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Apple Releases Updated MacBook 12″ for Early 2016

Apple has quietly released an update to their 12″ MacBook lineup, with newer processors, improved graphics, faster memory, faster PCIe flash storage, longer battery life, and the addition of an all new Rose Gold model. All models continue to offer a Retina 12″ display in the same ultra-thin and lightweight enclosure, available in the four … Read More

The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam, Should You?

If you have ever been to an IT event or security conference you have undoubtedly seen many laptops with tape covering over their built-in cameras. The practice is becoming so common within some groups of people that you’ll occasionally even see the taped webcams in coffee shops and the workplace too. Interestingly enough, it’s not … Read More

How to Convert a Live Photo to Still Photo on iPhone

The Live Photos feature on new iPhone cameras is fun and interesting as it turns a still photo into a short live action clip automatically. While you can turn the Live Photos feature off and on easily with a quick toggle, another approach is to not think about it by leaving the feature on, then … Read More

Speed Up Time Machine by Removing Low Process Priority Throttling

It’s well known that all Mac users should set up Time Machine to automate backups of their computer, and while most Mac users let OS X go about backing up to Time Machine at it’s own pace, which sometimes borderlines on glacial, some users may wish to speed the backup process up a bit. With … Read More

Boost Game Performance on Retina Macs with a Simple Trick

Mac users with Retina displays may have noticed that gaming performance is sometimes reduced on these machines. The reason is quite simple; if you’re running the game at native resolution, then the Mac has to drive the game at full resolution of the display at 2880 x 1440 or greater. A common solution to this … Read More

Use free Snapseed on iPad to tune your photos to best effect

Snapseed is a free image editing app from Google that has some fantastic editing tools to make any photo even better. The killer feature here is the set of Tune Image tools that let you take a good photo and turn it into a great photo, right on your iPad, with very little effort. Here’s […]

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Opening DOCX Files on a Mac, Without Microsoft Office

Mac users may encounter DOCX files from time to time, often sent from a Windows user as an email attachment or otherwise, as the .docx file types are standard document files created in newer versions of Microsoft Office. But what if you don’t have Office on the Mac? That’s ok too, even if you don’t … Read More

Check out this week’s best tech, tools and lessons [Deals]

This was a good week for deals, as the list below will attest to. From a camera that takes 3-dimensional pictures to an app for keeping your writing process in line, comprehensive courses in cyber security and more. Take a look, there’s probably something here you’ll be glad you found: Cyber Security Hacker and Pen […]

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Apple taps Surface Pro hinge maker for super-thin MacBooks

Apple has hit up the makers of the ultra-tiny hinges used for the Microsoft Surface Pro to come and work on its next-gen MacBooks, which will launch in the second half of 2016. It’s worth noting that this is the Surface Pro and not the innovative Surface Book we’re talking about, so don’t necessarily expect […]

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How Steve Jobs and the Industrial Design Team saved Apple, this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: we recall how Steve Jobs and the industrial design team saved Apple. Plus: the reason Jony Ive gave us his car for a chauffeur; one year with the Apple Watch; and we reveal the strange cultural phenomenon we’ve been secretly loving in an all-new What We’re Into. Our thanks for […]

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