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Holiday Card 2017

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year! Thank you for your business, support, and TRUST. Jefferson Consulting looks forward to working with you in 2017!

Warm Regards,
Davis H. Jefferson
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Updates Now Available for macOS Sierra, iOS, watchOS

It’s update time again! macOS Sierra 10.12.1, iOS 10.1 and Apple watchOS 3.1 software updates are now available, which include general software and performance improvements and these features:
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macOS Sierra 10.12.1
The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of Mac and is recommended for all users. This update:

  • Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images take on iPhone 7 Plus
  • Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account
  • Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard
  • Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with AppleWatch
  • Improves security and stability in Safari
For more information, see the following resources:



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iOS 10.1
This update includes Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus (beta), transit directions for Japan, stability improvements and bug fixes:

  • Provides new Messages option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for Apple Watch for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with third-party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
Products compatible with this software update:
  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad mini 2 or later
  • iPod touch (6th generation) or later
For more information, see the following resources:



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This update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text
  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from fully charging
  • Resolves an issue where Activity rings may disappear from the watch face
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps
For more information, see the following resources:
For information on the security content of these updates, please visit Apple security updates.
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Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force!

As Delawareans, we are proud of our state’s long-running history with Dover AFB, home of the 436th Airlift Wing. In 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act which established the Department of Defense, and along with it, the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service. The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947. Happy Birthday to the USAF!

Check out this awesome recruiting video, featuring USAF’s Max Impact!

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Happy 4th of July!

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Have an enjoyable and safe Independence Day, and a big THANK YOU to our military and first responders standing watch this weekend!
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WWDC 2016 Redux

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Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference took place last week in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, with kick-off keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Every summer, developers from around the globe convene at WWDC to hone their skills in programming for Apple's mobile and desktop platforms. This is also a time to take a peek at what new things will be coming out in the Apple universe, with expected releases in the early to mid fall. While usually a software event, new hardware can be a anticipated based on the exciting new software capabilities discussed in the keynote address. New hardware products to match up with new software discussed at the keynote, are typically announced in the September-October timeframe. Here are the highlights for this year's WWDC keynote:

macOS Sierra
The name of the new operating system for Mac desktops and portables will be “Sierra,” but the notable change is the word in front of the mountain. A few years ago, Apple dropped the “Mac” from “Mac OS X” and the operating system was then “OS X.” Now, the “X” is dropped, bringing the nomenclature in-line with the other product names. Check out Macworld.com’s macOS Sierra FAQ.

iOS 10
Lots of improvements and new features, including enhanced messaging, photos, voicemail transcription, just to name a few. Checkout this slideshow from Macworld.com.

watchOS
Yes the Apple watch has it’s own operating system. The latest version includes more customization, an dthe ability to be “tetherless,” meaning it can connect to open Wi-Fi networks without needing to connect to your iPhone first. Check out Techradar’s Apple Watch OS 2: everything you need to know.

tvOS
That little AppleTV box is pretty smart, and about to get smarter, with Siri voice commands, just like your iPhone and iPad, single sign-in for all your video streaming accounts (similar to Keychains in macOS), and apps! Check out iMore.com’s tvOS first look: Taking AppleTV to the next level.

Of note…
Among the many other points on the WWDC agenda, the upgrades to Apple’s HomeKit API caught our eye, promising exciting things in home automation and security. Not only will AppleTV have control of HomeKit enabled devices, but also video camera support has been added. All HomeKit devices will be controlled thru a new Home app. Check out this story from CNET: New connected cameras will help Apple expand its reach in the smart home's door.

In case you missed it, here is the full video of Apple’s WWDC 2016:



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Happy New Year 2016

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Wishing all our friends and clients a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year! Thank you for all your support in 2015! We appreciate your business and your trust. Jefferson Consulting looks forward to working with you in 2016, and helping you meet and exceed your technology goals. Toward that end, we are highlighting some exciting new and improved services for the new year:

  • New and improved remote support for existing clients.
  • Cloud backup service for Macs and PCs: unlimited data for $5 / month per computer.
  • Discounted setup/installation/data-transfer services, and free shipping, for products purchased through our Apple Store affiliate link.
  • Discounted data recovery services through a special arrangement with DriveSavers.
  • Discounted support and consulting services when purchased in 10 or 20 hour blocks.

We will be discussing the details of these new and improved services in upcoming blog posts. Meanwhile if you have any questions, concerns or needs, please do not hesitate contact us. Jefferson Consulting stands ready to serve your technology support and training needs!

Best wishes for the new year,

Davis H. Jefferson
President and CEO
Jefferson Consulting Associates LLC
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