Thursday, July 16, 2020

How to Merge PDF Files Mac?

How to Merge PDF Files Mac
You may have found yourself in a situation where you’re left with multiple PDF files. The problem is you need to merge them into one whole document, so how do you go about doing that? In this post we’ll be taking through some of the ways in which you can learn how to merge PDF files Mac. We’ll be showing you how to merge PDF files using built in tools and online tools as well.

How to merge PDF files Mac using the Preview Option: 

Preview happens to be a hidden bonus when it comes to MacOS. Not only can you edit images or sign documents with it but you can also merge files using it as well. This is besides performing some basic PDF related editing, by the way. Isn’t it a handy tool? Oh and did I mention it’s completely free. You don’t have to shell out money for buying a dedicated PDF editing app either.

With the preview feature in tow you can add multiple files of the PDF genre and even files from other categories as well into one single folder. So if you’re interested here’s how it works…

  • In the preview app open the PDF file that you need to edit

  • Make sure you can see the thumbnails option on the side bar. If not just click on the sidebar and on the thumbnails options. 

  • You’ll then see a list of all the pages in the document. 

  • Go to the menu option and press on edit. From there go to the insert option and click on “Page from File”. 

  • The preview app will ask you to choose a PDF file. Navigate the folder till you find the required PDF file. Click on open. 

  • After these steps you’ll be able to see all the pages of the second folder added to the first PDF file. To confirm this you can check the page count at the bottom of the preview application. 

In cases where you don’t want the whole file but only certain pages of it you can use the same method. We’ll show you how…

  • Open the required PDF files in two separate preview folders. Keep them side by side to work on.
  • All you have to do now is to click and drag the required pages into the original PDF file. This you can do from the thumbnails section. Repeat the process till you have all the pages that you want in your original PDF file.
  • Finally it’s onto saving the file. Simply go to the File section shown in the menu bar and click on “Export as PDF”. All you have to do now is to save the file under a name and choose a destination. Press save and you’re done

Using Online tools in learning how to merge PDF files Mac: 

There are always online tools to use if you don’t want to use the preview option. Simply go on to your web browser and select a merge PDF tool. From there on, you’ll simply have to choose files that you want merged and the application will get it done for you.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

iPadOS 14 Introduces New Features Specifically for iPad

iPadOS 14
iPadOS 14 may have a lot of the same features brought forth in iOS 14 but it does come with something of it’s own as well. Some of the features in iPadOS 14 that are similar to iOS 14 are new widgets and upgrades to Siri. But besides all this, the new iPadOS has something up its sleeves yet that makes it worth the wait. Among those changes are multi window support for Apple music and a Low power mode option, which is something that will come for the first time to an iPad. While iPadOS 14 does have some new and significant features, it also lacks out on some new features which iOS 14 brings to iPhones. More on this in a bit…

Multi Widows Support for Apple Music brought to you by- iPadOS 14: 

Multi window support may not be all together new when it comes to the iPad. It first came out with iPadOS 13. Multi window support allows you to open up multiple versions of the same app. For example you can open two or more safari browsers separately.

Now to bring something new to the menu, Apple has added multi window support for the music application as well. While it may not be the most useful thing on the planet, you can still open up two or more music applications at the same time. Plus it does bring with it several new options that you could try out.

One way of using this new feature to your advantage is to open up live lyrics in one application while on the other you can browse Apple Music. Another way you can use this new feature is by keeping the now playing tab always open at the side while you do whatever it is that needs doing.

Besides a multi window option for Apple music there are also a number of changes and new features that you can see with the application itself.

Low Power Mode on iPadOS 14: 

Low power mode has been with the iPhone for years now. With iPadOS 14 it marks the first time when an iPad gets the low power mode option. With low power mode on you can prevent battery drain as your iPad will disable things that run in the background such as email fetch, Hey Siri as well as some visual effects.

To enable low power mode on the iPhone you simply have to go to the settings app and then power mode. However in iPadOS 14 there is no such option of going to the settings page. To enable the feature you simply have to access it via Siri. Since you have to access low power mode through Siri, the feature does not disable it but disables things such as Auto lock and background app refresh.

No emoji search with iPadOS 14: 

Another welcome and highly anticipated feature with iOS 14 is an emoji search. By clicking on the emoji option in the keyboard you get a search field that appears above. With iPadOS 14 however there is no such feature as yet.

Monday, June 22, 2020

New iPhone 12 come with a new Design

New iPhone 12 come with a new Design
A radical design change, flat edges and an Apple iPad Pro type design- the new iPhone 12 could have it all. Apparently recently photos of what could possibly be the new iPhone 12 have emerged. These photos were apparently spotted on Twitter and have been leaked by a Twitter user @Jin_Store. The pictures show molds that would be given to potential iPhone case manufacturers for the new iPhone 12.

More on the Leaked Images of the new iPhone 12: 

The photos contain enough to show you just what the new iPhone could apparently look like. Three phone molds of varying screen sizes are photographed in the picture. The molds also show features that are in line with rumors given about the iPhone 12 in the past, well at least some of them.

Another major draw of such pictures was that they showed the alleged iPhone 12 mold to come in with flat edges. Flat edges are normally seen on the iPad pro. This could mean that the new iPhone 12 could seriously look much different from current models.

As per the pictures, the iPhone 12 could come in 4 varieties- a 5.4inch sized model, a 6.1inch model , a 6.1inch pro variant and a 6.7inch pro max model too.

More on the Design element of  New iPhone: 

All the images show pretty much the same thing, with the volume and silence buttons on the left hand side. Besides that, a button on the right and a single camera setup sitting at the back.

Newer pictures reveal a notch kind of set up at the front which apparently will house Apple’s TrueDepth Camera. This is more in line with what current iPhone models have at present.

More on the Flat edges on the iPhone 12 now: 

Rumor has it that the new flat edges sitting around the iPhone 12 could come with an antenna band. This is similar to what the iPhone 4 has. The new leaked images of iPhone 12 that have come have disproved what rumor mongers have said in the past- that iPhone 12 could have a iPhone X like design. Still other rumors have said that Apple’s new iPhone could also come with an all screen display as well as a notch to hold the new Face ID mechanism.

Other Features to be Expected on the iPhone 12: 

The new iPhone 12 is also pegged to have a 120Hz promotion display, but alas this may only feature on the pro variants of the phone. The promotion feature will also have the ability to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz as the need arises.

Some of the other changes also have to do with the notch being smaller. Rumors also have it that the smaller notch could be because of a shrinking down in size of the Face ID sensor. This would also be great as it would mean larger screen real estate. Apparently a wider angle lens is also to be included in the notch in order to grab the face from different angles.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

WWDC20: It’s that Time of the year Again

The Cupertino based tech giant has recently announced the schedule for the long awaited WWDC20. Plus there’s also a special keynote planned, that’s worth taking a look at. There are even talks that Apple will ditch their Intel chips for new ARM based Macs. This will be a first in decade in which Apple takes such a step. 

What to Expect From WWDC20? 

In a first of its kind, this year’s Apple event will be totally digital. This we know is on account of what. On Wednesday Apple released the schedule for its first only digital event. The WWDC20 will kick start on the 22nd of June. The event will begin with a keynote, Of course, besides others.

The other itinerary for the day includes Platforms of the Union, all new developer forums, 100 and more engineering sessions, one to one labs with Apple engineers and much more.

Where can You watch Apple WWDC20? 

In a press statement released by Apple, the keynote address scheduled for June 22, will take place at 10am PT. You can watch the event live from the Apple website or the Apple developer app or YouTube or the Apple TV app. The keynote address will be streamed live directly from Apple Park.

After the keynote address, The Cupertino based company will conduct its annual Platform State of Union address. This event unlike the one above can be watched form the Apple developer website or the Apple developer app and on demand.

Besides all this you can also watch a 100 plus engineering sessions and all new developer forums, curtesy of Apple, all of which are scheduled to take place later in the day.

What to look out for at WWDC 2020? 

Typically Apple unveils the latest and greatest it has in the form of iOS, WatchOS, iPadOS, MacOS, the likes of which power macs, iPhones, iPads and of course the Apple watch.

Although the WWDC event is mostly focused on software and its associated updates, Apple hasn’t shied away in the past from releasing new hardware too. In 2019, Apple announced the latest Mac pro. So it’s quite possible that we could see new gadgets in the form of a new iMac and an updated Apple TV.

Also to counteract the competition, namely from the likes of Bose and Sony, Apple may also release a new pair of over the ear headphones. The new over the ear headphones will likely be upwards of $350 and may be called AirPods Studio.

Last but not the least Apple also plans on shedding its Intel chips for ARM based ones to sit under the hood of its Macs. This will be a first for the tech giant in over a decade.

Apple’s WWDC20 will stream from 22 June to 26 June. The keynote address will also be available on playback on demand after the event. The engineering sessions are geared towards guiding app developers, in well, app development, focusing on technical and design elements. Apple will also release videos of these sessions every day.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

New Tycoon Ransomware Targets Windows and Linux Systems

Tycoon Ransomware
Security experts have recently come across a new ransomware that targets Linux and Windows systems. The ransomware called Tycoon ransomware, targets systems across a number of industries. Researchers up at BlackBerry Research and Intelligence Team and KPMG’s UK cyber response services have given the name Tycoon ransomware after discovering it. According to them, this particular strain of malware is affecting SMBs in the software industry and educational institutions alike. What makes this malware even more potent is that it affects not only one system but two- Linux as well as Windows. These are the two commonly used systems across the globe.

More on Tycoon ransomware: 

The team further discovered that the malware has to be manually deployed with the malignant persons targeting individual systems as well as connecting to an RDP server. After this, the said person infiltrates using local credentials. After securing access to the system, the person then begins to uninstall any antivirus that may be on the system. Shortly afterwards, a application called ProcessHacker is installed.

What does Tycoon ransomware do? 

Once Tycoon Ransomware has been installed onto a system, it begins to encrypt files from the server. Then a ransom is sort from the said victim. According to experts the ransomware targets both Linux and Windows meaning the attack is quite widespread.

The experts up at BlackBerry have also said that it is common for malware writers to use obscure coding and languages to fly under the radar. That is why the use of Java and Go is common with malware writers. But this is the first time they have encountered a malware that takes advantage of Java JIMAGE format to create a JRE build.

The JRE Build: 

Tycoon ransomware comes in the format of a trojanized Java Runtime Environment or JRE for short. This helps the ransomware to avoid detection by piggy backing on a Java Image format. The settings for this java Image are deliberately put in settings to give developers the option of debugging their software. To do this they would first have to install a debugging application. This is how malware writers gain access to a particular system.

How far has Tycoon ransomware reached? 

Experts in the field have said that the malware has been in existence for six months now. But the number of attacks have been small. This shows that the attacks are specifically targeted. Besides this it also shows that the malware writers are working on different ways of targeting a host system, in order to see which method works the best.

Why the Name Tycoon? 

The ransomware was called “Tycoon” after discovering various references in the coding to the word Tycoon. The ransomware has been in existence since 2019 and has specific targets in mind.

The fact that malware writers have used Java and JRE to piggy back onto systems is very unusual. Experts have seldom seen such a method. Besides gaining access to a system, malware writers also seek to remove any existing antivirus on the system.