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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Apple Updates MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:01 PM

"Apple has released a software update for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models introduced in June 2012."

You can find out more about this release here at Apple.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New MacBook Air Freezing Up? Try This...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:45 AM

"We've discussed some pretty flattering attributes of the new MacBook Air lately, but here's one that's less than pleasant: a sizable amount of users are reporting the machine will completely freeze up seemingly out of nowhere, requiring a hard reset."

The culprit might be the Chrome browser, as that has been running when the freezing occurs. So the solution, if you want to keep running Chrome, appears to be to load the latest Chrome Canary build, which you can find here. Hopefully an update from Google will be coming soon.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Frakes Goes Over the MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"Believe it or not, it's been nearly four and a half years since Apple released the original MacBook Air. At the time, it was revolutionary in terms of its size and weight, but it also was slow, had little storage, had only a single USB port for expansion, and was very expensive-it started at $1799, and if you wanted solid-state storage, the price increased dramatically (by $999!)."

I had one of those early versions, and it was certainly slow. But oh how amazingly thin it was for it's time. In this article, Dan Frakes giving a thorough run through of the MacBook Air, which is well worth the read.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

SurfacePad for MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 01:00 AM

"Have you ever strained or even injured your wrists from excessive use of your laptop? You're not alone, as this is a common problem among those who use notebook computers for extended periods without breaks. Luckily, there is now a great solution to this problem for those with a MacBook Air, and it is called SurfacePad."

I haven't ever strained or injured myself, but I suppose if you have you might want to get these pads, that provide some cushioning on the aluminum area surrounding the touchpad. You can get them in black or red from the Twelve South website for $29.95 USD. It appears it is also available for the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Find Your Files Using Found From the Mac App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Even though we have this really cool internet technology thing called the "cloud" that stores all of our pictures, music, documents, videos, and anything else we want to throw at it, searching for stuff inside the cloud still sucks."

Not so much anymore now that Found has made it's way to the Mac App Store. The free app can search across multiple services to find your files. And if you head to the Cult of Mac site, you can enter a contest to win one of three Macbook Airs donated by Found. Even if you don't win the laptop, having this handy app makes you feel like a winner. Well, ok that might be going too far but it sure does simplify your searches!

Find Your Files Using Found From the Mac App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Even though we have this really cool internet technology thing called the "cloud" that stores all of our pictures, music, documents, videos, and anything else we want to throw at it, searching for stuff inside the cloud still sucks."

Not so much anymore now that Found has made it's way to the Mac App Store. The free app can search across multiple services to find your files. And if you head to the Cult of Mac site, you can enter a contest to win one of three Macbook Airs donated by Found. Even if you don't win the laptop, having this handy app makes you feel like a winner. Well, ok that might be going too far but it sure does simplify your searches!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

iBackFlip Review

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"Back at Macworld | iWorld 2012, TUAW editor-in-chief Victor Agreda had a chance to talk with the creator of the iBackFlip Somersault (US$89.95). Now that this iPad bag has been in the wild for a time and has gone through a few design revisions, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to review the Somersault."

What piqued my interest was the fact that you could fit 11 inch Macbook Air as well as an iPad inside this bag as I'm constantly on the lookout for the perfect bag. As of today, however, I am still in search mode. This one doesn't have quite enough storage for my tastes, and I don't need a bag that I can wear and keep functionality of my iPad. If you do have such a need, this might be the one for you! If nothing else, at least go to the end of the article so you can enter to win the bag and sell it or give to someone that does have a need for this particular type of bag.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Docking Station Options for Your MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 04:00 AM

" I've been looking for a docking station for my 11-inch MacBook Air ever since I picked it up a few months back. Not only has there not been anything that has caught my eye, but there haven't been many available to even look at."

That is until he saw this little gem. What really sets this one apart from other docking stations, such as the Henge Dock, or even the Twelve South BookArc is that you can actually secure your MacBook Air with this one. In fact, until I saw this article about the Landing Zone, I was all set to buy a Henge Dock, but am now rethinking my choice. The advantage of the Henge Dock is the ease of use and minimal footprint. Slide in your MBA and you are ready to go, and since it sits vertical instead of flat on a desk, it has the minimalist in me wanting it. However, if I was in a situation where my work space was public or semi-public, I'm thinking I would go for the Landing Zone for the security aspect. Price being another consideration, Henge Dock certainly wins here since the Landing Zone, when it is in production (it's a Kickstarter project), will be roughly $200.00 USD while the Henge Dock will be available in February 2012 and retails for between $55.00 and $80.00, depending on the size you purchase. What are your thoughts on docking your MacBook Air, or do you prefer just using the regular cable hookups? For those of you with MacBook Pros you might be interested in this one.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 03:00 PM

"Four years ago today, Apple introduced the MacBook Air, then the world's thinnest notebook. It was Steve Jobs's last Macworld appearance and the next to last Macworld keynote for Apple."

And it's only gotten better since the first year they were introduced. i5 or i7 processors, SSD storage and the Intel HD 3000 graphics processor (along with the backlit keyboard return) are some of the details on the mid-2011 model. I wonder what next for this amazing device? Any thoughts?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Is Your MacBook Air Creaking? Here is the Answer...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 AM

"An OS X Daily contributor reports that his/her 11" MacBook Air has been creaking a lot lately when picked up, and the noise, which has gradually increased, has been traced to loose screws."

They never make it easy to fix it yourself do they? In this case you need to get a special tool, available via iFixit for $5.95 USD.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Apple Underestimates Demand for 13-inch MacBook Air?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:23 AM

"Apple is reportedly struggling to meet consumer demand for the 13-inch MacBook Air, leading some resellers to add hefty premiums to the larger of Apple's ultra-thin notebooks."

Apparently it's only the 3rd party resellers that are having supply issues, you can still get them at your friendly Apple retail store. In several stores called by AppleInsider, only one was out of the 13-inch version. So while it seems they did underestimate the demand, it's not like you can't pick one up at retail prices. After using the 11-inch MacBook Air all these months, I don't think I could really go back to the 13-inch screen. I don't think I would like to sacrifice the compactness of my MBA. If I do want to get a bigger screen, I'll just spend the money on one of those fancy monitors that Apple sells and hook my MBA up to it. What are your thoughts? 11-inch or 13-inch? Remember, bigger isn't always better.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What SSD Do You Have?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:30 PM

"Several months ago, MacRumors noticed that Apple was using two different suppliers for the Solid State Drives (SSDs) in its MacBook Air models - Samsung and Toshiba. At the time Samsung SSDs benchmarked significantly faster (both in read and write speeds) than the Toshiba SSDs."

I don't think it would matter too much which SSD you have, except for the variation in the speed benchmarks. The disparity isn't just a few MB/s either. Using a 128GB Samsung the test resulted in 246 MB/s write and 264 MB/s read speeds in the 11-inch MBA. However on the 13-inch MBA, using the 128GB Toshiba, they only got 156 MB/s write and 208 MB/s read speeds. Quite a difference. If I were to get one of the slower ones, I'd be tempted to take it back for one with the Samsung in it. You can find out which one you have by going to About Mac -> More Info -> System Report -> and click on the Hardware. Then go to the Serial-ATA section and if the APPLE SSD is followed by SM you have the Samsung. If you have a TS however, you are stuck with the Toshiba. What are your thoughts on the debacle, or is the speed difference really that big of a deal?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Only Out a Day and Already 5 Stars for the 13-Inch MacBook Air

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 06:30 PM

"'It's kind of hard to improve on a 4.5-star rating. And yet Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Air (starting at $1,299, $1,599 as configured) is better than its predecessor in some key ways,' Mark Spoonauer reports for Laptop Magazine."

Well this didn't take long, saying that "when you combine a sleek ultraportable design with a great display and touchpad then nearly double the performance-without sacrificing battery life-you're left with a winner." I really do love these laptops (once they put in the SSD that is), but can't everything be improved at some level? Then again, when this beauty outperforms the MacBook Pro, what other rating can you give it?

WaterField Designs and the MacBook Air Smart Case

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 01:51 PM

"Every Apple enthusiast is now faced with a dilemma: How will I protect the new OS X Lion MacBook Air? For those looking for sleek style and lightweight yet rugged protection, WaterField Designs unveils its latest and the first announced in new MacBook Air case protection-the MacBook Air Smart Case."

This looks to be a perfect companion case for the MacBook Air, priced at $79.00 USD for the 11-inch or $89.00 USD fo the 13-inch. Among the features are:

  • Custom fitted to 11.6 or 13.1 inch MacBook Air
  • Light, protective and water-resistant
  • nylon exterior with padded interior Ultrasuede®,
  • scratch-free liner that helps remove fingerprints
  • Eco-friendly, distressed brown leather flanks sides
  • High-impact, rigid, plastic inserts for additional protection
  • Stretch back pocket to hold power adapter and cablesSix color choices.

You can check out the YouTube video here, or just head on over to the WaterField Designs site and customize your own!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The New MacBook Airs Have Arrived

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 08:49 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"To coincide with the release of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has also released a new generation of MacBook Airs, Mac Minis, and LED displays (now dubbed Thunderbolt displays). The most interesting to us, of course, is the MacBook Air, particularly the 11-inch version which is a real - if more expensive - rival to the iPad."

The big news of the day, new MacBook Airs. And with some nice additions, namely:

  • Intel Cor i5 or i7
  • Thunderbolt I/O Port
  • Backlit Keyboard (thank you Apple).

OS X Lion was also released today [affiliate link] and will work very nicely with these new versions of the MacBook Air, especially with the new gesture controls via trackpad. But I'm still impressed by my 11-inch MacBook Air, so I don't think I will be upgrading just yet (hardware wise, I am going to upgrade to Lion). How about you, are you going to pony up and get one of the new versions?

Monday, June 13, 2011

New MacBook Air To Be at the Center of the iCloud Universe

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 03:00 PM

"Apple’s refresh of the MacBook Air last fall did much to improve the fortunes of the company’s ultra-slim notebook. With its next iteration, it could be getting ready to step into the spotlight as the quintessential Mac computer. That update is on the way soon, according to a new report, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see it arrive right alongside the operating system that seems tailor-made for it: OS X Lion."

According to unconfirmed reports, Apple has ordered at least 400,000 new MacBook Air models, with Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors inside. Sounds like Apple is not content to let a handful of Windows manufacturers offers a MBA-like footprint, far superior capacity and performance, and comparable prices. The new platform will offer Sandy Bridge processors, potentially thunderbolt port(s), upgraded storage capacity, and faster (and larger?) SSDs. Expectations are that the Air will be the platform to highlight the capabilities of the Lion OS. I've also heard other unconfirmed rumors that the new generation will be announced sometime this week. Now we wait and see ...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

OWC MacBook Air 480GB Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD Upgrade

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 09:30 AM

I haven't seen anyone crack open a Macbook Air before - not that I've gone looking for it mind you - but I'm still impressed by the fact that this product is almost all battery and they managed to fit the guts of the laptop in basically 1/4th of the total space. This video shows how surprisingly easy it is to swap out the SSD in the Macbook Air. I had to chuckle though when I saw the price of the 480 GB SDD: a mere $1579.99 USD. I wonder how many dozens of these they'll sell this year? Yikes. SSD prices aren't free-falling like I keep hoping they will...

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Quasi-Tablet?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple's break-out notebook, says an analyst, may represent a new category: the quasi-tablet. With so much attention focused on the iPad, J.P. Morgan's Mark Moskowitz chose Monday to change the subject. He issued a note to clients that focused instead on the fastest growing member of Apple's Mac line: The MacBook Air."

After owning an 11-inch Macbook Air, and finding that I can indeed do pretty much everything I could do with my heavier and slower Macbook Pro (obviously not the latest model), I can totally understand why this segment is growing. I've even done some minor video editing and iPhoto processing and it is easily able to handle the tasks. And from the looks of the figures in this article, there are plenty of other people who think this and the 13-inch model are just the laptop they need. I don't know about the moniker he chooses to give it though, as it is much more than a "quasi-tablet." ONe thing is sure, you can't argue about the success of the product. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Magnets and MacBook Air Computers Don't Play Well Together

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Laptops" @ 09:00 PM

"We all know to keep powerful magnets away from traditional hard drives, but we recently found out that you should also keep magnets away from your MacBook Air, something that could get harder now that the iPad 2 has magnets built right into it."

It really shouldn't come as much of a surprise that magnets and laptops don't play well together. This is a good example where a small magnet in an iPhone case causes the MacBook Air screen to shut off, and wifi connections to disappear. Remove the magnet, the screen comes back on, but the wifi connections (presumedly) must be reestablished. After some discussion, it appears that the external magnet causes the computer to think that the laptop has been closed - so it goes into sleep mode. It would be interesting to see if this can be replicated with non-MacBook Air laptops.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MBA Video Problems Persist

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 04:00 AM

"I've had my 13-inch MacBook Air since they were first released and although I encountered video problems initially after the plethora of updates that Apple has released the video problems haven't returned."

I've never used my MacBook Air in this manner, since my larger monitor bit the dust and I have yet to replace it. But I would use it and find it slightly annoying if all I got was something like the photo above. The discussion thread at Apple Support is fairly large at over ten pages now so it's not an isolated incident. Anyone out there experiencing this sort of problem with your MacBook Air?

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