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By Vlad Precup

Founder of IT Remote Solutions

10 best RSS Readers in the Mac App Store

Hi Remoters,

¿Do you like to read the newspaper? I am sure you do that´s why today I will give you some details about the best RSS Readers in the App Store.

 

1. Caffeinated

Caffeinated is a well designed and elegant reader which has attracted very good reviews in the App Store. The layout shows each news feed organised into categories with the news displayed in the main window. Bookmarks can be created for your favourite articles, and it’s possible to share items with various social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Like many such applications, a Readability mode lets you view the full article in a stripped-down layout without ads.

More details: App Store Link

Caffeinated Screenshot

 


2. Fresh Feed

Fresh Feed focuses on simplicity. The application sits in the Mac’s menu bar and is updated in real time. Just click the icon to view a list of news, and on individual news stories to view in Safari. The Pro version can synchronise with Google Reader and also read out the news titles. Watch out Siri!

More details: App Store link

Fresh Feed Screenshot

 


3. Mixtab

Mixtab is an eye-catching RSS news reader that organises topics in a rather stylish way. The app uses “tabs” which in this context are simply top-level menus menus that show feed collections. You can create new tabs and organise them however you desire, as well as customise the content within and choose an overall theme from a selection of built-in templates.

Mixtab also works in Lion’s full screen mode, and is probably one of the most pleasant ways to read the news. It requires you to create an account with Mixtab, but it takes just seconds to set one up.

More details: App Store Link


4. MobileRSS

MobileRSS has been available for the iPhone and iPad since July 2011, and the Mac version has almost identical functionality. The app is simply a Google Reader client so you need to have a Google account to use it, but it synchronises perfectly and has lots of sharing options such as posting to Twitter and Instapaper. There are multiple view layouts and you can even download full articles for specified feeds to read later.

More details: App Store Link

MobileRSS Screenshot

 


5. NewsBar

NewsBar is a little unusual amongst the Mac RSS readers, because it shows the news in a semi-transparent sidebar on your desktop screen which is updated in real-time. There are dozens of useful features such as single-click to pop-up and read, or double-click to open the full story in the browser, as well as optional synchronisation with a Google Reader account, plus favourites, a customisable interface and much more.

More details: App Store Link

NewsBar Screenshot

 


6. NewsFire

NewsFire is quite old now and hasn’t been updated for some time, but it has a very functionality and uncluttered interface that contains just the most essential features. You can’t synchronise with Google Reader unfortunately, but as a very basic RSS  reader which does exactly what it says, it’s a pretty decent application.

More details: App Store link

NewsFire Screenshot

 


7. NewsRack

NewsRack uses a tabbed interface and thumbnail previews of each story (something that many readers don’t have) and just like most RSS apps, NewsRack can synchronise with your Google Reader account (but this is purely optional). It’s not the cheapest RSS reader but it has most of the key features covered. Interestingly, it can also be extended with AppleScript, so anyone that likes to tinker in such things might espeically enjoy NewsRack.

More details: App Store Link

NewsRack Screenshot

 


8. Reeder

Reeder has the honour of being many people’s favourite RSS reader and is consistently popular on the iPad, iPhone and Mac. It requires a Google Reader account to work but that’s easy enough to set up. Feeds are displayed in a list and organised in topics of your choosing such as Technology, Sport and so on, and it has all the usual options to mark feeds (or individual stories) as read, or to “star” them as favourites.

There’s plenty of sharing options in Reeder and Readability is also supported. Select an article headline and you’re taken to the original story inside the app itself, or you can view the original in Safari. A great little news reader indeed, and one that’s become deservedly popular.

More details: App Store Link

Reeder Screenshot

 


9. RSS Menu

RSS Menu it’s quite unique because it doesn’t have its own application window, but as the name suggests it uses a systemwide drop-down menu instead. This means it’s easily accessible from any screen on your Mac – even in full-screen mode. Whilst some people might prefer a more traditional windowed approach, RSS menu does its job well as a handy news reading application.

More details: App Store Link

RSS Menu Screenshot

 


10. RSS Ticker For Google Reader

RSS Ticker For Google Reader not only presents RSS news feeds and syncs with a Google Reader account, but it has a rather nice ticker that constantly scrolls feeds across the title bar in the chosen space, much like a rolling news channel. There’s also a more traditional list view layout to view each story in more detail. The usual options are present, such as being able to star favourites and showing the number of unread items in the application’s Dock icon.

I use Pulp the app but I strongly recommend each one of this apps.

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How to save battery life iPhone iOS7

Hi everybody,

In today´s post I would like to show you some tricks to save your battery in iPhone iOs7.

iOS7 is all kinds of sexy, but with a slew of fancy new features comes more strain on the ever-important statistic of battery lifeiOS 7 is compatible with iPhone 4 or later (though not all features are supported on older devices), so if you’re upgrading your current device to the new operating system, there’s a good chance you could see a noticeable decrease in battery life.

App Refresh

Disable background refresh

iOS 7 lets certain apps refresh even when you’re not using them, which is both super convenient and a big problem for users who want the most out of their batteries. Disabling Background Refresh entirely would be your best bet, but even disabling the feature on just a few apps should help your device remain lively for a bit longer.

NEar

Alter your location services

It seems like just about every app wants to track your location these days. For some apps, like Maps, this makes a lot of sense, but if you’ve authorized other apps (TwitterFacebook) to track your location without actually using the in-app features that go along with it, you should turn it off. In addition to apps, iOS 7 has a whole host of system-level options for location tracking, including local advertising and even the compass. If you don’t use the apps to begin with, turning off the GPS tracking won’t do much, but if you can disable tracking for a few of your most-used apps, you could see a decent boost in battery life.

Bright

Turn off notifications for all unnecessary apps

It’s time to play your favourite game again, We’ve got a special treat for you. Why haven’t you been on a run recently Notifications from games and apps can not only be annoying but also a battery drain. Go to Settings > Notification Centre and then see what Apps are giving what notifications. Turn the off and your battery life will go up.

Turn off Stock notifications

Do you really need stock updates every time you check the Notification Centre If the answer is no, then good news, more battery saving potentials. To turn Stocks off go to Settings > Notification Centre > Stocks and say no.

 

Stop iOS 7 tracking where you hangout

iOS 7 keeps a track on where you hang out most, allowing it to cache relevant nearby data. Once you’ve used iOS 7 for a while, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services to view a list of where you’ve been most. If you are worried you can turn this feature off in the same place.

Shut down unwanted apps

Apple’s new Multitasking feature is really easy to use and makes it a lot easier to shut down apps. Apple says that when you aren’t using an app it sits there doing nothing. If you don’t believe that every so often double tap the Home button and then swipe those app cards to the top of the screen to close what you aren’t using.

Not using AirDrop? Kill it

iOS 7 introduces AirDrop to the iPhone for the first time, but even if you find yourself using the handy Dropbox-style feature from time to time, you should be turning it off when you don’t need it. This is made easy by the new Control Center in iOS 7, which can be brought up by swiping upwards on the home screen. From here, it’s just two taps to either enable or disable AirDrop, and while you’re here, you can also disable Bluetooth and/or WiFi to help save additional battery life when you’re not using them. Note: AirDrop is not available on the iPhone 4 or 4S.

So there you have a few tricks to save your battery life.

So here you have the status of you battery, always green and charged 😀

Battery

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Wi-Fi T-Shirt

Hi Remoters,

¿Wanna stay connected? Very easy just try this new Wi-Fi T-Shirt and find your connection.

Forget pulling out your phone or laptop to see if you have WiFi signal, let your shirt do it for you! Our amazing Wifi T-shirt is a must for geeks and non-geeks alike. Watch it illuminate to show actual WiFi signal strength. Our Wifi T-shirt illuminates with 802.11b or 802.11g showing the precise strength.

 

wifi-350a

 

 

So how does it work?…. Electro-luminescence (EL) is a technology in which a small electric current is passed through a phosphorus material. This current causes the material to radiate light. Electro-luminescence generates no heat and requires a very low power source, is light weight, flexible, durable, waterproof and landfill friendly because it’s production uses no hazardous materials. Just turn on the small battery pack that fits snugly in an interior pocket of the shirt and watch it go!

¿How it works video?


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10 Features In Mavericks That Will Boost Your Productivity

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Today I want to show 10 features that will boost your productivity.

Enhanced Dictation: This one may change the way you work on your computer. Dictation has been built-in to OSX for years, but the new Enhanced Dictation will show you the dictation in real-time as you’re talking—no more “thinking” ellipses. Regular dictation is ready to use when you upgrade to Mavericks, but you must unlock the enhanced version. To do this go to System Preferences > Dictation & Speech and selected Enhanced Dictation. This downloads the dictation engine so its faster and accessible when you’re offline. When you’re in the preferences, be sure to select a keyboard shortcut that you’ll remember to quickly launch dictation.

Tabbed Finder: If you’re like me you have 10 different windows open from the various projects you’re working on simultaneously. Now, instead of launching a new window as you dig around for that file you can open a new tab (Command + T)  within your existing window. Even better (and my favorite aspect of this feature), you can click Window > Merge All Windows and it will consolidate all of your open Finder windows into a single tabbed window.

Website Notifications: By now you’re probably use to the notifications you receive on your smartphone from social networks and websites alerting you of breaking news. Now, you can get website notifications on your desktop too—even when you’re offline! Of course, this means websites need to offer them. This feature may be in its infancy, but I suspect within the next few months many websites will begin offering notifications announcing sales, new products, etc. (

Do Not Disturb: Since you can now get notifications when you’re online, offline, from websites, mail, messages, etc. it’s nice to know you can quickly mute the noise when you need to buckle down and focus. This works just like Do Not Disturb on iOS devices. One trick to quickly access this is to type “Do Not Disturb” into Spotlight (the system-wide search). Appearing at the top of the results should be Notifications. Click this and it takes you right where you need to be to turn it on. If you have a regular time when you don’t want to be disturbed, you can set that up here as well.

Install Tonight: Honestly, is there anything worse than flipping on your computer and/or getting deeply involved in a project when you get hit with an alert telling you there’s a software update? You would normally either ignore it or shut down the application you’re using and wait for it to install, restart your computer and then get back to work. Now, you can click Try Tonight and it will conduct the install between 2:00 and 5:00 a.m. If it needs to restart your computer it will bring everything back up just the way you left it after the restart.

Remote Highlighting: This feature is fantastic when you’re working on projects. Using the Screen Sharing feature (accessed through Messages), you can now highlight and point to areas on the screen to help walk a colleague through what you’re talking about. This new feature is also great when you’re training a remote workforce (love this)

Airplay Display: If you live in the Apple ecosystem and also have an Apple TV device, you can now use your TV as a second screen through Airplay. Just select the Airplay icon at the top of your screen and choose Apple TV > Extend Desktop. This acts as one wide screen—just keep moving your mouse to the right and you’ll see it pop up on your TV like magic.

Share Maps: The Apple ecosystem-love continues with the shared maps feature. You can now look up directions to your next meeting on your desktop with the Maps app and then click the Share button at the top of the map and send it directly to your iPhone. An alert will pop up on your phone almost immediately. You can also share the directions through e-mail, Messages and AirDrop.

Password Generator: Everyone hates passwords, which is why I endorse anything that makes them more secure and easier to use. Using a combination of tools, Safari can now generate more secure passwords when you’re signing up for a service and then remember that password across all of your iOS devices. To enable this feature you’ll need to enable Keychain within iCloud (System Preferences > iCloud > check Keychain). Since a lot of websites don’t like you saving or autofilling your passwords, you’ll also need to override their request. To do this go to Safari > Preferences > Passwords > and select the box that says “Allow AutoFill even for websites that request passwords not be saved.” The next time you visit a site that requires you to set up a password, Safari will automatically suggest one, store it, and make it available across all your devices so you never need to remember it.

So enjoy this new features and like always if you have any comments please just share them below.

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Encrypt any disk in Mavericks

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¿Do you have important data in your Macbook? Are you afraid that someone or somehow somebody can extract that information from your compurte? I will show you a quick solution to all that.

One of the more interesting—and less visible—new features in Mavericks the ability to encrypt almost any disk. OS X has long offered the ability to encrypt your startup disk using Apple’s FileVault, but Mavericks extends this feature to other disks, even to simple USB flash drives. Here is an overview of how this feature works, how you can encrypt and decrypt a disk, and what options you have when doing so.

 

Encrypt a disk from the Finder

This new full-disk encryption feature is well hidden in Mavericks. Typically, you use Apple’s Disk Utility (in /Applications/Utilities) to work with hard disks or other types of removable media. Disk Utility can erase, partition, and repair hard disks, but curiously, it cannot encrypt a hard disk.

Control-click to encrypt To encrypt a disk, instead right- or Control-click on a hard disk’s icon on the Desktop, or in a Finder window sidebar. Choose Encrypt Disk Name and enter a password. You’ll have to enter the password a second time, and you won’t be able to go any further unless you also enter a password hint. You need to choose a good, secure password, but it shouldn’t be something too complicated.

You’ll most likely use the encryption feature for a portable disk you carry around with you. When you connect the disk to your Mac, or to someone else’s Mac, you’ll need to remember the password to access the files. When you use the disk with your Mac, or, say, a Mac at work, you can store the password in the keychain.

Expect a wait After you’ve entered your password, and clicked on Encrypt Disk, you’ll have to wait. Depending on how big your disk is, your wait could be a few minutes or several hours. In my tests, I found even a 1GB flash drive took several minutes to encrypt. Unfortunately, there is no progress bar, so you have no way of knowing how long this process will take. The only way to be sure something is happening is if the disc has an LED that flashes as it is being read or written to. For this reason, if you are encrypting a large hard disk, you may want to let the process go overnight.

When the disk is finished encrypting (the blinking light on your drive will be your clue), eject it as you would any other disk. When you next connect it to your Mac, a dialogue box will display asking you to enter your password. You can select Remember This Password In My Keychain if you wish to use this disk often and don’t want to have to enter the password every time. If you forget the password, click on Show Hint to see the hint that you recorded. Click on Unlock to allow OS X to decrypt the disk.

Don’t lose your password Copy files to and from this disk, and they will be encrypted or decrypted on the fly. This feature uses uses full disk, XTS-AES 128 encryption, which is secure enough for most uses. But I cannot stress enough that if you lose this password, you will not have access to any of the files on the disk. Period. Unlike FileVault, which presents you with a “recovery key” that you can use if you’ve lost your password, there is no safety net here.

If you ever want to turn off encryption, right- or Control-click on the disk and choose Decrypt Disk Name. Enter your password, then click on Turn Off Encryption. As with the encryption process, there is no progress bar or other feedback.

While you can turn on or off encryption while your disk contains files, there is always the chance that something may go wrong. It’s best to make sure you have a copy of those files before encrypting or decrypting.

Use disk encryption from the command line

Can you encrypt your disks from the command line? Of course you can. If you’re not the geeky type, you may not want to read any further. But if you do know how to wield Terminal commands and want more feedback about the encryption process, the following will certainly interest you.

Prepare a disk by converting You encrypt disks with the diskutil command, but first, you have to convert them to a format called CoreStorage.

Start by running this command:

diskutil list

This returns a list of all the disks connected to your Mac. For example, on my Mac, I see this:

diskutil list
/dev/disk0
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme               *251.0 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI                209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Mac OS X       250.1 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD    650.0 MB   disk0s3
/dev/disk1
   #:                       TYPE NAME           SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme               *2.0 TB     disk1
   1:                        EFI                209.7 MB   disk1s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Music Ext      2.0 TB     disk1s2
/dev/disk2
   #:                       TYPE NAME           SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme               *2.0 TB     disk2
   1:                        EFI                209.7 MB   disk2s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Boot Backup    150.0 GB   disk2s2
   3:                  Apple_HFS Backup         1.6 TB     disk2s3
   4:                  Apple_HFS TM Backup      249.4 GB   disk2s4
/dev/disk3
   #:                       TYPE NAME           SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme               *750.2 GB   disk3
   1:                        EFI                209.7 MB   disk3s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Music          749.8 GB   disk3s2
/dev/disk4
   #:                       TYPE NAME           SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme               *1.0 GB     disk4
   1:                  Apple_HFS Untitled       1.0 GB     disk4s1

The disk I want to encrypt is the last one, called Untitled. To the right of its name, you can see its identifier, disk4s1. With that information, I can convert the disk to the CoreStorage format with the following command:

sudo diskutil corestorage convert disk4s1

Terminal will request your administrator’s password, then will begin the conversion process. Note that you’ll even see a progress bar on the last line in Terminal, as below.

Started CoreStorage operation on disk4s1 Untitled $Resizing disk to fit Core Storage headers $[ | 0%..10%.............................................. ]

When this process has completed, you’ll be shown information about the disk in Terminal:

$Creating Core Storage Logical Volume Group
$Attempting to unmount disk4s1
$Switching disk4s1 to Core Storage
$Waiting for Logical Volume to appear
$Mounting Logical Volume
$Core Storage LVG UUID: C33BF3C6-B808-4BE4-8D18-02DBC0151667
$Core Storage PV UUID: 9D312FD5-33F1-4A53-8F49-1C64010710D1
$Core Storage LV UUID: 2D74D3DA-95DF-4652-A48C-CDC86898B5EF
$Core Storage disk: disk5
$Finished CoreStorage operation on disk4s1 Untitled

Encrypt the disk The important information above is the LV UUID, or logical volume universally unique identifier. Using that information, you can then run the command to encrypt the disk, as follows:

sudo diskutil corestorage encryptvolume 2D74D3DA-95DF-4652-A48C-CDC86898B5EF -passphrase password

Replace password with your password. And make sure you don’t forget it!

You’ll see the following when the process is finished; as above, with the method of encrypting a disk from the Finder, this may take a while:

Started CoreStorage operation on disk5 Untitled
$Scheduling encryption of Core Storage Logical Volume
$Core Storage LV UUID: 2D74D3DA-95DF-4652-A48C-CDC86898B5EF
$Finished CoreStorage operation on disk5 Untitled

At this point, your disk is now encrypted. You can eject it from the Finder (or, if you want to stay in Terminal, you can eject it with this command: diskutil eject Untitled), and use it as described above. The next time you connect it to a Mac, you’ll be asked for the password.

Decrypt the disk Decrypting a disk from the command line is pretty simple. Here’s the command you can use, with the LV UUID we saw above. Replace password with your password.

diskutil cs decryptvolume 2D74D3DA-95DF-4652-A48C-CDC86898B5EF -passphrase password

For most users, encrypting volumes in the Finder is simplest option, but power users may enjoy the feedback and control they get with the command line. Either way, Mavericks new encryption feature is a great way to secure portable disks to carry sensitive files.
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