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Thunderbolt 3 Docks that can charge your MacBook Pro 2016/2017

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Desktops & Laptops, Opinion & Ideas | 0 comments

 I made some research which took quite some time, so I thought on sharing it in this post so you can also benefit of the information.

I was looking for a Thunderbolt 3 Dock which would allow me to connect my external ultra wide screen, keyboard, mouse, Ethernet network and some other things to the dock and then with the plug of one single Thunderbolt 3 cable from the dock to a 2017 MacBook Pro 15″ which I ordered. I would like to be able to connect all the things AND charge the notebook at the same time without the need to plug the power adapter of the Mac.
 
You have to be careful because not all docks charge a MacBook Pro 15″ (they dont have enough power).
The only models that would do so until today (July 19th 2017) are:
 
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Rewfeed another Internet scam, how it works

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Guides & Help, Security | 2 comments

You might start seeing a lot of social media posts about #Rewfeed (can go as “RevFeed” too) and how incredible this website will give you USD 250 for free to start investing on their own “Social Media Investment platform”. The main selling point is not only that they will give you the 250 to start for free but that you will pay it back once you reach your first USD 10.000 :). They claim that they invented a “social media analyzer” that lets them predict which companies stock´s will go up or down based on people´s perception.

Sounds sweet right? Actually too sweet to be true. Check the analysis of the scam below:

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PhotoSync App will end your mobile photo Syncing nightmares

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Desktops & Laptops | Comments Off on PhotoSync App will end your mobile photo Syncing nightmares

Syncing pictures from your mobile devices (phones & tablets) should be something really easy and straightforward.

If you have an iPhone, syncing the pictures with a Mac seems to be pretty straight forward, unless you have thousands of images, then things get to be a bit complicated (sometimes).

I switched to a Windows 10 laptop (maybe temporarily) some time back, I tried to import all my iPhone pictures using the Windows Photos App, but somehow its lack of flexibility and not properly deleting the pictures that were already imported on my iPhone made things more complicated. The fact that you cant be sure if the pictures where actually synced to delete them at least manually, freaked me out.

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Global “Google Docs” phishing attack info and how to fix it

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on Global “Google Docs” phishing attack info and how to fix it

Many persons from different parts of the world started to receive a phishing email today with a link to a “Google Doc” that may appear to be sent by someone you know.

The email looks like this:

Logically, you should NOT click on the “Open in Docs” link, but if you did, you would have probably given full access to your email and contacts to the attacker.

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The nightmare of converting a Webex ARF recording to MP4

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Reviews, Cloud & Online Services | 1 comment

Some days back we had a Webex session with a provider at work, we asked them to record the session so they can then send us the MP4 file for easy distribution of the demo across our company. “Yes, sure” – they said.

Unfortunately that “Yes, sure” transformed again into a nightmare and a waste of time. Who to blame? Cisco Webex.

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How to configure your Amazon Echo or Dot (even outside the US)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on How to configure your Amazon Echo or Dot (even outside the US)

On this Christmas you might receive an Amazon Echo or Dot as a present (lucky you!) 🙂  If this is the case and you happen to live outside the US, then you might scratch your head a bit to understand how to set it up, as the mobile “Amazon Alexa” app is not available on most App stores outside the US.

The Amazon Echo and Dot devices can work independently from each other and there is no need to have either of them first to be able to have the other. The main differences between them are:

Amazon Echo: Has a bigger speaker (thats why the size), but it lacks the possibility to get connected to another speaker through the 3.5mm jack.

Amazon Dot (2nd Gen): Its smaller, has a smaller speaker (the first gen didn’t have a speaker of its own), and has the possibility to connect to another speaker over the 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth.

Tip: While the Dot has volume controls on top as buttons, on the Echo you can control the volume by rotating the top part of the device, like a big dial. Of course both support the control of volume by saying “Alexa, volume 1 to 10”.

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Meet Apple, the old Microsoft

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Reviews, Desktops & Laptops, Apple, Opinion & Ideas, Strategy | Comments Off on Meet Apple, the old Microsoft

So, the Apple October 27th event is now in the recent past and a lot of us were really waiting to have the first look at our potential next laptop.
The event was focused mainly on the Touch Bar a new touch screen above the keyboard of the new MacBook Pro line that occupies the spot where once the old function keys (F1, F2, etc.) slept for so many years.  The touch bar implementation is genius, it really looks great and Apple taking most of the time of the event just on this feature, showed us how proud they felt about it or that this was all the innovation we were going to see on the event. They also added the long waited Touch ID sensor to the MacBook, which for me should have already been there at least a generation back.

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File Sync services, quick speed comparison

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in Reviews, Cloud & Online Services | Comments Off on File Sync services, quick speed comparison

Today, I wanted to check the sync speed of the main online file storage providers.

I synced the same file of around 800 MB on each platform (one at a time) with their respective Windows Syncronization application with no other specific internet traffic. I then captured the print screen of the Windows 10 Task Manager to see how much network traffic each of the Syncing applications was generating. Below you can see print screens with the results, you will also see how much RAM each Sync app was consuming. 

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The failed search for my MacBook Pro replacement

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Desktops & Laptops, Apple | Comments Off on The failed search for my MacBook Pro replacement

Some time back, I decided to sell my Retina MacBook Pro 15″ (late 2013) for reasons I explained on this post, so I started a crusade to find the best possible Windows laptop I could buy as a replacement, but it had to meet my requirements:

  • Under 2 Kg of weight.
  • Ideally with a dedicated graphics card in case I wanted to do graphic intensive stuff or some eventual gaming.
  • A lot of RAM and Processor power so I could run multiple tabs, apps and virtual machines.
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Surface Pro 4 – Real field experience

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Reviews, Desktops & Laptops, Mobile & Tablets | Comments Off on Surface Pro 4 – Real field experience

Let’s start by a quick introduction. I’m a geek; I’ve been using devices in mobility for a while. Since using a handheld I was dreaming that one day, I would be able to have only one device next to my phone for all my uses. Until recently, the number of devices in my bag only grew. Until one day in April this year, when the Surface Pro 4 made the dream coming to life…

Surface Pro 4 at desk

My Surface Pro 4 home desktop setup

Back in 2003 I used for less than few days a Slate Windows Tablet PC based on Windows XP. I liked the stylus idea, but the experience was not so great, especially because most applications where not yet designed for this. Since then, the tablet situation has changed a lot. With Vista and then 7, tablet pcs evolved, and while the stylus was getting better, the rest of the hardware was still far from perfect: heavy, low battery life (expect 2 hours and a half at best). Then came the iPad, which changed a lot the state of the art for the slates: good battery life, light, but with a mobile OS and its limitations and no stylus. Then came Surface, and Surface Pro. I will focus this piece on Surface Pro 4, which replaced my previous 2 years and a half old Surface Pro 2 one month and a half ago.

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Dell recalls TB15 thunderbolt docking station

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Desktops & Laptops | 3 comments

I have ordered a Dell XPS 15 9550 notebook some weeks back, together with it I have also purchased a TB15 dock to plug my Ethernet cable, external screen, mouse and keyboard.

For some reason although Dell sold me and charged for the dock and was supposed to ship it together with my notebook, the Dock was never shipped. When I contacted my sales contact in Germany she told me I will get a refund because the dock has been recalled.

I have also pinged @DellCares over twitter and they have confirmed the same.

Update with further comments from @DellCares:

The Dell TB15 is a USB Type-C connector Thunderbolt Dock which apparently has been having several issues according to this Reddit.

It is not completely clear at this stage if the recall is related only to the “unsold” items in stock or also to the ones the customers already purchased. The recall page at Dell  doesn’t mention the TB15 recall, but also seems to have been updated in 2006 the last time :(.

Know anything else about this topic? Please comment below.

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4 VPN and DNS Providers through you can still watch Netflix from outside USA

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Reviews | 3 comments

As you may have heard, Netflix started to block the usage of VPN and Proxy servers to be able to watch the USA Netflix (which has more content) from another country.

Unfortunately there are still a lot of licensing issues for Netflix to allow them to have the same content at a global scale. They are aware of the problem and they are working on a solution, but this will take years.

I have been testing different VPN & DNS Services that would allow you to not only protect your privacy by using a VPN to connect to the Internet, but would also work for watching USA Netflix wherever you are.

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Baby Powder Test: ThinCharge battery case vs Apple silicone case

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Mobile & Tablets | Comments Off on Baby Powder Test: ThinCharge battery case vs Apple silicone case

Some time back I supported the Indiegogo project of ThinCase, a product which looked very promising, claiming to deliver a battery case for your iPhone in a very small form factor. I supported the project because I really wanted to see something like this.

Some weeks back, I received the case and started using it for a while to test how it would work. To be honest although the quality was not great, it was ok. Until one day I noticed that the screen seemed to be exposed to scratches if I would lay down my phone on a flat surface (something we all do at some point).

Just to be sure, I checked how the guys at ChargeTech were promoting the case. They are offering a “raised protective lip” as they called it, but this is not working as it should at all.

To demonstrate this, I have made a test between the ThinCharge case and the Apple Silicone Case, check the video bellow:

I contacted them to check if the product was defected, they answered that the product “is designed like that”. To be honest, their support level was not very good as I had to contact them again because they didn’t reply to my first email (to a Gmail account by the way).

What a pity that such a promising product failed on something so basic as protecting the screen.

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My first 2 not so happy years with a Retina MacBook Pro

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Desktops & Laptops, Apple, Opinion & Ideas | Comments Off on My first 2 not so happy years with a Retina MacBook Pro

I consider myself a relatively new Apple Mac OS X user. I am a technology freak, I love everything around it and I am the point of reference of most of my family and friends when it comes to computers and tech stuff. I write about technology, love to do research and work in IT Service Management in a big company.

At work, I use a Windows 7 computer and at home I use a Retina MacBook Pro Late 2013 15″ notebook. I had to have the experience that everybody was talking about: “Mac is great”, “I love my Mac”, “Everything is so stable”. So when I decided to buy it, I went for the best model available. The extra graphics card, the 16 GB of RAM, the 512 SSD, everything, spending a wooping almost USD 3.000. It was a lot of money and it still is.
Since then, I am trying to feel happy with my investment and with the new experience of “The Mac” and to be honest I still can’t find any joy besides looking at the thing.

I guess working at the office with a Windows computer and arriving home trying to use the Mac, doesn’t help either. I did install BootCamp and Parallels with a virtual machine running Windows, but I forced myself to use OS X since around November 2013 until today (March 2016) for most of the things I do.

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Yout: The easiest way to download a YouTube audio or video, yet.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Websites & Fun | Comments Off on Yout: The easiest way to download a YouTube audio or video, yet.

We found out this cool website: Yout.com that offers you the possibility to download a YouTube audio or video to your computer in very simple steps. To be honest, it cannot get any easier than this. Check the animated GIF below as they explain it on their own website.

Although you can paste the whole URL directly on the Yout.com page, I think the easiest is to do it directly form the YouTube page, just trimp the domain YouTube.com… to YouT.com and press enter (leave the rest of the original YouTube URL) and you will see the buttons to download in MP3 or MP4 format.

How you can use the MP3’s or MP4’s you download probably is ruled by the rights each media has so you might want to check on the YouTube description area of the file you download.

Enjoy!

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Ever wondered how progress bars work?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Fun | Comments Off on Ever wondered how progress bars work?

Today, I came across a nice explanation of how might progress bars work 🙂

What do you think?

ProgressBar

Source: Tumblr.

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How to see your iPhone or iPad screen on your Mac for free

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on How to see your iPhone or iPad screen on your Mac for free

Sometimes we wish we could visualize the screen of our iPhone or iPad on our Mac without using a third party tool like Reflector from Squirrels for example. You could want this because you need to build up a tutorial or explain something by showing the actual actions on the device and maybe post it on YouTube. Till now, maybe you have been capturing print screens of the device and then downloading somehow the images you have captures to build a manual, but who doesn’t like video? Its really nice to be able to show the exact actions to do something 🙂

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Microsoft just #NailedIT with their new Surface lineup

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Desktops & Laptops, Mobile & Tablets, New Tech, Opinion & Ideas | Comments Off on Microsoft just #NailedIT with their new Surface lineup

Back in December I was writing a post about how 2015. if done properly, could be the year of the return of Microsoft. With yesterday’s Microsoft hardware event and the success of Windows 10 being installed in more than 110 million computers in less than 3 months of being released, we can confirm it certainly is.

The Redmond giant was able to turn around a negative number of the Surface family with the just wrong Windows RT approach, into good profit by changing the strategy a few generations back. The new Surface lineup with Windows 10 as the driving operating system for all their end user devices, this can only get better.

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Kiwi for Gmail review, still too green

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Kiwi for Gmail review, still too green

I backed Kiwi for Gmail which was originally called Gmail for Mac on Kickstarter, they asked for USD 20.000 and they got more than double of that USD 42.202, so people is really interested on finding a solution to better manage their Gmail accounts.

With a great opportunity in hands, the team of Zive composed by Eric Shashoua and Ryan Shetley, were supposed to make a clear statement with their product, unfortunately this didn’t happen, yet.

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SKROSS World Adapter MUV USB, only for people with hearing problems

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Desktops & Laptops | Comments Off on SKROSS World Adapter MUV USB, only for people with hearing problems

I purchased this SKROSS World Adapter MUV USB that allows you to charge 2 USB devices and connect something else like your laptop at the same time.  Honestly, I thought I was purchasing something of premium quality. Unfortunately I didn’t, the noise this things makes just by plugging it to the wall it’s incredibly annoying.

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