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Apple to add Retina display to MacBook Air next quarter

Apple to add Retina display to MacBook Air next quarter | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Will Apple finally unveil a long-awaited MacBook Air with a Retina display? That's what a new report claims.

Earlier this year, Apple suppliers kicked off mass production of a 12-inch MacBook Air with a higher-resolution display, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing "people familiar with the matter." The suppliers are aiming to ship "large quantities" of the new Air sometime in the second quarter, though an exact launch date is still up in the air, the sources said.

Apple already offers Retina displays on the pricier MacBook Pro, which carries a resolution of 2,560x1,600 pixels for the 13.3-inch version and 2,880x1,800 pixels for the 15-inch model. The current Air is still stuck with a resolution of 1,366x768 for the 11-inch model and 1,440x900 for the 13-inch version. Reports have floated about for some time that Apple would adopt the higher-resolution display for the Air, which was last updated almost a year ago.

Assuming the Journal's sources are on the money, what does a Retina display offer?

Apple touts its MacBook Pro with a Retina display as packing four times the number of pixels of the standard display and enabling "incredible detail." Apple has also touted Retina displays as offering higher contrast, deeper blacks, reduced glare and a wider viewing angle. All the applications included with the latest versions of Mac OS X already support the higher resolution

The company may also be trying to keep up with its competitors. More Windows PC vendors are outfitting their ultrabooks with high-resolution displays and price tags lower than that of the Air. Adding a Retina display to the MacBook Air could help Apple lure more buyers from its rivals.

A 12-inch MacBook Air would add a third product to the Air lineup. Typically Apple offers two screen sizes on its products. So if the company does introduce the 12-incher, it may eventually jettison either the 11-inch or the 13-inch model.


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Android Wear update improves Google Fit syncing, squashes bugs

Android Wear update improves Google Fit syncing, squashes bugs | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Android Wear is getting a bump up to version 5.0.2, with some fixes for Google Fit syncing and other all-around housekeeping.

Android Police reports a build number of LWX49K is hitting the LG G Watch and Smartwatch 3, with LWX49L for the Moto 360.

The Moto 360 release notes don’t give us too many more details, indicating an update to Google Play services and a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance and stability.”

One clue is found in the Android Wear help forums, where Google employee Soji Ojugbele posted Wednesday that an update to Android Wear and Google Play Services would fix the issues with Fit. 

Presumably this update will roll out to other Android Wear watches, it’s just going to be a matter of waiting for it to arrive. If we spot any other feature improvements we’ll be sure to let you know.

The impact on you: If you have an Android Wear watch, this may fix some of the inconsistencies with Google Fit, which turns your wearable into a step counter and fitness tracker. Google Fit isn’t nearly as popular as the fitness platforms developed by Nike, Fitbit, or Jawbone, but it’s a useful enough feature that Google can’t just let any bugs go unsquashed.



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Apple Adds More Security To iMessage And FaceTime With Two-Factor Authentication

Apple Adds More Security To iMessage And FaceTime With Two-Factor Authentication | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Apple has improved the security of FaceTime and iMessage, its voice/video and multimedia chat communication tools. The services got two-factor authentication today as an option for users to enable, meaning that even if someone uses their Apple ID email and password to enable iMessage or FaceTime on a new device, they’ll still need to use a pin code from an existing trusted device to gain access to those services.

You may recognize the system from iCloud’s two-factor authentication, or if you’ve tried to set up Keychain to keep your passwords in sync between Apple devices. If you’ve previously enabled two-factor for iCloud, it’ll also be enabled to FaceTime and iMessage. The additional level of protection applied to these services helps ensure that people will have a harder time grabbing potentially private images from your iMessage history, or pretending to be you via online communication methods.

Two-step comes into play when users log out of an account on their device and try to log back in, as well, meaning you’ll have to get that trusted device out should you temporarily disable your account on the device, or in some cases if you run a system update or switch SIMs. This is a good step for Apple, and hopefully an indication that it intends to roll out two-step security to all of its services in good time.

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Gabriela Atuesta's curator insight, February 17, 2015 12:25 AM

Nuevo sistema de seguridad para el uso de IMessage y de FaceTime en los dipositivos Apple. 

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President Signs Executive Order for Unity in Cybersecurity

President Signs Executive Order for Unity in Cybersecurity | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Executive Order to Promote Cyberthreat Info Sharing

Key Takeaway: President Obama, last Friday, signed an executive order to promote more information sharing about cyberthreats – both within the private sector and between the government and private sector.

Why it Matters: This is the latest in a series of steps taken by the Obama administration to focus on cybersecurity, going back to February 2013. When viewed alongside congressional efforts, there appear to be consensus on a number of items – including the need to bolster information sharing organizations and develop information sharing protocols.

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order (EO) promoting private sector cybersecurity information sharing during the first White House summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University.  According to the EO, “The purpose of this order is to encourage the voluntary formation of such organizations, to establish mechanisms to continually improve the capabilities and functions of these organizations, and to better allow these organizations to partner with the Federal Government on a voluntary basis.”

The main provisions of the EO include provisions directing the Department of Homeland Security to encourage development and formation of private-sector or non-profit sector Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) and tasks the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) with coordinating ISAOs.  A second provision of the EO tasks the Secretary of Homeland Security with entering into an agreement with a nongovernmental organization to serve as the ISAO Standards Organization which “shall identify a common set of voluntary standards or guidelines for the creation and functioning of ISAOs under this order.”  The Standards Organization is tasked to develop:

  • Standards to further robust information sharing related to cybersecurity risks and incidents with ISAOs and among ISAOs and to foster development and adoption of automated mechanisms for information sharing;
  • Baseline standards that ISAOs should possess and be able to demonstrate;
  • The standards will also touch on contractual agreements, business processes, operating procedures, technical means, and privacy protections, such as minimization, for ISAO operation and ISAO member participation.


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The West Coast Port Strike Could Really Hurt The PC Industry

The West Coast Port Strike Could Really Hurt The PC Industry | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

For those who do not know most of your PC components come into the United States by way of West Cost ports. This is the way the supply chain works and has worked for years. This supply chain runs the risk of coming to a grinding halt if labor relations between port managers and the port workers union does not improve soon.


Workers at these ports officially went on strike when labor negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union did not go so well. While the workers went on strike the ports remained open, but of course at a slower rate. The union had announced that it would completely stop work at the ports in protest.

This would bring PC component shipments into the US to a complete halt as components coming from Taiwan and China have to pass through these ports and are now backed up. We have already spoke to one representative from a well-known case company and they have said that the strike has slowed them down getting their products into the US and has caused delays.

There is not much that these companies can do but wait. This will cause them to push launched back. We have heard that some companies are facing a four-month delay in getting their products on shelves. This makes it very hard for these companies to give their customers an accurate delivery date on products.

The port delays could be extremely detrimental to the cashflow of these companies and delays could last as long as essentially a fiscal quarter. Many companies have started to reroute to ports on the east coast, or to Canada / Mexico. It has also been announced that the White House will intervene in the port strike. I guess only time will tell what is going to happen.


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