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The Best Way To Protect Your Macbook Pro – Speck Satin Case

A few months ago I purchased a black Satin Case for my Macbook  from the Apple Online Store. Since buying it, it has proven to be very useful and to protect the computer wonderfully.

Delivery

Apples shipping service for standard delivery was truly excellent. It was dispatched within 24 hours and arrived a mere two days later. It arrived in perfect condition. So, I would fully suggest that people offer their products from Apple. Now, on with the hardware review

Whats Good About The Case?…

  • The case fits the Macbook perfectly and locks on so well that there is no chance of it falling off.
  • It looks very nice. There is nothing that stands out on it other than the artistic logo.
  • It is very tough. I dropped the Macbook with it on and there was no damage caused at all.
  • It does not Get in the way of any of the ports, your cables, or gadgets.

Whats Bad About The Case?…

  • Any grease or finger prints actually stand out worse on this than on an unprotected Macbook.
  • Whilst not especially heavy, it does add considerable bulk to the laptop, which can be annoying.
  • You can only see the Apple logo faintly.

Summary & MedmondTech Rating…

Overall, I would definitely recommend this case to anybody owning a Macbook or Macbook Pro (and there is also a macbook air version). It is a a sturdy design, and does not look out of place on any of the Mac products.

MedmondTech Rating – 6 out of 10

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Spotify For Mac Review – The Best Music Streaming Service?

Now that Spotify has been released in the USA as well as here in Europe, I thought it may be time to do a review of the software client for the Mac.

About The Spotify App…

The Spotify App is not currently available through the Mac App Store, so you will need to download it directly from the Spotify website, which is Spotify.com. In simple terms… the Spotify App is essentially a gateway to the Spotify Cloud Music service.

A cloud music service is essentially the playing of music that is stored on a central server and accessed via the internet. This means that using Spotify takes up little/no space on your hard drive, but it does use up internet bandwidth and may not be appropriate for those on a capped usage allowance.

Whats Good About The App…

  1. Because the music is not stored on your computer, you are not wasting space on your hard drive. This is especially good for people listening via netbooks.
  2. Even on very slow internet connections you will rarely have to wait for the music to buffer, and I have never been interrupted during the song
  3. You have access to almost every track you could wish for. All the big record labels have their music on this service
  4. This is great software to have for when you do not have the money to buy music via iTunes.
  5. Great for discovering new music and artists. When you are viewing an artists page you are offered related music. This has proven very  useful in discovering new music.

Whats Not So Good…

There isn’t much that can be said about Spotify’s application that is not positive. But there are a few negative things that I can pick out. I do not find them too bad, but they can be a little annoying

  • On the Free version, you are limited to 10 hours listening time per month.
  • There are irritating audio and visual adverts

Overall & MedmondTech Rating…

I absolutely love Spotify. I may not use it as much as I do iTunes, but it is a close second. In terms of music streaming services, this is by far the best desktop application, and possibly the best service all together! But, now its time to give it a MedmondTech Rating;

MedmondTech Rating – 7/10

Caffeine – A Mac App Review

Caffeine is a free application available on the Mac App Store (Categories > Utilities > Top Free) that prevents your computer from going into sleep mode when you are idle.

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So, Caffeine is basically a shortcut to the process of opening power settings and adjusting the sleep mode settings. I would rate this as being one of my favourite applications, not only for its simplicity, but for its general usefulness. I find that I may want my laptop to sleep at one moment, but an hour later I may change my mind. This application facilitates those needs.

MedmondTech App Rating… 9 of 10

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The Advantages Of Full Screen Mac Apps

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After using Lion for quite a while now, I have grown to realise why Steve Jobs was making such a big thing about full screen apps in Mac OS 10 Lion. The full screen Apps that I use most commonly are;

  • Chrome (This is only available in the latest developer build so far)
  • iTunes
  • iCal
I thought initially that Apple was making a massive fuss out of finally having matched Windows‘ efforts to give applications maximum screen real estate (i.e. removing the dock). I was very pleased when I realised that Apple has blown Windows out of the water with this new system. It may seem like a minor UI enhancement, but to someone with a 13 inch laptop screen it makes a massive difference.
So Whats good about this full screen experience?
  • It gives much better use of the screen for the smaller screens in the Mac range.
  • It removes the distraction of the Dock and Menu bar.
  • It feels well done. It is a finely tuned upgrade, unlike ‘Spaces’ was to Leopard
As usual, I am not trying to provoke any Mac or Windows Fanboys to start a war with me, I am merely stating why I think Full Screen Apps are a good thing.
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Google Chrome To Support Full-Screen On Mac

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Yep, i’ve wanted it too… Google Chrome is going to support new Lion features;

  • Full Screen Mode
  • Three finger double click = Lookup
  • Two fingers to go back/forward
Welcome news indeed. I am aware of this because it is currently being tested on the Developer build.

Which is the best web browser?

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Naturally, as in all areas of tech, any answer is subjective. I am however making an unbiased judgement based on 5 months of using each browser for an equal amount of time. I have done this to find the answer to what is a very commonly asked question. All browsers were tested on the Mac platform, so naturally Internet Explorer is not on this list. I will however be writing about it soon.

The order is:

  1. Google Chrome – Its fast, easy to use, good looking, and it rarely crashes.
  2. Firefox – Second, but still not good. It crashes, its slow loading at startup, but it is very compatible with different formats and its opens pages quite fast.
  3. Safari – Opens fast, looks good, works brilliantly on Lion. It is however slow loading some pages and it crashes a lot.
There you go people! Thats the Top 3 Mac Web Browsers

Top 5 Mac Apps

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This is Medm0nd Tech’s countdown of the top 5 Apps available on the Mac Platform right now. Lets begin (1= Best)

  1. Trillian (Mac, Windows, Web, iOS, Android) – An IM Client for MSN, Facebook, Aim and more
  2. Alfred (Mac) – A search feature for Mac applications
  3. Caffeine (Mac) – Stops your laptop Going to sleep
  4. Insomnia X (Mac) – Keeps your laptop awake when you close the lid
  5. Angry Birds Rio (Mac) A light hearted game to play when you’re bored of work