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Retina MacBook and Air units get first software update

Retina MacBook and Air units get first software update

Apple has released a software update for 2012 MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs that fixes some issues with increased CPU power usage. Of course, we're still not entirely clear what is causing the CPU to use more power than it should in some cases (and Apple apparently isn't interested elaborating), but whatever the issue was, it's been fixed. The software update also "improves compatibility with some USB devices" in addition to fixing the CPU power problems.

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Parallels Desktop 7 and Parallels Mobile updated to support Retina Display

Parallels Desktop 7 and Parallels Mobile updated to support Retina Display

Parallels has announced that its Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac and Parallels Mobile software has been updated to support Apple's Retina Display on the latest MacBook Pros and the new iPad. This, of course, allows users to take advantage one of the more impressive features found on new Mac products while running a different operating system. In an effort to build some hype around this latest update, Parallels has released a video of the program running with Retina Display, which you can catch after the jump.

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Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch appears in Geekbench

Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch appears in Geekbench

This afternoon several benchmarks have appeared in the greater archives of Geekbench (a system we also use for computer reviews) which show a brand new Apple MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina display. This is different from the current model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display we've already reviewed in that, one, of course it has a different size display, and two, that it has a significantly lower score in Geekbench than we got - a total of 7806 compared to our 15-incher's 12970. Of course it's all relative, and the important part is the fact that this device may well exist.

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Nifty MiniDrive offers storage solution for MacBook Pro and Air

Nifty MiniDrive offers storage solution for MacBook Pro and Air

Limited storage on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro can sometimes be a pain in the neck when you really need more to work with, which is why the new Nifty MiniDrive has been introduced as a new semi-permanent backup storage solution. Taking advantage of the MacBook’s SD card slots, it should be a great alternative to carrying around extra bulky pieces of hardware and having pieces sticking out of the side of your laptop.

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MacBook Pro 2012 family gets price slash at Best Buy

MacBook Pro 2012 family gets price slash at Best Buy

It's certainly not due to low demand that Best Buy has suddenly cut off bits of the price for several Apple MacBook products here in the summer of 2012. The first of these discounts is from the massively powerful MacBook Pro with Retina display, tricked out with 8GB of memory and a 512GB solid-state drive - where normally it'd be $2,799.99, it's now been cut to $2,659.99, that being a $140 USD discount. But why is it such a big deal that Apple products are discounted when essentially every other manufacturer discounts products such as these all the time?

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VLC 2.0.2 adds Retina display support

VLC 2.0.2 adds Retina display support

VLC, the popular cross-platform media player, has received an update to version 2.0.2 that adds a plethora of new features. Most importantly, it adds HiDPI support for the new Retina MacBook Pro. Visual elements in the app will now be rendered correctly on the Retina display, with buttons, toggles, and menus appearing sharper and crisper. Other features in VLC 2.0.2 includes Growl 1.3 support, media key functions for keyboards other than Apple’s, and various crash fixes.

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Modbook Pro makes MacBook a serious tablet

Modbook Pro makes MacBook a serious tablet

Back before Apple announced the original iPad, the Modbook team set out to take existing MacBook Pros and turn them into standalone tablets. The idea was to take the internals and add a touchscreen into the mix, giving you a powerful yet relatively portable tablet running full blown OS X. Now the company is back, and has today announced the Modbook Pro, taking the current-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro and runs with the tablet conversion.

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Retina MacBook Pro apps expose full resolution

Retina MacBook Pro apps expose full resolution

When Apple introduced the Retina MacBook Pro, the logic behind the increase in resolution was the same as with the iPhone 4 and 4S. The user interface would remain the same, with graphical elements instead appearing crisper and sharper. While there are a few options to dabble with in the Display settings, Apple doesn’t allow users to expose the full 2880x1800 resolution for increased real estate. There are a couple of workarounds for the problem, however.

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