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The failed search for my MacBook Pro replacement

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Apple, Desktops & Laptops | 1 comment

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 Desktops & Laptops, Mobile & Tablets, Reviews | 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 Apple, Desktops & Laptops, 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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This easy you can be tricked to give access to your Google account

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Guides & Help | Comments Off on This easy you can be tricked to give access to your Google account

With more and more people using Google services, it’s important to bring awareness of social engineering attacks.

Please watch the video below shared by Symantec that explains the attack type and how easy someone can trick you into giving them access to your Google account.

One of the main suggestions is to enable 2 Step verification to secure all your accounts, not only Google ones, but everything else too.

Make sure to send the link to the video to as much people as you know so that they don’t fall into these scams.

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Tesla: Lets use the sun to power everything with Powerball

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in New Tech | Comments Off on Tesla: Lets use the sun to power everything with Powerball

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The iPhone 6 headphone jack problem nobody talks about

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in Apple, Guides & Help | Comments Off on The iPhone 6 headphone jack problem nobody talks about

I really enjoy the iPhone, the first I got was the 4S and it was superior than any other smartphone at that time. Then I got the 5S which was really nice although I could benefit of a bigger screen. Today I have the iPhone 6 with exactly the screen I wanted.

My personal opinion on the iPhone 6, is that it looks great and in general it works pretty well too, with the recent release of iOS 8.3 Apple have seemed to address several stability problems, but there is one issue that nobody talks about, and I honestly don’t know why.

With my iPhone 5S I was using different type of headphones, some are very cheap, some where not so cheap. Because I tend to loose headphones often, I usually have several pairs around different parts of the house or jackets/backpack.

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Mailme.email – Let your email address speak for you

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Services, Websites & Fun | Comments Off on Mailme.email – Let your email address speak for you

I am happy to announce that we have launched MailMe.email, a service where you will be able to acquire an additional attractive email address to the one you currently have.

MailMe.email - Let your email address speak for you

Many people have problems trying to get an email address that better describe who they are or what they do, and with MailMe, we are fixing this. If you are a Chef for example, you can get an email address [email protected], or if you are an actor, you could have [email protected]  Like this, we have more than 100 different options, including professions, surnames and more.

The advantages of having a clean and original email address that works together with your current email account are multiple:

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The New MacBook Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Apple, Desktops & Laptops | Comments Off on The New MacBook Giveaway

The people from Cult of Mac are organizing a giveaway of one of the new MacBook laptops recently announced by Apple.

To participate you just need to do a series of tweets and social network followups, you can even choose the color if you get to be the winner 🙂

Not bad if you have the opportunity to win one of these beautiful laptops uh?

You can participate by clicking here.

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Review: Devolo dLAN 1200+, fast reliable powerline adapters

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Review: Devolo dLAN 1200+, fast reliable powerline adapters

I discovered the Devolo Powerline adapters (made in Germany) some years ago. They basically allow you to expand your data network on your house or office with almost nothing but plugging the devices to wall electrical outlets.

How it works is very simple, you plug a Powerline to a wall power outlet and connect your ethernet cable to the computer you would like to connect. Then connect another Powerline near the switch or router of your house and plug an ethernet cable from the the router to this second adapter. The devices will connect to each other using your building powerline cables and will establish a network connection. This technology is called: Power Line Communication or PLC, you can read more about it here.

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Ever wanted to expand your MacBook storage? Now you can

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in New Tech | Comments Off on Ever wanted to expand your MacBook storage? Now you can

I love how sharp the TarDisk fits on the SD card slot of a Mac

TarDisk its Kickstarter project that offers a simple and secure way to double or triple the storage of your Macbook, by using your SD slot (depending on how much you currently have).

Because a lot of people actually don’t use that often the SD card slot, the guys at TarDisk came up with this great idea of taking advantage of it. You can have up to 256 GB of storage (for now) on a little SD card to expand your Mac’s storage capacity, in a very simple way and on the fly!

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The mystery of the dress all the internet is talking about – Resolved

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Fun | Comments Off on The mystery of the dress all the internet is talking about – Resolved

Today I received over WhatsApp an image from a friend asking which colors I saw on a picture of a dress. To be honest this took a very long discussion between a lot of friends and family about the colors each people saw on that dress.

I clearly saw the dress blue and black, while my wife and many other people saw the same dress White and Gold.

The idea that somebody beside me, watching the same image that I was looking was telling something “completely opposite” sounded unbelievable. With my wife we started laughing like hell, because we got nervous, not understanding how something we were both watching was perceived completely different.

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