WWDC Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple's WWDC developer event is nearly here! Apple's yearly WWDC event is where it announces the latest updates to the software running on its Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TVs and other devices. At WWDC 2017, expect major updates for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. Apple may also unveil new hardware: a new iPad Pro is widely expected, and a Siri speaker looks like a possibility. This year, Apple's famous week-long WWDC event runs from 5-9 June 2017, and will be held at the McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, California.
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Super Street Arcade

Respond IT is very proud to be supporting Gap Filler in their work in creative urban regeneration of the central Christchurch city. Their latest project is Super Street Arcade, the world’s first giant, outdoor arcade game system. Get active as you move the giant joystick and jump on the over-sized buttons to play one of the unique classic-style retro games. With an oversized joystick situated at the intersection of Tuam and High Streets in the central city and a 5m-wide screen mounted on the Vodafone Building, Super Street Arcade takes gaming to a whole new level. You’ll need two or ...
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Crashplan Backup Wireless and Network Exclusions

  The CrashPlan app allows you to exclude network adapters and wireless networks from use by CrashPlan. For example, this is useful if you want to prevent CrashPlan from: Using a slow VPN connection Backing up through your iPhone that could result in charges from your carrier This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to excluding network adapters and wireless networks.
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Microsoft Outlook not staying set as default mail application?

Need to set Microsoft Outlook 2015 as your default application on Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan? Using the preferences from Mail.app doesn't save Outlook as the 'Default email reader'… A solution is to open Mail, and on the general tab, instead of using the drop down menu to select Outlook, Click on Select and browse to the Applications folder and select Microsoft Outlook.  
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Check your iPod with Diagnostics Mode

If you suspect that that your iPod's hard drive has started to fail: Take your iPod and place your right thumb on the centre SELECT button and your left on the top MENU button. Press down both thumbs for about 6 seconds until your iPod reboots. Immediately move your left thumb around to the rewind button |<< on the left and hold this down together with SELECT for a further 6 seconds. Your iPod should now switch into Diagnostic Boot mode. Press MENU for Manual Test, then select IO > HardDrive > HDSMARTData to reveal your stats. For comparison here are mine taken when my 6th Generat...
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Autodesk Backburner

This week we helped the Hagley College School of Animation build a Maya BackBurner based render farm for their course this year. The time required to render 30 frames went from 'overnight' to around 20 minutes! The course is looking really good and it's all Apple computer based!   See the Hagley College School of Animation and Digital Design webpage for course and enrolment information.  
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Mac OS X has built in Dictation!

With Dictation, you can use your voice instead of having to type text. Your Mac will even understand  basic text-related commands such as “all caps,” “new paragraph,” and “new line.” You can read more about it at Apple's support website here: http://support.apple.com/en-nz/ht5449
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