Thanks to iCloud, syncing an iPhone with a Mac is a piece of cake. But Mac users who don’t buy into the whole “one vendor to rule them all” thing will find that syncing an Android phone with OS X isn’t quite as easy. That said, it isn’t terribly difficult, either, thanks to Google’s own cloud services. Contacts First, you must set up your phone to sync with your Google account.
To make sure that this syncing is enabled, go to Settings Accounts Google, and tap your email address (it will be at the top of the screen, under the Accounts heading). Then confirm that the Sync Contacts box is checked. Next, open the Address Book app on your Mac, go to Address Book Preferences Accounts, and choose On My Mac. You’ll see two boxes: one that says ‘Synchronize to Yahoo’ and another that says ‘Synchronize to Google’. Check the Synchronize to Google box, press Accept in the pop-up box, and enter your Gmail address and password when prompted.
You should now see a small sync symbol in your Mac’s menubar. Click this symbol, and choose Sync Now from the dropdown menu.
Calendar To sync your Android/Google calendar with iCal, open the iCal app on your Mac and navigate to iCal Preferences Accounts. Click the plus (+) symbol in the lower left corner to add a calendar to iCal.
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Leave ‘Account Type’ set to Automatic, fill in your Gmail address and password, and click Create. If you have multiple Google calendars associated with your account, you can choose which ones to show in iCal by clicking Delegation ( iCal Preferences Accounts), and checking (or unchecking) the appropriate boxes. Media One of the easiest ways to sync media, including music, videos, photos, and podcasts, is to use —a free Android app that’s commonly known as “iTunes for Android.” You can sync media with DoubleTwist either via a USB cable (which is free) or via Wi-Fi (which requires a one-time $5 download of by DoubleTwist). Regular USB syncing over DoubleTwist works with Android devices that have enabled. Android devices running Jelly Bean or later support but not USB MSC mode. Consequently, until DoubleTwist updates its app to support USB MTP, these devices (which include the and the ) can sync only over Wi-Fi via AirSync. To get started with DoubleTwist, download and install the free DoubleTwist desktop app on your Mac.
When you open the program for the first time, it will scan your iTunes and import your media (music, videos, photos, and podcasts). It won’t automatically import your playlists, but you can manually import them: Go to Playlist Setup (in the lower left menu), and select Import iTunes Playlists. If you want DoubleTwist to automatically import changes made to your playlists in the future, check the box next to Automatically Import iTunes Playlist Changes. Next, download the free DoubleTwist app to your Android phone. Then use a USB cable to connect your phone to your Mac, and follow the instructions on the screen to mount your phone to your computer. Once your phone is mounted, click on your device (in the lower left menu) to open the sync options. You can sync all of your music and videos at once, or you can pick and choose different playlists to sync.
You can also drag and drop files and photos to your device. Files Syncing nonmedia files, such as documents and spreadsheets, between your Android phone and your Mac is easy, thanks to cloud storage services. In this example we’ll use Dropbox (and assume that you already have it set up on your Mac), but you can use any service that appeals to you, such as Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, or SugarSync. Download the Dropbox app on your Android phone. From there, sign in to Dropbox with your account info. Thereafter, any file you place in your Dropbox folder will be synced between your devices automatically. As on the iPhone, you can choose to have Dropbox automatically save and sync the pictures you take on your Android phone (you get an extra 500MB of storage space if you enable this option).
This option is similar to Google’s option to automatically upload photos taken to your Google account, and it can be a little creepy at first (maybe you don’t want those photos to be synced off your phone), but it can be useful if you lose your device. Everything The easiest way to sync everything from your Android device to your Mac is to use Google’s own apps for email, calendaring, photos, and contacts. If you do, you can enable syncing from your Web-based Google account to your Android device by going to Settings Accounts Google and tapping your Google account (under Accounts).
From this menu, you can toggle syncing of various Google services—including Google Chrome, Photos, Google Play Books, Google Play Magazines, Google Play Music, Google+, and Picasa Web albums—on or off. You can also choose to sync the Internet, an interesting feature that syncs your Google search results across devices.
A few days after, Philips Hue today is launching the ' app for Mac and PC computers. Using the app, users can sync their Hue lights to films, music, and games that they're interacting with for an even more 'immersive experience,' according to the company. The app works by creating light scripts for nearby Hue lights, based on screen-grabbed content from the Mac and what Philips calls a 'smart color algorithm.' With this information gathered, the app then matches the chosen Hue lights to the on-screen action of games and films in real time. For music, Philips Hue Sync creates light scripts based on the beat and type of song 'on the fly,' and matches the playing music with dynamic lighting effects. Any of these features can be further customized, including brightness levels, 'immersion controls' from subtle to intense, and a mode change for easily switching out the color pallet. To set up the app, users will need to create a new entertainment area within the updated Philips Hue app on iOS or Android devices.
Entertainment areas can encompass everything from one Hue bulb to a collection of devices like Hue Light Strips and table lamps (totaling up to 10 lights), but they most be color capable. Then simply, connect to a bridge, and choose the new entertainment area in the start-up menu. Following the 3.0 iOS app update and the new Sync app for Mac, Philips is planning a line of that will be coming in July. With the outdoor Hue bulbs, users can connect and control their lighting on a patio, balcony, or other environments outside. The new lights include the Philips Hue Lily, which can be used to highlight key features in a garden, and the Philips Hue Calla, which can be placed in the ground and light pathways through outdoor spaces.
This is way more immersive than just turning on a light though. It's a cool feature but not necessary. Some people dont get it, its ok. If you cant imagine what its like in a house full of voice controlled lights or watch/phone controlled then you dont get it. Changing how your place feels in.2 of a second is pretty fun to do.
Laying in bed and turning the air on without getting up is nice. Turning off all the lights with one button or voice command is pretty big. It makes little things like turning on a light switch seem that much more ancient. Try Turning off 18 lights multiple times a day dimming them, changing the color hue to fit how you want your place to look.
Then turning them off when you go to sleep and see how much better having a smart controlled home is. But its true if you dont have it you dont know what your missing. Is it actually that hard to: 1. Walk over to light switch.
Dim/turn off lights (using said switch). Smart lights are more than turning them on and off like traditional light switches.
You can set them up to be on timers when you are on holidays/vacations which is my main reason for purchashing them. After buying them for that reason i fou d out loads of other great features like geofencing your location so it turns the lights on when you get home andturn all lights off at 11pm.