In-cabin notebook ban may soon apply to flights from Europe to U.S.

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 05:25
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

The Department of Homeland Security may be expanding its notebook ban, forbidding notebooks in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States. News of the expanded ban, which could be announced as soon as Thursday, came from European security officials.

Passengers flying from Europe to the United States may need to store their computers in their checked luggage. The Department of Homeland Security has yet to announce a final decision on this matter, with Security Secretary John Kelly planning to discuss the matter with senators in a classified briefing on Thursday.

The DHS offered the following comment:

“No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”

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Microsoft releases Surface notebooks starting at $999, seeks to compete against Apple, Google in education marketplace

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 05:30
Category: Apple, Google, Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, Microsoft, News, Samsung, Software

Apple might have some competition form Microsoft in the sub-$999 notebook market.

Microsoft’s new Surface notebook now arrives in gold, platinum, blue and burgundy colors, has switched from a metal area around the keyboard for a softer microfiber lining, features a 13.5-inch touch screen, runs the latest Intel processors and gets 14.5 hours of battery life, according to Microsoft.

The notebook also runs the new Windows 10S operating system, which Microsoft stated would be faster and offer better security than previous versions of Windows 10.

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Enthusiasts combine 2016 MacBook Pro with GTX 1080 Ti card through external enclosure, post impressive results

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Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Thunderbolt, Touch Bar

Ok, this is pretty darn cool.

A group of enthusiasts have found they were able to boost the video performance of the Radeon Pro 450 found on the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro by nearly 400 percent via external GPU attachments.

External GPU enthusiast site egpu.io has affixed a GTX 1080 Ti to an AKiTiO Note and Mantiz Venus enclosure. While the cards may be hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive.

In a best-case scenario utilizing benchmarks, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 450 scores 5822 via the Luxmark 3.1 benchmarking software, with the Radeon Pro 460 scoring 6056.

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Some users report of “popping sound”, possible thermal issues with 2016 MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

This may not be the happiest news in the world, but if you’re experiencing a “popping sound” issue with your 2016 MacBook Pro, you’re not alone. A growing number of users are reporting that they hear a strange “popping” noise coming from their MacBook Pro.

Users explain that the sound is a popping similar to that of when you “slowly squeeze a plastic bottle.” While some users explain that there doesn’t appear to be a rhyme or reason as to when the popping sound occurs, other say that it seems to happen during more intensive tasks like gaming and video streaming, especially when the MacBook Pro’s fans start to kick in.

Some users have speculated that the issue relates to the ingest on the notebook where heat has caused some glue or plastic mount to lose some of its sturdiness. The issue seems to be more prevalent among 15-inch MacBook Pro users, which makes sense considering the heavier screen panel of the device.

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Apple drops from first to fifth place in Laptop Mag’s annual survey

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News

In as much as you may love your Apple notebook, Apple’s wares seem to be on the decline according to Laptop Mag.

The publication, which has awarded Apple the top spot in its annual survey since 2010, placed Apple’s notebooks at fifth place alongside Acer but behind Lenovo, Asus, Dell and HP.

The magazine had the following to say about Apple’s recent products:

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Rumor: Apple to debut next-gen Apple Watch later this year, will take two-generation approach to models available

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables

The current rumor has it that Apple will continue to sell the Series 2 Apple Watch as well as release the unit, dubbed the “Series 3”, thereby offering a choice of two generations of Apple Watch at different price points.

According to inside sources, Quanta will remain the sole supplier of the Series 3 Apple Watch while a new supplier, Compal Electronics, will be added to the roster to continue production of older models.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate next-gen ARM-based processor into future Macs to handle low-power functions

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, 05:46
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, Touch Bar, Touch ID

This is pretty nifty.

Apple is apparently developing an ARM-based chip for its Mac products that would “take on more of the functionality” handled by Intel processors.

In development since last year, the chip, codenamed T310, is said to be similar to the chip used to power the Touch Bar in the new 2016 Macbook Pro. It’s built using ARM technology and will work with the standard Intel processor, handling “Power Nap” low-power mode functionality.

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Apple, Consumer Reports find smoking gun that caused variable life in initial review

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Developer, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

Apple and Consumer Reports may have figured out what caused the poor battery test results that Consumer Reports highlighted during its review.

On Tuesday, both companies released reports stating that a developer setting had been activated that typical users don’t use during testing, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance.

In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from 4 hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its notebook battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different notebook for comparison’s sake. In the case of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports’ battery tests uses Safari in Developer mode, which is not the default setting.

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MacBook Pro, backpack may have saved passenger’s life in Fort Lauderdale shooting spree

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 22:38
Category: MacBook Pro, News

A MacBook Pro inside a backpack might have saved a passenger’s life in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting this afternoon that left five dead and eight wounded.

“The backpack saved my life,” Steve Frappier said, speaking on CNN’s “AC360.” “[I] dropped and the backpack was still on my back and I was turned in such a way where that at one point when the shooter shot toward my direction … there was a bullet that ricocheted.”

Frappier, who described himself as sheltered on the ground “like a tortoise with the packpack on me” when the bullet struck, said the bullet ricocheted around the backpack and the notebook.

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Consumer Reports stands by its 2016 MacBook Pro battery test results

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Date: Friday, December 30th, 2016, 05:29
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

Consumer Reports is standing by its findings regarding the 2016 MacBook Pro battery’s sporadic performance.

The publication’s director of electronics testing, Maria Rerecich, offered the following comment when asked about possible retesting:

In this case, we don’t believe re-running the tests are warranted for several reasons. First, as we point out in our original article, experiencing very high battery life on MacBooks is not unusual for us – in fact we had a model in our comparative tests that got 19 hours. Second, we confirmed our brightness with three different meters, so we feel confident in our findings using this equipment. Finally, we monitor our tests very closely. There is an entry logged every minute, so we know from these entries that the app worked correctly.

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