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10 Essential Mac Shortcuts

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To, iHospital iV

We all love shortcuts, especially when it comes to our beloved Mac computers.  Whether you’re doing a repetitive task that’s sucking up too much of your time or it’s a one-off job that seems more complicated than it should be – it’s wasting your time and we’re here to help you get it back!  iHospital is going to show you 10 extraordinary ways to make life easier with your Mac.  You can thank us later!

1.  Spotlight tricks.  

We all love the spotlight. It’s the best tool around for finding things on your Mac, but sometimes it gives us way too many results.  You can remove files your’e probably never going to want in search results in your Spotlight Pane in System Preferences.  You can also re-order categories to have your favorites appear at the top.  You can also launch applications lightning fast by simply typing its name in Spotlight and hitting enter.  Finally, you can ask Spotlight simple mathematical equations. Pretty cool right?

2.  Spellcheck shortcuts.

You can save time by getting OS X to check as you type using Apples’ built in dictionary. Go to Edit > Spelling menu in most apps.  Did you know you can also bring up the spell checker by pressing Cmd + ;? Make sure you set the dictionary to British English rather than the standard English.

3.  Use file shortcuts.

Drag files, folders and servers to the Dock provides quicker access to their contents, especially in the list view.  Adding too many items to the dock and it will look cluttered so be careful.  Finder windows are also an option.  Add any item to the Finder sidebar by dragging and dropping it, and once that starts to fill up, drag items to the toolbar.

4.  Faster camera access.

Most of us use iPhoto to store pictures but did you know Image Capture lets you automatically start the import process and gives you several ‘pro’ options. You’ll find Image Capture in the Applications folder.  After you plug in your camera, it can automatically sort pictures into the Pictures folder and movies into the movies folder.

5. Improve Mail.

Mail is pretty nifty as it gives you an idea of how many new messages you have but more often than not you don’t notice it changing.  Growl provides a notification system that gives you a message preview.  It’s also very customisable, so you can set delays for previews, or decide whether they should stay on your screen.

6. Making Aliases.  

Aliases are helpful files that direct files somewhere on your Mac.  Some applications require files to be in a particular plac but if you don’t want them there you can always move them and create aliases to connect them.  Hold down Cmd + Option to create an alias and drag the item to a new location.  You can also use that keyboard combination to drag an item onto a dock app icon to force the item to open in that application (even if it’s not ususally allowed).

7. Expose Tips.

You can easily activate Expose & Spaces pane in Systems Preferences.  It’s a great, efficient way to switch between windows in any of the applications you’re running. Exposes can be triggered by using the screen corners, hot keys are the Expose application.  Expose is also a great way to get straight to your Desktop without minimizing all the windows its hidden under.

8. Proxy icon shortcuts.  

Proxy’s are the icons at the top of every window and they perform bucket loads of functions.  An example is if you clikc on it then drag and drop to another window, it’ll be as though you’re dragging and dropping the files.  You can also hold down Option while you’re doing it to copy the item, or hold down Cmd as you click on the icon to get a list of all folders enclosing the current item.

9. Finder copy and paste.

Dragging a file from one window in Finder to another can be fiddly, even with the help of Expose – it’s easy to make a mistake and click off your selection.  A better option is to Copy and Past a Finder item.  Here’s how.  Select the item, or items, you want and select Copy from the Edit menu.  Pick your destination and click paste.  Copy and Paste are also available from the contextual menus or the cog in Finder’s toolbars.

10. Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts

Apple Menu

Command-Option-D – Toggle Dock Hiding On/Off
Command-Shift-Q – Logout

Finder Menu

Command-Shift-Delete – Empty Trash
Command-H – Hide Finder

File Menu

Command-N – New Finder Window
Command-Shift-N – New Folder
Command-O – Open
Command-W – Close Window
Command-I – Show Info
Command-D – Duplicate
Command-L – Make Alias
Command-R – Show Original Item
Command-T – Add to Favorites
Command-Delete – Move Highlighted Item to Trash
Command-E – Eject
Command-F – Find (Invokes Sherlock)

Edit Menu

Command-Z – Undo
Command-X – Cut
Command-C – Copy
Command-V – Paste
Command-A – Select All

View Menu

Command-1 – as Icons
Command-2 – as List
Command-3 – as Columns
Command-B – Minimize Finder Toolbar
Command-J – View Options

Go Menu

Command-[ - Back
Command-] – Forward
Command-Shift-C – Go to Computer Directory
Command-Shift-H – Go to Home Directory
Command-Shift-I – Go to your iDisk
Command-Shift-F – Go to your Favorites Directory
Command-Shift-A – Go to Applications Directory
Command-Shift-G – Go to Folder
Command-K – Connect to Server

Window

Command-M – Minimize Window

Help

Command-? – Mac Help

Top 4 Reasons To Get Your iPhone Repaired at iHospital NYC (Manhattan/NYU)

Written by iHospital. Posted in iHospital iV

Picture this. Your beloved iPhone falls out of your pocket and hits the concrete face first.  You pick it up slowly hoping for the best… but the screen is cracked.  Don’t panic! iHospital in New York City (Manhattan/NYU) can repair any and all types of iPhone damage – even cracked screens!  Here are the top 5 reasons you should come get your iPhone repaired at iHospital in New York City.

1.  No appointment necessary!  Don’t worry about calling ahead for an appointment – we are always available for you.  Usually, you’ll know within five minutes of walking in the front door exactly how long your repair will take and what it will cost.

2.  Your iPhone is repaired while you wait!  We even have a unique system that can repair your iPhone display in less than five minutes on the iPhone 3G/3GS models and less than 15 minutes on all iPhone 4 models. All repairs can be done while you wait.  AppleCare+ takes 2 – 3 days and your device is replaced – all data is lost.  Not at iHospital!

3. One year warranty!  We fully guarantee all iPhone repairs for one year against any manufactures defects. That’s much better than AppleCare+. We use top quality OEM parts.

4. D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices Technicians! All of our technicians are D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices certified. This means they only work on Apple devices.  They are the experts when it comes to all your iPhone needs and their top goal is get your iPhone back to you in tip top condition as soon as possible! Don’t trust anyone else with your beloved iPhone.

So don’t worry anymore about your damaged iPhone.  Put it in your purse or manbag and head down to iHospital New York City (Manhattan/NYU).  We promise to repair your iPhone quickly as possible and bring back your peace of mind.  Visit us today!

iHospital New York City (Manhattan/NYU)

How to set an Alarm on iPhone

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To

1. Select the Clock icon on your iPhone.

2. Select the Alarm button on the bottom left, and then press the + symbol in the top right.

3. Set the Alarm to your preference, choosing the Sound, Label, Time, etc. When you have finished press Save

4. Verify that the Alarm is turned On before exiting the Clock app.

You have now set your alarm. The following will pop-up on your screen when the alarm goes off

Hundreds Line Up at Apple Stores on Record Breaking Black Friday!

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Were you shopping in the Apple Store on Black Friday? If so, I hope the crowd left the pepper spray at home unlike the Walmart crew!

The dismal economy didn’t seem to affect the Apple Store on Black Friday. In fact, reports claim that they even broke records for the best sales ever this past Thanksgiving holiday with MacBook Air’s flying off the shelves.  Modmyi mentioned in an article that an Apple retail source speaking in confidence to their friends at 9to5Mac indicated Sunday that Apple’s sales on Black Friday broke all records.  Here’s more of the conversation:

Apple Retail was forecast and broke Retail sales records all over the country today, this is from [redacted] today, the forecast today is more than 4 times what we normally do.  We broke the forecast by 7pm.

Increased sales can also be linked to the fact the Apple Store had the lowest ticket price on big ticket items like the iPad.  The savings ranged from just under 16% for items such as the mouse, keyboard or trackpad to 7% for the 2TB Time Capsule.  The best deal was the MacBook Air going for $898, a $101 savings. Amazon, however, beat their price selling the MacBook Air at $849.99.   The Mac Mini and the Mac Pro were not included in the deals at the Apple Store.

Apple’s prices were slashed at both its online and brick-and-mortar stores for the entire duration of Black Friday.  Many of the latter opened their doors at 6:00 am to accommodate their customers! Talk about service.

Black Friday is the biggest sale of the year for Apple and the temptation proved to be too much for many! Did you venture out to the Apple Store, or did you purchase something online? How big of a discount did you get? Let us know in the comments below!

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairs, iPad repairs, iPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

Quick Upgrades for your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod

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Is your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Mac under the weather? Perhaps they aren’t working as fast as they used too? Let our iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices breathe new life into your beloved devices. We are your trusted source for all your Apple upgrades. Drop in to one of our convenient locations for a free analysis and estimate.  No appointment needed. 

Lightning Fast Hard Drive

Transform your slugish iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Air, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro with a new high-speed, high capacity hard drive that gives your Mac more space for pictures, documents and music.  Awesome right? A hard drive upgrade will also improve speed when accessing and saving files.  Did you know Apple supplies some of their lower models of computers with slower hard drives and small cache sizes? All of our hard drives are 7200 rpm with at least 16mb of cache.  We promise you’ll feel like you got a brand new computer!

Bottomless Memory

Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices will install massive amounts of memory that will make your Mac run at supersonic speed.  This is especially amazing for people like us that run several applications at one time or lots of tabs in our browser.  Adding more RAM is one of the first places to start when upgrading your Mac. It’s also relatively inexpensive and offers substantial gains in performance.

Rejuvenate Your Software

We can upgrade your iPod, iPhone or and/or iPad to the latest iOS software for added functionally.  The latest upgrade includes more than 200 new features including the notification center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, improved Twitter integration, awesome camera features and much more. We know you’ll be in love.

Optimize your Mac by upgrading your operating system to Leopard, Snow Leopard or Lion.  Upgrades include multi-touch gestures, full-screen apps, mission control, launchpad just to name a few.  Convinced yet?

Isn’t it time your beloved device performed at its best? Visit us today at one of our five locations:

iHospital Atlanta (Buckhead)
3655 NE Roswell Rd.
Suite 202
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 953-3500
Email: atlanta@theihospital.com

iHospital Gainesville
1702 W University Ave # F2
Gainesville, FL 32603
Phone: (352) 665-0805
Email: gainesville@theihospital.com

iHospital New York City (NYU Campus)
716 Broadway Ave.
Inside Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 523-0064
Email: manhattan@theihospital.com

iHospital North Tampa (USF-Fowler)
2782 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 810-9997
Email: tampausf@theihospital.com

iHospital South Tampa
4506 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (813) 841-7000
Email: service@theihospital.com

7 Useful iPhone Shortcuts That Will Make Your Life Easier

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To, iHospital iV

Most people think the iPhone has everything that you could possible want and need from a smart phone.  It’s definitely a cut above the rest but we know you’re always looking for a way to get more.  As a society we’re not satisfied unless we get more and iHospital is going to give you just that – 7 useful iPhone shortcuts to make your life easier!

1. How To Delete, Share and Copy Multiple Photos

  1. Press the Photos icon on the home screen to open the Photos App
  2. Inside your album, press the button in the bottom left corner that looks like a square with an arrow coming out of it
  3. Select the pictures you’d to delete, share or copy
  4. Press the button for the action you’d like to take

You will only be able to choose one action at a time.  For example, if you select 4 photos, you will not be able to delete one of them and share the other three.

2. How to Set Your iPhone Music Equalizer

  1. Press the Settings icon
  2. Click iPod
  3. Press EQ to open the equalizer menu
  4. The equalizer will be set to OFF by default
  5. Select the option you want and then click the iPod button in the top left to return to the iPod menu
  6. Your iPod menu will now show the changed equalizer option
  1. Click the Settings icon
  2. Press Messages towards the bottom of the screen
  3. The first option will be “Show Preview” and will be set to ON. Turn it OFF to disable the Message popup
  4. Hit the home button to return to your home screen
  1. Press on Settings
  2. Click General
  3. Click Passcode Lock
  4. You will be prompted to set the passcode
  5. Re-enter the passcode
  6. Now your passcode is set.  You can change your passcode again from this menu if needed.
  1. Hold the home and power button down at the same time
  2. Continue to hold the buttons while the iPhone shuts off completely
  3. Release the home button and power buttons when the apple logo appears
  1. Hold down the home button and the power button at the same time and release – you will hear a snapshot sound
  2. Browse your Photos app to find your screenshot
  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Select Usage
  4. Turn Battery Percentage ON
**This will only work on the iPhone 3GS

Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod repairsiPad repairs, iPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

Mac Store: What will you save on Black Friday?

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I think we can all agree we are obsessed with everything Apple. Some of us camp out for days, others wait in line for hours and some even buy places in line for $1500.00 – you get the point.  Well this Friday, November 25th, 2011 Apple is launching their special one-day Apple shopping event. Yes, it’s Black Friday and people will be lining up once again! What new device will you be buying? Will it be an iPhone 4S? An iPad? Or Maybe a MacBook Air?

Check out the Apple website and you’ll see the teaser ad announcing the upcoming Black Friday holiday sale.  I can already feel the excitement in the air! Apple tells us:

The special one-day Apple event. This Friday, November 25.

Mark you calendars now, and come back to the Apple Online Store for the special one-day event. You’ll discover amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.

Don’t forget to include your favorite D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices from the iHospital on your list! Just kidding of course. :)

What kind of deals can you get at the Black Friday Sale at Apple? I thought you’d never ask!  According to MacRumors the discounts for 2010 were approximately 8% depending on the product which was similar to previous years.  Here’s a list of discounts from last years’ Black Friday sale:

  • iMac ($101 Discount across all models)
  • MacBook Pro ($101 Discount across all models)
  • MacBook Air ($101 Discount on 13″ models)
  • iPod Nano ($11 Discount on 8GB, $21 Discount on 16GB)
  • iPad ($41 Discount across all models)
  • iPod Touch ($21-$41 Discount depending on model)
We can safely assume this year should be similar to 2010. The discounts will be available in retail stores and on Apple’s online store this Friday, November 25th.  3rd party retailers might offer larger discounts and you might not even have to pay tax depending on where you live.  Last year MacConnection appeared to have the biggest discounts by combining instant and mail-in discounts.  MacBook Pros were selling for up to $240 off – that’s almost 13%!
Want to know how you can save even more of your hard earned cash? Of course you do (if you said no I’d be worried).  Don’t purchase the AppleCare+ for $99.00 when you get your deals on Black Friday.  They may tell you it will save you money but did you know it only covers two repairs at $49 a pop? They also refurbish your device and all your data is lost. Bring it to the iHospital and one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices will repair your device and save your data. It will cost less so you can buy more at the sale! Check out the comparison we did between AppleCare+ and iHospital here.
Let us know what kind of mind numbing discounts you get at the upcoming Black Friday Apple Sale in the comments below!  Don’t forget to drop in to iHospital for all your iPod repairs, iPad repairs, iPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

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