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    You’ll also hear from author Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who joins Gene in reminiscing about Apple’s past, in the mid-1990s, when they actually licensed the Mac OS to such companies as Power Computing, who then produced low-cost clones. The discussion moves to Consumer Reports’ controversial tests of the Late 2016 MacBook Pro. At first, due to inconsistent battery life ratings, CR refused to recommend the new notebooks. Once they worked with Apple to trace the problem, where their peculiar testing scheme activated an obscure Safari bug, the rating was changed to recommended. Bob calls it hit bait. He also discusses his first self-published book, “Working Smarter for Mac Users” and how the solutions he discovered helped him deal with his own ADHD symptoms.

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    Online Safety: It’s Partly Your Responsibility to Choose a Safe Online Casino

    January 18th, 2017

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    While there are several online casinos pitching their real money games from popular developers, such as Microgaming and PlayTech, not all of them are legit. But at the same time, your online safety at any of these casinos is partly your responsibility. So the first step to take must always be about choosing an online entertainment platform that offers a safe and secure environment to play and conduct financial transactions from time to time. Secondly, you must choose online casinos that have a solid fair gaming policy in place, and are also able to offer a safe mechanism for depositing and withdrawing your money.

    Your online safety: Things that are usually involved in the process of finding a good casino.

    As a standard rule, an online platform such as Spelautomater casino will ask you for proof of identity and age when signing up and also when making your first withdrawal. Therefore, to follow this rule, you will be required to scan or fax a photo of your ID and past utility bill showing your address.

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    Getting More From a 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro

    January 17th, 2017

    As many of you know, I prefer large displays on my computers. I’m in my element with a 27-inch iMac, but Mac notebooks are far more limiting for all sorts of practical reasons. Up until 2011, Apple offered the MacBook Pro in a 17-inch version; I got mine the previous year, and the year-to-year improvements were minor.

    I’m still using it.

    Now there are sensible reasons for me to hang onto it. One is that I was battered and bruised by the 2007 recession, which hasn’t ended to this day for some people. I acquired the computer as a trade-out for advertising on The Tech Night Owl LIVE, so there was no out-of-pocket expense, and I picked up some cash selling my old notebook.

    Such is business.

    Aside from the cost of a new computer, there’s another reason to keep what I have, and that’s the display size. When Apple went to a Retina display in 2012, the screens topped out at 15 inches. No doubt the cost of the high resolution displays was one key factor. Another the fact that the larger MacBook Pro was not a terribly good seller, so why not just kill it off?

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    Newsletter Issue #894: It’s All on Apple — As Usual

    January 16th, 2017

    So consider some of the so-called conventional wisdoms we hear about in the tech business. You know what I mean: The smartphone has reached the zenith of its development curve. Everyone who wants one has one, except for developing countries where people are just catching up. Besides, cheap gear from Chinese handset makers, with all or most of the features of the expensive gear from Apple and Samsung. will soon take over. It’s the PC playbook all over again. Companies are already racing to the bottom in trying to build gear that costs less and less. Profits be damned!

    I suppose that seems logical enough. Existing gear is probably good enough for most people, and except for countries where people just can’t afford them, what magnificent features can manufacturers devise to entice people to upgrade in massive numbers? And if the existing gear keeps working well enough — and doesn’t need a new battery or some other costly repair — users are more inclined to hang onto them for a little longer.

    So what’s Apple going to do in order to boost smartphone sales?

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    Contrary to Expectations, Mac Sales May Be on the Rise Again

    January 13th, 2017

    The ingredients may have been there for Mac sales to continue to fall. Up till the fall of 2016, only one Mac had been refreshed, the MacBook with the usual processor upgrades. While OS X became macOS with the release of Sierra in late September, not a peep was heard from Apple about any further Mac upgrades.

    The rumor mills had mentioned just one Mac getting the love, the MacBook Pro, which had received its last update in 2015. While one might take rumors with tiny grains of salt, it didn’t take long for them to coalesce on something resembling the final design. So it would be thinner and lighter, following Apple’s obsession with such things. The venerable function keypad would be replaced by a context-sensitive touchscreen with an OLED display. The final name was revealed at Apple’s October media event — the Touch Bar.

    Now the Late 2016 MacBook Pro was one of the most controversial products ever released by Apple. The chatter — and the complaints — just didn’t stop. It was not professional enough, it was too expensive, it needed more RAM, and the Touch Bar? It’s just an silly extravagance.

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