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Microsoft debuts Surface Book hybrid, could give the MacBook notebooks a run for their money

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Hardware, News


Microsoft has come a long way with its Surface tablet.

The Surface Book, which debuted earlier this week, is built more like a traditional notebook and a recent New York press event showed the unit appearing like a variant of the classic 13-inch white MacBook made of metal, not polycarbonate plastic.

The hinge is unique in that it’s based around a “dynamic fulcrum” design that moves smoothly without much effort.

The Surface Book features a glass touchpad with multitouch as well as backlit keys that are quiet and comfortable.


Some early iPhone 6s, 6s Plus adopters reporting Touch ID, speaker, power, 3D Touch issues

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 08:10
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software


There may be some issues to sort out with the first batches of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets.

Following last week’s launch of the newest iPhones, a number of customers have reported issues ranging from overheating Touch ID buttons to random power-offs, significant audio distortion, and 3D Touch glitches.

The problems include the following:


iFixit posts fourth-generation Apple TV teardown

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 09:21
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News


The cool cats at iFixit have done it again, this time performing and posting a full teardown of Apple’s new fourth-generation Apple TV.

The teardown discovered a dual-core, 64-bit A8 processor with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller.

The list of components includes the following:
– Apple A8 APL1011 SoC



Hyper launches Indiegogo campaign to create world’s only USB Type C-compatible battery pack, adapter

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Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 08:11
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, USB-C


This could turn into something cool.

Hyper, the makers of the HyperJuice battery, have put together an Indiegogo fundraiser to raise US$50,000 to create a HyperJuice battery that will effectively charge Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with a USB Type C power adapter interface.

The Magic Box units being worked on will allow conventional battery packs to charge the notebook at 29 watts and will allow you to safely charge the 12-inch MacBook at 12 watts with any USB battery, sending the right current along without risk of damaging the battery over time.


iPhone 6s to feature smaller capacity battery, offer same run time as iPhone 6 battery

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Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 07:25
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News


Well, this is both confusing but also reassuring.

One thing Apple didn’t mention during yesterday’s keynote was the iPhone 6s battery life. In the promo video, Apple shows a shot of the iPhone 6s internals. During the video, the viewer can make out the battery’s specifications, which is rated at 1715mAh,down from the 1810mAH packed into the previous iPhone 6.

The smaller capacity battery apparently allows for new features such as the 3D Touch screen and the Taptic Engine, albeit Apple’s specs state that the battery life estimates for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models are identical.


Recent patent shows Apple’s exploration into fuel cell-based devices with weeklong battery lives

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Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents


This could lead to some extremely cool stuff.

A patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday shows that Apple is looking into using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices.

Text and diagrams depict not only a fuel cell stack for generating power, but related aspects like connections with the portable device and a cartridge system for adding fuel.

The diagrams make reference to a MagSafe connector, implying that technology would be oriented towards MacBooks, and claim that a device could run for “days or even weeks” without refueling.


Google Chrome 46 to include Mac-specific changes, reduce memory consumption, boost performance

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 09:08
Category: News, Software


If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.

A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.

The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.


Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 05:59
Category: Hardware, Review

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

There aren’t many products that I can unequivocally recommend, but the Mophie Juice Pack Air is one of them. It’s a battery case for the iPhone 6 that gives you a charge when you iPhone’s battery dies – which can be a real lifesaver.

If you’ve ever had an unexpected after work event, late evening activity, or woke up after forgetting to charge your iPhone overnight, an extra battery is practically essential. Even if you don’t regularly run out of battery in a normal day, a charged Mophie juice pack is a great thing to keep in your gear bag just in case, mine has saved my bacon or more than occasion.


Leaked images show purported “iPhone 6s” display components

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 08:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Pictures, Uncategorized


You can’t say image leaks of forthcoming Apple products don’t answer a few questions.

A set of photos leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar show the supposed front and back views of an “iPhone 6s” handset. The photos highlight a Force Touch implementation and appear to incorporate the same rounded glass edges and general shape, with no change to ear speaker or camera positioning. On the back, the LCD module and other internals are obscured by the usual protective metal shielding, though a few differences stand out.


iFixit posts 6th-gen iPod touch teardown

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 09:49
Category: Hardware, iPod Touch, News


Once again, the coolest of cats over at iFixit have come through with teardown goodness, dissecting a brand new 2015/sixth-generation iPod touch to see what they could find.

The exterior of the device looks largely the same as the previous generation, but it’s the new guts of the device that make the difference.

During the teardown, the iFixit guys found the following:

– An A8 processor that had been underclocked compared to the iPhone version.