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Lenmar ChugPlug

If you're a MacBook and / or MacBook Air owner who often finds themselves in airports, school, etc. and away from power outlets, the Lenmar ChugPlug is exactly what you need. Simply put, this is a backup battery that makes use of your existing MagSafe adapter to provide an additional 4-hours of power for any 11-inch MacBook Pro (3-hours for 13" MacBook Air / Pro). Charging could not be easier, as you can just use the existing MagSafe cables to do so. Once you're finished charging, it easily slides into any backpack, messenger bag, etc. Product page. Continue reading for our lightning review.

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LightMac

We have seen the future of Apple, and it might include an all-in-one device that would have the power of an iMac, combined with the portability of the iPad. The LightMac may seem far-fetched right now, but just imagine being able to throw a Mac Mini-sized device with modular accessories into your suitcase whilst traveling. After arriving, simple attach external modules depending on what kind of power you may need - extra hard drives, a projector, etc. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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12-inch iPad Pro

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

You've probably seen enough of the 12-inch MacBook Air in recent weeks, but 3D modeling extraordinaire Martin Hajek has unveiled his latest work, the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro. However, this isn't your typical render, as he decided to put it side-by-side next to the laptop to show just how large the tablet really is. There's no fancy colors this time around, but the work is top notch to say the least. Continue reading for more images - click the "zoom" button on the gallery to view any of the images in full-size.

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Photo credit: Martin Hajek

You've seen the 12-inch MacBook Air spy shots, now check out a few renders by the very talented Martin Hajek of the laptop in all three colors: champagne gold, slate gray, and silver. While new information has been sparse, it's most likely that this ultra slim laptop will have only a single USB-C port, along with a headphone jack. There are rumors that Apple may offer a 16GB RAM option and / or a Retina Display, but we'll probably have to wait until WWDC in June to see if any of those are true. Let's just hope there isn't a waiting list for the gold model, like there was for Apple's iPhone 6 / 6 Plus at launch. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of ten things you didn't know a microwave could do.

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Steve Jobs Gift

From 1981 to 1986, Ron Givens was Apple's director of quality, his office just two doors down from the company's founder. He recalls one day when a secretary was late, and Jobs demanded to know why: "(She was a) single mom, good secretary. She said, 'My car wouldn't start.' So, that afternoon, (Jobs) walks into her office, throws a set of keys to a brand new Jaguar and says, 'Here, don't be late anymore.' He was always doing things like that, surprising people." Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Be My Eyes App

Be My Eyes is a new app with a simple, yet fun, concept: visually-impaired people use the camera on their mobile device to shoot live video of whatever they need help seeing, and a sighted volunteer on the other end tells them what they need to know. CEO Thelle Kristensen says if users get reported enough times for misuse, they won't be able to connect to anyone through the app anymore. On the other hand, if you're a sighted user and a notification is left unanswered, the request will automatically go to someone else. There's currently more than 17,800 sighted people and 1,500 blind people using the app. iTunes page. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Apple Macintosh 2015

If Apple were to release a limited-edition Macintosh for nostalgic purposes, based on the iPad Air, it'd probably look something like this design from CURVED/labs. It's officially called "Mac" and uses the same aluminum casing found on the company's current MacBook, iPhone and iPad lineups. The main difference is its 11.6-inch touchscreen that can also be controlled with a mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth. Available in silver, gray and gold colors, it also features SD card slots, a FaceTime camera, speakers, USB port and a Lightning port. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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12-inch MacBook Air

Marc Gurman of 9to5 Mac gives us a first look at the redesigned 12-inch MacBook Air, which is reportedly to have only one port. The company is aiming to make this model even slimmer than the 11-inch model, or to be more specific, a quarter inch narrower with just a headphone jack and a single USB Type-C port. There are also rumors that the 12" will come in both slate gray and silver, but no pricing or technical specifications have yet been announced. It will most likely be announced at WWDC at the Moscone Center on June 8, 2015. Continue reading for a picture of the keyboard and additional information.

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iBeats

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

Graphic designer and 3D modeler extraordinaire Martin Hajek is no stranger to Apple products, so much so that he comes up with future designs for the company, including iBeats. the iBeats come in slate gray or champagne gold and feature built-in music controls as well as a light-up Apple logo. On a related note, did you know that Beats (now Apple) has also licensed audio technology to other companies for use in their own products? That's right, partners include HTC and Chrysler. Continue reading for more images.

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iPhone 6 Tips

Got a new iPhone 6 for Christmas? Here are some cool tips and tricks that just might come in handy. First up, we start with the camera. Both the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus offers users the ability to record 1080p footage at 60fps, but it's off by default. Simply go into Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video at 60 FPS to enable it, and you'll gain the ability to switch between 30 fps and 60 fps click on the icon in video mode when you go to record. Continue reading for more.

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