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Poll: Which Ports Do You Want on Your Dream Machine?

The new MacBook is out this week, and its most famous attribute — other than its heroin-addicted model skinniness — is its single USB-C port for power and everything else. Yep, you can’t power your machine and use an external monitor or USB drive at the same time. So let’s build a crazy multi-port dream machine… » 4/16/15 5:05pm 4/16/15 5:05pm

The NSA Is Going to Love These USB-C Charging Cables

Thanks to Apple's new MacBook and Google's new Chromebook Pixel, USB-C has arrived. A single flavor of cable for all your charging and connectivity needs? Hell yes. But that convenience doesn't come without a cost; our computers will be more vulnerable than ever to malware attacks, from hackers and surveillance… » 3/17/15 12:35pm 3/17/15 12:35pm

Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward

I just lifted Apple's gorgeous new MacBook with a single hand. For a moment, it felt like I was holding nothing at all. It's so light. With a laptop in my left paw, a DSLR camera in my right, only one of them felt substantial. It's the first of many things to love about Apple's new machine. But it's not completely… » 3/09/15 3:11pm 3/09/15 3:11pm

Apple Messed Up on the MacBook Air Again

For years Apple's MacBook Air has languished in partial obsolescence—a great laptop with fantastic battery life and a quizzically outdated screen. 1440 x 900 is a pitifully small resolution for modern times. Sadly, the company hasn't learned its lesson: the 2015 MacBook Air refresh has the same, outdated display as it… » 3/09/15 1:55pm 3/09/15 1:55pm

Report: A Radically Redesigned 12-Inch MacBook Air Is Coming

Everyone's been waiting years and years for a meaningful update to the MacBook line. According to a report from 9to5 Mac, this will be the year that a new design will arrive. The blog just published a few renderings based on details from unnamed Apple employees. And if they're correct, this new MacBook looks awesome. » 1/06/15 2:46pm 1/06/15 2:46pm

Yosemite Maimed My Older MacBook. How's It Working For You?

My 15-inch MacBook Pro is the most expensive thing I own. I've used it every day, often for well over eight hours, since January 2011, except the two weeks I went to Ecuador last summer when I left it at home (and felt moderate to severe separation anxiety). I love this thing as much as a human can love a laptop. And… » 11/10/14 11:03am 11/10/14 11:03am

Animated Music Video Jumps Across 14 iPhones and iPads in One Shot

In a time where everything you see on TV and in the movies could easily be faked with computer graphics, it's nice when someone goes the extra mile to create something special using old-school techniques. For its new single Knock Knock, the band Brunettes Shoot Blondes created an animation that jumps across 14… » 9/22/14 1:37pm 9/22/14 1:37pm

Report: Apple's Got a 12-inch MacBook, 4K Desktop in Works

In the midst of updating its operating system to Yosemite, Apple seems to also have some hardware refreshes in mind. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, sources say that Apple is planning a smaller Macbook (12-inch diagonally) with a high resolution display as well as a pixel-drunk 4K iMac or standalone monitor. » 7/23/14 1:55pm 7/23/14 1:55pm