With each new model of Apple computers, there have been improvements in the software as well as more efficient chips. In addition, there are many settings added to the OS X operating system in the new MacBook Pro Retina that helps in getting the best out of the battery. Here are some amazing tips that will allow you to maximize the use of battery even further –

  • Batter Percentage Indicator – One feature that you should enable on your MacBook Retina is the battery percentage indicator that will make it easier for you to monitor it. To enable this feature, you need to click on the battery icon on the top right-hand corner of the menu bar and then click on “Show percentage” option.
  • Check the Condition of the Battery – To check the battery condition, you need to hold the option key on the keyboard and simultaneously click on the battery icon at the top of the menu bar. If it shows “Normal” battery rating, it is working fine. But, if you see a “Replace” soon warning, you will need to change the battery. You can find MacBook Pro Retina parts in stock at many places. The website I linked in the previous sentence have some how to videos too if you need help.
  • Install Software Updates – Make sure that your MacBook have the latest software at all times. Keep checking for updates every once in a while by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar and then selecting the “Software Update” option. You can also go to the App Store and the click on “Updates” tab.
  • Dim the Display – Just like on your mobile, dimming the LCD screen display can help you save a lot of battery life. When you disconnect the power cord, dim the brightness to a suitable level for your eyes. To do that, you need to use the F1 and FN button together. You can also disable the MacBook’s auto brightness feature by going to System Preferences, selecting Display and unchecking “Automatically adjust brightness” box.
  • Disable Backlit Keyboard – All Apple computers have a backlit keyboard. While this is great when you are typing in the dark, it can also drain your battery very fast. To disable this feature, press and hold the F5 key. To turn it on again, press and hold F6.
  • Turn Off Bluetooth – Chances are that you will not be using much of the Bluetooth option on the 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro. Make sure you disable the Bluetooth when it is not in use. To turn off the Bluetooth, go to System Preferences, click on Bluetooth and select the off button.
  • Unplug the Unused Dongles – If you are not actively using the USB connected device, it is best to unplug them from the computer to save battery life. You should also limit charging your smartphone or the tablet using your MacBook to avoid draining your battery.
  • Quit All Applications that Are Not in Use – It is best to close the applications after using them. You can close them by pressing the Command key and Q key at the same time. You can also click on individual program and then select the “Quit” option.

Make sure you do keep clean your MacBook once in a while and not let dust collect over it. Using your computer optimally will allow you to use your computer for longer period without any issue about the battery.

We all know and love Flipboard for iPad, but the main problem for me is that you cant import your rss into the app. and lets face it building a OPML file of differents rss its a huge pain in the butt.
Infact i love wikio because they have people indexing new blogs, creating categories, and building an algorithm able to detect the main subject of a blog not only by a single keyword.
Lets come back to FlipBoard, yes they have some curations there, infact they propose some “Tech influencers” and other list there but the problem is that those “tech influencers” tweets some time are personal.
well let me break down for you my way to import a specific Wikio feed :
-go to Wikio and search for a topic of your interest (Apple, Android or others)
-get the Rss of that category
-go to twitterfeed and feed this Rss into a new twitter account
-go to your usual twitter account and follow the specific twitter account you just created and put him into a new list
-go to FlipBoard in your iPad and add a new section and add the new list you just created
Voilà you now have a new way to get your news into Flipboard
Sent from my iPad (aka sorry for the spelling errors and typos)

To create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card please follow the steps below. In order to create an account without a credit card, you must make sure you are in the App Store, not the iTunes Store.

Note: You can also create an account on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If you already have an account, choose Store > Sign Out.

Pick your country by clicking on the country flag located in the bottom right corner of the main iTunes Store page.

If your country also has an iTunes Store, you’ll need to navigate to the App Store by clicking on App Store from the top navigation bar. If not, proceed to step 4.

Important: Before proceeding to the next step, you must purchase a free application by clicking ‘Free App’.

Click create new account.

Click Continue.

You’ll need to read and agree to the iTunes Store Terms & Conditions. Make sure you check the box next to where it says “I have read and agree to the iTunes Terms and Conditions.”

Click Continue.

Enter your email address, create your password, continue to create and answer your security question, then enter your birthday.

Click Continue.

Select None as the payment option.

Continue to fill out the required name and address fields.

You’ll then see a screen that says ‘Verify your Account’. Click Done and then check your email for a verification email from iTunes Store.

Open the email and click on the link enclosed in the email to activate your account.

Once you click on the link, iTunes should then prompt you to sign in with your account name and password.

You’ll then see the below “Congratulations” screen. Click Done to be taken to the App Store home page.

Steve dont usually wear a belt, maybe because is a Zen master and believer of the “Less Is More” mantra, but at the latest Apple keynotes introducing the iPad 2 he had a belt on.

Good luck Steve, hope you get well.

Learn how to change iTunes icon instead of whining!

First download an icon set (i googled and found this one) then right click on the icon and get the into the info menu.

Well then…its easy: Copy the icon you want and paste it into the iTunes info finder and you are good to go.

easy uh?

We all love WOZ and last episode of the Engadget Show is a must see, where Steve explain why and how he prints his own 2 dollar bills! great stuff

Hosts: Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, Paul Miller
Special guests: Steve Wozniak
Produced and Directed by: Chad Mumm
Executive Producer: Joshua Fruhlinger
Edited by: Danny Madden
Music by: Zen Albatross
Visuals by: invaderbacca
Woz Intro by: Nick Criscuolo
Opening titles by: Julien Nantiec

Taped live at Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium
Download the Show: The Engadget Show – 017 (HD) / The Engadget Show – 017 (iPod / iPhone / Zune formatted) / The Engadget Show – 017 (Small)

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