25 gift cards with purchase of Apple TV (US only)

The US branch of the Apple store has just today started to offer a $25 iTunes gift card to customers who purchase an Apple TV between February 28 and March 5, 2014. Unfortunately the same offer is not available in Canada but this “discount” may be a sign that Apple is trying to get rid of its inventory in preparation for the release of the next version of their streaming device. Many rumours abound as to what this new device may look like, including an updated interface and additional content, but up to now there has been no official information released by Apple. Stay tuned…

Source: Engadget

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Northern Lights to give a show tonight

If you are like myself and live in a large city in southern Canada, you don’t often get a chance to see the Northern Lights. Well you might be lucky tonight (February 26) as most of Canada and the northern US will be able to be able to view the phenomenon. Apparently a very large solar event that took place on the far side of the sun on February 25 is expected to reach us tonight causing the display. So if you are in an area with clear skies, look out to the northern skies to check out the show.

You can find out more information about Northern Lights and sign up for alerts at the University of Alaska’s Geophysical Institute website.

Apple now closes security hole in OS X

As reported earlier Apple has had to deal with a pretty serious security flaw on its mobile operating system. It has now addressed the same issue on it operating system running on Macs with the latest update, 10.9.2. If you were not aware both versions of the operating systems had a SSL vulnerability that could allow third parties access to your device. So if you have not gotten the update yet you should visit the Mac App Store and download it now. Although it is now only available for Mavericks it will soon be available for other versions of OS X.

Don’t forget to update your Apple TV which is also running iOS.

Source: Engadget

Apple releases update to iOS

Apple just released iOS 7.0.6 to deal with SSL connection verification issues.  Conspiracy theorists believe this will fix a back door that the NSA was exploiting but most people think that it is just a plain old security vulnerability.  Whatever the reason you should download the over the air update as soon as you can.

Source: iPhone in Canada

 

Spot the Space Station

Did you ever see a bright object moving in the sky and wander what it is.  If it looks higher and seems to be moving faster than your average airplane then chances are it is the International Space Station (ISS).  When the ISS can be seen, it is the third brightest object in the sky as it moves in a low earth orbit (approximately 419 km) at an average speed of 27,600 km/h.  NASA has made it easy for you to spot the station by automatically notifying you when it is going overhead in your area.  You can sign up for text or email alerts at Spot the Station.  Remember that if you are outside of the US then your carrier may apply fees for SMS text messages so it may be best to provide an email address.  The NASA database determines sighting opportunities for 4,600 locations so if you city or town is not listed pick one that is the closest to you.  Happy viewing.  

Windows 7 no longer available after October 2014

If you prefer the touchless stylings of Windows 7 over the touchee feeleeness of Windows 8 you better get a new computer before Halloween. Paul Thurrott of the Windows Supersite has reported today that Microsoft will no longer make Windows 7 available to PC makers for preinstalls after October 31, 2014. This news comes on the heels of the announcement that Windows XP will no longer be updated after April 8. It sure sounds like Microsoft is trying to encourage people to get onboard the Windows 8 bandwagon whether they like it or not.

Source: BGR