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HendgeDocks for MacBook Air 13″

Docking stations for smartphones and tablets are devices used by many users. However, not everyone knows that there are such things for your MacBook Air.

It’s not a secret that “MacBooks ” have a special port for display an image on a big screen. While earlier models used MiniDisplay Port, current versions of MacBook are equipped with ports called Thunderbolt. In our case, we are talking about HendgeDocks dock for MacBook Air 13 “model of 2012 and later.

Case of the dock is made ​​of white glossy plastic with a special rubber strip on the bottom part that serves as a stand. It protects the device from falling down.

The device is also equipped with a special clip which fixes a cable of the charger. That means, that the cable will not hang loosely, breaking the overall aesthetics of your workspace.

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No need to worry about the fact that the device will have no functional USB 3.0 ports and MiniDisplay Port / Thunderbolt. There are all necessary interfaces inside the dock, and their ports are duplicated at the end. The only thing you will have to forget is a connector for SD cards. A dock can support only MiniDisplay Port. Thanks to a free USB 3.0 port you can easily connect an external hard drive or some other peripherals with a dock.

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The dock will be useful for those who need a large size display, but who don’t want to refuse from the mobility of MacBook Air.

Be sure to take into account that the docking station for the different types of devices are not compatible with each other. If you purchased the dock for the MacBook Pro and want to install Air there, be ready that it won’t fit the dock. Shape of the stand is designed for a specific type of computer.

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“Quickly connect and disconnect all peripherals. Easily eliminate desktop cable clutter. Elegantly integrate MacBook and home theater system,”-the designers note.

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WWDC 2012 : Phil Schiller announces updates on the The MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro

From the beginning of his speech, Phil Schiller has talked about how everyone is going to copy the Apple gadgets and come with their versions. First of all the the MacBook Air is getting Ivy Bridge processors, that are going to run up to 3.2Ghz, and an improvement in graphics, up to 60% faster and not to mention up to 512 GB of flash storage. Other improvements of MacBook Air are USB 3.0. The prices would start from $999 and $1099 for the MacBook Air 11″ and the 13″ is dropping to $100. Fans would be thrilled to find out that shipping starts today, 11 June.

The MacBook Pro is also getting an update like the MacBook Air, for example 3-rd gen Core named as Ivy Bridge, Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz and up to 605 faster graphics. The prices for 15″ Macbook Pro and 13″ MacBook Pro will remain the same and it’s said that shipping starts also today.

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Apple may withdraw the 17-inch MacBook Pro

A report published on Monday by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and KGI Securities was indicating that Apple “is likely to stop making” the 17-inch MacBook Pro due to the weak shipments.

Kuo draws the conclusion that the 17-inch MacBook Pro may no longer be produced by taking into consideration the future launch of new revamped notebooks with Intel’s latest generation IvyBridge processors and the of late selling of the Company. Almost a half of the sold notebooks were 13-inch MacBook Pro. According to Kuo’s foresight, the new notebooks will be a combination between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

Kuo also predicted the faith of other Apple products. He set forth that Apple will give up the polycarbonate MacBook White and he analyzed few days ago how the new iPhone could get 15% thinner. It didn’t take long until the white MacBook was completely discontinued.

It seems that Apple needs to make a lot of room for a new notebook if it decided to drop out the 17-inch MacBook Pro, thus, we should get ready to say hello to other years of hard work and innovation.

Source: MacRumors

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Tips for increasing your Mac laptop Battery Life

Mac Books, Mac Books Pro and Mac Book Air have an incredible battery life when it comes to battery performance but we provided a few tips and tricks for increasing it as long as possible. The following steps are suggestions especially for those that travel a lot and need their battery to hold as long as possible on their portable Macs.  Average Mac users should have in mind the easiest and useful tip, namely reducing the screen brightness.

  • As argued before, reducing the screen brightness is the first step that needs to be taken into consideration for saving battery life. 50% or less would do just fine for your gadget and it could be adjusted from the keyboards, for example F1 and F2, allowing the user to control the lowest value of brightness that he can accept.
  • Reducing or even Disabling the Keyboard Illumination comes to the rescue. For those that possess backlit keyboards, reducing the illumination would also help the user save battery and the procedures for doing so are quite easy: System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Illuminate Keyboard in a low light conditions
  • Disable Bluetooth- If you are not on the lookout for Bluetooth devices, it’s preferable of turning it off. Merely open System Preferences-> Bluetooth-> ON
  • Disable Wi-Fi- We recommend it to those that don’t require an internet connection all day long  because those that cope with networking round the clock would find it a little to annoying for turning it on and off dozens of time.
  • Remove Disks from the DVD Drive- Drive spinning also reduces the battery life, so it’s advised to eject any disks, especially for MacBook and MacBook Pro users with a Super Drive.
  • Quit Unused Applications, Browser Windows and Tabs- Running apps use both RAM and CPU cycle, that meaning battery drain so try to use as little Virtual Memory as possible. It’s the same thing for videos and complex scripts; even though the web pages are inactive there is still usage of system resources.
  • Less usage of iSight Camera-  FaceTime and iSight come in handy when keeping in touch with dear ones but it surely drains battery.
  • Turn ON “Click to plugin” in Web Browsers- Meaning that the user loads plugins by clicking them because Flash and HTML movies require massive CPU cycles that surely reduce the battery.

iPad users could also increase their battery life with Tips & Tricks for iPad.

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Apple to choose for the new MacBook Air an AMD Llano Fusion processor instead of Intel

Apple took into account putting AMD’s Processor in his 2011 MacBook Air. Advanced Micro Devices suggested the new Llano Fusion processor, which integrates a CPU and a GPU on the same slice of silicone and can boost more power into the slim notebook.

The idea sounded promising and impressed Apple, but AMD was unable to deliver the processor in time so Apple decided to stick to Intel’s ‘Ivy Bridge’ that also includes GPU capabilities. Forbes brings into notice after interviewing former AMD employees what caused the delay of the processor distribution:

“AMD’s engineers were trying to do too much, too quickly, however, shifting to a new manufacturing process at Global Foundries for a processor with a radical new design.”

“AMD couldn’t even get early working samples of Llano to Apple on time, one former employee says.”

After the ‘Llano’ failure, AMD played its cards once again and suggested the ‘Brazos’ processor for the new version of Apple TV box, but the company considered it not powerful enough to measure the performance needs of the TV set.

Apple was each time dealing with processors issues and the decisions were not always easy to take. Rumors about what the new generation of iPad integrates in its manufacturing already exists but only in March we will know for sure what processor Apple choose for its iPad 3.

Source: MacRumors via Forbes

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Apple pressures Pegatron to cease production of Asus Zenbook

I will just present the facts and let you do the comments and debates on the subject. I guess you are familiar anyway with the latest lawsuits concerning Apple’s patents and copyright policies.

The latest “victim” of these battles is Pegatron manufacturer which has been told by Apple to stop the production of Asus Zenbook laptops because of the design similarity with Apple’s MacBook Air. If Pegatron refuses to take in consideration this demand, they lose orders from Apple, which means a lot to the company that not only assembles iPhones, but is also believed to be producing the next generation of iPad.

According to Commercial Times:

Apple reportedly was unhappy about Pegatron’s production of Asustek’s Zenbook models, which are similar to its MacBook Air, especially in its outer design, and therefore, demand Pegatron make a choice, claimed the paper, which added that Pegatron began to assemble iPhones for Apple in 2011 and is eager to solicit orders for next-generation iPads from the vendor.

It seems that Pegatron will pull back from producing ZenBook by next month, and Asus will probably switch over to Wistron or Compal manufacturers. Do you think Apple’s approach regarding this matter is correct?

Source: macrumors

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Say goodbye to 13-inch MacBook White

MacBook, “the notebook for everyone”, was brought into notice in flourishing times, namely in 2006 when the Intel processors began to replace the PowerPC. Until 2010, when MacBook Air was released, MacBook was Apple’s precious notebook.

Since its release on the market the MacBook suffered some design changes the most relevant being in 2009 when the notebook received a unibody polycarbonate enclosure. Last year Apple drew the MacBook off the retail market, but it remained available for educational institution’s needs. According to MacRumors, Apple decided few days ago to stop every MacBook White selling; the notebook is now classified as “End of Life.”

Apple uses progress and innovation to build success and the 13-inch MacBook White can no longer be improved since devices as MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPad were released. The iPad and the iBook Textbooks are used more and more in educational development so neither in schools the good old MacBook could find no more a useful place.

Source: MacRumors

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Breathe no more because MacBook Air is here!

Starting at just $ 999, this gadget comes with the latest Intel Core Processors, namely Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, allowing one to move twice as fast through applications than before. It even allows working with multiple software and still have great speed when doing so.

At first glance, the laptop looks that slim that you fear it would break. Rest assured that it’s quite well built; we’re talking about Apple here in case you forgot. It even comes with an interesting keyboard, a backlit one that allows you to type quite easily even in the middle of the night.

The Multi-Touch trackpad also makes the difference, its smooth surface is bigger than average laptops and performs clicking, double-clicking, zooming, two-finger scroll, swiping to navigate and a slight push on the trackpad for having a look at all softwares that are running.

As all of you have already guessed  it could’t have come without high-resolution display, FaceTime camera, stereo speakers and battery that is programed to last a lot.