Consumer tick, Opera reinvention, 4 must-have adapters, Sonnet Thunderbolt, Pro USB-C, Apple 11th

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Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix — In a bit of backpedaling, Consumer Reports on Thursday said it can now recommend Apple’s new MacBook Pro lineup after a software fix remedied battery life inconsistencies found in previous testing.

Opera Reinvents the Web Browser with Neon for Mac — Opera thinks the current state of web browsers kind of sucks, and is pretty much right. Instead of just complaining, however, Opera has developed a new browser concept where they can experiment with different interface ideas. They’re calling the browser Opera Neon, and it’s available for Mac (and Windows) users to try out. Neon does away with familiar elements like tabs in favor of bubbles that float at the edge of your display. Performance is a little slow right now, but it’s a concept platform and not a finished product. You can download Neon for free at the Opera website.

Jeff’s 4 must-have Touch Bar MacBook Pro Adapters — “After spending a month with Apple’s 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro I’ve found there are only four must-have Thunderbolt 3 adapters I need to attach everything I use with my computer. I don’t need all of them all the time, but they’re my go-to set for all of my wired connection needs.”

Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express Card expansion systems — Sonnet Technologies has launched its first Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion systems, the Echo Express SEL — Thunderbolt 3 Edition and the Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition.

Inexpensive USB-C PCI-E card in a Mac Pro for full USB 3.1 data transfer speeds — An inexpensive card available from Amazon allows users of Apple’s Mac Pro tower with PCI-E slots to get some of the benefits of the new USB-C connector — and faster USB 3.1 speeds. AppleInsider tells you what you need.

Sqoop lists most inventive companies of 2016 based on patent activity — Sqoop, a “news discovery network,” has released a list of the “most inventive companies of 2016 based on patent activity.” Apple places 11th on the list.