How To: Recover Data on OS X

How To: Recover Data on OS X

My thanks to the team over at CleverFiles the makers of the premier data recovery app DiskDrill for making this content possible. DiskDrill is a data recovery application for both OS X & Windows. Allowing you to recover deleted files be it videos, documents, photos, etc. An essential tool when it comes to protecting & saving the data that means most to you.

Data is a big part of our lives nowadays. We store our lives pretty much digitally be it our photos, videos, or documents. Our digital media is apart of our precious memories & thats why its important for us not only to protect it but have a solution in case we need to recover them. So in the event you ever have a drive that is corrupted, data that is accidentally deleted, or partitions that missing here’s how you can recover that data on the mac.

DiskDrill offers two versions of it’s software. A free basic version that allows you to recover data that is lost only while the app is protecting your drive. In order to recover data that has already been lost on a drive you need to upgrade to the pro version.

The application works in a very simple method.

Video Overview:

1-Scan

DiskDrill scans your drives be it a local one, external, or any drive that can be detected by your mac. Simply select the drive/partition you want scanned for recovery & let DiskDrill do the rest. It’s recommended you let the app run it’s initial recovery scan as it runs all of its methods to best recover any data. You also have the option to run advanced scan techniques such as looking for lost partitions, rebuild them, run quick or deep scans & so on. Allowing you to rebuild, rescue, or remount any drive of your choosing. The bigger the drive is & more data you need to recover the longer the scan will take. Sessions can be saved & pause at any time.

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2-Recover

The app after a scanning sessions allows you to recover the data that it finds be it corrupted files it reconstructed or just outright deleted files. DiskDrill supports a wide arrange of file systems such as:

  • HFS & HFS+
  • FAT/FAT32/exFAT
  • NTFS
  • EXT3/EXT4

As far as files that the app can recover:

  • Photo files like JPG, PNG and TIFF
  • Graphic files like AI, PSD and INDD
  • RAW camera files like CR2, NEF and DNG
  • Video files like AVI, DV and MP4
  • Music files like AIF, MP3 and WAV
  • Document files like DOCX, PPTX and XLSX

 

So it covers a wide arrange of formats & file types that will almost assure you recovery of the important files you’ve lost. The app will display all of these files to you while giving you the ability to filter out through these files. You can sort by type, date since deletion, etc. DiskDrill also offers you the ability to preview files before even recovering them. Once you’ve done this you set your recovery destination and let the app process the rest.

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3-Protect

The last step is optional however highly recommended. After you’ve recovered the data you want its important to do your part in preventing it from happening again. You can use DiskDrill’s built in protection features to help secure your drive. When enabled it helps by keeping extra invisible copies of your data in the case that you accidentally delete or lose something. Keep in mind this requires extra hard drive space.

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Mac OS X users also have a built in backup tool called “Time Machine” which does something similar with an external drive. This allows you to backup your data & have it exist in two places rather than one which significantly improves your protection of your data.

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Your data is an important part of your mac & it should be protected with the same relevance that the files themselves mean to you. Whether its professional or personal documents that you store its worth investing in a recovery solution in preparation for the worst case scenario.

Parental Control Tips for iOS

Parental Control Tips for iOS

My thanks to Curbi the makers of an amazing parental control app for iOS for sponsoring the web safety series of content. Curbi allows you to monitor, block, and curb your children’s iOS devices easily and safely. Ensuring the most priceless of things peace of mind with your kids on the internet. Try out Curbi today!

Nowadays kids everywhere have iOS devices be it their parents, siblings, or even their own. So its important to ensure their safety on the device to prevent any trouble, wrongful spending, or just general safety. Here’s a rundown of some iOS tips you can use on any current iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Video Overview:

 

1. Restrictions

iOS allows you to actually restrict you kids access to the device. This is highly useful in that you can tailor specifically what they can or can’t access. A great example of this being app-store purchases this prevents them from spending on your iTunes account and can save you countless dollars from kids who are purchasing things without knowing any better.

This is achieved by going to Setting-General-Restrictions

 2-Guided Access Mode

GAM or Guided Access Mode allows you to actually lock the iOS device to one app. Normally this is used on devices within the apple store or presentation devices. However using this to lock kids to one app can be highly beneficial. It has the ability to prevent tapping in defined areas of apps or even set a time limit usage.

This can be enabled by going into Settings-General-Accessibility-Guided Access 

3-App Solution

Overall these built in iOS tips are great tips packed into the OS that most parents may be unaware of. They’re great ways to control the experience of your child and limit or prevent harmful usage on the iOS devices. However all of this can be achieved even easier within an app solution. Curbi for example does all of the above from restrictions, time limits and even more but a simpler package. Furthermore the benefits of Curbi extend in that it monitors your children’s usage tracking information and reporting it to you even when your away.

You can’t always monitor your kids usage and actions on a device let Curbi handle that for you. Check out our overview post we did on the service for more info on setup. Overall these tips provide a safer experience for you and your young kids be it on their own device or yours.

Best Writing Tools for Mac OS X

Best Writing Tools for Mac OS X

My thanks to the folks at Literature & Latte makers of the amazing content generation tool Scrivener for sponsoring the series of content we’ll be running on improving your writing workflow filled with tips & tools we recommend. Scrivener has been one of my go to apps for outlining, editing, and writing on either OS X or Windows and we’re proud to have them as a sponsor. Try out Scrivener today! 

I wanted to round up of some of the best writing tools available for Mac OS X. Looking at apps, sites, and tools you can use to help improve your writing workflow on your mac whether it’s for a website, book, schoolwork and so on. These tools help you stay focused & provide the utilities to get the jobs done in their own unique interface & feature sets.

The team at Literature & Latte themselves put together an amazing post on references for writers thats worth checking out. As they state

There is a lot of good writing software out there for the Mac. Most of the programs linked to below are direct competition forScrivener. I provide links because the writing process is different for everyone. Scrivener suits the way I write, and hopefully some others too, but if it doesn’t suit the way that you write, then you may want to check out some of the excellent software below to see if any of it fits the way you work.

All of the following tools are writing apps/services that I use or have tested on my own mac for various use cases. Some of them are free while others are paid. In my opinion when it comes to tools that I use everyday to get my work done its definitely worth the investment.

Quick & Free

TextEdit (FREE)

TextEdit is built into OS X & is basically a great notepad for mac users. If your looking to quickly take notes down & do some very basic writing then TextEdit is the tool for you. Something I constantly use for quick notes before shooting a video as its simple to open & use.

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Notes.app (FREE)

On that note…OS X also offers a dedicated notes app thats even simpler. Again great for quick to-do lists or things you need to write down to remember. Something I constantly use for quick reminders that I want synced back via my iOS devices as it integrates perfectly with iCloud & your other iOS devices.

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Office Related

Pages  ($20)

Apple’s pages is the OS X equivalent to office & works well regarding basic documents. I typically use this to interact with .doc files & or to type up essays as it’s a familiar interface & offers all the basic tools to get things done. Being an Apple product it syncs together with iCloud and has a series of apps that interact well with it from Keynote to Numbers. Pages interacts with OS X in general seamlessly & provides a great basic word processing experience for users.

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Office for Mac ($7.00 monthly)

For those of you who can’t escape the .doc files & windows based office environment than Office for Mac is for you.  Word 2011 is the most current version for OS X and ties in with Office 365 program. For former windows users this may be the most comfortable interface.

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Focused

WriteRoom ($10)

WriteRoom provides a clean and simple approach to writing. Just focus on writing & thats it. An app that offers virtually no interface & allows you create the content you want to write. Just words on the screen nothing more nothing less. A great app to use when you don’t want to be distracted by outside apps, toolbars, and formatting tools. I use WriteRoom now and again to compile first drafts of posts for my personal blog. Focusing on the writing first then working with other tools to worry about the formatting/editing afterwards.

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Programming Editors

TextMate (FREE)

This app is geared toward developers & programmers. It’s massive support for syntax & code snippets makes it convenient to use for coders & best of all is completely free. Of course you can code in any basic text editor however this makes 10x more easier & more structured for whatever language your coding in. With the ability to manage multiple projects in tabs TextMate keeps your coding simple & organized.

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Sublime Text ($70)

On a more advanced level Sublime Text offers a sophisticated approach to a programming text editor. Packed with features from distraction free mode, split editing, cross platform and more. Definitely the premium programming editor for OS X.

Personal/Journaling

DayOne ($10)

One of my favorite apps for journaling has been DayOne. I’ve found myself recently recording thoughts & writing small blurbs for my own personal archive. Things that don’t get published to the web just privately cataloged for me. Gathering my thoughts in a beautiful interface that displays your life logged over time in a brilliant way. Whether its a quick post or full on essay DayOne can support it. The great thing about DayOne is aside from the desktop app it has support for both iPad & iPhone.

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All in One/Essential for Writers

Scrivener ($45 USD)

Aside from making this content possible the folks at Literature & Latte have developed an amazing all in one editor that is Scrivener.

Scrivener provides an amazing interface that’s useful for just about anything. Be it script writing, writing a book, or what have you. The great thing about Scrivener is that it has a whole organizational set of features for writers allowing you to structure, revise, and organize your thoughts in one application. What I find best about Scrivener is its studio based interface that makes it easy to access everything I need without constantly having to switch from one app to another. Simply the best and most advanced software for writers.

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All that said keep in mind while there are a ton of text editors out there you don’t have to just settle for one. Rather you can use each to your advantage depending on your usage & needs. Be sure to keep up with the series of content we’ll be publishing regarding writing & other tips to improving your writing experience & workflow.

 

Apple Employees to receive 50% off Apple Watch

Apple Employees to receive 50% off Apple Watch

The highly anticipated & talked about Apple Watch are set to kick off for pre-order April 10th. In line with that Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced a 50% discount for all Apple employees. Needless to say its a good time to work for Apple or at least know someone who does. The discount will apply to all locations as shipping roles out worldwide & applies to the Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport models and a $550 discount off the gold edition model.

Meaning prices will come down to:

Sport 38mm = $175

Sport 42mm=$200

Apple Watch 38mm= $275

Apple Watch 42mm= $300

Apple Watch Edition Gold 38mm= $9,450

Apple Watch Edition Gold 42mm=$11,450

This discount will last for 90 days giving enough time for those who really want one to grab one at half the price.

The full memo was released via Apple’s site & can be read down below:

Team,

The day we’ve all been waiting for is almost here: Apple Watch is ready to ship.

Our retail stores are training for a whole new way to engage customers and help them experience Apple’s most personal product yet. On Friday, in over four hundred stores across four continents, we’ll open our doors to people who want to try on Apple Watch for the first time and start deciding which one is right for them.

Tens of millions of people have seen our keynotes and demonstration videos about the watch, and there’s much more to come. Some of the most innovative developers in the world are working on new experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. More than one thousand apps were submitted in just four days last week when the App Store started accepting them, and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then.

I know that many of you have been looking forward to choosing an Apple Watch for yourselves, and we want to make it easy for you. Starting Friday, in countries where the watch is available for pre-order, a special Employee Purchase Plan will offer a 50% discount on any Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport for your personal use.

As we introduce the watch in more countries, the special pricing for employees will be offered in those countries as well. Discounts will begin at pre-order and last for 90 days after availability. AppleWeb has more details, so I invite you to check it out.

Our products enrich people’s lives like no others, and we think Apple Watch is going to delight our customers in ways people can’t yet imagine. We want you to share in that experience right alongside them.

Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers. And thanks in advance to the thousands of retail employees around the world who will start placing it on people’s wrists starting Friday.

Tim

The official release for the product will be April 24th while pre-orders start this Friday (April 10th).

Apple’s “Spring Forward” Event Recap

Apple’s “Spring Forward” Event Recap

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event has just wrapped up & here’s a full recap of everything announced. The primary focus of the event was to highlight the Apple Watch which was announced several months ago while also pushing some updates across the mac lineup.

Video Overview:

Opening Figures-

Apple Keynotes are known for their openings figures & sales this event was no different.

Main aspects from the introduction included

  • Over 120 million people have visited Apple Stores in the last quarter
  • 6 new stores released in China totaling 21 stores
  • 700 million+ iPhones sold

Apple TV-

Cook quickly took the time to touch on the Apple TV updates.

  • Price reduced from $100 to $70
  • HBO Now Introduced

HBO Now will be an exclusive deal to bring HBO’s content & popular shows such as Game of Thrones to the Apple TV platform for $15 a month.

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Research Kit-

Tim Cook then introduced Jeff Williams (Senior VP of Operations) to talk about the importance of research kit. Research kit’s aim to provide a powerful tool for medical research. Advancing how we gather data & making it easier for app developers to build these amazing applications. They went onto showcase some of these apps behind major diseases such as Parkinson’s & Diabetes.

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The “New” Macbook-

One of the more surprising announcements was the all new Macbook that’ll be in the middle of the laptop lineup. This all new macbook as it was touted is the thinnest laptop that Apple now offers. Redesigned from the ground up to provide a more portable & powerful experience from battery to design.

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From a pure engineering standpoint this laptop is an amazing feat as far as what they’ve crammed into while maintaining the power & battery life it offers. Some main takeaways from the Macbook are

  • $1,299 baseline price
  • 13.1 mm at its thickest point
  • Available in Gold, Silver, and Space Grey
  • 9-Hour Battery Life (Estimate)
  • All new keyboard/track mechanisms
  • USB C- All in one port

The all new profile does come at a cost. Your now limited to one “USB C” port that requires adapters to hook up USB, HDMI, and other devices. So port wise your very limited in this case with no other ports available outside of a 3.5 mm jack for headphones.

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Other major technology integrated into the Macbook is the all new trackpad which integrates new sensors & haptic feedback to really verify your clicks/presses. On top of that you can use OS X settings panel to control the tension of the trackpad.

Tech-Spec wise here’s the breakdown for the baseline model.

Retina Display 2304×1440

1.1GHz Intel Core M (Turbo to 2.4GHz)

8GB of memory

256 PCIe-based onboard flash storage 

Weight: 2.03 pounds

Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

 

Apple Watch:

Most of the Apple Watch was already known from a design & information perspective. The two main aspects we were lacking in was the release time frame & price point.

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Apple went onto reiterate their idea behind the watch & it being a personal device. They then went onto really specify their materials that go into each watch from the aluminum to steel. Even dedicated a section to showcasing WatchKit’s apps that have been developed thus far & how the interaction with the watch may look like.

Then it came down to brass tax.

Apple Sport Watch-

$350 for 38mm size

$400 for 42mm size

Apple Watch-

$550 for 38mm size

$600 for 42mm size

Apple Watch Edition-

$10,000+

Now each watch price not only depends on the size but the bands well from rubber to steel making it a very varying factor with prices across the board. More over the rumors surrounding the luxury end watch edition came priced at $10,000 to start & can go up to even $17,00 based on your customizations. This of course is very niche watch and Apple plans to offer this for a limited time to those who can afford it. Featuring 18K gold by itself already raises the price in this case your paying a premium for the right to own one of the exclusive watch editions. All watches feature the same specs only differing in material which the base is made of.

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Release date wise pre-orders start on April 10th & set to ship April 24th.

All in all Apple’s Spring Forward event was nothing new under the sun. The exception of course really came in the form of the Macbook which leaves much room for question regarding the macs lineup & future of the Air. The Watch front pretty much secured all notions of price & estimated April release time. We got to get a better look at the overall experience & how well it integrates with iOS & the iPhone in general. Acting as an extension of our every day convenience and irony aside give us time back while tracking it.

Stay tuned for more coverage regarding the event & in-depth look at the announcements.