MacBook Pro Review: Revisiting the update to Apple’s most polarizing Laptop release in years

The current version of the MacBook Pro received a processor speed bump and improvements to its GPUs last June–only eight months after it’s release in October of 2016.  The updated 2016 model was a highly anticipated announcement after a longer than usual upgrade cycle.  Positioned for the “Pro” Apple market, it’s still one of the most popular desktop computers on the market today.  However, its release has forged polarizing reactions to some of the new key features.  With the addition of the Touch Bar and the second generation butterfly keyboard mechanism, even some of its bigger supporters have been vocal in their concerns.  With all that in mind, lets look back at our initial review of the MacBook Pro and what we thought of the most anticipated MacBook release in years.

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iPhone Wallpaper Collections

Wallpaper Credit: @ARX2014  via @Jim_Gresham

Welcome to our new iPhone Wallpaper Collections weekly post.  Moving forward I will save the best wallpapers that I’ve come across during the week and share them with you all here.  Unless otherwise stated, none of these wallpapers are of my creation, nor do I take credit in any way for their designs or origins.  I will always share direct links to where I come across each wallpaper and give credit to the designer and/or website I find them on.  In addition, if you have any wallpapers you’d like to share with us so that we could pass them on–that would be great, too, as long as we can provide proper credit.

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Twelve South Black Friday Deals for all the Apple fans on your Christmas list!

If your Christmas shopping list contains anyone who loves Apple products, you absolutely need to make it over to Twelve South today before midnight to catch their Black Friday Deals.  Almost everything in the store is on sale right now and discounted to make your shopping choices that much easier.  The folks over at Twelve South are great people who make excellent products backed with the best customer service in the business.  Since they specialize in Apple only accessories, you know they have a keen eye for design and attention to detail.  They’ve always been my first stop when looking for new cases, stands and charging options for all my Apple devices.

Here is a sample of my favorite items that are on sale today only…

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Thanksgiving Day 5k Challenge

Just as they did last Thanksgiving, Apple has created a special achievement that you can unlock on your Apple Watch today only.  Appropriately named the Thanksgiving Day Challenge, you can earn this award by completely a walk, run or wheelchair workout of at least 5k (3.1 miles).  To unlock the special badge on your Apple Watch you need to record your distance with the workout app on the Apple Watch, or by using any other app that adds workouts to the Health app.

Although I appreciate this extra little incentive to get out there and move on a day where Americans typically over indulge and then fall in and out of a coma all day, it sure would be nice if they also recognized other workouts besides walking and running.  Case in point–I went for a 20+ mile bike ride this morning, and I still need to walk or run an additional 3.1 miles to collect the badge.  You still have time, as you can collect the achievement for a workout completed anytime before the end of the day.  Time to go grab mine!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fast charging on the iPhone X–which option is the most cost effective?

One of the notable features available on the iPhone X as well as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is the addition of fast charging capabilities.  Not to be confused with wireless charging–fast charging allows you to safely charge your device at a much quicker rate.  For the average consumer the question then becomes–what does that really mean, and how much extra will it typically cost to take advantage of this added capability?  While it’s great that Apple has added fast-charging to the iPhone line-up, in typical Apple fashion, it’s gonna cost you if you stay away from third party options and go strictly Apple.  But just how much will it cost, and what are your options you ask?   Read more

Privacy settings be damned; Google continues to collect the location of Android phones even when location services are disabled

 

Time after time I’m reminded of one of the cornerstone reasons for owning and using an iPhone–privacy.  Apple has demonstrated that above all, they respect my privacy.  My data is encrypted and stored locally on my device accessible only by me and those I choose to share it with.  Unfortunately, Google cannot same the same, as it was reported today that they continue to track the location of all Android based phones _even_ when location services are disabled.

Quartz Media had the exclusive story here

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

Not good if you are led to believe you have an expectation of privacy.

How to track worldwide iPhone X inventory in real time

Are you looking to get your hands on a brand new iPhone X?  Perhaps you’ve been following the announcement and subsequent release coverage and you’ve decided that you want to get one for yourself.  Now the conundrum–launch day has come and gone.  You didn’t pre-order the iPhone X the week before the launch, and you didn’t wait in line to try and grab one on launch day.  So now what?   Read more

How to Navigate Gestures on the iPhone X

One of the most noteable differences between the iPhone X and previous iPhones is the lack of a physical home button.  While I previously commented how nearly effortless the transition to a new gesture based user interface was for me, your mileage may vary, and that’s ok.  Read more

Review: HiRise Duet by TwelveSouth

With the introduction of the Apple Watch we were all presented with another gadget to charge at the end of the day, adding to the confusion of wires and wall chargers that Apple itself has prided itself on minimizing. In an effort to help reduce the clutter of wires in our lives, is Twelve South’s latest creation— HiRise Duet. This sleek device charges your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously, helping to reduce clutter while looking sharp doing it.

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iPhone X: First Impressions

The day we’ve all been waiting for finally arrived last Friday–iPhone X (pronounced “ten“) launch day!  I have to admit, this was the most excited I’ve been about an iPhone launch since Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus back in September 2014.  The long lines have returned, and with them a sense of excitement I haven’t felt in a few years about an iPhone launch.  In the lead up to the November 3rd launch day I have been consuming as much information, video and text, about the iPhone X as I could get my hands on. Read more