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  • What's new iOS 11.4 beta 4: one step forward, one step back

    If you found a trivial UI bug, like a slow or absent update of the volume control slider, you should just send a report to Apple, rather than use a national forum like AppleInsider. I see no value in announcing to the world that a product labeled beta has a bug.
    anton zuykovStrangeDayskrawallRayz2016
  • The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro

    Three comments about dongle devices, like the HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 hub ,and one about FireWire. First: They may not offer the functionality you expect. For example they often cannot both charge your computer and run a Thunderbolt display at the same time, because USB-C ports are data only. This means that you will need to plug in additional cables to the other ports on your Mac. Second: Unless both of the type-C connectors are attached to your laptop, they may not be able to power accessories like a hard drive. Third: These compact dongles are incompatible with protective shell cases. You can buy (expensive) USB-C patch cables, but you would need two for the dongle to carry both Thunderbolt and power. In case it isn't pretty obvious, I've been disappointed. There are lot of choices for these dongle docks - not sure why AI featured only the HyperDrive. You can compare prices on the Satechi Aluminum USB-C Pro, the Sanho HyperDrive PRO 8-in-2 USB-C, tye Wavlink Aluminum Thunderbolt 3 Dock for Macbook, and the FONLLAM Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C Dock. I am not recommending any of these, by the way, but they all offer pretty much the same functionality. Personally, I upgraded to the CalDigit. ------------- As for FireWire, AI seems to have missed the fact that many people purchased very expensive video cameras, and even SLRs, that depend on FireWire. Swapping these out to keep up with Apple ports is considerably more costly than fussing with outdated hard drives. For such people, losing FireWire is not a small problem.
  • Review: Apple's late-2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

    I have two comments that don't appear to have seen any attention:

    1. Moving to a standard interface for power will be a boon to those of us whose life has required multiple power supplies for different locations. The USB-C option will be generic and much less expensive.

    2. Like many people, I use my MBP with an external monitor and keyboard at the office. This renders that fancy touch bar useless, yet Apple offers no alternative configuration with high performance that does not include that very expensive touch bar. I wish that it were otherwise.
  • Watch: iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode vs. DSLR

    I shoot with a DSLR whenever I care about the final images. My iPhone is handy for random snapshots but I am virtually never satisfied with the color or the resolution. The photos in this comparison video could not be more stark in showing the advantages of a prosumer DSLR over the iPhone. Pay attention to the coarse JPEG compression artifacts in the hair and skin texture, and the terribly artificial skin colors.