DS1 Thunderbolt Docking Station
Company: Matrox
Price: £195/$249

After what seems like an interminable delay since the introduction of the high-speed Thunderbolt interface to the Macintosh two years ago, consumer-level Thunderbolt devices are finally appearing on the market. Unlike more conventional devices such as hard drives, the Matrox DS1 docking station aims to capitalise on the massive bandwidth available in the interface to provide a single cable docking connection for your portable Mac.

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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Peachpit Learning Series
Author: Robin Williams with John Tollett
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77701-0, 480 pages
Price: Paperback US$31.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$43.19, eBook Only US$25.59

Robin Williams, author of The Little Mac Book, Lion Edition has teamed up with husband and fellow author John Tollett to release the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Peachpit Learning Series book.

The book is delivered through 24 easy to follow lessons and is aimed towards new to medium level users. Experienced users will also find a good level of content and clarity on various topics.

Throughout the book readers will be presented with stunning visual examples to assist with understanding the Lion operating system.

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The Little Mac Book, Lion Edition
Author: Robin Williams
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77658-7, 216 pages
Price: Paperback US$15.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$21.59, eBook Only US$12.79

The Little Mac Book is a long running series of books which many Mac users, including myself, have been exposed to when first attempting to use the Mac platform.

I came across this series when it was in its third edition detailing the Mac OS 7.1 operating system. From then to now the author, Robin Williams, has continued to write this newcomers guide for the Mac. She also co-wrote, along with many other titles, the Mac OS X Lion: Peachpit Learning Series, which takes a deeper look into Mac than The Little Mac Book permits.

What I came across in that initial book from 1993 was every piece of information a new user needed to know to get the most out of their Mac. Fast forward to 2011 and the Lion edition of the series delivers the content in the same comprehensive and easy to follow method. Information is relevant and can be applied by users at both entry and medium skill levels.

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PowerLift Back-up Battery and Dock
Kensington
For iPad and iPhone
$49.99US


On a recent trip to France I decided to ditch my digital SLR’s and do the unthinkable. I brought only my iPhone and a point and shoot camera instead of my heavy digital SLR’s. I was worried about the battery life of my phone as I didn’t want to be running to the hotel frequently to charge it up using the European adaptor. Instead, I brought the nifty PowerLift Back-up Battery, Dock and Stand by Kensington. It turned out to be a very wise decision. The item contains a lithium-ion polymer battery and has 4.0 Wh (watt hours). Kensington offers a two year limited warranty on the charger.

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A Bundle of Mac Joy!
MyMac Podcast #324

On December 16, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz isn’t feeling well but soldered on for the show. David Cohen from TechFan gives us some grief for our opinions on eMagazines from last week. We do our Christmas picks for Apple user in your family (maybe that’s you!), and we wonder just what Apple is going to do with all that new space in Cupertino?
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Macspiration – Customize Your Dock

On November 8, 2005, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow


Mac OSX introduced Mac users to a new way of accessing files and applications when they made the Dock part of the operating system. In my article “Macspiration – Three MORE Things A Switcher Should Know” I talk more about what the Dock is and how to add and remove items in the Dock. This article will discuss how to customize your dock even more.

First, you need to open the Dock System Preference by going to the Apple Menu and choosing “System Preferences” and then clicking “Dock.” You could also just choose the Dock Menu from the Apple Menu.

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