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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Hack puts OS X Yosemite on a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

Macs and OS X have a reputation of being the preferred hardware and platform of designers, but quite ironically, there is not a single official Apple computer that comes with an integrated Wacom display. Perhaps Apple considers it unnecessary because Wacom's Cintiq displays work perfectly with Macs anyway. But there is still a class of people that want to get the best of both worlds, like this latest hack that puts Apple's latest operating system inside a Cintiq Companion 2 tablet, though not everything is fine and dandy just yet.

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Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft has launched its Office 2016 for Mac preview, giving Apple users with a taste for office software a chance to preview its upcoming release. The official release won't take place until sometime in the second half of this year, but we've been given a full look at the features now, and they include an interface that has been built from the ground up to play well with Mac (and that includes Retina displays). We've the rest of the details and instructions on how to get it yourself after the jump!

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Tinertia hands-on: hardcore platformer, no jump button

That's what they say, the creators of Tinertia, they say it's a "Hardcore platformer. No jump button." Indeed it does seem to be, and what we've experienced at GDC 2015 temps us to suggest that it rocks. While we're big fans of the jump button (a classic button, indeed), we're also big fans of moving the gaming universe forward with non-traditional controls. A rocket-launcher as a primary controller in a side-scrolling game is just as good a controller as any - in fact for this sort of arena, it's better.

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Apple changes how OS X apps treat memory with move to ARC

Apple is ready to ask Developers to make improvements to incoming Mac Apps. Through the Apple Developers portal, Apple is asking OS X Developers to change the way their incoming apps treat memory. Rather than ‘Garbage Collection’, Apple is asking Developers to use Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) for memory management. The change applies only to incoming apps, and for apps submitted after May 1. Developers should have seen this coming, though; Apple began favoring ARC over Garbage Collection back in the days on OS X Mountain Lion.

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Google continues clean-up, pulls Sparrow from App Store

When it comes to email apps for your smartphone or tablet, the list of options is exhaustive. Google recently made a big splash with Inbox, which aims to make your email more contextual to-do than messaging platform. After buying Sparrow, Google did what they typically do in an acquisition setting, and put the skids on incoming updates. With the service languishing of late as an also-ran that proved a reliable standard for modern email apps to gauge themselves against, it’s now been pulled from the App Store for iOs and OS X.

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