MacBook likes, green Apple China, OS X beta, SSD danger, Pomodoro Time, Irish expansion


Two reviewers reckon the MacBook world fine with one port.
Two reviewers reckon the MacBook world fine with one port. (Image from Bill Bennett’s site.)

Embracing the new MacBook lifestyle: it works, adapters and all — Glenn Fleishman, a Senior Contributor at Macworld, writes “Given that USB-C is ostensibly the wave of the future and I was increasingly frustrated at the limits of an old laptop while trying to work with newer OS X and iOS features, the MacBook seemed the way to go. I wanted Retina, a roughly 13-inch screen, and 8GB of RAM … And I can report weeks into use people’s strongest concerns haven’t been a problem.” New Zealand reviewer Bill Bennet liked it too.

Tim Cook joins Weibo to reveal Apple’s plans to go green in China — Apple CEO Tim Cook announced his arrival in Beijing, China over the weekend with a splashy debut on China’s essential social network, Weibo. The purpose of his visit: Apple’s grand new environmental initiatives, designed to put the company on track to powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy in the coming years.
Apple is partnering with World Wildlife Fund to increase the number of responsibly managed forests in China. The team up is part of Apple’s new push for increased renewable energy and environmental protection in China.

OS 10.10.4 Beta — With less than a month to go before its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has issued the third beta  OS X 10.10.4 to developers, and a second public betas to people in the AppleSeed testing program. (Also, the third beta of iOS 8.4.)

Leaving unpowered SSDs in a warm room can kill your data fast — If you’ve got an unused computer with solid state storage inside, you might want to back up its data before too long.

Elegant productivity timer Pomodoro Time finds a home on your Mac’s menu bar — The aptly named Pomodoro Time (Mac App Store link) takes that proven method and digitises it for your Mac. It’s far from the first app to do so (and it certainly won’t be the last), but its simple, elegant execution might actually help you stick with it.
It’s free, but you can upgrade to a Pro version for $6.49 with no ads and adding synchronisation across all yourApple devices.

Apple considering ‘major’ expansion of Ireland manufacturing – report — Apple is considering yet another expansion of its factory in Cork, Ireland in order to cope with overwhelming global demand for its products, a report said on Monday. [I once had a Mac built in Ireland, but that was back in the early 1990s.]