MacBook SSD Storage

MacBooks with gigantic 10TB SSDs might soon be a reality

By on March 27, 2015 at 2:14 PM.

MacBooks with gigantic 10TB SSDs might soon be a reality

All of the MacBook laptops Apple is currently selling come with flash storage on board, which significantly improves their overall performance. Moreover, putting an SSD into an old MacBook will offer you a nice performance boost, breathing new life into older OS X machines. However, SSD aren’t yet affordable, making so this faster storage option is still too expensive for many people.

That will soon change, PCWorld points out, as Intel and Micron have figured out how to build notebook-ready 10TB SSDs, a breakthrough that will help further drive down prices of SSDs, and potentially improve default MacBook storage options in the future. More →

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Cheap Microsoft Windows 10 PC

One reason to love Chromebooks even if you don’t want one

By on March 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

One reason to love Chromebooks even if you don’t want one

Google’s Chromebooks have been popular with some consumers because of their cheap prices, which give anyone looking for a web-focused computing experience access to a dependable machine, even though Google’s desktop operating system isn’t exactly on par with Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s OS X. For many PC buyers, Chromebooks aren’t even an option due to their limitations, but the fact that Google and its partners are selling them for low prices might be one reason to root for Chromebooks even if you don’t want one. More →

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Computer Virus History

The story behind the first computer viruses ever

By on March 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM.

The story behind the first computer viruses ever

When we think about computer viruses, one tends to think about Windows or perhaps cross-platform malware that comes from visiting questionable websites. But truth be told, computer viruses have a long and storied history, both on the PC and Apple side of the equation.

To be fair, most of the earlier computer viruses weren’t terribly dangerous. If anything, they were more often than not proof-of-concept type of exploits rather than anything malicious.

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1986 Mac Plus Internet

What happens when you hook a 1986 Mac up to the modern Internet

By on March 23, 2015 at 3:24 PM.

What happens when you hook a 1986 Mac up to the modern Internet

The wonderful thing about the Internet is that it lets people who love to do insane things instantly show off their creations to the rest of the world. One such person is Jeff Keacher, who has written at The Kernel about his experience hooking up his ancient 1986 Macintosh Plus up to the modern Internet via an incredibly lengthy and comically intricate process that involved installing the old-timey MacWeb 2.0 browser, hooking the computer up to a home network through a Raspberry Pi, and using a potpourri of archaic software and code tweaks to actually get the machine to properly render HTTP. More →

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Safari OS X

Watching porn on OS X Safari isn’t as ‘private’ as you think

By on March 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Watching porn on OS X Safari isn’t as ‘private’ as you think

If you ask Apple, switching on “Private Browsing” in OS X Safari should keep everything you do online free from prying eyes. Not only does “Private Browsing” mode prevent websites from tracking your behavior, it also precludes Safari from remembering what pages you’ve visited. In other words, “Private Browsing” should keep your search history completely, well, private.

Or so you thought.

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Windows 10 PC-on-a-Stick

This tiny dongle is fully capable of running Windows 10

By on March 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

This tiny dongle is fully capable of running Windows 10

You might not remember Intel’s interesting Windows-based Compute Stick dongle announced at CES 2015, but Microsoft a similar computer-on-a-stick product to buyers in Korea. The Register reports that Korea’s local Microsoft branch announced the Lucoms PC-on-a-stick device (image above), a USB PC-on-a-stick that’ll ship with Windows 8.1 on board and that will be eligible for a free Windows 10 update when the operating system launches later this summer. More →

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Retina MacBook USB-C Port

The one real reason to hate the Retina MacBook’s USB Type-C port right now

By on March 17, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

The one real reason to hate the Retina MacBook’s USB Type-C port right now

Apple unveiled its most daring MacBook yet last week, a 12-inch Retina device that’s slimmer and lighter than any other model, and which only ships with a single multi-purpose port that’s supposed to handle all your needs. The USB Type-C port, believed to be mostly Apple’s invention, recharges batteries and offers fast data speeds at the same time, though you’ll have to shell out additional cash for special adapters.

Having to pay up an extra $79 for ccessories shouldn’t really be a reason to hate Apple’s USB-C port, but there is one valid cause of concern. More →

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Apple Retina MacBook Specs

One more amazing fact about Apple’s new Retina MacBook

By on March 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM.

One more amazing fact about Apple’s new Retina MacBook

Apple’s new Retina MacBook drew a lot of attention last week for its ability to pack so many batteries into such a light and thin frame. The reason it’s been able to do this is because Apple made the new laptop’s logic board ridiculously small. In fact, Digital Trends has found that the new MacBook’s logic board is actually smaller than the Raspberry Pi, the tiny $35 computer that launched back in 2012. More →

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12-inch MacBook: USB-C External Batteries

One more small – but important – reason to be excited about the new MacBook

By on March 13, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

One more small – but important – reason to be excited about the new MacBook

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook was a definite highlight of Apple’s March 9th media event, as the company introduced a brand-new laptop design that sleeker than ever. One of the highlights of the laptop is its USB Type-C port that can be used both for battery-recharging and also for connecting a plethora of other gadgets and devices to the MacBoo… assuming you purchase the right adaptor. More interestingly, as 9to5Mac has confirmed, it will let you charge the new MacBook on the go using a third-party accessory. More →

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12-inch MacBook MagSafe Port and USB-C

Stop freaking out over the 12-inch MacBook’s missing MagSafe port

By on March 13, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

Stop freaking out over the 12-inch MacBook’s missing MagSafe port

In January, right around the time Retina MacBook leaks picked up, it was suggested that would dump all ports in favor of a single USB-C port. At that time, I said people really should stop freaking out over the potential lack of a MagSafe charger, as it wouldn’t be as big a deal as many were making it out to be.

Now that the new MacBook is official and it doesn’t have a MagSafe port, I’ll remind you yet again: Stop freaking out. More →

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12-inch MacBook Features

How the Retina Macbook is an open window into the iPhone and iPad’s amazing future

By on March 13, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

How the Retina Macbook is an open window into the iPhone and iPad’s amazing future

Forget the new MacBook’s USB Type-C port, forget the impressive performance it’ll have to offer, and forget its extremely thin profile and reduced weight. Why? Because the freshly announced 12-inch Retina MacBook is more than a sleek new laptop. In fact, it’s really a lightly cracked window into Apple’s bright future for all its devices, whether they’re iPhones, iPads or Macs. More →

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Apple Retina MacBook

PC makers are laughing at Apple’s new Retina MacBook

By on March 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

PC makers are laughing at Apple’s new Retina MacBook

With all of the praise heaped upon Apple for developing thin hardware, one has to think that it just drives competitors crazy. After all, it’s not as if Apple is the only company out there capable of churning out incredibly sleek computers.

That being the case, and with so much of the spotlight focused on Apple’s admittedly super-thin new Retina MacBook, a few rival hardware manufacturers couldn’t help but toss a few Twitter jabs in Apple’s direction.

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