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Weekly Utilities Update: MacKeeper, BlueHarvest, gfxCardStatus, more...

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. There are mainly updates for maintenance utilities this week, along with an update for gfxCardStatus and VirtualBox.

By May 24, 2010

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Weekly Utilities Update: Little Snitch, gfxCardStatus, WhatSize, more...

Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week we have updates for graphics and display managmenet utilities, disk and file management and recovery utilities, as well as a few small updates to maintenance utilities

By May 17, 2010

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Switch MacBook Pro graphics cards with gfxCardStatus

On Apple's latest MacBook Pro systems, the dual GPU setup allows for dynamic switching between the onboard and discrete graphics chips to optimize performance and battery life, depending on the tasks at hand. This is convenient; however, Apple does not provide an easy way to manage the different GPUs on the system, and if you like to tinker you may find the utility gfxCardStatus useful, both for newer and older machines.

By May 10, 2010

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OS X 10.8.3 forces discrete GPU use in 2010 MacBook Pros

The latest graphics-related problem in the mid-2010 MacBook Pro results in persistent use of the discrete graphics card and lower battery lives.

By April 1, 2013

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Use your Mac's internal graphics to save battery life

If your Mac has two GPUs then you can set it to use the lower-power one to save energy; however, sometimes that's not enough.

By November 9, 2012

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Quick workaround for MacBook black screen

Some older MacBook Pro models may still suffer from periodic black-screen problems, but this workaround may help.

By November 27, 2012

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Graphics-related crashes resurface for mid-2010 MacBook Pro systems

If your MacBook Pro is crashing after updating Mountain Lion, you may be experiencing a long-standing bug affecting a specific model of MacBook systems.

By May 29, 2013

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Tip: Switch GPUs on MacBook Pros to save batteries

Most late-model MacBook Pro systems starting in 2008 have two GPUs that can be switched to help save battery life. Here are some options for controlling the GPUs on your MacBook system.

By March 12, 2011

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Apple acknowledges 2010 MacBook Pro black-screen bug

Despite hope that Apple's 10.7.2 update would fix a persistent black-screen issue, affected MacBook Pro systems are still plagued by the bug; however, a fix is in the works.

By October 13, 2011

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Some Retina MacBook Pro owners seeing interface lag

Hardware limitations may be a factor, but choppy or laggy scrolling and window movement might be remedied by an OS reinstallation among other options.

By August 16, 2012