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Refurb Apple iMac 27" Haswell i5 Quad Desktop for $999 + free shipping

Refurb Apple iMac 27" Haswell i5 Quad Desktop for $999 + free shipping

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Intel Haswell Core i5-4570 3.2GHz quad-core processor; 27" 2560x1440 IPS LED-backlit LCD; 8GB RAM & 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive; Nvidia GeForce GT 755M 1GB graphics; USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, media card reader; Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra)

3 Unique Mac Dock Replacements You Should Try

3 Unique Mac Dock Replacements You Should Try

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Your Mac’s dock is probably a lot older than you think. It’s been a defining feature of the Mac experience since OS X 10.0, graduating from humble beginnings as part of the NeXTSTEP and OpenStep platforms of the 80s and 90s. Unlike Microsoft’s Start menu, Apple’s dock hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. That’s great, assuming you’re fond of Apple’s simplified approach to application management. But if you’re not a fan of the dock in its current form, you can customize it or replace it with one of these apps. 1. uBar uBar is the premier dock replacement...

Forget the iMac and Mac Mini, the TapTop is a Functional Computer Packs Into a Touch Bar-Sized Device

Forget the iMac and Mac Mini, the TapTop is a Functional Computer Packs Into a Touch Bar-Sized Device

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Why bother with an iMac or Mac Mini, when you could just bring the TapTop anywhere? This Touch Bar-inspired computer boasts a pill-shaped design, and comes equipped with a touchscreen OLED display that doubles as an OS X application launcher. Aside from launching applications, the touch interface also lets you activate Siri, volume controls, and lots more. Continue reading for additional pictures and information.

Default Folder X 5.2.3 supports ForkLift, improves reliability and speed

Default Folder X 5.2.3 supports ForkLift, improves reliability and speed

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St. Clair Software releases Default Folder X 5.2.3 today, an update to their award-winning utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs of all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.2.3 adds support for the ForkLift file manager and improves overall reliability and compatibility.

How to read legacy FileVault formats on your Mac

How to read legacy FileVault formats on your Mac

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All good things must come to an end, we’re told, and macOS 10.13 was the very end of the original FileVault, Apple's file encryption format introduced in OS X Panther 10.3. With the original FileVault, a Mac encrypted a user’s home directory and mounted it as a disk image, more or less. When OS X Lion 10.7.4 appeared, it offered FileVault 2, full disk encryption (FDE), which protects your entire drive by using a special startup procedure at boot time that lets you log in to unlock it. It’s much better than the original directory method, but it required faster Macs to work efficiently enough.

USB Keyboard and Drum Pad MIDI Controller for $50 + free shipping

USB Keyboard and Drum Pad MIDI Controller for $50 + free shipping

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TomTop offers the Worlde Panda 25-Key USB Keyboard and Drum Pad MIDI Controller for $49.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest price we could find by $3, although we saw it for $6 less in September. It's compatible with Windows and Mac OS X.

Maelstrom Still Runs

Maelstrom Still Runs

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Speaking of video games, Brent Simmons reminded me that Maelstrom — the excellent Asteroids clone originally created for the classic Mac OS by Ambrosia Software — still runs natively on Mac OS X. I just played for the first time in probably at least 10 years and scored over 47,000. Not bad. Can’t say much for the graphics when running full-screen on a 27-inch display, but it’s still damn fun.

Refurb MacBook Air Core i5 Dual 12" Laptop for $300 + free shipping

Refurb MacBook Air Core i5 Dual 12" Laptop for $300 + free shipping

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Tekdeals via eBay offers the refurbished 2.4-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 11.6" Laptop for $299.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our January mention as the lowest price we've seen. (It's $9 under the best price we could find for a refurb today, although most merchants charge at least $349.) It includes an Intel Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Sandy Bridge dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, AirPort Extreme (802.11n wireless), Bluetooth 4.0, Facetime camera, and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Refurb MacBook Air Core i5 Dual 12" Laptop for $350 + free shipping w/code EASTER15

Refurb MacBook Air Core i5 Dual 12" Laptop for $350 + free shipping w/code EASTER15

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JemJem offers the refurbished 2.4-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.7GHz 11.6" Laptop for $364.99. Coupon code "EASTER15" knocks that to $349.99. With free shipping, That's the best deal for a refurb today by $30 and the lowest price we've seen. This mid-2012 model features an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 (720p) LED-backlit LCD, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, backlit keyboard, and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or greater. Deal ends April 23.

Google’s 5 years of support for older Chromebooks is starting to be a problem

Google’s 5 years of support for older Chromebooks is starting to be a problem

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When Google announced a few years ago that it would offer at least 5 years of software updates for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, that seemed like good news. After all, most Android phones only get updates for a year or two, if that. But compared to Windows and OS X, that 5 year lifespan is pretty

Apple Issues New Security Updates, Patches APFS Volume Password Bug

Apple Issues New Security Updates, Patches APFS Volume Password Bug

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Last week, Apple released updates for all of its current operating systems and Safari web browser, as well as security updates for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan. These updates came with new features, functionality and security fixes and enhancements. The following guide details what new features each updates includes, the bugs addressed—including patches for the

How to check your Mac’s free hard drive space

How to check your Mac’s free hard drive space

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In today’s era of multi-terabyte hard drives, many of us don’t keep as close an eye on our disk usage as we used to. Still, even the largest drives fill up eventually. If you don’t know how to check your disk space use on OS X, here’s where to look.

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