Huge Sale on Apple Products + Best Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for iOS and Mac


Huge Sale on Apple Products

I have had several requests lately of where to find the best deals on Mac Computers.  https://appleinsider.com/deals is usually where I send people, but this week they dropped this article talking about a blowout sale that B&H is having.  Definitely check it out if you want upwards of $900 off the MacBook Pro!  There are also deals on iPads and Apple Watches if you are interested.


Dashboard is no more

Dashboard, a longtime Mac feature has been phasing out for the last few years, and has now been eliminated in macOS Catalina. The Dashboard option used to be a prominent Mac feature, giving us easy access to sticky notes, a weather interface, a clock, a calculator, and other customizable widgets. It was disabled by default starting in macOS 10.10 Yosemite, and in the current version of macOS, Mojave, it's still disabled unless you seek it out.  In Catalina, there is no more Dashboard app at all. It can't be enabled via Mission Control and there's no sign of it in the operating system, marking its official exit from macOS. Let’s be honest though, did you even use it?


Gmail Confidential Mode coming June 25

When Gmail messages are sent in confidential mode, it helps protect from unauthorized access, and recipients don’t have the option to forward, copy, print, or download their content or attachments. Senders can also set an expiration date for messages sent with confidential mode and revoke access to them at any time.  To do this, Open Gmail on your computer, On the left hand side click ‘Sent’, Open the confidential email, and click ‘Remove Access.

You can choose to enable or disable confidential mode but you must select the appropriate option in the Admin console for your organization before June 25, 2019. You can find this setting in the Admin console by navigating to Apps > G Suite > Settings for Gmail > User settings.  

If you do not take action before June 25, your domain will automatically have confidential mode turned on for your users, meaning that users will have the option to send emails with confidential mode.  You can check out Google’s support page for more information.


DialPad

I recently switched over to using DialPad from GoogleVoice and so far I really like it.  I have less dropped calls and it is a lot easier to find contacts and send messages. It also has the ability to link up with other correspondence so I can find previous emails and notes from the contact in DialPad. Keep in mind this is a paid service vs Google Voice which is free for Gmail users and paid for G Suite. Google Voice was just recently added to G Suite and has some new features.


Portable Strength-Training Fitness Device

I just recently came across the Activ5.  It is a portable strength-training fitness device that gives you the ability to complete strength training on the go or in the comfort of your home or office.  The app has coaching on over 100 full-body, no impact and isometric workouts and even personalized calibrations for your strength levels. They even use games in the app to make your workouts fun and interactive.  You can check out some highlight videos here and if you would like to purchase one, check it out here for a great price.


Welcome - A Smart Travel Companion

Looking for an app that will help you plan your travel adventures this summer?  Welcome is an app that does just that! Welcome uses intelligence that automatically generates itineraries on the fly, giving you the ability to adjust as you spend more/less time in a place, and allowing you to easily skip stops that don’t interest you while helping you fill that time slot with something that might.  The suggestions come from your past interests, local experts, and reviews, and also adjust based on location, available transit, and the weather so no need to worry if you will get stuck outside in a rainstorm. You can download it from the App store here.


Best Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for iOS and Mac

For all of you who’ve thought about getting Photoshop, I wanted to share this article I found by AppleInsider. There are so many other apps available on your Mac and mobile device than Adobe Photoshop for editing your photos. AppleInsider has listed several alternatives or potential apps you could use in addition to Photoshop. I was actually just talking to a client about this the other day and recommended Pixelmator instead of Photoshop. It’s cheap and not subscription based.