Tip of the Day: Capturing iOS and tvOS screenshots using your Mac

By now it’s pretty common knowledge that you can grab a screenshot from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch simply by pressing the home and sleep/wake buttons simultaneously, saving a PNG image of whatever is on the current screen to your on-device photo library. While this works well enough in most cases, sometimes the necessary finger gymnastic can make it a bit tricky to capture more complicated screenshots, such as when playing a game or trying…

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Tip of the Day: Extracting a still image from a video using macOS Photos

Although the iPhone has been able to take still photos while recording videos for a while now, you have to think about it at the time. The good news, though, is that if you’ve ever found yourself wanting to grab a still image from one of your iPhone videos after the fact, it’s actually pretty easy to do this using the macOS Photos app. You’ll have to transfer the video to your Mac first, of course, but if you’re using iCloud…

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Google Now Lands On Chrome For Windows And Mac

Google Now Lands On Chrome For Windows And Mac

If you’re a big Google Now user, then there’s some good news for you. The company has just announced that Google Now cards will now be available on Chrome for Windows and Mac. Ever since its launch, Now has been a mobile-only feature. Its simple cards interface lets users keep up with a variety of things, such as sports scores, traffic, weather, appointments, reminders and more. All of this data will now be displayed in Chrome on desktops and laptops, provided that users are signed in with the same account that they’re using on iOS or Android for Google Now.

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    Apple Q1 2014 Earnings Announced

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    Apple’s fiscal 2014 first quarter ended on December 28, 2013 and soon after trading closed for the day, the Apple Q1 2014 earnings were officially announced. The company had a record quarter as far as iPhone and iPad sales are concerned, even if it didn’t exactly meet Wall Street’s expectations. An all-time quarterly record was established in Q1 2014 as Apple sold 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. During the same quarter last year, 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads were sold. Mac sales topped 4.8 million, as opposed to 4.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

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    Mac Sales Experience Increase Last Quarter While PC Sales Take A Dip

    Mac Sales Experience Increase Last Quarter While PC Sales Take A DipAs most of you guys know, Apple’s Mac computers don’t quite have the same market share as their Windows competitors. There are many reasons for it, such as Windows computers being more affordable, more familiar, and also having more software available for it that is used by professionals around the world. However Apple’s Mac computers are slowly gaining traction, thanks to a research by Gartner where it was found that Apple’s Mac computer sales have actually increased by 28.5% in the last quarter, while PC sales actually found themselves going down and have actually shrunk by 7.5%!

    Of course given the PC’s market share and the Mac’s market share, the PC is still very much in the lead, although it does look like Apple is playing catchup, albeit slowly. It was found that as far as PC vendors were concerned, companies such as Toshiba and HP saw themselves making a loss of 13.9% and 10.3% respectively, while companies such as Dell and Lenovo found their sales going up a modest 7.4% and 3.5% respectively. Some are blaming tablets as one of the reasons that PC sales have gone down. With tablets being generally cheaper and portable, those buying PCs for simple use, such as watching movies and surfing the web, might turn to a tablet instead.

    There’s no telling if Apple’s Mac computers will be able to continue this momentum. It is possible that the surge in sales could be attributed to the holiday season, which was admittedly true as far as tablets were concerned.

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    Over A Billion Android Devices Expected To Ship This Year

    Over A Billion Android Devices Expected To Ship This Year

    Android is everywhere, commonly in our smartphones and tablets, and its slowly making its way into our cars and even onto our heads. In fact, recent market stats from Kantar Worldpanel reveal that Android’s share in the global smartphone market has surged almost nine percent in the last three months alone. Research group Gartner predicted today that in 2014, more than one billion Android devices will be shipped to consumers in all parts of the globe, registering a 26 percent year-on-year growth. The research group expects to see strongest demand in emerging markets.

    Gartner also predicts how iOS and Macs will perform this year, over 344 million iOS and Mac machines are expected to be shipped in 2014, registering a 28 percent year-on-year increase when compared to the number of devices shipped last year. Furthermore, it is also predicted that Microsoft’s Windows OS will find its way into 360 million new devices as opposed to 328 million new devices in 2013. Global shipments of all devices are expected to cross 2.48 billion, climbing 7.6 percent year-over-year. Analysts at the research group believe smartphone sales will continue to increase in the new year, though the focus will move away from high-end smartphones to mid-range models, which carry much more appeal in many emerging markets around the world.

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