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Apple has announced that employees will continue to work from home until the beginning of 2022 due to the resurgence of the Delta variant. Additionally, Apple Stores will remain on limited hours.
It's August and that means it's back to school! The Swissdigital Design massaging backpack has plenty of pockets for laptop, tablet, cellphones, books, water bottle, hand sanitizer, mask, and other essentials. A built-in USB power port allows you to charge on the go. A front of the backpack power connection lets you power up vital accessories without having to open any of the 14 pockets. (You use your own battery bank, none are included.) The backpack body materials are made from water resistance coating to keep valuable items inside dry.
Chris is looking to buy the new iMac and wants to know if he should go 16GB RAM and 1TB storage to future proof his M1 iMac. Leo says it depends. While ideally, he doesn't really need to have 16GB. Apple has really streamlined the RAM use so 8GB is optimum. But if he's doing heavy apps like video editing, etc. 16GB may be a good idea. But if not, then 8GB is fine. Definitely go for the 1TB drive though. But Leo suspects that Apple may be putting out a larger iMac later this year. There's talk of a 32" screen. So if he wants to wait a few months, it's probably worth it.
Micah recently got a new WiFi radio from C. Crane that uses the new backend called SkyTune. And the good news is, that should SkyTune go out of business as Receiva did, he will still be able to manually input the radio station URL. Leo says that one of the things he likes about C. Crane is that they will stand behind their products, even when something happens that is out of their control. But sometimes, he runs into a problem where the stream won't work because the URL doesn't end in mp3 or m3u.
Ryan's mom had an old 2013 Macbook that the battery is starting to swell. Leo says that Apple will replace it for a price. About $129. She can also do it through iFixit. It's a pretty easy fix. And she'll save money since the battery itself is really only around $60. But if it's a retina Macbook, it's been glued in and so she can't do it.
Billy has suddenly been having issues with his printer/scanner since the latest macOS Big Sur update. Basically, he gets an error that he doesn't have permission to run the app. Leo says that's Apple's new Gatekeeper security feature that will only allow him to run apps only from the App Store or approved by Apple. There is a workaround though until Apple puts out a fix. Here are the steps:
This week, Elon Musk tweeted a picture of a humanoid-looking robot, that he says Tesla will be building starting next year, with the eye towards using them for constructing his Boring Company hyperloop tunnels. Leo isn't so sure that will happen. Although Boston Dynamics has been working for ten years on a robot that can now practically run like a parkour athlete, this kind of sophistication takes time. So we won't be seeing robots on construction sites any time soon. And he doesn't think we're on the verge of Cylons either.
Steve got an old hand-me-down laptop, and he can't log into it with the password. Then he realized that the password was reversed because the monitor was actually "backward." Leo says that some regions in the world read right to the left. What likely happened is that a keyboard shortcut was used (CTRL right shift), which changed the keyboard orientation. It's really easy to do and it makes the text orientation move from right to left.
So, going with CTRL left shift will move it back to "normal" (English/US region).
Chuck has a 5-year-old iMac, and the hard drive has crashed. He replaced it, and now he's having issues with the second external monitor. Leo says that the cable adapter may have caused issues. So changing the cable may solve the issue. But it could also be a problem with your system preferences. Look for "smooth LCD fonts where available." There was also a change in BigSur that may be impacting how your fonts are seen.