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4 Neat Features You Will Absolutely Love On The New MacBook Pro

4 Neat Features You Will Absolutely Love On The New MacBook Pro

If you want to finally switch from Windows PC or Chrome Book to a Mac, there are probably more than a few reasons you are taking this step. It could be the amazing performance, great audio, portability, the innovative touch bar or the butterfly mechanism. Regardless of what your motivation is, these 4 features will help you make the decision to get a MacBook Pro—one of the best decision you will have made in 2017.

1. Highly Versatile OLED Touch Bar

With touch screen technology making its mark on laptops over the last few years, Apple has (predictably) not gone the way of the masses. The reason being is that for laptops, the keyboard will (in the foreseeable future) remain the default mode. Many people with touch screen windows laptops admit that though they appreciate the option to work directly on the screen, they hardly ever use it.

With the touch bar sitting right above the keyboard on the new MacBook Pro, it feels like a natural progression. You will be amazed by how easy it makes your life; soon you will grow reliant on it that you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

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The touch bar comes packed with lots of functions and you will have a blast discovering all the neat tricks it can accomplish. To get you started, check out a list of some of those tricks at Nogentech.

2. A Larger More Responsive Trackpad

    In keeping with Apple’s cutting edge innovation, the new MacBook Pro comes with what is perhaps the largest trackpad seen on a laptop. What is most stunning about this beautiful expanse is actually what lies underneath. Older models came with a mechanical trackpad that pivoted on a lever-like hinge, which had two main problems: the difficulty of a click registering when the pad was pressed near the extremities and the gradual wear and tear of the mechanical parts. So, Apple replaced the old trackpad with a trackpad that is touch sensitive and thus capable not only of sensing in 2 dimensions like a traditional trackpad, but also being able to sense a third dimension via measuring pressure, thereby enabling the company to implement a third click activated by pressing down harder on the trackpad to emulate the middle mouse button. To top it off, the integrated taptic engine is on hand to give you the traditional feel of the mechanical trackpad’s haptic feedback.[1]

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    3. A Simply Superb Keyboard

      Although the keyboard on your new MacBook Pro may look similar to any other on an Apple computer, within a few minutes of typing on it you are bound to realize that this too has been completely redesigned from the ground up. This overhaul was necessary if Apple was still going to fit a full-size keyboard into the amazingly thin MacBook Pro. They did not disappoint. The keys are designed to have a larger surface area, with a deeper curvature and thinner construction and they bounce back with a crisp consistency that allows for more accurate typing. They are also backlit, ensuring that your productivity is not hindered by such nuisances as the lack of proper lighting.

      Added to that is the inclusion of the innovative butterfly mechanism, a departure from the traditional scissor assembly, that allows for less key wobbling and thus more responsiveness. Remember, this keyboard will support all the amazing shortcuts you love about MacBook keyboards.

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      4. Easy Security-Touch ID

        This is one of the most under-appreciated features of the touch bar. Touch identification (ID) saves you lots of time and energy when you want to secure your machine or make purchases online. It is located on the right side of the touch bar and will act as a power button as well. Apart from allowing you to make secure online payments using your unique fingerprint, touch ID also allows you to lock and unlock your machine, ensuring optimum privacy.

        Since the new MacBook Pro also comes with in-built iSight cameras, you can also hack your machine with a neat trick to alert you when your friends or siblings have been trying to break into your machine by instructing the machine to take pictures during failed login attempts.

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        Last Updated on December 30, 2018

        18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

        18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

        No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

        If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

        But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

        Let’s dive straight into the list…

        1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

          If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

          Download Rescue Time

          2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

            If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

            Download Remember the Milk

            3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

              This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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              Download Focus Booster

              4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                Download Toggl

                5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                  There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                  Download Dropbox

                  6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                    Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                    Download Evernote

                    7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                      Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                      Download Mind42

                      8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                        This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                        Download SnycBackFree

                        9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                          Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                          Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                          10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                            This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                            Download 1Password

                            11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                              When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                              Download Pocket

                              12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                Download [email protected]

                                13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                  This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                  Download Launchy

                                  14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                    This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                    Download Forest

                                    15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                      This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                      Download Trello

                                      16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                        Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                        Download Wunderlist

                                        17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                          This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                          Download Time Tree

                                          18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                            Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                            Download Todoist

                                            The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                            Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                            40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                            More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                            • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                            • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                            • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

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