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Living with the new MacBook Retina

Living with the new MacBook Retina

There’s an unusual degree of forthrightness - sometimes bordering on vitriol - in how outspoken people are about the new MacBook Retina. It’s something you see occasionally with high-profile, edge-pushing devices: not just dissent as to whether it’s a good product to buy or not, but a sort of slightly-frothy aggression in aiming to convince you that you’ve made the wrong decision.

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Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

If you don’t want a full Photoshop client for your Mac, Pixelmator is as good as it gets. The app does a solid job of bringing you the core of what Photoshop does, and has just been updated to bring you the best of what a Mac has to offer. With the update, those with Force Touch trackpads will notice touch sensitivity now plays a big role. Additionally, a new repair tool — two years in the making — is now available.

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CameraBag 2 review; simple, powerful photo editing on your Mac

CameraBag 2 review; simple, powerful photo editing on your Mac

Editing photos has become really simple, at least when it comes to mobile devices. With apps like VSCO Cam and Enlight dotting the landscape of mobile, you might wonder why you’d even take your photos to the desktop. The answer, more often than not, is power; your desktop apps typically have more (and better) editing tools, and better hardware to lean on. Should you sacrifice ease of use for power, though? Nope. CameraBag 2 doesn’t ask you to, either.

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OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD USB released, 120GB to 480GB

OWC Envoy Pro Mini SSD USB released, 120GB to 480GB

Other World Computing (OWC) launched its latest collection of thumb-sized solid state drives (SSD) today at an industry trade show in Las Vegas. OWC's Envoy Pro mini SSD utilizes a USB 3.0 port and can run on Mac, PC or Linux. The biggest point that sets SSD drives apart from traditional USB drives is the transfer speed. This OWC model can sustain speeds of up to 433 Mb/s and has a max speed of 500 Mb/s.

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Turns out, the gold MacBook is what people really want

Turns out, the gold MacBook is what people really want

It might no longer be unusual to find a gold Apple gadget, but it turns out the color is still in high demand, with the new MacBook Retina seeing very specific shipping delays depending on your taste in case. The 12-inch ultraportable - with its contentious single USB-C port - went on sale overnight alongside the Apple Watch, though where just about every variation of Apple's new smartwatch is showing long delays, the same isn't true for the MacBook. Turns out, people really, really wanted a gold notebook.

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MacBook Retina Review – The Portable Performer

MacBook Retina Review – The Portable Performer

Well it's about damn time the MacBook grew up. For years now, many of us OS X devotees have peered over the fence with envious eyes as Windows machines were given far more portable form-factors. Lenovo has been leading the pack in svelteness, and Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has been appealing with its detachable keyboard, but at the end of the day Windows simply doesn't do it for me. The arrival of the new MacBook, however, meant those days of coveting notebooks could be long gone, with Apple taking the proven design of the MacBook Air and cutting out every last scrap of excess until - for the most part - only the features that matter remain. That's the theory, at least; I took the MacBook on the road to see if it was also the same in practice.

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Fantastical 2 arrives on OS X with new look, more features

Fantastical 2 arrives on OS X with new look, more features

The stock Calendar for OS X isn’t bad by any means, but there’s one third party app that seems to have snatched the crown away from the bundled offering. Fantastical is, like any calendar app before it, handy for tracking your goings on in life. The difference with Fantastical is that it also makes a home in your menubar, and has a full pull-down widget. Even better, you can use real language for making appointments. To round things out handsomely, Fantastical 2 has arrived, and brings in a host of new features.

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Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Perhaps the easiest way to grab what’s happening on the screen of your Mac is Quickcast. The video screengrab app is easy to use, and even hosts your snippets so you can share a link with anyone who might want to check out what’s going on. It’ perfect for troubleshooting, where a customer might need help from an expert. Today, a company with a similar aim, Lookback, has announced they’ve acquired Reissued Ltd, makers of Quickcast, which is helping to power Lookback’s new Android and Mac apps.

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Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

This week the newest in the classic "Das Keyboard" line has arrived with Mac-specific keys and aim. This model is the "most significant keyboard for Mac users" with Das Keyboard since their original Model S. This unit is just like what you see in our release back in March of last year, with all the power and reliability of the unit we reviewed this January. This newest unit works with mechanical key switches with gold contacts - just like each of the other most recent Das Keyboard units, and works with dedicated media controls with an oversized volume knob, for good measure.

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Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

Oracle adds Ask Toolbar to Java for Mac

It has long been known that installing Java meant having to keep an eye out for that pesky adware Ask Toolbar, which would be selected by default and, unless you explicitly made it known you didn't want it, would appear to muck up your browser -- assuming you were using Windows. Nothing about that has changed. What has changed is who this toolbar now affects: Mac users in addition to Windows users. Oracle has begun bundling Java for Mac with the Ask Toolbar.

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