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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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        Published on September 20, 2018

        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

        Minimizing Tabs

        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

        Incognito Mode

        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

        Save Webpages as PDF Files

        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

        Open Recently-closed Tabs

        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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        Solve Mathematical Problems

        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

        Play Media Files

        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

        Stay Focus(e)d

        Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

        Grammarly for Editing

        Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

        Loom

        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

        Chrome Calendar Extension

        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

        Final Thoughts

        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

        Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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