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Apple fixes the MacBook’s weird, speaker-destroying bug

November 30th at 4:46 PM

Apple fixes the MacBook’s weird, speaker-destroying bug

Apple’s Boot Camp makes it easy for MacBooks to run the Windows operating system, but a recent sound bug had been causing some serious headaches for those who like to dual boot. Now, a Boot Camp driver update has fixed the strange bug, AppleInsider reports.

The odd glitch caused loud popping sounds for Boot Camp users while using Windows on their MacBooks. The peculiar sound persisted regardless of the actual volume settings of the computer, and some users claimed that the annoying pop was physically damaging the speakers in their computers.

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MacBook Pro Update

The processor the MacBook Pro deserves will arrive in January

November 30th at 1:23 PM

The processor the MacBook Pro deserves will arrive in January

There’s a long list of head-scratching decisions surrounding the otherwise-excellent new MacBook Pro. One of the strangest is the processor decision. After waiting five years to give us a new Pro, why couldn’t Apple wait a couple more months to get the newest and best processor that Intel has to offer?

We won’t ever have a full answer to that, but very shortly, we will know what we’re missing out on. Reports have suggested that Intel’s much-awaited Kaby Lake laptop processors are set to land at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.

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Apple is reportedly making these four Mac computers obsolete in 2017

November 29th at 8:00 PM

Apple is reportedly making these four Mac computers obsolete in 2017

Every once in a while, Apple adds a few more devices to its list of vintage and obsolete products. According to MacRumors, that list is going to grow in 2016, as an internal memo obtained by the publication shows that four computers released between 2009 and 2011 are going to be obsoleted on December 31st.

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iMac 2016 Update

Next year’s iMac will have one good thing going for it

November 29th at 5:20 PM

Next year’s iMac will have one good thing going for it

Amidst the flurry of new MacBook Pro updates this autumn, one of Apple’s other old computers was forgotten. With the exception of a new screen, Apple’s iMac has sat unchanged since you did that one InDesign class in college, but it’s still often a go-to choice for desktop computers.

There’s a big, Microsoft-shaped problem for Apple, however. The Surface Studio is a new iMac competitor from Microsoft, and on the surface, it should be a real competitor. It takes all of the key points of the iMac  — stylish design, enough power, thin form factor — and adds touch input, a great stylus, and the ability to bring the screen down to draw. If Apple wants the iMac to do better than runner-up, it will need some tricks for its next iMac refresh.

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Google brings its gorgeous Featured Photos screensaver to Mac, and it’s glorious

November 29th at 3:22 PM

Google brings its gorgeous Featured Photos screensaver to Mac, and it’s glorious

If you’re a Chromecast owner, you know that letting the device site idle can be entertaining all on its own. That’s because Google’s fantastic photo stream screensaver pulls a seemingly endless collection of breathtaking shots from the web and displays them in high-resolution glory. Now, Google is treating Mac users to the very same eye candy.

The screensaver — which is officially called “Google+ Featured Photos Screensaver” because they couldn’t think of a catchy name, apparently — pulls snapshots from the massive collection of user-uploaded media on Google+.  More →

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Japan is about to build the world’s fastest computer, ever

November 28th at 6:53 PM

Japan is about to build the world’s fastest computer, ever

When it comes to the most powerful computers in the world, the game is dominated by two players: the United States and China. In fact, of the top of five most powerful supercomputing sites on the planet, China owns the top two spots, with the U.S. holding the third, fourth, and fifth places on the list. By 2018, that top spot will belong to Japan, should the company’s plan to build the world’s fastest supercomputer not hit any snags along the way.  More →

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This ridiculous concept shows why Apple never made a touchscreen MacBook

November 23rd at 3:17 PM

This ridiculous concept shows why Apple never made a touchscreen MacBook

For as long as touchscreens have been around, people have been clamoring for a MacBook that they can put their sticky paws all over. Apple’s never given the idea that much thought, and there’s never been much indication that the iPad and MacBook will merge.

That hasn’t stopped fanboys the world over dreaming of some kind of iMacPad running maciOS. Someone’s even gone to the lengths of putting together a concept video, which does an excellent job of demonstrating why Apple should kill the idea with fire.

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The worst thing about the MacBook Pro’s non-replaceable SSD

November 18th at 6:49 PM

The worst thing about the MacBook Pro’s non-replaceable SSD

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has received plenty of criticism from all sorts of potential buyers, even though the machine is probably one of the best laptops you can buy. Some people hate the lack of ports, while others would love to be able to add more RAM to the laptop or upgrade the storage in the future.

If you buy an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll at least be able to replace the SSD yourself. But Touch Bar versions come with soldered SSDs. That means users are stuck with the initial storage, and a discovery tells us that’s a rather scary prospect when it comes to data recovery.

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Microsoft Surface Studio Review

Microsoft Surface Studio review roundup: Giving Apple a run for its money

November 17th at 3:22 PM

Microsoft Surface Studio review roundup: Giving Apple a run for its money

While the MacBook Pro with its clever Touch Bar has dominated headlines over the past few weeks, but the most intriguing computer announced this fall has to be Microsoft’s Surface Studio. Starting at an eye-popping $3,000, the Surface Studio is not for everyone, but with its stunning 28-inch adjustable display and included Surface Pen, it could fill a niche in the market that desperately needs filling.

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How fast is the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar?

November 17th at 2:42 PM

How fast is the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar?

It’s finally here! The 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has begun shipping, and many early adopters received their preordered units earlier this week. The new laptop and its Touch Bar keyboard have already been thoroughly probed and reviewed — here’s a roundup of reviews. Those deep dives were all great, but the following video review explains exactly how fast the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar really is, looking both at benchmark results and at performance when handling real-life tasks. More →

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Microsoft joins the Linux foundation and blows everyone’s mind

November 16th at 11:03 PM

Microsoft joins the Linux foundation and blows everyone’s mind

Microsoft, the monolithic force in the land of software licensing and exclusivity, has joined the Linux Foundation. Yes, you read that correctly and no, this isn’t a joke.

At the company’s Connect conference today in New York, the house that Gates built revealed that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a platinum member. The non-profit organization has three tiers of membership, with platinum being the highest, followed by gold and silver. As a platinum member, Microsoft has committed to donating a minimum of $500,000 annually to the advancement and open source development of many different projects.  More →

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