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Check Out This Amazing Minecraft Version of the Apple Park

Check Out This Amazing Minecraft Version of the Apple Park

Apple Park Campus

Holy Batman! How is this for commitment?  Alex Westerlund spent 413 hours in order to build a Minecraft replica of the new Apple Park campus.  Apple is set to start moving employees into the actual Apple Park campus this month, so this is an incredible tribute to that.  This entire thing is incredible.  I personally don’t think I would have the patience to be able to do something like this.  And with such detail.

But what else makes this so incredible? It’s a 1:1 full scale replica.  Everything included in the campus are accurate as they are based on the construction plans themselves.  Again, that takes commitment!  Further, the terrain itself is accurate and based off of topographical maps of Cupertino and actual landscaping plans.

Westerlund started this project in 2015 and has handcrafted the campus down to each hill, path and cherry tree.  He included 28 cafes which are spread throughout the main building, plus 2 outdoor cafes.  Bringing the project total up to over 1 million blocks.  You can’t tell me this isn’t cool.  Even if you’re not a fan of Minecraft or Apple, this is still pretty impressive:

So how does this compare to the real Apple Park?  Well, Westerlund beat Apple to the punch on this one as the real campus isn’t expected to be open until the end of April.  The cost of the project is somewhere in the billions.   Estimated around $5 billion to be exact.  … Read the rest

Better Google Calendar Integration is Coming to Outlook for Mac Users

Better Google Calendar Integration is Coming to Outlook for Mac Users

outlook logo

I wonder if everyone is as confused as I am when you read about Microsoft’s plan to update Outlook to allow for better Google Calendar integration?  I honestly had to read the headline at least three times to be able to understand it.  Oh and I forgot one thing – it’s specifically for Mac’s!  Is your mind blown yet?  Google + Microsoft + Apple.  No wonder there are issues with syncing.  So let’s take this from the top.  Microsoft has released a version of Outlook which is for Mac’s only.  The reason being that they want to be able to test Google Calendar and Contacts integration.

Right now this version is available world wide to Mac users and it’s available without an Office 365 subscription.  This preview is only available until June 30, 2017 and the company is looking for testers who do not regularly use Outlook for Mac, but instead rely on the Google apps to end up at the same place.  Confusing, huh?  Well, maybe not.  What Microsoft is doing is two fold – 1) trying to improve their product (good for them), but also 2) trying to integrate an existing product into theirs.

I can kind of see the benefits for using both Outlook and Google Calendar.  I honestly like them both.  But by allowing a better integration of the two, I think they are opening themselves up to new customers.  And perhaps they’re targeting Mac users for a couple of reasons.  … Read the rest

Are We Over-Reacting to Apple Abandoning Support on 32-Bit Applications?

Are We Over-Reacting to Apple Abandoning Support on 32-Bit Applications?

Apple has reportedly made the decision to abandon support for 32-bit applications.  But are we really surprised by this?  And will it make a difference? You could kind of see this coming, right? Back in January it was rumoured that Apple would do this.  And it sounds like they’ve been giving developers a lot of time to get their apps updated.  So what is the big deal?  I don’t want to get into all the technical details about what this means, but the long and short of it is – the higher the bit, the faster the data can be processed.  Why, then is it such a big surprise that Apple is going to stop supporting 32-bit applications?

It’s not.  And here’s why.  Apple actually started to tell developers that it was going to stop the support back in 2014.  Giving developers a lot of time to make some changes.  Further, don’t we want to have access to better applications and games?  Don’t we want to have those available in the 64-bit regardless?  I would also argue that with the advancing technology in the operating systems themselves, it only makes sense that we would need better applications to run on the OS.

iphone with apps

In addition, Apple is warning users with iOS 10.3 that if you’re running a 32-bit application, you’re going to need to update it.  If the app developer decides that they are unable to produce a 64-bit version of that app, Apple will warn you again.  … Read the rest

App Review: Here’s What I Think About Apple Clips for iPhone

App Review: Here’s What I Think About Apple Clips for iPhone

Apple has recently added a new app to the App store.  Apple Clips essentially allows you to create videos.  I will get into more detail later, but I want to talk about the premise of the app.  Not only does it allow you to create a video but it also allows you to add some  fun emoji’s or text into the video.  I should note that the videos don’t necessarily have to be of yourself.  You have the option of grabbing a video from somewhere else and using it, but only if it’s saved on your device.  You can also apply filters to either images or videos to give them a cool comic book look for example.

Apple Clips Filters

Overall, I think Apple Clips is really great.  Lately I’ve been “in charge” of making slideshows for family get togethers – mostly birthdays.  Which can take a lot of time and effort.  What’s nice about this is that I can make said slideshow on the go.  I am super keen on cramming as much as I possibly can into my day.  Having this app on my phone would let me work on that.  However, the downside to this is that I don’t know how large of a video file you can create.  Presumably it would be based on how much storage you have on your phone.  And I do not have a lot.  Thus limiting me in this capacity.  But still super cool.

As far as some of the other cool features , you can add words on top of you image or video – such as these:

Apple Clip Words

Add emojis, or an entire slide.  … Read the rest

Verizon and Apple Teamed Up with SNL to Create “Fake” Commercials!

Verizon and Apple Teamed Up with SNL to Create “Fake” Commercials!

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

This is a true story. When I was younger, I watched a lot of Saturday Night Live.  I loved it then.  I still do, but I just don’t have the time or the energy to stay up and watch it.  Often, I would find myself watching what I thought was a commercial on the local TV station.  Only to find out that it was in fact, a fake and humorous SNL commercial.  Some might say that I was not paying attention… or even dumb.  I personally don’t like to use that word, and simply think that the commercials themselves were super convincing.

Call me what you will, but Saturday Night Live is going to partner with Apple and Verizon to come up with some funny commercials.  So maybe they were onto something all along?  But, you’re still going to be confused because they will air during SNL – specifically on April 8 and 15.  As opposed to airing them at random times throughout the day.

Why is this happening?  Lorne Michaels thinks that this will boost the show’s ratings.  Making people tune in during the show so they can see these commercials.  Rather than catching up on the show the next day, online.  Will this make a difference?  My initial thought is – probably not.  Call me cynical, but I suspect someone is going to take a video of the commercials and put them online.  Maybe that’s shady, but it seems to happen all the time.  … Read the rest

Your wait is finally over. This is how to jailbreak iOS 10.2

Your wait is finally over. This is how to jailbreak iOS 10.2

The wait is over. You can finally jailbreak iOS 10.2 however it’s not all roses. This is a  semi-tethered jailbreak. What that means is if you reboot your device you will have to do the jailbreak again from a desktop. Yalu102 is a good start and it is better than nothing. The jailbreak will also expire in a week regardless. After that time you will have to do the jailbreak again. There is no way around this unless you have a developers account. If you have a developer account, then repeat the jailbreak will need once a year.

Yalu102 at the time of this writing is only functional and available for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE iPad Pro. I’m sure in the future there will be support for o iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but as of now if you have one of those you should stop reading now. Alright enough talk. Here are the step by step directions.

How to jailbreak iOS 10.2 through Yalu102

Step 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE!!!!! As stated above the jailbreak only works for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE iPad Pro.

Step 2: Download  Yalu102  and Cydia Impactor.

Step 3: After installing Cydia Impactor you drag Yalu102 file into it.



Step 4: On the next window enter your Apple account ID. (Make a fake ID if you wish)

Step 5: In this step, Cydia Impactor will automatically prepare all the necessary files and will download from iTunes 10.2 on your mobile device.… Read the rest

Apple MacOS had More Vulnerabilities than Windows

Apple MacOS had More Vulnerabilities than Windows

Sorry Mac fans. You can not say that Apple’s MacOS is the safest out there anymore. A report from service CVE shows that the MacOS is not as safe as the myths would have you believe. The CVE  is a leading statistics software. Windows for many years was considered a fragile and vulnerable platform; however, the macOS took the lead. Each vulnerability for the MacOS is counted as a whole. While each Windows is counted separately.

“crown of” the most vulnerable in 2016, got Android. Over the past year it was discovered 523 security holes. This is much higher than the result from the following finalists with 319 Debian Linux vulnerabilities.~CVE Details

Vulnerabilities Count

  • Android (523)
  • Ubuntu Linux (278)
  • Adobe Flash Player (266)
  • openSUSE (228)
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • iPhone (161)
  • Adobe Reader (227)
  • Windows 7 (134)
  • Adobe Acrobat (224)
  • macOS (215)
  • Windows 10 (172)

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