Exclusive How to: Set up the Amazon Echo Show

By: Dan Uff, Senior Editor On June 28th, customers who pre-ordered the Amazon Echo Show had received the device. While some set up the device immediately, I waited 1-2 days so I could take my time and make positive and negative notes about the set-up and the device itself. On Monday evening, I finally set it up and have been using it ever since. My thoughts?  Please read on. Except for using the built-in camera for a feature called “drop-in” that allows two Shows and persons to talk and see each other (which I think could be quite creepy) I Click Here to Read more

Consumer Reports standing by its (weird) review of the newest MacBook Pro

“Consumer Reports has responded to our comment piece on its surprising battery test results for the 2016 MacBook Pro, stating that it stands by its findings,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “I observed that the high-end numbers seemed hard to believe, hitting almost double the battery-life claimed by Apple, and I wondered whether some flaw in the test regimen had led to erroneous results,” Lovejoy reports. “I emailed the organization suggesting that it might like to repeat the tests, but Consumer Reports’ director of electronics testing Maria Rerecich has replied saying that she sees no need to do so.” “Apple, too, was Click Here to Read more

Apple’s Phil Schiller: Apple working with Consumer Reports to understand Bad Report

On Friday, the world’s leading consumer magazine, Consumer Reports, had put out a “No Buy” report on Apple’s new MacBook Pro due to battery issues. Hours later, Apple’s Senior Vice President, Phil Schiller, issued a Tweet that said: The Consumer Reports test has come under scrutiny since publication of the non-recommendation. The tests were conducted by opening a series of 10 web pages sequentially on Safari. This tests’ inconsistency had the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar registering 16 hours, 12.75 hours and 3.75 hours of battery life. A 15-inch MacBook Pro ranged from 18.5 hours to 8 hours of battery life. When Click Here to Read more

Consumer Reports has a “NO BUY” on New MacBook Pro due to Battery Issues

“Apple launched a new series of MacBook Pro laptops this fall, and Consumer Reports’ labs have just finished evaluating them. The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but in terms of battery life, we found that the models varied dramatically from one trial to another,” Jerry Beilinson writes for Consumer Reports. “As a result, these laptops are the first MacBooks not to receive recommended ratings from Consumer Reports.” “The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next,” Beilinson writes. “For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the Click Here to Read more

PC World reviews the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

When I reviewed the Amazon Echo 13 months ago, I predicted that people would want one in every room. The Echo can control your home’s lighting, play music, estimate your commute time, operate a timer, answer trivia questions, read books and news bulletins to you, tell you which movies are at your local theater, and so much more. You can order a pizza from Dominoes, a ride from Uber, or virtually anything from Amazon. You’d want one in every room so you didn’t need to walk to the room it was in to use it, or yell “Alexa!” from across Click Here to Read more

PC World reviews the new MacBook Pro (With Touch Bar) – What’s the Verdict?

Apple gave its new MacBook Pro a thinner, sleeker case, which demanded a new, lower-travel keyboard, a new venting system, and even a smaller battery. But while I appreciate a Mac that’s smaller and lighter, I’d rather have a Mac that’s easier or just more fun to use. These 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Apple’s new Touch Bar are both. The Touch Bar brings my favorite things about the iPad Pro’s software keyboard to the Mac. The amount of useful shortcuts it adds is ridiculous, and this is before most third-party developers have even had a chance to add Touch Bar Click Here to Read more

TIME Magazine reviews the new MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) – The Verdict?

Using Apple’s new MacBook Pro is a little bit like test driving a BMW for the first time. Everything about it feels more refined, sharper, and faster than your old laptop. But it’s probably out of your budget, and even though everything about it is better than what you’re used to, you can’t name one particular thing you miss when it’s gone. I’ve been using Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, for the past week. It begins shipping this month starting at $1,799 for the entry level 13-inch version. Apple also offers a 15-inch model starting at $2,399 that includes a faster processor, boosted graphics, more memory, Click Here to Read more

Ars Technica Reviews the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar

“What you’ve got in the new MacBook Pros is a lineup of very nice-looking (if not game-changing) laptops that combine a refreshed design with a healthy dose of updated technology,” Andrew Cunningham reports for Ars Technica. “Today, we’ll be examining the $1,499 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the version with the row of function keys in place of the ballyhooed Touch Bar. We’ll be examining the other 13- and 15-inch model thoroughly when we can get them, of course, but the $1,499 version still tells us a lot about the design, the keyboard, the new Thunderbolt 3 ports, and Click Here to Read more

Review: Samson Meteor USB Mic for Mac

The other day, I needed a microphone for my Mac Mini’s radio station.  As Mac users know, there isn’t a “real” microphone port on the computer.  So, after doing some research, I found out that I needed an USB mic. I finally found one that is a very good little mic and was affordable. The Samson Meteor Mic is a medium-sized mic that plugs into any USB port.  Setting it up is a snap (but of course, it’s a Mac!) and I was up and running in no time. The Mic has a on/off switch, a built-in stand, and just Click Here to Read more