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How did this guy get hired as a tech journalist at the Wall Street Journal?

But it may also wreak havoc on CIOs’ networks and connectivity budgets because, as some analysts have suggested, owners of devices with high-resolution screens might well consume more video and HD video, which would result in higher bandwidth consumption.

Hah! How does one get paid to write this crap?

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that the higher resolution Retina displays of the new iPad and forthcoming Macbook Pro computers would increase consumption of network bandwidth, thus slowing performance of corporate networks. Higher resolution screens do not in and of themselves consume more network bandwidth. Some analysts have suggested that owners of devices with high-resolution screens will likely consume more video and HD video, which would result in higher bandwidth consumption. This article has been substantially recast to reflect this change.


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Andy Ihnatko’s First Impressions of the Retina MacBook Pro

For a dramatic example of the improvement, start browsing the web. Bitmapped images (rendered at traditional pixel density) look like utter trash alongside the Retina-quality text that flows around it. Naturally, the images on are juiced for Retina.

Just like when the iPhone 4 came out, and the new iPad. It has begun!

So will all web designers begin making their pages look great for the Retina MacBook Pro? Time will tell.

I’d love one, but I’m afraid I may have to stick it out with this cruddy early 2011 15" MacBook Pro for a while.

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Mac App Store vs Buying Direct

There are pros and cons to both ways of getting Mac applications.

This is a great read that balances out both sides of the equation, so make sure to give it a lookover.

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Getting Things Done: A Comparison of the Top Contenders in the iOS App Space

In case you missed my article on AppAdvice, make sure to check it out here.

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Review: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

So I decided to pick up one of those brand new Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover that just came out this week (officially) at Best Buy. So far — I love it.

I previously switched between the Zaggfolio (pretty good!) and ClamCase (not that good, truth be told). However, I believe that the Logitech has them both beat (ClamCase especially).

For $99, you are buying the most portable keyboard solution there is.

This keyboard is essentially like a Smart Cover for your iPad, except it has more functionality than just covering the front of your iPad. The plastic hinge (wish it was metal like the Smart Cover) is magnetic and will attach itself to the side of your iPad. Once the keyboard cover is on, it will look like two iPads put together when closed, so the appearance is slick and beautiful.

To use the keyboard, you will have to detach it from the iPad and then insert your iPad into the...

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So you have a new, third-generation iPad. You know, the one with that gorgeous Retina display. The default wallpapers look nice and all, but they’re boring. You want something unique, that also looks gorgeous (and is sized correctly to shine on the Retina display).

Then check out 2048pixels.

The site is optimized for the new iPad, and you can swipe on the screen to navigate between pages. It’s clever and intuitive, and definitely worth the time to check out.

These wallpaper images are beautiful and sharp, and deserve to be on your iPad’s screen.

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A Quick Look - Justnotes

I’ve been using Simplenote for a while, though I have moved on to using plain text files stored in Dropbox for my longform writing (thanks to Byword. However, a new app for the Mac just came out this week that has me looking into using Simplenote on a daily basis again for quick notes that I need to jot down — longform writing will still remain in Byword/Dropbox.

Justnotes is a simple little app for the Mac that serves as a native Simplenote client. While there is always Notational Velocity and the popular fork, NValt, I have now moved to Justnotes for my Simplenote needs.

The interface is pretty reminiscent of NV, but it looks a bit nicer, personally. You get two panes — on the left, you’ll have your list of notes, and to the right, you will have your note. The best part, though, is the fact that you can double-click on a note to open a separate window with the note text in it — this...

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As If There Needed To Be More Reason To Pirate Movies

Will the two screens be shown back to back? Will each screen last for 10 seconds each? Will each screen be unskippable? Yes, yes, and yes.

An ICE spokesman tells me that the two screens will “come up after the previews, once you hit the main movie/play button on the DVD. At which point the movie rating comes up, followed by the IPR Center screen shot for 10 secs and then the FBI/HSI anti-piracy warning for 10 secs as well. Neither can be skipped/fast forwarded through.”

So the way to combat piracy is to punish those that have bought the physical disc by making them sit through more warnings that don’t apply to them?

Makes total sense.

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A Battle of Efficiency: Drafts vs. Pop for iOS

This week I’m bringing back the App Showdowns at AppAdvice — it’s been a few weeks since my last one.

For this one, I compared two very similar apps that are seen as the opposites of one another: Drafts from Agile Tortoise vs Pop for iOS from Colin McFarland.

You may not be surprised by the victor in the article, but both are still great apps. Make sure to check out the full article at AppAdvice.

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Bartender Helps You Clean Up Your OS X Menu Bar

Last time, I mentioned Broomstick, which can help you hide or show menubar icons for apps. However, the drawback for this program was the fact that it can only support selected applications, and you would have to submit others to the developer to be included in a future update.

I just stumbled upon Bartender, which is like Broomstick, but better. You can tidy up that menubar to how you want it thanks to a sub-menubar menu. Hide the apps you need to have running and just declutter that menubar!

Less is more.

So grab it while it’s in public beta (currently free, but a utility like this is well worth the money, personally).

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