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Mac Help: Should I buy the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro?

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Mac Help: Should I buy the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro?

The 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro (called the "mid-2012" model, in Apple parlance) is still available from Apple.

It costs $1,099, making it cheaper than a Retina model by $200. Given that it's an older, slower machine that hasn't been updated since 2012, it's easy to overlook. It's also what makes it this week's Mac Help question.

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10 hours ago

The iOS 8 animation curve

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The iOS 8 animation curve

Following the introduction of iOS 7 back in June of 2013, a common complaint from developers and designers was that the system animations took to long to complete, making the interface feel slow.

Apple sped up the animations before release, but for some they still felt too slow. Since iOS 8 didn't fundamentally change the animations curves, that perception has lingered.

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11 hours ago

GDC 2015: We have your first look at This War of Mine on iPad

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GDC 2015: We have your first look at This War of Mine on iPad

Critically acclaimed survival strategy game This War of Mine is making its way from your Mac to iPad soon and we've got your first look at it from GDC 2015.

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11 hours ago

Apple exploring settlement with battery manufacturer in employee poaching suit

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Apple exploring settlement with battery manufacturer in employee poaching suit

According to a new court filing, Apple appears to be exploring a potential settlement with A123 Systems after the battery manufacturer filed suit against the tech giant for allegedly poaching its employees.

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11 hours ago

Apple Watch wins iF Design Gold award ahead of April launch

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Apple Watch wins iF Design Gold award ahead of April launch

The Apple Watch hasn't even shipped yet, but it has already picked up the prestigious iF Gold award from the iF International Forum Design.

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12 hours ago

iPhone 6 versus Galaxy S6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

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iPhone 6 versus Galaxy S6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

Let's get this out of the way: there are some similarities between the recently announced Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. A lot of ink has been spilled over Samsung copying Apple's designs, but it's not as bad as you might think.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 both have glass fronts, a physical home button below the screen and metal around the sides. They have LTE radios and are technically smartphones. And if you happen to look at them from below, they look a little similar from that one angle.

Yes, from below, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 share some serious visual similarities. In that, they're machined out of aluminum and have machined holes for the 3.5mm headphone jack, a center-mounted USB or lightning port, and holes for speaker grilles drilled into the right side. There are even the Apple-style plastic-filled stripes that break it up into visual segments and a color-matched chrome-ringed home button. From the bottom you might think that the Galaxy S6 is another version of the iPhone.

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13 hours ago

When is fixing your Mac just throwing good money after bad?

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When is fixing your Mac just throwing good money after bad?

When is fixing your Mac just throwing good money after bad?

Does it make sense to fix my old Mac when it breaks, or am I better off buying a new one?

This scenario replays almost every time I go to work at the local Apple retailer: A customer walks in with an older Mac that isn't working right. It happens sooner or later with just about any reasonably complicated device you own, whether it's your car, your washing machine, TV set, or even your Mac. So what's the answer?

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14 hours ago

GDC 2015: Divide by Sheep is a quirky (and brutal) math puzzle game

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GDC 2015: Divide by Sheep is a quirky (and brutal) math puzzle game

Divide by Sheep is a wacky math puzzler from Tiny Build Games that starts off cute and ends up quite deadly. We got a chance to try an early build at the Game Developers Conference 2015. The objective of the game is to save sheep by getting them to the raft. However, only a certain amount of sheep can fit onto the raft.

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14 hours ago

Unable to target Apple Pay, criminals unsurprisingly stick to bank fraud, identity theft

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Unable to target Apple Pay, criminals unsurprisingly stick to bank fraud, identity theft

Apple Pay is so secure criminals so far have only been able take advantage of it by taking advantage of the banks behind it.

Sadly, identity theft and credit card fraud are nothing new. While Apple Pay does an enormous amount to secure the transaction process itself — merchants are given a one-time number instead of the card number to prevent expose in the case of data breach, for example — securing the banking process against basic social engineering attacks is something else entirely. When reached for comment, Apple told me:

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16 hours ago

New Game of Thrones, Batman and DC Comics-based mobile games in the works

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New Game of Thrones, Batman and DC Comics-based mobile games in the works

Warner Bros. Interactive has at least five upcoming mobile games that are in development.

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16 hours ago

Retail plans for Apple Watch said to focus on fitness, bands, and iPhones

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Retail plans for Apple Watch said to focus on fitness, bands, and iPhones

Apple will reportedly have a few primary areas of focus when selling the Apple Watch to customers in their retail stores, including features of the Watch itself, as well as its benefits as a companion to your iPhone.

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17 hours ago

PCalc for Mac brings advanced calculation to its widget in version 4.2

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PCalc for Mac brings advanced calculation to its widget in version 4.2

PCalc for Mac has been updated to version 4.2, expanding the utility of the app's Notification Center widget by adding an advanced layout. {intro}

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18 hours ago

Apple reportedly overtakes Samsung in Q4 2014 smartphone sales

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Apple reportedly overtakes Samsung in Q4 2014 smartphone sales

Research firm Gartner claims that Apple sold 74.83 million smartphones worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2014, beating out Samsung which sold 73.03 million units.

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18 hours ago

AT&T's Modio case brings an LTE connection to your Wi-Fi-only iPad mini

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AT&T's Modio case brings an LTE connection to your Wi-Fi-only iPad mini

AT&T has announced that their Modio iPad case will be available later in March starting at $49.99.

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18 hours ago

Pebble Time is now the most funded project on Kickstarter

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Pebble Time is now the most funded project on Kickstarter

Pebble Time is the most funded project in Kickstarter history, and still has plenty of time to go.

Just last week, Pebble Time — the follow-up to the popular Pebble and Pebble Steel — took Kickstarter by storm. After blowing past their initial $500,000 goal, the campaign is now well over $13 million and still going strong. An additional boost has come from today's announcement of the Pebble Time Steel, a luxury version of the new smartwatch. The combined effort has pushed Pebble Time over the top, making it the most funded project in Kickstarter history.

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