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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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        Macbook pro touch bar Via Pixabay Mackbook Pro Via Stocksnap.io, Keyboard lighting macbook pro,   Macbook pro touch bar Via Pixabay

        Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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        Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

        1. Zoho Notebook
          If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
        2. Evernote
          The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
        3. Net Notes
          If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
        4. i-Lighter
          You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
        5. Clipmarks
          For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
        6. UberNote
          If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
        7. iLeonardo
          iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
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          Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

        I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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        In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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