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Everything You Need to Know: Survive Without Flash on Your Mac

4:50 PM, Jul. 14th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

Adobe's Flash Internet Browser plug-in has had so many security issues over the years, especially recently, that many are calling for it to fade into the sunset. Here's a concise FAQ on how check for what version you have installed, how to restrict how Flash is used, and how to delete it for good.

Branch - A Form Fitted USB-C Hub For the New MacBook

5:35 PM, Jul. 13th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

This Kickstarter project, which is now fully funded, aims to provide a full-featured, form fit USB-C dock for Apple's MacBook. Ports are: USB Type-C for power, two USB 3.0 ports and a Mini DisplayPort. Optional is 64 GB of Flash storage, accessible to the MacBook. The developers point out that, "Branch was designed from the ground up to rigidly & securely attach to the MacBook as if it was a part of the Mac itself." Branch will be available in three colors to match the MacBook: Silver, Space Gray and Gold. It measures 11 x 19 x 82 mm, and first versions will be made from high quality polymers.

Apple’s iPad Pro Will Be an Evolutionary Product

5:00 PM, Jul. 13th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro is almost a certainty, given what we now know. However, it's important to put the product into perspective. Being a pro-level product, it won't be for everyone, and that suggests merely incremental sales over what Apple is doing now. That's not a bad thing.

A Working Star Trek Communicator (Bluetooth) Handset

4:30 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Scheduled to ship in January, 2016, this Bluetooth handset is a replica of the original Star Trek communicator. It pairs with your smartphone, and it's full of features.  According to the developer, the Wand company, it's "constructed from pressed metal, die cast metal, machined aluminum and textured ABS to replicate the original hero prop." Here's a summary of the specs from the product page: It has a magnetic stand with a metal base and has multi-color LED charge status lights. There's a built-in lithium polymer battery with wireless charging. It comes with a high quality molded polyurethane foam-lined transit case. Included is a speaker for hands-free calls, and it will play music streamed from any Bluetooth audio player. It can be yours for only US$149.95.  (There's a link to be emailed when it ships.) Here at TMO, we're already drooling.

2 Apple Watch Charging Stands for Travel Compared

3:15 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

For some users, the elegance and convenience of an Apple Watch charging stand is essential. And soon, these stands will be even more useful when watchOS 2.0 introduces the "Wake me up" feature. John Martellaro looks at two such charging stands that are especially useful for travel.

Apple Stores Are Holding the New MacBooks Captive

5:15 PM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

The major design feature of Apple's new MacBook is its low weight.  To hold it in one's hand, untethered, is to appreciate the significance of the design. So why shouldn't Apple let customers walk around the store with one and test the keyboard for awhile? John Martellaro makes the case.