Add Up To 128GB To Your Macbook Air with Nifty MiniDrive.

The MacBook Air is a beautiful, light, and powerful device. However, for many users, the MacBook Air’s storage options come up a little short. Today’s MacTrast Deal – The Nifty MiniDrive – will allow you to add up to 128GB of extra storage without a bulky hard drive!

MacTrast Deals: Add Up To 128GB To Your Macbook with Nifty MiniDrive

Get the Nifty Macbook MiniDrive – Conveniently Add Up to 128GB of Storage to Your Macbook without a Bulky Hard Drive

Finally, you can add storage to your 13″ MacBook Air without an eye-sore drive tainting your Apple aesthetic. Nifty comes with 4GB of storage, but also lets you slip in your personal micro-SD card to add up to 128GB of space. Nifty blends with your Mac’s color, texture, and shape so seamlessly, you may just forget it’s there.

“…when using standard SD cards and adapters, the end protrudes about a third of an inch out of the side of the computer…The Nifty MiniDrive fixes that…” – TechCrunch

FEATURES

  • Sits completely flush inside your MacBook Air’s SD card slot
  • Perfectly matches the finish of your MacBook Air
  • Crafted with robust engineering plastic
  • Ensures reliable connection with your MacBook Air every time
  • Works with all brands, sizes, and specifications of micro-SD card (up to 128GB)
  • Requires no installation, Internet or technical expertise

COMPATIBILITY

  • 13″ MacBook Air (2010 model and up)

SPECS

  • 4GB micro-SD: fits more than 550 songs, 800 photos, 2 movies

Includes:

  • 1 Nifty MiniDrive 13″ Air (silver)
  • 1 Nifty Removal Tool (for removing MiniDrive from MacBook)
  • 1 4GB micro-SD card pre-inserted into MiniDrive

SHIPPING

  • Free shipping
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Amazon wants to turn your house into a shopping cart.

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Amazon has made ordering stuff online ridiculously easy with its huge warehouses shipping online orders to Prime members in an instant. Apparently ordering stuff online is just too damn hard though, so today Amazon announced it’s newest creation: Dash buttons.

The new Wi-Fi connected buttons can be placed throughout your home, allowing you to replenish supplies of your favorite products with just the push of a button. Once pressed, Amazon creates an order and sends an alert to your phone so you can cancel if the kids are spamming for more mac and cheese.

My colleague Killian and I debated whether Dash buttons aren’t just an elaborate April Fool’s prank, but it looks like they’re the real deal. Prime members can request an invite to get three free buttons. That’s hardly enough to keep tabs on all the necessities in your house, but could be useful for people who can’t go out to purchase essential items.

One sign that Dash buttons could be a prank is the “limited-time offer” on the company’s site. However, Amazon has also introduced a service it hopes will replace the buttons, called Dash Replenishment Service (DRS). With DRS, hardware manufacturers can essentially bake Dash buttons into their products.

Coffee makers that order beans through Amazon is the ultimate goal, rather than covering your house in buttons. Companies can either add a physical button to their hardware, or use Amazon’s services to measure consumable usage so that goods are ordered automatically.

Amazon is working with companies like Brother, Whirlpool, Brita, Quirky and others to build buttons into printers, washing machines, coffee makers, and pretty much anything else that needs a refill. DSR isn’t practical yet for cheaper items like paper towels, but Amazon hopes in the future sensors become so cheap, everything that ships will have a ‘tap to refill’ button.

Apple Begins Accepting Apple Watch App Submissions From All Developers.

Apple announced on Tuesday that all registered developers can now submit Apple Watch app submissions based on WatchKit for approval on the App Store. A number of popular apps have already been updated with Apple Watch support on the App Store over the past week, and the approval process is now extended to all members of Apple’s Developer Program.

Apple Watch App Submissions

Apple has updated its WatchKit website with details on how developers can optimize the design and development of their Apple Watch apps, including the app’s name, description, icon, screenshots, keywords, version number and build number. Apple Watch apps, excluding the ones that have already appeared on the App Store, should be steadily approved leading up to and following the launch of the wrist-worn device.

A select number of testers and reviewers will be able to access the apps prior to April 24, unless developers set the release date for their apps to “manual” and update on that date. Apple Watch apps that have started appearing on the App Store include Evernote, Sky Guide, Dark Sky, Target, NYTimes, Procreate Pocket, Yahoo Tourney Pick’em, ECB Cricket, The Wall Street Journal, MLB.com at Bat and Expedia.

PowerSkin’s Spare gives iPhone 6 users a modest 2200mAh of extra battery case juice.

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Since late last year, the best iPhone 6 battery cases have generally included two things that iPhone 6 users now take for granted: enough spare power for at least one complete recharge, plus adequate coverage for the iPhone’s top, bottom, and back, if not its sides. PowerSkin has gone in a somewhat different direction with Spare for iPhone 6 ($80), a battery sled that caters to iPhone users who want less of everything. With a small 2200mAh cell inside, it’s the lowest-capacity battery case I’ve seen for the iPhone 6, and also offers the least body coverage, but sells for about the same price as more capacious and protective rivals.

Lightweight and marginally easier to pack in some bags than some rival battery cases, Spare is here for users who want a partial iPhone 6 recharge and anti-drop protection, but no anti-scratch safety. It’s offered in silver, gold, or space gray, currently ranging from $70-$72 based on your color preference. PowerSkin claims that it will deliver a 100% iPhone 6 recharge, but our testing found otherwise…

Unlike most of the matte black battery cases I’ve previously reviewed, Spare’s design mimics the iPhone 6’s. The majority of the case is nicely color-matched metallic plastic, interrupted by two matte bars on the back in roughly the same places as Apple’s antennas. By comparison, the case’s front has a glossy finish, a material that could have looked cheap, but doesn’t draw undue attention since there’s so little frontage to be seen. While most iPhone 6 battery cases provide top and side coverage, PowerSkin leaves those portions of the device uncovered, instead opting for oversized corner grips that extend a millimeter beyond the iPhone’s screen. This enables the corners to absorb shock from drops, as well as to keep the iPhone firmly in place.

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Beyond limiting the case’s coverage, PowerSkin was somewhat sparing with Spare’s pack-ins. Although a micro-USB cable is included for recharging, no extension cable is packed in to provide easy access to the iPhone 6’s recessed headphone port hole. These little extenders are cheap and fairly common, but you’ll need to grab one on your own if you’re using a headphone plug that’s larger than Apple’s super-svelte connectors.

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From a performance standpoint, Spare is underpowered relative to other iPhone 6 battery cases I’ve tested. Four power indicators on the back glow blue as the case itself is charging, but remain off while an iPhone’s recharging inside, unless you press a circular button to indicate the remaining power. PowerSkin promises that Spare’s 2200mAh cell will achieve a 100% recharge of the iPhone, which was hard to take seriously since rivals such as OtterBox’s Resurgence just barely hit the 100% mark with 2600mAh cells. In my testing, Spare fell short, bringing a dead iPhone 6 back to only 83% before dying. That’s about what I would have expected from a 2200mAh battery, but there was always the chance that PowerSkin had some super-efficient charging circuit (or actually larger cell) inside. Clearly, that wasn’t the case with Spare.

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I’d say that Spare would make the most sense at a markedly lower price point than its increasingly numerous rivals. Between its so-so 2200mAh capacity and limited device protection, there’s not enough here to justify either the $80 MSRP or the current $70+ prices available online. The same dollars (or fewer) can buy a much more protective and higher-capacity Incipio offGRID Express, just to name the best of the other options I’ve tested. Even PowerSkin’s Lightning-equipped case-free version, PoP’n 3, offers higher battery capacity for only $55. But if Spare’s price falls, as most of its competitors have, it may be worth a second look.

This Apple Watch Replica is Constructed of Over 800 Nanoblocks.

Something cool for your midday enjoyment: This 2.6x scale model of an Apple Watch was made out of more than 800 Nanoblocks, a popular line of Japanese building blocks.

Apple Watch Replica Constructed of Over 800 Nanoblocks

The Apple Watch replica, built by Christopher Tan, a well-known Nanoblock brick artist, made use of bricks as small as 4mm x 4mm x 5mm. Tan has previously constructed scale models of such notable landmarks as the Great Wall of China and even Apple’s flagship NYC Fifth Avenue store.

“The Apple Watch is arriving in less than a month and I can’t wait to get it … but in the mean time, here’s my nanoblock Apple Watch =) …  It is a 2.6x scale of the 42mm model. Around 800+ bricks were used in the making of this nanoblock Apple Watch.”

Apple Watch Replica Constructed of Over 800 Nanoblocks

For those wanting to try their hand at building an Apple Watch replica with Nanoblocks, you’ll be glad to know Amazon.com carries a wide selection of the tiny building blocks.

iPad Pro details possibly revealed by leaked dummy images.

iPad Pro could prove that size mattesr. Photo: Canoopsy

We still haven’t gotten a glimpse of Apple’s long-rumored 12-inch iPad Pro, but a new set of images of an alleged iPad Pro dummy unit show that the mythical giant tablet might actually be real.

Images of an alleged iPad Pro case posted to Weibo today could potentially reveal some of the new features Apple has in store for it’s enterprise-focused tablet, including a USB-C port in a very unexpected place.

Take a peek:

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This isn’t the first time an alleged iPad Pro case has leaked, however this shell looks different from the last leak that showed an iPad Pro with speaker grills above the camera and power switch.

The latest pictures posted on Weibo appear to show a Lightning or USB-C connector on the left side of the device, along with five speaker holes next to the microphone port.

Apple isn’t expected to unveil the next generation of iPads until the fall. Other features for the iPad Pro could include an A8X or A9 processor, a higher-resolution display, and a maybe even a fancy stylus.

‘Leaked’ photo offers first glimpse of colorful iPhone 6c.

Is this the future iPhone 6c? Photo: Future Supplier

Apple decided to kill the iPhone C lineup when it debuted the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but the colorful plastic cases could be making a comeback in 2015, based on an alleged leak out of Apple’s supply chain.

A new 4-inch iPhone 6c might debut alongside the iPhone 6s this fall, according to leaked images that show an iPhone rear shell similar in size to the iPhone 5c. But this design may come with a few tweaks.

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According to Future Supplier, two distinct differences appear in the rear shell they obtained. The first is the rear flash camera hole, which has been changed from a circle to an oval to be more like the flash of the iPhone 5s, even though the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have a round, dual-LED flash.

The other difference is a second line of speaker holes at the bottom of the hole. The iPhone 5c only has one. We can’t verify the authenticity of the images, and until more iPhone 6c leaks hit the web, we’re not likely to get our hopes up for an iPhone 6c. Many experts viewed the iPhone 5c as a flop, but now that Apple is only selling massive-screened phones, a smaller iPhone 6c unit could be a huge hit with consumers who are pretty happy with the standard 4-inchers.