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Pad & Quill’s crafted leather gear bags should be at the top of your list to Santa

There are at least two of us on the TUAW staff — myself and Megan Lavey-Heaton — who have a serious computer bag addiction. There may be more on the team who hide their “problem” more successfully than we do. When Megan and I saw yesterday’s news from Minneapolis-based Pad & Quill about its new line of leather gear bags, the phrase “OMG” was on our lips almost immediately. The company is taking pre-orders now for the first batch of these bags to be delivered in time for St. Nick to put them under the tree.

The line is made up of The Satchel (US$309), The Field Bag ($329) and The Messenger Bag ($369). While these aren’t exactly inexpensive, they’re probably the last computer bags you’ll ever need to buy. All three have a 25-year leather warranty and a 30-day, no-questions-asked return policy. They’re made with full-grain American cowhide leather, use a twill woven waxed canvas in one of three colors (charcoal, navy and olive) and are even signed by the artisan who created your bag. Inside areas are lined with a soft orange, suede material, while each bag has a special tag crafted of cherry wood.

Speed Up Your Mac: Turn Off OS X Dashboard To Instantly Free Up RAM

OS X contains many useful and intuitive features that collectively make for a seamless experience, but not every little addition made by Apple over the past few revisions has been so well received. As a long-time Mac user, I’ve always found the Dashboard to be a bit of a waste of time, and although it could be better if developers of widgets hadn’t abandoned the Dashboard en masse, it is, to most, a dud of a feature. Don’t get me wrong here, some on OS X use their Dashboards on a daily basis, but for those apathetic about the far-left feature, there’s a way to hide it and in turn, speed up your Mac.

The tip arrives courtesy of a reader, who recently noticed that his MacBook Air was getting slower with time, and found a great way to speed things up a bit by simply turn off the Dashboard. His rationale was to enjoy a faster, slicker experience on his older notebook, and although, as you’d expect, performance greatly improved, he continued to look for ways to fine tune and speed up his new acquisition.

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Sir Jony Ive’s Special Product (RED) Items Bring In Huge Numbers For Charity

As far as causes go, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has to be a pretty good one, and with names like Bono, Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson, CBE involved in a charity auction for said cause, it was always going to be a success. Though, we suspect the results may have exceeded everyone’s hopes by some way.

Up for auction was a collection of items chosen by Ive and Newson based on their exceptional design, with those products ranging from a typewriter to a Range Rover and with all manner of awesomeness in-between.


MacBeacon and Locate for iBeacon: An inexpensive way for developers to design and test iBeacons

iBeacons are a hot topic and getting hotter. It seems like we’re hearing a lot about retailers and other who are chomping at the bit to use the short-range, highly-focused location technology for things as varied as in-building directions or targeted advertising. But how are developers able to start creating iBeacon-enabled apps without having one of the Bluetooth devices on hand? That’s where some tools from Washington, DC-based Radius Networks can help out.

The company recently announced MacBeacon (US$9.99), which allows any Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) equipped Mac to be set up as a test iBeacon. If a developer is just getting his or her feet wet in the iBeacon world, the company even has a free iOS app called Locate for iBeacon available.

Mac App of the Week: 2Do, a task manager with the right mix of power features, simplicity

I’m always on the lookout for new task managers that offer a different UI or a different approach to help me keep track of my seemingly endless to do list. The latest app to cross my path was 2Do for the Mac from Guided Ways technology.

I was familiar with 2Do, having used their iOS app a few years ago when it launched. The tabbed interface of the iOS version never grabbed me, so I stopped using after a few weeks. Late last year though, the company launched an OS X version, which was recently updated and overhauled. This latest Mac version (1.5.1) has brought back into the 2Do fold.

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