Newest 13-inch MacBook Pro brings unbelievable speed boost

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The new MacBook Pro will knock your socks off.
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Apple promised its newest 13-inch MacBook Pro would deliver faster performance than the previous model. But we weren’t expecting to be up to 83% faster!

That’s the kind of speed increase you’re getting with the latest model, according to early benchmarks. It gives existing owners a massive reason to upgrade — even if they have no interest in the Touch Bar.

How to make YouTube load up to 5x faster in Safari

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It’s easy to give YouTube a kick up the backside.
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Have you ever wondered why YouTube is so much slower than all the other websites you visit in Safari? Did you know that you could make it up to five times faster with very little effort?

YouTube’s new design doesn’t play nicely with browsers that aren’t Google Chrome, but with some simple tweaks, you can switch back to its previous design and enjoy much faster speeds.

Here’s how.

Galaxy Note 7 gets embarrassed by iPhone 6s in speed test

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Specs aren't everything!
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Compare their specifications on paper and the Galaxy Note 7 looks like it would be leagues ahead of the iPhone 6s in performance, but real-world speed tests prove that the reality is very different.

Despite being almost a year older, Apple’s latest smartphone well and truly embarrasses the Galaxy Note 7 in app loading times.

How Intel’s Skylake processors will supercharge your MacBook

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Intel's Skylake chips are coming to your MacBook.
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This year’s MacBook and MacBook Pro upgrades are expected to bring Intel’s latest Skylake processors. Delivering more than just speed improvements, the new chips will bring far greater performance, graphics and battery life to Apple’s notebook lineup for 2016.

Here’s what makes those Skylake processors so special — and how they’ll supercharge that new Mac you’ll soon be drooling over.

Pro Tip: How to speed up your Apple Watch

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Get your Apple Watch ready for the new iPhone.
Get your Apple Watch ready for the new iPhone.
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Pro_Tip_Cult_of_Mac Apple Watch is becoming second nature to me after several months of owning it. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like something’s missing when I don’t strap it to my wrist in the morning before starting my workday.

Thing is, the Apple Watch has so many animations on it that I sometimes feel like getting things done takes too long. I just want to find and use apps, with a minimum of fuss and bother.

Luckily, you can turn off those animations on Apple Watch to make it all feel a bit snappier.

Crazy swiss rocket bike travels a quarter mile in 7 seconds

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This guy's about to go really fast on a skinny bike. Photo: François Gissy
This guy's about to go really fast on a skinny bike. Photo: François Gissy

Seriously, outside of an airplane, I don’t think I’ve ever traveled at 207 miles per hour (or 333 kilometers per hour, if you’re metric).

Swiss cyclist François Gissy, however, just set a speed record on a rocket-propelled bicycle designed by his buddy Arnold Neracher.

How’s that for fast? Check out the video of the record-breaking attempt below, but be sure to turn down your sound. Nothing sounds as silly as a rocket bike.

Evernote Sync Now 4X Faster

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Evernote’s elephant logo is curiously appropriate. Not because it never forgets your notes, but because the service is slow, lumbering and hard to control. Now, thanks to a complete redesign of the backend servers, one aspect has improved. Sync is now, according to Evernote CEO Phil Libin, four times faster.

How Fast Is That External Drive? Find Out With Disk Speed Test [OS X Tips]

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I’ve just picked up one of those fancy USB 3 drives to use with my Macbook Air as a sort of secondary backup when I travel, as it was so inexpensive for a 120 Gb drive. I wanted to know how much faster it might be, even on my non-USB 3 Air, than the run of the mill USB drive that you can pick up for a few bucks at the local electronics store, or get as a giveaway at a tech conference, for example. I also wanted to see how fast the new SSD drive that I installed in my Macbook Air was, just for kicks.

I wasn’t sure how to measure the relative speed of these drives, though, until I found out about Disk Speed Test from the fine folks over at OS X Daily. I was able to check the speed of my fast USB drive, my internal SSD drive, and an external USB-powered drive, and compare them all, which is pretty peachy.

Here’s how it works.