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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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        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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