Week of March 10, 2014 Recap

In what I hope will become a weekly thing on One Button Mouse, a recap of news in the technology and Apple world for the week of March 10, 2014.

News/Bits

iOS 7.1 – In what is probably the biggest news piece this week, Apple finally unleashed iOS 7.1 upon the world. From improving iPhone 4 support to interface annoyances such as the dreaded shift key change, this update has it all. Well, it doesn’t make your iPhone waterproof like iOS 7 was claimed to do. Maybe iOS 8 will have that.

Office for Mac – Vaguely announced earlier this week, Microsoft officials went on record to state an update to Office for Mac was coming later this year. The good news is, if you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you’ll get the update free of charge. The bad news? You have to be an Office 365 subscriber. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay an upgrade fee to get the Office suite.

OneNote for Mac – Finally (?), it seems that Microsoft is going to release OneNote for Mac later this month, and for free. This will probably give insight to what the new version of Office for Mac will look like, or it could be a complete UI disaster. This has nothing to do with Evernote being free and successful. No, not at all.

Office 365 Personal – Wow, a lot of Microsoft news this week. Anyhow, Microsoft will soon be offering Office 365 Personal, meant for households with just one computer, at the low, low cost of just $6.99/month or $69.99/year. Honestly, if you really, really need Office, pony up the extra $3/month and get Office 365 Home; you’ll have a license for up to 5 computers (PC and Mac, can be mixed). But then again, if you’re like a lot of Mac users, you have a certain hatred for this company and probably use iWork or another low-cost Office suite.

The Internet turns 25 – The fact that I’m actually older than the internet is just…no. I refuse to acknowledge it. It’s bad enough my kids ask if I had the internet when growing up; I didn’t need to be reminded of how quick 25 years has passed.

Link of the week

From Phones to Tablets: 26 Apple Designs That Never Came To Be – Just as the title states, some interesting design concepts of Apple products over the years. (via The Loop)

Random Tech Tidbit

On 14 March 1994, Linux 1.0.0 was released, with 176,250 lines of code. (via WikiPedia)

Apple CarPlay Infotainment System Runs on BlackBerry’s QNX

Connectivity to smartphones and other mobile devices is a key strength of QNX Software Systems’ platform for car infotainment systems, and many automakers and tier one automotive suppliers use our platform to implement smartphone/head-unit integration in their vehicles. We have a long-standing partnership with Apple to ensure high-quality connectivity with their devices, and this partnership extends to support for Apple CarPlay.

It’s not really a surprise since QNX lists Apple as a strategic partner in automotive. I for one can’t wait to see how CarPlay will be used in future car manufacturers and models.


Use Google Fonts On Your Computer via SkyFonts

I’m a huge fan of Google fonts. In fact, this website is powered by the Quattrocento font from Google. So, it’s no surprise that I find myself wishing I could use some of the fonts on my computer for whatever I choose.

Last week, I learned of SkyFonts from the Fonts.com website:

We are proud to have teamed up with Google to offer desktop versions of their popular Google Fonts free of charge. Offered for use in print, these fonts are delivered using SkyFont’s patent-pending font delivery technology and can be used anywhere.

Each time a font is updated — such as when new characters are added — SkyFonts will automatically update the font on your device. Syncing Google Fonts with SkyFonts will also improve your web browsing experience, by cutting the time spent downloading fonts.

skyfont window

This is great for those working on personal writing project and want something that’s not available on their own machine, and are on a budget. The fonts offered by Google aren’t bad at all; there are plenty to choose from, so be ready to spend some time looking for a font or two. That is, if you’re not anti-Google like a lot of people seem to be lately.

The only downside to this is that if you share files with other users, the font you choose may not be available to them unless they also have the app and font installed on their machine.

Check it out here. (Available for Mac and Windows)

30 Years of Macintosh

original macintosh 128k

I considered writing a post about the original Macintosh and how the past 30 years have impacted the computing industry. However, I realized that almost every Mac website and personal tech blogs would post about this. So, instead, I’ll post a few links I found interesting.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out my first Mac: 20 Years of Using A Mac: Macintosh Performa 475

Hard to believe I was only 3 when the original Macintosh came out, but in retrospect, I’m very thankful I grew up in a Mac household instead of having to discover Apple on my own.

HP brings back Windows 7 ‘by popular demand’

HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that “Windows 7 is back.” A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of “savings,” has launched on HP’s website with a “back by popular demand” slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.

I’ve played with Windows 8 and while you can customize it to be able to boot directly into the desktop to get the traditional Windows look and feel, try talking to your parents or other relatives through the process to do that…it’s frustrating, to say the least.

Good move by HP; I just wonder how long this will last.


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