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The New MacBook Giveaway

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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 ūüôā

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

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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

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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

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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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Goodbye BitCasa

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I wrote reviews about Bitcasa in the past, and they were in general positive. The company was missing things, but they were slowly moving forward.

Around a year ago, they decided not to sell anymore unlimited storage accounts. They were having problems with their business and paying for a lot of storage. This was sad, but this decision was not affecting existing customers. 

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10 things the Google Apps suite is missing

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Since some weeks, I decided to start writing down the things that the Google Apps suite (including Gmail) is missing. Here are the top 10 items that compile this list. What do you think? Am I missing anything? Please leave your comment below.

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2015, the return of Microsoft?

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I still remember that day in 1995 where Windows 95 was launched. I was 15 years old, and I already started my passion for technology. The day of the launch in Argentina, I went to the biggest computer store at that time, and purchased the 17 Floppy disks version of the Microsoft Operating System, I wont forget the feeling waiting for the eternal bus to get me home to start the installation.

Those were the days were Microsoft and Bill Gates were news every week. Not only because of Bill’s amazing fortune, but because Microsoft was getting bigger and bigger delivering new versions of the software that was present in almost every computer of the world. Those were the times where they even saved Apple from going bankrupt in 1997.

As a consumer and tech fan, the enthusiasm I felt for Microsoft on those times, was something I never felt for¬†any of its company products again. In my own opinion, Microsoft has been failing over and over again during Steve Ballmer’s “reign” by successfully promoting their customers to look aside and some of them started to migrate to a now stronger Apple.

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MacBook Pro and Yosemite wifi problems

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Hi all, I am having problems on my own Retina MacBook Pro 15″ ¬†and also on my wife’s which is a 13″. For some reason sometimes the wifi speed is good, and sometimes is really bad.

Here you can see a complete test I shooted today with my iPhone 5S camera, please share your comments in case you have the same issues or if you know what the problem could be. Thanks!

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FIX: Google Apps “A server error occurred and we were unable to save your last change”

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Today I was working on a Google Spreadsheet with my Google Apps for work account from work, I was adding multiple images to it. Suddenly an error appeared:

“There was a problem, a server error¬†occurred¬†and we were unable to save your last change. We are restoring your spreadsheet to its previous state.”

The spreadsheet was not getting the latest changes saved and entered into an endless loop of the same error popping up over and over again.

I tried several things I came up with, plus some other suggestions I found online. These are the things I tried and didn’t solve the issue:

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One Plus One invitation giveaway

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In just 2 days I am going to giveaway an invitation to purchase a One Plus One mobile, to enter the draw you just need to:

1) Enter and share any post you like over Twitter by using the Twitter share button at the bottom of the post.

2) In 2 days we will select a random winner and contact him over Twitter to send him the invitation, if there is no reply within 1 hour, we will select another person.

Spread the word to get more chances over Twitter by using the hashtag: #ITCentralPoint

This simple!

UPDATE: The Winner of the OnePlusOne invitation has been @Humberto_LiSa, congrats!

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iPhone 6 bendgate compared to a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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It seems this time Apple is in real trouble, as you may have heard, several buyers of the iPhone 6 Plus have complained about having issues with their phones while wearing them on their front trousers pockets or while sitting on them when carrying them on their back pockets. The problem is that after exposing these phones to some normal¬†wearing pressure, they start to bend, and the #BendGate was born. I can understand if it bends if you sit on it, but not if you use it on your front pocket…

Yes, the company that you thought would never have a problem like this, because of their design and fabrication “High standards” is actually having a problem that will definitely have a negative effect on their image.

I personally would have never thought that Apple would have an issue like this…clearly, they could have done better and maybe focus on testing their phones properly instead of being focused on the secrecy part.

I don’t understand how companies of this size, with thousands of people working on the project and millions of dollars invested in R&D have this type of problems. You have to remember, the iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB costs almost USD 1000, so I think you should expect¬†top quality for this price. Its going to be interesting to see if their stock value will be affected by this. Apple didn’t comment on the matter till the moment I’ve published this post.

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Apple: One More Thing…about your streaming

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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

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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

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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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Review: Henge Docks Retina MacBookPro dock

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Today I received the long awaited Retina MacBook Pro 15″ dock from Henge Docks, I must say I am surprised with the quality of the materials they used on the¬†construction.

It looks sturdy and the finish of the aluminum makes it looks as an extension of the laptop itself. Although I created my own USD 2 DIY dock some time ago and I’ve been using this since I purchased my first late October 2013 rMBP, I was waiting for this particular dock¬†because I don’t have to plug or unplug any cables at all to use it.

As you can see, the dock incorporates all the connectors for this MacBook Pro model, and all the cables to connect your stuff go down as you can see on the second picture.

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Easily convert .webloc files to .url in OSX

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Its been several months since I moved from the Windows world to the MAC world (at least at home). But until today, one of the things that annoyed me a lot was the fact that everytime I dragged and dropped a website URL to my desktop to access it later, a .WEBLOC files was created. These files are compatible with Safari Mac Browser, but Windows doesnt know what to do with them. I needed a solution to be able to open the shortcuts of pages I create with both Windows and Mac computers.

So after searching online I found this post on Apple Forums, where a good samaritan called MarkDouma created a free little application called Webloc Finagler for OSX to just drag and drop the Webloc files and the app will convert them to  .URL files. The created files will be pointing to the same website and fully compatible with both OSX and Windows :).

You can download the little App for free from this direct link.

One more time, Apple decided to go out from a widely used standard and create their own. If Apple really wants more people on board, they have to makes easier for Windows users to feel tempted on migrating. I am in favor of creating new standards if they actually are better, but you cant ignore what already exists, it must be backwards compatible too.

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How to fix Snagit to correctly paste images in GMail

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Sometimes you want to paste a captured image with Snagit into a Gmail new mail and you just see an empty box instead of the image. The problem is the depth of the image captured by Snagit, and here is how to fix it.

For existing images you already captured you can do the following

In Snagit Editor (while watching the image you captured and can’t paste in Google Mail), go to the tab “Image” and then go to “Color Effects” then choose “Color Depth” and then change the drop down menu to “True Color 24 bit”. ¬†Now you should be able to paste the images without any trouble in Gmail.

If you want to make this change permanent for all the images you capture

Go to the capture profile settings, choose the little arrow beside “effects” and then go to “Color depth” and choose “Custom color depth“, set it as “True Color 24 Bits” and to end click Ok.

From now onward, every image you paste in Google Mail will work.


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How to make a full backup of your Google stuff

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Ever wondered how to download in easy steps all your stuff at Google?

Easy! Just point your browser to and select exactly what you would like to download.

Start by clicking on “Create an archive” ¬†and then choose exactly on the items you would like to have an archive file created.

When the file is created, Google will let you know so you can download it to your computer or you can enter again the address mentioned before to see your already created archives.

Works like a charm! and you have everything backed up on your own computer ūüôā

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Solar freaking roadways!

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I¬īve supported a project in Indiegogo which objective was to get 1 million dollars, it already passed 2 million.

This is because the idea (which has already been tested in practice) its to convert all roads into solar roads by installing panels on top or as the replacement of the asphalt.

The idea is amazing, and although it sounds like science fiction it would be great if the whole world focuses on this technology. Their estimations for USA is that if all the roads would be replaced with solar roadways, they could generate 3 times more the energy the country needs to work.

Imagine clean energy and free for everybody. How far the lobbyists will allow this to move forward? We will never know, but definitely its something all governments in the world should keep an eye at.

Check this catchy video below:

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Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam on Mac OS X

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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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