This MacBook Pro dock saves space, adds style [Review]

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Henge Docks' Vertical Docking Station, a MacBook Pro dock
Henge Docks' Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro makes for a sleek desktop. (The Gravitas, for iPhone and iPad, helps.)
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

A recent move into a new studio put my OCD on high alert. Determined to maintain a truly “clean workspace,” I wanted to avoid a jumble of cables slowly creeping across my new desk at all costs. A MacBook Pro dock definitely seemed in order.

For a sleek solution to any pending cable chaos, I added Henge Docks’ Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro to my desktop. So far, it’s the best solution I’ve found.

Check out my full video review below.

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You can finally buy a refurbished MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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Has your MacBook Pro been "popping?"
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Want to get your fingers on the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar but don’t want to pay the full retail price? Get a refurbished unit.

Apple’s online store was updated today with the first-ever supply of refurbished 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, making the innovative machine more affordable than ever.

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MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar hacked through Safari exploit

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MacBook Pro's Touch Bar isn't as secure as we thought.
Photo: Niklas Baumstark

Hackers have been able to gain unauthorized access to the MacBook Pro’s fancy new Touch Bar by taking advantage of a hole in Safari.

The duo demonstrated the exploit at the Pwn2Own security conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada this week and bagged $28,000 for their efforts.

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Apple drops new betas for iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4

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A new macOS beta is here!
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Just three days after seeding the last betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4, Apple is back with yet another new build.

Signaling that a public release is just around the corner, the new updates come with a number of bug fixes and under the hood improvements to go with new features that were added in previous versions.

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Apple tops tech support rankings for third year in a row

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The Genius Bar is one of the best things about buying a Mac.
The Genius Bar is one of the best things about buying a Mac.
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If you want to get the absolute best tech support for your laptop, pay the Apple tax and get a Mac.

In the latest annual Tech Support Showdown rankings, Laptop Magazine has awarded Apple the number one spot for the third straight year. Apple beat out nine other companies, but it’s starting to get some serious competition from companies like Acer that are focusing more on online service.

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Tim Cook promises to make Apple ‘pro’ again, this week on The CultCast

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Are you ready for Apple to make Macs "pro" again?
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This week on The CultCast: Are you yearning for a more powerful Mac? Well, friend, Tim Cook is promising to make Apple “pro” again. We discuss! Plus: iPhone 8 ditching Lightning for USB-C; Spotify about to go Hi-Fi; why your next iPhone screen might read your fingerprints; and the best iPhone bumper case in the land!

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Should Apple swap Lightning for USB-C? [Friday Night Fights]

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Which would you prefer?
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A recent rumor claimed Apple could swap its Lightning port for USB-C connectivity with iPhone 8 later this year. That’s already been debunked by one reliable analyst, but is it a move Apple should consider making in the foreseeable future?

Friday Night Fights bugLightning and USB-C both have their pros and cons. One has been around since iPhone 5 and we’re all familiar with it; the other is an open standard that anyone can use, which makes accessories, cables, and peripherals more affordable.

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over whether Apple should give Lightning the boot in 2017.

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MacBook Pro destroyed by exploding battery

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The machine was hot enough to melt its owner's fingers.
Photo: Daniel Dourvaris

iPhone fanboys will have you believe that exploding batteries are exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but that’s not true.

Even Apple devices go bang from time to time — like this 2015 Retina MacBook Pro, which was completely destroyed when its battery catastrophically failed and caught fire.

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Our hardware predictions for Apple’s rumored March event, this week on The CultCast

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New Apple hardware in March? Reports say yes, indeed.
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This week on The CultCast: It’s been five years of CultCasts! We’ll regale you with some of our favorite stories from past shows. Plus: Our hardware expectations from Apple’s rumored March event; why iPhone 8’s wireless charging will probably be lame; Apple has five teams working on next-generation charging tech; why iPhone 8’s camera could pump out industrial-grade slow motion; and Steve Jobs gets a beautiful new home on Apple’s new spaceship campus.

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