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Apple releases updated 12-inch MacBooks, now with faster Skylake processors, boosted graphics and Rose Gold color option

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 08:27
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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It was a pretty quiet update, but the new MacBooks are out.

Apple on Tuesday announced its updated 12-inch MacBooks, complete with sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors with speeds up to 1.3 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics 515 system, PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life and 1866 MHz RAM.

The notebooks retain their two pound weight and 13.1 mm thickness as well as their Force Touch trackpad. The 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents to speak of.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.4 update

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:16
Category: News, OS X, Software

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It’s not the biggest update in the world, but it could make a difference.

Apple on Monday released OS X 10.11.4. The new version of the El Capitan operating system, which is available through the Mac App Store, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Adds the ability to passcode-protect notes containing personal data in Notes.

– Adds the ability to sort notes alphabetically, by date created, or date modified in Notes.

– Adds the ability to import Evernote files into Notes.

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Samsung announces 256GB flash chips, could point the way towards increased storage for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 13:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could turn into something really cool.

Samsung announced on Thursday that it’s now mass producing 256GB embedded flash memory chips for smartphones and other devices. The new memory chips are smaller than a microSD card and can pack up to 256GB thanks to Samsung’s V-Nand technology.

Based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 specification, the new memory is almost twice as fast as SATA-based solid state storage drives on PCS, Samsung says. The new memory uses two lanes of data transfer to reach speeds of up to 850 megabytes per second (MB/s).

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Voluntary Apple AC Wall Adapter Exchange program begins, seeks to address possible electrical issue

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 08:47
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This is why recall programs exist in the first place.

Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall and exchange program for a select number of AC wall plug adapters used in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. America is not included in the recall. Apple says that in “very rare cases” the two-pronged Apple wall adapters could break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.

The company stated that the affected wall adapters shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, the adapters were included in the Apple World Travel Kit and that the company says that it is aware 12 issues worldwide.

The recall does not affect any of Apple’s USB power adapters or customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The recall is voluntary and customers can visit the new support page for details as well as exchange their wall adapters for new, redesigned units.

Last year, Apple issued a recall for the Beats Pill XL citing instances in which the speaker could overheat and create a fire risk. Also last year the company launched a camera replacement program for the rear camera on select iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and Apple

Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C ports becoming more prevalent on high-end PCs

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C

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Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C look like they’re making their way from the Mac to high-end PCs.

Where Thunderbolt 3 is concerned, the port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell’s new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others.

Over at CES, both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C seem to be getting noticed, driving displays and charging notebooks on assorted display units throughout the convention.

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iFixit completes, posts full teardown of iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 07:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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You’ve gotta love the teardowns.

With the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case in mind, the cool cats at iFixit have performed a full teardown of the external battery. What they found after removing massive amounts of adhesive, a lining that had to be heated before it could be stripped away, three proprietary screws and a metal reinforcement plate was a 7.13 Whr (1877 mAH at 3.8 V) capacity battery.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:20
Category: News, OS X, Software

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If you’ve been hankering for a heft update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it just came out.

On Tuesday, Apple released OS X 10.11.2, the latest update to its OS X operating system. The update, a 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves Wi-Fi reliability

– Improves the reliability of Handoff and AirDrop

– Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect

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CarPlay now available for 2016 Volvo XC90

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015, 17:58
Category: CarPlay, News, Software

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If you bought a super-hip 2016 Volvo XC90, it’s now eligible to run Apple’s CarPlay system.

The car maker announced that CarPlay is available to both current and future XC90 crossover owners. Starting today, when you plug your iPhone into the car’s USB Port, part of the Senus touchscreen will transform into CarPlay. Since the XC90 features a large 9.0-inch display, CarPlay only occupies the bottom half of the display. The top half remains the same as to allow users to access required vehicle functions.

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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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Apple releases Boot Camp 6 drivers, offers boosted Windows 10 compatibility

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:30
Category: BootCamp, News, Software

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If you’re using Boot Camp and just installed Windows 10, you might want to snag this.

Apple on Wednesday released its Boot Camp 6 update to add drivers for Windows 10. The update is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X, although it’s been noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp.

Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.

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