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  • OWC CEO Talks SSD's, TRIM, Trimforce Command.

    Posted on 26/08/2015 by admin

    OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor recently wrote a guest article for hardware.itbusinessnet.com to shed some additional light on OWC SSDs and TRIM.

    In the article, he discusses some of the benefits and drawbacks of the command and the history of OWC SSDs and why there is no need for the TRIM command when using one.

    Be sure to check out the complete article by OWC Larry at: hardware.itbusinessnet.com/article/Trim-Talk-4034718


    This post was posted in OWC / Newer Technology, Uncategorized and was tagged with SSD, OWC SSD, TRIM

  • 5 Ways Mac Photos App Can Make Your Life Easier

    Posted on 24/08/2015 by admin

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    Perhaps you are the most amazing fan of the Mac Photos App, or perhaps, you hate it with a burning passion. Whichever the case, the thing is that the app is quite able, believe it or not. And so, it is not going to go away anytime soon.

    The app offers a great number of different features to please almost any photo enthusiast. That is, of course, as long as one does not like to hate it just for the sake of hating it.

    The Photos App, actually, has a number of features which can make your digital life super easy. And that is exactly the focus of this article.

    How can it do that? Let’s stop wasting time and get to the point straight.

    It can make your life easy when it comes to:

     

    1. Editing your snaps

    If you are like most people, then being able to edit your photos to your liking is important to you; regardless of how unproductive the task may really be.

    Good news is, if you know what you are doing, you can edit your photo within seconds with the help of the Photos app. You can easily enter the edit mode by pressing the ‘Edit’ button located near the corner in the top right portion of your screen. Or, you can simply use your keyboard’s ‘Return’ key for the purpose.

    Editing your favourite snaps with the help of the app is quite fun, actually. As soon as you enter the mode, the background becomes black and seven different buttons emerge toward the right side of the screen. The whole thing looks visually appealing.

    The first button is named ‘Enhance’, which has the job of enhancing the appearance of your photo. Clicking the button elevates your image automatically, by either adjusting saturation a bit, or making changes to brightness, or doing something else.

    The second button is called ‘Rotate’. When you click the button, your image gets rotated counterclockwise by 90 degrees at once. The button is helpful to deal with images which seem somewhat skewed.

    The ‘Crop’ option, which is the third button, allows you to get rid of any unwanted side space of your photo. While it does a great job of bringing attention to the main subject by eliminating distraction, it also proves to be useful for straightening your photo. That is because you can use the manual crop feature to drag the different image corners. The button also gives you the ability to crop your image with the help of aspect ratios, for example 4:3 or 16:9.

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    The next or fourth option, ‘Filters’, presents you with 9 different instant filters which possess the power to alter the saturation and colour of the image you are dealing with. The button makes changing colours really easy. For instance, you can make your photo monochrome from colour using just one click!

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    As far as the ‘Adjust’ button is concerned, it can be regarded as something that puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to getting rid of exposure, shadows, highlights, contrast, brightness, and black portions.

    The sixth button is known as ‘Retouch’. True to its name, it enables you to get rid of any unwanted scratches or spots that your photo may have.

    And finally, the last option called ‘Red-Eye’ does exactly what you think it does. That is, it removes any ghostly red-eye colour that may be making your photo a bit ugly.

    The best part about editing a photo with the help of the Photos app is that you can easily get your original version back after editing your photo. Even if you save your photo with the help of the yellowish ‘Done’ button, you can still find your original.

    2. Sharing special moments

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    Photo sharing is one of those things that we just do nowadays. We do not even think about it anymore consciously. It has become a part of our day to day lives, like a habit almost. Still, many apps in the market can make the job quite dreadful.

    When you are dealing with the Photos app, sharing your photos no longer seems like a dreaded task. Instead, it seems like fun.

    You can choose from two different sharing modes. The first mode is Standard. The second option is through iCloud. With the help of the latter, you can share your photos using Facebook, Flickr, Mail, AirDrop or Messages. Doing the same is really easy. All you have to do is pick your favourite images followed by clicking on the ‘Share’ option.

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    Although the Standard share option has its pros, iCloud seems to fare far better. That is because it is the option that gives you the ability to share your holiday photos with a select few friends or relatives. You can choose who can see your photos by inviting people manually. The images you share can be found in a scrolling wall of photos, and even your friends and relatives can add their shares to it. In the wall, you can see photos individually, or with the help of a slideshow.

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    3. Getting to the nitty-gritty

    Sometimes, finding out the small things about a photo becomes important. Keeping that in mind, the app makes finding out what a particular photo is all about really straightforward. By clicking on the round ‘i’ button, you can view all the details associated with a photo. You can become aware of the camera model, and you can see the correct resolution. You can even come to know its location in case GPS integration was used at the time of capturing it. Not just that, if you wish you can expand the information present by adding title, keywords, description and other data, meant to make search easy. Note that the information page can be located by pressing ‘Command’ + ‘i’ on your computer’s keyboard, as well.

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    4. Creating mesmerising projects

    During those times when you want to print your photos, or prepare cards with them, or craft a beautiful calendar with their help, the app can come to your rescue. With its ‘Projects’ option, you can create a new project and design it to your heart’s desire. You can even create beautiful slideshows and books with the help of the same.

    In order to order print of your photos, or start a project, or form a slideshow, you need to choose the photos you want to incorporate from your Albums or Photos, and then pick the kind of project you want o start from the various menu options. Even though all of the menu options are nice and exciting, the ‘Cards’ option especially impresses as it has the ability to create truly eye-catching greeting cards. You can even get embossed letterpress type of cards formed with the help of the app. As far as books go, you can get hardcover edition, or soft edition. The interesting thing is that you can even pick a book shape: rectangular or square. Another thrilling aspect is that the learning curves associated with completing the different projects are quite short and easy.

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    5. Savouring photo albums

    Not many photo applications give you the convenience of storing your photos in different albums. Mac Photos app does, however.

    The Album feature comes handy when you have thousands of vacation photos and not all of them are great, which is the typical case with holidays. With the help of the feature, you can differentiate between the ones you love the most and the ones that you do not love all that much.

    In order to create an Album of photos, you have to pick the desired photos from your photo library. The relieving part is, even if you delete one photo from your album, it remains in your library. So, you can just go ahead and do whatever you like with your album photos without fearing any loss of data.

    Creating an Album is a good idea to categorise photos. For example, if you click a few hundred wedding photos, you can categorise them into different categories, such as reception, wedding and the likes.

    What is intriguing about the app, however, is that the app is able to categorise photos to different albums simply by following an advanced process. It categorises photos according to last date, face, time lapse, and many other criteria. The app even has the ability to categorize photos according to the iOS app using which it was taken. For instance, if certain photos are associated with Instagram, and others are with FX Photo Studio, the app differentiates between those by creating two distinct folders.

    The feature of smart album is one of the most precious features the app offers without a doubt. In order to create a new one, you just need to click on "File" menu then go to ‘New Smart Album’, and then provide a description of what you want it to be about. The reason smart albums are regarded that way is because they empower you to categorise photos using criteria like a specific face, before a certain date, and many other complex things.

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    The point is this: in case you have not tried it out yet, go ahead and give it a shot. We believe it will not disappoint you.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Photos, sharing, photo app apple

  • OWC Playstation 4 Kit Gets Top Honour, OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock "sets the standard"

    Posted on 19/08/2015 by admin

     

    If you want to load more games, movies and other content and not have to take any data of your PS4, then the OWC Drive PlayStation 4 Upgrade Kit from Macfixit Australia is your ideal solution. Heavy.com just did a comparison of four other upgrade kits for PlayStation 4 and the OWC kit had the best rating in the game!

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    Hold on, there’s more than the PS4 kit that’s being praised. The appleJAC Apple user group just gave the 5th Edition OWC ThunderBay 4 mini RAID a resounding endorsement for its “incredible performance and flexibility.”

    What do the reviewers have to say about OWC and NewTech products? Check out the links below to find out:

    OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock Gets a Perfect 5 Stars:
    www.examiner.com/review/setting-the-standard-other-world-computing-s-thunderbolt-2-dock

    NuGuard KX ‘is lean, mean and equal to what you will find in a bulkier [case]’
    www.mobilebeat.com/built-to-survive-the-nuguard-kx/

    Win an OWC 1TB Hard Drive Upgrade Kit for Xbox One:
    www.examiner.com/article/examiner-sweepstakes-for-a-1tb-owc-external-drive


    This post was posted in Playstation PS4, Product recommendation, Thunderbolt and was tagged with Thunderbolt, thunderbolt dock, thunderbolt 2, playstation upgrade

  • We're moving!

    Posted on 05/08/2015 by admin

    Dear customers,

    In this ever-changing world of the online retail business Macfixit strives to provide the best service possible. Over the last couple of years we have made some significant changes, but the biggest one is yet to come.

    As of the 1st of August 2015 we’ve decided to use a third party logistic company to fulfil our orders and manage our stock. This will allow us to process orders more effectively and efficiently compared to previous years . This will give us the resources to keep up with the monthly fluctuations of the business  and stay on top of all the orders you send our way.

    Unfortunately it also means that we will no longer be able to see you in our North Melbourne office. As our stock will not be located here anymore, store pickup or over the counter sales will no longer be possible. We are already looking into offering other options to compensate for this but we still need to work out some details.

    As you can imagine this is a big move and we’re working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. However we will have to slow down operations for a few of days in order to physically move our stock. We ask you to please bear with us and keep in mind that some orders might be slightly delayed.

    Thanks for sticking with us for the last 9 years and we’re hoping that there is many more to come.

    Kind Regards,
    The Macfixit Team


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Macfixit, moving, pickup, walk-in.

  • iPhone 6S assembled display photos

    Posted on 03/08/2015 by admin

    We've just managed to grab from our Chinese supplier some photos of what seems to be the new iPhone 6S Display Assembly.

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    A new sensor is visible which would confirm that this new model will come with Force Touch like the Apple Watch.

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    The New iPhones are rumoured to be released in September/October.

    Macfixit will of course sell replacement parts as soon as they are available on booth our Australian Store as well as a brand new European Store that will be launching soon.

    In the meantime check out our range of cases that should work just fine with the new iPhone 6S.

     


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Rumours, Parts, iPhone 6S

  • How to request a product return with Macfixit (RMA procedure)

    Posted on 11/02/2015 by admin

    1. First, you will need to log into your user account.
    https://www.macfixit.com.au/customer/account/login/

    If you placed your order as a guest, you’ll need to follow the link below in order to create an account.
    https://www.macfixit.com.au/index.php/GuestAccount/Front/AccountForm

     

    2. Once you have reached the user dashboard, you will need to click on the product return link on the left hand side of the screen.

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    3. From this section you will be able to see your returns history and request a new product return. You can do this by clicking on the grey button that we’ve highlighted on the screenshot below.

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    4. Select the order that the item that you wish to return belongs to.

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    5. Once you’ve reached this area, you will find two information fields. Please check that the personal details in the “main information” box are correct. In the “products” box you will need to specify how many units you wish to return, the reason for returning them, and a quick description of the issue that you’ve encountered.

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    6. Click on the “Submit request” button.

     

    7. Once this is done, a member of our staff will get back to you to confirm that you're eligible for the return. You will also receive an email asking you to log back into your account to print the appropriate documents.

    Please note: we try to review all return requests within 48 hours. If you haven’t heard back from us after a week, please login to your account to check the status of your return. Alternatively you’re more than welcome to contact our support team at helpdesk@macfixit.com.au.

     

    8. Once the status of your return has switched to “product return accepted”, please click on the “view” link on the right hand side.

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    9. Click on the “Print Product Return Form” button.

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    10. Please read the terms and conditions carefully, tick the “I Agree” box, and then the “Submit” button to print the documentation.

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    11. Pack your item safely with the relevant paperwork, and ship it to:

    Return Department
    Macfixit Australia
    2 Lothian Street
    North Melbourne
    Victoria 3051

    Please keep in mind that all returns must be sent out within the RMA validity period.

    As always, please let us know if you have any issues doing this and we’ll be more than happy to give you a hand!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    This post was posted in How To, Tips/Trick

  • Apple Creates Webpage to Check Activation Lock Status on iOS Devices

    Posted on 02/10/2014 by admin

    The release of iOS7 has given iCloud users the ability to prevent anyone from erasing or activating their iDevices without entering their Apple ID and password first.

    This feature is designed to prevent mobile devices from being stolen and it has helped to reduce iPhone-related theft in Major cities. However it turned out to be an issue for the iPhone's second hand market. The feature must be disabled before a device is passed on or sold to another person. Failure to do so, renders the device unusable for the new owner.

    From now on you can very easily check online if the device is locked before your purchase it. Just enter the IMEI or Serial number on this page. If the lock is ON you'll need to make sure the current user disable it by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. If the lock is OFF, you're good to go as the device can be erased by anyone.

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    This post was posted in How To, Tips/Trick

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus teardown

    Posted on 19/09/2014 by admin

    Once again our good friends at iFixit have come all the way down to our office in North Melbourne to do their famous iPhone teardown.

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    Thanks to the magic of time zones,  Australia is the first country to have the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release worldwide.  This is why iFixit flew from California to get their hands on the new phones on the very first hour of release.

    You can follow their live teardown here.

    If you need a case to protect yours you can find some here for the iPhone 6 or here for the iPhone 6 Plus.


    This post was posted in How To, News

  • Apple Initiates iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

    Posted on 27/08/2014 by admin

    Apple has begun an iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program to replace the batteries of a small percentage of iPhone 5 units that have a faulty battery resulting in a shorter battery life and longer, more frequent charging times.

    iPhone 5 devices exhibiting battery issues were sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 and are eligible for a free battery replacement.

    "Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

    If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge."

    Apple says the issue affects only a "limited serial number range." iPhone 5 users can input their serial numbers on Apple's replacement site to find out whether their phones need a new battery. Those who do have a faulty battery can get a replacement through an Apple Authorized Service Provider, an Apple Retail Store, or through Apple Technical support.

    Users who already paid to replace their batteries will be eligible to receive a refund for the cost of the battery from Apple. Apple's support site says the program covers iPhone 5 batteries for two years after the first retail sale of the unit or until March 1, 2015, whichever provides longer coverage. Replacements will be available in Australia on August 29.

    In addition to the new Battery Replacement Program, Apple also has a replacement program for iPhone 5 units that have a faulty sleep/wake button, which also provides repairs at no cost. Some iPhone 5s units have also experienced faulty battery life but Apple opted to reach out individually to affected users rather than implementing a replacement program for those devices.

    Source : macrumors.com


    This post was posted in Uncategorized

  • What is the difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III?

    Posted on 01/08/2014 by admin

    This is a question that our customer service representatives get asked almost every week and there is a reason why. While most people know what SATA is, it get's quite confusing to differentiate between the different revisions of the interface, here is a quick explanation :

    SATA I (revision 1.x) interface, formally known as SATA 1.5Gb/s, is the first generation SATA interface running at 1.5 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 150MB/s.

    SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, is a second generation SATA interface running at 3.0 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 300MB/s.

    SATA III (revision 3.x) interface, formally known as SATA 6Gb/s, is a third generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 600MB/s. This interface is backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s interface.

    SATA II specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I ports. SATA III specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I and SATA II ports. However, the maximum speed of the drive will be slower due to the lower speed limitations of the port.

    Special note for specific 2009 iMacs, 2008-2010 MacBooks & 2008-2009 MacBook Pros.

    We highly recommend the use of a SATA 2.0 (3Gb/s) SSD such as the OWC Mercury Electra 3G for the following Macs:

    • iMac10,1
    • iMac11,1
    • MacBook5,1
    • MacBook6,1
    • MacBook7,1
    • MacBookPro5,1
    • MacBookPro5,2
    • MacBookPro5,3
    • MacBookPro5,4
    • MacBookPro5,5

    While a 6G SSD does function, it will only do so at SATA Revision 1.0 (1.5Gb/s, 150MB/s) speeds rather that the SATA Revision 2.0 (3.0Gb/s 300MB/s) speed the computer can deliver.

    What about the future ?

    SATA III is starting to show some limits now with the latest generation of  Thunderbolt 2 (20Gb/s) is showing up everywhere. With the ongoing race against speed it seems that the next step for quicker storage will be towards PCI SSD that will allow us to get over the limitation of SATA connectors.


    This post was posted in OWC / Newer Technology, Product recommendation, Tips/Trick and was tagged with OWC / Newer Technology, SATA, I, II, III, PCI, SSD, Mercury Electra

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