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Topic: Current Hardware

Hands on: Creative's budget 2.1 speakers, the Pebble Plus

04/25/2019, 02:04 pm

Creative's latest speaker system, the Pebble Plus, is meant to bring 2.1-channel audio to any Mac or Windows PC at an insanely low cost.

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Apple retains leads in laptop technical support, but gap is narrowing

04/24/2019, 11:04 am

Apple has claimed the top spot on Laptop Magazine's 2019 customer service ratings, scoring 91 out of 100 based on a mix of phone and online performance.

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MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboard repairs 'prioritized' for in-store next-day service

04/23/2019, 01:04 pm

Owners of the MacBook and MacBook Pro may find their keyboard repairs are quicker to complete than usual, with Apple Stores instructed to perform the repair at the in-store Genius Bar, rather than dispatching the notebooks out to an off-site repair shop.

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Review: The G-Tech Mobile Pro SSD is nearly as fast as the storage in your 15-inch MacBook Pro

04/19/2019, 12:04 pm

There are endless options when it comes to external storage, but getting the right one for you can be a tough task. If you're looking for a quick, on-the-go SSD, the G-Technology Mobile Pro SSD may be perfectly suited.

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2018 MacBook Air Retina display spec changed to 400 nits, but hardware is unchanged

04/16/2019, 12:04 pm

Apple has made a quiet change to the MacBook Air's specifications on its website, with an update to the Apple website revealing the 13-inch Retina-equipped model's panel has changed from 300 nits of brightness to 400 nits.

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OWC ships Aura Pro X2 SSDs for upgrading select Macs

04/16/2019, 10:04 am

OWC on Tuesday launched several Aura Pro X2 SSD drives and upgrade kits, meant to enhance speed and capacity on a select range of older Macs.

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New lawsuit alleges patent infringement by all Wi-Fi-enabled Apple products

04/11/2019, 06:04 pm

A company called Red Rock Analytics in a new lawsuit charges that Apple is infringing a patent covering transceiver technology in Wi-Fi chips.

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Apple's Mac spotted in viral image with black hole researcher

04/10/2019, 10:04 pm

On Wednesday, the world got its first glimpse at a black hole, or more accurately its shadow, in what is being hailed as a monumental scientific achievement that was once thought impossible. And Mac was there.

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Apple gaining PC marketshare despite lower Mac shipments, fresh estimates suggest

04/10/2019, 04:04 pm

Two newly-published sets of preliminary research agree that Apple gained PC marketshare in the March quarter, even as Mac shipments declined year-over-year.

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Review: iStorage DiskAshur 2 SSD provides enhanced security with PIN-protected encryption

04/10/2019, 09:04 am

The DiskAshur 2 external SSD boasts high levels of protection with hardware encryption and a keypad to gain entry, but even with the enhanced level of security, the drive is easy to use and offers more than enough performance for the majority of its potential users.

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Apple eliminates $99 data migration fee for Mac upgrades & repairs

04/09/2019, 01:04 pm

Apple has quietly done away with a $99 data migration fee it charged Mac owners getting some repairs or upgrading to a new computer.

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Apple's T2 chip makes a giant difference in video encoding for most users

04/09/2019, 10:04 am

Apple's T2 chip in the Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and iMac Pro can greatly speed video encoding, but by how much? Now that Apple has two machines with the same CPU, one with the T2, and one without, there's a good way to tell.

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LaCie announces USB-C 2big RAID & 8-terabyte Rugged RAID Shuttle

04/08/2019, 11:04 am

Storage maker LaCie is launching two new pro-oriented RAID products, the Rugged RAID Shuttle and the 2big RAID, both featuring USB-C connectivity.

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New Adobe Creative Cloud video editing applications now dramatically boosted by eGPU

04/07/2019, 09:04 am

Sonnet and Adobe have announced that the new releases of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Adobe Media Encoder -- all part of Adobe Creative Cloud -- now take advantage of Thunderbolt-connected eGPUs to enhance their performance.

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Sonnet eGFX Radeon RX 560 Breakaway Puck hits Apple retail soon, but you don't have to wait

04/05/2019, 03:04 pm

A less expensive external GPU option for Thunderbolt 3 Macs, the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck Radeon RX 560, is now available through Apple's online store and may soon hit some physical outlets, but there are options for buying now.

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Lexar launches Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD with USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds

04/03/2019, 03:04 pm

Storage maker Lexar on Wednesday announced the Mac-compatible Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD, its signature feature being a USB-C port with with USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds.

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The only way to get 256GB RAM in an iMac Pro is to buy a custom configuration from Apple

03/28/2019, 11:03 am

The recent addition of an option to configure an iMac Pro with up to 256GB of memory may be the only time users get to add that much RAM to their Mac, with internal documentation reportedly suggesting it won't be possible to upgrade versions with lesser memory capacities to that level after purchase.

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Benchmarks for high-end iMac 5K show 75 percent speed gain over 2017 model

03/27/2019, 03:03 pm

A set of new benchmarks for what appears to be the high-end iMac 5K have surfaced, with the published results from Geekbench suggesting it will be a considerable upgrade compared with the 2017 refresh of the Mac product line.

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Apple's apology for small amount of 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard failures still isn't enough

03/27/2019, 12:03 pm

Issues with Apple's butterfly keyboard mechanism are again popping to the forefront, after a high-profile account in the Wall Street Journal about a failure in a 2018 model, and it is past time that Apple be more forceful about the issue.

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AppleCare+ for Mac reaches China, Spain, Taiwan & other new regions

03/20/2019, 03:03 pm

Mac buyers can now get AppleCare+ coverage in several more markets, two of the biggest additions being Spain and China.

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