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LaCie outs Porsche Design Mobile Drive with USB-C

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Hot on the heels of the new MacBook’s debut, the manufacturer of digital storage solutions LaCie launched an external hard drive with USB-C connector. The metal-clad storage solution is designed by Porsche Design, so it is certain to perfectly complement the sleek new notebook.

The LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive will be available with 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of built-in storage. Read more »

Apple updates MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with faster hardware

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Along with the spanking new MacBook, Apple also updated the hardware on the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display, which are now much better for the same price.

The MacBook Air gets a new fifth generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 5250U processor with dual core 1.6GHz CPU (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) and HD 6000 on-board graphics. You can also configure it with an Intel Core i7 5650U with dual core 2.2GHz CPU (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) and the same HD 6000 graphics. There is also Thunderbolt 2, with twice the bandwidth of up to 20Gbps up and down simultaneously. These changes are available are common to both the 11-inch and 13-inch, but the 13-inch model also gets 2x faster flash storage. Read more »

A $79 gadget will address the shortage of ports in the new Apple MacBook

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Apple will help you go around the shortage of ports in the new Macbook with a dedicated accessory. Priced at $79, the USB-C multipart adapter will add a trio of ports to the sleek new notebook.

The multiport adapter by Apple will be available in two different configurations – one with VGA display port and one with HDMI solution. Read more »

The new 12″ MacBook gets showcased in these official promo videos

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Earlier today, Apple finally made the oft-rumored new 12-inch MacBook official. The laptop is the thinnest the company has ever produced, having a maximum thickness of just 13.1 mm. It’s also sporting a full-metal construction.

These things, as well as many others, are talked about in the two promo videos for the MacBook that Apple has shown during its launch event. And now you can watch these right here. Read more »

Microsoft releases Office 2016 preview for Mac

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Almost one month ago, Microsoft made the Office 2016 preview available for Windows. And today marks the release of the preview for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

As you may have gathered, Office 2016 will be the next version of Microsoft’s cash cow, and it’s expected to be out in the second half of this year. In the meantime, though, the Redmond software giant is working on it. Read more »

The rumored 12″ MacBook Air to offer Retina display resolution

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The 12″ MacBook Air has been in the rumorland for quite some time. As the Apple’s latest event is almost upon us, the rumors are once again ignited.

The last time we heard the 12″ MacBook Air is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of this year and its shipping should happen through April – June. The device supposedly will be a high-end product with limited availability. Read more »

Apple Maps updated with 9 new 3D Flyover locations including Venice and Edinburgh

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Apple has added nine new cities to the list of locations that are covered under the 3D Flyover feature offered by its iOS and OS X Maps applications. The new cities include Baton Rouge, LA; Boise, ID; Edinburgh, Scotland; Cáceres, Spain; Guadalajara, Mexico; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Venice, Italy; Linz, Austria; and Rennes, France.

If you aren’t already aware, the Flyover feature, which first debuted in iOS 6 and OS X Yosemite, lets you take a high-resolution 3-dimensional tour of locations, allowing you to zoom in on important buildings, landmarks, and other areas of interest. Read more »

Apple adds racially diverse emoji in iOS and OS X betas

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You know we have reached peak political correctness when people start demanding ‘racially diverse’ emoji. But Apple seems to care about that sort of thing, so in the latest beta of iOS and OS X, you will notice that there is a new set of emoji, with a more racially diverse color palette.

Now, when you press and hold on any of the human faces in the People section of the emoji picker, you will get a popup with additional skin tones, six of them to be precise, from black to a rather absurd bright yellow, which seems more racist than racially diverse. Read more »

Windows is now less vulnerable than OS X and Linux

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Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which is often criticized for its security issues, is no longer the number one as far as security vulnerabilities are concerned. According to latest data from the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the OS is less vulnerable than Apple’s OS X, iOS, as well as Linux.

A quick look at the top operating systems by vulnerabilities reported in 2014 (see image above) reveals that Apple Mac OS X is the most vulnerable operating system, followed by Apple iOS (#2), and Linux (#3). Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are at position 7 and 8, respectively. Read more »

Two-step authentication arrives on Apple FaceTime and iMessage

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Apple brought two-step authentication to FaceTime and iMessage. The Cupertino giant has been using the feature for iTunes and iCloud accounts since 2013.

Going forward, iMessage and FaceTime users will need to enter a second security code after their user name and password. Read more »

Apple raises the App Store minimum price

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Apple has raised the minimum price for apps in the App Store. Apple announced the upcoming change back in December and it now applies for all EU countries and Canada.

Apple’s flat rate for different markets is gone for good. The price now includes the appropriate VAT for the market, which regional Store you are using, and thus it will be collected by its local government. Read more »

Apple introduces 14-day refund window for App Store, iTunes, and iBooks downloads in Europe

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One of the things that has always annoyed me about the App Store was the inability to easily refund an app after you purchased it. While Google offered a one-click solution to this problem, Apple instead wanted you to either mail the developer or send a support complaint to Apple, explaining why you want to refund the app.

All that has now changed, as the company has introduced a new 14-day, no-questions-asked refund window, not just for the App Store but also downloads made on the iTunes as well as the iBooks store. Unfortunately, this is only available in Europe right now. Read more »

12-inch Apple MacBook Air rumored to enter production in early 2015

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Apple’s MacBook Air line of laptops currently comprises of devices with just two screen sizes – 11″ and 13″. However, they may soon be joined by an intermediary model, a MacBook Air with a 12-inch screen.

This has previously been rumored to enter production in the fall of 2014, which obviously hasn’t happened. Now though, a new rumor out of Asia says that we should expect factories to start making the 12-inch notebook in the first quarter of next year. Read more »

Apple outs an emotional video ad in time for the holidays

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In time for the holiday season, Apple released a brand new video ad that showcases its products. Entitled “The Song,” the 90-second video will almost certainly make you rather emotional.

The ad does not focus on a specific Apple offering. Read more »

Check out Wire, a new messaging and calling app for Android, iOS, and OS X

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I know there isn’t a shortage of messaging apps available on mobile devices but every once in a while something new comes up that manages to grab your attention. One such app is Wire.

Wire is a new messaging and calling app for Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and OS X, with a browser version arriving later. The app focuses on a simple, minimalist design with a gesture based interface for navigation. The UI features large, legible fonts with inline previews for images, YouTube, and SoundCloud links. Other than one to one chats Wire also supports group messaging. Read more »