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Apple News: Apple releases iBooks 3, iBooks Author 2

Posted by Local IT Care on 2012-10-24 21:08:07 UTC

Hours after announcing updates to iBooks and iBooks Author at Tuesday's iPad mini event, Apple has released iBooks 3 through the App Store and iBooks Author 2 through the Mac App Store.iBooks 3 changes include:The ability to see all iBookstore purchases in iCloud in iOS 6Endless scrollingReceive free updates to purchased books, including new chapters, corrections and other improvementsLook up definitions in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese in iOS6Share book excerpts through Facebook, Twitter, Messages or MailiBooks Author 2 changes include:The ability to create portrait-only booksEmbed custom fonts into booksAdditional interactivity with new scrolling sidebar and pop-over widgetsSupport for mathematical expressions with equation editing using LaTeX and MathML notationAutomatic media optimization for iPadImproved support for embedded audioImproved publishing workflow, including automatic book samples and pre-publish checkingAdditional templatesVersion numberingRetina display enhancing for the new MacBook ProsOther performance and usability improvements

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Apple News: Phil Schiller discusses the iPad mini's price point

Posted by Local IT Care on 2012-10-24 20:06:41 UTC

Apple used its October event to unveil its new US$329 iPad mini. The 7.9-inch tablet was criticized by analysts who scoffed at the device's price tag, which is $130 more than the Kindle Fire HD and $90 than the Nexus 7. Phil Schiller spoke to Reuters about this sticker shock and said that customers won't mind paying a little extra for an iPad because it's a premium device.Schiller said that "the iPad is far and away the most successful product in its category. The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices. And now you can get a device that's even more affordable at $329 in this great new form, and I think a lot of customers are going to be very excited about that."

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Apple News: Hard drive recall emails going out to owners of 1TB iMacs

Posted by Local IT Care on 2012-10-20 14:12:10 UTC

Apple's extension of the iMac 1TB Seagate hard drive replacement program was mentioned last Sunday, and late this week customers began receiving email reminders to schedule a drive replacement. If you're an iMac owner but not certain your machine is covered, you can easily check your serial number via the online validation tool.While the Apple service program covers replacing your potentially problematic drive, it does not include backup or restoration of your OS, applications or data: that is on you. Please take our advice and spare yourself much pain and misery -- back up your drive now.Time Machine is great, but when it comes to backup our firm recommendation is to have a bootable clone of your drive as well. This is particularly useful when you're pulling your digital life back together post-HD replacement. Steve's Mac 101 review of backup options will get you on the right track. (Note that one of our favorite cloning options, Carbon Copy Cloner, was previously free but is now a paid option alongside SuperDuper! and others.)"But I back up to the cloud," you say, "isn't that good enough?" In this case, not so much. Recovering your entire set of files and apps from your remote service could be expensive and take quite a while. Fortunately, several of the Mac-savvy cloud backup services (CrashPlan and Dolly Drive in particular) have options to do a local backup as a supplement to the cloud safety net.If you've already had your drive replaced under Apple's program, let us know how it went.

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Apple releases iBooks 3, iBooks Author 2 posted by Local IT Care on 2012-10-24 21:08:07 UTC
Phil Schiller discusses the iPad mini's price point posted by Local IT Care on 2012-10-24 20:06:41 UTC
Hard drive recall emails going out to owners of 1TB iMacs posted by Local IT Care on 2012-10-20 14:12:10 UTC

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