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The new 4th generation Apple TV is here!

Just in time for the holiday season, Mac Outpost & Outpost2 have a fantastic stock on the newest 4th generation Apple TV. Whats so great about it you ask? Oh, just Siri, a touch sensitive remote, built in storage (32/64GB), and did I mention an APP STORE?

I recently had the opportunity to install a couple of these in a customers home and was pleasantly pleased with the ease of setup on the new interface. The new Siri enabled touch remote glides around the screen with ease and I was online and playing very quickly.

As soon as we had the initial setup complete we focused on the brand new App Store. For many years Apple has been slowly pushing out apps like Netflix, various sports apps like the MLB, NHL, and NFL apps as well as other streaming and news services. The real advantage now is developers can start creating new applications from scratch similar to the way the App Store works on your iPhone and iPad. This really unlocks the potential of the “smart TV” era and puts the control in the hands of you and I.

Speaking of control, the very first thing we did was connect the very comfortable (and usually hard to find- only $79. Don’t worry; we’ve brought in extras for the holiday season) Steelseries Nimbus controller for the video games on the AppleTV. The graphics and ability of this little box is extremely impressive. If you’re at all curious we’ve got both the Apple TV and Nimbus controller on demo at Outpost2 in White Oaks Mall.

Please come on in and feel free to check out the latest and one of our most popular gifts this season and share in the fun and entertainment for the whole family!

Korey Rideout

Protect your Macbook!

So you have purchased a shiny, new Apple laptop - congratulations! Have you given a thought to how you will take care of it and keep it looking like new or protect all your files? A wide range of Speck shells are availble which are the perfect way to protect against small knocks and scratches. Let a protective case do its job and look after your laptop. They come in a wide range of colours and will help add a personal touch to your laptop - which is great if there is more than one in the house!

And don't forget a keyboard cover! This flexible friend will protect your laptop against cat hair, toast crumbs and minor spills. It will help keep the inside of the computer clean which will help prevent overheating so will extend the life of the computer. They come in clear, some in colours, and some that will help you get more from your Mac by teaching you some of the keyboard shortcuts!

Mac Outpost Sentinel is our monitoring service that can help us identify issues with your computer before they can cause serious problems and often before you are aware of them. It can let us know if your hard drive is failing, or getting full, if there is malware on the system - and all without accessing any of your personal data. It can even let us know if you are not doing a regular backup!

Which brings us to an absolute must: an external hard drive so that you can back up all your important files. Cloud storage is great for small files but will not likely be a good solution for large photo or music libraries. You need to guard your data against drive failure, laptop theft, or damage. Come in and see us if you need more backup advice - we have all kinds of solutions to help safeguard your system!

-Paul Tucknott


Twittens!? What are they!?

Well summer is over and fall is starting to set in. The leaves are changing colours, the wind is picking up and…. my hands are getting cold when I'm out texting! If only there were some kind of mitten for the "text generation"!  This is where Twittens come in!

Twittens are a very simple-but-cool product we carry during the Fall and Winter seasons that are the brainchild of London's own tech superstar: Lincoln McCardle!

I find them to be great because they keep my hands covered and warm but have flip up finger holes so that I can still use my iPhone touch screen while I'm out for a walk or waiting for the bus with out having to take off my gloves and let my hands freeze!

When I am out on a nature hike with my camera, Twittens make it very simply to adjust dials and settings with out removing anything I can quickly take the picture I am looking for and keep moving only way without getting frostbite!

If this seems like something you or someone in your family could use we have just restocked our shelves and would be happy to help you find the right fit at both out our locations! 

Thanks for reading and happy texting, stay warm!

Scott Henry
Outpost2 Store Manager

Cyber Security and other spooky stuff

It wasn't long ago that one of the largest retailers in Canada had a major security breach of the credit cards and terminal computers. The retailer may have survived the initial ramifications however there is little doubt that this eventually lead (among other things) to a general mistrust by consumers, and perhaps the eventual closing of its doors.

In more recent memory a website with a very large database of users was leaked with malicious intent. There are all sorts of motives for this kind of activity, but almost every time the outcome is a negative one. Never more than now has taking preventative action been in the forefront of home and business users alike.

There are a few things we can do to protect ourselves against those who wish to extract information or even money from an individual or organization.

First of all, password complexity and two stage verification are more important than ever before. This will either text or email you a confirmation code to verify your identity, and also doubles as a notification if someone is trying to log in to one of your accounts who is not authorized to do so.

In a perfect world every password would be different, but we can pair this with two stage verification. This means there is generally a code or phrase that is texted to your cell phone or email address asking you to verify that in fact you are trying to log into the service or account in question.

Second, in a business environment particular user groups and permission rules should be assessed by a security professional and implemented across all platforms without prejudice. Security breaches are almost always user related however recently managed firewall services (such as Sonic Wall which we offer and support) are a great security net and and tremendously difficult to breach.

Finally, we don't always have to learn from our mistakes. Professionals such as ourselves are always monitoring risks and new threats. It takes a special attention to detail to successfully secure a work or personal environment. With an ever changing software arena its not only important to be able to trust our gut, but its also almost essential to have a team of reliable advice.

If you’ve got any questions about security we’ll be hosting an event at Outpost2, White Oaks Mall on Wednesday, October 21st from 3pm - 6pm and would love to meet security minded individuals. If you’d like us to come out and assess your security levels in your organization or would like to beef up security with our Firewall services I’d love to chat.

Stay secure.


What would you do in the catastrophe of a total loss of data?

Having good back-ups are like a Get Outta Jail Free Card!  Why’s that?  Keep reading to find out more!

Students … pay close attention. Don’t risk losing your notes, assignments, portfolio and down-time dealing with lost data.

We all have our electronic devices; computers, smart phones, tablets, and more. One thing they all have in common is that they hold our precious data.

What is data?  It’s the files we keep on our devices:

School Assignments
Calendar Appointments
Device Settings
And more

Let me ask you a question. What would you do in the catastrophe of a total loss of data?  Do you have a back-up (a duplicate) on an external drive?

When it comes to computer users we’re all at different levels of expertise.  Some of us know the easy steps to keep our data safe, and take care of backups regularly.  Others understand that they SHOULD do it, but perceive it as a chore so it never happens.  And of course some computer users aren’t yet aware of the Russian Roulette they are playing with their digital files when no duplicate exists.

Here’s a fact:  Devices are lost and stolen every day. Hard drives crash; and software can malfunction. If you don’t have a back-up in any of these scenarios chances are very high you will lose part or all of your files.


A Fanshawe College photography student came to our service desk with a malfunctioning hard drive in hand.  She had just finished her final year. The drive she clutched contained every photograph and project she had crafted in her years at Fanshawe.  The plan was to make this her portfolio in her pursuit of employment.

These files were important. But no back-up existed. Whether the device malfunctioned or it was lost, the result would still be the same.  The data was lost.  It was a life-changing event.

It is sad to say that our story ends there. Although we are often successful in data recovery services, in this case even aggressive attempts to recover her data didn’t help.


Data loss is not only life-changing for your students, but it’s common too. The good news is that the solution is easy.  In fact I’ll even show you how to keep your data safe. Come in to our White Oaks location and ask for Virginia. Or sign up for our free class on SAFEGUARDING YOUR DATA.

Be sure to have your “get outta jail free” card by making sure the student in your household has an external back-up hard drive.  Pass GO … and collect $200!

- Virginia R., Mac Outpost

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