Customer Quote of the Week

Easy Path to Convergence!

"Compared with its competitors Parallels worked first time, with no errors, right out of the box. We tried competitor products, never got them to work but the Parallels product was perfect. It allowed us to finally consolidate and converge all of our compute platforms onto Apple integrated products."

rjhammell@gmail.com by | stone_horse| Parallels Access | Nov 04, 2013

Taking the Journey Over to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Back in September 2011, Samsung changed the game in the smartphone industry with something called the Galaxy Note, What was so game-changing about it? It was the largest phone ever, with a screen size of 5.3 inches. At the time, the phone was mocked in the industry with statements like “You look like you’re talking into a piece of toast” or “The Note is an unwieldy beast”, and even Samsung made a video highlighting these statements called Galaxy Note 4 – Then And Now!

Well, here we are in October 2014, and today Samsung released the Galaxy Note 4, and over three short years a lot has changed. A new classification of smartphone has emerged—the Phablet—to describe these hybrid smartphones and tablets. More importantly, Apple got into the game last month validating this new phone size with the iPhone 6 Plus, among other manufacturers such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, and others.  

What differentiates the Note 4 from others is the S-Pen, along with support for multitasking apps with resizable windows allowing multiple apps to run on the same screen. Over the next several weeks I am going to look at moving over from the iPhone 6 Plus and what that means.  What are the apps that I will now use to replace my must-have apps on iOS8? Is multi-tasking with split screens really useful or just a gimmick? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject—stay tuned while we take this journey together to see which device ultimately comes out on top.

Everything You Need to Know About OS X Yosemite & Parallels Access

Image courtesy of Apple.

Image courtesy of Apple.

Apple’s OS X Yosemite is nearly here, and the folks at Parallels (along with millions of Apple customers) are getting pretty pumped. 

But while it may seem like the release of Yosemite is only big news for desktop users, there’s also a one important step for Parallels Access users need to do in preparation. Here at Parallels, we want to be sure that you can continue to enjoy Parallels Access and connect to your Mac after you upgrade—so, without further ado, here is the laundry list of everything you need to know about upgrading to OS X Yosemite and your Parallels Access account:

If you're planning to upgrade to OS X Yosemite on a Mac you connect to:

If you upgrade your Mac to Yosemite before you update the Parallels Access agent on your Mac to the latest version, you will not be able to connect to your Mac after installing Yosemite. 

Please be sure that you update Parallels Access on your Mac to the latest version just before upgrading to Yosemite. This update, like any other Parallels Access update, is free of charge.

It's simple - just open Parallels Access on your Mac and select "Check for updates..." in the menu bar. If you see a response that says "No updates are available" you're good to go. If updates are available, just run the updater.

That’s it! Easy, right? We think so too—so no worries, once you’re on the latest version of Parallels Access, its smooth sailing from there.

Don't have Parallels Access? Don't sweat it—start your free trial today!

Was Bigger than Bigger Just Too Big?

Its now been a full two weeks that Ive been using the “Bigger than Bigger” iPhone 6 Plus, and I have to say my journey and experience has been interesting. Having waited in line for 14 hours for this beast, I was certainly excited about the phone but within the first three days I started wondering was the iPhone 6 Plus just too big for my hands? While I pondered it, up pops #BendGate, which, after watching people bending iPhones 6’s on YouTube, made me wonder even more.

Image courtesy of Forbes.

Image courtesy of Forbes.

Knowing that I would live with this device every day 24/7, I decided I could not leave this decision to chance. So I went back to the Apple store that following Thursday and purchased an iPhone 6, which has a 4.7- versus 5.5-inch display size. You see from my perspective, your mobile phone choice is a very personal choice, and frankly is technology you spend more time with then practically anything else!

Explaining my quandary to the Apple Sales Team, they were more than happy to take my $1000 for a gold 128GB iPhone 6, knowing I would ultimately be returning one of these devices to them. With the iPhone 6 in hand, and the Plus in my pocket, I quickly removed my SIM card and popped it into the new phone. In only a handful of steps—along with my iTunes account and iCloud backup—my configuration and 50+ apps were quickly being loaded into the smaller device. To truly evaluate this phone it was imperative I had the exact same experience and apps on the iPhone 6.  

I typically start my day at 7 AM by quickly scanning the social channels I am responsible for from my phone, and then jumping into the shower and then heading out for my work day. On this particular day I was working offsite with no access to WiFi so the iPhone 6 was on LTE for the entire day. I used the iPhone 6 moderately that day, doing about 3 hours of conference calls on speaker phone, checking and posting to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram a handful of times, and even shooting a short video of a woodpecker that I saw during a 15-minute walk outside. When I wasn't using the phone, it was getting the normal push notifications and beeps, as it received email throughout the day from my four email accounts.

To my delight, the iPhone 6 battery was noticeably better than the iPhone 5s was, and all in all the phone lasted an impressive 15 hours for me. While I noted in my earlier blog post that one of my primary divers for getting the iPhone 6 Plus was battery life, I can honestly say the iPhone 6 is no slouch either. With the iPhone 6 in hand, I met up with my wife for dinner, and revealed the second new phone.  Her reaction was priceless. When I pulled out the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 and put them side by side, explaining my doubt about the difference in sizes, she looked at me and said, “What are you nuts? Keep the iPhone 6 Plus!”

With her comment reverberating between my ears, and having used the iPhone 6 exclusively now for a day and a half, I realized that I liked the iPhone 6 Plus because of the awe-inspiring size 5.5” display. When holding and using the iPhone 6, it just felt like another iPhone and did not have the WOW factor that the Bigger than Bigger iPhone 6 Plus had. Coming to this conclusion resulted in a feeling of relief, as I was stressing out, as silly as this sounds, on which iPhone to keep!  After quickly coming to that conclusion, I whipped out my wallet and used my SIM removal tool (aka paper clip), and had the iPhone 6 Plus working again in its full glory!  

The following Monday, the gold iPhone 6 was returned to Apple, no questions asked, and I have not looked back since. While I have had to get used to holding the phone with two hands, the incredible screen and extra battery life are well worth it. Having a larger screen makes me feel I can be more productive because I can see more without pinching to zoom or scrolling, and consuming content is easier too. Now if it only had an “A Pen”…

Now that I have truly embraced the larger screen, I am finding that Samsung’s marketing engine is doing a number on me with their Note 4. The device is roughly the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, but also includes a potentially useful stylus they call the “S Pen”. So I’ve taken the plunge and ordered the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which will be available on October 17th, later this month. Stay tuned—I'll be sure to write a companion blog post comparing my experiences with the two new iPhones and the Note 4!