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Woz needs our help to become a Madame Tussaud’s wax figur...

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It’s time for the Cult of Mac to mobilize. Apple co-founder, Segway enthusiast, and all-around snuggly bear Steve Wozniak has won many honors and awards over the years, but this could be the greatest one yet: he’s up to bemf.gif


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Review: ChargeTech’s ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet lets...

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The first time I found an AC wall outlet under my seat on an airplane, I realized that I could use my MacBook Pro with its wall charger for hours, even if I’d partially discharged the battery before boarding. Later, when I rode a bus with an AC outlet onboard, the freedom to enjoy my laptop for hours made the long trip feel brief. But I’ve had far more trips without AC outlets than with them, and there have been plenty of times when my MacBook could really have used a recharge mid-trip.

That’s why I’m genuinely excited about ChargeTech’s ChargeAll Portable Power Outlet ($150-$200), which primarily exists to give you access to an AC outlet literally anywhere you might be — something that I can’t believe has taken so long to become available. There are two versions, one with 12,000mAh of power, and the other with 18,000mAh of power, either with enough energy to keep your MacBook going for hours on the road. Both units have the overcharge and short circuit protection you’d expect from a surge board — the difference is that you can toss them into a bag or a car…

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Key Details:

  • Portable MacBook charger with ability to add nearly 50%-70% additional run time, depending on capacity chosen
  • Has full three-prong AC outlet built-in, works with MacBook chargers
  • Includes twin 2.4-Amp USB ports for use with iPads, iPhones, iPods
  • International AC plug converter and carrying case in package
  • Recharges very quickly

 

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Sold in white or black, the ChargeAll units aren’t small: the 18,000mAh version I tested is 7.3″ wide by 5.1″ by 1.1″ at its largest points, slightly smaller in footprint than an iPad mini, but roughly four times as thick. There’s a power button on the top, alongside a small four-light remaining power indicator. It’s shipped with a drawstring carrying bag, a wall adapter of its own, and a converter that adapts a variety of foreign plugs to its three-prong input. International users should bear in mind that it outputs 110-120V 60Hz power from the AC port, which means that it’s fine for use with all of Apple’s laptops and pretty much anything with a switching power adapter.

One of the biggest surprises during my ChargeAll testing was the speed that the portable outlet itself is recharged from wall power using the included 40-Watt/2-Amp adapter. I’ve become so accustomed to sluggish charging that I was thrilled to see it go from empty to full in around two and a half hours, similar to the speed of fully recharging my Retina MacBook Pro. Another way to look at this: three hours before a trip, you plug your ChargeAll and MacBook in to separate wall outlets, pack them both with the MacBook’s wall adapter, and you’re ready to roll.

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There are different ways to use ChargeAll: you could conceivably connect it to a MacBook while it’s being used, or leave it charging when the MacBook’s closed and sleeping. Doing the latter — which provides the most linear way of measuring the power it adds — I found in one test that the 18,000mAh cell took a completely discharged 13″ Retina MacBook Pro to 72% power. Oddly, in another test with the same machine in partially charged condition, it restored 66%, for an average of 69% (or roughly 7 hours of additional run time) across the tests. ChargeAll’s smaller 12,000mAh version should add a bit under 5 hours of life to a 13″ Pro; Apple’s 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs have smaller batteries, and would expect to get even longer added run times.

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ChargeAll also has twin 2.4-Amp USB ports capable of recharging other Apple devices at full speeds. The ports glow blue while they’re in use, a surprise given that most other batteries I’ve tested try to conserve as much energy as possible. Using the 18,000mAh model, I was able to more than fully recharge a dead iPad Air 2, achieving one dead-to-full recharge and then adding 64% to a partially discharged unit in a second test, for a total of 164%. The 12,000mAh version should have enough power for nearly a 110% recharge of the same iPad, or about 100% for the original iPad Air. Since there are dozens of good iPad batteries out there at aggressive prices, ChargeAll’s not likely to be the first pick for that purpose, but as a Mac charging station with iPad and iPhone support as a backup, it makes a lot of sense.

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It’s worth mentioning that ChargeAll’s solution has several practicality advantages and one disadvantage relative to Gbatteries Energy’s BatteryBox. You get to use MagSafe rather than a somewhat awkward plastic clamp, get similar extra power at a lower price, and have a battery that’s not as boxy to carry in a bag. ChargeAll can also be used either as a live power source or as a recharger for the battery; BatteryBox only works as a live power source for the MacBook. That said, BatteryBox consumes less space overall than carrying both ChargeAll and Apple’s wall adapter; it also includes one 2.1-Amp USB port for iPad charging.

Given all that ChargeAll does right, my only concern is one that’s common to virtually all external charging solutions: longevity. While the accessory feels solidly made and promises a very standard 500 uses before battery issues may develop — enough to last for a couple of years of normal, near-daily use, which is appropriate to both asking prices — BatteryBox’s more restrictive “live power only” use of its battery promises twice the normal number of recharge cycles. You’ll have to choose between a longer-lasting but more restrictive solution, or one that will likely work well for a couple of years — perhaps longer — with a wider variety of MacBooks and devices.

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From my perspective, ChargeAll’s the easier pick. I absolutely love the fact that I can now carry an AC outlet anywhere I go, and the price points strike me as reasonable given the functionality being offered here. Overall, there’s no better option I’ve found for on-the-go MacBook recharging, and the iPad recharging is a nice bonus.

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$150 (12,000mAh) / $200 (18,000mAh)Compatibility:
All MacBooks, iPads, iPhones
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The Apple Watch’s S1 chip looks great under X-Ray

Today, 12:30 PM

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Yesterday, we reported that the S1 microprocessor inside the Apple Watch was roughly equivalent to the A5 chip inside the iPhone 4s, iPad mini, and iPad 2. But if you wanted even more detail on what makes the Apple Watch’smf.gif


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Apple Watch Edition at Apple Watch Sport (+can of spray p...

Today, 12:27 PM

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It is what is on the inside that counts, right? All Apple Watches are the same under the skin and Casey Neistat, semi-famous for other Apple launch videos, decided he was going to turn his $399 Apple Watch into a $399 Apple Watch with gold spray paint on it. The idea is that passersby would think it was an Edition, and all that comes along with that, I guess.

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To be honest, the spray paint better matches the “Aluminum Gold” iPhones, iPads and now MacBooks but I have to imagine the button/crown and some of the sensors will take a hit.

 


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Apple Watch survives remarkably well in kitchen torture t...

Today, 11:54 AM

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The Apple Watch Sport’s Ion X glass has been put through a torture scratch test and we’ve seen it survive 15 minutes under water but now that Apple Watches are being shipped en masse, we’re going to see many full-on torture tests.  The first such test is from Cnet which takes it through some (admittedly unlikely) kitchen destruction scenarios.

The Apple Watch and its white band survived admirably through the gauntlet but you could tell this video was going to end with a broken watch and it finally broke when smashed with a iron skillet. OK, sure. broken-apple-watch-shattered-gass.png?w=

I don’t know about you guys but this test gives me a lot of confidence in the Apple Watch, particularly the drops, band stain resistance and waterproofing. Even this broken glass might be easily repairable as shown by iFixit yesterday. 


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Apple emails watch owners with links to guided tour videos

Today, 09:38 AM

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Apple has started emailing early buyers of the Apple Watch with links to the guided tour videos on its website. The email highlights the videos for Messages, Siri and Digital Touch, but provides individual links to each of the other videos. It also contains a link to the user guide … 

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Apple first started adding videos to the Apple Watch section of its website in early April, adding Phone, Siri, Maps and Music mid-month before Apple Pay, Activity and Workout were uploaded just a couple of days before launch.

Apple seems to recognize that the watch is less immediately intuitive than its other products, offering workshops and online personal setup to help new owners get to grips with the wearable, in addition to a series of ads which provide a feel for the difference an Apple Watch can make to our daily lives.

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Apple Watch Sport Destroyed in Torture Test Video

Today, 05:23 AM

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A CNet video shows the new Apple Watch Sport undergoing a variety of torture tests in a kitchen setting to see how well it holds up to a variety of abuse.

Previously, video bloggers have subjected the Sport's Ion-X screen and the Sapphire screen to a variety of scratch tests.


The video shows the Apple Watch Sport holds up remarkably well in various scenarios. The watch is washed, submerged in water for 10 minutes, boiled, grated, spilled on, dropped and finally smashed with cast iron skillet. The Apple Watch Sport screen did shatter with the skillet impact, but seemed to remain perfectly functional until that point.

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Apple Watch Sport unboxing and size comparison (Video)

Today, 02:52 AM

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Apple Watch has undoubtedly been a long time in the making, but it’s finally here. Today we’re taking a look at the Sport models to see exactly what you get for between $349 to $399. Apple’s strategy for rolling out this product line hasn’t been favored by everyone, but if you were one of the lucky people to place a preorder two weeks ago, here’s what you can expect…

Apple Watch Sport comes in an anodized aluminum case and your choice of either Silver or Space Gray as color options. There are 38mm and 42mm size options and by default it ships with a “durable fluoroelastomer” band in a variety of colors that can be sized to fit S/M or M/L wrists. There are a total of 10 models available for Apple Watch Sport and today we’re looking at the 38mm Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band and the 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band.

Inside of the box, you’ll find the Apple Watch Sport, a 2m magnetic charging cable, 5w USB power adapter, Sport band (with an “adapter” for configuring different sizes), and a quick start guide. Unfortunately, you won’t find any of those famous Apple stickers inside of this box. I know, sad times.

Check out our Apple Watch unboxing & comparison video below:

When comparing the 42mm and 38mm sizes on my wrist, it’s obvious which size works out better. My wrists are simply too large to wear a 38mm Apple Watch full-time. In case you’re curious, my wrist measures approximately 175mm. Because of this, I’m likely a better fit for the 42mm with a M/L band configuration. For any other band Apple sells, the medium version fits perfectly.

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42mm vs 38mm on my wrist.

 

As for first impressions, the Sport model feels well built. It’s definitely not as flashy as Apple Watch, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like the look of the Silver Sport. Of course, a favorite among preorder sales is definitely the Space Gray Sport model. The finish looks very sleek and in my opinion, better than the Silver version. Either way, if you went with the Sport model, you will not be disappointed in the materials used. Though it’s likely that I’ll swap out this Sport band for another third-party option in the future.

The software experience can be a bit confusing at first. There are so many different options and navigation methods. It may take a while for you to get used to things, but it’s fairly easy to learn. We detailed some of the software experience in our initial hands-on during a try-on appointment, but stay tuned for more coverage on Apple Watch and its features.

Be sure to check out the above video for our unboxing and comparison between the 42mm and 38mm Apple Watch Sport models. We’ll be bringing more detailed coverage throughout the coming weeks, but hopefully this brief unboxing and comparison will help you decide between the sizes and colors.


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Sail through Apple Watch setup with these handy tips

Today, 01:51 AM

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You’ve got your Apple Watch, you lucky devil. Now it’s time to tweak it to make it as personal as possible with these Apple Watch setup tips. Although Apple walks you through many of the basic steps, there are plentymf.gif


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Tweak your Apple Watch notifications

Today, 01:34 AM

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Notifications are why we all got an Apple Watch, right? We want to be able to know what’s going on in our digital lives all the time, but we want to do it faster, without having to pull out anmf.gif


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