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4 Essential Tips for MacBook Air Owners

Aug 2, 2013 - 1 Comment
Calibrate the MacBook Air screen to make it look better

The MacBook Air just might be the greatest laptop ever made, it’s extremely light, powerful, has an amazing battery life, and somehow packs all of that into an affordable package. To get the absolute most out of this wonderful Mac, you’ll want to run through these four (well, technically six) essential tips, which cover what … Read More

The Best Place to Buy a Used Mac is the Apple Refurbished Online Store

Oct 31, 2012 - 22 Comments
Refurbished Apple shipping box

If you want to buy a used Mac to save a bit of money, the best place to do so is directly from Apple’s Online Refurbished Store. We’ve bought used Macs from just about everywhere under the sun before, from friends, coworkers, Craigslist, and eBay, but nothing beats the official Certified offerings from Apple. Why? … Read More

Watch the Apple iPad Mini Event [Video]

Oct 23, 2012 - 2 Comments
Tim Cook at the iPad Mini event

If you missed the livestream of the iPad Mini Event today, Apple has placed the full video online for anyone to watch. There is much more to the keynote than just the iPad Mini, as Apple unleashed a barrage of new products and updates, including an all new beautiful iMac, new Retina 13″ MacBook Pro, … Read More

MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Released: Specs & Prices

Oct 23, 2012 - 2 Comments
MacBook Pro Retina 13"

An all new Retina version of the MacBook Pro 13″ has been released. Starting at $1699, it’s available beginning today, October 23, and it’s quite a powerhouse in a surprisingly lightweight package. Here are the base model specs: Base Specs 13.3″ Retina IPS display at 2560×1600 resolution 2.5GHz Core i5 CPU or greater 8GB RAM, … Read More

All New iMac Released: Specs & Pricing

Oct 23, 2012 - 18 Comments
Phil Schiller and the new iMac for 2012

An all new iMac has been released. It’s beautiful, has a ridiculously 80% thinner design, and it’s a whopper with specs. The 21″ model starts shipping in November, the 27″ arrives in December. Here are some of the details: New iMac (2012) Specs 27″ display at 2560×1440 21″ display at 1920×1080 Laminated IPS display with … Read More

When Was Your Mac Built? How to Find The Make & Model Year of a Mac

Aug 20, 2012 - 12 Comments
Find Out When a Mac Was Made

You’ll often hear Mac users reference their machines by a model and the build year (for example, Mac Mini 2010, or MacBook Pro 2016), or by a timeline within the year it was released (iMac mid-2011 model). Sure some Mac users just have an amazing memory for this stuff, but everyone else can retrieve the … Read More

The Mars Curiosity Rover is Basically a PowerMac G3 with Wheels

Aug 11, 2012 - 12 Comments
Mars Curiosity Rover is a PowerMac G3 on wheels

We already knew that NASA used a lot of Macs during the Mars Curiosity landing event, but hardcore Mac geeks will be interested to know the Rover itself is running on both hardware and software that Apple used not only in consumer Macs of yesteryear, but that Apple still uses today!

Battery Life on MacBook Air (2012) is Better Than Advertised

Jun 26, 2012 - 20 Comments

Apple advertises the MacBook Air (mid-2012) battery as lasting “up to 7 hours”, but we’re pleased to report that Apple’s marketing is understating that number by as much as an hour and a half. In our (admittedly unscientific) tests based on real-world use case scenarios, the battery life on the new MacBook Air is simply … Read More

Determine the Manufacturer of Your Macs SSD (Hard Drive)

Jun 21, 2012 - 6 Comments
Check the Manufacturer of an SSD Drive in Mac OS X

If you’re wondering who made the SSD (flash storage) drive on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro it’s fairly easy to determine: Pull down the  Apple menu and choose “About This Mac”, then click on “More Info” Click “System Report” Look under “Hardware” for the “Serial-ATA” entry and select it Expand the chipset and … Read More

MacBook Air 2012 SSD Performance Up to 217% Faster Than MacBook Air 2011

Jun 19, 2012 - 37 Comments
MacBook Air 2012 SSD Benchmarks

The MacBook Air 2012 is a screamer, and though the CPU-based benchmarks show about a 15-20% improvement over the MacBook Air 2011 models, by far the biggest performance boost comes from the new flash memory (SSD) that Apple is using for storage on the 2012 models. In our tests, the disk used in the newest … Read More

Retina MacBook Pro & MacBook Air 2012 Benchmarks

Jun 12, 2012 - 5 Comments
MacBook Pro 2012 Benchmarks with Geekbench

The first benchmarks for the new retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro 2012 refresh, and the updated MacBook Air 2012 have shown up from GeekBench and, as you would probably expect, they’re very impressive. First up is the new MacBook Pro 15″, which is easily the fastest Mac laptop Apple has ever made. The preliminary Geekbench … Read More

Get 11 Great Mac Apps for $49.99 with the MacUpdate June 2012 Bundle

Jun 6, 2012 - 6 Comments
MacUpdate June 2012 Bundle for Mac Apps

The MacUpdate June 2012 Bundle is an absolute whopper of a deal with 11 killer Mac apps that would otherwise retail for $457 for just $49.99. Some particular highlights in the bundle are Parallels 7, ScreenFlow 3, Civilization 5, Jaksta, and My Living Desktop, but you’ll find every app in the bundle to be quite … Read More

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

May 26, 2012 - 33 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 - 43 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 specifies ambient operating temperatures for most Macs as between 50° and 95° fahrenheit, this means that anything above 95° … Read More

Stupid iPad Tricks: Open a Beer Bottle with the iPad Power Adapter

May 3, 2012 - 12 Comments
iPad charger beer opener

The next time you’re in desperate need to crack open a beer bottle, reach for your iPad power adapter. Say what? Well, apparently it can double as a bottle opener, not that we’d recommend that. This may be the ultimate Apple-geek party trick and I’m sure college students the world over are rejoicing in their … 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.

Put a Mac to Sleep Using an Apple Remote Control

Mar 20, 2012 - 7 Comments
Sleep Mac

If you have an Apple Remote Control and a Mac with an IR receiver port, you can quickly put the Mac to sleep using just the remote control. Obviously you’ll need to be in the same room as the Mac to do this, but it’s pretty handy. Here’s what to do: Point the remote control … Read More

Send Any File to an iOS Device from Mac OS X with iMessage

Feb 19, 2012 - 7 Comments
Send Files to iOS from Mac with iMessage

A little-known feature of iMessage lets any Mac send files to another iMessage user (or yourself) using an iOS device, and vice versa. Yes, this means iMessages can function as a full-fledged file transfer app for both Mac OS and iOS users, providing for simple transferring of files, pdf’s, text and rtf documents, movies, pictures, … Read More

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