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

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 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

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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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