Surface Pro 4 wants to kill iPad Pro and MacBook Air in one go

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Has Microsoft found itself a winner?
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Microsoft’s not taking the threat of the iPad Pro lying down. During today’s keynote event, the company called its brand new 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4 “the most productive device on the planet.”

“We have competitors. You may have noticed,” said Microsoft hardware guru Panos Panay as he introduced the tablet. “They’re chasing it, it’s pretty cool.”

The Surface Pro 4 doesn’t look bad, either.

The best things in life aren’t free, except for this brand new MacBook Air [Deals]

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The 13" Macbook Air boasts hefty computing power but weighs next to nothing, and right now you can get your hands on one for zero dollars.
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The feeling of unboxing a brand new computer is one of the good things in life, one that usually comes with a steep price tag. That might change today, because right now you can enter a sweepstakes to get your hands on a brand spanking new 13-inch MacBook Air for the price of air itself (that’s zero dollars).

How to hack the new MacBook’s power chime onto the MacBook Air and Pro

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Here's how to hack the new MacBook's power chime onto the Aiir and Pro. Photo: Apple
Here's how to hack the new MacBook's power chime onto the Air and Pro. Photo: Cult of Mac

You know how the iPhone and iPad plays a little chime when you plug it in? The new MacBook also does that. But sadly, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro remain completely silent when they connect to juice — which can make it hard to tell when you’ve accidentally knocked the MagSafe loose.

If you’ve got a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, though, it’s easy to hack in the new MacBook’s power-charging sound. Here’s how.

Apple is being modest about the 2015 MacBook Air’s graphics

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The new MacBook Air has more graphics power than it appears at first. Photo: Apple
The new MacBook Air has more graphics power than it appears at first. Photo: Apple

When Apple announced the new 2015 MacBook Air a couple weeks ago, there was at least a couple of disappointments.

First of all, for those of us who love the current form factor, power, keyboard, ports, and trackpad of the MacBook Air, there was no Retina Display in the 2015 model of the ultraportable.

In fact, the new MacBook Air’s Intel HD Graphics 6000 chip allegedly didn’t support Retina, with the maximum resolution it could pump out to an external monitor 2560 x 1600: a few million pixels below the 4K resolution necessary to make an argument for a desktop monitor being Retina.

It turns out, though, that Apple has undersold the graphic performance ability of the new MacBook Air.