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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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The failed search for my MacBook Pro replacement

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Desktops & Laptops, Apple | 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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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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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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The New MacBook Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Desktops & Laptops, Apple | 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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Apple: One More Thing…about your streaming

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Apple | Comments Off on Apple: One More Thing…about your streaming

When Apple announces something, all of us who love technology really take it seriously and we are very anxious about the announcements, about how a company like Apple will shake the market with some innovative product, or how we will start drooling about getting that marvelous product they are about to make public.

Since the death of Steve Jobs a lot of people think or thought that Tim Cook was not good enough for the role, and that Apple would not be able to innovate anymore. I think they are wrong, I think that although they are different persons, Apple has an amazing team of people that will continue to make great products to enrich people’s lives (as Tim Cook would say it).

But when a company like Apple (the company with the highest value in the world), decides to live stream an event like the one of the last 9th of September 2014, they need to make sure they have their things in order to be able to fulfill the millions of requests they know they will get on such a date.

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Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay – Sum up

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Apple | Comments Off on Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay – Sum up

I wanted to wait some days before actually writing something about what Apple has announced, I think letting some water flow under the bridge before writing brings a little bit of more objectivity, and I hope thats the case of this post.

As you may have heard, Apple announced several things on their September 9th 2014 event in California:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Two new versions of the iPhones, one with a 4,7″ screen and another with a 5.5″screen called “Plus”. Both models bring the new A8 processor, more screen resolution, improved camera and they come in 16, 64 and 128 GB. Yes they don’t offer anymore the 32GB version which was an odd choice, I would have expected them not to offer the 16GB model, but thats the way it is. Both models finally offer NFC that (for now) will only work with Apple Pay, something I will talk about below.
The main difference between the two models (besides the obvious bigger screen) is that the Plus version offers optical image stabilization for the camera, something that will improve your shots when your hand shakes a bit!.

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How to always carry an Apple Lightning plug with you

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Reviews, Apple, Mobile & Tablets | Comments Off on How to always carry an Apple Lightning plug with you

Since Apple introduced the lightning connector on their devices, it has been a very nice experience. You dont have to figure out on which side the connector should be plugged because it would work either way (contrary to the micro usb plug).

Unfortunately, not everything that shines is gold, and I found myself in several situations where I would love to have a lightning adapter with me.

You probably feel identified with this situation: You are on a place where several people around you only have micro usb chargers so you can’t charge your iPhone :(. Lets face it, its really uncomfortable to carry a 1m cable on your pocket, and even so, remembering to always take it with you is another hassle.

In Europe, the micro USB connector has been set as a standard for mobile devices, so Apple is obliged to at least sell an adapter that would allow you to use any micro USB cable with their lightning devices. I wanted to test this, and today I received the Apple adaptor I purchased online.

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Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam on Mac OS X

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Reviews, Apple, Guides & Help, Soft | Comments Off on Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam on Mac OS X

I was struggling with my Microsoft Lifecam Studio webcam because it was not working properly.

I have a Retina MacBook Pro 15″  (late 2013) and I test the camera with the PhotoBooth app on Mavericks. All I was able to see was a super burned white-colored image.

After researching online for solutions I came across this program on the App store that costs USD 8. I must say, it was worth it, because from the moment I installed it, the problem was solved. Now I am able to use my camera without any troubles.

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Dell U2713HM full resolution problems on OSX Mavericks

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Apple, Guides & Help | Comments Off on Dell U2713HM full resolution problems on OSX Mavericks

Yesterday I purchased a Dell U2713HM a 27″ display that gives me up to 2560×1440 resolution.

I connected it with an HDMI cable to my Retina MacBook Pro 15″ (late 2013). At first it didn’t work as expected, and I was getting “only” full HD resolution, I knew this was a possibility because I was not using the correct cable. You need a Mini Displayport to Displayport to get the full possible resolution, I purchased the cable but didn’t arrive yet.

Today the cable arrived so I plugged the new screen to my Mac, and surprise! It didn’t work either. 🙁
I was getting a strange resolution, and then I was able to get full HD again, the most, but not the full juice.

I started reading online and found a lot of suggestions, unplug, restart, reset SMC and more. I realized my laptop was almost new, and I could call Apple support. So I did, but unfortunately Daniel, the support representative was as lost as me. While he put me on hold (he was asking somebody else), I found the solution online.

It seems the EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) in Mavericks was not right for my new monitor (I also read this solves the problem for other Dell Models U2711 & U2713H). Fortunately, from this link (I also made a mirror here just in case) I could download a ZIP file  which contains the correct EDID for these Dell monitors.

I just download the file, and uncompress it. Then copy the folder to the following path: /System/Library/Displays/Overrides. Then restarted and the display will work as it should have the first time, full 2560×1440 no problems!

Note: In my case, I got a bad start first, and then the computer started correctly so everything was ok. I’ve noticed it took a couple more seconds than what a normal reboot would take.

Just when OS X was restarting, Daniel (the Apple supporter) came back to me. I explained him what I just did and he was surprised of the solution. I gave him the information and he told me that he will report it so the engineering team can prepare an update for Mavericks.

For the time being, you have the tip here, hope this can solve your problem the same way it did for me. Now, I am enjoying full resolution on my 27″Dell screen :).

This is the model of my Mac, just in case somebody es interested

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