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CableStrip Wrangles Worrisome Wires

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We all know that the best cable management system is a Thunderbolt-equipped cinema display, but it is also just about the most expensive way to wrangle all the wires you need to support the life of your MacBook. So Rockpool Designs’ CableStrip might be the next best thing, and it costs just $10.

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Wrap Up Fixes Fraying MagSafe Adapters

Wrap Up Fixes Fraying MagSafe Adapters

Wrap Up might just stop you burning down the house

I have had to replace more than one frazzled MagSafe charger thanks to an uncharacteristically bad piece of design by Apple. Sure, the magnetic connection breaks away to save the connected Mac from a fall, and it’s great that the latest MagSafe adapters have newly-designed, tougher aluminum tips, but the junction between the cord and the chager itself is still pathetically weak. So weak it makes a sick kitten look like Chuck Norris.

Thinklabs’ Wrap Up is an effective solution to this.

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Apple Could Eliminate The 30-Pin Dock Connector With MagSafe Data Cables

Apple Could Eliminate The 30-Pin Dock Connector With MagSafe Data Cables

We already know from previous reports that Apple is working on a magnetic charging system for iOS devices, similar to the MagSafe connectors on its MacBooks. But one hurdle that stood in the company’s way was the MagSafe’s inability to transfer data.

However, a newly published patent entitled “Programmable Magnetic Connectors” seems to confirm that Apple is making progress on a magnetic connector capable of transferring power and data, which could spell the end of its 30-pin dock connector and even the headphone jack.

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Just Two Months Left To Sue Apple For Your Faulty MagSafe Adapter

Just Two Months Left To Sue Apple For Your Faulty MagSafe Adapter

If you have plans to sue Apple for a faulty MagSafe power adapter that may have set fire to your home office, then you had better make it a priority on your to-do list. The deadline to make claims under the class action settlement relating to the device is fast approaching.

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Apple Is Working On A New Power Adapter That Syncs-And-Charges Macs And iOS Devices Simultaneously

Apple Is Working On A New Power Adapter That Syncs-And-Charges Macs And iOS Devices Simultaneously

A couple weeks ago, we posted about TwelveSix’s PlugBug, a cute little attachment that plugs into your standard MacBook MagSafe charger and gives it a 10W USB port, perfect for charging your MacBook and iPad simultaneously.

The PlugBug’s an ingenious little idea, and I’m reviewing one now. However, PlugBug’s days might be numbered: a new patent says that Apple is working on a universal power adapter that can charge MacBook Pros, iPhones and iPads, all at the same time.

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Apple Introduces MagSafe Adapter Replacement Program

Apple Introduces MagSafe Adapter Replacement Program

Has your Mac’s MagSafe adapter been worn down to the wires? Apparently, many people have experienced problems with MagSafe power adapters damaging where the cord and connector meet. So much so, in fact, that Apple had to redesign the MagSafe adapters to the L-shaped ones we know and love today just to try to resolve the problem, but to no avail.

No worries, though. Apple has launched an official Adapter Replacement Program for customers with damaged cables and broken hearts. There are now steps in place for getting your MagSafe adapter replaced and your money refunded.

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Future iOS Devices Could Have MagSafe Chargers Like Our Macs

Future iOS Devices Could Have MagSafe Chargers Like Our Macs

If you owned an Apple notebook before 2006 when the MagSafe method of charging was introduced, you’ll know that if someone tripped over your power cord, they often took your computer down with them. Now we have the MagSafe, we don’t have to worry about the fool in the coffee shop who isn’t looking where he’s going, because your power cord just pops out with a slight tug.

According to a new Apple patent, MagSafe technology could also be heading to iOS devices to safe them from clumsy feet.

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3G MacBook Pro Prototype Had Magnetic ‘MagSafe’ Antenna

3G MacBook Pro Prototype Had Magnetic ‘MagSafe’ Antenna

That awesome MacBook Pro prototype with built-in 3G that we reported on yesterday was removed from eBay at the request of Apple last night, after bidding reached a whopping $70,000. However, its seller has been posting further details of the device on the MacRumors forums, revealing its magnetic MagSafe-like antenna setup.

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MagSafe Might Be Coming To The iPad 2 and iPhone 5

MagSafe Might Be Coming To The iPad 2 and iPhone 5

Love your MacBook’s MagSafe adapter? Good news: it might be coming to the next iPhone or iPad.

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Apple goes after knock-off MacBook power adapter sellers in patent dispute

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They don’t do it often, but when they do, Apple doesn’t like to mess around when it comes to suing other electronics companies for infringing upon their patents and intellectual properties. No, Apple lawsuits tend to end like a round of Mortal Kombat, at least figuratively. Close your eyes and you can mentally transpose Steve Jobs for Sub-Zero; as the judgment comes down, he holds aloft the fluid-spurting spinal column of a defeated opponent while screaming and staring into the sun. The internet then provides the commentary: FATALITY.

Bad news indeed, then, for Media Solutions Holdings, who must already be feeling the twinge of legal lumbar pain. Last week, Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit against them, claiming that the company is using a host of different websites (such as laptopsforless.com, laptopacadapter.com and ereplacements.com) to sell knock-off MacBook and MacBook Pro MagSafe power adapters.

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