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9
Jun

Apple hints at OS X rebrand in the App Store


If you think about it, OS X isn’t really a great name for Apple’s Mac operating system. It was just meant to be the next OS after Mac OS 9, but because it has a nice round (roman) number and used all-new UNIX-based tech, Apple has stuck with the name for nigh on 17 years. According to the rumor mill and apparent slip-up on the App Store, that’s about to change, however. It now seems likely that Apple will change OS X to macOS, essentially reverting to its pre-1999 naming scheme.

“macOS”. Seen on Apple’s app subscription FAQ.https://t.co/890TR0LGz6 pic.twitter.com/JPOwp7NlDB

— Rob Hunt (@helloiamrob) June 8, 2016

Twitter user Rob Hunt spotted the “macOS” on Apple’s app subscription FAQ, and 9to5 Mac noticed that the company quickly changed it back to Mac OS X. That site also noticed that Apple used the moniker on OS X framework and environmental webpages earlier this year. Based on the change to the App Store, the betting is that Apple will announce the name change and reveal the first version of macOS at WWDC 2016, set to start on June 13th.

Via: 9 to 5 Mac

Source: Rob Hunt (Twitter)

4
Jun

ASUS’ ZenBook 3 vs. the updated MacBook: Which packs more punch?


The 12-inch MacBook is attractive and compact, but not without compromises. When the original came out last spring, our reviewer Dana Wollman took issue with its lackluster performance and lack of ports outside of a USB-C connection. Still, the MacBook was good enough to warrant a refresh in 2016 that delivered more battery life and improved performance. Now, ASUS is getting in on the minimalist act with its new ZenBook 3. At a glance, the new MacBook and ZenBook 3 seem quite similar indeed, with small, lightweight designs and, well, not many ports. While we’ll certainly put the Zenbook 3 through its paces in a full review, a quick peek at the specs reveals two machines similar in profile, but with the potential for very different performance.

Price $999 / $1,499 / $1,999 $1,299 / $1,599
Dimensions 296 x 191.2 x 11.9mm (11.65 x 7.53 x 0.47 inches) 280 x 196.5 x 13.1mm (11.04 x 7.74 x 0.52 inches)
Weight 910g (2 pounds) 920g (2.03 pounds)
OS Windows 10 OS X El Capitan
Display 12.5-inch LED-backlit LCD 12-inch LED-backlit LCD with IPS
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 2,304 x 1,440
Processor Intel Core i5 6200U or Core i7 6500U Intel Core m3 (1.1GHz) or Core m5 (1.2GHz)
Memory 16GB / 64GB 8GB
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 520 Intel HD Graphics 512
Storage 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD 256GB / 512GB SSD
Ports USB-C USB-C
WiFi 802.11ac with WIDI 802.11ac
Battery 40 WHr 41.4 WHr
24
May

New, thinner Macbook Pros will reportedly have an OLED touch bar


Barring a big change to the trackpad, Apple’s high-powered MacBook Pro models haven’t seen many major differences in recent years. That may be until now. According to 9to5Mac, which is citing both Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and its own sources, the next family of MacBook Pros (or MacBooks Pro) could not only be thinner and lighter, but may also house a new OLED display touch bar just above the keyboard. This would act in place of the narrow physical function keys found on contemporary MacBooks. Apple may also bring Touch ID into its next series of laptops.

Alongside the rumor of a OLED touch bar, the design will apparently include new metal injection-molded hinges that will enable the company to make the Pro series lighter and thinner. (Uncorroborated reports suggested that Apple has tapped the same company that made the Surface’s special hinges.)

The same sources say that new Pro laptops will come with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, while Apple will also bring a new 13-inch MacBook similar to the latest 12-inch Retina model. Yeah, if the range of MacBooks was confusing before, it could get even more baffling. Kuo’s report suggests that 13- and 15-inch models will arrive late 2016, although more details on that curious OLED bar are scarce — and that’s the most interesting part.

Lenovo attempted to add a similar-sounding adaptive keyboard panel to its ThinkPad series, but it wasn’t all that well-received, and the company rolled back its keyboard design soon after. However, let’s see how Apple plans to deliver this OLED touch bar first, if this is all true.

Source: 9to5Mac

14
May

The good and bad sides of Apple’s classroom hardware initiative


In late 2014, Apple announced that it would donate iPads, Macs and Apple TVs to 114 “underserved” schools as a way of getting more technology in the hands of those who don’t have as much of a chance to use it. With the program well underway, The Wall Street Journal published a report on the good and bad sides thus far. While some studies have shown that schools in which students that heavily use technology actually do worse than students who do so moderately, a big part of that problem comes from not having curriculum developed that the hardware can enhance. In the case of Apple’s trial, the company is providing an employee to spend 17 days per year at each school to help build lesson plans that take advantage of the company’s hardware.

While it’s too early to tell with hard data how the initiative is fairing, teachers the WSJ spoke with in Yuma, Arizona have positive feelings thus far. Fourth-grade teacher Blanca Rivera has overcome her skepticism to the value of using hardware in the classroom, saying that it has enhanced and motivated her students. She also said that the sessions with Apple’s guide have definitely been helpful.

Naturally, there are downsides as well. The students can’t currently take their iPads home, meaning they aren’t useful for homework. Even if the students were allowed to bring the tablets out of the classroom, many of them don’t have internet connections at home. And the teachers have concerns about what’ll happen when the three-year program ends and the district can’t afford to buy hardware itself. Apple’s Eddie Cue believes that if the program proves to be valuable, finding continued funding won’t be difficult. “You have to solve the problem you have today and not worry about the problem you’re going to have tomorrow,” he said to the WSJ.

Of course, Apple has non-philanthropic motivations for making these donations. Recent estimates shows that more than half of the hardware being purchased for schools at this point are relatively inexpensive Google Chromebooks rather than Apple devices. The company has never been about pure marketshare, but there’s undoubtably a benefit to getting its hardware in the hands of as many students as possible to help convert them to future Apple products down the line.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

5
May

Disney scanner identifies gadgets by their electromagnetic field


If someone placed your naked smartphone on a table alongside two identical models, how would you determine which one is yours? If you’re an engineer at Disney Research, you would pull out a little scanner and immediately pinpoint the handset based on the noise it emits. It definitely sounds a little futuristic, but a team of researchers at Disney’s innovation labs found that every single piece of technology has its own unique electromagnetic signal, even if they’re exactly the same make and model, and built a radio scanner to read them.

Disney technicians tested a total of 40 devices, including five fluorescent tube light bulbs, five Lightsaber toys, five iPhone 6 handsets, five Retina MacBook Pro and 20 24-inch Dell LCD displays. Using a custom-built $10 scanner, the team fed the electromagnetic signals into a specialized software that pinpoints 1,000 unique frequency responses to create an EM-ID — a digital fingerprint of each device.

The results were varied but encouraging. For the Lightsaber, the algorithm “perfectly identified” the device 30 times. The Dell displays scored an average identification accuracy of 94.7 percent, followed closely by the five MacBook Pros with 94.6 percent. The lightbulbs came in at 86 percent but the iPhone 6 tests only averaged 71.2 percent, a result that Disney researchers believe occurred because the smartphone has a frequency distribution that can easily overlap with other identical models.

So, what does this mean? Right now, Disney is presenting the technology as a new way to “improve asset management and inventory tracking.” Instead of using RFID tags, which are considered too expensive when compared with a standard printed barcode, organizations could use a device’s own electromagnetic footprint to determine exactly what stock it has without even having to touch it.

Via: Gizmodo

Source: Disney Research

13
Feb

Apple is replacing USB-C cables that shipped with early MacBooks


If you were an early adopter of Apple’s slimmed-down MacBook, then this may apply to you. According to the company, a “limited number” of laptops sold between its launch in April of 2015 and June 2015 have USB-C cables that could fail due to an unspecified “design issue.” You can identify the faulty cables that need replacing by reading the label, which says “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” without a serial number after that. The MacBook was one of the first devices to support the new standard when it arrived last year, and since then we’ve come to learn that finding quality cables is both harder and more important than ever.

Apple description of flawed USB-C cables that need to be replaced

Registered owners and those who provided an address during checkout should receive a new cable by the end of the month, all others can kick off the replacement process by contacting visiting a Genius Bar/authorized repair center or contacting Apple directly. Of course, if you think you’ve already had to buy a new cable after a failure due to this issue, you should contact Apple about a refund. Of course, if Apple wants to avoid any future issues they should probably just stick to Benson-certified connectors, it’s what we do.

Via: MacRumors

Source: Apple

18
Dec

Best Buy Sales Event Includes $300 Off Retina MacBook, $125 Off iPad Air 2, and More


Best Buy today introduced a new deal into its Apple-centric “Holiday Event,” giving customers the chance to get $300 off of the entry-level Retina Macbook, along with free two-day shipping for last minute holiday shoppers.

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Originally priced at $1,299, the deal reduces the new Gold, Silver, and Space Gray MacBook to $999, rivaling that of the entry model 13-inch MacBook Air. College students also have the opportunity to get the MacBook as low as $949, thanks to a $50 student discount offered when ordering either a MacBook or an iMac. The $1,599 version of the 12-inch MacBook, with increased flash storage, isn’t available in Best Buy’s current sale.

The Apple Holiday Event began earlier in December at Best Buy, and all of its deals are still running in the lead-up to Christmas. When activating on a two-year contract, the retailer is offering the 16GB versions of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus for $1 and $99.99, respectively. The iPad Air 2 has been cut by $125 for both cellular and Wi-Fi only options. A similar deal is running for the iPad mini 4, which has been reduced by $100 on each of its versions. The Apple Watch is also still available at a $100 discount.

Related Roundup: Retina MacBook
Tag: Best Buy
Buyer’s Guide: MacBook (Neutral)

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18
Dec

Best Buy Sales Event Includes $300 Off Retina MacBook, $125 Off iPad Air 2, and More


Best Buy today introduced a new deal into its Apple-centric “Holiday Event,” giving customers the chance to get $300 off of the entry-level Retina Macbook, along with free two-day shipping for last minute holiday shoppers.

bestbuymacbooksale

Originally priced at $1,299, the deal reduces the new Gold, Silver, and Space Gray MacBook to $999, rivaling that of the entry model 13-inch MacBook Air. College students also have the opportunity to get the MacBook as low as $949, thanks to a $50 student discount offered when ordering either a MacBook or an iMac. The $1,599 version of the 12-inch MacBook, with increased flash storage, isn’t available in Best Buy’s current sale.

The Apple Holiday Event began earlier in December at Best Buy, and all of its deals are still running in the lead-up to Christmas. When activating on a two-year contract, the retailer is offering the 16GB versions of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus for $1 and $99.99, respectively. The iPad Air 2 has been cut by $125 for both cellular and Wi-Fi only options. A similar deal is running for the iPad mini 4, which has been reduced by $100 on each of its versions. The Apple Watch is also still available at a $100 discount.

Related Roundup: Retina MacBook
Tag: Best Buy
Buyer’s Guide: MacBook (Neutral)

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7
Dec

My Nexus 6P looks better than yours thanks to my dbrand copper skin


dbrand seriously hooked me up with some sweet skins for my Nexus 5X and 6P. Many of you tech enthusiasts are similar to the writers here at AndroidGuys, in that you love your devices and want to make sure they look good too. Looks are becoming more important as we grow more attached to our devices.

A great way to prevent scratches, cover up existing scratches and to completely customize the look of your smartphone is to use a skin from dbrand. Yesterday I wrote about a gorgeous carbon fiber skin that I put on my Nexus 5X that looks awesome. dbrand sent me a carbon fiber skin for my Nexus 6P as well, but I didn’t want to give you guys the same look. Instead I went with the brushed copper skin with a cutout for the X in Nexus.

Nexus 6P in copper and the Nexus 5X in carbon fiber.

Nexus 6P in copper and the Nexus 5X in carbon fiber.

Design

With the Nexus 5X skin dbrand I was most impressed with the high-quality materials. Those high-quality materials are sourced from 3M, and dbrand guarantees its products meet the highest standards. dbrand also make precision a primary feature, and I can say the skins I have used are so perfectly cut, that they must have been cut with space age lasers. The cutout for the microphone and fingerprint reader on the back of the Nexus 6P are so perfect that it looks like my phone was made from copper straight from the factory. The proof is in the images below.

Our Variety, Your Choice (from the dbrand website)

“Our Nexus 6P decals come in a wide array of textured finishes including Carbon Fiber, Brushed Titanium, Leather, Matte, True Color, and Wood Grain. Furthermore, our customization is limitless. Choose any Nexus 6P back skin, then select from three different Nexus cutout options. From there, you can even fill in the Nexus logo with a different material or convert your 6P into a Google Edition with our exclusive Colored X (also known as the Rainbow X) inserts. Complete the customization by mix ‘n matching frame and front skins in any of our 18 textured materials. Our wraps for the Nexus 6P have, bar none, the most customization potential you’ll ever encounter with a skin.”
The copper skin I have actually has the texture of brushed metal and prevents my phone from developing fingerprints. The brushed metal texture also makes my Nexus 6P much easier to grip.
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Installation

Installation is so easy even I could do it without making a mistake. And that really speaks volumes because I am far from a perfectionist. I typically rush through projects like this, and dbrand was ready for my shaky hands. After installing the Nexus 5X skin, the Nexus 6P installation took me all of five minutes.

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1. Get a hair dryer or heat gun and pull out your skin materials.

 

2. Wipe your Nexus 6P to remove oil and dust.

2. Wipe your Nexus 6P to remove oil and dust.

3. Install the top portion of the skin first by aligning the microphone cutout and fingerprint reader. No extra metal from the Nexus 6P should show.

3. Install the top portion of the skin first by aligning the microphone cutout and fingerprint reader. No extra metal from the Nexus 6P should show.

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4. After completing the bottom installation and wiping down the edges with the included cloth, the X is ready for its inserts. Yellow goes on the bottom left, blue top left, red top right and green on the bottom right. You could make your X all green, blue, red, or yellow as dbrand does provide you with four of each color for the X.

Complete. Time to show off my one and only copper Nexus 6P.

Complete. Time to show off my one and only copper Nexus 6P.

Even C3PO is awestruck.

Even C3PO is awestruck.

Summary

The look and feel of my Nexus 6P has dramatically changed for the better, all for less than $12. dbrand’s skins are unique, great looking, reasonably priced and easy to install. It makes my wonder why manufacturers of smartphones just don’t offer skins direct since customers do love choice. Many of us really are tired of the same old gold, silver, white and black colors that our smartphones come in.

As you can see from the images above, the skins on both the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P are so perfectly cut that they look like they came in actual carbon fiber and copper from the assembly lines. I was even stopped by three people today, while I was out, asking what phone I was using because they had never seen a copper phone before. I love the skins from dbrand as they do protect my all metal Nexus 6P from scratches, and gives it a nicer feel too.

And one last thing, and I really do mean this, if I can install these skins there is no doubt in my mind you can too. My eyes are not quite perfect anymore and my hands are shaky. dbrand offers a huge range of skins so check out their website to see if they have a skin for your device. They even have skins for laptops, smartwatches, tablets and game consoles.

dbrand website link

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The post My Nexus 6P looks better than yours thanks to my dbrand copper skin appeared first on AndroidGuys.

16
Nov

Apple’s Tim Cook says a converged MacBook and iPad won’t happen


Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t sold on the Surface, and the company doesn’t plan on bringing together its MacBook or iPad into a single product like Microsoft’s computing device, either. In an interview with the Irish Independent, Cook said: “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad.” This follows comments the CEO made in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, where he questioned why anyone would buy a PC — those comments were apparently aimed at Windows PCs, not his company’s own computer range. “We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same.”

Via: PhoneArena

Source: Independent.ie

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