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Apple Introduces New Rose Gold MacBook With Upgrades

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

 

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Slimmer is better according to Apple (and most modeling standards, SIGH.) however, just in time for the summer the new 12” MacBook is is taking thinner and lighter to all new levels. With the introduction of the MacBook in Rose Gold, the new 6th Generation MacBook flaunts faster flash storage and an extra hour of battery life.

 

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The power of touch is still the name of the game with the Touch trackpad featured on the new MacBook model.  No port upgrade to report, for a mere $1,299 you still only have one Type-C USB. (But you can multiply port use with the only accessory you need.)

 

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Apple boasts the new Intel HD graphics serve up to 25% graphic performance and the flash storage is significantly faster than previous model.  The base model features 8GB of memory and 256GB of faster flash storage, while upgrading gets you 512GB of storage for $1,599.

 

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Ultimately in addition to the new color option, you’re paying for 10 additional hours of battery life.  (The previous model boasts only 9 hours of battery.)  Faster processing is also included with the new model MacBooks making the 6th Generation MacBooks the lightest and fastest MacBooks yet.

 

 

 

Are you a fan of the new Rose Gold hued MacBooks?  Sound off and share your thoughts in the comments below!

Discover The Ultimate Macbook Accessory You Never Knew You Needed! @Satechi

April 19th, 2016 by Christen

 

Every now and then, I like to reward myself for my hard work.  Shortly after returning to my alma mater as a keynote speaker, I finally made the decision to reward myself with a new MacBook Air to take my business to the next level.  Of course, the sales rep suggested that I add a few accessories – including a USB-C multiport adapter.

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While Apple’s external adapter offers additional flexibility to sync/charge my iPhone, utilize a USB port and HDMI port – it didn’t work all the time.  Luckily, I found the only Macbook accessory I didn’t even know I needed – the Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub.

 

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The Type-C USB Passthrough is immediately set apart from competitor adapters by sheer looks alone.  The gold aluminum hue perfectly matches my MacBook Air and looks more like an extension of my MacBook rather than an external adapter accessory.

 

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One of the biggest features of the MacBook Air was the universal Type C port.  USB-C is a industry standard that allows charging, data transfer, and video—all in one simple connector.  The problem is, I needed to open my MacBook port to support more devices.  With the Satechi Type-C hub, I can convert the Type-C USB port to two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, a micro SD card slot and Type-C charging port.

 

Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub

 

Unleashing the Type-C port makes transferring files, uploading photos and downloading media easier than ever before!  With Apple’s external adapter, using an additional external SD Card/USB adapter to retrieve files from my digital camera.  When that didn’t work, I had to use a USB wire connector – and we all know how cumbersome wires can be.  With the Satechi Type-C USB Passthrough Hub files are easily accessible with one streamline device.

 

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Did I mention that I can use any of the four additional ports while still charging my MacBook Air?  Many other Type-C ports don’t come close to what Satechi’s USB Type-C hub provides.  It’s the only MacBook accessory I need!  And now that you know, it’s the ultimate MacBook accessory that you’ll need too.  Available to suit your MacBook in space grey, silver and gold. (Amazon $44.99)

Say Hello To The Newest Macbook Air And Macbook Pro

March 9th, 2015 by Tech Staff

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When it came to Apple’s computers at Monday’s launch event, all eyes were on the new MacBook — which comes in multiple metal colors and a fancy new trackpad. But the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs also got updates at the Apple Watch launch.

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The MacBook Pro with Retina display now also comes with the brand-new Force Touch trackpad, intended to be more balanced and sensitive than Apple’s previous laptop trackpad. It also comes with a flash drive that’s two times faster, and a longer battery life at 10 hours.

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Measuring just 13.1 mm at its thickest point, the new MacBook design is an amazing 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air®. With a new precision-milled unibody enclosure featuring integrated Wi-Fi antennas and a top case with polished stainless steel Apple logo, MacBook is available in three elegant finishes—gold, silver and space gray—and is the first MacBook with an all-metal enclosure.

 

Both Air models now come with fifth-generation Intel Core processors, as well as Intel HD Graphics 6000 and Thunderbolt 2 ports. That has a speed of to 2.2 GHz and up to 3.2 GHz for Turbo Boos speed. All new Macs now run OS X Yosemite.

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MacBook also features the all-new Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac. The new trackpad features built-in force sensors that allow you to click anywhere and haptic feedback that provides a responsive and uniform feel. You can even customize the feel of the trackpad by changing the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The Force Touch trackpad also enables a new gesture called Force Click, a click followed by a deeper press, for tasks like pulling up the definition of a word, quickly seeing a map or glancing at a preview of a file.

The latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models are available starting Monday through Apple’s online store. The 128GB MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 and goes up to $1,799 for the 512GB model.

The 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $899 for 128GB of flash storage and goes up to $1,099 for 256GB. The larger, 13-inch version starts at $999 and goes up to $1,199.

 

4 Reasons To Upgrade To The New OS X Yosemite For Your Mac

October 17th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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So you’ve just downloaded Yosemite, (or you’re still pondering if a lengthy download is worth it) – Apple’s latest update to the Mac platform. There’s a lot that’s familiar, but a number of features still look, feel, and function differently.  Depending on how much of an avid user you are, the new features could really be a game changer.

There’s quite a lot to take in with the new update, but don’t worry – I’ve narrowed down the best 7 Yosemite features that will change the way you use your Mac.

 

1.  Spotlight Search

Whether you’re looking for a file, a fact, or a place to eat, Spotlight is a robust and useful tool for your needs.  Press the command-spacebar shortcut, or tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of your Mac’s display, and you summon Spotlight, Apple’s system-wide search tool. In Yosemite, Spotlight goes beyond the file system though, tapping into Maps, Wikipedia, Mail, and your web history to cull answers to your search queries. Type in a restaurant name, and it pulls up the establishment’s information and ratings from Yelp, a map of its location, and any calendar events that have or will take place there. Type in a band name, and you get options to check out their albums on iTunes, music files on your computer, their Wikipedia page, and more. It’s often quicker and more informative than opening up the browser and doing a Google search.

 

 2.  Record Your iDevice Screen

For sharing tips, or other useful productivity moments, you can record your iOS device’s screen as a video file in Yosemite.  Plug your iOS device into your Yosemite-running Mac via its Lightning cable, open QuickTime, then go to File > New Movie Recording. Select your iDevice from the dropdown menu next to the record button, and hit record. Now you can easily record what’s happening on your iOS device screen using your Mac. To stop recording, just hit the record button again. This capability could be useful for capturing some epic game moves, for showing a friend or family member how to adjust a setting on their device, or for documenting a glitch that’s plaguing your machine.

 

 

3.  Handoff

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Handoff lets you pick up where you left off when you switch devices, in a variety of apps.  With iOS 8 and Yosemite, you can easily stop what you’re doing, be it browsing in Safari, writing a text, or an email, and pick back up right where you left off on another Apple device. If you start surfing in Safari on your iPhone, for example, when you hop on your Mac, an extra Safari icon will tack onto the edge of your dock with a small iPhone symbol in its corner. Tap it, and you’re taken to the exact page you were reading on your mobile. Conversely, this works from Mac to iOS, too, with an icon showing in the bottom left of the device’s screen. Third party apps will begin integrating this soon, making it even more useful.

 

4.  Your Mac Is Now Also a Phone

You can send and receive SMS, MMS, and iMessages from your Mac, as well as phone calls, if you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone.  Beginning with OS X Mountain Lion, we’ve been able to send iMessages back and forth with other iOS users whether on an iOS device or a Mac, while FaceTime (introduced in 2010) lets us make video calls on either platform. With Yosemite, you can send and receive SMS messages from friends on your Mac, as well as make phone calls. As long as both your Mac and iPhone are on the same WiFi network, calls will get forwarded to your Mac, so you can answer them there if it’s more convenient. And if you don’t have time to chat, you can send an iMessage or SMS.

 

BONUS:  iMessages

Silence chatty group threads, and share your screen, with Apple’s new Messages app.  Messages in Yosemite gains one of the features that also makes it great in iOS 8: the ability to bow out of super chatty group threads. You can mute a thread temporarily, or you can leave a conversation altogether. Messages on the desktop also gives you the ability to screenshare with the person you’re chatting with, if you want to share something cool on your desktop, or help troubleshoot a relative’s tech issues.

 

Have you downloaded the new OS Yosemite for your iMac or Macbook device?  What are you waiting for, download and take advantage of the new features today! 

 

The Jury Is Out: Do You Love/Hate The Apple iOS6 Update?

September 20th, 2012 by Tech Staff

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If you’ve ever been warned about downloading a new Apple update, and have heard the suggestion to “Wait, until the bugs are worked out.” chances are, you’ve been blessed with great tech advice. With the recent release of Apple iOS6 software update, there have been many praises for several app enhancements but just as the good comes to light, so does the bad. One of the major gripes Apple users are moaning about include the unreliable Apple map app. One notable expression was “Maps takes all the trust Apple has built up among its users over the years — trust that its products just work — and squanders nearly all of it in one go.” – Mashable.com.

 

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New York addresses seem to be completely wrong, turn by turn directions are slightly off and inspite of acquiring three navagation / map companies and having a few years to perfect the iOS map – it’s still #NoBueno.

It’s even been reported that there was a parody account poking fun at the new unreliable app…

(the account has since been removed…)

 

You can’t expect for Apple to get it right 100% of the time can you? After all, there are some great updates as listed in yesterday’s post – however, some of my favorite discoveries include the new ‘Do Not Disturb” feature, Phone call decline/ automatic text function and a variety of new emoticons added to the animated gallery. My least favorite has to be loosing Google Maps (and transit reliability) and the send read receipts option (this isn’t BBM...).

 

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Have you tried out the new iOS6 update and features? How long did it take to update? Which features did you try first? Which functions do you love?

 

 

 

You’ve Updated Your Apple Device to iOS6…Now What?

September 19th, 2012 by Christen
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Instagram: Patiently awaiting my Macbook Air & iPad 2 to load the iOS6 update

If you’re like me, earlier today you couldn’t wait to begin downloading Apple’s newest operating system update iOS6. Why? Well beyond the fact that you’d hate to be the last kid on the block using outdated software – you’re probably excited about some of the nifty upgrades and treats wrapped inside of iOS6’s release. You’ve eagerly clicked on the “software update” button on your iPhone, iPad or Mac and you’ve patiently waiting through the seemingly never ending installation. Just when you thought you were finished, your device re-booted and yet another never ending “loading” timeline separates you from your fully updated device.

 

Finally! You have Apple’s iOS6 software update…Now What?

 

Since a lot of you have asked about the iPhone update (either you have an iPhone 4 or 4s with no intention on purchasing the iPhone 5) — this one’s for you!

 

 

iPhone users: (In a nutshell)

  • Looking for photos? With the updated photo stream, you can share photos with select people and create your very own private photo sharing network. (Think Instagram without the creepers…)
  • Facebook integration allows users to have instant access to Facebook in apps, the web browser and Siri PLUS contacts, events and birthdays can also sync with the calendar.
  • Facetime will now work over cellular connections. Low iPhone battery? No worries You can choose to answer on your iPad or Mac.
  • Passbook will solve all your ticketing & reward membership card needs. It collects all of your loyalty cards, ticket information and other info into one neat place for easy access. Even better, it’s location-enabled and can display your movie tickets while approaching the theater or airline ticket at the airport.
  • Siri got smarter: She can Tweet & update Facebook statuses, knows much more about restaurants, movies & sports and she just aims to please…
  • Say goodbye to Google Maps: The open street map looks great (w/ Yelp integration) and the 3-D satellite view for NY, SF, LA and London is phenomenal however don’t look for subway, bus or other transit information here – because it’s gone. (Be prepared to get familiar with HopStop or other 3rd party transit apps for public transit info.)
  • VIP email baby! There is a new VIP feature that will highlight mail from people you really want to hear from. (no more client mail getting lost in the shuffle…praise the lord!)

 

Have you begun exploring the latest updates on your Apple device?  What are your favorites so far?  Were the updates worth the wait?

Apple Has Released The New MacBooks, Now We’ll Show You How To Get One For Less!

June 12th, 2012 by Christen

It’s true!  Just like any other major holiday, techies, geeks & Apple fan boys and girls waited with baited breath for the details of Apple’s MacBook announcement today during the World Wide Developers Conference earlier today.  If you haven’t heard the news detailing the new Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air specs, then you’ve surely heard about the pricing (OUCH)! But no worries, we’ll cover all the MacBook Pros (and Cons) and share a few tips that’ll help you cut down on spending your hard earned cash!

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MacBook Pro with Retina Display: This was the big news of the show: a redesigned 15.4-inch MacBook Pro that takes some design cues from the MacBook Air line. Starting at a whopping $2,199, this one is strictly for those with deep pockets, but the 2,880×1,800-pixel resolution Retina Display screen may make it well worth the price for imaging and video professionals. It also boasts an HDMI port (an Apple first), USB 3.0, discrete Nvidia graphics, and the requisite Intel Ivy Bridge CPU and Thunderbolt connections. CLICK HERE for more detailed specs.

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New MacBook Air: Like the standard MacBook Pros, the Airs basically got a spec bump for 2012: Ivy Bridge, USB 3.0, and 720p HD Webcam. Prices still start at $999 for the 11-inch model (albeit still with a very stingy 64GB of storage) and $1,199 for the 13-incher. Except for that $999 model, all of the 2012 ones are $100 less than their 2011 predecessors.  CLICK HERE for more detailed specs.

 

Are you adding this up boys and girls.   That’s $999 – $2199 (or more) if you want the best processing power that Apple has to offer.  (Now is the time to ask yourself, “Now where am I supposed to get the money for this?”)

 

3.  Craigslist – Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know.  Whether or not you’ve had a great (or not so great experience) selling or buying electronic products via Craigslist is hit or miss, you have to agree that it’s a pretty turn key way to sell your older MacBook or desktop for that matter – towards the retina display MacBook of your dreams.  (That’s why it’s listed as #3 and not #1 silly). Check out A Seller’s Guide To Craigslist to maximize your online selling success!

 

2. Gazelle.com– Here’s a slightly different spin to selling your electronics online.  Gazelle.com makes it pretty easy to sell, simply because you’re selling it to them online (and not some creeper you may find off the street.) With Gazelle, you simply find your gadget on Gazelle.com, answer a few questions, ship the device to them (for free) and wait for quick processing and payment.  Depending on what you sell, you can rack up a few hundred bucks in no time towards your new MacBook Air (or Pro).  Don’t take my word for it.  Check out the folks that have already began selling their old MacBooks to Gazelle for cash here.

 

1.  Apple.com – Get an Apple Gift Card for the value of your old device.  (Remember, We first told you about this when the New iPad was released) Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer — Mac or PC — you’re not using anymore into something brand new. Send it to Apple via the Apple Recycling Program and they’ll determine if it qualifies for reuse. If it does, that means your device has monetary value that they’ll apply to an Apple Gift Card, which you can use for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.

(Either way you plan on purchasing your new MacBook, just make sure you take advantage of Apple’s Back To School program before September 21st.  If you purchase any new MacBook (retina display or not) you’ll get $100 gift card towards the use of music, movies or apps – for free! If you’re a student or purchasing for a student, you can even qualify for a discount!)

 

Are you in the market for a new MacBook computer?  Would you sell off your old gadgets to buy new ones?

 

The New MacBook Pro Is On The Way…

May 15th, 2012 by Tech Staff

Apple is putting the finishing touches on an entirely new 15-inch MacBook Pro that is the outcome of years of research and development in ultra-thin mobile computing and super-high-resolution displays. According to trusted sources in Apple’s supply chain, who have handled prototype components and casings for the new Apple notebook, the computer is currently undergoing test production rounds. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is coming this summer, and it features an ultra-thin design, a “jaw-dropping” Retina Display, and super-fast USB 3.

According to 9To5Mac.com – Apple will also introduce the Mac Retina Display in this new MacBook Pro, according to these sources in the far-east. Also a new addition to the MacBook Pro (and actually to the Mac itself) is a USB 3 port. Apple has long been testing Macs with USB 3 ports, but it sounds like the new MacBook Pro will be the first to actually sport the next-generation connector.

 

While the new MacBook Pro does not take all of the external design cues from the current MacBook Air, it does adopt the tweaked MacBook Air keyboard design with the power button on the keyboard itself (which replaces the disc eject key). This is according to the sources who are familiar with the components being installed into the new casings. Current MacBook Pros have a round aluminum power button to the top right above the keyboard. The rest of the design is basically what we are all familiar with: charging and connection ports along the sides, and a spacious glass Multi-Touch trackpad (either same or similar in size to the current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air trackpads based on the cutout present in the prototype unibodies).

Are you thinking about getting a new laptop soon?  Is the New MacBook on your radar for purchase?

Customized MacBooks for customized people…

July 25th, 2010 by Christen

I am a huge fan of customized fashions and electronics, I mean who wants the same looking phone, laptop or fashions as everyone else!  Here are some fun and unique custom casings for the Apple MacBook for gamers, jokesters and blingy fashionistas.

This sleek MacBook upgrade by Cute As Pie office supplies gives your MacBook just enough bling without going overboard with 100% genuine Swarvoski Crystals.

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