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Which Mac is Right For You?

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To

how to choose a MacSo you’ve made the big decision. You’re switching from PC to Mac and now you need to decide which model to choose. The great thing about Macs is that unlike PC manufacturers, there aren’t dozens of models to pick from. But, when you walk into your neighborhood Apple store, you’ll be met with a number of options and configurations. Should you buy a tablet, notebook or desktop? Once you make that decision, you’ll need to decide which model. Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are here to make this decision easier by creating the below guide for you!

How To Decide Which Mac is Right For You

MacBook Air

  • Positives: The MacBook Air is extremely portable due to its light weight.  It also has a long battery life and a super fast start-up.  This Mac is perfect for multi-tasking and solid state drive storage comes standard.  All models come with Intel HD Graphics 3000.
  • Negatives: The downside of MacBook Air includes no disc drive, limited memory, smaller storage and limited ports.
  • Type: Laptop
  • Price Range: From $999 – $1499 US
  • Notes:  There are two sizes to choose from: 11″ or 13″, and 128GB or 256GB. We recommend that if you are using your MacBook Air for work you purchase the 256GB.

MacBook Air Product Page

MacBook Pro

  • Positives: The MacBook Pro has an upgraded storage, expendable memory and lots of ports and drives. The best part of the MacBook Pro is that it has a dedicated video memory.
  • Negatives: The MacBook Pro is heavier than the MacBook Air due to its upgraded features. It’s also more expensive and SSD storage doesn’t come standard.
  • Type:  Laptop
  • Price Range: $1199 – $2799 US
  • Notes: You’ll need to choose from a 13″ or 15″ display. The weight also varies from 2.38 pounds to 4.46 pounds. The most expensive version has a Retina display while the others have LED backlit glossy displays. You’ll also need to decide if you’d like CPU, memory and graphic upgrades. If cost is no issue, go for it. If you don’t know, don’t worry, you probably don’t need the upgrades. The MacBook Pro offers you the power of a desktop with the portability of a notebook.

Macbook Pro Product Page

how to pick your MacMac Mini

  • Positives:  The Mac Mini is great for students because of its low cost and tiny size. It also includes ample ports.
  • Negatives: The downside of the Mac mini is also its small

Catapult King – iTunes Free App of the Week Review

Written by iHospital. Posted in Applications

catapult king reviewiPhone and iPad Application – Catapult King – FREE – 3 IV’s

What is Catapult King?

Catapult King is a game app that is designed for both the iPhone and the iPad. It was created by Chillingo Ltd. and released on June 7th, 2012. It has infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence. The average customer rating is four stars in iTunes.

What did you like about Catapult King?

This game is somewhat similar to the world famous Angry Birds, and it’s also made by the same company. It also happens to be this week’s iTunes Free App of the week. In Catapult King, you become the catapult – you seek and destroy forts, castles, and fire-breathing dragons. The point of the game is to rescue the bobble-head princess and defeat scary looking enemies in this playful, fantasy game. Beating a level requires that you knock out all the guards on a castle. You earn extra points for extra destruction. It’s a lot of fun.

You can upgrade and enchant your catapult using magic you earn throughout the game.  You also have the option of purc

How To Get the NEW Emoji’s

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Application – Emoji 2 – $0.99 – 4 IV’s

What is Emoji 2?new emojis

Like the Emoji Keyboard we previously wrote about, Emoji 2 is a new and updated set of emoticons that you can insert into iMessages, Instagram posts and much more.

What did you like about it?

If you love adding emoticons to your iMessages, you’ll love all of the 300+ new emoticons that come with Emoji 2.  Icons include updated smiley faces, planes, trains, automobiles, dragons, characters, animals, pictures and much more. The updated Emoji application also include 10 new fonts and text styles.  

13 Ways the iPhone Will Exceed Your Business Needs

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To

how to use your iPhone for businessLet’s face it. There aren’t many jobs that don’t require you to have access to a computer anymore.  With that in mind, I bet you are reading this blog post if you are contemplating getting a smartphone to improve your efficiency while on the job and away from work. Here at iHospital, we are avid fans of Apple’s legendary iPhone, and we think it will improve your business efficiency and productivity.

Here are 13 ways the iPhone will exceed your business needs:

1.  Using iPhone’s built-in Voice Memos, you can quickly create record voice notes and business meetings.

2.  Send unlimited messages, pictures, and video clips via iMessage between iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch. Please note this requires iOS 5 or later.

3.  Using the Yammer application, you can converse and collaborate with your colleagues on a secure and private network.

4.  Using Roambi Analytics Visualizer, you can analyze business metrics with intuitive dashboards.

Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion in 3 Simple Steps

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3 simple steps to upgrade to Mountain Lion OS XAre you wondering how to upgrade your Mac to Apple’s latest and greatest, OS X Mountain Lion?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices wrote this blog post on how to upgrade to Mountain Lion in 3 simple steps.  As always, if you have any issues at all while upgrading, you can tweet us at @iHospital, drop into one of our locations, or contact us using our website contact form.  It’s important to remember that you can upgrade to Mountain Lion OS X from home.  It costs $20 and you can purchase it directly from the Mac App Store.  This is welcome news as its predecessor, Lion, set us back $50!

[Related: 5 Ways to Prepare for the Mountain Lion OS X Upgrade!]

Here’s How to Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion in 3 Simple Steps

1.)  You must have one of the following Macs to be able to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
If you’re Mac isn’t listed above, head directly to your favorite Apple retailer and start looking for a new computer!

11 Eye-Opening Features and Updates of iOS 6

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11 new features of iOS 6Everyone is anxiously awaiting the debut of Apple’s iOS 6 which is expected to arrive in the fall of 2012.  Apple proudly launched iOS 6 during it’s WordWide Developers Conference in June, 2012 and we’re here to share the most popular and talked about features and updates.  See our previous post, Top 10 Instagram Photos from WWDC 2012, for a detailed look at the conference via images.  Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices put together the following list of 11 eye-opening features and updates to expect in the highly anticipated iOS 6:

1. Maps.  Instead of using Google maps, Apple will be using its own newly designed map app for iOS 6.  Unlike Google, this map can be tilted to view the map from an angle and there’s no pixelation when you zoom in as it’s vector based.  Apple is also introducing turn-by-turn navigation similar to the Android.  Users can follow maps with 3D views, look at road signs for their new turn and check traffic.

2. Siri.  The quirky little voice assistant is getting an upgrade to know more about sports and movies.  You can ask Siri about the current status of the Olympic games or what movie is playing at your local movie theater.  Check out our previous post, 5 best apps for the 2012 London Olympics, for more information on how to follow the upcoming games on your favorite Apple devices.  

Flick Kick Football – iTunes Free App of the Week Review

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flick kick football review free app of the weekiPhone and iPad Application – Flick Kick Football – FREE – 4 IV’s

What is Flick Kick Football?

Flick Kick Football  is a sports game application designed for both the iPad and the iPhone created by Developer PikPok Games.   It also happens to be this week’s “App Store Free App of the Week”.  This is a perfect app to download as the Olympic Summer Games are just around the corner!  Check out our previous post, 5 Best Apps for the 2012 London Olympics, for more cool apps related to the games.

What did you like about Flick Kick Football?

The number one reason I love this app is because of the flick control.  The beginning moves are very easy to learn but as you progress, it takes a little more practice and control to learn some of the curved shots.  This is a plus in my books as I like a challenge when it comes to sports applications.

The game is based on placing the ball at varying distances from the goal post, with various configurations of goaltenders.  As the name of the application states, you flick the ball to try and get a goal.  The longer the flick up the screen, the higher the ball travels.  It sounds basic but don’t let that fool you.  There’s the ability to gain

Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for the iPad 2

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Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad 2 ReviewAccessory – Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for the iPad 2  – Score: 4 IV’s

What did you like about it?

Have you ever wished you could type faster on your iPad or have you grown tired of the touch screen keyboard? The Logitech Fold-Up Bluetooth Keyboard adds a much desired function to the iPad 2, a physical keyboard, without adding much bulk. It basically turns your ipad into an ultra portable touchscreen notebook.

The device connects via a plastic shell that attaches to the back of the iPad 2 and slides into the keyboard. Syncing is done wirelessly via bluetooth to your iPad 2 and there seems to be no noticeable lag in between keystrokes and actions on the screen.

When not being used, the keyboard folds up into nice clean package that conceals itself to the back of the iPad. While closed the keyboard goes into sleep mode to conserve battery but still remains connected to the iPad, this means when you open it up again it is already configured and ready to go. Battery life on the keyboard is very good.

Crackle vs. Netflix vs. Hulu Plus – Which One is Best?

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best movie appsOne of the neatest things you can do on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is watch your favorite TV shows and movies. What is your favorite app? Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices did some research on Crackle, Hulu Plus and Netflix to see which one is best. In the end, they all have good and bad points and the choice is really up to you but here is a breakdown of features of each:

Crackle

  • Free and now with Air Play
  • Watch great movies on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Right now, the most popular movies on Crackle are Big Daddy, Joe Dirt, The Grudge 3, Spun and Quarantine.  They switch movies every month
  • Watch full episodes of TV shows including Seinfeld, Fantasy Island and Marvel’s Iron Man
  • Seinfeld’s new web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is playing exclusive

How To Re-size a Picture on Your Mac

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how to resize an image on your macThere are many reasons you might want to re-size an image. Maybe you’re creating a favicon for a new website which would requires a very small image. Or, perhaps you want to create a customized Twitter background and need a large image. Also, some websites require that images that are small in size as they load faster. As long as you have your beloved Mac computer, you’ll be able to transform your image into any size you wish. No extra software is needed.

Here are instructions on how to re-size an image on a Mac

1.)  Open the  Finder on your Mac by clicking on the Mac icon in the dock and find the picture you wish to re-size.

2.)  Using your mouse, command-click the desired image and move your cursor over “Open With”.  Select “Preview” from the drop down menu that appears.  Your image will now be opened in a new window.  So far pretty easy right?

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