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Best apps new Mac owners should download right now!

Best apps for new Mac owners: Download right now!

Just bought a new Mac? These are the apps you should download right out of the box! There's very little in life that's more exciting than unboxing a brand new Mac. Once you've unpacked everything and set it up just so, it's time to open start loading it up with apps. From cool conveniences to...
CPU vs. RAM vs. SSD: Which Mac upgrades make the most sense?

CPU vs. RAM vs. SSD: Which Mac upgrades should you get?

There are a variety of configuration options when you buy a Mac. Where does it make the most sense to spend your money? You've decided what Mac to get, but firing up the Apple online store web site presents you with myriad customization options. You can often have a faster or more capable CPU...

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What's on Peter's Mac menu right now!

What's on Peter's Mac menu right now!

The permanent residents of my Mac's menu bar, and why they're important to me We've told you about what's on our iPads and Macs before, explaining our choices in apps, desktop wallpaper and more. It's my turn again so I thought I'd share with you the contents of my Mac's menu bar. I've...
We have a 4G iPhone, 4G iPad - where's the 4G MacBook?

We have a 4G iPhone, 4G iPad - where's the 4G MacBook?

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are both great devices to get work done while you're on the road, but in order to get anything done online you only have one choice: Wi-Fi. Why doesn't Apple offer 4G LTE as an option on those devices, too? When I'm out with my laptop, I'm often within the range...
Twelve South introduces BookArc möd for Macbook with interchangeable inserts

Twelve South introduces BookArc möd for Macbook with interchangeable inserts

Twelve South has started selling a great new accessory for Macbook owners called the BookArc möd. This is a continuation of their established and excellent Macbook holder, with a few key differences. Now the BookArc comes in one of three types of hardwood finishes, and is universally compatible,...
12-inch Retina MacBook with no fan, new trackpad makes the rumor rounds

12-inch Retina MacBook with no fan, new trackpad makes the rumor rounds

A forum post on Chinese language site Weiphone.com offers up tantalizing details on Apple's next round of MacBooks. The comments are attributed to an author with a credible track record of breaking leaks and photos for MacBook laptops in the past, according to MacRumors.com. The poster reports...
Imagining a new Mac mini - what do you want to see?

Imagining a new Mac mini: What would you like to see?

Apple's diminutive Mac mini is long overdue for a refresh. Will Apple just give it a speed bump or is it due for an overhaul? What would you like to see in the new Mac mini? The Mac mini is overdue for a major refresh. It's been well more than a year, and it's been several years since the Mac...
Think the Mac Pro is pricey? Make one yourself, but get ready to pay a stiff PC tax

Think the Mac Pro is pricey? Make one yourself, but get ready to pay a stiff PC tax

Can you build the PC equivalent of a Mac Pro and save yourself some money doing it? If Stephen Fung at Futurelooks's effort is any indication, then the answer is a resounding no. Fung attempted to cobble together a do-it-yourself PC with somewhat similar specs to the Mac Pro, and ended up...
What's on Rene's Mac dock right now!

What's on Rene's Mac dock right now!

Escalation. Costner brings a knife, Connery brings a gun. Wayne dresses in a bat suit, a smiling psycho gets green hair and a purple suit. And I write an article about my iPad Home screen, so Peter goes and posts about his Mac dock. Well, two can play the escalation game. So, here's what's on my...

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Twelve South introduces BookArc möd for Macbook with interchangeable inserts

Twelve South has started selling a great new accessory for Macbook owners called the BookArc möd. This is a continuation of their established and excellent Macbook holder, with a few key differences. Now the BookArc comes in one of three types of hardwood finishes, and is universally compatible, so you can upgrade or switch Macbooks whenever you like. This is accomplished through a replaceable middle insert.

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What's on Peter's Mac menu right now!

We've told you about what's on our iPads and Macs before, explaining our choices in apps, desktop wallpaper and more. It's my turn again so I thought I'd share with you the contents of my Mac's menu bar. I've customized the bar with a bunch of applications and tools that I think are indispensable.

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OWC rolls out turnkey processor and memory upgrade for the new Mac Pro

That Mac Pro that's taking up space on your desk can be faster, better, stronger with new upgrades from OWC. The new turnkey upgrade program lets you send in your shiny new Mac Pro to OWC, have their Apple Certified technicians swap out your piddly old chips for powerful new ones, and then ship it right back to you, more capable than ever.

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Retina MacBook Air rumored for later this year

Something many of us crave, supply chain rumors claim that Apple will finally launch a MacBook Air with Retina Display later on this year. Treat it with caution, since the source, Digitimes, has a mixed record when it comes to accuracy. Nevertheless, here's what they have to say:

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12-inch Retina MacBook with no fan, new trackpad makes the rumor rounds

A forum post on Chinese language site Weiphone.com offers up tantalizing details on Apple's next round of MacBooks. The comments are attributed to an author with a credible track record of breaking leaks and photos for MacBook laptops in the past, according to MacRumors.com.

The poster reports that MacBook Air updates are coming soon, with MacBook Pro updates expected later this year. That's consistent with what happened last year: Apple updated the MacBook Air at WWDC, but waited until the fall to introduce updated MacBook Pros.

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We have a 4G iPhone, 4G iPad - where's the 4G MacBook?

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are both great devices to get work done while you're on the road, but in order to get anything done online you only have one choice: Wi-Fi. Why doesn't Apple offer 4G LTE as an option on those devices, too?

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How to give your MacBook stunning Wood Keys with RAWBKNY!

Ever wish you could have luxurious rosewood or beautiful bamboo keys on your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Apple keyboard? Well, with the Wood Keyboard by RAWBKNY, you can! Hand cut and finished in Brooklyn, NY, they backed by 3M adhesive so they're easy-on, easy-off. And best of all, your backlight will still shine through!

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What's on Rene's Mac dock right now!

Escalation. Costner brings a knife, Connery brings a gun. Wayne dresses in a bat suit, a smiling psycho gets green hair and a purple suit. And I write an article about my iPad Home screen, so Peter goes and posts about his Mac dock. Well, two can play the escalation game. So, here's what's on my Retina MacBook Pro dock right now!

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MacBook Pro 13-inch (that's the non-Retina one) reportedly ending life in 2014

A report today suggests that Apple will be retiring the regular, non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2014. The news comes via Digitimes, a somewhat hit-and-miss source that cites insiders in the supply chain, and claims that Apple will be taking the MacBook Pro line Retina only:

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Got a new Mac Pro? SMC update keeps Power Nap activities quiet

If you have a new Mac Pro, check Software Update for Mac Pro SMC Firmware Update 2.0, a change to the System Management Controller (SMC) firmware used in your shiny new computer.

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booq Boa squeeze bag hands-on!

The booq Boa squeeze packs five accessory pockets spread along the sides and the back, an iPhone compartment on top, and an iPad and MacBook Air or MacBook Pro pockets inside. And yet it still manages to look sleek and sexy! Thanks to a 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior and ultra-soft nylex interior, it'll repel tears and water, and keep all your gear safe and secure as well!

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No, Mac Pro delivery dates aren't 'deteriorating'

Earlier today French Mac news site MacGeneration reported that international Apple store sites showed April as the estimated ship date of the new Mac Pro (that April time frame is now in the US Apple store). That's being reported elsewhere as a "deterioration" of the Mac Pro's delivery schedule. But before you panic, consider this: The backlog of Mac Pros really hasn't changed that much.

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What's on Peter's Mac dock right now!

Rene's recent What's on Rene's iPad right now! post inspired me to do my own, and as the resident Mac guy, I'm spinning mine in a slightly different direction — here's what's on my Mac dock instead.

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How to use multiple 4K displays with your MacBook Pro

I ordered a new Mac Pro but not early enough for it to arrive in a timely fashion. The three Dell UltraSharp 32 UltraHD displays I ordered to go along with it, however, arrived almost immediately. So, I did what any self-respecting geek would do — I connected them to my Retina MacBook Pro. Here's how I got it to work!

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Imagining a new Mac mini: What would you like to see?

The Mac mini is overdue for a major refresh. It's been well more than a year, and it's been several years since the Mac mini had any significant work done to it. That's got me thinking about what Apple could do it and probably should do to it, but I also want to hear from you - how would you like to see the Mac mini evolve?

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After nearly a year, Europe gets the Mac Pro again

It was March of 2012 when Apple stopped selling the old, huge Mac Pro in Europe, when the EU enacted a new set of electronic safety regulations and the poor old beast couldn't comply. Apple completely revamped the Mac Pro, of course, and the new unit went on sale on December 30th. Now it's beginning to ship to European customers, according to French language Mac site MacGenerations (via 9to5Mac).

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Get the most out of your MacBook Pro with the LandingZone DOCK

LandingZone has launched its new docking station for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, simply called DOCK. DOCK has everything needed for a complete desktop docking solution for your MacBook.

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Apple says no problem to side-mounting the new Mac Pro, but why?

In case you were wondering, you can use your new Mac Pro on its side, according to a recent post on Apple's Knowledgebase. But why would you want to? Read on to find out.

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OWC confirms new Mac Pro processor can be upgraded

Other World Computing and iFixit recently did teardowns of the new Mac Pro, revealing that the system's processor is socketed. That led to conjecture that the Mac Pro could be upgraded with a new processor, and now OWC has proved it.

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Mac Pro gets the iFixit teardown treatment

The new Mac Pro has gotten a teardown by the folks over at iFixit. Unlike some other recent Apple products, iFixit seems quite impressed with the repairability of the Mac Pro.

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