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Apr
30

How To Replace A Key On Your MacBook

I’m not sure if it was bad karma or just ironic. But after mentioning how much I loved my MacBook on my previous posts, I manage to get one of my keys to accidentally pop off. In researching how to put it back on, I found this effective and apparently easy way to re-attach the key onto my MacBook. Check it out:

If you’ve lost one of your individual keys, you can order replacement keys from PowerBook Medic for a decent price.

Apr
22

7 Reasons Why I Love My MacBook

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Here at TweakOSX we devote a lot of time to giving you inside information on Apple and Mac products and how those tips and tricks can make you a better and more effective Apple user. But today, I want to step back for a moment and just admire the very computer that I am writing this post from, my beloved MacBook. While I”m not on the cutting edge of technology, my MacBook has served me faithfully over the last two years and I simply want to pay homage to this great invention that has revolutionized my life. So here are my ten reasons why I love my Mac!

1. Its easy to use: After a few months I felt as if I had mastered the use of my MacBook and its programs. Tutorials were simple and clear and every program has a help section where they accurately answered my questions.

2. Its mobile: My MacBook is light and easy to carry places. I’ve taken it to work, to school, on vacation and even to China and Mexico!

3. Its got a great mouse: A responsive and not too sensitive mouse has saved me hours of frustrating and allows me to quickly navigate and use different programs.

4. Its media capabilities: We purchased our MacBook just before we left to teach English in China, an experience we wanted to be able to accurately chronicle with photos and video. iLife has given us the opportunity to capture and organize all of our adventures and put them in amazing presentation formats for family and friends.

5. Its reliable: My MacBook has never crashed in two years and I have never had any virus problems.

6. Free updates to software: Apple sends me updates to improve software and programs and to have the most recent updated versions to many programs for free. Furthermore, Macupdate has many free widgets and tools to download.

7. Its syncretistic programs and is adaptable for media: Programs and software work and communicate together on my MacBook and cameras and other devices are easily located and programs easy to download, making for fast transmission of media while still maintaining its great processing speed.

Apr
21

Bump Techonology For iPhone Shares Information

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One of the newest and most innovative apps recently created was inspired by the fist pumping Obamas and invented by students at the University of (guess where) Chicago. This iPhone app shares information with fellow iPhone users by ‘bumping’ together and, within 10 seconds, detailed content information or simply selected data is transferred to the other iPhone.

Benderoff over at Physorg says, “I bumped an iPhone with an iPod Touch and contact information was transferred between the devices well within 10 seconds, more like 5. Both gadgets asked for confirmation before the information could be downloaded. Very simple, very impressive and very cool.

Both users need to have the free Bump app on their iPhones to work. Users fill out a Bump contact card for sharing. When a bump occurs, your data transfers to the other user’s address book, and vice versa.”

What is even more interesting is the technoloy behind this app. Apparently “It monitors the accelerometers in the two phones and a smart matching algorithm running in the cloud is able to match up any two phones in the world that bump each other.”

Check out the video of how the app works below:

Apr
08

Does The Color Really Matter?

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I received an email today from Apple advertising their new, Contour iSee inked iPod protector that, “Protects your iPod nano without hiding its gorgeous color. The clear polycarbonate hardshell casing has a unique pattern etched inside, so it’s smooth on the outside. Choose from six designs.” This cool new product could be a great protector for device like the iPod, considering the wear and tear that occurs to them while being transported between home and the gym, gym and school, school and the car. We take our iPods everywhere and they have become a device that has revolutionized the music industry.

But what is interesting to me is what Apple is doing now. For the past few years, they have advertised iPods with different colors. The iPod page on Apple is a beautiful rainbow of different colors to choose from for you iPod. They also allow you to personalize and engrave your iPod.

In an age where new electronics and inventions are being produced nearly every day, it is interesting how Apple and other companies are not only marketing their products as electronics needed for your everyday life, but that they have become accesories, fashion statements and indicators of cultural status or class. I have a friend who told me that she would never consider getting an iPod until she heard that they have pink ones, and so, this past week she bought a pink iPod, most likely not to enjoy the technology of the iPod, but to fit in and have her iPod match her pink purse and pink everything else.

So does the color of your iPod really matter to you? Do you think that Apple and other companies are increasing sales by advertising green and blue macbooks or other colored products? Let us know in the comments section.

Apr
07

Black Hat To Release News About Internet Problem

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Next week’s Black Hat Europe conference will be sure to offer new information about internet security that could impact the next year in cyberspace activity and virus protection. Black Hat has, “become the biggest and the most important security conference series in the world by sticking to our core value: serving the information security community by delivering timely, actionable security information in a friendly, vendor-neutral environment.”

Reports have indicated that the conference will offer information as important as last year’s research about the widespread flaw and vulnerability of the DNS (Domain Name System). According to MacWorld, Dan Kaminskey’s, “research prompted a massive, industry-wide effort to patch DNS servers vulnerable to a dangerous attack that could redirect Web surfers to fraudulent Web sites even if the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) was typed in correctly, among other attack scenarios.”

This year’s conference, beginning on April 16th, promises to also discuss security problems in Apple OS X the OpenOffice.org suit and SAP software. The conference provides tips and tools for security pros and companies looking to ensure the safety of the software and hardware.

Keep an eye on TweakOSX for commentary on the conference and check out Black Hat here.