, cell phones, circuit boards and computer components (hard drives, floppy drives and CD-ROM drives) for recycling. Drop them off at our location during business hours. The recycling service is free. If you would like the data on your hard drive to be destroyed, there is a $5 service charge per drive. Apple has made significant progress in meeting its self-imposed goals for making more environmentally friendly products. To review Apple's progress towards these goals, click here. For more information about our electronic recycling program, call QuadStar at 440-546-9911
A recent version of malicious software called Flashback exploits a security flaw in Java in order to install itself on Macs. Apple has released software updates for systems running Mac OS X 10.7 and Mac OS X 10.6 that will update Java to fix the security flaw and remove the Flashback malware if it is present. A stand-alone update is also available for Mac OS X 10.7 that will remove the Flashback malware from systems that do not currently have Java installed. By default, your Mac automatically checks for software updates every week, but you can change that setting in Software Update Preferences. We recommend that you run Software Update manually to check for the latest updates. For Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or earlier, you can better protect yourself from this malware by disabling Java in your web browser(s) preferences.
Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the 1st generation iPod nano may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006. This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages. To determine if your iPod is affected and to arrange for a replacement, call QuadStar at 440-546-9911 or email us.