Late 2013 MacBook Pros Experiencing Keyboard And Trackpad Freezes

Late 2013 MacBook Pros Experiencing Keyboard And Trackpad FreezesPlanning on getting your hands on the late-2013 MacBook Pros? Perhaps you might want to hold off on your purchase just yet, at least until Apple has issued an update that will address some of the recent bugs that have been reported lately. According to several user reports, the late-2013 MacBook Pros are facing bugs on their brand new laptops whereby both the 13” and 15” models are giving them problems, suggesting that this is most likely software related as opposed to hardware. The reports claim that both models are experiencing instances where the keyboard and trackpad of their laptops are freezing up, rendering them unusable and where a hard reset through the power button on the laptops is required to get the trackpad and keyboard working again.

There have also been reports where users are running into problems trying to install Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 via Boot Camp on their computers. The problem is apparently with the partition Boot Camp creates, and this affects a variety of installation methods, such as through USB drive and DVD installation through the use of an external drive like SUperDrive. Apple has yet to officially acknowledge these issues and has yet to release a statement on the matter, so for now Apple users experiencing these issues will have to attempt to sort it out themselves and wait for Apple to release an update that will deal with the problem.

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    5 personal safety apps that watch your back

    By the time I was in my mid-20s, I was often chided by my group of friends for being “such a mom” about insisting that upon separating, everyone was expected to text a buddy (generally me) when they’d gotten home safe. There were no smartphones then, just candy-bar Nokias, and it was an imperfect system. People would forget or fall asleep. And we had no plan if someone failed to text with an all-clear, aside from waiting or alerting a roommate.

    We can watch out for one another much better now that we’re all walking around with GPS devices in our pockets—and now that we have a solid selection of apps that are designed specifically to help. Using GPS, SMS, video, alerts, alarms, and a variety of other features, these apps aim to keep you safe. Whether you’re going on a blind date, on a run, to a late movie, or just taking a sketchy cab, it’s worthwhile to have one of these apps on your phone, even if just for peace of mind. And if directly calling 911 is safer or easier, then for the love of Joss Whedon, do that.

    Watch Over Me—iOS and Android

    Watch Over Me’s home screen.

    Watch Over Me greets you with a screen that presents two statements, ‘Watch Over Me While I…’ and ‘For…’, followed by two buttons. For each statement you fill in an action (‘walk home’, ‘walk to my car’, ‘take a cab’, ‘meet someone’, or add a new event), and a time frame (hours and minutes). Once you’ve selected these specifics and tapped the ‘Watch Over Me’ button, the app takes you to a countdown screen with a round button to tap to confirm your safety, and a square button below it to tap to extend the watch session. If you don’t confirm your safety by the time the counter hits zero, the app contacts your previously designated friends (via SMS, email, or even Facebook) with your GPS location.

    Triggering the emergency alarm.

    Two other buttons remain constant throughout the app: the Instant Emergency Alert button, and a banner at the top that you can tap to unlock all the app’s features. Those features don’t come free: For $4 a month, $10 for three months, $15 for six months, or $24 for a year, you can add an unlimited number of contacts, send an unlimited number of SMS alerts, have unlimited Watch Over Me event registrations, and shake your phone to trigger an alert. Note that while a subscription is more or less required, it also turns on your phone’s camera, and it includes audio and video when alerting your friends.

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    Stephen Elop Admits Nokia Overinvested In Windows Phone On Purpose

    Stephen Elop Admits Nokia Overinvested In Windows Phone On PurposeWhen Nokia announced a couple of years ago for forgo Symbian in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone handset, many were perplexed especially since Windows Phone was hardly the most profitable platform at the moment, and we guess the best alternative would be Google’s open-sourced mobile platform, Android. Speaking with The Hindu newspaper, Nokia’s Stephen Elop revealed rather candidly that Nokia’s investment in the Windows Phone platform was overinvested on purpose in a bid to help the operating system build some momentum. (more…)

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    PDP Reveals Kinect Blocking Xbox One Accessory For The Paranoid

    PDP Reveals Kinect Blocking Xbox One Accessory For The ParanoidThe Microsoft Xbox One will come bundled with a Kinect sensor. Previously Microsoft had stated that the Kinect needed to be on all the time to get the Xbox One to function, but has since backtracked on that. However we’re sure that there are still some users out there who might be a little paranoid about the Kinect’s microphone and camera, and that technically Microsoft could use those tools to “spy” on them and track their movements, at least within the home. Well the good news is that peripheral manufacturer, PDP, has announced an accessory for the Kinect which not only lets you mount the sensor on a television, but does it in such a way that it blocks the device’s camera at the same time.

    According to the product’s description on Amazon, the mount will be able to block both RGB and IR cameras and will play nicely with just about any flatscreen television. This should help assuage the fears of those who are worried the Kinect will be used by Microsoft to help deliver targeted ads, although Microsoft has denied that such a thing will not be happening. In any case PDP’s accessory is set for a release on the 4th of December, not too long after the Xbox One has been released, and for those interested in getting their hands on it, you can expect to pay a rather affordable $19.99 for it.

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    Google Glass Modified And Attached To A Regular Pair Of Sunglasses

    Google Glass Modified And Attached To A Regular Pair Of SunglassesThere’s nothing wrong with the design of Google Glass, although we guess there are some who might prefer if it looked more “normal”, as it if it managed to blend with current eye-wear as opposed to looking like something out of a sci-fi movie. While the next version of Google Glass remains to be seen, Sean Percival decided that instead of waiting for Google to do something about it, he would take it upon himself to redesign Google Glass to look cooler. What he did was that he took apart Google Glass before attaching the key components to a pair of sunglasses, which in his case was a pair of Persols.

    The Google Glass component was attached to the glasses via a black cable tie, which while not the neatest solution, helped it blend it with the frames, so for those of you planning to go with patterned frames, you might have a tougher time trying to get it to blend. All in all attaching Google Glass to his Persol pair of sunglasses was not too difficult and according to Percival, he noticed a drop in people staring at him as he was out. In any case while this does help cut down on the weird/curious looks that people give you, there are establishments out there that have made it illegal to wear Google Glass, so this is worth taking note of.

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