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PowerCurl: A quirky way to wrap up your MagSafe Power Adapter

quirky is a design firm with a difference. Rather than pay a brain trust to sit around and think up product ideas, they let average Anns and Andys submit designs that are then refined and named by a community of site visitors. When designs are ready for production, quirky sets a threshold number of ...

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Reader's unibody MacBook Pro catches fire!

At 1:30am, Ken Brinkman awoke to the smell of burning plastic. His unibody MacBook Pro was on fire. As he details in his Mac-Forums post, "Smoke was pouring out the seam between the unibody and bottom enclosure. I actually burned my hand pretty badly ripping the adapter out. Oh man. This is realllll...

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Lawsuit claims MagSafe power cord not so safe

It was just a few days ago we were talking about hacked MagSafe connectors, and now a lawsuit seeking class action status claims the innovative connectors are a fire hazard and a risk to life, limb, and property. As an example, here's a link to some Flickr images of what is claimed is a melted MagSa...

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External battery packs for Mac laptops

In what looks like a first for the Mac laptop line, support of MacBook and MacBook Pro owners everywhere, a 3rd party is offering external battery packs for MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook air models. The batteries, from Sanho in California, are available in 4 different capacities, 60Wh, 100Wh, 150...

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Apple replacing frayed MagSafe power cables

According to a Knowledge Base article posted last week, Apple is now replacing (free of charge) frayed, discolored and deformed MagSafe power adapters for MacBook and MacBook Pro. But -- and there's always a but -- they will only replace it if there's no sign of "abuse." So if you've been doing the...

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MagStay PRO keeps your MagSafe stuck

The MagStay Pro is a little plastic clip that holds in your MagSafe power connector on a 15" or 17" MacBook Pro. Basically, it's a retainer that plugs into the USB port next to the MagSafe to keep it from being disconnected. It also allows you to store the little plastic cap that comes with the Ma...

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Replug: MagSafe for your headphones

Apple's MagSafe is a great feature that has saved many a Mac portable from crashing to the floor from a trip over the power cord. Now the Replug extends the same basic idea to protecting your headphone jack. Basically the device has two parts: the interface that plugs into the audio device jack, and...

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Mac travel tip: car power for your MacBook Pro

For all the wonders of the MagSafe connector -- scores of marriages saved and pets kept from the pound, as laptops that would have otherwise experienced impromptu gravity testing remained happily on stable surfaces -- there's been a remarkable gap in the charger offerings for Apple laptops since its...

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Magsafe adapters with stuck pins

Has your magsafe adapter stopped working properly? One of the connector pins might be stuck. Apple has published[1] a support article on troubleshooting stuck pins. If you remove your adapter and see one or more of the pins stuck down (the two outer pins in this picture are affected), Apple suggest...

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Too much XP may melt your brain and power cord

Ever have one of those Tim (The Tool Man) Taylor "More Power!" moments? Ryan Tomayko did last week, while using two instances of Parallels Desktop on his MacBook to do site testing against Internet Explorer. After about ten minutes of running two virtual machines, Ryan detected the unmistakable od...

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Pogue's Top Ten new product features of 2006

David Pogue, tech columnist at the New York Times, has listed his favorite product features of 2006. This list is all about the small touches on products that really make you think that someone thought about these items before they tried selling them. One Apple feature made it on the list, and I mus...

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What I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving season

Since many of us at TUAW are celebrating Thanksgiving in America, I though this might be a good time to join many others in posting a few things I'm thankful for in the Mac web. Naturally, I'm thankful for the wonderful family I'm getting to spend time with, as well as an incredible wife and having ...

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Thinkpad MagSafe Hack

I've long been of the opinion that Thinkpads are the PowerBooks of the PC world, and if not for the fact that they don't run OS X, I'd be very tempted to consider one when it came time to buy my next computer. Make points us to an enterprising Thinkpad owner who was having some trouble with a flaky ...

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TUAW Poll: Your MacBook/Pro experience

Yesterday, we pointed out an article at Infinite Loop that was describing yet another (allegedly) melting MagSafe connector. Many of you wrote in to state that your MacBook/Pro experience has been trouble-free. Still, the issues people are having are very real, so let's take a brief (and informal) p...

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Yet another melting magsafe connector

The more I read, the happier I am that I don't have a MacBook/MacBook Pro. From stains to heat to odd noises to melting parts, I wonder how Apple has sold even a single unit. Infinite Loop is reporting on yet another (allegedly) melting MacSafe connector (you may remember that Apple ordered the imme...

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