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What Was Announced at WWDC 2013

This video is a little late, but let’s talk about what Apple announced at WWDC

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How I Stopped Chrome for iOS from Crashing on Startup

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UPDATE March 12, 2013: Google has released an update to Chrome for iOS to fix the startup crash through the App Store.
Google recently released Chrome version 25 for the iPhone and iPad, and as great as the new features might be, many users are reporting that the app crashes on start up. I am one of these
users, but I think I found a fix for the issue, which seems to revolve around the syncing protocol, specifically Google anonymous data collection. In order to do this though, you must be quick.

1: Uninstall Chrome for iOS by holding down the icon on the home screen until the icon start to jiggle. Then click on the little x in the top left corner of the app.

2: Reinstall the app from Apple’s App Store.

3: Open the app and hit check “Send Anonymous Usage Data”. Many users in the comments are saying that they had to accept Google’s “Anonymous Usage Data” option on the Terms of Service page in order to get this to work. I did not have to do this on my end, but so far it seems I am the exception. Click “Accept and Continue” when the Terms of Service pop up.

4. When the Google sign-in screen pops up, hit skip.

This is how I got the app to work for me. I had tried just the reinstall, but that still crashed the app for me. It was only when I skipped the login screen that I could once again use Chrome for iOS. I can also confirm that I was afterwards able to re-login to my Google Account and begin syncing Chrome again as normal.

It is interesting to note the the majority of those of people having this problem, though certainly not all, are users using a jailbroken device. Whether or not this is an issue with the jailbreak, with Chrome, or with both has yet to be seen. It has also been verified that Cydia apps/tweaks like BrowserChooser seem to be having no effect in either causing or eliminating the crashes.

Let me know if this worked for you or if you have any other methods that worked. And please share this so we can help others. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon.

The Summary of the iPad 3

The iPad 3 has just been announced, and some major changes have been announced.

  • iPhoto for iPad: Apple brought GarageBand and iMovie to the iPad, and now iPhoto joins them.  The entire iLife suite has come to the iPad, and the app looks beautiful.

    iPhoto for iPad

    It allows for more advanced color correct, editing, multitouch edits, and more.  You can buy it for $4.99

  • Camera: The camera has been updated dramatically.  The rear camera is now 5 Megapixels, has improved white balance, automatic face detection, and can shoot 1080p video.  This is not as good as the iPhone 4s, but the same level as the iPhone 4.
  • Retina Display: The iPad 3 has a major update to the display, boating over 3 million pixels on the screen, which Apple says is the highest on any mobile device.  From initial looks, it looks like a fantastic update, and great for playing high quality games or those new 1080p videos you might be shooting.
  • A5X: The new chip is the A5X, which is a dual core CPU, but a quad-core GPU, meaning that your graphics functionality is going to be vastly improved, which goes great with your iLife suite and new cameras, but for high quality gaming, such as N.O.V.A., Infinity Blade, and more.  This could also bring more high intensity games to the iPad, such as what you see on consoles.
  • 4G LTE: AT&T and Verizon will be getting their own 4G LTE enable iPads, starting at $629.  No word on Sprint, though I’ll update the article when I find out.  Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple has formerly made comments about the compromises adding 4G would add to the devices, but it seems those statements are in the past.  This likely means that the next iPhone will also have 4G.  The battery life has only taken down by an hour is 4G is enabled, otherwise it remains at about 10 hours.
  • Dictation:  A lot of people were hoping for Siri on the new iPad, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  The iPad 3 comes will the ability to use speech to text, just tap the microphone button on a keyboard to start.  However, you can’t use the voice dictation like Siri on the iPad to schedule meetings, reminders, etc.  This is something I think will come out in the future, but I’m anxious to get it.

You can preorder the iPad at http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad, and read more at https://www.apple.com/ipad/.  The price scheme hasn’t change, 16-Gig WiFi-only starts at $499, and $829 for a 64 Gig 4G iPad.  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this or any other topic, leave a comment below or email me at easyosx@live.com  You can also check me out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by hitting the buttons on the top of your screen.  You can also check out my Google Plus Page at https://plus.google.com/107817518299218190319.  Thanks!

5 little things I like in Lion

Lion is not a dramatic step forward in the OSX sphere, but it is a nice step nonetheless.  There are a ton of new features in the new version of OSX ranging from a new version of Mail, more security features, Airdrop, and more.  But Apple says there are over 250 changes in Lion, some which are not so hyped.  And some of these little things are great, and I wanted to share them with you.

  1. Resizing windows: In Mac, resizing windows has traditionally meant dragging the bottom right-hand corner to change the overall size of the window.  Finally Mac apps can be resized from any part of the window.  People on Windows and Linux have been able to do this for ages, and it’s a feature I’ve kind of missed in Mac.  I’m glad it has been implemented in Lion.
  2. Spotlight: One of the reason I haven’t been a fan of 3rd-party application launchers is because they seemed redundant to me.  Sure I’ve tried a few and some of them had some neat features, others were fast, but they all felt pointless compared to the fact that I had Spotlight and my Dock.  That being said, Spotlight has always felt slow and clunky to me.  Sometimes it seemed to take forever for it to load the options when searching for apps or documents, and those were just the ones that I wasn’t actually looking for!  Now, Spotlight feels more powerful, lighter, and all around a smoother experience.
  3. 3-finger Space Swiping:  While originally I saw little point in having Spaces, I came to enjoy using Spaces on Snow Leopard for when I had a lot of apps open.  It helped keep my media apps out of the way of my communications apps, which were kept out of the way of my writing tools, and so on.  The one grievance I had was having to always switch Spaces either by a keyboard shortcut, or having to unnecessarily look at all my Spaces.  After a couple of days using the swiping gesture to go through Spaces, I’ve found it so useful and it just feels less intrusive to my workflow.  It fact, it feels almost natural.
  4. “Arrange By/Clean Up By”:  I tend to keep things organized in 1 of 2 ways: alphabetically or by date.  Occasionally though, things get out of order, especially when moving and copying large amounts of items around.  And because I like things neat and tidy, I used tried to keep things organized first by folders and then by everything else, not to mention aligned in their grids.  But with the new Arrange By feature, I don’t have to worry about that anymore.  They’re already organized how I like (plus it’s just kind a fun to use a 2-fingert scroll to flick through all those folders, kind of like some people do when they see “Cover Flow” for the first time).  And for places where I need the traditional grid-like folder view, I can clean and organize them how I want with the Clean Up By command, which basically aligns them in the grid and arranges them how I want to at the same time.
  5. Information on the Lock screen: We’ve grown so used to seeing some basic information on cell-phones & tablets that I’m not sure why we have not talked about it on desktops.  Normally when you have to enter your computers password, the only information you generally get are the user account names and if they are logged on.  But with Lion, you now see the time, your Mac’s battery life (on Macbooks), and your wireless connection strength.  While it might not be as handy as having other notifications on the screen (like new mail, tweets, etc.) I think it’s simple and non intrusive implementation that Apple has going for them.
Are these the only things I like?  Of course not!  But sometimes it’s those little things that have the biggest impact (ok, maybe a moderate impact, but that doesn’t sound as cool).  Anything not so hyped that you like?  Send an email to easyosx@live.com, or send a tweet to @EasyOSX.  Thanks!

All 5 iLife apps have been updated

iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband ’11, as well as iWeb 3 and iDVD 7 (both iLife ’09 and ’11 apps) have been updated today.  They are relatively minor updates, so I won’t go over them.  iDVD and iWeb will update through Software Update.  iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband will need to update through the Mac App Store if you bought them there, but will update through Software Update if you bought it elsewhere (like on the physical discs).

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