Mac computers has iSight built into the webcam, which has a green indicator light to show it’s activated. And this is a nifty feature if you need a form signed digitally. If you have MacOS X, there’s an easy way to add your John Hancock to any digital documents that are sent to you. Here’s how to do it:
Open digital document in Preview App
Click on pen icon located around the top right corner
Select Create Signature from Built-in iSight
Sign your name on blank white sheet of paper
Hold it up to the camera, using the guides shown on the screen
Hit Accept to save signature
If you use this app often, make sure to slip it right into your Dock for easy accessibility. And you can save your signature for future use by checking the box Save this signature for use after Preview quits in the Signature Capture window.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced at WWDC on June 22nd of 2020 that Apple planned on creating an ARM processor for their Macs. This two-year plan would allow time for developers to create a processor that would give Apple computers a boost in performance, along with better battery life, and overall better quality. Thus far, the company has used Intel processors.
Taking a look into ARM processors, it seems as though Intel is the better processor when implementing it in larger PCs. ARM processors focus more on power efficiency while Intel works harder on performance. A forum user on Quorm writes:
“While there are some ARM chips that are faster than low-end Intel chips, no current ARM design matches Intel’s top processor designs in terms of raw processing power (in terms of instructions per second). ARM’s current fastest design is comparable in performance with the Intel i5–7300U (a mid-range, mobile, “Kaby Lake”-generation processor introduced in early 2017), which is obviously slower than Intel’s current best performers.
However, exceeding Intel in performance is not ARM’s goal. They prize power efficiency above everything else, and so are willing to have lower overall performance if they get better performance per watt (which they have achieved).”
So while both Intel and ARM are processors, both have their uses in a PC, it was stated on Forbes that while Apple is currently in the works for a better quality ARM processor, Intel will continue to work with them to make the best possible computer. Apple will include both ARM and Intel processors, but Intel will be the supporting processor by 2022.
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If you have a MacBook, you will want to read up on this.
Fun Fact: A MacBook Pro fan should always be available. It should not, however, be too loud or operate at a high pace all of the time. If it is at maximum RPM (typically about 6000 on a Macbook Pro), this suggests that there is software on your Mac that is straining the CPU or GPU.
Here are a few ways you can remedy this situation:
-Reboot your MacBook. If the fan is always spinning at full power, try restarting it.
-Remove Flash in your browser. Flash is currently disabled by default in Firefox. Flashcontrol is a Chrome extension that allows you to deactivate Flash instances (it still allows you to view Flash on a per-site basis as needed). This is one of the most common sources of CPU/GPU stress, and it will undoubtedly boost the fan speed because Flash is so demanding on hardware.
-Clear your browser history, and if you have multiple tabs open, close them.
Launch Activity Monitor to check which programs are consuming the most CPU power. You can also check which applications are consuming the most energy. Certain apps tend to cause the fans to speed up since the temperature of your CPU/GPU rises when you use them.
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If you have a 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro, this issue may pertain to you.
Apparently, some MacBooks aren’t charging past 1%, which is quite the dilemma. macOS Big Sur released an update just recently, encouraging all users to install it as a precaution. This one battery-related issue affects a small percentage of users acquiring a 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro.
Apple Support stated, “A very small number of customers with 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro computers have experienced an issue with the battery not charging past 1%.
The battery health status on these devices will also indicate “Service Recommended.” If the status indicates that your battery is Normal, your battery is not affected by this issue.“
Thankfully, if you fall under those experiencing battery issues, Apple says you can contact them. They will verify if your computer is eligible to receive a new battery replacement for free.
The MacBook Pros are listed below:
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
Today’s the day! WWDC is kicking off here shortly and Apple fans are excited to to hear announcements about their operating systems for Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
MacRumors stated in their blog that “Apple’s long-rumored transition of its Mac lineup from Intel processors to Apple-designed Arm-based chips” announcement may come into play at WWDC, but are unsure.
Watch the Apple event at 9 am PST on their website, YouTube, or on your Apple TV.
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Although it sounds a bit abnormal – installing Windows 10 to a MacBook – it is now a thing.
Apple recently fixed a problem with the boot utility Boot Camp Assistance that allows other operating systems to be used on their computers. The new MacBook Pro 16-inch drivers were apparently too new to be able to run Boot Camp.
According to LifeHacker, using Boot Camp is really easy:
As part of the Boot Camp process, you’ll need to make sure you’ve downloaded an .ISO of the latest Windows 10 version, and you’ll want to make sure you have at least 40GB or so of free space on your drive for the new Windows partition.
Other than that, setting up Windows 10 on your MacBook is a pretty easy process. Don’t forget to hold down Option when you’re booting up your MacBook so you can quickly switch to one operating system or the other (or set your default startup disk for whatever you normally use via System Preferences).
Boot Camp Assistance works the best when your MacBook has the latest MacOS version. To verify you have it, go to the Apple Menu, then click on the Software Update.
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Enhancing your privacy setting are essential when you surf the web. Extensions are equipped to help you out with that need. Just recently, DuckDuckGo privacy extension was disabled due to incompatibility with Safari web browser, but is available for Chrome and Firefox.
Today, DuckDuckGo announced that it has finally enabled it again for Safari and is ready to use. They wrote:
“Millions of Firefox and Chrome users rely on DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, our desktop browser extension that helps protect you no matter where you go on the web. Today, we’re delighted to announce that the wait is over: DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is once again available for Safari users!
As you may be aware, major structural changes in Safari 12 meant that we had to remove DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials from the Safari extensions gallery. With Safari 13, new functionality was thankfully added that enabled us to put it back. Consequently, you’ll need Safari 13+ on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or newer to install the updated version.”
You can use DuckDuckGo for your preferred search option by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in a new tab, and choosing DuckDuckGo. This feature will allow you to search and browse discreetly. Please note that this private essentials extension is only available for desktop. If you would like the same for your mobile devices, you can download the browser app for iOS or Android.
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It has been four years since Apple has overhauled the design of the MacBook Pro and today Apple aims to breathe new life into the series. Designed for developers, the MacBook Pro has always featured top of the line specifications to push the limits of computing of its time. Now thinner, more powerful, and seemingly more innovative than ever before. Apple aims to bring simplistic, easy to use controls at your finger tips. The new OLED display between the keyboard and screen (which used to be function keys) dubbed the Touch Bar utilizes taps and gestures to perform a wide array of tasks. The bar includes Touch ID powered by the company’s very own T1 chip for security. Touch ID can be used to make purchases as easy as a finger press with Apple Pay.
One of the biggest changes of the device is it’s inclusion of all new USB C ports. Any slot doubles as a charging port for the device. Long gone is the need to worry about where you are to get a comfortable charging area. These ports can be used for anything. Thunderbolt, USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, you name it. The downside? No more specific ports. You will need an adapter to get the compatibility with your older devices.
The device launches in many types of configurations and and claims no matter which model you get, it will be twice as fast as it’s previous generation. Learn more about the different specifications and configurations at Apple’s website here. Pre-orders expected to ship in 2-3 weeks.