Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review for Twelve South Book Book

Twelve South Book Book for iPhone 6 Plus looks like a book. It comes in choice of black or brown leather and has whopping six of internal pockets inside – one more than the regular iPhone 6 case. One of these pockets can be used to flash your ID when needed.

twelve south book book review iphone 6 plus

Twelve South Book Book iPhone 6 plus review

The Twelve South Book Book case is made of genuine leather.  There is a full size pocket which can be used to store receipts, cash and whatnot. In other words, it can replace your wallet.

twelve south book book review iphone 6 plus review

Check out Uniq Aircraft iPhone 6 case. Another very unique case for iPhone 6.
However it does makes the overall profile very thick and bulky. Others will think why you are carrying a Bible with you the whole time. Twelve South found a solution by allowing user to detach the iPhone 6 Plus from the wallet case and at the same time, adding protection to the back by still keeping it inside a thin shell case.

twelve south book review iphone 6 plus

With a quick slide to the left, the shell lifts completely out – so you can leave your wallet in a locker and take your phone to the treadmill. Carry your iPhone wallet combo when you need it, or just your Shell-covered iPhone when you don’t. This slim shell might fit better in your dashboard clip or on your desktop charging stand.

Macbook 2015 Core M 5Y71 benchmark and passmark

The base variant of the Apple Macbook 2015 features an Intel Core M 5Y71 processor. This processor is based on Intel Broadwell architecture and is manufactured using 14 nm manufacturing process. This means that it produces very little heat during operation. In fact the TDP  a k a thermal design power is mere 4.5 watts. Intel Core M 5Y71 scored 2699 in the passmark benchmark test.

macbook 2015 benchmarks

While the processor support up to 16GB of memory, you will not be able to upgrade it since everything is soldered on to the motherboard. They all come with 8GB RAM and there are no RAM options. It’s just basically different SSD and different CPU options.

In the Cinebench R15 (CPU Multi 64Bit) test, it scored 196.5.
In Geek bench 3 it scored 4207.

While both of these scores are not extra ordinary by any means, the Macbook 2015 with Core M 5Y71 is more than enough powerful to handle pretty much any thing a typical Apple user would run on it – Safari, Facebook, Mac App store apps and so on. A tiny bit of Photoshop on this laptop would not slow it down.

Surfr iPhone 6 Review, case with solar panel

Surfr has a unique ability to charge the iPhone 6 using the solar panel located on the back of the case. As the case has to accommodate the solar cells located at the back, it is a bit bulkier than rest of the iPhone 6 cases out there. If thinness matters to you, you should stop reading this review.

Surfr Apple iPhone 6 Review

EnerPlex Surfr Review

Surfr is not cheap. It costs a whopping 100 dollars but then it is the first Apple MFi (Made for iPhone) certified iPhone 6 solar and battery case. It features 2,700 mAh internal battery that provides more than 100 percent extra battery life. EnerPlex Surfr’s integrated solar panel can keep you charged up when in a pinch.

Surfr iPhone 6 Review

Surfr iPhone 6 specifications

Product Dimensions:154mm/15.4cm (6.1″) X 74mm/7.4cm (2.9″) X 14.8mm/1.48cm (0.8″)
Battery Capacity:2,700 mAh
Battery Life:Standby Time: Up to 375 Hours; Talk Time: Up to 20 Hours; WiFi: Up to 15 Hours; Audio Play: Up to 75 Hours; Video Play: Up to 16 Hours
Battery Type:Lithium-Ion
Recharge By:Micro-USB
Input:Micro-USB
Output:Lightning Connector
Power Output:1 Amp
Warranty:1 Year

Surfr can receive a charge any time it is in sunlight. However, many factors will affect the performance of the solar panel, such as if there is a window between the panel and sunlight, if it is cloudy, whether or not the panel is angled directly at the sun, etc. Also keep in mind that a solar panel of this size is largely intended for emergency situations, not necessarily as the primary power source for the Surfr.

EnerPlex Surfr Review

Also the solar panel on the Surfr cannot directly charge your phone’s battery, instead, it will send its power to the Surfr’s internal battery which you use to charge your phone as needed. The estimated time to fully charge your Surfr for iPhone 6 using the solar panel only is 24 – 34 hours, which is why it’s intended for emergency situations.

Macbook Pro: How to clone hard disk to SSD including operating system

So you just bought an SSD a k a solid state drive for your Macbook Pro and now you are looking to clone that old and slow hard disk and move all that data including the operating system to the new drive. Believe us, the Macbook Pro are still the best of Apple laptop line up and they become unbeatable after adding in an SSD.

How to clone hard disk to SSD

The one I personally recommend getting for your Macbook Pro is Samsung 850 Evo SSD. I have been using its predecessor, the Samsung 840 Evo for over an year now and it has been superb and trouble free so far. The Samsung 850 Evo solid state drives come with good enough warranty and it really hits a sweet spot when it comes to price.

Clone Macbook Pro HDD to SSD

Anyway let us get back to topic, that is how to clone the Macbook Pro hard disk to SSD. For the cloning I personally like the SuperDuper utility. This simple-to-use tool is a simple, powerful piece of software and its free version is good enough for the most users.

clone macbook pro hdd

You can use the SuperDuper to clone the HDD’s contents to your new SSD. Make sure you have partitioned it through Disk Utility using any generic USB to SATA adapter. This way, you can make sure the drive is ready to go before you start opening up your computer and moving things.

usb to sata adapter

Click on Copy Now button to start cloning.

How to charge Macbook 2015 and use USB simultaneously

The new Apple Macbook 2015 comes with a single USB C port so how would you charge a Macbook 2015 and use the USB at the same time? The solution is to use the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter that Apple sells for 79 dollars. This is how it looks like. It adds three connections: USB-C, HDMI and USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. The USB-C can be used for charging and another USB can be used for connecting peripherals.

Macbook 2015 charge usb port

We saw every one complaining about not being able to charge the Macbook 2015 and use another peripheral such as Mouse as the same time. The answer is yes, you can do it but you will have to cough 79 dollars to add that functionality. We really hoped Apple included the $ 79 accessory in the box but alas, it does not.

charge Macbook 2015 and use USB

The Apple’s idea is that this is supposed to be a universal port and if you would be connecting many peripherals, then we suggest getting another USB to 4 port USB hub. We found one that retails for mere $ 6 so there is no point in not getting one.

Macbook 2015 and TSA Transportation Security Administration

Apple Macbook 2015 is a pretty amazing laptop but will it have to be removed from bag or can you keep it inside the bag given the fact that Macbook 2015 is fanless and pretty small just like a tablet? We feel that most of the public will consider it as upgraded Macbook Air which shows the poor marketing done on the Apple’s part.

Macbook 2015 and tsa

So unless Apple phases out the Macbook Air which we are guessing they will, this issue will not be solved. Transportation Security Administration a k a TSA will provide some guidance on the point but that means nothing.

macbook air Transportation Security Administration

Transportation Security Administration at myriad airports will continue to do whatever they want. It shall be noted that Macbook Air 11 inch model is allowed to stay inside the bag most of the time except when you have agents at the airport that do not understand the policy.

Uniq Aircraft+ Review for iPhone 6

Uniq Aircraft+ is an excellent case for Apple iPhone 6. Featuring an aluminum bumper that slides over a separate rubber bumper, it comes with a back plate that slides on to the aluminum bumper’s back. The back plate present on the back contains a magnet which is useful when you are docking your iPhone 6.

Uniq Aircraft  Review for iPhone 6

And that is why Uniq is offering a car mount as an optional accessory with it. The Uniq Aircraft+ for iPhone 6 retails for 32.90 dollars and car mount bundle costs $ 42.90.

Uniq Aircraft  Review iPhone 6

The one shown above is the Uniq Aircraft+ Sports Edition with real aluminum. Alu-Light Style. Thanks to the ingenious magnetic Mount Pro technology incorporated in AirCraft+, you’ll be able to transform your phone into a GPS navigator or hands free communicator.

So is there anything not to like about it? Well I wish they made they had given a dual color finish to the side of the bumpers like Itsskins Nitro Forged iPhone case. But then it lacks protection for the back of phone.

Magpul iPhone 6 case review, an excellent case

Magpul is a great looking cheap iPhone 6 case that retails for just 12.93 dollars. It is made of semi-rigid thermoplastic elastomer construction provides protection against minor bumps and abrasions. The Magpul iPhone 6 case has compact design that adds minimal bulk to the iPhone 6 and fits like a charm.

Magpul iPhone 6 case review

The Magpul iPhone 6 case is not a rugged case but can be categorized in semi-rugged case category. It is good enough to provide basic protection in the field. It is made from a flexible thermoplastic, the Field Case features PMAG-style ribs for added grip, snap-on design for easy installation and removal, and slides easily in and out of pockets without snagging.

Magpul iPhone 6 case reviews

This Magpul iPhone 6 case has all the required cutouts and openings so that you are able to reach for all buttons and ports easily.

It is available on amazon for $12 and comes in grey, black, pink and brown colors. The one I reviewed (clear) is not available now.

Broadwell powered Macbook Air release date

A Czech website is now reporting that Apple is all set to release the Broadwell powered Macbook Air in February. According to the information released so far, the Apple Macbook Air will soon feature the Intel Core i7 5650U processor with base clock speed of 2.2 GHz or with Core i5 5250U CPU with 1.8G GHz base clock speed.

The fifth generation Intel Core i-series processor are manufactured using 14 nanometer process and thus are more energy efficient and incorporate more powerful integrated graphics unit. This means that Macbook Air will have better battery life and run less hot than before. However do not expect Apple to equip the Macbook Air 2015 to feature a higher resolution display.

Broadwell Macbook Air 2015

Also Apple will be releasing this new model without doing any show or fanfare, so expect a small announcement on their blog about it before the end of February.

New Caudabe Veil for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review

Caudabe has updated their Veil iPhone case with a ridge around the camera in order to protect the camera ring. Priced at just 14.95 dollars, the Caudabe Veil is very thin and looks mega sleek. It is just 0.35 mm thick and is made for those who truly appreciate the beauty of the iPhone’s industrial design.

New Caudabe Veil for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review

The Caudabe Veil is made of very soft plastic material that does not scratches the device. I have already removed it countless times as I often change cases on my iPhone. It is very form fitting too – there is absolutely no wobble when using it.

New Caudabe Veil for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The major rival of Caudabe Veil is Spigen Air Skin since both have similar look and feel but we prefer using the Caudabe Veil as it has improved camera cut out. The only complaint I have is that there are not enough frost colors available.