If you’ve used any reasonably recent Apple gear along with iCloud, you’ll know how valuable and convenient cloud-based data syncing can be. Instead of manually copying contacts and calendar appointments to individual devices, for example, everything’s up to date within seconds of you opening the relevant app. The main problem with iCloud is that it’s not (yet) universal. Many apps and games lack any kind of cloud sync at all. There are, however, ways around this.
Microsoft Office for iPad is here, and by all accounts, the apps are pretty spectacular, with many critics calling them well worth the wait. One detail lost amongst the excitement is that the iPhone version is actually now free, while the iPad version requires an annual Office 365 subscription to edit files. Microsoft wasn't the only big news on Thursday, however, so read on and close out the work week with some other stories you might have missed...
Judging from a pair of recent reports, incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is going to have his hands full as the Windows maker tries to compete in the desktop and tablet market and may have to fend off a rival for Ford's affections.
Once upon a time, there was a great iOS app called Pastebot, which could be used to transfer text and images to and from a Mac with Pastebot Sync installed. Unfortunately, time moved on but Pastebot didn’t: as of this writing, the app hasn’t been refreshed for iOS 7, still has no native iPad version, and doesn’t sync reliably with current versions of OS X. Possibly sensing a gap in the market, Command-C has arrived to fill the shared clipboard void.
When it comes to apps users can't live without, Evernote's "second brain" technology would likely top many lists -- but a former TechCrunch journalist has called out the service and its frequently buggy software.
Google Chrome is one of the world's most popular browsers, and one of its perks is the ability to use apps designed for the browser through the interface at any time. In September, however, Google rolled out Chrome Apps, which perform not like browser apps, but like native apps for whatever device you happen to be using. Up until now, only users of Windows computers and Chromebooks have had access to the feature, but TechCrunch reports that Google is finally bringing Chrome Apps to the Mac.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
We've talked about the cp command in the past, which copies files between locations on your Mac. However, Apple has developed its own (better) implementation of cp. This command, called "ditto," not only copies the files from the source directory to the destination directory, creating the destination directory if it doesn't already exist; but will also merge the contents of the source directory with the destination directory if it does exist. Other niceties of this command are that it will follow symbolic links when copying files, and also preserve the file hard links modes and other metadata. Let's get started copying files with the Ditto command.