The "Spinal Tap" reference to the volume control that goes to "11" notwithstanding, there's a lot of confusion surrounding volume controls. There shouldn't be; the volume control setting has nothing to do with how loud an amp can play. Some folks mistakenly think that if you don't have to turn the knob up very far from the minimum setting to achieve high volume, that "proves" it's a powerful amp. No, not at all; the maximum volume level of any amp is determined not by how far you turn the knob, … Read more
NASA spotted a colossal "coronal mass ejection" erupting off of the sun on Tuesday morning. This solar phenomenon spewed billions of tons of particles into space at speeds of 570 miles per second and they are currently headed toward Earth, according to the space agency.
NASA estimates that the particles will reach our planet in one to three days and could cause a geomagnetic storm.
Setting up a home security system can involve buying expensive cameras, covering installation costs, and paying a monthly service fee.
Entrepreneur Gene Wang began searching for a more cost effective way to protect his mother's house after it was burglarized twice in one year. This lead to the development of the Presence app, a free iOS app that turns old Wi-Fi-enabled Apple devices into home security cameras.
"In the last 12 months, there have been like 50 million iPhones that have been replaced and a lot of people keep that old phone and iPad because ... what do you … Read more
AT&T has been working hard to improve its customer service and purchase experience. And it looks like the hard work is paying off.
On Thursday, J.D. Power announced that AT&T took the top position in its consumer purchase experience poll. And in early August, J.D. Power also named the company tops in solving customers' problems.
In the consumer purchase poll, AT&T scored high both in the experience of buying a phone and mobile service in its retail locations as well as online. Two years ago, AT&T ranked last with respect … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.
This week readers had comments with additional reasons why a Mac may show a spinning color wheel cursor regularly, concerns about the prevalence of power cord fraying for MacBook systems, and whether or not extreme heat from a MacBook Pro's vents and chassis are normal.
I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!
Question: Extreme heat from the chassis on a MacBook Pro MacFixIt reader Ken asks:I … Read more
In the wake of an electrocution in China reportedly linked to a third-party power adapter connected to an iPhone, Apple has launched a trade-in program to replace users' third-party chargers with its own.
Noting that some third-party or counterfeit power adapters may be poorly designed and result in safety issues, Apple announced Monday that its USB Power Adapter Takeback Program will swap non-Apple chargers with its own for $10.
"Customer safety is a top priority at Apple," Apple said in a statement. "That's why all of our products -- including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, … Read more
A security flaw in Apple's iOS 6 that could theoretically allow malware to be uploaded to iOS devices via a malicious power adapter will be patched in the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, Apple said Wednesday.
The hack, dubbed Mactrans by the three researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology who discovered the flaw, was demonstrated Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The trio announced in June that they had developed a proof-of-concept that showed how a malicious iPhone charger lets them hack into the mobile device running the latest version of … Read more
You should need to press your Mac's power button only once in order to turn it on. After doing this, you should hear the boot chimes, then see it load OS X, and drop you to the log-in window. However, what do you do if this doesn't happen, and you neither see nor hear any activity from the system?
If this should happen to you, there are several things you can do before taking your system in for servicing.
First, check for a proper power source. If your system does not have a battery, test the wall outlet … Read more
The ChargerGenie is a bit of a head-scratcher. At first glance, you might think it's an insulated lunchbox, or perhaps a large makeup tote. On closer inspection, you'll notice what looks like a power strip on the bottom. It consists of two things you don't expect to see married to each other.
Once you take the time to contemplate the ChargerGenie, it starts to make a little more sense. It's an Indiegogo project looking to raise $45,000 to go into production. Normally, you would stuff your electronic devices into a purse, sack, or some sort of bag, and then carry a power strip separately. This project simply puts them together.… Read more