Apple Finds Bug after Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Battery Test

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Consumer Reports said in a blog post Tuesday that Apple has a fix for a bug uncovered in CR testing. According to statements from both CR and Apple, there was a bug in Safari that caused battery life issues on Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and Apple has released a fix for that bug to its beta program, and said it will release it to the public in the coming weeks.

Moving Photos, Fixing Mail, Securing Your Network & More – Mac Geek Gab 639

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Back from CES, your two favorite geeks have some fun stuff to report about and all of your questions to answer. The latter include things like fixing Mail.app’s CPU-hogging, which hibernatemode to use for your MacBook, and much, much more. Press play and enjoy!

myCharge Gets its USB-C Portable Charger Game On at CES 2017

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – myCharge is well known for their portable batteries for recharging our smartphones and more, and now they’re making sure even the USB-C MacBook and MacBook Pro are covered, too. The company’s RazorPlatinum can juice up your laptop, iPhone, or iPad for US$99.99. The RazorUltra is coming soon and handles your smartphone and tablet for about $60, plus both have USB-A ports for everything else you need to power up. It’s great seeing USB-C batteries hitting the market because we’re going to see the connector showing up even more places—something that’s very clear at this year’s CES.

myCharge Gets its USB-C Portable Charger Game On at CES 2017

The First Rule of The Darknet Is Don’t Talk About The Darknet – Mac Geek Gab 636

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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It’s true, John and Dave – and you, fellow listeners – have gone acronym crazy! BYOD is discussed, as is TOR browser on iOS and elsewhere. RAM performance under Sierra makes an appearance as do a TON of tips, especially one for speeding up Safari on slower Macs. VPN makes an appearance in this acronym show (as it should!), and then we have some gift guide suggestions from your fellow listeners. Press play and enjoy!

Apple Trying to Beef Up Battery Engineering Team

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Stylized car battery with Apple logo

In the wake of ongoing complaints about battery performance and reporting on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Apple is looking to beef up its battery-engineering team. 9to5Mac noted the company just added two positions related to batteries, Battery Algorithm Analysis Engineer and System Power and Control Architect.

Yahoo's Data Breach, Mac Laptop Battery Time Estimates - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-15

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Yahoo! lost over a billion user’s account information in a data breach. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about what happened, and share some tips for protecting your accounts and data from hackers. They also look at some apps for showing the battery time remaining estimate on your Mac laptop.

4 Apps for Seeing Your Mac's Battery Time Remaining [Updated]

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple removed the battery time remaining estimate in macOS 10.12.2

Apple took away the time remaining estimate from its Battery menu bar widget in macOS 10.12.2 presumably because it was inaccurate and confusing. That’s a problem because a lot of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook users rely on the time estimate to get an idea of how long they can go before they have to find a power outlet. Even though Apple deemed the time remaining estimate unnecessary, other developers get that it’s an important feature. Read on to see some of TMO’s favorite battery monitoring apps.

Apple Adds Online Form for Checking iPhone 6s Battery Replacement Eligibility

· Bryan Chaffin & Jim Tanous · Product News

iphone 6s battery replacement serial number

Apple added an online form for checking your iPhone 6s eligibility for a battery replacement program. The program itself was announced in November, but it was initially up to customers to figure out if their serial number was eligible. The form allows owners to simply enter that serial number and be told if it’s eligible.

iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire

· Jeff Gamet · News

Burned iPhone 7 following car fire

An iPhone 7 is being blamed for causing a car fire, and it’s already being compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 burning phone disaster. While it’s possible Apple is about to face a wave of burning iPhones, it’s possible this was an isolated incident, or that the iPhone wasn’t the cause of the fire.

Bigger Apple Watch 2 Battery Doesn't Mean Longer Life

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch 2 battery

The Apple Watch 2 may pack a bigger battery, assuming a new photo is legit. If so, that could mean longer battery life for Apple’s second generation smartwatch, but it could be powering new features instead.