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Feb

How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite


Column view is a handy way to look at large collections of files in the Finder. It’s my go-to default when I want to arrange contents of Finder windows in easy-to-track lists. I like to reset the column width, however, and I’ve discovered a handy trick to reset it across an entire window.

How to resize all columns in a Finder window

  1. Open a new window in the Finder.
  2. Organize the view by column by clicking the third button from the left above the word View (or, alternately, by typing command 3).
  3. Hold down the option key on the keyboard.
  4. Position the cursor over the edge of a column. It will change from the regular cursor to a column width cursor.
  5. Click the mouse and drag the column to its new width. All the other columns in that window should move with it.
  6. Let go of the mouse button to set the width, and let go of the option key.

If you don’t hold down the option key, only the column you’ve selected will resize.

Any questions? Let me know.

9
Feb

The EyePatch case protects and polishes your iPhone cameras


Ever take a selfie on your iPhone only to realize it’s blurry or streaky because there’s something on the lens? If so, you may be interested in the EyePatch, a case that comes with a simple microfiber-embedded switch that covers both the FaceTime (front-facing) and iSight (rear-facing) cameras. It’s available for both iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 (sorry, iPhone 6 Plus users, but it’s not ready for your camera quite yet).

The EyePatch case is a soft, flexible silicone rubber cover that fits snugly over the iPhone and protects it from dents, dings and scratches. And a cutout on the back enables you to show off your iPhone’s Apple logo, so no one thinks you’re using any lesser competitor.

What makes the EyePatch special is the hard plastic switch that sits inside the case. It’s a cover switch that protects both the front and rear-facing cameras on the iPhone, then slides easily out of the way so you can take pictures without any trouble.

If you’ve ever had a selfie ruined because oil from your fingers or face blurred the lens, you know what a bummer it is. And it’s something that’s impossible to fix with editing software after the fact. The EyePatch switch for the iPhone 6 solves this with a small patch of microfiber that polishes the front lens a little bit as you move it to the open position.

The EyePatch’s developer tells me that the protruding lens of the iPhone 6’s rear camera makes a polishing cloth there less effective, so there is none; on the iPhone 5 EyeSwitch, microfiber polishes both the front and rear cameras.

In either open or closed positions, the EyePatch switch keeps the iPhone’s flash and light sensors uncovered (speaker too), so you can still use your iPhone as a flashlight, hear calls and expect the screen brightness to change automatically, even if the lenses are covered.

There’s another practical benefit to the EyeSwitch: If you’ve ever been concerned with security — say, taking selfies or other pictures accidentally — having a physical cover over the lens stops that from being a problem. If “better safe than sorry” is your mantra, here’s a good option.

If you’re still using an iPhone 5 or 5S, you have three choices for the case color: Black, white and purple. The company will also sell you separate switches in yellow, white, pink and black if you want to customize your rig. iPhone 6 users can get a white case with black switch or a black case with white switch; iPhone 6 Plus users need to be patient for a while longer before their cases is ready. The company is working on designs for other phones, as well.

To be frank, the silicone case is pretty unremarkable. It fits well, but it feels a bit flabby, as silicone cases often do. It’s got a soft-powdered finish that feels nice — though it’s a magnet for pocket lint and dirt. It certainly provides an additional layer of protection to keep the phone safe from accidental damage, however.

The EyePatch switch itself works as advertised, protecting the front and rear iPhone lenses when engaged, easily sliding out of the way to keep the lenses unobstructed when I want to shoot a picture. It’s nice having a bit of peace of mind that my iPhone 6’s camera lenses are protected.

9
Feb

LG announces a Cardboard-like virtual reality headset for the G3


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As the virtual reality space is making headway from companies like Google and Samsung, we have yet to see any VR hardware from many other manufacturers. With that said, LG has just announced their new virtual reality headset made specifically for the G3, called VR for G3. Think of VR for G3 as a higher-end version of Google’s Cardboard. It’s plastic frame is powered by the G3, and has cut outs on the front for the rear-mounted volume keys and camera. LG is leveraging Google’s VR platform rather than building their own, allowing users to download different VR experiences directly from the Play Store.

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Just like Cardboard, VR for G3 features a neodymium ring magnet on the side that works with the magnetic gyroscope sensor in the G3 which allows the user to switch applications and scroll through menus without the need for a touchscreen display. What’s more, the headset doesn’t require any assembly process other than sliding the phone in the viewer.

VR for G3 doesn’t have a specific availability date yet, but it will roll out sometime this month in select markets. The headset will be free with the purchase of an LG G3. Moreover, VR for G3 owners can download a free VR game called Robobliteration, once they get the headset.

What do you think? Are you interested in VR for G3? Let us know your thoughts!



9
Feb

HTC is working on its own tablet based on the Nexus 9


 

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According to renowned leaker, @Upleaks, HTC is currently in the throes of developing its own branded tablet, that’s rumored to be based heavily on the design of the Nexus 9 which it developed for Google back in October, 2014.

The slate is expected to have similar dimensions to the Nexus, meaning it will keep its gorgeous 1536 x 2048 9-inch display, probably with the same 4:3 aspect ratio, too. However, it will differ with regards to hardware specifications.

It doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing HTC’s latest offering anytime soon as it’s not expected to arrive in Q1 of 2015, which means we could be looking at either a Q2 or Q3 launch, seeing as the company tends not to launch new devices in the fourth quarter.

Come comment on this article: HTC is working on its own tablet based on the Nexus 9

9
Feb

iOS 9 reportedly focuses on under-the-hood upgrades


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If you feel that Apple is upgrading iOS a little too quickly, you’re not alone — there are concerns (if sometimes overstated) that it’s focusing too much on interface revamps and extensions over making things work well. There may be relief in sight, however. Sources for the historically reliable 9to5Mac claim that iOS 9 will have a “huge” emphasis on behind-the-scenes fixes and performance optimizations. That’s not to say there won’t be any spiffy new features, but this could be more of a tune-up (in the vein of OS X Snow Leopard) than a breakthrough release. Apple likely won’t confirm anything until its next Worldwide Developer Conference sometime in mid-year. If the tipsters are on the mark, though, the new iOS could be good news for anyone who feels that Cupertino hasn’t been living up to its “just works” reputation as of late.

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Source: 9to5Mac

9
Feb

Google to speed up Chrome with the next version of HTTP


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Google is giving up on its homegrown SPDY protocol, which aimed to deliver a faster web browsing experience in Chrome than tried and true HTTP. Instead, it’s adopting HTTP/2 — an upgraded version of the protocol that’s close to being standardized — in Chrome 40 in the next few weeks. All of that working developing SPDY wasn’t for nothing, though. Google says HTTP/2 includes several features that evolved from its protocol, including multiplexing and header compression, both of which allows you to efficiently make multiple page requests at once. Don’t expect your web browsing to speed up immediately with HTTP/2 — it’ll take some time for Google, other browser makers, and developers to fully take advantage of its many improvements — but it lays the groundwork for a faster and safer web over the next few years. As for SPDY, Google says it’ll dump support for that entirely in early 2016.

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Source: Google Chromium Blog

9
Feb

LG to hand out VR headsets for LG G3 purchases later this month


The Virtual Reality, or VR, movement has been picking up a little steam over the last year or so. Google certainly wasn’t the first, but they certainly did push the idea of using your smartphone as the screen and brains behind VR with their Google Cardboard project. It gave users and developers an easy way […]

The post LG to hand out VR headsets for LG G3 purchases later this month appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

9
Feb

Amazon Kindle tablets on sale for Valentine’s Day last minute shoppers


Valentine’s Day is just 5 days away. That means your Amazon Prime two-day shipping still can get that last-minute “sleeping on the couch” situation from happening. While chocolates and flowers are the traditional gifts, there are still plenty of ladies out there who like a bit of tech. On the list of deals you will […]

The post Amazon Kindle tablets on sale for Valentine’s Day last minute shoppers appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

9
Feb

iOS 9 to Focus Heavily on Stability and Optimization


With iOS 7, Apple introduced a major design overhaul and with iOS 8, we gained features like Continuity, Apple Pay, and new app abilities like extensions and widgets. Following these two ambitious OS updates, it seems iOS 9 may be somewhat less flashy, focusing heavily on stability and optimization.

Sources who spoke to 9to5Mac have suggested that Apple will market iOS 9 similarly to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which was also a maintenance upgrade that resulted in improved performance and better efficiency.

For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a “huge” focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also continue to make efforts to keep the size of the OS and updates manageable, especially for the many millions of iOS device owners with 16GB devices.

An operating system update that aims to optimize performance and fix lingering bugs will likely be welcome news to many iOS 8 users who have been unhappy with the state of the operating system. iOS 8 has suffered from an above average number of bugs since its September introduction, causing issues like slow Wi-Fi, battery drain, screen rotation problems, Bluetooth connectivity failures, and more. The last few minor iOS 8 updates, including 8.1.1, 8.1.2, and 8.1.3 have all been focused on fixing some of these problems.

Apple’s goal of reducing the amount of space needed for an operating system update is also welcome news to users who have 16GB devices without much storage space left. iOS 8 has seen slower adoption rates than iOS 7, which many have attributed to its 2GB+ installation size.

Work on iOS 9 is well underway at Apple, and site visits to MacRumors from Apple IP addresses on devices running the new OS have increased over the course of the past month, following the holidays. We first started seeing an uptick in visits from iOS 9 users in December, which declined around Christmas and has picked up once again.

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An iOS 9 update that aims for bug fixes and performance improvements won’t go entirely without new features — there are still some rumored enhancements in the works that could be released in the next operating system update, including transit directions and indoor mapping abilities for Maps and split-screen multitasking for iPads. We’ll get our first glimpse of iOS 9 at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but a specific date is still forthcoming.



9
Feb

iOS 8.4 in Development With Possible Support for New Music Service


Along with iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, both of which have been seeded to developers in beta form, Apple is also said to be working on an iOS 8.4 update. According to 9to5Mac, the beta is codenamed “Copper,” and set to be released later this year at some point after the Apple Watch becomes available for purchase in April.

Given the release timing after iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it’s possible that iOS 8.4 will be the update that introduces Apple’s new streaming music service. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple’s existing Beats music service will be rebranded, revamped with a lower price tag, and integrated into iOS and OS X. A timeline is unclear, but Apple could be aiming for a June launch, sometime around its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

iOS 8.4 began appearing in MacRumors site logs towards the end of January, with usage spiking up at the beginning of February. The number of visits from devices running iOS 8.4 from both Apple IPs and non-Apple IPs remains relatively low, however, suggesting that development on iOS 8.4 is in the very early stages.

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Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 9
iOS 8.2 has been in developer testing since November, and iOS 8.3, with wireless CarPlay support, a new emoji picker, and Apple Pay for China was just seeded to developers this morning. Along with its iOS 8 projects, Apple is also working on iOS 9, an update that may heavily focus on stability and optimization.



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