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MacBook battery life claims reduced by Apple

MacBook battery life news (March, 2011): As I was returning from vacation today, I decided to stop at Best Buy to look at Apple's new MacBook Pro models, as well as their MacBook Air. I've been thinking about buying a MacBook Air or Pro for the last few weeks, but what hit me today when looking at these models is that Apple's MacBook battery life claims have suddenly been reduced by 3-5 hours.

Is Jonathan Ive leaving Apple?

Jonathan Ive Apple news: Just returning from a vacation in Seward, Alaska ("holiday" in Europe), the first news story I read is that Jonathan Ive may be considering leaving Apple. For those who don't know of him, Mr. Ive is the Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, and is known as the Apple designer behind many of the Apple products you've come to know, including the iPod, iMac, iPhone, and iPad.

iPad price drops; iPad 2 coming soon?

I just read on techradar that both T-Mobile and Orange have reduced their iPad prices, most likely to reduce inventory for a new iPad 2 model. This is of particular interest to me, because I've been reading a lot of books with the Kindle software lately, and I'd like to buy an iPad soon to make that reading experience more enjoyable.

MacBook battery life - How I extend my MacBook Pro battery life

MacBook battery life FAQ: Can you offer some tips on how to extend MacBook battery life?

I noticed on a few recent trips to Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Barnes & Noble that my MacBook battery life was not what I expected. In fact, it was downright short. I was getting less than an hour out of a single, complete MacBook battery charge, and even though my MacBook Pro is pretty old by now, that is unacceptable.

Improve iPhone battery life

iPhone battery life FAQ: Do you have any tips on how to improve my iPhone battery life (or iPod battery life)?

Yes, it turns out you can do a number of things to improve your iPhone battery life, and I thought I'd share what I've learned here.

Apple trademarks VoicePass - But it's not for voice passwords

Apple trademarks VoicePass: I just read that Apple has trademarked the phrase "VoicePass" (or "Voice Pass"), and when I first heard the name, I assumed it stood for "Voice Password", meaning you could finally log into your Mac using a voice password instead of a text password. I'll be able to walk up to my computer, say "Soylent green is people", and the system will log me in, just like in the old tv show Millenium.

Apple TV suggestion - Get a MacMini instead

Apple TV vs MacMini: I just had an interesting conversation with a friend interested in buying an Apple TV. I told her I'd never buy one, not in its current state. With few exceptions, everything you do on the AppleTV is just going to cost you more money.

Want to watch a movie on Apple TV? Pay up.

Want to watch a tv show on Apple TV? Pay up.

Want to put a DVD you already own (or just rented) in an Apple TV? Sorry, no DVD slot.

Holiday iPad gift ideas

Looking for great iPad gift ideas for the holiday season? MacMall is one of the leading Apple vendors around, and I just received an email showing a number of iPad gift ideas with discounts as high as 45%. Here's a list of several gift ideas I just learned about.

Apple's Lion Mac Java support

The other important piece of news from the Apple OpenJDK announcement this morning is that the new Mac OS X "Lion" operating system will continue to support Java, and specifically the Apple Lion Java implementation will be provided by Apple. Here's a statement from the Apple press release:

Apple also confirmed that Java SE 6 will continue to be available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion. Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for Mac OS X will be available from Oracle.

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