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MacBook Pro gets its ports back (VIA Satechi)

MacBook Pro gets its ports back (VIA Satechi)

A new USB-C "Type-C Pro Hub" from Satechi has suddenly made the MacBook Pro seem like a professional again. Plugging in to the left or right side of the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch models, this hub adds multiple connections to the notebooks. Satechi's hub is delivered in Silver or Space Gray to match the Silver and Space Gray colors of the MacBook Pro as delivered by Apple. Metal for metal, multiple ports added to the relatively port-hungry notebook.

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PowerUp is a charging and sync hub for MacBooks and more

PowerUp is a charging and sync hub for MacBooks and more

The adoption of USB-C is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it tries to fulfill the promise of one connector to rule them all. On the other hand, as Apple demonstrated, that sometimes meant dramatically reducing the amount of ports available. This, however, has created a golden opportunity for accessory makers to offer innovative products to fill in the gap. Like this PowerUp on Indiegogo that promises to reduce your chargers to exactly one.

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Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

The new MacBooks, especially the new MacBook Pros, are probably the most controversial MacBooks yet. The smaller models ditched all but one USB-C port while the Pros ditched all ports in favor of all Thunderbolt 3's. That said, the decision had one positive side effect on the computing industry as a whole. More and more accessory and peripheral makers are jumping on the USB-C train to become compatible with the new MacBooks. Like this G-technology G-DRIVE USB-C device from Western Digital that brings not only external storage but also power to the MacBook.

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MacBook Pro Touch Bar is barred from NC bar exams

MacBook Pro Touch Bar is barred from NC bar exams

Yes, it is a pun disaster in the making. When Apple designed the hi-tech Touch Bar for its higher end MacBook Pros, it probably didn’t imagine the insane things people would do with them. Like playing a round of first-person shooter Doom on it. It probably also never imagined it would be used as a tool for cheating. And yet that it exactly the presumption that states across the country are making in issuing announcements that instruct bar exam takers to disable their MacBook Pro’s feature.

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macOS Sierra will soon warn if your display sucks up battery

macOS Sierra will soon warn if your display sucks up battery

If there were three things that defined the late 2016 MacBook Pros, they’d be the Touch Bar, Thunderbolt 3 ports, and contentious battery life. Apple has received no small amount of flak, warranted or not, for the not so 10 hours of battery life promised by the company. Apple has taken those criticisms seriously and implemented some measures to refute those claims, or at least make sure that it won’t be blamed for them. Its latest countermeasure was quietly added to the fourth beta for macOS Sierra 10.12.3 which now warns users if their displays are so bright they’re using up those precious battery minutes.

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2017 MacBook Pro might finally have 32 GB of RAM

2017 MacBook Pro might finally have 32 GB of RAM

MacBook Pro owners might have something to really look forward to this year if Ming-Chi Kuo is on the mark. The renowned analyst from KGI is predicting that this year’s generation of MacBook Pros will finally break through the 16 GB RAM limit. While 32 GB on a “professional” computer might seem normal these days, that has actually become a sore topic with the late 2016 models as Apple refused to go any further, sacrificing power for the sake of longer battery life and portability.

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Consumer Reports recommends new MacBook Pro after retesting

Consumer Reports recommends new MacBook Pro after retesting

Following its retesting efforts, Consumer Reports has revised its previous decision not to recommend the new MacBook Pro, changing its decision to recommended. As we previously reported, Apple worked with Consumer Reports directly following the publication of its results, something that ultimately led to a software fix. Once that was available, Consumer Reports retested the units and found the results favorable.

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MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

Consumer Reports is re-testing battery life on the latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, after Apple released a software update intended to address wildly varying runtimes. The patch, which is being released to the macOS beta channel today and will eventually be included for all users of the software, focuses on a buried setting in Safari, the browser which Consumer Reports used for its controversial testing back in December. Back then, the organization found that despite Apple's claims of around 10 hours of battery life for the new notebooks, the MacBook Pro models it bought would sometimes deliver just a fraction of that.

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OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

OWC DEC is an inconspicuous dock for the 2016 MacBook Pro

Among the things the latest MacBook Pros have been criticized for, aside from the debatable battery life, is Apple’s abandonment of traditional ports and connectors in favor of going all out with Type C Thunderbolt 3, which are, in shape and compatibility, USB-C holes. Sure, there are dozens of hubs and extensions out there to remedy that, but those just mean yo have another thing to carry and potentially get lost. OWC, famous for their Mac upgrades and accessories, might have come up with a prettier solution: the OWC DEC. It is practically a storage and port expansion dock that looks like it’s actually part of the MacBook Pro itself.

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Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

CES 2017 is almost upon us, and while the annual Consumer Electronics Show will be dominated by vast televisions and, increasingly, car tech, it's the smaller gadgets I'm most looking forward to. If there's one thing 2016 has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to our favorite celebrities; if there's a second thing, though, it's that the brave new dongle world we live in is surprisingly poorly populated. Yes, Apple, I'm looking at you.

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Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro battery test

Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro battery test

Apple's new MacBook Pros were dealt a significant blow this week when Consumer Reports failed to give the laptops its highly desired recommendation, a first for long-popular line of notebooks. As for the reason, Apple touts that the latest MacBook Pro offers users up to 10 hours of battery life, but Consumer Reports' tests found this to be far more inconsistent, with battery life varying widely from times including 3.75 hours to 16 hours.

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MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

One of the things that I always thought Apple was smart for building was the MagSafe connector. Having tripped on a power cord before and broke a notebook, having a magnetic adapter that comes apart to prevent that sort of damage is a big deal. A new power adapter that is similar to MagSafe has landed on Kickstarter and it is called MagNeo.

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