Category Archives: Mac
Etsy is a great place to find odd things, and you don’t need to poke around on the site very long to find something unique. Case in point: This ridiculous adorable Steve Jobs figurine crafted from LEGO blocks. From the iconic jeans and black T-shirt to the glasses crafted from transparent blocks, it’s a pint-sized spitting image of the Apple co-founder.
The figure is available for a pretty reasonable US$24.86 (I know, that doesn’t sound reasonable, but have you seen how much they charge for LEGO sets these days? It’s absurd). Of course, if you’re not into buying pre-made plastic-block creations, you could always grab your LEGO set and attempt to recreate mini Jobs all on your own.
One of my favorite computer bag companies is Waterfield Designs of San Francisco. Its bags are not only stylish, often mixing leather, waxed canvas and ballistic nylon in ways that please the eye, but they also just plain last. A case in point is the Waterfield Travel Express bag I purchased years ago for a MacBook Air, which is still going strong as an iPad bag (it can carry two easily) and still looks like it did when I unboxed it for the first time. Well, Waterfield has introduced an amazing backpack — the Staad BackPack (US$319-$329) — that carries on the tradition of design and function that the company is known for. Read on for a review and a chance to win one of these beautiful backpacks.
The Staad BackPack, like people, comes in two sizes — slim and stout. The slim model is perfect for those situations where you want a backpack for carrying your laptop (up to 13 inches) and accessories hands-free, but don’t want it to be so huge that it’s constantly bumping into other people. The stout model is $10 more, and provides a bit more capacity for your stuff, including a laptop of up to 15 inches in size.
Apple, like all of the big tech companies, is always filing new patents and ideas with the USPTO, and one published this week suggests that the company could be looking into solar-based charging options for both the MacBook and the iOS device range. Such technology is already available, but its use is extremely limited, and with solar charging peripherals often bulky and impractical, Apple is looking for a simplified way to charge devices without he use of an inevitably hard-to-find plug socket.
The original patent was filed back in 2012, and although we wouldn’t have thought this kind of system would come into play for a few years yet, it does bode well for the future. Renewable energy is becoming more and more commonplace in wider society, and while we’re still rather blasé in the mobile industry, this looks set to change in the future.
A few early adopters of Apple’s new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro are reporting problems with the keyboard and trackpad not working properly. Apple confirmed on its support site that a fix is on the way. While you wait for the patch to arrive, Apple says you can close the display for 60 seconds and then open it to reset the affected hardware.
The following is a guest post from Josh Michaels, the creator of Magic Window, Earthlapse and Tahoe Blue. I met Josh a few years ago and was struck by his enthusiasm for his work. There are people who love what they do, then there are people who live what they do. Josh is the latter. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak (and he’s been at 360intersect, altWWDC and plenty of other conferences), by all means do so. He’s articulate, funny and dedicated. Below is the story of Magic Window’s latest update, version 5, available now in the App Store.
Fear and Loathing in iOS7: Remaking Magic Window
by Josh Michaels