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Apple Discontinues Displays

Apple has discontinued their Thunderbolt Display and has not committed to a replacement. If you’re looking for a great Thunderbolt display for your Mac, a 4K, 5K display, or even a second display, we can help. There are plenty of options. As consultants, and as authorized dealers of just about any display manufacturer, we can select and install the right one for you and your environment.

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More Magic

Apple’s wireless input devices are now in their second generation—Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Keyboard. The primary change to all of these is the ability to recharge the batteries by plugging in a supplied cable.  Gone is the need to swap batteries and you won’t be bothered by the back panel of the mouse falling off. These new goodies require Apple’s Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan to function correctly.
 

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Data Recovery

There are many stages of drive failure and levels of recovery. The first and simplest is directory damage. There’s a file on the drive that keeps track of the location of all other files. This directory can become confused and mis-represent what is on the drive. It can be repaired for minimum cost if caught soon enough.

Physical damage is more serious. Traditional drives consist of spinning “platters” much like phonograph records. Moving parts wear and break down. We’ll remove the drive from your Mac if necessary and retrieve the data carefully. If it needs to go to the next level, we send it to one of our recovery specialists. We partner with the best data recovery companies in the U.S.. If it’s at all possible to get data back, we can do it.

Of course backing up your data is the best practice and we’d be glad to help you with your own personalized plan. Don’t be caught without a backup.

Browser Tech Alert Scam

MacLab has been receiving daily calls and emails from customers who have fallen prey in some degree to browser alert scams. These alerts pop up on your screen and tell you something is terribly wrong with your computer and to call “A Certified Live Technician” or “Apple Support.” The error message may be difficult or seemingly impossible to dismiss. Most importantly, do not call the number. The person on the other end will ask to take remote control of your computer in order to “fix” the problem. Once this unknown person has gained control of your computer, your identity and finances are at risk.

We’ve had customers report that the “tech” opened password files and asked for birthdates. At the same time they are asking the customer to pay to have the computer repaired.

Safari may appear to be stuck and not useable after this, the result of the malware. Until you can get it truly resolved, try Firefox.

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Apple Laptop Updates

Apple just introduced the 12 inch MacBook, thinner and lighter than any previous laptop. Similar to the MacBook Air, it has little in the way of connections, in fact it has only one expansion port, which doubles as both power and USB. This MacBook has no fan (a first for Apple) and the keyboard takes practically the entirely width. Apple has worked hard to fit 12 inches of screen space in a small footprint and calls this “the future of the notebook.” Two models are available at $1299 and $1599. Choose processor, drive size and even color (silver, space gray, gold). Check back with us to see how these are doing in the field.

The MacBook Air received processor speed upgrades and Thunderbolt 2, while the 13 inch MacBook Pros now has an upgraded processor and the new “Force Touch” trackpad (also found on the 12 inch MacBook.

G-Tech G-Drive ev RaW

If you’re on the go with your laptop and a mobile drive, there’s always the possibility of it dropping. So why not get a little extra protection? The G-Drive ev RaW is shock resistant up to 1.5 meters (that’s almost 5 feet). You can take the cool blue bumper on and off and it’s warranted for 3 years. Pretty nice. A terabyte for $129.95. Yes, we have them.

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