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How to Solve Your iPhoto Auto Launch Issues by Checking Your Preference Files

8:35 AM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

Mac Geek Gab listener Julie loves how iPhoto automatically opens when she connects her iPhone to her Mac, allowing her to quickly import and enjoy her latest photos. But lately something has gone wrong, and the Image Capture app opens instead of iPhoto, even though she triple-checked that iPhoto is configured to launch when a camera is connected. We explain how her problems may be the result of a bad preference file, and show Julie how to fix it.

Your Ultra-Portable MacBook Deserves the Ultra-Portable FINsix Power Adapter

10:13 AM, Jan. 10th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s laptops are smaller and more portable than ever, but their power adapters haven’t changed much in years. Even on the smaller models, the power adapter “brick” is relatively large to carry and might not fit into tight outlet spaces. Now FINsix wants to take laptop charging to a new level with its remarkably tiny power adapter. Dubbed the “world’s smallest laptop adapter,” the FINsix is up to four times smaller and six times lighter than your traditional adapter, while still providing 65 watts of power for modern MacBooks. It’s also flexible, with swappable tips for charging PC laptops and USB devices.

Pricing has yet to be set, but look for the FINsix to be available for pre-order around March with shipping in the middle of the year. Product image via DigitalTrends.

Next iPhone May Keep 8MP Sensor, Look to Software for Improvements

10:37 AM, Jan. 9th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · Rumor

iPhone Camera

At least one financial firm thinks that Apple won't upgrade the camera hardware on the next iPhone, maintaining the current 8MP design and instead choosing to improve image quality with new software features. The report was strong enough to send the stock of the primary iPhone camera supplier tumbling.

Sony’s FDR-AX100 Camcorder Offers Stunning 4K at Prosumer Prices

11:10 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Okay, so you’ve got a new Mac Pro that can edit 4K video “like butter,” a bevy of new affordable 4K displays, and massive Thunderbolt storage to store all of your files. But how do you get 4K content to start with? Sony has the answer with a new prosumer-targeted 4K camcorder, the FDR-AX100. Launching in March for $2,000, the compact device isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the most affordable ways to capture high quality 4K footage. Check out the sample video if you’re not convinced, and start saving those pennies.

Apple Continues to Refine iOS 7 Design with iOS 7.1 Beta 3

8:34 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · Jim Tanous · News

iOS 7 Logo

Apple on Tuesday released the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, and many design tweaks were quickly identified. With the major changes brought by iOS 7, it appears that Apple is still refining the look and feel of its new mobile platform, although sources suggest the final build won't launch until March.