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13 Force Touch Trackpad Tricks & Shortcuts for Mac

Jul 20, 2015 - 7 Comments
Force Touch trackpad tricks

The new Force Touch trackpads available for some Macs are really quite impressive. By using a haptic feedback mechanism and a tiny little speaker, the pressure-sensitive trackpad mimics a click with multiple layers of depth by pushing feedback into your finger – the trackpad itself does not move or click down like the prior generation … Read More

How to Play a Power Charging Sound Effect in OS X When a MacBook is Plugged in (Like iOS)

Apr 15, 2015 - 38 Comments

When you connect a power source to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or MacBook, a familiar charging chime sound will trigger from the device, indicating that a cable is attached and the device is getting power. If you like hearing that auditory confirmation that a device is getting power, you can add the exact same … Read More

All New 12″ MacBook Released in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

Mar 9, 2015 - 21 Comments
Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 10.35.43 AM

Apple has released an all new redesigned unibody MacBook with Retina display. The new Mac laptop looks absolutely gorgeous and is intended to be extremely portable. The computer is available in a trio of colors, much like the iPhone and iPad, don’t miss the specs and gallery images below, this is one impressive portable Mac.

How to Target Specific Battery Hogging Apps & Processes in Mac OS X

Mar 16, 2014 - 6 Comments
Target specific battery draining apps and processes in OS X

OS X provides a great way to quickly find what app is using battery power from a drop-down menu on portable Macs, but you’re usually left with a single option to address the battery hog, and that is quitting the app. But it’s not always necessary to quit out of the entire app in question, … Read More

Keyboard Backlight Not Working on a MacBook Pro / Air? Try 3 Simple Fixes

Nov 22, 2013 - 6 Comments
Backlit keyboard not working solutions

All portable Macs in the MacBook Pro and Air lineup have backlit keyboards these days, which not only makes it easier to type in dim lighting, but let’s face it, it also looks really fancy too. Because the backlighting uses very low power LED to illuminate, there isn’t much of any hit to battery life … Read More

A Quick Fix for “No Batteries Available” & Fans Running Constantly on a MacBook Air

May 7, 2013 - 104 Comments
Key sequences to reset the SMC controller on a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina

If you’ve ever had a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro’s battery disappear at random it can be a disconcerting feeling. This is often accompanied with the battery menu having an “X” through it and saying “No Batteries Available”, a very sluggish Mac, and even after a reboot or not the Mac will often have fans … Read More

Yet Another Way to Turn Off Internal LCD Display of MacBook Pro With Lid Open

Jun 15, 2012 - 39 Comments
Sleep the internal display while keeping a MacBook lid open

We have covered a handful of different ways to disable the internal screen on a MacBook Pro/Air while keeping the laptops lid open and the computer turned on, ranging from a command line approach, dimming brightness or using sleep, and even a silly magnet trick, but for whatever reason there have always been a few … Read More

All New Next Generation MacBook Pro with 15″ Retina Display: Specs & Features

Jun 11, 2012 - 21 Comments
The new Next Generation MacBook Pro

Apple revealed an all new “next generation” MacBook Pro at WWDC 2012 today, it’s the first retina Mac to be made available and comes in addition to their standard MacBook Pro line. The enclosure looks similar to existing unibody MacBook Pro models, though it is significantly thinner and lighter than any previous models. The specs … Read More

Stupid But Useful Mac Trick: Turn Off Internal MacBook Pro Screen With a Magnet

May 26, 2012 - 32 Comments
Using a magnet to turn off the internal MacBook Pro screen

We’ve shown you how to disable the internal display of a Mac laptop running OS X Lion or later with sleep or with the help of a command line trick, those are the recommended approaches but not everyone has gotten them to work on their Macs. An alternate and peculiar option left in our comments … Read More

8 Ways to Keep a Mac Cool in Hot Weather

May 12, 2012 - 41 Comments
ways to keep a Mac cool in intense heat

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, summer is fast approaching and that can often mean extreme heat which pushes the temperature limits beyond what any computer is intended to operate in. In fact, Apple species ambient operating temperatures for most Macs as between 50° and 95° fahrenheit, this means that anything above 95° … Read More

6 Ways to Maximize Productivity on Small Screens & Mac Laptops

May 2, 2012 - 13 Comments
Maximize productivity on small screens like the MacBook Air 11"

Many people equate productivity with screen size and assume it’s difficult to get much work done on a small screen. That simply isn’t true, I use a MacBook Air with the 11″ display and use the following tips to stay focused and maximize productivity with the small screen.

11 Tips to Get the Best Battery Life on a Mac Laptop

Apr 16, 2012 - 12 Comments

Macs have pretty amazing battery life to begin with, but following a few simple tips will help you to get the absolute best battery performance out of a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro. The primary goal here is to reduce overall power consumption on the Mac laptop and we’ll cover a few different techniques … Read More

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