Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Apple released iOS 10.3 to update officially. Details on the changes in iOS 10.3 and how to update.  Can be tracked in the previous news. This web page will include the IPSW firmware file of this version to download. Who needs to use it. It is recommended to use the download wizard Flashget, IDM or Downthemall to help me load it.

Download iOS 10.3 IPSW complete version. Direct link loading force from Apple

How to bring iOS 10.3 IPSW to use

After the file. Ipsw to open  iTunes  and connect the device you want to restore ( washing machine ) or in conjunction with  3uTools  in the update as well.
Applies to iTunes ( recommends updating the latest version of iTunes from  iTunes.com ).
Update (not lost)
  • PC Windows, hold down  Shift key  at the keyboard. Then click the Check for Update button   in iTunes  and select the downloaded IPSW file.
  • Mac, press and hold the Option button   on the board. Then hit the Check for update  button  in iTunes  and select the downloaded IPSW file.
Restore  (lost data)
  • PC Windows, hold down  Shift key  at the keyboard. Then press the Restore button   at iTunes and select the downloaded IPSW file.
  • Mac, press and hold the Option button   on the board. Then press the Restore button   at iTunes and select the downloaded IPSW file.

Which firmware to choose?

In iOS 10 change the system to download new IPSW without having to choose another model and then download it as a model, such as the iPhone 5s will buy from any country. Model behind the Axxxx is the same IPSW. Considered convenient
This is an IPSW file for iOS 10.3. Download it to your computer.

IPhone

IPad

IPod touch

Downloading the correct file will only need to have a .pspsw file. ( If anyone has downloaded a .zip file, do not crack it. Just change the extension from .zip to .psps only enough ). Then, then go. Shift + Restore via iTunes (If your Mac press Option + Restore)
After Restoration can finish watch.

Download iOS 10.3 IPSW complete version. Direct link loading force from Apple

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As promised, in the second entry dedicated to HomeKit the protagonist will be the Netatmo thermostat , a smart thermostat that will make your life easier and more comfortable.

Netatmo, the thermostat compatible with HomeKit.

The first article in which I talked about accessories compatible with HomeKit was an elgato accessory . More specifically elgato Eve Room . From here you can read the article.
Today it is the turn of Netatmo thermostat, which will make your life much more comfortable, save on your bill and will facilitate the task of air conditioning in your home.

What is Netamo?

Netatmo, a thermostat compatible with HomeKit
It is a really compact size thermostat , with which you can control the temperature of your house both from the thermostat itself and from the  app for your iPhone.
In order to install it, you can do it in two ways . The simplest of all would be to place your Netamo on the wall, connecting it to the wires of your old thermostat. Another option, a little more complex, would be to connect the relay that comes attached to the box directly in your boiler.
Operating scheme
The thermostat works via WiFi, and to be able to control it from outside the house you must have an Apple TV 4 that acts as a control center . HomeKit Stuff.

What are the advantages of installing one in my house?

The main advantage is that you can not worry about schedules , since in an initial configuration, you must indicate the approximate hours you return home from work, or those you stay indoors.
You should also fix what temperature you want your home to be established . The thermostat will now control the rest.
But for me, the main advantage is to be able to control it when I'm out . There is a missing mode  option that when activated can indicate the day and time of your return. Great for weekend getaways. It is really comfortable to get home and the temperature is pleasant.

A very intuitive app and easy to use

Application Netamo
As for the application to be able to control our temperature, I have to say that it is very intuitive. It gives us the necessary information . After 15 days, the information will be more complete. It requires a process of acclimatization to better know our home.
When you configure it, you will be asked for some basic information about your location: height, location, street ...
It is the ideal complement to start in this of demotic. That yes. As I imagine you know, everything that takes HomeKit is say not very cheap.
This thermostat costs € 180 , but often goes down in price. If you take advantage, it is now available for € 149. I leave you here the purchase link.
You know that we leave the comment box enabled to comment on any type of doubt or suggestion 

Netatmo, the thermostat compatible with HomeKit

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A few weeks ago we brought you an article about the different versions of the Macintosh Software System , and we also taught you how to test the System 5, 6 and 7 thanks to Mini vMac. Well today we will do the same but with Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9 , we virtualize thanks to SheepShaver .

A little history

As in the previous article , here we will also make a brief review of the history of the two operating systems that we can test with this tool.

Mac OS 8

After the success of System 7.5, Apple brought a new version of its operating system with a totally different name. But this change of name was well justified, because in this version we have several important changes present.
Another change that occurred in this version was the inclusion of the context menu (the one that appears when right / secondary click). Yes, it is something that today is taken for granted, but this was the first version to include it.
In addition to these new additions we have other more, which although not so impressive, were also important. We speak for example of internal improvements, especially when dealing with virtual memory . But we also have improvements in the user experience with a better desktop, a more advanced control panel and the inclusion of Simple Finder , a version of the Finder for less advanced users.

Mac OS 9

This was a bridge version. It was the last version of the series Mac OS Classic, and the previous one to Mac OS X (what today is known as macOS), where the biggest change took place.
One of the most visible changes was the addition of a small bar at the bottom that can be contracted. Many people can confuse this bar with the Dock of current operating systems, but even though it seemed the functionality was totally different. In this small bar we have controls such as volume, external devices and other configuration options.
The focus of this Mac OS 9 focused on the Internet . In addition, integration with iTools was added , a service that would evolve into what we now know as iCloud. In addition, it also included a very simplified version of the multiuser . In addition, in future versions an optical disc recording tool was included natively.

How to test Mac OS 9 with SheepShaver

Let's go to the nougat. Let's see how we can do to test this old operating system in a simple way.

1. Download SheepShaver

The first step will be to download the application that we will use to emulate the old Mac. This application can not be downloaded from the Mac App Store or a kind of official website. The most official, and therefore the best site to download, is the Emaculation forum. In this thread , you can find the most recent download link.
Once downloaded, we will unzip the ZIP file and store it somewhere on our Mac, such as the Applications, Documents or Desktop folder. The name of the folder we can change it, but what is advisable is to leave it inside it.

2. Download a ROM

As in the Mini vMac article , we will also need to download a ROM here. This will be what makes SheepShaver behave like a Mac with a PowerPC processor.
And from where can we download this ROM ? While we can extract it from an original Mac (thanks to Basilisk II), the easiest thing is to download the Internet ROM .

3. Download the installation disc for Mac OS 8 or Mac OS 9

Finally, there is one more thing left to download.
Download the tool and the ROM does not make any sense if we do not download the magen disk that will allow us to install the operating system . The procedure that we are going to follow in this article is compatible with both Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9, although we will follow the process of installing the latter as an example.
And how do we get the image of the installation disk? From the WinWorld  website we can find an extensive library of old software. Among them we have, for example, Mac OS 9 . And which file do I download? What interests us is the ISO , which is the one containing a copy of the installation disk.

4. Preparing everything

First of all, what we should do is locate the folder where we have SheepShaver (which we downloaded in step 1). There we must save the ROM (downloaded in step 2) with the name "Mac OS ROM" . In addition, for convenience, we can also save the ISO image of Mac OS that we downloaded in the previous step.
But, what you have to do, is to modify block that file so that you can not write to it. This is necessary for the virtualized Mac to think the disk is original, as the original CD is write protected. And how do we protect it from writing? The easiest thing is to right-click on our ISO , and give it to "Get Information" . There, we will mark the box of "Blocked" .

5. Setting Up SheepShaver

Yes now. We have everything ready.
What we will do now is open the SheepShaver application. Next, we will go to "SheepShaver> Preferences" in the top menu. There we will have to make several changes.
First we will create a new disk image . This is the one that will serve as a hard disk in our virtual machine. To do this, simply give "Create", select the location (I saved it in the same folder as SheepShaver), and a size. And what size do I choose? Something between 512 and 2048MB.
Then we can change the amount of RAM , for example, to 512MB. In addition, we must also check that the ROM is well configured.
Then we will include the ISO file that we downloaded in step 3 to the volume list. For that we will use the "Add" button This will install the Mac OS installation disc and install it. At the end of the installation process we can remove it with "Remove".
Later we will proceed to configure the audio and video properly. To do this, we will replicate this configuration :
Finally, we'll configure some more settings, which must replicate this setting to work correctly. Among them we have those related to the keyboard, where we must indicate, if this does not appear by default, the file "keycodes" that we download together in section 1.

6. Installing Mac OS

Now we can proceed to install Mac OS 8 or Mac OS 9. For this, we will restart the virtual machine and should load the installer of the ISO that we have chosen.
Next, we need to name the disk where we want to install Mac OS Classic.
Once we have done this it will load the operating system of the CD. To install it on the disk of the virtual machine we must run the installer .
So we can start the process of installing the operating system. There is little to mention about the process, as it is quite simple. Just a few small mentions. When you get to this window, before giving "Select", you have to give "Options" .
There, in the "Language Kits" option, we will select the language option for Central Europe.
Then reboot the operating system (under "Special> Restart"). When we return, we will leave the configuration assistant.
And that's it! After following these steps we will have everything ready.

Conclusion

As we can see, SheepShaver allows us to remember old times by testing these old operating systems. The virtual machine is fully functional, except the Internet connection that in my case I was not able to configure (I do not know if it is my problem or the tool).

Install Mac OS 9 in a virtual machine thanks to SheepShaver

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