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#192: Best in Showroom | August 2015
Greetings from the humid city of South Burlington!
Things are busy as always at the South Burlington store, but we’ve had a lot of fun this summer, especially with the new Apple products like the MacBook. Coming soon, arriving any day now is the new iPod touch, which features an upgrade to the A8 processor chip, an 8 megapixel iSight camera, all new colors and more! To go with the new iPod we’ve seen an increase in portable bluetooth speaker sales, especially the Outdoor Tech lineup, some of which are completely waterproof! We’ve had a lot of luck with Outdoor Tech over the past year and we’re looking forward to in-store events with both Outdoor Tech and Seagate.
As you may have read in last month’s Best in Show, we’ve now partnered with SafeWare to offer an accidental damage protection plan with your new Mac. For the Dog Days of Summer promotion, we’re including free SafeWare accidental damage coverage with the purchase of a new Mac and AppleCare. With the summer festivities in full swing, it’s reassuring to have that kind of coverage!
Enjoy this edition of Best in Show, and make sure to say hi next time you’re in South Burlington!
Some of our favorite new features in iOS 9
iOS 9 is Apple’s newest operating system for iOS devices. Introduced at WWDC in June and set to release this fall, iOS 9 builds on the content introduced with iOS 7 and iOS 8, bringing subtle design changes, refined features, improved functionality, and performance enhancements. iOS 9’s biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information. Opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we’re where we need to be at the right time.
Siri is at the heart of the changes, and the personal assistant is now able to create reminders and search through photos and videos in new ways. Swiping left from the home screen also brings up a new screen that houses Siri Suggestions putting favorite contacts and apps right at your fingertips, along with nearby restaurant and location information and important news. Deeper search capabilities can bring up results like sports scores, videos, and content from third-party apps. Notes now includes new checklists and sketching features. Maps now offers transit directions. Mail allows for file attachments. There’s even a new News App that learns your interests and delivers relevant content you might like to read. Apple Pay is being improved with the addition of store credit cards and loyalty cards, leading Passbook to be renamed to Wallet in iOS 9.
Apple’s described iOS 9 as being more intelligent thanks largely to Proactive Suggestions. Proactive Suggestions, the major feature addition in iOS 9, turn the iPhone into a lifestyle management tool and make Apple’s personal assistant Siri more responsive and able to complete more tasks than ever before. Proactive suggestions are system-wide and will work in a myriad of ways, offering up apps and recommendations at appropriate times. For example, if you often listen to music in the morning, iOS 9 will automatically open the Music app to a favorite playlist when you plug in your headphones. If you always open up the weather app to check what’s going on outside, it might open it automatically after your alarm goes off. Split-screen multitasking has been a much anticipated feature for the iPad that’s been rumored to be in the works for over a year. With Split-screen multitasking, it’s possible to use two different iOS apps on the same screen, so you can read a website while on a FaceTime call, or watch a video while composing a message in Mail. iOS 9 includes three different multitasking features: Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture. Slide Over can be activated within any app by swiping left from the right side of the iPad. This gesture brings up a small side pane that displays a secondary app alongside the first app, in a 1/3 screen space arrangement. Choosing a new app for the side pane can be done by swiping downwards from the top of the screen within the pane.
So, as you can see it’s going to be awesome! Can’t wait until the fall for the new OS? The public beta is available now for those wanting to get their hands on it early!
Pages, Keynote and Numbers
For the longest time the biggest gripe about Apple computers is that they were unable to easily interact with Windows users and those using Microsoft Office. This is no longer the case. In fact it’s been several years now since there have been significant compatibility issues. While some differences still exist, they are few and far between.
Microsoft Office quickly became the standard for countless individuals and businesses, and for many users was the best option for word processing and other document creation needs. Other programs came and went as they tried to try mimic the functionality of Microsoft Office. Unfortunately very few came close to matching the power and functionality of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
That all change in 2005 when Apple developed and released their very own office applications: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In the decade since the first release of Apple’s productivity software it’s come a long way and has developed into a go-to piece of productivity software on the Mac.
Pages is the Apple answer to the almighty Microsoft Word. It has the form and functionality of Word with a few nice features built right in. Pages comes pre-loaded on devices running Yosemite, and is available for the iPad and iPhone as well. It’s designed around sharing so a project can be started on your iPhone and edited with your iPad, Macbook or iMac. Pages is a fully functional word processing program. You can add charts, graphs or equations. You can add media files with just the click of a button. Drop in a photo and the text will automatically wrap. Your pages files can be shared in many, many ways. In addition to sharing among your own devices you can collaborate with anyone. You can share with Gmail or Dropbox. Pages is fully cross-compatible with Microsoft Word! You can begin a document in Pages and export it to a Word user and converting it to Word is incredibly simple:
Open the Pages document, go to the File menu and select export to and select word. In the export your document screen click the triangle next to advanced Options. Select docx
Numbers, like Pages, is Apple’s answer to Microsoft’s Excel. More than a spreadsheet, Numbers is a stylistic way to present data like never before. Choose from many canvases and get away from the gridlock. Present your information like an artist. Take advantage of ready-made templates for common tasks. Utilize the beautiful charts and graphs to truly understand your data and get the big picture across to your clients, co-workers and professors. Numbers also comes pre-loaded on Macs running Yosemite and also available for iOS devices. Sharing to other Apple devices is a snap and also easy to share with Gmail or DropBox. Numbers supports over 200 functions and like Pages easily converts to Excel for easy sharing.
Keynote is Apple’s version of Microsoft’s PowerPoint. Your presentations will dazzle and even make Van Gogh a tad jealous! Like Pages and Numbers it’s pre-loaded and easy to share and collaborate with others. Keynote features easy to use tools and an intuitive toolbar. Plug in photos or videos with ease. Add charts or graphs like a pro. If you get stuck, helpful pop ups are there for you when you need them. (Say goodbye to that obnoxious little paper clip!)
Take a visit to the App store to grab a copy of Pages, Numbers or Keynote if it’s not already loaded on your machine and for more detailed information on exporting your iWork files to a Microsoft Office application click here
Remember starting up your old mac and having every Mac user’s nightmare? That’s right, the sad mac!
This symbol was used on older Macs and iPods and would show up upon start up when the device was experiencing a severe hardware issue.
Have you ever wondered how this icon came about? This image was designed by Susan Kare, a graphic designer who was reportedly asked to create the image, but was told it would not actually be seen by the user. As many of us unfortunately know all too well, this was not the case. Susan created this and countless other icons we looked at in the early days of the mac as an original member of the Apple design team.
August in store Events!
We are pleased to announce special in-store events happening in our South Burlington location during the month of August. We have teamed together with some of our favorite products and manufacturers to have these events for our customers. Visit our South Burlington location on the Saturdays below and not only take advantage of special deals, but also take advantage of our product experts! Not able to join us in store that day? You might miss out on some special one day only opportunities, but you won’t be left out! We will be running special promotions on these brands throughout August no matter which retail location you visit!
Seagate special event Saturday Aug 15 10am to 2pm at 100 Dorset St, South Burlington Vt
OutDoor Tech special event Saturday Aug 29th 10am to 2pm at 100 Dorset St, South Burlington Vt
We carry the Outdoor Tech line here at Small Dog Electronics and it’s quickly turning into one of our best selling portable speaker brands! They offer a great line up of headphones from wired to wireless and a full line of Bluetooth speakers. In addition to headphones and speakers they offer power banks for all weather and many products are water resistant. Our favorite product is the New Kodiak Mini power bank.
With the excitement of the Seagate Event in our South Burlington Store, all of the staff are buzzing about their new products. My personal favorite is the Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage device. I was convinced I did not need a lot of space on my iPhone – and went with an 8GB 4S and instantly regretted it – after a few good photography and video apps, a couple of playlists all of my storage space was used up pretty quickly! With the Seagate Wireless, I don’t have to fret because I have an untold amount of time left on my contract before I can upgrade my phone, I just simply use the Seagate Wireless to stream everything to my iPhone. I have our entire iTunes library on the Seagate Wireless. Another great feature of the device is that it does not need a WiFi network to stream to your phone, tablet or laptop, which makes it great for those long car trips with the kids. Build them a playlist and they can watch whatever they choose on their own schedule. The Seagate Wireless has a built in battery that lasts up to six hours and allows for three devices to to be streaming from it at one time, sharing any music, movies, videos and photographs that you choose. Who needs Pandora or Spotify when you can shuffle all of the songs in your iTunes library making your ultimate personal playlist using the Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage device! Oh and bonus, they come in really cool colors!
Dog Days of Summer!
Now is the time to grab a great deal on computer or iPad bundles in our store! Visit any of our retail stores this month for great deal on a new or refurbished computer! Buy any new computer with Applecare and get three years of accidental insurance through Safeware for free!
Want to make sure that the new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina you just purchased stays like new? We have a great protection bundle to ensure that your new computer keeps that showroom shine! For $124.99 you can get an external hard drive, a hardshell case from Speck, iKlear and a keyboard cover from KB cover!
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