More on making Apple Calendar and Google Calendar play nice
Last week Pointers covered scratching an itch that had come up for us: the need for certain people to see our calendars despite their being on Google and our being on Apple Calendar. The short version is that you can do it but it's a bit fiddly and involved a workaround. It turns out, though, that we need a longer version because all that worked fine when these people were in our group company Google Calendar. Now the people who needs to see it the most are not: they're remote workers and what they really require is to have our calendar appear alongside their own.
How and why to get them working together
Stop us if you've heard this one: we want to share our calendar with someone, but we don't want them to know precisely what we're doing. We need them to know we're a bit busy on Tuesday morning but, on balance, we'd rather they not be able to tell that it's our DUI court case. To be fair, they don't want to know either.
When your partner's Watch arrives before yours does
My wife Angela is classy, elegant, charming and considerate -- but she can afford to be, she's just got an Apple Watch. I bought it for her at the precise same second I bought one for myself yet while hers just raced through the Preparing to Ship and on to Dispatched and is today on her wrist, mine is stuck on Processing, with as far as I can tell two million others'. You can call me romantic for buying her one and actually I'd like it if you did, it would help me feel better that mine is nowhere in sight yet.
One year as a premium subscriber
It's one year since I was given a premium subscription to Evernote for OS X as a present, it's probably three years since I started using the service and its generous free version. Naturally, when you've used something for a while you get familiar with it and you know it's good and bad points. However, the kind of long-term test that Living With entails feels especially vital with Evernote. At first it feels like a handy note-taking app or convenient syncing service but if that is enough for you to carry on using it, there suddenly comes a moment when it changes. At some point Evernote becomes a ubiquitous part of your working life.
Scosche announces smartBox retractable charge and sync cable for Lightning, micro USB devices
Electronic accessories company Scosche has announced the availability of its new dual syncing cable, the smartBox. Composed of a two-in-one setup, the retractable charge and sync cable can connect to devices with Lighting or micro USB devices. The cable can extend outwards up to three feet, and its sliding adapters allows for the switch between Lighting and micro USB connectivity. Priced at $25, the Scosche smartBox is available for purchase online.
Sync and backups kept separate, optionally encrypted
Online backup storage service IDrive has revamped its plans to offer more space, and a new separate sync service -- and to celebrate, it will give current and new users the same amount of sync space as they use for backups at no additional charge. The new service allows users to sync files in real time across all linked devices (on Macs, PCs or mobile devices) as well as their separate IDrive account. The sync feature can optionally be protected with private-key encryption if desired.
Phlo iOS app that allows multiple simultaneous website searches now available for free
Phlo has announced its decision to change its search app pricing to be free. Previously $3, Phlo allows its users to search multiple websites and services simultaneously, and those who have already paid for the app will receive free access to Phlo Sync--an additional feature for syncing collective search history across devices. Users who download the app for free can access Phlo Sync by purchasing a subscription for $2 annually. Phlo for iOS now has additional features, including a quick filter for one's sites list that lets users jump to one's preferred search site. An added refresh button is now in the browser, and the app's overall performance has improved speeds.
Mozilla testing simplified system for synchronizing Firefox content
Mozilla has started testing a username and password approach to Firefox Sync. Sync allows users to access browser content across multiple computers and mobile devices, and previously required typing a "pairing code" shown on one browser into another. Mozilla's username-password authentication for syncing is now available in the nightly build of Firefox, and will be included in more stable versions of Firefox soon.
Griffin Technology's Merchant Case and Square Reader for iPhone facilitate business usage
Officially announced at this year's CES, Griffin Technology is now shipping its Merchant Case and Square Reader for the iPhone 5/5s/5c line. The Merchant case is custom-molded to secure the Square Reader in place, and eliminate excess strain on the iPhone's headphone jack when connected. The groove along the bottom aligns with the Square Reader, and allows credit cards to slide through smoothly. Its silicone construction protects the phone from drops and bumps, and an integrated slot located on the back of the case stores the Square Reader when not in use.
Drop-ins to help add Dropbox functionality, data syncing
Dropbox wants to become more useful to its customers as well as developers, by offering itself as a cloud storage provider for apps. The company used its DBX developer conference to introduce the Dropbox Platform for third-party app syncing, along with a number of tools for developers to allow apps to easily synchronize data across multiple devices.
Dropbox, iCloud compatibility, Blowfish encryption
Portland, Oregon-based mSeven Software has announced the launch of mSecure 3.0, a cross-platform password and security manager for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android systems. The new version offers 17 pre-categorized groups for passwords, as well as the ability to generate new custom groups and favorites for fast access. It also features improved data security when syncing with "cloud"-based services such as Dropbox and (when available) iCloud.
App syncs images, music, contacts, SMS, more
Eltima has launched an update of its sync tool, SyncMate 3.1. The software syncs data from Macs to other Macs, PCs and a wide variety of mobile and external storage devices. Version 3.1 adds syncing of images, videos, contacts, calendars, Entourage and Mail notes, folders and Stickies to iOS devices -- any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 3 or iOS 4 -- and can mount iPhones as a Mac disk for access to the call history and SMS messages on the phone. Dropbox sync has also been added.
Beta allows sync over WiFi, USB, Bluetooth
Eltima has launched a beta of its new SyncMate software, featuring direct sync for Android phones. The software already syncs Macs with Windows Mobile and Nokia S40 phones, and offered a workaround using Google accounts for Android users. Version 3 offers direct Android to Mac syncing, with mounting in the finder for a full view of the phone's content, over WiFi, USB and Bluetooth. Sync with a Google account is still included in v3 as an option. The software can also sync with other Macs, PCs, Sony PSPs and USB flash drives.
Software a good first effort on the Mac side
MacNN has reviewed PCsync for Mac, describing how the recently PC-only software works with its new Mac-host that allows for PC-to-Mac syncing. The syncs are good but Mac-PC file-naming differences are an issue and the Mac software feels like PC software, in that it is slightly counter-intuitive.
Synchronize media between Mac and KIN phones
Mark/Space has introduced KIN Media Sync for Mac, a new version of its synchronization software designed for the new KIN ONE and KIN TWO mobile phones. The program allows users to sync a wide range of different media including music, photos or video. With music, users can sync full playlists created in iTunes, as well as individual songs or entire albums. Photos which are taken with the KIN phones can be synced with iPhoto, while iPhoto albums can be transferred to the KIN
Sync files between the KIN mobile phone and Mac
Mark/Space revealed that previously mysterious Mac syncing for the Microsoft KIN phones will be handled by its software. The KIN Media Sync for Mac brings tools for syncing music files and photo albums between the phone and Mac, as well as transferring other forms of media including podcasts and videos. Additionally, the software is designed to work with other Mac-based media applications such as iTunes and iPhoto, and is said to have a similar interface.
Content migrated via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
Mark/Space has introduced an update to The Missing Sync for Android. Version 1.3 adds the ability to sync a PC or Mac with an Android handset without using a cable. Users can choose either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth options to sync content such as contacts, music, photos, or other files. The update also offers notes syncing, as the company's Fliq Notes app is now available for the Android platform.
Apple prevents Palm Pre sync with latest iTunes
Apple has made sure to prevent Palm Pre owners from syncing their smartphones with the iTunes 9 update released Wednesday, according to several user reports posted on PreCentral's forums. The company has worked to prevent compatibility, starting with iTunes 8.2.1, after publishing a technical note warning users that third party phones would not be able to sync.
CrazyTalk 5 live puppets
Reallusion recently unveiled CrazyTalk 5.0, a major update to its 3D character animation and lip-syncing application, adding support for non-human characters, enhanced facial meshes, and more. CrazyTalk 5.0 features real-time puppeteer control through the mouse or other input device, as well as five default puppet profiles, which can give the avatar a wicked, goofy, youthful, attractive, or grumpy demeanor. CrazyTalk 5.0 sells for $50, with a Pro version available for $150.
Missing Sync for Leopard
Mark/Space recently announced some Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility updates and betas of its various incarnations of Missing Sync, as well as a new online support service. After a self-imposed formal commitment to Leopard compatibility, final versions are available for Missing Sync for BlackBerry and Missing Sync for Sony PSP, with Leopard-savvy betas available for Missing Sync for Palm OS and Missing Sync for Windows Mobile. Mark/Space notes, however, that SyncTogether has not been optimized for Apple's newest operating system, and they advise against using the app under that condition. Pricing for new Missing Sync users starts at $30.