Waterfield Dash: MacBook sleeve of the Gods

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 05:11
Category: Accessory, Cases, MacBook, Review

Waterfield Dash SleeveCase for MacBook by Jason O'Grady

As long as I’ve used MacBooks (and PowerBooks before them) I’ve kept them in a padded sleeve. Notebooks contain delicate electronics, they store our most import data, and they shouldn’t be bouncing around inside a bag, purse or suitcase without protection. Rather than trying to find a bag to fit my MacBook, I prefer to keep it in a quality sleeve and put that into any bag  I want.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield notebook sleeves since 1999 because of their high quality materials and stylish designs. Their new Dash MacBook Sleeve ($59) is built with a combination of ballistic nylon, impact-resistant compression foam, and a plush liner, and it fits Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook like a glove.

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Apple quietly introduces Quality Program to deal with “Staingate”-affected MacBook, MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015, 08:43
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News

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Well, this is decent news in spite of an unfortunate circumstance.

Apple has issued an internal notice about an upcoming Quality Program that addresses an issue in which the anti-reflective coating on Retina Display-equipped MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks has been peeling. According to various sources, these issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays wearing off or delaminating under certain circumstances.

Apple will replace Retina displays on affected MacBook or MacBook Pro models for free within three years from the date of original purchase, or one year from October 16, 2015, whichever is longer. Affected customers that have already incurred out-of-warranty costs may be eligible for a refund through AppleCare support.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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12-inch MacBook inventory numbers rise, device now available for Apple Store Personal Pickup

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Date: Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 06:52
Category: MacBook, News, retail

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You can now snag the 12-inch MacBook via the Apple Store Personal Pickup plan.

Nearly four months after its release, the 12-inch MacBook notebook now has a strong enough inventory presence to qualify for Apple’s Personal Pickup plan.

The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.

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Apple releases FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 09:43
Category: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Software

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It’s not a huge update, but if could help out if the camera on your new 2015 Apple notebook is being a bit weird.

On Wednesday, Apple has released a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks that improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows.

The software update was released for the following notebooks:

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12-inch MacBook notebooks essentially chained to Apple Store tables, may make browsing difficult

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Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015, 08:48
Category: MacBook, retail, security, Uncategorized

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You know how people sometimes go to outlandish (and destructive) lengths to steal things from Apple Store locations?

This, combined with the new 12-inch MacBook’s light weight, may be why they’re literally chaining the new notebook to the display tables.

Apparently the new MacBook, which weighs all of 2.0 pounds, is essentially chained/cabled to the display tables as opposed to letting customers lift it off the table to test its weight, as Apple usually does with its other notebook models.

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Apple support article offers workaround for recent issues with Setup Assistant on 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 07:21
Category: MacBook, News, Software

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As nifty as the new 12-inch MacBook is, a number of users have encountered an issue using the Setup Assistant during the initial setup of the notebook. The bug apparently has the spinning beach ball appear during setup, putting the user in an endless cycle.

Apple recently shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around the issue.

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iFixit posts teardown of 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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The teardown you’ve been waiting for has been completed.

And it shows off some really nifty stuff.

The coolest of cats at iFixit have published a teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook. The feature shows just how tiny the notebook’s logic board is, coming in at 67 percent smaller than that of the MacBook Air. The piece also shows a new terraced battery design for the MacBook, allowing more batteries to be efficiently fit into a small space.

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Apple introduces NVMe support in OS X 10.10.3 update

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 08:36
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s a subtle change, but it could be pretty neat in the long run.

Last week, Apple’s introduction of its OS X 10.10.3 update also quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives. These drives can be found on the new Retina display MacBook as well as other units.

The cool cats at AnandTech offered a good description of the AHCI technology, which has resulted in the NVMe technology:

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn’t rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result AHCI can’t take full advantage of SSDs and since the future is in non-volatile storage (like NAND and MRAM), the industry had to develop a software interface that abolishes the limits of AHCI.

The result is NVMe, short for Non-Volatile Memory Express.

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