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SugarSync online storage service releases 2.0 beta | Macworld

SugarSync online storage service releases 2.0 beta | Macworld | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

Synchronization service firm SugarSync has dramatically overhauled and simplified its user interface in the new 2.0 release out in a form of software public beta today. The revised software bears little resemblance to the previous version, and adds a number of features in a consolidated, simplified Mac OS X application. Product manager Drew Garcia said, the firm went back “to square one from a design perspective to make the cloud as simple as possible.”

SugarSync in old and new versions can pick any folder on a desktop computer to synchronize with its central cloud storage. However, version 2.0 adds the ability to copy a file into cloud storage and then disconnect synchronization from the local folder, essentially pushing an independently accessible and modifiable copy into the cloud as if it were a networked file server.

The software also allows a user to pick which folders synchronize with given computers, as in the earlier release. Any folder synced on one machine may also be added to any other machine associated with the same account. The updated service allows searching the contents of all files associated with SugarSync, whether locally synced or stored in the cloud.

The update uniquely allows both cloud synced and locally synced folders to appear the same in the Finder by using MacFUSE to make remote folders appears as items in a single mounted volume. Locally synced folders appear both in the location that the user specified on a local volume, and alised in the virtually mounted drive. Cloud-only folders show up just in the mounted drive, and files are opened and saved just as if they were on a networked file server.

SugarSync 2 allows both collaborative sharing and public-link sharing. As with Dropbox, a user may select to allow other users to access (and optionally synchronize locally) any synced folder. Shared users have access to the folder to add items, modify existing documents, or delete files, but these shared folders don’t count against storage quotas. Public links are read-only or download-only and can be copied as a link or shared directly to Facebook or Twitter through Mac OS X integration.

The public beta works with the same data stored in its systems with the older desktop and mobile software, which remains available for use by old and new customers alike, although the 2.0 software is required to use the new features. The beta covers the revised Mac OS X and Windows user interface, as well as an Android client. A full release of the software is expected in January along with a revised iOS app and apps for othr mobile platforms.

SugarSync’s pricing remains unchanged in this version. A free version includes 5GB of storage. Paid versions come with a free 30-day trial, after which pricing starts at $5 per month or $50 per year for 30GB of storage and runs up to $40 per month or $400 per year for 500GB. Additional storage is added to free and paid accounts for new-member referrals.

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Better Customer Service

A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Better Customer Service | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Despite your best efforts to fix problems on your own, sometimes you just have to call for help—whether you've got broken gadgets, downed service, or just need to fix a company's mistake. Calling customer service can be a miserable experience, but when it comes time to bite the bullet and give them a ring, follow these tips to make it go as smoothly as possible.
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The only 'required' maintenance for your Mac | Macissues

The only 'required' maintenance for your Mac | Macissues | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
You may have heard that in order to keep your Mac running in tip top shape, you need to perform regular maintenance routines on it to clear out caches and other temporary items. These can be useful...
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Tackle problems with the iTunes 11.3 upgrade

Tackle problems with the iTunes 11.3 upgrade | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Yesterday Apple released iTunes 11.3, which brings a few stability and compatibility issues with the program, along with improving the iTunes Extras feature and Apple TV support for Extras. While n...
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What’s next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax

What’s next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
While you consider which 802.11ac router to buy, the industry is working hard to render it obsolete. Here's what to expect in the next few years, as engineers tease more bandwidth and faster transmission speeds out of Wi-Fi.
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Dropping Dropbox: Exploring alternatives

Dropping Dropbox: Exploring alternatives | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
When Dropbox just won't do, where do you turn--OneDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, Box.com? Chris Breen details his journey.
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Unroll.me

Your inbox is a mess — admit it. You are constantly bombarded with irrelevant emails throughout your extremely busy day. It doesn’t have to be this way, though.…
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Take precautions when using Gmail—or any other email service

Take precautions when using Gmail—or any other email service | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Google's almost ubiquitous email client doesn't guarantee that your email will be private, or that your account won't be hacked. But the right precautions can give you reasonable protection.
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10 critical security habits you should be doing (but aren't) | PCWorld

10 critical security habits you should be doing (but aren't) | PCWorld | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Use a password manager

Saying that passwords are dead is a popular meme. Until someone figures out a viable and universal replacement, however, we’re stuck with them.

Alas, passwords are a pain, since you should be using a long string of random letters, numbers, and special characters for all your critical accounts. Passwords that complex are as difficult to remember as they are to crack—which is why using a password manager that can generate and save those passwords for you is so crucial.

Password Mangers are easy to use, and most are cross-platform, giving you access to the data on PCs and mobile devices alike. Our favorites include LastPassDashlane1Password, and KeePass.

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12 Advanced Tricks for Mastering iTunes

12 Advanced Tricks for Mastering iTunes | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
These tips put you fully in charge of Apple's media behemoth, iTunes.
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OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which cloud storage service is right for you? - CNET

OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which cloud storage service is right for you? - CNET | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you're ready to take the plunge into storing your files, photos, and more in the cloud but need help deciding which service is right for your needs and wallet, we've got you covered.
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Beyond the basics: OS X's advanced printer tools

Beyond the basics: OS X's advanced printer tools | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
You probably know how to set up a printer in System Preferences. But did you know about OS X's other powerful options for configuring and managing printers?
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Massive increase to OneDrive storage plans: 15 GB free for everyone, 1 TB for Office 365 subscribers | OneDrive Blog

Massive increase to OneDrive storage plans: 15 GB free for everyone, 1 TB for Office 365 subscribers | OneDrive Blog | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
OneDrive is the one place for your files that you can access from virtually anywhere. Read our blog to hear the latest news and updates!
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The 10 Best AirPrint Printers

The 10 Best AirPrint Printers | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Want to print directly and wirelessly from your Apple iPhone or iPad? These 10 top-rated AirPrint-enabled printers let you do just that.
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Tackle Web pages not loading in OS X

Tackle Web pages not loading in OS X | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Arguably Safari, Firefox, Chrome and other Web browsers are perhaps the most commonly used applications on your Mac, so when browsing various sites, you might be frustrated if pages suddenly stop u...
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Where can I locate the Model Identifier (Model ID) | EveryMac

Where can I locate the Model Identifier (Model ID) | EveryMac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
How to locate the Model Identifier (Model ID) or Machine Model (MacBook5,1) on different Macs, limitations of Model Identifiers for Mac identification, and more.
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How to create a Screen Sharing shortcut

How to create a Screen Sharing shortcut | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it

For the last time, use the method you’ve used in the past to share the Mac mini’s screen with your iMac. When the mini's window appears take a gander at the shared screen’s title bar where it says something like Jim’s Mac mini and drag the icon that appears just to the left of that name to your iMac’s desktop. A VNC alias file will be copied to that self-same desktop.

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Devices disconnecting? It's about the hub, bub | MacWorld

Devices disconnecting? It's about the hub, bub | MacWorld | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Do USB devices disconnect when you attach an additional device? Mac 911 provides some powerful insight.

However, if you exceed the hub’s limits—you’ve plugged in several devices that draw 500mA, for example—something’s got to give. And generally, what gives is the disappearance of one of the connected devices.

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Tackle OS X only booting in Safe Mode

Tackle OS X only booting in Safe Mode | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Safe Mode in OS X is a limited boot environment where only essential system services are active. It is a great option to have when troubleshooting software problems on your system, and when you inv...
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5 Ways to Keep Email from Ruining Your Life

5 Ways to Keep Email from Ruining Your Life | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Some people treat email like it’s Twitter: a living stream of communiqués that’s constantly rushing beneath our feet, to be dipped into when there’s a free moment — but otherwise, without feeling any obligation to answer every single one. Others let their inboxes fill, fill, fill with unanswered mail — 5,000 messages, 10,000, maybe 30,000 — and finally declare “email bankruptcy.” That’s where you throw in the towel and delete all of it, starting fresh, on the assumption that if any of it is still important, the sender will email you again.
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How to force-quit an application in OS X

Force-quitting an application is a quick way to clear a program that is hanging, running slowly, or otherwise cannot be quit by normal means using the Quit function in the Application menu.

First and foremost is, of course, the force-quit window itself, which can be invoked by choosing “Force Quit” from the Apple menu, but can also be invoked by pressing Option-Command-Escape.

The second option is the Dock, where either before or after right-clicking an icon to view its contextual menu, you can hold the Option key to change the standard “Quit” command in the menu to “Force Quit.”

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How to make two-factor authentication less of a pain

How to make two-factor authentication less of a pain | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Increasingly, online services are requiring two-factor authentication instead of simple old passwords. Too bad that authentication can be such a hassle. Here's how to make it easier.
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How to speed up your old Mac

How to speed up your old Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Do you have a Mac that is gaining a few years on it and is not performing the same as you remember when you first bought it? While you might not be able to pinpoint it, you might simply notice prog...

1] Regularly check your hard drive for errors

2] Keep at least 5-10% of your hard drive free

3] Upgrade your hard drive to an SSD

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Using an iMac as a Monitor in Target Display Mode - Tuts+ Mac Computer Skills Tutorial

Using an iMac as a Monitor in Target Display Mode - Tuts+ Mac Computer Skills Tutorial | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
One of the things about the iMac, in fact any Apple-made display, is it’s extremely high quality image and colour-depth. It’s not that you’ll necessarily notice it immediately, but if you ever move back to a PC monitor, you’ll become acutely aware of the difference in quality.

Given that the iMac has a superb display, it could be useful to share that with another Mac, on occasion. In this tutorial I will explain a little known feature, named Target Display Mode, and show you how to use it. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick; Tags: Hardware
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“Free” Wi-Fi from Xfinity and AT&T also frees you to be hacked

“Free” Wi-Fi from Xfinity and AT&T also frees you to be hacked | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Ars tests how easy it is to spoof big broadband providers to grab data.
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How to blanket your home or small office with Wi-Fi | PCWorld.com

How to blanket your home or small office with Wi-Fi | PCWorld.com | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
10 tips for improving the range of your wireless network
Tip No. 1: Choose the best location

As with real estate, the three most important tenets of wireless network deployment are location, location, location. I’m talking about the location of your wireless access point (AP), of course.

In most cases, your wireless AP and your router are one in the same piece of equipment. To get the best results, set up your wireless AP in a location that’s as close to the center of your home as it can be. Placing the wireless AP on an unenclosed shelf instead of putting it on the floor will also extend its range. This is especially important if you live in a multi-floor dwelling.

The fewer walls, floors, and other obstacles between it and your client devices the better, so try to avoid putting your wireless AP in the basement. Obstructions such as masonry walls, large appliances (your refrigerator), and metal file cabinets will all impinge on your wireless AP’s range.

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