The Upgrade of MacPro

Apple has increased both the processing power and the memory of its laptop for professionals range. Moreover it has also lowered the price of the non-Retina Display laptop model.

The models featuring a Retina display have double memory and a more powerful and long lasting battery. In the case of the 13 inches versions this means eight gigabytes in place of the previous four gigabytes of Random Access Memory.

All the 13 and the 15 inch laptops benefited from the latest upgrade and therefore both the performance and the life of the battery will definitely receive an impulse. The laptops having a smaller Retina display are equipped with a dual-core processor of the Intel Core i5 type. This processor has a power of 2.8 gigahertz and an extra Turbo Boost that arrives to 3.3 gigahertz. The bigger laptops have processor of the quad-core Intel Core i7 type which has 2.5 gigahertz and a Turbo Boost which can reach up to 3.7 gigahertz.

The electronics company does not give up its prices so easily. Thus, the MacBook Pro Retina Display having 13 inch can be purchased at the price of the 1299 US dollars. If the user is willing to pay the price then he/she will have at its disposal a processor of the dual-core Intel Core i5 type having 2.6 gigahertz which can reach 3.1 gigahertz with the help of the Turbo Boost, eight gigabytes for the RAM and 128 gigabytes for storage. The buyer will also have the Intel Iris graphics.

If the buyers are willing to pay 700 US dollars more, they can get the MacBook Pro with Retina Display having 15 inches. This version has a processor of the quad-core Intel Core i7 type having 2.2 gigahertz. The Turbo Boost allows the reach of 3.4 gigahertz. The 15 inch version has a memory equal to 16 gigabytes, storage of about 256 gigabytes and obviously the Iris Pro Graphics produced by Intel.

Apple has reduced the price for its 15 inch model. This version has a quad-core processors of the Intel Core i7 type with 2.5 gigahertz. The Turbo Speed allows in this case the reach of 3.7 gigahertz. The device has a Random Access Memory equal to 16 gigabytes. The flash storage is of 512 gigabytes. The model has an Intel Iris Pro and the graphics is the one belonging to the GeForce GT 750 M produced by NVIDIA. All these for the price of 2499 US dollars.

The senior vice-president of Apple Worldwide Marketing says that people enjoy using the MacBooks because they are light and slim. They love them because they have a unique aluminum design, a wonderful Retina display and a long lasting battery and obviously an integrated OS X.

The electronics giant has officially confirmed that its last notebook equipped with an optical drive will not be withdrawn from the markets. The 13 inch MacBook Pro is a bit ticker than the Retina Display versions. This is due to the fact that it has a CD and DVD combo drive. The model also has a screen featuring a much lower resolution.

It was described as a viable option for customers who want to make the shift form personal computers to Mac laptops. This laptop has a quad core processor of the Intel Core i5 type, having 2.5 gigahertz. The Turbo Boost allows the reach of 3.1 gigahertz. The laptop also has a hard drive of 500 gigabytes. It still has a RAM equal to four gigabytes but the price has been lowered with 100 US dollars. Buyers can have with for the price of 1099 US dollars.

Don’t just get a BlackBerry. Get BlackBerry PGP encrypted services

Android and iPhones have proven to be unreliable when it comes to encryption and data protection. These popular devices have been relatively reduced to the status of toys when it comes to industrial or professional grade protection against espionage at any level. No one knows where the compromise begins and ends with these platforms whose very hardware was born with the idea of giving access to those who demanded it from certain levels.

This is not true with the Blackberry PGP phone. It does not seem to be the concerted target of any known or unknown organizations at the hardware level. Regardless, it still requires strong protection at the software level. This is where Blackberry PGP encryption software comes in.

Governments don’t like this, which is likely part of the foundation of all of the BlackBerry hate. Does BlackBerry come out of the box with this level of encryption, of course No. Also iOs and Android are not able to offer you the same level of security. A special phone service (subscription), and the leader in sales of this technology is a company called


Protests prevent Apple from using Two Chemicals in Its Products

Apple had to replace two harmful chemicals extant in the composition of its products with some safer alternatives. This has occurred after protests unfolded by various groups concerned with the health of consumers, like Green America and China Labor.

Apple was required to get rid of n-hexane and benzene which were part of the items it produced. These substances are dangerous and poisonous; nonetheless they are utilized in Chinese plants and factories. Apple plants in China are not exception.

In order to put an end to the accusation, the American company has decided to investigate twenty-two of its assembly factories in China. The company has declared that its investigators have found no threatening usage of the two substances in its plants. It also pointed out that the workers’ health was in good conditions. The investigation was done on a number of 500,000 employees.

There were four factories were these substance were found, but in a quite low concentration. Apple decided that there are safer alternatives to the two substances and as a result it decided to ban them from the production. This regulation will enter into force on the 1st of September 2014. Moreover, the company has decided upon a list of substances must not be used by its collaborators.

The association called Green America has asked Apple to be more open when it comes to the chemicals that are used during the manufacturing process of its products. The group has also demanded the American company to set the basis of a trust fund to help workers whose health had been damaged due to the substances used in the Apple products. There have been some protests in front of Apple stores in New York, organized to sensitize the public opinion upon these issues.

Apple has been closely watched over by various groups protecting workers since 2010 when several employees working for Foxconn committed suicide. Apple has done efforts to improve the working conditions. Nonetheless, the watchdogs groups consider that there is more work to be done, especially when it comes to wages and a better labor environment.

Benzene and n-hexane can still be used by Apple suppliers but only before the products are assembled and according to some very strict regulations. In 2009, a number of 137 employees working for a Chinese supplier entered into contact with n-hexane. Then, it 2011 some of them had health problems and asked Apple to pay for their medication.

Amazon Fire Phone – Not the Ideal Shopping Partner

The Amazon Fire Phone was created in order to help shoppers. However, the Firefly scanning feature is more useful when searching for information. Now, the concept of Firefly is pretty smart: it is supposed to help users keep a track of items they see offline and then go on the Amazon website and purchase them.

The Amazon Fire Phone has a side button. This has to be presses while pointing one of the six Amazon cameras towards the bar code or the label of the product. The feature can be used to spot food items, books and even films. The mike can be used to recognize various song and television productions. After the user identifies the item, he/she has to make a swiping movement on the screen in order to find the product on the corresponding Amazon website. A few taps, and the product belongs to the user. The Fire Phone owners also receive an Amazon Prime membership for an entire year, so products are delivered free of charge in just two days.

The Firefly is pretty accurate, though it makes some mistakes. It might get the wrong size of the product or the wrong flavor. The application is more efficient if the user scans the bar code and not the label. But mistakes might occur even so. Thus, such inaccuracies might confuse the buyer and make his/her purchasing decision more difficult. Another problem of the Firefly features is its slowness. A user might have to point the phone’s camera towards a product for several seconds. This might seem pretty suspicious to other customers and to the shop assistants. This might discourage certain phone users. Since most people are not accustomed to the Amazon Fire Phone yet and to its Firefly features, most phone possessors make use of the scanner with discretion, which is not comfortable at all while in a crowded shop.

Plus, buyers can search the web for the prices of the items they want to buy. They do not actually need the Fire phone. Moreover, Amazon has applications functioning on iPhones, Windows Phones and on Android. The versions functioning on Android and iOS phones allow users to scan products in a similar fashion to Firefly.

The Firefly feature is handy for additional information. It functions in connection with IMDB, television databases and some other applications belonging to other companies. The feature can be used to scan restaurant menus, business cards and various items which have QR codes. A user can fins out addresses and phone numbers which might turn out to be pretty useful later on. Songs, films and television programs can be identified by means of the voice recognition technology.

However, the Firefly would be handier if the user did not have to point the phone camera towards various items and products for seconds in a row. It would be better to take a photo of the product and analyze it latter when out of the sight of suspicious vendors. This would also solve the problem of lack of internet when spotting the product in a shop. Moreover, a picture would definitely help the user to identify the item when the application is not capable of finding the suitable match.


Probably the Firefly will be more useful as the technology improves. It could be used to find out more about items in shops and stores.