I have heard it said that Apple has an interesting strategy for selling their products. I see it more and more each time they make a release. It is to sell premium hardware at a high price and also want to provide high-quality, low-cost software to run on it. Consider earlier this week–Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Apple released lots of new hardware: the iPad Air, the retina iPad Mini, and the MacBook Pro. Also they released OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and new versions of their iWork suite–Pages (5.0), Numbers (3.0), and Keynote (6.0)–and of iLife–iPhoto (9.5), iMovie (10.0), and Garageband (10.0).
The interesting thing is that all the new apps come free with a new Mac and are also a free upgrade from earlier Mac App Store versions. If you’ve been following the Mac App Store and how Apple is killing paid upgrades, you can still see Apple’s push for high-quality Mac software at a low price. Compare this price with Microsoft Office: $99.99 (per year1) > $89.94 (one time2).
Also, OS X Mavericks is free. The world’s most advanced desktop operating system. Free. This is pretty good news for me who skipped Lion and only received Mountain Lion as a present. Now I can have the latest (pretty much what I want is iBooks) for free.
1 Office 365 (up to 10 devices)
2 Mac and iOS versions (unlimited devices with the same Apple ID)
The WordPress UI team just released MP6 1.9. If you haven’t heard of MP6, it is a plugin on WordPress.org’s plugin directory made by the WordPress UI team for the purpose of testing the new design of the WordPress admin dashboard. after hearing of the update, I installed it and was greeted by a new sight:
New dashboard icon
Yikes is what I said, but ever since I have used WordPress, the dashboard icon has looked like this:
Old dashboard icon
The UI team has been making some great stuff lately, and you can hope to see more in the time to come.
Here is MP6: http://wordpress.org/plugins/mp6/
All last month I have been working on our family’s website dekrygersfortogo.com, but just this last week I finished. The new changes are: a new slider, updated content (for our new location in Mango), and a new theme based on _s or Underscores. More changes are to come, but here you can see them.
I know from myself and from experience that a person is more likely to like something than to comment. Likes have been a feature of Jetpack that I have been looking for a while. Now I have my wish. Jetpack 2.2 was just released with this new feature along with a Readmill widget and a bulk spam feature for forms. It also fixed 22 bugs.
So you may be wondering, what is Apple doing as far as releases, etc. Well here is a list.
The newest Mac operating system boasts 200+ new features most importantly iCloud (All your files synced to all your devices seamlessly), Messages (Texting and chatting), Notification Center (All of your alerts and notifications in one place), Sharing to Facebook and Twitter, Reminders, Notes, Power Nap (Periodical updating and syncing while the computer sleeps), Dictation, AirPlay (Your screen on Apple TV), GameCenter, GateKeeper (Protection from malicious software), and iCloud tabs and one box at the top (Like Chrome).
iOS 6 also has 300+ new features. Most are also on Mac like iCloud, Messages, Notification Center, Sharing, Reminders, Notes, AirPlay, and iCloud tabs in Safari. All new features include a Maps update, Passbook (All tickets and coupons in one place), and Siri (An awesome voice controlled question answerer).
A new iPad with a smaller screen.
Thinner and lighter
Apple has gotten better by leaps and bounds, and I have made most of these updates on my Apple devices.
Have you searched on Google and seen the name of the page author displayed with a link to his Google Plus profile? Well here’s an easy way to have that for your website. Just add a link to your profile on the page with “?rel=author” on the end like this “https://plus.google.com/106369061335883032234?rel=author”. Then go to Google Plus and add your site to “Contributor to” section. Then you should see your profile on search results as well.
Anyone who is a blogger has thought about comments. Some worry and fuss when comments don’t come (that’s me) others don’t even care but have only enabled them just for the fun of getting feedback. I dislike not having comments. I love having a user spend a couple seconds of his time writin a brief response to what I wrote. How about you? Please comment .